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!^^


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)
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!

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

christmas 2017

It's hard for me to believe Christmas is over.  It went by even faster than normal this year. Isn't that just life though?  I know we all keep saying it.  We had a really lovely Christmas season, one that makes my heart full and so grateful.  We did all our favorite traditions and started some new ones too (Nantucket Christmas Stroll + wreath making!).  I blissfully has two healthy children for Christmas (not the case last year) and even though we didn't get the promised snow, the few flurries and chilly temps made it feel perfectly wintery!  Last year we started going to a new church and attending their beautiful Christmas Eve service for the first time was a highlight for me. The music brought me to tears.  
I didn't do a Christmas house tour like years past, but I posted little snippets on Instgram instead.  It's just so much easier!  But I love going back on this blog and looking at years past, so even though I've already shared some of these photos, I wanted to make them a little more permanent in a blog post.
The plans for the rest of the week include a fancy New Year's celebration at home, seeing a few new movies, some time spent playing board games and maybe a trip north to find some snow for sledding, if we can bear the frigid temps that is...