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The Coffee Table Styling Formula You Should Know

From the Archives, a Helpful Styling Formula to Remember
May 21, 2016

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The Coffee Table Styling Formula You Should Know

As MKR taught us before, styling a beautiful coffee table is really quite simple.  She summed it up with a fool-proof coffee table styling formula: Books + Flowers + Trays + Depth.  

No matter the size or shape of your coffee table, the surface is a wonderful opportunity to showcase items as part of a collection and reflection of you. 

First, coffee table books are an obvious must.  They offer great conversational pieces, offering a hint of personality of the home owner.  They serve as the perfect landing for smaller, decorative objects, and also play into the depth (part of our fool-proof coffee table styling formula) of the coffee table by adding varying heights by stack. 

The next piece of the puzzle is a no-brainer.  Flowers add life to any space, and who could deny how beautiful freshly cut blooms are?  Of course, fresh flowers on a weekly basis can start to get expensive, so another great option is a small plant like a succulent or cactus that’s easy to care for (see our list of our eight favorite, easy indoor house plants).  

Decorative trays easily corral and organize smaller items so the surface doesn’t appear messy. As pictured above, MKR uses a faux python tray to house her collection of Japanese calligraphy brushes (which also add strong pops of color).  Trays are great especially for smaller items such as candles, matchboxes, coasters, or any other small and decorative trinkets. Voila!  Cheers, Kat

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

A Lesson in Biscuits With Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

How The Waiting on Martha Team Spent The Best Day
May 20, 2016

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You know those days that are just the. best. days? The ones when you stop to slow down and ones you know you’ll always cherish?  That was our recent afternoon spent with Carrie Morey, founder of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit here in Atlanta and Callie’s Charleston Biscuits.  The team was lucky enough to get an insider’s peek into the magic that is Carrie’s homemade, hot little biscuits (and believe me, they were soooo good).  We were welcomed into the Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit kitchen to learn the secrets behind the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits by Carrie’s mother, Callie, that have received press from Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah (just to name a few). 

The team arrived ready to learn (and get their hands dirty), donned in our gorgeous new Waiting on Martha team aprons by Oatmeal Lace. We learned that baking the best homemade biscuits is really all about a few good, simple ingredients (apparently you shouldn’t even dream of making biscuits with any type of flour but White Lily), and of course patience for the steps that can only be taught by a loving hand. 

As we waited for our buttermilk and shortcake biscuits to bake, we chatted with Carrie and could see how biscuits, truly an iconic Southern staple, can be done SO many different ways. We happily taste-tested several unique (and irresistible) combinations from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit menu, from warm grits in a sharp cheddar biscuit bowl to sweet shortcake biscuits with warm cinnamon butter and a homemade chocolate pecan poptart. We kept joking that she’d have to roll us out of there! Everything we tasted was just so good. 

A big thank you to Carrie and team for welcoming us into their kitchen for a little biscuit bootcamp and quality team bonding.  I know we’ll be talking about this bake sesh for years to come!  Truly, MKR

P.S. If you’re craving biscuits now, but can’t make it to Atlanta or Charleston anytime soon, don’t fret; Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits can be found at all of these retailers across the country AND they ship nationwide! xo

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

My Blue and White Elevated Basics

Elevated Basics in My Favorite Color Combo, Crisp & Fresh for Spring
May 19, 2016

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Lately, I’ve been focused on purchasing and wearing what I like to call elevated basics; dressing up comfortable, yet put together outfits that take me through my day in classic, effortless style. I’ve been so focused on EB’s that I’ve actually been purging my closet and clearing the clutter of outfits I’ll never wear again, and really honing in on what is my “true” style is, and more importantly, what I feel good wearing.  The feel-good part being key, because I’ve found no matter how beautiful an outfit may be, if the person wearing it doesn’t feel comfortable in it, it’ll just come off unappealing and awkward.

For me, I’m finding that my personal EB consists mostly of a black, blue and white color palette and wearable tomboy-esque pieces.  So based on that synopsis, today’s outfit is basically the poster child for my personal everyday EB.  A crisp white off the shoulder top (I cannot get enough of off the shoulder tops right now), my go-to distressed boyfriend jeans, a lightweight, striped trench coat perfect for spring tied together with my new Loeffler Randall floral envelope clutch (on major sale!) and scalloped blue heels.  And I might add…the floral envelope clutch is even more beautiful in person…I am so in love!  

I’ve read that some of the most successful people in the world have as few as 3 outfits to choose from daily.  Take Mark Zuckerberg, for example; his closet is filled with a sea of grey tees, hooded pullovers, numerous pairs of the same jeans, and tennies.  The thought being, with the amount of decisions individuals in highly successful positions have to make on any given day, they don’t want the question of “what to wear?” to be one of them; and that’s how I’m beginning to feel with my whole EB strategy.  While I’ll never be able to commit to only owning a sea of grey t-shirts, knowing that my closet is full of only items I love, and always feel comfortable in, makes pulling something off the hanger to wear for the day so much easier, and I love when something in my day can be easier.  Truly, MKR

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