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Foodie Friday: Heirloom Tomato Tart

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Every year we plant tomatoes in our little raised garden behind our house in Cape Cod. We’re not exactly dedicated green thumbs, so results are mixed. We did well with grape tomatoes, as we often do, but the slightly larger tomatoes we planted were ravaged by some sort of animal. Chipmunks perhaps. Most of the herbs grew gorgeously, except the dill which was completely chewed up by an unsavory little creature.

Heirloom Tomatoes At The Truro Ag Fair

In cooperation with Wayfair, I decided to bake a tomato tart to show off my harvest. The local farmers’ market provided supplemental ingredients. Namely, heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomatoes At The Truro Ag Fair

A tomato tart looks best with an assortment of colors. I used red and yellow.

 

Cat Looking Over Cherry Tomatoes & Herbs

These are the tomatoes from my own garden, along with my basil and parsley. And that’s the kitty, wondering if those leaves are good enough to eat.

Sauteed Carmelized Onions With Wellfleet Sea Salt

Step one, brown the onions. A good use for local sea salt, another farmers’ market purchase. My husband let me use his prize possession—his cast iron skillet. It worked really well.

 

Grape Tomatoes Parley Herbed Goat Cheese

I used herbed goat cheese knowing it would provide maximum flavor with minimal effort. The home gown basil and parsley were mainly for show, and a bit of texture.

Whisking An Egg Wash For An Heirloom Tomato Tart

I whisked one egg (laid by one of my brother-in-law’s chickens) with two percent milk to make an egg wash for the crust.

Adding Cheese To Puff Pastry For Tomato Tart

After unrolling the ($15!) puff pastry and pressing it into a buttered, nonstick shallow baking pan, I crumbled in the herbed goat cheese and added thin slices of cheddar. Any kind of cheese will work; we just happened to have cheddar. But no cheese grater, hence the slices.

Sauteed Onions Goat Cheese & Cheddar For Tomato Tart

Next I layered the delicious caramelized onions and sprinkled on more salt and pepper.

Yellow Tomato Slices For Tomato Tart

Then I sliced the gorgeous tomatoes and spread them across the top. First the yellows, then the reds. Then I threw on the cherry tomatoes, uncut, though next time I’d halve them, and sprinkled on the chopped fresh basil and parsley, and drizzled on some olive oil. Finally, into the oven for 15 minutes.

Baked Tomato Tart Fresh Out Of The Oven

Here it is. Beautiful and delicious. Like, really, really delicious. It tasted as good the next day reheated too.

 

Tomato Tart-Making Tools

 

Tomato Tart Making Tools

 

Clockwise: Tart dish; tomato knife; measuring cup; whisk; silicone brush; herb chopper; marble board.

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Get the Look: 20 Almost Solid Color Rugs

Almost a year ago we repainted our family room in Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, which I detailed in a Family Room Makeover post. We hung different artwork as planned, but I never got around to choosing a new rug. Now that our older son, who likes to use the floor as a picnic blanket, is in boarding school, I feel a little more comfortable splurging on a new rug.

It should be an almost solid color rug, but not quite. It should have some variegated color, but not actual texture. The rug we have now is chunky and loopy, and I imagine the crumbs embedded in it could feed a family of four for a month. (Yeah, we’re gross.)

The room is a narrow rectangle with a slightly odd extension off one side and a bay window on the other. I’ve often thought about having a rug custom cut, but not sure if I can bear the expense. Here are 20 almost solid color, not quite patterned but not completely plain rugs.

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S H O P P I N G

Shop StyleCarrot partners and other retailers for subtly patterned solid rugs. 

1 Grace Rug at Angela Adams

2 Oceans Rug at My Rug Store

3 Blurred Lines Rug at West Elm

4 Asplund Sahara Rug at Horne 

5 Surya Mugal Rug at YLiving

6 Rica Rug at Lulu & Georgia  

7 Chunky Braided Rug at Restoration Hardware

8 Pasargad Silver Rug at 2Modern

9 Calligaris Giano Rug at Wayfair

10 Opulent Sky Rug at Wayfair

11 Nourison Glistening Nights Rug at Overstock

12 Surya Mystique Rug at YLiving

13 Maya Etched Rug at AllModern

14 Sunburst Rug at Jonathan Adler  

15 Paola Lenti Accordi Rug at Switch Modern

16 Trystan Rug at Crate & Barrel 

17 Solid Shine Rug at West Elm  

18 Jaipur Apache Rug at Wayfair

19 Nanimarquina Noche Rug at 2Modern

20 Joseph Abboud Sand & Slate Nature Rug at Overstock

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Scheming: My Spring Inspired Living Room

Find Spring Inspired Home Furnishings At Wayfair

When Wayfair asked me to create a post touting spring style, the sun was streaming through the bay windows in the living room, and I had just received the new May issue of HGTV Magazine which happens to feature our Boston condo. My favorite photograph is the one of our living room. It looks so bright, cheerful, and well, spring-like. So yes, this post is about my spring inspired living room.

Our walls have always been a spring-y shade of green. We first used this color in our dining room in Chevy Chase, and the first thing we did when we moved to Boston was paint our living room a similar shade. We’ve been here 13 years and I haven’t tired of it. And given that my office is in here, I spend a lot of time in it. That it is spring inspired space is important to me. It lifts my mood, especially during the long, gray Boston winters.

StyleCarrot's Art Filled Living Room In HGTV MagazinePhoto by Annie Schlechter  |  Styling by Elizabeth Demos

The plush, sculptural rug by Angela Adams grounds the space (we are blessed with high ceilings) and renders a lush, garden feel. The sofa is ivory, as is the woodwork; the  pillows, books, accessories, and artwork add the color. Yes, I realize the palette is somewhat limited. Flowers and planters add an occasional jolt. I don’t really subscribe to the idea that the room needs a spot of a complementary red. It’s more of a busy monochromatic effect.

Rather than start from scratch creating a spring inspired space for this post, I decided to be (I hope not too obnoxiously) self-referential and create a scheme that echoes the look and feel of my living room. And now that I have a professionally styled and photographed image, life is grand.

Finding similar pieces on Wayfair to create this spring inspired space was simple, given its array of decor and styles. My son confirms that I did a really good job, especially with the rug. Here is my scheme that recreates our spring inspired living room using items sourced on Wayfair. (Links below or in Spring Inspired Style Idea Book on Wayfair.)

G E T  the  L O O K 

StyleCarrot's Living Room As Seen In HGTV Recreated With Wayfair Products

S H O P P I N G 

1 Parvez Taj Canvas Landscape Print

2 DwellStudio Indigo Arches Artwork

3 Gustav Klimt Female Nude Print

4 Jonathan Adler Brass Table Lamp

5 Cast Iron Modern Bird Candlestick

6 Brass Candlesticks

7 Cactus in Cement Planter

8 Blu Dot Strut Table

9 Jonathan Adler Tufted Sofa

10 Aqua Bloom Water Blends Rug

11 Pineapple Throw Pillow

12 Round Coffee Table

13 Faux Cactus Plant

14 Copper Geo Tray

15 Angela Adams Soy Candle

16 Iittala Nappula Candlestick

17 Jonathan Adler Upholstered Bench

18 Modern Sideboard

19 Copper Shaker

20 Martini Glasses

21 Serving Tray

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Scheming: Family Room Makeover

Earlier this month Paintzen (the Uber of home painting) sent over a totally adorable husband and wife team to paint our family room in Boston. Ever since our renovations a few years ago, the walls back there have been this taupe-y shade that I really didn’t like. When a press release for Paintzen popped into my overstuffed inbox I took notice.

Paintzen is a digital paint company that handles all aspects of a paint project,  big or small. The simple site walks you through the process and provides a quote. If you decide to move forward they handle everything, from getting the paint (all Benjamin Moore, and they’ll even do a color consultation), to scheduling and managing the job. The money goes through them too.  The painters show up, do their thing, no fuss, no muss. I was thrilled with the entire experience.

Now that the family room is grey, Benjamin Moore Steel Wool to be exact, I feel like I can motivate on sprucing up the other elements. The enormous grey velvet sofa will remain (all four of us fit to watch TV), but we desperately need a new rug, ottomans, a chair, and perhaps additional lighting. We have plenty of art, and worked on a new gallery wall arrangement last weekend (photo below).

So when Wayfair offered me the opportunity to participate in its #NewYearNewRoom campaign, obviously I opted in. The directive was to choose 20 pieces from Wayfair and its other brands, which include AllModern and DwellStudio, that would breathe new life into an old space. I’m so inspired by this scheme I worked up that I think I will use my $100 gift card to start on a refresh right away.

F A M I L Y  R O O M 
MA K E O V E R  S C H E ME 

Family Room Makeover Ideas Grey Living Room With Gold Accents

Sconces / Clock / Portrait / Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Diptych

 Sofa / Pillow / Pillows / Drawing / Glass / End Table

Rug / Chair / Ottoman / Coffee Table

Vase / Tray / Candlesticks / Floor Pillow

I N   P R O G R E S S 

Grey Family Room Makeover Ideas Gallery Wall

Here’s the family-size grey velvet sofa, a glimpse of the new grey walls, compliments of Paintzen, and a few of the artworks we considered hanging.

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Get the Look: 38 Modern Wall Hooks

We never seem to have enough hooks, whether it’s in the closet, on the back of the bathroom door, or in the kitchen, I’ve been meaning to add to by my desk for my tote bag too, instead of always draping it on the back of my chair. I don’t want it to stand out, so I’ll need to find simple modern wall hooks.

With the holidays upon us, not to mention what’s sure to be a snowy winter,  adding hooks to inside the closet, by the door in the entry, and pretty much all over the mudroom is always a good idea.

Here are 38 mostly modern wall hooks from StyleCarrot partners and other shops, many fun, all functional.
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S H O P P I N G 

1 Forged heart hook at House of Antique Hardware

2 Octopus hook at Wayfair

3 Minerva hook at Anthropologie.

4 Aquatic Life Starfish hook at Anthropologie

5 Mediterraneo wall hook by  Alessi at AllModern.

6 Cleaved Totem hook at Anthropologie

7 Rustic hook by Monroe Trades at West Elm.

8 Curve Hook by Normann Copenhagen at Gretel Home.

9 Wishful Thinking wall hook at Lulu & Georgia

10 Whale Tail wall hook at AllModern

11 Branch hook at Target

12 Birch coat hook by UrbanCase at 2modern.

13 Cisco Fox Wood wall hook at Target

14 Rope & Metal hook at West Elm.  

15 Hook by Line Depping + Wrong by Hay at A+R

16 Driftwood Wall Hook by Kiel Mead for Areaware at Horne

17 Arrow hook by Design House Stockholm at Nova68

18 Beslagsboden rounded coat hook by Smedbo at AllModern

19 Streamline hook at Anthropologie

20 Wook wall hook by Blu Dot at 2modern

21 Peace Hand wall hook at AHA Life.

22 Wall Cleat by Wrk-shop at A+R

23 Talking Heads hooks by ENO Studio+Sebastian Bergne at A+R.

24 Stropp copper & leather coat hook at Dwell Store

25 Spire gold metal wall hook by Finell at Lumens

26 Coatrack Dot hooks by Muuto at DWR

27 DUO wall hook by Blomus at 2modern

28 Dipped gold wall hook at H&M

29 Ready hook with mirror by Normann Copenhagen at Dwell Store

30 Slivered marble hook at Anthropologie

31 Leaning edge aluminum wall hook at CB2

32 Arrow wall hook at CB2.

22 Crew single wall hook at Room & Board.

34 Brass & Marble Loop hook at LaSelva Design Studio

35 Tulip hook by Arblu at YLiving.  

36 Breyman copper wall hook at Schoolhouse Electric

37 Birdie wall hook by Umbra at The Container Store

38 Glass knobs by Tom Dixon at YLiving

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