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Our Favorite Things… Spring Stems and Greenery

This polar vortex is really grabbing a good portion of the country. Here is Central New York, we woke up to below zero temperatures with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees!

However, I’m focusing on what’s going on inside – a new shipment of beautiful spring stems and succulents!

Nothing chases the cold away like a room full of flowers and greenery. There’s no time like the present to bring the look into your house – whether fresh or faux. Plants and flowers bring warm and happy thoughts of spring and summer.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Floral branches in white and green. I love a brimming vase of all white and green flowers. It’s so organic, elegant and feminine. Fill a vase and see what it does for a room – just lovely!

Creamy cabbage roses.
White peonies arranged in a rustic green metal can.
Faux Queen Anne’s Lace with ferns.
White and green floral stems ready and waiting for an afternoon of flower arranging.
A mantel decked out for spring with white and green.

Succulents and ferns. Both succulents and ferns are typically easy care options for fresh indoor plants. However, if you are really busy, faux is the way to go. Today’s faux greenery is gorgeous and hard to spot.

Faux succulent and boxwood spheres in various sizes and styles.

Faux succulents arrangements work perfectly on a interior stone wall. No watering required!
Potted ferns are always ready to go at the store. Tuck them in anywhere for a quick pop of green.

Greenery adds a pop of color to this black and white tablescape.

Options abound, so don’t let winter get you down… just bring in the green!

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Prime Rib Salad with Butternut Squash and Honey Champagne Vinaigrette

Warm up your salad options for fall with this satisfying salad filled with thinly sliced prime rib, roasted butternut squash, cranberries, goat cheese and a delicious and light honey vinaigrette.

This is the perfect recipe to use up your leftover prime rib or steak; or just pick up some thinly sliced prime rib/roast beef from your deli counter for a quick and healthy weeknight meal.

The stars of the vinaigrette are local honey and B.R. Cohn Champagne Vinegar, which create the perfect blend of acidity and sweetness.

Prime Rib Salad with Butternut Squash and Honey Champagne Vinaigrette

Prime Rib Salad with Butternut Squash and Honey Champagne Vinaigrette

1 Butternut squashed peeled and diced (or an 11oz package pre-diced)

1 Tbl. Olive oil or Avocado Oil

1/2 tsp. Kosher or Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Freshly ground Black Pepper

6-8oz. Thinly sliced prime rib, steak or deli roast beef

1 pkg Mixed Greens or Baby Spinach

1/3 cup Dried Cranberries

1/3 cup Chopped Pecans

1 Small Shallot, thinly sliced (optional)

2 oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled

Honey Champagne Vinaigrette

1/3 cup Olive Oil (we use B.R. Cohn)*

1/3 cup B.R. Cohn Champagne Vinaigrette*

1/2 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt

1/4 tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange butternut squash on a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes (stirring once after 10 mins).

Prepare the vinaigrette by combining all in a magic bullet and blending; or hand whisk vigorously in a small bowl.

On a platter, or large salad bowl, arrange salad greens, butternut squash, cranberries, goat cheese and steak. Sprinkle over pecans and shallots. If serving immediately drizzle over vinaigrette. Or wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate salad until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

*B.R. Cohn Champagne Vinegar and Olive Oil can be found at a la Maison. For more information, or to order please call 315-440-6637.

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70’s Colonial Redesign – Dining Room

So excited to get to work on this 70’s colonial.  This house has great bones, a huge kitchen and a fantastic backyard… just needs a bit of updating to make it feel like home.

Since the first thing you see when you walk in the door is the dining room, so that was the first project to tackle.

Moccasin Path - Dining Room 2 before (2)

For instant gratification, a fresh paint job (walls in taupe-greige and ceiling in a soft gray-blue), a new area rug and window treatments were the answer.

Moccasin Path - Dining Room AFTER 4

To keep costs down, we elected to work with furniture that we already  owned with the exception of two new distressed leather upholstered chairs and a new chandelier.

Moccasin Path - Dining Room AFTER Chand Best

I love the rustic feel of this chandelier – almost looks barbed wire – with subtle lightly brushed gold accents.

I’ve been obsessed with these distressed leather-covered dining chairs since I got them in my store, and knew they would be a perfect replacement for the arm chairs at the head of the dining room table.

Moccasin Path - Dining Room AFTER leather chairs

This room was starting to remind me our of trips to California wine country and Sedona, AZ.

Luckily the dining room is huge, so I was able to include a special family heirloom – my grandparents piano, along with a couple of favorite Stickley pieces and a great accent chair.

Moccasin Path - Dining Room AFTER 2

All and all the room feels like home.  It’s warm and inviting and ready for guests, which is a good thing since our first family gathering is tonight!

 

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Dining Room Redesign

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The main objective with the redesign/staging of this dining room was to lighten and freshen the space while working with the furniture that was already there.

The first order of business was selecting a new color palette of taupe for the walls, a pale blue for the ceiling and crisp white trim.  Replacing the ceiling medallion and painting it the same color as the ceiling was a quick and inexpensive way to add some overhead detail.

Dining room after ceiling

The furniture needed to stay so the goal here was to minimize the heavy, dark and dated feel it brought to the room.  By simply removing the hutch top and working with just the buffet (which we found was plenty of space once all the clutter and used items were removed), and covering the side chairs with neutral cotton chair covers did the trick.

dining room after 7

Removing the hutch allowed us more wall space which was the perfect location for a great architectural feature – a pair of antique armoire doors.

dining room centerpiece

Some art and a bit of greenery for an organic touch and this room is complete!

 

 

 

Before & Afters, Decorating, Holiday Decor & Styling, Living Beautifully, Redesign & Interior Style

Exterior Style – Holiday Color for a Village Carriage House

This charming village home, now owned by a lovely family, wanted a pop of bright holiday color for their historic carriage house.

Wreaths - Sunset Terrace 6

I was thrilled to take the job as this home has special meaning for me>.. my mother-in-law, who recently passed, owned and loved this home for over 30 years.

Accents in lime green and purple on an evergreen base looked great with the neutral brown/taupe of the exterior shingles.

The homeowner loved them and I think Norma would be pleased with the results as well!

Wreathers - Sunset Terrace 5Wreaths - Sunset Terrace Close up

Wishing you all happy holidays, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Michele

Before & Afters, Decorating, Redesign & Interior Style

Entryway and Staircase Redesign

Staircase entry redesign 11-2017.pdf

The entryway is the first impression of a home and a space that should be warm and welcoming.  This entryway and staircase were ready for an update and redesign.

staircase before
This stairs were looking a bit tired and dated with this worn carpet.

Removing the wall to wall carpet, adding a runner and fresh new color on the walls was the answer.

staircase after 3

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Fig Balsamic Vinegar Triple Play: Recipe #3 – Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinegarette

As promised, here is a third recipe that uses flavorful fig balsamic vinegar.  We are actually going to use the extra Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing from the Autumn Harvest Rice Bowl to dress up a quick and delicious appetizer – Recipe #3: Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinegarette 2

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette
16 Stems   Fresh Asparagus
4 oz.           Package of Thin Sliced Prosciutto
1 Tbls.        Extra Virgin Oil Olive*

Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette
4 Tbls      Orange Juice
4 Tbls      Napa Valley Naturals Fig Balsamic Vinegar*
½ Tsp       Dijon Mustard
¾ Tsp       Dried Thyme
¼ Tsp       Black Pepper
½ Tsp       Salt
½ Cup      Extra Virgin Olive Oil”

Make the vinaigrette:  Combine all ingredients in a small lidded jar.  (When using dried thyme – rub in in between your hands before dropping it into the jar to release its natural oils).  Shake until mixed and set aside.

Wash and trim woody ends off of asparagus.  (For larger stalks, you may want to use a vegetable peeler to remove the tougher skin at the bottom end).  Dry with a paper towel.  Tightly wrap each stem in a ½ piece of prosciutto, pressing firmly.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly brush the  of the asparagus tips with olive oil to keep them from drying out.  Roast until prosciutto is crispy and asparagus is tender and lightly brown.  About 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and plate.  Using a tablespoon, drizzle lightly with fig balsamic vinaigrette.  Serve immediately or at room temp.

You’ll have plenty of vinaigrette leftover to use when serving with your favorite salads, over roasted chicken and grains.

Enjoy!

*Ingredients available at à la Maison in Baldwinsville, NY or contact us at 315-440-6637.