April 2015 archive

Pla[i]n and Simple

Well over a decade ago Trevor and I sat across a dining room table from a lovely couple, eating banana cream pie and negotiating (and I use that term lightly) the purchase of their darling house. After we shook hands on the “deal” the elderly gentleman walked away from the table and returned with the deed and a full set of architectural plans for the house, built in 1936. It was the sweetest thing. Obviously, there were a few more administrative things that needed to happen – such as, um, actually purchasing the house – before the plans and deed were truly ours, but in short order we had them in our hands. And then we had them in our storage room – for years. I never really knew what to do with them, until one day that dilemma intersected with my quandary over what to do with a large wall in our living room. I decided that displaying the architectural plans was a perfect way to preserve the history. I had enough plans for eight frames, but knew that I didn’t want to spend that much on professional framing. For six of the plans I used inexpensive Ikea frames, but had them fitted with conservation glass to protect the prints. For two of the plans that were in particularly good shape I splurged and had them professionally framed. The plans show their wrinkles and are damaged in some parts, but that’s part of their authenticity and charm. More than any other display in this house, these plans – although plain and simple from afar – generate interest and conversation among guests and really draw people in (including, still, us) to take a closer look.
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Favorite Travel Dress

I thought titling this post “Best Travel Dress Ever” may have seemed a little presumptuous but trust me, this is the best travel dress ever. I can’t remember the last time I ironed or steamed an item of clothing at home, and I certainly don’t want to have to deal with that while on the road – whether traveling for work or for pleasure. I purchased my first Jude Connally dress about a year ago, and now am tempted every time I see a new style or pattern. These dresses hold their shape, have great color, and never show a wrinkle. I grabbed this blue and aqua one before our trip and I wore it for afternoons out and about as well as for super casual times around the pool or on the beach.

Jude Connally dress (same print, different styles here and here) | Boden sunglasses (Tiffany & Co. sunglasses in pictures below) | J Crew shoes | Hobo clutch | Anthropologie cuff (sold out, similar here) | Michael Kors watch | Kate Spade earrings

Cinnamon Roasted Cauliflower

I tend to lean heavily on spices when cooking, and this recipe caught my eye because of the interesting addition of cinnamon. A lot of recipes I try have the cayenne/paprika combo, so I thought it would be a twist to add an element of sweet to the spice. Overall I likely prefer a more traditional roasting recipe to this one, but its nice to mix it up every once in a while.

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