This past weekend it was incredibly hot outside which had me craving a glass of cool, refreshing strawberry lemonade! I made a pitcher on Saturday and it was delicious. The ingredients are simple. All you need are lemons, strawberries, sugar and water. The recipe is super simple too.
Nicole’s Sweet Summer Strawberry Lemonade
5-6 large lemons
1 lb strawberries
5 cups cold water (approx)
A concoction of simple syrup made from 1 1/2 cups sugar dissolved into 1 cup of warm water.
Note: The pitcher I use holds approx 80 oz so you can adjust the recipe based on the size of your pitcher. I also like my lemonade on the sweeter side so adjust the sugar based on your desired sweetness.
Step 1: Slice up your lemons and strawberries. Mix your simple syrup and set aside.
Step 2: Place the strawberries in a food processor along with 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup and grind until a smooth puree forms. Set aside.
Step 3: Extract the juice from your lemons. I use this
inexpensive citrus juicer by Proctor Silex which makes this step a breeze.
Step 4: Add the lemon juice, strawberry puree and the remainder of your simple syrup to a pitcher and stir. Next add the cold water. (Use more or less water depending on your desired level of sweetness and citrus strength.) Chill in the refrigerator for about a half hour, then serve over ice.
And Voila! You have yourself a pitcher of Sweet Summer Strawberry Lemonade. Enjoy!
Stylish Serving Tip: For a finished look, garnish your glass with a simple sliced strawberry. And your strawberry lemonade will look even yummier if served in a lovely pitcher and glassware. The classic pitcher and pint glasses below from Pottery Barn will do the trick nicely plus they’re a really great value.
I’m obsessed with DwellStudio’s stylish new tabletop collection! The recently launched line includes placemats, dinner napkins, runners, coasters, cocktail napkins and aprons (the latter three are new introductions). The pieces are all 100% linen with the exception of the placemats and runners which are a linen/cotton blend. All of the items were made using eco-friendly dyes and feature, modern, graphic prints in sophisticated colors that would blend well in any interior setting. The prints and patters were designed with mixing and matching in mind. Above, the Chionoiserie placemats (my favorite!) are paired with the Gate napkins in java…a super chic combination!
Here is the Gate placemat and napkin in the sun colorway. All of the placemats in the collection are $27 and the printed dinner napkins are $18.
Inspired by modern art, the Color Field print resembles vivid brush strokes. The graphic placemat is paired with a more classic Border napkin in white linen with a dove border. The Border napkins are $22.
Here are placemats and napkins in the Wooodblock print. This graphic print with its bold color palette was influenced by Mid-Century Danish art and culture.
The Mosaic placemats and napkins are decidedly modern with a rich geometric pattern.
And how cute are these Gate coasters? At only $24 for a set of four, these would make the perfect hostess gift!
And I absolutely love these aprons! A must-have for the stylish cook. They are $48. Be sure to check out dwellstudio.com
to see more of the new table collection. The pieces should be ready to ship in a couple of weeks!
Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson
This weekend while you’re surfing the net, check out W & R Style File
– a blog brought to you by Hollywood design darlings Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design
. From odes to industry legends like Elsie de Wolfe and the late Julius Shulman, to recaps of exclusive parties and daily musings on design, W & R Style File gives you a peek inside Ron & Jaime’s world of fabulosity. Click here
to check it out!
Caitlin Moran & Tyler Dawson
Last year San Francisco interior designers Tyler Dawson
and Caitlin Moran
teamed up to open a hip design shop called Found
. Located on San Francisco’s popular Union Street, Found offers a well-edited selection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that have been updated and reinvented by the stylish duo. Dawson and Moran chronicle their “finds” and other design musings on their blog which I highly recommend checking out by clicking here
. And below are some of their recent finds that I think are fabulous!
A set of Chippendale chairs upholstered in Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon
A pair of Hendredon side tables.
A round brass coffee table.
An Irish Chippendale china cabinet.