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Easter Inspiration

April 12, 2017 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

Easter was always one of my favorites when my children were little.  We would spend an entire day decorating eggs, making treats and getting ready for the Easter Bunny!  I laugh when I remember hubby and I trying to hide eggs (outside or if the weather was being difficult, inside) without our children or the neighborhood children seeing us.  Now two are in college and the youngest is in high school so those days aren’t as exciting as they used to be but I still make it special.

Stuffed Grape Tomatoes

  • 8 oz of softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 T fresh parley, chopped finely
  • 1 t fresh basil, chapped finely
  • 1 container of grape tomatoes cut with an “X” in the top

Mix cream cheese and herbs until well blended.  Stuff cut tomatoes with cream cheese.  Wipe off excess with wet paper towel.  Add green onions for stems.

Then there is Dessert!

A rustic Carrot Cake is the perfect dessert for this delightful gathering.  I like to make mine with three layers for height and of course it allows for more icing!  I have a secret ingredient in my recipe and I am going to share it for the first time ever!

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots (approx. 5 medium)
  • ½ cup raisins (I use golden)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350.  I line the bottom of my 3 9” round cake pans with parchment paper and spray the sides with Pam.

Blend cake mix, oil, OJ, eggs and cinnamon in a large bowl with an electic mixer on low for one minute then scrape down the sides and beat 2 more minutes at medium speed.  Gently fold in carrots and raisins (and walnuts if you want to include).  Divide the batter between 3 pans and tap lightly on counter to remove any air bubbles that might be trapped in batter.

Bake until they are lightly brown and spring back to the touch.  30 to 35 minutes.  Remove pans and place on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges of each layer and remove cake from pan to finish cooling on rack.

Cream cheese icing:

  • 2 packages (8oz) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 sticks of butter, at room temperature
  • 7 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Blend cream cheese and butter on low speed until combined.  Add sugar ½ cup at a time, blending with the mixer on low speed until it is well incorporated.  Add vanilla then blend at medium speed for 1 minute until fluffy.

Cotton Tails continue the whimsy of the décor.  These are easy and make a great favor for your guests to take home.

  •  1 package white cake mix,
  • 1 can of vanilla icing
  • vanilla candy melt or almond bark
  • shredded coconut

Bake cake according to box directions.  Let cool then crumble in a large bowl.  Add icing and mix well.  Roll cake mixture into 2” balls and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place in freezer for 30 minutes.  Dip balls in melted candy and put on clean lined cookie sheet.  Add shredded coconut while candy is still warm so it sticks.  Added bonus is the cake balls don’t have to be perfect because the coconut hides all imperfections!

Enjoy!

Stylishly Yours,

Kelly

 

 

 

A Southern Porch Makeover

July 27, 2016 } Blog, Inspiration { by Kelly | No Comments

Home may be where the heart is but the porch is where the fun is!  On a southern porch, it’s all about hospitality, charm and sittin’ and sippin’ and that especially goes for the front porches on Main Street here in Franklin, Tennessee.

I have so many clients that struggle with their porches.  They know what they want but aren’t sure how to pull it all together.  Porch weather here in the south is about 9 months long so it’s important to have one that you love to spend time on.  We offered a mini makeover a couple of month’s back to show you how I design and decorate a porch to hopefully inspire you to make some changes and bring your personality and style to the front of your home.

We had lots of great entries and it was really hard to pick one but I fell in love with this historic home’s entrance and knew I could bring it to life and make it an area that the homeowners would enjoy relaxing and entertaining on.

Here is the before.

Before The bones of the porch were good but it really lacked personality and style.  The homeowner wanted a place to enjoy her morning coffee but also be able to entertain guest.  I got a good sense of her style by the beautiful decor inside and knew that with just a few changes and some additional pieces here and there, we could bring her vision to life and make the front porch a charming place to sit and sip the afternoon away.

Here is the after.  Things a southern front porch should have are a rocking chair or two, a swing, a place to put your feet up and a place to put your drink down.  It must feel comfortable and well-loved and be a place that welcomes guests into your home.  A screen door just about makes it perfect if you ask me!

Front Porch I started with new fabric for cushions and pillows.  We wanted to keep the vintage feel of the original fabric but add some color and pop to the space that it was lacking.  The blue and white floral print was the perfect choice and the inspiration for the rest of the decor.  Next was furniture placement.  Just like the inside of your home you need to consider how you want to use the space and then design the layout to accommodate that.

This side of the porch is for entertaining.  I created a conversational area by moving the chairs and anchoring the furniture group with a rug.  I took the old wicker ottoman and gave it new life with a couple of coats of spray paint and a new cushion.  Now it is a great place to rest your feet or it can be pulled over to use for seating when guests are over.  The homeowners wanted a place to eat on the porch so I found this galvanized round table that is just perfect to serve breakfast for two or cocktails for a crowd.  The small tables beside the wicker chairs are stools that can be pulled up to the table as well.

Porch front viewMake sure to use pieces that have multiple uses when pulling a space together.  We moved the table over for lunch on the porch with the neighbors.  Every southern woman can pull together a delightful lunch when the ladies come over to visit.

Table for twoNew cushions gave these chairs just the punch they needed to add charm to the porch.

Front porch chairI designed this side of the porch for morning coffee and quiet time for reading or watching the world go by.  I found an old bench that serves as both a table and footstool for the rocking chairs.  I wanted it to be skinny so it didn’t take up much space and could also be used for additional seating when needed.  I used a rug matching the other side to anchor this seating area too.  

Porch rocking chairsPillows and a throw make this swing a great place to curl up and read a book.  Porch swingI added an old yellow table that I found on one of my picking trips by the swing.  I put a tray on top to make serving drinks easier and flowers are always a good idea, don’t y’all think?

side table by swingNow let’s talk about the front door….it was very ho-hum (ignore my purse I sat down while taking the before photos)

before front doorI added blue containers and a smaller rug to pull the color palette to the front door.  The topiaries added height and soon the ivy will fill in and add texture.  I added shade-loving flowers and put them in rusty olive buckets.  Rust is my favorite accessory and I use it wherever I can.  The burlap wreath can be used for all seasons and the galvanized welcome sign adds a touch of southern hospitality to the porch.

After pictureThe last things that needed a bit of rearranging were the steps.  I brought the large flower filled urns down to make more of an “entrance” then added the rustic lanterns for the big wow factor.  They are spectacular at night with the glow of the candles.

I hope you are inspired to freshen up your porch decor and add some style and personality to your entrance.

Stylishly yours,

Kelly

 

 

 

Bellini Bar

June 06, 2016 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

Summer entertaining is a favorite of mine. The backyard is blooming and I am ready to have friends over. Brunch is a perfect meal to serve on the weekend. I love a lazy Sunday gathering and the easiest way to make sure it stays lazy is to make it a potluck! Invite friends over and ask them to bring their favorite dish (every Southerner has one and it’s usually a casserole). I tell everyone, I have cocktails and dessert y’all bring the rest!Bellini Bar by Kelly Spalding Brunch isn’t complete without a cocktail to sip on and what is more delightful than some bubbly? Mimosas are good but if you want to up your signature cocktail game, a Bellini is the way to go. Traditionally, the Bellini is made with peach puree and topped with Prosecco but I like to offer a couple of additional options for my guests. Blackberry and Strawberry are always crowd favorites and when the peaches come in around July 4th it makes the menu for sure too. I also think a cute straw makes it taste so much better, don’t you?

Peach Bellini by Kelly Spalding

Fruit puree by Kelly SpaldingBellini Bar fruit puree
1 bag frozen fruit with 1 T of agave nectar and 1 cup water. Pulse in Cuisinart until smooth and pour in serving container.   Pour (or spoon) fruit in champagne glass about ¼ full and top with Prosecco then garnish with a straw and fruit.Mini peach bundt cake by Kelly SpaldingMini Peach Bundt Cakes
½ cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
2 cups flour
4 t baking powder
1 cup milk
3 peaches chopped
1 t cinnamon
¼ cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare mini Bundt pan with butter and coat with flour. Set aside. Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time and add vanilla.In separate bowl combine flour and baking powder. Add 1/3 flour mixture and ½ of the milk to butter and sugar mixture, mix well and add the rest of flour and milk making sure batter is combined well. Mix peaches, cinnamon and brown sugar in small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Pour some cake batter in each mold and then add a layer of peaches then top with batter. Bake for about 25 minutes or until center springs back when you touch it.   Take out and let cool for 10 minutes and flip over on cooling rack. Let them cool for 15 more minutes then add glaze.

 Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter
3 T milk
1 t vanilla
Bring brown sugar, milk and butter to a boil over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer until smooth. Drizzle on mini Bundt cakes immediately.

Blueberry muffin bundt cakeBlueberry Muffin Bundt Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 T vanilla
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
1 ¼ cup buttermilk
1 pint fresh blueberries

Buttermilk Glaze
3 T buttermilk
1 cup powered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat Bundt pan with butter and dust with flour.  Cream butter and sugar together then add vanilla and eggs (one at a time).  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.  Slowly add the flour mixture and buttermilk, (alternating) with mixer on low until everything is well combined.  Add half of the blueberries and carefully turn into cake batter.  Pour batter into cake pan and top with the rest of blueberries.  Bake for 60 – 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cake cool for 30 minutes before flipping on cooling rack.  Do not flip too early or you will have a mess on your hands.  Touch the bottom of the cake pan and if it is still hot to the touch, let the cake cool a little longer.

Crumble topping
2 T butter
2 T brown sugar
3 T flour
2 T oats

While cake is cooling, add all ingredients to small bowl and blend with fingers.  Sprinkle mixture in small pieces on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on baking sheet while you prepare the glaze. Whisk buttermilk and powdered sugar together until smooth.  Drizzle glaze over cake and immediately sprinkle the crumble on top of cake before glaze hardens.

Flowers by Kelly SpaldingI keep the décor simple with a couple of flower arrangements in oversized mason jars and sliced lemons to add a punch of color.  I used an April Cornell table runner and matching bunting to bring some color and pattern to one of the tables and some leftover fabric from a project on the other table.

Cheers to warmer weather and sipping a Bellini on the porch!  What’s your favorite way to entertain for brunch?

 

Porch mini-makeover

April 13, 2016 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

Getting your porch ready for summer fun.  Kelly Spalding Designs

Want a chance for a Porch mini-makeover?

Does your front porch or entrance need a Spring makeover? Do you have the basics but it doesn’t have that welcoming feel and you aren’t sure how to pull it all together.  Kelly Spalding Designs is offering a fun porch mini-makeover for one lucky person just in time for warmer weather.

To be considered, send us a picture of your porch and let us know what you don’t like about it and what would make you love it! As much as we love to travel, we are limiting the offer to the Franklin/Williamson County areas.

We will use what you have, make suggestions on additional items to purchase then add some personality and a few finishing touches to give you some great inspiration for your porch décor.

We will feature the makeover in the June issue of Southern Exposure Magazine.  At the end of the photo shoot, you will be able to purchase any items that we used at a 30% discount.

Send picture and info to assist@KellySpaldingDesigns.com. Entry deadline is April 25, 2016. The makeover will be scheduled for the first week of May.

Stylishly yours,

Kelly

 

 

KSD is hiring!

January 26, 2016 } Blog { by Kelly | No Comments

KS_Logo_CMYK_MedPurple-01January 2016 has started with a bang!  Normally January is a slow month full of organizing and planning for KSD’s year.  This month….nope non of that!  Clients and new projects that I am so excited about have filled my “slow” month to the point that I’ve realized it’s time I really figure out what’s next for KSD.  First is “We’re Hiring”  and the position I need filled is not easy to explain, well at least not in traditional job description terms.

I need a project/client/me manager – Someone:

  • behind the scenes handling chaos and keeping things moving
  • who can think on the run and be a problem solver
  •  that understands urgency but knows that things need to be done right
  • who is extremely organized and detail oriented
  • to manage a wide range of projects
  • to be a client concierge and the manager of customer satisfaction
  • who is a team player and willing to go the extra mile
  • that is honest, loyal and ethical
  • willing to roll with the punches
  • that can laugh at my jokes, handle my crazy, creative, out of the box ideas and likes cake and champagne (well the last part is optional)

 

A typical month involves me planning photo shoots, re-designing merchandising displays, ordering and managing inventory, working on online shop, blog updates, marketing ideas, shop events, client meetings, home decor installation,  pop-up shop plans, speaking engagements and a few hundred other things.  So making a short list of things you might be responsible for is almost impossible because really, when it comes down to it, you will be responsible for some part of everything I do.  There is opportunity for growth and how much growth depends on you and your ability to hustle.  For now the job is part-time and weekly hours vary (approx 20-25) depending on what we have going on and what has to be done.  I’m excited to see what this next year brings and look forward to having a strong team in place to help me grow!

Think you might be a great fit?  Send resume to Kelly@KellySpaldingDesigns.com