Fresh Mint Ice Cubes

Shane and I got married at the most wonderful farm outside of Atlanta called Serenbe in the dead of Summer, my favorite time of the year. The beautiful property was filled with blooming flowers, climbing roses and more fresh mint than you’ve ever seen. The Farmhouse restaurant used mint as ground cover for each flower bed surrounding the old building, providing both a gorgeous green vision as well as the aroma of fresh mint if you walked by.

Inspired by those gardens + the memories of our best day, I too decided to use mint in my front yard gardens to fill the void. Over the years it has spread and sprawled, and in a few more I think it will completely cover every square inch of anything that has been left unplanted (fair warning if you’re planning to jump on board) but I do love it so much and always have an abundance of mint at hand during the Spring and Summer months. Oh, and did I mention it practically grows itself? Effortless gardening is big in my book.

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As we say goodbye to Summer, I am scrambling to find something to do with the mint and flowers before I loose them for the season. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite things to do with fresh herbs, especially if you love entertaining. 

Frozen herbed ice cubes are so simple, so gorgeous and such a thoughtful little hit for your next party. And, you can really make these with any edible flower or herb that you’d like so feel free to shake things up. I just have a whole yard full of mint I’m trying to utilize here so that’s what I went with, and the freshness of the mint flavor is so easy to use with nearly any drink pairing (plain water included).

MINT ICE CUBES

Hot water

Bundle of fresh mint leaves

Ice cube tray

Pick your fresh mint from the garden and wash well with cold water, pat to dry. Pluck mint leaves from the stems and lay several leaves in each hole in your empty ice tray. Carefully fill your ice tray with warm to hot water and fill completely. Set your ice tray in the freezer for at least two hours, or until cubes are fully frozen. Remove ice cubes and enjoy!

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A few tips, if you want a nice clear ice cube without any of the cloudy fog be sure to use warm to hot water when you fill your trays. Also, if you can find “pretty ice” it makes all the difference. I used this vintage metal ice tray (have you shopped our Vintage Goods yet?) but also love using the square 1” silicone cubes or even the sphere ice maker, especially for a punch bowl.

I have certainly found too that keeping these on hand makes me drink more plain water too, giving it a pretty (and tasty) pop of flavor and color. You can even freeze a few pieces of fresh fruit or strawberry tops in your cubes for another hit of flavor.

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Love to know how you’re using your herbs at home, and what other kinds of ice cubes you’re making! #HEIRLOOMED


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Farmhouse Florals.

One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to walk outside into my garden and put together a beautiful, fresh floral arrangement at a moments notice. Whether I want to drop a bouquet of flowers off to a friend, or simply bring a bundle inside to make it entertaining-ready, I know I can always pull together something special.

Today I'm sharing a little "how-to" on creating a Farmhouse Floral arrangement of your own.

white and green farmhouse florals with hydrangea and herbs / heirloomed

THE VESSEL

When creating a great arrangement I always start with the base. I love mixing and matching tones and textures when it comes to vases, like pewter, glass, crystal, ceramics, stonewares and enamelware.  In keeping with the farmhouse approach, using a slightly unexpected vessel like a pitcher or an urn makes a great home for your florals.

And, truth-be-told, vases are some of my favorite things to find at thrift and antique stores because they are always something people have multiples of and tend to get rid of, and they are almost always such a great price compared to buying new. Not to mention finding something truly unique.

In choosing the vessel I also consider what greens and florals will be going inside to ensure the structure and size of the arrangement is properly displayed and can withhold the balance.

vintage glass and pewter vases / farmhouse florals / heirloomed
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clipping fresh coneflowers / heirloomed

THE GARDEN

The next step in creating a Farmhouse Arrangement is actually creating the garden to support it. When we built our house over two years ago I knew I wanted to do something special with our yard that didn't feel neighborhood landscaped but instead felt thoughtful and cottage-inspired. 

I like to call the approach a "Farmhouse Garden." We have edible elements, like blueberry bushes, a fig tree and and a huge abundance of herbs (like, everywhere) that I use in the kitchen almost daily.  Because of my love of neutrals, I tried to stick to mostly whites + greens as a palette with a variety of hydrangeas being the hero. We pulled in some traditional elements, like boxwoods, and finally mixed in some sentaimental picks that I remembered from my Mom, Grandma + Great Grandmother's gardens, like camellia, tea olives + roses. 

Crafting just the right garden to pull from at a moments notice also meant I had to have things in my garden that practically grew themselves. Native plants and those that grow like weeds, like the mint or rosemary in our garden, was key to ensuring I didn't kill everything before I got the chance to take clippings. After just two years we have a plentiful enough supply to cut anytime I need to.

I absolutely love using herbs in my floral arrangements. I think it's unexpected, has an amazing aroma in your home and who can resist the beauty of a large bundle of rosemary or lavender anyways?

growing rosemary in your herb garden / heirloomed
white hydrangeas / farmhouse garden / heirloomed
how to make a farmhouse floral and herb arrangement / heirloomed

THE ARRANGEMENT

Once you've gathered your vessels and taken your clippings from the garden it's time to start getting your arrangement together. Now the thing I like most about a farmhouse approach is that it doesn't have to perfect to come together. By definition it means simplicity, from the fields, unstructured and has a utilitarian nature to it. You're pulling together what you have an making it work beautifully together. I pretty much take that approach to life.

I like to start by taking a quick overview of what I've cut and make piles of the flowers and greens based on which will go together in a vase. For each arrangement I begin with the largest, hero pieces of my arrangements and in this case it's always my Limelight Hydrangeas. I cut them longer than needed because you can always take away, and because I kind of like them when they're just slightly "too" long as they droop over the sides of the edges. 

I then layer in the taller elements to give it a little height if needed, and for me that is greenery 95% of the time. I think it serves a great base and gives your bouquet the density it needs to be substantial. 

Finally, I'll scatter in the specials. These are often smaller florals like white coneflowers or sprigs of echinacea to give it a little accent, variety and texture, and to appropriately fill in the low to medium height area of the arrangement.

Keeping it simple often means using a lot of one thing, so even just a huge vase full of one thing can make the most gorgeous, dramatic statement. Just keep adding, clipping, fluffing and admiring until you love it. Like most things, it's all about the layers.

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Another trick to perfecting your Farmhouse Florals is in bouquet form. It makes a special story and more meaningful gift when the recipient knows you not only dropped off the flowers but took the time to plant and grow them too. 

I love gathering the bundle and wrapping it in a swath of Kraft paper, tied with a few simple rounds of white bakers twine and adding a quick handwritten note. Nothing makes me more proud than delivering an armful to a friend.

Love to know some of your favorite tips + tricks to your arrangements, or other plants and flowers you love to use from your own garden #HEIRLOOMED

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Beach House Table Linens.

I try to keep the story at the forefront of everything I share here on the blog but I also love sharing when we have something new and the design process behind it too. So, I'm excited to introduce our new Railroad Stripe Tabletop Collection, thanks to the popularity of our sturdy striped aprons that were the first to make a splash.

I love this collection for a beach house or lake house, but it's also perfect for everyday entertaining at home too. And, there are a few really fun design details, such as the twill tape loop on the dinner napkin, the selvedge edge on one of the tea towels, and the utensil loop on the placemat (my favorite!) for neatly tucking your silverware or napkin in place.

Love to know your favorite pieces in this collection. You can shop it all here, and even learn the easy tips for steaming a lobster!

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A Rustic Farm Wedding.

Today we're celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary, that's copper + wool for us traditional gift givers. Just as they say, the best day of my life that has only continued to get better and better as each new day goes by. 

I thought it would be fun to share a little peek back at our wedding because I have never actually shared before. Our special day was celebrated at Serenbe Farms here in Georgia, a little slice of heaven. Back to a time when Pinterest was a mere few months old and farm weddings weren't exactly all the rage. 

The perfect reflection of the both of us and the most special day for us to remember. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed the day.

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Anatomy of an Easter Table.

Setting the perfect Easter table requires no science, but instead allows an artful balance of creativity and fun. A special religious occasion providing cause for celebration, rebirth + renewal, but also a holiday the kids look forward to enjoying more and more as the years go by. For this reason, I love pairing a mix of “fancy” elements + whimsical details to celebrate the Easter holiday.  

When planning for the festivities this year, here are a few of my favorite elements to include on your own Easter table…

Tips for setting the perfect Easter table / heirloomed

The Foundations

A base layer of foundational pieces on your tablescape will help set the proper tone for your Easter gathering. Because we are often enjoying our spread in a brunch-life fashion after church and the egg hunt festivities, I love keeping things light and easy. 

Our oatmeal tabletop linens are perfect for spring, providing both a functional, effortless look but also the warmth and special-occasion feel that real table linens bring to any event. I often set the feast on our dining room table, taking a family style approach because as you know anytime we can enjoy a sit-down meal gathered around the table together is good in my book!

I also love being able to use some of our more special tableware and serving pieces, because if you’re not going to use them for everyday then you should certainly try to at least incorporate them for holidays and special occasions. I so love not holding out on these special pieces. Sure, they can be broken and chipped but it’s certainly better to loose a piece than never using them at all. Easter is a special time to break out the china, silver and crystal, and to mix and match these pieces liberally. 

There is just something about that shabby chic look that still screams spring to me. Picking up a few mis-matched china pieces from a local thrift store is always a welcomed addition at the table and usually a really cost effective way to grow your collection o these special pieces. A sweet floral pattern or pastel rimmed platter provides the perfect touch.

spring and easter tabletop brunch setting / heirloomed

Seasonal Fare

In keeping with the spring season, there are always a few staples that must be included for it to truly feel like an Easter meal to me. While I don’t even eat it, ham is one of those main stains for the holiday and oh-so-beautiful when set upon a large platter right in the middle of the table. The spiral cut ham also makes for easy grab-and-go sandwiches when paired with rolls, especially great for the kids who might not sit still at the table. 

Fresh veggies and fruits from the local neighborhood farmers market makes a wonderful addition to the table. I love scouring the farmstead the day before to see what looks especially fresh + yummy. Great picks are always green beans, radishes, a spring mix, sweet peas or asparagus for a vibrant pop of color on the table. 

I also love a good berry mixture, like blackberries + blueberries, both of which we have growing in our edible garden but are never quite ready for the Easter meal so it gives a nice nod for what’s to come. 

And of course, what Easter feast would be complete without eggs! Because we are traditional and have so much fun hard boiling and dying Easter eggs, these are one of my favorite foods year-round. A beautiful platter of Deviled Eggs are always a staple when entertaining in the South, but most especially on your Easter table. 

deviled eggs for your easter brunch / tips for setting your easter table / heirloomed

Sweets + Treats

Because I just spent the last 40 days of Lent foregoing sweets, this is a particularly special area of importance on my table this year. A Classic Carrot Cake is a favorite crowing dessert for Easter, not to mention a great way to utilize all those beautiful green-top carrots you just stocked up on for the Easter bunny! I love presenting these tall, skinny little cakes to the family and adorned ours with my go-to recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting and chopped pecans from our family farm.

One trick I love stealing from my Grandmother’s table is to mix Easter candy elements into the tables cape or centerpiece. You know my muted, neutral-loving heart adores the soft pastels of the little chocolate robins eggs or marshmallow treats. You can’t beat a giant chocolate Easter bunny at the heart of the table, or even smaller little chocolate bunnies at each place setting  - always such a hit with the kiddos! Pastel macaroons also give nod to my French heritage on my Mother’s side and add the prettiest of pastel hues to the table.

classic carrot cake for your easter brunch / heirloomed

Nature-Inspired Elements

I love bringing the beauty of the blooming outdoors inside for my Easter brunch and try to utilize anything and everything that happens to be fresh and blooming in my own garden at the time. 

I have a pretty hearty supply of large, white hydrangeas nearly all spring + summer, adding that pop of white and green. I love mixing in some of our fresh herbs - like rosemary, mint and lavender - for a fragrant touch, too. And, if I can pick up a white or blush teacup rose somewhere, I love this subtle nod to my Nana who always had the prettiest rose garden around. My mom has continued this tradition in her own garden and it’s one I’d love to as well in time. 

I also love mixing touches of natural wooden elements onto our Easter tablescape, like the Wood Slice Platter for the cake or a small wooden garnish dish to soften and warm the look of the table against the fine chine and crystal. And by adding an unexpected quilted jam jar for use as a drinking glass, it adds the perfect juxtaposition to take down the tone of the more refined elements and adds back in that picnic-like feel. 

Easter Traditions

One thing I always try to incorporate into my holiday tables capes are the elements of tradition that I grew up with from my own childhood. My grandmother always had an “Easter Tree” made up of a large, spindly branch from her yard adorned with delicate decoupage eggs that she had made over the years. I remember her spending hours carefully poking and blowing out the insides of the egg to preserve the real-egg exterior shell just long enough to cover it in bits + pieces of old floral wrapping paper and tissue papers she had amassed from our school fundraising drives and gifting occasions. 

This year I am also looking to add a touch of religious celebration to our Easter holiday, with tiny bible verses at our place settings or our palm leaf crosses from Palm Sunday mass the weekend before. I love having these element and this important element for the holiday be a part of our Easter tradition for the kids to remember and reflect on. 

I’d love to see how you are setting your own table this Easter and how you’re using your heirloomed pieces to create family traditions of your very own. #HEIRLOOMED

Tips for setting the perfect Easter table / heirloomed

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