Decisions, decisions…

by Lauren Setum

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m going to delve back into the Guest Bedroom design right away today. You’ll remember from last week’s post that the Guest Bedroom paint color is Newburg Green by Benjamin Moore:


My friend really loved the gold end table in the photo below, and so do I. In this case, end tables would be a great DIY project so I didn’t make any retail selections for those pieces.


I did, however, come up with some options for lamps, bedding and rugs. Take a peek; which do you like best?


Option 1: A fun lamp with some mid-century flair. This option could be great with a colored lamp shade.

Option 2: A little more traditional, but still a little funky. Check it out up close here.


Option 1: This duvet from Urban Outfitters features, well, the world! Great for those who love to travel (aka the homeowners).

Option 2: A basic but beautiful option from Restoration Hardware (in Flax).


Option 1: A solid rug in a warm color, like this one from Capel Rugs, allows other elements in the room to be the center of attention.

Option 2: A fun pattern on the floor would pair nicely with simpler bedding. This rug is from Surya.

Macaron Mystery

by Lauren Setum

My recent posts on French textilesfashion and travel inspired me to try my hand at a chocolate macaroon recipe that I found here. The moral of my first go at these little sandwich cookies? There’s always room for improvement. The ganache turned out beautifully…when is the combo of cream, chocolate and butter not scrumptious? The cookies, on the other hand, turned out a little sticky/chewy. Nevertheless, the recipe received glowing reviews online so, this time around, I’m chalking it up to user-error…and seeking advice from a friend who went to culinary school. Her thoughts and advice? The chewy texture was probably due to over-mixed egg whites; she said that sticking the cookies (after filling with ganache) in the freezer will soften the them right up. Who knew? I do now!


Magazine: most recent issue of Veranda

Guidebook: Parisienne French by Rhianna Jones