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Happy Wednesday! Lately, I’ve been using a lot more faux plants in my designs, including some really beautiful faux succulents. One of my favorite ways to display these faux succulents is by arranging them in stone planters — I love the look!

This is a beautiful, yet simple, way to add something extra to your kitchen island, entry or dining area. For this client’s home, I went with this handsome limestone planter and selected mainly purple and gray succulents that would complement the color tones in her kitchen. Below, you can see how easy it is to put an arrangement like this together.

(I was in a bit of a rush putting this together so I apologize for the quality of the photos.)

  1. Cut the floral styrofoam to fit the inside of the planter — this will help hold the succulents in place.

2. Add moss on top to camouflage the foam.

3. Next, add your faux succulents.

You can cut, or bend, each to the size you need. I always believe more is better, so I ended up adding about 15 succulents to this 10″ x 5″ planter.

If you would like to see more of my examples of faux plants, check out my pilates studio project.

Happy Thursday! With tomatoes in season, one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is by making this simple yet extremely flavorful sandwich. This is my all-time favorite sandwich.

INGREDIENTS:

Baguette

Tomatoes

Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella

Fresh Pesto

Basil or Arugula

Salt

A baguette is perfect for this sandwich, but if it’s not easily available then any thick country bread would work.

Spread the pesto on both sides of baguette. Add the sliced tomatoes, salt the tomatoes. Stack the sliced buffalo mozzarella on top and add a little salt to the mozzarella. If you don’t have pesto then you can use a good olive oil.

One thing that I didn’t have on hand but would have been fantastic with this sandwich is fresh basil or arugula. Served with a fresh green salad and a small glass of chilled white wine and it’s the perfect lunch.

Although travel is postponed, I still LOVE finding beautiful places that inspire me. Today’s design crush is on Es Bec d’Aquila — a gorgeous finca (country estate) on the island of Menorca, Spain. It’s designed by Atelier du Pont, and as you can see by the photos below, it’s stunning!

Click here to read more about Atelier du Pont.

Happy Monday!

  Looking for inspiring ways to create a perfect work space in your home? Whether a designated home office, a bedroom space or a dining table, these ten favorites of mine will ignite your thinking.

Pinterest

Kara Rosenlund

Coveteur

This Ivy House

Pinterest

Clic

Pinterest

The Visual Vamp

Pinterest

Vosges Paris

Happy Tuesday!

~Shannon

 

BIG APPLE PANCAKE

 Usually, when times get stressful, I like to invite friends and family over and enjoy food and conversation. However, in light of recent events, this is now sadly, not possible. It’s difficult to know how to navigate through these uncertain times. How do we comfort our family, as well as ourselves? How do we try and make our lives as “normal” and enjoyable as possible? Besides work and daily chores, I’m finding comfort in gardening and spending a nice amount of time cooking. Yesterday, I decided to try out a recipe I’ve had forever but never attempted. In the end it turned out to be super easy and delicious — the perfect afternoon distraction.

The apples cooking in butter

Adding the batter to the apples

BIG APPLE PANCAKE

Active time: 15 min    Start to finish: 30 min

1/2 stick unsalted butter

*1 large sweet apple such as Gala or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-wide wedges

1/2 cup of whole milk

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4 large eggs

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

Confectioners sugar for dusting

Special equipment: a well-seasoned 10 to 11-inch heavy cast-iron skillet or other ovenproof skillet

Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450F

Melt butter in skillet over moderate heat, then transfer 2 tablespoons to a blender. Add apple wedges to skillet and cook, turning over once, until beginning to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.

While apple is cooking, add milk, flour, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt to butter in blender and blend until smooth.

Pour batter over apple and transfer skillet to oven. Bake until pancake is puffed and golden, about 15 minutes. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.

*Note: I used fuji apples because that’s what I had and it was perfect. So use whatever apple you can get your hands on, and if they aren’t super sweet then you can add a little more sugar if you’d like.

Recipe via Gourmet Magazine

This was a wonderful project to work on! Not only was this project for a dear friend and fellow designer, Lisa Woolley, but this home had so many unique and charming elements that it really made the project an exciting one to do. Built in 1940, the home was originally designed as the “mother-in-law” home to the house next-door. Initially, the house had two entrances, one on either side of the home. A main design goal was to direct guests to the now principal entrance which was through the courtyard to the left. When I first saw the home, it really seemed to have an Old World charm about it so I decided to continue the theme. I used a lot of shrubs that could be shaped into conical and rounded shapes as the garden matured and chose shutters that were reminiscent of a home in the European countryside.

Before

Before

After

Above, some of the main elements that I wanted to incorporate into this project. I wanted a beautiful and strong trim color, so we went with ‘Iron Mountain’ by Benjamin Moore. I also wanted to use a rose shrub, in the front entrance, and went with a shrub called ‘Belinda’s Dream’. Not only does this shrub have wonderful blooms, but I thought is would look elegant as it cascaded over the nicely trimmed boxwood border.  I also kept many of the original boxwood for their sculptural shape and just trimmed them a bit. Lastly, I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite elements, lighting.

Above, a before photo of the courtyard. After removing the shrubs, I noticed a nook that would be a wonderful place for a seating area. I thought it would be perfect place for my client to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching her kids play.

After

Above, a before shot of the right side of the home with some wishes from my client.

After

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Wednesday! Today, I’m sharing a kitchen renovation I did in Austin, Texas. Originally, this part of the home consisted of three rooms — a play room, the kitchen and the dining area. By removing all the walls, we opened up the entire space allowing for the perfect open floor plan for an active family that loves to entertain. Photography: Madeline Harper

Below, a before shot of one of the walls we removed between the living room and the kitchen.

Before

After

Below, a shot of the original kitchen and dining area.

Before

After

Above, a shot of the space gutted and walls coming down.

After

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year! I’m a little behind with this post but I wanted to wish you all a very happy & prosperous New Year! This past year I was blessed to work with wonderful clients who supported and entrusted me with their homes and businesses! Thank you so much!

SHANNON AHERN DESIGN 2019: A YEAR IN REVIEW

Pilates Studio in Studio City

Click here to see more.

South Bay Home

One of my favorite parts about this project was renovating the back studio (photo below). Click here to see more on this project.

Glendale Cottage

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A little more design work at one of my favorites in Austin

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Favorite Blog Post… Garden Party in San Antonio

I had so much fun hosting this garden party with my dear friend and fellow designer Lisa Woolley!

This coming month, I’ll be sharing a couple of new projects with you — a kitchen in Austin and an exterior project in San Antonio. Looking forward to a great year!

Wishing you all the best for 2020!

~ Shannon

HOMEMADE PESTO

Happy Sunday! Today, I’m making homemade pesto because as the holidays get busier, it’s something I can grab from the fridge and easily put together. Add to your favorite pasta and you have a wonderful homemade meal in minutes. The recipe, so super simple, is below.

I also love using pesto with Caprese salad. Drizzle a little more olive oil on top for more moisture. Also, excellent on sandwiches.

THE RECIPE 

3 cups (packed) basil leaves

4 gloves garlic

1/4c pine nuts

1/4c walnuts

1c parmesan cheese

1/2c olive oil + a little more

salt

I just throw it all in a food processor and pulse until it reaches the consistency I like. This recipe serves four.

Enjoy!

HOLIDAY TABLE 101

I absolutely love the holidays, and today I’m sharing how to put together a very easy and elegant holiday table. First, I throw out all the rules. If you don’t want to get bogged down with the formalities keep reading. This is the perfect foundation table for any occasion. You can make it more or less formal. It’s totally up to you. Below are my basics.

START WITH THE PLACE SETTING

Very basic for some, table setting 101 includes placemat, plate, napkin, done.

placemat // plate // napkin

 For a more formal look, you can add a beautiful tablecloth, formal charger and napkin ring.

THE CENTERPIECE

Candles are the best way to bring elegance to the table. For this table setting, I kept it extremely simple. I purchased a wreath at World Market, and added three pillars in various sizes in the center. The addition of a charger underneath helps protect the table from dripping wax.

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A COUPLE MORE IDEAS…

From this table setting you can add more or less. More candles, more vases with flowers or greenery. For Christmas, I like to add a fresh sprig of holly or juniper to each napkin. If I don’t have time to go out and purchase, I just take clippings from my Christmas tree.

If you are more of a “rules follower,” here’s a diagram from Wayfair just for you.

Most important, have fun & enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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