Author Archives: julie

friday fave: the gawkerverse

I am so exited to have found a lovely network of websites that is made for anyone who loves food, weddings, and decorating (ME!).  It’s comprised of inspirational, user-submitted photo gallery sites: foodgawker, craftgawker, weddinggawker, dwellinggawker. I like to think of it as a bunch of friends to turn to for advise and expertise on just about anything.

I have stumbled across the gawkerverse network at various times before but never delved in until recently while “gawking” at this awesome idea for a Brown Paper Wedding. The premise itself was so contradictory I had to check it out. I love finding refreshing new ideas.

How cute are these wedding favors?


This is a bouquet made of vintage brooches! Sooo cool!


Found on foodgawker: What IS this pie? Made with my favorite things ever? Seriously, I am dying….


This drink looks so yummy. I can use the mint from my garden. (Truth be told, mint has taken over my backyard and is growing everywhere. We’ll just call it my “garden”)


DIY kids rooms on dwellinggawker. This one is a cute outdoors theme that is easy to do. Hey kids, this is how mommy likes to camp…


And…there is even a rad iPhone App for your convenience!

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things to love: type and time

I am about to geek out on my type obsession and my thing for clocks, you have been warned. I have posted before about how I have a clock in every room of my house. I am always looking for more ideas on how to incorporate type into my surroundings. I am also on a mission to schedule more free time and make this the most stress free summer of the decade (I know the decade just started, but still). I love clocks and these little gems from Soho Clockworks just make me smile. The birdhouse is my fave.

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trendwatch: formal comfort

Comfortable meets formal with soothing colors: not your grandmother’s living room. I am totally inspired by these photos I found while online shopping for an entryway rug. It’s amazing what you can find when you are not looking. I am now on high alert for any accessory that is textured, weathered, or patina-d (is that a word?). Check out these rooms showcasing the formal look with a inviting feel. They have a soothing combination of elegance and comfort. Some of the photos are of Christian Siriano’s apartment in New York. They combine vintage and modern with cute birdcages, pillows from Restoration Hardware and vintage furniture. I wonder if he will let me move in.

bird cages and canvas pillows


exposed brick wall


if you look close you can see the wire rhino head on the wall (much better than a real one)


a couple of comfy oversized lounge chairs


roman numeral five - type obsession fulfilled


contrast of the chandelier and coffee table

modern pillow on a vintage chair


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foodie friday: grilled shrimp skewers

My family and I are going camping this weekend. My husband and I haven’t been camping for 20 years and this will be our kids first trip (not counting pitching a tent in our own back yard). We don’t know what we are doing, don’t know what we are eating, and can’t find our sleeping bags at the moment. Despite that, he trip planning is progressing and coming together. So well that this post is dedicated to the fact that we will not starve out in the wilderness. So don’t worry mom, your grandchildren will be fine. Yes I am bringing the sunscreen. Our food menu kept changing because I wanted to move away from the usual hot dogs and do something unusual and fun. I found this recipe for grilled shrimp skewers that looks yummy, totally do-able, and my kids will eat it. Appetizers = done.


Grilled Shrimp Skewers Recipe

  • 2 Servings
  • Prep: 15 min. (I’m going to prepare ahead of time and store in the camp cooler) + marinating Grill: 10 min.


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first eight ingredients; add the shrimp. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Drain and discard marinade.
  • On two metal or soaked wooden skewers, thread shrimp. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink, turning once. Yield: 2 servings.

Depending on how it goes, this may turn into a regular thing.

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