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I cherish my R Home magazine, and this week I was thrilled to see they featured the restoration of a home that I've loved from afar since I moved to Church Hill. This Union Hill house is on our dog walking route, and every time I see it I begin to mentally move in and start decorating. So while I'm a wee bit envious, I'm mostly just happy to see this house get the talented and creative owners it so clearly deserves.
Don't you love it already?
Oh, how I adore dramatic kitchen lighting.
Navy walls! Colorful rug! Major windows! It hits all my favorites.
That pale green and cognac color combo. Swoon.
All of the furniture and decor feels curated and lived in, and not like the family just bought items to fill up a larger home. I'm going to try not to think about the fact that they've been here less than a year, and I'm definitely going to try not to compare the sorry state of our home to this one. I'll just choose to be... inspired.
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We all know that Monday is for comfort food, but come Tuesday it's time to pay for the excesses of the weekend. I love Sweet Green's Spicy Sabzi salad, which manages to have plenty of healthful ingredients with just enough substance and spice to make you forget that it's healthy. (The second I feel like I'm on a diet is the second before I skip the salad and go out for nachos.) Sadly, we don't have a Sweet Green in town, so I've made this homage to my favorite menu item.
SPICY SABZI WANNABE SALAD
2 beets, trimmed
1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
1/2 cup quinoa
1 package firm tofu
Large handful baby spinach, rinsed
Large handful kale, rinsed and trimmed
4 tbs vegetable oil
2 tsp (more or less depending on your capacity for heat) Sriracha or Korean red chile paste (love this stuff)
2 cloves garlic
2 tbs fresh lemon juice or rice vinegar
Sprig basil for garnish
Crunch Dynasty topping for garnish, optional
Preheat the oven to 425°. Drain the tofu and prep it for roasting. You'll want the tofu to be as dry as possible, so after draining, place it on a plate between two paper towel sheets and put a heavy pan or plate on top to press any remaining water out. After at least ten minutes of pressing, remove the pan and paper towels and slice the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Cover a baking sheet with foil or parchment, and arrange tofu in one layer on the sheet, spacing out the cubes a little. Roast for 15 - 30 minutes, or until browned and firm.
Meanwhile, toss broccoli with 1 tbs vegetable oil and place on baking sheet in one layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Roast broccoli in oven for 12 minutes, then flip and return to oven for 8-10 more minutes, or until browned and a little crispy around the edges. Now, the original Sweet Green recipe includes raw beets, and if you're into that then more power to you. However, I choose to roast the beets a teeny bit. They're still crunchy and nutritious, but more recognizable as, you know, food. If you choose to roast the beets, roast them whole on a sheet alongside the broccoli and tofu.
While tofu and vegetables roast, cook quinoa on the stove according to package instructions. Set aside.
To make the dressing, roughly chop one carrot and blend it in a food processor with remaining oil, Sriracha, garlic, and lemon juice until smooth. Adjust spice to your taste.
Remove vegetables and tofu from oven when done and let cool to room temperature. Using a vegetable peeler, peel remaining carrots into ribbons. Peel skin off beets and dice beets into small cubes.
To assemble salad, start with spinach and kale in a bowl. Add a scoop of quinoa, a handful of the roasted tofu, carrot ribbons, roasted broccoli and beets. Finish with carrot dressing, torn basil, and Crunch Dynasty.
In which we look at people on bikes, which is more or less how I spent my weekend.
I knew next to nothing about the UCI Road World Championship, and I still don't know much, but it was fun getting into the spirit of the thing. I'll spectate just about anything if you give me a bloody Mary and some snacks, but I actually really enjoyed watching the bike race.
A couple years ago a friend and I were bopping around downtown Charleston, stopping at various trendy bars and drinking French 75s (side note: Charleston was a lot less trendy when I lived there. Utterly charming, occasionally seedy, with a hidden gem vibe to it and basically Disney World to a lady in her early twenties. But I digress.). Though we were drinking French 75s (what an awkward plural word) , I was ordering French 57s at every bar because that's what I thought they were called. The bartenders didn't correct me, and my friend didn't either. She thought French 57 was some twist on a French 75, and probably enjoyed watching me act like an idiot. Morals of the story: I can be obliviously dumb, and bartenders will make you a French 75 anyway.
FRENCH 75 OR 57, I'M NOT JUDGING
1 oz gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Champagne, Cava, or any other dry sparkling white wine
Lemon twist for garnish
Combine first three ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake to mix. Strain into a champagne flute or coupe, top with Champagne, and garnish with lemon.
A little all natural glam for your Thursday perusing.
From top left: West Elm Modernist Handle side table / Anthropologie Gilded Triad knob / OKL Pyrite bottle stopper / OKL Marbleized condiment bowls / High Street Market agate coasters / Kelly Wearstler pyrite candlesticks / High Street Market rose quartz bookends / High Street Market gold nugget
It's getting to the point in the season where it's cool enough to leave the windows open at night. This is, hands down, one of my favorite things about fall (along with dark nail polish, capes, and loafers). So to celebrate, let's make sure our bedrooms are the perfect cozy sanctuary.
I mean, duh. But getting into a bed with cool, crisp sheets is the best thing ever, so I thought it was worth mentioning this most obvious of bedding essentials.
We always keep a throw over our bed to protect it from dog fur (I can't be the only one who makes decor decisions based on this, can I?), and the added warmth is a definite bonus these days. I'm loving anything that reminds me of preppy fall sweaters, like cable knit, stripes, and plaid.
Because here's nothing cozy about overhead lighting.
Plum & Bow Alba sconce / Faceted stone lamp / Concrete lamp / Dean marble lamp /
Bronze and aged brass lamp
Something plush and furry to make getting out of bed slightly more enjoyable. Sheepskin rugs are great for layering if you already have a rug under your bed.
Indoor plants keep a bit of life in the house year round, and clean the air as a bonus. This Sydney Hale Co. Sea Salt & Bay Rum candle is one of my favorite non-florals (and a local company to boot), which makes it perfect for fall (just please blow it out before you sleep). Add a catchall, water carafe, and a good book, and you have the perfect night stand setup.
Make a rustic space sophisticated, an old-fashioned space modern, and a plain space edgy. Make your friends think you're cool. Go ahead, you know you want to.
Image credits: Dining room photo by Matt Albiani via Domino / Sitting room design by Catherine Kwong via My Domaine / Bedroom photo by Schlechter via Domino
Shopping credits, from top left: Vintage T Chair / 1938 Tobacco Leather Butterfly chair / Maddox Sling Chair / Leather Director's Chair / Sculpted Metal and Leather Bowl Chair
Decorator show houses are the best. It's great to see what a design team puts together when left to their own devices. This year's Atlanta Symphony Associates' Decorator Show House is pretty fantastic, with plenty of color and prints to inspire us mere mortals.
Let's start with the foyer, designed by Loren Taylor Interior Design. The warm touches in this mostly black and white space bring it to life. Black and white can occasionally look a little sterile, but not here. And how perfect is that mixed-media piece by Jason Craighead?
Today's cocktail is a bit of a happy accident. Friday snuck up on me (not complaining), and yesterday evening I found myself searching through my pantry looking for something that would make a good cocktail. Lucky for me, my sister had brought me a jar of hibiscus flowers in syrup last time she visited, and my neighbor had kindly given me a giant bag of habanero peppers from her garden. Boom.
Inspired by Jacques Pépin's hibiscus tea and tequila cocktail, I decided to make a sweet and spicy hibiscus margarita. You know I like a little kick in my cocktails.
3 ounces tequila
2 ounces fresh lime juice
1 ounce hibiscus syrup, plus flowers for garnish (I used a jar from Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.)
1 habanero pepper, sliced (optional)
Add ice, tequila, lime juice, hibiscus syrup, and a few habanero slices (reserving some for garnish) to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with hibiscus flower and habanero slices.
I'm so glad that wallpaper has made a comeback. It adds life and drama and personality to a space, and some of the people designing wallpaper today are really creating more art than craft.
Richmond-based (!) artist and wallcovering designer Lindsay Cowles does exquisite work, like this chartreuse paper. It is divine, and I love this little vignette.
How cool is the malachite paper in this Wendy Schwartz-designed space?
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.