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Signature Cocktail: Blackberry & Lemon Gin & Tonics

We are always looking for ways to up the ante on the cocktails we know and love, and thanks to Engaged & Inspired and Michele Beckwith Photography we now know how to put a fun little twist on the classic gin & tonic. Infused with a little blackberry and lemon, I can’t even wait to put this recipe to use. See their Moscow mule recipe here.

Blackberry & Lemon Gin and Tonics
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  • 12 blackberries
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Meyer lemons (can sub. regular lemons) 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • 12 ounces good quality gin
  • Tonic water
  • Ice
  1. Fill cup with ice.
  2. Pour in gin
  3. Add a splash of tonic water
  4. Add 1/4 cup of simple syrup
  5. Add lemons and blackberries
  6. Garnish with mint leaves
  7. Stir

Photography: Michele Beckwith Photography | Concept & Design: Engaged & Inspired

Home 101 Everyone Should Know

If you have a cozy abode that you cook, sleep and occasionally entertain in then you’ll want to bookmark this post. Because inside, you’ll find a world of info for everything from how to make the perfect bed to organizing your pantry like a seasoned pro. Want to know how to frost a gorgeous cake or craft a cheeseboard worthy of a million instagram likes? Perfect because you’ll find those too. These are SMP’s top how-tos that EVERY SMP gal or guy should know!

Home 101 Everyone Should Know
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The College Prepster Home Tour

First we talked shop with Carly of The College Prepster and now we’re nosing around her beyond cute apartment. It’s filled with girly tid bits, well manicured bookshelves and really good wallpaper too. That’s her home sweet home in a nutshell. The longer version involves a tale of a girl with mad style and her sweet, sweet pup as seen through the lens of Cynthia Chung. See even more right here.

LIVING ROOM | Couch: Gilt | Coffee table: Ikea | Rug: Safavieh | Framed prints: Rue La La, a few I painted, Vogue prints cut from a book | Dalmatian spots pillows: Furbish Studios | Geometric stripes: Gilt | Key hole pillows: Target | Pillow: Target | Tray: Kate Spade | Marble side table: Safavieh | Bookcase: Target | Bar cart: Society Social


SMP: What design trend do you think will stand the test of time?
CH: I hope personalized gallery walls are always in.

SMP: Three things every home should have?
CH: A comfortable sofa, an inspiring desk to work at and a great coffee maker

SMP: What color do you think will stand the test of trend time?
CH: Black is always the new black.

SMP: Your top 5 design tips?
CH: 1) Find inspiration online, but don’t be afraid to do your own thing
2) Don’t try to collect everything at once, buy the pieces for your space slowly and intentionally
3) Move things around if they don’t feel right (I moved my bed once and I swear I never slept better)
4) Mix high and low, you don’t have to spend a fortune for a comfortable, great space
5) Ask for help if you need it

SMP: One thing every style savvy homeowner should have? 
CH: A great bookshelf that’s functional and styled to perfection.

BATHROOM | Shower curtain: Target | Bins: Target | Nail polish storage: Container Store | Watercolor girl: Marnani Design | Framed print: Evelyn Henson

DESK AREA | Desk: West Elm | Chair: Ikea | Monogrammed pencil cup: Design Darling | Mouse pad: Tory Burch | Framed Vogue print: Rue La La

BEDROOM | Wallpaper: Anthropologie | Bed: Ikea | Bedside table: Target | Leaning bookshelf: Container Store | Bedding: Crane and Canopy | Coral pillow: Caitlin Wilson | Bow pillow: Caitlin Wilson | Live Colorfully pillow: Kate Spade | Circle texture pillow: Rue La La | Lamps: Safavieh


SMP: What is your favorite item in your home?
CH: I love my tiny desk. It’s not my dream desk as I don’t have the kind of space for the desk I actually want, but it fits so perfectly in my little office nook! I spent a lot of time measuring that space and comparing it to desk measurements online. It was the ONLY desk I could find that would fit in the nook and not interfere with the heater under the window.

SMP: One small design change that can make a big impact?
CH: Finding a way to create more light makes a huge difference.

SMP: Number one interior design tip?
CH: Don’t be afraid to try something. I had been collecting framed pieces for two years, but they were just lined up on my floor because I was so afraid to do a bad gallery wall. My boyfriend finally got fed up with seeing the frames on the ground so he went to town hanging everything! I couldn’t believe I waited two years to get everything up, I loved it so much and my apartment felt more polished.

Photography: Cynthia Chung | Home of The College Prepster | Living Room Design: Havenly

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