Christmas is 2 weeks away!
Check out some fun colorful (teacher, hostess, stocking stuffer…) gifts under $25.
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I fell deep in Jungle Love when asked to create a tablescape for the
Ohio Design Center’s second annual Entertaining by Design benefit (for North Union Farmers Market).
Fittingly local interior designers are given carte blanche to create thematic tabletops
for the public to be inspired by.
As a nod to the Lion King’s 20th anniversary -
The Lion Eats Tonight is a room created to curl up and eat in…
fluffy furs, a plethora of oversized plantings, jumbo marshmallows, a cozy campfire,
all coupled with the rich accessories of the Baker Showroom.
My table, layered in many raw materials was a little outside the box
and was awarded by the judges as Best Interpretation of Chosen Theme.
As one of 3 winners I was invited to present my jungle tablescape on
‘Kickin’ it with Kenny’ on Fox 8 in Cleveland.
Check it out here
Heating up the Lion’s Den
The S’more the Merrier
Your Host and Lion Tamer
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As the temperatures drop and we progress into late fall, all I want is to be cozy and warm.
My new favorite texture is shearling.
Real or fake. To wear or curl up with. I can’t get enough.
Strut your fluff with a cozy clutch.
Cozy your home in a white winter’s coat
Soften your stride and stay warm in cool weather.
Add a bit of soft to your sanctuary
A glimpse of the supplies I’m gathering for my tablescape design,
‘The Lion Eats Tonight’
A tribute to the Lion King’s 20 year reign.
Entertaining by Design, November 7-8, 2014, Ohio Design Centre
It wouldn’t be complete without the extra-large lambskin from (shhhh) Costco!
My favorite place to get sheepskin throws is Overland.
Purple has continued to inspire me throughout the past few months.
With Radiant Orchid as Pantone’s Color pick for 2014 (see post here)
we have seen it invade homes and wardrobes everywhere.
Chihuly’s exhibit in Denver (see post here) and my recent vacation to Napa
(yes, wine is a shade of purple) shows how enticing the color can be.
After attending a Sherwin Williams’ ‘No Shrinking Violets’ presentation recently
I was ready for a follow-up post on the color of the year.
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If deep shades aren’t your thing, try the pale tones.
A little glitter updates typical polish.
Chihuly’s purple glass paired with seasonal purple flowers at the Denver Botanical Gardens were incredible.
A Nickel and Nickel tour in Napa left us filling out order forms at the tasting.
Yes, purple does evoke good feelings.
Maybe it was subconscious, but I did wear it in Napa.
It’s hard to do purple on an entire exterior, but it’s great as an accent.
West African Peanut Soup
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 medium red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 bunch collard greens (or kale), ribs removed and leaves chopped into 1-inch strips
¾ cup unsalted peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
½ cup tomato paste*
Hot sauce, like sriracha (AKA rooster sauce)
¼ cup roughly chopped peanuts, for garnish
In a medium Dutch oven or stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
Add the onion, ginger, garlic and salt. Cook on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
In a medium-sized, heat-safe mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and tomato paste,
then transfer 1 to 2 cups of the hot stock to the bowl.
Whisk the mixture together until smooth,
then pour the peanut mixture back into the soup and mix well.
Stir in the collard greens and season the soup with hot sauce to taste.
Simmer for about 15 more minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often.
Serve over cooked brown rice if you’d like, and top with a sprinkle of chopped peanuts.
full recipe here cookieandkate
Silver tones have dominated design for so long…but gold is making a comeback.
The new tones tend to have more of an aged or antique patina -
softening the shiny polished brass we used to know.
We’ve seen it make it’s way into interiors,
and now it’s easier than ever to add the warm metal in your home.
The popular oil rubbed bronze finish used so much today has brass undertones
making it a great compliment to shades of gold.
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To answer the brass-in-kitchen question – yes, when balanced with grays and the right finishes,
it looks good with stainless steel.
If you’re not ready for the big brass commitment,
a little hardware is perfect place to start.
Sources, Styles & Inspirations from Interior Designer, Dawn Cook