Archives for February 2021

Classic No-Trend Home Trends of 2021

Hello, Lovelies,

I think I see Spring in the not too distant future only 3 weeks away.

So, that means our custom new home build on the farm is moving along.  It really was a blessing that some things took longer and we shifted gears and became our own General Contractors because I have really honed in on how I want the house to look and feel.  Today I am sharing a little of what I am choosing for the house the colors, tiles, cabinets, pantry, and master en suite color scheme and I think is really trending across the board.  It’s the classic no-trend home trend of 2021.  I call my style EUROPEAN COUNTRY.  Which to me means it has good solid bones not too splashy and not what everyone else is doing.  With that being said a few of the moment things will definitely be in my design decor.  Esp. the part about being close to the land and nature.

Elements:

White oak, I was inspired by the white French oak from Pinterest or what I see in books in historic European homes.  It is rustic and gives an old-world charm to a home without weighing it down.  white oak flooring, sherwin williams paint, trends 2021, french white oak wood floor, home renovation, lori tauraso, smokehouse properties, urablankslate, dry run ranch,

Paint – we are finally moving away from gray.  Thank goodness.  I have loved you Dorain Gray by SW but time to move on.  I’m not saying it will be cream or beige but think more alabaster, chalk bone color.  I prefer to give the whole main living spaces / common area the same paint color so it needs to play well with others.  However, I will be breaking up sometimes with wallpaper and designating the areas with lighting and furniture, rugs, and the like.  My chosen color is…….. Marshmellow by Sherwin Williams.  It is a chalky white with the slightest I mean the slightest dab of pink.  It is a flattering color I will be painting everything that color the walls, baseboards trim, and ceiling.  All a wash of color.  It gives a very clean flowy look and even a bit modern in a soft way.  The color envelopes you.  I will be using a flat color.  Even the trim base will be flat/ matte.  It’s so chic and streamlined.sherwin williams marshmallow, marshmallow, flat white, design trends 2021, color of the decade, lori tauraso, dry run ranch, loriannmd, mike tauraso, smokehouse properties, smithsburg md, ferguson showroom, build.com, lori tauraso youtube, design insporation, sw paint, farrow and ball, hgtv, jeff lewis, kelly wearstler,

Try it out and you will see for yourself why I fell in love – wait till you see how well it pairs with my tiles for the master bath and the wallpaper as well as custom furniture I’m getting for the master bedroom.  Que the angles.  You just have to wait until all my sample swatches come in…. but it’s worth it.  Btw guys always ck my insta and my insta stories for updates I post there all the time.  @LORIANNMD HERE

Tiles – Oh Yes.  I’m loving all the new tiles eps. handmade-looking tiles, matte paint, matte tiles, matte hardware sprinkled throughout.  Calming colors. Again for the main areas I am going with rustic matte white but just wait for the butler’s pantry you guys….. anyway here is the master bathroom wall – will be set “solider course or in vertical pattern floor to ceiling.

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I am getting two samples of the matte white one is a zellige tile and another is a Moroccan terracotta tile – ugggg love…….. they cannot come soon enough.  I am working with CLE TILE  and Cemento Collection Below is the Green tile that will be in the pantry.  I am also doing base cabinets to match in SW Arugala it is insanely stunning dark and of nature and then will top it off with some walnut countertops and a Schumacher wallpaper from Patricks Street interiors ask for Lydia in that tiny space to make a jewel box of sorts.  elle decor, eye swoon, lori tauraso, dry run, tauraso, mike tauraso, dmv design, dc design center, blank slate studio, urablankslate, sass magazine, dc modern luxury, dynamic women, dc bloggers, maryland style, schumacher, patrick street interiors, mitchell gold bob williams, tysons galleria, , cemento collection, emerald green, modern subway tile, butlers pantry, design 2021, house beautiful dream home, building the dream colorado, spoonberry wallpaper, house beaufiful, home sweet home, lori tauraso,

 

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People sometimes hesitate to do a bold color or print in a small space but it is THE BEST!  I will have a french door so the green will always pop through a little bit but will not dictate my home color scheme.  I won’t tire of it during seasonal changes because she’ll be off to the side just glowing and just doing her pretty little thing.  Oh yeah, open shelves, baskets, gold hardware, and a mini white farm sink below a window!!!!!!!!! I actually have to give credit to House and Home build your dream in Colorado the kitchen pantry for the push to go with my thoughts for BOLD in this space. Watch It Here…  BTW the powder room will be black and white with a concrete sink (custom made but one of our neighbors Steve Eyler like this one pictured here for inspiration but the faucet will be mounted on the sink, not the wall.

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Finally, a sneak peek of the master suite, bedroom, bath, and my dressing room/closet… wallpaper, substantial trim, neutral natural colors, tones, calming, and very “timeless” type of feel.   That really is the best trend of 2021 – the classic no-trend design. elle decor, eye swoon, lori tauraso, dry run, tauraso, mike tauraso, dmv design, dc design center, blank slate studio, urablankslate, sass magazine, dc modern luxury, dynamic women, dc bloggers, maryland style, schumacher, patrick street interiors, mitchell gold bob williams, tysons galleria,

 

I’d love to hear from you, are you doing any home updates?  If so, share with me.  Chat soon & be on the lookout for an update on the build on my YouTube channel.  Lori Tauraso Blank Slate

Love to you all,

xoxo

A BOWL FULL OF LOVE… CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Guys do you know what you are looking at here?  Not just some delicious Tortilla Chicken Soup but you are looking at a bowl full of love.  My hubby knows me well and Sat. I started to feel really low energy and by Sunday I was cooked so he ran out to the store for Super Bowl goodies – chips dip, stuff for buffalo wings, smoked sausage, and all the things to make homemade soup for me!  I can eat soup almost every day of the week.  We both love it and don’t skimp on the ingredients.  In this recipe, he used some quick chicken stock (easy to make really – but use a low sodium version if you need or prefer store-bought and then began the slow process of making a favorite of mine.  All the flavors come together so nice!  You need the tang of the lime, with the green onion and cilantro as well as the crushed chips on top and do NOT forget the avocado for that creamy filling bonus.  Follow this recipe and make it for someone you love or for just you.  It tastes better the second day and I have been known to have it for breakfast too like I did today.  Bon appetite!

 

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

One of my favorites that my husband makes Chef Mike Tauraso - a lotta love goes into this.

Course Any Time Meal
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 day 3 hours
Author Mike Tauraso

Instructions

  1. Good Chicken Stock 2 quarts (homemade whenever possible)

    Cooked & Shredded Chicken Meat 2 pounds

    Poblano Peppers (small dice) 2 each

    Onion (small dice) 1 medium

    Celery (small dice) 4 stalks

    Garlic Cloves (thin sliced) 5-6

    Shallots (small dice) 1 each

    Jalapeno Pepper (small dice) 2 each

    Serrano Pepper (small dice) 1 each

    Olive Oil ¼ cup

    SPICES/HERBS

    Salt and Pepper To Taste

    Ground Cumin 2 t.

    Ground Coriander ¼ t.

    Granulated Garlic 2 t.

    Granulated Onion 2 t.

    Crushed Red Pepper Flakes 1 t.

    Paprika 1 t.

    Chipotle Powder ½ t.

    Fresh Thyme 2 sprigs

    Fresh Bay Leaves 2

    TOPPINGS

    Fresh Cilantro

    Avocado

    Fresh Lime

    Tortilla Chips

    Saute all peppers, onions, and celery. Cover pan and sweat for about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and shallots. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. DON’T BROWN. Turn the heat down. Add all dry spices, thyme, and bay leaves. Sweat for another minute or so.

    Add chicken stock and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add cooked chicken and simmer for another 5 minutes. Taste and serve.

    When your ready to eat place chicken soup into bowl. Top with diced avocado, chopped cilantro, and squeeze of fresh lime. Crumble a handful of Tortilla chips into bowl and feast like a MOFO! Ad d your favorite hot sauce if you want it spicier!

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LMK if you try this and do you think of food as love as I do?

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