Fall Edit: Our Fave Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

In keeping with our let’s-embrace-fall-and-try-not-to-cry-because-summer-is-over theme, I’ve been making our favourite comfort foods, and this one tops the soup list.

 

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It’s thick and hearty, with a sweet and spicy flavour, perfect for warming up on chilly fall days. we usually serve this with cornbread muffins.. another fave,  you’ll probably find that one pop up here at some point as well! Ready for flavour? Read on, my friends…

 

 

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You may have noticed that my “food processor” was a blender 🙂 I dropped and subsequently broke the canister for my food processor as I made this soup.. I can now say that I’ve made soup in a blender, lol! If you don’t have have a food processor, you can also use your blender, safe in the knowledge that it works – just add a little water to loosen it up a little before blending.

The Fall Edit recipes (there’s also an amazing Caramel Apple Cocktail recipe to try out) and Floral Harvest Thanksgiving Table were featured in our fall newsletter. You can sign up here if you like. We don’t share emails addresses with anyone, and each newsletter contains special offers for our online design services.

Cheers! am xo

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Fall Edit: Introducing Our Fave Fall Drink, The Caramel Apple Cocktail

It’s Fall. Last week we packed away the paddle boards at home, and a few tears may have been shed, lol. This week, however, I added a new velvet quilt to our room, made butternut squash soup (a family favourite), came up with (and tested, ahem) a delectable fall cocktail to drown our sorrows in, and dressed the table for our Thanksgiving dinner. Small silvers of happiness as we practice acceptance of our fate! As we settle back into newsletter writing and blogging, I thought perhaps some of you could use those little moments of happiness as well 🙂

First off, the Caramel Apple Cocktail, because we always start with cocktails, yes?

 

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Once upon a time I was a bartender, as was D., and we’ve never lost our passion for mixology. Any occasion around the house involves us in the kitchen, “testing”, which in turn becomes it’s own occasion!

I saw a few apple cider sangria concoctions floating around pinterest, which brought me to the fall cocktail search. A apple-based cocktail sounded nice, still crisp enough for the warm days we’ve been having, but seasonal. We took classic Strongbow Cider (alcoholic) and added some caramel-infused apple goodness, then amped up the flavour with a cinnamon sugar rim. It’s delicious. De-licious.

 

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Here is the recipe, in case you’d like to try it for yourself, which of course you will! It’s perfect as a greeter cocktail, for when guests arrive, or a dessert cocktail, after a savoury dinner…

 

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This cocktail was featured in our newsletter this fall – if you’d like to sign up, you can do that here. We don’t share your email with anyone, ever, and each newsletter offers discounts on our online design services – yay!

Cheers! am xo

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eDesign: New York Oasis (2 of 3)

A little while back I posted about J’s NY home. I helped the family settle into their new home with an eDesign for the living/dining space. Next J wanted to move on to her Daughter’s room.

When the family moved into the unit, they separated a portion of the large living space to create a room for their daughter. The resulting room has a beautiful window and a decent footprint. Storage solutions, as for all little darlings rooms, were needed. With a single shared living space in the home O definitely needed some seating and a desk area so that she could maximize the use of her own space. A daybed with storage underneath would work well here for lounging, and with no closet, a tall cabinet that they had just purchased would contain O’s wardrobe. We needed a chair to provide a place to relax in, a desk with storage, and a place for a keyboard!

 

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J had originally planned to place O’s bed along the right wall. Here are two possible layouts for the furniture with he bad along the right wall, and the headboard facing that wall. The door is located in the bottom left corner, just didn’t add it to the floor plan for some reason, lol!

The problem with the first is that by placing the bed, the largest item of furniture in the room, along the right wall we have wasted floor space in the back corner and in front of the bed.

 

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In the second layout, we have really limited our movement as soon as we enter the room.

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I suggested placing a daybed, with storage underneath, along the back wall with the tall wardrobe placed alongside. With our largest pieces of furniture tucked into the corner, we could then place O’s desk and keyboard side-by-side, so that the desk chair can be rolled over to the appropriate place. The chair placement could still be in front of the window, the perfect sunny spot for reading or daydreaming… this layout wastes no floor space, and feels fairly open. Both O and J loved this option, and now we could move onto the decorating phase.

 

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O wasn’t sure what she wanted, and her Mum had seen a harlequin wallpaper that she liked, so I put together a two colorways for them to consider. A hit of black, in the form of the chair, would balance out the black keyboard and prevent the candy-colored hues from feeling too “little girl”.

 

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After some discussion, O decided that she did not care for the harlequin wallpaper, and would prefer something with a little more whimsy. These boards show how versatile the furnishings really are…

 

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O really liked the graphic polka dotted rug and bright color featured in the first design board, and so we went ahead with that. The vibrancy of this palette is based on textiles and art, with the rug in black and white, with such high-contrast, there is no need for additional wall pattern here. This option allows her to change her decor in a year or two, as she grows and her tastes change, and the large furnishings/rug will still work.

This is the final design board…. O requested a giant black beanbag chair, and she had a blast choosing art pieces for a grouping over her bed. Pastel shades abound, and she can mix in new accessories as she pleases, perfect for a pre-teen room.

 

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Happy to say O is living large in her new digs! If you missed the living/dining post, you can find it here. Next time we will cover the master bedroom – it’s a good one 🙂

Have a great week! am

 

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