Today is a day filled with chores, running around and more chores. Here are a few pieces inspirations to pick me up and get me moving! At least tonight I get to relax and unwind tonight at Scarlett with my bf! :)
Kimberly* Images: National Geographic, Pinterest, The Bottom of the Ironing Basket, Everything Fabulous, Vogue
Yesterday I spent the day down Cattlewash and it got me thinking...whoever does not dream of one day owning the perfect beach house. Whether it be along (the same) Cattlewash, Crane Beach, the Amalfi Coast or in East Hampton, you always want a house that is spacious, homey and above all comfortable. You want to be able to relax and enjoy the coast and all that comes along with it. I think the beach house in "Something's gotta give" is incredibly idyllic. I know it is a tad bit on the plus size but I am even thinking all you need is the ground floor.. right?
This Beach house is the definition of comfort and relaxation. It is the perfect compliment to the amazing beach it can be possibly perched alongside.
As you can probably tell, I am pretty much obsessed with kitchens. I cannot wait until construction starts on the highgate house so I can actually help with its design. The space we get to work with is huge but not very bright. I am thinking it is best to go with an (almost) all white kitchen to lighten the room up. I would like to situate a massive island in the middle with a breakfast bar on one end and three light fixtures above (hanging of course). I want glass cabinets on the top level but solid on the bottom. The only issue I am having is deciding whether to put dark or light granite tops..
I am sitting here sipping on a cup of lemon & honey tea and thinking where did this tradition of drinking of tea in the afternoon come from? Well my research tells me that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is often held responsible for introducing the oh so popular tea drinking tradition. You see, the duchess was tired of having a 'sick feeling' in the afternoon (about 4 o'clock to be exact) between lunch and dinner. As a result, she got her servant to bring to her room a tray of tea, buttered bread, and cakes. Anna began inviting her friends to join her and before long the tradition of afternoon tea became a highly fashionable social event among the elite and society women.
Today's tea drinkers are composed of not only of the elite but of every type and personality out there -from those who simply lusts its taste, to those who want that cozy sensation, to those who want to have their girlfriends around for an afternoon chat, to those who, like Anna, need to satisfy that hungary feeling afternoon.
There are few things more french than a baguette. The sight of people walking briskly home before breakfast or dinner with a couple baguettes tucked neatly by their side is quite a common one in the french culture. Is any french meal truly complete with out bread on the table - I think not. So because all of us need a little french in our lives every now and again I decided to take up the challenge of making french baguettes..from scratch I may add.
The recipe I used was pretty straight forward and came out superbly considering it was my first time making bread (not including pizza dough which is less technical). But as usual, YouTube did its wonders and was a huge help when it came to shaping the baguettes themselves. Also, as I do with pizza, I decided to use the kitchen aid to knead the final dough and then the last few minutes I did it by hand.
I absolutely love the idea of farm to table entertaining. Currently it is a massive food trend and what could be better with regards to sustainability and fun. The farm to table concept not only allows you to eat food which is super fresh (literally picked, prepared and served) but also, it reduces the distance which has to be travelled to deliver ingredients and food (minimized carbon foot print) + directly supports local communities (reduced economic leakage).
The above images are from Margaret and Joy and they tell a story of a farm to table establishment in Sweden. I hope soon Barbados can create such a concept, I mean we do have the land, the year round weather, and the fabulous people.