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Ashley & Nathan’s DIY wedding

Today, I am beyond honored to share the lovely DIY wedding of our good friends Nathan and Ashley. Now, if ever there was a soulmate couple to our own little twosome, this is “the one.” Made up of one part manly musician and outdoor enthusiast, and another part girly crafting extraordinaire, the newlywed Hilbish’s are the yin to our yang. I could sit and chat for hours with Ashley about this and that for the home. Her exceptional taste (no surprise, she works as an interior decorator for Curtains, Blinds and Bath locally) is one that I have come to rely on for bouncing ideas off of. And nothing showcases that taste better than her and her hubby’s wedding day.

Shot by the talented Colling Photography, this oh-so-special May event is just saturated in style and elegance. What I thought a lot of you would appreciate is that, while the wedding ceremony and reception look filled to the brim with exuberance, a large portion of it was created at the hands of Ashley and her family and friends.

Throughout the photos shown below, you’ll find thoughts and memories spoken straight from the bride herself. If you’re planning your own wedding this season, Ashley shares tons of valuable (and practical) advice for tackling the sometimes stressful planning stages. A full list of local event vendors is also included along with links at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy!



I never thought it would be so daunting to recollect a day that was literally just a month ago! Trying to remember your wedding day is like trying to remember your 5th birthday – You know it happened and lots of amazing people were there to share the experience with you, (and yes you have way better pictures from your wedding than your 5th birthday, unless your parents are photographers) but that’s about it! I’ve never been a “focus on me” type of girl, or so I think, so I was all about the details. I had so much fun planning my wedding with my maid-of-honor/sister and mother, it was like I wasn’t even doing it. Also, props to Pinterest because without it I would have been lost.









I really started planning everything like um … a month or two before! I’m a low to no stress type of person so I didn’t worry about stuff (but seriously, take Pilates it will help). I knew the wedding would happen no matter what and that it would be awesome because everyone I surrounded myself with was awesome. So what if I verified flowers a week before, or my caterer had something terribly tragic happen and we had to switch to someone brand new four weeks before. Just wait until you see the food. Yeah, it was awesome. You can be “that girl” who stresses over everything, but what’s the point? You make your vendors miserable AND yourself, along with everyone around you who wishes you were just eloping.










Nathan and I didn’t have any type of ideas to plan; well, frankly he didn’t care. We started out one way but as events fall into place, you can get a sense of direction on your true style. Don’t force it if it’s not meant to be, otherwise you’ll look back and you won’t even be reflected in it. Ours I think was relaxed, vintage-y, fun and personal. We had little details, from Nathan’s squirrel tie (yes, he loves squirrels and I thought why the heck not) and a group dance to break the ice prior to going down the aisle, to really cute things about us on the program to keep people entertained while they waited! It was fun to have fun doing everything, and I think it made it that much more special to the people involved because it made them know you really appreciated them as individuals. If you know your wedding party isn’t filled with “tux-loving” guys, don’t try to put them in one – They will just look super awkward in the pictures. Yes, my girls are girly in 3” designer heels and dresses from who knows where, and the guys were “the guys” with rolled up sleeves and Vans – It just worked together because we were all comfortable.





















The best advice I received that every bride should remember is that it’s your wedding! People are going to ooh and ahh over things they find, and  they will bring you magazine clippings from 1999 that make no sense to your scheme, and email you 1,000 photos of dresses you hate with hints on what they “wish” you’d do (but that you actually want to gag over), or tell you how they did it at their wedding; but what you actually decide to do is a different story. I learned to breathe deep, smile, tell them how great their ideas were, and thank them for thinking of me. I only had one huge meltdown before truly embracing that advice, and then it was all groovy! Have fun with it, it’s your day and your adventure, so surround yourself with people you love and who like to have fun, because in the end it’s so great to stand back and still have all of those people around you laughing at how ridiculous you look in a group jumping picture. 

Photography: Colling Photography
Venue: Afton Mountain Vineyards
Flowers: Doyle’s Forist (Bloom)
Dress: Celebration Bridal
Hair: Bliss Salon
Catering: Cater This!
Cake: Willie Payne (former owner of Magnolia Foods)
Coordination: R.S. Exclusive
Entertainment: DJ Mendez of Mendez Music Academy


My island shopping haul

I promise this will be my last post about our Hilton Head vacation…Okay, maybe that’s more like a soft promise, but for the MOST part I’ve already told all that there is to tell. All except for a companion piece to my HomeGoods tale – plus a few extra beach shop goodies thrown in for good measure.

As you saw last week, my mom and I had a blast browsing the island’s HomeGoods store (twice, in fact). We laid eyes on TONS of fabulous treasures during our multiple tours of the store, but could sadly only bring home a few armloads each. So what did I end up grabbing for myself? The cat is finally out of the (shopping) bag – Scroll on.



The first thing I just haaad to have was the ikat patterned Cynthia Rowley box for $9.99. The price was too good to be true, plus the on-trend pattern in a classically bohemian color palette was irresistible. You may have caught sight of it in yesterday’s studio redesign reveal (thanks for all of the love and support on that, by the way!)




To continue our “Where’s Waldo?” (or should I say, “Where’s The HomeGoods Treasure?”) in yesterday’s reveal post, one other piece ended up making the cut in the final design. The $12.99 burlap basket you see above filled with my growing everday wrapping paper collection was yet another HomeGoods steal (figuratively) that serves as great storage for the multi-functional space. Oh, and if you’re thinking it looks a little boring now, I definitely plan on adding some kind of paint treatment to the burlap down the line…



But let’s take a break from the studio for a moment and move on to a couple of kitchen-y items. That yellow patterned drying mat (for only $4.99) was just what our sink had been begging for. The old one had seen much better days, plus we could use the upgraded color and pattern – I so love when I can find utilitarian pieces in fun and perky colors/patterns, don’t you?




Okay, so the can of dog biscuits shown above didn’t actually come from HomeGoods…But I DID buy it during our trip – just at a local beach shop rather than my go-to chain home accessory mecca. I loved the color and the old school pattern seemed like the perfect fit for our retro-filled kitchen.




The glass bowl shown above is another departure from HomeGoods specific souvenirs, although it DID come from T.J.Maxx, which feels like it’s at least related. If you can’t tell from the bag of beach-scooped rocks beneath it, I plan on turning the pint sized bowl into a mini terrarium. More on that project soon!






The two pieces pictured above, the agate pendant and silver horse, both came from another of our favorite beach shops on the island. As seen in this post from 2 years ago, we always make a point to stop in at Black Market Minerals, and this trip was no different. It was a struggle to leave with just those 2 pieces in hand…


Remember how I was describing an idea for one of the inexpensive table cloths in my HomeGoods recap? Well I plan on doing exactly as announced – in other words, add velcro to the edges of the summery vinyl tablecloth pictured above, and then wrap it around the dingy glass tabletop of our outdoor dining set. I’m hoping it will act as a slip cover of sorts. We’ll all see how that turns out soon enough.




I also mentioned this sculptural gold and white frame in my original store recap last week – At just $7.99, I just had to have it. I could stand to start upgrading my frame collection, and this metallic beauty fit my style too perfectly to leave it behind.



While hardly functional in the normal sense of the word, my new $9.99 gold filled hour glass is one of those really cool signature styling pieces that I’m more than happy to welcome into our collection. The “sand” in this particular hour glass is actually tiny fine beads, making the sound a little more unique in comparison to others like it – it’s sort of dull and heavy, rather than soft and whispery.


Last but certainly not least, we have my favorite take of the day – This Moroccan style side table. At $49.99, it was the most expensive piece I bought that day, but I have some pretty grand plans for it, as I’ve hinted before. A big name brand has claimed it for a specially hosted project and review, and I can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks. So mysterious…

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. I’ve announced the winner of the SIGG Active Top bottle – Click here to see if it’s you!

P.P.S. In today’s Friday Feature Round Up, we’ve got 2 posts over on Le Papier Studio – a “Pin of the Day” post focused on picnicking, and an “Inspired by…” post central to the new “Children of the World” collection that was recently released. Over on Glitter Guide, I designed and wrote a feature all about 4 ways to add pink to your home. Enjoy!


Pinspiration Monday: Gold dipped vase

Settling into a routine now that a new job has been incorporated into the mix has proved to be a bit of a struggle, especially after having worked as an at-home freelancer for 2 and a half months. So, when it comes to DIY projects here at the house, I’ve been keeping an eye out for simple tutorials that have great impact without sucking up too much precious time. Today’s “Pinspiration” project fit all of my needs, and left me with a little something special to gaze at.


Source: Two Twenty One

The concept is as simple as it looks – Take a glass vase, tape off the bottom and spray paint the heck out of it with metallic paint. Fill with water, add a bunch of flowers and you have a very pretty, swanky new vase to take center stage.



  • Glass vase
  • Gold spray paint (I used Valspar Metallic in gold)
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic bag

To mask my vase, I carefully wrapped a line of masking tape around the middle of the glass vessel, putting my “stop” line about 4 inches from the bottom. I just eye balled the line as I went, making sure that it didn’t get too wonky or uneven. Once the demarcation line was masked, I slipped the plastic bag over the top and taped that to the vase, taking care not to go beyond my initial clean line of tape.



After that, it was moment of truth time – I took the masked vase outside and gave it a few quick and even coats of the gold spray paint. Then I carefully removed the masking tape and plastic bag to reveal the clean edge. There were a FEW bleed marks from where the tape puckered up a bit during masking so, if you try this at home, do your best to smooth out all of the wrinkles in your tape. Luckily, it was nothing a razor blade couldn’t clean up after the paint dried (which I still need to do).



Once the paint was fully dried and cured (I waited until the next day), I turned it right side up, filled it with water and added two bunches of alstroemeria. I love the way the gold looks, turning my boring glass vase into something really special. My only regret is that I didn’t take the gold up higher. If I redid this project, I would probably come up at least 6 inches from the bottom instead of just 4. Live and learn!




I still love the look and can’t wait to plop these pretties on my desk at work this morning.

Have a great Monday!

“Perfect Pairs”: A bridal shower gift basket


As you may already know, our good friends Nathan and Ashley are getting hitched! And, with the wedding coming up in May, it was time to celebrate the bride with a special shower just for her. So us women folk gathered this past weekend to do just that, with tasty finger foods, a delicious cake and lovely floral arrangements put together by the enormously talented mother of the bride.

Mady, Ashley’s sister, was the mastermind behind the entire event and she nailed it. I wish I had more photos to share with you, but imagine handmade bunting with the letters for “Miss to Mrs” handpainted on each flag, rustic burlap table runners and springtime raffia with yellow blooms wrapped around the cake. It was perfection and felt SO “Ashley.”

But of course no bridal shower is complete without the gifts and, as I’m sure you could guess, I felt the need to get creative with mine. I really wanted to put together something unique for Ashley and eventually (after a night of tossing and turning to brainstorm) I finally came up with the idea of “Perfect Pairs,” inspired by the most perfect pair of all – Ashley and Nathan!!



The idea was to pick up useful things for the home that naturally went together – Things like a fork and spoon (a salad fork and spoon set), pen and paper (nice pens and a package of note cards) and a chip and dip (I don’t think that one needs explaining!). In order to bring the point home, I put together little tags in InDesign and Photoshop using colors to match the overall theme of the gifts – blue and green. Once printed and cut out, I was able to attach each to their respective pair using Scotch tape.







As for the wrapping, I decided to skip a paper gift bag and went with a utilitarian rubber bucket instead. It actually cost about the same as a large gift bag, but will last through whatever project Ashley puts it to.


The final step was adding one last paper cut out to the front of the bucket that simply read “Perfect Pairs inspired by Ashley & Nathan.” I think Ashley got a kick out of the gift and I hope she and her hubby-to-be enjoy all of their new housewares! We had a blast watching her eyes light up as she unwrapped things like her gorgeous new dishes, Anthropology kitchen utensils, teal Keurig, serving ware and even a stunning gold Kate Spade bracelet. Bridal showers are so much fun…And Ashley deserves every bit of love!





If you want to try this gift idea for your OWN special bride, grab a free printable of the “Perfect Pair” tags by saving the image below to your desktop and printing it on thick cardstock paper. If you would like the front tag, email me at DreamGreenDIY@gmail.com so that I can customize the names for you. And please don’t hesitate to actually do that – If you don’t have time to write a long email, just send me a quick message with “Perfect Pairs” in the subject line and the two names in the body of the email.

Bridal Shower Gift Printable

UPDATE: Due to popular demand via the emails I’ve gotten for custom tags, I’m also including a free printable for “Salt & Pepper” below. If you can think of any other perfect pairs and want a customized tag, just let me know!

Salt and Pepper

P.S. Before I leave you for the weekend, it’s time for a quick “Friday Feature Round Up” – If you happened to miss any of the things I put together for The Glitter Guide or GalTime (my newest freelance contributor gig!) click on through – I made a DIY Gold Sequin Hair Bow (that my tom boy sister pricelessly modeled for me), chatted about incorporating florals into the home for the new season, and gathered my favorite Easter Egg Projects to try out this holiday weekend. Enjoy!

gold hair bow

One Word: Floral

Be sure to scroll all the way through for a Glitter Guide feature round-up!


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Spring officially begins tomorrow! I think I speak for a good bit of us when I say that IT’S ABOUT TIME. I’m so ready for flouncy dresses, sun soaking, outdoor dinners, parkway excursions and, my favorite day of the year…the day the leaves come back. There’s nothing so energizing for me as a forest thick with greenery. And with leaves come the flowers! I’m excited to embrace florals in a new way this season – I’m thinking floral fabrics, floral artwork, floral wallpaper and fresh floral arrangements from Flower Delivery Ireland. It’s time to breathe a little life back into this house of ours – How do you incorporate florals this time of year?













For more “One Word” features, click here

P.S. I’ve been a terrible self-promoter lately and need to catch you up on a few of my recent Glitter Guide features, in case you’re interested! I’ve got 3 for you today – A review of Holly Becker’s Decorate Workshop, some black & white decor eye candy and a “DIY to Try” feature focusing on easy bulletin board projects. Enjoy!

Glitter Guide multi graphic

Pinspiration Monday: Paper wrapped vases

For the past 3 months, I’ve been giving myself a little bit of a project break – Instead of more involved undertakings like refinished furniture and large scale painting projects, I’ve focused on small 10- to 20-minute crafts. This was mostly to give myself a little time to breathe as I continue to get used to the new, more demanding job that I started back in October. The training for my particular position was set to last 12 weeks total and, now that we are about 2 weeks out from the end, I have an inkling of what my normal schedule will be going forward. Time to start planning some big projects for the spring…

But since we aren’t QUITE there yet, I took a little time over the weekend to tackle another one of the small scale projects I’ve been meaning to try. This darling little idea via Pinterest has had me dying to grab some vases, some twine and a stack of patterned paper.


Source | decor8

I had initially planned on using one of the many thrifted vases that we gathered for the wedding back in April (which now live between my mom’s house and ours). That was the PLAN, but then I happened to comment on four tiny glass jars while visiting my sister over the weekend. She explained that they were old spice bottles and that I could have them if I wanted them – With no thought to what she could use them for, they were basically headed for the trash. I immediately grabbed them up and tucked them safely away in my suitcase. I too was initially stumped as to what they could be used for, but then decided that they’d be just perfect for a paper/twine makeover.



This project took maybe 5 minutes total, it was so straightforward. First I cut my scrapbook paper to size – A touch smaller than the width of the middle flat section of the bottles. After that, I attached one end to the bottle with clear tape, wrapped the paper all the way around the bottle and secured it with another piece of tape.




Time for the twine. I cut that to size, about 8 inches long, to allow it to go all the way around the bottle and to make a dainty little bow around front. And that was it! I think the look could have been beefed up just a little by layering different patterns on top of one another on the same bottle, sort of like in the “pinspiration” image. It looks like they might have also incorporated a little washi tape – I’m more than open to those possibilities too.




As a set, I think they are just too darling. I am picturing them in the windowsill in the kitchen with little flower buds or sprigs of herbs sprouting out of the opening. Keep an eye on Instagram for updates!

P.S. I’m over on the Glitter Guide today talking about 5 simple ways we can all refresh our decor for the new year. I personally can’t wait to tackle that chalkboard dresser redo!


Our front door gets “Holiday-ed”

With the Christmas holiday upon us (like, RIGHT upon us – boy, Decemeber is flying by…), it was time yet again to switch up our front door decor. Out with the old and in with the new, as they say. You may remember our harvest month arrangement, when we added a DIY wreath, some potted mums, a new, more durable welcome mat and even a shiny new brass kick plate, just for…well, kicks.


Oh, and I finally did learn not to shoot the reflective door straight on, as you’ll see later on in this post…For now, please excuse my pajamas.

For our door’s Christmasy garb, I started by replacing the potted plants, opting for miniature evergreens this time. Let me tell you though, these babies weren’t as cheap as I had been hoping. They were about $8 each – I had been hoping for half that. But if they last as long as evergreens should, then I’ll forgive the high cost in lieu of longevity. Even with just this one switch, our front stoop was already looking far more appropriate for the holidays.


But then things kind of hit a wall. I happened to mention the update to my mom, who proceeded to tell me that my terracotta pots weren’t likely to last through winter’s chill. As she explained, wet terracotta pots have the tendancy to expand and crack when cold, so I ran to the hardware store for two plastic look-a-likes at just a couple bucks each.




Five minutes later and we were golden, albeit covered in red welts from those tricky pine needles.

Before calling the entire switcharoo “done,” I had one last to-do list item: a wreath. Luckily, I had one in the basement that was more than good enough for me. I made it several years ago for my old apartment, using a plain greenery wreath and some ornaments. I also popped a little owl on there too for good measure. Can never have enough for them, right?



Don’t you just love how inexpensive and simple it is to update a front door for each season? I never spend more than $20 each time (and that number is dwindling more and more each year as I accumulate seasonal decor in storage). Not to mention it’s one of the few ways we are able to personalize our home since there are about a dozen others exactly like it on our block. When I pull up to this scene each day, I know I’m home.


Hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!