Simple Summer Salad {with Arugula, Grapes and Goat Cheese}

Simple Summer Salad {with Arugula, Grapes and Goat Cheese}

Hello! It’s Kylee here today. One of the things I was looking forward to most about owning a home with a yard was being able to have a garden. We have the tiniest little sliver of a yard on the side of our townhouse, but as it turns out, it’s plenty of room for a mini garden! I’ve slowly but surely been planting things here and there. It makes me so happy every time a new flower blooms or a strawberry appears!

A couple of months ago my husband built me a raised garden bed and we planted a few veggie starts. The arugula has really taken off the past couple of weeks and so it has been going in all of the things! I’ve been especially obsessed with making a super simple salad with arugula, red grapes, and goat cheese. I’m not normally a fruit in my salad kind of person, but this combination is just so perfectly light and refreshing that I can’t get enough.

Simple Summer Salad {with Arugula, Grapes and Goat Cheese}




Red Grapes

Soft Goat Cheese

Walnuts (optional)


Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar



I usually just make these individually for lunch and don’t measure anything out. I just combine the salad ingredients to taste and drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic over it*. Top it off with a little salt and fresh ground pepper and there you have it! A super simple salad that totally seems gourmet.

*I like to make things easy on myself by drizzling the dressing ingredients individually right over top of my salad in the bowl. That way I avoid using another dish that I will inevitably have to clean, but if you prefer to have a more evenly mixed dressing you could whisk it all together first in another bowl or make a whole batch to save in a jar for future salads. For this method, typically you would want to mix together an oil to vinegar ratio of 3:1 with some salt and pepper to taste.


Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

Do you ever worry about buying a sofa or a chair online because you won’t have the chance to sit in it or see the fabric first? 

If you are like me, you prefer to touch the fabrics, see the colors and sit in the furniture! But not to worry, I have some helpful tips for online furniture buying and a great furniture resource to share with you today (as well as a $1,000 furniture credit giveaway! YAHOO!)

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A sofa is one of the most important pieces in a sitting room. It’s not only a potential style setter for the space, but a matter of comfort, too. Any time you invest in a major piece for your home it’s important to consider whether it will suit your needs for style and comfort for the long haul, because most of us don’t want to replace a sofa every few years and we certainly don’t want to be stuck with a piece we don’t like. Quality is an important consideration, especially if you expect it to last. But if you are budget conscious like I am, finding quality and style at an affordable price point isn’t always easy.

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

Here’s a few tips I recommend to avoid purchasing a chair or sofa in a fabric or scale that won’t be comfortable or right for a room:

I always compare the specifications and measurements online to a real life piece I love. Look at the height, the seat depth and the width of the piece and compare it to one you know you like (visit a retail shop and compare before you shop online).

If you have a smaller scale room, remember to look at the style of arms and the width of the piece to make sure it will be appropriate for your size of room (you can even cut out a template to lay down on the floor to make certain the size you order will be perfect for your space.)

Make sure you know the differences in cushion fill and pay attention to the style options you prefer.

Ask for fabric samples before you buy. Colors can vary drastically from what you see online so it’s important to see, touch and feel the fabric before you make a purchase.

Ask about the return policy so you can feel confident about your purchase.

Those few precautions usually take care of any potential mistakes in purchasing a piece that is too large or small, or a different comfort level or design than you expected.

Enter to win a $1000 credit for a sofa or chair of your choice from Interior Define! (Giveaway open to U.S. Residents only)

Today I have an awesome $1,000 online credit giveaway to a furniture company I am really excited about and I think you will be too! They have some really lovely quality and made-to-order sofas, sectionals and chairs at reasonable prices. By cutting out the overhead expenses of most retail stores or middlemen, Interior Define allows a significant savings to be passed on to the consumer (usually 30-40% less than other comparable retailers).

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

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As I was researching the options they offer, I saw several styles I really liked (you can see some of my curated favorites here!).

I requested some samples of their fabrics and was equally impressed (see my favorites below!). They have beautiful options in both neutrals and really pretty colors that would stand the test of time as well. Many of their pieces offer 40-60 choices of fabrics!

Interior Define customers can customize the size, configuration, material, cushion fill, and legs on almost every design to fit your own design needs and preferences. You can order complimentary samples to touch and see fabrics before you order. They offer an online concierge to assist you in customizing pieces so you can be certain you are going to order exactly what you want. And to make your purchase feel even less scary, Interior Define offers 365 Day return options if you aren’t satisfied.

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Here are the steps to enter the giveaway!

1) Click this link to visit Interior Define and enter to win.

2) Join their email list.

3) Pick your favorite Interior Define product

4) Comment back on this blog post with the link to the piece you’d buy with the credit if you won!

Giveaway will run through July 1st, and a winner will be chosen, emailed, and announced on the blog on July 2nd.

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Congratulations “Solducky” for winning the $1000 credit! The fine print is below. 

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

If you are in the market for something new right now, use this discount code to receive $100 off any order over $1000 between now and July 1st.
Discount Code: IR100


Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}
Giveaway Rules:
  • Giveaway open to continental US readers only, $1000 credit must be used toward a chair or couch purchase. Entrants must register their email address, giveaway winner will be randomly selected from the comment section, emailed by and announced on The Inspired Room. Credit must be used in a single purchase. Any returns will be refunded store credit minus any applicable restocking fee. Credit must be used by December, 31st 2015.
Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}