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.”
[Photo Credit: Country Cottage One]
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?
[Photo Credit: Taste of Home]
Strawberry Meringue Pie [via cooks.com]
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 c. sugar
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.
P.S. Check out these Shabby chic accent pieces: Scrollwork Candleholder, Wooden Stand, Arched-Top Wall Mirror.
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.
Pink & green home decor
[via My Pear Tree House]
A unique savory & sweet watermelon salad
[via Jessica Mayo]
- 3/4 cup halved, thinly sliced red onion
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 quarts seeded, cubed watermelon
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 cup pitted black olive halves
- 1 cup chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
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.
I’m sitting with my sister on the couch and she is begging me to write a life update on my blog- which is funny, because she knows everything that goes on in my life!
I was about to type “The past few weeks have been a whirlwind” but I realized 1) I overuse the expression “whirlwind” and 2) when is my life not a whirlwind?! Good thing I like it hectic.
- Smashingly successful open house for our coworking space (officially The Raleigh Forum); tons of people came out to explore the space, mingle, and enjoy our refreshments
- Endless promotions for the space
- Hired an Office Assistant (that’s right, we have an employee! So cool)
- Spoke with my sister about The Raleigh Forum at a Ladies NC networking event
- Assigned to several new projects at my recruiting job
- Put the almost-final touches on my apartment- pictures coming soon! Let’s just say I’m very happy
- Did a Warrior Dash-esque run through Umstead Park
- Made potato leek soup, Moroccan chicken stew, and Mexican bean salad
- Wine & Design session with a new friend
- Checking out Benelux Cafe
- Meeting with new babysitting client
- A hike in Hillsborough
- Cupcakes at Gigi’s with another new friend
- Biking with another new friend (that’s 3+ new friends!)
- Weekly tennis match
- Recuperating from my little cold
- Planning a 2012 cruise with the girls. I spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E
I have a relatively recent fascination with sunburst (also called starburst) mirrors, like these:
Unfortunately, they can be quite pricey- like $200-$400 pricey! I don’t know about you, but no one piece of decor is worth that much to me.
So I began a hunt for DIY versions and found this (using poster board), this (using twigs) and this (using dowels).
I will post pictures as soon as I get around to making my own!
P.S. Did you notice the absence of the Oxford comma in the second to last sentence? I’m still mourning its death.
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).