First, attach the wire to the floral ring so you can hang the mirror when finished. The benefit of the floral ring was that it had holes, making it easy to attach a wire.
Then, cut the dowels into three different sizes. I ended up cutting them down again once they were on the mirror. I realized that two 16 inch dowels on a 12 inch mirror makes a really really big mirror. Oops. Anyway, after cutting the dowels, sand the edges to smooth them.
Glue the dowels on the floral ring using a hot glue gun or wood glue. I used the holes in the floral ring as guidelines to make sure I was gluing the dowels evenly around the circle.
After the glue dries, spray paint the back side of the floral ring/dowels and then the front. I usually spray paint outside and put newspapers down on our back patio. I started that way, but it was so windy that everything blew around the yard (hence the flashlight and umbrella in the pictures). After the wind blew the floral ring/dowel combination across the yard, I brought everything to the door just outside our basement. Since it is at the bottom of a stairwell, it blocked the wind and was still outside. I didn’t want to spray paint in the house.
Then use a strong glue to glue on the mirror. I used Liquid Nails. After applying the mirror, use something heavy (like books) to hold it down while drying. Thank you Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.
After the glue has dried for 24 hours, the mirror is ready to hang! For now, I chose over my bed – the gold pops with the dark blue wall.
I originally intended to title this post Nautical Nonsense, but then remembered that is a Spongebob episode, so I suppose I’ll stick with Nautical Inspiration. I’ve been mildly obsessed with the whole nautical trend for quite a while now (see Navy and Coral Mood Board). Honestly I’m surprised it took me this long to put together a nautical mood board.
A couple things to note…
1) I am aware that the mirror is over $300 – I think this could be a great DIY!
2) I’m envisioning the Brass Anchor Door Knocker on a blue door (like the royal blue color in the poster!) with the doormat in front of it. Can’t wait to have my own front door one day…
The reason I’m calling this recipe “clean” is because it doesn’t include processed sugar or oil. I’m sure that there’s a small part of the semisweet chocolate chips that isn’t considered clean, which is why it’s in quotes.
I found this recipe for 100% whole wheat waffles from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures a few weeks ago. I love the recipe and have been making it almost every weekend since! My dad and brother even love these waffles (don’t tell them they are whole wheat!). I love that the recipe uses 100% whole wheat flour. I come across a lot of recipes that are 50/50 whole wheat and white flour. I prefer to use 100% whole wheat when possible!
I decided to slightly tweak the recipe to eliminate refined/processed sugar and canola oil by substituting some honey and coconut oil.
Here’s what I used…
First, combine the whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl.
Coconut oil is a great option for cooking with high heat, and can be used as a replacement for oil or butter in a lot of recipes. It has a melt point of 76 degrees, so it is often hardens in the container. It is kind of like the texture of Crisco or butter. Since I was replacing canola oil with coconut oil, I melted it in a glass before mixing it with the wet ingredients.
Then, mix the coconut oil with the egg, milk and honey.
Mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients.
Scoop the batter with a measuring cup and add a few semisweet chocolate chips. Pour the batter into a waffle maker.
My waffle maker has a light that goes off when the waffles are finished cooking (pretty idiot proof). I had these guys to keep me company while I waited…
Here’s the final product!
Here’s the recipe!
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/3 cup coconut oil
First, preheat your waffle maker.
Mix together whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
Melt coconut oil in a small bowl. Mix together coconut oil, egg, milk and honey.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix.
Fill measuring cup (size will vary depending on waffle maker) with batter and add a few chocolate chips. Pour batter into waffle maker and close. Cook according to waffle maker instructions.
Serve with your favorite waffle toppings and enjoy!
But seriously. Aside from being a necessity and providing light to otherwise dark spaces, lamps can also be great additions to any room. That’s why I decided to create a round-up featuring inspirational lighting from some of my favorite stores (West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Urban Outfitters and World Market). I love this round-up for a couple of reasons. One: I included all types of lighting, from chandeliers and pendants to sconces. Two: they range in price from the Angled Wall Lamp from Urban Outfitters ($59) to the Glass Orb Chandelier from West Elm and Riston Floor Lamp from Crate & Barrel (both $499). Enjoy!
Two posts for my dog in under a week… I suppose this one is more on-topic since dog beds really are part of a room. While you can’t go wrong with a solid-colored dog bed, I think it’s nice to choose one with a fun design that becomes a focal point in a room (versus hiding in the background). Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite dog beds from around the web…
I created a living room inspiration mood board about a month ago with the idea that it would be a model for my future living room. Since then, I’ve already discovered new products and color schemes. This living room is centered around black, white and gold with different colors brought in through the art and the Aberdeen Darby Chair from World Market. I LOVE all of the gold accents in this room, from the Hand Loomed Silk Throw to the gold pillows.
I’m sure that by the time I design my own living room I’ll have a ‘Living Room: Part 12’ mood board. But in the meantime, here is part 2!