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Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Brown Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a classic cookie with a delicious twist. Brown butter is whipped into the cookie dough base to add a toffee-like flavor that is irresistible. Add in some oats, raisins and a hint of cinnamon to make a drool-worthy cookie!What is...

French Dip Sandwiches

This post and recipe is sponsored by Certified Piedmontese. All words and photographs are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that make KJ & Company possible! French Dip Sandwiches are a classic, comforting sandwich that you just can't help but...

Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Ranch Mozzarella Sticks are a fun appetizer to bring to life in your own kitchen! A breading made up of Ranch seasonings, bread crumbs and spices completely coats creamy mozzarella sticks. Baked instead of fried, these mozzarella sticks are a flavorful,...

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup is a simple soup loaded full of flavor! Chicken is simmered in a flavor-packed broth of salsa verde, chicken stock, cannellini beans and spices to bring this chicken soup to life. Each spoonful is like a salsa dance in your mouth! This simple,...

Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies are a cookie classic! Using my Grandmother's tried and true recipe, these sugar cookies are legendary! A buttery cookie dough is rolled out, cut into desired shapes and baked until perfectly fluffy. Frosted with an almond-scented buttercream...

Healthier Chicken Ramen

Healthier Chicken Ramen is a delicious, healthy spin on a classic noodle dish. Chicken is simmered with stock, vegetables and miso paste to create the perfect broth. It is then spooned over brown rice ramen noodles and topped with roasted vegetables. Each bite is...

Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow

Cookies & Cream Puppy Chow is a classic dessert with a fun twist! Rice cereal is mixed together with melted chocolate and peanut butter for the puppy chow base. Then crushed Oreos are added in for the cookies & cream effect! Perfectly covered in powdered...

Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Stew

Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Stew is a flavorful spoonful! Shrimp and sausage are sautéd in cajun seasonings, and then simmered together with onion, bell pepper, garlic and stock. This stew is best served spooned over a bed of white rice to help soak up all those...

Blackberry Baked Brie

To say that I'm obsessed with this Blackberry Baked Brie appetizer is an understatement! A creamy round of brie is gently wrapped in a buttery pie crust and baked until golden brown. Topped with a warm, blackberry sauce, each bite is gooey, cheesy, buttery and then...

The Monthly Scoop – January 2021

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post - January 2021! First off, happy New Year! Isn't it crazy that it's 2021? January held so many fun, precious memories to us. From romping in the 15 inches of snow we got with Queso & Amos, to creating comforting recipes to a...

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups

Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are the perfect appetizer option to please a crowd! Zesty pepperoni slices are rolled-up with cheese inside a crescent dough triangle. Baked until golden brown and melted, these Pepperoni Pizza Roll-Ups are best served dunked into your...

Wilted Kale Salad

Wilted Kale Salad is everything that you want your kale salad to be: simple and scrumptious! Tender pieces of Kale are quickly sautéd until slightly wilted in a mixture of honey, white wine vinegar and caramelized onions. Topped with crunchy sourdough croutons and...

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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