Monday, August 18, 2014

For the home: accessories

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Lately I've been on the hunt for home accessories (vintage and new) for some prop styling projects I'm working on as well as a few spaces in my home. I find that a few pieces here or there can transform a small space or vignette. Last year H&M came out with a new home line, and until recently I hadn't checked it out. I was pleasantly surprised with all the good I found. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the current collection.
         

Monday, August 11, 2014

Strawberry salad with caramelized almonds

In the summer I love to eat salads, especially ones with fresh fruit mixed in. This one has been on rotation all summer and is super simple to make. I used to buy already made caramelized almonds until I realized how easy it is to caramelize your own in a skillet with sugar and chopped up almonds. Stir them around until they are golden brown. Plus, what a difference it makes to pour warm almonds onto your salad!

Strawberry Almond Salad
Mixed Greens
Chopped celery
Shredded carrots
Crumbled blue cheese
Sliced strawberries
Caramelized almonds
Shredded chicken (optional)

Other variations could include diced grapes, blueberries, or mandarin oranges. 

For the dressing you could easily make your own, but I personally like to mix the Brianna's Poppyseed Dressing with the Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing.



 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fall trend: high waisted skinny jeans

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I love a good pair of skinny jeans in a dark wash, but lately I've been seeing a lot of high waisted ones. The other day my friend Amanda had on the cutest pair that she wore with a tucked-in tee and skinny belt.

What do you think, will you try them?
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 (The ones pictured here are all from Anthropologie, but I also like these, these, these, these and these)
    

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Design details: painted front door

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Last year The Huffington Post did an article about The 6 Absolute Best Paint Colors for Your Front Door (not sure about the lime green). A painted front door seems bold, but I like that it's a bit fun too. Plus, it's always a nice treat as a passerby to see a brightly painted front door. Don't you think? If I were to paint my front door, I often wonder what color I would paint it? I'm sure it would probably be a shade of blue although deep down I may try something brighter like a yellow or orangey red.

What do you think, would you paint your front door? What color would you paint it?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Bedroom update

Over the past six months I've been working on styling the boy's bedrooms. It has taken me way longer than it should, but other things have come up and sometimes I'm just plain indecisive. Plus, anyone who is a designer knows how hard it is to design for yourself. Designing for others is waaaay easier! I finally got Will's gallery wall installed and with a few minor details to wrap up, I'll be ready to share the rest of his room soon.
   

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer trend: embroidered tops

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In the summer I go for pieces that are lightweight and airy especially when it gets hot! Lucky for us, it hasn't been too hot this summer (70s, just the way I like it:) I love these pretty embroidered tops and they would perfect with jeans or shorts and flat sandals this summer. Plus, today you can get all tops from Piperlime 30% off with the code TOPS30.
     

Monday, June 30, 2014

Home trend: round mirrors

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I've been using all sorts of inspiration from Pinterest and home magazines lately as I finish styling the boy's bedrooms and gather inspiration for my master bedroom. One home trend I've been seeing everywhere is the round mirror. Decorating and styling with mirrors has always been a favorite of mine because they help bring in more natural light to a space. Plus, the curved lines of the round mirror pair so nicely with the straight lines of frames and furniture (or brick!).

What do you think, would you use one in your space?
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Weekend

Summer is here! When you live in Minneapolis, summer takes on a whole new meaning. The weather has been wonderful lately (despite a few rainstorms) and we were even able to get some cilantro from our garden this week. What are your plans this weekend? We are taking our kids to the zoo and I'm hoping to finish the book The Fault in Our Stars. I'm dying to see the movie. Have you seen it? Enjoy your weekend.

A few links to share this week...

Pineapples are everywhere and so in right now.

Great article about asking for what you want.

Cute hat for summer.

Kate and George photos. Those overalls!

A pretty necklace.

Interesting article about handwriting.

My cousin's daughter wrote this adorable letter.

Embracing downtime. Love this!

This dessert is perfect for summer.

High rise jeans are back.

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