Drink More Water.

I'm one of those people who much prefers 95 degree days to 65 degree ones. I blame my hot + humid Florida weather upbringing but I really do love the heat.

This time of year (ok, any time of year really) I am always pushing myself to drink more water. I know it is so essential and I can totally see the countless benefits when I commit myself to pushing my intake.

lemon rosemary water / heirloomed

There are a few things that work for me in upping my daily intake of water.  

The first is simply tracking it. I've found that when I'm more aware of how much (or little) water I've had during the day it helps me to push on to get the right amount. That goes for the kiddos too.

Another easy way to drink more water is simply to make it readily available. I always have a water bottle handy filled with water that I can bring with me whether I'm at my desk, in the studio or running somewhere. Already having it in a "to-go" form helps me to grab and go as I need to.

cutting fresh rosemary from the herb garden / heirloomed
fresh cut rosemary from the herb garden / heirloomed

My last trick is to make the water a little more interesting and appealing. I love making up some flavored water and keeping a jar or pitcher on hand in the fridge for easy pouring. The flavor combinations are endless and especially during the Summer when all the fruit and herbs are so fresh and full of flavor.

For this "recipe" I picked some stems of fresh rosemary from my garden and cut up a bunch of bright lemons and simply added it to the pitcher. Not only is it yummy but it's so beautiful too if you're entertaining or looking to add a touch of something other than florals to a tablescape. 

A few other flavor and combo ideas are :

  • grapefruit + mint
  • almond
  • rosewater
  • lavender + honey
  • strawberry tops
  • raspberry + blackberry
  • cucumber
  • pineapple + coconut water
glass pitcher of lemon and rosemary flavored water / heirloomed

Love to know any tricks and tips you have for getting more water into your diet and any flavored waters that you love to make at home! #HEIRLOOMED

 

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Beach House Table Linens.

I try to keep the story at the forefront of everything I share here on the blog but I also love sharing when we have something new and the design process behind it too. So, I'm excited to introduce our new Railroad Stripe Tabletop Collection, thanks to the popularity of our sturdy striped aprons that were the first to make a splash.

I love this collection for a beach house or lake house, but it's also perfect for everyday entertaining at home too. And, there are a few really fun design details, such as the twill tape loop on the dinner napkin, the selvedge edge on one of the tea towels, and the utensil loop on the placemat (my favorite!) for neatly tucking your silverware or napkin in place.

Love to know your favorite pieces in this collection. You can shop it all here, and even learn the easy tips for steaming a lobster!

beach house tablescape with lobster and railroad stripe table linens / heirloomed
railroad stripe table runner / heirloomed
railroad stripe full apron with steamed lobster / heirloomed
railroad stripe napkin with loop tab detail / heirloomed
lobster dinner with fresh lemons and railroad stripe napkins / heirloomed
railroad stripe placemat / heirloomed
railroad stripe placemat with utensil holder strap detail / heirloomed
selvedge edge railroad stripe tea towel detail / 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

 

Back Porch Entertaining.

It's that time of year here in the South, where the pollen is finally gone and the weather is that perfect mix of cool mornings and hot, sunny days. It's my absolute favorite time of year.

We've been in our home for two years now and one of our favorite places to hang out is on the back screened in porch. I partnered with the great folks at LeisureMade to bring their beautiful and comfortable outdoor furniture into our space to completely transform our porch into a room - and they're based right here in Atlanta, too.

cozy outdoor screened in patio space  / heirloomed

Just like any other room in the house, I really wanted our porch to be effortless, cozy and inviting. We do a lot of entertaining outside and the kids love to have "picnics" any chance they can get, so having the right balance of living and dining was important. And, having enough seating for our family of 5 (well, six including Kona) and any friends or neighbors that might drop by on a whim is so important.

pup on screened in porch / heirloomed
outdoor pillows and sofa / heirloomed
kitchen herbs on the back screened patio / heirloomed

The furniture set that LeisureMade provided is their beautiful Forsyth Collection which is the absolute perfect neutral - not too grey not too brown, so it goes with everything. I went with the tan cushions too (because, neutral) and we really needed something with an outdoor-friendly fabric because even though the porch is covered and screened we tend to still get some water spray with a heavy rain.

leisuremade outdoor patio furniture / heirloomed

The seating really helped to anchor the space and gave me the shape I was looking for so we can still gather around the fireplace and TV when we need to out there. I love our little wood storage area that Shane came up with for underneath the fireplace. It definitely comes in handy during the cooler months. And, I love the flexibility of being able to use the coffee table as extra bench-like seating when we have extra guests over. 

pup and screened in patio / heirloomed
outdoor fireplace and wood storage area / heirloomed
cozy blanket and book for reading on the back porch / heirloomed

To make the outdoor space feel a little more cozy I brought in a few lamps for some ambient light, added layers of pillows and a blanket or two on the couch, and included a few planters and galvanized bins of fresh herbs. A big outdoor rug as a base also helps to add just another layer of texture to keep the space warm + inviting.  I love having these so close to the kitchen for clipping while I'm cooking and they are so fragrant too. A couple overhead fans help keep us cool and the air flowing for those hot Southern nights.

outdoor patio lamp accents / heirloomed
outdoor patio kitchen herbs / heirloomed

I also wanted to make sure there was plenty of space for dining too because we love to have some al fresco dinners by the grill. Our trusty old wooden table is the perfect size and I love that the sides both fold down if we need the extra space. It's tucked away right under an old fishing cage that was turned into a light that used to hang on in my Grandmother's house, the perfect piece to shine some light on our evening family dinners.

outdoor dining screened in porch / heirloomed
al fresco strawberry tablescape/ heirloomed

One of my favorite features of the back porch are the large, open screened windows that frame the treetops of the woods in our backyard. In the summertime they are filled with blinking fireflies and it feels like you're sitting right outside in the middle of it all. 

I love having this extra room for our family to enjoy and would love to hear some things you have on your porch that helps make it even more cozy. Also, if you're in need of a little refresh of your space, be sure to pop over to see the rest of the line from LeisureMade and you'll get 20% off through Memorial Day, and shop some of my favorite outdoor pieces below.


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How To : Separate an Egg.

If you know anything about me you must know that I am an egg lover. Today I'm sharing a basic little skill that comes in handy in the kitchen when you're in sudden need of *just* the egg white, or *just* the egg yolk for a recipe. That's right - here's a little "how to" on separating an egg.

how to separate an egg / made from scratch series /  heirloomed

This is one of my favorites in our #madefromscratch series so far because it's one that I learned to do early on, by necessity. There are a few favorite recipes that were staples in our home growing up that called for just egg whites so the know-how to master this one without breaking the yolk or cracking little bits of shell into the bowl was essential. 

Here are my best tips for separating an egg after many years of practice, but truth-be-told the best way to master this one is just to give it some good practice.

tips for separating an egg yolk / heirloomed

HOW TO : SEPARATE AN EGG

  1. Gather your eggs along with two bowls, one for capturing your egg yolks and the other for your egg whites.
  2. Carefully crack the egg shell over your first bowl, trying to gently tap the egg in the very middle of the shell, slightly rotating it around to get a nice, even break.
  3. Separate the egg shell holding it straight up and down vertically, so the bottom half of the egg shell becomes a “bowl” to capture the egg yolk. Be gentle to ensure no bits of shell fall into your bowl.
  4. Allow the egg whites to drip into the first bowl you are working from, slightly tipping the shells and gentle transferring the yolk back and forth between each half of the broken egg shell to allow as much of the egg whites to fall into the bowl below. Be sure not to break the yolk in the transferring process or it will contaminate your egg whites and you’ll have to start from scratch.
how to separate egg yolk from egg white / heirloomed
egg whites and egg yolks and egg shells / heirloomed
bowl full of cracked brown egg shells / heirloomed

I hope you'll give it a shot, and I hope you're loving these kitchen basics. Love your feedback at #HEIRLOOMED.

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A Rustic Farm Wedding.

Today we're celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary, that's copper + wool for us traditional gift givers. Just as they say, the best day of my life that has only continued to get better and better as each new day goes by. 

I thought it would be fun to share a little peek back at our wedding because I have never actually shared before. Our special day was celebrated at Serenbe Farms here in Georgia, a little slice of heaven. Back to a time when Pinterest was a mere few months old and farm weddings weren't exactly all the rage. 

The perfect reflection of the both of us and the most special day for us to remember. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the day.

groomsmen at barn wedding / heirloomed
groom and groomsmen / heirloomed
groom in suspenders / heirloomed
black and white horse / heirloomed
bridesmaids / outdoor wedding / heirloomed
wedding bouquet anemone / heirloomed
outdoor bride / heirloomed
bridal bouquet / white and herbs / heirloomed
cutest ring bearer / heirloomed
wedding bird seed celebration / heirloomed
cutest flower girl / heirloomed
bridal party / serenbe farm wedding / heirloomed
bride and groomsmen / heirloomed
bride and groom in a field / heirloomed
my favorite wedding photo / polariod / heirloomed
bride and groom / heirloomed
outdoor wedding cozy details / heirloomed
vegetable + herb wedding cake / heirloomed
rustic cottage + garden / heirloomed
bride and groom rustic farm wedding / 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