New Year..New House (sort of)..
Well with the decorations being packed away and the last of the yummy Christmas treats being eaten and not restocked, it’s time to reorganise in the Duck Egg House. After our move last year, we had little time to do anything other than attempt to unpack. However, I can no longer ignore the boxes and the spare room that is groaning with all our displaced possessions, nor the water stain on the wall. We when saw the house it looked romantic, but it’s time to pick up the paint brushes and get started! Project Duck Egg House is beginning! We (I say we when in fact it is my long suffering husband who is to have an intense weekend of redecoration as I take the little ones away to be spoilt rotten by their grandparents!!) will commence with the hall, although it might seem futile, the long scooter trails and my bad steering with the pram have rendered the left hand wall a stripy paradise. However I am hoping a fresh coat of Pointing by Farrow and Ball will lighten it for a few weeks at least! We will also hang a vintage mirror above our beloved shoe storage.
The next and much deliberated (more soliloquies to a patient husband who I am sure is listening to me rather than the Sky sports reader?!) colour of the sitting room has been an endless cycle of discussions from greys to blues and even pink. All to complement the centre piece of our Duck Egg sofa.
Duck Egg Bespoke Sofa http://duckeggdesigns.com/uk-furniture-online-store/bespoke%20sofa
The room is north facing and anything too dramatic will swamp the room. However the current lemon yellow is cold and the previous occupation has done a very sweet mural with crayons across half the wall. Funny how the interior projects I have been involved in I can execute in one step but my own is impossible to decide upon! Painting under way we can then focus on the details. So here are Duck Egg’s top five New Year’s inspirations/resolutions.
1. Storage -My big problem is storage, our boys were very lucky to receive some lovely toys this Christmas, so we couldn’t be without our toy box. We have gone for our Duck Egg Toy Box in Duck Egg with TOYS written on the side because we have been piling in together, but Duck Egg also offer these personalised too.I loved personalising one recently for a great friend’s beloved dog.
2. Paint- I love the soft palette of Farrow and Ball and will be experimenting with their lighter tones for our North facing rooms and also trying out some more dramatic colours from the Little Greene selection, I love how this range offers different tonal variations of the same colour. We are trying out the Bone China and Gauze selections in the nurseries.
3 Hanging pictures- In our last house we sort of forgot to hang pictures as we were distracted by life. But we promised we would not do that this time as we have collected, been given and taken some great images over the years and we can’t wait to have them as mementos, particularly as time seems to be flying and our little ones are growing up so quickly. We have seaside holidays snaps, some old prints bought when I should have been buying stock and our favourite Duck Egg prints.
4 Lighting- I am obsessed with lighting!! I spend ages making scrapbooks from magazines of different ideas. I am beginning to become confident with creating moods with different styles of lighting and I am excited to have these pendants hung over our eating area in the kitchen for long, chatty family meals over our favourite food.
This stylish desk lamp will be my treat to myself for my home office!
5. Enjoying our Home- Finally our last resolve is to take the time to enjoy being at home together! This is the last and most important! Whether its is baking, painting together, having friends round or simply playing hide and seek, we are going to make the most of this precious time together! Here is a delicious recipe Creamy chicken Pie to share over cosy winter evenings:
- 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 medium carrots, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick coins
- 2 stalk(s) celery
- 2 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoon(s) heavy cream
- 2 cup(s) chicken broth
- 4 cup(s) shredded cooked chicken
- 1 cup(s) frozen peas
- 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh dill
- 1 (9-inch) store-bought pastry.
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook until carrots begin to soften, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in flour. Cook for 1 minute. Stir in heavy cream and broth, using a whisk, until combined. Stir in chicken, peas, and dill and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Gently roll out store-bought pastry until it reaches 12 inches in diameter. Place dough atop chicken mixture and brush with egg; cut vents in pastry. Transfer skillet to oven; bake until crust is browned and flaky, about 35 minutes.
Do let us know how you get on with the recipe!
Until then I hope you all have a great start to the New Year! x
Ellie (founder Duck Egg Designs)
Duck Egg Designs Website: www.duckeggdesigns.com
X Team Duck Egg