Quick Change

Do you ever feel like things in your house are screaming at you? That if you don’t change the thing that’s bugging you’ll loose it, or is that just me? I’m probably the crazy person, but a change was in order in our living room. Creating a space that soothes you is so important–sometimes change is about a temporary solution to make the room stop screaming. A few months ago I shared our living room photos with you and it looked like this:

Living Room PlansInitially I loved the Ikat print on the sofa, but I knew would get sick of it and I DID! It was just too much pattern in a color scheme that was not me. I have big plans for this room including a new sofa, but it’s not in the cards at this moment. I thought about making slipcovers, but it seemed like a lot of work for a sofa I’m not sure I will have in another few months. And then inspiration struck, love it when that happens!

img35oI found this loose-fitting slipcover from Pottery Barn, it seemed fresh, the perfect fit for summer. Of course the Pottery Barn version was almost $100 (now it’s on sale) so a more economical option was in order. A quick trip to the hardware store, $25 and a 9×12 canvas drop cloth made all the difference–the room has officially stopped screaming!

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I washed and ironed the drop cloth and then simply tucked it in to the cushions making sure it was even on both sides. Every few days I fluff the sofa and straighten the slipcover. It’s not perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than the screaming Ikat. I also replaced the back cushions with an assortment of loose-fitting pillows. They are actually more comfortable than what was on the sofa before and I can change them out depending on my mood, which let’s be honest, changes quite frequently.

Livng Room 2 July Moon INspirationsI picked up this ginger jar for $7 at a thrift store and it’s one of my favorite pieces in the room. And just what is the ginger jar sitting on you ask?Living Room July Moon InspirationsOur new coffee table! Would you believe it’s a complete DIY? I’ll be detailing the steps in an upcoming post. Now that sofa is neutral I can bring in pattern in other ways like the Navajo print rug which I stole from the dining room and the black and white toss pillow. SO. MUCH. BETTER!Living Room 3 July Moon InspirationsAmazing what a small change can do to a room. Of course this is not a long-term solution, but for now I am so much happier with how this space looks–peaceful, light and airy. The perfect fit for summer which is quickly approaching in our neck of the woods.

xoxo,

Jenn

 

Skimmy Dipping

Lots of exciting things have been happening around our house lately and it seems that the more we get adjusted to life in Sandpoint the more opportunities begin to present themselves. The gym is thriving and it is incredible to see so many people loving the workouts and seeing results, myself included! With the business in a groove I decided that it was time to go back to full-time work and I was incredibly lucky to find a position that I am really enthused about–I love how these things just have a way of working out. As fate would have it, I don’t start until the second week of May, giving me almost an entire month off to play before getting back into the 8-5 routine.

So what’s a girl to do? Plan a trip of course! I’ve been craving some sunshine, warm weather and the ocean, so a week in Santa Barbara sounded like the perfect remedy for my winter-weary self. Although it is getting warmer in these parts, it is definitely not the same as California springtime, which is basically just an extension of summer. Of course the best part about a visit to Santa Barbara is spending time with wonderful friends and really getting to catch-up…well, that and the FOOD. I have a mental list compiled of all the gastronomic adventures I need to have before returning to Idaho. I’m sure they will make their way into a blog post in the coming weeks. I leave tomorrow and thanks to Jamie’s awesome packing tips I’m ready to go with everything I need for a week all fit neatly into my carry-on bag. Which is nice because instead of spending today packing I’ll be spending it shooting and editing photos for some really great posts (in my opinion) while I’m away.

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In the meantime, I wanted to share my new favorite obsession: The Skimm. If you’re like me, keeping up with the news these days can be a bit daunting. So many stories, so much misinformation and it can all start to feel a little overwhelming. So when I discovered the Skimm, which summarizes the days biggest stories in a clear and concise manner and delivers them to your inbox in the morning, I was thrilled, “theSkimm is the daily newsletter that simplifies the headlines for the educated professional who knows enough to know she needs more. We do the reading for you and explain it with fresh editorial content, breaking down what you need to know to start the conversation.” Seriously brilliant in my opinion. I wake up with the newsletter in my inbox, I can read it in less than 5 minutes and I instantly feel more informed without the stress of trying to decipher what the most important stories are on a jumbled news site. The writing is intelligent and witty making your daily Skimm both informative and enjoyable. I really love it when technology aims to make our lives more streamlined don’t you?

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing some updates on our living room space. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xoxo,

Jenn

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In The Kitchen: Caramelized Onion and Sweet Potato Meatballs

I came up with this recipe last Sunday while stumbling around the kitchen trying to make something more interesting than a ground beef salad for Young Kenneth. I’ve always loved meatballs and they are certainly better on top of a bed of greens than plain ground beef. The key to this recipe is the depth of flavor from the caramelized onions and sweet potatoes. The addition of Dukkah, an Egyptian nut and seed blend full of fennel and sesame flavors, further intensifies the flavors, helping to create a truly exceptional meatball. I found my Dukkah at Trader Joe’s for around $4 and it has quickly become my go-to topping on salads. If you haven’t had Dukkah before you’re missing out! Here’s my method for caramelized onion and sweet potato meatballs. Did I mention they are Paleo approved? Paleo Meatball Ingredients July Moon Inspirations

Essential Elements:

3 T coconut oil

3 T pastured butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium yellow onion, small dice

1 egg

3 T Dukkah (I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s)

Zest of 1 lemon

2 T flat leaf parsley, minced

1 Lb. ground beef (80/20)

1 medium sweet potato peeled and shredded (about 1 cup)

salt and pepper

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Now get your onions nice and caramelized. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a pan set to medium-high heat. Once your oil has melted add in the diced onions. The trick to perfect caramelization is to heat the onions on high for 5 minutes, releasing most of the moisture. Then, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for another 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. The onions should be caramel is color (duh!).

In a separate pan heat another tablespoon of butter and oil over medium heat. Add in the shredded sweet potatoes and saute until they begin to change color and are slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Let the onions and sweet potatoes cool (I stuck mine in the fridge for a few minutes) before adding them to the rest of your ingredients.

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Once the sweet potatoes and onions have cooled, place them in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mix well, making sure everything is equally incorporated. Paleo Meatballs Rolled July Moon Inspirations

Now for the fun part, making your meatballs. Roll the mixture between your hands forming 1 1/2 inch balls (about the size of a ping pong ball). You can make them bigger or smaller depending on what you’re using them for. The 1 1/2 inch size works well as and appetizer served with a toothpick. You’ll be browning the meatballs in batches before finishing them in the oven so I lined mine up on a baking sheet covered with a Silpat.

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Heat your remaining oil and butter in a pan on medium-high heat, add 1/2 your meatballs and brown on both sides. About 2 minutes a side until golden brown. Flip your meatballs very carefully–I found using tongs to be the best method. Once brown, return them to the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining meatballs. Place meatballs on the center rack of the oven for 12 minutes. They should be firm, but not dry. Paleo Meatballs Final July Moon Inspirations

Yesterday I served mine on a bed of mixed greens with some fresh avocado, shredded carrots and a simple mustard based vinaigrette and it was delicious. They are also a fantastic appetizer and were quite the hit at Young Kenneth’s birthday on Tuesday. I made the meatball mixture ahead of time and rolled out the balls, then stored them in the fridge until I was ready to brown and bake them. My mother in law had the idea of using this recipe for a meat loaf and I think that could be good as well. Whatever method of execution you choose I highly suggest making these at your earliest opportunity. Trust me, you’ll thank me!

xoxo,

Jenn

The Well Styled Fridge

I realize that writing a post about how to style your fridge definitely puts me in the crazy category, but I’m okay with that! It all started with Yolanda Foster’s fridge, the Dutch beauty married to song writer David Foster and the newest housewife in Beverly Hills (my total guilty pleasure!). Her custom built fridge with marble and glass is the stuff dreams are made of.
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I still cannot get over how perfect it looks and more importantly, how beautiful all the healthy foods look in baskets and bowls. Of course a custom built fridge is not in the cards for 99% of the world, but it got me thinking about ways to make my own humble fridge a bit more visually appealing.
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I started playing around with some fridge styling of my own–placing fresh herbs in mason jars filled with water and adding apples to sleek white bowls instead of shoving them in the crisper drawer. I always say that your fridge should look like a rainbow when you open it–full of gorgeous colors from lots of fruits and veggies.
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I replaced ugly milk and creamer containers with glass bottles and mason jars. Displaying them on a turquoise tray makes the white pop.
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A good set of containers is a must. I purchased these Snap Tight glass containers from Costco last year for leftovers. Unlike plastic Tupperware glass containers can go straight into the microwave and even the oven, they are the best and they look pretty nice in the fridge too!
Styling a Fridge 1 July Moon InspirationsUsing trays to contain smaller jars is a great way to keep things looking organized. This bamboo tray is the perfect size for a few jars of herbs and any other tidbits that need a home. We eat a lot of eggs in our house so although I would love a beautiful ceramic egg holder, it’s just not practical. My compromise was removing the top of the egg carton, creating a cleaner look while still being functional.
A Styled Fridge 5 July Moon Inspirations I am not going to claim that our fridge always looks this good, but having everything organized on trays and in containers actually helps it stay cleaner than it normally would. Of course you still have the crisper drawers to hide things like bags of lettuce and veggies that aren’t as easy to display. Beyond the obvious benefit of having a clean and organized fridge I have found that seeing everything displayed so beautifully when I open the doors inspires my cooking as well! How much more appealing are those zucchini in a white bowl then shoved in a plastic bag and hidden away in a drawer? I may be crazy, but my fridge makes me happy and I don’t care if that makes me a complete and total dork.
Here’s how to get the look in your own home.
xoxo,
Jenn

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Happy Burfday!

Ahh April 16th, taxes are done and it’s this guy’s burfday! Happy birthday to my amazing husband and partner in crime. This year has been full of changes and new adventures and I can’t imagine going through it all with anyone else. Moving 1,200 miles away, quitting our jobs and starting a business–whew it’s been a crazy year! Here’s to an amazing 28th year Young Kenneth–I love you!

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April Showers

It’s been pouring here for the last 24 hours–rain, thunder, lightening–all the good stuff. I love the rain and the smells it leaves behind. The world always seems so fresh and green after a storm. It got me dreaming about creating luscious outdoor spaces in our new yard, once the storms pass and the garden blooms. After a long winter the thought of sitting on a patio sipping a cold glass of chardonnay or dining al fresco sounds like heaven. A great outdoor space should complement it’s surroundings not compete. My plan is to incorporate varying textures in neutral tones to create an interesting space that blends seamlessly into the outdoors. Here are a few of the oasis’ that are inspiring my plans. What projects are you looking forward to tackling this spring?

Design Crush: Jenni Kayne’s Beverly Hills Home

I had another post planned for today, but due to some technical difficulties (a broken sewing machine, bad lighting and even worse photos…ugh) I’m going to have to wait to share it with you. Instead let’s take a walk through the home of fashion designer Jenni Kayne.

I stumbled across this home via The Stark Home on Pinterest, one of my new favorite boards to follow! Jenni’s aesthetic is modern and warm and although she is a fashion designer by trade it’s clear her design passion continues into home decor. I love this space because it is decidedly modern, but not sterile–the use of salvage siding throughout helps to achieve this look. From the iron floor to ceiling windows to the neutral furniture and gorgeous artwork, there is nothing I don’t love about Jenni’s home. Oh and did I mention she has the two most adorable kiddos? Check out their beautiful playroom below. Although I will say, I’m not sure a white rug in a playroom would be that practical in real life, but Jenni’s a designer so practical is probably not at the top of her priority list.

Enjoy this gorgeous, serene space and I’ll be back next week with new posts about our home, God willing the technical difficulties do not continue!

Cheers to a fantastic weekend!

Jenn

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Listen Up!

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As if I needed another reason to fall even more deeply in love with Design Sponge founder Grace Bonney. Her website is my go-to for all things design, her book Design Sponge at Home is a staple on my bedside table, and now I can take Grace with me wherever I go via her podcast series After the Jump. Grace’s take on design is intellectual and original making her website one of the most successful blogs out there. So it’s no wonder that her podcast series is equally interesting and addicting. I think the truly great thing about bloggers turning podcasters (is that a word?) is hearing the authors voice, adding yet another layer of familiarity to the blogger-reader relationship–allowing us to more fully understand the authors of our favorite blogs and their unique perspectives and interests.

As one would expect with anything Grace produces, her choice of guests never disappoints. Authors, editors, designers, entrepreneurs and fellow bloggers take to the airways each week sharing their success stories and dishing out sound business advice. It’s a glimpse into pieces of the design world I was not yet familiar with and each episode is a master class in a particular niche of design and lifestyle. So far my two favorite episodes have been Jen Bekman founder of 20×200 who I wrote about here and Karen Mordechai the woman behind the incredibly successful Sunday Suppers. If you’re craving a new podcast to add to your lineup I highly suggest spending some time with Grace and After the Jump.

xoxo,

Jenn

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In the Kitchen: Paleo Taco Shells

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I am so excited to share today’s recipe with you! Young Kenneth and I have been subscribing to the Paleo lifestyle for over a year now and this month we’re doing a 30 day Paleo challenge at the gym. This has been a good re-boot for us, I had been getting a little lax with my eating and although it was still pretty good I was definitely adding more grains and dairy than I should have been. What I love about Paleo is that it forces me to get creative with how I cook and the ingredients I use. I am a taco fanatic and although a taco salad is a great option it isn’t quite the same as holding a shell in your hand. I did some research and found this great recipe from Empowered Sustenance for Cauliflower Wraps. I got to thinking that if you made the wraps a little smaller and adjusted the recipe slightly they could make an amazing vehicle for all the taco deliciousness!

They keys to success with this recipe are my two “secret” ingredients: arrowroot powder and silpat non-stick baking mats. The arrowroot powder acts as a binding agent, helping the shells to maintain elasticity and not break. The Silpat mats are a baking essential and ensure that your shells won’t stick, easily peeling off the mats at the end of the baking process. It is possible to make these without the mats and arrowroot powder, but make sure to use parchment paper to avoid sticking.

Essential Elements:

1 medium head cauliflower cut into florets

1/4 cup water

3 eggs

Spices and herbs of your choice. Get creative and experiment with different combinations. The possibilities are endless

Method:

Paleo Tacos 6 July Moon InspirationsPre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Start with one large head of cauliflower. Cut off the stalk and portion the head into florets.Paleo Tacos 5 July Moon InspirationsUsing the fine shred attachment on a food processor run the cauliflower through the shred chute. The result will be a fine meal-like consistency. Transfer the cauliflower to large saute pan and add 1/4 cup water. Cover tightly and steam over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir half-way through to avoid burning. Drain the steamed cauliflower then transfer to a kitchen towel. Wring out the cauliflower until most of the moisture is gone. The dryer the cauliflower is the better. A word of caution: let the cauliflower cool down a bit before transferring to the towel. I burnt my hands trying to wring out the cauliflower and it HURT!

In a separate bowl, mix 3 eggs , 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder and the spices and herbs of your choice. I used curry powder, salt and pepper and minced cilantro in mine…yummy! Mix in the steamed cauliflower until all ingredients are combined. Paleo Taco Shells 3 July Moon Inspirations

Line two baking sheets with Silpats. Use a spoon or spatula to create 5 inch circles. The “tortillas” should be a 1/4 inch thick. A medium head of cauliflower should produce about 10 tortillas. Bake shells for 18-20 minutes at 375 degrees. They should be firm when done.

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And viola! Tortilla shells that you don’t have to feel one bit guilty about. I experimented with refrigerating them and they held up great. Wrap them tightly in plastic and you can use them throughout the week. Fry up your fish of choice, top with some guac and you have a delicious treat that you don’t have to save for cheat day!

xoxo,

Jenn

Decisions, Decisions

Normally I am a pretty great decisions maker–I know what I like, I pick it, I move on. However, I seem to be stuck in a cycle of indecision when it comes to choosing the fabric for our headboard in our master bedroom. I need your help! The two fabrics are from Mood and I am drawn to them for different reasons, which makes choosing my favorite very difficult. Rather than explain why I like each one, I thought you, my lovely readers, could give me your feedback. Which fabric do you like and why? The fabric that gets the most votes wins and I’ll order it tomorrow! Please post your vote below. Have a great day.

xoxo,

Jenn

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Charcoal and Tan Ikat Print

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Slate Blue and Black Navajo Print