Wednesday, September 29, 2021

getting in the mood (for fall)...

Fall is officially here! I cannot believe that we are this far into 2021! I have to be honest. Although I love fall, I am simply not prepared. So I have compiled some inspiring visuals to get us all in the mood for a fabulous fall! Enjoy!

via A Trendy Life

via Habitually Chic

via Wattpad

via The New Yorker

via yahoo!life

Monday, September 27, 2021

monday {menu}


{recipe from... here}

c a r m e l  
i c e d  
c o f f e e 


    • ice
    • ½ cup (4 fluid ounces) chilled coffee or cold brew
    • ¼ cup (2 fluid ounces) milk
    • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
    • 1 ½ tablespoons caramel sauce


    1. Combine all ingredients: Add ice to glass. Pour in coffee, milk, cream, and caramel.
    2. Stir: Stir until entirely smooth and enjoy!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

happy sunday...


Saturday, September 25, 2021

fresh & clean...


I don't know about you, but I could STARE at this bathroom all day long! A simple bathroom is so inviting to me. 
Bottom line...  Simple = Cleanliness in my eyes. 

What's your thoughts on a simple bathroom. 
To dull & boring? 
Timeless & classic?

Friday, September 24, 2021

that's very ralph (lauren)..


The other day, I got up extra early, poured my morning cup of coffee, and watched "Very Ralph", the HBO documentary about fashion designer, Ralph Lauren. It did not disappoint! The documentary follows his life, from his childhood in the Bronx, to his life today, in which he is living the aspirational life that he created through his designs and the stories that he constructed around them. 

I have always been in awe of Ralph Lauren's style. Walking through one of his stores is like entering into another world. It evokes sophistication and glamour, and shows the relationship between fashion and interior design. To this day, I still remember the home collections that inspired me many years ago. Here are a few of my favorites, both old and new...

via Cafe Design

via Ralph Lauren Home

via Habitually Chic

via Design Matters Blog

via Ralph Lauren Home

via Habitually Chic

Thursday, September 23, 2021

under the stairs (making the most of this overlooked space)...

The space under the stairs... It is a space that is highly overlooked, usually used as a place to store all of the things that we want to keep out of sight, out of mind. However, there are many ways to use this space in a more intentional way, making it both useful and attractive. 

You can use these spaces for anything from a seating area to a wine cellar! They also work as pantries, home offices, and powder rooms! These awkward spaces are the ones that give you a chance to be truly creative! So have some fun with it and make the space under your stairs work for you! 

via Paper Blog


via Chevin Kitchen and Bath

via Homes and Gardens

via Livingetc

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

tailgating in style...

via Conde Nast

It's that time... Time for tailgating! One of my favorite fall activities! Whether it be for a football game or a polo match, tailgating has practically become a national institution. It's the perfect way to spend a crisp fall day  outdoors with friends, enjoying good food, and just taking it easy. And... If done right, it can also be so very stylish. So grab your picnic blanket, thermos, and monogrammed flask. Its time to tailgate! 

Pack It...


Monday, September 20, 2021

monday {menu}

{recipe from here}

Mulled Apple Cider Donut Holes 

Makes: about 50 donut holes

Things you need…

Sour Cream Cake Donuts
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mulled apple cider

Canola oil for frying

Mulled Apple Cider Glaze
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mulled apple cider

How to make…

Mulled Apple Cider

Add 750 ml of apple cider to a medium sauce pan. Add in mulling spices and bring to gentle boil. Cook for 20-30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain out mulling spices. Allow to cool completely.

Mulled Apple Cider Donuts

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; make a well in the center and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer, cream together eggs, sugar, vanilla and orange zest until pale and thick. Slowly add in melted butter and beat until combined. In a liquid measuring cup mix together the sour cream and mulled apple cider. Add half of the sour cream mixture in and beat to combine; add the remaining sour cream and beat until smooth and completely combined.

Pour wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients and use a spatula to gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.

Spoon dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap, and wrap up tight. Refrigerate the donut dough for at least one hour or over night.

When you are ready to cook your donuts, heat a heavy bottomed pot of about 2 inches of oil over medium heat to 350 degrees, no hotter and no lower.

While your oil is heating up, lightly flour a cool work surface and turn your donut dough out. Dust the top with flour and roll your dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Using a 1 or 2 in round cookie cutter, cut your donut holes.

**Note: You will most likely have some scraps, I usually just cut these into more little donut holes rather than re-rolling them. 

Once your oil is heated, gently place 5-10 donuts at a time into the oil to cook. Once your donuts float nicely to the top, allow them to cook for about 1 more minute before flipping and frying for an additional one minute on the other side. You can always look to see the color before flipping to check that your donuts are a nice light golden brown before flipping them.

Once cooked, use a slotted spoon and allow the donuts to drip off any excess oil into the pot. Place the cooked donuts onto a wire rack with some paper towel underneath to cool and drip off anymore excess oil. They will be extremely hot, so please take care not to burn yourself.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before dipping in the glaze.

Mulled Apple Cider Glaze

Add your icing sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, corn syrup and mulled apple cider to a large mixing bowl. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. If your glaze is too thick, add in your additional apple cider or water 1 tbsp at a time. You want the glaze to be a pour-able consistency but not too runny.

Once your donut holes have cooled for about 15 minutes, toss the donut holes into the bowl and use a spatula to toss them and evenly coat them all in the glaze. Pour the donuts out onto a wire rack (with parchment underneath for the excess glaze to drip off onto).

Allow the donut holes to sit for about 10 minutes so the glaze can set up a bit before serving…. if you can wait that long.

Friday, September 17, 2021

ready, set, press (decorating with pressed botanicals)...

I love pressed botanicals as wall art! What a beautiful way to bring nature into your space in such an elegant and effortless way. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, with its own unique shape and texture. 

You can purchase pressed botanicals, which is a quick and easy way to complete a gallery wall. Or you may choose to press and frame your own pickings, giving your pieces a personal touch. Click here for a quick rundown on how to have a go at it! If you choose to take on this project, don't forget to share! 

via Color Outside the Lines

via Topsy Turvy Style

via Lauren Liess

Thursday, September 16, 2021

get in the mood...

via The Horse Rider's Journal

As an interior designer, I am always creating mood boards for my clients.  Creating a mood board allows me to clearly communicate all of my thoughts and ideas on a project, providing my client with a source of inspiration and clarity. In design, mood boards are essential to maintaining efficiency and expectations. 

So what happened when you are feeling like you are low on personal inspiration? Create a mood board (aka vision boards)! If it works for designing a room, it can also help to create the personal direction and motivation that you may be seeking. Whether it be to inspire a project, reach a goal, or simply be a collection of aspirational images, using visuals is a fun and creative way to assess, remind, and destress. So grab a pile of magazines, fire up the printer, and have some fun creating your very own mood board! 


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

roll out the fall carpet (met gala 2021)...

Today we are going to take a look at another type of design... The fashion at this year's Met Gala! In a time when many of our beloved yearly events have been cancelled, it was nice to see that one of our fashion favorites was still able to go on. This years costume theme was "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion". Here are some of the night's most memorable outfits...

Kristine Froseth
via Hawt Celebs

Lupita Nyongo
via Popsugar

Chloe Fineman
via E! Online

Rose Lesie
via Popsugar

Alicia Keys
via Vanity Fair

Maria Sharapova
via WTA Tennis

Rachel Smith
via Paper Magazine

Kaia Gerber
via Vogue

Monday, September 13, 2021

monday {menu}


Peach Ricotta Layer Cake with Browned Buttercream 


Bourbon Peach Jam

  • 6 cups fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam

Brown Butter Buttercream

  • 3 sticks salted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 (8-inch) round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer) beat together the canola oil, ricotta, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and buttermilk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix until just combined.
    3. Pour the batter among the cake pans and bake 30-35 minutes, until the tops are just set and no longer wiggly in the center. Remove and let cool five minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack. Cover and let the cakes cool completely before assembling.
    4. To make the jam. Add the peaches and brown sugar to a medium size pot set over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, once boiling use a potato masher or fork to break down and mash the peaches. Continue to cook for 5-8 minutes or until the jam has reduced and thickened by 1/3. Stir in the bourbon during the last minute of cooking. Remove from the heat and let cool. Should thicken as it cools.
    5. To make the buttercream. Add 2 sticks butter to a skillet set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and transfer the butter to the mixing bowl, let cool until it's room temp. 
    6. Add the remaining stick of butter, mascapone, and powdered sugar and beat the butter and powdered sugar together until the butter is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.
    7. To assemble. Using a large serrated knife, carefully cut each cake in half horizontally. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1/4 of the buttercream over the cake and layer with about 1/4 cup of peach jam and 2 tablespoons raspberry jam. Repeat with the remaining 3 cake layers. Be careful not to overfill your layers or the cake will be hard to slice. Frost the outside of the cake. Chill 30 minutes. Serve, or store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. 

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