As a young cook, cookbooks have been essential in my learning my way around the kitchen. My most helpful cookbook has been one that my mom compiled for me of favorite family recipes. If you don’t have my mom’s recipes to share these are great for those on your list.
I have either used all of these books or enjoyed these authors recipes online with great success. So they are kitchen tested and approved.
This is the gift giving season, but it is also the whisking, mixing, baking and mess making season. If you’re all about the cute, and you probably are, these are the perfect helpers for your kitchen clean up and kitsch decor.
I have posted about Studiopatro before (for Fall 2011) but I had to share the new items for winter 2012.
These make a lovely and generous gift for a friend, a holiday hostess or for yourself.
I don’t know where my dream house is, or what style it will be, but one thing I know for sure is that it will have lots, and lots, of windows.
I love the idea of a wall of windows and a view outside that rivals anything going on inside.
Some Monday morning inspiration:
See more beautiful (and lust worthy) home inspiration on my Pinterest boards!
August is here and it is a tricky style month; you have one flip-flopped foot in summer and the other booted up for fall.
Here are a few of my favorite, ooh and ahh worthy must haves for August!Shop: Sip/Stack 1/2/3/Strut
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I love to arrange flowers and keep them in the house. They can really add great color and vibrancy to any decor. They can also get quite expensive.
If you, like me, are not best buds with orchid farmers in Holland, and don’t have the yard to grow your own roses it can be tough to keep up this little decorating habit.
Before you start to peruse the “silks” please just think seasonal!
Look how pretty a simple peony or a few dahlias look in a sweet repurposed vase, or the great visual impact of more affordable seasonal blooms like carnations, hydrangeas and cockscomb, also know as brain flowers!
Even the most affordable flower (carnations) can look stunning and sophisticated when arranged in one bold color. All of these flowers can be found at your grocery store and even farmer’s market!
P.S. A great way to save on a wedding or event’s floral budget is to buy local and seasonal blooms! Click here for more tips on what is in bloom.
I spotted a cute coffee/side table in the recent West Elm catalog and it has put me on the hunt for all things honey-ed.
The hexagon tables come together to form a mod honeycomb. In white marble and raw steel, the all natural look is made industrious, sturdy and all around cool.
This only kicked off my search for more honey comb chic items. How great are these?
Vases from West Elm:
A gorgeous DIY from Design Sponge:
A sleek laquer tray, from the King of Cool Jonathan Adler:
Do you dig the modern honey vibe?
This weekend we went to a friend’s house for a birthday party and in their backyard they had a plastic chair in the shape of a giant hand. It was funky, far out, not at all typical for DC and the thumb made a perfect arm rest.
It was also a great conversation starter. It made me think about picking up a bold, “look at me” kind of chair.
What do you think about these wild ones?
First reaction: swoon, love, adore!
First reaction: geometric, cool and modern.
Kartell Mademoiselle Chair
First Reaction: Playful, whimsy, fairy-tale awesome.
Williamina Aluminum Chair
First Reaction: Bold, tropical, sunny and bright.
Merve Kahraman Hybrid Chair
The Acapulco Chair by Ocho
What do you think, would any of these chairs find a place in your house?
Mark and I grew up with dogs. To spend time in the company of a good dog lets you look past the hair, or the slobber, or the early morning walks in the rain (or snow!).
We live in an apartment now and are usually running all around, so for now we don’t have a dog. However, one of our neighbors does have a dog. The puppy is adorable. Right now he is barking, but he is still very cute – good puppy eyebrows, which is everything on a dog’s face. Anyway, just hearing the yipping and yapping of this little pup makes me want one even more.
Do you have a dog? Other pets? Want one?
Photo by Little Friends Photo
On Tuesday night Mark and I went to the movies – our first in a while. We saw Moonrise Kingdom. If you need an idea to beat the heat for two hours, if you want to laugh, if you want to go back to camp without the big bites, if you want to be delighted – go see Moonrise Kingdom.
Moonrise Kingdom is the sweet story of Sam, a misfit orphan, who is a skillful khaki scout, and Suzy, a troubled and sassy oldest child from a loveless marriage and their journey to run away together and the town’s, her parents’, his fellow scouts’ quest to find them.
The movie tackles big issues and big adolescent milestones through the vivid scenery of a storybook and a 12-year-old’s perspective.
Share a popcorn, hold hands, go to the movies.