Pretty Prudent Trend: Peru

Pretty Prudent Trend: Peru
About two years ago I took a trip to Peru for a month to teach English at an orphanage in Cusco. I stayed with a woman and her family in the city center during the weekdays, and ventured out to the countryside on the weekends.

Pretty Prudent Trend: Peru
Throughout the month I had the opportunity to explore the colorful streets of Urubamba, meet the Uru people living on the floating islands of Lago Titicaca, and cross visit Machu Picchu off my bucket list.

Pretty Prudent Trend: Peru
There is really no way to visit Peru and not feel even an inkling of inspiration from the rich colors and intricate Andean designs. With decor trends veering towards minimal with accents of color and texture, it seems like the perfect time to incorporate a touch of Peruvian culture into the home.

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See more of our favorite picks for the Peruvian-inspired trend after the jump…



Hot Tip: Chicken and Waffles

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s. Thank you for inspiring us!
CHicken and Waffles

Chicken and waffles is one of those combos that sounds cray cray, until you try it and then you’re like, OH YES I GET IT NOW, GIVE ME MORE. Here in Los Angeles we love our Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, so this is one combo I’ve long felt deep affection for….and now Colleen loves it too.

So when Kellogg’s asked me to create a recipe based on one of their Team Kellogg’s athletes’ tips for a great start, I decided to choose Tip #7: perfectly paired snack recipes from ice dancing partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White. What could be more perfectly paired than delicious savory chicken and maple-syrup drizzled Eggo Minis waffles?

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This is the easiest thing ever. I just used leftover chicken that I had pan-roasted the previous evening. I coated each piece in a bit of flour, then browned it in peanut oil on the stove. Place a piece of chicken on top of a toasted Eggo mini, drizzle with maple syrup, and garnish with a little something green (I went with a few slices of scallion on each). So easy, and these were so fun to eat with my family.

This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s. Thank you for inspiring me to make chicken and waffles for my kid. It was serious fun.


Fabric Friday

Fabric Friday on Pretty Prudent

We have another Dennis Bennett for Birch Organics fabric for you because his current collection is just too cute not to share. This Dennis Bennett for Birch Organic Fabrics, Ipanema, Birds And Clouds Blue fabric has such a pretty design and I love the calming blue tones. I’ve been in the Mod Podge mood lately and think it would be fun to use this fabric to make a Mod Podge vase for my bedroom.

To enter for a chance to win one yard of Dennis Bennett for Birch Organic Fabrics, Ipanema, Birds And Clouds Blue tell us a Pretty Prudent project you would use this fabric to make. Tweet, Stumble, or share on Facebook and leave another comment letting us know. Come back every day for new entries. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce right here next Friday.

Find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…



Pretty Prudent Home Sneak Peek: Jacinda’s Bedroom Hideaway

IMG_4767Jaime and I have been hard at work wrapping up our upcoming book, Pretty Prudent Home (Abrams, Spring 2015) and in doing so have created some lovely, cozy, and yes prudent spaces to share on its pages. We are forcing ourselves to keep it all top-secret so that the book feels 100% new, fresh, never seen before (you get the idea) but as you know we are sharers so that is all very difficult for us. LUCKY for us, we promised our friends from Lamps Plus that we would give a  sneak peek at the beautiful products which we have personally picked out to feature in our own home tours for the book.

We will get to the Lamps, ohhh there are lamps but first let’s talk about the “Plus.” In this case accent/end/side tables. There are many. They are gorgeous. Head over to Lamps Plus for a browse and then tell us which is your favorite end table in the comments, or pin it and tag @prettyprudent and @lampsplus! Here are a few of my favorites…


a. Cheree Mirrored Accent Table ($249.99) – I have been coveting this designer darling for so long. It feels modern and sophisticated and its mirrored angles juxtapose beautifully with rustic decor but I’m personally partial to the way it mirrors (heh) the angled lines in the fabric which my friends at Spruce Upholstery used to recover my precious, comfy, (and formerly hideous) chaise. The “before and after” will be in the book. It’s. pretty. crazy.

Read on for more details on these gorgeous tables and more pics of my cozy new bedroom reading nook.