DIY: Gold Rim Jewelry Tray

{Before}                                                                                                                                                      {After}

It’s pretty obvious to anyone who meets me that I am obsessed with gold. From gold jewelry {it took me a long time to warm up to silver, white gold, and platinum, though I adore them all now} to gold accent pieces around the house, there’s something about the warm, rich color that just adds a touch of pretty to any element. Since one of the things missing from my closet was a pretty jewelry dish, I knew I needed to create one and pay homage to my favorite interior design accent color. I decided to create a simple jewelry tray to help organize my things beautifully and corral my sparkliest jewels so that I can see their prettiness on a daily basis by DIY-ing a simple white appetizer plate. This tray helped organize my jewelry and leave my prettiest jewels on display, whether I placed it on my dresser, vanity, or nightstand. I loved that this simple DIY created a pretty punch of color {especially when juxtaposed to the basic white porcelain} that I find so appealing, and the best part is it cost me less than $5.
Tools: Appetizer Plate, Gold Leaf Pen

Step 1: Using the pen, line the edge of the plate. Don’t worry about how thick or thin the line is, or if it is even all around.

Step 2: Once it dries {my pen instantly dried}, go back around the tray with the gold. This time focus on evening out the thickness of the line and filling in any spots that need to be touched up.

Step 3: Using your nails, chip away at any of the gold that isn’t even.

Step 4: Corral your prettiest baubles and enjoy!

x Paris

DIY: Fragrance – Rosewater, Orange Blossom, Lavender, & Lavender Vanilla

The one thing I wish I could showcase on this site is my love for fragrance. Whether it’s a decadently rich body wash, a spritz of perfume before date night, a delicious smelling candle on a rainy evening, or just a splash of a sweet smelling essence in the room, nothing makes me quite as happy as enjoying a beautiful scent. So naturally, while eyeing my backyard the other day {with ideas on how to make homemade simple syrups for cocktails and desserts this season by using the florals outside}, it struck me that I could make my very own fragrances. They took just a few minutes to create and make for a refreshing mist in the morning {when used as a substitute for the rosewater spray that I spritz over my face each day}, a sweet pillow spray to make my bedding feel just a little more indulgent, and a great room freshener. Enjoy!
Flowers {I used roses, orange blossoms, lavender, & vanilla}
Spray Bottles {I used these}
Paper, Pen, & Scissors for labels
1. Bring your water to boil {for the 8 ounce bottles I used about 12 ounces of water to start with}.
2. Once the water is boiling, add in the flower petals. Stir consistently.
3. When the flower looks to have lost any strength {i.e.: the rose petals almost look transparent}, turn of the stove, pour the scented water into a cup, and the squeeze out any remaining water from the flower petals.
4. Refrigerate for a couple hours with the top of the cup sealed to keep the scent in.
5. Create labels for your bottle marking down your scents, pour the chilled fragrance into the bottle, & enjoy!
Note: I made four scents – rosewater, orange blossom, lavender, & lavender vanilla.
x Paris