HGTV's Sarah Richardson designed this beautiful lake house on Canada's Georgian Bay.  Sarah's husband owned the rustic home as a bachelor, so the designer wasted no time in turning the place into a family friendly summer cottage.

Richardson painted the walls white, softened the colors in the kitchen, and added colors and fabrics that blended with the environment. This eco-friendly home had an open floor plan, so Sarah divided the home into rooms, tying them all together with color.  ENJOY!


When Mark Hughes, a cosmetic dentist, decided to purchase a three bedroom flat in a converted Victorian primary school in Battersea, he called on London interior designer Christopher Prain.  Prain had decorated Hughes' previous home in the same building and both of his dental offices.

Because Hughes loves black, so much of the flat was monochromatic, with touches of navy, gray, mahogany and taupe.  Unique to the home is the chandelier/mobile above the dining room table, the staircase and its gray glass balustrade, and the black stained and polished hardwood floors.

The dining table is an Eero, the dining chairs are Cappellini, and the sofa is by Mary Fox Linton. The cabinetry is silver birch.

Because there is so much modern furniture in the home, Prain covered the chairs in a stripe and added two mirrors.  ENJOY!

You might be a baking enthusiast if. . .

...if upon seeing this store, you jump out of the car before it comes to a complete stop.

...if reading this sign at the entrance causes you to reach for the shopping cart instead of the little basket.

...if a wall of silicone spatulas in every color makes your heart go pitter-patter.

...if you are so enthralled with the store that you forget to check your camera settings and your hand is shaking just a bit so that all of your pictures are blurry and off-color.

...if this mixer at a discount price makes you go weak in the knees.

Yep, you must be a baking enthusiast.   

Don't worry...I couldn't make a trip to the Williams-Sonoma Outlet without thinking of you guys!

Who wants some cupcake and cookie decorating goodies?

Here's what you'll get:
  • sanding sugar: pink, yellow, white, and blue
  • silver shimmering sugar
  • set of gel paste food colorings
  • vanilla bean paste
  • and, a cute, little, yellow WS apron
To enter, leave a comment telling me...
your favorite dessert!
{Drawing to be held Saturday, July 2nd and 8pm CST.  Good Luck!}

giveaway closed. :)  Congrats, Jewel!


New York City-based restaurateur Keith McNally found the land for his vacation home, Windy Gates in Chilmark, while riding a bicycle through the area.  What followed was a farm house on a four-acre lot where McNally and his children can enjoy time together. McNally raises his own pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, and lambs.  He also makes goat cheese, keeps up orchards for apples, peaches, cherries and plums, and grows berries and vegetables.

The home is furnished with reclaimed wood and flea market finds which McNally found in markets in France and America.  The door frames were built to fit doors that he had found at market.  He also used an L-shaped red leather banquet, bistro glasses, zinc countertops, and a huge farm table.  The plank floors and tea stained walls are beautiful, and it is apparent that McNally worked with his usual attention to detail.  ENJOY!

To read more pick up your copy of the latest Elle Decor.

See you soon,

4th of July Ice Cream Sundaes . . . (with cookies!)

It all started with a cookie cutter.  A sweet little cookie cutter sent to me by my friend, Cindy, over at Sweet.

It's a star with a little cut-out to rest on the edge of a glass. How cute is that?!?

Now, my mind immediately went to martinis, but Mr. E thought of dessert in a glass....duh.  {He's good to have around.}

So, what we have here is homemade strawberry ice cream, topped with a sweet strawberry-blueberry "sauce," whipped cream (ok...it's Cool Whip), and a cookie!  Perfect little dessert for the 4th of July.

First, make the cookies.  These are just vanilla-almond sugar cookies decorated really simply with royal icing.

The ice cream...
...let me tell you, I NEVER order strawberry ice cream at the ice cream shop.  I mean, it's right.next.to.the.chocolate.  Chocolate wins every time.

BUT...this homemade ice cream has me rethinking my priorities.

Here's how you *know* it's going to be good...the melted ice cream makes a ♥-shaped drip on your ice cream maker.  Yep, it's a sign.

Strawberry Ice Cream
{modified from the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream & Dessert Book}

2 cups sliced & hulled strawberries
1/3 c. sugar
juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 c. milk

Stir together the strawberries, 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Mash with a potato masher or a pastry blender.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs for 1-2 minutes until light and fluffy. (Use pasteurized eggs if raw eggs make you nervous.)  Gradually whisk in the 3/4 cup sugar, whisk for an additional minute once all has been added.

Stir in the cream and milk.  Add the strawberry puree.  Pour into a chilled ice cream canister and process according to manufacturer's directions.  Place the ice cream in a freezer-safe container to harden for several hours.

Twenty minutes before assembling the sundaes, make the sauce.  Combine more sliced and hulled strawberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Stir in some frozen blueberries.  Let sit for 10 minutes more.

Scoop  ice cream into glasses.  Top with the strawberries and blueberries along with the sauce from the bowl.  Dollop on whipped cream (OR Cool Whip)
...don't forget the cookie!

{psst...this is the link to the cutter from Sweet.}