Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

What a week!  Has your spring gotten off to the crazy start that mine has? 

I'm in the thick of the final layout approvals for my next book: Monograms for the Home!  Can't wait to share it with you!  In the meantime, here is a little sneak peek:

Monogram Mania is going on over at my favorite shopping site Moda Operandi!

Did you know that the Red Cross has a great app to keep you safe during this crazy weather season? 

Obsessed with the great neutrals in this make-up palette.

This lipstick is perfect!

My toddler daughter has been living in these moccasins.  So sweet on her fat little feet!

And Tory Burch does it again!  I ordered these shoes to pair with my pin stripe dresses or jeans this spring.  

Update on my One Room Challenge!  The Gray Malin piece, Two Cowboys, that was my inspiration is now available on One Kings Lane!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Guest Recipe Post: Mark Kiffin's Mazatlan Shrimp Tacos

It isn't every day that you can get a Guest Recipe Post from a James Beard Award Winning Chef so I'm really excited to share this one from Mark Kiffin with you!  The Mazatlan Shrimp Tacos come from Kiffin's famed restaurant, Zacatecas Taco & Tequila in Albuquerque, NM.  It seems perfect for your summer soirees and an excellent pairing for the Pink PantherTequila Cocktail we shared last week! 


Mazatlan Shrimp Tacos
Seared shrimp, Pickled Serrano cabbage and Cucumber-Tomatillo salsa

Seared Shrimp
2 lbs medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
Pickled Cabbage
1 lb shredded red cabbage
3 cups rice wine vinegar (unseasoned)
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup diced serranos
In a medium sauce pot add the vinegar, sugar and serranos. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 min. Remove from the fire, add the cabbage. Let it sit and cool for 25 min, strain (but lave about ½ cup of the liquid) and store it in a sealed container so it won’t get dry.
Cucumber-Tomatillo Salsa
2 each cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cut in crescent moon
1 each red onion, julienned
½ lb tomatillos
2 each avocados
2 each serranos
2 each garlic cloves
½ bunch cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 cup water
Salt to taste
Place in a blender tomatillos, avocados, serannos, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, 2 table spoons of kosher salt to start, 1 cup water and blend until it gets to a smooth consistency. If you need to add more water, just to get the mix going the sauce should look thick not runny.
Assembling your Tacos
Sear your shrimp just one minute each side, have you r warm tortillas ready placed in a plate. On the middle of the tortillas put some pickled cabbage running a line from one end to another.  Place the shrimp on top of the cabbage. In a small mixing bowl put a hand full of the cucumber, some of the red onions, 3 tablespoons of the tomatillo sauce and mix well. Add salt if needed. Spoon some of the salsa on top of the shrimp. Garnish with fresh limes and Cilantro.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Well, I haven't made a lot of real progress this week on the dining room at White Oaks.  I've gotten some official ordering done and a few things have arrived so that is exciting!

I did make my way to Lowes to pick out the Valspar Paint color I need for the baseboards.  I want to paint them dark to blend with the bottom of the ombre Brett Designs Wallpaper. 

I missed out on the winning bid for the Gray Malin photograph that is serving as my inspiration for the room at the MTV ReDefine charity art auction on Friday but that is alright because I found out later that it went to a friend!  Yay! did get me thinking about what art will go in the room and how I will hang it. I don't want to put a bunch of holes in the beautiful wallpaper so I ordered a sample it from Walker Display to see if the crown molding hooks they offer will fit the existing molding!  I hope so!  That way, I can easily shift the art around the room as I decide where it needs to be or as our collection grows.  I hope it works!  

I decided on this soft check fabric from Ronda Carmen's line for the chairs. They need to be recovered. I did learn that the 20 yards I need are in stock but I need to get my act together and get it ordered!  This six-week challenge is so good for me because I would drag my feet on making design decisions for years if you let me!

The ranch is an hour away so I haven't had a chance to get up there this week.  I'll head up this weekend and hopefully give you a better idea of the progress next week!  The walls are being prepped for the paper and the baseboards are being painted so the transformation will finally start to come to life! 

My check list is still quite long though!  I am on the hunt for the perfect trim to add to my solid drapes and I still can't decide what kind of rug I want.  Any ideas for me?

Don't forget to check out the progress of the other bloggers who are as crazy as me and accepted this challenge!

Trademarked by Calling it Home

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Guest Recipe Post: Pink Panther “La Pantera Rosa”

About two years ago, while hosting a segment on Texas Living with the founder of Casa Dragones, I had the chance to sip my first premium Tequila.  I had consumed my fair share of margaritas in the past but when I was introduced to a quality tequila that was meant to be "sipped," I became an instant fan!  

My introduction to Casa Dragones ultra premium Joven tequila was a great one and I could immediately see why the amazing Oprah named it one of her favorite things! If she says it is great then you know it is great!  So when Casa Dragones introduced me to their new Blanco Ultra Premium tequila and offered to share a cocktail recipe, I was excited to bring it to you!  With it's pretty blush color and clean refreshing taste, it is perfect for you spring and summer soirees!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Pink Panther “La Pantera Rosa” 


2 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
¾ oz. lime juice
½ oz grapefruit juice
½ oz of agave syrup
2 dashes of Orchard Street Celery Shrub


Shake with ice and fine strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with 1 oz. Fever Tree Ginger Ale (my husband's favorite!). Garnish with a lime wheel.

Enjoy but please drink responsibly!  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One Room Challenge: Week 2 - Inspiration

Gray Malin - Two Cowboys

I've been looking for inspiration for my One Room Challenge project, the dining room at White Oaks Ranch, and it hit me while working on a non-profit project.  My sisters and I are co-chairing the MTV ReDefine fundraiser which takes place this Friday.  It is an art auction at the Goss Michael Foundation and on-line at Paddle 8.  When I saw this piece in the auction line-up,  Two Cowboys by Gray Malin, I had found my inspiration! 
A little bit Cowboy + a little bit Chic!  

How am I going to translate this into a dining room?  

Well, I don't know exactly but I'm excited to try.  I do know that I am going to start with this amazing wallpaper from Brett Design.  

This is a quick snap I took at the EC Dicken Showroom in Dallas for my Instagram Feed a few months ago but I just couldn't get over the paper!  When something sticks like that, I think you need to find a place for it!  I think I basically have the paper ordered but I am just waiting for confirmation that we can get it in time for our challenge! 

Right now the room has a chair-rail all the way around it so I need to have that removed and have the walls prepared for the paper.  I'm so enchanted by the paper that it is worth it I think!

I also know that I am going to keep the antler chandelier.  I think it will be a fun contradiction to the modern paper.  

I got a quote to re-cover the existing chairs but I find them a bit bulky so I'm still toying around with the idea finding something new.

What do you think?

    To see the rest of the art in the MTV ReDefine auction, check out  Paddle 8!

Don't forget to check out the progress that the other nineteen bloggers are making!  I'm excited to follow along on everyone's journey!

Trademarked by Calling it Home

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MTV ReDefine

Michael Craig-Martin - Umbrella
I'm so excited that the week of the MTV ReDefine event is finally here!  My sisters and I have had a great year as co-chairs and are anxiously awaiting the event honoring Michael Craig-Martin.  There are still a few tickets left so if you want to come, I would be thrilled!  We closed down the website for ticket sales so call The Goss Michael Foundation if you are interested in being there.

Damien Hirst - Beautiful Terminal Velocity Through Wormholes in Summertime
But here is what you can do to help - BID!  The amazing selection of donated art is now on-line at Paddle 8 but move fast because the pieces are amazing and the auction closes on Friday night!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Zoe Crosher - LA-LIKE: Fools Gold Dust (Mimic) Painting
Donald Baechler - Recipe Book Cone
Ben Eine - Outspoken
Scott Reeder - For The Wind

Monday, April 6, 2015

Outdoor Etiquette: Taking The Family to the Park

It's Spring!  I hope you plan to spend a bit of time outdoors and enjoy this beautiful change in weather!  Watch the video for my five tips to maximize the family fun!

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