Sarah Hearts

Sarah Hearts Removable Self Adhesive Wallpaper

March 25, 2015

Love this bright, modern floral wallpaper! It's completely removable and doesn't use traditional wallpaper glue so it's perfect for rental homes and apartments.

I’ve long been a fan of wallpaper and I’m excited to announce that I partnered with Walls Need Love to create my own collection of removable wallpaper! It’s seriously a dream come true! I’ve loved creating desktop and mobile wallpapers over the past few years but I’ve dreamt of some day translating those designs on a much larger scale. And now I’m so excited to share the collection with you!

This fun modern floral wallpaper would be perfect in a dining room, nursery, or even an foyer.

The wallpaper isn’t the stuff in your grandma’s house. It’s printed on Fab-Tac adhesive backed fabric. This means it’s self-adhsive and you don’t need water or wallpaper glue to hang it. It also means that it’s rip, wrinkle, and tear resistant which makes installation way easier than tradtional wallpaper. It also removes cleanly, making it the perfect way to personalize your rental home or apartment. Just peel, stick, and smooth!

Love the idea of wallpapering one wall in a dining room or living area to create a statement wall. This wallpaper is completely removable; all you have to do is peel and stick it!

To give the wallpaper a test run, we installed it in our dining room to create a statement wall behind our buffet. Shortly after we purchased our home, I had painted a chevron pattern on this wall so before installing the wallpaper I painted the wall white. This created a nice bright blank canvas for the wallpaper.

Love how cheerful and bright this modern floral removable wallpaper is. Such a cute idea for a statement wall.

Which pattern and color combination is your favorite? I’m thinking our foyer could use a pattern refresh!

You can shop the Sarah Hearts collection of removable wallpaper and start planning your easy room makeover!

Deviled Eggs 3 Ways

March 24, 2015

Not sure what to do with all those hard boiled eggs after Easter? Try one of these simple savory deviled egg recipes. They aren't your grandmother's recipes!

I must preface my post by saying these aren’t your typical church potluck deviled eggs. Though I don’t really discriminate when it comes to southern food (I could eat cheese grits daily), deviled eggs aren’t my all time favorite—until I made these.

What are you supposed to do with all those hard boiled dyed eggs after Easter? I say, make them into delicious deviled eggs that you will actually want to eat! My go-to trick with deviled eggs is to swap the mayo for plain greek yogurt. I like using 2% for this because pretty thick and has just enough fat in them to make the yolk mixture creamy.

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Sriracha Bacon Deviled Eggs
When all else fails put sriracha on it right? Mash the yolks with a fork then add 2% plain green yogurt to the mixture until it’s blended and a pudding like consistency. Then add as much sriracha as you like (I add about 1 tbs. for every 2 whole eggs) and season with salt and pepper. Fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture and top with crumbled cooked bacon.

Pesto and Sundried Tomato Deviled Eggs
Mash the yolks with a fork then add 2% plain green yogurt to the mixture until it’s blended and a pudding like consistency. Then add pesto (I’m a fan of Trader Joe’s when I don’t want to make my own) to the mixture, one tablespoon at a time until it’s the flavor you like and season with salt and pepper. Fill the egg halves with the yolk mixture and top with diced sundried tomatoes.

Smoked Salmon and Caper Deviled Eggs
I love lox and cream cheese do this is definitely my favorite deviled egg remix. Mash the yolks with a fork then add 2% plain green yogurt to the mixture until it’s blended and a pudding like consistency. Add in a heaping tablespoon or two of plain cream cheese to the mixture. Then stir in diced smoked salmon, diced capers, and season with salt and pepper. Add the yolk mixture to the egg halves and top with diced parsley and red onions.

Left over hard boiled Easter eggs make delicious and easy party food! Here are 3 non-traditional recipes to try including sriracha bacon, smoked salmon, and pesto.

If you want to make your deviled eggs extra fancy, you can put the yolk mixture in a pastry bag, like I did, and pipe it into the egg halves. I used a large star tip for the sriracha and pesto eggs. Since the smoked salmon mixture was a bit thicker, I didn’t use a pastry tip. I just put the mixture in a disposable pastry bag and cut the tip of the bag off (so the end is about .5″ wide) and piped the mixture into the egg halves. It sounds like a lot of work but it only takes a couple minute and make for such a pretty presentation.

Now I know what to do with all those left over Easter eggs. I'm going to make one of these deviled egg recipes!

Do you have a favorite non-traditional recipe for deviled eggs? If so, please leave a comment and let me know what it is. I might just have to try it this Easter.

Feeling crafty? Learn how to make the gold dipped egg spoons and painted cloth napkins that you see in the photos above.

Check out my Easter page for egg-filled ideas and find even more ideas on my Pinterest Easter board.

DIY Polka Dot Wood Tray

March 23, 2015

Make an affordable and stylish wood tray for your home! Click through to learn how to transform a plain wood tray into a cute polka dot tray.

Polka dots are one of my go-to patterns. I love them on dresses, glassware, and even doors. You just can’t go wrong with something covered in cute dots! In fact, I use the pattern so much that I pretty much consider it a neutral, perfect for mixing with florals and stripes.

So what on earth could I possibly put more polka dots on? A wood tray of course! I’m paired up with DecoArt and some of my favorite blog friends to share how you can DIY one thing five ways. We each started with the same exact unfinished wood tray and created 5 completely different, easy to DIY, looks.

Americana Multi-Surface paint is the perfect paint for creating a polka dot wood tray. It covers so well!

Time: 1 hour + drying time
Supplies: Americana Multi-Surface paint in Shrimp and Cotton Ball / wood tray / wood stain / foam brush / foam pouncer

Use dark walnut wood stain to transform a plain unfinished wood tray into a new stylish polka dot tray.

Step 1: Apply wood strain in any color you like (I used dark walnut) using a foam brush. Paint the stain on in the direction of the wood grain. This part can be pretty messy so make sure you cover your table top and I’d recommend wearing gloves.

Use a paper towel to remove excess wood stain immediately after applying it. Click through to see the full polka dot tray tutorial.

Step 2: Remove the excess stain using a paper towel. Allow the tray to dry completely.

Use a foam pouncer to create perfectly round polka dots on a wood tray or any surface.

Step 3: If you want to make the same coral blush colored dots as I did, mix equal parts of Cotton Ball and Shrimp Americana Multi-Surface paint on a paper plate or tray. Then place the foam pouncer (I used the 1.5″ one) in the paint and cover the bottom of the sponge with an even layer of paint.

A foam pouncer creates perfectly round circles without having to use a stencil or paint brush.

Step 4:  Lightly press the foam pouncer onto the tray and turn it left and right slightly to create a solid polka dot. Be careful to not press too hard because the paint will bleed and the edges of the circle will be uneven. You can apply the dots in a random pattern, like I did, or you can apply them in more of a grid. Once you finish, you may notice some spots are uneven. That’s no problem—just apply the paint again in the same way once the first coat of paint has dried. You can also touch up a few areas with a tiny paint brush. Once the paint is completely dry your tray is ready to be used!

Love this DIY polka dot wood tray! It's such a simple project that can be used for serving food, on a bedside table, or even on a coffee table.

Note: This is optional, but if you plan on using your tray a lot, I recommend sealing it with a clear varnish once the paint is completely dry. This will help prevent the paint from chipping and make the wood water resistant.

Check out the other ways to DIY a wood tray:
A Bubble Life
Oleander + Palm
Pars Caeli
The Crafted Life

Want to DIY your own tray? We’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card so you can buy all the supplies you need to create your own tray. Enter below to win!

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Love this polka dot wood tray! Click through to see 4 other ways to DIY a wood tray.

This post was created in partnership with DecoArt. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

Links to Love

March 20, 2015

Create something beautiful (or delicious) this weekend and try one of these simple DIY projects! Click through for links to each tutorial.

It’s the weekend!

This weekend I’ll be saying goodbye to some close friends who are packing up and moving to France (yes I think we need to visit asap). In between the goodbyes and wrapping up a few blog projects, I’ll also be painting the a couple cabinets this weekend. We have just one corner left to paint in the kitchen and then we are in the home stretch of our DIY kitchen update!

Here are some fun projects to try (or bake) this weekend:

1. Just when I thought a storage box couldn’t get any prettier.

2. I adore adding a touch of gold to just about everything including this DIY striped file folder.

3. This color blocked hanging planter is the perfect way to bring the outdoors in.

4. Strawberry mini donuts. Yes, please.

I’m also loving:

Macaroons for brunch.

Giant cork boards.

This sundress.

Veggie curry in a slow cooker and these for dessert.