12 of the Best Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas

January 30, 2014


Have you decorated for Valentine's Day yet?  For me, it is one of those holidays that boarders on being overly cutsey with the decorations we make and display.  I like finding ideas that stick with my style by mixing a little elegant with a little vintage.....although there isn't anything wrong with adding a little pop of something cute, too! 






Here are a few of my favorite decorations and ideas I've found for Valentine's Day this year.  

Painting A Vintage Sign That Has Meaning

January 28, 2014


Hand painting a sign is a great way to add a unique piece of art to your walls.  The best part about doing one that is distressed and worn-looking is that the sign and painting is hard to mess up.  Even if you are not a great artist, the painting looks great once it is all sanded!







I decided to create a vintage-inspired sign, but wanted to do something a little different than the ones I've been seeing.  Rather than create a generic GROCERY sign or another one inspired by someone else, I chose to recreate a sign that holds a little meaning.

Old Fashioned "TV Snack" Chex Mix

January 15, 2014


If you search the Internet, you'll find many different recipes for homemade Chex Mix and then there are many different varieties packaged by Chex.  I prefer the homemade to the store bought version and prefer this recipe to all the homemade versions I've tasted.  This version is actually different than any other recipes that I've seen.




A Year Later and I've Finished A Painting Project

January 13, 2014


Isn't it amazing how much better something can look after a good coat of paint?  It's such an easy and cheap fix, but I've been letting this desk sit unfinished for a year.  Doesn't it look great now that it's done?





Many years ago (Probably close to ten), I went shopping with my mom and my aunt at a wallpaper store in Titusville, PA.  I am the type of person who can typically find something to buy just about anywhere I go and this day was no exception.  I'm not sure why there was a desk for sale at a wallpaper store, but there was, and it had to come home with me.  The desk was painted a dark hunter green (this was back in the day when dark hunter green was one of the "must-have" colors in decorating) and had a very country look to it.

Decorating with Candlesticks

January 10, 2014


I just love decorating with a collection of something....suitcases, ironstone pitchers, baskets.  While one of something may be lost in a display or seem unimportant, adding a few more to the display instantly brings more attention to the piece.






On Monday I shared an easy DIY project for turning glass vases into candlesticks.  Candlesticks are one such "collectible" that look great combined together when done correctly.

Where Does A Name Come From?

January 9, 2014


Since starting my blog, I have been asked many times where I came up with the name Anderson & Grant.  It's a logical question and I thought I'd let you in on how I came up with the name.

I will admit that I have a problem with liking things for lengthy periods of time....this explains why I constantly seem to be adjusting the design of my blog.  I easily grow tired of clothes I buy, rooms that I decorate, or hobbies and habits that I start.  When I began thinking about starting my blog, I knew that I would have to pick a name that had actual meaning so that I wouldn't be tempted to tire of it!




Warm Up With Some Potato Corn Chowder

January 8, 2014


I can't believe this spell of cold weather we are having.. In my PA town yesterday's high was 0 with a negative 40 degree windchill....brrrr!  (I have a new appreciate for the cold my friend Brooke is experiencing in Alaska.....this cold spurt could me much, much worse!)  When it is freezing and windy outside, there is nothing better than a bowl of hot soup to warm you up.


Potato and Corn Chowder...delicious and simple recipe for a warm winter soup | www.andersonandgrant.com



I absolutely love this recipe for Potato Corn Chowder and make it quite often during the winter.  The best part of the chowder is that it uses leftover mashed potatoes.  There are some foods that I don't mind eating as leftovers, but I'm not incredibly fond of reheating mashed potatoes.  Adding them to this chowder is a great way to use them up!

Thrift Store Transformation...DIY Distressed Candlesticks

January 6, 2014





Happy Monday!  I hope you've enjoyed your first weekend of 2014.  I've been working on this project for a few weeks now and am so excited to finally be able to share it with you.  While the project itself doesn't take long to make, collecting enough of the glass bud vases took a little time.  Don't these candlesticks look gorgeous, though?

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