November 13, 2014

Most of the rooms in our apartment have reached the point where we have all the major furniture pieces we want, and now are getting to the tweaks and accessorizing. I am still recovering from my color paralysis early in our marriage. I bought everything in neutral so that it would not ever clash with anything, which of course left our home design life feeling pretty bland. With accessorizing and styling, my focus is to add color. Lots of it. This tassel pillow was my first little project for the living room.

DIY TASSELS & PILLOW from Rachel Schultz

I had been wanting to buy some DMC floss to practice tasseling, and was really excited when Mom Schultz found a whole bag of mixed colors at a garage sale. So lovely. And such a score. Seriously yard sales are just the bests. Making your own tassels is super easy. I see myself customizing little things here and there all the time now.

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STEP 01: Cut out a piece of cardboard with a width equal to the length you want your tassel to be. There is no science to this part, so eyeball it for the look you want. My pillow is 14×14, so I used a 1 and 1/2″ thick piece. Wrap floss around cardboard a set number of times; this will control the thickness. For this pillow I did 25 rotations around. Cut off excess.

STEP 02: Cut a 4 inch piece of floss. Tie it in a not at one end of the loop you have created.

Step 34STEP 03: Cut the strands at the other end of your loop.

STEP 04: Using another 4 inch strand, tie off a knot near the top of the tassel. Trim any excess.

DIY TASSELS & PILLOW from Rachel Schultz

STEP 05: I like to iron my tassels to give them a crisp look and to tame the strand of the final knot.

DIY TASSELS & PILLOW from Rachel Schultz

To add tassels to a pillow, sew through top knot of tassel into edge of item until secure. For me, it was about three loops.

DIY TASSELS AND PILLOW from Rachel Schultz

I made 24 tassels for this project, eight on each side of the pillow. I love the subtle pop of color it adds to our couch with so many neat shades. What will I tassel next? Hopefulyl the line will be drawn with clothing unless one of us takes up rodeoing soon. But I am imagining big yarn ones would be really nice and so cozy to dress up a blanket for winter.


November 11, 2014

They say if you blog, you should write the type of blog you would want to read. I am kind of an anomaly because when I started blogging I did not read any other blogs or know much about how other people did it. Maybe that was for the better. But that has all changed over the past several years and now I am real, real deep in the blog world. These are the blogs I read, love and draw inspiration from.

Blogging for a Career from Rachel Schultz


Young House Love – It is right for them to be mentioned first because they are the first blog I started reading and they are kind of the best at it. Although we do not share the same design aesthetic, I trust them for technical information and how-tos. Also, I simply love how they blog. It is just the husband and wife and they are working through renovating their own home. They do not accept free stuff from companies, so I really trust their product recommendations. The sad news is that recently stopped blogging. Their site is still live, however, and it would be a treasure trove of knowledge.

Little Green Notebook – Jenny epitomizes my design style, so she is probably my favorite blogger. She posts maybe 3x a week, but I like her so much I check her site every day. I am astounded over and over by her creativity.

Emily Henderson – The HGTV chick who won design star. She does n0t do DIYs often, but she is your classic, very skilled designer. I like that she openly shares opinions about trends she thinks are ugly. I love opinionated people, so I really like (and am helped by) when she calls out decorating choices people do that are ugly and horrible. (Like hanging two picture frames on a wall at staggered heights). Her blog is not her main gig, so she is busy with clients and cannot post as consistently.

A Beautiful Mess – This site is run by two sisters. Their look is much more youthful and hipster than myself, but I like their stuff. They post multiple times a day and with tweaking, I can easily take their ideas and think of how I would change them to make it more “me.” They are really good businesswomen who make a great blog product. I have also bought a few of their e-courses and really liked them.


Manhattan Nest – Very wordy posts, if that is what you’re into

Vintage Revivals – A really smart DIYer. And super into doing things cheaply, which I love. (Like actual cheap, not “only $500-for-a-side-table” cheap)

The Painted House – I love her style so, so much I wish she posted more. She does more on instagram, so I follow her there too

Amber Interiors – A very recent follow, but I am totally digging so far


How Sweet Eats – Really creative recipes. I have loved every one I tried. And I like her photography a lot

The Faux Martha – Great tips for bakers

The Forest Feast – I just get a nice feelings when I visit this blog. She is very veggie (more than me)

What Katie Ate – She rarely posts, but her photography is second to none

I Am a Food Blog – Again with the photos. Fab.

Southern Souffle – For my comfort-food-loving southern homies


Oh Happy Day – My go to for ever planning a party

Love Taza – A blog about nothing! Why can I not stop reading it?

A Cup of Jo – Very personal, online magazine feel

Camille Styles – A great compilation of beautiful things around the internet

Rose & Crown – The only photography blog I follow. Just gorgeous


Kevin DeYoung – I appreciate how he thinks and his commitment to orthodoxy

Douglas Wilson – A little bit scandalous, which is good

Femina – Girl stuff. I love it all

Albert Mohler – An absolute fountain of thought-provoking information

Matt Walsh Blog – Articulates my opinon about most anything

Desiring God – This website might be how I became a Christian


November 10, 2014

For me to buy a specialty ingredient, it has to have popped up in at least three or four recipes I have wanted to try. Sesame oil is one such product that at first I may have been skeptical to splurge on (cabinet space more than money), but I am so pleased I did. For giving asian dishes an edge that makes it feel more restaurant-quality, it is a must. I used it in this korean beef, but we also use it in some of our other regulars like one pan coconut shrimp and noodles, tangy thai green beans, and better than takeout chicken fried rice.

SIMPLE KOREAN BEEF from Rachel Schultz-2

Serves 3-4

1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
1 bundle green onions, sliced
Salt & pepper

Begin browning meat in a skillet over medium heat. When about 3/4 cooked, add brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, red pepper flake, and salt & pepper to pan. Serve over brown rice, topped with green onion.

SIMPLE KOREAN BEEF from Rachel Schultz

Serves: 3-4
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 bundle green onions, sliced
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Begin browning meat in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. When about ¾ cooked, add brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, red pepper flake, and salt & pepper to pan.
  3. Serve over brown rice, topped with green onion.

Adapted from Lizzy Writes.

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