Friday, April 29, 2011

And on that note...

have a great weekend! Wasn't she STUNNING? It was so sweet and totally worth getting up at 6:00 AM to see.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Cheesecake is my favorite dessert ever. EVER. Its delicious, and I dare you to not like it.  Anyhow, I was looking around at the house beautiful website and this recipe caught my eye. Strawberry Basil Goat Cheesecake. YUM. So unexpected with the basil and goat cheese, but it sounds like a match made in heaven. Thank you Tyler Florance for giving us this recipe (below).

"This is a really special recipe of mine that I've been carrying around for years, and it's without a doubt the best cheesecake I have ever tasted. The texture is light and refreshing, almost like a crème brûlée. It's fantastic with any fruit, but because strawberries are approaching the peak of their season, we're going to give them their just due. With the sprinkling of basil and goat cheese on top, the combination of flavors is mind-blowing." (tyler florence)

Strawberry Basil Goat Cheese Cake
Serves 6 to 8
10 ounces graham crackers
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
1 pint sour cream, at room temperature
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
Zest and juice of 1 lemon (I use Meyer lemons)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Topping
6 ounces fresh strawberries, stems removed and cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup sugar Juice of 2 lemons
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese, frozen

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a large pan or kettle, heat 6 cups of water just to boiling and set aside.
3. In a food processor, combine the graham crackers, cinnamon, and melted butter and process until the graham crackers are finely ground and the mixture holds together slightly and is evenly moistened. Wrap the outside of a 9-inch springform pan tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the pan to a 1/4-inch thickness. Smooth the crust, using the base of a juice glass. Chill uncovered until ready to use.
4. In a food processor, mix the cream cheese, goat cheese, sour cream, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and juice, scraping down the sides as needed until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
5. Place the pan in the center of a large roasting pan. Place the roasting pan on the center rack of the oven. Carefully pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to a depth of 1½ inches around the cheesecake.
6. Bake for 45 minutes. The cheesecake should be firm on the edges but still jiggle in the center. Let the cake cool in the pan for at least 45 minutes at room temperature. Then chill uncovered until ready to serve.
7. In a large saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and Grand Marnier and cook over a medium heat for five to seven minutes, or until the sugar has melted and the mixture has thickened slightly. Remove the strawberries and continue to cook for another three to five minutes, or until the syrup has reduced by half. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool.
8. Spoon the strawberries and syrup liberally over the cheesecake. Serve garnished with the basil leaves and crumbled goat cheese.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oldie but Goodie, DIY

      As I was browsing through my DIY to-do list, I stumbled upon this craft from Jenny that I saved forever ago and forgot about. Well, now that I've found it again, I think this is definitely going to have to happen this week. 
      I'm sure like me you are loving some lacquer right now- chairs, tables, trays, boxes, I would lacquer everything I own! These boxes below are gorgeous and the bottom 2 are from the king of lacquer, Jonathan Adler, but a little pricey for me at $70.00 each. Thankfully, its Little Green Notebook to the rescue!

1. lets start with these cheap boxes from Hobby Lobby, $9.00 for the set!

2. Lets then paint them with some craft paint, and then use some spray on lacquer, and done! Check out Jenny's great tutorial here.

Pics from little green notebook
 Aren't her finished boxes gorgeous?!

Lets not stop at boxes though, how much do you love this $225 tray from Adler?
Well thankfully Hobby Lobby has us covered for that too! $7.00 for this set .

 Lets get lacquering peeps! I'm going to be trying this, let me know if you want to get together and craft!

Monday, April 25, 2011

pretty things...

    Do you ever get the urge to throw out everything you own and start from scratch? Well, these living rooms make me want to! I thought I would share some of my favorite pics from my inspiration folder to brighten up your Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, we had an amazing 24,286 people come to our church! I am so grateful to be part of and serving at a church that reaches people for Jesus! (If you live in South Carolina, you should definitely check us out at, we have campuses all over!) Enjoy the beautiful weather, and those of you that are off today- have fun!

brunch at saks
 brunch at saks
I love the formal chairs mixed with the black and white photo, such an unexpected surprise!
 unknown. Pls help me find this source- I love it!
 Everyone is LOVING this pic from southern living, that neckroll pillow, ahhh.
 design sponge
 unknown but I love this!
 This is my favorite home ever, from Domino editor Deborah Needleman.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Add this to your to-do list

I know we have all seen a lot of Ikea hacks for the rast dresser, but this one has to be my favorite. Its on my to-do list for the bedroom.

A $29.99 dresser can become this! Super expensive looking, don't you think? 
I mean, how fun! I saw it over at Amber's from the talented Bri. She used pieces of 1" molding that she spray painted and then super glued on.

 What is your favorite Ikea hack?

Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm working on it...bedroom edition

Well lovelies how was your weekends? We were excited to have a relaxing weekend at home with no plans, it poured rain most of the day Saturday which led to a late breakfast in bed and lots of coffee! Crafty Fest was awesome, I got some beautiful earrings which I'm obsessed with (i'll try to upload a pic later). L and I were actually very productive, we cleaned our entire apt and finished up some projects for our bedroom I have been wanting to do for forever! if you remember, this is what our bedroom looked like when we moved in, I'm embarrassed to even show this to you!
And here it is now.
You like? We recovered our headboard with some linen and added some black and white euros from Ikea. I found the long neckroll at Target in the teen bedding section! (hey, sometimes inspiration can strike anywhere, right?!) They peacock drapes are also from Ikea. The bedskirt has been a work in progress, I had found some fabric I loved, but it was expensive of course, and I didn't want to put money into a custom one. So out came the DIY.

Umm, $12.50 bedskirt on sale from target? Yes please. I got some black ric-rac from Michael's and glued away, and I love the little detail it adds. So total = $20.00, as opposed to $150. I'll take it!

The other side of the room- I hung 4 prints that our Italian friends Terry and Susi gave us for our wedding. I always hang my curtains above the window to give height and drama to the room.
So its coming along. I find that everything I do is a work in progress, I never actually "finish" a room. I will totally change everything, Like that neckroll may head to our couch and the prints may go in our dining room. I may have a problem. It comes with thinking about interior design all day at work, you can't just shut that off! (at least thats what I tell L as I am moving our couch again!) oh well.
Happy Monday everyone- we have a busy day at the office and a meeting with a really fun client, so its going to be a good day! Did you all do anything fun over the weekend?

Friday, April 15, 2011

What you should do this weekend...

This post by Lauren Liess over at Pure Style Home was one of the best I've seen in a while about the business side of interior design. A lot of people tend to think its all playing with fabrics and colors but its not at all! So much time is spent on the construction side of the job, client management, working with your sub-contractors, as well as the ordering, shipping, delivering side. And it always seems like the perfect fabric has just been discontinued with no stock left! Lauren does a great job of explaining her design process as well as the business side, head over this weekend and check it out! Happy Friday everyone! and if you are in the Columbia area, you really should check out the Crafty Feast that is happening here this weekend, I'll be there!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Fever

Lets revamp ourselves and our homes for spring, shall we?

The perfect clutch.

 A statement piece of jewerly.
 The perfect dress for all of our spring parties. (from anthro of course)
 While we are on the party note- how perfect would these fun hand towels be for a hostess gift? Ok, back to revamping....

something yummy smelling for our living room...

2 unashamedly girlie pink pillows along with 2 graphic black and white pillows on a neutral sofa would definitely be a fun spring look.

A colorful new frame and a new coffee table book to inspire us, and we are officially ready for spring!
I find I am always moving everything I own. Nothing is safe. L will come home and all the furniture is in different rooms and in different positions! I find that especially when the seasons change I want something a little different, a new piece or two to revamp what I own and give it a new look. Throw pillows are definitely the easiest way to change a room's feel and I love these two opinions from Furbish. It gives a subtle nod to this season's it color, pink, all the while still keeping our fun more modern look. (All items except the dress from Furbish )
How do you change it up for spring? (especially on a budget?) Any tips?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Zac Brown Band

Hello weekend! The hubs and I are heading to our alma mater to see one of our favorite bands ever perform tomorrow night! So excited :-) Have a great weekend everyone! (Hope he is going to sing Colder Weather!)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Recap: this past crazy week

Sorry for the blog silence everyone, this past week was crazy for me, with an awful sinus infection, high point market, and a busy week at work. I have been hiding in my apartment for the past two days and I'm just starting to recover! Market was awesome, every muscle in my legs ached afterward but it was worth it! Riley and I had a great time hanging out and seeing all the amazing people in our business come together for a week, its so inspiring and reminds you why you love what you do.(i'm still dreaming about out Dean and Deluca chocolate croissant breakfast, perfection.)

While I was hiding in my apartment watching re-uns of glee and catching up on my magazines, I found these recipes in Real Simple that I am dying to try!
Deep dish Pepperoni Pizza with Arugula Salad. YUM. recipe here.
Bacon-Gruyere Meat Loaf with Roasted Vegetables.  here. (lets make meat loaf even better by putting bacon in it- shall we?)
And this will be my breakfast in the morning. delicious.

Besides looking absolutely delicious, these recipes look relatively easy. I'm always on the lookout for easy recipes that I can put together easily and quickly when I get home for work. All I want to do after work is sit down with a LARGE glass of red wine, and any fast recipe that allows me to spend more time with my hubby and wine and less in the kitchen makes me very happy. Can I get an AMEN! What are ya'lls miracle recipes that you turn to again and again when you don't have time?

Friday, April 1, 2011

$3.00 lamp revamp...

Remember my cute $3.00 thrift store teal lamp? After rewiring it (who knew L was awesome at wiring? I married a keeper!) and a new shade from target, look how cute it looks on my bookshelf! (excuse the cord and the lysol, haven't had time to run it down the back of the shelf! also a disclaimer- those white candlesticks normally go on my mantle, which was in the process of being cleaned!)
Happy Friday everyone! L and I are going to be home this weekend, going out for dessert with friends tonight and the amazing farmer's market that has gorgeous flowers tomorrow morning and then leaving for market with my best on Sunday! So excited :-) What do you all have planned?
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