GRAY IS THE NEW BEIGE!

beige
bāZH
noun
  1. a pale sandy yellowish-brown color.
    “tones of beige and green”
    synonyms: fawn, pale brown, sand, buff, sandy, oatmeal, khaki, biscuit, coffee, coffee-colored, cafe au lait, camel, ecru

Is anyone else tired of this lack-luster, mind-numbing color we call beige? I know I am and I am ready for the HOTTEST color this year…GRAY! Gray is such a versatile color and has a wide range of hues, shades, and tones that create different sensations within a space. Gray can be used to create a glamorous, calming, or edgy space. The wide range of warm and cool grays compliment beautiful colors such as blush, yellow, red, white (some of my favorites). It can be used in a classic, transitional, or modern design! What do you think about gray? Check out some of these spaces that incorporated gray into there space. unnamed unnamed (11) unnamed (10) unnamed (9) unnamed (8) unnamed (7) unnamed (6) unnamed (5) unnamed (4) unnamed (3) unnamed (2) Xo, Jessica Calkins Definition provided by Google

OUT with the OLD & IN with the NEW 2015 DESIGN TRENDS

It is time to ring in the New Year with our favorite 2015 interior design trends! What better time to change up your living space than January 1st, 2015. Maybe you have been thinking about giving your home a “spacelift.” Let’s start this New Year off right and get our living spaces in check, so that we can accomplish our personal goals this year!

This year we are going to see a lot of change in color, texture, and pattern. But before we talk about what trends are knocking on our front door, let’s talk about those 2014 design trends that are on their way OUT the back door.

1. Honey toned woods. Elle Décor predicted that these light, honey toned woods, would leave us feeling “fresh”. If what they meant by “fresh” was dull, then they were right.

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2. Pastels. As Christos Prevenzanos, LA Interior Designer, said in 2014, using pastels in a living space is a “Monet meets Molly Ringwald” combo. First of all, if you had to google her name to find out who she is, she is probably not the best to compare to a design trend. Once you do google “Molly Ringwald” you’ll see the last TV/film that she was in was “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” Enough said.

pastels

3. Hair & Hide. Somehow, we have let animal fur and skin crawl onto our living room floors, sit in our chairs, and hang on our walls. I remember my Grandfather hanging his kill on the wall 20 years ago and thinking it was cool. According to CNN, we can’t even trust that the “faux” fur is even fake anymore. Apparently it is less expensive to use rabbit hair than to manufacture the hair. Animal Rights aside, I think it is safe to say that you can store the cow hide area rugs for the Ice Age.

cow

4. Overstuffed Sofas & Beds. Personally, I am sad to see this trend go this year as I was obsessed with throw pillows. Ask my fiancé! Every trip to target or home goods was an excuse to buy more throw pillows. However, this year is all about simplicity. One or two pillows on the sofa is not overwhelming, but the unwarranted mountain of down and feathers incased within a pretty fabric, is just too much for 2015 to handle.

pillows

5. Keep Calm & Carry On. This is BY FAR my favorite trend of 2014 to kick in the ass! (Excuse my French!) But I can’t handle it anymore and neither can 2015. These tacky signs that remind us every day to keep our cool remind me of my fiancé telling me to calm down when we are arguing. Don’t ever tell a woman to calm down! Instead of these unappealing signs, put up a real piece of art. DIY Project!

keep calm

Check back tomorrow to find out what trends are taking these suckers place…

Xo,

Jessica Calkins

Home for the Holidays

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One of the biggest things I miss about being home is the smell of my house. I am pretty sure my mom has something baking or on the stove at all hours of the day, because that is just who she is. She has a knack for cooking and baking, and someday I hope I am as talented as she is.

My favorite is when I come home and I smell cookies baking in the oven, especially around the holidays.

So for this post, here is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe found on pinterest!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don’t use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)

DIRECTIONS:

To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.

Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.

Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

This is not an original recipe, although I wish it was.

ENJOY