05/28/15

High ceilings and architectural windows

File this one under random, because this week, I'm kind of feeling a whole lot of different design styles and aesthetics. OR maybe you can file this week's Interior Obsessions post under modern eclectic, if we're really pushing it. And I definitely feel like pushing it, so here we are... Staring at seven cool spaces that I would love to live in. Or at least visit for a looooong weekend.

Speaking of long weekends, does anyone else feel out of sorts this week after having an extra day off on Monday? I am feeling the slog today. And it's only 8am. Insert clenched teeth emoji face here.

ANYWAY, I digress. Here are 7 cool interiors to get us through Thursday without too much of a fuss.

1. (above) High ceilings with architectural windows. And that little pup and the quilt. Yes to everything happening here. (via The Design Files)

Mismatched chairs at the dining table

2. Love the mismatched chairs around this dining table. Heart eyes for sure. (via My Scandinavian Home)

That striped rug

3. A striped rug with a wrinkled linen blanket. Pale orange and grey-blue go together perfectly. Don't you think? (via My Scandinavian Home)

Natalie Miller's colorful studio

4. Natalie Miller's colorful workspace. I'm going to need my sunglasses, but I love it all the same. (via The Design Files)

Natural light in the bedroom

5. Who needs a headboard when you have those kind of windows over your bed! (via Oyoy)

Marble table and leather chairs

6. Feeling calm and collected with the natural elements in this space - marble table and leather chairs are a cool combo. (via Nickey Kehoe)

Chairs by Modern Haus Design

7. And finally, these stitched leather chairs. (via Modern Haus Design)

What interiors trends are you obsessed with this week? Anything catching your eye?

05/27/15

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

So...I may be completely crazy for doing this...but I painted my Swedish Hasbeens. Now, before you pull your hair out in disagreement, I feel like I should mention that I have literally NEVER worn these shoes out and I have had them for YEARS. No exaggeration. Which is exactly why I decided to paint them. So that I could actually wear them.

Okay, so now that I've over explained myself. Let's get to the before and after photos. Here's the side by side...

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

I've been searching for a more colorful neutral lately, so I went with a rich wine color. Which works with pretty much every outfit I own...or close to it. Mission accomplished. Now I can finally get some use out of these puppies.

To dye leather like a pro, you'll need a good textile dye, a paint brush, and some painter's tape. My favorite textile dye is Dye-na-Flow by Jacquarde.  That's what I used for this project and the leather bound notepads DIY. Good stuff! AND it also helps if you're dyeing a lighter leather, like mine. 

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

First things first - be sure to tape off the areas that you do not want the dye to go. You want to make sure the tape is nice and secure to get a crisp clean line. This really helps to make the finished shoe look like it was always the new color (as opposed to painted on, which isn't always a cool look).

As for the dyeing, it works just like paint. The only difference is that it's less forgiving than paint. You need to apply pretty even coats for the leather to maintain an allover color that doesn't appear blotchy. It's still simple to do though, even with a larger surface area to cover. You'll just have to go over the entire area several times with a paint brush and more dye to get even coverage that builds up over a few layers.

More Tips: I also found that painting in just one direction and not overfilling your brush with dye helps with getting even coverage.

Once you've reached the desired color, allow the dye to dry completely before using. You can get your blow dryer out to speed up the process, if you're impatient like me.

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

DIY // How to Dye Leather Shoes Like a Pro

Photography by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So now that you know how to dye leather shoes like a pro, think you'll give this DIY a try? I bet there's at least one pair of shoes in your closet that you could get some new use out of it with a quick dyeing facelift.

05/26/15

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

I am really feelin' the summer vibes now, after the long weekend, and wanted to kick off the week with something that fits with the upcoming season. So, after a little thinking, I settled on a no-bake blueberry cheesecake.

Which is kind of perfect because today just so happens to be National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. Yay! Don't you love how specific this food holiday is? It's intense.

So let's just get right to it before I start drooling on my keyboard...

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients for No-Bake Filling:

- 2 tsp unflavored gelatin (1 packet)
- 2/3 cup blueberry juice
- juice and zest from 1 large lemon
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature (2 packages)
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

Ingredients for the Crust (optional):

- 9 graham crackers, crushed (approx 1 cup)
- 6 tbsp butter, melted
- 4 tbsp light brown sugar
- pinch of salt

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

You’ll also need:

9" Springform pan // Mixer or whisk & large bowl // Small bowl // Rubber spatula

Instructions:

1. The crust for this recipe is optional. If using a store-bought crust, the filling will yield two cheesecakes. If making the crust, it will make one cheesecake. I like a thick crust, what can I say.

2. To make the crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the graham crackers, butter, sugar, and salt. Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of the springform pan and bake it for 10 minutes.

3. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside to cool.

4. In the prep bowl, combine the blueberry juice and lemon juice. Sprinkle the gelatin onto the cold juice. Stir and break up any lumps with your fingers. Let the mixture sit so that the gelatin can bloom while you prep the rest of the filling.

5. With the mixer or whisk, whip the cream cheese with the powdered sugar until fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes. Add in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt and whip for about 3 minutes. Add in the gelatin mixture and lemon zest and whip for another 3 minutes. Finally, gently fold in the whipped topping with a rubbery spatula until no streaks remain.

6. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust(s) and lightly tap the pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.

Refrigerate overnight and enjoy! This cheesecake will keep for about 5 days covered in the refrigerator.

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

This cheesecake is perfect for early summer, since blueberry season is at its peak right now. AND it's a little lighter / not quite as rich as traditional cheesecake. So it feels like the perfect fit for the upcoming season.

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

How are you feeling about summer? Think you'll give this cheesecake recipe a try?