I recently visited The Swag Resort, a mountaintop getaway near Asheville, N.C. In addition to the breathtaking mountain views, rustic suites and direct Smoky Mountain National Park access, the resort also features upscale cuisine inspired by its geography: Think smoked Tennessee mountain trout, pot roast with burgundy sauce and apple-raisin bread pudding with Bourbon caramel sauce. Yum!
Swag Chef Ronnie Potter-Bowers, a North Carolina native, mixes his French culinary training with dishes he picked up in his grandmother’s Southern kitchen. Many of her recipes are on display at the resort’s weekly Thursday night barbecue.
Here, he puts the finishing touches on a barbecued pork butt, soon to be the melt-in-your mouth pulled pork on the plate featured above.
Ready to host your own summer barbecue? We’ve got a menu full of recipes from The Swag, including Ronnie’s signature pulled pork, potato salad and the resort’s famous peanut-butter-and-chocolate Swag Bars. Believe me — you don’t want to miss this.
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Is there anything prettier than a rustic barn wedding? The trend has been going strong for a while now, but I love each high-style-meets-country affair (like this one spotted over at Green Wedding Shoes) more than the last. Swoon. Whether you’re tying the knot or just a wedding blog aficionado like me (no shame!), consider this yellow, copper, brown and red wedding palette:
Gold Silverware | Bourbon Lemonade | Rustic Wedding | Table Setting
It’s perfect for a late summer or fall wedding, no? And even if you’re not planning a wedding, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a Mason jar-full of bourbon-spiked lemonade…in a barn or not.
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Congratulations to our winner, Stacey, who says that the best wedding gift she ever gave was a margarita machine to a fun-loving couple. Check back next month for another great giveaway!
We are smack-dab in the middle of wedding season — one of our very own D-Happ writers is even tying the knot this summer. (Ahem, Briana!) Once you’ve crafted that summer wedding outfit, there’s one more thing to consider: the perfect gift. If you’re still searching for something to delight the happy couple, consider this month’s Freebie Friday giveaway: A Starbucks Verismo machine that will let them (or you!) create favorite coffee shop drinks at home.
The Starbucks Verismo machine crafts single-serving sizes of the same espresso drinks and brewed coffee served in the company’s stores around the world. With the machine’s specially-formulated pods, you can make everything from lattes to mochas to Starbucks’ signature coffee blends — all in the comfort of your own home.
One lucky winner will receive a Starbucks Verismo 580 machine in their choice of hue: silver, black, burgundy or champagne. The winner will also receive 12 espresso pods and 12 milk pods.
To enter for a chance to win, answer this month’s question in the comments below: What’s the best wedding gift you’ve ever given (or received)?
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on July 12, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on July 15, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $220.90. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.
Here at Design Happens, we clearly have watermelon on the brain. Last week, Allie showed you how to make the fruit into 5 adorable crafts, and Kayla based yesterday’s Moodboard Monday on a juicy melon hue. Today: Use watermelon’s bright colors as an inspiration for those kitchen cabinets! I mean, look how fantastic it looks in this Miami guest house:
Guest House Kitchen | Juicy Watermelon Slice
A small kitchen is the perfect place to try this bright, preppy palette. Painted kelly green cabinets take center stage, and the adorable pink knobs provide a whimsical touch. A neutral sink and backsplash help this kitchen from becoming oversaturated.
So, tell me your take: Would you dare to outfit your kitchen with a watermelon-inspired palette? I say, do it!
We’re two days away from July 4th, so it’s no wonder I’m thinking about all-American colors this week along with fireworks and picnic fare. A red, white and blue palette is festive and patriotic for 4th of July table decor, and it works equally well when paired with rustic wood accents in a bedroom. Patterned fabrics and an array of red and blue hues keep this beach house space from feeling too matchy-matchy.
Bedroom | All-American Picnic Party
It’s prime farmers’ market season (not to mention ice pop weather), which means we’ve got summer’s juiciest colors on the brain this month. So it’s no surprise that our top two color contenders for July were HGTV.com trend expert A.J.’s classic orange and tag team Grant and Allie’s peach Pinterest pitch. In the end, we were seduced by the fruit that’s due to make its farm-stand debut later this month. That’s right: HGTV’s Color of the Month for July is bright, summery peach.
Peach Living Room Accents by Caitlin Wilson
When you think “peach decor,” your mind might wander back to the peach-and-teal spaces that were so prevalent in the ’80s. But it can look wholly modern when used as an accent color in neutral spaces, like the cheeky upholstered ottomans and bow-covered pillows in this charcoal-and-white living space designed by Caitlin Wilson.
Peach is a classic bathroom color choice because its orangey-pink hue is flattering to a variety of skin tones. That makes it an equally classic choice for summer fashion. Don’t take my word for it — you can’t deny how fabulous it looks on style icons Jackie O and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Catherine Sheppard’s Dining Room Via Glitter Guide
The color can look equally sophisticated in a dining room, like this one in stylist and blogger Catherine Sheppard’s chic home. Think you love this room? See the entire gorgeous home over on Glitter Guide.
Peach Cake From Pin Cookie
Obviously you’ll need peach desserts to fill your peach-accented dining area. Whether you pick up your peaches at the farm-stand or grow your own, save some for this beautiful fruit-topped cake from Pin Cookie. Aside from being delicious, it really highlights the peaches’ variegated red, orange and pale pink hues.
6 More Ways to Love Peach This July
I’m humming “Anchors Aweigh” as I write this post. After all, we’re well into boating season, and cool, nautical navy feels just right for summer. Even if you’re stuck on the shore, you can still anchor your bedroom with this summery color palette.
Interior and textile designer Caitlin Wilson swapped classic red for a coral hue in this bedroom, and graphic designer Hannes Beer did the same with this beautiful, vintage-inspired print. Splashes of aqua and celadon make this palette perfect for an ocean inspired bedroom…whether by the water or not.
Nautical Bedroom | Anchor Print
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It’s summer, and it’s hot. That’s all the reason I need to reach for the ice cream. Kayla, I see your popsicles and raise you this peach-covered ice cream terrine. (Make one for your next dinner party!) Aside from its deliciousness, I love looking at this dessert: the vibrant orange peaches, the bright-green mint and the warm-hued vanilla ice cream.
Ice Cream Terrine With Peaches | Orange + Green Kids’ Room
This delicious, bright palette is perfect for a kids’ room without being either too girly or too masculine. Melissa Esplin created this bedroom (on a $0 budget, no less) as a shared space for her baby boy and young daughter. Isn’t it so cheerful? I especially like the Dachshund lamp. And while the bright colors are kid-friendly, they’re universal enough that your child will still love them long after they transition to a big-kid bed.
Everywhere I look, I’m seeing beautiful, watery blues. Last week, I revealed our agua-inspired Color of the Month, Paradise Blue. Yesterday, I spotted this cerulean blue moodboard over on Camille Styles. Isn’t it like a beach vacation for your eyeballs? Then today, I spied this crazy-beautiful dining room at housetohome:
Mediterranean Sea From Monaco | Monaco Blue Dining Room
This room would fit right into my Monaco Blue Pinterest board: The deep blue pendant light and modern plastic chairs have the same reflective quality that’s so appealing in the deep blue sea. A striped rug brings even more blue hues into this cool dining nook.
What do you think: Is there too much blue in this monochromatic space, or are you ready to grab a paintbrush?
Update: Congratulations to this month’s random winner, Christina Z. Check back next month for another great giveaway.
Father’s Day is around the corner — have you found the perfect gift yet? If your dad is more into tablets, apps and surround sound than golfing and fishing, this Freebie Friday giveaway might be the perfect present. One lucky winner will take home this high-tech toaster from Magimix.
The Magimix Vision Toaster is the only model with a viewing window to let you watch the toasting process in action. Quartz heating elements produce crisp, uniformly brown toast, and the model comes in three glossy colors: black, red and almond cream.
This is sure to be a showpiece in your dad’s high-tech kitchen. Already got Dad’s Day covered? It would be an equally cool gift for a new college grad’s first apartment, or a gift to yourself for being savvy enough to check out Design Happens’ monthly giveaway. The choice is yours!
To win a Vision Toaster in your choice of color, answer this month’s question in the comments below: What’s the best Father’s Day gift you’ve ever given (or received)?
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 12:00 p.m. ET on June 7, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 10, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $199.95. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.