In small spaces, you need furniture that pulls double-duty. Enter magical and versatile ottomans, poufs and stools. Whether working as a coffee table holding all your magazines or as extra seating when friends stop by, these pieces are as stylish as they are functional. And our friend, Kat Neunaber, home editor at Waiting on Martha is here to explain why this needs to be the next item in your shopping cart. Get more home décor inspiration in THE VAULT!
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From Kat Neunaber of Waiting on Martha… Ottomans, poufs and garden stools are quite the rage among design influencers, and for good reason. It can be agreed that these small-scale decor accents effortlessly build visual interest in any room, and with obtainable price tags, they’re nestling into warm, inviting living spaces everywhere. The possibilities are truly endless in a myriad of colors, shapes, sizes and textures as they offer added surface area for styled vignettes and additional unexpected seating. But maybe the greatest part of it all? You can transition the piece to another room when you’re craving an easy refresh. And since we’re always looking for pieces that are just as stylish and they are functional, decorative ottomans, floor poufs and stools quickly earn a spot at the top of all our home decor wish lists. These small-scale design accents aren’t necessarily new to our scene. As you may remember, the two Cecil Poufs spotted in Mandy Kellogg Rye’s One Room Challenge 2015 Final Reveal really stole the show, and proved that floor poufs pack a punch that’s anything but small. Once considered mostly a bohemian decor accent, floor poufs and the like can now be found in many contemporary rooms with smart details and styles that are anything but beatnik.
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We try to keep things light and fun here at SMP, but today I want to get a little more serious and a little personal. Today, we’re thinking pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I’m encouraging you fill your online shopping carts with all these goodies—not only are they fab, but part of the proceeds will go towards breast cancer research. And, if you ask me, that’s a great excuse to do a little shopping!
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Everyone wants a little backyard getaway, am I right? And wether that hideout is used for working, cocktailing or maybe a sweet little guest retreat, a backyard cottage is where it’s at. Tour this planked, bright casita tucked into the backyard of Homepolish designer, Paige Morse, and try to tell us that hideouts are just for kids. And for even more, check out THE VAULT.
From Homepolish… Wanting a designated work space outside of her home, our Dallas designer Paige Morse turned her innovative eye outside. With her contractor’s help, two existing sheds in poor condition were stripped down to their studs, pushed together and given new life with wall planks, a vintage bath tub and some incredible styling by Paige.
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Remember when you were little and all you wanted was a mini house with mini stuff in it that was your own? The fantasy of the treehouse hideaway has continued well into our adulthoods and this “Casita” (small house in Spanish!) is really tickling our nostalgia bones.
Our designer Paige Morse has brought our lil kid fantasies to life with this fairy studio in her backyard. Complete with a sea shell chandelier, vintage tub and pearl inlay furnishings, it’s exactly where we want to hang out every day forever.
Photography: Cody Ulrich | Interior Design: Homepolish Interior Designer Paige Morse
Somehow, it’s already October. Yes, that means Halloween is just around the corner, but it also means it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And, what better way to think pink than with these heavenly strawberry buttermilk donuts with strawberry glaze? Whipped up by the lovely Jessica from A Happy Food Dance, these are the very best way to start off your day.
From Jessica of A Happy Food Dance… These donuts are super light and airy, made with buttermilk and sweetened with honey and sugar. So delicious – but my favorite part are the huge chunks of fresh strawberries. I can’t express how easy it is to make donuts. I bought a donut pan earlier this summer and have since opened up a donut shop in my kitchen – or you would’ve thought so by the mass amounts of these cakey, baked sweets I’ve been churning out. I especially love these because they were so airy, almost like eating strawberry shortcake. For breakfast!
Gabrielle HurwitzStrawberry Buttermilk Donuts with Strawberry Glaze
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups strawberries, diced and divided
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly coat a donut pan with cooking spray.
- To make the glaze, combine ½ cup diced strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir and mash with fork, letting sit at room temperature until strawberry juice is produced.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of this strawberry juice mixture to confectioners sugar and mix well. If glaze seems to runny or to thick, add more strawberry juice or confectioners sugar. Set aside.
- For the donuts, combine flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk till combined.
- In another bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter and vanilla stirring well with a whisk.
- With a rubber spatula, slowly add wet ingredients into dry ingredients stirring until mixture is just combined. Add 1 cup strawberries and slowly mix in until just combine.
- Pipe mixture into donut pan, filling ⅔ of the way full.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
- Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, and then dip in glaze and return to wire rack.
- Eat immediately!
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Photography: A Happy Food Dance | Recipe + Styling: A Happy Food Dance