Tuesday, September 19, 2017

6 Ways To Cozy Up Your Home For Fall

While my home is constantly evolving with decor updates happening year round, no season inspires me to change it up as much as fall. As soon as September hits and I start to get a sense of the cooler weather to come, I’m always compelled to start swapping out my bright, vibrant, saturated summer decor for more muted fall pieces. Decorating for fall isn’t only about putting pumpkins everywhere (though that certainly helps!). I’m sharing my list of non-pumpkin decor changes you can make to your home to up the cozy factor through fall (and all of the colder months) to make you feel even more at home during our longer autumn nights.

 1.) Candles

Heralded by fall lovers everywhere, it would be easy for a skeptic to underestimate the cozy-ing power of candles. Whether you choose scented candles in jars or add a few hurricanes and pillar candles to your home, candles add the cozy, comfortable, dramatic and moody feels you crave in the fall.

2.) Layer Up Your Bedding With Extra Pillows and Throws

The air conditioner is off, the heat might not be on yet, but Fall is the perfect time to start layering up your bedding to add that sumptuous, sink-into-it look to your bedroom decor. Add a comforter or throw folded at the edge of your bed and an extra layer of pillows to up the cozy factor of your bedroom for Fall.

3.) Bring In Fall’s Natural Beauty

While the moment for perfectly ripe fresh berries and fruit may have come to an end, Fall has so many natural elements so perfect for cozy autumn decorating. Bring in a vase full of sunflowers or a bowl full of mini pumpkins. Put together a a bouquet of wheat and dried lavender for a display that will last all season. There’s so much natural beauty to be found in the fall!

4.) Add texture

If you’re like me, all through Spring and Summer you crave minimal, clean, light colored decor and accessories. As you accessorize for the fall, keep your eye out for woven baskets, terra cotta vases, velvet throw pillows, or other household accessories that add texture, warmth  and depth to your decor that will up the cozy factor all season long.

5.) Add personal touches

Nothing makes you feel cozier than happy memories. Invest in some new picture frames and place them everywhere, coffee tables, on top of your dresser, on your beside table, to sprinkle happy memories throughout your home. Pictures from summer adventures can match your decor for fall by turning them black and white before printing.

6.) Add darker touches

While bright white furniture, bedding, and accessories feel right at home during the summer, fall calls for warmer colors to complement a more muted color palette. Swap out white gallery frames for black (a black frame with a crisp white mat will always look classic, and is so perfect for fall), swap vibrantly colored throw pillows for their more muted cousins. Break up your bright white furniture with accessories, as I did on my bright white coffee table by adding a cream vase and a silver tray and accessories.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it helped you brainstorm some ways to add comfort and warmth to your space as we head into Fall! Don' forget to subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on bloglovin so you don't miss any updates!

With Love, Katie

Friday, September 15, 2017

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew

It's not that I ate a lot of stew when I lived in Italy for a few months studying abroad (who turns up pizza and pasta when it is perfectly accepted to eat them all day, every day?), but I did eat my fair share of delicious, thick, aged balsamic vinegar (with some bread, and  always on the size of pizza and pasta, of course ;). It's the balsamic drizzled into the broth at the end that makes this dish SO delicious and flavorful, and just a bit Italian! Otherwise, it is a healthy but hearty, easy to whip up, warming chicken stew perfect for the fall weather the calendar is promising to bring soon!

This is one of those wonderful crock pot dishes where you really don't have to worry about over-spicing. Seriously, go hard on the seasonings for this one. Adding plenty of spices flavors up the broth so that the addition of balsamic at the end makes the perfect addition, instead of being over powering. This recipe is an easy one too; the only time involved is in the chopping of the vegetables. Once they go in the crock pot it's a fix it and forget it meal! I hope you put this recipe to use to warm you up this fall, I'm sure it will become a favorite of yours just as it has mine!

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Stew

3 chicken breasts
16oz baby red potatoes
4 carrot sticks
4 celery sticks
1 tablespoon jarred garlic
2 tomatoes
1 large onion
2 cups chicken broth (1 can)
1 tablespoon oregano
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon thyme
2 teaspoons celery salt
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon cornstarch
good balsamic
salt and pepper to taste

Layer chicken breasts at the bottom of the crock pot. Add in potatoes, carrots, celery garlic, tomatoes, onion, broth and spices (except balsamic).

Set slow cooker to low for 5-6 hours.

Before serving, mix the tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and stir to dissolve. Add the cornstarch mixture into the crock pot and let cook for 5 to 10 more minutes to slightly thicken the broth.

Ladle soup into serving bowls and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve and enjoy!

Makes 5 servings, 340 calories per serving

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Heavenly Apple Pie Recipe

Fall is far and away my favorite season. I love seasonal-specific activities and traditions, too, so every year I go apple picking to help me transition from summer into fall! Eating all the apples I pick is always a challenge (my eyes and picking basket are always bigger than my stomache!), so baking pies are perfect to help you enjoy the best seasonal produce before it's gone!
Monday, August 21, 2017

9 Must-Have French Pharmacy Beauty Products

While in Paris, I took the beauty-blogger pilgrimage to the famed and fabled Citypharma, the city's most affordable and most popular pharmacy. Even at 8 in the morning, it was clearly the "it" place to be (at least I got to practice saying "pardon" in my best french accent about a million times as I squeezed past people in the tiny aisles to get to the goods). Before my trip I knew I wanted to invest in a small collection of french beauty products so I researched the products I wanted and went in armed with a list. Amazingly, not a single one of these products was a flop! I've been loving using them now that I'm back stateside and also slightly panicking that I didn't pick up the jumbo sizes or stock up on more! Luckily, most can be purchased online here in the USA. Read on to find out why so many of these have made it into my daily rotation!

Friday, August 18, 2017

How To Plan One Perfect Day In Disneyland Paris

Our honeymoon was filled with so much history and culture, but a lifetime of loving Disney was enough to pull me away from the sights in France and Paris for one day of soaking up the Disney atmosphere at Disneyland Paris! Disneyland Parc is a smaller and more manageable park, but if you only have one day there it's important to arm yourself with some knowledge and planning beforehand to make the most of your time! I've compiled a list of Do's and Don'ts to help you get everything you hoped for out of one day in Disneyland Paris!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 Can’t Miss Instagram Locations In Disneyland Paris


1.) The Castle

The Disneyland Paris castle is really the most beautiful castle of any Disney park in the world! This photogenic castle really can’t take a bad picture, it’s like it was made for instagram!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Perfect Peach Pie Recipe

To me baking should evoke feelings of homey-ness, like it would be something your grandmother lovingly crafted. For that reason, I never really got into heavily decorating my baked goods. This summer, though, after picking fresh fruit at the farm I was inspired to bake a peach pie. Somehow, no matter how decorative you get with your lattice top, a pie still maintains it's home grown feeling!