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Blackberry Butter Bars

Undoubtably, one of my favorite things about summer is all the delicious berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries—yum! And when I’m not eating multiple containers full of berries (it happens on a daily basis, just ask my coworkers), my favorite way to consume them is in baked goods like these scrumptious Blackberry Butter Bars from Lark & Linen.

For the full recipe and more delicious inspiration, check out Lark & Linen

Blackberry Butter Bars
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
40 Minute/s
total time
55 Minute/s
Serves 15Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 4 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 10 oz. blackberries
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 oz. coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, creating a 1" overhang on both sides. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together cake mix, coconut, melted butter, 1 egg and lemon zest. Press mixture into the bottom of the parchment lined pan, creating an even coat. Sprinkle the blackberries on top and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend together the cream cheese, coconut milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Pour overtop blackberries and bake for 35-45 minutes. The edges should be light golden brown, and the centre should sill be a little wiggly.
  4. Cool completely, remove from pan and cut into small squares. Enjoy!

Photography, Recipe And Styling: Lark & Linen

DIY Painted “Forver” Lucite Cake Topper

There’s no doubt that a homemade cake makes any occasion that much more festive, but this darling DIY topper takes the cake when it comes to celebrating in style. Try out our step-by-step instructions below, but first, make sure to take a peek at the quick video, to see how easy it really is to make “forever” yours.

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Materials

  • Acetate Sheet
  • Exacto Knife
  • Sharpie
  • Foam Brush
  • Transparent Glass Paint
  • Scissors
  • “Forever” Template (found here!)

instructions

step-1

Place the acetate sheet over the template, then trace the template with the Sharpie.

step-2

Cut out the word shape with scissors.

step-3

Use an Exacto knife to cut out any small areas.

step-4

Once fully cut, peel the liner off.

step-5

Place the word face down on a flat surface and cover the back of the word in a thick coat of glass paint.

step-1

Let the paint dry for 1 hour.

step-1

Gently press the topper into your cake, et voila!

Film: Elysium Productions

A Chicago Pied-a-terre Home Tour

This home is what pied-a-terre dreams are made of. Tucked inside is a subtle, elegant color palette reminiscent of the Chicago skyline, striking art, and a master bathroom that we could honestly live the rest of our days in. Designed by The Chad James Group with photography by Alyssa Rosenheck, have a look here for even more from this gorgeous space right here.

This home is in a prime location off of Michigan Avenue. In this project, Chad’s inspiration for the palette was taken from the colors of the Chicago skyline at the “golden hour”, as the sun sets and illuminates the architecture of the city and Lake Michigan.

This home is the perfect balance of sophistication combining both masculine and feminine influences throughout. The combined formal living and dining area incorporates subtle tones reflection the hues at sunrise and sunset. The kitchen employs bold lines and strong steal details reminiscent of Chicago’s strong foundation in architecture and cityscapes.
And the relaxed tv room is the room closest to the lake and incorporates grays and blue hues magnifying the views of the water adorned with vintage blue prints from midway airport.

Chad James is known for implementing a harmonious blend of masculine and feminine influences with his interiors. The Chad James Group has a distinguished architectural and interior brand based in Nashville Tn. His designs incorporate accents from the local environment, so as to “bring the outdoors in” is a theme you will find with his interiors from coast to coast. You will often find thought provoking uses of texture and fabric amongst clean lines. Chad and his talented team implement intention in every detail and meaning behind every layer when designing for his national and international clientele.

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography | Interior Design: The Chad James Group

17 Reasons to Say YES! to Pattern

The easiest way to infuse your space with personality? Pattern! Whether you play with scale, color or design, you can mix and match patterns to create a style that’s 100 percent you. So, swap out your matchy-matchy décor, and mix it up with patterns that invigorate your home with some fun and whimsy — all the inspiration you need is below.

Decorating with Pattern
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Decorating with Pattern
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More Design Inspiration

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The Perfect Summer Salad

We still have a month of summertime goodness and this salad from Lauren Kelp is the perfect accompaniment to all those alfresco dinners you’ll be squeezing in. It combines strawberries, watermelon and basil which is a totally mind-blowing combo and it’s easy. Like crazy easy. Thus making it a go-to for casual get-togethers or end of summer beach time.

If you are like us and constantly wanting to be outside in the summer, it helps to have a few recipes in your back pocket for quick beach snacks, summer potlucks, or outdoor dinner parties. No one wants to spend time in the kitchen, especially in the summer, so we’ve whipped up this easy, breezy summer salad & it will make your heart sing it’s so good!

It’s the perfect summer strawberry salad as it’s main ingredients are your favorite summer fruits! Add a bit of mint, a hint of this, and a dash of that & voila! You look like a total health nut and a pro because it only took you 15 minutes to whip up this delicious dish. Enjoy & tag us if you try it!

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

Summer Strawberry Salad
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
total time
15 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • Juice from 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 large handful (~15-20 leaves) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 medium sized watermelon
  • 2 lbs strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix lemon juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add basil and muddle.
  3. Cut watermelon into small cubes and halve strawberries
  4. Add watermelon and strawberries to mixing bowl and gently stir fruit until evenly covered with lemon basil mixture
  5. Serve and enjoy

Photography: Constance Higley For Lauren Kelp | Recipe And Styling: Constance Higley For Lauren Kelp

Bridal Shower Picnic with Lots of Bubbly

This shower is going alfresco for a bridal picnic infused with friends, sweet pastel details and champagne + popsicles. Bubbly and frozen treats are such a winning combo. So to, are friends and outdoor partayin. Have a look at how Erin of Sparkle Media + Flower Factory and Ainsley Rose took a blanket, some delicious finger foods and champs and turned it into a celebration out in the open air.

From Erin Sousa of Sparkle Media… Getting married is such an exciting time and I wanted to throw Alicia a special little intimate picnic where she could just relax, and enjoy some time with the girls before the prep kicked into high gear! The day was perfect for an al fresco lunch, and I mixed classic picnic with soft and pretty shades of ivory, blush and white.

I wanted to create a dreamy bridal picnic that had all the traditional hallmarks of an outdoor meal, like a picnic basket, blanket, sandwiches and finger food, along with special elements to elevate it. The floral crown, big whimsical balloon, and sliver platters added that elevated appeal. We sipped on popsicle champagne, noshed on cake, and all enjoyed our gorgeous garden setting. It was the perfect way to send Alicia off into her wedded bliss!

Photography: Ainsley Rose | Flowers: Flower Factory | Cake: Sweet Bake Shop | Food: Dirty Apron | Decor: Whiskey and Cake Home | Friends: Jen Tam | Friends: Alex Grant | Friends: Jen Pistor | Friends: Alicia Quan (bride) | Planning/Styling: Sparkle Media

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