Easter Sunday is just around the corner (April 4), so I spent some time this weekend working on a design for my Easter dinner table. This is the first time I will be hosting the Easter meal as an adult, so I am really geting into it! If you’re considering creating an Easter tablescape, here is some inspiration to get you started:
Spring has sprung here in upstate NY. The weather has been unusually warm all week and as a result, signs of life are popping up everywhere! On my walk in to work this monring I saw some tiny crocus sprouting in a flowerbed, and could hear birds chirping away on windowsills. The sun has also brough out the undredressed college students who have been walking around in shorts and t-shirts – it’s not THAT warm yet, kids!
The other night I felt like cooking something seasonal and was inspired to make Ina Garten’s Spring Green Risotto. It includes many of my favorite ingredients, like asparagus and parmesan, with some I’ve never cooked with before, like fresh fennel. Three hours of shopping, prepping and cooking later, my materpiece was finally finished. I took my first bite and savored the flavor of…lemon. It tasted like lemon risotto. Even though I followed the recipe exactly, something was’t right. I was able to correct it a bit by adding more salt, pepper and parmesan, but I don’t think I’ll be making this recipe again any time soon. Needless to say, if you love lemon, this risotto is for you! And I still love Ina Garten.
In honor of spring, here are some lovely examples of fresh green used in a variety of cozy homes:
I am a big fan of Jay Schafer and his Tubleweed Tiny House Company. Jay founded the company in 2000, after having made the decision to inhabit only 89 square feet 3 years before. His philosophy is that one should “not maintain a lot of unused or unusable space.” I could agree more, though I think my personal “ideal sized” home is somewhere in the 800 suare-foot range. Thankfully, Tumbleweek makes and sells plans for homes anywhere from 40 - 950 square feet. Below are a few of my favorites. Learn more by visiting http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/.
I keep a very close eye on the real estate listing in my town, even though we are not looking to move any time in the near future. Sometimes the best listings can be found on Craigslist, like this little gem:
For more information, and to see the full slideshow, click here.
One of my favorite cottage stories comes courtesy of Coastal Living Magazine. The Cabot Cove Cottages in Kennebunkport, ME, epitomize the term “cozy coastal cottage.” This group of cottages was built in the 1950s, and had fallen into disrepair over the past few decades. 16 designers took it upon themselves to make over each cottage, creating “a magical village, on a modest budget.”
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We moved into our house in May 2008. In the nearly two years we’ve lived here, we’ve changed all of the rooms – at least in the cosmetic sense. One of our largest projects was the kitchen makeover, which we completed last February:
According to their website, Polyvore is “an easy-to-use virtual styling tool lets people mix and match products from any online store to create their own fashion collections called ‘sets’.” I thought that sounded like a lot of fun, so I went about creating my own fantasy living room set. Create your own Polyvore sets at polyvore.com!