Baby Shower: It’s a Girl!

There is a baby on the way in our family!  My twin sister, Lauren and her husband are expecting a girl!  We celebrated in cocktail party style.  The theme was a vibrant Cuban inspired party.  This non-traditional baby shower gathered friends, couples, kids, and family members to enjoy Cuban foods and dancing to celebrate the soon to be new addition to the family.

Jackie DiCi Nursery and baby Shower for a Girl
Jackie DiCi Nursery and baby Shower for a Girl
Jackie DiCi Nursery and baby Shower for a Girl
Nursery room for a girl!

The inspiration was all that of the mom-to-be, starting first with the nursery.  She wanted it to be fun and girly without pastel pinks and an overdose of baby, baby, baby.  Our team (Mom, sister, and me) took from Lauren’s inspirational photos and got a little creative and resourceful.  Thibaut Tanzia wallcovering was the inspiration for the nursery decor.  The polka dot print inspired the crib skirt and curtains that were custom made and loving hand stitched by our mom.   The only obvious dose of pink came from the changing table/ storage dresser that is a sentimental piece to the couple.  It was given new life and purpose in the nursery with a coat of Benjamin Moores Perky Peach paint. See how painted the old dresser in the previous DIY post: Fresh Coats of Paint Part Two


In keeping with the nursery theme the baby shower pulled the bold coral pink peach accents with black and white patterns that were accented in the cocktail napkins and table runners throughout the home.  We draped vibrant green banana leaf patterns over the bar to play up our Cuban inspired menu.  Balloons were kicked up a notch with a fun creative boost of oversize confetti filled into 24″ round balloons.

There were so many creative DIY party decorations, including the balloons clusters with long paper cut garlands that streamed down to the balloon weight wrapped in gold patterned tissue paper.  Craft paper twists were the backdrop to the cocktail bar.  The cuban baby cocktail party was so much fun even without the melted candy bar game and ribbons measuring the mom-to-be belly.  It was an intimate time with family and friends with good food and fun.



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Lilac Love

Lilac is such a hot color right now, and its endless combinations of complimenting color palettes. The color can be as neutral and as understated as a good gray paint.  With the right pairing with similar purple hues or complimenting caramels and earthy browns lilac is a rich color that House Beautiful says is the color to watch this year.    My favorite lilac decor is paired with a touch of copper or rich woods.

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Inside Out Magazine Via Poppy Talk

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JACKIE DICI: Painting Old Furniture Nursery Room Makeover

Fresh Coats of Paint: Part Two

Part Two of the Fresh Coats of Paint blog series, I share with you how an old dresser got quite chummy with a paint sprayer loaded with perky peach paint from Benjamin Moore While transforming an old spare room into a nursery not everything needs to be sent to the curb.  An old dresser that has seen no love for a few years gets a dramatic coat of bright colorful paint.Read More »

Jackie DiCi Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze SW-7048 fence paint.

Fresh Coats of Paint: Part One

I think I may have got caught up in the holidays, house projects, and other writing assignments that I saved little or no time for Jackie DiCi posts.  Which is unfortunate because too many way cool projects have been going on in our house, I will have to catch you all up! As my new years resolution I promise to get back on track.  New years resolutions are nice that way, like a fresh start.  A reset button allowing you to get another chance to shine. All my projects are getting just that, the old things that need new life are given a fresh new coat of paint and have become show stoppers.

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Jackie DiCi Thanksgiving Purple Salad

Thanksgiving Edibles

Thanksgiving to me is a calm day that starts with hazelnut coffee and the Thanksgiving day parade.  Then again I have never attempted to cook a turkey and all of the fixings for a family feast.  I have seen my mother do this and know that this mellow morning is not the same luxury experienced by those of you who tackle all the Thanksgiving recipes seen in a magazine and imagine that your butternut squash will look as elegant as Martha Stewart’s.

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One Room Challenge: The Reveal of the Bathroom Remodel


It’s the final week of the One Room Challenge and the bathroom remodel is completed just in time! The old slate bathroom now has a healthy dose of drop dead gorgeous Calcutta marble and brand new polished chrome Delta shower and Miseno sink faucet from  The small space feels a thousand times larger and received much needed storage.

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JACKIE DICI: Fall Cinnamon Buns

Enjoying Sunday Morning

Our first true Sunday morning in our new home. All tools have returned to the shed and the smell of drywall dust has now been replaced with the aroma of hazelnut coffee brewing and these seriously delicious orange spice cinnamon buns baking in the oven. I’ll share the recipe with you, but first the reason for all of this enjoyable goodness is celebrating our first real Sunday morning.

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