When I designed the Wayfair dining room with a tureen and soup bowls, it gave me a hankering for fall soup. Last night I whipped up some Roasted Carrot Soup. Easy, healthy and deelish – it’s the perfect color for your Halloween-themed dinner. Here’s how I made it….
Peel and cut on diagonal 6 carrots
Peel and chop half an onion (I only had red onion so that’s what I used)
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
2 peeled garlic cloves
Toss all veggies in generous amount of olive oil, Salt & Pepper, parsley and tsp. cumin
Roast in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until veggies tender.
Place roasted veggies in saucepan, add 14 oz. can of veggie or chicken broth or stock
Heat through and, using immersion blender, puree smooth. (You can do this in a blender too if you don’t have an immersion blender)
Add a generous dollop of plain Greek yogurt, mix it all in the soup.
Tah Dah! Enjoy…..
I’m baaacccckk! I took a long break from blogging, social media and even clients’ decorating projects this month. I planned my own kitchen update (more on that later) and took a trip to Captiva – one of our favorite spots to getaway. Sometimes it’s good to pause and refresh, isn’t it?
It was fun to return to some great news – I won the Wayfair Design Services Dining Room Contest! All the designers were given the same floor plan to follow and were asked to fill the dining room with Wayfair products for a family-friendly meal for six people. Our inspiration was supposed to come from fall foliage.
Here’s a peek at the completed room but I want to tell you my thoughts when designing this room …. (I’m also giving you the links to every product in case you see something you like for your own fall decorating)
After I chose the dining room table and chairs …..
I chose the place settings – Wood Chargers under pretty Spode dinner plates and topped with yummy orange pumpkin-shaped soup bowls was a good start. Flatware that looks to be made from twigs and branches was a fun addition and what guest wouldn’t want to use these natural linen napkins with ruffles. I topped each napkin with a place setting name card – a polyester leaf on which to write each family members’ name. Everyone also got a leaf-shaped photo clip to insert photos that would make great conversation starters. The Harvest Soup Tureen and Harvest Salt & Pepper Shakers were pretty necessities …..
A sideboard was important to store that seasonal dinnerware and on which to place the fun indoor S’mores maker (dessert anyone?), along with a gorgeous mirror and teal green lamps.
Don’t you love the wallpaper? … such a soft pattern with a hint of color. With a wallpaper such as this, you don’t need a lot of artwork. It stands alone as wall decor and creates character. What originally started as just a square space cut off from the rest of the home, this dining room is transformed because the wallpaper gives the room movement and personality. In addition, since the door opening was so wide, I also gave the room a set of sliding barn doors and a pretty chandelier.
Lastly, I added some pretty accessories to pull the room together ….
I’m truly amazed how you can get almost anything and everything to completely decorate your entire home through Wayfair. Here’s the room rendering created for me by a Wayfair Design Services graphic artist – I had a lot of fun with this project. I thank Wayfair for the cash prize and the pretty rendering. Thank you, dear readers, for heading over to check in on my design. I hope you’re inspired to decorate your own dining room and host your own fall inspired dinner party!
A quick post: Here’s a peek at my latest Wayfair Design Services projects.
A large family had 2 existing sofas in the living room of their new construction home and needed furnishings and accessories to bring the room together …..
This young couple also had an existing sofa and desk in their living room, along with their “home” sign. They wanted more seating and finishing touches. They requested all neutral so I was sure to incorporate a lot of texture.
The first room is more contemporary and the second is farmhouse style. Want to see more of my Wayfair designs? Click this link
The best part about fall for me is the beginning of comfort food cooking. My favorite Sunday morning comfort foods are crepes. They are easy (once you make your first few) and delicious. If you never made homemade crepes, give it a go on a lazy Sunday morning.
Happy Friday! (excuse the awful photos, I only take photos usually for my clients’ folders to keep as reference and I don’t usually think “I’m going to use this one day”) Anyway, I’m back at Kathy’s and Dan’s townhome again this year. They’re a terribly nice couple and they’ve been some of my favorite local clients that I’ve had the privilege to work with.
One of the finishing touches we’ve been meaning to get to (after all the furniture shopping!) is decorating the window in the living room. The shoji screen window treatments that were in the home when they moved in were just not working for my clients 😉 Designing a new home from top to bottom is not like on T.V., it takes time and there is a schedule of events to bring the home’s design to completion.
The Mr. wanted a bit of privacy in the evening and the Mrs. wanted pretty … So I proposed woven wood blinds – but not all the way at the top of the windows – along with simple drape panels flanking the windows and hung on a modern gunmetal drape rod ….
The furnishings we had installed months ago dictated the style of the rod and would be the jumping off point in determining the window fabric ….
I then contacted a window drapery company in a neighboring town and the Mr. and Mrs. and I sat down together with the sales lady and chose a fabric lickety-split. Tah-dah, the windows now look finished and stylish and definitely bring an air of sophistication to the space, along with just a tad bit of privacy when needed ….
Next up I’ll be decorating a large home in Homer Glen, so stay tuned. I might just get a Lesson Notebook idea out of that project!
It’s apple pickin’ season! Over the Labor Day holiday we headed to Wisconsin to get together with Dear Husband’s family. I made homemade applesauce as a side for the party and this is how I did it ….
Clean your apples with a clean paper towel that’s been wet with regular distilled vinegar …
Gather your 8 clean apples, either “Gala” or “Golden Delicious”, I used Gala. Peel and core the apples and cut into chunks …..
Gather 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar.
Sprinkle all over the cubed apples in your saucepan and gently mix…..
Cover the saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the apples are soft enough to smoosh – either with a spoon or potato masher – I used my immersion blender.
Makes enough for 15 people to have a side. Oh Mama Llama, that’s good!
When Lynn came to me through Wayfair Design Services, she requested a total remake of her office and told me she had a new craft machine to play with (sounds like the cricket bug – wink!) ….
The room had good bones – lots of natural light and classic wainscoting trim. It just needed a little personality and function capabilities. I started with a pretty rolling desk chair and chose a paint for the top part of the walls and the wainscoting …..
The functional items had to come next but they had to be pretty too. A table instead of a traditional desk would allow Lynn to spread out with all her craft materials. Two file drawers and a bookcase will allow Lynn to organize family papers and craft materials…..
A rug is a must, along with a comfy chair for reading and a pouf to prop up feet after a long day…….
Then some more finishing touches such as an extra chair for a friend or Lynn’s husband to join in the craft fun, pretty lighting, faux flowers, and art ….
I hope that Lynn has many years of crafting fun in her office/craft room and I thank her for hiring me through Wayfair Design Services.