Wednesday, December 9, 2015

3 Reasons Every Gathering Needs Charcuterie + Brooklyn Slate Co.

Hey guys! 

If you've followed me here or on the 'gram for any amount of time you already know I love me some good food (insert Southern accent here), good people and some good + pretty serverware to plate it all on. 

Well, I thought this was as good a time as any to chat with you a bit about why you see my shooting photo after photo of charcuterie or eh, hm...meat and cheese platters all over the place and when my friends over at Brooklyn Slate Co. gave me the opportunity to style their amazing slate board and use their cheese bags ( I will explain), I just couldn't say no to yet another opportunity to shoot some cool food images and enjoy the fruits or well, in this case, meat and cheese of my labor. 

So without further are my top three reasons your next gathering should include a charcuterie platter: 

1. They look fancy, but they're not. 
Seriously, friends. It's one of the easiest ways to make your guests think that you have worked hard on food when my typical board takes me anywhere from 10-12 minuntes to complete. It's like throwing the flour all over your face just before walking out of the kitchen with a beautiful store bought cake in your hand except it's a whole lot less messy and tastes a whole lot better. 

2. It costs little to nothing for the amount of people you can feed. 
The cats out of the bag. I typically shop my favorite local market or hop over to the nearest Trader Joe's to grab some of my favorite cheeses and meats. The great thing about TJ's (if you have one) is that it's all preservative free and their prices are UHmazing. Amazing. I usually spend twenty bucks or less on my larger boards and they tend to feed 20-30 people. Meat and cheese. They just make people happy and tend to fool tummies. We like that. Right?

3. They're just so dang pretty. 
I'm sorry. Maybe this is my oh-so-artsy eye here but I just love the way these look, especially when on slate. I mean. You guys. It doesn't take much to make your spread look like it hopped right out of a gourmet food magazine. I promise. Not kidding you. I kind tend to believe you could place anything on a slate or wooden board and you've automatically upgraded whatever you're presenting. It's true. 

So, there you have it, all of my charcuterie (can you tell I love that word) secrets in one post. 

As a special gift to my faithful readers here, Brooklyn Slate is offering all of you a discount on any purchase now through Friday, December 11. Just use code RESTORATION15 to get your price adjustment! 

You can see the board I have picutered here by clicking here. This is their Slate Cheese Board and is one of my faves!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Greens, Lindsay Letters and + Tribute to My Grandmother

Growing up I never understood this but my grandmother's favorite color guessed it, emerald green. 

Our carpet, drapery and even our velvet sofas and chairs were green for as long as I can remember (hey, it was the 80's, okay) and I hated it but now that I no longer have her I cling to memories like these to bring an occasional laugh or smile when I think of her. 

I guess you could say today's post and collaboration are a nod to the woman who raised me and fostered my love for home and gathering.

Anyhow, if you've ever visited Lindsay's site, you already know that it's a visual treat and when I had the opportunity to pick out something from her newest line, I'll admit it wasn't easy. 

I mean, with the holidays I wanted something that would tie in with our simple theme but I also wanted something I could display throughout the year.

I finally settled on this piece. 


It's the Pine on Snow Watercolor and it's one of my faves. Actually, it's pretty darn scrumptious. In the spring I'm hoping to add a little more color to our living area and make this piece one of our statement pieces. For now, it's styled beautifully in our upstairs guest room and I couldn't be more pleased with it. 

If you've never ordered anything from Lindsay, let me say this...

Her work is amazing and she takes great care in the process. Not only is everything packaged with great care but she adds personality and character to every piece shipped, including wax sealing little thank you's to her art and prints.

Who doesn't love details and to know that the business that you are purchasing from cares about YOU and not just that you are ordering something from them to increase the bottom line. This is one of the benifits of not only ordering from a small business but more particularly, from Lindsay.

And just becuase Lindsay is so stinking generous each of you can order something for your family, friends and even yourself and get 15% off your order now through January 1, 2015. Just enter code LLLOVESRHI15 for your discount at checkout! For guaranteed Christmas delivery be sure and have your orders placed by December 14, friends! 

Head on over to the site and load up on some amazing pieces and to be inspired in your own homes! 


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Simple Christmas | Holiday House Walk 2015

Hi there, friends! 

Welcome to this year's Holiday House Walk with Jennifer Rizzo  and 30 other amazing bloggers. If you're hopping over from The Shabby Nest I am sure you absolutely loved all that she shared this year and hopefully you've been inspired in the best way for your own home or at least full of cheer and more ready for the season ahead! 

Come on in! 

I chose to highlight two of my favorite areas in our home: our dining area and our guest room. Neither of these spaces seem to get much of a rest which means that they are rarely truly perfect by any standard. This, for me, is what makes it fun to style it so often and add a little festive flavor to them. 

Welcome to our little cottage. 

If you've been here long enough, you know that one of my most favorite ways to inspire is through tablescaping and inspiring others to gather with those around them. So, it's only naturally that after you enter, that I'd invite you to the table. 

These menu cards are some of my favorite things to add detail and character to table settings and since I have yet to be gifted with the modern calligraphy gene, I asked my friend from Olive Branch and Co. if she would help me add that special touch. She does such a great job and I loved working with her! 

These napkins from Joss and Main were one of my favorite accents on this simple table. They are seriously my new favorite and I can't wait to put them to good use. The quality is absolutely outstanding. Extremely thick and a great weight of fabric. 100% cotton and oh so durable. In love.  

Another one of my must haves as we gather around the table during the holidays is bread. This loaf is sprinkled with just the right amount of salt and has great flavor. There's nothing like breaking bread and having a good conversation around the table with those that you love. I love it all year 'round but it's especially unique in this season for us. 

Showing off more of Melissa's great work. I just love the softness of the watercolors and the personality they add to each setting. 

This year really is all about making the most of what we have and keeping decor on the more minimal side. The table settings and what you will see below, are a reflection of our current hopes in life. Simple is really what fits us best this year.

That means fewer ornaments on the tree and less fluff around the house. 
Living in a smaller space has somewhat forced that mindset. I'm learning to be absolutely okay with it. 

And,friends, do you see this tree? 

It, too, came from Joss and Main. Who would have thought that you could order a fresh tree online from Joss and Main. But, we did it! And I tell nothing but the truth when I say I am SO in love with their packaging and delivery of this sweet little Frasier Fir. If you're still looking for one for yourself, you have time to hop on over and order before they are all gone. 

In the spirit of the minimal I also swiped everyting off of these shelves of ours and added some clay plates I picked up on sale at Crate and Barrel and some other found items picked up here and there to add a bit more texture and personality to the shelf without overwhelming it. 

Our guest bedroom serves a few gazillion purposes from kids' playroom to multimedia room to of course, a place for guests to rest their weary heads. We've had small spaces everywhere especially since we were military for 10 years but we've always kept a space for others to dwell in our homes. It's what we love and what's important so we try to squeeze it in wherever we roam. 

This is my favorite bed.  EVER. Seriously friends. 

I picked this baby up a couple of years ago via Craigslist for under $100 and I think it's the best money we've spent in years. Minus a few minor things like kids' savings for college and whatnot. 
I jumped at the chance to style it in some way and make it a part of this walk. 

The pillows I picked up from Restoration Hardware and the dough bowl was a purchase from a European sale in Oregon by a friend last year. I tried to style without all the greens and the bowl but then I figured EVERYBODY needs a little dough bowl action on their beds're welcome. :)

So there, you have it folks. Our little slice of the House Walk. I sure hope you enjoyed it all and if you haven't had the chance to take a look at others from the beginning of the week, please head over to Jenn's site to see all the tours from the beginning. You will not be disappointed! 

You guys are so amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by and feel free to Pin away and check out the Good Housekeeping for more Christmas and the Holiday House Walk Idea Board as well where I, along with others, will be pinning away all season to inspire you! 

Tomorrow we start all the goodness all over again beginning with Jenna Burger Design. I can't wait to see what she comes up with for her tour. I know it will be beautiful! 

Thanks again, loves and have an amazing week! xo 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Inspired Room + My Favorite Space

Happy Saturday, friends!

I'm hopping in today to share something with you that I am super excited about. 

This week, my e-friend Melissa Michaels officially released her book The Inspired Room. 
This book is filled with all sorts of practical tips and application on not just how to fill your home with the things that you love but how you can create a space that not only your and your family love but a space that creates an environment that allows others to feel safe and welcome as well. 

Well, this one's an easy one to get behind because you guys know that's what I am all about over here at RH and when I received Melissa's beautiful book it was confirmed. I am convinced everyone can benefit from all the tips and inspiration she proved in The Inspired Room book. 

In support of Melissa and the release of her new book I thought I'd share one of my inspired spaces. 

This is a shot of one of my favorite places in our tiny cottage. Our combined living and dining space is small but packs a punch as it's the life center of our home and where all the magic happens. 

This is a throwback of our  space from a few months back.

It's another one of the spaces in our home, actually one of the only ones since we live in a cottage, where we all gather. 

I tend to change it around every few months and with the seasons to help freshen up things and adding greenery is just one way I love to bring a bit of personality and life into the space. 

It's a combined living dining room space and I love that we can all be together at the end of the day.

Do you have an inspired space in your home that you'd love to share? 

Be sure to head over to Melissa's blog for more details and to win a $300 Anthropologie gift card and see how you can join in on The Inspired Room fun! 


Friday, November 6, 2015

The Power of Gathering | Dark + Moody Fall Tablescape Inspiration

This is the power of gathering: it inspires us delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. -Alice Waters 

I've always loved coming together and bringing new and old friends around the table. I really don't think I could have said it any better than Alice Waters. She truly, in the above quote, encapsulates why coming around the table with others means so much to me.  

It's something I have always and will forever hold near and dear to my heart. 

Being raised by a grandmother who modeled the heart of gathering on a daily basis and being surrounded by the quintessential Southern woman taught me many things but one of the most important is that people matter and serving them matters even more. 

Of course, this is the perfect season to share recipes and tablescapes and all sorts of amazing inspiration. 

But, gathering is more for me than just sitting at a pretty table and enjoying a meal or even laughs. 

It's more than offering pretty napkins or plates and giving those around the table something interesting to look at. While I obviously enjoy all those things, that can't be the end of the story. 

When we gather, we offer others an opportunity to tell their stories and to hear our own. 

We give life to hope and all of sudden those that didn't have place or purpose are once again fulfilled and connected. 

It's a beautiful thing. 

At the table, we are reconnected, revived and restored.

There is power in your connection. There is power in your story. 

So gather. Explore. Tell your story around the table. 

For more tablescapes  and inspiration head on over to 

A big thanks to Bre from ROOMS FOR RENT for letting me be a part of her fun fall tablescape tour. You can see the rest of the gals participating this week by heading over to her blog. 

STYLING | Restoration House

PHOTOGRAPHY | Tiarra Sorte Photography

SOURCES | Dinnerware: Crate + Barrel (all plates)
                     Linen Napkins: World Market
                     Flatware: Goodwill
                     Runner: Made from old curtain panel
                     Candlestick holders: Goodwill/ Value Village
                     Florals: Seattle Floral Market
                     Wood cut: TJMaxx
                     Bread Platter: Value Village

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