so I’m going to join the masses and try out this whole gift guide thing. i’m so unique! but hey, my stepdad (hi swan!), told me that he just bought a christmas present for me, based on my blog. so, i mean, if that’s all the good that comes out of these types of posts, that just kinda means i get to not-so secretly tell everyone what to get me 😉
some of my favorite shops just happen to be located in charleston- thank god they have the option of online shopping although i sure do miss popping in! also, i tried to round up some stores in charlottesville but as i haven’t lived there in over ten years, i’m a little out of the loop- would love recommendations!
its been rainy here this week but those leaf colors kiiiinda make up for it. we’re sticking around here this weekend (finally!). my sister is coming for a visit so i’m sure we’ll be eating a lot of candy, watching netflix and laughing way too much be enjoying the weather and halloweening.
»we are toying with the idea of hosting thanksgiving here and if we do, i think i need to finally bite the bullet.
»starting to form thoughts (perhaps even darker grout?) on a phase 1 bathroom reno. (sidenote- our house is c 1926 but has a small addition with a full, yet tiny, bathroom. it has been updated .1% aka they painted the wall/ shower tile, which isn’t horrible but pretty bad. but the kicker is the 1968 floor tile. its that shades of yellow/ beige and different size square look. super chic. 😐 sooo to make the bathroom a little more bearable until we can really make it pretty, i’d like to put new floor tile in, paint the vanity (which is currently some sort of light wood) and paint the walls. or maybe if i’m feeling sassy maybe some dramatic wallpaper (here, here, here) ?
the new bohemians: cool and collected homes- justina blakeney
while this isn’t a design book i’d normally pick up, i’m always open to getting out of my comfort zone. and i’m glad i did- i really enjoyed this book.
justina blakeney did such a beautiful job putting this book together- the pictures are gorgeous and the spaces are so cool. i love the color, the collected aspect, textile mixing and the organic touches.
i feel that sometimes these sort of books can be a little word heavy (let’s be real- pictures > words, in this case) but she includes short and sweet little blurbs about each space. sprinkled throughout are a series of “adopt an idea”s- which helps translate each style into your own home- and “diy”s that are totally doable and inexpensive.
do y’all ever feel overwhelmed with how much goodness and inspiration there is on the internet? i definitely do. i use bloglovin, pinterest and tons of lists to remind myself of articles to read, places to go, things to do, diys, inspiration, etc. here are a few older links i just discovered on my bloglovin.
happy friday! it’s supposed to be below freezing here this weekend. not really sure i’m ready for that. especially since we haven’t gotten our fireplace in complete working order. i’m supposed to be going to high point market this weekend but not sure how to make it work since we’re headed to charleston on monday (!!!) hope everyone has a great weekend!
two elements that inspire me to cook/ bake are easy access and being pretty. when we moved into this house, we had to get creative due to lack of a pantry so we decided to use this cool 1850’s heart pine cabinet that we used to use as book storage in our old house. it now houses baby stuff, cookbooks, pantry items and baking supplies. but with all of the different flours, sugars and other baking ingredients, they were looking super cluttered = no cooking/baking for me. i found a bunch of glass canisters on amazon, some labels (similar here. these are cute- so are these!) and got organizing. this simple fix has made such a huge difference.
while i was on my organizing/ prettifying the pantry spree, i decided to take it a step further and made my own pancake mix to put in a leftover canister. i don’t know about y’all but it seems so much better (and cheaper!) than buying a box of mix.
weekend pancakes recipe:
6 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon of salt
-keep mix in a sealed container. this recipe will make three batches of 18-4 inch pancakes (pheww that was a mouthful!)
-when ready to use:
pour 2 1/4 cup of mix into large mixing bowl. make a well in the dry ingredients and add 2 beaten eggs, 2 cups milk and 1/4 cup canola oil and mix. (there will be a few lumps in the batter.) lightly oil griddle and heat over medium heat. pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. cook until bubbles form on surface, about three minutes. flip and cook an additional one- two minutes.
how great would this be for a housewarming, hostess gift or included in an engagement gift basket?