12 SOUPS TO WARM UP YOUR WINTER

December 18, 2015

Recipes

Last year we decided to try to mix in more soup recipes into our winter recipe repertoire. We started looking out for winter soup and stew recipes to try and ended up discovering many new favorites. As the weather cools, soups are a great way to warm up and we recently tried this cod posole from Bon Appetit. It was absolutely delicious and we’ve made it twice since. We’re also fans of soups because they can be made ahead of time, then heated up for a late weeknight dinner. Stews, on the other hand, are usually an afternoon affair, but they often make the house smell divine! I’ve collected a few recipes that look pretty darn delectable, so check them out and give a couple a try this season.

Lamb potato stew on @thouswellblog via Sinfully Spicy
LAMB & POTATO STEW (via Sinfully Spicy)

A classic slow-cooking stew with loads of interesting spices.

Curried broccoli soup on @thouswellblog via Dagmar's Kitchen
CURRIED BROCCOLI SOUP (via Dagmar’s Kitchen)

Add a kick to your broccoli soup with ginger and curry powder.

Creamy tomato white bean soup on @thouswellblog via Love & Lemons
CREAMY TOMATO WHITE BEAN SOUP (via Love & Lemons)

White beans add heft to this comforting winter staple.

Lemon kale white bean soup on @thouswellblog via Fork Knife Swoon
LEMON KALE WHITE BEAN SOUP (via Fork Knife Swoon)

Another white bean soup with the zesty combination of lemon and kale.

Chickpea minestrone soup on @thouswellblog via A House in the Hills
CHICKPEA MINESTRONE SOUP (via A House in the Hills)

Meaty chickpeas and kidney beans make this pasta dish hearty.

Spicy thai curry noodle soup on @thouswellblog via Hapa Nom
SPICY THAI NOODLE SOUP(via Hapa Nom)

A hot soup to kick that cold to the curb!

Garlic parsnip white bean soup on @thouswellblog via Yummy Beet
GARLIC PARSNIP WHITE BEAN SOUP (via Yummy Beet)

Now who can’t resist a soup that starts with ‘roasted garlic’…

Thai coconut soup on @thouswellblog via Kraut Kopf
THAI COCONUT SOUP (via Kraut Kopf)

Coconut milk and herbs make this favorite both creamy and light.

Sweet potato chickpea soup on @thouswellblog via Deliciously Ella
SWEET POTATO CHICKPEA STEW (via Deliciously Ella)

Spices and coconut milk enhance the unique flavor (and color) of the sweet potato.

Cauliflower hazelnut soup on @thouswellblog via What's Cooking Good Looking
CAULIFLOWER HAZELNUT SOUP (via What’s Cooking Good Looking)

Two seasonal flavors combine with fried sage for a delicious vegetarian dish.

Green posole with cod on @thouswellblog via Bon Appetit
GREEN POSOLE WITH COD (via Bon Appetit)

This green soup is light and refreshing, with cilantro and lime flavors.

Creamy mushroom stew on @thouswellblog via Made by Mary
CREAMY MUSHROOM STEW (via Made by Mary)

Make a meal out of the earthy winter flavors of this hearty stew.

The fun doesn’t end here – follow along on Thou Swell’s SAVORY Pinterest board to discover more delicious recipes!

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REIMAGINING A LONDON TOWNHOUSE WITH PATTERN

December 16, 2015

Interiors

A modern London townhouse transformed with pattern on @thouswellblog

This shot of the living room in the modern renovation of this London townhouse perfectly encapsulates the new style of this home: the ornate crown moulding remains while the floor was re-stained and contemporary pieces and bold patterns infused into the room. The room plays with the contrast of organic shapes and angular lines, from the modern chandelier to the graphic triptych above the fireplace. I also love that the minty-green of the door adds a soft green to the room on the left-hand side of the shot. The second half of this long room is shown below (notice the edge of the marble pedestal table at the bottom):

Modern living room with bold pattern on @thouswellblogA modern London townhouse transformed with pattern on @thouswellblog

These hallway tiles are marvelous! I love that the contrast between the stair risers and steps create another variation on the bold striped pattern seen in the living room. In the last photo you can see the whole back of the house but in this shot, you can see a sliver of one of the beautiful metal casings on the windows. Keep scrolling for more great tiles!

Bedroom/bathroom modern loft in a London townhouse on @thouswellblogPatterned tiles in a modern bathroom in a London townhouse on @thouswellblog

You may have seen this bathroom on Pinterest – I’ve pinned it before before but I had no idea what the rest of the home looked like until now!  It looks as if the master suite is in the attic, in a loft setting. It’s one of my favorite ways to use an attic – the sloped roofs make the room so cozy.

A modern London townhouse transformed with pattern on @thouswellblogA modern London townhouse renovation on @thouswellblog(via House & Garden UK, photography by Lucas Allen)

The back patio is open yet private, with a beautiful green wall (including several birdhouses)! And I just noticed that I spy the same rug that’s in my bedroom in the living space through the foremost window…

SHOP THE LOOK

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METALLIC WOODLAND CHRISTMAS TREE

December 15, 2015

Decor

This post is sponsored by Target, but all text, images, and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

A metallic woodland Christmas tree and holiday decor on @thouswellblog Metallic pinecone ornaments from @TargetStyle Modern gold wreath, holiday decor on @thouswellblog

It feels fitting to conclude this four-post holiday series with my favorite holiday tradition, decorating the tree. My dad moved early this year and didn’t have many ornaments to start with, so I picked a theme and found a beautiful selection of tree baubles and lights at Target to make his dining room sparkle. If you follow me on Snapchat (username: thouswell), you may already know that I decided to go with a “metallic woodland” theme, focusing on the pattern of pinecones and mixing different shapes and sizes as well as gold, silver, and copper finishes. To balance the mix, I picked up a set of round, gold ornaments to provide solid, simple shapes for a bit of rest for the eyes, and I also found a fun set of owls and different animals to add for a whimsical mix. Instead of a traditional tree skirt, I used a faux-fur throw to wrap the tree base.

Faux fur tree skirt, holiday decor ideas on @thouswellblog Metallic pinecone ornaments from @thouswellblog Holiday decor ideas, pouf and silver reindeer, modern holiday on @thouswellblog

Long meals are central to all of our holiday traditions, so it felt natural to put the tree in the dining room so it could be in the room where most of our holiday memories are made. To make the room even cozier, I added curtains and a wreath to the window, and a pouf on the floor. Adding soft elements to the dining room in the winter makes it feel warmer, but it also invites people to hang out while my dad is cooking. Since his dining room and kitchen connect, the dining room becomes more of our living room in the winter when the warm stove and great smells make it the coziest space in the house!

Wood slab tray on a pouf with mercury candles Mixed metallic holiday decor on @thouswellblog Woodland Christmas tree, holiday decor ideas on @thouswellblog

I love how inviting my dad’s dining room is now. The mixed metals make it really shine (and they look great with his green walls)! Which room of the house do you make most of your holiday memories?

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WHY DARK WALLS WORK IN SMALL SPACES

December 11, 2015

Decor

Dark blue walls and gold accents in the bathroom(via Design*Sponge)

When it comes to small-space decorating, the common advice is to go all-white on the walls to reflect the most light and make the space feel bigger. This theory made sense to me when I first heard it, and is a great way to brighten a room, but after painting my father’s entryway grey, I’ve begun to appreciate the value of darker walls in small rooms…

I’m honored to be sharing an article on my love for dark, dramatic wall colors on Design*Sponge today.  Head over to the site to see eight rooms that will make you forget white walls forever!

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SAUTÉED SHIITAKE WITH TOASTED SAGE

Recipes

Shiitake sage recipe by Almila Kakinc on @thouswellblog

This shiitake and sage recipe will pepper the palate of both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike with umami and warm winter flavors. The delicacy of sautéed shiitake mushrooms are wed with a teasing sweetness of coconut oil and smoky aroma of toasted sage. When lain on a bed of cauliflower purée or greens massaged with fruity olive oil, these mushrooms taste as indulgent as a plate of scallops but are incredibly easy and foolproof to put together. Almila

Shiitake sage recipe by Almila Kakinc on @thouswellblog

Sautéed Shiitake with Toasted Sage
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil
  2. 6 shiitake mushrooms, cleaned gently with stems removed
  3. 3 leaves of dried sage, crushed
  4. Sea salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring your coconut oil to medium heat as you clean your mushrooms and remove the stems
  2. Slice the mushrooms into 1-inch slices and toss them into the pan
  3. As you toss the mushrooms, sprinkle them with sage and sea salt
  4. Remove from heat after five minutes or once the mushrooms have softened
  5. Serve warm over cauliflower purée, roasted root vegetables, or a bed of greens.
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