Fresh Decor for Spring

Spring has most definitely sprung and I’m dreaming about breathing a bit of life into my home. I’m thinking pops of color, refreshing my pillows, and updating my art game. Lucky for me, my favorite home decor site, Lulu & Georgia, is having a major — seriously major — pop-up shop sale now through April 22. I’m talking up to 80% off the prettiest pieces you ever did see. From pastel rugs that somehow don’t feel childish, to of-the-moment furniture, and timely decor, Lulu & Georgia pretty much has everything.

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As could be expected, I’ve already gone H-A-M and picked up a pink and cream chevron rug, three prints (London, NY, and Rome), and three pillows for my bedroom. I can’t wait for my goodies to arrive! Keep reading for a few of my favorite Lulu & Georgia picks plus what I’m crushing on this Spring.

Color Refresh

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You can bring color into your home in so many different ways, the key is don’t constrain yourself! It can be in the shape of a new coffee table book in an eye-catching pink, or a new record player in cherry red, or a pretty pastel rug — play around with it and have some fun!

Crosley Radio ‘Cruiser’ Turntable // Crosley // $80
Martini Two Tone Side Table // $127
Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide // Lulu & Georgia // $225–1,199
Anthropologie Chevron Path Rug // Anthropologie // $298–1,798
Zeyu Tea Caddy, Teal // Lulu & Georgia // $327.80
Corona Key Duvet Cover, Orange // Lulu & Georgia // $271
Metrix Rug, Hot Pink // Lulu & Georgia // $88–986
Malone Campaign Nightstand – Blue Teal // $349
Pari Rug // Lulu & Georgia // $810
Raleah Inlay Picture Frame, Blue // Lulu & Georgia // $57
Nadege Fringe Catch-All, Pink and Teal // Lulu & Georgia // $125
Merrimac Rug, Aqua // Lulu & Georgia // $237–4,870
John-Richard Collection First Blush Faux Floral // John-Richard Collection // $275
Duck River Textile ‘Sabrette’ Stripe Grommet Window Panels (Set of 2) // $39.99

Pillow Refresh

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Jane Wilner Designs Ellie Leopard-Spot Pillow, 20″Sq. // Jane Wilner Designs // $168.75
Banana Palm Pillow // Lulu & Georgia // $57–75
Spots Pillow, Pink // Lulu & Georgia // $37.50–50
Threshold® Pillow with Tassels – ThresholdTM // Threshold // $24.99
Alegria Home Biya Tassled Pillow // Lulu & Georgia // $150
Waverly Sanctuary Rose Square Decorative Pillow // Waverly // $39.99
JCP Home Collection JCPenney HomeTM Chenille Leopard Decorative Pillow // JCPenney // $23.99
Eve & Nico Splash Paint Pillow // $40
Home Expressions Caravan Square Decorative Pillow // JCPenney // $40
Throw Pillow Cover ~ Paradise Found // MUMU // $44
Venice Net Tassel Bolster Pillow // $49
Loloi Blue Teal Pillow // Loloi // $150
Nautica ‘Fretwork’ Pillow // Nautica // $39.99
Elaine Smith Zebra-Stripe Outdoor Pillows // Elaine Smith // $150–160

Art Refresh

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Making You Smile by Kristi Kohut // Lulu & Georgia // $45–65
Kelly O’Neal Pulpo Wall Art // Anthropologie // $1,398
Navy Geo by Britt Bass Turner for Artfully Walls // Lulu & Georgia // $136–309
Black Circle by Kent Youngstrom // Lulu & Georgia // $32–98
Take Out // $750
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward // $2,000
San Francisco Print // Lulu & Georgia // $34
Bree Madden Tower #4 Photography Print // Lulu & Georgia // $30–80
Pink Dogs by Kent Youngstrom // Lulu & Georgia // $32–98
Flamingo Art Print // Lulu & Georgia // $24
Anewall Rosella Mural // $448
DENY Designs ‘Incandescent’ Framed Wall Art // DENY Designs // $99–149

Until next time.

Xx Molly

The Perfect Spring Soup — Simple “Consomme”

Chicken "Consomme"

After a weekend with two of my best friends from college — aka 3 days of utter debauchery — I found myself feeling less than stellar. Defying all odds, I made it to the grocery store and picked up a few simple ingredients in preparation for my “consomme” — real consomme is much more labor intensive and let’s face it, I was in no condition to even attempt this. I figured after all the heavy food — and drinking — that I put my body through this weekend, a light dinner was in order.

I have been a long-time lover of simple chicken consomme, so I decided to give it a little makeover with the addition of mushrooms and asparagus.

First thing’s first — the key to any great soup is in the stock

6 cups water

6 tsp. chicken bullion

6 stalks of celery

1 leek (only the green)

2 carrots

3 stems of thyme

3 dashes of dried dill (fresh is preferred though)

2 bay leafs

8 whole pepper corns

salt to taste

Crepes

1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup almond milk (or regular milk)

1 egg

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 tbs dried dill (fresh preferred)

1 tbs dried thyme (fresh preferred)

The Finishing Touches

3 stalks of asparagus, chopped

6 mushrooms, thinly sliced

Directions:

For the stock: Bring water to a boil and add in the chicken bullion (feel free to skip the bullion if you decide to bump up the amount of chicken bones, vegetables, and spices) stirring until dissolved. Then, lower heat as you add in the spices, vegetables, and chicken stirring until it comes to a boil again; set stove to simmer, cover with lid, and let sit for 2 hours. Next, place entire pot into fridge and let cool until the fat comes to the top; once it does, skim, strain liquid, and dispose of everything but the stock.

For the crepes: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix well. You can make this up to 6 hours ahead of time, but you should allow to chill covered for at least 30 minutes. Next, heat a small non-stick pan on medium-high heat and melt a slice of butter. Add a few spoonfuls of batter — just enough to cover the pan — and let cook until the batter is almost completely solid. Flip and allow to cook for 1 minute more (makes about 4 crepes).

For the finishing touches: Start by chopping the asparagus, thinly slicing the mushrooms, and julienning the crepes. Next, heat the mushrooms on medium-high heat until water has evaporated, but mushrooms remain un-scorched. Meanwhile, bring your chicken stock to a boil and add in the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes or until asparagus is al dente. Finally add in the julienned crepes, sliced mushrooms, and  herbs to garnish — serve piping hot!

4 Ways to Perk Up Your Apartment This Spring

Step into Spring with a bold new outlook on design. This month I’m looking to add pops of pattern and color to my apartment to bring the jovial spirit of the season indoors. Spring is all about fun so why not have a little as you update your abode’s look! And no need to worry, you don’t need to redo your entire apartment or home to get the look; so read on for a few refreshing tips to prep your home for Spring.

Go For Bold Wallpaper

Bold Wallpaper

Wallpaper can do wonders to a room. I have recently become obsessed with the bold printed variety, which has evolved from a staple of your childhood bedroom to the darling of design. Adding a dash of color with a fun printed wallpaper will give your room the added boost it needs — I love that this floral print is not overly traditional or sweet. Plus, you can find temporary panels so you never have to fully commit!

Add Eye-Catching Print

leopard sofa

Nothing adds flavor like a little animal print. Whichever room you’re working on, whatever style you’re going for, a print always works. I love how this leopard sofa pops and makes this otherwise formal room quite livable.

Anchor a Room With Color

pink bench

As we well know, sometimes all a room needs is a splash of color. This whimsical blue coupled with the eye-catching pink bench gives the otherwise bland room the kick it needs. If you don’t want to commit to a new look for your walls, simply adding a bold bench or ottoman would work nicely as well.

Invest in a Wild Print

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Talk about eye-catching. I’ve been on the hunt for a piece of funky artwork and while this may be just a little too wild for me — ya, I said it — it definitely breathes life into this small space. I love the subtle Palm Beach feeling that this print exudes, which automatically adds a sense of playfulness to the room.

What’s your go-to piece for Spring?

We Go Together Like — Paris and Pastels

We Go Together Like — Paris and Pastels

Bonjour mon amis! Now that Spring has officially begun — although the weather seems to be saying otherwise — I’m getting ready to amp up my wardrobe. This time around, it’s all about the pastel accessories. A little pale blue Gucci bag here, a delicate blush bow there — I’m even going so far as to add a sea-foam green print to my decor. That’s the beauty of pastels, they can be seamlessly incorporated into any facet of your life!

What’s your favorite thing about Spring?

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here and you know what that means — it’s time to ditch your drab winter duds in favor of a punchier palette. This season I’ll be channeling my inner Parisian with creamy furs, soft pastels, and a bold pattern or two.