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A Bright and Cheery Home Office Transformation

When it came to renovating her home office, Nicole White put her interior design expertise to work and crafted what can only be described as gorgeous explosion of color. You won’t find your run of the mill white space within this gallery. Not even close. Instead it’s a spot as invigorating as they come and straight out of this color addict’s dreams. See the full tour right here.

Bright and Cheery Home Office
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Bright and Cheery Home Office
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From Nicole White… This Home office transformation was a labor of love, an old bookcase was the one thing the previous owner left behind and it was headed for the trash pile. I thanked heavens I popped by the house the morning of the closing, and rescued it before it was hauled away. A little paint, a new filing drawer to fill a gaping hole, some gold handles and I gotta say she is now the star of the show. I am a lover of real books, and definitely wanted a room where some of my favorite books (yes, we’ve read most of them) could be celebrated and this book case has definitely allowed that to happen.

It is seriously the office of my dreams. Loads of color cause y’all know I’m a bit of a color addict. Playful enough to remind me to laugh a little at what can sometimes be a very stressful biz, and inviting enough for my son, Xavier to hang out without feeling like he can’t get his hands all up in the mix.

Home Office: Nicole White Designs Interiors | Interior Designer: Nicole White Designs Interiors

Double Tahini Sandwich Cookies

Fix Feast Flair has opened our eyes to a whole new ingredient for cookies: tahini. Made from ground sesame seeds, this super creamy paste adds a subtle nutty flavor to your baked goods that you won’t get be able to get enough of. This recipe for cookie sandwiches doubles up on tahini in the batter and buttercream filling!

They’re a good introduction into the world of sesame for newbies and a reminder of why you fell in love with the stuff for all you long time lovers,” says Alana of Fix Feast Flair.

Try out the recipe below, and check out Fix Feast Flair for more mouthwatering recipes!

Double Tahini Sandwich Cookies
prep time
4 Hour/s 45 Minute/s
cook time
18 Minute/s
total time
5 Hour/s 3 Minute/s
Serves 20Ingredients
  • COOKIE
  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. tahini (white sesame butter)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste, such as Nielsen-Massey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/3 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted white sesame seeds
  • BUTTERCREAM
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 16 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 1/2 c. tahini
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • OPTIONAL DECORATIONS
  • Sprinkles
  • Black or white sesame seeds
  • TOOLS
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Stand mixer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rolling pin
  • 2" round biscuit cutter
  • Rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or silpat mats
  • Small saucepan
  • Silicone spatula or wooden spoon
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Candy thermometer
  • Whisk
  • Wire rack
  • Offset spatula
  • Piping bag with round tip
Instructions
  1. FOR THE COOKIES: Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium mixing bowl and whisk together; set aside.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, tahini, honey, and vanilla bean paste in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, around three to four minutes. Add egg and beat for forty seconds.
  3. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in four parts, and beat on low until just combined. Remove bowl from stand and stir in oats and sesame seeds with silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Transfer dough a sheet of plastic wrap, form into a 5-inch by 7-inch brick, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, around two hours.
  5. Remove brick from fridge and transfer to a floured work surface. Using rolling pin, roll until a 1/4-inch thick. Flour surface and dough as necessary--the dough is sticky.
  6. Using a two inch round cutter, cut out 40 to 48 rounds. Use a floured offset spatula to transfer cookies to pre-lined sheets and leave at least one inch space between rounds. Freeze until cookies are firm, at least 1 hour.
  7. Heat oven to 325°F while chilling cookies. Bake until golden brown, around 16 -18 minutes. Let cool on sheet for five minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  8. FOR THE BUTTERCREAM: Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Adjust speed to lowest speed to keep egg whites moving.
  9. Bring sugar and 1/4-cup water to a boil in small saucepan, swirling pan to help dissolve sugar. Attach a candy thermometer to pan, and cook, without stirring, until syrup reaches 248°F. Promptly remove from heat, and turn mixer speed up to medium-high speed and beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Adjust speed to medium-low and slowly drizzle sugar syrup into whites. Once all the sugar syrup has been added, bring speed up to medium-high and beat until whites hold stiff peaks and are room temperature, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add butter, a couple pieces at a time, until the buttercream is smooth and totally emulsified.
  10. Measure out 1-1/2 cups and place in a medium mixing bowl; reserve remaining buttercream for another use.
  11. Add tahini, honey, and salt, and whisk together with whisk until smooth. Transfer to piping bag fitted with round tip.
  12. Place half of the cookies top side down on a baking sheet, and pipe buttercream almost to the edge of each cookie then top with a remaining plain cookie and sandwich together. You can sprinkle on sprinkles or sesame seeds onto the sandwiched buttercream edges if you desire. Refrigerate cookies to firm buttercream for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Photography: Fix Feast Flair | Recipe: Fix Feast Flair

The Prettiest Easter Tea Inspiration

If ever there were a time to fully embrace pastels, it would be Easter and oh is pastel having a moment with this inspiration crafted by Fluent Productions along with photography by Ainsley Rose. It’s a tea celebration packed with traditional, big spring blooms by The Flower Factory and a few unexpected treats… like cotton candy for dessert or easter eggs decorated with calligraphy. Click here for more.

Easter is such a fun time of the year and of course, what better time to host a party? Spring has just arrived and it’s such a great excuse for everyone to pull out their pastels and their spring dresses. In Vancouver, we see rain for most of the winter and we’ve been craving light and sunshine. The entire event came together using soft florals and an egg as inspiration. What we designed together with an incredible team in just under a week completely blew my mind. We pulled gorgeous home decor from one of our favorite home decor stores, The Cross and we worked with one of the most talented florists in the city, The Flower Factory to create beautiful arrangements in a variety of milk glass. The spread of food that was equally beautiful to the eye as it was delicious was provided by Liberty Bakery and our favors were provided by Petit Puf. The entire tablescape wouldn’t have been pulled together as beautifully as it was without the unique calligraphy details from September Letters. This day was so much fun to pull together. From all of the suppliers and vendors to Alex and Alicia helping us tie it all together with their beautiful gowns, to us, this shoot really reflects what hosting an event is all about. Good food, beautiful decor and fantastic company! 

Photographer: Ainsley Rose | Floral Design: The Flower Factory | Bucket Of Roses: Landeau | Cake & Pastries: Liberty Bakery | Calligraphy & Stationary: September Letters | Chocolate: Temper Pastry | Cotton Candy: Petite Puf | Decor: Upright Decor And Design | Decor: Delovely Creative | Decor: The Cross Decor + Design | Design & Planning: Fluent Productions | Hair & Make Up: Denise Elliot Make Up Artistry | Model & Blogger: To Vogue Or Bust | Model & Blogger: Alicia Fashionista | Office Space: The Duncan Building

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A Modern Easter Basket – Three Ways

Easter is right around the corner, and I have some pretty adorable basket ideas that appeal to the modern family. Plus, there is a basket for adults too. Because let’s be real, we all wish it was socially acceptable to still get in on the Easter basket action, and now we have an excuse! You. Are. Welcome. xoxo Alexis of The Shift Creative

For the Young Artist

The first basket is an art basket for the innovative, imaginative, and young artist of the family! Purchase a canvas, watercolors, paint brushes, colored pencils, stickers, and more to make this basket one that will never vanish like chocolate eggs do (although we still love us some filled cadbury eggs), but rather be a catalyst for creativity!

Fun in the Sun

The second basket is a “fun in the sun” basket! Summer is approaching very fast, and if you’re in Southern California it might as well already be here! Fill this basket with summer necessities that your child will already need like, sunglasses, a beach towel, sunscreen, chap stick, beach toys, sandals, a beach cover up, swim suit/swim trunks, and some snacks- because whats a beach trip without some snacks? You can customize these ideas to fit your child, and add summer activities they enjoy!

For the Adults: Artisanal Treats

The last basket is one for friends and families to enjoy! It’s filled with yummy things to create your own cheese and fruit board! To make it more age appropriate I used a metal bin from World Market, and filled it with a french baguette, fig jam, olive oil with sun dried tomatoes and garlic, Mast Brothers chocolate, ginger beer, Brie cheese, and a Lift Coffee Roasters cold brew coffee. Seriously, just thinking about all this goodness makes me want to be outside on a warm summer evening pretending I am in Paris while enjoying my cold brew, and enjoying the richness of the Brie cheese. This is a basket that is not just limited for Easter, but would make a great gift all year long!

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Hope you gathered some fun inspiration for your Easter Baskets this season making this special day even more special if there’s such a thing!

Photography: The Shift Creative | Design And Styling: The Shift Creative

Alexis

Contributing Editor: Party DIY
Eclectic Pastel Easter Tablescape

With Easter coming up this weekend and Spring fever becoming a full on epidemic, this egg infused tablescape is striking a chord. It’s awash with pretty pastels and eclectic dishes that make for the happiest of spreads. Designed by Gwen Studios and captured by Made In March, this tablescape is packed with pretty egg details to incorporate this coming holiday. See even more in the full gallery.

From Sarah Del Buono of Made in March…  When Jennifer of Gwen Studios contacted me to photograph an Easter tablescape she deigned, I was thrilled. Her work is always well put together with the outcome being nothing less than perfect. I loved the mixture of textures and colors she used – all inspired by Springtime and Easter!

Photography: Made In March | Event Design: Gwen Studios