Tuesday, September 5, 2017

~an easy blackberry appetizer + our fall kitchen~

Have I ever mentioned that I love fall?
The colors, the sounds, the smells, the activities. 
All of it.
I love football games, having friends over, going to the pumpkin patch, and the crisp evenings.

Today marks the first day of our holiday farmhouse series where a bunch of us blogger friends get together and show you different rooms in our homes decorated for the seasons. 
It will go all the way through November, right into the Christmas season.

Today I wanted to share with you an easy appetizer recipe that I came up with in a pinch. 
Like I said, I love to entertain and I love to have new, fun, delicious recipes for my guests.
I typically will do a charcuterie board for an appetizer, but this time I wanted to add to that.

This appetizer came to fruition because I had just picked a big bowl of blackberries from my sisters backyard.

I bought a baguette and sliced and toasted the pieces in the oven.
Then I simply spread on plain goat cheese on each piece.
In a separate bowl I combined blackberry jam, {buy the kind with seeds} 
along with a handful of fresh blackberries.
After I mixed that together, I scooped on a bit to each toast slice.
Finally I added a few fresh blackberries here and there, and finished with drizzling honey all over them. I arranged them on these wood platters with fresh mint leaves.
So easy!

So good and so easy!

Our kitchen has a lot of white. To add color I bring in colorful cookbooks, fresh fruits, and fun dishtowels. 

This year I found some Italian lambskin pumpkins and fell in love and knew I needed some in our home. I added them everywhere. 

I have a huge shale pumpkin sitting in a vintage wood bowl on one of the shelves.
I love how the colors are subtle and blend in nicely without being too "loud"

Down below by my coffee syrups I have a smaller chocolate brown pumpkin.
We use this coffee station multiple times a day. 

Below the coffee station is a microwave and a place where I can store cookbooks.

Did you catch a glimpse of my new bar stool cushions? 
They are seriously my new favorite thing!
 I had them made using a zebra printed cowhide on the tops, and white linen on the sides and bottom.

The true talent behind these is Angela, owner of Linens And Lace Fabrics.
Her and I went back and forth to come up with a fun and unique design, and her execution was perfect. Linens And Lace Fabric Boutique is a sewing and textile company based in North Carolina. They specialize in making custom orders to help and make your home decor dreams come true. 
Angela has an etsy shop here.  If you are looking for any kind of custom sewing, message her, she is your gal!

My bar stools are old from Pier One Imports,  painted Graphite by Annie Sloan, finished off with black wax.

Out the kitchen window you can see the one tree in our yard that is always the first to change in color.
This pumpkin is called "slate" and is another from the lambskin collection at Plush Pumpkin.
You can find the marble pedestal here.

On the back of our laundry room door I have written out the Seahawks football schedule.
This time of year, the dutch door is usually wide open to get that cool crisp breeze.

I still keep my cupboards filled with white and glass. Most of my dishes are ironstone and are from thrift stores.
The mugs can be found here, {they are on sale!} and the glass canisters here.
The books can be found here.

Are you ready for a bunch more inspiration and fall recipes?

and our featured guest this week, Michael from Inspired by Charm



Jennifer Rizzo said...

I love your fall touches and that appetizer looks yummy! Happy fall!!

Michael Wurm Jr. said...

Blackberries and goat cheese. YESSS!! I'm down for that. Count me in.

Love your cozy home too! A perfect combination.

xo Michael

Petie said...

Where did you find the zebra fabric on your chairs?

Kristen Whitby said...

I always love your kitchen Melaine!

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Melaine said...

Hi! It's a cowhide rug that was cut up :)

Melaine said...

Thank you!

jeanne oliver said...

I love how you put your home together. I have been friends with you for a long time and your space always inspires!

Julie Blanner said...

Your kitchen is always so lovely and those pumpkins are darling!

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Rachel with Shades of Blue said...

Oh man I wish I could see more of that blackberry and goat cheese toast! It looked so so good! And your kitchen is so unique and airy-- always a breath of fresh air!

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