50 Favorite ATTAINABLE House Beautiful Designer Living Rooms

Thursday, August 16, 2012

In place of my normal 50 favorites this week I want to show you just 50 gorgeous living rooms from HB.  What I always say about House Beautiful is that I think, for the most part, the rooms they choose to feature are actually attainable for many people.  I think that is especially true in their living room features.  Even thought these were all done by designers, I think that in general they look livable and like something most of us could achieve.  Do you agree?


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"Entertaining en Provence" with Martha Stewart

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Although I don't usually decorate my house in this style, I LOVE the Southern France "Provencal Style" - not formal or matchy-matchy, but comfortable and collected, where everything works effortlessly together. It reminds me of how I want to live my life.  These are some of my favorite Provencal rooms (although they are not done by Martha Stewart - I'll get to her in a minute):


So, on to the big news - Martha Stewart has teamed up with One King's Lane for an "Entertaining en Provence" sale, and I had the great honor of being asked to help OKL promote the sale.  The sale will last longer than the typical 3 days flash sale -- this one goes for two weeks so you have time to look at the tons of amazing items and make your decisions (but don't let something sell out on you that you really want - I get heartbroken when that happens and will feel you pain).

From the Editor in Chief of Martha Stewart Living:
 "I love the idea of creating a very casual dining experience as a beautiful,
relaxed end to the summer. The produce and ingredients are so incredible
at this time they really do the work for you."

That is the theme behind this sale, which I think is one of the best curated ones I've seen.  I've said that once before, and I think it's because OKL keeps getting better and better, so it's not really a surprise.  Here are some of the items available now:

 You can click this collage to go to my very favorite items in the whole sale:


Finally, I wanted to share with you my favorite Provencal recipe that I make all the time - it's SO good (it's the cream cheese that makes it I think):

Proven├žal omelette cake



For the filling:

  • 300g soft cheese , such as light Philadelphia
  • 5-6 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp snipped chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • rocket leaves and shaved Parmesan, to serve 


  1. Break the eggs into two bowls, five in each. Whisk lightly and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a pan, add the courgettes and spring onions, then fry gently for about 10 mins until softened. Cool, then stir into one bowl of eggs with a little salt and pepper. Add the roasted peppers to the other bowl of eggs with the garlic, chilli, salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a little oil in a 20-23cm frying pan, preferably non-stick. Pour the eggs with courgette into a measuring jug, then pourabout one-third of the mixture into the pan, swirling it to cover the base of the pan. Cook until the egg is set and lightly browned underneath, then cover the pan with a plate and invert the omelette onto it. Slide it back into the pan to cook the other side. Repeat with the remaining mix to make two more omelettes, adding a little oil to the pan each time. Stack the omelettes onto a plate. Make three omelettes in the same way with the red pepper mixture, then stack them on a separate plate.
  3. Now make the filling. Beat the cheese to soften it, then beat in the milk to make a spreadable consistency. Stir in the herbs, salt and pepper. Line a deep, 20-23cm round cake tin with cling film (use a tin the same size as the frying pan). Select the best red pepper omelette and place in the tin, prettiest side down. Spread with a thin layer of cheese filling, then cover with a courgette omelette. Repeat, alternating the layers, until all the omelettes and filling are in the tin, finishing with an omelette. Flip the cling film over the omelette, then chill for up to 24 hrs.
  4. To serve, invert the omelette cake onto a serving plate and peel off the cling film. Pile rocket on the top and scatter over the cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and a little freshly ground black pepper. Serve cut into wedges.

Per serving

231 calories, protein 15g, carb 4g, fat 17 g, saturated fat 6g, fiber 1g, sugar 3g, salt 1g

Thank you One King's Lane for sponsoring this post and this incredible sale!


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