Jul 19 2014

Best Zucchini bread ever.

This Zucchini bread is the best I have ever had. Aunt Carla shared it with us when we first moved to the Midwest and it has been a hit with our family, friends & neighbors. Crispy crust and soft, moist inside, you can’t beat it.

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Zucchini Bread
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup oil
2 cups grated zucchini (or 4-5 bananas)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix all together. Pour into small bread pans. Bake at 325 for 45 min.

Enjoy.


Apr 21 2014

Rustic Design and Furniture

Rustic: (ru.steek) adj. A blend of modern and rustic industrial design.

That pretty much sums up the style of this amazing furniture. Built by Justin of Red Rooster Trading Company this furniture is heirloom quality and will be that piece you can’t stop admiring. Visit www.redroostertradingcompany.com and check out their line of furniture. They also love to build custom. Scroll below for more images.

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Rustic Industrial Wine Bar: Using a salvaged metal frame with awesome!! casters, hand.antiqued mirror and vintage hardware using century old barnwood.

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red-rooster-furniture6 Rustic Industrial Coffee Table: Using salvaged metal frame, original yellow paint, and century old barnwood.red-rooster-furniture5

 

 

 

 


Dec 19 2013

Pop! Goes the Color Weasel

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Image source: Stellan Herner for Swedish ELLE Decor
Jonathon Ensor is a freelance design blogger writing on behalf of Empire Today. He thinks there needs to be a hip-hop song lyric featuring the rhyming of “puce” and “chartreuse”.

Lately, I’ve been feeling trapped by creams, taupes and oatmeals. Neutrals are timeless for a reason – they’re easy and elegant backdrops for getting creative. But when I noticed my living room was the same color scheme as my dentist’s waiting room…some flags went off in my brain and they were crimson, not ecru. › Continue reading


Oct 25 2013

Guest Post from the Arcadian Home blog

Typography Decor

Hello, all! It’s Mari here with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a fantastic place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful contemporary floor lamps to wonderful cozy rugs for the floor.

As you can see Britta burrus design is all about letters that come together to form words to showcase their clients’ services and/or products. Since we live in a world of interiors, we wanted to share some beautiful and interesting ways letters and words–typography can be used in interior design. Here are eight of our favorites. Please enjoy!

~ Mari

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Aug 12 2013

Working with Rebecca Michaels & violet love headbands giveaway


First… you have come a long way Rebecca Michaels. Your business venture started before I had the privilege of working with you. Me living in tiny Biblegrove, Missouri and you being in PA at the time… I met you via phone calls and email. I was reminded how far you have come because I was cleaning out my office today and I came across some of the first business cards I designed with you. 2008 was the year that I got to start with designing your business card… you already had your look and brand established so my job was minimal, but was I ever excited to have the opportunity to work with you. From there I have worked on various things from labels, postcards, banners, press kits, lookbooks, websites etc etc. What a ride it has been. › Continue reading


Jun 22 2013

Interior Design Defined & Re-Defined

Sometimes you have to take some time away from the daily grind and do something you love! I love love to design and make things beautiful whether it is a website, logo, wedding invitations or in and around my home. There are a lot of things I love, but today I am focusing on interior design. I think it takes years to make a home your home. We have lived in Biblegrove for 7 years in July. We are still making this home our home. Along the lines of Interior Design we have remodeled bathrooms, painted walls & then repainted, built furniture & signs, hunted {or haunted works too ;)} auctions, junk shops & antique stores, made memories {some great, some not so great}… and we still have some unfinished projects. But we have come a long way baby! We have also had a lot of help along the way.

This is the definition of Interior Design from dictionary.com

Interior Design: noun
1.the design and coordination of the decorative elements of the interior of a house, apartment, office, or other structural space, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and sometimes architectural features.
2.the art, business, or profession of executing this.

I think that kind of sums it up. But it sounds too stuffy. Interior Design to me is surrounding yourself with things you love, from the images I share you will probably get a good feel for the things that I & Justin love. I am very thankful to have a husband that has amazing taste and can build me anything we can dream up. › Continue reading


Aug 29 2012

Furniture Staging & Photography

I had the privilege to team up with Amanda of vagabond photography once again on a photoshoot for Oakwood Industries. As always we had a blast working together and I must say the images came out wonderfully. LOVE their latest furniture collections. You should definitely head down to their showroom on HWY 136 in Memphis, MO! Just in time for Christmas I’d say! Photos courtesy of vagabond photography!

fine modern solid wood furniture

fine modern solid wood furniture

fine modern solid wood furniture


Jan 25 2012

Product Packaging

So, I received some VLove today! I was so pleased with the presentation… felt like I was receiving a gift and yep, made me feel special. It got me to thinking… {uh oh!} my husband and I also own & run Red Rooster Trading Company together. We wrap our products in hand.stamped burlap bags then nestle them in a bed of shredded newspaper {recycled from our local newspaper} and put them in a sealed gift box. To top it off we thank each of our customers using a Bb card and yes, actually writing each one by hand.

This is important to us because we appreciate our customers so much, without them we wouldn’t have a business! My mom told me that when I was little I always wanted to have my own retail shop so that I could say ‘Thank you & have a nice day!’ I may not have a ‘brick & mortar’ {yet, anyway}, but we do have our online shop, I just get to write it instead of say it. You see, dreams really do come true. :)

Ok, back on track… at Red Rooster we receive comments & reviews and practically every one of them says something about the packaging and hand.written note. They appreciate that there is a real live person handling & packaging their product that cares about the products they receive. And they appreciate being appreciated. So, if you own a business where you ship your products… it only takes a little effort to make a nice presentation, make someone feel special and show some pride in your product {Pride can be a good thing}. And a lot of times those people share their experience with others… word of mouth is one of the best marketing tools ever!

I took a few pics to inspire you… I had the privilege of working with each of these businesses on their identity & branding. I love having the opportunity to work with such a variety of companies. Each of my clients has an idea of how they want the world to see them and the best way to present that. It is my job to take their ideas and make them shine.

First up is how Rebecca Michaels shows her customer appreciation… don’t you feel the love? {I ordered a headband}

Next is a photog client of mine… vagabond def shows her appreciation with her packaging.

And last, but not least… Red Rooster’s packaging.

Thanks for stopping by, maybe you got a little inspiration. Now go and present your company well! If you need any design work or ideas feel free to shoot me an email for pricing.


Nov 26 2011

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

Happy Small Business Saturday! What a great idea! Read more about it… {http://smallbusinesssaturday.com/}

A few ideas on how to Shop for Small Business Saturday.

1. Gift Certificates – Most local shops & restaurants offer gift certificates which make it easier for that someone special to get exactly what they wished for! I was talking to my aunt the other day and she had the idea of getting a gift certificate for carpet cleaning, I think that is a fabulous idea!! Something that you might put off with your own money but would love to have done.

Check out Violet Love Brands, Inc. – they offer gift certificates that you can redeem online if you can’t find a location near you to buy everything from headbands to loungewear to evening wear and all in rebecca michael’s signature soft fabrics.

2. A Clean House – Why not hire your favorite cleaning crew for your mother, auntie, sister, friend… ! I don’t know about you, but when things are busy, which they usually get even more so during the Holiday season, it is a wonderful feeling to have a clean, fresh house.

3. Photo Shoot – How bout paying for a photoshoot for your favorite family! Everyone loves family pics and if you are like us don’t get them done often enough!

Check out these fine photographers for the NE Missouri area {www.laceimage.com and www.jten21.com} & the Austin, TX area {www.vagabondstyle.com}

4. Handmade – Make something! And even if you aren’t the crafty type, something purchased that is handmade just makes it that much more special.

Check out Red Rooster Trading Company for some hand.built, beautiful & functional gifts. {www.redroostertradingcompany.com} Use coupon code SMALLBIZSAT for 10% off all products!

There’s also A Girl Thing – Teresa and her girls repurpose vintage goods & clothing into fashionable pieces of clothing, jewelry & accessories.

I would love to hear what your gift ideas are and how you will shop Small Business Saturday!!

~Britta


Oct 19 2011

Justin the Builder.

I am not the builder. I love to design, paint things, create my cards, cook, dream etc… but I am not the builder. And sometimes I am not even the designer. I just had to share pics of these pieces that Justin my builder not only designed but built from reclaimed barn wood for our anniversary and my birthday. I know… I am a lucky girl and so thankful to have my very own builder! I am in love with Justin and the furniture he builds! :)

We both had to work a little for these pieces… I was working away at my computer and he says ‘Let’s go!’ — When Justin says that I never know what to expect… it may be a drive over the farm to scout for deer or go rock hunting {yes, we have to hunt for rocks in Biblegrove — but that is another story in itself}, it may be a spontaneous trip to the city for a date or to find that tool needed for his latest project. On this day ‘Let’s go!’ meant something entirely different. We headed to an amazing old barn… a tall barn that we climbed and climbed to the top. From there we hauled out some old barn wood that had been milled years and years ago… it was stored in the barn. And it was work! But work that was well worth it, as you shall see.

FIRST: A beautiful coffee table made from reclaimed barn wood. Justin surprised me for our anniversary with this piece… he wondered what I would change about it. NOTHING!

SECOND: This rustic console/buffet/whatever you want it to be – amazing!! This one he surprised me with for my birthday, which is only a few days away from our anniversary.

THIRD: A Garden arbor that goes perfectly with our fence — as you can see I am trying to get climbing roses to take off up and around it. Can hardly wait to see how it looks next year! Another birthday surprise… I had gone to town and came back to him, Branton & gpa & gma all helping to get this done before I got back.

June was a good month for me. :) Justin & Branton sure know how to make a girl feel loved and they went above and beyond with these amazing works of art. And did I mention it is work! :) Barn wood is usually really hard and not easy to work with… but that is part of what makes these pieces that much more special. This isn’t really a DIY, it’s more of a Justin did it… but you never know, you may just be able to find your own pieces by Justin someday… Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your time here and maybe got a little inspiration!

PS Did you see the really cool Red Rooster Felted silhouette pillow on my couch? Well, if you fell in love with it you are in luck! You can find these pillows at viAnnelli on etsy {http://www.etsy.com/shop/viAnneli}. Rumor has it she will even do custom silhouettes… all I said was, could you do a Red Rooster and she came up with the perfect, felted Red Rooster silhouette… can’t beat that!