Lifestyle

The Other Stars

January 15, 2018

Love, that moves the sun and the other stars. —Dante, Paradiso

My favorite quote is the last sentence in Dante’s Paradiso,“But by now my desire and will were turned, like a balanced wheel rotated evenly, by the love that moves the sun and the other stars.” What if God surreptitiously orchestrates personalities and compatibility with our solar system? What if there is a parallel between personal resolution and the placement of planets and stars? Continue Reading…

Lifestyle

Merry + Bright

January 3, 2018

It’s no secret that Christmas is my favorite holiday. We usually hop into the car and drive to Charlotte and pick out a flocked Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. This has been our tradition since 2010. This year was busier than usual, so we snatched our tree on Stephen’s birthday (December 1st) and instead of renting “Bruce” (my nickname for a Tahoe) we picked out a cute little flocked tree and stuffed it into our mini cooper. It may be my favorite tree yet (hello, no mess). The next day our friend, McKenna, came over and took our photo’s. It was a magical afternoon.

I’m not kidding.

I’m pretty sure she guessed we were both a little nervous, because she knew exactly how to losen us up to relax and be normal. These photo’s are so special; I love the idea of documenting our story with professional photo’s a.k.a 1828 Collective. Continue Reading…

Nesting

Midcentury Home

August 16, 2017

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Almost eight years ago Stephen moved into a downtown loft apartment. A couple months later we tied the knot and I happily moved in with him. The entire unit was lined with beautiful large windows; it’s still one of my favorite apartments we’ve lived in. Experiencing all that natural light changed my interior style preference forever. One of the design elements I love about mid-century homes are the windows. I mean c’mon, floor to ceiling glass windows? Yes, please.

Below are some of my favorite mid-century style homes—a few of these designs will definitely make a debut in our future home. I’m obsessed.
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Recipe Box

Sponge Kisses

August 14, 2017

To be honest, I thought Sponge Kisses was going to be a headache to make. I’m so happy I was wrong, this little treat is so adorable! Making homemade lemon curd was easier than I thought it would be, whipping cream takes like 5 minutes and the cakes probably take in total 15 minutes. I will say though making lemon curd the night before is ideal. Lemon curd has to be given time to cool before you add it to a Sponge Kiss and I’m always impatient when I bake.  Continue Reading…

Recipe Box

Lemon Chiffon Cake

August 7, 2017

This is the best cake recipe I have ever made.
EVER.
The batter is so fluffy and surprisingly easy to work with. This recipe makes a lot of cake—I also had a vintage mini cake pan in addition to the bundt pan. Honestly, I could have made two cakes. More cake the better, right? For me, it’s a thrill to see our guests enjoy something I’ve put my heart and soul into making. We were lucky to have family visit over the weekend + we’ve recently made new friends in our apartment building; so no slice of cake was safe and that makes my heart happy.  Continue Reading…