May02 Three Low-Maintenance Things to Grow This Spring 2013

I always envy my neighbors with beautiful blossoms in their yard, but I can never seem to locate my missing green-thumb in time for Spring.

This year I’m determined to find some things I can grow that don’t require much attention or skill. Here what I’ve come up with: Three gorgeous blooms that will make the people across the street think I totally have gardening skills!

Happy Gardening!

Flowers

1. May Night Salvia

These deep purple blooms are said to be extremely easy to grow and tend to get large to give your garden some height and texture. Here are a few growing tips!

2. Succulents

The best part about succulents (besides the fact that even if you try, you probably couldn’t kill them!) is that there’s a vast array of different types. You could literally fill your garden with succulents that all look completely different–and totally chic! Here are a few growing tips. They can be found at any local nursery or right here online.

3. Jules Verne Peonies

Peonies are said to be some of the easiest to grow. Who knew?! Here are a few tips for growing and a place to buy the gorgeous bright pink Jules Verne variety online. Can you imagine having your own little supply of succulents to keep fresh blooms on your table all summer? Magical.

May01 Summer cocktail 2013

Summer is upon us (or already here for those of us lucky enough to live in warm places!), which means that porch-sitting, backyard-barbecuing, and cocktail-drinking are top priority.

The lovelies over at Valley & Co sent us this yummy recipe for a Blood Orange + Mint Sunset. Enjoy!

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What you’ll need:

blood oranges  || 1 oz. blood orange liqueur || .5 oz. gin ||  seltzer water || a handful of mint leaves || ice || fine grained sugar

Dampen the rim of a low ball glass and dip in sugar. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom the low ball. Add ice, blood orange liqueur and gin. Stir and top with seltzer water. Serve with orange wedges and mint leaves as garnish. Cheers!

Editor’s note: if you want a mocktail version, substitute the liqueur with blood orange juice and omit the gin.

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Images and recipe courtesy of Valley & Co Lifestyle

Mar21 Insta Wall 2013

I have a few awkwardly small wall spaces in my house that I never quite know what to do with. I feel the urge to cover every wall while still having clean space. It’s kind of an ongoing dilema.

I recently saw this idea for covering a small wall and I really love it. Let’s not worry for now about the fact that a lot of my Instagram photos (of what I ate for lunch) aren’t going to be great art pieces. Instead, let’s focus on the fact that some corner of the internet houses photos of some really amazing memories. Wouldn’t it be so fun to have a way to display them like this?

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You could do this with polaroids or old postcards you gather up at estate sales and vintage shops. Really, it’s a pretty versatile idea.

I did some research on getting my Insta photos printed, and it’s a lot easier and cheaper than I imagined it might be. Printstagram look like my favorite option. Leave other suggestions in the comments if you have experience ordering from different places!

I’m off to go take cooler Instagram pictures. Wish me luck.

 

Photo from Poppytalk. 

Mar12 Farmer’s Market Fresh Dinner Party 2013

Daylight savings time is hands down the best thing ever. I love that after a long day I still have plenty of daylight to enjoy in the evenings. It makes me want to plant flowers and dine on the patio!

This shoot  from Jennifer Skog Photography perfectly captures the feel of a spring gathering with cherished friends and fresh, local foods in a perfect outdoor setting–everything that you could possibly want this time of year.

Grain-free chef, Danielle Walker created beautiful, fresh dishes from ingredients found at a local farmers market. Designer  and owner of Milk Glass Furniture Rentals, PJ Rude, created a table that overflowed with potted herbs, soft linens, and spring flowers to create the perfect setting from objects you probably already have around the house.

As days get warmer and the sun stays out just a little longer, I hope you completely enjoy every moment of it.

Oh, and let’s get real for a minute–how much do you want to live in this beautiful house? Oh, the ivy!

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

 

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

 

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

Farmer's Market Fresh Dinner Party

 

 

Designer and Stylist/Vintage Rentals: PJ Rude of Milk Glass Vintage Rentals

Photographer: Jennifer Skog Photography

Chef: Danielle Walker of Against All Grain

Mar05 Stylist Natalie Officer’s Renovated Farmhouse 2013

Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios sent us these GORGEOUS film images of the beautiful Natalie Officer. Natalie is a stylist who has recently taken on the renovation of this old farmhouse in Louisville. She’s truly taken a piece of Kentucky history and made into something beautiful to be enjoyed for years to come. Really, her style is so relaxed and natural and we just can’t get enough of the green sofa!

For all of you stuck on the fact that the images are film, Josh said he shot them with a Contax 645. We are really digging his work–it’s all amazing.

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

Stylist Natalie Officer via Grey LIkes Nesting

 

 

Here’s a little bit about Natalie, written by Abby Ott:

As a mother, member of Dixie Design Collective and owner of Natalie O. Design Co., Natalie Officer has her work cut out for her. Crafting is something Natalie has been passionate about since a very young age. As the daughter of a beautician and a welder, she grew up in an environment where working with your hands was a necessity. As a result, she has worked various jobs throughout her career, from visual coordinator at a fashion house to staging homes to interior design to styling for photo shoots.  She seeks to tell the stories of people, brands and homes. Natalie finds relationships to be of utmost importance in her work. She says it best in her own words… “Being in tune to the individual or company is essential to creating a space that they will inhabit. By valuing pieces of them in their own space, they begin to appreciate those elements of themselves even more.”  She focuses on finding the meaning in possessions, and makes space functional without diminishing charm or soul. She understands what is essential about the things that represent us.

 

Photos by Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios.