About a year ago, I got a bit of top secret information. We’re talking life changing information people. Domino Magazine was coming back to life. I know. I know! Oh and it gets better. Michelle Adams and Robert Leleux - the innovators heading the Domino Resurrection – wanted MY home to be a part of their second issue. Imagine me falling off the sofa, coffee coming out of my nose. Fast forward a few months and voila, our At Home with Color feature is both in print and in lights on Domino.com!
You see we had recently completed a much needed redesign on our sea of beige home with the lovely and oh so talented designers + bloggers – Lauren and Suzanne McGrath of Good Bones, Great Pieces – and when the girls let Robert & Michelle know, well, the revered magazine gurus knew the mother daughter design pair so well that they said yes to our home on the spot.
Before we get to the complete home tour (coming up next) I though we’d share a little bit of the “before.” Which isn’t so much a before as it is a never really been done. When we moved into our home three years ago, it was like this amazing, soon to be masterpiece. Where every wall screamed for something special and I would finally get to transition out of our hand-me-downs and into our forever pieces. Little did I know, as quickly as I can make decisions with other people’s design woe’s, I was at a stalemate with my own home. And I was very, very opposed to anything with color.
Enter Lauren & Suzanne. The mother daughter duo behind Good Bones, Great Pieces, who know a thing or two about color and who base their entire perspective on timeless pieces that you can carry from home to home. Which is exactly what I needed. Because if I was going to be ditching the furniture that I had carried with me since my early 20′s, you better believe that it was going to be money well spent. On pieces that I could love and use and repurpose forever and ever. That I could layer with color and truly, truly love.
Coming up next, our complete home tour as seen in Domino!!
We’ve talked a lot of flower shop on SMP. Because we think flowers have the ability to totally transform not only your space – but your soul. And amidst tips on arranging flowers to those on making grocery store stock feel special, it’s time now to hear from Holly & Mandy‘s on what to look for when buying flowers. So that all of our fresh flowers look gorg and make everyone around them smile.
THE PALETTE: I like to pick out my favorite flower first and then use that as my palette inspiration. From there I choose others that are in a similar color family and compliment well. Contrasting colors can be nice, but I think it’s simplest to begin by working tone on tone.
FRESHNESS: This is so key in making your flowers last longer. Always try to choose the freshest looking flowers at the market. Stay away from any browning, wilting petals or anything that just looks a little tired. When you get home immediately clip 1-2 inches off of the stems at an angle and place your flowers in clean containers full of fresh water. If possible let them drink for at least an hour before arranging them.
TEXTURE: I think it is ideal to have some nice textural variation in your arrangement or bouquet. I love ruffley flowers like the ranunculus and peonies in the photos. That said, I think ruffles stand out even more when accented by a contrasting texture – for example I wired a little pine cone into this bouquet to mix things up a bit. Using mixed greenery is another way to layer in various textures.
FORAGE: Remember that every ingredient in your arrangement does not have to be bought at a flower shop. Clipping greenery from around your neighborhood is a great way to have your finished piece reflect your natural environment. It brings the outside it. I always incorporate some greenery, vines or branches from my yard.
LOOSEN UP: I feel like this is as important for us as it is for the flowers. Just remember to relax and leave the perfectionism at the door when you start playing with your flowers. There is no perfect technique so let the beauty of the flowers speak for themselves. When you arrange, keep it loose and flowing – it’s more fun for you and each flower will stand out more that way!
Photography: Mandy Busby | Floral Design: Holly Carlisle
Whether you’re enjoying Sunday brunch, tailgating with friends, or a happy hour libation, there’s never a bad time for a Bloody Mary. Truth be told, I consider myself somewhat of an aficionado. In fact, I’ve been perfecting my recipe for years! Borrowing a little inspiration from the River Run Lodge in Idaho, to The Lantern in Illinois. And after all this time, I finally feel like I’ve perfected it. Enjoy! Truly, MKR
Mandy Kellogg RyeBest Ever Bloody MaryThe most delicious Bloody Mary you'll ever try.
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- 4 oz. tomato juice or if you much use a mix use a good quality mix.
- 2 oz. Titos Vodka
- 1 tsp. horseradish
- 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 tsp. celery salt
- Pinch of paprika
- 2+ dashes of Tabasco Sauce dependent on how spicy you like it
- dash of salt
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 oz. Guinness
- Garnishes of your choice
- Any light beer for your side car (every good Bloody Mary has a side car!)
- Suggested Bloody Mary garnishes: bacon, asparagus, pickles, salami, pepperoni, olives, peppers, mozzarella, pickled okra, pearl onions, lemons, limes, artichoke hearts, celery
- Combine everything except the Guinness and garnishes in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, shake, shake.
- Garnish with your preferred then pour Guinness on top, and enjoy.
Photography: Rustic White | Concept & Styling: Waiting On Martha
Mandy Kellogg Rye
Contributing Editor: Fashion, Food, + Lifestyle