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We love gatherings, especially ones that involve ladies night out + floral arranging fun.  We teamed up with Branching Out & Company, here in Appleton, for some tips and tricks on spring floral arrangements.  Casee Meach, the owner of Branching Out & Co (BOCO) along with two of her talented Designers, Tom and Rebekah, were wonderful to work with and provided great advice along with styling tips to get our blooms looking their best.  It was so much fun to see everyone’s individual style come through and the end results were pretty spectacular! I think Casee could have some new recruits within this group!

If you haven’t been to BOCO, you need to check out their digs!  Not only are they known for their unique and breathtaking floras and their in-home design services (their seasonal container creations are amaze) their retail shop is beyond adorable! They offer unique and statement home decor pieces along with gifts galore.  We absolutely love the style + vibe of this place, it’s fresh and fun but also with that casual and collected feel.  It’s also a wonderful setting to host a small gathering like a shower or fun workshop. They truly cater to your needs and are so fun to work with!

*BONUS!  Call or stop by BOCO to get your Mother’s day gift or floral arrangements (hurry Mom’s day is this Sunday).   Mention Drape + Dapper and get 20% off.  Call or stop in by Saturday to place floral orders (920) 202-3290.


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Stay tuned…this night was such a success, we will be planning more fun events like this in the future!  Thank You  Branching Out and Co.


This week has been a fun feature of local loves.  We love shopping and working with local businesses to bring you fresh ideas but also inspire you to do the same wherever you live.  We collaborated with Flower Girl Design Studio, here in Appleton to come up with a floral arrangement of breathtaking blooms to celebrate the first day of spring! And since Easter is right around the corner we decided to set our table a little early for some Easter inspiration.  Flowers make such a statement on your tablescape and are also a thoughtful sentiment to bring to your Easter gathering (hint, hint!).

Owner and artist, Michelle Northey, has the most adorable studio filled with amazing blooms, fresh greens and more vases and vessels than you could imagine.  Not only is the vibe fun and artsy but it’s an open space studio where creativity flows freely, yet is warm and welcoming. She loves working with people to create the perfect way to set the scene and say something special.  She can cater to events large or small but also has that special knack for the everyday customer looking for a gift or something for their home.  She also does fun things like a monthly floral service, where a seasonal bouquet can be delivered to your house. Regardless of your budget, she will come up with something spectacular – sign me up!

The gorgeous centerpiece you see below is available to order starting at $50 and can be customized to your budget.  Just ask for the Drape + Dapper spring bouquet (*bonus, she can deliver to the Fox Valley, Green Bay, Oshkosh and surrounding area).  Or call 920.284.7292 or stop in, she has a new location at N282 Stoneybrook Rd, Appleton.  If you’re looking for something quick and easy, she always has fresh tulip bunches on hand this time of year for $15 (and not your standard store bought variety) check out the cream colored beauties below.


Drape + Dapper spring bouquet c/o Flower Girl Design Studio  – order yours today!!

rug 8×11 here similar here // table local similar here  // side chairs vintage // host chairs – old similar here here // sheepskin throw – home goods

white + gold tea lights // swan tea lights vintage // burlap table runners – easy DIY but similar here // napkins -target old similar here

tulips and greens Flower Girl Design Studio // preserved boxwood balls 6″ + 10″  //  tree candle stick // white bowl // gold candle stick // all other items vintage // DIY natural ombre Easter eggs post here


tulips, greens and moss  Flower Girl Design Studio // gold vase // DIY natural dye ombre easter eggs post here

Charger // blue plate // white dishes vintage – from this cute shop in Madison  // moss – flower girl design studio

cherry blossom branches make an easy spring arrangement

Get to know Michelle from Flower Girl Design Studio a bit more:

I’m not a florist. I’m an artist. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. I studied studio-art at Lawrence University, and discovered the artistry of flowers after graduation. Flower Girl Design Studio is my own personal gallery, where I pursue my passion for blending the spirit and sentiment of people, with the colors, shapes, and scents of nature’s most beautiful creations.

Being picky about my flowers means Flower Girl offers beauty and quality no-one else can. Because what other shops have to special-order, I order all the time. What other shops call exotic, I call everyday. And what other shops consider good-enough, I don’t even consider. On any given day, my studio is filled with rows and rows of beautiful blooms, all fresh, all premium, most you won’t find anywhere but Flower Girl.



Happy spring,




diy ombre eggs

I can not tell you how much I love these.  I’m kind of obsessed with them and how they look. I want to ombre egg everything.  Don’t be fooled – I skipped dyeing eggs last year with my 3 kids because lets be honest, I usually forget.  Sorry kids. SOOOO thank goodness this blog has stepped up my game to not only dyeing eggs early BUT also doing it naturally with this grocery store bought red cabbage.  Here is a DIY for these fabulous ombre eggs……IF you can get past the smell that is….haha!

// Materials //

Red Cabbage  **Don’t be alarmed it will look completely like purple but with some egg magic your eggs will turn blue.

Large Pot




Gold paint/Brush

ombre eggs

1.  Chop red cabbage (I used half of one) and put into a large pot with water.  Bring water to a boil.  Boil for 30 minutes.

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2. Drain cabbage water into separate containers or if you are like me and don’t want to dirty that many dishes – put them all in one giant bowl.

** For a more mottled textured look – do not drain the cabbage.

3.  Add vinegar to help the dyeing process.  I used about 1 tablespoon per 2 cups of water.  Give or take.  I really kind of guesstimated here.

4. Let soak.  Really thats it!!

// Tips //

*** The longer they soak – the darker they get.

*** If you are going for the ombre look – periodically check them throughout the day and take one out every few hours.  The last 3 stayed in the cabbage water overnight for that deep tone. Those also happen to be my favorite.

diy ombre eggs

// Embellish //

Next up adding a little flair to our natural dyed eggs with some gold paint.  Pretty sure thats a winner in my book!!  Gold paint can be found at most local hobby store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

 diy ombre eggs

diy ombre eggs

diy ombre eggs

1. Take eggs and lay them out on a work surface – newspaper or outside on the grass.

2. Dip brush into gold paint – and splatter away.

*** I’m going to get pretty technical here for my splatter methods.  Hah.   One way is to dip and actually shake/throw the paint at the eggs.  Get all Jackson Pollack on those eggs.  While the other method is to put your finger on the brush and flick the paint onto them.  I used both to create different looks to achieve these fab eggs.

3. Let dry.  And your DIY ombre eggs with flair are finished.

diy ombre eggs

Sneak peek into whats coming next week as we use these eggs to set our table for Easter dinner.   How awesome do these look!!!!  Be sure to get on our email list on the right so you don’t miss posts!!!