Gray is consistently one of the most classic and elegant colors in interior design, and it’s no different when it comes to the most important room in the home: the kitchen. This simple hue is the perfect compliment to a cozy kitchen, and we’re sharing our favorite ways to use it in the video below!
With only a few more weekends left of this Indian Summer in which to properly celebrate summer’s bounty, we think this recipe is the perfect way to ease into fall. Filled with fresh muddled lemon and apricot, and topped with mint, it’s a lighter take on whiskey that the cocktail geniuses at Lauren Kelp devised to be equal parts delicious and easy to make.
From Lauren… I’ve only recently jumped on this whiskey train, and I must admit I waited way too long. I can’t say I’m tough enough to order a Johnny Walker straight up, I can definitely get behind a good whiskey based cocktail like this.
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 apricot cut into wedges
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. Knob Creek Whiskey
- Ice for shaking + serving
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves, lemon juice, apricot wedges, and simple syrup.
- Add whiskey and ice to shaker.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain cocktail through a fine strainer into a cocktail glass (over ice if desired).
- Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
If there was ever an excuse to celebrate, it would be ringing in another year on this lovely earth. Even better when it’s a surprise and executed to complete perfection by your bestie. Your closest girlfriends, some sweet treats, and endless bubbly? It basically sounds like heaven. Planned by one talented half of Harlin & Sparrow Event Design for the other talented half (how sweet is that), this gallery is overflowing with inspiration for your next fête.
My best friend and I are business partners, and she just threw me the most amazing surprise birthday party. My partner, Justina chose a beautiful private home to hold the celebration at. The home was super modern and was located in Sausalito, California. The party was very intimate, just 12 of my closest girlfriends. Justina had all the girls write out what my friendship meant to them and had them read it out loud to me during my celebration. She also had all the girls wear peach and white to coordinate with the color scheme of the party. I was and still am overwhelmed with excitement as to how my celebration turned out.
Photography: Sarah Deragon | Cake: Crisp Bakeshop | Invitations: Emily Foran | Catering: The Lunch Box | Event Planning / Event Design : Harlin & Sparrow Event Design | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Frances Lane
As an apartment dweller in New York City (read: minimal square footage), I’m always thinking about new, creative ways to organize unsightly “things” in the prettiest way possible. My current favorite catch-all storage solution? Baskets! They’re a practicality made pretty, that can’t be beat in my book for organizing anything and everything!
more inspirational organization ideas to try:
This modern, neutral space is a total dream. And that dream works for baby boys AND baby girls and is anything but boring. Designed by Megan Opel Interiors for her sweet little guy, Oliver, it’s stuffed to the gills with animals, great reading material and layers of cozy textures. Find even more captured by Danielle Moss right here.
I had so much fun decorating my son Oliver’s nursery. The rest of my home is full of bright colors and vintage pieces, but deep down I wanted to do something totally different in the nursery because it an enclosed space off the rest of the house. So I chose to go with a clean, modern scheme with lots of grey, taupe, black, and white and touches of natural wood, faux fur, stars, and stripes, which will be appropriate for both boys and girls in years to come. And let’s be honest – this is totally my “mom cave” so the calming palette was 100% intended for me! However, I do love how the book covers in the bookcase add a nice splash of color. I adore zoo animals in baby’s rooms so I threw in some elephant, giraffe, zebra, and lion accents, plus a few deer heads in there for good measure because who doesn’t love a good deer head?
The nursery is a mix of pieces I already owned, gifts from family and friends, DIY projects, secondhand Craigslist items, IKEA and Target bargains, and a few name-brand items. I tried not to buy anything at full retail price because that’s just against my religion but I also wanted to stay focused on my scheme. So I woke up every morning and scoured Chicago-area Craigslist, shopped sales and used coupons, rewards certificates, and credit card points whenever I could. I also have to credit my amazing husband for installing everything!
Photography: Danielle Moss | Design: Megan Opel Interiors | "Oh My Deer Print By Stephanie Sterjovski : Lulu & Georgia | 16x20" Gallery Frames: West Elm | 3-shelf Bookrack: Pottery Barn Kids | Amerock Birch Wood Cabinet Knobs: Lowe's | Baby Giraffe Print: Sharon Montrose | Baby Zebra Print: Sharon Montrose | Ceiling Drum Pendant: West Elm | Ceramic Deer Head: Land Of Nod | Chambray One-Piece Outfit: GapKids | Changer Basket: Land Of Nod | Crib: Land Of Nod | Faux Sheepskin Pillow: Land Of Nod | Fox Print Blanket: Monica + Andy | Giraffe Toy, Lion Toy, And Puppy Toy: Jellycat | Glider: Land Of Nod | Grommet Window Panels: Target | Jaipur Rugs Pura Vida Tierra Rug: RugsUSA | Knit Bunny Doll: Blabla Kids | Lamp: Land Of Nod | Lion Pull Toy: RH Baby & Child | Llama Animal Shaker: Land Of Nod | Owl Closet Knobs: Anthropologie | Paper-mache Elephant Head: RH Baby And Child | Pouf Ottoman: Land Of Nod | Sheepskin: IKEA | Star Changing Pad Cover: Aden + Anais | Star Crib Sheet: Aden + Anais | Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White | Weegoamigo Knitted Elephant Print Blanket: Diapers.com | White Wall Knobs: Land Of Nod | Wool Deer Head: World Market | Woven Hamper: Target | Woven Storage Bins: Serena & Lily | X-base Side Table: Target | Zebra Wood Toy: Manny & Simon