DIY Design: Painted Kitchen Stools

On our facebook fan page, I mentioned (with some frustration) that I have been diligently working on re-branding ideas for this website for the last couple weeks.  I know our site is called chefjulieyoon.com so if you’re a first-time reader, you probably expect to see nothing but recipes on here, but in actuality, cooking is only one part of me.  I mean it’s a huge, passionate, border-line obsessive part of me… like it’s the reason I paid a butt-load of money (which I’m STILL paying off) to go to culinary school, but…wait there’s more!   Read more

Olive You

Happy Valentine’s Day!  While most other food bloggers are probably posting about decadent chocolate cake or lobster for two today, I’d thought I’d write about olives!  Eh?  All month long, Joe and I were on a super secret mission to FINALLY launch a NEW product for Small Bites, our food-inspired baby and children’s product line, by today.  Yeah it’s about time.

Why today?  Well, we first released our Baby Carrot and Baby Pear character onesies on my birthday last year, so of course it made sense in our minds to launch a new product on another special day.  For a few months now… okay, more like a year, some of our Small Bites facebook fans were like, “what’s the dilly-o?  When are you coming out with some new stuff?” (Or something like that).   Read more

Cheap Decorating Idea: DIY Custom Art

I’ve been helping decorate my church foyer and sanctuary this week for our Thanksgiving luncheon on Sunday, and it’s been a lot of fun.  The key is for us to focus on being creative and resourceful.  Well, as you know, I’m all about that.  For a while, I had been on this crazy decorating kick for our own apartment, but had to do it on a budget.  This forced me to be scrappy.  I already shared with you how to make a cardboard EAT sign, as well as my paint chip art.  Today, I’ll be sharing with you how I made my own cheap DIY custom art piece.  We needed something quite large to rest above our white couch against our white wall.  Ideally, it would’ve been nice to just paint the wall and slap up some framed photos.  But since we are renters, not owners, we opted not to give ourselves the headache of having to paint the wall back to the original color when we move.   Read more

Selling Small Bites at Space Montrose

I love team work.  Our newest partnership involves our food-themed kid’s product line, Small Bites, and a boutique in Houston, called Space Montrose, owned by Leila and her husband Carlos.  Space Montrose, located at 2608 Dunlavy Houston, TX, likes to give their customers an exhibition style retail experience by featuring made in America goods. They love small business owners! Space is a place for inspiration, innovative concepts and a unique shopping experience.  It’s a destination for customers to be able to interact with brands on a more personal level and find one of a kind pieces.  What a noble idea, and it’s a perfect fit for us!   Read more

Getting Crafty: Paint Chip Art

I warned you that I’ve been getting into crafting and decorating lately.  Remember my cardboard “eat” sign for my kitchen?  Yup. I guess this is the kind of BUCK WILD stuff I do on my free time now.  Well, this paint chip art was inspired by a trip to Home Depot.  And in case you didn’t know, Home Depot is now my latest fave place to “hang” and be inspired.  Now, I don’t condone going there and greedily hoarding a ridiculous amount of free paint chips in order to do this project, but if you want to know how I made this art, here’s the how-to.   Read more

Getting Crafty: Cardboard Eat Sign

Ever since we moved into our white apartment, I have surprisingly become more crafty.  My friends already say that I’m pretty resourceful when it comes to food, because I use scraps and odd ends to whip up “gourmet” meals.  All it takes is creativity and a little desperation!  I feel the same way with design.  Right now, our budget doesn’t allow much for decorating, which stinks for me, because I don’t like staring at blank walls.   Read more