The Perfect Holiday Cocktail

Everyone loves a pretty Holiday drink and we have just the one for you this season! Our Holiday cocktail is a take on an old fashioned with a festive twist!

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Ingredients

Homemade Cinnamon Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

For the Cocktail

  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon rosemary simple syrup
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon

To Garnish (Optional but highly recommended)

  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 1 orange peel 
  • rosemary sprig 

Instructions

  •  For our cinnamon rosemary simple syrup, we've followed our favorite recipe from Salted Plains! Her recipe has you combine honey, water, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks over medium heat. You then bring this to a simmer, stirring frequently until the honey has dissolved into water. Then remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Once it has cooled, remove the rosemary and cinnamon sticks and transfer to an airtight container.

  • When you are ready to make the cocktail, follows these simple steps:

  1. Add 4 teaspoons of the cinnamon rosemary simple syrup
  2. Add 3 dashes of bitters
  3. Swirl the simple syrup and bitters. We like to use our cinnamon stick to do so!
  4. Add in bourbon. We'll leave it up to you how much.. or little you'd like to use.
  5. Add in ice and swirl once more.
  6. Garnish! This step is optional but adding in a rosemary sprig and a twisted orange peel really gives it that holiday feel. 
  7. Cheers! You are now ready to sip and enjoy!

  

 

 

Dump-and-Go White Bean Chili

This is one of those beautiful dump-and-go crock pot recipes. It’s ultra cozy and guaranteed to help you make the most of any afternoon or evening. Be it a quiet family dinner, rowdy game day party you are hosting, or simply a night when you need to tackle your to-do list with gusto, this slow cooker recipe will give you reprieve.

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The base recipe for this healthy and easy white chicken chili is simple: white beans (I used Great Northern), chicken breasts, green chiles, and cumin. The flavor is mild, so be sure to gussy it up with plenty of toppings. The reigning favorites in our house are sliced avocado, plain Greek yogurt (my go-to replacement for sour cream), and shredded cheese (because chili with cheese > chili without).

Since the chili isn’t spicy, if you’d like it to have a bit of a kick, I recommend adding a few jalapeno slices too.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 to 3 breasts)
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans reduced-sodium white beans, such as white kidney beans, cannellini, or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (4.5-ounce) cans diced green chiles
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small (or 1/2 large) yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Fresh lime wedges
  • For serving (the toppings add important flavor, so LOAD IT UP!): diced jalapeno, diced avocado, nonfat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips
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Directions:

Place chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Top with the chicken broth, white beans, green chiles, garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, salt, and cayenne. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 4 hours, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken breasts to a plate. Once cool enough to handle, shred and set aside. 

With an immersion blender, puree a portion of the chili to thicken it, leaving some of the beans whole. (You can also transfer a few ladlefuls of the chili to a food processor and roughly blend, then stir the blended portion back into the chili.) Stir in the shredded chicken and cilantro. Portion into bowls and top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Add any other desired toppings and enjoy!

TEAM SPOTLIGHT :: NATALIE OHISHI

We have ourselves an absolute girl boss on our team! We consider her to be our secret weapon with her take-charge attitude and go-getter spirit. She is not only our right-hand in managing our business, but also a dedicated soccer coach and Director of an entire youth program! This girl more than deserves a shout-out!

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NATALIE + HIBNER

Natalie started working with us fresh out of college; She was just 22! In just the 3 years she has been with us, she has been promoted 4 times! Natalie is no joke. When she sets her mind to something, she is all in. It is quite clear that this was her mentality when she started part-time as a project coordinator under Jessica. She looked at her role as more than just a list of tasks. She was constantly trying to understand the bigger picture in order to create better systems and refine the process. Her perspective became "Hibner's success is a reflection of my performance." Her sense of ownership in our company is apparent in her follow-through, attention to detail and "no BS"  demeanor. She is a ball-buster in the best way possible and keeps all of us on track. She is now our Director of Operations and we can't live without her. 

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NATALIE + SOCCER

Although Natalie is an integral part of our team, she has an entire other side to her revolving around soccer. Soccer is her true passion, and it makes a lot of sense that her vigor and dynamo in the office has probably come from her years on the field. She was a competitive player all the way up to collegiate level until her ACL injury at 21 years old. During her recovery, she felt a sense of void and began to transition from player to coach. She says that developing young athletes and empowering female players has been one of her biggest gifts. She has grown from being a trainer to now the Director of Coaching for an entire youth program AND simultaneously coaches 4 girls teams! She is a mentor to the girls on and off the field. They know her mantra as "you win your games at practice, not on the weekends"- emphasizing hard work and dedication pays off. She aims to instill strength, ignite passion and dedication and inspire life lessons to take on and off the field.

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Can you tell we love our girl, Natalie?! We are so lucky to have this hard-working, bada$$ chica on our team, and couldn't be more proud that she is passing on this strength to young athletes as well!

WE ARE HIRING!

Hibner Design Group is adding to our team again!! We are currently looking to fill 2 positions: Designer & Purchaser...

//DESIGNER 

If you are a commercial interior designer with experience in multi-family design and know AutoCAD, we would love to hear from you! Knowledge in Revit is a plus!

Please send your resume with a cover letter to HELLO@HIBNERDESIGN.COM 

//PURCHASER 

  • Detail Oriented
  • Efficient with new/old processes
  • Quick Learner
  • Verifies purchase requisitions by comparing items requested to master list/design team; clarifying unclear items; recommending alternatives.
  • Prepares purchase orders by verifying specifications and price; obtaining recommendations from vendors; obtaining approval from design department.
  • Obtains purchased items by forwarding orders to vendors/warehouse; monitoring and expediting orders.
  • Verifies receipt of items by comparing items received to items ordered; resolves shipments in error with vendors.
  • Authorizes payment for purchases by forwarding receiving documentation.
  • Keeps information accessible by sorting and filing documents.
  • Provides purchasing planning and control information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends.
  • Accomplishes purchasing and organization mission by completing related results as needed.
  • Great Communicator
  • Problem Solver

Please send your resume with a cover letter to HELLO@HIBNERDESIGN.COM

A LOOK INSIDE OUR OFFICE

When we aren't out shopping/sourcing or visiting job sites, we are spending a lot of time in our office, so it feels like a second home to us! This is the space in which it all goes down!- collaborating , brainstorming, scheming and undeniably- the mess making! Take a look!

PART II: Infusing Personal Style into a Mediterranean Tract Home

If you can recall, we blogged about a design challenge that, I think, many can relate to (find it here). How can one infuse their own personal style into a beige, outdated, Tuscan-style, tract home with out diving into any major renovations or remodeling? The answer is paint, lighting, furniture and good vibes!

When Maryanne and her fam moved into this space, she knew she didn't have the time and funds to devote to any major renovations. However, it was important that her new space reflected her design sensibilities and made her feel happy when she walked in the door! So, after a couple of months, Phase I is now complete!

"The space went from being super traditional and brown, to something fresher and more us. It's amazing how transformed the home feels after some fresh paint, new lighting and my favorite furniture and art!"

-Maryanne Hibner, Principal

//ENTRY

The new Arteriors light fixture is high impact because it provides a clear juxtaposition to existing, traditional finishes and forms.

The more traditional mirror and other elements help to create a bridge between the homes original character and the new, fresher sensibility. 

Maryanne fell in love with this Nobilis wallcovering from France (in the niche)! We were so sad when in got delayed in customs, but it was well worth the wait!

//PLAYROOM

This HD Buttercup modular sofa sets the tone for a more casual, livable space, and the Mick Jagger art carries through the party vibes!

//GREAT ROOM

The goal is to renovate all of the kitchen's finishes in Phase II. For now, a paint, lighting, and furniture update has made huge transformation!

//MASTER BEDROOM

The St. Frank African Juju hat above the bed adds texture and personality to this space.

There was not much we could do to this bathroom without a major renovation. However, fresh paint and a new Arteriors pendant above the bathtub still managed to uplift the space.

//KID'S ROOMS

When he is not riding dirt bikes, skating or surfing, this kid is trying his hand at jamming on the guitar.

Lil' superstar!

Maryanne wanted to create a home away from for her guests.

//EXTERIOR

The large scale of these Dedon chairs worked perfectly in this firepit area.

The Hibners practically live outside during the summertime, so when it came to furniture selection, it was all about bringing comfort and livability outdoors.

The Hibner fam bam!

BEFORE + AFTER :: MEDITERRANEAN MODERN

Don't you just love it when something you worked really hard on turns out as you had hoped! This project was fairly large in scale, ranging from a Clubhouse, a Wine room to an iLounge. Each space proposed it's unique challenges. The overarching objection was to work with the Spanish/Mediterranean aesthetic of the building but freshen it up and blend in some cleaner lines and transitional details. Check out the before's and after's...

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BEFORE + AFTER...

 

//ENTRY LOUNGE


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//iLOUNGE


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AFTER

 

//CLUBHOUSE


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AFTER

 

//BALCONY LOUNGE


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AFTER

 

//WINE ROOM


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AFTER

SPOTLIGHT:: PIERRE YOVANOVITCH

We are currently working on some designs for a few different amenity spaces and in researching, came across the work of Pierre Yovanovitch. We are utterly inspired! Some have described his style as "made in France" and as you dissect his work, you may be able to see why... His designs are extremely luxurious without being ostentatious and uncluttered while still conveying ample personality. His style conveys a sense of harmony with his use of sculptural elements, authentic materials and creative play with light. As we look through his work, we find ourselves audibly shouting "YES! AMAZING!"

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“Very chic but restrained, minimal in its way but still warm.”

-Pierre Yovanovitch, describing French style

HIBNER GOES GOLFING

Last week we had the most awesome team-building day! We all suited up in our exposed, argyle socks and plaid, tartan caps and played a nice, civilized game of golf....JK! We had a Hibner-style golf day complete with hip-hop tunes and off-roading golf carts! The course manager had his wits about him when he saw a group of 15 unexperienced ladies show up and gave us a course entirely to ourselves! We set out to play 9 holes although some only made it to 7 (lol). After golfing, we had a super lovely lunch in which a special announcement was made- Summer became promoted to Senior Designer! In short, we had an unforgettable day which bonded us as a team and re-charged us to tackle our growing project list back at the office. We also learned, that it is a good thing some of us have found our calling in the design industry because let's just say, the golf skillz did not make any impressions! 

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# T E A M H I B N E R

C'est Magnifique :: Brass Base

We design a lot of custom furniture and built-ins, and so we are always examining the details of fabrication. We love to find clever ways to elevate a simple piece and infuse a bit of personality. Lately, we have been swooning over pieces with flat brass bases or toe-kicks. Check out our round-up...

HOW TO STYLE LIKE A PRO

No space is complete without the accessories and finishing touches! Layering with art, objects, lighting, and textures is pretty much always our favorite step in the process! When we are styling, we are always thinking of the fundamental design rules: scale, composition, balance, etc. Besides these basics, we have some other thoughts running through our head whilst installing....

1. Create a Color Story

2. Repetition Adds Power

3. Create Balance with Natural Elements

4. Infuse Nostalgic/Personal Touches

5. Experiment with Visual Tension

6. Layers Add Depth

7. Work with Odd Numbers

8. Add Life with Plants

9. Add a Touch of Glam

GOLDEN SPRING

Spring is going strong this year (thank you, rains)! With all the blooms occurring throughout the area, we are finding ourselves drawn to the vibrant color palette. Hillsides all around are awash with yellow! We are really into these sunny hues of gold, mustard, honey, marigold, saffron and amber! 

#HIBNERLOVESGREEN

Green was voted color of the year and we couldn't agree more! It is such a refreshing color that brings life to any space, whether its a pop of plant-life or a bolder move with paint. We have gathered some HDG spaces that showcase this color in various ways. We also pulled some of our favorite green textiles, paints & products...

HOW HIBNER DOES GREEN...

GREENS WE LOVE...