Hello Monday + Dinner with Birch Box

A night with Birch Box, a colorful porch party, boozy popsicle and pea-potato salad recipes, strawberry-shortcake bridal shower, DIY fourth of July picnic and more lovely things that came my way recently.

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25 boozy popsicle recipes at snippet+ink

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Pretty paper goods by Little Bit Heart for a strawberry shortcake-inspired bridal shower.

 

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Pea-potato salad by Coco+Kelley

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Cute DIY fourth of July picnic ideas over at Glitter Guide

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I want a bed swing like this for my apartment.

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Birch Box held a private dinner at Malmaison in DC last week. Isnt the decor pretty?

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It was lovely to meet Brich Box co-founder Katia, editor Meredith, the Skirt PR team and other DC-based lifestyle bloggers.

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This salted caramel tart is heavenly and thanks to Malmaison’s owner I got to bring one home as well.

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And who doesnt love a Birch Box as party favor? Right? Are you a Birch Box subscriber?

Have a great (short) week. xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.