Tales Of The Wild

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I admit it, I’m a sucker for pretty packaging often buying something based on the box it comes in rather than the product itself. So when I discovered Tales of the Wild, (thanks to Rustic White) a natural, organic botanical company located near the edge of the sea on Vancouver Island, B.C. I was immediately smitten.

From perfumes and mists to aromatic teas and natural curiosities for your home Amy and Richard McDowell, the couple behind Tales of the Wild, create each product one at a time by hand in their atelier. Their Philosophy, “We love the pure beauty and myriad qualities of fine essential oils – they have the ability to heal, to uplift, to inspire, and to evoke rich memories and deep emotions instantly. The images they conjure and stories that they tell captivate and move us to continue creating gorgeous, evocative fragrances. To us, each becomes a tale of the wild – an authentic experience of the natural world that rests in the wild heart of every scent.”

Personally I can’t stop using their Rose Body Mist and wearing the Sand & Sea Perfume (which side note is perfect for travel).  And while I could just let the pictures speak for themselves I thought it’d be more fun to team up with Tales of the Wild and giveaway an Aromatic Journey Kit of the winners choosing.  All the details and how to enter are below so good luck Loves and I’m hoping you all (winner or not) take a moment and get lost in the beauty that is Tales of the Wild. Truly, MKR

*Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Photography, Red Leaf Studios 

**Giveaway runs until 12:00 am EST Monday, October 20th

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A Signature Style

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Leaving corporate America behind for full time creative entrepreneurship has meant complete freedom when it comes to my daily wardrobe.  So this year it’s been a goal of mine to hone in and define my signature style.  Throwing out what I had to wear for years and what I may like, but isn’t necessarily “me” and staying true to what I feel most comfortable in.  For now that tends to be a more tomboy-esq look, a lot of navys and blacks, slightly ripped denim, long layers, plenty of hats, and a bright pink lip.  And I’m sure like most things in life my signature style will just keep evolving but I must say, there’s something very freeing in letting go of past pieces (no matter how much they cost) that don’t represent who I am, where I’m going, and what I thought I needed to be.  I’d love to know, do you consider yourself to have a signature style?  truly, MKR

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Top, Eileen Fisher c/o (runs large, order size down)  ||  Endless Boyfriend Shirt, J.Crew  ||  Jeans, Paige Denim via Bloomingdales c/o (I cannot stop wearing these!)  ||  Scarf, J.Crew  ||  Hat, Sole Society c/o  ||  Booties, Sole Society c/o  ||  Bag, Zac Zac Posen Eartha Flap Bag c/o  ||  Sunnies, Chanel  ||  Acorn Ring, Julie Vos  ||  Gold Rings, Gorjana & Griffin c/o  ||  Watch, Cartier  ||  White Bracelets, Gold & Gray c/o  ||  Fuel Band, Nike

 

Fall Entertaining With Ballard Designs

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A few months back I was asked by one of my absolute favorite brands, Ballard Designs, to create three distinct holiday looks and I’m thrilled to be sharing the pictures from the first of three with you all today, my harvest dinner.  Inspired by my favorite season fall, and playing off of Mother Nature’s natural beauty I think you’ll find this setting rich, warm, cozy, and the perfect table to gather friends and family around.  Head over to Ballard’s Blog, How To Decorate, to read more about the inspiration plus I’m sharing all of my tips and tricks so you can host a harvest dinner of your very own.  TGIF Loves!  Truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Place Cards & Menu, Yes Ma’am Paper Goods  ||  Rustic Tarts, Alon’s Bakery  ||  Location, Abattoir

The Top Ten Tools Every Baker Should Own

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With the Holidays fast approaching I thought I’d let you peek inside my pantry to see the top ten baking tools I believe every baker should own.  And it was hard to narrow it down to ten, I didn’t even include my beloved Silpat Mats (probably because I’ve talked about them at least a dozen times before on the Blog), so I’d love to hear if I’ve left off one of your baking necessities?  Truly, MKR

No. 01 - Ice Cream Scoops.  Not just for ice cream scoops will allow you to scoop consistent amounts of batter into muffin pans, cupcake pans, and cookie dough so your cookies are of similar shape and size.  Just make sure you get the scoop with a spring loaded wire scraper so it will easily release your batter our dough.

No. 02 - Rolling Pins.  I have so many rolling pins I’m beginning to lose count, but if I could only narrow it down to two I’d have a tapered rolling pin and your standard 12″ wood rolling pin.  

No. 03 - Prep Dishes.  It’s always best to have all of your ingredients measured, chopped, and ready to go in numerous prep dishes so you’re not rushing around the kitchen trying to get the right amount poured in at the right time.  Plus it helps to keep the kitchen on the tidy side.

No. 4 - Bakers Twine.  Twine is an absolute kitchen necessity, I just prefer the striped bakers twine as its perfect for pretty packaging.

No. 5 - Pastry Cutters.  What can I say I like fancy pie crust.  And speaking of pie may I suggest these and this, also baking must haves for me.

No. 6 - Icing Spatula.  I have at least 5 icing spatulas in all different sizes, they really are the end all be all for icing cakes.

No. 7 - Nielsen-Masey Vanilla.  Yes I know it’s expensive, but the taste of your food is always a reflection of how good your ingredients are so always bake with the best.  

No. 8 - Microplane Grater.  One of my kitchens most used tools a microplane grater is perfect for adding cinnamon and nutmeg spice and citrus flakes to any dish.

No. 9 - Cooling Racks.  I’m guilty of not allowing my desserts to properly cool before attempting to ice, or remove from the pan, etc.  I’ve learned my lesson though and now everything is cooled appropriately on racks.

No. 10. - Salt Pig.  Baking is all about getting the precise, exact measurement and a salt shaker just won’t do.  Get a pig or a salt bowl so you can get just the right 1/8 teaspoon when needed.

*Photography, Kathryn McCrary

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…AS PICTURED…Measuring Cups, All Clad  ||  Napkins, Found Vintage (similar HERE)  ||  Rolling Pin, A Sunny Afternoon  ||  Olive Wood Bowl, Sur La Table  ||  Fork & Spoon Dipping Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Icing Spatula, Sur La Table ||  Ice Cream Scoop, Williams Sonoma  ||  Pastry Cutter, Williams Sonoma  ||  Nielsen-Masey Vanilla, Williams Sonoma  ||  Microplane Grater, Williams Sonoma  ||  Bakers Twine, Williams Sonoma  ||  Marble Pastry Board, Sur La Table  ||  Cooling Rack, Sur La Table  ||  Olive Wood Salt Bowl, Williams Sonoma  ||  Pink Salt, Williams Sonoma

 

One Room Challenge…Week 2

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Last week I shared my grand plans for completely re-doing the WOM office.  This week I’m sharing a little tendency/habit I have called  procrastination.  I’m a procrastinator.  Always have been, and I’m beginning to accept I probably always will be.  I tell myself it’s because I’m juggling so many things or because I’m at my best when the pressure is on, but really those are just things I, and we all, tell ourselves to make the habits we struggle with seem more acceptable.

To be fair I wasn’t sure which room I was going to work on for the ORC and when I finally did decide on my office to say I was already WAY behind the eight ball was an understatement.  I quickly gathered my thoughts and first took care of the layout and furniture as I knew it would all have to be specially ordered (sharing this next week).  Once that was taken care of I moved on to the “jewelry” of the room, specifically custom drapes for my picture window.  Secretly I had been waiting for this moment as there’s nothing more fun to a designer (at least this designer) than fabric choices.  For me fabrics pull the room together, if not create the feel of the room all together.  

As I headed into the fabric store I knew I wanted to do a neutral drape with a pop of color lining and a tassel to top it all off.  The neutral was easy, but the lining was proving to be more difficult and as I waded through the sea of fabrics I was beginning to think this might not be a feasible reality and then I saw it.  A glorious mango velvet.  It represented orange, my favorite color, but in a much softer way and all of a sudden my color palette and the entire room came together.  Only problem, it was back ordered 8 weeks.  8 weeks!?  The ORC will be over in 8 weeks!  Deflated and a tad sad I headed to the next fabric store.  Luckily there was another velvet in almost the exact same mango shade, the only problem it was twice the cost!  Twice!  And I needed 13 yards of it!  But this was my palette, this was my centerpiece, I had to buy the fabric.  So buy it I did.  Oh and did I mention I have to rush the order with the work room because the standard time frame doesn’t fit into the ORC timeframe.  My procrastination rearing it’s ugly head again.  

But this my friends is the life of design, and more appropriately the life of a procrastinator.  So cheers to embracing all of our habits (both good and bad), to trying to be better everyday, and to spending too much money on drapes that better be fan-freaking-tastic!  Truly, MKR

The Players…Abby M. Interiors  ||  Because It’s Awesome   ||  Bijou & Boheme  ||  Chinoiserie Chic  ||  The Decorista  ||  Design Chic  ||  The Design Daredevil  ||  Design Darling  ||  Design Indulgence  ||  Design Manifest  ||  House of Turquoise  ||  Jana Bek Design  ||  Jill Sorensen  ||  Maddie G. Designs  ||  Mimosa Lane  ||  A Piece of Toast  ||  The Pink Pagoda  ||  Stone Textile  ||  The Zhush  ||  Trademarked by Calling it Home

 

The Haunting Holiday

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Okay I admit it, I’m not a huge fan of Halloween.  I’m a fan just not a huge fan.  I like the candy, the kids costumes (I don’t do costumes) and the haunting side of it all, but if I’m being honest it runs a little too close to my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) to get my full attention.  However, I do like that Halloween kicks of the holiday season, it does fall during my absolute favorite season fall, and I’ve been known to love a skull motif, so this year I’m trying to get a little more in the spirit.  Happy Haunting Loves!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  See this shoot in its entirety complete with Halloween recipes right HERE and we’re offering 20% off ALL Halloween for the next 48 hours in The Shop code HAUNTED at checkout.

*Photo, Rustic White

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…AS PICTURED…Pottery Barn Lanterns, Pottery Barn  ||   Mercury Glass Pumpkins, Pottery Barn  ||  Mercury Glass Skulls, Waiting On Martha  ||  Black Skull Candles, Pottery Barn  ||  Crows, Pottery Barn  ||  Glitter Spiders, Pottery Barn  ||  Chain Link Candle Holders, Pottery Barn  ||   Skull Drink Dispenser, Pottery Barn  ||   Skeleton Drink Holder, Pottery Barn  ||  White Skelton Vase, Pottery Barn  ||  Black and Silver Mercury Glass Vase, Pottery Barn  ||  Silver Skelton Hand, Pottery Barn  ||  Black Glitter Sticks, Pottery Barn  ||   Black Glitter Toparies,  Pottery Barn  ||  Black Taper Candles, Pottery Barn  ||  Martini Glasses , Pottery Barn  ||  Target Mirror  ||  Waiting On Martha noir cake stands, black paper cheese trays, scary creature plates, snakeskin drink tray (large size), mercury glass skull wine stopper  ||  CB2 glass candelabra  ||  Bar Cart (similar HERE and HERE)  ||  Pier 1 Imports mini appetizer glasses  ||  Restoration Hardware chandelier and linen ottomans

Fall Transition With Pottery Barn

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With a chill in the evening air and the leaves turning here in Atlanta I can finally begin to truly celebrate and transition properly into my favorite season, fall.  So what does a fall transition look like in my world?  It looks like a trip to the pumpkin patch, added layers of texture and warm toned accents in my home, pumpkin spice lattes, cozy knit blankets, mulled wine, autumn spiced candles, and It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on repeat just to name a few.  But why just talk about what it looks like when I can show you what it looks like?  

Starting today I’ll be taking over Pottery Barn’s Instagram to share just how much I love fall.  Pottery Barn is one of my go-to places for decor all year round, but they really knock it out of the park this time of year.  I’ve already picked up a few new fall accents like their gilded leaf platter pictured above and can’t wait to share what other gems will be joining the party.  I hope you’ll follow along, and I’d love to hear what are you most looking forward to this fall?  TGIF Loves!    Truly, MKR 

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…AS PICTURED…Gold Leaf, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Silver Nut Dish, Pottery Barn c/o (in store only)  ||  Extra Large Matches, Pottery Barn c/o (in store only)  ||  Autumn Spice Candle, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Candle Wick Cutters, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Blackbird Pie Cookbook

*All images original to Waiting On Martha

Bucket List…La Crema Harvest

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If you follow along on Instagram you may have recently seen that I checked off a major, major bucket list item.  I became a vintner (wine maker).   I packed my bags and flew to La Crema Winery in Sonoma California and worked harvest for four glorious days.  And I’m talking I WORKED harvest.  

My days looked a little something like this; 6:00 am handpicking grapes in the vineyard.  This was what I called the magic hour.  The vineyard is covered in that Russian River fog, a chill is in the air, and there’s a quiet over everything.  Watching the fog break and the sun rise over a sea of vines is nothing short of spectacular.  Let’s just say it was a view I don’t think I would ever tire of.  After my time in the vineyard I’d move to the sorting area where I’d remove all of the stems, leaves, and other debris by hand.  I couldn’t stay here too long as the bees are attracted to the grape sugars and I’m deathly allergic to bees.  1:00 pm quick lunch break then into the cellars where sampling, fermentation, punch downs (the floating cap of skins and seeds are “punched down” into the juice three times daily to extract color and tannins), and barreling happens.  Elizabeth (head wine maker) and her team sample the juice numerous times throughout the day (little glass sample bottles pictured above) to check how the wines are coming along.  I can’t clearly explain all of the how’s as this is where science takes center stage and I’ve never been known for my strength in science.  But basically the wine makers are testing and tasting to find the perfect blend of acidity and sweetness and also measuring the brix (sugar) levels.  7:00 pm clean, clean, and more cleaning because a safe and clean workplace is a happy workplace.  8:00 pm eat something, enjoy a glass of wine and fall into bed.  

Wine making is no joke, at the heart of it all wine making is farming and it takes a village.  From the harvest workers to the wine makers and everything in between having experienced it all first hand I enjoy every glass I pour even more so now having been on the other side of things.  While not everyone can experience being a vintner first hand La Crema has created a Virtual Vintner program which you’ve heard me talk about  HERE.  Essentially Virtual Vintner allows everyone an intimate, hands on look to wine making.  Readers get to follow Elizabeth and her dream team during harvest and consumers even had the opportunity to vote and create a Fall 2015 released wine.  And while voting is closed on that part of the journey they have just launched a Sensory Contest to see how closely you’ve been following along. 

Again thank you to La Crema for allowing me to be part of your team and family for a few days.  It was an experience I will never forget and I can’t wait till the newest vintage is released and I can say, “I helped make that.” Truly, MKR

*All images original to Waiting On Martha  ||  This experience was sponsored by La Crema, a wine I love, love, love and have been drinking for almost a decade now.  All opinions are 100% my own

One Room Challenge…Week One

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I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be participating in Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge!  The ORC is an online, bi-annual event that brings together 20 bloggers (full list below) who have a love of design and challenges them to transform a room from start to finish and document the process.  The catch?  We only have six weeks to fully complete our room transformation.  And with that tight time line I think it’s best we begin.  The room I’ve chosen to design is, my office!

I’m sure that decision comes as a surprise to many of you who follow along on a regular basis as my office in theory is complete.  It’s actually the first room I completely finished when we bought our home and I adored it.  But now that the shine has worn off I see quite a few flaws the biggest being that it’s not functional for my growing business.  The second, it’s too harsh, a tad garish.  The plan; soften up the space with more neutrals, whites, and a few pops of color plus switch out all the furniture so that my team will actually have places to sit and work.  

So with that I bid farewell to the original WOM offices and hello to a new and improved vision.  Oh, and before you all ask…yes the wallpaper is staying!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  If you’re in the Atlanta area I’m selling my black desk and bookshelves, email waitingonmartha@gmail.com for more info!

The Players…Abby M. Interiors  ||  Because It’s Awesome   ||  Bijou & Boheme  ||  Chinoiserie Chic  ||  The Decorista  ||  Design Chic  ||  The Design Daredevil  ||  Design Darling  ||  Design Indulgence  ||  Design Manifest  ||  House of Turquoise  ||  Jana Bek Design  ||  Jill Sorensen  ||  Maddie G. Designs  ||  Mimosa Lane  ||  A Piece of Toast  ||  The Pink Pagoda  ||  Stone Textile  ||  The Zhush  ||  Trademarked by Calling it Home

*Photography, Rustic White

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…WAIT THERE’S MORE…Desk, Ballard Designs (removed the glass doors and changed the knobs)  ||  Ghost Chairs, All Modern c/o  ||  Desk Lamp, c/o Euro Style Lighting  ||  Chandelier, available upon request through Waiting On Martha, email me!  ||  Wallpaper, Thibaut Tanzania  ||  Hermes Tray, vintage  ||  Vases, Dwell Studio via Waiting On Martha  ||  Alligator magnifying glass  ||  Spindle Chairs, Taylor Burke Home  ||  Blanket, Hermes  ||  Horn Lights, available upon request through Waiting On Martha, email me!  ||  Urchins, silver and white  ||  Pig, Harry Allen via Waiting On Martha  ||  Buddha Stool, available upon request through Waiting On Martha, email me!  ||  Lucite box   ||  The Aestate Lips Print  ||  Made By Girl Skull Print  ||   Whitney English Striped Planner  ||  Books  ||  Mint Julep CupVase  ||  Lucite Desk Accessories  ||  Monkey Business Card Holder  ||  Hermes orange planner  ||  Jonathan Adler Studded Frames (on sale!)  ||  FRENDS rose gold headphones  ||  Ban.do Heart

New York State Of Mind

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Sweater, Ann Mashburn (similar HERE)  ||  Dress, Derek Lam via Shopbop sold out (similar skirts HERE on major sale & I love this vegan navy leather)  ||  Boots, Sole Society Chelsa Boots c/o  ||  Necklace, Sole Society c/o  ||  Pearl Bracelet, Sole Society c/o  ||  Watch, Daniel Wellington St. Andrews  ||  Ring, Saint Laurent Arty Ring (old, similar HERE)  ||  Earrings, BaubleBar Pearl 360  ||  Sunnies, Sole Society Jilly c/o  ||  Bag, Celine (less expensive version HERE)

*Photography, Bekka Palmer

P.S.  Big thanks to the J.W. Marriott Essex House New York for the most wonderful stay!