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Copper Mug Buying Guide

Copper drinkware is all the rage right now, with the popularity of the Moscow Mule. This new mixology wave has elevated the drinking experience with a heightened sense of exquisite flavors, aromas, and perfected presentation.


Why copper?
The most scientific benefit of using copper drinkware is temperature. Copper is a great conductor, quickly taking on the icy temperature of the cocktail. The cold metal is highly effective at insulating the cold temperature keeping it cool even on the hottest of summer days.

Things to consider when purchasing copper drinkware:

Not all mugs are equal. The more copper, the better the conductor, keeping your drinks cooler. This also means the more copper the higher the price. Some retailers offer mixed metal options which will give you the same look, but at a more affordable price.

Handles on copper cups not only add an easier way of holding onto your drink. Handles help keep your hot hands off the body of the cup, making your drink stay cooler, longer.

Shape & Style
Really, it all depends on your style. There is a huge selection of copper drink ware available. Vintage,hammered and handmade to sleek, brushed and sophisticated there is a cup out there that will fit your style.

Here are some affordable and stylish copper options to add to your bar:


1. William Sonoma Hammered Copper Mug – Retail Price $29.95 

  • Solid Hammered Brass
  • 16-oz. capacity
  • Tarnish-resistant coating
  • Made in Turkey
  • Monogrammable


2. West Elm Moscow Mule Mug – Retail Price $24

  • Copper-finished stainless steel
  • Brass handle
  • Available in hammered or smooth finish
  • Monogrammable


3. Crate & Barrel Moscow Mule Mug – Retail Price $19.99

  • Stainless steel with brushed copper-plated finish
  • 16oz capacity
  • Made in India
  • Also available in Stainless Steel and Gold finish


4. Anthropologie Caldley Moscow Mule Mug – Retail Price $24.00

  • Unique design
  • Copper body with brass handle and feet
  • 14oz capacity


5. Pottery Barn Hammered Copper Tumbler – Retail Price $28 (set of 2)

  • Hammered Copper
  • Handmade
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Sold in sets of 2

Need a good Moscow Mule recipe? Here you go >

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House Fenway Favorite: B&P Custom Wood Signs

Hand-lettered wood signs, are all the rage in home décor right now. They can easily add a personal touch to your living space with a meaningful message or special quote. I have several around my house, mostly custom pieces, that I have had made with special intent. I’ve shared many of them with you here on the blog.


Of course, when I stumble upon a new maker that I’ve fallen in love with,  I have to share it with you. I recently received a sign from Paige at B&P Custom Wood Signs that was so unique and well made, it has become one of my all-time favorites. Paige specializes in hand-lettered signs on vintage style maps. Adorn with messaging about adventure, journeys and home – these signs give special meaning with a stylish vintage flare.

IMG_4347The sign I received from B&P Custom Wood Signs is imprinted with the popular saying, “ Home is wherever I’m with you”. I have it on my bedroom dresser, styled with some old globes from the thrift store and special décor that make such a sweet little vignette. I just absolutely love how it turned out!


Make sure to check out Paige’s wonderful signs at B&P Custom Wood Signs. They will add such a unique touch to your space! <3

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Recipe: Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s been a while since I’ve shared one of my favorite recipes. This banana cake with cream cheese frosting recipes is one of my all-time favorites, but I must warn you, it’s definitely not light on the calories! Although, when you are enjoying such a decadent dessert, do calories really count? 🙂 Enjoy!


Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)

Frosting (see below)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

½ cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 ¾ cups powdered sugar (sift if desired)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15-by-10-inch sheet pan/cake pan.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, then add eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Hand stir in mashed bananas.

Spread into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool.

Prepare cream cheese frosting.

Spread on top of cake and store in refrigerator. Cake can be frozen.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough powdered sugar to achieve desired consistency.

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Friday Favorite: Sparrows Peak Design

I’ve stumbled upon another small business maker I’ve been dying to share with you! Even though home décor is my usual comfort zone, handmade jewelry from local artists has a special place in my heart. There is something so special about jewelry pieces made from the heart and soul of a maker.


“A little piece of everything I love around my neck”, my charm necklace from Sparrows Peak Design is just that! Jen Rhoads, owner and designer of Sparrows Peak Design, made a custom necklace for me that I hold dear. A special gift I will cherish, my necklace is adorn with my boy’s names and special charms that have great sentiment.


Sparrows Peak specializes in one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that can be customized just for you. Jen mixes and matches charms to create a piece that has special meaning for their receipent. A perfect bridesmaid gift, a special sentiment for your mother, a birthday gift for you best friend –  I can think of dozens of ways to give these special pieces as gifts. If you’re in need of a special and thoughtful gift or just want a special piece for yourself, Jen at Sparrows Peak is your girl! You can contact Jen directly to place an order.


Contact Jen at Sparrows Peak Design >

Sparrows Peak Design this week’s HF Friday Favorite. 🙂

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Home Décor Hacks for $1

You’d be surprised at what one buck can buy you at the local dollar store. With a keen eye and a couple dollars in hand, you can pick up treasures that can fool most people into thinking that you spent much more. I’m a bargain hunter. I love to get a good deal, but what I love even more – surprising someone with the statement, “I got it at the dollar store!” *gasp* “Yes, the DOLLAR STORE.”

When I say dollar store items, I’m not talking about decorating with seasonal party supplies or a grouping of ceramic geese. I found items that with a little styling and imagination can easily be mistake for something from a higher-end retail store.

Here are some examples of some of my favorite finds and what I use them for around my house:

Hobnail Glassware


What a perfect juice glass! These hobnail glasses add the perfect vintage touch and would look great on kitchen table for Sunday brunch. They are the perfect size for a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed OJ.

Glass Apothecary Jars


I always need a little extra organization in my life. (who doesn’t?? lol) These petite glass apothecary jars are ideal for wrangling small items. I popped a couple of these on my bathroom counter to hold my cotton rounds, q tips and hair ties. What a great way to keep the bathroom tidy, store commonly used items at hand and add vintage style to your bathroom.

Ceramic Dinner Plates


The dollar store is always a good spot to pick up some inexpensive dinnerware. (You won’t have to cry over a chipped plate…it was only a $1!) These neutral plates can be easily mixed and matched with dishes you already have.

P.S. The flowers and napkin where a dollar too! 🙂


It is always a fun challenge to elevate dollar store items. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever had luck finding treasures from the dollar store. Message me, I’d love to share!

<3 Melissa @ House Fenway