White walls, furniture and upholstery can go clinically sterile really fast, but such is not the case in this NYC apartment belonging to photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. Strategically placed red and blue accessories brings the room to life, and don’t even get me started on those leopard stools!
While the dining room may not follow the featured color combo of the week, I couldn’t resist sharing it! The Ira Yeager paintings are breathtaking!
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! See ya on Tuesday.
One of our favorite weekend excursions is visiting some of the local vineyards on Long Island. Tasting the new vintages accompanied by a bit of cheese and fruit is completely acceptable behavior for 1:00 PM on a Saturday, and we fully embrace this “culture”. Followed up by a bit of antiquing, I can’t think of a better way to spend the day!
These John Robshaw-esque print pants ($59.90) fit in perfectly with my red, white and blue theme for the weekend. I have the same cut in a floral pattern from last year, and they are seriously the most flattering style of trousers I have ever owned! Kate Spade Saturday is killing it with so many affordable chic options, and I’m loving this v-back tank ($30). Accompanied by a linen scarf ($49.50), blue and red bangles ($68), a nautical pinky ring ($35) and a fabulous pair of shades ($390) that resemble little stars would keep things very festive. I’d finish off the look with these laser-cut sandals ($39.95) from the Gap – such a great price! – and a large tote ($120) to store all my treasures found throughout the day.
I have a huge sweet tooth! I eat relatively healthy throughout the day – usually a shake for breakfast, salad for lunch and lean protein for dinner – but towards the end of the day I always have to have something sweet! Usually it’s a piece of dark chocolate or some berries, but for holidays and special occasions I like to get a bit more festive (read: unhealthy) and jazz it up a bit!
I spent the better half of last night narrowing down my options, and these are my top 7 (although #5 doesn’t really count b/c it’s healthy!). Now the question is which one to make – they all look so good!
1. Fruited-Cheesecake Flag // 2. Raspberry Custard Brûlée // 3. Triple Berry Layered Lemon Cream Cake 4. Chocolate-Berry Meringue // 5.Fruit Pops // 6. Ombre Cake // 7.Mini Strawberry Short Cakes
I know some people feel red, white and blue is overly done in beach houses, and let’s be honest it is used very frequently, but there’s something about the classic color combo in a coastal setting that just does it for me! I especially love when the patriotic palette is applied with a modern twist and fresh perspective, as exemplified here in the Malibu beach cottage of Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes.
I am not typically fond of wall-to-wall carpeting or batten board, but the natural seagrass and floor-to-ceiling high-gloss white paneling completely changed my perspective on the design elements! They are both also very affordable options for covering a large flooring area and creating a room with a custom look.
Framed vintage maps hung alongside modern art perfectly balances old with new, and adds intention to the space – as in, this is not where we tossed our unwanted belongings from our main residence! I also love the small pops of ethnic accents incorporated into the design, like the Moroccan stools and dhurrie rug in the coordinating color combo.
The styling on that desk is spot-on, and I adore the vintage framed American flag scarf – such a great idea!
But nothing in the house could compete with that view!
Memorial Day is one of my favorite holidays! In addition to honoring the brave men and women who risked so much to keep us safe, it also unofficially announces the beginning of summer! In honor of the holiday I’ll be posting all things red, white and blue this week.
I’m heading to my parent’s beach house for the holiday, so first up – what I’d like to be wearing en route. This outfit would make the long ride out much more enjoyable, especially when followed by a glass of rose and raw oysters upon arrival!
Juicy Couture Wide Brimmed Sun Hat $34.99 (on sale!) // Anthropologie Neo-Gingham Crossback Tee $58 // J.Crew Rope Sailor Shorts $78 // K Jacques St. Tropez Sandals $280 // C. Wonder Anchors Away Ring Set $38 // Nautical iPad Mini Case $44.95 // Essie Geranium Nail Polish $7.79 // J.Crew Globe-Trotter Suitcase $1,750
Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend?
“Favorite” is not a word I use often when describing food. “Top three” is more my speed. Top three favorite cuisines – French, Italian and Spanish. Top three favorite cheeses – chèvre, stilton and burrata. Top three favorite pastas – pappardella, cavatelli and gnocchi – and narrowing down those took me 4o minutes! So to label this salad as my “favorite” says something.
I’m not a dressing on the side kinda gal. A salad that serves as a meal needs to be a complex merriment of layered flavors, and fulfilling enough that I’m not hungry two hours later. This salad meets those requirements. A combination of roasted beets resembling little jewels, sweet and salty candied pecans, sour pickled red onions, velvety baby spinach, crunchy julienne carrots, creamy chèvre and a fresh lemon vinaigrette leaves me more than satisfied!
ROASTED BEET SALAD
Serves 2 as a meal, or 4 as a side.
- 1 small red onion
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 4 small beets, roasted
- 6 cups baby spinach
- 3/4 cup of julienne carrots
- 4 oz. chèvre
- 4 oz. of candied pecans (I like Emerald Glazed Pecans)
- olive oil
Ingredients for vinaigrette:
- 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. of good olive oil
- 2 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. of honey
- Place vinegar and 1 tbsp. of honey in a small pot and boil on low for 5 minutes. Place thinly sliced onions in a bowl and pour vinegar mixture on top. Let sit for at least an hour at room temperature or preferable overnight in the refrigerator, stirring occasionally.
- Preheat oven to 425°.
- Remove top and roots of the beets and peel. Cut beets into 1″ chunks. Place on a baking sheet and toss with 1 tsp. of olive oil to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Roast until fork tender, around 25-30 minutes.
- Adjust salt and pepper. Serve warm.
- Whisk lemon juice, honey, and dijon in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking quickly to emulsify mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain pickled onions.
- Julienne carrots – or buy a bag already cut like I do
- Arrange spinach leaves on a platter.
- Top with beets, onions, carrots, chèvre and pecans.
- Drizzle with vinaigrette.
- Serve immediately.
*You can also switch it up – pickle the beets and roast the onions!
Our summer concert schedule is coming along nicely, including GoogaMooga this Saturday. Making a solid outfit choice is key to maintaining an enjoyable day, unpractical decisions (despite how cute they be) never turn out well!
This breezy maxi dress (cheaper here - not sure why?) is pretty perfect, and a thick leather belt will cinch the waist just right to distract from all the delectable food and drink that will be consumed! I’ll need a big tote to store my shades and hat when the sun goes down, along with a stylish fouta towel to use as a picnic blanket or throw over my shoulders if it gets chilly. Since I’ll be on my feet all day really comfortable shoes is a must! These summer booties from Target are adorable and at $34.99 I won’t be distraught if they get a little muddy. I’d finish off the look with a cute gold cuff for a bit of a bohemian vibe, and OPI’s My Chihuahua Bites - one of my favorite summer colors!
Anyone attend GoogaMooga last year? This is our first time, would love to hear your thoughts!
I’ve professed my love for English roll-arm sofas before, but negated to mention my adoration for it’s smaller companion – the English roll-arm chair. The single-seater’s classic design renders a timeless appeal and rounded curves of the narrow arms allow for a relaxed comfortable seat. When accompanied by an ottoman or poof, the English roll-arm chair would be a perfect replacement for the design-challenged recliner!
1. Serena & Lily Miramar Chair $1,450 // 2. Pottery Barn Carlisle Chair $999 // 3. Pottery Barn Bristol Chair $899 // 4. MGBW London Chair // 5. MGBW Odette Chair // 6. Furbish Wayland Slipcovered Chair $1,500 // 7. Furbish Everett Chair $2,000 // 8. Ballard Elsie Swivel Glider Club Chair $729 (this would look awesome in a nursery!) // 9. Ballard Elton Club Chair $749 // 10. Restoration Hardware English Roll Arm Upholstered Chair $1,115 (love the chambray fabric, so happy RH has more color options now!) // 11. Crate & Barrel Essex Chair $1,299
The chair looks great when accompanied by the matching roll-arm sofa, but I am particularly fond of it’s pairing with a contrasting style…
like a tufted chesterfield…
or square-arm model.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer matching or contrasting styles?
Images via 1, 2, 3