Friday finds: Early fall edition

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WEAR: Cozy and chic sweatshirts. It’s a win-win. Clockwise from top left: Houndstooth Beckside Crew from Jack Wills, Ivy Melange Lace Appliqué from Scotch & Soda, Floral Sweatshirt from J. Crew, and Damson Beckside Crew from Jack Wills.

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Photo: Once Upon a Chef

EAT: Kale Apple Pancetta Salad from Once Upon a Chef. Make good use of the apple bounty with this flavorful, seasonal, nutrition-packed salad. Great topped with chicken breast or paired with roast chicken for a complete meal. I get regular requests for this one at home. Tip: Try it with prosciutto instead of pancetta. Or skip the meat all together and add a few more toasted pecans. It’s vegan. With protein. Score.

 

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Photo: Anna Joyce

HOME: Hand-printed cotton napkins from Portland’s own Anna Joyce. You know how I feel about cloth napkins. So excited to discover a new source for stylish napkins and more! She’s also on etsy.

Bedroom makeover plus hacking Diptic to create design boards

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My bedroom has been long overdue for a makeover. I’ve been staring at shiny sea green walls and using mismatched items since we moved into our house over two years ago– far too long.

My parents came to visit a few weeks ago and found it in their hearts to paint my room while I was at work. They’re pretty amazing like that. So before they arrived, I went to a super helpful local paint store (Powell Paint, for those of you in Portland) and left with an armload of Benjamin Moore swatches. I narrowed it down to a glowy shade of buttercream called White Rock. And picked up some Simply White for the ceiling and trim. It turned out even better than I expected.

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Summer’s swan song supper: Caponata Panzanella

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I made such a great discovery this week– natural and seasonal foods blog, The First Mess.

Laura is a chef in Canada, and it took no time at all to find a handful of her recipes that I wanted to make, uh, immediately. Given our very changeable weather this week, the Caponata Panzanella seemed just right. I made it that same night. Continue reading

Show your table some love

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A few years back, I was invited to a cocktail brunch by a woman from work. I was still in my twenties and still living in an apartment. In contrast, her bungalow was all kinds of casual elegance, with perfectly chosen pieces that seemed both well-loved and well-used.

One idea I took from her warm, stylish and grown-up home is to use cloth napkins at every meal. She had a big stack of soft napkins in different colors and patterns set out for the party. I’ve been building my own collection ever since. C and I use them daily and when we entertain.

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