Coquette Patisserie of Cleveland Ohio

Coquette Patisserie

While visiting the Cleveland Flea last Saturday, my friends and I took a break after shopping for a sweet treat. Coquette Patisserie is a bakery & bar that specializes in French pastries, macarons, cakes, confections, savory small plates, and craft libations. My friend had actually discovered the spot through adorable Instagrams of their exquisite-looking cheeseboards. The space is very quaint with Parisian-inspired decor and display cases full of treats almost too pretty to eat.

I treated myself to a “Coco Loco” of genoise soaked with dark rum and topped with toasted coconut, all enveloped with coconut mousse. I already love coconut and rum, but this was truly delicious. It tasted similar to that of a cheesecake, but without the heaviness.

After an early morning start, nearly three hours of driving, and shopping all morning I was exhausted. I ordered a fruity tea to revive myself, which I was really excited to try. It  was served it a pretty glass teapot with the sweetest tea timer. Fun, but I’m pretty sure it was just an Argo brand tea mix I have at home though. Next time I’ll try something different.

My three girlfriends ordered champagne, a cheeseboard and french macaroons. They enjoyed the bubbly, but the macaroons were extremely stale. The cheeseboard was definitely grammable. The cheeses were as delicious, as picturesque. We’d suggest asking when the pastries were made before ordering and asking for additional toast if its too hard for you to enjoy.

This is a great place to try on a weekend afternoon for a relaxing sweet treat. The decor throughout the indoor and outdoor seating areas is very charming. The staff was also whipping up some fancy and beautiful drinks while we where there, that I’d love to try.

I’d love to return sometime to bring my mother and try more of the pastries. Definitely check out the Coquette Instagram if you’re into pretty food & drink snaps!

 

New seasonal quiche: roasted @rittmanorchards asparagus with Brie

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Farmhouse Home Decor & Vintage Shopping Tour of Maryland & Virginia

Farmhouse & Vintage Home Décor Shopping Tour

I’ve gushed about the treasure hunt of home decor antiques available in Maryland and Northern Virginia a few times before, (Fall home decor post here + Holiday home decor post here) and I’m here to share another trip the antique lover’s capital! I was first introduced to these spots by my mother, an avid Southern Living Magazine and home decor enthusiast. Hmmm… I wonder where I get it from?! Here’s a recap of our April 22 adventure, the stops we took and treasures we spotted from modern farmhouse decor finds, to vintage antiques.

We always start the day in Buckeystown, Maryland at Chartreuse & co. This home decor enthusiasts’ dream spot consists of a few charming farm buildings filled with various antiques and upcycled home decor vendors.

On this Saturday they were also having a “Spring Market Day” with additional tag sales and local vendors set up outside. It was amazing, again definitely worth the 6am wake up call and 3 hour road trip from Pittsburgh. There was plenty of affordable finds from romantic french country inspired pieces to rustic and farmhouse styles. At Chartreuse the vendors offer a mix of newly manufactured pieces, handmade pieces, untouched antiques and upcycled pieces.

Just up the street from our first stop is Buckeystown Design Co Op.  This shop features a bit more upscale, more refined home decor pieces & furniture. Instead of upcycled pieces, here you’ll find nice, quality things purchased from suppliers and fun finds from places like High Point furniture warehouse sales. The space was fit for spring with beautiful fake spring flowers.

Next up on our home decor shopping adventure we visited Sweet Clover Barn. Sweet Clover is vintage home decor and handmade marketplace housed in a dairy barn on a horse farm in Frederick, Maryland. Again there are various farm building used to display multiple vintage home decor vendors, create another ultimate home decor lovers’ paradise. This place was upcycled kitchen hutch central. I was swooning over each unique farmhouse kitchen hutch.

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Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

Decorate your Easter Eggs in a unique & colorful way this year! Splatter them with paint! I love this alternative to dying Easter eggs because you probably already have the paint on hand, leftover from other projects. Just simply water down the paint a bit for the perfect splatter consistency. If its is too think you’ll have a hard time getting it to fling off the brush.

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Furniture Flip with DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

DIY Furniture flip

The Before…

I searched for the perfect French Provincial set of dresser drawers for months. Through Craigslists, LetGo, Facebook groups, and second hand stores. There are lovely pieces at the various vintage stores I love in Frederick Maryland, but honestly most are out of my price point. Plus I wanted a piece I could flip and make my own.  Plus my mother wanted to help with a project. I finally found a piece I liked through Craigslist about an hours drive from where I live. It’s not exactly what I was looking for, but my mother and I both really just wanted to get started on this project.  I paid $130 cash for this second hand piece.

The Paint Color…

I researched pre-mixed chalk paints a lot before deciding I wanted to mix my own. I chose this route so I could pick my own color and not be limited to the premixed Annie Sloan or Amy Howard colors.

I have always been a purple girl. I had two different purples paint colors in my room as a young girl and in my post-college apartment 🙂  I just couldn’t pick one!

For my furniture piece I selected a shade soft purple gray called Cotton Flannel by Olympic Paints and Stains.

The DIY Chalk Paint Recipe…

Mixing in water and Plaster of Paris obviously dilutes the quality and changes the consistency of the paint, so its best to use a decent quality paint.

Materials:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • quality interior latex paint in a flat sheen
  • plastic mixing bowl
  • cold water
This DIY chalk-finish paint can’t be mixed and stored to reuse later. To mix enough chalk-finish paint for one coat for an average sized 6 drawer dresser, use a ratio of 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris to 1/3 cup of cool water. Stir that combination until completely smooth. Then combine with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This makes only enough chalk-finish paint for one coat. Its best to dry completely and sand in before mixing another batch between coats.

 

The Furniture Flip After…

I wanted to take this piece to the next level with metallic detail. We used Rust-Oleum American Accents Champagne Gloss Metallic Latex Interior Paint to add stencil detail and border accent. We kept the hardware as is.  The drawer border stencil is Martha Stewart Crafts Laser-Cut Stencils, Flourish.

I love the end product. It’s truly me. Some might not like the purple or the flourish details, but I do! This is what I love about DIY projects, making the piece your own. We can all take inspiration from what we see in Pinterest or Instagram, but I hope when it comes to the things we bring into our home, we don’t just emulate the look – we take inspiration and create our own version. I personally love the feeling of transforming something to reflect myself. I look forward to finding another piece to make my own soon! 

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Pittsburgh Italian, DiAnoia’s Eatery

Pittsburgh Italian dianoia's eatery strip district

After months of salivating over the foodie community’s Instagrams I finally made it to Pittsburgh Italian restaurant DiAnoia’s Eatery. Located in the culinary hub of the Strip District, I was pleasantly surprised at how charming this spot is!

I walked and immediately gushed over the chandeliers that are made of  WINE BOTTLES and WINE GLASSES!? I immediately felt at home.

Pittsburgh Italian dianoia's eatery strip district

It’s a beautiful space feeling open, clean and fresh with white walls, highlighted with unique kitschy decor.

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I meet my two girlfriends on a Tuesday for a 6pm reservation. After a long day at the office we were ready for wine & carbs! DiAnoias does have a lovely light white moscato (from the dessert menu hahaha). I was thrilled.

We had a very sweet & charming waiter who was subjected to our gushing girl talk. He was great and added to our amazing experience.

For my meal I ordered Cacio E Pepe of spaghetti, grana padano, pecorino romano, black pepper. With handmade pasta and delicious cheese it was a very fulfilling, deliciously rish dish.

My friend ordered the mussels with bucatini, fennel, red pepper flake, parmigiano reggiano, white wine, garlic and butter.

My camera-shy girlfriend ordered potato gnocchi, with meatballs, red sauce, and pecorino romano.

For dessert I treated myself to more indulgence with a Nutella brownie and hazelnut gelato from local Shadyside Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. My brownie was certainly a treat, with warm gooey nutella and fudgey bits.

I’m really glad we got to experience this charming Pittsburgh Italian restaurant. I can’t wait for an opportunity to return to  DiAnoia’s Eatery for dinner again,  and hopefully for Sunday brunch as well!

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