This Blog is a-Movin’!

Same blog, new location:www.laurenliess.com/pure-style-homeI’m saying goodbye to this web address but Pure Style Home is moving with me!!{image via here}If you’ve received this post in your email, and would like to continue receiving these emails,… Continua a leggere

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The Final Lap

Next week, we are photographing the house that’s consumed us for the past 11 and a half months.  Almost a year ago, having just finished our house, and having out 3rd son, we stumbled upon a promising real estate listing a couple of towns over. Th… Continua a leggere

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A Peek: Our Kitchen Garden

With things as hectic as they’ve been lately, I’ve been truly cherishing my time in our garden.

{We created our garden with the help of my friend Danylo, owner of Organic Edible Gardens www.oegardens.com who we worked with to design & install the entire thing.}
 

 It’s the first thing I do when I wake up (ok, after kids and putting out fires) and walking through it, weeding, snipping things here and there just makes me feel at peace. 

We found an old potting table and it’s made planting, cutting and washing so much easier.  Having a place to stash everything has made such a difference and I now can’t imagine the garden without it:

The garden’s full of flowers right now, including limelight hydrangeas, echinacea and English roses.  I’ve been loving cutting them and bringing in fresh bouquets.

 
 

 The Asian cucumbers are possibly our favorite thing in the garden right now.  This one is over a foot and a half long and I even plucked it a little early!–

 
They’re so good we can eat them plain!!
There’s something about bringing things inside from the outside that I just can’t get enough of.  We cook with herbs from the garden almost every night and have just been getting to enjoy the tomaters!!!

 
The boys fight over who gets to actually pick everything.  I’m looking forward to when all of the plants are producing fruit so “picking” is a little more peaceful ;)
 
Here’s one of my favorite most recent meals from the garden:
 
 
Eating from our garden makes me so incredibly happy!!!  The boys love to help out and this weekend we put together our own little invention (which I’m sure has probably been invented before)- “pestodillas:”
 
 
Here’s the Recipe:
 

-We took fresh baked whole wheat tortillas (whole foods’ fresh baking, not ours ;) and layered them with pesto from the garden, shredded parmesan cheese, fresh spinach, garden tomatoes and a wheat tortilla with garlic butter on one side.  (Oh sooooo bad but so good!!! Will try without the garlic butter next time to be good ;) ;)  
-We microwaved them for a minute and were in love!!
 
I hope you get the chance to try it = Heaven.
 
 

Anyway, I’m off for another crazy day, but I hope you enjoyed this peek into our garden.  We’re photographing our house next week and there’s still so much that needs to be done…   Curtains & artwork need to go up (and be framed!!) , hardware needs to be installed, things need to be painted, bedding and pillows are being made, and we have a couple more small construction projects to finish up with.  So many things need to fall in place in order for next week to happen and I’m really feeling the pressure.  We’re photographing it as early as we are because I want to have the photos happen when everything is in full bloom around here, which is now.  This morning I woke up sort of just wishing I could give up though. :/   (I think that’s mostly because I’m tired & sick and it’s Monday ;) ;)  

I think I need to take one more little walk through the garden this morning. 
Have a good one!!

For info on Organic Edible Gardens & their services, visit here. 

ps- If you missed my last post, our new distance decorating service – PARCEL- is finally available!!!  We’ve had an overwhelming response to the service (which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis) and I can’t thank you all enough for spreading the word and for your support!! 
If you’d like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.  If you are interested in PARCEL please mention it in your inquiry. Continua a leggere

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parcel: design delivered to your door



par·cel

1. something wrapped up; package

2. a group of people or things having some common characteristic

3. an essential part of something

4. a package of bespoke designed goodness delivered to your door





I am so excited to announce parcel, our newest decorating service!!   Over the past couple of years, I’ve been unable to keep up with servicing both traditional clients and online clients, so I’ve had to put the whole online decorating thing on the shelf for a while.  We’ve had lots of requests to bring it back though, and we’ve been working really hard to try to rework our company so that we could, and  it’s finally time!!

SO, we came up with parcel.  It’s basically this:  design delivered to your door in a pretty little parcel.  It’s everything you need to put the room of your dreams together, the way we do it. 

{a recent project}
 Instead of meeting traditionally, we communicate via emails and questionnaires and our clients receive a chic little parcel of essential step-by-step design plans in the mail that they can implement on their own.  We’re starting parcel projects in just a few weeks and are taking on new clients right now for the Fall so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please let them know that they can sign up now!  If you’d like to sign up yourself, go to the contact section of our website (www.thepurestyle.com, which is switching over to laurenliess.com next week!)  and submit a project inquiry, mentioning that you’re interested in parcel. I’d love to have you as a client!! 
Also, for any other decorators out there who’ve been considering offering online services, I can say that I really loved doing it in the past, and that creatively, it’s very similar to taking on traditional clients, but that’s it’s so different (of course never actually seeing the client or home in person) in that it’s really more time spent designing vs. communicating and meeting and managing projects.  I loved doing it- which is why I’ve brought it back- but for me personally, I also needed the flesh and blood relationship-building side that traditional  projects offer.   I’m hoping this will be the best of both worlds!!  I’ll keep you posted!

ps- Would love to know what you all think of it!!  

If you’d like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.  If you’re interested in becoming a parcel client, please mention that in your inquiry.  Thanks so much!
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Southern Living Shoot Today!

Photo by Helen NormanI’m off for the day to do a shoot at our client’s dining room for Southern Living’s November issue!  It’s our first project featured by Southern Living and I’m so excited!!  Laurey Glenn will be photographing it and Susan… Continua a leggere

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The Butterfly Garden

When we moved to our new house, I was so happy to see an overgrown butterfly bush in the back yard!!  We’d had one at our first home and loved watching all of the gorgeous butterflies on the blooms.  It sits right on the edge of our kitchen g… Continua a leggere

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Homemade Fast Food

I’ve been making homemade baked french fries lately (a friend mentioned it and I wanted to try too!) and when I came across these little disposable french fry and hot dog & hamburger containers on sale at Target a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t re… Continua a leggere

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My Secret Sauce

{Image from here}I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed at work lately.  (Along with the entire team here.)  We’re busier than we’ve ever been, which is amazing, but with the time required for me to think about my own house (which happens on ni… Continua a leggere

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