smart style by shannon paul


vanilla bean espresso martini 

Cocktails, Espresso, Lifestyle, MartiniShannonComment

 vanilla bean espresso martini The grown up version of coffee and doughnuts!!!  This classic combo is party ready.  For your next gathering make your guests this fun and yummy cocktail; I promise they will love every sip.  Enjoy!

Shopping list

  • Vodka ( kettle one is my preference )
  • Starbucks vanilla espresso
  • Vanilla extract
  • Frangelico
  • Creme de cacao 
  • Doughnut holes

How to

  • 2oz of vodka 
  • 2oz of espresso 
  • 1oz of creme de cacao
  • 1oz of frangelico
  • 2 drops of vanilla extract 
  • Add this to a shaker full of ice
  • Shake until the drink becomes frothy and pour 
  • Garnish with two doughnut holes 

sip responsibly!!

urban.rustic.chic dining room 

floral-design-styleShannon1 Comment

I had so much fun designing this urban.rustic.chic dining space at value city furniture!  They started a made to mix campaign earlier this year.  Everything used for this look; except the florals of course I found at vcf.  I know right?!  The dining room is my absolute favorite room in the house.  Some of the best moments happen here.  How can it not?  Friends, family, great food and drinks; yes please!!

The first thing that caught my eye was that amazing airplane photo.  Choosing a black and white focal point for the space allowed for so many design options.  Next came the rug that had hints of gold, black, grey and white.  Color palette created.  I always find it helpful to start with one or two must have items and build my look from there.  

Obsessed with the idea of a sofa in the dining room.  This classic cream color sofa was a perfect fit with the modern grey table.  Found so many fun pillows in different textures, sizes and styles.  Pillows are one of the easiest ways to change and customize the look of your furniture.  So if you are anything like me you get bored looking at the same space.  Needless to say I have somewhat of a pillow addiction.

Finding accessories for the space was no problem at all. So many options you guys!  No matter what your style is you won't have trouble finding great things here.  Next time you go furniture shopping be sure to check out your local vcf store.  So many pretty things and super affordable!!!

Thanks so much to the staff at vcf located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Debra and Tonya were so helpful and knowledgeable about their products.