A year ago I purchased my first home and began the process of making a drab, beige space feel bright, fresh, and mine. One of the biggest challenges I've faced is how to decorate my living room. It's a weirdly long room with three different doorways, four large windows, and a fireplace with an oversized mantel, making furniture placement tricky and TV placement even trickier. Our temporary (ahem, one year) solution has been to not put a TV in the living room at all. We tucked our TV into the sunroom simply because it was easier, and for the last year we've enjoyed all our favorite shows through an opaque white glare courtesy of the sunroom's wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows. The second I saw Samsung's new, game changing TV I knew my days of TV placement settling were about to end. Say hello to The Frame, a 4K UHD piece of art.
The Frame is designed to work as a thoughtful design piece in any room, which is basically the total opposite of any other TV. Forget about bundles of wires and the stark black rectangle we all pretend we don't notice dominating an entire wall. The Frame becomes a fully integrated addition to your room-- so much so, that I actually used lifestyle shots of The Frame on my living redesign inspiration board! I've added arrows to the image below to show you exactly what I mean. This is a TV that can bring an entire room together, just like a large piece of artwork!
Have you ever seen a TV look so good? Me neither. Now that I know about The Frame my next challenge is to decide where to put one. I have two primary options in my living room. The first is above my mega mantel. I already have a piece of artwork there, so switching that canvas out for what is basically another but which has a built-in TV sounds like a pretty awesome option. The room is #disclaimer a work in progress, I'd need to style my curio cabinets on either side of the mantel/The Frame's new home and finish painting all the crown molding (that was beige!), but otherwise I wouldn't need too much and that's pretty appealing!
The other placement option is to add The Frame into my gallery wall. The Frame comes with over 100 professionally curated works of art plus I could even upload my own. It also has a brightness sensor and automatically adjusts color and brightness to the ambient lighting in the room. I already love this textural number below, so I'd definitely give that a whirl for a while and then switch it out instantly when I want something new and fresh! I can also always easily switch out the frames, as they have interchangeable options like white, light wood and dark wood, giving me that much more flexibility in easily refreshing my space whenever I want.
I love the idea of focusing on a subtle gallery theme, such as travel photos and carrying that same concept onto the selected artwork on The Frame. Right now my gallery wall is an eclectic mix of antique furnishings, small watercolors I painted, travel photos, and sentimental black and white shots. I love that The Frame comes with plenty of art options that could beautifully work with what I already have on display!
Cue the warm weather and cue my appetite for all things cold, fruity and refreshing. By adding Chobani Greek Yogurt to my morning smoothie I can get all that, plus the satisfying benefit of protein and low fat.
This easy smoothie recipe begins with a piña colada inspired base that can be customized in a variety of ways with flavorful additions such as this velvety Mango Coulis (recipe below). Add a banana to the base for a thicker and sweeter version, or chia seeds for texture and added nutritional benefits.
No more hangry mornings. Thanks to the healthy power of Chobani I'm channeling the tropics instead. Continue for the recipes!
Have you ever made frozen Greek Yogurt? I hadn't until I made this recipe, and I can't believe how easy and delicious it is! After making this batch I'll definitely be adding this to my dinner party repertoire. So so easy and so so good! And that's always a wining combo in my book!
I made use of the fresh, in season blueberries beginning to pop up at my local farmer's market and looked to the flavors and textures in Blueberry Cheesecake, one of our favorite summer desserts. This frozen Chobani Greek Yogurt recipe packs all the best parts of cheesecake but with a lightened-up twist making it perfect for hot summer evenings on the back porch. Catch the recipe after the jump below.
This recipe is so simple and easy to make, yet the layers of flavors and textures suggest anything but. I started testing this recipe about two weeks ago and since then I've made the dessert five times, and it's now requested that I make this at our family beach vacation next month. Big hit. Minimal effort. Did I win you over yet? Well, how about the fact that this treat is made with Chobani Greek Yogurt making it high in protein and low in fat? I've even started enjoying this for breakfast, totally guilt free.
To create this recipe I looked to two of my favorite summer desserts: Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Pretzel Salad. If you've never heard of Strawberry Pretzel Salad, first things first it's not a typical "salad." It's one of those gelatin "salads" that conjures up images of 1950s housewives. But there's just something about the salty, crunchy pretzels, paired with the tart strawberry jello and cool whip that can't be beat. Well, until this recipe!
For this healthier version I skipped the jello, instead making a delicious fresh strawberry sauce. I opted for high protein Chobani Greek Yogurt blended with a small amount of cream cheese and cool whip instead of the heavier original version. The result is a light, creamy layered dessert reminiscent of cheesecake with subtle tang from the yogurt and the fluffiness of cool whip. The buttery sugar coated pretzels got to stay, because yum.
Ingredients: (Yeilds 8-12 servings)
3 cups crushed pretzel rods (salted)
3 TBSP Demerara sugar
1/2 stick butter (melted)
4 TBSP cream cheese
1/2 cup brown sugar
16 oz Chobani Whole Milk Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Or Non-Fat)
6 oz Whipped Topping
1 pint strawberries
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
Line a 9" x 13" baking pan with foil
Add crushed pretzels, melted butter, and 2 TBSP of Demerara sugar to pan, stir mixture then spread evenly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes and set aside to cool.
In a saucepan heat over medium heat: hulled and halved strawberries, 1 TBSP Demerara sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla until mixtures reaches a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low, stirring frequently until mixture is a reduced syrup. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
In a stand mixer blend Chobani Greek Yogurt, cream cheese, brown sugar, and whipped topping until evenly combined.
Layer ingredients as desired in small glasses for individual parfaits! Serving a large crowd? Skip the parfaits and create a layered dessert ideal for party serving. Simply layer the yogurt mixture onto the pretzel lined pan and top with the homemade strawberry syrup!
Best served chilled. Please note, if not serving within 2 hours of making, you may prefer to set the pretzels aside and combine only when ready to serve to maintain that perfect crunch.
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I'm so excited to share this project! I've wanted to work collaboratively with oil painter, Allie Snyder Dattilio on something for years. Her landscapes take my breath away! I love the uninterrupted openness of her skies, fields, and waterways which remind me of the rural Southern scenes from my college drives through Virginia. Her use of color and brushwork are phenomenal! See what I mean?
After years of exchanging emails and daydreaming about what a collaboration between the two of us could look like, cue brilliant idea, Allie suggested an online show. When she proposed we include artist, Beth Winterburn (whose work I LOVE) I knew we'd stumbled onto the idea. I mean just look at Beth's work! Watercolor washes, bold brushstrokes, and gold accents!
We decided to focus on a united color palette, which allowed us to create a cohesive collection despite our varied media. On instagram Allie and Beth and I shared sneak peeks of our works in progress with the hashtag #TheChiaroscuroCollection