Spring Color: Spaces, Style & Sweets

Spring Color: Spaces, Style & Sweets is a playful romp and retreat from the beloved-and-expected all white decor to the sunny funny bright side of indulgent treats and colorful spring fashion. For no good reason, let’s journey with stars in our eyes into the rainbow of possibilities.

Cottage style living room with pops of pink - design by Kathy of Good Life of Design. Come see more in Spring Color: Spaces, Style & Sweets.
Interior Design: Good Life of Design

It was my blog buddy and designer, Kathy, who inspired this whole post with her lovely living space above!

Spring Color: Spaces, Style & Sweets

Isn’t Good Life of Design’s cottage style living room in Southern California pretty in pink? Do we all need to rush out and toss pink throw pillows in our carts?

Race ya.

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Outdoor Lilly Pulitzer Printed Pillow - Pink Colony
Outdoor Lilly Pulitzer Printed Pillow – Pink Colony, Pottery Barn

Magical Stripes

PB Classic Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Pillow
PB Classic Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Pillow, Pottery Barn

Pretty Pink Pops

Outdoor Lilly Pulitzer Printed Pillow - Pink Colony
Outdoor Lilly Pulitzer Printed Pillow – Pink Colony, Pottery Barn

Spring Green Goodness

Vibrant apple green painted kitchen cabinets in a beautiful kitchen design by Tom Stringer.
Interior Design: Tom Stringer

Tropical Magenta Moment

Tropical splendor and magenta pop in this outdoor design moment by Tom Stringer.
Interior Design: Tom Stringer

Poppy Chic

Gaga for Green

Brilliant spring green kitchen design by Tom Stringer.
Interior Design: Tom Stringer
Behr apple orchard paint color: a deliciously fresh spring green color! #paintcolor #greenpaint #springgreen
Behr Apple Orchard Paint, The Home Depot

Turquoise Luxury

Luxury poolside design by Jeffrey Dungan.
Interior Design: Jeffrey Dungan

Find pretty turquoise garden stool options RIGHT HERE.

Diana Knit Zig-Zag Textured Turquoise Throw
Diana Knit Zig-Zag Textured Turquoise Throw
Luxurious loggia with fireplace and arches by Ike Kligerman Barkley
Interior Design: Ike Kligerman Barkley

Spring Style

Here’s a way to enjoy gelato AND avoid it on the hips!

gelato t-shirt, J. Crew
Gelato T-Shirt, J. Crew

Spring Colors & Sweets

milk and cereal cake recipe by sugar and sparrow
Click here for the recipe from Sugar & Sparrow

For the time being, cakes are not this gallbladder-less girl’s friend (a very low-fat diet is mandatory right now with health issues), but PHOTOS of cakes? Well, I can still devour ’em!

froot loop cake by sugar and sparrow

This milk splashing, dynamically cheerful and sweet Milk and Cereal Cake by Sugar & Sparrow (above) was spied on Pinterest, and it was all I could do to not run directly to Homegoods to snag a marble topped cake pedestal and demand one of my sons get to gettin’ me a grandchild or ten if only to have excuse to bake this towering looptacular beauty!

chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream recipe
Click here for the recipe from Sugar & Sparrow

Is a fat-free diet compromising mama’s brain cells and better judgment? Probs. A creative writer learns to exploit such seasons. πŸ™‚ This happy chocolate cake with the colorful confetti happening also rocked my world.

chocolate cake recipe from scratch

I have mentioned this before, but before I ever set eyes on a single decor blog, it was all about the cake and cupcake blogs for me! Baking is a passion of mine, and I never tire of trying new recipes and then making them my own.

Chocolate Minute Mug Cake

This easy chocolate mug cake is the only cake I am enjoying at the moment. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative with high protein, low fat, and dietary fiber to boot, maybe you’ll want to try the recipe I developed.

My Chocolate Minute Mug Cake in a latte mug in the kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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You’ll notice there is no flour in this cake, and it takes a little more than a minute to bake. How’s that for satisfying a chocolate craving with a healthy option in a jiffy?

My Chocolate Minute Mug Cake in a latte mug in the kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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My Chocolate Minute Mug Cake ingredients to be mixed a latte mug in the kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Chocolate Minute Mug Cake Recipe

2 Tbsp. Chocolate PB Fit

1 Tbsp. cocoa

2 Tbsp. warm water

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. honey

1 egg white

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. baking powder

8 (count ’em!) chocolate chips

(1) To a microwave-safe mug, add all the above ingredients EXCEPT chocolate chips. Mix with a spoon until incorporated.

(2) Microwave on high for 80-90 seconds, until the center barely jiggles. Sprinkle on 8 chocolate chips and allow to cool for a minute or so.

My Chocolate Minute Mug Cake ingredients (including chocolate PB Fit) to be mixed a latte mug in the kitchen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Chocolate PB Fit is a fairly new healthy food find for me. Since I have to follow a low-fat diet and love peanut butter, here is a yummy and high protein alternative. It has 90% less fat than peanut butter and simply requires a little water. Most important to me was…what is this stuff made of?

Chocolate PB Fit is a starring ingredient in my Chocolate Minute Mug Cake - Hello Lovely Studio.
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ANSWER: 4 simple pure things: Peanuts, cane sugar, cocoa, and kosher salt.

I did the math for this Chocolate Minute Mug Cake.

Fat: 3 g

Protein: 8.6 g

Fiber: 4 g

Calories: 170

Chocolate Minute Mug Cake on my kitchen table - Hello Lovely Studio.
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It’s not terribly sweet, and it sure aint a double fudge brownie, but it IS packed with protein as a healthy treat that comes together quickly and easily.

Chocolate Minute Mug Cake on my kitchen table - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Chocolate Minute Mug Cake on my farmhouse table - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Spring Trends in Designland

I contributed my two cents to an article which just aired about trending decor RIGHT HERE.

Spring 2019 Interior Design Trends
Click the image to go to the article!

A Tiny Home in Paris

Random – but let’s take a virtual trip to Paris and imagine living in this wee bachelor pad!

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Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. Joanna
    March 24, 2019 / 11:40 am

    The flamingo pillow is so Fun! But, stripes will always have my heart.
    You are such a tease with these beautiful cakes. I gave up sugar a few years ago, so I will just enjoy them with my eyes. My husband thinks it’s silly to look at all the goodies in the display case at coffee shops but not indulge. I look! I walk away! My tummy thanks me!
    Have a wonderful Sunday
    ~ Joanna

    • michele
      March 24, 2019 / 4:39 pm

      I know just what you mean about the tummy thanking you. At least we can admire the beautiful styled photos! πŸ™‚

  2. March 24, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Yikes, I do not know how you do it, I do not think that I could ever live sugar free life. Interestingly, I rarely eat the things that I post on my blog, I like to make the things that my friends and family like so that I can give them away. My favorite sweet in life is a hot, creamy cup of chocolat chaud.

    I hope that you are taking care of yourself.

    • michele
      March 24, 2019 / 7:51 pm

      I’m hoping sugar isn’t taken away too! Not a sugar free but low fat diet, Elizabeth. Was hoping to recover fully after gallbladder surgery but I have ongoing issues. I’m coping with the new normal. πŸ™‚ I suppose you could never consume all of that baked goodness–your neighbors are lucky!

  3. Carole
    March 25, 2019 / 10:58 am

    Michele, I love, love, love peanut butter! Not peanut butter with jelly. Not peanut butter with chocolate. Not peanut butter with anything… Yes, I known it’s strange. πŸ™‚ Can your Mug Cake be made without it or do I need to make other adjustments?

    Thanks for the ‘goodies’ of all types (for eyes, tongues and sometimes ears) you send our way!

    • michele
      March 25, 2019 / 3:31 pm

      You should experiment with this recipe! If you have no trouble with adding fat to the recipe, use peanut butter in place of the chocolate pb fit and see what happens. Since my diet won’t allow for peanut butter, I won’t be able to test it for you! There is also PB Fit which you might like if you’re looking for a healthy, high protein super food supplement. πŸ™‚

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