COVET // the autumn edit

If you are like me (and like most people), you have a major love for fall. During this time of year with the cooler temperatures and shorter days, it's natural to gravitate towards warmer colors, cozier textures, and creature comforts at home. But before the twinkly lights go up and the garland comes out, we would be remiss if we didn't first embrace the changing of the seasons, the fall colors, and the tradition of the harvest season. So on that note, I've rounded up some images that are currently inspiring me how to decorate my home this fall. I'm thinking nature-inspired, earthy, and a bit of a rustic modern flair...

While we can't go about completely redecorating our homes on a whim every season, small changes like switching out throw pillows and bedding, adding warmer knit throw blankets, and adorning your tabletops or mantle with seasonal florals can make a significant impact to cozy up the vibe in your space.

::  get the look  ::

Sources: 1. mud cloth pillow // 2. vintage textile pillows // 3. storage basket // 4. wool blanket // 5. sandalwood candle // 6.  smokebush branch // 7. vintage pottery // 8. nakashima straight back chair // 9. icelandic sheepskin throw

Could your home use some sprucing up before the holidays? Don't hesitate to contact me for decorating, styling and accessorizing services! 

images via : 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

JOURNAL // legends 2016 + my LA guide

I had a great time attending the Legends design conference at La Cienega Design Quarter in Los Angeles earlier this month. This event gives interior designers and architects the opportunity to attend a variety of informative discussions that are moderated and paneled by the industry's leading professionals. As a bonus, the talks are hosted at noteworthy showrooms and shops throughout the design quarter where inspiration abounds.

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One of the highlights for me was a  keynote discussion titled, "Collected: Living with the Things You Love in a Well Curated Home," which was moderated by Nate Berkus. As someone who loves incorporating vintage pieces and believes in making careful selections for the home, the discussion amongst the incredible designers really resonated with me, and I felt very inspired by their wisdom and candor. Such a great experience!

I traveled with my awesome sister and interior designer, Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home - we had such a fun time checking out West Hollywood and Venice Beach, and packed in as much as we could in the few days we were there. Here are just a few snippets of the trip...

I already can't wait to go back! And for all of you fellow design lovers out there, I complied a mini guide of my very favorite spots we visited during our trip:

++ A.S.D. Guide to Los Angeles ++ 

Stay: Palihotel - Melrose / The Charlie Hotel

Eat/Drink: Palihouse West Hollywood / Fig & OliveMelrose Umbrella Co. / The Butcher's Daughter - Venice / Gjusta - Venice

Shop:  Nickey Kehoe / Hollywood at Home / Nathan Turner Consort Design / Le Labo - West HollywoodCuyana - Venice

See: Lee Stanton Antiques / Natural CuriositiesHarbinger / Lawson Fenning / Cisco Brothers / Cote Jardin Antiques / Rooftop terrace at Restoration Hardware - go to lounge and enjoy the view 

  

- a. s. 

first image used with permission by JL Photographers

all other images by Amanda Steiner - be sure to follow me on instagram if you aren't already! 

AUTUMN // happy fall + a recipe

Fall could very well be my favorite season of the year. The nip in the air, the softer light and fading colors, and the inevitable changing of the seasons somehow brings a nostalgic comfort that's hard to explain. The cooler weather draws people indoors for more intimate gatherings, cozy evenings at home, and savory recipes. 

Today, I'm sharing a delicious recipe for Chanterelle Mushroom & Pear Bruschetta. Golden chanterelles grow wild here in the Pacific Northwest, and many people go mushroom hunting this time of year for these beautiful delicacies. However, if chanterelles are not available where you live, button or portabello could easily be substituted. My good friend recently made this appetizer with chanterelles that she found earlier that day. It was such a treat!

Chanterelle & Pear Bruschetta with Leeks and Goat Cheese

ingredients:

4 cups thinly sliced chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned & dried

2 thinly sliced leeks, white parts only

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 ripe pear thinly sliced - bosque or d'anjou

1 small package of plain goat cheese

1 cup chopped italian flat leaf parsley

1 sprig of thyme (optional)

1 crusty baguette

2 tablespoons olive oil + 2 tablespoons butter (or ghee) 

salt & pepper

To prepare:  Slice the baguette in 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet, then set aside. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Sautee the leeks for 2-3 minutes with the olive oil and butter on medium heat, then add the mushrooms and sauté for 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften. Season generously with salt and pepper, then add the white wine and thyme and let simmer until most of the liquid is evaporated, stirring frequently. Add the pear slices for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Turn off the heat and cover with a lid to keep warm. 

Toast the sliced baguette in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until golden. In the meantime, crumble the goat cheese and chop the parsley. Once the baguette slices are ready, assemble the bruschetta by topping with the mushroom-pear mixture and a sprinke of goat cheese and parsley. Enjoy!

Recipe by Leah Cox

GET TOGETHER // late summer soirée with a middle eastern twist

Over Labor Day weekend, my husband and I took advantage of the day off (and the beautiful weather) to host a backyard garden party. Inspired by New Feast, a gorgeous cookbook that I recently purchased, I decided to create a Middle Eastern themed menu. To add to the ambiance, I laid down two vintage kilims that I brought home from my trip to Turkey last summer. Placed under our apple tree, they created a bit of a souk-like feel, which was super fun and cozy!

So on that note, I've rounded up an assortment of lovely goods to put together a Middle Eastern inspired dinner or cocktail party. Of course, all of these items would mix gorgeously into the home and add a worldly nod to your decór to enjoy on a daily basis.