The Guesthouse Bathroom Plan

January 12, 2017

Well, I know I said I was taking off the month of January to kind of get caught up with life, but I wanted to pop in and share a little more of the progress on the guesthouse.  This is onne part of life that I’m really trying to finish – the guesthouse. We are full-steam-ahead and trying really hard to have this space 100% done in the next week or two. Tile is being installed and I’m giddy with how amazing it looks. I’m so glad we chose to have the tile installation done by professionals. I’m all for DIYing, but this was beyond my skill set.

The bathroom is small, but we are packing a whole bunch of style and functionality into this tiny space. The color palette is very neutral, but there is no shortage of bold geometric pattern and pretty brass details. I’ve teamed up with AllModern to give this 100 year old guesthouse a gorgeous, modern bathroom makeover. My guests are going to feel like they are staying in a 5 Star hotel with this bathroom makeover.

Guesthouse Bathroom Plan

  1. Rosewood Vanity
  2. Brushed Brass Faucet
  3. Brass Globe Light Pendant
  4. Wood and Brass Shelf
  5. Toilet
  6. White Towels
  7. Turkish Hand Towel
  8. Brushed Brass Shower Head
  9. Towel Hooks
  10. Hand Towel Ring
  11. Toilet Paper Holder
  12. Geometric Tile
  13. White Subway Tile

Stay tuned friends, because things are coming together really quickly now. My brother, Joash, has worked many many hours to help us create this beautiful space. We are so grateful for his skilled help. We just finished the refinishing the floors right before Christmas. I took lots of the step-by-step pics and I’m excited to share the finished product with you. That will be on the blog next week. Spoiler Alert –  floors turned out better then I could have imagined.


Happy New Year!

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year friends. I hope you had a great holiday. We did. It was so fun to host my family here this year. I’m just popping in to say hey and then kind of good-bye for a little while.

Well, can’t say I’m sad to say good-bye to 2016. I’m ready for a fresh start. I’ve been sick for the last couple of days, so I feel like I’m moving slowly into this year and not with the usual energy that I have. And that’s ok, it’s given me some time to plan and dream for this new year.

In the past, I’ve picked a word for the year. But, this year I’m kind of stumped on finding one word to focus on. Maybe because I don’t have good goals set for the year yet. But, I do have a lot of things I want to accomplish. Last year was kind of a blur, and I felt really way too busy and scattered. So, I’ve decided to take a the month of January off from writing blog posts. I do have a few things scheduled that will definitely be posted in this month, but I just need a little time to gather my thoughts, organize my life and get a clear picture of where I’m headed. This feels like a stupid thing to do for my business, but to be 100% honest, it’s such a good decision for my personally. I’m just plain old tired and burnt out. I’m hoping to find ways to stretch myself creatively without the pressure of having to share it on the blog. Like I’d love to paint and draw more.

I’ll still plan to post often on Instagram and I have a lot to say over on Instagram Stories probably too much, so you can still follow along there.

Maybe the idea of turning 40 this year has me feeling a little overwhelmed. I’m not super excited by the thought of being 40 – yuck! How did I get this old? But, there are a few things I want to attempt this year. I’m not calling them resolutions, but that’s really kind of what they are.

  1. I watched the Minimalism documentary and while none of the concepts are new to me, it has inspired me and I have a plan for this year. And I think I’ve convinced my family to join me. I’ve decided to buy no new clothing all year!!! Yep, what we own right now is it! It’s a good time to start, everyone just got new socks in the stockings. Really I don’t own a lot of clothes and really I’d love to own less. I’d really just like to have a capsule wardrobe for each season. Come Summer, I may need a new bra, and that is the exception I’ll make. But, if there is anything that we REALLY need, I’m sure we can find it at a thrift store. It’s going to be a challenge with growing kids, but I’m excited to try.
  2. Whole 30! I’m back on it. This is the 3rd year in a row I’ve started the year with Whole 30. I’m planning on finishing 30 days and then see if I want to keep going. It’s a great way to reset and broaden my healthy recipe repertoire. I’m the only one taking on this challenge, but most dinners at our house will be Whole 30 this month. (I’m going to share a lot of the food I’m making on Instagram Stories, if you are interested.)
  3. More hikes! It’s my favorite form of exercise, so I’m pushing my family to go on at least one hike per week. I got new approach shoes for Christmas, so I’m excited to put some miles on them.
  4. This year will see a lot of painting our new house. I will be working my way from room to room in this house and hopefully we will be able to tackle the outside as well.
  5. Get our Guesthouse Airbnb up and running! I really want this to be successful and hopefully help us earn a little extra cash. (I have an update post coming your way this week.)
  6. I want to find more peace and joy in the present and not always be aiming for bigger and better. I also want to set some more reasonable work hours for myself. So, I don’t feel like I never have any down time. I’m sure it won’t happen, but I’m going to keep it in the back of my mind and give myself permission to stop from time to time.
  7. And then there are a bunch of business goals I want to tackle. I won’t bother you with them here. But, I want to push myself and expand in a few ways. I want to try more video content and I want to have a little more fun with my photography.

Well, that’s a very disjointed list of random ideas. But, that’s what’s going on in my head right now. Maybe at the end of January I’ll have more direction and more plans and dreams for the year. I hope you’ll stick with me while I figure things out this month. Come February, I’ll be back and stronger and more inspired then ever, well that’s the hope at least.

What are some of your goals and plans for this new year?



Mocktail Recipe Calendar

December 22, 2016

Mocktail Calendar

You know I’m a fan of the mocktail. They give me a chance to mix up some yummy drinks that can be enjoyed anytime of the day and be kids of all ages. Cocktail drinkers don’t have to have all the fun, mocktails can be sophisticated and unique.

I’ve taken some of my favorite mocktail recipes and printed them in a calendar with Mixbook. Now I have a year of mocktail recipe ideas ready to go, one for each month. During this holiday season, there are a lot parties and get-togethers to go to. I like to take a hostess gift that is maybe handmade or at least customized in someway. If you’ve ever thrown a party, they are a lot of work, and a hostess gift is such a pleasant surprise to receive. This year I’m packaging up this beautiful 12×12″ calendar with all the ingredients to one of my mocktail recipes – the Pineapple Rosemary Spritzer.

Mocktail Calendar made with Mixbook

Simple syrup is so easy to make and if you fill a pretty bottle and tie a little rosemary sprig to the outside, it’s instantly fancy. And you know how I love faking fancy.

Mocktail Recipe Calendar made the Mixbook

Mixbook has gorgeous layouts and designs for creating one-of-a-kind calendars. I chose a clean modern white layout so that all my mocktail pictures could shine. With tones of customizable options, it was easy to find a design that allowed me to share an image and recipe for each month of the year. These calendars are made with beautiful heavy paper and each month has a generous calendar spread, that gives you lots of room to fill in important dates and appointments.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

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Tis’ the season for giving and Mixbook has the most beautiful personalized photo products to give to your family and friends this holiday season. They offer the most customizable photo products- like books, home decor, calendars and more.

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Mocktail Recipe Calendar


DIY Touch of Gold Modern Wreaths

December 21, 2016

DIY Touch of Gold Wintery Greens Wreaths

I’m still decking the halls, or at least trying to. This has been such a frazzled holiday season for me. And like usual, I had all these hopes and expectations of what Christmas would look like in our new home. This is one of the first years that we haven’t had to travel for the holidays, so I had imaged all these wonderful memories being made in our new home. But, instead, it kind of doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. Ya sure, we have a tree. But, I’m just running from task to task and feeling like I’m actually not accomplishing anything at all. I had hoped to throw a big holiday open house – nope, that didn’t happen. I wanted to have all sorts of cookies baked by now – nope, just one dozen in the freezer. I was really wanting to spend some time making our new mantle look off-the-hook Christmasy – nope, it’s just a bunch of random things that really don’t go together. And I could complain some more, but I won’t. This morning I decided I can’t wish for the what-ifs and all the things that haven’t happened, instead I’m choosing JOY! I know the real reason for the season and I have a lot to be grateful for. I determined to make the most of what’s left of this Christmas season. Yes, I still have lots of work to do, but I’m just going to try to power through it the next couple of days and focus on all the good things in my life. And tonight, I’m going to bake some cookies, even if it’s at 2:00 AM. I don’t know, can you relate? I don’t want to be disappointed this Christmas, I want my family to have fun memories this year.

DIY Wintery Green WreathsDIY Gold Wintery Green Wreath

So, even though my to-do this is super long, and I really should be sanding floors or something more productive. I decided to take some time this weekend to make some modern wreaths to hang in our windows. And because it’s the holidays, a little gold is always a good idea. Last year, I friend and I made about a dozen wreaths similar to these with eucalyptus we foraged from our neighborhood. I’ve been wanting to make more this year, so I just did it and I’m super

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 16″ brass hoops
  • Design Master Gold Medal Spray Paint
  • Florist’s Wire
  • Winter Greenery (I bought a $4.99 bunch from Trader Joes to make all three wreaths)
  • Large Jingle Bells
  • Wire snips or heavy duty scissors

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Start by laying out branches to get a general idea of how you’d like the wreath to look. I kept mine all very sparse and kind of asymmetrical.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Begin wiring on the branches. Try to tuck the wire in under leaves and needles to hide it as you wrap up the branch.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Layer on more branches as needed.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Starting at the center point of the wreath and spray on a even thin coat of gold spray paint work out towards the ends of the branches. Leave the ends their natural green and feather out the paint so that there isn’t a harsh line where the gold paint ends.

DIY Modern Winter Wreaths

Design Master paints are perfect for jobs like this. This paint goes on in even, light coats that can be layered. It also dries super fast.

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Using a little more florist’s wire, wire on the jingle bells to cover the mess of visible wire in the center of the wreath.

DIY Modern Gold Winter Greenery Wreaths DIY Modern Gold Winter Greenery WreathsDIY Modern Gold Winter Greenery Be sure to check out the some of the other fun DIYs I’ve created using Design Master Spray Paint – 3 Tiered Hanging PlanterDIY Modern Decorative PlatesDIY Faux Copper VaseDIY Ombre Give Thanks BannerMetallic Dipped Taper CandlesDala Horse Salt Dough Ornaments, DIY Ombre Shoes and Laces and the Gold Dipped Yarn Hanging.

I buy my Design Master paints and my local Michaels. Design Master paints can paint the most delicate of surfaces, such as silk and fresh flowers, fabric, ribbon, tulle, lace, paper, foam board and Stryrofoam TO the sturdy hard surfaces such as wood, metal, masonry, terra cotta, ceramics and plaster. Design Master is a great resource for products and ideas.  Be sure to check out all the craft and project ideas on their blog.

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DIY Gold Wintery Greens Wreath


The Guesthouse Bedroom Plan

December 20, 2016

I’m sorry for the radio silence last week. But, we are in up to our elbows in this Guesthouse project. I did A LOT of sanding and painting in the last week and a half. Today some of the tile is being installed and I’m absolutely giddy. I’ve been sharing lots of the behind-the-scenes over on my instagram stories. So, if you like awkward videos of me talking and seeing the mess that goes into a project like this, then feel free to follow along. I’ll share the tile process today. We hired a professional and I’m feeling really good about that. We try to DIY as much as possible. But, sometimes having someone who REALLY knows what they are doing and has all the right equipment and tools is a nice luxury.

The Oleander + Palm Guesthouse - the bedroom plan.

Today I wanted to share with you the plan for the Guesthouse bedroom. It’s going to be super cute. I’ve partnered with AllModern and this room is decked out with Scandinavian design and stylish modern and mid century pieces. I kept the palette very muted, but played with some fun geometric patterns and lots of texture. There is also a hint of pink to soften all those bold black and whites. I keep saying that I’m moving out there, and really, looking at these gorgeous pieces, I really think I should.

  1. Geometric Rug
  2. Pastel Pillow (similar)
  3. Wall Sconces
  4. Mustard Sheepskin Pillow
  5. Chandelier
  6. Vase Set
  7. Mid Century Bed
  8. Brass Chair
  9. Throw
  10. Wire Basket
  11. Woven Wall Art
  12. Metal Plant Stand
  13. Brass Planter

Even though the bathroom isn’t totally done, the hope is to have the bedroom set up by the end of this week for my parents to stay in. Fingers crossed and lots of coffee to be had. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

The Oleander + Palm Guesthouse - the bedroom plan.

Food & Drink

Milk Mocktails and Appetizers

December 19, 2016

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I’ve partnered with got milk? to share two new fun mocktail recipes with you today. It’s the season for entertaining, so why not try something new – Milk Mocktails are where it’s at. These really are fun for the whole family. For your next get together, I suggest skipping dinner and serve mocktails and appetizers. These recipes are jam packed with flavor.

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On the menu:

  • Earl Grey and Lavender Milk Steamers
  • Iced Gingerbread Milk
  • Mini Cranberry Baked Brie
  • Sage Shortbread Cookies and Wensleydale with Cranberries

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Earl Grey and Lavender Milk Steamers

  • 2 earl grey tea bags
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender
  • 1tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • steamed whole milk

Bring the water to a boil. Add the tea bags and lavender, allow the it to steep for an hour. Strain the tea and lavender. In a small pot, bring steeped water and sugar to a boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat and cool completely.

In a mug combine 2 tbsp. of the syrup with a cup of steamed milk. If you don’t have a milk steam or frother, milk can simple be heated in pot to the point just before it boils.

Top each milk steamer with a sprinkling of dried lavender.

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I’ve never met a guest that didn’t love baked brie, and how can you resist then adorable mini versions. Warm Earl Grey and Lavender Milk Steamers served with a piping hot baked brie is the perfect combination to warm you from the inside out on a chilly winter evening.

Mini Cranberry Baked Brie

  • pre-made puff pastry
  • mini brie or a large brie cut into 2 inch cubes
  • cranberry sauce (or any other fruit preserve)
  • 1 egg

Cut the brie in half and spoon 1 tsp. cranberry sauce into the middle on the brie. Cut 5 inch. circles of puff pastry. Place the brie in the center of the pastry and wrap the pastry around the cheese. Beat the egg with a fork, using a pastry brush, brush a generous amount on the pastry to glue to edges together. Cut a small star shaped pieces of the the pastry and top each brie with a star. Brush the entire pastry wrapped brie with the egg wash. Bake at 400 F for about 18 mins. or until golden brown.

Mini Cranberry Baked BriesSavory Sage Shortbread Cookies


A savory sage shortbread is a surprising treat. Paired with Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries, this pile of cookies and block of cheese was gone in no time. It’s a rich bite, so icy cold, spicy Gingerbread Milk is a perfect match.

Sage Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • a pinch of salt

With an electric mixer, beat the butter on high for a minute. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the flour and salt and beat again until smooth. Add the sage a mix until it is incorporated evenly.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. Roll out the dough to 1/4″ thickness on a well floured surface. Cut out 2 inch circles. Place the cookies on parchment lined baking sheet. Place the cookies in the freezer for at least 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 350 F, bake the cookies until just golden brown on the edges, about 12 mins.

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Iced Gingerbread Milk

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2tsp. ginger
  • 1tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp. molasses
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • whole milk
  • ice

In a pot, combine the first 8 ingredients, bring to a boil and cook for 4 mins on high.  Cool and store in an sealed jar or bottle. Keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

In a glass filled with ice and cold milk, stir in 1-2 tbsp. gingerbread syrup.

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The Making of the O + P Guest House

December 13, 2016

So, if you follow me on instagram, I’ve mentioned that we are working on a really fun project. We are renovating a small apartment attached to our garage and making it into a really cool Guest House. It is just a one room studio with bathroom and a good sized closet. But, it’s going to be a really comfortable, stylish little guest house for our friends and family and also hopefully a little extra income as we will be listing it on Airbnb. I’ve partnered with one of my favorite companies, AllModern, to give this space a top notch look. I’m so excited about the details in this space – the lighting, furniture, fixtures, tile and accessories are OFF-THE-HOOK! (Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing the design plan with you very soon.) You guys, I think I might move out there when it’s finished. I’ll take Lonnie, but I think we’ll leave the kids in the main house (tee hee).

So, this has been a little bit of a “can of worms” situation, kind of like any old house renovation is. You get started thinking that this should be a totally doable project, and then after repairing termite damage to most of the floor joists and running all new water and plumbing lines, you are so deep into it that there is no turning back. I’m lucky to have a family that is very handy. My dad and brother Joash, who both helped us with our last house renovation, are the kind of experts that you need to know. Joash has actually been living with us for the last month and half and tirelessly repairing, replacing and rebuilding the space. We’ve loved having him around and he’s also very handy at picking up and dropping off 3 kids to 3 different schools (just saying). We will really never be able to repay him for all he has done. This is way over our DIY skill set. He’s done an amazing amount of structural work to this little space, and while it still looks very unfinished, we now know that it has a solid foundation and sturdy walls.

The bathroom plumbing had all been cut off, cement poured down, or removed many many years ago. So we hired a plumber to run new lines from the main house and install a new hot water heater. This was a pretty big chunk of change, but this much plumbing was definitely more then we could handle on our own.

This has been a big project, but I think it’s going to have a big pay off when we have a beautiful Guest House to welcome guests to. I hope you’ll follow along on the progress. (This is the messiest part of the process, pretty pictures to come.)


14 of the Best 2017 Calendars

December 8, 2016

I hate to say it, but the year is almost over. And, to be honest, I’m ready to start planning for a new year. A fresh start sounds really good. I think the first place to start is with a new calendar. I’ve done a little online hunting and I’ve rounded up 14 calendars that I think I pretty darn great.


  1. Black with Flowers
  2. Paint Palette
  3. Good Words
  4. Terrarium Tea Towel
  5. Pink Marble
  6. Mustard and Pink
  7. Brass Stand
  8. Large Scale Pink
  9. Lemons
  10. Charley Harper
  11. Marble and Stand
  12. Book Shelf
  13. National Parks
  14. Giant Black and White

Also there’s a couple more I need to mention. This coloring book version by the fabulous Rad & Happy and this free printable one The Crafted Life created with Sarah Hearts should both definitely be considered. I’m using the Rad & Happy one for my “big ideas” calendar, it’s perfect for drawing all over and adding all your important dates. The Crafted Life’s printable one is going over my desk for a daily positivity reminder and for a quick glance at the whole year.

Food & Drink

Pineapple Kumquat Cardamom Marmalade in Pineapple Jars

December 6, 2016

pineapple kumquat cardamom marmalade

With the Holiday season here, I’m looking for some great hostess gifts to take to all the parties and events that there are to attend. I love taking something homemade, so this year, I’m making this Pineapple Kumquat Cardamom Marmalade. It might be the best preserves I’ve ever made. Or Kumquat tree is loaded with sweet, juicy fruit so I wanted to use them in a jam of some sort. This marmalade is definitely a twist on the traditional, with the taste of the tropics with sweet pineapple and a little spice with a healthy dose of freshly ground cardamom (my FAVORITE flavor!!!!!).

And to sweeten this gift a little more, I cut out cute little vinyl pineapples from Damask Love’s designs for the Cricut Gold Explore Machine for JoAnn Fabrics. This adorable modern pineapple is the perfect finishing touch for this homemade gift. Really, there’s no other label needed for these preserves. Whoever receives this marmalade is sure to remember the gift giver.

pineapple kumquat cardamom marmalade

You know I’m a huge fan of Cricut. It’s really the best crafting tool I own. I can give gifts a custom look with very little time or effort.

I cut this pineapple shape in both white and gold vinyl and using transfer tape, adhered them to the outside of the filled jars.

pineapple kumquat cardamom marmalade

Pineapple Kumquat Cardamom Marmalade

  • 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups of thinly sliced kumquats ( I used my mandolin slicer and then cut those slices in half)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1tbsp. freshly ground cardamom
  • 1 envelope liquid pectin

In a large heavy sauce pan, combine all the ingredients except the pectin. Stir to combine. Heat over high heat until the marmalade come to a rolling boil. Boil one minute and then add the liquid pectin. Bring back up to a rolling boil and boil for one more minute. Remove from the heat.

Pour the hot marmalade into prepared canning jars. Seal and process for at least 10 mins. in boiling water.

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Food & Drink

14 Mocktail Recipes for the Holidays

December 1, 2016

14 Mocktail Recipes for the Holidays

It’s the season for hosting parties and get-togethers. So, fancy drinks are a must. I’m a huge fan of the mocktail. It’s a fun way to play with flavors and make pretty drinks that the whole family can enjoy. Forget the 2-liter soda bottles, and upgrade your party beverages this year. I’ve got 14 fun mocktails for the holiday season.


Grapefruit + Tonic Mocktail // Cranberry Shirley Temple


Sparkling Vanilla Cider // Sparkling Nectarine Mint Lemonade


Kiwi Mojitos // Hot Almond-Citrus Punch


Candy Cane Italian Soda // Family Friendly Swedish Glogg


Pineapple Rosemerry Spritzer // Blackberry Ginger Cooler


Grapefruit Thyme Spritzer // Blueberry Bourbon Vanilla


Sparkling Apple Ginger Mocktail // Grapefruit Jalapeno Lime Mock Margarita

Cocktail drinkers don’t have to have all the fun. You can still play with a little mixology and create special drinks the whole family can enjoy. Or these recipes can be spiked for a more grown up version. Cheers friends!

14 Mocktail Recipes - fun drinks the whole family can enjoy.