Food Fridays: Earthly Delights

One of my favorites spots here on the Cape to eat is Osterville’s Earthly Delights – I have been every day and become quite friendly with the owners Tommy and Mary.  Their organic iced coffee (with your choice of a variety of creamers – from coconut milk to organic half and half) along with one of Mary’s organic muffins (selection changes daily) is a great way to start off the day.  For lunch I highly recommend the turkey Reuben or if you are feeling healthy the kale salad wrap is fantastic.

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I also got the inside scoop that anytime there is a celebrity around town (like Blythe Danner or Tory Burch) they tend to frequent Earthly Delights as its one of the few organic places around known for fresh squeezed juices and smoothies.

Mary’s delicious muffins range from gluten free multi berry/peach to flax seed banana chocolate chip (just to name two of my favs)…  I don’t have the exact recipes but found this gluten free choc/banana recipe on Beard & Bonnett which I plan on trying asap:

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup dark brown sugar 6 Tbsp. butter softened 6 Tbsp. ground golden flax seed 1 tsp. g-free vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 cups Better Batter g-free all purpose flour or other g-free baking mix 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 3 ripe bananas, mashed 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Beat the sugar, butter, ground flax, vanilla, and eggs together in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a separate bowl and stir with a whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing after each addition until completely combined. *The batter will be stiff at this point. Beat the bananas into the batter with the mixer on low speed. Fold the chocolate chips and pecans into the batter. Fill the prepared muffin cups 3/4 of the way full with the batter.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Friday!!

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Chic Mountain Decor

We’ve been in Jackson Hole now almost a week having a great time relaxing and enjoying the outdoors – I even saw a bear with her two cubs while out on a hike (from afar), it was beautiful yet quite scary to see all at once.

We’ve visited with friends and attended a few parties as well while here and I have been able to see some fantastic examples of chic mountain décor.  I know there are some die-hard mountain traditionalist who revel in heavy wood, rustic animal motifs and dark fabrics while designing a mountain home but there is something about adding in lighter more contemporary touches that really can boost a mountain home to the next level.

Here are some of my favorite examples of chic mountain décor.

I love these bedrooms, even though it gets pretty warm during the day its great to find a cozy place to read or sleep:

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These spaces would be ideal for hosting a dinner party or to have a relaxing family dinner:

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How great would it be to relax in this tub after a long day of hiking, ideally this tub would come with a fantastic view of the mountains:

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Hope everyone is having a great week!!


Chevron and Painted Kitchen Floors

We have traditional looking dark stained wood floors in our kitchen which I like, but if time and money were not an issue with this remodel I think doing a beautiful inlay design would be a great touch, something like a chevron pattern with a nice border around the edges, even a greek key.  Painted floors are always a great option as well!

Here are some gorgeous kitchen floors that I just love:

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This is a perfect design for a galley kitchen, or any kitchen for that matter, but here this white and gray painted chevron really add a beautiful touch to a narrow space.  The yellow dining furniture is a great addition as well – I love that color combo.

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This is an image of Miles Redd’s  kitchen – hes combined painted wood and an inlay design on his floors along with high gloss painted cabinetry all making his kitchen chic and masculine at the same time.

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This kitchen does a great job at mixing whites and grays together.  I love how the window treatments and floors take this kitchen from standard to exceptional.

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I think this simple stained chevron look would be a nice touch to any kitchen, I would stain a bit darker if I went this route.

Hope you are all having a great week!


Dining Area Lighting

Our house is littered with tiny shabby chic chandeliers with a million crystals courtesy of the old owners.  We think at one point there were some nice fixtures up but once they listed the house they switched them out so they didn’t have to negotiate taking them when the house sold… or maybe lighting wasnt a priority…

For a while we lived with the crystals than one day my husband finally had enough and shook the chandeliers until the crystals fell out, well not really but he wasnt exactly graceful about it.  So for a while now we have had tiny chandeliers with open holes where the crystals used to be.  Not sure which was worse.

First shabby chic chandelier to go is the one in the dining / kitchen eating area room.  Since we are going to move forward with more modern dining chairs and keep the farmhouse table I want to find a fixture that reflects this coupling, so something modern with traditional undertones.

Below are a few images of fixtures I have found that might help achieve that vision.

First fixture type is the drum pendant:

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I love the look of that first dining area with the farmhouse table, chalk board walls and drum pendants.  It’s a nice space yet causal and inviting, perfect for a kid friendly eating area off the kitchen.

Next fixture type is a more modern updated chandelier:

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I think the large Bryant chandelier from circa lighting is always a good choice for a more casual eating area, I love its simple clean lines.

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I feel the same about Arteriors Auburn chandelier, just wondering without the small shades if the light will be soft enough.

As less safe option would be a glass murano chandelier.

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I think murano chandeliers are beautiful just not sure its the right look for our dining room.

Then there is always the good old lantern…  I just love Oomph’s palo alto lantern in navy.

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Are you drawn to any one of these fixtures more than another?  Thankfully I don’t have to make any decisions now, one of the items I can put on the back-burner until our kitchen is complete.

Hope everyone is having a great week!!


Foyers and Stair Runners as well as a word on First Bites

Front entry ways/foyers are essential areas of the home from a design perspective.  You want a visitors first impression of your home to be a good one and an area that conveys to guests your sense of style.  It’s an easy area to decorate typically as entry ways are small and less daunting as far as furnishings are concerned.  A serene paint color or a fun wall paper print are great ways to start.

Here are a few entry ways that I find beautiful:

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I love how soft the painting is combined with a perfectly styled small console.

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Gorgeous lacquered pink chest with blue zebra print statement rug.

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Im always a fan of blue and yellow combo, especially if it incorporates chinoiserie somehow!

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Lovely color scheme, the chevron rug ties this area together perfectly.

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A front entry way discussion would not be complete without mentioning Tory Burch’s manhattan apartment foyer, the Gracie hand painted wall paper is out of this world beautiful.

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This is not exactly an entry way but I just wanted a reason to mention how fabulous I think Aerin Lauder is…  I should dedicate a post to her style sometime soon.

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The last image above was the inspiration for my own foyer.

Below is my foyer as it is today.  It’s still a work in progress as I need a stair runner and a new light fixture.  The chest looks black in this image but its actually lacquered in a navy blue…thoughts on the room?  I’m always open to suggestions!

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This brings me to my next point – stair runners.  I love Stark’s Antelope print and would love to have the edges bound in a soft pink to match the entry way lamp.  Unfortunately my husband grew up with this exact print at his own home in the 80’s and thinks its dated and likely associates it with living with his parents….  I keep thinking I want something dark to camouflage the inevitable dirt that someone will traipse up the stairs however I’m quiet drawn to Stark’s Small Stars carpet in Oatmeal.  Its neutral and fun but is it too causal for a front entry way?

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The light fixture I go with will have to compliment the runner.  I love the look of a moravian star but obviously the star theme would be a little weird if I went with the Small Stars runner option.  Our ceilings are on the low side so it would have to be subtle, maybe a pretty quatrefoil flush mount from Circa lighting or a simple Oomph lantern.

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Oh and just in case any of you were wondering I did NOT make it to the estate sale in time to get that asian console, I arrived at 1 when the 50% off sale began and someone had purchased the console full price that morning.  Oh well, something new will pop up:)

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A quick word on First Bites.  As I have mentioned in past posts real, healthy, organic foods are a big part of my life.  I love to cook and make healthy meals for my family so when I stumbled across First Bites and their mission I knew I wanted to be apart of the program in some way (still trying to figure that one out).  First Bites is about “inspiring healthy eating habits one bite at a time…among 2-5 year olds, their families and early child care providers.”  If you think your child’s school could benefit from a program such as this you should check out their partnering opportunities – I know I will be looking into it myself!


Asian Consoles and Maxi Dresses

Asian consoles and maxi dresses, those two things go together right?  Well, maybe not but those are two topics on my mind today.  I would also hate to bore you with constant kitchen talk so I will do my best to mix things up a bit.

So first up asian console tables.  I have a spot in my family room that I have been looking to fill with just the right console table, I have visions of a long dark wood console table with two beautiful brass lamps and a gilded mirror above it.  Below are a few console styling images I love:

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I love this table but it was sold by the time I saw it was in stock at again and again here is Dallas:

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Of course there is always that darn decorating budget so I have to be patient with my purchases.  I also know I want a more vintage feel in the table I buy for that space (i.e., slightly used so less expensive).  I have been scourging antique stores in the area as well as local estate sales and I found one!  I havent actually seen it in person but its at an estate sale here in Dallas TODAY which I can’t get to until 1pm so I’m hoping it will still be there and the price will be right!  Will keep you posted.

On to maxi dresses, specifically the variety that can be worn by a pregnant person.

I have two boys and another baby on the way (last one for sure).  Living in Dallas it gets VERY warm here in the summer so my go to wardrobe item is the maxi dress.  After #2 was born I thought I never wanted to see a maxi dress again so I donated a lot of what I had thinking I was done having kids.  There were a couple items I should have held onto but now I guess I have an excuse to update my wardrobe with a few things I will no doubt wear the heck out of all summer.   But where to start?  Shopbop!  They have some great maxi dresses that are lightweight and figure flattering.  I usually LOVE Rachel Pally  but her line this season is filled with cut outs and tiny straps but I did manage to find a cute purple ikat caftan on sale and I also picked up an easy to wear all Velvet black maxi for night-time:

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Calypso, Tory Burch and Roberta Roller Rabbit are always great resources as well, here are a few staples I picked for this summer:

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Love how light weight this calypso top is!

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This Tory top looks great with white jeans and will be a great go to top until I hit that dreaded enormous stage.

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Roberta Roller Rabbit kurtas are so lightweight they make any summer day a breeze!

Happy Weekend!!  Wish me luck at the estate sale!!


Kitchen Pendants

I’m finalizing plans this month for a major kitchen renovation beginning in June and one of the design aspects I have been a little hung up on has been the island light fixtures.  I love the simplicity of the Juliska Amalia Column pendants but a friend recently suggested I consider Urban Electrics Chisholm Hall fixtures which you can customize in a variety of hardware and paint finishes.

Why I like the Juliska pendants:  simplicity, elegance of glass and PRICE.  There is really no downside for me here.  I havent been able to find many examples of the pendants in place but I think they look lovely in this gorgeous New Canaan kitchen.

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Although I adore the Chisholm Hall pendants and love that they are so customizable I’m worried that they will be a touch overwhelming in my kitchen as the ceilings are more on the shorter side (house is very old).  Also the price is less than desirable… wah wah.  Here is an example of the pendants in a beautiful mint toned green.

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Any experience working with either of these fixtures?  If so I would love your feedback.  Is there one that you lean towards a little more than the other?  Let me know what you think!