Ginger and garlic.
Arame sea veggies.
Fried ginger and garlic.
Ginger and garlic (brown) fried rice with onions. Topped with arame sea veggies and a fried egg. Jeremy's reaction: "When did you become Top Chef!?"
I've been wanting to try out this recipe over at Smitten Kitchen ever since it was posted. And I'm currently reading Alicia Silverstone's book, The Kind Diet, and was inspired by all of her Asian-influenced cooking. She talks a lot about sea veggies which I hadn't given much thought too except for when I'm eating sushi. I picked up a package at Native Roots this weekend and Jeremy actually suggested integrating them into this recipe.
The combination of deconstructed flavors was amazing. I had slightly overcooked the egg and missed out on the oozy goodness of the yolk. I'll try again with leftovers.
The annual ADDYS awards are tomorrow and I'm seriously considering wearing a trashbag.
via sofashon.com - serious talent
We all know I love my animal furs but it's not very kind to the animal itself.
Young House Love recently did an animal-inspired rug tutorial. I love the whimsy contrast of a synthetic rug paired with an animal shape. This rug is trying to be something it's not but in a really obvious and endearing way.
a. You could make one in grey! I think this is the real-deal, as it is in a Swedish home, but still inspiring. I like the larger shape of it. (via Desire to Inspire)
I recently designed my first bilingual invitations for Beia and Layo. They split their time between England and Brazil, love to travel and wanted their wedding invites to feel like they come from an old-world, more romantic time and place. I wanted to incorporate all of these ideas and bring them to life, visually, in this wedding invitation package.
I printed these using a metallic silver and metallic gold ink on a cream parchment paper. Beia was inspired a little by my own wedding invites and wanted elements of that in her own invitation suite - like the tag RSVP card, a typewriter typeface (but paired with a more handwritten font, as well) and instead of using a photo strip we created a small passport inspired image.
If you are interested in having invitations custom designed by me please email me at jeremyandkathleen(at)gmail(dot)com for inquiries.
When I found this geometric dish at Urban Outfitters, on clearance for $4.99, I knew I had to have it.
Right now it is functioning as a little catch-all in our kitchen for my keys, phone and iPod shuffle. Have I mentioned that I love the idea of art in the kitchen? I think these prints by Mrs. Limestone are feeling right at home on our kitchen counter. I'm sure one day I'll feel like it's too cluttered and find a new place for everything but right now I'm loving the cozy clutter (if you can call it that).
FAQ: What color did you use for your [insert room here]?
There's something about painting every single surface in a new (or new to you) home that really makes it yours. Paint is the easiest way to instantly transform a room in a major way. And I really struggled with what colors to use in our home. With 27 windows I knew I wanted the house to glow and when I found Creme at Sherwin Williams I knew that was the glow color I was looking for.
We also wanted a little bit of color - so we went with greens and greys in the dining, kitchen, master bedroom and bathroom. I still wanted the color palette to be neutral, cohesive and show a little restraint (I used to have lime green and red walls).
Along with Black Magic as our dark stripe in the hallway we also used Chalkboard Paint in black for our pantry and office accent walls.
All of that said, I'm not moving again until we can afford a professional painter - especially when it comes to the trim and wood work.
Another note: Test all paint swatches in real life before purchasing. Paint colors appear differently from monitor to monitor (even on mine the creme looks a little dark and not quite as buttery "glow" as it does in real life).
Jeremy and Kathleen was named Best Kept Secret in the Okie Blog Awards!
Thanks to everyone for nominating / voting for us. We're in some good company with the rest of the talented Okie Blog Award winners.
Edited to include Journal Record write-up:
The great equalizer in publishing today is created with nothing more than a laptop and an Internet connection. But like any publishing venture, you have to be good to be recognized. Here in Oklahoma, beyond page hits and sponsorship dollars, we have a third way of discerning blog quality – the Okie Blog Awards, now in their fifth year. Last week, I served on a small panel to help establish the final winners (the initial round of judging was done by a vote among peers).
Inspired, Not Insipid: Jeremy and Kathleen
Jeremy and Kathleen’s daily postings of what they are wearing (yes, they snap a photo every single day of their sartorial selections; she does confess, “It’s a little bizarre and narcissistic….”) could come across as especially vapid, but au contraire, their young relationship and exquisite taste for fonts and household goods is inspired. Their blog was named Best Kept Secret; Kathleen works at Third Degree Advertising, and Jeremy is an electrical software engineer. jeremyandkathleen.blogspot.com
Dollars to donuts, the folks writing today’s winning Oklahoma blogs are going to lead our state in many of the coming decade’s creative pursuits. The wise among us would do well to notice them now. (The complete list of winners is at oklahomablogawards.blogspot.com.)
Soft heather grey tee + metallic ink + Oklahoma = my new favorite T-shirt. Made by Bombs Away. See how I wore it today here.
I found this shirt at the most adorable boutique on campus corner called Birdie. I wish I had taken pictures of the place - they have organic/fair trade clothes, local arts and crafts, amazing plants and little origami cranes hanging in the corner. I'm pretty sure I will be buying 100% of my wardrobe from here from now on.
Our weekends are completely centered around our families. Saturdays are spent with my side of the family and Sundays are spent with Jeremy's. I feel so lucky to be so close with our families - Jeremy with mine and myself with his.
Typically, we go out to eat with Jeremy's mom and grandma but this Sunday I felt like staying in - so I offered to make them brunch. We ate banana pancakes and scrambled eggs while we discussed life - food, travel, and the big picture stuff - like babies.
Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups stone-ground whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups buttermilk
2 mashed bananas
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon extra for brushing skillet
1 sliced banana
100% pure organic maple syrup
Heat a well-seasoned cast iron pan over low-medium heat (until a drop of water sizzles on it).
Mix your dry ingredients in one bowl and your wet ingredients in another. Slowly stir in your wet ingredients into the dry until just mixed - do not over mix. Batter should be a little lumpy.
Pour 1/4 c of mix into the skillet at a time (I fit about 3 4" pancakes in my skillet at once). Let batter get bubbly before flipping. Be patient. Keep warm in the oven at 175F until ready to serve.
Top with sifted powdered sugar, sliced bananas and maple syrup.
Note: I think mixing oatmeal and pecans into this recipe could be quite delicious.
I came home from work Friday night a total grouch and for no real good reason. And I just couldn't snap out of it. So, I took a shower, washed my hair, put on my big girl panties and decided to take Jeremy on a date.
We ventured out to Pops, a soda ranch and restaurant, off Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma. It's known for it's lit 66 foot tall soda pop bottle, futuristic architecture (designed by my favorite Oklahoma architect, Rand Elliot) and soda lined walls.
With over 500 sodas to choose from (and we never drink soda) we settled on a Birch Beer, a Root Beer and a Dublin Dr. Pepper. We dined on grilled cheese, buffalo burger and french fries dipped in spicy mayo - we were junk-fooded out.
But an evening out with my main squeeze and a sugar high later I was all cheered up.
I've been getting lots of emails (which I love!) lately asking me things about my home, personal style, design, invitations, etc. and I want to share some of those questions and answers here. I like to answer each email with individual attention but I'm getting a lot of repeat questions so it just makes sense to feature them here on the blog.
FAQ: i stumbled upon your blog and love it! pretty much everything about it describes my heart and the style i want to give my home and my designs. in a few words, how would you describe your style?
i was wondering how you went about finding all your adorable furniture? i love that style but sometimes for me it seems impossible to get all the right things and fit them together to show my style!
First off, I'm flattered and thank you. But to the point - in just a few words I would describe my style as mid-century modern meets cozy eclectic.
And while you asked for just a few words, I'm going to have to dive into this topic, as it's something I've given a lot of thought to.
It's taken a lot of time to really develop my personal style when it comes to my home. When I bought my first home (a fab 1970s modern) I painted the walls lime green and red just because I could. When Jeremy and I moved in together in a pre-war historical duplex we fell in love with the space as we fell in love with each other.
We decided to buy a pre-war historical home together and that has done a number on my personal style when it comes to my home. I've had to make some pretty bold and fearless moves (like painting the hallway with black and white stripes) but I've also had to practice quite a bit of restraint (by choosing neutral and light paint for the rest of my home). I credit a lot of the beauty in my home to the old bones and architectural beauty.
When I was younger I would ONLY buy furniture that was mid-century modern - I'm sure if we had an IKEA near by I would've done myself a disservice by filling my home with 100% flat-packed Swedish furniture. As I'm getting older (and wiser and a little bit more secure in my own personal style) I am feeling this shift to mix it up a little - but I feel like I can maintain a cohesive aesthetic by having this mid-century base. I also take other things into consideration like color palette, texture, and now more than ever - comfort (something I used to completely disregard for the sake of a pretty piece of furniture).
The furniture that I've held onto has all been vintage finds on Craigslist (thank you, Liz Fabry, my personal Craigslist shopper), local antique stores, estate sales, and hand-me-downs from my family. It's taken years and years to collect all of this furniture - In fact, I'm still holding out for the perfect credenza for our dining room. But I will also mix in accent pieces, like side tables, lighting, rugs and throws from IKEA or Target.
My recommendation for executing your own personal style is to collect as much inspiration as you can. There are lots of fabulous blogs featuring beautiful homes (Desire to Inspire is my favorite) - right click, save and analyze what it is you like about rooms. As you are shopping for furniture (or just keeping your eye out for key pieces) ask yourself "Does this fit my vision? What is the color of this piece? how will it fit into the overall look I want to achieve? Do I love it? Do I need it?" Now, I'm no expert, but these are things I have to ask myself before I bring anything into my home. And don't be afraid to step out of "matchy-matchy" but if it's what you need to do first to establish a solid look and feel for your home go for it and develop your own personal style from there by adding in interesting finds.
And finally, don't be afraid to get rid of pieces you don't love or don't fit into your vision for your home. Donate them and don't look back. Something my dear friend Liz (and personal style bouncer-offer) said in the comments to her SFGirlByBay feature has really stuck with me: "I edit ALL the time, because for me, my house will be perfect (however temporarily… it’s all about the chase, though, isn’t it?) not when there’s nothing left for me to add, but when there’s nothing left for me to take away. You know?"
So that's that!
In a few words how would you all describe your interior design style - or what would you like your home feel like?
32! Jeremy is Birthday. No, it's not a mistake, it's genius copy writing. This weekend, with tremendous help from Liz, we threw Jeremy a surprise birthday - because what's more surprising than getting to celebrate your birthday early!? I have a feeling we'll be celebrating throughout the weekend.
Today Jeremy is thirty-two years old (or 2 to the 5th power as he informed me at midnight last night).
Happy Birthday, old man. You're the best.
Apparently coming down with a bug turned me into a 3-year-old boy because my favorite things at this moment are:
My two little 280z models Jeremy got me when we were very first together. They're a placeholder for the real thing one day. (Though, my dream car has shifted from an old Datsun to an old Land Cruiser.)
These home made crackers (yes, I put little dimples in them and everything) using this recipe from Megan-Joy. I think I rolled them out just a little too thick but they're still pretty darn good - and comforting on a still slightly unstable stomach.
This has been the scene around here for the past 2 days. On Valentine's Day I came down with a nasty virus and have been sweating it out since then. Jeremy did a lovely job taking care of me. I'm feeling much better and will resume to normal life (and blog posting) tomorrow.
I know I can be a little dramatic but does anyone else feel like it's the end of the world when you come down with a fever?
Aside from a smoothie and an apple with peanut butter this is the first solid food I've had in a couple of days. Kamut and Quinoa noodles with a dash of olive oil, butter, and lots of pepper and Parmesan. My stomach handled it like a champ but I think I'll stick with apples and peanut butter for the rest of the day. What is your go-to comfort food when you're sick?
I woke Jeremy up this morning with some Valentine's Day wood.Made from driftwood collected along the beach of Lake Superior.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
If you've been reading this blog for a while you know that I am NOT a cat person. You know that Jeremy already had two kitties when we got together and I set some ground rules when we moved in together. First and foremost, I never wanted to smell the cat box. I also voiced my concerns regarding cat hair and scratching. So now Jeremy cleans out the cat box twice a day, we Soft Paw the cats, and I've learned that cat hair is inevitable. There is nothing you can do about it.
Slowly, but surely, I began to love these little guys.
Jeremy and Mister Boots have a love-fest every morning. Boots follows Jeremy everywhere and they cuddle in the bathroom for a good 5 minutes. And every morning Boots gets what we call "butter face" from all the loving.
I knew I became a cat person, for reals, when I would excitedly point out kitties hiding under bushes while driving from point A to point B. And then, again, when I started buying our cats things. Like cute little houses.
They're still learning how to share.
J & K started this blog project to document the remodel of their 1929 historical home in the heart of Oklahoma City. It has now turned into a documentation of life, food, fashion, freelance, inspiration, design, adventures and details around the J & K house.
Kathleen works as an award-winning brand consultant and designer specializing in small business branding at Braid Creative & Consulting. Jeremy is a software engineer and is the left-brain to Kathleen’s right.
You can contact Kathleen at
jeremyandkathleen (at) gmail (dot) com.
All photos and graphics by Kathleen unless otherwise stated. Feel free to use them with permission or credit.
Anatomy of an Outfit
Sometimes I like to get dressed and take pictures of myself. For all of my outfit posts click here.
Freelance Matters: A series about how I tackle freelance issues such as estimating, billing, to-do lists and how to fire a client.
Trekking to Everest
In October 2010 Jeremy and I trekked through the Himalayas to Mt. Everest Base Camp. It completely changed my life. Read about the entire adventure, day-by-day, here.
Braid is a creative & consulting business I own with my sister. We do branding and business visioning for creative entrepreneurs. On the Braid blog I share branding adventures, how-to articles and advice on the creative process. If you need a little brand therapy of your own visit Braid or subscribe to the Braid blog RSS feed here.
What We Eat
We like to eat really good food - at least 3 times a day. Sometimes I blog about it - click here for recipes and yummy ideas.
J & K: Blog Archive
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- Ginger fried rice with seaweed and egg
- Everest Base Camp Trek
- Trashbag Fashion
- Well if I wasn't baby crazy before...
- Animal-shaped rugs
- Beia & Layo: Romantic Travel Wedding Invitations
- Geometric Dish
- FAQ: Paint Swatches
- My New Favorite Snack
- J & K: Best Kept Secret
- My New Favorite T-Shirt & Birdie
- Banana Pancake Brunch
- Sugar High at Pops on Route 66
- FAQ: Personal Home Style
- Fat Tuesday
- Cars and Crackers
- Sick Days
- Valentine's Day Wood
- White Couch Inspiration
- How I Became A Cat Person
- Living Room Mood Board
- Oatmeal Lace Cookies
- Coney Island and Curry
- Girls' Weekend
- The couch.
- Ladies Weekend!
- Pizza and Sweet Potatoes
- Ampersands and Bembos
- Icepocalypse Twenty-Ten
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- Eva Black | Spaces
- Emma Dime
- Life as an Artistpreneur
- Jane Reaction
- Ink & Letters
- Meg Biram | The Edit
- Sarah Von Bargen's Small Biz Blog
- Design Crush
- The Equals Record
- Emmarie Designs
- Rory Gordon
- Yellow Brick Home
- The Creatives Project
- Silly Grrl
- Photographers Skeen
- The Clothes Make the Girl
- Bringing Design Home
- Pip & Estella
- A Practical Wedding
- Kind of a Sideshow
- Sandra Juto
- Old Sweet Song
- Rambling Renovators
- Brooklyn Bride
- Design Crush
- Experiment in Poverty
- The Jealous Curator
- Making it Lovely
- Dressing on the Side
- The Oklahoman
- Young House Love
- Oh So Beautiful Paper
- A Cup of Jo
- Brooklyn Limestone
- Glamour Weddings