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Fancified Grilled Cheese

These fancy grilled cheese recipes featured at Lauren Kelp are proof that the comfort food favorite can be dinner party-friendly. “Trust me, it’s the perfect time of year to add these to your dinner party cue. The weather is just right, and it’s such a good way to be intentional with your guests while avoiding that stuffy dinner party feeling,” says Constance of Lauren Kelp. See her 3 favorites below!

#1 –  The E.P.A.

fried egg | prosciutto | avocado | shredded white cheddar cheese

#2 –  Swiss Chard & Tomato

lightly sauteed swiss chard | heirloom tomatoes | whole grain mustard | shredded gruyere

#3 –  Apricot & Brie

apricot preserves | brie | rosemary butter

For the full post and more delicious inspiration, check out Lauren Kelp!

For more of our favorite recipes, check out:

17 Mouthwatering Grilled Cheese Recipes | Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream | 10 Perfect Party Dips

Photography: Constance Higley | Recipe: Constance Higley

8 Easy Updates That Add Polish to Your Space

Every time we flip through a home design magazine, we get serious house envy. Creating a stylish space that can handle kids, pets and everything else life throws at you (and sticking to a budget no less)—where do we even start? That’s where the design experts at MyDomaine come in with these simple ideas to add polish to your space. Check out the slideshow below for eight easy tips!

8 Easy Updates That Add Polish to Your Space
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8 Easy Updates That Add Polish to Your Space
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For more from MyDomaine… These Tiny Homes Get Small-Space Design Right | 8 Experts Share Their Best Bookshelf Styling Secrets | 10 Styling Tips for Photographing Your Home

Check out more home decorating tips below!

Neutral Decor that Sparkles | Tips for Decorating Your TV Wall  | Affordable Art to Dress Up Your Walls

Anne of Green Gables Inspired Baby Shower

Kristy Rice, the huge talent behind Momental Designs, set out to shower her childhood friend with a day crafted around their shared love of the Anne of Green Gable series. From book favors with hand-painted covers to the narrative of Anne beautifully woven into each and every detail (including a fab cake table), this is a stunning modern spin on a childhood classic all captured by Danielle Coons.

A few highlights:

  •  A modern twist on Anne of Green Gables at Terrain in Philadelphia
  • Individually hand painted stationery throughout including artfully redesigned book covers for guest gifting and custom laser cut invitation details
  • All elements of the decor tied directly to narrative from the Anne of Green Gables Book
  • Three cakes with artwork installation inspired by passages from the book

Kristy and Amy have been best friends since grade school and to this day they share a love for the Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery. When it came time to vision a baby shower for Amy, Kristy knew exactly where to turn. Every element of decor and stationery was inspired by specific scenes from the tale of Anne, a precocious red-head orphan in the 1800’s. Kristy set out to give the look a decidedly modern spin amidst the flowery language of Montgomery’s narrative.

Invitations were meant to be a gift for each guest and included a set of four art prints bundled together with the signature Momental Lacy laser cut bellyband. The invitation itself was hand brushed with blush and sage inks atop a pebble textured, blush cardstock.

Menus were mounted to mini chalkboards and if any of you know the Anne story, you’ll certainly know the significance of the chalkboard!

Guests went home with there very own copy of the book, refashioned with a watercolor floral cover hand painted with thickly applied brushstrokes in white.

The flower installation was inspired by a scene from the movie adaptation of Anne of Green Gables where two of the central characters take a buggy ride through a dogwood laden lane of shimmering white blooms. Papertini Floral suspended clouds of baby’s breath and other blooms above each guest table.

A series of three cakes each created after a humorous passage in the Anne of Green Gables book. Plum Cardamom, Raspberry Cream and a Classic Carrot were divine. Large 5 foot tall art prints hung behind each cake.

Photography: Danielle Coons | Styling: Kristy Rice | Floral Design: Papertini | Cakes: Cake Life Bakeshop | Calligraphy: Designsgirl | Venue: Terrain | DIY Flower Providor: FiftyFlowers | Invites, Book Covers, Place Cards, Menus: Momental Designs

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White Paint Go-To’s

Picking paint is so hard. I’m indecisive by nature and then you add in the multitude of choices or the fact that it never ever looks like it does on that itty bitty paint chip. Which is why I rely heavily on great recommendations. And oh have we got them. These are tried and true white paint colors that work from designers that we love and their projects that we’ve favorited time and again.

Our Go-To White Paint
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Our Go-To White Paint
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For More Paint Ideas, check out:

 Lark & Linen’s Go-To Paints | Caitlin Wilson’s Paint Picks | Tips for Painting Stripes | Our Favorite White Rooms

Entertaining 101: How to Set A Table

Learning to set a proper place setting for any occasion is the foundation of successful entertaining. If you’ve ever wondered which fork goes where, what that extra spoon is for, or where to place that additional wine glass, wonder no more! SMP’s own Abby Larson shows you how it’s done in the video below, so you’ll be a table setting expert in no time!

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Per person, in order of appearance, you will need one of each of the following:

  • Place Mat
  • Napkin
  • Dinner Plate
  • Salad Plate
  • Knife
  • Soup Spoon
  • Dinner Fork
  • Salad Fork
  • Dessert Fork
  • Dessert Spoon
  • Bread Plate
  • Bread Knife
  • Water Glass
  • Wine Glass
  • Coffee Cup + Saucer

SETTING A GORGEOUS TABLE

Setting A Gorgeous Table
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Setting A Gorgeous Table
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Film: Elysium Productions