Lets start off the kitchen tour with a lil’ rendition of a lazy Sunday morning flaxseed and blueberry pancake tradition. Can I just brag on my hubs a bit and say he is the best healthy pancake maker EVER!?! I’m not even sure how he makes them, and I don’t even really care, as long as I get to eat them. And trust me when I say healthy, because he is the biggest health food nazi. Lucky me, all I have to do is make a salad for the guy and he thinks I’m the best cook in the world.
— Some people that speak Italian may say I’m crazy for naming my interior design business Malfatti, since in Italian, it literally means “badly made”. It's another word for the pasta known as gnocchi, which got its name because of its uneven rigid shape. It is not perfectly shaped pasta, like the others, yet it is perfect in its own way, and just as delicious!
Although I wasn't born with the last name Malfatti, I believe it now defines who I have become since marrying the man of my dreams, freeing myself from the corporate world, and following in his entrepreneurial footsteps. I have always been an optimist, so naturally, if I can redefine this negative connotation and turn it into a positive, Malfatti is indeed perfectly imperfect and also defines a particular style you will find in my designs. I appreciate authentic furnishings and materials that have a lived-in and carefree aesthetic. I’m determined to bring that same perfectly imperfect strategy to the spaces I design to help create the laid-back lifestyle my husband and I enjoy so much.
“I appreciate authentic furnishings and materials that have a lived-in and care-free aesthetic.”
What I love so much about this kitchen is that it came together completely organically. There wasn’t really a set design plan, but over time we added the things we love, piece by piece, and it has morphed into a collected kitchen. We reused all of the appliances and countertops from the main house. We also repurposed the cabinets from the main house, painting them white and adding black metal pulls and brass bohemian knobs. The wood for the open shelving was left over from the outdoor patio build and we snagged the butcher block island from one of our many visits to the design market in High Point.
— In order to free you to live a happy life, function must reign over form. Custom cabinetry is beautiful, but I love how open shelving almost forces you to clear out the clutter of the unused and stay organized. I like to keep this in mind when designing any space. How will it be used? How should it flow? How can it be more convenient? All factors to consider so the design fits your lifestyle.
The ingredients we stock at our coffee bar coincide with our love for an organic lifestyle as well as our love for a neutral color pallette. I love the simplicity of the glass jars filled with cocoa powder, coffee, coconut flakes, and honey. When we’re feeling extra old fashioned, we’ll even make our own almond milk from soaked almonds, coconut water, and medjool dates. In keeping with our goal of filling our home with things that are aestheticaly pleasing as well as becoming a plastic-free home, we got rid of the electric coffee maker and we only make coffee with our stainless steel Bialetti espresso maker or glass French press. There is something so beautiful about waking up to the slow sound of coffee bubbling up and pouring over in the Bialetti. It also feeds into the nostalgia of our desire for a slower-paced lifestyle.
For the most part, I like to keep my counters as clear as possible, however, the wooden tray filled with everyday cooking essentials is nice to have out, as wells as the wooden cooking spoons in a stainless steel container. The magnetic knife holder on the wall is a lifesaver for my clean counter OCD-ness…
We love an open floor plan, and while the kitchen is fairly small, the natural transition to the living spaces gives it such an open and airy feeling. The white walls and wood beams that stretch along the entire roofline help blur the lines from room to room, and I love that even though this is essentially a one bedroom apartment, it really feels so much bigger than that. After all, that is the main goal, to keep a natural flow of connecting spaces.
Stay tuned for my next takeover tour of the living and dining spaces! You can check out more of the #malfattitreehouse on my instagram account @malfattiinteriors and my soon to come website www.malfattiinteriors.com.
Wardrobe: Tusc Boutique
Model: Meghan Malfatti
Makeup: Michal Lauren MUA
Design/Styling: Malfatti Interiors
Photographer: Meagan Forbes
With a shared love for all things summer, a relaxed bohemian lifestyle, a choice in a mostly white color palette, an appreciation for raw and real materials, and a wanderlust passion for travel; It was just a matter of time that Tusc boutique and Malfatti Interiors joined forces. With all of these similarities we thought the Tusc girl in all her desert glory might also like to have a bohemian inspired space designed by Malfatti Interiors to bask in.
So we teamed up to bring you a series of blog posts that show off how the tusc girl can implement her boho-baja lifestyle
throughout her wardrobe and her home. All while getting jacked on espresso! Cheers!
(Blouse - Jens Pirate Booty Top - available at Tusc Boutique!)
“Our heart is here by the ocean, so we really consider this our home.”Some might refer to it as a carriage house, guest house, or garage aparament, but we like to call it the treehouse! Tucked back in the trees, what is our home for now will actually serve as our guest house or airbnb rental once our main house renovation is done (estimated completion date for early 2018), but for now it has essentially taken on the role of our “first home” together.
My husband and I work in Raleigh, but we both have lived in Wilmington for 10 plus years now, and we continue to come down as much as possible. Our heart is here by the ocean, so we really consider this our home. When we need to seek sanctuary from our busy work lives in the triangle, this setting is the perfect retreat. We love turning the corner on our spanish oak canopy filled street, rolling down the windows, taking in the salty air, and pulling up to our little oasis.
When I’m not designing or traveling, this is where I want to be. In our free time, we love to take our boat out to Masonboro island where I play with our dog, Bishop, while the hubs surfs. We also love to bike around to the beach, nearby parks, and local shops and restaurants. In the summers, we park the car and throw away the keys for the weekend and the only transportation we allow ourselves are bikes and boats! Its is a true escape from reality.
THE TREEHOUSE TOUR
Lets start off the house tour with what makes the treehouse a treehouse, the outdoor patio!
We love the outdoors and we take any chance we get to enjoy this outdoor space surrounded by trees! Facing the east, the patio is the perfect place to wake up with a cup of coffee watching the morning sunrise and the shade of the trees makes it perfect for escaping the hot summer sun in the afternoons.
My obsession with plants is definitely apparent out here. Normally we like to fill the patio with all of our plant babies, yet during the winter months we place most of them inside by the windows to protect them from the overnight freezing temperatures. Living in the south, we are lucky to get some balmy winter days here where we like to bring our plants out on the patio to catch some rays. Honestly, my husband is the one in the family with the green thumb. I kill almost everything I look at, but I am working on upping my green thumb game, mainly because I just love them so much!
Keeping the plants the main focus in the design, we kept to a neutral color pallet with a mix of materials and texture! The mixture of indigineous plants in the landscape with the tropical and desert type plants on the patio are an unexpected touch. The black and white lounge chairs are a DIY that I painted myself as well as the oversized pot filled with the fiddle leaf fig. The treestumps are the remains of a live oak tree, that we lost in hurricane Matthew, that now serve as our side tables and the blue agate slice windchime is something I collected as a kid. I like to play around with this space and move things around to keep it fresh and interesting, but for the most part, the lounge chairs feel most comfortable in this setting.
What’s nice about this space is that it’s very private and removed. I wanted it to feel like a very relaxing space, which is what I aim to create in all of my designs. A home that feels like a getaway!
What is your favorite part of the treehouse patio? I’d love to hear your thoughts!Stay tuned for next week when I reveal my second favorite space in the treehouse, the heart of the home! You can check out more of the #malfattitreehouse on my instagram account @malfattiinteriors and my soon to come website www.malfattiinteriors.com.
Wardrobe: Tusc Boutique
Model: Meghan Malfatti
Makeup: Michal Lauren MUA
Design/Styling: Malfatti Interiors
Photographer: Meagan Forbes
Boheme Dream is a wearable ode to all things warm and cozy. Carefully handpicked, luxe fabrics, soft woven textures, and mixed prints come together in this collection to create an effortless California style for the wild and free.
Get the look with Brandy Alexander of Groove Jet Salon & Bumble and Bumble
(content and styling via Brandy Alexander)
Beauty By Britt Sharenow at Groove Jet Salon
To create Tonyas effortless look, we kept things simple!
1. Start by prepping with a great moisturizer and primer for your skin
2. I then went in and started with the brows. Any one with brow envy can easily get a thicker brow look like T by swiping "gimmie brow" by benefit up and through!
3. With the "in bloom" tarte pallet you can't possibly go wrong on the eyes! A mixture of funny girl, rebel and charm are on her eyes! On the bottom we put no eyeliner and used a brown to smudge under the lashes going from lighter to darker. Pop on an inner corner highlight to make thoses peepers pop!
4. After that tight line your top lash line with a brown or black eyeliner. Simplicity is key. Use any mascara you want that makes your lashes luscious, Tonya has on "roller lash" by benefit to get them nice and long (this is not a waterproof mascara).
5. After the eyes, any sparkle that fell wipe off with a clean brush. To finish the look we used a BB cream, and concealer on those designer bags we have under the eyes.
6. We added warmth to the face with some blush in a soft peach and a bronzer, a little goes a long way :)
7. The last step of our face is to add a highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones. In a V around the eyes. This will make sure you have a glow all day long, be sure not to overdo it, less is always more. I recommend using a fan brush to swipe on highlighters to make blending easy.
8. Lastly I swiped on a soft lip color, I made sure to line the lips first with a natural lip color being sure to fill in up and down to hide those cracks and make her already perfect pout have an illusion of being even bigger (without over lining) swipe on your favorite pinky nude and your a boho chic ready!
Step 1: Prime the face with Backlight Priming Filter, blending one pump into the skin with clean fingers or a makeup brush for an illuminated, perfected canvas.
Step 2: Using The One Perfecting Brush buff Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation into the skin starting in the center of the face and working out.
Step 3: Using fingertips or a concealer brush, apply a small amount of Under Eye Brightening Corrector in an inverted triangle shape under the eye, extending the triangle out past the outer corner of the eye. Gently blending in using a patting motion.
Step 4: Allow 30-seconds to dry & follow with Ultimate Coverage Concealing Crème, patting under the eyes in the same inverted triangle shade. Spot treat around the nose and anywhere else that needs additional coverage.
Step 5: Using The One Perfecting Brush or fingers & Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème in your favorite shade, trace the letter C around the eye in one continuous sweep and down the bridge of the nose. Repeat each motion as necessary, until the product is blended.
Step 6: Using The One Perfecting Brush buff a light layer of Mineral Blush in Nightingale onto the apples of the cheeks and sweep back toward the temples.
Step 7: Using an eyeshadow brush, sweep Ombre Rouge Eye Palette shade 2 along the lash line and up in to the crease. Next apply shade 3 to the crease of the lid, blending well. Then apply shade 4 to the outer corner of the lids and blend inward toward the inner coner of the eye.
Step 8: Using a damp angled brush, apply Ombre Rouge Eye Palette line the top and bottom lashes with shade 5.
(content via BECCA)
xx Auguste the Label
Thought we'd pass along a blog done by Studio Mcgee / created in a spare bedroom with lots of big ideas and no room for fabric samples. They now run a quickly growing design firm based in Salt Lake City and serve clients nationwide.
"We love to bring the outside in and add a little greenery in any kind of space! Today we've rounded up some of our favorite indoor plants + planters AND how to take care of them! Some can be used as a statement piece in the living room or a simple accent on a bookcase. Either way, plants add so much life and character to your home. Head over to your local nursery this week to pick up your favorite!"
article via studio mcgee
Bring island flair into your home this summer with woven basket textures, a single huge palm leaf in an interesting jar, or open shelving that includes a few treasured items. And don't forget that classic woodie surfboard to adorn the wall.
follow our boho-baja inspired design here.
all my love, carissa
We fell in love this family album and post by the amazing Captain and the Gypsy Kid, featuring the Frankenreiter family up close and personal with their artistic creativity! Here's a glimpse into their life....
"Has two: when he’s on the road playing music I would say his style is modern 70’s rock star, hats, denim, leather, excessive accessories, beaded shoes, too much of everything, distressed/vintage. But looks good on him. Home,relaxed surfer. cutoff board shorts, ripped t shirts with mud stains,barefoot, salty hair, earth filled finger nails and sun screened face, oh and paint stained feet"
"Life with Donavon, our two boys, Hendrix and Ozzy is like a dream. Everyday I wake up and think how did I get so lucky. I feel so blessed and never take a moment for granted. Our life does come with sacrifices and thats me and the boys being away from Donavon for long periods of time. Having this life takes a lot of work and doest come easy. We created everything we have on our own and feel extremely proud for what we have accomplished. The pay off is this beautiful life style we live. Having a home in Hawaii, land for our boys to play and the slow paced way of life that this island gives us. There is no “perfect” life nor would I want that. I love the highs and lows, dreaming, creating, manifesting, and just trying to be the best wife, mom and friend I can possibly be."
we love their way of life...creating and taking the most of every moment to think outside the box.
Let's take a page from their book.
all my love, carissa
I opened up this site online back in May 2012 and so much has changed since then! As a woman from 21 to 25 I have grown up a bit and wanted to give Tusc a more matured look. Thanks to some epic people this has been a group effort and i'm so thankful to be able to relaunch Tusc in a refreshing new light.
Breath of fresh air is a rebirth of tusc. Each piece is this collection embodies a woman with a deep passion for where the desert meets the sea. With pieces created in sky blues, warm sandy neutrals, and pure seafood whites. This collection is for the woman who loves clean color palettes, mixed textures, and soft lines. Inhale the fresh wind of change as spring arrives, and immerse yourself and your closet in our brand new breath collection.
She loves mixing classic styles with contemporary pieces. Her style icons are Jane Birkin, Alden Steimle, Rocky Barnes, Sienna Miller… She loves listening to Jorge Ben, Rhye, Neil Young, Radiohead, Bebel Gilberto, El Michels Affair.
The Tusc Babe is 100% a natural, messy, glow-y bohemian. She is extremely inspired by nature, and a lot of her makeup hues resemble that with bronze and earthy tones and a glowing highlight, with the occasional pop of a coral lip. As far as hair she likes to keep it simple with undone waves that are perfectly tousled with a spritz of sea salt to give it an amazing texture.
We love anything made by Olivine Atelier. We are all about product transparency and we feel safe with this brand. Not only are their products nontoxic but the packaging is ridiculously gorgeous. Our favorite standout products for Olivine the Love + Salt hair mist for that sexy tousled sea swept texture, and the Love + Roses facial mist that will transform your skin into a dewy glowing perfection that truly smells like a bouquet of roses.
All my love, Carissa