Monday, January 26, 2015

Blizzard Soup

**Taking a break from my normal design inspiration posts for the moment**

In case you've been hiding under a tree, those of us in the NorthEast are getting hit hard with a major blizzard.  There is something about a big snowstorm that gets me giddy with excitement.  It makes me nostalgic for the days of watching the news, guessing how many inches of snow we'll get, how many days off of school we will get, and then scheming to get a friend to come over and 'get stuck' at my house.  Now, years later, I still get giddy.  I still watch the news all day, watch the snow come down, and get excited to go sledding with the kids.  It is also a great excuse to try some new recipes.  I'm starting off the snowstorm with a big batch of italiam sausage soup.  My kids loved it, it's hearty enough for a man, yet brothy and filled with vegetables.  Here is my version of the classic recipe:

1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes (bigger can)
5 c beef broth
1 zucchini
1 lb italian sausage
1 onion
1/2 - 1 c diced carrotts
1 c. canneli beans
2 garlic cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tsp basil (or fresh basil)
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper

Remove casing and brown italian sausage in frying pan.  Remove the drippings, leaving about 1 tbsp. Add diced onion and minced garlic cloves.  Combine all of the ingredients except tortellini in a crock pot.  Cook on high 4 hours or low 6.  Add cooked pasta 30 min. prior to serving.

Serve with bread and enjoy!  ....You'll have enough to last you atleast 2 meals!

With Love,
Brittany
 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Home Office Organization

Whether you have a home business or not, or a home office room or nook, we all have an area where we file papers and pay the bills.  We have a specific room, especially because of my home business, but it also becomes a dumping zone.  Here are a few cute, clever and of course STYLISH 'home office' organizational tools I would love for my own space!

Roll Call: Lucite clip board? yes please!
CUTEST binder i've ever seen!

No more bending under the desk to find your plug in...
Poppin Stacking Letter trays.  I like their modern shape and color options and love that you can mix and match sizes.

We live in a 'wireless world' yet we need all those power chargers! Keep them from getting in the way.

A cork board is so important to pin up inspiring images, lists,  invitations, etc...





LOVE the color!

It's decorative and practical.



Enjoy!
XOXO,
Brittany







Friday, January 9, 2015

Bring on the New Year, New Products!

With Christmas sales over and done with, that makes room on the shelves for new products! I always get excited for January because the home store start to roll out their new Spring inventory.  Here in New York, winter has only just begun, but I like to get my home feeling fresh and springy inside.

I picked a few of my favorite New Products out at some of the stores: 

West Elm:



Pottery Barn:





Crate and Barrell:


William-Sonoma Home:


Layla Grace:




Lulu and Georgia:


HAPPY SHOPPING!

With Love, 
Brittany

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Declutter and Get Organized

I hope you all had a happy holiday! If you are like me, it's been a little tough getting back into the grind.    We went away for over 2 weeks, and now coming back to our house, I could not wait to declutter and organize everything….drawers, closets, etc…  That means donating items that have not been used in over a year, throwing away broken or unusable items, and just cleaning up the rest.  I have a long ways to go….I've only just cleaned up all my Christmas decor.

Look at this office/desk area.  Doesn't it just look so calming and fresh and clean? Minimalist looks so inviting to me right now.



This craft closet is a mecca of craft closet and organization.  Now we all may not have a
craft closet persay, but we can take some tips from this.  Plastic bins and storage drawers.  They are a cheap and functional organizational tool.  I just picked up a bunch from target and use them for everything from toys and kids school papers to winter gear and paper goods.


If going for storage boxes, picking one color to use makes everything much more cohesive and pleasing to the eye, thus a cleaner looking space. (rather than using a bunch of different styles and colors of boxes).




I also LOVE baskets.  I love a good natural woven/straw basket.  The great thing is you stick toys, magazines, blankets, papers…..anything and it is hidden.  You can put it next to a chair, under a console, on a bookshelf, and the clutter is easily concealed.  Target has a bunch of great wicker baskets and so does Homegoods.  




I also love acrylic drawer inserts for junk drawers and makeup.  These are from the Container Store.



 Okay, that's enough for now. I hope I got you all geared up and ready to declutter so that you don't end up like this:



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Mantle


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. don't think less of me.  I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I wanted to get my mantle decorated for all of you :)  The kids and I got the decorations out this past weekend, and then I waited for Trader Joe's to get their shipment of fresh pine garland in.  It makes such a difference! (and for just $6.99 I got double what I needed).  I got a lot of the items from target with a few crate and barrell candlesticks that I had from last year and a West Elm snow globe.



The key to decorating your mantle is to create various heights as well as use a variety of textures.  Also, repeating items will make it seem more cohesive (notice I have 2 tall candlesticks, 2 white votives and 3 gold votives).


cutest little fox, I just couldn't resist



I seriously love my mantle this year, and loving having the warmth of the holiday candles and decor up at night.  It puts a smile on my face (that and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree").


Now go get some fresh garland for your mantle and doorway!

With Love, 
Brittany

Friday, November 14, 2014

'Tis the Season


A major cold front is coming through New York (and I believe most of the country) and it looks like the change in temperature is here to stay.  I was trying to hold out on decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving, but this cold weather has got me in the mood.  There are always so many cute Christmas decorations on display, so I got a few new things to add to my collection.  I am actually looking forward to getting everything out, blasting some Mariah Carey "All I want for Christmas" and drinking apple cider.

Here a few things that have caught my eye that you could go grab this weekend.  I hope you are inspired-- when do you plan to decorate for Christmas? (I know I'm crazy- this is by far the earliest I will have ever put things up).


I'm a sucker for felt balls- wreaths, garlands, ornaments.
Plus, this is a great 'winter' wreath to stay up past the holidays

Don't you just want to snuggle under this tree?

West Elm had these last year too- but I love them! I love the simple, modern flair with the birch base.

Target mini fox made with straw like material.  So cute in person.  Great for mantle decorating, or putting at a kids table for nametags/gift

#Targetdoesitagain.  Right on track with white and gold.  Love it all. 



Restoration.  Love this! Much better than the DIY versions out there.

Restoration Hardware.  Could be fun for a blank wall or in windows.

I love a good snow village. My mom puts one on display every year.  I love this version in all white.
Plus, proceeds go to charity.  Pottery Barn.
For the CA beach home.  Pottery Barn.  

Pottery Barn.  We all need a great banner.
With Love,
Brittany

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Grant's Nursery

I finally got around to photographing Grant's Nursery. I wanted to go for a gender neutral room, with a mixture of whites, grays, wood tones and a hint of navy.  It only took us to have a third kid for me to finally decorate a nursery.  I challenged myself to decorate this on a budget and I ended up decorating this room for under $450.  No joke.  (of course I already had quite a few pieces from the older 2 boys- like the crib and dressers- and I made a few things myself).  So here ya go!







Cutest model around :)




   


Source List:

Shag rug ($77!) and wooden blinds - Home Depot
Wooden spheres - needlepoint frames (Joanne's) and chain from the hardware store,
Mobile- made myself
Crib- Pottery Barn
Brown wardrobe, White Chair, tan throw, and bookshelves- Ikea
Gray Dresser- 'vintage' (used to be my husbands as a kid) I just repainted
White Chair and - ikea erktorp
Pillows- home goods,
Catching Fireflies artwork- Sarah Jane Studios
Norman Rockwell print- mine since high school
Chest- antique store
Mirror- antique family heirloom
Basket and pouf- Target


With Love,
Brittany
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