A Kitchen Tour.

I get a lot of questions about my workspace but truth-be-told we spend so much time in the kitchen these days, testing out new and vintage products, styling and shooting new stories and entertaining. It's the gathering place in our home and one where we spend wonderful family time too. 

 I thought it was about time to give a little sneak peek into the details of our farmhouse-inspired kitchen.

square subway tile kitchen range with wooden feast board / heirloomed

I love testing out some of our product designs in my own kitchen. It helps me to see their functionality and how they hold up to wear and tear, and do so for the WoodKith side of the business too.

I wanted a bit of a cozy nook feeling to our range, tucked away into a vent that is hidden by the square, matte subways that cover every wall in the whole kitchen. I loved the feeling of the tile against the shiplap wood ceilings and walls in the adjoining rooms. And, I always have my metal tea kettle on the stove, a vintage little nod that I still enjoy having handy and use so much especially in the colder months. It was a wedding gift from my stepmom and a must-have if you ask me!

Farmhouse Mudroom and Kitchen / heirloomed

We have a range of light grey and creamy to bright whites to lightening up our kitchen area, touched with dark accents like the heavy iron knobs, metal lighting and industrial bar stools. I love mixing in these more utilitarian elements and finishes to keep it simple and clean and give nod to that vintage feeling I love so much.

One of my biggest must-haves when I designed the kitchen was a large island workspace. No sink, no multilevel bar, just a big area that's perfect for working and rolling dough and entertaining. This versatile space changes a lot as I love playing with the decorative elements but handy essentials like a seasonal candle, a fresh vase of flowers and my go-to snack bowl of pistachios are almost always a part of the assortment. 

The large, rustic bulb tray that sits there now is the perfect size and place to keep everything contained without feeling too cluttered, and it's easy to move in one swoop when I am needing the extra space for working in the kitchen. It's also home to my little basket of collected vintage silverware and serving pieces.

kitchen detail of vintage bulb collector / heirloomed
Stacks of dishes in open cabinet for kitchen tour and Falcon enamelware in pigeon grey / heirloomed
stacks of mismatched vintage white  mixing bowls / heirloomed

Flanking each side and atop our refrigerator are glass cabinets filled with stacks of mismatched cream + white dishes, my favorite dune Le Creuset cookware and a host of mismatched cake plates, vases and vessels that are both handy and worthy of display. I love stacks and pairings of objects in a kitchen and dining room, bringing collections of similar things or colors together helps to pull together the whole area in a more dramatic way.

And, did I mention they're super functional and effortlessly easy to keep this way too. Never too neat but never too messy. Just my style.

white and grey farmhouse kitchen / heirloomed
Matte Square subway tile and grey kitchen cabinets / heirloomed
Scenes from the kitchen / heirloomed
designer ashley schoenith kitchen tour / heirloomed

I originally wanted to go with concrete countertops but functionally it wasn't the best considering the wear and tear of someone who likes to cook a lot, or for a young and messy family. I ended up going with quartz in honed pebble to give the same look and color palette of the concrete I wanted design-wise. 

The quartz is super durable, very low maintenance and I went with a 3" thick version on the big kitchen island to really root the kitchen and give it some substance. If I had to do it all over again I'd go with quartz a hundred more times, and just two short years later there are so many new designs and colors for you to choose from. But honed is my favorite finish of all.

caesarstone quartz countertop in honed pebble / heirloomed
little kitchen helper in apron / heirloomed
farmhouse kitchen sink / heirloomed

The large farmhouse sink was another must for me when designing the space. It offered the perfect touch of rustic with a vintage nod and all the functionality of a modern home. I knew I had to have a sink with a single, large basin instead of one that was divided into two sections thanks to my love of large pots, pans and dishes. The little metal wire insert in the bottom is also key to keeping it good condition and not breaking (too many) wine glasses during their washings.

cubes of French soap / heirloomed
peaches and thyme farmhouse kitchen details / heirloomed

I had so much designing this special space for our family and seeing it come to life. I go Pinterest-crazy when it comes to loving kitchen spaces and I'd love to see some of your own favorite kitchen design details. Hope you enjoyed the little peek inside and it helps to visualize some of what you're seeing from our own home studio and kitchen here on the site.



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Lavender Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

There is nothing like homemade ice cream in the summer. There's nothing like homemade ice cream, in general. 

I remember growing up and using that old-fashioned ice cream churn with big chunks of rock salt to make some of the best vanilla ice cream I've ever had in my life. Eating it in the grass on a picnic table, completely drippy and sticky in the hot Florida afternoon summer sunshine. There's nothing quite like it.

Lavender Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I thought I'd get out into the herb garden and freshen up this summertime favorite with this recipe for lavender coconut milk ice cream.

Now I'm not usually one for a fancy take on something but to me this stuck to the farmhouse simplicity that I'm going for, and authentically was something I loved making that was right up my palette. Lightening it up with a little coconut milk was my original goal, but bringing the fresh flavor of the lavender inside, with a drizzle of honey totally elevated this treat from the kids cone to the adult table.

clipping fresh lavender from the herb garden / heirloomed
making homemade coconut milk lavender ice cream / heirloomed
Garden fresh lavender ice cream / heirloomed

LAVENDER COCONUT MILK ICE CREAM

  • 2 qty cans of chilled coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • Several bunches of fresh lavender
  • Drizzle of local honey

Combine chilled coconut milk, sugar and almond extract in blender until combined. Ensure you are buying the thick coconut milk in a can, not the refrigerated version in the carton. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and churn per instructions. Spread mixture into a metal loaf pan and sprinkle lavender flowers on top for both flavor and decoration. Freeze for additional 15 minutes to set. Scoop and serve with a drizzle of honey or sprinkle of sea salt.

fresh lavender coconut milk ice cream / heirloomed

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The Kids Table.

If you know me, you know that I'm a big believer in sitting down together at the table as a family to enjoy a meal. One of my favorite things about our home is the kids table.

We have a little table that is perfectly sized for our three little kiddos to all sit together and eat. The main breakfast table in our kitchen is perfect for family supper, but it's table + bench style so my littlest guy (how is he almost TWO?) is almost old enough to sit there on a daily basis and eat without us having to worry that he'll fall off the back side. Thus, the kids table lives on. 

child pouring milk for cereal bowl of Cheerios / heirloomed

We have worked to make the kitchen, pantry and kids table super kid-friendly so our little guys can be independent and help right alongside us at meal time. We have little cups stacked in the pantry and a little step stool so they can grab a snack if they're hungry, and keep stacks of dishes accessible for them too to help set the table.

One of my favorite things to collect is vintage enamelware because I love how simple and utilitarian the designs are, and because they are so sturdy and tend to hold up really well over the years. For this reason I also just love using enamelware for everyday dishes for our family. Unlike a heavy porcelain plate or bowl, if one of us happens to drop a dish it's much safer and easier to clean up and we don't end up having to throw away a broken dish.

My friends at Falcon Enamelware, an iconic brand out of England, send over some of their gorgeous pieces for us to enjoy in the pigeon grey color. Now, I haven't met a piece of enamelware I didn't like, but this grey has completely won me over. Above all else, beautiful and functional dishes for your family means you don't have to use a bunch of mismatched plastic "kids wear" dishes or paper plates. Setting a meaningful table for the kids too certainly helps them to understand the importance of mealtime.

at the kids table for breakfast / heirloomed

My little helpers love to set their table and I know it makes mealtime feel so much more special when we are all gathered around together. Giving them real table linens can also help set a proper tone too, without being to stuffy or formal. 

The kids are always charged with saying our mealtime blessing before we eat and I love the simplicity of their prayers. It formally marks the beginning of the meal and they've inspired a really special new collection that I'll be sharing with you soon.

We've also been dining al fresco out on the patio recently with this gorgeous summer weather and that's one place we can all comfortably sit around the table together. It's certainly a different dynamic and a really casual atmosphere, and we usually have the music on the porch speakers. 

eating breakfast at the kids table / heirloomed
falcon enamelware stacks of dishes perfect for the kids table / heirloomed
eating Cheerios / heirloomed

Love to know some of your favorite meal time rituals and tips for family dinners. #HEIRLOOMED



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

My First Collection.

Any antique or vintage collector remembers the first object that got them started. For me, it was a thimble.

vintage thimble collection

I had been dragged through store after store, year after year of stopping at road-side places during our family trips to North Carolina and at some point I began to actually enjoy looking at and learning about the old pieces that filled these places. 

It was at this time I decided that I should have a collection of my very own, so deciding what to actually collect was the next step. So I scoured the "antique" store with my sister until I happened upon the little blue and white porcelain thimble that would unknowingly begin my love affair with all things vintage.

I proudly brought it home it in a little rolled up paper sack and displayed it on a small white wicker tray on my nightstand. Over the years, during our travels I'd collected more thimbles as I found them, most of them new from touristy gift shops at places like the Space Center or a State Park mountain we had climbed.

I was thrifting at one of my go-to places a few weeks ago in Chamblee and came across this unusual little partitioned box with a myriad of thimbles stored inside and it took me back to my own starter collection. 

Love to know what piece got you started, or what collections you have? #HEIRLOOMED



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Savory Chicken Salad.

There are two kinds of people out there - ones that love sweet chicken salad, and ones that love savory. I am 100% team savory and finding the perfect, basic chicken salad is one of the best skills you can learn.

From there you can always take it and doctor it up or try a few variations, but this is my go-to staple when making chicken salad. As our Southern Kitchen Bucket List continues, I'm sharing my best recipe that includes fresh tarragon, toasted almond slivers and a bright touch of lemon.

Savory Chicken Salad Salad recipe / heirloomed

I'm one of those that doesn't like my "salads" (read : egg, potato, chicken, pasta) too goopy, so the perfect ration of chicken to mayo is essential. I always use Dukes in my kitchen because it has that great tang to it, and for this recipe in particular I use a bit of sour cream to amp up that flavor even more giving it the best base for a savory recipe.

Dukes Mayo for Southern Savory Chicken Salad recipe / heirloomed
Basic southern chicken salad recipe / heirloomed
southern savory chicken salad salad with sour cream / heirloomed

I also love a good chicken salad salad, you know, on a bed of lettuce instead of a big hearty loaf of bread. I think the heaviness of the chicken is usually enough for this lunchtime recipe, so getting my greens in this way is easy peasy. 

Here I dressed a simple mixed super greens blend with my favorite go-to dressing, Garlic Express, which is really just a hefty dose of garlic and a good amount of apple cider vinegar. It's such a wonderful, healthy dressing and tastes just as good as homemade (which I never say about a pre-made dressing) - a staple in our house that even the kids love!

fresh lemon juice brightens chicken salad recipe / heirloomed
toasted slivered almonds for chicken salad recipe / heirloomed

Toasting the slivered almonds for just a minute gives them a rich, nutty flavor and amps up the crunch against the texture of the chicken salad. And a lot of freshly cracked pepper with a hearty splash of fresh lemon juice helps to balance the mayo / sour cream base. I love the flavor of tarragon and always have some growing in my herb garden, but you could certainly sub in your favorite, like thyme or chives.

cracked pepper and chicken salad on railroad stripe tea towel / heirloomed
fresh herbs and tarragon for chicken salad recipe / heirloomed

SAVORY CHICKEN SALAD

  • 4 qty boneless, skinless, organic chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup of Dukes mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP of sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Bunch of fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup of slivered almonds
  • Cracked pepper + kosher salt to taste

Fill a large pot with water, salt, and bring to a boil. Insert chicken breasts and allow to cook for approximately 15-20 minutes until fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove and pat dry, allowing them to cool completely in the refrigerator.

In a small dry skillet, toast slivered almonds tossing constantly for approximately 1 minute, just long enough to give them a slightly brown color. Transfer into a bowl and set aside to cool.

Once cool, take chicken breasts and cut into chunks approximately 1/2 an inch and set aside in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine mayo and sour cream, stirring to together to blend. Stir in fresh lemon and tarragon leaves.

Add creamy mixture to cubed chicken, slowly folding it into the chicken in batches to allow you to get your preferred consistency. Once the texture is to your liking, add toasted almonds and salt and pepper to taste.

Set savory chicken salad atop a bed of freshly dressed lettuce greens or enjoy as a sandwich between two pieces of lightly toasted, hearty wheat bread.

Enjoy!

freshly tossed mixed greens salad / heirloomed
chicken salad salad / heirloomed
detail of selvedge edge railroad stripe tea towel / heirloomed

I think this recipe is so fresh for a beautiful lunchtime spread, and love how it pairs with our Selvedge Edge Railroad Stripe Tea Towels and vintage silverware and enamelware, like the pieces from our Vintage Goods stock.

lunchtime perfect savory chicken salad salads / heirloomed
detail of personalized vintage silverware / heirloomed
best savory chicken salad recipe with tarragon and slivered almonds / heirloomed

Love to know if you're team "sweet" or "savory" and what other ways you like to doctor up your own chicken salad! #HEIRLOOMED


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com