weekend snippets + brunches + booth-style seating

Happy new week!

I’m all about brunches with my favorite people and feel fortunate to live in a city that has a good number of restaurants offering FAB brunch deals. This weekend we hit up a new spot Urbana Wine Bar and Restaurant. I fell in love with their egg-white frittata with manchego cheese and a side of arugula salad. Yum-to-the-mers. I would definitely go there again just for the frittata.

I have long loved the charm of banquette seating and have recently been toying with the idea of raising the height of my chesterfield to function as one. Any links/suggestions on how to do this? I wonder if building custom seating is a better option. I pulled a few images from my files with cozy booth-style and bench seating ideas. I really like the idea of additional storage underneath too.

How do you feel about booth-style seating?

Have a great week ahead. x


styling tip: unexpected touches

Beautifully decorated rooms are usually the result of a well-trained eye for detail, thoughtful purchases and the desire to live well. What makes them personal, warm and inviting, magazine-worthy is how they are styled.

Pick one or two pieces that bring an element of surprise to the overall look.

Like the brass lamp and patterned sidetables in this (above) guestroom,

and this brick wall that makes this dinner for two tablescape look even more inviting,


and this bubble chandelier. Little details but these make a huge impact to the decor.

images: design sponge and house beautiful

Sunday brunch with the girls

Loving this soft, glitsy and edgy table setting. Soft peach-pink hues with gold accents and black/navy chevron print napkins for that graphic punch. Totally chic! While originally from a wedding in Minneapolis, I think it would make a fabulous look for Sunday brunch with the ladies.

The understated gold accents and simplicity of this table setting makes it super easy {and affordable} to pull together. Measure length of table and cut a roll of wax paper to size. Layer a garden rose fabric as a runner over it. The candle sticks can be found at Ikea, $15 for a set of three. Gilded flatware from Bed Bath and Beyond, scalloped dinner and salad plates from Home Goods. The brass goblets can be found in most thrift stores for under $3each. As for the napkins, this DIY featured on Design Sponge recently gave step-by-step instructions on how to block-print a chevron fabric. Full DIY can be found here.

This has me totally in the mood for planning a brunch party with my besties soon. I would serve pink grapefruit mimosas, mini quiches and fruity tarts to start. Do you have any brunch recipes to share?

via 100layercake