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November 24th, 2015 — Accessories, Events, Holidays, Inspiration, Shopping, Tips
My favorite thing about autumn and winter is getting together with family and friends to enjoy holiday meals. Whether it’s celebrating the holidays or just getting together with great company, there’s always plenty to look forward to when it comes to dinner parties. Give thanks to the host/hostess of a dinner party this year with a little gift!
Benjamin Moore’s Dinner Party makes for a great accent color seen in this elegant tablescape photographed by Paige Jones. The hues of burgundy of the wine glasses and napkins tie in with the floral arrangement that features pomegranates for a very fall setting!
November 5th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Details, Events, Furniture, Inspiration, Shopping, Travel
A few weeks ago my hubby Jared and I were relaxing on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta and within a few hours we were being evacuated inland to Guadalajara. It was a such a bummer that we didn’t get the much needed relaxing time complete with margaritas, however instead of seeing “Hacienda Red”, we made lemonade out of lemons and decided to explore the shopping in Guadalajara. And let me tell you, the artisans are beyond talented in the area- complete with custom metal lighting, brightly painted ceramics, carefully crafted wood tables, and my personal favorite: the luscious colored textiles that are complete with the most amazing details. Olé!!
August 6th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Events, Inspiration, Mood Board, Tips
There are end-of-summer vibes floating around and they’re making me crave a lazy afternoon spent lounging around outside. Yesterday, I caught myself daydreaming about being in a hammock in the shade with a nice cool drink and a good book — doesn’t that sound heavenly? Sorry, I know it’s not Friday yet, but here’s some divinely peaceful inspiration to get you through the end of the week.
PS Did you know hammocks were invented by natives of Central and South America, as a place to sleep out of reach of all the nasty critters? Since then they’ve been used by sailors and astronauts as space-saving sleeping quarters. My favorite use of all, though: pure, unadulterated relaxation. Enjoy!
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Lazy Afternoon is a saturated plum tone which takes a sophisticated spin when paired with other purples, grays, and punchy colorful art in this Beverly Hills living room by Burnham Design
July 10th, 2015 — Colors, Concepts, Events, Food, Inspiration, Tips
Chef Jared Nash gives us a bright Zucchini Ribbon Salad to bring to a Summer dinner party or BBQ. It is fresh, light, and most importantly for anyone who is a dud in the kitchen like myself- easy to make! See recipe below.
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This bright color by Dunn Edwards, screams fun! Use hints of orange as accents throughout a space like this feminine office by The Bright Idea.
May 15th, 2015 — Colors, Details, Events, Fashion, Inspiration
One of our favorite new fabric lines comes from Guildery. Located in the heart of downtown Los Altos, it has been a fabulous new source since it’s basically located in our backyard. There are tons of fun patterns, neutral modern prints, and fun pops of bright colors to choose from. Founder, Shea recently asked us to be a part by styling a collection from their amazing prints. We went neutral with a global modern twist. Check it out along with all the other fabrics Guildery has to offer. And if you’re in the Los Altos area, check out their pop up shop where you can purchase pillows and other various pieces of upholstered furniture.
Guildery Pop-Up Shop
170 State Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
March 11th, 2015 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Details, Events, Food, Inspiration, Tips
It’s been almost a year since I was in Paris, and lately I’ve been reminiscing my time there – going to the local market to buy fresh flowers or local produce, picking up freshly made baguettes and pain au chocolate at the nearby bakery, and sharing good wine and cheese with friends while bathing under the setting sun. As there are more sunny days to come, and the days are getting longer, here are some tips to help dress your table for an indoor or outdoor setting, with a French inspired flare that is both chic and effortless.
French Toile (#CSP-595) has neutral grey tones, that is a great color to use in a Kitchen space with fresh white cabinets, brushed nickel hardware and a marble countertop. This beautiful Kitchen done by Cameo Homes Inc nicely portrays this classic color, making it the perfect setting to entertain and host guests all year around.
December 17th, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Events, Food, Holidays, Shopping, Tips
One of the most important parts of entertaining this holiday season is having your home bar in order. With a little help from my local West Elm
, I was able to get my bar cart party-ready just in time for Christmas.
The easiest way to keep the party flowing and keep your guests entertained is to create an easy-to-serve signature drink. Using festive champagne as a base, I came up with a simple cranberry cocktail using only limoncello, cranberry nectar, muddled cranberries.
Mix 3 parts limoncello with 1 part cranberry nectar in a separate container to keep on hand. In your champagne glass, drop a few muddled cranberries, and pour a splash of the mixture to taste. Top with champagne, and you’re ready to go!
Add a little festive flare to your bar cart to keep the holiday spirit afloat. I went simple with a felt mistletoe hung on the wall, and some decorative objects accented with live greenery.
Besides the signature cocktail, I decked my bar out with a few staple bottles in case the signature cocktail runs out. A vintage cocktail shaker adds a decorative touch, along with a festive antler taper candle.
straws, champagne coupes, faceted vessel available in store at West Elm
Benjamin Moore’s Cranberry Cocktail (#2083-20) is a rich berry tone that adds vibrance to any space. See how the sofa pops against the neutral tones in this room, spotted on Chateau and Bungalow
November 26th, 2014 — Colors, Events, Food, Holidays, Tips
This great, quick winter dessert is an instant classic. Cut the recipe in half for a small gathering, or make a full batch to enjoy the leftovers with your morning coffee! Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I love making an unexpected dessert to share with friends and family on such a special day.
Benjamin Moore’s Glazed Pear (#1092) is a timeless and elegant hue that can bring warmth to any space. Bunny Williams uses a similarly-shaded wallpaper to create a luxe backdrop for this bedroom, complemented by bright pops of white.
September 17th, 2014 — Accessories, Colors, Concepts, Details, Events, Furniture, Inspiration, Lighting
The Fall wedding season is just around the corner, and I can’t help but be inspired by the beauty that nature brings this time of year. Nothing makes a “bride to be” glow quite like the effervescent view of a shimmering lake or lush forest, as she makes her way towards the grinning groom. Add some sparkle to the aisle by contrasting the rich colors of the outdoors with a touch of gold decor. You can also brighten things up with mixed florals; the outdoors go with everything, so don’t be afraid to go bold with color. Dress the table tops with a touch of greenery, or simply go green by printing your menus on recycled paper. Next, make the wide open venue feel more intimate by introducing a few mirrors. The reflection will help create a sense of enclosure, and as a plus, they’re great for quick touch ups throughout the night. Finally, for a sure guarantee your party will last through the night, light up the tree tops with a canopy of twinkle lights, or go big with a statement chandelier!
floral graphic via rifle paper co
chalkboard menu / chandelier / altar / bouquet / mirror / place setting / printed menu / napkin / lanterns
You can’t help but fall in love with Benjamin Moore’s Bride To Be (#1009). This elegant and timeless shade of pink serves as the perfect pale backdrop for this Living Room, designed by Stephen Shubel.
September 10th, 2014 — Events, Food, Tips
The farmers market is amazing this time of year. As summer ends and fall approaches, you can find the best of what both seasons have to offer. End of summer Tomatoes, Eggplants, and Peppers are all looking great. Grapes are coming into season, fall figs are delicious and fresh pomegranates are just hitting the stands. Fresh pomegranates are delicious and extremely good for you! This recipe utilizes both fresh seeds and pomegranate juice.
Caramelized Cauliflower with Pomegranate Molasses, Fresh Pomegranate Seeds and Hazelnuts
- 4 cups Pomegranate Juice
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
1. Put all the ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan (you want extra room as it will bubble up as it reduces).
2. Heat to dissolve the Sugar, then turn heat to medium-low and reduce liquid to about 1 cup. This will take about an one hour. You will only need a few tablespoons of Molasses for this recipe, but you can keep the rest in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. It’s also great on all sorts of winter squash or even roasted sweet potatoes.
1. Slice the Pomegranate in half, hold the fruit over a bowl with the seed side facing your hand and hit the skin of the fruit with a wooden spoon. It is a little messy but the seeds will fall right out.
2. Once the seeds are in the bowl fill it with water to rinse the seeds, any pieces of the inside that fell off of the Pomegranate with float to the top and you can skim it out. Drain the seeds well and they will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.
1. Toast the nuts in an oven at 350, about 10 minutes.
2. Let cool, chop and set aside
- 1 head Cauliflower
- 2 taplespoons Olive Oil
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Chop up the Cauliflower into large bite-sized pieces. I like to use the core/stem as it is edible and just as delicious.
3. Coat the Cauliflower with the Oil and generously season with Salt and Pepper.
4. Roast in the oven of about 25-30 minutes, or until it starts to get dark brown.
5. Toss the Cauliflower in a bowl with the Pomegranate Seeds and Hazelnuts, and drizzle some of the Molasses on top.
(images via the kindred kitchen, the fruit company)
Benjamin Moore’s Pomegranate (#AF-295) is a rich shade of red with orange undertones. Used on this front door (via Benjamin Moore
), it feels inviting and adds vibrancy to the house’s porch.