{ Author Archive - Eryn Chesney, Author at Style at Home blog }

nursery decor: cute cribs

There’s going to be a new addition to my family come September, and although there are lots of worries and concerns constantly running through my head as a first time mum-to-be, there’s no question about what sort of aesthetic I want to achieve in the nursery. I’m keeping the gender a surprise, so instead of incorporating a scheme of soft pinks or handsome blues, I’ll be going with a more neutral look. The most important piece in the room is the crib, of course, and I know I want something that’s white and very simple in design. There are so many options out there, so I thought I would share three favourites that I’ve come across.


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celebrate cinco de mayo: mouth-watering margarita

Forget celebrating Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving! Cinco de Mayo is one of my favourite holidays. I love Mexican food and I love a great margarita, so what’s better than an excuse to throw a latin-themed fiesta that promotes enjoying both of those delights. Looking at my calendar today, I realized that this joyous occasion is coming right up (May 5th, Mayo = May, cinco = 5), so what better way to get excited than with a fantastic margarita recipe? This favourite of mine comes from Food 52. It’s bold, it’s delicious and it’s sure to please a crowd. Salud!

Photo by James Ransom, Food 52

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drink recipe: the perfect cafe mocha

This weekend I created a delicious hot morning beverage using 3 simple ingredients: espresso, hot chocolate powder and milk. I was in the mood for coffee, but wanted something a little sweeter, so I made my own cafe mocha! The results were delicious and it was super easy.

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new product alert: kitchenaid pro line series food processor

This morning, I got a sneak peek at the brand new Pro Line Series of countertop appliances from KitchenAid, and let me tell you: gourmands – get excited! The  line features easy-to-use, hardworking appliances that are all beautiful enough to always be on display in your kitchen. While each piece has features that will make your jaw drop, there was one item that especially stood out to me.

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editor’s pick: vintage-look garden chimes

The very welcomed arrival of sun and temperatures above zero has me thinking about outdoor decor and this pretty string of garden chimes caught my eye on the Anthropologie website today.

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5-minute meal idea: ricotta and asparagus tart

By Thursdays I’m burnt out – groceries are getting low and so is my energy for making dinner after another long day in the office. As such, I love creating simple, easy-to-prepare dishes that take very little effort but still taste great. This ricotta and asparagus tart is something I threw together using basic ingredients I had in my fridge. It takes only five minutes to prepare and it tastes great.

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editor’s pick: serena & lily sheets

Putting together a bedding scheme is so fun. I love pairing punchy, printed sheets with a neutral duvet cover and pillowcases – it feels like a fun surprise every time you peel back the covers for bed!

Today, I came across this beautiful Cut Circle sheet set in Pewter from Serena & Lily and instantly fell in love.

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diy garden party lights

I came across this picture on Martha Stewart Weddings a little while ago and it’s got me inspired to create some of my own garden party decor. One of my favourite things about the warmer months (will winter ever end?!) is the chance to entertain outside, and nice lighting is key once dinner and drinks end and dusk slowly envelops the sky.

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my favourite cookbooks

I have a pretty extensive collection of cookbooks, but I’ve noticed that regardless of how many new ones I buy, there are some that I just go back to again and again. Why is that? I think they all have three things in common: They have enough variety, their recipes are easy and accessible for a busy person like myself and they always deliver delicious results. So, because I know I love hearing about a great cookbook, here are my top four:

The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook is a favourite of mine for entertaining. It has great recipes for dinner parties that aren’t overly complicated to prepare, but look impressive. The appetizer section is especially great when you’re preparing to feed a crowd.

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kitchen cravings: how to cook grains print

I love this print that I found in the Provisions by Food 52 store online. Not only would it be a great addition to the kitchen wall (imagine it in a white frame!), but it’s super useful, too!

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