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There is so much you can do in Napa Valley, so much so that it can be a bit overwhelming when you only have a weekend to conquer it all. The good news is that if you live in So Cal, a flight to Napa is a quick hour away and you can always come back so don't stress if you only squeeze in a few wineries. I made my trip into a girl's getaway with a good friend of mine and we had the best time exploring, eating and drinking! We visited a small family owned organic winery that we fell in love with called, Tres Sabores (Three Flavors). The owner was on site and fed us fresh pomegranates from her farm and shared with us her story of how she became a winemaker. In speaking with the locals, we learned how important it is to visit the Napa/Sonoma area right now due to the recent fires in those areas. All the wineries are open for business and it's just as beautiful as ever. Unfortunately, there were some wineries and many homes that were lost in the fire but that is why they need tourism more than ever. In such a terrifying and tragic time, it was heartwarming learning the stories of how the community came together to support one another. I highly recommend visiting the smaller wineries for a more intimate tour and opportunity to speak with the locals.
Napa valley is not only known for their amazing wines but also for phenomenal food and amazing chefs. As one local told us, you can't have a restaurant in Napa and stay in business if the food isn't 5 star... it just won't survive. With that in mind, we drove around looking for the cutest place we could find and stumbled across Archetype. From the street, there is a garden-like entrance and a fireplace burning with small bistro tables in front for those willing to brave the cold. Since we are from sunny Orange County, we definitely voted to sit inside where we were greeted by more fireplaces and a fresh neutral palette with greenery everywhere. Not only was our food delicious but our eyes feasted on the fresh and inviting design.
I don't think Napa can be conquered in a weekend but I do think you can get a lot more done than you think and have an amazing time!
We get asked all the time for our best space planning tips. Well, today we are letting you in on all of our best designer tips on how to make sure your space has the best flow it possibly can! Always follow these basic space planning tips and you will never be steered wrong.
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.
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.
- 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
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!
Over here at Hibner Design Group we are all so happy it's finally Fall! For us, that means cozy sweaters, warm colors and pumpkin spice lattes! To help get us in the mood, our Assistant Creative Director, Christa (who is also a floral designer) is showing us how to do a pretty Fall arrangement in under 10 minutes using flowers from the grocery store. In this case, we went to Trader Joe's because they have a great selection and amazing prices!
Christa says it's important to not only select flowers but to also grab a few different greens. She always starts by picking out the greens first and then builds her color pallete from there. Think about different sizes, textures and colors as you pick which flowers you want in your arrangement.
Our loot! We ended up with a bunch of eucalyptus, spray roses, craspedia (aka "Billy Balls"), mums and safari sunset.
Start building the base of your arrangement with your greenery. The most important tip Christa can give is to always criss-cross your stems as you place a new piece in to the container. The criss-cross grid will create the structure to hold your stems in place so they don't all fall to one side.
Once all the greens are in place, continue to add in the flowers one variety at a time, criss-crossing as you go. Continue to move around the vase so that the flowers are evenly distributed around the arrangement.
TIP: Always cut at a 45 degree angle! The angle cut allows the cells of the stem to absorb much more water this way... making your flowers extra happy!
Once all your flowers are in, you can do a once over to see if there are any holes or areas that need to be pushed out or in. To complete the Fall look, grab the mini pumpkins and place them next to your arrangement. Et voilà!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hibner Design Group is adding to our team again!! We are currently looking to fill 2 positions: Designer & Purchaser...
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
- 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
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!
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