Progressive Dinner With Friends

Join me and my friends for an “e”- Progressive Dinner! (It’s really a pretend dinner, but it will be lots of fun with recipes and a special give-away!)

The first course will be held at my friend Jennifer Brouwer’s blog. Click HERE to start the party! She will start the first course with an appetizer, including the recipe! From there, she will direct you to the Salad Course (hosted by: Gwen Driscoll) and on to the Main Course (hosted by: Traci Zeller Interiors), then finally, to the Dessert Course (hosted by: moi!)  Oh lucky you to start with dessert!

Let me introduce you to the inspiration behind this party…Kathryn Greeley. She has published a beautiful book on entertaining called “The Collected Tabletop – Inspirations for Creative Entertaining”.  It contains fabulous ideas for tablescapes, entertaining, & wonderful recipes. She believes that, “The juxtaposition of the grand and opulent with the ordinary and humble, and the intermingling of a variety of colors and textures add interest to tabletop design.” She also adds, “Buy what you love, and buy the very best you can afford when building your tabletop collection – and use it!” You can visit her website, blog, or preview a copy of her book here! I’m always looking for original host/hostess gifts…wouldn’t this be perfect!

I have one more surprise…one lucky winner will get an autographed copy of her book! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win.

I put together a little mood board to set the tone of the party. The inspiration behind my party theme was her Lavender Ice Bowl (pictured bottom left), which she first discovered at a meal in Paris, and one of her favorite china patterns, Royal Crown Derby Gold Aves (pictured lower bottom right). Of course I can’t have dessert without coffee!

And for our final course…Dessert

Chocolate Yule Log

Recipe by: Kathryn Greeley

Cake Ingredients:

4 eggs, separated

2/3 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of pure vanilla

1/3 cup of all purpose flour

¼ cup of baking cocoa powder

½ teaspoon of baking powder

¼ teaspoon of salt

Whip Cream Filling:

1 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup of sugar

1 ½ cups of coarsely chopped English toffee (I use a wonderful toffee that is made locally where I live-Steeplechase English Toffee www.steeplechasetoffee.com ,  but any will do).

 

Line a jelly roll pan (approximately 15X10X1 inch) with parchment paper; grease the paper.

Beat the egg whites until stiff.  Add the sugar gradually, while beating the egg whites.  In another mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly.  Add the vanilla into the egg yolk mixture and then beat into the egg white mixture.  Sift the dry ingredients together.  Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and mix only until smooth.  Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cake springs back (do not over bake ).  Cool for about 5 minutes.  Invert into a linen tea towel dusted with confectioner’s sugar.  Peel off the parchment paper. Roll up in the towel starting with a short side.  Cool on a wire rack.  In a mixing bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken.  Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  Chill the whip cream for about 10 minutes.  Unroll  the cooled cake and spread the whip cream filling  to within ½ inch of the edges and sprinkle the toffee over the whipped cream. Roll up again and place on a serving platter and chill.  When ready to serve, dust with confectioners’ sugar and garnish with holly.

 

How did you like this e-progressive dinner?

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Kathy’s book!

 

Update 12/28 Congratulations Susan Gosman! You have won a copy of Kathy’s book. We will mail it out shortly.

Meet the Judges…

I have selected two amazing judges to help vote on their favorite gingerbread houses! Meet Tobi & Jamie…

Tobi Fairley Interiors

Tobi Fairley is an award-winning interior designer based out of Little Rock, Arkansas, with projects spanning the southern region and the nation from Charleston to Los Angeles.  Her designs have been featured in Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, grace the cover of House Beautiful and At Home Arkansas. Tobi recently debuted her fabric and lighting collections at Tobi Fairley Home, and was selected by Traditional Home Magazine as one of the Top 20 Young Designers in America for 2009. Tobi Fairley has a signature look that is fresh and simple combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result.

In 2010 Tobi introduced her online design service, InBox Interiors, and launched her popular design camps, both catering to the DIY market.  Designers and Design Enthusiasts alike have attended camps from across the nation with rave reviews. Tobi is currently working on product designs for several companies and she is a popular speaker at industry events across the nation sharing both her business and blog successes.

 

Jamie Herzlinger Interiors

Jamie Herzlinger is an interior designer and lifestyle maker with offices in New York and Scottsdale. Before the two decades of celebrated interior design, Jamie Herzlinger was conceived in luxury fashion, with four generations in the garment industry, and her own label. This year, Herzlinger participated in Kips Bay Show House in New York and worked with NBC’s Open House. Jamie Herzlinger Interiors was also named Top Twenty Interior Design Firm in the country by Traditional Home Magazine. Herzlinger brings her fashion design notoriety to all of her projects throughout the United States and along with it, comes her exquisite haute couture attention to details. Jamie Herzlinger Interiors takes pride in its ability to imbue every project with elements of history, philosophy, music and romance.

She recently launched JAMIE LOVES, a monthly e-magazine full of everything that Jamie is loving, and  JAMIE by Jamie Herzlinger – an online boutique that gives consumers access to cutting edge home design, high end fashion and hard-to-find upscale items. This service allows clients to work with an expert along with trade-only merchandise and a à la Carte menu.

 

Everyone is invited and I think the more people we can get to participate, the more fun it will be.

Prize: The Gingerbread House contest is being sponsored by Acadian Custom Installations, a high-end audio video company that does everything from home theaters to automation.  I do have a little bit of an “in” — my husband owns the company — but hey, that means someone is going to get a great prize!  The winner will receive a Sonos Player. It retails for $299. Basically, it’s a speaker that wirelessly streams music from just about anything.  Your iTunes library, local radio stations, Pandora, Rhapsody — you name it.  How cool is that?  No more being tethered to your computer … instead you’ve got your tunes wherever you want them. Make sure to visit his website and facebook page!

Recap: Upload a photo of your gingerbread house to my Facebook page Click here. If, for some reason, you aren’t on Facebook, you can email me (stacynaquin@cox.net) the photo and I’ll upload it. The deadline is Sunday, December 25th by midnight.  Yep, Christmas.  Once you upload your photo, ask all of your friends to “like” your photo!   The more people who “like” your house, the better.   The winner will be chosen based on the creativity and attractiveness of the design, the number of “likes”, and the judges score. The winner will be announced on January 1st — New Year’s Day — so she can keep the celebration going!

Thank you Tobi, Jamie & Bryan for so graciously participating!!!

 

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest!!!

I’ve had a little lull this holiday season and must say I’ve been quite a slacker in getting decorations up, so what better than a little Gingerbread House making to put you in the mood! I’ve decided to include YOU in my venture & add a little contest for excitement. Everyone is invited and I think the more people we can get to participate, the more fun it will be.

Here’s the best part — the Gingerbread House contest is being sponsored by Acadian Custom Installations, a high-end audio video company that does everything from home theaters to automation.  I do have a little bit of an “in” — my husband owns the company — but hey, that means someone is going to get a great prize!  The winner will receive a Sonos Player which retails for $299. Basically, it’s a speaker that wirelessly streams music from just about anything.  Your iTunes library, local radio stations, Pandora, Rhapsody — you name it.  How cool is that?  No more being tethered to your computer … instead you’ve got your tunes wherever you want them.

The deadline is Sunday, December 25th by midnight.  Yep, Christmas.  The winner will be chosen based on the creativity, attractiveness of the design and the number of “likes” and will be announced on January 1st — New Year’s Day

And who will be judging the contest?   Woohoo!  Maybe this is the best part.   I’ve lined up amazing judges to weigh in on what you’ve created.  I can’t give the full scoop on them just yet … but let’s just say you’ll be impressed.  I won’t make you wait long — tune in for the next few days to find out where to upload your Designer Gingerbread House! (P.S. You can get starter kits at Target, Walgreens, Walmart etc.)

Just in case you need some inspiration, here are a few more of my favorite gingerbread houses from around the web.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.   What’s your inspiration?

Source of Images 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Geodes & Gemstones

I was first introduced to Jamie Beckwith from the DecorMentor blog. It features fabulous designers and articles including professional design advice and buying guides. I have a major obsession with geodes, so my jaw hit the floor when I saw this product!

Jamie had the brilliant idea of taking crystals, geodes and gemstones and attaching them to wood blocks to create a beautiful wall masterpiece.

Another part of her collection is the Enigma floor. There are 14 different patterns available to embellish your floors, walls or ceilings.

Thank you Lisa for your feature on Ms. Beckwith!

 

Tuesday’s Tip: Designing With Lucite

Hi, I’m Susi, a blogger for Design Shuffle, a social media site where designers and design lovers can showcase their projects and find inspiration. I’m excited to be guest blogging here at Stacy Naquin Interiors today. Stacy and I share a love for Lucite chairs so my Tuesday’s Tips guest post is all about decorating ideas for gorgeous, glamorous Lucite chairs. Enjoy!

Interior Design

Lucite chairs are a perfect choice for this pretty, feminine dining room. The chairs shimmer in the pastel room but don’t add competing color.

Interior Design

In a monochrome white space, like this foyer, a Lucite chair is a nice addition. The Lucite doesn’t add color but adds light, as well as a place to sit or put your bag.

Interior Design

In a small room, a Lucite chair provides seating without adding to the visual weight of the space. A pillow or throw can call attention to the clear chair. This is perfect for a small living room design!

Interior Design

This eclectic dining table and chairs works with the addition of the Lucite chair. The Ghost chair has classic lines but the material makes it feel contemporary, blending the different interior design styles at the table.

Interior Design

Lucite can mix so easily with contemporary or antique furniture. This Lucite chair has great lines that work well with the formality of the traditional style desk.

Interior Design

A Lucite version of a classic ballroom, or Chivari, chair has a contemporary feel to it. These would look great in an eat in kitchen or in a hall.

Interior Design

A smoky Lucite chair is the perfect choice for this glass desk that also has a smoky tint. The two take up very little visual space, but can make a big impact in a living room, bedroom or den design.

Interior Design

This Lucite armchair has great Art Deco lines. The white seat keeps the chair feeling grounded and creates a more comfortable seat.

Images | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 |

Thank you to Stacy Naquin Interiors for allowing Susi to visit today! If you’d like to check out more, visit Design Shuffle, a place to learn about interior design styles and much more!

 

7 Things You May Not Know About Me:

I can’t believe it’s been 9 months since I started my blog! It has been so rewarding & has been a creative outlet for me. (Don’t be alarmed if you’re considering starting one yourself…sometimes posts can take several hours to compose between organization of pictures, finding content, and writing.) But…I have met amazing friends through blog conferences, markets and social media & I’m completely honored to receive the The Versatile Blogger Award! (I still say in my head every time I spell receive: “I before E except after C”…the spelling/grammar rule…is it just me?)

Thank you so much Jennifer for considering me for this award. (I met Jennifer at a Color class in Atlanta. We posted a little back and forth through facebook, then a text here or there, and a few months later we were rooming together for the Highpoint Furniture Market!) She is an amazing writer (although she doesn’t give herself enough credit) and I have enjoyed our many hour long conversations about the business of design & late night “giggles”. (oh to be in high school again) Thanks again Jenn! You can check out her blog here.

Here’s how the “Versatile Blogger Award” works:

  • Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Send the award along to 7 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!

 

7 things you may not know about me:

1. I grew up in a home with lots of brown wood and tchotchkes (aka stuff all over) so that makes me a minimalist with a love of white

2. I grew up in a home with brown antiques (repeater Stacy) I love to paint wood, and I don’t care for antiques, in fact, some scare me.

3. I am a tomboy at heart. I love power tools & I always tried to smoke guys at sports. We would go camping when my son was younger, and I was usually the one showing the men how to put up their tents. Last confession:  ”He-Man” was my elementary years birthday cake of choice.

4. I’m very competitive. (A game of put-put with the family can turn disastrous!…Did I mention my husband is uber competitive too!?)

5. I have a secret obsession with Barbie. I love her shoes, her house & her fantastic since of fashion. Oddly, I never “played” with her when I was younger. Instead, I threw her parties! I would spend hours wrapping her presents…the little shoes, purses, lipstick…. (you see where I get it from Lisa!) and I even had my friends mom show us how to sew clothes for her.

6. I submitted a video a few weeks ago for HGTV’s Design Star try-outs.

7. I have twin sisters 4 years younger than me. (They still team up on me once in a while every chance they get)

Natalie & Nicole
Partners In Crime

Now, it’s my turn to pass the Versatile Blogger Award along to 7 other Bloggers that I love to follow and always look forward to reading their posts (it was really hard to pick only 7)….who knows, you may enjoy reading their blogs too. Be sure to check them out!!

Traci Zeller Designs

Edyta & Co.

Elaine Williamson Designs

Style For Living by Marianne Simon

Colour Me Happy by  Maria Killiam

Kandrac & Kole

Life in a Venti Cup by Franki Durbin