03.25.19

BENIHANA BOWLS!

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

i personally have never been to Benihana (that i remember?!) but bri has some seriously fond childhood memories there, like when she hosted her 10th birthday party there and had three tables full of friends with her eating fried rice and watching onion volcano towers (lol). she recently became extremely nostalgic for a meal there and since there isn’t one close to us we decided we should try and create a Benihana inspired dinner at home and it was a success. we searched the web for some tried and true recipes that were inspired by the restaurant’s dishes and served up a feast! – joanie

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest
Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

we used three already existing recipes as part of this meal, this recipe for the (which is bri’s favorite, seriously! she was trying to get me to eat it by the spoonful). and also this recipe for which uses 5 eggs and a whole lotta butter but is worth it!

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

we served ours with mushroom, zucchini, steak and shrimp and here is how we prepared that part!

what you’ll need// this served around 5-6 people
• 2 lbs steak
• 2 lbs shrimp
• 2 zucchini, washed and sliced lengthwise
• 6 cups mushrooms, washed and dried.
• white rice

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest
Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

• pre-heat oven to 350. start by patting your steak dry and generously coating with salt. heat a cast iron skillet, once hot add a bit of oil, wait a minute and then add the steaks. test that the oil is hot enough by touching the meat down, it should sizzle, if not, wait a bit longer. brown the steaks on each side, and then put the pan into the preheated oven and cook for 5- 7 minutes or until you reach desired temp (i overcooked our steak, so watch it closely) 

• once the steaks are done, remove and set aside, covering lightly with foil. using the same pan, keep all the juices in there and put on the stove top. once hot, add the mushrooms and pinch of salt. let the mushrooms get really brown and cooked down.

• for the shrimp, rinse and pat dry. you can either cook these under the broiler or on the stove in a pan. since there are so many flavors going on with this meal you can cook the proteins very simply!

• we cooked the zucchini in our panini press and then sprinkled  it with white sesame seeds. we didn’t use oil on these as there is a lot of fat already in this recipe.

Benihana inspired dinner | designlovefest

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03.25.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 120

everyone’s doing the california shake. this palette’s inspired by an photograph. –

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03.21.19

STYLED | AROUND THE HOUSE

around the house | designlovefest

what do you wear around the house? are you a come home and immediately put on sweatpants, do you wear your robe or stay fully dressed until bedtime and then put on your pjs? i was thinking about this the other day because growing up my mom and dad were almost always dressed in their normal clothes. they didn’t pull on comfy clothes while we were hanging at home and mostly my mom was fully dressed at breakfast time, even on school days. interesting to think about as now it feels like we’re in the age of lounge clothes, legging wearing, robed people. i’m definitely a lounge wear person. my husband comments that i’ll stay in my sweatpants until the last possible minute and then frantically throw on clothes and run out the door. i do love getting dressed but i’m a leisure queen at heart. but maybe not more so than bri who has a serious robe collection! anyway, here is an ode to all the loungewear i’d like to own right now…

around the house | designlovefest

actually, one of my favorite things to lounge around the house in is a loose fitting dress. nothing better to throw out of of the shower than a dress and  you can throw a jacket over it and be out of the house in a flash if needed. i love from emerson fry and i also live in my LACAUSA dresses, like and . especially into black dresses so you can slather lotion all over and not worry about it staining your dress. – joanie

around the house | designlovefest

 $32 – loveee anything ribbed, it really adds an extra punch of comfort and this oatmeal color is very chic for loungewear.

 $30 – when you have overnight guests but you can’t be bothered to wear a proper bra, seamless to the rescue!

 $53- i have the full slip version of this tank and it’s the perfect layering piece and i also love it paired with these cotton undies for sleep.

 $146 – $100+ price is no joke for a pair of sweats by the price per wear makes it worth it. i like that these are loose through the leg but have a fitted ankle. also, i only really advocate for sweatpants in neutral tones, i don’t think sweats are the time to make a statement in color or print.

 $250 – the reviews on this are convincing enough to drop the $$$. a great thing to put on a birthday list, it’s chic and cozy and sexy all at the same time. a good robe is for life!

 $122- this is as far as i’ll go on having a pattern, but i love the retro feel and the deep blue color of these.

 $248 – washable and silk don’t usually go together but apparently Lunya has found the magic with this robe.

 $70 – i love a good matching set and i can personally attest that the comfort of lou&grey sweats is really out of this world.

 $118 – i’ve written about these before and i’m doing it again, these sweatpants are worth the $$.

 $140 – this is my go-to summer lounge look, a loose fitting dress in a dark color that is comfortable enough to wear in and out of the house when it’s too hot to wear sweatpants.

$89 – another retro feeling item, love the half zip and the slightly boxy shape. this comes in lots of fun colors.

 $150 – not sure how everlane is always making such great basics but they really nail it with their colors and styles. i’m a big fan of a cashmere sweater and i tend to treat mine like an everyday item, wear it to bed, with jeans, over a dress, the sky is the limit!

around the house | designlovefest
 
around the house | designlovefest

 

03.21.19

NEW ORLEANS WEDDING GUIDE!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

i thought we would put together a bunch of our favorite new orleans spots for our wedding guests (5 weeks to go!) and then i figured, might as well post it on the blog too. so here’s a list of restaurants and bars that are special to us. justin is from new orleans and it’s his favorite place to be. can’t wait to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry! leave your favorite new orleans spot in the comments.

get ready to be FUUUUUULLLLL and happy…

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is our favorite place for oysters in town! get the soft shell crab po’boy and the chargrilled oysters.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is an excellent meat heavy restaurant in the cbd. on the pricier side but definitely a place to make reservations and have a delicious meal!

next door, they have a more casual sandwich spot called and it’s great as well.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is where we are having our family dinner the night before the wedding. cool decor, a fantastic chicken sandwich, a great bar, and it’s in a lively area to wander around with a drink in hand.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

best fried chicken – justin says “maybe in the world!”

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we’ve had a few dates at the counter at this low-key bar in the marigny, . order the giant burger, loaded baked potato and a bloody mary. the perfect hangover fix. one of my favorite meals in town!

New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest
New Orleans guide | designlovefest

we almost had our wedding here, it’s so charming! stop in the for a pimm’s cup and it feels like you’ve transported in time in the french quarter.

New Orleans guide | designlovefest

is a very classic new orleans breakfast spot. a solid, no frills southern brunch. shrimp and grits, duck waffles, praline bacon…

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE THE WHOOOLE LIST…

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03.19.19

KITCHEN REMODEL

this kitchen is where we spend A LOT of our time. it opens up to our dining room and living room, and some of my favorite moments are me standing at the stove while justin sits at the bar and entertains me, or when i can watch and interact with everyone mingling on the couch.

before i moved in the previous owners had taken the kitchen from what looked like this…

and completely transformed it so when i moved in, it looked like the below photos. it’s SO impressive what they turned the space into! after living here for a few years i wanted to add some personal touches and updates to the room. my good friend has such amazing taste and helped us bring some new life into the kitchen. (she also designed our patio HERE and our dining room HERE)

AFTER:

the first thing we decided on was the CABINETS! they were already ikea cabinets with silver pulls and luckily sarah has  that fit perfectly with what we currently had (best ikea hack!) this subtle update made such a big difference in person.

the brass handles elevated the design and made it feel much more like my personality. i love how they age and grow with character over time. sarah also designed these handles for ! she’s a multi-talented gal alright.

these are the specific shapes we used: and

we also added a for some extra storage up top!

and how about the backsplash! cannot forget that. i went so back and forth, do i go crazy colorful? all white? pattern? all marble? we finally landed on this brass inlay tile from (they have some seriously awesome tile) and designed this unique way of laying it out. i LOVE the end result and the shine it has in the morning light. it really ties the space together.

our little kitchen nook we kept simple and full of light. the and (they are actually really comfortable and work outside too). the light above the table is from ikea. maybe someday i will add some benches for more storage, but for now i love the simplicity!

you can see and ! these small changes and some styling made such a big visual difference and make me happy on a daily basis. slowly but surely making each room in this house very special to us. thank you for your help and beautiful taste!

and thank you , my favorite interior photographer for capturing these stunning photos! she has A+ taste too, check out her

let me know if you have any questions! xx bri

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