New Drapery + Loom Decor Giveaway

I get to introduce you all to two things today... our new linen draperies in the perfect shade of green, as well as the company that makes them, Loom Decor.  Loom Decor is basically your own virtual workroom that will create semi custom textiles to your needs.  For example, rather than settling for one of the three color options for a drapery panel out of a catalog, you can go to Loom Decor's site & choose your style of drapery & choose all of your details from there.  Between the hundreds of designer fabric options, the choices in length, pleats & interlining, they are creating a custom panel just for your space. Each panel is also weighted to hang properly in your space.  Interlining & weights really take your drapery panels to the next level. 

Not only do they make all of their draperies in the USA, but they also give you the opportunity to customize a multitude of pillow styles, poufs, bedding & table linens.  Their easy to navigate site allows you to see the items you want in the fabric options you choose which makes the experience fun & hassle free.  You know exactly what you are getting, no questions of will this look right together?

They also have Stylists on hand that can assist you with any of your choices if needed.  They can recommend what would be best suited for your space & help suggest alternatives as well.

This has become a great source for my online clients as it is often difficult to trust a fabric workroom you have no experience with.  I know the quality will be fantastic & my clients will be thrilled.

Loom Decor has generously decided to give two of my readers $100 to their site.  To enter please follow this link here <<

And by the way... my Lucite Drapery Rod Tutorial will be up very soon!!!!  There is a big announcement with that one too.

Barcart: Society Social via Waiting on Martha // Chair: Home Decorators Collection // Mirror: Home Depot (may be available in stores)

Flower Topped Naked Cake

Introducing the easiest cake, well, ever.  The Naked Cake.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against frosting.  We have actually had a great relationship over the years, but this year I decided to tackle this more rustic approach for my daughter's birthday.  

For the actual cake you simply make however many layers you'd like, I did four for her fourth birthday... and let them chill.  I left mine in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, using a serrated knife, I sliced off the dome that occurs during baking.  The domes were instantly discarded as to not become my breakfast.  Once your cakes are level-ish, stack them by adding a generous portion of frosting in between each layer.  Remember, you are skimping on the side frosting, so feel free to add more between the layers.  You can use a piping bag if you feel it is necessary, but I used an offset spatula to make things even easier.

Raspberry Vanilla Buttercream:

1 Cup of Butter, softened
3 1/2 Cups of Confectioners Sugar
2 Vanilla Beans, seeds extracted
1 Pint of Raspberries, juiced
Pinch of Salt

In your bowl, beat the softened butter until smooth & slowly begin to add your sugar.  Once the sugar & butter are combined (which may appear dry) add in your Raspberry Juice.  I juiced my Raspberries by placing them in a strainer and mashing them with the back of a spoon.  Using only the juice allows your frosting to have the beautiful raspberry flavor (& gorgeous color) without the seeds.  Continue to combine the rest of your ingredients...& enjoy.  

For the Floral Topper, I got creative.  I knew the flowers would be on the cake for a few hours & wanted them to stay as fresh as possible.  By taking plastic drinking straws & folding them in half, I was able to create tiny individual vases that were easily inserted into the top of the cake.  I placed the straws using varying heights & began to place my flowers within.  After a little rearranging & a few snips of the straws to adjust the height once inserted, we were left with the sweetest Floral Topped Naked Cake.  The perfect centerpiece to Chloe's Garden Party.

Cake Stand: Minted // Wooden Number: BHLDN

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