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HOW TO STYLE A MODERN EASTER TABLE set the perfect table this easter

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Easter is a celebration of all things new, so when it comes to setting a table, I like to mix the design up. While I definitely take a page out of my mother’s book and set the table with various pastel tones, I like to update it with modern elements—think: metallic and retro prints amidst the bountiful floral arrangements.

We’re over at The Nest sharing our favorite tips for setting a modern Easter table, plus a few entertaining tips, because you know I can’t help myself!

Check it out and get inspired!
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Florals by Posies Floral & table decor by urbAna
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FANCIFIED GRILLED CHEESE

FANCIFIED GRILLED CHEESEHappiest Monday to you, friends! I hope your weekend didn’t go by as quickly as mine–a blink, I tell you! I’m a huge advocate for the 3 day weekend–who’s with me?

Until then, I’m dreaming of lazy Saturdays by the pool, pretty little farmer’s markets, and back porch dinners with the dearest of friends. In honor of back porch dinners, we bring you our favorite fancy grilled cheese recipes. Trust me, it’s the perfect time of year to add these to your dinner party cue. The weather is just right, and it’s such a good way to be intentional with your guests while avoiding that stuffy dinner party feeling.

Here are our current favorites:

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#1 –  THE E.P.A

– fried egg

– prosciutto

– avocado

– shredded white cheddar cheese

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-lightly sauteed swiss chard

-heirloom tomatoes

-whole grain mustard

-shredded gruyere

FANCIFIED GRILLED CHEESE#3 – APRICOT & BRIE

-apricot preserves

-brie

-rosemary butter

FANCIFIED GRILLED CHEESESo go ahead, get as fancy as you want, and be sure to share your lovely little creations with us by tagging #LKMakes on either Instagram or Twitter!


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GRAPEFRUIT & MINT MOJITO

gfblog0001It’s finally spring, and we’re officially drowning in all things citrus here in the desert. This is hands down my favorite time of the year. There’s this beauty and newness that spurs me to simplify and enjoy every little thing. You may soon notice a theme revolving around these beautiful pink grapefruit, and it’s no mistake. We here at LaurenKelp.com are striving to use our resources, eat (and drink!) seasonably, and shop smarter. We want to intentionally use all of our produce, whether it comes from the store or our own backyard.

These main ingredients just so happen to come directly from my backyard, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. And you guys – this grapefruit & mint mojito cocktail is so light and refreshing. It’s the perfect way to celebrate this Thirsty Thursday. Cheers to you and yours!

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– 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about 8 leaves)

– 2 oz rum

– 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

– 1/2 oz lime juice

-Ice

– 1 oz club soda

– Grapefruit wedge or wheel for garnish

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– Place 1/2 of the mint leaves in your glass and muddle gently

– Stir together the rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ice until the drink has chilled

– Top with a splash of club soda

– Garnish with fresh mint spig and grapefruit wedge or wheel

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GRAPEFRUIT & MINT MOJITO

gfblog0001It’s finally spring, and we’re officially drowning in all things citrus here in the desert. This is hands down my favorite time of the year. There’s this beauty and newness that spurs me to simplify and enjoy every little thing. You may soon notice a theme revolving around these beautiful pink grapefruit, and it’s no mistake. We here at LaurenKelp.com are striving to use our resources, eat (and drink!) seasonably, and shop smarter. We want to intentionally use all of our produce, whether it comes from the store or our own backyard.

These main ingredients just so happen to come directly from my backyard, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. And you guys – this grapefruit & mint mojito cocktail is so light and refreshing. It’s the perfect way to celebrate this Thirsty Thursday. Cheers to you and yours!

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– 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about 8 leaves)

– 2 oz rum

– 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice

– 1/2 oz lime juice

-Ice

– 1 oz club soda

– Grapefruit wedge or wheel for garnish

gfblog0004gfblog0005INSTRUCTIONS:

– Place 1/2 of the mint leaves in your glass and muddle gently

– Stir together the rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ice until the drink has chilled

– Top with a splash of club soda

– Garnish with fresh mint spig and grapefruit wedge or wheel

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BROILED GRAPEFRUIT

BROILED GRAPEFRUITIn honor of the first Monday of spring, we’re sharing this ever so easy brunch go-to. Three simple ingredients and you’ve got a magical crowd pleaser. So now you have no excuse–invite your neighbors over for brunch this week, we dare you! This broiled grapefruit recipe allows you to impress them with your sheer culinary genius without adding any stress to the art of entertaining–honestly, it takes about 10 minutes. You’ll be able to truly focus on your guests, rather than worrying about your fancy frittata. And who am I kidding, these aren’t just a brunch favorite for our household–we had these beauts at least 5 times last week….

BROILED GRAPEFRUITBROILED GRAPEFRUITINGREDIENTS:

-3 medium sized pink grapefruits

-cinnamon

-turbinado sugar

BROILED GRAPEFRUITINSTRUCTIONS:

-Set oven to broil.

-Halve grapefruit and place face up on baking dish.

-Sprinkle grapefruit with cinnamon and turbinado sugar to taste.

-Broil grapefruit on high until sugar begins to caramelize.

-Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

-Serve and enjoy!

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HOME TOUR WITH EMILY WALDMANN


MH-20150224-38Candice here, and if you’ve been following the living column, you know that I’ve been planning a few home and space tours. And today, I’m launching the first original home tour with Emily Waldmann!  Emily is the special events director at the most gorgeous Hotel St. Cecilia, and though she hails from the Pacific Northwest, she’s called herself an Austinite for a few years now.

I met Emily through business, and from the beginning she was so warm but also focused on her work.  I love that balance in someone, especially in this field where insecurity and pride are rampant yet almost always out-of-place.  Emily is always that refreshing change – confident but so, so real.  Over the past year, we’ve become friends and one lucky day last summer, she invited me over for a clothing swap.  From the minute I stepped into her home, I was mesmerized by her magic interior design capabilities and killer aesthetic.  Equal parts bohemian and modern, found and new, Emily’s home is a place you can totally stop in for a drink or just chill and put your feet up.

She invited me over one morning last week to take some photos over breakfast and coffee and I was inspired by every moment.  To be honest, I couldn’t launch this series without someone as hospitable, fun to be around, and so so keen on design.

Enjoy the amazing house tour, with Emily’s candid interview mixed in.

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{She transformed what could have been an awkward space or foyer, into the perfect chatting and reading nook.  Don’t you love how her gallery wall progresses horizontally to bring the space together?}

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{The flow of her home moves straight into the kitchen, where she created a jaw dropping centerpiece with her dining area as well as her bright, clean kitchen design.  I love how Emily mixes in thrifted metal pieces with her personal bottles and books.}

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{Sweet Lu (short for Cholula!) was excited to have guests.}

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{The guest bath and another furry friend.}

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MH-20150224-114 {Emily’s simply gorgeous bedroom (isn’t that light stunning?) and her genius bathroom design.}

nook detailsTell us a little bit about your home. 

It was built in 1967, and I am still learning a lot about it.  This is the first home I’ve owned, and it is such an adventure. Before I bought, I was renting an amazing place in the same neighborhood; so, I was comfortable with the area and really liked living here. After about two weeks of house hunting, I saw this house driving home from a friend’s. I probably drove by it four more times before I could get inside to see it. I had seen so many houses in such a short time span that when I walked in I was just excited about it. Terrified, but excited. It had a LOT of work to be done to it immediately. Some structural changes with beams, knocking down walls, ripping out cabinets etc. I never took a “before” photo, because I was too nervous that I would never get to an “after”! Realizing that there is no landlord…that you are in fact the landlord…is both empowering and terrifying.

MH-20150224-60What’s your favorite part of the house?

Definitely the kitchen and dining room. I loved an open kitchen and growing up; that’s where everyone always hangs out. I just hosted our Family Christmas here for the first time and it was so relaxing spending time together in my own place. Very adult-like!  That’s why it was so important to me to open the house up and make it feel spacious, especially since it is a galley kitchen.

The kitchen was also my first major project when tackling everything in the house, and I made a lot of decisions that I was unsure of but ended up being really happy with, like the open shelving. I love cooking and entertaining, having people over to relax and enjoy themselves–which I think is also why I love my job! It was also a really big lesson on where to source furniture and decor. I spent a lot of time collecting images, and then figuring out what the common elements were. The dining room is a perfect example of my favorite things—the dining table was made by my good friend Jaime Lovell, and having the OH! Fox rug there – it brought the space together, and I love that it came from a friend. Then there is the Tom Dixon light which some of my friends had very strong opinions about, and I always love a good “I told you so” moment.

MH-20150224-95It can be so overwhelming to remodel.  How did you make selections and remain to true to one vision?

YES! A thousand times yes it can be overwhelming.  I don’t think I had a concise vision when I started, but I think a recurring element of the whole process was trusting my  gut and finding common themes. Honestly, when my roommate Amber moved in, she helped so much.  She really gave the house the life it has today. In fact, I had just finished the bathroom remodel during the last SXSW festival in order to get the house ready for her April 1st move in, and I was completely exhausted by the entire process and felt defeated. She definitely carried the house the last 10 yards to make it a home. Our styles are distinctly different but super complimentary.

metal detailsWhat are you still unsatisfied with?

It’s always a work in progress, and I am so curious to see what the next chapter will be. If I were to do it again, I definitely would’ve made some different calls in the master bath. So many of those choices were time sensitive and coming home after putting on SXSW events at the hotel and then tracking down 3 boxes of penny tile didn’t put me in the best head space to make calm decisions.

My next goal is to really tackle the landscaping. I love hanging out outside and there is so much space out there to do so many interesting things.

MH-20150224-107Give us your top entertaining tip. 

Give people food and drinks and they are usually happy. Don’t be scared of something going “wrong.” If you are inviting people into your home, you’re inviting them to get to know a little part of you, so be comfortable. The worst case scenarios are usually never that bad, and if they are, it is a great story to tell at your NEXT party (just kidding I am a horrible storyteller).

MH-20150224-31Thank you again, Emily, for sharing your space and journey with us!


Gorgeous photos by Minette Hand.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD WITH SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALADGet your week off to a healthy start with this delicious & super nutritious butternut squash salad with shallot vinaigrette! This power salad packs a bunch with delicious arugula, sweet pomegranate seeds, and creamy butternut squash. It’s the perfect “get your greens in” recipe as the weather starts to warm up. Feel free to swap out the feta for goat, or another crumbly cheese to meet your flavor preference. Plus, this salad is perfect for a potluck, dinner for two, or salad for lunch! Eating your greens will never be boring with this happy little recipe!

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 VINAIGRETTE INGREDIENTS:

-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

-1/2 tbsp lemon zest

-3 tbsp minced shallots

-1 1/4 tsp dijon mustard

-1 1/4 tsp white wine vinegar

-1 small garlic clove, minced

-1/3 cup EVOO

-salt

-freshly cracked pepper

 

SALAD INGREDIENTS:

-2 cups butternut squash, cut into small cubes

-EVOO

-salt

-pepper

-5 oz. fresh arugula

-1 cup pomegranate seeds

-1/2 cup sunflower seeds

-crumbled feta

-fresh cracked pepper

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VINAIGRETTE INSTRUCTIONS:

-Combine lemon juice, lemon zest, shallots, mustard, white wine vinegar, and garlic in a blender and puree until smooth.

-While still blending, slowly add the olive oil to the mixture.

-Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

 

SALAD INSTRUCTIONS:

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

-Wash and dry arugula.

-In a small bowl, lightly toss chopped butternut squash with EVOO and season with salt and pepper.

-Arrange coated squash on a cooking sheet and place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.

-Remove from oven and let cool.

-In a large bowl, combine arugula, butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds and feta cheese.

-Toss salad with the shallot vinaigrette until evenly coated.

-Season with fresh cracked pepper and enjoy!

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BLACKBERRY BRAMBLE WITH SAGE

BLACKBERRY SAGE BRAMBLEHappy (almost) weekend!  If your plans involve entertaining or hanging out with friends, might we recommend ordering (or serving!) our latest cocktail obsession – The Blackberry Bramble. The Bramble is the (happy) result of legendary London-based cocktail guru, Dick Bradsell, who invented to drink in the 1980s. A slight deviation off the Singapore Sling, the creme de mure replacement gives the Bramble an earthy, fresh, and absolutely divine flavor.

With, what seems to be, an everlasting Winter, this libation is sure to have you wishing for blackberry season. Let us know what you think & have one for us!

 

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SAGE SYRUP INGREDIENTS:

-1/2 cup fresh sage

-1 cup water

-1 cup sugar

 

COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS:

-2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin

-1 oz. fresh lemon juice

-1/2 oz. sage syrup

-1/2 oz. creme de mure

-fresh blackberries

-fresh sage leaves

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SYRUP INSTRUCTIONS:

-Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil

-Stir occasionally

-Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes

-Allow syrup to cool completely

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Combine gin, lemon, sage syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker

-Shake well

-Strain into old fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes

-Swirl creme de mure over top of cocktail in a circular motion

-Garnish with blackberries and sage leaves

-Serve & enjoy!

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SETTING A THANKSGIVING TABLE

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Who doesn’t love a good holiday season? Besides the hectic run around, there is something really magical about cooler weather, bulky sweaters, and those tried and true family traditions. Thanksgiving, to me, is the holiday season kick off & the older I get, the more I love it. Helping my mom & grandmother in the kitchen used to be like pulling teeth, literally. I would have rather shoveled the driveway than reach my hand up a turkey. And while I still feel the same way about the turkey, my appreciation for the preparation, the thoughtfulness, and the meaning of Thanksgiving has grown immensely.

This season we wanted to celebrate the growing family of friendship and encourage you to celebrate old traditions and make new ones. Stay tuned for recipes, new traditions, and tips and trick on Thanksgiving entertaining throughout the week. For now, enjoy this year’s Thanksgiving Tablemakers! THANKSGIVING0063 THANKSGIVING0079 THANKSGIVING0057 THANKSGIVING0077 THANKSGIVING0083 THANKSGIVING0070 THANKSGIVING0052 THANKSGIVING0067 THANKSGIVING0066 THANKSGIVING0075 THANKSGIVING0094 1 THANKSGIVING0098 3 THANKSGIVING0092


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Florals: Posies Florals | Dinnerware & Centerpieces: Urbana | Jewelry: White Cat Stone & Metal | Wardrobe: Ruche

HOST A HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. My parents, every year growing up, would have these huge Halloween parties. The furniture would be covered in white sheets, cobwebs would be strung from every possible surface, and their costumes were nothing short of amazing. My mom and dad would have evolving costumes, meaning they would change and grow as the night progressed. How can you not have an affinity for Halloween when it’s introduced to you like that?!

While many opt for a Halloween evening that involves going out and being seen, I much prefer to set the stage and have a bunch of friends over. Set up a buffet table with sweet, spooky treats, a festive libation or two, and create a relaxed, but celebratory environment. My favorite decorating tip is layering candles. This is the holiday where you can never have enough candles, so I make sure to layer them up in various places. HALLOWEEN0002 HALLOWEEN0003 HALLOWEEN0004 HALLOWEEN0005 HALLOWEEN0006 HALLOWEEN0007 HALLOWEEN0008 HALLOWEEN0009 HALLOWEEN0010


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