Monday Inspiration

3bf514eb8fd99270545013e4429a41d6I can’t keep my eyes off this lovely kitchen!  The marble, cabinet color the beautiful window looking outside. Not changing things in my kitchen any time soon but my powerball kitchen will look like this. Promise.

Have a great week!

Five Favs on Etsy

I have a few great resources for vintage rugs that I like to use but the Etsy shop OLDVINSHOP is chock full of amazing vintage rug finds.  Currently over 370 rug available in al sorts of sizes. I love them for the foyer, layered on another rug or in a plain white bath. These rugs will sure add some personality to your home.

I’ve had this beauty in my cart for awhile!

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Lucite and brass are so hot right now. The shop LuxHoldUps has so many amazing towel bars, drapery rods, handles and more! I’ve got my eye on some bath hooks for a project I think would be perfect.

il_570xN.945424212_bd97Now if you are looking for some great color for chair seats, pillows or fun floor cushion BEAMprints has amazingly colorful textiles that will brighten up your decor. The fabrics are all  handmade on heavyweight cotton twill with eco friendly pigments.

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If you are in the market for a mural, print or vintage art. AneWallDecor has it all! I stumbled in this cactus mural via another blog a few months again and I’m still waiting to use it on a project.  I think it’s adorable!

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And on the beauty side I love French Girl Organics!  I discovered the Neroli face wash at Anthropologie and have been using it a for a few weeks.  The whole French Girl Organics line is hand made and original recipes that have been tested and used by the family for over 20 years. Organic. Vegan. No Animal Testing. Their credo & endeavor is to support organic farming the world over by using 90-100% Certified Organic Ingredients to formulate their lovely offerings.

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Cinco de Mayo!

People! What is better than celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Margs, guac, tacos and all things Mexican. I love it all! I grew up without Mexican food or culture in my life. Seriously! I don’t think I ate anything Mexican until I was in my twenties. And now that I live in the Mile High city there is great Mexican food with in a 5 minute drive.  And you are when you are a two hour flight from south the border, Mexico trumps Florida any time. Here are the top Cinco things you need to be doing this Cinco de Mayo.

Uno 

Make a Marg. Please don’t by a bottle of that “pre-made” crap. Make a real margarita and save yourself the huge amount of sugar and a huge hangover. The real deal never gives me a hangover.

You’ll need:
Kosher salt or ground sea salt ( for the rim) 
2 ounces (1/4 cup) tequila
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon light agave nectar
1 lime wedge or round, for garnish

Add ll the ingredients to a shaker and shake shake shake!

The best margarita you will ever have!

Dos 

Well if you are filling up on alcohol you going to have to have something to soak it up! I know you all have been to Whole Foods and I know you will risk a communicable disease if they are sampling the guacamole in the produce section. Yes because it is that good. I love that stuff!  Although I do like to make my own it’s always worth the $20 when you are in a hurry to pick up their guacamole and those home made chips. Mmmmmm.

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Ingredients

4 ripe avocadoes

1/4 cup thinly sliced grape or cherry tomatoes (or mangoes if you’re feeling adventurous)

1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion

1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped

Coarsely chopped cilantro, to taste (I like about a teaspoon and a half)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Juice of one half lime- I grill it in a skillet (it enhances the flavor and warm limes produce more juice- it also smells heavenly)

1/2 teaspoon each cumin and chili powder (or to taste)

Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

Combine all the ingredients except the avocadoes, salt and pepper to give the flavors a chance to meld for a half hour or so. Mash the avocadoes with a fork so there are whole pieces of avocado and then gently fold in the other ingredients. Serve immediately.

 

Tres

Dress that table up with something bright and beautiful! Roll out this otomi embroidered table runner in bright coral. It will make your table pop and perfectly contrast all the citrus greens you are serving. You can get it over at Furbish Studio

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they scored these amazing textiles right from the markets on the streets of Oaxaca. Dying to go here!

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Cuatro 

Ok your table is dressed now you get dressed too. Fortunately all things tasseled and embroidered at very in these days so you could walk int to just about any store and find something to wear.

So splurge! On this little top from Net-A-Porter

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and steal this one on Etsy

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And Finally Cinco

Back to booze. I was just recently introduced to this delicious cocktail last time I was in Mexico and its now one of my favorite was to drink beer, with a little spice!

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Spicy Michelada
Makes 2

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons honey, spread into a thin layer on a plate
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
2 limes, juiced (plus extra lime wedges to garnish)
2 cups light Mexican beer
2 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons hot sauce (preferably a more vinegar based hot sauce such as Tabasco)
1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and diced (optional)
freshly cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Dip the rims of two glasses into the honey. (you want only a very thin layer)
2. Place salt, paprika and cayenne (if using) onto a plate and stir together with a fork until combined. Finish rimming glasses with salt mixture, fill with ice and set aside.
3. Fill a large shaker partially with ice followed by the remaining ingredients, except for the jalapeno. Close and shake until well mixed. Divide mixture among the two prepared glasses and finish with lime wedges, black pepper and jalpaenos (if using). Serve.