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Olive Oil Cake with Creme Fraiche & Berries

Even if you’re not much of a sweet tooth, you just might be swayed by this tantalizing olive oil cake featured at Lauren Kelp. With its light and airy texture and bright flavor with a touch of sweetness, it’s the perfect way to cap off a summer dinner party! Take a look at all those luscious summer berries on top of that almond-kissed crème fraîche—is your mouth watering yet?

“This olive oil cake is so light and fresh and only slightly sweet–thus its appeal! So for you fellow readers who lean more towards the savory side, this cake is for you. It pairs perfectly with a dry white wine or a fabulous rose, and it truly is a crowd pleaser!” says Constance of Lauren Kelp.

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

Olive Oil Cake with Creme Fraiche & Berries
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
35 Minute/s
total time
50 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons almond extract
  • 4 oz. crème fraîche
  • 1 peach (sliced into thin wedges)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Lightly coat one 8-inch cake pan with coconut oil cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the milk, and then gradually add the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of almond extract.
  6. Add the flour mixture, and stir until blended.
  7. Transfer the batter to the cake pan.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
  9. In a small bowl, mix the crème fraîche and remaining almond extract until combined.
  10. After the cake has cooled, top with crème fraîche mixture and fruit.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

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Photography: Constance Higley | Recipe: Constance Higley

Neutral Decor That Sparkles

Light, lovely, and filled with organic elements, neutral-hued interior decor is chic, soothing, and — in my opinion — always inspiring. If you’re looking to lighten the load and create a relaxing space filled with all-natural inspiration, then look no further! Take a peek below at these lovely, light-filled interiors, and you may be tempted to banish brights from your sight forever.

Neutral Decor That Sparkles
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Neutral Decor That Sparkles
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more interior decor inspiration:

Eclectic Home Tour | Amber Interiors Home Tour | Rustic Elegant Home Tour

Top 7 Nightstand Essentials

Don’t let your nightstand become the drop zone for odds and ends at the day’s end! For a stylish and clutter-free space, we’re turning to Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha for her seven essentials for a bedside table. You’ll be snoozing in style with her chic finds below!

My Top 7 Nightstand Essentials

More often than not, I find myself working in bed into all hours of the night. And as you know, I take the definition of “my space” very seriously, so having a proper nightstand for those #GSD, late-night hours is no exception. Combining form and function, my nightstand houses all of my must-haves within arm’s reach, while still holding to the rest of the bedroom’s design. So whether you’re burning the midnight oil or starting your week off on a fresh start, enjoy your space with these seven nightstand essentials. Truly, MKR

1. A great lamp

This one from Times Two Design is a great example of a lamp that ties the room together, while offering the most perfect subtle pop of gold.  Not to mention, the jagged quartz is just glam enough to balance out the rustic feel of the wood nightstand.

2. A carafe for water

Using a carafe eliminates any unsightly plastic bottles, while allowing me to have plenty of water close by without running up and downstairs to the kitchen.

3. Fresh flowers

While I know fresh flowers can be a splurge, they are worth every penny because of the pure joy they bring me.  This extra touch can easily boost your mood and bring a little more pretty to the start (and end) of your day.  To save money choose flowers that will naturally last longer like hydrangeas, tulips, and wild flowers.  Make sure to clip the bottoms and change the water daily to lengthen their life.

4. A candle

And this candle not only smells heavenly, it can be enjoyed long after its burning days are done holding makeup brushes on a vanity, pens and pencils on a desk, etc.

5. Notebooks

You never know when inspiration will strike, and since I’m always working in bed, that happens a lot bedside.  These notebooks from Minnie & Emma are the perfect size, and I keep my drawer stocked and ready to go.

6. A bowl full of necessities

At any given time, I’ll reach for one of the following: chapstick, hand cream, Advil or essential oils.  My favorite bowl serves as a pretty place to store it all.

7. Trinket tray

I hate sleeping in any jewelry, so I need a place to corral it all and keep it safe.  These bestselling trays are the perfect size to do just that.

For the full post and more beautiful lifestyle inspiration, check out Waiting on Martha!

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Photography: Rustic White

Lo Bosworth’s Downtown Dream Home

In search of design inspiration? With Homepolish Interior Designer Justin DiPiero, Lo Bosworth’s new downtown apartment got a sophisticated redesign that scores major style points for details like a covet-worthy purple sofa and furry stools! It’s a versatile space that’s perfect for entertaining friends as well as working at home on her lifestyle site The Lo Down, and you can take a tour in the slideshow below!

Take a peek at all of Lo and Justin’s design details in the slideshow below and for the full post and more design inspiration, check out Homepolish!

Lo Bosworth's Downtown Dream Home
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Lo Bosworth's Downtown Dream Home
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Photography: Claire Esparros | Design: Homepolish Interior Designer Justin DiPiero | Film: Refinery 29

DIY No-Sew Throw Blankets

While Summer afternoons can be hot and sticky, evenings often have a bit of a chill. With these lightweight summer throws, you can cuddle up with the ones you love and enjoy the night. To make them, just grab a set of sheets, a pair of scissors and your littlest helpers and you’ll have yourself a pretty blanket in no time flat! Check out the rest of our Today Show Crafting: Glitter CandlesRope OttomansPlacecard TinsHula Hoop HideoutsBistro Lights and Citronella Candles.

MaterialsJersey fabric or sheets in 2 colors or prints
Scissors
Iron
Pins (optional)
Measuring tape and pen (optional)

directions
step-1Iron your sheets or fabric, then stack the two colors together with the printed sides facing out.

step-2Cut out a large rectangle from both layers- we made our large ones about 60″ x 90″. If you don’t feel like measuring, just trim the hem on all sides to make your rectangle.

step-3You might want to pin a few pins along each side to keep the fabric layers together. Cut the edges of all sides with 3″ long slits, every 1″ or so. You can cut both layers of fabric together.

step-4Tie the fabric at each slit together like you would knot a balloon to make the knotted fringe. If you used pins, remove them. Voila!

Photography & Design: SMP Living

How to Create An Amazing Floral Centerpiece

With all the summertime entertaining and on-the-fly al fresco dining you’ll surely be hosting this summer, it’s always a good idea to be prepared, and that means making sure your dining table is ready for anything, 24/7. Take matters into your own hands with help from Abby and Becca Olcott of Petal Floral Design and easily create a stunning DIY floral centerpiece that will leave a lasting impression.

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Materials

  • 2-3 Varieties of Greenery
  • 15-20 Stems of Filler Flowers
  • 1 Stem of a Dramatic Focal Flower
  • 5-7 Stems of Accessory Flowers for That Extra Pop!
  • Vase
  • Scissors
  • Garden Clippers
  • Floral Tape

instructionsstep-1Cut tape to made a grid along the opening of your vase, using approx. 3-4 strips of floral tape in each direction. Tip: don’t worry about your tape going over the sides of your vase — it will be covered with greenery in the next step!step-1Begin building your arrangement by starting with greenery first. Make sure both sides of the arrangement are balanced.step-1When adding flowers, start with your dramatic focal flower first. If applicable, let your focal flower rest naturally at an angle — it will frame your greenery nicely.step-1Fill in the rest of the arrangement with beautiful filler flowers.step-1Finish the arrangement by adding dramatic statement flowers that add height and dimension.

Film: Elysium Productions | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design

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