7/24/2014

INTERIORS: MICHAEL JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

So you know how much I love food photography right? Well, lately I find myself more and more interested in interiors photography. I have been practicing around my home and it is much harder than it looks (to me anyway). I don't have any special lighting props or lenses at the moment, which is probably why its hard, but I am quite fascinated with it. So I have been studying interiors photography a lot more lately and recently ran across these interiors photographed by Michael Jones. The spaces are beautiful (LOVE all of the antiques) and the lighting is perfection. Notice that the lights are on in all of the pictures, but you don't see any of the reflection in the photos from the lights themselves. The lighting looks very natural and I love that. I'd love to figure out how to do that beautifully one day and these photos make me even more eager to learn...

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7/22/2014

KALE, FARRO, & FETA SALAD

Kale, Farro, and Feta Salad | Savor Home
Well, I am finally at the point where my mom and grandmothers wanted me to be when I was younger - the days when pizza and mac & cheese were daily desires. I now eat my greens. Daily. I eat them via a smoothie, a salad, or as a side on their own. I love them and have grown to appreciate the good things they do to my body. Moms and grandmothers are always right about that kind of stuff. Last Sunday, I fulfilled my daily greens requirement by eating this kale salad. I found a version of it here a few weeks ago and tweeked it a bit based on the time I had and the ingredients I had on hand. I love lemon-y kale and feta, but the farro was my favorite thing in the salad. To me, it's the Italian version of brown rice. It's flavorful, filling (it's full of fiber), and super healthy. Its texture was perfect against the crunchiness of the kale and walnuts. The farro can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge, so if you have some leftovers, this flavorful and healthy salad can quite literally be made in about 5 minutes. Gotta love a salad like that... 

Here is what you need and what to do: (makes 2 large servings)

3 cups lacinato kale, torn or chopped, stems removed (see note)
1 cup cooked farro (see note)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
2 -3 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Add the kale, farro, feta, zest and lemon juice, and olive oil to a large bowl. Toss with a large spoon or tongs to combine. Taste and add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste until seasoned for your taste.

A few tips:
 - Cook the farro according to its package instructions. I've learned that I can't go by general instructions. You can buy "pearled" or "semi-pearled" farro. The semi-pearled farro is best as it is the least processed and richer in fiber. It also takes a little longer to cook than pearled farro.

- I chop my kale by first removing the stems. I then stack the leaves one on top of the other and tightly roll them up into one roll. I then cut the roll into thin strips.

Enjoy!

Images by me


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7/21/2014

WEEKEND IN FIVE PICS...

{This week's flowers...}

Hi there! I hope you all had a great weekend. I relaxed, I cleaned, ate about 5lbs of Mexican food along with some good margs with the BEST girlfriends, watched some mindless TV and organized some things. I also made this super easy recipe for my Sunday dinner. It sounds so fancy, but is the easiest thing ever to make. I had it for dinner last Sunday night, too. And I had it for lunch last week and will have it again for lunch this week. It's. That. Good! I made it exactly according to the recipe, but it is completely customizable. Make it yourself and pass it along to someone who is in need of a quick family or dinner party recipe! Happy Monday!

{My very first pair of gladiator sandals. I'm quite smitten with them.}

{Prepping plans for my master bedroom. My drawing skills are amazing right?? :) }

{ A simple soft leather pouch I snagged at a summer sale (it's still on sale!) that is doubling as an iPad case and a clutch... }


{ Max asked me to share his latest beauty tip with you - although he looks the least bit interested in that photo. Max has dry skin, so I started giving him organic extra-virgin coconut oil. He LOVES it. I give him about 1/4 teaspoon- sometimes 1/2 teaspoon a day. It's also one of the main ingredients in his dry food. His coat is shinier and smoother and his skin is so much better! So if your pet (it's good for dogs, too!) has dry skin, ask your vet about coconut oil!}

Images by me

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7/18/2014

TWO SPACES + LINKS...



Hi there! I hope you all had a great week! I slowwwly got back in the swing of things this week, but am happy has always to see Friday. I'm back with links for you this week and I have some great things to share. There is one link I want to harp on and that is the The Lively Show. If you haven't heard about it, listen up! The Lively Show is a weekly podcast hosted by Jess Lively, who is a Chicago-based consultant who focuses on helping people live with intention. She hosts weekly podcasts (that you can download for free) where she speaks with successful bloggers and business owners about their journey (personal and business) and how they got to where they are. I'm in the process of figuring some things out this year and these podcasts have been really helpful. I have been listening to them in the car via my iPod for the last few weeks and I feel so motivated by these women. The podcasts with Erin Gates of Elements of Style, Kendi Skeen of Kendi Everyday, and Joy Wilson of Joy The Baker are a few of my favorites, but they are all really good! These women worked really hard to get to where they are and I find them to be incredibly inspiring. They talk about everything from life to careers to finances to finding balance to relationships to food - the whole nine! They are applicable even if you aren't a blogger, so check them out if you get time!

Anyway, I'm including two pics today (instead of my usual one pic) from a lovely home that was recently designed by Amber Interiors to break up my chatter. Ha. Keep scrolling for the links and I hope you all have a great weekend!



You know a blog post is good when it feels like you are reading a book rather than a blog. That's how I felt when I read this post.

This food blogger actually posts her monthly earnings from her blog and details to go along with them. Quite fascinating...

This dress is on sale (with an extra 20% off), classic, stylish, and perfect for work. So I ordered it.

changed my password on my computer for a reason other than security. Here's why...

This bathroom renovation was done a budget. It's pretty hard to tell...

The most stylish 80th birthday party I've ever seen...

This is perfect for summer nights out on the town...

I could spend hours on sites like this...

A cozy loft I could live in...

Sunday breakfast...

The BIG sale...


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7/17/2014

INTERIORS: A RENOVATED 19TH CENTURY FARMHOUSE...

Renovated German Farmhouse | Savor Home
While I was on vacation last week, I caught up on some of my favorite blogs, one of which is A Perfect Gray. My friend Donna has a love for the color gray and has a way of making her readers love it just as much. Anyway, she recently posted a photo of the kitchen from this really beautiful German 19th century barn turned farmhouse that was featured in the New York Times. I loved the details and the minimalism (something I really love about European interiors) in that one space, so I was eager to see and learn more about the home... 

The barn, which was previously occupied by cows, was merged with the farmhouse and underwent a complete renovation by a couple who wanted something really special and different for a home. They completely renovated the inside of the barn while keeping the outside intact. The inside of the home is all about the details - the various warm woods, the minimal antique furnishings, the lighting, and the small bursts of color. It honestly would be hard for me not to add a green plant or an accessory or two if this were my home, but otherwise I think the beautiful natural details speak volumes on their own... :)



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