Happy Friday + Lovely Links

Absolutely inspired by the styling of this table by Lo Bjurulf for next week’s shoot at Living Social. I love the mix of colors, shapes and flowers.

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Sweet Paul Magazines Spring 2013 issue is out and is filled with deliciousness.

Love this cute gold leaf egg DIY. Arrange in a bowl for a stylish centerpiece.

Rue mag’s editor in chief, Crystal Gentilello shared her tips to give your home a Spring makeover on Refinery 29

Helpful tips to living and maximizing small spaces on Remodelista

Would love to vacation at the Ritz Carlton Residences in Lake Tahoe; the decor by designer Jay Jeffers is such a sophisticated blend of modern and casual elegance.

Happy Weekend. xo

 

Oscar de La Renta Gift and Entertaining Collection

Oscar de la Renta, one of my all-time favorite fashion houses, recently unveiled their gifts and entertaining collection. You know how much I love tropical beaches so this island-inspired is just what I want to stock my entertaining cabinet with. Table settings crafted by artisans feature teak accessories, silver-plated flatware and indigo patterned cocktail plates.

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Love the colors of this dip-dyed tray.

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So Summer! My pick from the collection?

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The shell crab condiment server! Makes a fun centerpiece too. See more from the ODLR gifts and entertaining collection here.

Seeing Spots!

Apartment Therapy named polka dots as the interior trend of 2013, and it’s not hard to see why. Classic, contemporary, retro, and whimsical, peppering your walls with these spots can liven up any room while reflecting whatever your style may be. Check out some styles and get sprinkled with inspiration!

Classic: Whether creating a luxurious bedroom for you, a clean and individual space for kids, or a sleek guest bathroom, polka dots take the lead in creating a classy and classic atmosphere.

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retro and glam!

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Monochromatic: Subtle polka dots can create a contemporary and slightly seductive look with barely any color.

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Bright and White: Make an accent wall pop while tying the entire room together

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A Few Freckles: If you’re not able to commit to a full on polka dot room, a few dots to highlight an area of a room go a long way.

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Snowflake-a dots, maybe?

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Whimsical: These imperfect specks are spot on! Create the look of a party that never ends with confetti-style polka dots. Get artsy with water colored, hand painted dots, in your favorite color. Or take it to the next level and bring polka dots to the third dimension!

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Watercolor Polka Dots

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The Spring Spirit

Fresh cut flowers, pastels, and outdoor gatherings are all the things to look forward to when entertaining this spring. Take a break from those lingering winter winds and indulge in the romance of the season.

An English-style garden gathering to start of the season

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pale pink roses in vintage tea tins

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flowers with hints of pink peeking from teacups

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floral inspired deserts with lace to greet your guests

floral inspired deserts with lace to greet your guests via

bright and cheerful tulips help your gathering "spring" to life

bright and cheerful tulips help your gathering “spring” to life via

even a little can go a long way this season

a little can go a long way this season via

bits of lavender to soothe the senses

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even formal spring gatherings create a sense of romance

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Recipe: Baked Eggs with Goat Cheese and Herbs

This brunch recipe is deceptively easy and takes literally no time at all, making it perfect dish for last minute brunch-parties. I used a 4″ ramekin with four eggs for two people or two eggs for one. The smaller 2″ ramekins would work but as well but only if you plan to serve these as a first course or side dish.

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Recipe: serves 1
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 fresh goat cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons fresh thyme, rosemary, and parsley finely chopped
2 large eggs

Instructions:
Turn on oven to broiler setting on high.
Transfer heavy cream and butter to ramekin and place in oven for 2 minutes. Butter should have melted and mixed with cream. Drizzle half of the goat cheese and half of parmesan cheese on the butter-cream mix. Break the eggs with yokes intact on top of the cheeses. Sprinkle half of the herbs then drizzle remaining cheeses. Place in oven for about 8 minutes or until the yokes have cooked. Remove, carefully from oven and sprinkle remaining herbs. Let cool a little before serving. Ramekin will be very hot so best to serve on a wood board or plate.

Enjoy!

xo

 

4 ways to arrange your Valentine’s Day bouquets

Give your Valentine’s Day flowers the TLC they deserve and display them in lovely arrangements. Here are four lovely and creative ideas to arrange your blooms.

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1. Snip off the stems and create a colorful terrarium.

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2. Spray thrifted vases in white and create a monochromatic cluster of vases. Create one main arrangement or single stems in each.

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3. Play up form by introducing textures and greens.

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4. Feeling more ambitious? Create a softer more romantic look by arranging your blooms in a vintage goblet.

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Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we could all use some inspiration and ideas to create a memorable evening. Be it for your sweetheart or your best friends, here are a few ideas sure to leave their hearts filled with love.

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LOVE this stunning mexican-themed tablescsape by Cassandra from CocoKelley. Get the look here.

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This pink and white color scheme has single-girls dinner party written all over it! Love the sugar-rimmed flutes.

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You might remember this look that I created for my column at Bright.Bazaar. Get the look and all the details here.

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And this one that I created for Rue Magazine.

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What’s not to LOVE about this glitsy and glittery pink party by sitting in a tree events! Super cute and how adorable is this the idea of decorating flatware with gold tread!

How are you planning to celebrate V-day? Do you love it or loathe it?

xo

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Check yourself

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One of the hottest trends in fashion and design this year, I am having a love affair with checkboard patterns. Highlighted in bright colors by Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer 2013 campaign, a inspired by the swinging 60s, checkboard patterns are looking sexier than ever.

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Fashion, footwear, home accessories, wallpapers, heck, even on manicures, I am seeing this pattern everywhere! Im dying to create a tablescape in checkered pattern and play it up with stripes or polka dots.

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What do you think about this trend? Checkmate?

Happy Monday.

xo

 

Recipe: Pistachio-Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

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For my friend’s birthday yesterday I made these pistachio-cranberry shortbread cookies and I was glad with how they turned out. We enjoyed these post-dinner with prosecco. Here is the recipe if you like shortbread cookies that are not too sweet. 

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Ingredients:

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks/16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (130 grams) unsalted pistachios
3/4 cup (150 grams) dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Instructions:

In a food processor whisk butter until fluffy with soft peaks. Add sugar and salt. Whisk for about 5 minutes until sugar and salt have mixed well with the butter. Switch to dough hook and gradually add flour. Using butchers knife coarsely chop pistachios and cranberries. Add to dough mix and knead until evenly distributed.

Divide dough into 3 parts and roll each part onto parchment paper. Flatten dough using a wood spatula, wrap parchment paper around dough. Freeze for about 45 minutes.

Preheat over to 300F. Unroll dough from parchment paper and slice into 1/4 inch rectangles and place on lightly floured cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the sides start to turn slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool. Dough will be soft but will harden in about 10 minutes. I made a second batch with only pistachios and added a teaspoon of cumin which also turned out pretty well. Start to finish I would say it took me under and hour and half with all the prep, freezing and baking.

Dough can be frozen for upto a month which makes these great for last minute entertaining. I’d pair with pistachio gelato or enjoy as is.

Would love to know if you end up trying this recipe out.

xo