Thursday, October 30, 2014

Food for thought

As we prepare for the install this weekend of a long awaited 5 month project filled with delays with custom furniture and products, we can't wait to show you some peeks when we're done. 

We have alot of furnishings to move in and the forecast says rain! 
Installation day for me means working with our kids Bethany and Michael, our installer, and is a fun and rewarding day. 
I am thankful for having my family involved in this creative business.

I posted this caramel baked apple the other day and was asked the recipe so I thought I'd leave you with this fabulous fall dessert to try.


All of the sweet and caramely goodness of a traditional apple crisp, stuffed and baked inside fresh Autumn apples with the best crumble topping. Top it off with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for an incredible fall treat everyone will go crazy for!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 8 apples (I used fuji apples)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
crumble topping
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. First, prepare the crumble topping. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife, or two forks, or with your hands until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  3. Peel and chop 4 of the apples. Add chopped apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium sauce pan and sauté over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Chop the tops off of the remaining 4 apples and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Discard the flesh. You don't need to get every little bit out, just enough to make a "bowl" for the filling.
  5. Fill scooped-out apples with apple filling from the sauce pan. Top with a generous amount of crumble topping.
  6. Place stuffed apples on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until crumble topping is crispy. Serve warm and top with ice cream and caramel sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Crushing on orange

One of my go-to's for inspiration is Crush Cul De Sac, do you know her? 

The images are pristine and suck me in everytime taking me to an imaginary place filled with color and beauty.

I can feel the warmth, taste those flavors.  I am going to make this!

Corals and orange are some of my favorite colors and my closet is filled with them. 

Are you doing much for Halloween? As empty nesters with houses too far apart in my neighborhood, we don't get but one or two trick or treaters, so it's pretty low key here.  I miss little ones and making halloween costumes this time of year!

Have fun! I'm looking forward to your photos of your kids costumes and Halloween decor!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Black or white?

We have had a year of all white kitchens and I still love them.
  Now we are seeing as many black kitchens as there are white.  This is a problem, since painting my cabinets is on my TO DO LIST this winter and my tastes change so frequently.   I don't want to be trendy, but I do desperately need to update and I am loving so many kitchen designs. This is one of my favorites:

Right now my vote is on 2 tone kitchens; a little of both.
How do you feel about all black kitchens?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

100's of Designer Secrets

I love to peruse old issues of my favorite magazines- Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest.  A friend of mine gave me a dozen decade-old back issues of AD and the January 2006 copy had great inspiration.  I read it cover to cover, as I do most of them, and '100 Designer Secrets Revealed' was so interesting...
 but not much different from what we believe today.

What stood out then, stands the test of time, and that is timeless designWeighing in were some of my favorite designers: Mariette Himes Gomez, Stephen Sills, Alexa Hampton, Campion Platt, Thomas Pheasant, Mario Buatta, Elissa Cullman, to name a few!  Each designer was asked the same questions and I have summarized some answers for you.

What I took away from this issue is that most people's biggest mistake when designing on their own is:

The easiest way to to get a big look on a small budget is through:
( then mirrors and mixing High and Low cost items)

The best thing to collect if you can afford it is:
which are becoming very rare.

How often do Designers redecorate their home?
RARELY a complete overhaul,
 FREQUENTLY adding and subtracting 

There are so many rules designers use to keep in mind but the most common is:
test the limits !

Many designers are influenced by:
LE CORBUSIER, BAUHAUS style, Nancy Lancaster, John Fowler,Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton, the list goes on.

Is there a classic fabric that will never be passe?

All designers revealed that they have made BIG design MISTAKES.
(like ordering 85 yds of the wrong fabric!)

How to make small spaces look bigger?

Timeless design is perfectly illustrated in this 2006 issue of room designs still popular today:

design by Everage Design
design by Joseph Kremer
2006 in the design world, if you avoid the trends and stay classic, is not that much different than design today!