Summer is upon us and it has me thinking about vacation time and where I would like to spend it. I definitely want to be close to the ocean. And I would like to go somewhere a little cooler, temperature wise, than Texas. So, I started a little virtual vacation for inspiration. First stop: California! I was awestruck when I saw this house. The windows, the ocean, the architecture, the gardens, the tile work; I could go on and on. Enjoy a little virtual vacation with me on this lovely Monday . . .
images Via C Magazine
Enjoy more of the home in the gallery below.
In the Creative Department at Wisteria, we love potlucks. It is a great time to make and try new things. For a recent potluck, I experimented with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich and I have to say it was pretty darn good! I am introducing it here in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month.
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich
12 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese
5-6 oz. roasted red bell or piquillo peppers
4 cloves garlic
1/2 c. Best Foods mayonnaise
Break the cheese into large chunks and place in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until the cheese resembles gravel. Add peppers and garlic, process until mixture is finely chopped. Add mayonnaise and process until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Image and recipe via Savour-Fare
Additional Notes from Paige: I added green chilies to the mix for a little heat. Chopped fresh jalapenos would be a great addition as well. I used a George Foreman grill to make panini style sandwiches, but a regular skillet would work just fine as well. Just don’t forget to coat the bread with lots of butter! Yum!
Today’s inspiring home comes all the way from Marrakesh. It is the home and guesthouse of designer, author, and blogger Maryam Montague and her husband architect Chris Redecke. He designed their home from the ground up, and she decorated it with finds from the local souk and her travels around the world. The home has such a great contrast between the grand architecture and the cozy feeling of the living spaces and also between the stark white interior walls and the colorful and vibrant decor. This home inspired me when I was designing my own home. I love the global influences and accessible design.
all images via Peacock Pavilions
image via Floret Flowers
Today is Floral Design Day, a day to appreciate floral arranging and designs. I thought nothing better expresses my love for flowers like this quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day–like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”
I hope you find yourself surrounded by flowers today!
Hello! Today I want to talk about design rules and why it’s okay to break them sometimes. There is a preconceived notion that dining chairs must be bought in sets and be matchy-matchy. Well, I am here to tell you it is totally okay to mix things up! It’s a great way to mix antiques with more modern pieces, and add interest and charm to your dining room. Below are some of my favorite examples of people who mixed it up and got it right. Mixed-matched chairs look best when they relate to each other in style, scale, shape, or color. But it doesn’t have to be all four at the same time. See below for examples.
image via Country Living
A series of all antique chairs of similar style and color pallet looks just right. The scale of the chairs differs slightly, but together they all tell a pretty story. And I love the white dining table!
image via Bodie and Fou
Here is a more modern approach to the same idea. But the modern shape and scale of the chairs contrasts nicely with the rustic qualities of the farmhouse table.
image via Rachel Whiting
Here the chairs are all made of the same material (metal), but differ greatly in shape and scale. They still all work as a set and I love seeing stools pulled in for extra seating.
image via Better Homes and Gardens
Here is one of my favorite chairs of all time: The Eames chair. The shape and style is the same but they chose complimentary colors to mix it up. I also could see a black version of the Eames chair mixed with antique chairs looking super cool.
image via Design Sponge
And I couldn’t resist throwing in a shot of my own dining to prove I practice what I preach! I mixed my grandmother’s antique chairs with the Wisteria Wishbone Chairs and I love the results!
Have fun mixing it up!