Monday, December 10, 2012

COLOR ME EMERALD

Hello Readers!

This post is brought to you by the color emerald green, Pantone 17-5641 to be exact. Emerald is 2013 Color of the Year!  Hope you like it because you're about to see a lot of it. I dig it, but will definitely miss Tangerine Tango from 2012... still a few weeks left!


Also want to let you know that we're taking a little holiday hiatus from 75th+Sedgwick. We'll be back in January to discuss more emeraldness, stay tuned!

xo

Friday, December 7, 2012

COZY FACTOR

Happy Friday, Deweese,

Sounds delish! I want to make more soups and/or things in the crockpot this year. Pinterest recipes overwhelm me, so this is great!

We had none other than Lil' Miss staying with us this past weekend. Before I continue can I just share how adorable she is and how big she is?!




I mean, really. That hat.

Whenever we have little ones in our apt I realize how NOT baby proof our living room is. This is perfectly ok and there is absolutely no reason to baby proof it (I promise, Mom), but it still gets me thinking that instead of just the calming colors, it might be time to refocus the living room for a little more comfort, too.  Our overall goal was and still is to create a retreat from the craziness outside of our apartment. The calm colors have done that but I'm starting think that needs to be equally matched by comfort to really achieve this retreat. Ok, so refresher, here's where we are right now:



I mean, you might want to nap there. But there's also a ton of hard edges. So, now take a look at this. So stylish AND soft/cozy!

Image via Emily Henderson, Photographer: Bonnie Tsang

That's a custom slipcover for the bottom of the couch. I love it. Makes the couch one-of-a-kind and creates an interesting tension between the modern lines of the couch and bohemian print. I'm a fan.

I'm really inspired by that room and ever since I saw it I've been thinking about accessories that might up the cozy factor. Here's what I've really liked so far:

No-so cliche leather pouf from Rugs USA

Throw with HUGE pom poms from Anthro. My boss bought this and I fell in love with it. You gotta see it in person.

Round basket to counteract all those straight lines.
That's it! Have a great weekend -- you should curl up under a blanket with some tea. Oh and for some more coziness, I always head to Honey and Jam.


Love,
Blythe

Monday, December 3, 2012

BOOK CLUB MENU PLANNING

Blythe,

I'm IMPRESSED! Bravo for getting all your shopping done AND signing up for Mint. Hooray! I'm so glad you like it. I love it SO much, and it really helps us live within our means, though December is always a wash!

Pretty funny you wrote about getting ahead of the game on holiday shopping, and I kept delaying writing this post to you! I had the best intentions, truly!

Also funny is that I wanted to write to you about how I too prepared ahead of time for something and it really paid off... but apparently I'm back to my natural state of procrastinating.

This past Friday Jeff and I hosted book club and since we both get off work around 6pm, I knew we wouldn't have time to come home and prepare food before everyone started arriving at 7pm. So in an uncommon wave of advance planning, I decided to make my favorite winter soup the night before. Because Jeff doesn't believe you can just serve people soup for dinner (grown men at least), we also served grilled cheese sandwiches with ham (made on Friday). I can't lie, it was delish and SO easy to prepare ahead of time, I even had time to take a shower before our guests arrived!

More stew than soup, it's uber flavorful and good for ya! Some tips... this recipe (below) makes way more than 4 servings. We served 8 people and still had leftovers for lunch on Saturday. I've also learned to substitute sweet potato for butternut squash because it takes too damn long to peel butternut squash, those ridges! While worth it, I find this recipe to be heavy on prep/chopping, so anything I can do to save some time (I'm not known for my knife skills), I'll do.



Jeff makes the grilled cheese in our house, it's a knack and one I haven't mastered. I asked the baker at our grocery store for a bread recommendation for grilled cheese and she pointed me to a lovely loaf of Pain au Levain. I don't know jack about bread except that I love it, and this definitely fit the bill. We added cheddar, swiss and some black forest ham... done and done!

Tastespotting

It was a hit... or everyone was lying. But I liked it and whole heartedly recommend. Our guests brought some amazing apps and treats, too. I'll have to get those recipes to share as well. Jeff and I are still enjoying some spicy peanut brittle!

You'll also appreciate that as I was ironing napkins on Thursday night, Jeff said "Let's just use paper napkins, you don't have to iron all those". My response: "Jeff, I blogged about it, our readers are expecting cloth napkins, we can't go back now!"

xoxo,




PS... GO CARDS!

PPS... We read The Devil in the White City for book club. We all agreed it was an interesting story, mixed reviews on style. I thought it was fascinating and also loved Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts.

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