A Visual Adventure.

As a lover of beautiful visuals {read: I am Pinterest + Instagram obsessed ...} I always love when I find a new stylist or photographer who's work I can't get enough of. Well, Eva Kosmas Flores of Adventures in Cooking is certainly no exception.

There are so many things I could gush about - her love for the simplicity of farm-life living and fresh ingredients that shines through in her work, the moody + rustic nature of her styling and photography, and the fact that I can follow along her adventures in cooking.

linen cocktail napkin
linen napkin

Eva beautifully styled a few of our linens previously and truly brought their rustic side to life. I love seeing how people use pieces from our collections. She's a must-follow on Instagram and she's hosting a little giveaway with us until May 31st {click here to enter}. She chose one of her favorites, our Whisked Whipping Cream waist apron and she couldn't be a more beautiful model for this classic design.

linen waist apron

Hope you'll check out her blog & social sites - promise you won't be disappointed!

I'd love to know some of your favorite blogs, sites, photographers & stylists to get more rustic visual fix ...

Effortless Entertaining with the Radish.

One of my new, go-to favorites for effortless entertaining {because is there any other kind?} is the radish. I absolutely love how sweet they look and the peppery bite gives a great but simple flavor any way you use them.

I have tried them many different ways, from roasted to raw. I learned this SUPER simple dish from my friends Federico + Clara, who are masters of hospitality and effortless entertaining.

radish recipe

 

RADISH w/ BUTTER + SEA SALT

Wash radishes & slice into medium rounds. Chill + serve crisp.

Soften butter to room temperature and allow guests to dip or spread a dab of butter on radish slight with a sprinkle of salt on top.

It's that simple - but the flavors are fabulous and the presentation is gorgeous. I love Banner Butter {unsalted} and St. Helena Organic Grey Sea Salt. Although, if I remember correctly, Clara uses Black Sea Salt, which made for an even prettier presentation.

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And, you can get a sneak peek at one of our gorgeous new Wooden Feast Boards in the photos above, made right here in Georgia by the local team at WoodKith. They are handmade and are available in lengths up to 4' long, truly bringing to life the presentation of this dish {or any cheese or charcuterie platter}.

The butter knife is from my mix-matched collection of vintage, monogrammed silverware and the little white dish is an antique French piece I picked up at the market a few months ago.

Hope you'll give this dish a try & enjoy!

Behind the Scenes with Southern Woodworker Josh Nava

I have truly been loving the collaborations we've been doing with our Southern Artisan Collection. These are some seriously talented makers keeping crafts and skills alive for future generations and producing beautiful, handmade goods.

I wanted to share some of the behind-the-scenes from one of our latest collaborations, with woodworker Josh Nava and the hand carved Wooden Sauce Spoon.

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Thanks to social media, I found out about Josh and a project he did called 365 spoons which truly helped him study the design and craft he was practicing. If you aren't following them on Instagram, it's well worth the follow for the beautiful images. I loved the beautiful work he produced, the challenge of the concept and the creativity of the project. Through his company Suburban Pallet based in Nashville, TN, he is also helping to cultivate a community of artisan woodworkers honing their craft.

I had been wanting to do a wooden spoon for quite a long time, as the wooden spoons in my collection are very special to me and symbolized a familiar kitchen item in my mother, grandmother & great grandmother's (Nana) kitchens. It's a lasting tool when properly cared for, and a distinctive, meaningful one at that.

I knew I wanted the design to be slightly unique, with a very hand carved look in the bowl and handle to show the love and labor that goes into each piece. I also knew I wanted the handle to be elongated to mimic some of the designs from our family and add further visual interest and distinctiveness to the design.

Josh brought the rest of the skill and knowledge to this special design to make it what it is today. He thoughtfully sketched out many shapes and nuances for the bowl, handle, neck and end of the spoon with subtle curves and arcs. I loved seeing his sketches and how each tiny change made a dramatic different, both aesthetically and to the balance and usefulness of the design. He also made recommendations on the best types of wood to use and the sizing of the spoon.

spoon product sketches

The outcome to me is just perfect. I love everything about the spoon and it has been great working with Josh on this beautiful piece. I can see my Nana in her kitchen stirring up a big pot of spaghetti sauce with this spoon, cooking it all day long and adding a dash of this and a sprinkle of that as she perfected the simmering sauce for dinner. 

hand carved wooden spoon
wooden spoon hand carved bowl

I'd love to know more about your own wooden spoons, what you love, what you lack and what you remember about the ones your family used when you were young.

To purchase our Nana's Wooden Sauce Spoon, click here.

 

 

Images 1-3 : via Josh Nava / Suburban Pallet

Images 4-5: via heirloomed

heirloomed + Madewell Spring Shopping Event

I'm teaming up {again} with one of my favorite style brands, Madewell, for a fun Spring Shopping Event this weekend.

I love the simplicity and effortless of the euro-like style that Madewell brings, the generally neutral color palette and the ability to find capsule, staple pieces that can be the foundation for my wardrobe. I've been obsessed with their denim since I first teamed up with the brand years ago and they are certainly my most-missed item during this pregnancy!

heirloomed and madewell

I put together a little Spring-inspired wardrobe of some of my favorite, simple pieces from their collection to pair with one of my favorite pieces from ours, the heirloomed linen bistro apron. I love pairing our aprons with a simple backdrop, as it allows their beauty, texture and clean lines to really shine.

Join me this Sunday {04/26/15} from 1:00-3:00PM at Madewell Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta for our fun Spring Shopping Event. CLICK HERE to learn more about what we have in store and to RSVP. We have treats + a fun giveaway, too!

Hope to see you there!

xx

The Perfect Southern Staple, Deviled Eggs.

If you know me, you know that I love eggs.

I have a stash of hard boiled eggs in the fridge at all times, I am totally open to having backyard chickens, and I have perfected a family recipe for one of my favorite Southern staples - the deviled egg.

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This recipe has no bells + whistles, it's a tried and true, basic recipe for this entertaining go-to. But I assure you, if you keep practicing and playing with the ingredient levels, you'll find the perfect balance that will soon become your new go-to.

DEVILED EGGS

  • 1-dozen hard boiled eggs (peeled + washed + halved)
  • 1/4 cup of Hellman's mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 tablespoon of pickle relish
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard powder
  • salt + freshly cracked pepper to taste

I do this recipe in splashes + dashes instead of measuring, so this is an approximation. But half egg boiled egg and place all of the yolks into a prep bowl. Set aside halved egg whites in an egg platter {see our new one here!}. Smash them rather generously with a fork. Mix in all ingredients and stir. Taste, adjust + stir again. Spoon into each egg half and feel free to garnish with a light sprinkling of kosher salt, chives or go-to paprika. Then, serve & enjoy!

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I'd love to know your go-to recipe / ingredients for deviled eggs. I've been dying to try something new! Happy Easter + enjoy.

 

images by Brooke Boiling