Picks for the Perfect Picnic

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With August and Labor Day fast approaching, it’s time to savor these last few weeks of summer. When the sun’s out and the weather’s warm, why not take your lunch to-go for an outdoor picnic? From glasses for homemade lemonade to a bottle opener for a cold brew, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need for a fun-filled afternoon!

 

PinStripe Tablecloth
Whether you’re outside on your patio or enjoying your meal on a picnic table, this PinStripe print just screams “picnic.” $75.

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Khadhi Cotton Napkins 
Perfect for any picnic, these cotton napkins will pair well with any decor. $45 for 4.

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Iron Bird Bottle Opener 
Don’t get stuck without a way to open that cider or ale! $17.50.

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Color Pop Glasses
These tiny glasses are the perfect size for a glass of sweet tea or lemonade. $45 for 4.

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Striped Market Bag 
A cute, roomy tote is essential for storing all of your picnic needs. $40.

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All About Tea Towels

Tea towels date back to early 19th century England when women used the linen for its soft fibers as a tool for drying their expensive china and serving ware without causing scratches or damage. The tea towel served many purposes on the tables of Victorian hostesses whether placed as a covering for tea time biscuits or used to wipe up spills. Today, the linen tea towel is still a beloved addition to any kitchen or outdoor setting. Whether you wrap it around the arm of your ice tea pitcher or leave it hanging on the handle of your grill, tea towels are a must for any host. Check out some of our favorite french tea towels for summer!

 

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Lavender Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Natural Batik Bird Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Springfields Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

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Sunflower Tea Towels, $48 for 3.

All About Votives

Historically considered a religious symbol used as an offering placed before a statue or shrine, the use of votive candles is widely expanding.  Now a design staple, votives can serve as delicate accents to brighten up almost any room in the house.  Here is a look at some of our different designs from the new collection!

The Birch Collection 
Featuring a textured design and bold, hand painted exterior, the birch collection marvels with its elegant aesthetic.  $12.50.

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 The Petite Collection
True to its name, the Petite Collection include our smaller votives, perfect for more delicate decor on a night table, vanity or bathroom counter. $7.

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The Honeycomb Collection 
With its beautiful texture reminiscent of the work of honeybees, the Honeycomb Collection is equal parts unique and sophisticated. $12.50-15.

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The Geo Milo Collection 
The geometric shape of these votives add a funky, modernized twist to the traditional design. $8.75.

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The Frosted Branch Collection 
The beautiful matte design of this linearly textures votive come in bold colors like lavender, turquoise and gold. $12.50.

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Summer Recipe Series: Seasonal Dessert

Summertime means fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables ripe for the picking- and cooking! Taking advantage of produce that is in season is a great way to spruce up your summer menu and add some fresh flavors to your diet.  Here is an amazing dessert from blogger The Broken Bread featuring one of our favorite summer fruits: peaches!

 

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Photo courtesy of Kristan Raines.

Peach Gallette
Recipe by Kristan Raines

Pie Crust

  • 1 Stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ -inch pieces
  • 3 to 4 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 ¼ Cups (6 ¼ ounce) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons sugar (omit for a savory crust)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Crust
Equipment: Rolling Pin, Baking Sheet, Parchment Paper, Small Knife, Pastry Brush, Medium Bowl, Cooking Rack, Food Processor or Pastry Cutter.

Place the butter pieces in a bowl or on a plate and freeze for at least 20 minutes. Refrigerate the water in a small measuring cup until needed.

Mix the dough: Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of the food processor. Process for 10 seconds to blend the ingredients. Add the frozen butter pieces and pulse 6 to 10 times (in 1-second bursts), until the butter and flour mixture looks like crushed crackers and peas.

*Alternatively, you may also cut the butter by hand with a pastry cutter, or fork. The only difference would be to cut your butter in two parts. Cut in the first half, making sure to achieve the texture of crushed crackers. Then add in the rest of your butter and cut until the size of peas. Continue with recipe as normal.

Immediately transfer the butter-flour mixture to the large bowl. Sprinkle a tablespoon of the cold water over the mixture and fluff it in, then add another, and another, until 3 tablespoons have been added. Continue to fluff and stir 10 to 12 times. It will not be a cohesive dough at this point but a bowl of shaggy crumbs and clumps of dough. Before bringing the dough together, you need to test it for the correct moisture content. Take a handful of the mixture and squeeze firmly. Open your hand. If the clump falls apart and looks dry, remove any large, moist clumps from the bowl then add more water, one teaspoon at a time, sprinkling it over the top of the mixture and immediately stirring or mixing it in. Test again before adding any more water. Repeat, if needed. The dough is done when it holds together (even if a few small pieces fall off). If the butter feels soft and squishy, refrigerate before continuing. If the butter is still cold and firm, continue to the next step. (Note: Adding the liquid may also be done on low speed in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment-add three-fourths of the liquid, test for moistness, then add the remaining liquid if needed.)

Knead and chill the dough: Turn the dough onto a work surface and knead gently 3 to 6 times. If it won’t come together and looks very dry, return it to the bowl and add another teaspoon or two of water (one at a time), mixing in as above, and try again. Flatten the dough into a 6- or 7-inch disk, wrap in plastic or parchment paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This allows time for the dough to hydrate fully and for the butter to firm up again.

Roll the dough: If the dough has been refrigerated for more than 30 minutes, it may be very firm and hard and will crack if you try to roll it. Let it sit on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes until it is malleable but still cold. Dust your work surface generously with flour and set the disk on the flour. Dust the top with flour. Roll, turning the dough, until you’ve got a 13 inch circle about ⅛ inch thick. If at any point the dough becomes warm and sticky, gently fold it into quarters, unfold it onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until the butter is firm again.

Storing: The dough can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days, or double wrapped in plastic, slipped into a freezer bag, and frozen for up to 1 month.

Source:  Art and Soul of Baking 

Peach Filling

  • 2-2.5 Medium sized yellow peaches
  • ¼ Cup Evaporated Cane Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons Melted Coconut oil, Divided

Thinly slice peaches (1.2 to 1.4 inch) and set aside.

Combine all dry ingredients and then add the 3 Tablespoons of coconut oil, and mix until fully combined.

Assembly
Remove rolled out dough and transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Starting from 1 to ½ inches from the edges of the round, arrange the peach wedges in a single layer in circular direction. Continue until you reach the center of the round.

Sprinkle the sugar mixture all over the peaches.

Fold the outer edges of the dough over the peaches, in an overlapping manner around the entire round.

Place the assembled Gallette in the fridge and let chill for about 15 minutes. I like to start pre-heating my oven to 375 at this point.

Brush the outer crust with the remaining 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil.

Place in the oven for 35-40 min, or until the crust is brown, and the fruit is bubbling.

Recipe adapted from Food 52.

Check out the full post here!

Mix it Up

Summer is the season to have fun with bright colors and bold designs.  We love mixing and matching our collections to create a table spread that is wonderfully unique.  Whether you’re pairing prints or experimenting with different solids, take a design risk! Here are a few of our favorite pairs.

Bougainvillea Tablecloth with Sonia Runner in Yellow 
With so many bold blues decorating the Bougainvillea tablecloth, a pop of color from the Sonia Runner brings out the yellow undertones.

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Natural Batik Bird Placemats in Mauve with PinStripe Napkins
The simplicity of these handmade placemats pairs beautifully with the vibrance of the lime green PinStripe napkins.

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The versatility of the Khadhi Linen Runner makes it perfect for mixing and matching intricate prints, like these Petit Fleur placemats.

 

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Summer Recipe Series: 5-Minute Grilled Pizza Dough

What’s a summer gathering without a little barbecue fare?  However, this summer we’re getting creative; gone are the days of simply throwing meat and veggies on the grill. Check out this recipe for grilled pizza dough from blogger Jennifer Hill Pallian of Foodess!

 

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hill Pallian.

 

No Knead 5-Minute Pizza Dough
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes here.

Author: Jennifer Hill Pallian
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pizza toppings (I used ricotta with lemon zest, bocconcini, grilled prosciutto and fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F or preheat gas grill over medium-high heat
  2. Whisk 1 cup of flour, yeast, salt and sugar together in a large bowl. Stir warm water and olive oil together in a measuring cup and heat to 120º- 130ºF in the microwave or on the stove. Stir into flour mixture until smooth, then stir in remaining 2 cups of flour. Use your hands to press the shaggy dough together into a ball.
  3. Transfer dough to a generously floured rimless baking sheet. With floured hands, press dough out to desired shop and thinness.
  4. If baking: Top with sauce, mozzarella and/or other toppings as desire, then bake on the bottom oven rack for about 15 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is bubble. If grilling: Set toppings within reach of grill. Clean grates with oil well. Place pizza crust on the grill and close. Cook about 5 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface and the underside has a few grill marks. Flip, using tongs and with the assistance of your cookie sheet/cutting board if needed.
  5. Top the grill-marked side (now face up) with sauce, mozzarella and/or other toppings as desired. Close the lid and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, until cheese is nicely melted (it won’t get golden like in an oven). Use your tongs to slide it back onto the cookie sheet/cutting board.

Read the full post at foodess.com here!

Top 4 for the 4th of July

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One of the biggest weekends of the summer is right around the corner and we’re just as excited as you.  With a seemingly endless three days of barbecues and pool parties, it’s time to deck out your backyard with all things red, white and blue.  Here are our top four picks for your patriotic party!

Natural Tile Runner 
With the mosaic design reminiscent of the stars on our flag, this runner will pair perfectly with red accents. $31.50.

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These round placemats allow for ample room on the table to serve up all of your festive fare! $120 for 6.

 

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The modern geometric look of these hand painted plates add a unique take on the red, white and blue scheme.

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 9.46.08 AMKhadhi Laundered Linen Apron
This apron will get the grill master in the spirit while they’re cooking up hot dogs and burgers! $40.

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Introducing: The Votives Collection

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We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new collection of votives.  Beautifully handmade and hand-painted, our votives are the perfect accessory for brightening up any room.  From geometric shapes to textured designs, each votive has it’s own unique flair.  Bright colors such as turquoise, gold, lavender and silver easily accent any decor.  Take a look at the different styles below!

The Petite Collection 

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Petite Claude Champagne Votive, $7.

The Faceted Collection 

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Faceted Bordeaux Silver Foil Votive, $12.50.

The Birch Collection 

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Birch White Votive, $12.50.

The Geo Milo Collection 

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Geo Milo Lavender Votive, $8.75.

The Frosted Branch Collection 

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Frosted Branch Grey Silver Foil Votive, $12.50.

The Honeycomb Collection 

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Small Honeycomb Sky Blue Votive, $12.50.

Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Pimm’s Cup

With barbecues and garden parties filling up your social schedule, summer is the perfect opportunity to sip on sweet seasonal cocktails.  Here’s a recipe for The Pimm’s Cup from blogger Death to Sour Mix.

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Photo courtesy of Death to Sour Mix.

 

The Pimm’s Cup.
“The perfect cocktail for the warmer months, with its refreshing flavors & inviting appearance. It’s fantastic on a hot summer brunch, as it is poolside with the sun on your face. It’s low on alcohol too, so don’t be shy about having more than one.”

2 oz Pimm’s No.1
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
2-3 chunks of English cucumber
Ginger beer

1. Muddle the English cucumber in a shaker
2. Add the lemon juice, Pimm’s & ice
3. Shake it and strain into a Collins glass with ice
4. Top up the cocktail with ginger beer
5. Garnish with a cucumber wheel

Opposites Attract

One of our favorite trends for summer this season is bold, “look at me now” color schemes.  Gone are the days of matching like colors; now more than ever before we are pairing colors opposite each other on the color wheel.  With palettes like dark blue and yellow and green and maroon, your home is sure to catch the eye of visitors and guests alike.

 

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 Bougainvillea Tablecloth, $72.

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Sunflower Runner, $45.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 12.54.47 PMTutti Frutti Placemats, $72 for 6.

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Lemon Tree Napkins, $72 for 6.