Finally, Spring

Heather Bullard | Fleur-102

So, I was a bit surprised to find that my last post was in January.
Why is time flying by at lightning speed? Goodness.

I won’t bore you with details of a busy life because I for one, know we all have them. I have a few more weeks of travel for styling projects and then some much needed time at home. There are grand plans to “get things done” as they say. Around the house things like finishing a few window treatments, adding to the still sparse furnishings, building planters for the front porch, and whatever else can be checked off the list. There are also reasons to celebrate…graduations, birthdays and such. Those days that make life extra special.

I’m looking forward to catching up with you here.

My wish is that you are all well and have been enjoying spring and all its wonders. xo, H

How to Make Vanilla Extract

Heather Bullard | Vanilla Extract-102

Who wants to talk about the holidays in January? Yeah…me neither.
But one of the most popular gifts I give is my homemade Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract and it takes a very long time to cure. In fact, I think it should cure a year or more so the depth of flavor borders on decadence. So here I’ve included everything I use to make mine in hopes that you’ll feel Girl Scout prepared for next season!

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Holiday Scenes at Grove House

Grove House Holiday 5

I know things have been quiet here on the blog the last month. Most of it was due to a heavy work schedule but some of it was by choice. After I finished my last shoot of the year, I knew I’d have a few weeks at home to prepare for the Christmas season. And I thoroughly embraced it. Some highlights for me were documented on my Instagram so I thought I’d do a small round up here.

Having the studio has given me a quiet place to wrap gifts (and hide them!) and I did the majority of it in this little corner of the room. The Man surprised me with a rescue puppy a few weeks ago! Her name is Liberty and she’s been my constant sidekick ever since coming home to us.

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Styling Work: HGTV Holiday Issue

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This past month has been a whirlwind! I spent quite a bit of it traveling and working on some fun projects. I had the opportunity to style the new branding and marketing campaign for all the Mrs. Fields stores and catalog. It’s a pretty good gig to style cookies and treats! I also styled some homes for HGTV and Country Living that will hit newsstands next year. In the meantime, this year’s holiday issue of HGTV has a delightful family cabin I worked on last year. While we were there it was snowy and Christmasy which is always a wonderful surprise for this California girl.

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This, That & Happenings

Menu Pumpkin via the merrythought

Hello! First off, I want to say Thank You to those of you who participated in the reader survey and left comments. I loved the conversations we had on that post. It was so kind of you to take the time and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts and results in the near future.

In the meantime, here are a few things of note lately:

This beautiful Menu Pumpkin via Merrythought.
I really want to make this for dinner one night.
Their packaging is spot on. I heard it’s delicious. Must be…it’s always Sold Out.
Recently discovered this blog about restoring a run down house.
Fun home tour with Reese Witherspoon in this 73 Questions video interview. Love!

I’ve got quite a few shoots lined up…styling away the next few months.
It was finally time to buy a new camera. Anxiously waiting it’s arrival any day now.
I planted a small herb garden because buying them in plastic tray packs gets expensive.
Here’s my entryway dressed up for autumn. That’s the extent of my holiday decor so far.
I really hope California decides to have a winter this year. For reals.
Be back soon! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

PS. Between posts you can find me on Instagram (heatherbullard) sharing highlights of daily life.