gold wine bottle centerpieces
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wine bottle centrepieces

This has got to be the easiest craft ever – & it looks so elegant! All you need is to hold onto your empty wine bottles, a can of gold spray paint, and white candles. Put them together and you’ll have a cost-effective & sophisticated centrepiece for your event. Read more for step-by-step instructions on how to repurpose your wine bottles into something really memorable. Continue Reading

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bar cart essentials

Living in small spaces requires major creativity. I’ve been living in a college dorm room with linoleum tiles and drab greige walls, so I’m always looking for space-saving decor that’s big in impact. Buying a bar cart was the best call in that department – I bought the Bygel Utility Cart from Ikea for only $39.99. While you can use this cart to display whatever you like – I’ve seen some great coffee and tea carts, book carts, etc – having a bar cart is such a fun way to show your guests that you’re the hostess with the mostess. There are so many ways to personalize this piece; I’ve also seen lots of Pinterest tutorials where the silver details were spray painted gold, but I kept my silver since I already had a silver shaker! Keep reading to see how I stocked & styled this bad boy.

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how to end your internship

You’ve learned everyone’s names, how to format a memo, and even how to work the Keurig. And after all that? It’s time to leave! While back to school shopping and dorm room DIY-ing might be at the top of your to-do list, finish what you started first – end your summer internship the right way. Read through for some tips to end your summer internship on a high note. Continue Reading

watercolour inspired party
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watercolour inspired party

Every August long weekend, its a family tradition to go up North and spend the weekend together cottaging. Typically, I try to keep my Vogues dry as the dock slowly becomes submerged, thanks to the Langford clan making settlement with their discussions of the state of the Liberal party and whatever was on the front page of the Globe. I for one had a huge treat this year to shift the focus from questioning about the state of my absent LSAT scores (with little intent to be completed, might I add) to whispers of venues and colour schemes. My cousin recently got engaged, which is the most exciting family news in the past decade; it’s literally been almost ten years since we got to fawn over a happy couple with a Langford wedding! While a big family like ours might have a big set of personalities, there is one thing we’re for sure good at – celebrating! I styled an engagement fete for the two, starting with an idea for watercolour place cards in a natural, watery colour palette, since we were going to be sipping our champagne lakeside. Read through for some more pictures about this engagement fiesta! Continue Reading

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

It’s time to dust out the cobwebs; we’re doing some spring cleaning over here at Paperclips & Peonies. Check back soon for our grand re-launch, with new content and a whole new look!

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Easter Egg Cards

Happy Easter Sunday everyone! Easter is one of my favourite holidays, just because of the pastels. Also Mini Eggs. I am very grateful for Mini Eggs. I got Egg-inspired and made some cards in a spring colour scheme. These could also work well as place cards for your easter table scape. Click through for the steps & pictures!

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DIY Dry Erase Calendar using Paint Chips

Organizational DIYs just might be my favourite type of craft. I feel like I’m killing two birds with one stone by creating home decor while getting my life together. This version by Maple & Magnolia has blown up over Pinterest, so when I first moved into residence, I knew this was a dorm craft I had to tackle. Almost effortless to create, this project is a brilliant way to tie together a colour scheme in a trendy way. Practice your hand-lettering in a new medium & try new fonts on your calendar! Continue Reading

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Throwback Thursday: Calligraphy Workshop by LH Calligraphy

This week, I’m throwing back to this past September, where I picked up the art of hand lettering at the Laura Hooper Calligraphy workshop at Smudge Designs Studio. After working all summer in a serious research job, I knew I needed a creativity boost stat. I saw an Instagram post from Laura saying her first Canadian workshop was going to be in Toronto, and it was total fate. I signed up as soon as I could and counted down the days!

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Mimosa Makeover: Mandarin Lillet Cocktail

Mimosas are such a celebratory drink – brunches, showers, toasting, hosting – mimosas are a total necessity. Unfortunately, mimosas have a before 2pm social expectation. I concocted up a more grown-up equivalent to the mimosa, with just the same amount of fruity flare. Sometimes all it takes are those minor differences to zest it up. Amp up your brunch cred and sip away!

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Talk Derby To Me

A few weeks ago, I attended a party with the costume memo “dress like a sport.” Though most took a traditionally athletic route, Cameron and I went for a very authentically us approach instead and dressed up as Kentucky Derby attendees. Mint juleps were drunk and floppy hats were worn. Southern style and society is something we both love, making this a really memorable event. Even if you’re a home grown Canadian like me, if you have a little Southern Belle in your blood, host a Kentucky Derby styled event yourself! Read through for more inspiration. Continue Reading