Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Inspiration | Mark Cunningham | Martha's Vineyard


My instagram friend, Eva, from Cafe Design Blog, posted a pretty picture yesterday from designer Mark Cunningham.  It was an angle of a Martha's Vineyard project that I hadn't seen before and I was so taken by it, I spent some time looking through his portfolio this morning and finding such wonderful inspiration.  I'm most drawn to his country style homes - shocker. ;)  He also has more contemporary designs where furniture takes on sculptural qualities against white wall back drops, yet somehow even those spaces feel very livable and welcoming too.  A lot of his work has been featured in publications, I believe I shared an image on instagram (or was it here on the blog?) last year from this same Martha's Vineyard home.  Here are a few more of my favorites ...











Monday, January 8, 2018

Inspiration | Book Recommendation | Positively Chic Interiors

Happy 2018!  I've been easing into the new year rather slowly.  We've had the longest stretch of freezing cold weather that I can remember.  We were actually excited to see a high of 30 this weekend, though it still felt bitterly cold with the wind.  Today the kids are out of school because of icy roads.

I took the entire month of December off from client work and while I've started back up again, I'm still sticking to a very part time schedule.  I need opportunities for gathering fresh inspiration and day dreaming so I can help others create more beautiful homes.  While I will always favor effortlessly classic style, I don't want to feel like my recommendations become a formula.  I want each project to be fresh and exciting for both me and my clients! Which is a very long winded way of saying design books are a necessity for me!  I refer back to favorites often from designers whose work I admire.  I just bought a new one last week, Carrier and Company's Positively Chic Interiors, and it's destined to be a new favorite.   They have a pretty broad range of styles and I gravitate to those that are more traditional and cozy, versus streamlined and minimalistic, but there is plenty in the book that I love.  It's a good one to pick up to get you through some lazy winter days in front of the fireplace!  Here is a little peek...






^^ I've always loved this fabric!  Would love to use it in a project this year!^^






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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

recipe | grain salad with arugula, pecans, blue cheese and apricot vinaigrette


I'm ready for a little holiday food detox, how about you? (at least until NYE...;))  I had these gorgeous pears left over from out Christmas place setting and used them to recreate an amazing salad I had a couple months ago at a local restaurant.  It's perfect for this time of year, hearty with the warm quinoa and complex enough with the blue cheese, pecans and spicy arugula.


Recipe | Grain Salad with Arugula, Blue Cheese, Pecans and Apricot Vinaigrette

Quinoa (cooked and still warm, if you make it ahead of time, just reheat it.  I used about 1/4-1/2 cup per person)
Arugula
Dried Cranberries
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Pecans, chopped
Pears, thinly sliced

*you can use as much as you want for the above ingredients, completely up to your preference!

Dressing
2 TBS white balsamic vinegar (white white or champagne vinegar would work well too)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apricot preserves
salt and pepper

Whisk all these ingredients together and toss with salad