How Food Blogger Tieghan Gerard Keeps Things Cozy for the Holidays
Tieghan Gerard started her blog, Half Baked Harvest, out of her kitchen when she was just 19. While she was growing up with six siblings, there was always someone to feed, so it wasn't long before she started writing her own recipes and sharing them on her blog. Seven years, two cookbooks, and nearly 1 million Instagram followers later, her popular brand finally has a legit headquarters: a freestanding barn-style studio, located right beside her family's home outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. With its large windows, high ceilings, and enviable test kitchen full of pretty finishes, the bright, airy structure was built from the ground up with food photography in mind. But it's also a spot where Tieghan likes to hunker down for the holidays with friends and family.
Construction lasted two years with Tieghan's mom, Jen, serving as general contractor. Tieghan took the lead on fixture and finish selections: wood floors and beams, handmade tiles, and warm brass lighting and faucets. And, of course, special care also went into the kitchen design. Since Tieghan preps, cooks, and cleans on repeat, her wish list included KitchenAid appliances, a huge island, an apron-front sink, and a full pantry. As for the decor, cozy is king and Tieghan avoids trendy for trendiness' sake. "It's cold in Colorado so fuzzy rugs and knit throws are practical," she says. "But the furniture is neutral and classic. These pieces will last a lifetime." Just like Tieghan's favorite recipes, the studio, on the whole, is traditional with a modern twist.
"I like mixing neutral furnishings with pops of color," says Tieghan. "When the holidays roll around, it's no different. I'm team red-and-green all the way!" —Tieghan Gerard
"The holidays are all about comfort food," says Tieghan. "This isn't a time for a fancy table. We eat all of our favorite dishes family-style." —Tieghan Gerard