massive dining room table

Thanksgiving in my family is about gathering around the table for a fantastic meal. The dining room in my parent’s house is traditional.  One day, I’ll host Thanksgiving at my house and I love day dreaming about huge dining room table that seats a ton of people. This dining room would be perfect.  What does your Thanksgiving look like?

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It’s one week till Thanksgiving and I need decorating inspiration.  I put together some of favorite pins (are you following me on Pinterest?? Click the link or the button top right on the website).  What do you think? Refined blue and white or rustic?

Photos clockwise from Style Me Pretty: rustic thanksgiving, herb napkins, blue and orange table top, striped napkinsboho thanksgiving

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I am so excited that Salt & Sundry has opened their 14th St. location.  This is one of my favorite stores in DC. I always find cool gifts or interesting chotskies for my house.  I *might* have purchased a few things this weekend.  Go check it out!

Salt & Sundry 1401 S St., NW (around the corner from Doi Moi)  202-641-6647

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When the weather becomes chilly, I start craving soup. I have repertoire of favorite soup recipes from our restaurant but lately, I’ve been experimenting. I made this last week and I’m definitely adding it to my favorites. It’s hearty, delicious and the perfect lunch or light dinner.  Enjoy!

Farro, Kale and Cannellini Soup

ingredients
1/2 cup farro, picked over and rinsed (I used 1/2 a cup of buckwheat groats)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 strips of bacon, chopped
1 can cannellini beans, drained
1  32 oz. box of vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1 bunch kale (about 14 ounces) (I used a half a box of chopped, frozen spinach)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Set the farro in a large bowl or spouted glass measuring cup and add ample cold water to cover. If you’re using buckwheat groats, cook 1/2 cup of groats in 1 cup vegetable broth per the instructions on the package.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium ­high heat. Cook bacon.  Stir in the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.

Add vegetable broth and cannellini beans to the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, then cover the pot and simmer 20-25 minutes.

Drain the farro. Add the farro (or buckwheat groats) and salt. Return to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the kale: Discard a few inches of the tough root ends. Thinly slice the stems and coarsely chop the leaves. Rinse well by dunking it in a large bowl or sink full of water. Drain well.  (If using chopped spinach, add now).

When the farro has simmered for 10 minutes, stir in the kale gradually, adding more as each batch wilts. Cover and continue cooking until the beans, farro, and kale are tender, usually 10 to 20 minutes more. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, the basil, cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.

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thread dc

Remember when I went to Thread last year at Union Market and I waxed on and on and on?  Guess what?! The next Thread event starts tomorrow and I can’t wait!  This year it’s changed locations to a warehouse next to the Angelika pop up.  There’s 14 retailers (Billy Reid!  what?!) and I’m bound to buy a few holiday gifts.  Don’t miss it.

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links top to bottom: 1. Urban Turf 2. Huffington Post 3. NY Times 4. Curbed DC

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Happy Veteran’s Day! I’d like to give a big thank you to all the veteran’s (friends, family and clients) that serve/served the country.  It’s a holiday in DC and the city is expecting around 800,000 people to attend the Veteran’s Day concert on the Mall.  Whoa, right?  The line up is impressive and it’s going to be fantastic!

If you’re going to the concert, here’s a link to everything you need to know about attending.  Enjoy!

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On Monday I found a fantastic list of book recommendations and I immediately downloaded a few. A lot of the recommendations were familiar but there were a few new (to me) titles. So far, my favorites have been Tell the Wolves I’m Home  and Beautiful Ruins.   

Tell the Wolves I’m Home was one of the new to me titles.  I’m always intrigued by a book that is good but somehow I’ve overlooked it.  I was immediately drawn into the story.  It’s a family drama set in the 80′s and I loved it.  I highly recommend it.

Beautiful Ruins was on everybody’s summer reading list.  It has a little Old Hollywood, a splash of Italian coast/WW II and a lot of drama.  It’s perfectly entertaining.  Happy reading!

 

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As I was manically checking twitter last night, several people posted that Duffy’s was closing last night after eight years in the neighborhood.  It was one of the first restaurants in our neck of the woods and I know many residents will miss it.  Cheers Duffy’s!

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thanksgiving-tabletop

Can you believe it’s November and Thanksgiving is around the corner?  I know we’re only four days into November and most people are thinking about voting (did you vote today? if you haven’t, make sure you do!).  Meanwhile, I’m already thinking of how I’m going to set the table for Thanksgiving and what sort of gifts I’ll be giving for the holidays.  I know. I’m one of those people.

This year I thought it’d be fun to mix rustic and glam.  I use white plates so the rest of the table elements can be colorful.  For the pièce de résistance, I’d add a orange mini pumpkins and white candles.  Cute, right?

1. Forged Leaf Garland $26.00 2. Dahlia placemats $10.00 3. Burlap table runner $12.00 4. Metallic stripe napkin

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