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Cookie Butter Monster Cookies

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Braised Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

Braised Cranberry Balsamic Chicken is a delicious, show-stopper dinner that doesn't require a lot of work! Chicken breasts are seared until golden brown and then nestled into a decadent sauce of reduced balsamic vinegar, cranberries and fresh herbs. They come out...

Stovetop White Cheddar Mac n Cheese

Stovetop White Cheddar Mac n Cheese is so creamy and deliciously good that you won't believe it comes together in under 30 minutes. Four different kinds of cheeses, like white cheddar, mozzarella, asiago and parm, are whisked together with heavy cream and milk until...

The Monthly Scoop – November 2019

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Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a cheese-lover's dream come true. Cheddar, monterey jack and cream cheese are melted until perfectly gooey in between two pieces of golden brown garlic butter bread. Each bite you crunch through the salty, buttery bread into a...

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Sunday Pot Roast

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Hot Cocoa Malts

Hot Cocoa Malts are every bit as delicious as they sound! Creamy chocolate ice cream is blended together with decadent chocolate milk and malt powder until frothy and smooth. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream, mini marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate...

Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls

The time has finally come: Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls are here! Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls are a staple in our household and have been a requested recipe for quite some time! Tender cuts of thinly sliced flank steak and fresh broccoli...

10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

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2019 Thanksgiving Menu

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Interior Design with Little Black “Domicile”

The time has finally come – we’ve been in our new home for just over a year now and I am excited to show you all what we’ve been working on! John and I embarked on the journey of building our home in the Fall of 2016, and moved from our town-home into our new house in late Spring of 2017. It sure has been a journey! We never felt like we could settle into our town-home because we knew we would be moving, so I never did much decorating because of that. With the new house and fresh white walls that I convinced John of (he loves them now), I was ready to find our style to make our home ours. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Laurel and Kristen from Little Black “Domicile”! It turned out that since I hadn’t done any interior decorating in so long, I was stumped. So I partnered up with Laurel and Kristen to get the job done!

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Laurel in person when we both attended Broma Bakery’s Foodtography Workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From the get-go, I could see how genuine, honest and kind Laurel was and felt completely comfortable telling her my interior decorating fails without feeling judged about it. She’s the kind of person you want to be talking to! I showed her all of my white walls and empty spaces and the rest is history.

Since we live in different states and didn’t have time to work out all the details in person, I worked with Laurel and her partner Kristen via one of their Virtual Design Packages. You guys, I’m not even kidding or getting paid to say this: there is a Virtual Design Package for everyone! No matter what stage of life you are in, or what size of project you are wanting to tackle, they have the perfect options to get you taken care of. Their motto is “The perfect LBD for every home” and it fits their work exactly. The ladies of Little Black “Domicile” truly put themselves in your shoes and envision your home through the lens of your personal style.

They were also incredibly patient with me. Their communication and design templates via email blew all of my expectations away! Not once did I feel like they were trying to sell me a product or hurry me into making a decision.

I decided that I wanted to tackle our open floor plan that has the kitchen, island, dining area and living room all as one. I wanted everything to flow smoothly and make sense since it was all in one big room. To get started, all I had to do was snap a couple pictures and email them over. They took the reins from there! I can’t even begin to tell you how easy and eye-opening it was to get their ideas back. They will literally draw or place their ideas into the pictures of your space that you send to make sure you truly know how it will look! It took all the hassle and stress of trying to envision the ideas in my home.

The big ol’ white wall behind our dining room table was really stumping me. Before I talked with Laurel and was trying to figure it out on my own, the only thing I could envision was some sort of large, bulky credenza that held plates. Why I could only think of this, I will never know. It would 100% have ruined the space and the look I was going for. Then Laurel came along and had the most brilliant idea – why not do a gallery wall with some of your own food photography? I think I stared at my computer dumbfounded as to why I never thought of such a great idea. Laurel really took the extra step to make sure that the design aspects truly reflected our lifestyle.

There’s even a whole post about creating your own gallery wall on their website. With so many different ways to create one, Laurel really narrowed down my style to make sure I was comfortable with how the gallery wall was going to be laid out. As you can see, I’m a very symmetrical person and like everything to be in line and have a sense of direction.   I ended up going with a mix of wedding pictures, pictures of us, and a handful of my favorite food pictures that I’ve taken. John and I absolutely LOVE  how it turned out!

They also helped me with my living room configuration and gave me ideas for finding the right piece of artwork to accent the room. Laurel showed me options that were right up my ally, but also ones that would expand my horizons a bit. I still haven’t found the perfect piece yet, but Laurel is trying to get me used to using more color :).

All in all, I could not have been happier with my experience with Laurel and Kristen with Little Black “Domicile”. If you are ever in need of fresh ideas, a room make over or just want to talk about your possibilities, don’t hesitate to reach out to them!

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