Sunday, April 22, 2012


The contest offered to design bloggers and interior designers early this year culminated in ten bloggers and interior designers being chosen as the TRADhome designers for 2012.  Friend and fellow blogger Stacey Bewkes and her choice of designer, Alison Hennessy, won one the of those slots.  Here are a few of the rooms designed by Alison.

I was also happy to see the work of fellow blogger Nick Olson.  Nick has worked with one of my favorite designers, Miles Redd.  These are just a few of the rooms designed by Nick.

You can find the other talented designers and the entire online magazine here.  Congratulations to all!!  ENJOY!

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Fluffy Cream Cheese Biscuits
            1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
            1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
            5 cups all-purpose flour
            2 tablespoons sugar
            1 tablespoon baking powder
            1 teaspoon baking soda
            1 teaspoon salt
            1 (8-oz.) package cold cream cheese, cut into pieces
            1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
            1 1/4 cups buttermilk
            Parchment paper
            2 tablespoons butter, melted
.                 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine yeast and warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
.                 2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; cut cream cheese and cold butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly.
.                 3. Combine yeast mixture and buttermilk, and add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 6 to 8 times (about 30 seconds to 1 minute), sprinkling with up to 1/4 cup additional flour as needed to prevent sticking.
.                 4. Roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, rerolling scraps once. Arrange biscuits on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
.                 5. Bake at 400° for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter.

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