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Fall Fruit and Jam Brunch

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I’m back for party two of the ‘That’s My Jam’ party!  Part one was two weeks ago (here) and the second portion got a little delayed because we had about two straight weeks of rain, but we totally lucked out this past weekend with some absolutely gorgeous fall weather.  It was sunny, slightly chilly, and the leaves are just beginning to enter serious fall mode.

I had to act fast on Sunday and gather the group for some jam-making and drinks.  The jam itself takes all of about 45 (mostly passive) minutes to make, so I focused on the snacking, drinking and chatting that were to take place during the cooking.  I’m not a huge jam person, but felt like it was such a wonderful activity for the fall harvest fruits, so I made two types that both pair with a cheese (Mmmm, cheese).

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I set up my outdoor harvest table with fruit, bread, crackers, cheese, and (most importantly) some Sparkling Rosé.  I got the mini bottles of Le Grand Courtâge so that each mimosa was as sparkly as the last and also so that each friend could take a couple of bottles home in their ‘That’s My Jam’ Tote along with the jam we made.

We focused on two unique recipes, both created to be eaten with cheese – Maple Apply Jam and Rosemary Pear Jam – and we created some custom labels for each variety.  What is best, is that they can both be made in the crockpot (awesome!) so that you can do this outside or anywhere you have an outlet.  There are tons of gorgeous photos and the two recipes so read on!

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DIY 10-Foot Harvest Table for under $80

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I’ve posted a few events and projects lately that are all centered around a long, narrow, outdoor harvest table.  If you happened to be following along on instagram about three weeks ago, you would have seen that I made the table and not only did I make it, but the whole project was under $100 and took less than two hours.  It was a pretty fun weekend project. The best part was that I did it all myself!

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Here it is as I styled it for my Home Depot style challenge that went live last week (full article here)!  I have loved the outcome so much that I just keep using it over and over.

It’s made of weather-friendly treated pine and my little secret for this (and loads of other projects) is that I have all of my pieces cut at The Home Depot. Since the kind folks in their lumber department do all the cuts, I just have to assemble.  Easy, right? Read on for the full photos of each step in the process and the complete shopping list!

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Friday Faves 10.10

Friday Faves 10.10

ONE a little french humor iPhone case from Cat Coquillette on Society Six is just what I need! $35. TWO wood grain glazed dinner plates from Anthro are beautiful and so so perfect for fall entertaining! Unfortunately, they’re sold out online, so snoop into your local store! THREE another sconce!  This one is such a pretty mix of reclaimed and classic lines. $123 (with free shipping!) from Arcadian Home. FOUR So many pretty fall invitations on Paperless post!  I’m picking out my ‘friends giving’ invites as we speak. FIVE glazed pottery is such a beautiful thing to collect.  These mugs are $28 each from Recreation Center. SIX knotted Bardia Rug from Anthro is a very textural way to add dimension to a neutral home! $98 for the 2 x 3.

 

I’m pretty happy it’s Friday!  Last weekend was a total whirlwind in Williamsburg and for the next two weeks I’ll be hunkering down and working on florals for a few weddings (one of which is in Florida) so it will be very busy.  This weekend is the calm before the storm, so to speak, so I’m going to stick around home as much as possible and prepare!

What is on your weekend agenda?

 

P.S.  I designed a full outdoor dinner party for The Home Depot and it’s LIVE TODAY!  Check it out here!

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Weekend Trip: Historic Williamsburg

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I told you guys last Friday that I was packing my bags for Williamsburg and jetted off Friday evening for a short weekend trip. If you were following along on Instagram, you’ve already seen an eyeful, but today I have all different photos to share from my trip!

It was my first time to Williamsburg and I was spoiled!  We got the royal treatment from the wonderful people of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Benjamin Moore.  They brought just five bloggers out to Williamsburg to get a front row seat in their collaboration. When I signed up with these two notable brands for the trip, I had no clue what I was in for, but my expectations of the town were blown out of the water! They had a perfect itinerary planned so that we were able to get the most of Williamsburg (which meant eating a lot!!!!).

We started the weekend Friday night checking into the Williamsburg Lodge, then walked across the street to a cocktails and an appetizer tasting menu at the Taste Studio.  This was a wonderful, interactive event space where chefs from some of the best restaurants in town showcased small bites with paired drinks.  I highly highly recommend this experience.  It might have been my favorite of the weekend. Chef Travis’ Bourbon Pumpkin Ice cream (topped with pumpkin brittle) was the most indulgent thing I’ve tasted in…. who knows how long.

Dinner followed at the Golden Horseshoe where we had a chance to sit and chat with everyone in the group and I absolutely loved getting to know the Benjamin Moore team better – what a fascinating job!  One of the men who sat with us, Carl, is responsible for creating and naming the colors… how awesome is that?

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(The butler’s pantry at the palace painted Governor’s Gold)

 

Up bright an early on Saturday, we met for breakfast and had a chance run in with Patrick Henry.  I just love the touristy stuff like that! After breakfast, the group toured the colonial town and our minds were blown. Continue Reading…

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Simple Spooky Halloween: Lovely Bones

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It’s getting a little spooky around here!  Halloween is in just three weeks and this is the prefect time to start incorporating some small decorations around the house.  I don’t go all-out for halloween, but I like a few clever nods to the holiday.  My halloween decor usually is very very simple, not store-bought, and just a tad spooky.

There is a big reason why I don’t buy something pre-made and stick it up on the wall.  I think decorations are all the more eerie when they’re incorporated with your everyday look.  It almost makes someone do a double-take when they see it, which sends a little chill down their spine and that is the perfect way to decorate for this fun and festive holiday.

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My plan worked like a charm too, last night these glass specimen jars where neatly styled in the bookcase and my husband all of a sudden was like, “are there bones in there?”.  To which I replied, “of course”.  I think he was a little weirded out, but that’s the point, no?

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Mexican Chicken Chili

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Yesterday was a quintessential fall day, so I wanted to have something warm and cozy for dinner, but we didn’t have much in our fridge.  Sunday should have been my bi-monthly trip to the grocery store, but since we were flying back from Williamsburg, I didn’t get a chance to restock our supply.

Luckily, there are a few things I always keep on hand and I learned that a quick chicken chili isn’t out of reach when you’re stocked with some basic staples.

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I was kind of lamenting over the lack of creaminess I’d get in the soup since I am not eating dairy, but then guac came to the rescue!  Even if you’re not low on food in the fridge, this makes an impressive stew for any dinner.  Here is how I made it: Continue Reading…

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What’s in a (house) Name?

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Good Monday morning! We got back last night from a fabulous weekend in Williamsburg and I’ll have all the details and photos up for you soon!

During the weekend, however, something that’s been in my mind for a while came back to the forefront.  All of the beautiful estates and family homes we toured had names.  Now, most of these names were probably given to the homes by the folks who run the Williamsburg conservation for the purposes of keeping track of goings ons with the homes, but naming a home isn’t uncommon in other areas as well. We usually associate house names with giant rolling estates or opposite with college hangouts (just ask anyone from Miami University), but now and again you see a regular house with a name.  Sometimes it’s a farm, or out west it’s a ranch, but it isn’t totally abnormal.

I think about this a lot because Matt and I always think about naming our farm.  We’ve spent loads of time thinking up names that either describe the terrain around the home, describe the home itself, or describe us and our family. Over the years, only a few names have stood out, but nothing has been an epiphany. Names like, Whitetail Farms (for our white-tailed deer, fox, dog, and one albino squirrel that lives in our woods).

Right now, our home is lovingly referred to as just ‘The Farmhouse’.  We’ll be out with friends and someone will inevitably say, “let’s just grab some beer and go back to The Farmhouse’  or, “let’s do happy hour at The Farmhouse”.  I love the association of the home with a destination and the sense of gathering it brings.

So, we’re still working on the more long-term name for the farm – maybe we’ll put it up to a blog vote!  But in the meantime, I want to hear about your experience with named homes.  Is there one in your family?  Have you named your home?  How to you associate the name with the feelings you get while you’re there?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

 

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Friday Faves 10.3

Friday Faves 10.3

ONE gorgeous handmade, organic chambray tea towels are just rustic enough, but would work well in a modern home too! They’re $15 for a set of two from Zinc Door.  TWO the versatility of this cage pendant is what drew me to it.  It could be quite modern, farmhouse, or totally classic.  What a winner at just $147! THREE there almost aren’t words for this cane chair!  how wonderful is the exploded cane with the curvy frame? I’m in chair love. At $499, this would make a great statement chair in the living room or office! FOUR ceramic espresso cups are darling and would double nicely as sauce bowls or bud vases!  They’re $29 each (eep!) but are lovingly handmade by Free Folding out of Israel. FIVE A garden stool is always the perfect extra seating or side table for small spaces.  This one is jazzed up with a gold finish, but it’s honeycomb pattern make it down to earth. $395 from Horchow. SIX little message candles from Illume are too cute and are the ideal token to give to someone you’re thinking about, $11.25.

 

It has been a gorgeous fall week here in Ohio. The leaves are turning, the sky is still bright, and I’ve been squeezing in a lot of outdoor time! This weekend, I am SO excited to head to Williamsburg and enjoy fall in a quaint historic village.  I have never been, so I can’t wait to see all of the history and beauty that I’m sure they have to offer (especially this time of year).  It should be warm enough to walk around but cool enough to be cozy!

I’ll be posting about it here on Monday, so get ready!

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Cozy Fall Decor with Lulu & Georgia

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Fall decorating is kind of my jam year round. I love neutrals all the time, but feel like they’re especially comforting and cozy during the fall and winter seasons.  One of my absolutely favorite go-to shops is Lulu & Georgia and I actually have to try and restrain myself from including them in every friday faves.  It got to the point where I had so many items bookmarked, that a whole post is definitely in order!

Dimmer nights

For the nights when the sun starts to set a bit early, stylish lighting is always in order.  The Stump light is elegant, rustic, and neutral, perfect for someone whose style is classic with an edge.

Burnt Orange

I’m cheating here!  Burnt orange is basically brown, but I love that it’s a rich, caramel-y brown that goes nicely with white, black, and navy.  This ‘X marks the spot’ rug is easy to style and creates a sense of warmth while still adding a bit of pop to an otherwise neutral palette.

Levels of Brown

Pick one hue and do tons of levels of it for a lot of dimension without a ton of color. This tip is one of my go-to’s! An off-kilter herringbone pillow in cream and brown would be a perfect starting point!

Black furniture

With too many neutrals in once space, everything can feel a bit washed out and run together.  Black furniture has visual weight that grounds a space nicely.  This Lovisa black bench is nice because it sits low to the ground, still allowing for tons of open, airy, visual space above it.

Even if you’re not color-phobic like me, I’m sure there are some tips you can use!  How is your autumnal decorating coming along?

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White Gourd Placesetting DIY

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When it comes to dinner parties, I like to think outside the dining room sometimes to create a more magical experience for our friends.  I’ve always wanted to do a big outdoor sit-down dinner, but various technicalities have gotten in the way.  This year, it’s happening.  I built a table (more on that later) and have been starting the planning process.

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One thing I knew I wanted to include were some white name card holders.  Although actual white pumpkins can be used, they’re fairly pricey and don’t last super long once cut.  I made a very sleek, modern version using some run-of-the-mill foam pumpkins from the Home Depot.

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The result is a beautiful, serene tablescape that isn’t a cacophony of color (which you know isn’t my thing). The white gourds lend themselves well to the other colors incorporated in the table and won’t compete with any of the other decor.  The best part is that since they’re faux, they’ll last throughout the whole season and I can use them all of the way through Thanksgiving.

It’s a super easy project that I’m almost embarrassed to call a ‘DIY’ but sometimes it’s the little things, right?  Let’s go!  Continue Reading…

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