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Torie & Tristan, Out & About

It’s been a busy last few weeks. Here’s a mini photo journal.

A friend invited us over for Moscow mules at her “carriage house.” I didn’t know what a carriage house was, either. But now, I’m obsessed – it’s basically a mini party house that lives in the backyard:

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Upon quick research, they appear to be universally charming. And this particular carriage house is shabby chic fabulous. The lights on the wall spell out BE NICE. And look at these Moscow Mules all lined up, begging me to take a picture (and drink one):

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Now that Tristan is advocating for local, organic food, I initiated him into the granola world that is the Ballard Farmer’s Market. If you’ve seen my recipes lately, you’ll know I’m already a fan.

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We made the mistake of going at lunchtime and so naturally, everything looked and smelled delicious. We made a pit stop at the Market Minis stand for some powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar fresh mini donuts.

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Then we opted for fresh tamales and veggies:

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And look at this!

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Later, using some of our veggie purchases, I created one of my first-ever “I think these ingredients should all taste good together” recipes: roasted red pepper, sauteed mushrooms, chicken, chestnut fettuccine, cucumber, basil, garlic…

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And, yay!

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Another night, when Tristan was in charge of dinner, he continued to confirm that he is a WAY better photographer than I am. I received this picture message on my phone:

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He just has an eye for photography which I try to fake. And I even have a better camera phone. Oh well, that’s why we’re a team! And the dinner was yummy, too :).

We also tried out two raw “healthy” cookie dough ball recipes – chocolate chip and peanut butter butterscotch. LOVED them both, and they lasted us all week and completely satisfied our sweet tooth (teeth?) while being a great protein boost.

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This weekend, we are having my aunt and uncle over for fondue (our fave) and I will be able to finally debut my Easter tablescape and new gold flatware. Pictures to come next week!

 

-t&T

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A Christmas Couch – 2 Ways

One of the ways I’m spicing up my Christmas decor this year is by adding a bold punch o’ red. Pillows are an easy way to make a big impact. Easy to make; plus, I have an obsession with buying fat quarters of fabric. Just ask my mom – during college, I amassed a collection of 12 different (clashing) patterned fat quarters, and one summer, she turned them into six pillows which I proudly displayed on my XL twin bed that fall.

Before fabric shopping, I needed to research and see what type of Christmas pillow look was speaking to me. Click on the image for the source.

I definitely need to have something Moroccan Wedding Blanket in my life at some point:

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But I’d settle for cable knit:

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I’m almost sick of pillows with words on them, but these are exceptions:

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I love plaid, and the coziness of these textures are definitely appealing:

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And Parisian, always:

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I was most inspired by these retro Christmas pillows from Etsy (speaking of reverting back to childhood):

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Last week, I initiated my hunt. I unfortunately couldn’t find ice skating children (and I went five different places), but I eventually settled on a few spunky prints with red:

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I decided to make two pillows with two prints, one on each side, so I could create two different looks.

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Here is LOOK ONE:

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Here is LOOK TWO (note the plaid pillow in the middle – I took a Forever 21 scarf and safety pinned it around an existing pillow. The plaids don’t line up, but whatevs. “Good enough.”)

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I settled on the first look, but if I get sick of it in one week… Hey! I have options (well, at least one other option). I also have options with the 4 other fat quarters I bought.

Up next: A Christmas Cookie & Cocktail Party for Two!

-t&T

The Neutra-Luxe Bedroom

As we build our home together, we’ve discovered a few differences in taste. I like bold contrast and eclectic combinations; Tristan likes everything to be neutral colored, and the more matching wood furniture, the merrier. I can go neutral in color, as long as camel and dusty blue count as neutral and as long as there’s some texture to spice things up, such as a chandelier, fur (obviously), mirror or uphosltery. See how flexible I am?

As it happens, our apartment came chalk full of built-ins and customized touches, and our bedroom has a built-in jute area rug, white night stands, gold sconces, and linen-paneled walls. It is destined for this “neutra-luxe” look.

Here are some bedrooms I love right now that are inspiring my own bedroom’s design:

From Desire to Inspire:

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This Is Glamorous:

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Rue Magazine:

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Latest obsession? JuJu hats above beds. Cre8tive Designs:

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South Shore Decorators:

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Splendid Willow / Source Unknown / HGTV:

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And I would be remiss to not include Moroccan Wedding Blankets from Living for Pretty:

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What is the all-time most relaxing bedroom you’ve seen?

– t&T