Laurel-Manette and I are going green! With Spring upon us and St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, we are inspired by the vibrant green hues we have been seeing everywhere. We wanted ideas on how to incorporate it into our home decor for a refreshing change this Spring. Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. Not only is it the easiest color on the eye, but it can improve vision! It is a calming, refreshing color. People waiting to appear on TV sit in “green rooms” to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients. Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Dark green is masculine, conservative, and implies wealth.* There are tons of ways you can use green to liven up your living space, here are some oh-so-lovely ideas for both the shabby-chic and modern minded lady!
We adore the use of different hues and textures of Green in this first room. Soft, cheery, and romantic! The modern bedroom below color blocks green and blue for a bold and energizing look. Waking up in that space we’d feel ready to conquer the day!
The Living Room
Inspired by flowers, pink and green is a fun and fresh combination! Use the softer shade of each color for old world romance, or take each pigment to the extreme for an ultra-glam space. Add gold touches to a pink and green room for instant luxury!
How fantastic is this dinning room?! Just glorious. Most of us don’t have a formal dinning room, much less one we can lacquer entirely green, but deep green drapes are an easy and affordable way to change up a room, especially if you are one that gets bored easily. Just switch them out when you’ve had enough.
Green and white is a vibrant and fresh color combination. Achieving this look is much more accessible than some of the previous ideas. Simply pick a shade of green and collect items in that shade to decorate the room. The mint bowls and cookware on display bring life into this country kitchen, and spray painting chairs is an easy, affordable, and fun way to switch things up!
Photo credits: Country Living, Melanie Hartman Fine Art, Maureen Stevens, Verdigris Vie, C magazine, Imgfave
We are excited to announce a new feature of our blog: Shop Our Closet! We believe in recycling your wardrobe as you add to it, so we are making our hand-selected apparel available for purchase! To shop each look, click the photo and you’ll be redirected to view our “closet space”. Make sure to follow us there as we will be adding new pieces every week. We look forward to sending our pieces to our fellow fashionistas!
Lasagna is hands down one of my FAVORITE foods. Cheese, carbs, and garlic. What’s not to love?! While the heaviness of lasagna is great for warming the body up in winter months, as spring approaches and the days get warmer, heavy foods become more and more unappetizing to me. I really wanted to make a lighter version of this dish to satisfy my craving for Italian without feeling totally bloated the next day. I was riffling through some old recipes and put a few together to come up with this tasty combo! To make this gluten-free lasagna I subbed zucchini (aka: italian squash) for lasagna noodles to up the nutrition and cut the carbs. I promise, you won’t even notice the difference, and your gluten free-friends can nosh without impunity!
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 teaspoons gluten free all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg Lasagna:
1 (30-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
2 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
2 cup plus 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
2 large egg, beaten to blend
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 Yellow or Green Zucchinis thinly sliced lengthwise
2 cups marinara sauce
2 cup shredded mozzarella (about 4 ounces)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
1) Cut your Zucchini into about 1/4 inch strips and place in the oven on a cookie sheet to dry out for about 10 min. Zucchini holds a ton of water so drying them out before baking keeps them from “sweating” into your lasagna.
2). To make the sauce: Melt the butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk for 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk. Increase the heat to medium-high. Whisk the sauce until it comes to a simmer and is thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk the salt, pepper, and nutmeg into the bechamel sauce. Set aside.
3). Whisk the ricotta, spinach, 2 cups Parmesan, prosciutto, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
In a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish, pour the bechamel sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Lay out strips of zucchini strips atop the béchamel sauce as if they were lasagna noodles. Spread the ricotta mixture evenly atop the layer of zucchini strips, then add a layer of pasta sauce and mozzarella. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, ricotta mixture, and pasta sauce. Sprinkle the mozzarella and remaining 4 tablespoons of Parmesan over the lasagna.
Cover tightly with foil. Bake until heated through and the sauce bubbles, about 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the cheese on top becomes golden, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10
Recently I was strolling along Ventura Boulevard and decided to take a quick peek inside Paper Source, a shop I’ve heard much about but never visited. I was drooling over the incredible paper designs as soon as I crossed the threshold! From watercolor florals to botanical prints, the sheets of wrapping paper are to die for, and very reasonably priced. My favorite are the vintage map wrapping papers (buy online here). I’m crazy about maps… though being severely directionally challenged, they are more about aesthetic appeal that practical use to me! Other than gift wrapping, there are hundreds of creative DIY’s for maps, and I’m itching to try something new. Here are 6 ideas for putting this paper to use:
Line your side table! All you need is decoupage glue, scissors, a ruler and pencil. (Photo: Pinterest)