Amped Up Apple Pie

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Want to bring a memorable Apple Pie to the table on Turkey Day?  Saw this recipe and wanted to share. Yeah, that's a cinnamon bun crust - brillant.

Preheat oven to 400°F
Cinnamon Bun Pie Crust:
2 cup sifted flour
2/3 cup lard
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
6-8 Tablespoons cold milk
Cut a 1-2 ft. square piece of parchment paper and sift flour onto paper. Sift flour again, but add the salt to ensure it is fully incorporated. Pour flour mixture into a large bowl. Cut lard into flour, and use a pastry cutter so that the lard is fully incorporated. When the dough resembles a crumble, add the milk a few tablespoons at a time. Use a fork to pull the dough together. Once this is done, turn the dough out onto your piece of parchment paper. Divide the dough into two sections. Form two balls with the dough, then flatten into discs. Roll out one disc of dough using a rolling pin or whatever cylindrical intrusment you have; a wine bottle or water bottle work well!
(at this point I started to use the cinnamon bun recipe)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Melt the butter, pour and spread it over the disc of pastry you just prepared. Evenly and generously sprinkle the cinnamon over the dough. Tightly roll it up, like you would normal cinnamon buns. Using a sharp knife cut the dough into 1/2 inch rounds. Flatten each round with your palm. Using a 9inch round pie tin – glass, ceramic or otherwise – gently press each cinnamon bun into the bottom of the pan and around the sides. (If you find you have run out of cinnamon buns, use your extra disc of pie crust pastry and repeat this step of adding butter cinnamon, etc.)

Now for the filling!
8-10 medium cooking apples (Macintosh or Cortland), peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
In large bowl stir together apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Spoon into pastry-lined 9″ pie pan. Dot with butter.

Cover this with more cinnamon buns. If necessary, repeat the first steps to make more cinnamon buns. You may or may not need them.
Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

Source - Create Great Things (here)


Crafty Girl

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Yep on vacation.  Visiting my brother and showing the girls my second favorite city.   Up early, sitting on the window seat, drinking coffee and smelling bacon.  I am in heaven.  Planning our day - here in San Francisco.  But in the meantime I actually have the time to play on the computer, look at Pinterest, read my favorite blogs and generally goof off.  

I am looking for something pretty to make with Kate and my niece Georgia while we are all cooking this coming Thursday.  I am all about giving the kids a "project."  There is a plethora of cheesy holiday decor ideas and recipes on Pinterest, but there are also some really good ones - like these. 

I love all the succulents that grow amok around here.  I think this is the one forTurkey Day  centerpieces.

Some other ideas I found... I like to keep it a little on the simple side.

Gotta go . . . Santa Cruz is on the agenda !


Install of the Day !

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Finished installing at Lisa Hick's home yesterday.  A new build in much need of color and furniture! When we met, I could see they needed help with a game plan to mix her love of teal and eclectic furnishings in four spaces.  My deadline, Thanksgiving.  So finished just under the wire and just before I split town for my much anticipated vacation with the family.

The Hick's style is definitely eclectic.  A little bit of modern, a little rustic, saturated color.  I was thrilled to help this couple pull it all together, as this combination style can be tricky.

I started in her family room and kitchen which soon bleed into the foyer and front living - turned home office - space.  The goal was to combine a very modern and sleek kitchen with a few rustic pieces she already had.  I kept the color teal for two chairs and fabrics, but brought it back into the front office on the walls for a little drama.  Take a look at all the design boards and details, this client certainly isn't afraid of a little color !

This brand new home has a great layout, open with tall ceilings and plenty of space.  Painted though out in a pale grey I decided to add the pop color in the furniture and a few accent walls.  As you enter the foyer we added a grey graphic wall paper for a welcoming bit of drama, but on the subtle side and saved the color for the office walls and furniture in the living room.  

As you walk straight back into the living room we created a focal wall in the niche with this amazing wall paper by Amanda Talley.  Available through us and at Hidell Brooks Gallery, this paper is the showstopper in the room.  Amanda is an amazing artist and her pieces are so beautiful.  This paper has the style and feel of her art, yet with a smaller, continuous pattern.  I loved it so much I used a bit in our office as well.  We framed it out and added a large sideboard against it with two teal and grey glass lamps.  Layering more art and sculptures gives the feeling of collected an only gives your focal wall more attention.  The key though - knowing how to edit !

On a site note - Check out more of Amanda Talley's work on both her site and Hidell Brooks !

The living space has a big punch of color in the two new upholstered swivel chairs, red and teal ikat rug and amazing curtains, another big focal point you see from the front foyer.

Lisa's large, distressed wood pieces, I feel, are complimented by the rustic and strong color palette.  We are pondering adding horizontal "wood" tile on the TV and fireplace wall, an additional that I think would be perfect in this space - giving it a little more depth.   Stay tuned for that !

Take a look at a few of the details in this space.

The living room is open to the dining and kitchen area.  Using the same colors we added splashy curtains and a strong rug under this new dining table, all tying back to the colors in the family room (foyer and office).

It was fun pulling this look together for the Hicks.  We have painted and installed the front living room turned office.  With a few other added pieces it will be completed soon.  Stay tuned !


Spotlight: Florence Broadhurst

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Cadrys has translated a selection of Florence Broadhurst's iconic designs into exquisite hand-woven rugs and is just one of the lines Couture Knots represents.  Huge fan.  Unfamiliar with  Ms. Broadhurst?  You might have seen her designs in the Kate Spade Showrooms back in 2012 and didn't know it.  Kate Spade carried a line of dinnerware and their entire showroom was filled with her signature pattern, the ginko leaf (a.k.a Japanese Floral).

Florence Broadhurst has such an amazing story and is a true design icon.  In my coffee table book library, this is a must read.

I haven't seen her rugs up close, so it was a delight to see them at Couture Knots.  Made in Nepal using Tibetan wool, silk and natural fibers, these are showstoppers. Her Japanese Floral one of my favorites and one of her most celebrated designs.  Inlaid silk married together with a lush palette of colors.  How gorgeous !

Take a look at a few of her other amazing patterns.

And it doesn't stop there, fabrics and wall papers are just as gorgeous !  Always been a fan of the Deco inspired.

Her story is fascinating and her style - way ahead of her time!

Years ahead of her time, the complex, eccentric and talented Florence Broadhurst was born in rural Queensland, Australia in 1899.
By the time of her death in 1977 Broadhurst had lived and worked in Australia, Asia, and England; performed professionally on stage; been befriended by royalty; exhibited her paintings; and started an internationally successful wallpaper company whose success was based upon her own designs.
A multi-talented legend, Broadhurst expressed herself creatively through multiple mediums, platforms and continents around the world. After winning a singing competition in 1915, Broadhurst started performing in various towns and cities in Queensland.
By the early 1920s, she was performing in India, South-East Asia and China. In 1926, Broadhurst founded a modern academy of arts in Shanghai, known as the Broadhurst Academy, offering tuition in violin, pianoforte, voice production, modern ballroom dancing, classical dancing, musical culture and journalism. Never one to settle, Broadhurst moved to London and reinvented herself as Madame Pellier, running a dress salon on Bond Street in 1933.
After spending more than a decade in the United Kingdom, Broadhurst returned to Australia and settled in Sydney where she started painting enthusiastically and prolifically. Transforming her creative talent into a business opportunity, she started a revolutionary wallpaper business in 1959, creating hundreds of unique and luxurious patterns with rich and vibrant colours all perfectly matching her flamboyant personality.
By the mid 1960s, her company monopolised the Australian market and started exporting to America, Peru, Paris, the Middle East and Norway. She continued to work actively until her death in 1977 at the age of 78.
Florence’s life and personal experiences reads like the script of a romantic Hollywood fairytale; the life of a girl from a remote Queensland cattle station who travels the world and becomes a flamboyant performer, socialite, artist, entrepreneur and internationally successful business woman in the process.
Florence made her mark as a globetrotting entertainer during a time when travel around the world was still seen as something that was inaccessible, mysterious and somewhat magical. Places in the far east were still shrouded with a sense of romantic idealism in many people’s eyes. Celebrity and mixing in the elite of social circles was still highly exclusive and not so readily obtained as it is today.
Florence was a renegade and a forward thinking individual for her time. More remarkable for the fact that she was also a woman in a strongly male dominated society. She played by her own rules, was highly ambitious and entrepreneurial in her business pursuits. She was spurred on by obstacles and challenges and would not let them stand in the way of her goals and ambitions.
She once stated that she wanted to “colour Australia”. Florence was a flamboyant individual and the life of the party who commanded attention wherever she went. This is reflected in the boldness, brashness, scale and colour in many of her designs.
Her designs were distinctively bold and timeless, still remaining relevant even to this day when reinterpreted for our and future generations. You can see a discernible evolution of her style reflecting the times, travels, personal experiences and influences they were created against.