Ho, ho, ho! We teamed up with Meg Lonergan Interiors today to deck my halls for Christmas. Meg found so many easy updates to make my house festive this year.Continue Reading…
During the nesting period when I was pregnant with Jack I not only went through a major organization overhaul in my house but also found a million things around the house that needed my attention. What is it about being pregnant and finding never-ending to do list items? It’s definitely not because I feel better when I’m pregnant. Maybe it’s because I’m sober when I’m pregnant. When you’ve had a glass (or 2!) of pinot everything seems to look better, right?! I joke. Kind of.
I tasked my friend and interior decorator guru, Alison Meyer for some book case inspiration. The last time I paid any attention to my book cases I was also very pregnant and moving into our new house. So my time and energy to making the book shelves awesome was very limited. Fast forward 4 years, it’s time for a few changes/updates.
The current shelves are decent, but given the fact that these built in book cases take up the majority of wall space in the living room means they are worth focusing on improving. The first step….drumroll please….WALLPAPER! I’m kind of obsessed with wallpaper and this Miles Redd for Schumacher wallpaper is the perfect backdrop to add an element of depth to what was once a pretty one-note backdrop. I love this playful geometric pattern, which was actually hand drawn with a pen and magic marker. So rad!
Here’s what I learned from the process. Less can be more. When I originally styled my book cases I found myself over crowding the space which looks cluttered. I like a layered look but not cluttered. Like Coco Chanel suggests, put on all of your jewelry and then take two pieces off before leaving the house.
Every book case needs…
Happy weekend! I’m sending one of my best friends off to New York (bittersweet) and having my first dress try-on. Wish me luck, and enjoy these five links I found from around the web this week:
- Here’s why we’re all drawn to bodies of water when booking our travel.
- 11 photos sure to inspire you to invest more in your sofa situation.
- Add an avocado to the grill for your next outdoor dinner party.
- Taking tips from effortless French brides for my wedding.
- Pixar movies ranked. My favorite’s number fourteen.
The rain storms that hit Houston were impeccably timed if you ask me. After several whirlwind weekends in June and more to come in July, I’m so excited for every excuse to stay indoors with little to nothing to do. I hope you find some time to yourself to do the same, and if so, that these five reads entertain you.
- Think of your life as a written memoir and mistakes may become more exciting and welcome.
- I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for The Wellness Project, a tell-all about blogger Phoebe Lapine’s heath and happiness journey.
- Zara’s summer sale is on. Get to it before your size inevitably sells out.
- A sparkling water taste test proves Saratoga (ever heard of it?) reigns supreme.
- Statement sinks to impress your powder room guests.
Hi, everyone! I do my best to incorporate a well rounded list of links for those of you interested in all the things from interiors, food, wellness and whatever else. I hope you find something suited for you in today’s round-up.
- A tear-jerking tale of a bride who received the best wedding gift of all is also a testament to how we should live our lives during the most important moments.
- Your interior color story could say a lot about you. Mine’s yellow! What’s yours?
- I’ve been on Noble 31‘s email list to be the first to know when their first collection launches, so I wanted y’all to be filled in too. Their timeless tops are dreamt up by a team of sisters from Texas. Get one today!
- Clichés are cliché for a reason, and sometimes, the same holds true for tourist traps. These restaurant ones are actually worth it.
- Stretching may be the new cycle, and it makes a lot of sense why.
Have a fantastic weekend!
I’m currently bike riding along Venice Beach with two college besties en route to the adorable Rose Café. I can’t wait for this getaway to start my summer refreshed for all the fun that’s in store. Here are some weekend reads to help you get into R&R mode, especially all you moms who deserve it most.
If you can’t get to California any time soon, here are five spots to taste wine that aren’t Napa.
The breakfast of champions–eggs cooked in butter with a side of bacon–is believe it or not, good for you. Nutritionists explain why.
Here’s a case for no more homework, and it’s pretty convincing.
These kitchen windows will get you in the mood for al fresco dining starting now.
Happy Mother’s Day!
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we teamed up with the fabulous Marcia from Smart in the Kitchen to bring y’all some festive recipes for your party weekend! Today’s collaboration started when I offered to host my daughter’s class at our house for dinner a few weeks back. I love throwing parties and host often but have never hosted anything for a group this size (20 or so people) that requires dinner. For bigger groups, I typically outsource the food aka order pizzas (ha!) or do easy appetizers. But dinner for 20, I was in over my head.
I immediately called Marcia and asked for ideas. Clueless in the Kitchen meet Smart in the Kitchen! She had me at kale guacamole! Marcia was also working on a post for fajitas for a crowd and promised it was SUPER easy. If you’ve got a grill (check!) and have a Trader Joe’s nearby (check!), you too, can rock some delicious fajitas for a big group. I did cheat and pick up some rice and beans from my favorite Mexican restaurant. That’ll be our little secret though. Another secret I’ll share, the bagged salads at Whole Foods. That’s right, salad in a bag folks. The Taylor Farms organic Sirancha ranch chopped salad is delish. It comes with tortilla strips that aren’t soggy, sunflower seeds and shredded parmesan cheese. Yum. And add in some avocado and it screams made from scratch. For an appetizer I threw out some crudités with Marcia’s homemade ranch dressing. And served her margaritas for a crowd, another super simple recipe (3 ingredients!) that can be made ahead! After a few refreshing margs, the entire crowd will think the meal was fantastic no matter how it turned out anyway. Ha! Happy Cinco de Mayo, y’all!
- Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
- 4 small Lacinato kale leaves, stems removed and roughly chopped
- ½ cup white or yellow onion, chopped (or less to taste)
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves
- 1 small Serrano or jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
- 3 large ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
- In the bowl of your food processor, combine the lime juice, kale, onion, cilantro, Serrano and salt. Pulse until combined.
- Add the avocado and pulse until you reach your desired consistency.
- Taste for seasoning and add salt or lime juice if necessary.
- 1 pound tomatillos
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 serrano pepper, seeds and ribs removed and finely chopped (this amount can be halved or quartered to taste)
- ½ white or yellow onion, chopped (about ¾ cup)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
- Juice of 2 limes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Remove husks and place tomatillos on a half-sheet pan lightly coated in oil. Roast in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until soft and browned.
- Place the roasted tomatillos and the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until the salsa comes together. Be careful when lifting the lid because of the steam.
Quick Pickled Red Onions
Pickled red onions take only 10 minutes to put together, but they are better after sitting for 3-4 hours. In her book, Tacolicious, Sara Deseran makes these with the addition of Mexican oregano which adds a nice flavor.
- 1 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 red onion, cut in half and sliced very thin into half moons
- In a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil the vinegar, water, sugar and kosher salt.
- Place the sliced red onion in a glass or ceramic bowl and pour the warm rice vinegar mixture over the onions. Cover and soak for 3-4 hours.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Smart in the Kitchen.
photography by Kate Robinson
My mom’s favorite holiday is Easter, and it’s hard to blame her. With winter behind us and the sunshiney seasons ahead, it seems like the best of 2017 is still to come. Here are some good reads while you unwind with your family over the long holiday weekend:
What’s Gaby Cooking x Williams Sonoma is a collaboration to end all collaborations. Needless to say, I can’t wait to try this line of salsas and the guac stater.
Really feelin’ the plant vibes in Alex Thomsens eclectic crib.
Snagged these DVF cocktail heels with both silver and gold to get me through the next round of cocktail parties.
For last minute Sunday brunch recipe ideas, Smart in the Kitchen has you covered.
I just started following House of Hackney and have fallen head over heels for their tropical wallpapers.
Springing forward took me by total surprise this year. My sleep cycle is finally up to speed, though, and I’m very much looking forward to dinners during the last hours of daylight. Here’s five links for your weekend reading pleasure:
I’ve been cooking more as of late, so I can’t help but fantasize about how easy having a produce butcher would make meal prep.
I live in a small space and am looking for ways to use bold color to brighten the space for spring and summer. Hello, yellow tub. I see you!
William and I are hooked on Planet Earth II (prepare to be amazed), but so often when we just want a good laugh, we come up short.
Enjoy the weekend!
Quotes considered cliché likely have grains of truth for all of us. “Be present” is one we hear often, but I find it difficult to apply as a future-focused 24-year-old. But then this morning, I read someone write about it as their mantra, explaining the importance of their present moments in paving their future. This article teaches that lesson: what you do today will make for a better tomorrow. Below are four other fun links to read this weekend!
I live in a pair of cotton drawstring pants I got from a street vendor in Paris, so I’m eyeing this chambray version.
This Aquazzura meets de Gournay collaboration has me pining for spring.
Healthy eaters weigh in on their habits. My favorite: the Frenchies.
Have a great weekend!