Heather Meadows Color Palette

Posted 7 September 2015 at 10:07 PM | Comments (0)

We spent Labor Day hiking at Heather Meadows. It was only slightly chilly, and absolutely beautiful.

Heather Meadows Labor Day Hike

Coming upon this unusual pink rock, I couldn’t help but notice the unexpected beauty of nature’s color palette. Check out this bizarre but stunning combination of muted pinks and pale grays next to vibrant rust and lime. Just goes to show that nature is way more creative than I am.

Heather Meadows Labor Day Color Palette Inspiration

Fourth of July No-Bake Graham Cracker Cake

Posted 5 July 2015 at 6:00 PM | Comments (0)

My mother wasn’t always the master baker she is now. When I was a kid, her go-to dessert was made with only two store-bought ingredients: graham crackers and instant vanilla pudding. She would layer them in a large baking dish, refrigerate overnight, and voilá, the tastiest cake for my six-year-old palette.

It occurred to me that I could probably recreate her recipe with whipped cream instead of pudding, and with a festive Fourth of July berry design.

It worked brilliantly. Three layers of graham crackers with three layers of whipped cream, and then blueberries and strawberries for an American flag design. After settling overnight, the cake was perfectly moist and soft and delicious. We polished it off with our BBQ crew in minutes.

Fourth of July No-Bake Graham Cracker Cake

Fourth of July No-Bake Graham Cracker Cake

The Apartment at the Connaught Hotel

Posted 9 September 2014 at 10:27 PM | Comments (2)

David Collins is the designer responsible for this visual feast. “The Apartment” is the penthouse suite at London’s Connaught Hotel, and it is dripping with sumptuousness. Every detail in this suite is exquisite and still it has incredible personality.

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Purple Door

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Entryway

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Living Area

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Living Area

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Dining Area

For a more detailed look, click the image below.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort

Posted 4 July 2014 at 6:45 PM | Comments (0)

These images from the June 2014 issue of Lonny really blow me away. They have a kind of rustic-outdoors thing going, but with elegance. And the combination of cognac-colored furnishings with azure accents is pretty magnificent.

The Lake Room at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lonny Magazine June 2014

The Blue Room at Lake Austin Spa Resort, Lonny Magazine June 2014

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From Lonny: “In keeping with the restful mood, interiors feel residential rather than commercial, with period antiques, designer fabrics, and artwork curated in collaboration with Dallas designer Julio Quiñones. ‘Someone once told me that it felt like visiting an old aunt’s lake house—and that’s exactly what we were going for,’ says McAdams.”

Storing Blueberries

Posted 1 January 2014 at 7:37 PM | Comments (0)

Happy New Year! I know I haven’t been posting consistently since moving stateside; American life has been much busier than I predicted it would be. I’ll kick off 2014 with a simple food post, something I don’t do very often around here.

Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Starter: Raw Blueberries and Walnuts

Since moving back to the Pacific Northwest, my favorite way to start the day is with raw blueberries and walnuts. Some foods just go together, and this is a delicious example. But I’m always stumped when it comes to storing berries, so I’ve had to look it up.

According to the July 2013 issue of Better Homes and Gardens:

“The best way to store berries is in a single layer, loosely covered, in the refrigerator. If you have fresh berries that won’t get eaten in a couple of days, freezing is best. Freeze in a single layer on a baking pan, then transfer to freezer containers or plastic freezer bags and seal. Berries will keep in the freezer for up to a year.”

I Can See Me in D&G

Posted 1 May 2013 at 10:01 PM | Comments (1)

My husband has been working so hard that I’ve barely seen him over the past six months. The kids and I are desperate for quality time with him and thankfully, his project is nearing completion! I can’t wait to have him back. I am counting down the days.

That said, we need a holiday. Reading this article on summer getaways made me want to pack a bag. And there was some serious deep sighing going on while I flipped through the slideshow.

Pause on the image of Cartagena, Colombia. It instantly reminded me of the striped organza Dolce & Gabbana dress that Kayley Chabot wore on the spring runway.

Spring 2013 Dolce & Gabbana Runway Organza Stripe Sundress

Don’t you think? This dress plus this place? Add the fam bam and it would be the perfect fantasy. Now, husband come home!

Dolce & Gabbana Organza Stripe Sundress Perfect for Cartagena, Colombia

Le Royal Monceau

Posted 21 March 2013 at 6:06 PM | Comments (0)

I am so inspired by these images of Le Royal Monceau, a Parisian hotel redesigned by Philippe Starck, in the March 2013 issue of Lonny.

I am inspired by everything, from the geometric carpet:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Restaurant

To the images of 17th-century Italian architecture placed on light fixtures:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Restaurant Light Fixtures

To the dizzying striped hallways:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Striped Hallway

And corridors with oversize brushstrokes:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Hallway with Red Brushstrokes

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Brushstroke Corridor

To the subdued color palettes in the hotel rooms:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Guest Room Sitting

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Sofa and French Doors

And the insanely beautiful, pink tufted headboard:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Pink Tufted Headboard

Subtly contrasting the mirrored bedside tables:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Mirrored Bedside Table

And the perfectly mismatched chairs:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Mismatched Chairs

And abundance of cozy places to curl up with a book:

Paris Hotel Le Royal Monceau in March 2013 Issue of Lonny: Chaise and Balcony

Le Royal Monceau is located at 37 Avenue Hoche in Paris’ Eighth Arrondissement and costs over $850 per night.

Design Inspiration from Kritsa, Crete

Posted 14 June 2012 at 8:30 PM | Comments (5)

I’ve been back from Crete for almost a month now, but since that trip I’ve had to re-prioritize some things and my blog has taken a backseat. I don’t plan to stop blogging, but it may be sporadic for a while. Who knows—nothing is certain while I try to finish the other projects that are taking priority.

Anyhoozers. I should at least start sharing photos of my trip, right? Here are a few, all taken in the small village of Kritsa, which, like every Greek village, has plenty of design inspiration in every tiny nook and hidden cranny.

Colorful Clothespins Hanging on the Line in Kritsa, Crete, Greece

Aqua Window Shutters and Red Flowers in Kritsa, Crete, Greece

Winding Street and a Windy Tree in Kritsa, Crete, Greece

Painted Clover-Leaf Arched Church Window in Kritsa, Crete, Greece

Painted Turquoise Window Shutters in Kritsa, Crete, Greece

I’ll try to post more tomorrow. Cross your fingers.

Roland Mouret’s Greece

Posted 24 April 2012 at 11:14 AM | Comments (0)

Next month, we’re taking a short trip to Crete. I KNOW! I’m insanely excited.

I actually feel a bit desperate for this holiday, not because I need relaxation but because I need adventure. As a stay-at-home mom, I take my kids to the park almost daily, so I don’t really need to sit around and watch my kids more. What I need is thrill. The kind of thrill that only a brand-new place can bring.

So every now and then I force these holidays upon my husband and children (not that they mind—pretty much all we talk about these days is all the amazing things we’re going to do in Crete—but I basically ignore anything they say for several days until I’ve picked dates and bought airplane tickets and planned our itinerary). And Crete is so close to us, so why not, right?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot about my travel wardrobe (are you surprised? Click here and here). I think I’ve pretty much settled what I’m packing, but it’s all so dang boring.

My dream Crete travel wardrobe? Anything from Roland Mouret’s spring line.

Spring 2012 Runway Greek-Inspired Looks by Roland Mouret

His entire spring collection, as Hamish Bowles put it, is “suffused with the spirit of the Mediterranean and the islands of the Aegean.” The 1950s flavor, vibrant colors, Greek eyes, and even the two-strap sandals feel so movie-star-on-Greek-isle-holiday. And that, my friends, is pretty much the trip I want to take.

Spring 2012 Runway Greek-Inspired Looks by Roland Mouret

Unfortunately, none of these dresses fit the size of my wallet nor my travel itinerary. Could you see any of these on horseback? Or trekking mountain gorges? Or playing in the sand with my kids? No, I didn’t think so. So it’s back to boring for me. Boring wardrobe, adventurous life. What is one to do?

The Balancing Barn

Posted 15 April 2012 at 6:31 PM | Comments (2)

Oooh, someday I’d like to rent out The Balancing Barn for a family holiday! It’s located in Suffolk, England and can sleep up to eight people. Also, it’s awesome. As indicated by the photos below.

Living Architecture's The Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Living Architecture's The Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Living Architecture's The Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Living Architecture's The Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Living Architecture's The Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Living Architecture's The Balancing Barn in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

“The barn takes the shape of its brothers nearby, but it wants to be slightly more sublime; it wants to give more space for nature by floating, and by the fact that we covered it in a material that reflects its surroundings more.” —Architect Winy Maas