05.09.17

SPRING ROLLS

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i love spring rolls and almost always order them as a starter if it’s an option on the menu. there are of course many traditional ways to make them and they’ve always seemed a bit intimidating to me. mastering the rice paper, the wrapping, the right ratio, etc. we decided to make our own version and make them hearty enough to serve for dinner. i know i always say this but they really couldn’t be easier. don’t let the wrapping keep you from making these, they’re simple and taste good with a variety of ingredients and dipping sauces. give it a go and let us know how you like it! – joanie

spring rolls | designlovefest
spring rolls | designlovefest

what you’ll need:
serves 4-5
• 2 strips flank steak
• 1 package rice paper
• 1 package glass noodles
• 1 bunch of radishes thinly sliced
• 1 medium avocado sliced
• 1 bunch of mint
• 1 bunch of basil
• Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
• peanut dipping sauce
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
• 2 tablespoons oil
for serving: use any dipping sauces you desire or can find at your local grocery store! 
• peanut dipping sauce
• limes for garnish

spring rolls | designlovefest

• in a bowl, marinate the flank steak with the Sriracha, soy sauce and oil for about 2 hours (you can cut down on this time if needed). once marinated cook in a pan on medium heat. cooking on each side for about 2- 3 minutes or until browned. cover with foil, let sit for about 10 minutes and cut into thin strips and set aside.

• in a sauce pan bring water to a boil and cook the glass noodles for 5-6 minutes. drain and rinse with cold water.

spring rolls | designlovefest
spring rolls | designlovefest
spring rolls | designlovefest

• on a dry clean surface lay out your ingredients to assemble your spring rolls. the sliced avocado, glass noodles, basil, mint, cucumbers, radishes. have a large bowl of warm water for the rice paper. submerge the rice paper until it has softened, about 30 – 90 seconds. remove from the water and lay on the dry surface. layer with the ingredients in the middle and fold over each side longways first and then the ends. cut the rolls in half and dip with your favorite peanut sauce. we also served ours with a sweet habanero sauce as an option.

spring rolls | designlovefest

styling by: joanie cusack and ivan solis
photos by: ivan solis
see more recipes here

05.08.17

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 76

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“the colors of this fleetwood mac line are inspired by a photo from sofia sanchez & mauro mongiello.” –maddy

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(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

05.05.17

SF BOUND

we’re headed to san fran today for a job with airbnb. justin used to live there, so i am excited for him to show me some new spots in the city. we are also taking a printmaking class while we’re there, i’m looking forward to that. have any fave spots you wanna tell me about in SF? hope you have a great weekend!! xx bri

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05.05.17

WEEKEND AT HOME / 62

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i’m kind of obsessed with beautiful pendant lighting. see how the lighting makes a huge impact on each of these spaces? it really defines the looks of the space to be more modern, mid-century, industrial, or whatever style you’re going for. my current favorites are globe lights. what kind of pendant lighting do you love? get inspired below and  happy decorating! erika

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05.04.17

GOOGLE HOME

Google Home | designlovefest
Google Home | designlovefest

i was really excited when Google asked me to be a part of this project for their recently released Google Home. i love its beautiful sleek design (that luckily matches my home) and how convenient it is to use. it comes in several colors but i picked copper as so many elements in my house coordinate with it.

Google Home | designlovefest
Google Home | designlovefest

i put it in my kitchen and i find myself using it all the time. asking it how to poach an egg, controlling our thermostat, a simple google search to win a factual argument with justin while we eat breakfast, having it read my daily calendar (one of my favorite features because i live and die by my google calendar), playing music on spotify while i’m doing dishes and my hands aren’t free, setting timers or giving me unit conversions for cooking…it seriously comes in handy all the time and i love how FAST it answers me too!

Google Home | designlovefest
Google Home | designlovefest

it even knows the difference between justin’s voice and mine, so we can ask it questions about our lives and it knows who to talk to. check out more about the google home right here, and i really recommend it!

images by: ivan solis

(this post was made in partnership with Google. a company we support and use on a daily basis. thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create original content for you). 

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