9/17/2014

A GRAY HAVEN: SHERRY HART DESIGNS

I love Sherry Hart. Sherry Hart is one of the most talented and funniest people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. If I ever need some design inspiration and a good laugh, I know I will get both if I just go to her blog. She is an interior designer here in Atlanta who designed this rustic-modern gorgeous bathroom. Sherry is very good at details and mixing textures in her spaces and her talent really shows here. The design of the space started with that glamorous little soaking tub and it took off from there. I LOVE the mix of the dull grays with the shiny grays. I love the rustic wood mixed with the modern tile. I especially love that little niche in the shower under the shampoo/soap holder. That niche is for the homeowner to put her foot on as she shaves her legs. Genius... The whole space is just different and really beautiful and I just had to share it with you...


Photography by Bill Evertt
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9/15/2014

I'M WEARING: THE LAST DRESS OF SUMMER...

Well friends, it's 8:30 PM on Sunday night (last night) and my Weather Channel app says it is 68 degrees outside. Fall is near. Praise the Lord!! I'm so excited. Even though I'm excited, there are a few things I will miss about summer. I'll miss fresh summer fruits and vegetables (there's nothing like them...), long summer morning walks, dining al fresco, and dresses. Summer dresses...

You might have noticed that all of my outfits in these last few outfit posts have been dresses. I love them. I love that they comfortable. I love their versatility. I love that wearing them allows me to sleep about five minutes longer on days that I wear them. It takes less time for me to get dressed on those days... This dress is one of my favorites. I thought it was the cutest thing ever when I saw it in the store, but hesitated to try it on because wearing a bra wasn't optional. I don't have "wearing a bra isn't optional" assets, but the fit of the dress is very supportive, so no bra is necessary. That makes me love this dress 200 times more. I hope that wasn't TMI, but I myself always wonder how people make backless dresses work. Anyway, this little lady dress makes me slightly sad summer is on its way out, but I'm so ready for fall. Bring it on!


Dress: Zara | Heels: Banana Republic (old), similar here and here | Bracelets: GorjanaStella & Dot | Stacked Rings: Banana Republic (old), similar here | Watch: Michael Kors | Lips: NARS Fire Down Below

Images by Paula Coldiron
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9/12/2014

A THANK YOU + LINKS...




Hi there... Instead of harping about how glad I am to see an insanely busy week come to a close, I just wanted to take some time to say thank you. There have been some tough moments behind the scenes over the last few months and this blog is one of the very few things that has brought me consistent joy during that time. You are a big part of that joy. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read and see what I have to say and share. Thank you for sharing the blog via all the various forms of social media (and letting me know about it!). Thank you for your wonderful comments and e-mails. I don't always have the time to respond to them, but I read them all, sometimes a few times. They keep me going... I just really appreciate you and wanted to let you know. Have a great weekend and I will see you back here next week. xo

The beautiful home of a very talented food blogger that sits on stilts...

SJP's gorgeous townhome has a whole new look - and it's on the market.

In case you are looking for the perfect gold lamp on a budget...

Such a creative way to learn more about this fashion icon...

The most fabulous pantry... just for dishes.

Waffle ice cream sandwiches. Geez...

And apple pie bagels...

My next read...

Image by Michael Graydon
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9/11/2014

INTERIORS: A CHIC COASTAL COTTAGE...

So I have yet to vacay to a place near sprawling miles of peaceful water this year. Life has gotten in the way of that, so I'm living vicariously through others... Perhaps that's why this is the second home tour I've featured in a row that is located near a big body of water. This 7,000 sq ft cottage is located on Lake Rosseau in Ontario, Canada. Designer Cory DeFrancisco of Muskoka Living Interiors did an amazing job at bringing the outside in and making the space look incredibly comfortable. Naturally I love the details and design in each of these spaces, but I DIE over that laundry room! I love doing laundry (very strange I know), so one of the top things I want in my "forever home" is a functional, yet chic laundry room just like that one... Dreamy.

Images via Style At Home, Photography by Michael Graydon

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9/09/2014

FENNEL & GARLIC MUSSELS...

I love, love, love mussels. I had them for the first time maybe 5 years ago and I've had them at least once every few months since then. They can be made in so many different ways with minimal ingredients (here is another version I made a few years ago), and can produce a good dinner or large appetizer in a matter of about ten minutes. That is my kind of recipe these days...

This particular recipe is from Sweet Paul's cookbook, Eat & Make. I swear that is a good cookbook. So many easy and delicious recipes... I was intrigued by this particular recipe because it included fennel. I have shied away from cooking with fennel before because of its so-called licorice flavor (when raw). However, when the fennel is cooked, it produces this sweet, very mild onion flavor that perfectly flavors the broth that this dish creates. I like my broth to be spicy, so I added some red pepper flakes to liven it up. The only other thing that makes this dish perfection are a few slices of toasted, buttered, quality, fresh bread from a bakery. The toasted bread explodes with flavor once it is dipped in the broth. Pure heaven in my book...


Here is what you need and what to do: (serves 4)

4 lbs mussels
2 tablespoons butter
4 large shallots, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 cups dry white wine (I used a Sauvignon Blanc)
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

1. Add the mussels to a colander. Scrub and rinse the mussels. Discard any mussels that are broken or open and won't close when you press it together.

2. Melt the butter in a large pot or 10 in skillet with high sides set over medium-high heat. Then add the shallots, garlic, fennel, and red pepper flakes. Saute them until soft, about 5-7 minutes.

3. Add the mussels and wine to the pot. Stir to combine them with the other ingredients and cover. Cook until all of the mussels are open - about 5-7 minutes. Discard any mussels that don't open. Stir in the parsley.

4. Pour the mussels into a serving dish. Serve immediately with a side of toasted, buttered bread.

Enjoy!

Images by me


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