Dreams of Summer | The Peak of Tres Chic

Today on the blog, we have a guest post from Sam of the Peak of Tres Chic. I’m sure you’ve had the chance to check out her popular blog. She’s an interior design student, a fellow Texas {Houston}, gorgeous and with a style to boot!
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Hi there!  This is Sam from the interior design/lifestyle blog,  The Peak of Tres Chic. I am honored to be guest posting today on Maureen’s lovely blog. Around this time of year, I begin dreaming of summer.  The warm weather, lying by the pool, beach vacations, and evening soirees occupy my mind and help me get through these last few cold months of winter.  Needless to say, my mind has been focused on all-things-coastal, especially beach-inspired interiors:

{Lonny Mag}

I am so delighted to see so many fabulous coastal accents in stores lately!  Here are a few of my favorites:




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1.) Large Pink Sea Fan $38/2.) Jamie Young Mother of Pearl Table Lamp $299/3.) Phi Seaweed Starfish Hook Pillow $48/4.) Jayson Home Cabebe Shell Dish $44 .) European Seltzer Bottles $80/6.) Chunky Coral on Glass Base $50
Are you ready for warmer weather like me?  Any beach vacations planned?Thanks for having me, Maureen!_____________________________________________________________________________________ 

Yes, I’m definitely dreaming of warmer weather! Thanks so much Sam!

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Styling your Bed for Spring by Stone Textile

Happy Monday everybody! I am on a Spring Break and I’m so happy to have talented bloggers to fill in for me this week. Today, I am so excited to have Elizabeth; she is the visionary behind Stone Textile, a line of soft goods that are fashionable & stylish. Her creations has been featured in major home mags, nothing less from a creative Austinite!

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Elizabeth from Stone Textile here….It is such a pleasure filling in for Maureen this week! It is hard to believe that Spring is around the corner and as a home product designer and interior stylist I am always changing things around seasonally in my own home. I do a regular series on my blog, Stone Textile At Home, called “Style My…”. So, I thought I would show you what I would love to do with my own bed, this Spring, starting with a neutral color palette and adding a few pops of color…

StoneTextile Bamboo Throw, Jayson Home Headboard, Stone Textile Color Block Pillow, Biscuit Home Pillow, Inglenook Decor Pillow, Stone Textile Metallic Pillow

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Thanks so much Elizabeth! Gray + Blues is so amazing for Spring, don’t you think?

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In My Kitchen Series for A Diary of Lovely

Thought I’ll share my kitchen from a post for the In My Kitchen Series for A Diary of Lovely.
———————–I’m always excited when Helena of A Diary of Lovely asks me to participate in one of her fabulous series but I was a little panicky as my kitchen is not my dream kitchen. I want it to be brighter, refreshing, have white cabinets, more cottage-like. But alas, I think most of us dream of the dream kitchen. I also rarely cook and when I do, it’s not the best…but I can mix up things together. Does that count? So, here you go…

Our tableware and glassware is mostly white & clear. I’m starting my own white hobnail collection that I hope Eddie Ross will be proud of.

Eat in or Out: Out…most definitely!

Take Away or Restaurant: Restaurant
I cook for: my daughter & husband, if ever or whenever it happens 🙂
Healthy food: tomatoes, egg whites, onion omellette
Indulgence: Anything sweet that’s moussey or have whip cream on top! I have a hopelessly sweet tooth!
Weekend meal: Tex-Mex at a restaurant overlooking Lake Austin
Date dinner: Bacon Shrimp & Grits with Pommes Frites + a French 75 at Bess Bistro
Quick fix: A protein shake
Mild: Cholula Sauce
 Spicy: Thai Green Curry, Ghost Pepper
My kitchen is: totally needs to be used more!
Favourite gadget: our Cutco knife! it cuts sooo good!
In the kitchen, I couldn’t live without: the milk frother, my morning cafe au lait just has to be perfect, thanks to my husband!
My cooking bible: Google
My must have ingredients: coriander/cilantro, chili sauce
Spicy or mild: most definitely S.P.I.C.Y.
My Recipe: Ack, I may be the most undomesticated woman when it comes to the kitchen…I tried cooking before but it never did like me. Once in a while, I would attempt it. So here it goes, it is the quintessential summer cake and I just love strawberries!So today, I’d like to share a recipe for strawberry shortcake.
 
No, not this one…
 
But this one:
 
 
Here’s the easy way: Buy a pound cake or Angel Food cake + fresh strawberries + whip cream. Get it all together however you want it and Voila!
 
Or the right way from the Food Librarian:
Cake:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 – 2 cups heavy cream
Whole strawberries, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
3. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Add dry ingredients to the batter, alternating with the buttermilk in 3 additions. Divide among the prepared pans.

Assembly:
1. In a large chilled bowl, whip the cream with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar until stiff.
2. Assemble the cake with cake, strawberries, whipped cream and repeat. Finish with your best strawberries on top.

Enjoy the Summer! Enjoy the sweetness!

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