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April 16, 2019

The Nall Farmhouse | A JSH Styling Project

The Nall Farmhouse Project

The area in which we live in Kansas City used to be all farmland and prairie.  A handful of large farmhouses built in the 1800's sat amongst a couple hundred acres that now makeup our neighborhood area.  Most of the farmhouses still stand, some better than others.  Their surrounding farms were divided up in the early 1920 and 30's into charming neighborhood streets.  
My friend Molly and her husband took on the old farmhouse that was across the street from their own home.  It had been renovated and added onto over the years and when it finally came to market last year they jumped on the opportunity to bring it to life again.  After getting into the house and inspecting it, they discovered the original was too far gone with termite damage and foundation issues.  

In keeping with their original vision, they worked with an architect to design a farmhouse that looked like the original had been updated for a modern family.  They salvaged what they could - mantles and pieces of flooring - to give some soul to the home from its predecessor.

I couldn't help myself but to chime in and follow along the project on Instagram (@NallFarmhouse) and Molly consulted me on a couple of design elements like the kitchen and millwork since she knows my love for country homes.  The home was featured on a tour last weekend (and will be open for a public tour this coming) and she asked me to come in and style it with some of my products.
I immediately said yes because it just sounded like fun!  I had the school house girls come up with a car load of products and used a lot from my own home as well.   We brought pillows, frames, bread boards, flowers and big bunches of cherry branches from my yard.  It felt like a field trip.

Thanks to the school house girls and thanks to Molly and the Koenig Building Team for letting us come play and decorate!

I brought in big bunches of viburnum and bowls of oranges and lemons.  

Products Featured Here : Antiqued Bread Boards

Cherry Blossoms from Emma's Cherry Tree in a pitcher from Target and a loaf of Challah bread on our new Antiqued Bread Boards.

We created a gallery wall opposite the kitchen in the breakfast area.  Laurie so artfully (and painstakingly!) planned it out and hung them.

Such gorgeous millwork and classic touches throughout the home.

We did another smaller scale gallery wall over this bench we topped with our Meadow Linen Pillow Covers, $40-46.

Tablets & LePens in the kitchen atop a Round Antiqued Bread Board.  I used a medium Scalloped Terra-cotta Pot to hold the LePens - love this idea and plan to do it in my office!

You know how much I love utility rooms.  Love the brick floor in the mudroom and pantry.  These feels like it could be original to the home.

Market Totes

Buttercup Block Print Rectangle

This hanging basket is a new product that will be available later this week with a special Mother's Day Collection.  

I love it in the mudroom for letters or newspapers - could easily hang off of a door knob, too.

We lined the shelves of the pantry with our Nantucket Baskets.  Look at that little stool Molly and her mom added - I love it and need one for my house asap.

Past the breakfast room is the hearth area.

Molly provided the sofa and we filled them with pillows and added baskets.

Log Basket & Tray

Buttercup Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Covers
Hydrangea Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Covers
Slate Linen Pillow Covers & Napkins
Antique Cream Linen Pillow Covers

Slate Linen Pillow Covers, Fern Embroidered Pillow (with Insert), Buttercup Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Cover and Antique Cream Linen Pillow Covers

Fern Embroidered Pillow, 18" Square

Buttercup Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Cover
Hydrangea Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Cover
Slate Linen Pillow Cover

We set the dining room for Easter with wrapped packages with our spring Wrapping Papers and Ribbons.  

 All Products Featured :

Meadow Linen Pillow Covers, $40-46
Antiqued Bread Boards
Buttercup Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Covers
Hydrangea Block Print & Antique Linen Pillow Covers
Gold Leaf Frames, Narrow Mats with Botanical Prints
Slate Linen Pillow Covers & Napkins
Antique Cream Linen Pillow Covers
Soft White Linen Pillow Covers
Market Tote Bags
Nantucket Baskets with Liners
Tablets & LePens
Wrapping Papers & Ribbons

April 01, 2019


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March 31, 2019

Breakfast Hostess Gift | Banana Bread and Honey Butter

It is important for us to be as gracious of a guests as you are when you’re the one hosting the party.   When you’re invited to someone’s home for dinner or a party, it is always appropriate to bring a hostess gift - the obvious choices being flowers and wine.

When I’m hosting a party, while I appreciate these sort of gifts, I’ve already arranged my flowers and have selected wine to serve.  So when I’m the one giving the hostess gift, I like to think about what the host would really appreciate- something she can look forward to enjoying after the party is over. 

Because your host has likely spent a great deal of time and energy preparing for the party, breakfast the next day is probably the last thing from her mind.  Wouldn’t it be so nice for her to wake up tomorrow morning after an evening of entertaining to a special treat waiting for her in the kitchen?  Create a breakfast basket filled with homemade (or home-packaged!) goodies like moist and dense banana bread, creamy whipped honey butter and a special blend of your favorite gourmet coffee beans.

You’ll need:
Banana Bread (recipe here)
Butter, softened
Sea Salt
Ground Coffee Beans
Monogrammed Small Napkin
Berry Basket
parchment paper
Kitchen Twine
kraft coffee bag
Printed Labels
small glass jar with lid


Wrap the banana bread in parchment paper, then tie it with kitchen twine or string to secure the ends. 

To make honey butter, place softened butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment.  For every stick of butter, add 3 tablespoons of honey and a pinch of sea salt.  Whip together on high for 3 minutes.  Put the butter in a glass jar fitted with a lid.  Store in the refrigerator. 

Grind coffee and scoop it into a small craft paper bag with a secure folded top.  Add a printed label for a special touch - click here to see my custom printed labels

To package, use a small basket or box lined with a kitchen towel or Monogrammed Linen Napkin (click here to see my favorites from my store).

For more baking inspiration - see my mini Baking Pantry Upgrade.

Also, for all of my resources to the packaging used here, visit my online store.

Products used here :

Monogrammed Small Napkin

Berry Basket
Parchment Paper
Printed Labels

March 30, 2019

Banana Nut Bread with Whipped Honey Butter

I'm not a huge walnut fan... except when they are coated in caramelized goodness or in banana bread.  I am a firm believer in not limiting yourself to the norm- so, I once made this bread with peanuts.  On Mike's morning drive to work he called me (having left the house with a slice to have on the way to work...) :

Mike, 'are there peanuts in this?'
Me, 'Yes.'
Mike, 'In banana bread?  Peanuts in banana bread?'
Me, 'Yes.  I don't like walnuts, I didn't have any pecans, so I used peanuts.'
Mike, 'um... ok.  it's good.  i guess.  just strange to have peanuts in banana bread.  right?'

Here's the recipe with 'nuts' as an ingredient... go ahead, use whatever kind you want!

Loaf Pan & Parchment Paper (and my favorite baking supplies) available here >

Banana Nut Bread
with whipped honey butter

4 overripe bananas
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped

Peel the bananas.  Mash them roughly with a fork - leaving some chunky pieces for texture.  Place half of them in a KitchenAid fitted with the whisk attachment.  Set aside the other half of the bananas.

Add sugar to the KitchenAid, whip them together for 3 minutes until a frothy mixture forms.  Add butter, eggs and vanilla.  Mix together until combined.  Add flour, soda, salt, remaining bananas and 1/3 cup of nuts.  Stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.

Pour into a greased and floured (or sprayed) loaf pan.  Sprinkle the remaining nuts on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Wrap the bread in parchment paper, add a little Whipped Honey Butter and you have a great gift!  Here are the step-by-step directions for creating the Breakfast Basket Gift.

Or... try the muffin version!

For more baking inspiration - see my mini Baking Pantry Upgrade... it will make you want to head to The Container Store!

March 28, 2019

Goat Cheese Stuffed Lemon Chicken & Vegetables | Sheet Pan Supper


I love this system for weeknight dinners.  This dinner took me 5 minutes to prepare - I sliced the potatoes and radishes in half, then I put some goat cheese under the skin of the chicken.  I drizzled everything with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt.  It went in the oven at 400 for 30 minutes (except for the asparagus, I actually took it out after the first 10 minutes so it didn't get burnt to a crisp).  While it cooked, I cleaned up the cutting board, unloaded the dishwasher, put the groceries away and set the table.  All of this started at 5:30 immediately after we'd gone to the grocery store.  By 6:00 dinner was ready, the kitchen had already been cleaned up (during the 30 min cook time) and Mike walked in the door for dinner.

This isn't the dinner anyone would request for their birthday, and it is definitely on the list of "lighter" dinners I make, but it is very yummy.  Mike LOVED this dinner.  He is always in the market for fresher, healthier, and simpler dinners without so many sauces and seasonings.  The goat cheese cooked under the skin of the chicken is just enough of an indulgence to make it satisfying.  I actually prepared two identical pans (4 chicken breasts) and baked them at the same time so we had enough for lunch leftovers the next day.    

Goat Cheese Stuffed Lemon Chicken & Vegetables on a Sheet Pan

2-4 chicken breasts, bone-in skin on
goat cheese
colorful radishes
small or fingerling potatoes
green onions
olive oil
sea salt
3 tablespoons of butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line Large Baking Sheets with Parchment Paper ($10),  Place chicken breasts on the pan, place a generous slice of goat cheese underneath the skin of each.  Slice potatoes in half.  Trim asparagus ends.  Slice green onions in half, slice radishes in half.  Arrange on baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, squeeze lemon and sprinkle salt all over the entire pan.  Bake for 10 minutes, remove asparagus.  Bake for another 20 minutes until chicken is 145 degrees.  Remove from oven, put asparagus back on the pan and top with 1 tablespoon of butter.  Place another tablespoon of butter on each chicken breast.  Let rest for 5 minutes, then serve.  Pour juices out of pan and pour onto chicken and potatoes on plates.

I love a colorful dinner!  Emma loved these radishes - when roasted they tasted like carrots and obviously the color palette is amazing.

Sorry, closeup photos of raw chicken isn't always the best, but I wanted to show you how easy it is to slide a slice of goat cheese under the skin of a bone-in, skin-on chicken breast.

 Are you interested in more sheet pan dinner ideas?  I love that minimal dishes/pots/pans are required and that cleanup is so simple.  It is also a fun challenge to see what I can come up with on just a sheet pan!

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