I’ve been inspired by Rachel Ashwell’s design style, Shabby Chic, for a long time. In her book– which sits in the middle of my coffee table- she says, “Comfort, the beauty of imperfection, the allure of time-worn objects, and the appeal of simple, practical living: These are the cornerstones of…the Shabby Chic style.”
If a comfy sun-drenched room- casually draped with strawberry and cream colored accents- is the place to enjoy a long summer night, isn’t a light and fluffy strawberry meringue the perfect dessert to enjoy there?
Beat egg whites until frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat until stiff. Add sugar gradually and beat until stiff and glossy. Pour into pie tin and bake 1 hour at 275 degrees. When cooled add the filling.
1 pt. strawberries
Sugar to taste
1/2 pt. cream, beaten
Cut strawberries in quarters and sweeten to taste. Let stand. Drain off juice. Spread meringue with a layer of whipped cream, then the strawberries, then the cream.
Trader Joe’s is currently selling $4 seedless watermelons, which means my roommate and I have bowls of watermelon in rotation in our fridge. It’s hands-down my favorite fruit, so I thought I’d dig up an old watermelon daring pairing from Harmonized Living.
Place the onion slices in a small bowl with the lime juice. Let stand for 10 minutes [the acid of the lime will mellow the flavor of the raw onion]. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon cubes, feta cheese, black olives, onions with the lime juice, and mint. Drizzle olive oil over it all, and toss to blend. Serves 6.
My sister was cleaning behind her couch and found this old Country Living magazine:
I love the cover and wanted to use it as inspiration for my apartment. How do they bring all of those unique, eye-catching pieces together so well?!
Anyway, one item in particular caught my eye- this armchair (you can kind of see it in the bottom right corner of the cover):
It’s from the Country Living line at Kmart. Now I’m no furniture snob (quite the opposite, in fact), but I hadn’t thought to check out Kmart. I dropped in and found the exact chair, even though the magazine was about a year old! And it was the last one. Fate.
And let me tell you, it looks great in my apartment. It’s interesting how one item can bring a room together so well. Pictures to come!
P.S. I feel frivolous when I talk about home decor, but I think having a comfortable, welcoming- and aesthetically pleasing- home is important. Having a place to rejuvenate makes you ready to take on the day in order to do non-frivolous things 🙂
I found this $20 steal awhile back. I happened across it on Craigslist and negotiated the price down a whole $5! But here’s a little secret: I despise birch, and I think it looks especially cheap on Ikea-style furniture (sorry to any die-hard birch supporters out there!). When I bought it, I asked the man if he thought I could paint it and he said probably not (supposedly laminate is hard to paint). But I was determined to rid my apartment forever of this dismal color, so I began on an unwavering path toward furniture salvation.
Step 1) Hit up Sherwin Williams for advice (or just read this post)
Step 2) Purchase a sanding sponge and paint brush (several dollars each at Target), oil-based primer, and a quart of paint (fun fact: paint stores can color match using a special camera, so I took in one of the off-white shelves as a comparison)
Step 3) Set up something to catch paint (I used garbage bags that I had used as garment bags during my move)
Step 4) Sand the sides you plan to paint
Step 5) Spray on two layers of primer, waiting at least 2 hours between each coating
Step 6) Paint two or three layers, waiting at least 1 hour between each coating
Step 7) Admire your handiwork (most enjoyable while staring at it and sipping a Bud Light)
Remember to wash your paintbrush between use. I forgot to once and had dried flecks of paint everywhere.
I was THRILLED when I walked into my new apartment. First of all, it’s HUGE. Like a palace. So big, in fact, that I have to do some creative thinking to FILL the space (I’m used to buying furniture and accessories that serve double duty so I can fit everything, but now I need more things so it doesn’t look empty).
needed energy for moving day. homemade parfait and coffee
huge living room. thinking of putting a zen area in the corner. maybe a fountain too haha
view from living room into hallway (left) and kitchen (right)
TWO closets. plus my shoe and purse closet (which used to be the linen closet)
foyer and back door, soon to be my home office
extra storage…perfect for all my baking and cooking supplies!
i only feel at home with starbucks in the fridge
my apartment complex gave me a welcome gift. only in raleigh 🙂
Wondering what it is? The Moroccan pouf is a round leather embroidered ottoman. “They’re also really versatile and can be used for seating, as a foot stool, as a small table, or just to look pretty! Just one pouf is a lovely touch for your living room or bedroom or you can go with multiples” (source).
The enduring and deeply philosophical debate drags on: is the pouf here to stay? In other news, I think the hair pouf (a la Lauren Conrad, not Snookie) should definitely stick around.
Back to the more international pouf. It’s cute, versatile, and comfy, so why not?