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Bar Cart DIY

Inspired by the influx of bar cart makeovers, I set out to find my very own cart to makeover.  I put some feelers out and found a perfect medical cart from the early 1900s from Portland Flea For all.

I used a hammered copper Rust-Oleum for the whole cart- it took about three cans, but I love the effect.  I’m still working on a cleaner arrangement for the items on it, but this is what I have so far.

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Perfect for holiday entertaining!

I just got these three prints for the bar area as well from Evelyn Henson on etsy.

Inspired to do your own?  Check out your local flea market or find a finished one on etsy.

Enjoy!

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Dining Room Reno!

Alex and I have lived in our home for over a year now and I’ve finally finished decorating the dining room complete with new paint and wall decor.

We started with two white walls and one already painted wall.  I kept the green/gray speckled wall and went with a dark teal in Peacock Plume for the other two walls.

 It was listed as a historic color and I thought my history buff husband would appreciate the nod 🙂 .  It turned out awesome and I was drawn to these peacock pillows from One Kings Lane to add the subtle theme.

 I love the lighthearted yet grown up feel they have.

The pièce de résistance is definitely this mirror from Ballard Designs that was recommended via Emily A Clark’s blog.

Then, of course, I needed some actual art.  Here are three pieces from local artist, Elizabeth Fraser of Fraser Art Studio.

Mackworth Island and Wolfe’s Neck Farm

 

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These pieces are especially important to me because they are of where I had my second date with my husband, where we got married, and our first Portland 4th of July together.

And in this corner…we have a cute little cabinet with a few samples of my maternal grandmother’s china.  We didn’t have room to display the whole set- it’s probably safer this way.  Especially since this lovely dining room becomes our pub on some weekend nights.

And finally, the farmer’s table.  I got this and the cabinet from Cherished Possessions in South Portland.

I love that place- I have several pieces from there and am always excited to see what they have.  It should be called the danger zone- except that they are actually reasonably priced so it’s not too dangerous for the bottom line.  The benches were a lucky find at Home Goods- another favorite!

I’m very pleased with the results- now to test ‘er out!  Just in time for the holidays!

Walter is happy to have access to this room again too 🙂

New to The Bangor Daily News!

Hi Everyone!

I’m excited to be joining your blogging community!  It looks like I’m in good company.  I’ve been working on Happy New Lear for over a year- I started right before Alex and I got married. It’s been my own little outlet to share with my family and friends across the country and also a way to build a community with those who share similar interests.

My husband and I live near Portland with our little French/English bulldog, Walter. I’m a photographer and he is a writer/musician.  We’ve been in our home a little over a year now and love our little oasis.  We’re both kids at heart and we still feel like we are in a house without parents home.  It all seems too good to be true.

I love crafting and trying new recipes so you’ll see a lot of that here as well as book reviews and seasonal events.  I look forward to getting to know you all through your blogs and maybe some convos.   I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks!

Lauren

Vino, Vida, Vici

I wined, I saw, I conquered!  Alex and I shared a lovely evening at home with friends and family while we hosted a Wine Shop at home event.  Renee Curtis was our wine educator for the evening and walked us through the subtleties and nuances of three sweet whites and three bold/spicy reds.  We paired these with a few interesting bites to change the palate.   Good times were had by all and we were happy to enjoy our “new to us” deck furniture donated by Alex’s wonderful parents.

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I also got to do a craft I’ve been saving for about a year now- Tiki wine bottles!  I got the design from Design Sponge.

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Cheers from the Lears!

Lauren

Dollhouse

I had a beautiful blue and white Victorian dollhouse my mom once gave me.  Over the years it fell into disrepair.  When it arrived at my new house from my mother’s basement, it looked like this:

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I probably hadn’t seen it in 20 years and it was painful to see it like this.  Right then I decided to fix ‘er up.

Now, I’ve restored it to its original condition, more or less.

My next plan is to improve upon it.  I’m thinking some wall paper, more furniture, new carpet, etc.  You might also see this house make an appearance in my Alice in Wonderland shoot with Lola Studios.  Stay tuned!

On a side note:  My mom and I wanted to put together a gingerbread lighthouse together.  We didn’t have time to design that, so we got a Disney Cinderella castle instead.  We got that and a bunch of fun candies at Cracker Barrel to decorate it with.  That was definitely a highlight of the holidays!

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Hope you all had a great holiday and have a happynewlear…YEAR!

~Lauren

Bedroom Makeover

This is my first attempt at interior design.  I have no idea what I’m doing, but I know what I like.  Any bedroom I’ve had in the past was usually a hodge podge of vibrant colors and looked kind of erratic and tropical.  I realized that this is not the most peaceful setting for a bedroom.  For some reason I love hotel rooms with the big puffy clouds of white that are so pristine and cozy.  I wanted to model our bedroom after our room at our honeymoon resort in Cancun.  The walls at home were already a great sandy color and the bed is a rich chocolate brown.  I decided to play upon that.  I added some fun sea urchin sketches, soft lighting, and these deep blue curtains to give a nice pop of color.

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These are from World Market and I had no clue what they were when they arrived because they were packaged like this.  It was actually fun to unwrap them.  I realize now that they were wrapped this way to give the fun crepe-like texture.

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Here’s the room so far.  I’m thinking of a wall clock and a nice ceiling fan with the large palm leaves to finish it off.

Thoughts??

~Lauren

‘Tis the Season

The day after turkey day, we went to Hanscome’s Christmas Tree Farm in North Yarmouth to pick out and cut down any tree of our choosing.  I have always wanted to do that and was happy to find a place in our own backyard.

Upon arrival we picked up a saw and headed out into the field.  I was hoping for a tall wide one like I had last year, but it wasn’t going to work out this year.  We finally happened upon a very nice, sturdy, tall, dependable tree – just like my husband 🙂 .  After playing around a bit we committed to it by chopping it down and carrying it through the village of trees.

  

Whenever I’ve put up a tree in the past, I’ve always put up all the ornaments I’ve collected as a child and as I grew up.  I’ve noticed other people creating trees with a theme and I thought for our first year in the house that I would try a collected look as well.

I decided to go with something beachy, silver and blue, and snowy- kind of like a Maine winter. Here’s what I came up with:

Here are a few examples of what I used:

A clear ornament with sand from our Honeymoon…

An assortment of scented balls from a potpourri set from Michaels…

Some funky disco balls to bring out the shine…

Coastal themed potpourri sets…

A bunch of little icicles…

And, of course, some sentimental items:

An ornament given to us by Scott and Ruth of the Brewster House.  We’ve stayed there every New Year’s Eve since the night we were engaged.

The ornament my mom gave us last year in honor of our first Christmas in Maine with the Lears…

And a his and hers first Christmas ornament from my mother in law, Cissie.

I hope you all have fun decorating for the season ahead.

Cheers!

Lauren

Eating RAW

Today signifies the end of my first week on my new raw diet.  I couldn’t have done it without the help of Elizabeth Fraser of Girl Gone Raw.  She is our local raw food enthusiast and helps others in the community reach their raw potential.

Elizabeth and her Veggie Maki Rolls

I have had many stomach issues since I was young and have tried many different avenues to help ease my pain.  It wasn’t until recently when my symptoms were spiraling that I decided to try something drastic.  I’d heard great things about raw food and Elizabeth in particular and decided to sign up for her 6 Weeks to a Healthier You program.  I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision.  In just one week, not only have my symptoms have gone away, but I’m actually feeling great!

I was a little nervous about diving in and leaving all my hot, greasy, fatty, cheesy foods behind.  But, now I actually crave my raw creations.  Its unbelieveable! Elizabeth has been very helpful each step of the way.  We meet once a week to cook an entire meal complete with dessert and she also introduced me to all the raw food goodies at Whole Foods.  So far, I’ve learned how to make my own almond milk, nut cheese, yummy cashew burgers, and even a chocolate bars!

I’ve just come home from another wonderful evening of raw food making with Elizabeth and want to share all the goodies we created.

Veggie Maki Rolls

You’ll need:

-4 sheets of Nori

Filling:

1 cup of cashews, soaked for 2 hours

1 carrot

1 minced scallion

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

sea salt to taste (1/4 tsp)

Veggies to Roll:

1 carrot

1 avocado

1 cucumber

8 sprigs cilantro

1/2 cup of sprouts

Dipping Sauce:

3 Tbs nama shoyu

1 Tbs olive oil

1 Tbs tahini

grated garlic or ginger


1. Chop and mix filling ingredients in food processor

2. Julienne carrot & cucumber, slice avocado & mango into strips.

 

3.  Arrange filling an inch from bottom of nori.  Place veggies on top.

4.  With dry hands, roll the nori up and over the filling, keeping the roll as tight as possible.  As you roll and see a half an inch left, wet the end like and envelope and seal the roll.  Set aside.

5.  Whisk your dip together. Slice roll into half inch slices and enjoy with dip.  YUM!

This might be my favorite recipe so far, the dipping sauce is so flavorful and a great compliment to the rolls!

Veggie Stir Fry

Rice:

2 medium parsnips

1 clove garlic

Veggies:

1 1/2 cups broccoli

1 1/2 cups mushrooms

1 cup snap peas

1 carrot julienned

black sesame seeds

Marinade:

1/3 cup of olive oil

2 Tbs nama shoyu

1 Tbs agave

1. Place broccoli, mushrooms, and marinade in a bowl. Stir to coat.  Let it sit for 1/2 hour.

 2.  Peel parsnips, chop, and place in food processor with cashews and garlic.  Blend until mixture has the texture of cous cous.

 3.  Julienne carrots and chop snap peas in half.

4.  Mix cous cous, veggies, and broccoli mixture in a bowl.  Enjoy!

(Modified from Rawmazing.com stir fry recipe)

Frozen Fruit Sorbet

2 frozen bananas

1 cup frozen mango

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/4-1/2 cup water or almond milk

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth & creamy- approx 1 minute.

Serve right away and top with fruit, nuts, coconut, or agave.

Thanks Elizabeth for guiding me in my raw food journey and for letting me share these great recipes!

You can find Elizabeth at http://www.girlgoneraw.com

~Lauren

DIY votive jars

Today’s post goes out to all the DIY brides out there.  I’m only a partial DIY bride, but I did find some fun projects along the way.  This idea came from Pinterest, from Mark Montano, the pin is no longer available though.  So, I will walk you through what I did.  This craft can also be used for non brides for a fun picnic project, or to do with the kiddies.

My mom and I worked on this on in April when she came to visit.  I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

1.  Collect and wash jars of various sizes and make sure all the gunky label mess is off of them.

2.  Soak yarn in 1 part water, 2 parts glue.  Just swirl it around until its all covered.

3.  Carefully wrap the yarn around one jar.  You can play with different designs or keep it more organized in parallel lines.  Repeat with remaining jars.

4.  When yarn has dried, take jars outside to spray paint.  You can try mixing colors too.

5.  Let the paint dry.

6.  Remove yarn and attach ribbon.

7.  Enjoy your new accent piece with a votive.

Let me know how this works out for you!

~ Lauren

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