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Venice, CA

Apple Pies For Fall

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without an apple pie for dessert am I right?!!!!  How cute are these pie making accessories and apron all from the Martha Stewart collection created for Macy’s?!  I was in h-e-a-v-e-n when they arrived.  This will be darling for Christmas baking as well. And such a great activity to do with family and loved ones :)  It took me a while to figure out how to peel the apples, but once I did, this apple peeler made it seamless – and fast. The Martha Stewart Collection for Macy’s has so many quality pieces – from baking supplies, to dishes, barware, bedding, towels and more.  I have my eye on this bar set for my new bar cart! I loved how the recipe for the pies was at the bottom of the pie dish – talk about easy peasy.  This pie dish and these festive dish towels would make such a nice hostess present if you’re heading somewhere for the holidays or have a Secret Santa party to attend!  Shop everything I used for my apple pie making below! Apple Pie RecipePie Ingredients:2 tbsp unsalted butter 1/2 tsp ground spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove) 3 lbs Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and cut into wedges 1 tsp grated lemon zest and juice pinch of salt 1/2 cup sugar 3 tbsp flour 2 tbsp heavy cream Dough Ingredients:2 3/4 cup flour 1 tsp sugar 4 tbsp vegetable shortening chilled 1 tsp salt 12 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled, diced 6 to 10 tbsp chilled water Instructions:Combine the flour, salt and sugar for the dough in a food processor.  Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (for 8 seconds.)  With the machine running, slowly add the water, and pulse until the dough holds together (no longer than 30 seconds.)  Add more water if it’s crumbly.  Divide dough into 2 balls and chill for 1 hour.  Then roll out dough to to be 12 inches and 1/8 inch thick and fit over the pie plate. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, lemon, spices, flour, and and salt.  Pour onto the pie plate with dough.  Dot with butter.  Roll second disc of dough and lay over. Cut vents into top crust. Trim edges and seal with finger.  Chill for 30 minutes. Remove pie from fridge and brush with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar.  Place on a baking sheet to catch any juices that may overflow.  Bake until golden – about 45 or 60 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour before serving and enjoy!
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Venice, CA

A Thanksgiving Table

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few days away!  My mom is coming to town and I am so excited to show her around LA.  She has never visited me before (I usually visit her!) so this will be a really fun girls week/weekend.  I picked up these gorgeous pieces from Martha Stewart’s Collection, created for Macy’s to prep for our Thanksgiving feast.  I’m OBSESSED with the pattern on these plates – sooooo classic and ideal for Thanksgiving right?!  I know I’ll have these dishes for years to come! Thanksgiving Table DecorFor the table decor I used not only these stunning plates from Martha Stewart’s collection, created for Macy’s but these fun bowls for sides or soup, this pumpkin bowl for cranberry sauce, candy, or nuts, and this beautiful wood serving board and gold dish for appetizers.  I love how affordable and versatile these pieces are.  I designed my table around them – using a neutral color scheme with very “fall” like pops of color in the napkins and flowers. When it comes to decorating a table, I like to scan Pinterest and magazines before ordering things and heading to the store.  This gives me a general idea of what vibe I’m going for so once I’m at the store I don’t feel overwhelmed or like a deer in the headlights!  It’s always nice to be a little prepared since there are so many options.  When I was at the market, I knew I wanted food and flowers that were aesthetically pleasing and went with my dishware colors.  These fun pampas feathery looking plants stuck out at me, along with these deep red flowers.  I bought some eucalyptus, rosemary, and other greenery to lay out since the table needed some foliage to make it more rustic.  Shop everything for my Thanksgiving table decor below!
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Pacific Palisades, CA

Silk Printed Kimono

One of my favorite interior designers; Amber Interiors, recently opened a gorgeous new shop at the Palisades Village.  You may remember when I popped into her Calabasas store last summer (swoon!)  Her style is INCREDIBLE.  She uses tons of neutrals, vintage rugs, and elevated bohemian patterns to tie her spaces together.  I have 2 of her classic black + white pillows in my dining nook. I just listened to an amazing podcast; Second Life by MyDomaine (with Hillary Kerr – love her), that featured Amber – and I learned SO much about her!  She is one hard working lady and I truly admire the business she has built.  I cannot wait to pre-order her book and see everything else she has in store! Speaking of podcasts, I’ve been listening to them nonstop driving around LA.  I often have to head into West Hollywood for meetings or shoots and love turning one on for the 45 minute drive.  I always gain something from them – whether it be a new idea, a new perspective or just a new admiration for someone who is killing it in their industry.  Some of my favorite podcasts besides Second Life, are Goop, The Skinny Confidential (Lauryn is hilarious and always has the best recommendations), and Almost 30.  What are some of yours?!
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Venice, CA

A Fall Tablescape

I love fall decor – pumpkins, gourds, eucalyptus, deep burnt orange and red flowers, and gold candlesticks galore!  It’s such a pretty time of year to entertain outside and pull all of your friends together.  My friend Jen just moved to the neighborhood and let me use her beautiful backyard for this story.  It’s so cozy – very Venice with the overhead lights – and just has the best, relaxed vibe. I picked up these autumnal looking flowers at Gjusta and plates from Hudson Grace which is one of my go-to home decor shops in Brentwood. Also, I pulled rattan placemats from Pottery Barn and marigold linen napkins for a pop of color.  I kept the food simple! A great grilled chicken, butternut squash, a crudite platter, grilled zucchini, a salad, and a big loaf of sourdough bread from the farmer’s market – and then of course red wine! Since it’s still so warm in LA, I wore one of my favorite linen midi dresses that I also own in tan.  It’s super flattering, feminine, and ideal for any occasion.  I throw a leather jacket over it to go to dinner or wear sandals with it to run errands around town.  You can shop it here!
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