• Interior Style
  • Thanksgiving Inspo

    Thanksgiving is 6 days behind us and we are officially into the holiday season and I am so ready (yet unprepared) for it! We’ve gotten our tree up and only down 1 ornament-or ‘ball’ as Maddox likes to call them. Luckily, no cuts or stitches to date (fingers crossed). Before we get into December and it’s too late, I wanted to share a few pics from our Thanksgiving weekend:

    So thankful for him!


    PINE CONES: HERE // LINEN NAPKINS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE  // ROSE GOLD CHARGERS: HERE  (I went over to Michaels and was able to find black/silver and gold chargers for $1 each) // TEA LIGHT CANDLES: HERE


  • Interior Style
  • My Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

    Here we are fast approaching the holiday season! As I began my search for the perfect Thanksgiving table inspo this year I thought back to last years setup (one of my favs!). This year I’ve been having a hard time finding the perfect inspiration for my table but wanted to share the best that I came across. Send any ideas my way if you have some you like!

    You might remember this post from last year! Copper is still ‘in’ so you might see that again.


    This was a nice rustic look, but a bit too busy for me, with all the food I like to keep it simple. I do love these brass candle holders though! Check out HonestlyYumm’s post for some great inspo!


    This look is from Becky Owens. Who does a fabulous job mixing the gold flatware and contrasting plates!

      Another great rustic look I found on pinterest. This is about the size table we’d need if all the family came! 😀


    See the full look by Lindsey Brunk.


    Another one with the mix of contrast this is by Sarah Sherman! This seems to be a look I am gravitating towards as I search around for inspo.


    This is from one of my favorite blogs – Local Milk. The way she presents everything is so perfectly done. A true creative.


    I love a nice outdoor setup with twinkly lights (If only we lived in California!).


    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE  // CHAMPAGNE CHARGERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    I hope you guys have a great long Thanksgiving weekend!

    Don’t forget to get your sleep and get ready for the sales over the weekend! I certainly can’t wait to sit around in front of the fire on my laptop and get all my christmas shopping done and out of the way!

    Please send any ideas my way on the table settings or share what you do on your holiday weekends!

    Xx
    Loren

     

  • Baby
  • Birthday Boy Party Ideas

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    I love the color scheme using this Tiffany blue and white colors! It can be used for a boy or a girl!

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    I love how they tie the invite into the theme colors as well! This was a dream theme which was so cute!

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    This party was so magical! You need to see this theme. I absolutely love this location. If we lived in Brooklyn this would be his party! I am starting to look for creative places to have his party at. If you know of any in the central New Jersey area – do share!!

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    Love how they sent these little photo strips in the invite! You just might see a pic of Maddox or two in your invite! 🙂

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    A little fancy for 1 year olds! But so nice and intimate! Love the decor in this theme.

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    These hats I’m in love with! It seems to be a trend to put little birthday hats or crowns on the kids and get a group photo!

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    These little home made hats are so fun, I love the little ears on these ones!

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    Nice little tutorial here!

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    This theme had such cute DIY decorations! Was a cute french theme!

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    I have only looked through this site a little so far – but they had some cute ideas!

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    This little theme had such cute ideas!

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    The Stars on the cake are such a great idea – loving the sparkle on this cake too!

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    I love the favors in this theme!


    DIY CONES: HERE // READY MADE HATS: MICHAELS // PARTY STRAWS: HERE  // STAR GARLAND: HERE  // CUPCAKE TOPPERS: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngNow that the holidays are over and we’re well into the New Year it won’t be long till Maddox turns 1! Hard to believe he’s nearly there! You don’t realize how fast the time goes till you have a baby :) that’s for sure. I’ve started to put some ideas together for what my theme should be, certain decorations and color schemes that I like. There won’t be too many times I’ll be able to really pick out a fun theme- it’ll be all sports & trucks from here on out! I’ve included some ideas I’ve found so far but I am welcoming any ideas you might have so please feel free to send or comment!!

    Xx
    Loren

  • Interior Style
  • Celebrate the Holidays

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    SMALL CHRISTMAS TREES: HERE // GLASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: UNDER $3 AT MICHAELS // STOCKINGS: HERE  // DINNING ROOM CANDLE HOLDERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngI love a reason to throw a party and what better time than the holidays! The morning of our party there was a dusting of snow that covered the ground. It was the first time Maddox had ever seen snow! He loved looking out the window at the snow coming down, I can’t wait till he’s big enough to go out and play in it! After the holidays are over I think it won’t be long before we start planning Maddox’s 1st birthday party. Oh how fun that will be. From now on you’ll find me on Pinterest pinning all my ideas! Leave a comment and share any great ideas you might have found!

    Xx
    Loren

  • Interior Style
  • A Thanksgiving feast!

     

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    I thought it’d be nice to take some time this year and write down a few things we’re all thankful for and share with each other!

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    Typically I use flowers for a centerpiece but this year I was searching for something else, so I lined up some simple candlesticks and threw in some twigs.

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    Copper everything is so popular right now, I’ve had these Moscow mule mugs and I thought the copper color would be a nice addition to the thanksgiving table this year.

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    Beyond thankful for this man! 🙂

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    Maddox was especially thankful for the sweet potatoes we gave him! 🙂


    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE  // CHAMPAGNE CHARGERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngWe have so much to be Thankful for in our lives but especially more so this year since Maddox has joined our little family! We had a “small” Thanksgiving this year as there was only 10 of us (typically on my side our immediate family consists of 18). Maddox was a little sad his cousins couldn’t be there this year but my Mother was happy she didn’t have to fight anyone to get time with him (everyone wants the littlest baby in the room heh)!

    Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

    Xx

  • Interior Style
  • A table to be thankful for

    local-milk-friendsgiving I absolutely love everything about this setting! Copper everything is definately trending right now. They add just enough bit of color to this monotone table setting and works perfectly with this simple and subdued centerpiece.

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    Images via Local Milk Blog

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    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngIt’s our first thanksgiving as a family! We have so much to be Thankful for in our lives but especially more so this year since Maddox has joined our little family! 🙂 This year we’re having some of my family over for thanksgiving and I’ve begun to think about the menu and table setting! I’ve found a few options that I think i’ll mix some ideas from this year! Check back after thanksgiving to see what I ended up doing!

    xX

  • Interior Style
  • Fresh Sea bass & Gnocchi with a Lamb Rague

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    PLATES: HERE OR HERE // FLATWARE: HAMPTON FORGE (SOLD OUT) OR ALSO LOVE THESE // STEMWARE: HERE (I LOVE A BIG WINE GLASS!!) //


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngThis past week we had some family over for dinner! I haven’t had much time to prepare a nice meal in awhile with Maddox always by my side, but I had our sitter stay later and was able to spend a little more time on dinner! Paired with some of our favorite wines from our most recent Napa trip to Alpha Omega winery! Recipe’s below, hope you enjoy some of my favorite dishes!

    Appetizer: 
    Parmesan Tuiles topped with heirloom tomato salad or goat cheese mousse

    Tuiles Ingredients

    • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pressing
    • Freshly ground pepper

    Tomato salad Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups finely diced heirloom tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
    • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped tarragon
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt

    Goat Cheese Mousse Ingredients

    • 6 oz. fresh goat cheese
    • 4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 1 tablespoon parsley
    • 1 /2 tablespoon chives (more or less)
    1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with the butter, flour and a generous pinch of pepper and mash the ingredients until a dough forms. Form the dough into a 4-inch log. Cut the log into 12 equal slices and arrange the slices on the baking sheet. Using your fingers, press the slices into 1 1/2-inch rounds.
    2. Bake the tuiles on the lowest rack in the oven for about 7 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the tuiles are golden brown and sizzling. Let the tuiles cool completely, then transfer them to a paper towel–lined plate and blot the excess fat.
    3. In a small bowl, toss the tomatoes with the chives, tarragon and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the salad over the tuiles and serve right away.
    4. In a small bowl, whip the goat cheese, chives, parsley & cream together.

    Second course:
    Gnocchi with a Lamb Rague

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb Gnocchi (sorry, I had time but didn’t have THAT much time to make from scratch)
    • 1 can marinara sauce (or use your own family recipe)
    • 1 lamb shenk
    • 1 cup dry red wine
    • salt/pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
    1. First add 2 cups water and 1 cup wine to a pot and place the lamb shenk in the pot to boil.
    2. Add salt, pepper marinate for 3 1/2 hrs with lid over top. Add more water if needed.
    3. Take out lamb and cut into shredded pieces.
    4. Add sauce, fresh herbs & lamb to pot.

    Main Course:
    Fresh Sea bass with a Mango chutney

    Ingredients

    • Fresh wild Sea bass
    • Salt/Pepper to taste
    • 1 Mango
    • 1 fresh cut corn
    • 1 dozen Yellow heirloom tomatoes (or red whichever your preference)
    • 1 tablespoon Cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon Oil (we use safflower oil – but any light oil you like will do)
    • 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeños or a green mild pepper
    1. I start by pan searing the sea bass before transferring to the oven at 400° and cook through – timing may vary depending on the cut and amount of fish.
    2. For the chutney I chop up the remaining ingredients and mix together. I put in the refrigerator while I prepare the fish. Top off once fish is cooked.

    Dessert: 
    I didn’t have much time left – so I planned to just have a raspberry sorbet, which was light and just a perfect ending to a great meal! If you’re feeling like making it a little extra special – you could always do a fresh whipped cream.