REINCARNATION: Gold Flatware

Through the process of registering for our wedding I have come to realize how many incredible options that are out there for flatware! I mean as I was looking at them all I could plan a dinner party in my head for each table setting. We chose a classic silverware place setting, The Monogrammed Hampstead from William Sonoma, we wanted something timeless. Though we chose something more traditional, a girl can always dream about crazy tablescapes! I have been seeing more and more pictures of gold flatware! This stuff is genius! Perfect for a funky dinner party out in your backyard, a bridal shower, every day life with funky and eclectic dishes, and it even goes with classic black and white! Here are some of my favorite home-spirations images for gold flatware and a few great options for your own table!

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Here are some great options for everyone!

Vera Wang Wedgewood Polished Gold (set of 5 pieces) for $80 from Macys

Vera Wang Wedgewood Polished Gold (set of 5 pieces) for $80 from Macys

Doma Flatware (set of 6 pieces) from Anthropologie for $98

Doma Flatware (set of 6 pieces) from Anthropologie for $98

For a more budget friendly option there is the Threshold 5 Piece Arkita place setting from Target for $19.99

For a more budget friendly option there is the Threshold 5 Piece Arkita place setting from Target for $19.99

Almoco Flatware set from Design Within Reach for $53 (it is also available in a beautiful copper, silver, or black)

Almoco Flatware set from Design Within Reach for $53 (it is also available in a beautiful copper, silver, or black)

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HOME-SPIRATION: Unique Vent Hoods

One of the last and final steps of our downstairs renovation is to finish up the tile backsplash in our kitchen and put up our new vent hood. We decided to get rid of our clunky microwave/vent hood combination and replace it with an update and GORGEOUS vent hood (Thank you David for this amazing idea!) Here are some of my favorite home-spirations for unique vent hoods. They really can create a whole new look for a kitchen.

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I love this all white kitchen and wooden vent hood!

I love this all white kitchen and wooden vent hood!

An amazing way to create more storage!

An amazing way to create more storage!

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Amazing statement in an outdoor kitchen!

Amazing statement in an outdoor kitchen!

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A great way to create another personalized space in your home!

A great way to create another personalized space in your home!

A mixture of modern and funk y with the white gold and wood!

A mixture of modern and funk y with the white gold and wood!

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IN MY KITCHEN: New Cookbook, Against All Grain

Cookbooks are the most beautiful thing, they really are! They are always full of the possibility of delicious meals, and great entertaining. I have a true addiction to cookbooks. Though the funny thing is, I have an extremely difficult time actually following a recipe exactly. I rarely look at measurements and just get the general gist of the idea, yes this is something I am working on, but I will always love to improvise in the kitchen! I recently got a great new cookbook called Against All Grain. I mainly purchased it because I am trying to cut dairy out of my diet and its a “pale” cookbook. No I’m not a paleo eater, but I do need to cut dairy out of my diet so this was a perfect way to start!

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These are two of our favorite recipes we tried, Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp and Sausage and Peppers Arrabbiata (which is a crockpot recipe! yay!) There are plenty of crockpot recipes (we all know as a working gal I am addicted to my crockpot) and quick prep recipes for great weeknight meals!

 

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Check out Danielle Walker’s website for all her new cookbooks, recipes, and great blog!

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Her Recipe Index.

Her Recipe Index.

HOME-SPIRATION: Retro Kitchen Chairs

So while David is hard at work doing the renovations, I am of course day dreaming about all the furniture and decor I need to put in to this new space of ours! Our new goal in our eating/living space is to have our kitchen, a dining room, and a living space (before we were using the dining room area as David’s office) Our goal for the kitchen is to have a breakfast nook where David and I can eat together. We already have a great table, so I really want to add some retro chairs and a great rug to make the space complete. Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for my future breakfast nook.

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REINCARNATION: Kitchen Island Carts

David and I love to eat. I mean who doesn’t? But what we really love to do is cook. We usually cook dinner together every night, which is a great bonding and catching up time, but we need more counter space (desperately!) So we are thinking about getting a kitchen island cart to add extra storage and much needed counter space for all the fun we have in the kitchen! Ours will be pulling double duty as a kitchen island and a breakfast table for the two of us! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for kitchen island carts and a few of the front runners in our search!

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Great hiding spot for these chic trash cans! Or maybe fill them with dog food (for those puppy friendly homes)!

Great hiding spot for these chic trash cans! Or maybe fill them with dog food (for those puppy friendly homes)!

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Here are some of my favorite kitchen island carts…

This is a beauty only down side is that there is no place to sit! This is the Crosley LaFayette Black Granite Top Kitchen Island from Bed Bath and Beyond for $449.99

This is a beauty only down side is that there is no place to sit! This is the Crosley LaFayette Black Granite Top Kitchen Island from Bed Bath and Beyond for $449.99

This is the Industrial Kitchen Island from West Elm for only $499

This is the Industrial Kitchen Island from West Elm for only $499

Another beauty from West Elm this is the Design Workshop Wood Top Counter for $2,399

Another beauty from West Elm this is the Design Workshop Wood Top Counter for $2,399

I LOVE THIS! This is the La Bergerie Wine Tasting Table in Oak from William Sonoma for $1,950. Combining things we love with things we need!

I LOVE THIS! This is the La Bergerie Wine Tasting Table in Oak from William Sonoma for $1,950. Combining things we love with things we need!

This is the front runner as of lately! This is the Sheridan Grey Kitchen Island from Crate and Barrel for $699

This is the front runner as of lately! This is the Sheridan Grey Kitchen Island from Crate and Barrel for $699

IN MY KITCHEN: Southern Shrimp Boil

I have always been a seafood lover, especially shrimp! This is an amazing and EASY way to cook for a crowd or just your family. Having a Shrimp Boil is just a great excuse to get together, eat great food, and enjoy great drinks with people you love! With warm weather finally arriving this year, this is a great meal to enjoy on a patio because its a bit mess, but all you have to do is throw some newspaper over an outdoor picnic table and you are good to go! Here is what is going on in my kitchen…

SOUTHERN SHRIMP BOIL.

SOUTHERN SHRIMP BOIL.

INGREDIENTS.

2-3 Pounds of Raw, Deveined, Shell on Shrimp

8 Red New Potatoes

3 Ears of Corn

Sausage (of your choice)

Old Bay Seasoning

Butter

DIRECTIONS.

Fill a large pot (I am talking VERY LARGE– this recipe works great in a turkey fryer, added bonus is there are very few dishes in this recipe!) with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning to the water. Place whole Red New Potatoes in the boiling water and wait 7-8 minutes. Next, Cut the ears of corn in half and add the corn and wait 5 minutes. Next, slice up the sausage in 2 inch pieces and cook for another 8 minutes.

Take a ladle full of the boiling water and set it aside in a bowl with half a stick of butter.

Strain the shrimp boil mixture and place in a big bowl or right on the table with newspaper. Pour the butter mixture over top. Chop up some fresh parsley and sprinkle on the finished meal!

For homemade cocktail sauce for dipping: Mix a cup of ketchup with your preferred amount of horseradish! Homemade cocktail sauce is simple and delicious. So much better than the store bought stuff.

(this recipe will feel 4 hungry people with leftovers, if you are feeding more just double the recipe!)

Here are a few great pictures from our Kiawah Island Shrimp Boil!

Our fresh shrimp right from the boat that caught them!

Our fresh shrimp right from the boat that caught them!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Our table for the week, always full of wine, great food, family, and love!

Our table for the week, always full of wine, great food, family, and love!

HOME-SPIRATION: On Display

I have confessed my love for beautiful kitchen home goods the entire time I have had this blog. Especially my love for all things Anthropologie. I have a dream that if I slowly accumulate small beautiful items one day my whole kitchen will be full of them! I love the idea of open shelving and all your beautiful stylish dishes being on display. I also love the idea of your pots and pans being on display. Maybe not my Paula Dean beat up college girl pots and pans, but hopefully one day soon I will have a gorgeous set of stainless steel or copper pots and pans that I would ADORE to show off! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for showing off your pots and pans.

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