Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday favorites

Hello and welcome to Friday favorites! This is where I share all the things that have gone on this past week, and all the fun things I have found and want to share with you!

I have had a super busy week with work which is making the days fly by!

I have also been working on some fun DIY projects and starting to think about all things FALL!

It's crazy to me to think about planning all my fall and Christmas posts when it is still summer. 

But back to Friday favorites, here are some I found this week worth sharing.

I just ordered this basket and I am thinking maybe I will use it for a hamper, but maybe I will use it to hold a plant!

This was probably my favorite purchase in months! I got the largest size and they are gorgeous!

Thinking about getting this vase because I just got a couple new plants.

This silver leaf end table is stunning.

If I needed new silverware I would buy these in a heartbeat. Aren't they fun?

This is a great modern fixture for over a dining table or kitchen island.

This is an Instagram account I have really enjoyed following.

This is a great article on dark exterior paint colors.

I especially love this one, it's the same color as our bedroom, haha!


I hope you all have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here on Monday! I will be sharing a very very yummy recipe, with a back to school twist!

xoxo, Melaine 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

refreshing & healthy cauliflower summer salad

Hello there!

I am so excited to share this refreshing & healthy cauliflower summer salad recipe with you today.


I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of potato salad. But this is a great alternative, and I bet you that you can turn non cauliflower eaters onto this and they will love it too!



The recipe is below but I will add, to save on time you can cook the red fingerling potatoes and the cauliflower ahead of time, say the night before, and have them in your fridge ready to go.

Then all you need to do is add a few more ingredients and toss the dressing on.



Everyone I have made this for raves about it and gives it 5+ stars.
The fresh dill combined with the crunchy cauliflower and bits of the fingerling potatoes creates the perfect texture and taste for summer. 


I hope you pin this recipe and try it out! 









Cauliflower & dill "potato" salad

Author: Melaine Thompson
Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients:

  • SALAD:
  • 2 heads  cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets and steamed until tender and cooled. I like to use 2 different colored. For example, 1 white cauliflower, and one yellow or purple cauliflower. It just makes the salad prettier. 
  • 1 1/2 cups red fingerling potatoes, cooked and cooled.
  • 2 ribs celery, minced
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley, + more for garnish
  • DRESSING:
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups Primal Kitchen mayoor your mayo of choice
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp  salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, gently toss together your steamed cauliflower, fingerling potatoes,  celery, onion, dill, and parsley. Set the mix aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mayo, mustard, black pepper, salt, and lemon juice to make the dressing.
  3. Next, fold the dressing in with the cooled vegetable mix until your veggies are evenly coated. Garnish with parsley and serve chilled.
Created using The Recipes Generator





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xoxo, Melaine 

mother daughter fashion

Today I am venturing out from the normal interior talk, and joining some friends to talk about mother daughter fashion!

Even though there is a large age range between my daughter and I, we share similar styles.
Where I wouldn't be caught dead in a crop top, I will forever be a blue jean cutoff kinda girl in the summer. 

Below you can see photos of Savannah and I in the exact same dresses {different colors} and different sizes, ha! 

I don't know about you, but the older I get, the more I want to keep my arms covered!
I opted for a long sleeve, while Savannah wore a fun printed sundress.





Thank you to Trimood Photography for these photos!

To see the rest of the mother daughter "fashion show" please click on the links below.

Mary Ann    Classic Casual Home

Janine      Happy Happy Nester

Annie     Most Lovely Things

Cindy        Rough Luxe Lifestyle

Melaine    My Sweet Savannah


xoxo, Melaine 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

how I can help you to create the room of your dreams


I recently had the pleasure of designing a master bed and bathroom for a single gal in the hip neighborhood of Ballard Seattle.

To start the process I visited her home and talked with her about what she liked and didn't like, what she wanted to stay and what she had to keep.

Her bedroom for example had several family heirlooms like an antique dresser and chest that she wanted to keep. After seeing my design though, she decided to move those to a different area of her home and update everything.

If you hire me to re-design your space, whether it be online, or in person, you will get a design board similar to the ones below with links to all the furnishings and accessories, as well as paint colors and placement of furniture. 


This girl loves color and while I don't particularly have a lot of color in my own home, I love designing with it. She particularly asked for blue, pink, and gold, and a fun pattern in the bathroom. New art was a must, as well as more storage in the bathroom.

I came up with some super fun lighting for both rooms as well as new furnishings, accessories, and fixtures. All the links will be at the end of this post. 

The first thing I had her do after the room was empty was to have everything painted a lighter brighter color. I went with Seapearl by Benjamin Moore. I have this in my own bathroom and love how clean and bright it is.


Here are some pictures of what we started with. 

The master bedroom and bathroom before:



The transformation is huge and she is so happy with it! I am thrilled I got to be a part of this makeover for this fun human being.

ENJOY THE PHOTOS OF THE AFTERS!













If you are interested in any of the pieces I used, you can shop them below by clicking on the bold type words. 

BEDROOM SOURCES:

BENCH AT FOOT OF BED sold out
PINK STOOL {WE ENDED UP USING IN THE HALLWAY}

BATHROOM SOURCES:



If you would like me to help you create the room of your dreams, please feel free to email me at

[email protected]

xoxo, Melaine 

Monday, August 3, 2020

a designers home tour

A friend of mine recently listed her house for sale and I wanted to share pictures with you. 

The pictures do not do it justice, it is absolutely stunning in person. She gutted the house when she bought it and redid everything. 

She is a fabulous designer at Molly Brown Creative. 

This home has so many wonderful unique touches, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Aren't those beams fabulous? 

These pictures aren't in any particular order.....

I've always loved this geometric coffee table.




The boho feel is so fun. I am loving the wine wall with the large bench she brought back from Mexico.
The quill mirror over the fireplace is so fun too.

While the home is mostly black and white, this room has a lot of color in it.



The Palecek light over this table is huge, at almost 3 feet.
The wishbone chairs are one of my favorites.


Again, a pop of color in the throw pillows.


I love the use of faux fur in her spaces too.



The stone is center stage in the large chefs kitchen.






I could do laundry in here all day long....





The office is painted a gorgeous color called Mysterious by Benjamin Moore. 



Back to the kitchen again, the open shelving is kept simple and clean with white dishes and a few accessories. 


I hope you all have a great day!

xoxo, Melaine 
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