decorating: how to add dark elements to a room

Last year I painted one wall in my living room a dark grey. It took a while to find the exact shade I had in mind. I went with Clark and Kensington’s Admiral Blue which was very close to what I was looking for.

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The dark wall completely transformed the room. It highlights the tall ceilings, and add that drama factor that this large room with no architectural detail needed. I played it up by adding black and white striped throw pillows and a patchwork cowhide rug to the room.White lamps, doors, and decor pieces against the contrasting dark wall look brighter and reflect light.

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Painting walls dark can be tricky and may not be for everyone, especially if the room lacks natural light. Here are 5 ways to for those of you wanting to introduce dark elements to their decor.

1. Furniture.

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2. Artwork

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3. Throw pillows

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4. Window trims and door frames

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5. Rugs and lamps

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 images: Emily Henderson, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Pinterest

Kinfolk Magazine Butcher Block Party with Tom Madrecki

A recap of a lovely afternoon at Stoney Lonesome Farm with chef Tom Madrecki (Chez Le Commis) hosting a butcher block dinner for kinfolk magazine.

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TRY SOMETHING YOU HAVE NEVER TRIED BEFORE – Gut & fillet fish: check!

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Tom showed us how to tell the freshness, how to scale, gut and fillet fish. I thought I was going to be a little squeamish but surprised myself and felt comfortable with it.

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While our fishes were cooking, Tom served smoked salmon cured with salt and sugar which we enjoyed with fresh bread and wine.

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Fresh flower arrangements in mason jars from the farm.

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The entire meal was delish, we even made our own sides but my favorite was the smoked ice cream served with peaches. I might have helped myself to more than two servings, opps! 🙂

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There is nothing quite like enjoyed a meal made with the freshest ingredients from local farms, is there? I heart Summer!!

If you are in the DC area, sign up for Tom’s Supper Club at Chez Le Commis.

 

Happy Summer Solstice Friday

Summer is here bringing fun outdoor events around the city! My calendar is filling up with pool parties, sailing, wine tastings, beach time and so many events that I feel it will be Fall before I know it. And if this weekend’s plans are any indication, its going to be a fabulous Summer.

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Tomorrow I join Sailstice Sailors for an afternoon of sailing along the Chesapeake Bay. Havent heard of Summer Sailstice? Summer Sailstice is the global sailing holiday celebrated on the weekend closest to the summer solstice.

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This international event was founded in 2001 to connect the global sailing community in a fun, creative, multifaceted, multi-location sailing holiday.  Every year, Summer Sailstice connects over 19,000 sailors all over the world—cruisers, racers and recreational—to celebrate and showcase life under sail.

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It has expanded to include participants from Asia, across the Americas and Europe. Sounds so fun, right? I cant wait to tour the  Leopard 39 catamaran with Allen Murphy and his crew tomorrow! Interested in going to one of their open houses? Get more details and find an event close to you here.

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On Sunday I head to one of Kinfolk magazine’s famous dinners, a butcher block party by Tom Madrecki of Chez Le Commis at Stoney Lonesome Farm.

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They have a super fun workshop planned where we first learn about how to identify and select fresh fish at the market, along with a brief overview of fish “issues” (sustainability, wild vs. farmed, quality vs. locality, etc.), learn how to break down a whole fish in an hands-on session followed by a discussion about how to prepare fish, with an eye toward providing a foundation more than specific recipes followed by a delicious supper of seafood and vegetables, hand-harvested by Tom and the owner of Stoney Lonesome just before the the event.

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Im already drooling!  I dont know much about cooking fish and so this workshop is perfect and just in time for Summer entertaining! What are your plans? Wish you a sunny and fun weekend. xo

Ahoy! Summer

images: Leo Patrone and Micheal Graydon

Wishlist: Fashion Accessories

Over the last week I have spent many many hours weeding out my closet, something I have not done in years! After nearly eight large trash bags full of clothes and accessories that are ready to be dropped off at Salvation Army, the clutter/disaster zone that was my closet looks somewhat sane. Yay! And is on its way to be organized. All I need is a new dresser, a garment rack, (ordered) and a few new accessories to give my current outfits a fresh look. Want a peek at what’s on my wishlist for this Summer?

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