We all know the saying “less is more” meaning that a minimalist approach to artistic or aesthetic matters is more effective. When it comes to interior design we are totally on the minimalist train and love to see how others use this philosophy in their design approach. Robin with Twenty/Venti is sharing her daughter, Ramona’s, nursery with us. Robin is a twenty-something daydreamer, wife, mother and preschool teacher living in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.
“I drew most of the inspiration for our daughter’s nursery from Waldorf and Montessori educational philosophies. The idea that everything has a place, is easily accessible to encourage independence, and to be surrounded by natural materials. We kept things white and minimal to make the small space not look to busy or crowded. It’s my favourite room in our home because we’ve put the most intention and care into it.”
TGIF! We don’t know about you but we for one are really excited for the weekend! It’s still been a struggle for us to get back into reality after our holiday break and with all the snow we’ve got going on here we’ve been cooped up inside. We are ready to get out for a couple of days + take a little road trip in search for a little warmer weather. But before we leave we wanted to share part one of our winter fashion editorial featured in our current issue. These are a few of our favorite winter looks this season for little peanuts. We are loving all kinds of plaids, over-sized sweaters and even textures of velvet! Happy weekend friends!
We know many of you are on a healthy kick right now (along with the rest of the country) and we for one are all for making healthier choice in our lives and what we eat. For us we are just trying to take things slow and make lifestyle changes that we can actually do and can become apart of how we live. And let’s not fool anyone here… we still need to have some carbs in our life! Lately we’ve become obsessed with gnocchi and pretty much crave it all the time. Now it’s not the healthiest of meals but it can be pretty healthy and a good alternative to pasta since it’s made from potatoes + eggs and contains a good amount of vitamin A. The other good news is we found a great gnocchi brand that is already pre-made to make things easier at our local Trader Joe’s! Get the recipe for this brown butter gnocchi with pancetta + sage below. Enjoy!
– 1 package of gnocchi, our favorite is Trader Joe’s
– 2 sticks of butter
– 1/2 cup diced pancetta
– 20 fresh sage leaves
– salt + pepper
DIRECTIONS: 1. Boil gnocchi in a large pot of salted water, they are done once they float up to the surface
2. Melt butter in a pan + stir until it gets nice + golden brown
3. Fry sage leaves in butter + set aside
4. Cook the pancetta in pan until golden
5. Mix gnocchi, brown butter, sage + pancetta in a large bowl + season with salt + pepper
6. Top with fresh grated parmesan if desired
One of our all time favorite brands, Hazel Village, has expanded their woodland world to kidswear, where animals and their baby friends can match in adorable elf-like outfits! The cute just keeps getting cuter! From this first collection some of our favorite pieces include the beautiful forest-green Elf Hoodie, a Liberty of London dress, a shirt with a Kangaroo-like front pocket to carry an animal on adventures, and even the Village’s signature red bonnet which has been worn by the animals for the past 6 years! Honestly we are just smitten with every piece + can’t wait to get our little peanuts in the new Hazel Village collection!
What is not to love about a room filled with character? Or better yet a room with woodland animal characters all over the walls! The team at Little Liberty has nailed it again with another amazing nursery design! We’ve been seeing wallpaper make its way back into interior recently and we are totally on that train! With new + fresh updated designs and quality materials we love the use of a great patterned walls! This visually entertaining nursery is filled with so many darling details that are sure to keep any little peanut captivated! The perfect mix of rustic woodland and mid-century modern makes this room feel effortlessly polished!
Vendors and Sources: Room Design: Little Liberty
WALLPAPER: CHASING PAPER NYC
COT + CHANGING TABLE: OEUF NYC
HARPER CHAIR: JARDAN
ANIMAL HEADS: FIONA WALKER
PENDANT: MUUTO UNDER THE BELL
RUG: TALO INTERIORS
WOODEN SIDE TABLE: MARK TUCKEY
NIGHT LANTERN: MARSET FROM DESIGN STUFF GROUP
WOODEN MOBILE: ETSY
KNITTED TOY: LUCKY BOY SUNDAY
WOODEN SHELF TRIO: DESIGN STUFF GROUP
Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoyed your winter holiday break a much as we did. We’ve been slacking a bit in the blogging department the past couple of weeks because we wanted to really just slow things down + focus on our little peanuts! We are sure you can all relate! But we are so excited to be back + we have so many exciting things in store for this new year! We hope you will enjoy this new journey with us! Today we are sharing part 2 of our winter accessory feature from our current issue. It’s perfect fitting because it’s been snowing here for the past day and we can for sure use some cute cold weather accessories to get us through this week! Check out our favorite looks below with sources!
With Christmas just a couple of days away we had to share one of our Christmas morning favorites. This Cinnamon Roll Skillet is everything you would want it to be and more. It’s warm + gooey with swirls of sweet cinnamon + brown sugar + drizzled with the creamiest cream cheese frosting. To wake up to the smell alone is heaven. It is definitely a crowd pleaser + a great twist on a traditional favorite.
CINNAMON ROLL SKILLET
¾ c milk
⅓ c butter
3¼ c flour
¼ c sugar
½ tsp salt
1 package active quick rise yeast
4 Tbsp butter, melted
¾ c brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp cinnamon
¼ c heavy cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened
½ c butter, softened
2 c powdered sugar
2 Tbsp milk/heavy cream
In a saucepan over medium heat, add milk + butter, stir until melted & remove from heat
In a mixing bowl, combine 2¼ c flour, sugar, salt. Add yeast & lukewarm milk mixture. Combine. Add egg.
Using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead while gradually adding in 1 c flour until the dough forms a ball & pulls aways from the edges of the bowl. You can also knead by hand.
Let dough rest for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On a floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle. Spread melted butter on top. Combine cinnamon + sugar +sprinkle on top. Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut into 2 strips + fold each strip in half. Twist each strip like a rope + the coil into a cast iron skillet.
Turn oven off. Cover rolls with a damp towel + allow to rise 25 minutes. Remove from oven, preheat again to 350 degrees. Cover rolls in ¼ c heavy cream. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.
Mix icing ingredients until smooth & drizzle over rolls.
Here in Utah winters are super cold and typically involve a lot of snow! The perfect accessories to look cute + stay warm are a must for our little peanuts each winter season and today we are sharing a few of our favorite looks from our current issue! There is nothing like a cute pom beanie, animal shaped scarfs + striped mittens! We hope you all keep warm this winter!
With less then a week left before Christmas we are trying to squeeze in all of our holiday activities with our little peanuts! One of our favorite traditions is making gingerbread cookies and decorating them as a family! Getting your little peanuts involved in the holiday planning + hosting process is the perfect way to teach them about your family traditions. It also makes them feel special to be able to help with important tasks. Let them help with preparing the food + treats by giving them an activity to do like making gingerbread cookies! Yes things might get a tad bit messy but that’s the half the fun right?! You will be surprised at how some dough + cookie cutters can keep them entertained for a long time! Get our gingerbread cookie recipe below!
– 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup molasses
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 1/2 cups flour
– 2 teaspoons ginger
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon allspice
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/8 teaspoon cloves
DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream together butter, sugar, molasses, + honey
3. Beat in egg + vanilla
4. In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients + mix well
5. Roll dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap + chill for 1 hour
6. On a floured surface roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness
7. Cut, using various sizes of cookie star cookie cuter
8. Place on ungreased baking sheet
9. Bake about 8-10 minutes until golden brown
10. If you wish to make hanging decorations use a cocktail stick to pierce the cookies while still warm, thread with string when the have completely cooled.
11. If desired, ice with a simple icing of powdered sugar + milk then drizzled or dipped with icing.
We can’t believe the holiday weekend is only a week away and if you are celebrating this weekend as well with friends and family it’s the perfect time to give one of our favorite festive drinks a try! The Whiskey Rose Cocktail is beautiful and perfect for celebration drink! You can even make it kid friendly in our tips below. Enjoy + have a great weekend!
– 1.5 oz rye whiskey
– 1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup
– 1/2 oz lemon juice
– Sparkling apple soda such as IZZE Sparkling Apple
– Sprig of rosemary + slice of apple for garnish
1. Make the Rosemary Simple Syrup. Add one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and add 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Once its cooled, strain the simple syrup and place in a lid tight container. Keep any extra refrigerated.
2. For the Whiskey Rose, in a cocktail glass, stir together whiskey, simple syrup, + lemon juice. Add a scoop of ice. Top with sparkling apple soda, then dash with bitters. Garnish with your rosemary + your apple slice.
* To make a kid-friendly version serve sparkling apple soda with an apple slice