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About The Modern Proper

Who we are

Holly Erickson & Natalie Mortimer

Holly Natalie 2022
“If there's any concept worth restoring to its original depth and evocative potential, it is the concept of hospitality.”
~Henri Nouwen

On a long evening walk by a quiet creek, the idea for The Modern Proper materialized as 2 friends found themselves with a common desire to share recipes and hospitality ideas. We began taking photos and writing stories around our favorite foods and sharing them online. Over time, we have discovered a wonderful community of like-minded people who love any opportunity to host their loved ones while eating a delicious meal.

We believe that inviting others to join you around your table is a sure way to strengthen friendships and build community. Sadly, somewhere along the line this became an intimidating prospect for many of us. While it’s true that the rules of etiquette have their place and value, our heart is to re-introduce you to the beauty that is found in bringing people together simply and with ease.

With our shared love for food, creating, and hosting—we set out to make The Modern Proper a place to inspire the seasoned cook and novice alike. The recipes you’ll find here are inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, made from scratch, and either created by us or adapted from recipes that have inspired us. Above all, the food you’ll find at The Modern Proper is designed to communicate value to those with whom it’s shared. We’re here to change the way people think about hospitality, one delicious meal at a time.

~ Natalie & Holly

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