Favorite Pinners: Beth Kirby of Local Milk

September 17, 2013

Beth Kirby

By Koseli.

It’s been a little while since we’ve shared another favorite pinner! We are excited to introduce you today to Beth Kirby, the all-around creative genius behind the food(and so much more!) blog, Local Milk. Do you follow her? Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia introduced us and we are completely smitten. If you love beautiful styling and delicious food, you’ll love her pins. We asked Beth to tell us a little bit about herself and share three of her most favorite recent pins so we can get a flavor of her impeccable aesthetic. Here’s what she had to say:

A sorghum evangelist with southern gothic leanings, I’m a writer, photographer, stylist, and cook born and raised in the Tennessee mountains. I’ve led an eclectic life, living everywhere from New Orleans to the Netherlands, but I moved back to Tennessee two years ago and found myself inspired by what had been there all along: home.

Especially home cooking. Southern cooking is story telling, and I created my food & lifestyle blog “Local Milk“ as a place to share my writing, photography, and seasonal, from scratch recipes. It’s a space devoted to cooking and simple, creative ways to make everyday life more beautiful, even if it’s just a shift in perspective. Or a biscuit.

I spend my days creating, styling, and shooting dishes; dreaming up new projects from an online shop (coming soon!) to pop up dinners to workshops, and I’m in the process of writing my first cookbook. I like to do a lot of everything and have an abiding passion for home, fashion, travel, and the arts as well as food.

I draw on everything around me for inspiration: the Jungian tomes my fiancé reads, a vintage copper kettle, my favorite Françoise Hardy album, an old hunting boot. All the different bits of life are connected, and it’s art’s job to illuminate those interconnections. That’s what my work, albeit humbly, aims to do.

Beth Kirby

And the pins that have inspired Beth most:

I have a long standing obsession with high waisted pants & wide brimmed hats, so I love everything about this: the perfect straw hat and an ensemble that echoes the classic style of Jane Birkin. (Discovered here.)

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We’re in the planning stages of a kitchen remodel, and I find myself most inspired by clean yet eclectic kitchens where farmhouse & modern merge; the rustic elements bring warmth while the more modern elements keep things clean. (Discovered here.)

Beth Kirby

This tart from Manger is the sort of recipe & image that inspires me; simple yet evocative, seasonal and fresh. The colors and the light speak volumes, so there’s no need for busy styling. In the same way, the fresh plums speak for themselves and can stand largely unadorned in the tart. The styling mirrors the food. (Discovered here.)

Beth, you’ve charmed us. Your boards are so beautiful! Thank you so much. For anyone who is inspired by Kinfolk Magazine, you’ll absolutely love following Beth’s blog and Pinterest boards. We especially love her Gather, Culinary, and Locks boards.)

P.S. — You can see the entire Favorite Pinners series here and submit a tip for a Favorite Pinner in the comments or on Twitter. We find most of our favorites through readers!

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1 Giulia September 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

Love Beth and her aesthetic. Did you see her on this past season of Masterchef? And did you know that Faux Martha and Naturally Ella (ALT Summit Attendees) did her site? http://woodenspoonskitchen.com/our-work/

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2 Koseli Cummings September 24, 2013 at 4:52 am

Yes, I did! I love that show too Giulia. I didn’t know those two did her site as well. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for the tip!

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3 T.R. September 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thanks so much for highlighting the Reese family. What a lovely family, and what a lovely home.

Our family is smitten with the locale. It looks beautiful. In general terms, what part of the country do the Reeses live in? Our guess is central or southern Idaho or eastern Washington.

Can you share.

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