O’verlays

overlays

A few months ago I completed my DIY makeover on an Ikea Tarva dresser.  It was such fun to transform the simple piece of furniture into something custom.  In researching other ideas for DIY furniture facelifts, I came across these amazing ‘O’verlays’. Designed especially for the beautification of Ikea furniture, these decorative panels are the easy way to make something ordinary look like a million bucks!

(pic from HGTV)

Ulrike Jurklies

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‘Tis the time in my life when some of the people closest to me are tying the knot! I feel lucky to have an inside scoop on event design and am happy to lend a helping hand when I can.  My bestie is getting married this summer and she and I are hard at work to find way to make her big day the most vibrant, colorful party you’ve ever seen.  While brainstorming I came across these awesome gradient candles from product designer Ulrike Jurklies.  I love the vibrant colors she’s used and think they are a great way to infuse a pop of color into a tablescape.  See more of her designs here.

Skating in BK

Greenpoint Ice Skating Rink

Our unseasonably warm, 60 degree weather is back just in time for the first weekend of ice skating at the McCarren Park Pool located on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border. If you don’t have skates, don’t worry. You can rent them for $5. The rink is open 11am-10pm every day of the week through January. All of the profits are going towards improving northern Brooklyn parks, which seems good enough a reason for me to go embarrass myself on the ice at least once this season. {info & photo found here}

Juliette Hogan

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My gorgeous cousin is getting hitched this coming year and I couldn’t be happier! She and her fiance live in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand (he’s a native kiwi) and it’s been such fun to be getting wedding planning updates from afar! This past week, she sent me a link to the amazing Juliette Hogan‘s website.  Hogan’s gorgeous dresses (bridesmaids’ and otherwise) have me swooning! Here are a few of my faves.

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At Home…

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I am a sucker for dumplings.  Any kind of dumpling really, from perogies to shumai, I’m into it.  Recently, I decided it was time to try my hand at making some myself ,and boy, am I glad I did.  Not only were they relatively easy to make- there’s nothing like a freshly made dumpling to really hit the spot.  Here’s what I did.

For the filling mix in a large bowl:

  • 1 lb pork(ground raw) *substitute chicken, turkey, or tofu to change it up a bit
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • dash of chili oil
  • 1 tbspn ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 chopped scallions

Put a small spoonful of the mixture on the lower half of store bought wonton wrappers.  Fold over and use a little water or egg wash to seal. Make sure there isn’t a lot of air trapped inside your dumpling by gently pressing it out.

Meanwhile to make the sauce mix:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
  •   1/4 cup water
  •  soy sauce (to taste)
  •  rice wine vinegar (to taste)
  • sesame oil (to taste)
  • 1/2 clove garlic (chopped)
  • chili oil (to taste)

in a saucepan over low heat until everything is smooth and blended.  Make sure to stir often to avoid burning.  Adjust water to make your sauce thicker/thinner. (I like to do all of this to taste so have fun experimenting with ratios til you find your perfect blend.)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and place dumplings in it.  Cook for a minute or so after they rise to the surface of the water.  Remove from boiling water with slotted spoon and put into hot peanut sauce.  Serve Immediately!

Color Inspiration

Color Palettes

Color can  inspire pretty much anything we do, create, and how we live our lives on a daily basis. When we sit down with a client for the first time, one of the first questions we always ask is what color palettes are you most drawn to. Whether they answer vibrant hues, neutrals, romantic colors, etc their answer always helps to shape their design concept and overall aesthetic.

Color Palettes

Color PalettesColor inspires how we feel on a daily basis and how we choose to live our lives. From the colors we choose to wear each day or the shades of paint we pick out for our walls. It may seem so simplistic and obvious, but I tend to forget the power of colors in my day to day life and how they can help shape how I feel.

Color Palettes

Screen Shot 2013-11-14 at 2.29.07 PMI could get lost for an entire day perusing through Griottes, palette culinaire online. All of the colors throughout the entire blog are captivating and inspiring. I especially love their take on pantones in the first photo!

 

Crushing On…

LEIFTis the season for online shopping or at least that is what the commercial world is leading us to believe right now.  Something about how there is less time between Thanksgiving and Christmas than usual. Who knows?! All I know are the holidays are upon us whether we like it or not. Above is a round-up of all items LEIF that I am crushing on right now. From the classic Baggu tote, vibrant napkins for a holiday dinner, metallic change purse to go in my dream bag, a cozy hat to keep my head warm, these amazing brass coasters and finally this fun table runner to brighten up your tablescape. Any of these would make for a great gift this season.

 

Featured in Southern Weddings Magazine

Southern Weddings Magazine

Southern Weddings Magazine

Southern Weddings Magazine

Southern Weddings Magazine

Southern Weddings MagazineThis past Spring we headed down to Savannah with Jen Huang Photography and the ladies of Southern Weddings Magazine to shoot a bridal shower luncheon. It was an insanely beautiful setting and we’re excited to see it in print. Here is a preview of the magazine on stands now. Snag yourself a copy, it’s a really well done magazine jammed packed with gorgeous ideas.

 

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