Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Black & white

Saw this board on Snippet & Ink back in August. The black and white palette is just simple, timeless and puts the focus on fun fonts and details (like the cute talking buttons in the middle) without looking like there is too much going on.
Weddings SO on the brain this week.... am very excited for my dear friend Katy to get hitched this weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A loft and lot of receipt paper

Amazing space and hanging paper backdrop. Simple white tables help the venue really show itself off. Original and the details are so well thought out. Via 100 Layer Cake. Check out the rest of the photos!

Monday, January 17, 2011


Was helping out with some ideas on working purple into wedding tables without being too purple. The idea was three jars of different sizes filled with vaired greens, one purple flower (anenome) and a purple patterned paper. Low key, not too expensive (this was about $45 to put together) and varied in shapes and textures.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy weekend!

Loving these flowers on saipua today. Its been a long week and I am looking forward to being as lazy as possible tomorrow. I'll let you know how that goes.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


I resolve to wear more patterns and fewer boring solids. Starting here. Cute cream mini dots on black. Kate Spade.

Breakfast skillet

The breakfast skillet was a weekend staple last year and the cold weather has brought it back in style. Found while browsing a William Sonoma catalog.

We sometimes do it without the hollandaise, but if you take the time to make the sauce, you will not be sad.


2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes (about 10), cut into wedges

3 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

5 Tbs. vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves

1 fresh rosemary sprig

3 fresh thyme sprigs

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 lb. spinach, washed and stemmed

For the hollandaise sauce:

12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

5 egg yolks

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

2 Tbs. white wine

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

3/4 tsp. Tabasco

1 1/2 tsp. curry powder

4 oz. Gouda cheese, cut into 4 slices

8 poached eggs


Preheat an oven to 400°F. Place a small roasting pan in the oven and heat for 12 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir together the potatoes, bacon, oil, garlic, rosemary and thyme, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the potato mixture to the preheated roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Stir the mixture and continue to roast until the bacon is crisp and the potatoes are tender and golden, about 12 minutes more. Remove the pan from the oven. Discard the garlic and herbs. Cover the pan with aluminum foil to keep warm. Keep the oven set at 400°F.

Meanwhile, in a fry pan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the spinach, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the spinach to a colander and drain the excess water. Set aside.

To make the hollandaise sauce, in a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Set aside. In a bowl, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, wine, salt and Tabasco. Using an immersion blender on high speed, blend until combined, about 30 seconds. Reduce the speed to low and add the melted butter in a slow, steady stream. Add the curry powder, increase the speed to high and blend for 1 minute more. Pour the hollandaise sauce into a small sauceboat.

Place the spinach in the center of four 6-inch cast-iron skillets, dividing evenly. Arrange the potato-bacon mixture around the spinach and place 1 cheese slice on top of each spinach mound. Transfer to the oven and bake until the spinach is warmed through and the cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the oven and top each skillet with 2 poached eggs and 1/4 cup hollandaise sauce. Serve immediately and pass the remaining sauce at the table. Serves 4.

Adapted from a recipe by Ben Ford, Chef, Ford's Filling Station, Los Angeles, CA.

Before & after chair

Amazing what a little DIY can do for a piece of furniture! I love the use of two different fabrics for the chair pad and back. Cute! Design*Sponge.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Set sail

Loving the new sailor-chic items from madewell. Navy always looks so crisp and clean this time of year when its mostly gray and slush outside. The last one is not so nautical, but I couldn't resist the trapper hat/ruffled skirt/knee socks combo. If only I could pull that off...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Calypso for Target!

Calypso St Barth will be the next collaboration coming to designer happy Target. Love this brand for its bohemian/French island/smartly dressed but perpetually on vacation look. Will be fabulous that prices max out at $79.99 for the Target collection, not $500 for a tunic. Too bad we have to wait until May 1! Via InStyle.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello 2011

Was feeling rather proud of myself for kicking off the year with a trip to the gym so treated said self to flowers, a hot bath and a mimosa. So far so good. Happy New Year!!