You know when you’re trolling Pinterest and an image just stops you dead in your tracks. Well I spied this living room and immediately had to know more.

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Just look it. The color palette, the meticulously curated details. That chair! I had to know more. I discovered that this room was designed by Australian creative agency Huntly, and the rest of the house is just as good. If you’re on the hunt for a pitch perfect modern home – minimalist but warm, calming but intriguing, where every element has both a purpose but also beautiful form – keep scrolling. I’m taking so much inspiration from this home tour as I get started designing our house.

Huntly’s design ethos – complexity should be secret and that the difference is in the details -comes through in every room you see here. Because the details in these spaces are all spot on.

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While a monochromatic palette sets the house’s foundation (those gray floors are so damn good), the pops of brass, forest green and the touch of pink in front of that (epic!) sideboard soften the living room. The creamy linen sofa topped with creamy milk chocolate suede pillows make you want to sink right in.

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Seriously need to find out where I can find that white sconce. As soon as I do will be sure to share.

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Another lighting home run. Don’t worry, I’m already frantically hunting for this one too.

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And hello bedroom goals. The variety of textures in this space, from the wood paneling to the flannel, wool, leather and Mongolian sheep skin make it feel cozy and inviting. I’m adding this bed to my how to make your bed files. While I can appreciate homes that are packed with stuff, showcase collections or are decorated head to toe in art and family photos, I want a breath of fresh air when I get home. The world is chaotic enough. I’d like my little private universe to function as a respite that puts my mind at ease.

This house definitely does that for me. But what do you think? Are you down to simplify and create a cool minimalist space like this?

pictures courtesy of huntly 

I love to cook. It’s always been the way I relax, unwind and enjoy my evenings. But since having the tiny human, the entire cooking process has gone out the window. Meal planning, grocery shopping, recipe finding – it’s all seemed too overwhelming, even 15 months in.

But thankfully, we live in 2016 and there’s an app for that. Those dinner in box services seem to be proliferating every day – and I can see why. They’re genius. Delicious easy recipes with all the ingredients – often organic – ready to go, pre-measured and laid out for you – yes, I’m signing up immediately.

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Case in point, Marley Spoon. Marley Spoon has upped the meal-in-a-box ante by coming together with the master – Miss Martha Stewart herself – to bring some of Martha’s most tried and true recipes and smart cooking techniques neatly packaged and ready for you to whip up at home. Designed with easy weeknight cooking in mind, recipes reflect Martha’s love for seasonal ingredients and delicious flavors. I love that they select organic and sustainable whenever possible.

I recently gave this chicken salad recipe a go. I hadn’t cooked with sumac before, though I’ve been hearing about the middle eastern spice for awhile. I just haven’t been sure how to use it. In this case, you marinate your chicken in a sumac based glaze. Verdict? Totally delicious!

This dish is light and flavor packed but filling enough that it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. I’m just thrilled I can finally break in my dream kitchen – I designed it to be used after all!

Sumac Grilled Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 lemons
2 tsp sumac (0.2 oz)
2, 6­oz boneless skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp honey (1 oz)
1 cup pearl couscous (4.7 oz)
1⁄4 cup roasted unsalted almonds (1 oz)
1⁄4 oz fresh mint
1⁄4 oz fresh parsley
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries (1 oz)
2 oz baby arugula
olive oil
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Marinate chicken, Juice 1⁄2 of a lemon into a large bowl and whisk in sumac and 1 tablespoon oil. Use a sharp knife to lightly score chicken at 1⁄2­inch intervals. Add chicken to bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix to coat, rubbing marinade into chicken.

Make dressing

Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Zest 1 lemon over a small bowl and add remaining 11⁄2 lemon juice. Whisk in honey and 3 tablespoons oil; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook couscous

Add couscous to boiling water and cook until al dente, 6–7 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle with half of dressing and toss to combine.

Cook chicken

Preheat a grill, grill pan, or broiler with rack 6­inches from heat source. Place chicken on the grill or grill pan and grill (or place on a rimmed baking sheet and broil) until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. Remove, cover loosely with foil, and set aside to rest for 5 mins. Slice on the bias.

Prep almonds & herbs and coarsely chop almonds. Pick parsley and mint leaves from stems.

Finish & serve in a bowl with couscous, add arugula, cranberries, almonds, parsley, and mint leaves. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to combine. Divide between plates and top with sliced chicken. Serve drizzled with remaining dressing.

Enjoy!

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As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with neutral interiors. Our house is a whole lotta white (as you can see here) – in a good way if I do say so myself. But I do want to inject a bit of color here and there. A colorful rug is the perfect way to add a touch of personality to a neutral room.

Especially if they look as good as these hand selected Moroccan rugs from Australian company Tigmi Trading. I would like one of each please!

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While the neutral beni ourain rugs have been the design de jour, I’m loving the look of these pink, peach, and magenta tones. They feel fresh, modern and interesting. A rug with a mix of peach tones can looks soft and warm, while a rug with a black ground can look really dramatic (obsessed!).

You could make a major statement with a really large rug in a bedroom, but these rugs would also look good in smaller versions for use in a bathroom, in the kitchen or in a walk-in closet. You could even create a the ultimate outdoor setting (though you wouldn’t want to leave it out there obviously). While you need to be a little brave to take on such a bold color choice, the best thing about a rug? It’s easy to swap out for something new!

For our design inspiration archive CLICK HERE.

Hi, I’m Erin and I have a problem. A coat problem. I’ve very rarely met a one I didn’t like. But no matter how big my collection grows, I can never resist a fresh fall coat. Especially when they’re on sale!

I’ve been scouring the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – it started today btw – to find the perfect addition to my closet, but now I don’t know how I’m going to pick just one!
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A cropped pea coat feels modern and fresh.

My obsession with all things pink continues with this Topshop duster. Especially since it’s only $85!

A wool trench coat in a cool olive color will never go out of style.

But a sweet pink trench will keep me feeling light on my feet all season long.

A drape neck wool coat feels sophisticated and chic.

A camel walking coat will be a classic for years to come.

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I got married six years ago. At the time, I thought I was a progressive bride who took a modern approach to the hoopla. I didn’t have a bridal party, we did a small destination wedding with less than 50 guests. But looking back now, I realize how much I still stuck with convention.

Involved invitations, a big dinner, agonizing over every detail. It seems like it couldn’t be avoided. But what if  you skipped all of it? What if you the only thing you had to do was find the perfect dress and spend the day enjoying your one and only? This city hall wedding had me at hello.

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I don’t know what I love more about this concept. The stunning setting of San Francisco City Hall, that epic dress, beautiful bouquet or the fact that this special moment can be focused on what’s truly most important – making a truly special commitment with the one you love.

While I’m still a sucker for a good wedding, this idea might be simply perfect.

For our archive of Wedding Wednesdays (which last for about 3 years I think!) CLICK HERE.

Venue: San Francisco City Hall
Photographer: Melanie Duerkopp Photography
Hair & Make-up Artist: The Glamourist
Florist: Natalie Bowen Designs
Bride’s Dress: Self Portrait
Brides’s Shoes (similar): Steve Madden
Groom’s Attire (similar): Express
Groom’s Shoes (similar): Men’s Warehouse

While I love throwing a good party and pride myself on setting a great table, I also love to pick the brains of the style geniuses that abound these days. One such person who has jumped on my radar of late is Heather Taylor, a Los Angeles based style maven who has morphed from a gallerist to blogger, mother and now textile designer, with her Heather Taylor Home collectionHer collections – ranging from tea towels and table linens to scarves and baby blankets – are designed in Taylor’s Los Angeles studio and hand-woven in Chiapas, Mexico.

This summer, Heather added to the fun by launching Heather Taylor Home Events (HTH Events), a collection of handmade, vibrant and textured linens available for rent. They’re the perfect way to take any table to the next level. I recently sat down with Heather to pick her brain for her favorite tips for setting a festive summer table.

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Tip 1: Mix and Match. Mixing patterns and color in unexpected ways instantly gives your table a feeling of depth and texture. Just be sure to create a balance. If you use a patterned napkin, take it easy with the plates. Too many different patterns can look chaotic.

Tip 2: Stay centered. Always have a focal point in the center of your table. Grab the prettiest flowers you can get your hands on and casually arrange them in a vessel. If it’s last minute and flowers aren’t an option, a beautiful bowl filled with citrus or fruit will always feel fresh.

Tip 3: Pare down. Less is definitely more. I like to scale down the size of my glasses (sometimes I use small water glasses for wine) and the amount of flatware on the table for a look that feels more casual.

Tip 4: Go with your gut. To avoid looking like you copied a tabletop straight from a Pinterest board, try not to get too hung up on the current trends. Instead, make the table a reflection of you and your aesthetic in order to create something really beautiful, approachable and special.

Tip 5: Go naked. Especially in the summer months, a “naked” table feels seasonally appropriate. Do away with a table cloth in favor of runners and napkins

I want to thank Heather for sharing her awesome styling tips with us. Now I’m feeling extra inspired to throw my next dinner party!

images courtesy of Heather Taylor Home

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