August 2015 archive

Jute Table Lamp

I am much more of a night owl than Trevor, so we like to have a lamp on each bedside table – that way if he turns in early, I can keep a little glow on my side of the bed. For the cabin I wanted to keep with a nautical theme, and was looking to have them be unique and interesting on their own since space issues dictate that the lamp is the only item on the table one side. I purchased two inexpensive lamps from Home Goods (if I remember correctly they were $20 a piece – with shades) and some jute rope from Home Depot. Grabbed the glue gun and in just an hour or so had two fantastic lamps for our bedroom. I love the texture and how the round shape contrasts nicely to the straight lines of the wood walls. Simple instructions are below, but if you are in the mood to skip the DIY aspect, some cute options are here and here.

DSC_4363_edited-1Our side tables don’t match, and Trevor’s is a bit lower than mine. Stacking a couple of books is an easy way to add height.

A Twist on Traditional Pesto

A few weeks ago I wrote about my zeal for planting mint in pots at the cabin, as a way to create nice foliage at the side entry that didn’t require heavy maintenance and had the added benefit of having mint handy for some nice summer cocktails. Then my go-to refreshment ended up being one packed with basil (see last week’s post here), and I found myself with an overabundance of mint – especially in these last weeks of the season. I was skeptical to swap basil out for mint in pesto, worried that it would overpower any other flavor. Not so! Try it with your favorite recipe (or use the version I’ve included below) for a bright and interesting twist on the traditional appetizer or accompaniment to meat dishes. I served it with a bit of cream cheese on garlic rounds and topped with toasted pine nuts. Yum!
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Swing Dress

Although not a fan of the cooler weather creeping in here and there (our high yesterday was 65!), I do love seeing some of the fall color showing up in the late summer styles. The deep orange and vivid floral pattern of this swing dress are lovely, and the style has a fair amount of versatility with the voluminous fabric – it will be great belted and will pair well with booties as we head into the next few months.

Anthropologie dress and sunglasses (on sale!) | Chloe handbag | Michael Kors watch | C Wonder bracelet (discontinued, love this version) | Madewell bracelet (similar here and sphere style here) | Anthropologie shoes (sold out, similar gold options here and here) | Alexis Bittar earrings (old, similar here)


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