Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Welcome to our home! This is a recap of our Design*Sponge home tour feature, plus a table full of food and a pumpkin cake recipe because I’m here to feed you!

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For more than a decade, I have been a loyal Design*Sponge reader. For more than a year and a half, I’ve been on the other side — a contributor. I’ve been inviting myself into people’s homes, both physically and figuratively, to bring you the stories and spaces that inspire many a Pinterest board, your dream homes, and your very real renovations. But then it came time to turn the tables and invite readers into my own home.

To have my home featured on DesignSponge was a goal and a dream I nurtured for a long time. It was one of the first blogs I followed, one of my longest relationships, if you will. It has been a constant, daily source of inspiration, both through design and through Grace Bonney’s mission to make the site a safe, embracing space. Today I’m sharing parts of the tour featured on DesignSponge, as well as some food bonuses and a pumpkin cake recipe because you come here to feast with your eyes, right? 

You can read the stories of this space in the original D*S tour, but for a bit of a different take, come on in!

Photography by Dave Bryce

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Even though my dream kitchen would probably be dark and rustic, I let the bones of this kitchen, mainly the cabinetry and the enamel sink, inspire the design. It’s very kitschy, and I painted the cabinets and accent wall with a very 1960s vibe.

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Welcome to my favorite room- the dining room! As much as I love styling and blogging, there’s nothing quite like cooking and baking for people. I love hosting friends and family in this room, or simply celebrating special occasions with Kyle, while Julep lurks under the table hoping for scraps. This room reflects my affinity for aged and worn surfaces and the many layers of a building. I painstakingly removed paint from the doors and fireplace tiles but purposefully left the chippy accent wall and exposed lathe.

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I am constantly drawn to old books, but before moving into this apartment, I vowed to put the books to better use (because boy, were they heavy to move!). I had two photography books depicting French life in the city and the countryside, and those pages became the collaged mantel accent. I studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence and worked as a jeune fille au pair (a nanny) in Paris after college, so these vintage prints bring back so many pleasant French memories.

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

This is a question we ask everyone who shares their home on Design*Sponge – What do you love most about your home? We ask our home tour features to respond with an element of the handmade too, so naturally, I incorporated the table, food and dessert- pumpkin cake! 

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

What I love most about my home is…it tells my story.

I love sharing our home with friends, family, and our fur baby (see her at the head of the table?). I enjoy watching the way guests interact with my collections and the associations they make, whether it be glassware their grandmother used or a fascination with the mechanics of a typewriter.

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

For our tour, I brought together some of my closest friends to showcase our dining room at its best – when it is filled with food and friends. Kyle and Julep, obviously. Dane and I met over a love of vintage, architecture and Pittsburgh adventures. Bess and I met through a love of Western Pennsylvania vintage, and the lady cracks me up until I cry. Lindsey and I met over a LOVE [obsession] of dogs and while working on her cookbook, Eat Your Feelings, which I gush about all the time

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com
Roasted squash risotto featured in Lindsey’s cookbook, Eat Your Feelings.
Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com
Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake 

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

The living room gallery wall sums us up: food still lifes, beekeeping and farming scenes, dog portraits, old cameras, French cityscapes and Q’s (because you’d be surprised how frequently that letter is omitted from alphabetical merchandise!). The wooden frame highlights a Kenyan ekichilong, a small wooden stool the Turkana shepherds use for sitting and sleeping, which I purchased on a trip to rural Kenya. You’ll even find the small velour hat from my childhood Samantha doll. I parted with the doll, but I had to keep one little memento.

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

The bedroom is my maximalist self’s attempt at minimalism. My goal was to create a really calming space where I would want to unwind, or where I would want to nestle with Julep and my morning mug of coffee

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Take A Tour of Our Home + A Pumpkin Cake Recipe // www.WithTheGrains.com

Be sure to check out the full home tour feature on Design*Sponge for more photos and all the stories of these quirky nooks and crannies. Thanks for visiting. Now go preheat that oven. There’s a pumpkin cake to make!


Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

About this Cake: Healthy, whole grain brown rice flour makes a rich, nutty pumpkin cake that’s gluten free- perfect for a crowd. I topped the cake with pumpkin chocolates from Trader Joe’s, which were a seasonal item, but you can dust with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and decorate with cinnamon sticks and sage as an alternative. 

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Matcha Frosting {Gluten Free}

This low sugar, whole grain cake is still fudgey and sweet and perfect for sharing with gluten-free eaters. Sorghum, the base of this recipe, is an ancient whole grain that happens to be gluten-free. You can buy it at most organic grocers or online. Since raw cacao is more readily available and cheaper these days, I use it in place of regular cocoa in this recipe.  

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Turmeric Pie with a Gluten Free Crust

You won't be able to share this Turmeric Pie with everyone, but it's a step in the right direction. It's dairy free, but it's not vegan. It's gluten free, but it's not nut free. It's an attempt to share, and if you really know your crowd, it just might work. The main offender for my crowd was gluten, so this Turmeric Pie did the trick. 

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Ricotta Cake with Dark Chocolate, Pomegranate & Citrus {Gluten-Free}

I believe in salvaging old buildings, vintage pieces, rocky relationships and cake, maybe cake above all else. Three sad layers or ricotta cheesecake became a passable layer cake, and I set to smoke and mirrors trickery: dark chocolate drizzles, pomegranate arils, chocolate dipped citrus and even the pomegranate shell, which was too intricate and pretty to meet the compost bin just yet. 

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Harvest Salad with Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash

Hearty and comforting, this harvest salad with quinoa, roasted beets and squash will balance heavier holiday eating. The recipe is loose, so you can alter it to fix your cravings or empty your fridge. This is really a choose-your-own-adventure style recipe. Want something even heartier? Bulk up the quinoa and make this a gluten-free grain bowl. 

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Frozen Corn Tart with Chocolate Crust (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Corn for dessert? If it’s sweet, creamy and tastes like ice cream like this Frozen Corn Tart with a Chocolate Crust, then heck yesss!

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Roasted corn for the makings of a Frozen Corn Tart

My eyes were GLUED to the enigmatic recording software, lines flaring like a frenetic life-support monitor. The producer/engineer clipped, elongated, patched and layered vocals like a wizard. He added flourishes that lodged little tunes in my brain and made me reconsider every song I’d ever heard- how little I had appreciated the magnitude of work that goes into each song! 

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Roasted corn puree for the makings of a Frozen Corn Tart

How does a stylist/blogger end up in a recording studio? 

I was there for a work related project (I will definitely tell you more about why I was there when I can), pinching myself that my path and the good people in my life would bring me here. What I can tell you is, when life seems the most random, or when career tangents make little to no sense on paper but make my face hurt from smiling, that’s when my life feels the most on track. 

Frozen Corn Tart with Chocolate Crust (Vegan & Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

Corn for dessert may seem random or as out of place as me in a recording studio (especially if you hear me sign- ha!), but I assure you, once you try this Frozen Corn Tart, sweet corn as a sweet conclusion will make sense. 

Frozen Corn Tart with Chocolate Crust (Vegan & Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

Roasting the corn brings out its natural sweetness. Blending those sweet kernels with rich, healthy coconut cream yields an ice cream like dessert on a chocolate cornmeal crust. I’m nothing if not thematic. 

Frozen Corn Tart with Chocolate Crust (Vegan & Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

And what’s a sweet corn treat without a little caramel? Argentina (and more alfajores than I could count) taught me that. If you’re feeling ambitious, try my homemade Scotch Caramel, or Smoked Sea Salt Whiskey Caramel, or if all your energy is spent after roasting and pureeing corn, I have it on good authority Whole Foods has an organic caramel that you can justify using as a little indulgence. 

Frozen Corn Tart with Chocolate Crust (Vegan & Gluten Free) // www.WithTheGrains.com

So here’s to the random adventures, the events and tangents that make little sense on paper but lead to a sweet conclusion. 

Cheers,


Frozen Corn Tart with a Chocolate Crust
(Gluten Free with a Vegan Option)

About this Recipe: Sweet and creamy, like a good scoop of ice cream, but made with wholesome ingredients and healthier sweeteners. I use honey, but you can easily substitute another sweetener for a vegan version. 

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