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Your December Home Checklist

Posted on November 30, 2015

Decorating, baking, and planning....OH MY! With all the holiday festivities quickly approaching, below are just a few ways to get your home ready for the Holiday Hustle and Bustle. To check out the full article, be sure sure to visit .


{Boost Cheer Outdoors}

Now is the time to start thinking about putting up the lights, greenery, and your favorite outdoor decor. No need to stress; remember that less can be more! A lovely wreath on the door and lights on the porch are festive and simple to pull off. 


{Have the Chimney Cleaned Before its First Use}

If you haven't done so yet, be sure to schedule an appointment with a licensed chimney sweep to clean your wood burning fireplace or wood stove before building a fire this winter. 


{Get Organized for Holiday Cooking and Baking} 

Sort through cookware, baking pans, cooking tools and serving dishes, and make a list of anything you need to buy before hosting this holiday season. 


{Prepare to Usher in the New Year}

If you have your heart set on going out to a special dinner event on New Year's Eve, make your reservations early to ensure you get a spot at your favorite place! Whether or not you are having a big celebration, keep an out of for sales on bottle of bubbly- this can be a good time to stock up on a few bottles to keep for special occasions or give as gifts! 

"Always have a bottle of champagne in the fridge for a special occasion. Sometimes the special occasion's Wednesday!" 



Preparing Your Home for Holiday Guests

Posted on November 10, 2015

One of the best parts about the holiday's is inviting people to your home, and having everyone together. But getting ready for these guests can be a bit of a task. Having guests in your home takes planning and execution to ensure everyone is welcome and comfortable. Below are just a few ways to prepare your home for family and friends! 


Keep Cozy Blankets Handy 

It's always a good idea to have extra blankets at the ready for your guests to ensure maximum comfort while they're away from home. A plush throw in a luxe fabric like faux fur is an easy way to add a touch of glamour that will make your guests feel extra special! 


Add Fresh Flowers 

Although it's always nice to have fresh flowers in the house, when you have guests in town, there's nothing like a bunch of blooms to pretty up their room and brighten the mood! 


Make a Place to Hang Coats

The more comfortable you can make your guests feel in your home, the better. One of the easiest ways to make your visitor feel at home, is to give them a spot to put their stuff. Make sure you have an obvious place for them to hang their coat, scarf, and bag so they don't have to awkwardly stand around holding their things. 

Stock Up on Extra Bath Necessities

If you're like me, you always leave at least one key toiletry item at home. We always feel slightly embarrassed about having to ask for these things, but you can avoid this conversation by placing a collection of basic toiletry items (cotton balls, q-tips, toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, etc.) in pretty containers where they are easily accessible. It's a small but super thoughtful way to show your guests that you've been anticipating their arrival and want to be sure they have everything they need! 


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Simple Ways to 'Boost' Your Bathroom

Posted on October 07, 2015

Maybe you're not quite ready to completely remodel, build, or gut your bathroom; but still want that extra 'something'. Below will show you simple ways to give your bathroom a fresh look for fall! 


1. Change Your Faucet. Whether you change your faucet because it's no longer functional, you don't like the design, the finish isn't what you want, or you simply want that 'wow' factor, installing a new faucet is easy, noticeable, and can truly change the dynamic of your bathroom. 

Here's an example of a before and after!





2. Light Fixture Change: Lighting can be a breathtaking feature in a bathroom; big or small. Choosing the right design, location, and size can dramatically effect the 'vibe' of the bathroom. Check out the difference this simple light fixture swap made in this bathroom! 

3. Touchless Toilet Flush Kit: Upgrade your current toilet to a no-touch flush. This easy to install kit brings a touchless flush to almost any toilet. Once it's installed, just hold your hand over the tank sensor to activate the flush. No handle to touch means fewer germs to pick up, or leave behind! 


4. Electric Mirror: Ever struggled putting on your make-up because the light shadows, it's dim, or it's simply ineffective? Electric Mirrors have natural light ideal for make-up application, environmentally sustainable and energy efficient lighting, and low-mercury T5HO warm fluorescent bulbs. In addition to incredible functionality, electric mirrors are aesthetically gorgeous design pieces to add to any bathroom or powder room. 


5. Curved Shower Rod: This curved double-rod is designed to separate your shower curtain from the liner; while adding a touch of design. This rod has decorative covers to add an elegant look while concealing installation screws. Also, an added bonus with the curved shower rod, is that it gives slightly more room in the tub and shower! 



Adding a 'Pop' of Color!

Posted on September 24, 2015

Wanting to re-model your kitchen or bathroom but just can't seem to find the right color? Naturals are always in style, black and white are classy and chic; but maybe you want something a little more 'out of the box' and charismatic. The following pictures are fabulous examples of how, and where, to add color to for a little bit of drama, while still keeping a beautiful design!



Whether you choose to add color in something big such as the sink, bathtub, backsplash, cupboards, or tile; or in something fun like towels, rugs, vases, and other accessories; color adds a great deal of personality, texture, and dimension to any space!  

Six Ways to Add Autumn Warmth to Your Kitchen

Posted on September 17, 2015

I don't know about you, but September means one things for me....FALL DECORATIONS! The mantle, front door wreath, pumpkins on the porch, and fall scented candles are all simple ways to add a little autumn warmth to the home. However, what about the number one most used room in the house.....the kitchen! So often, the kitchen gets overlooked when it comes to decoration. Here are six decoration ideas recommends!


1. Light! Soft, overhead lighting and especially candlelight are the first things that come to mind when I think of adding warmth to a room. I keep candles in various spots around the kitchen! 

Autumn Warmth In Your Kitchen - Candles & Pinecones


2. Color! Autumn is a season of magnificent color. If you're going to add candles or other decorative accessories, why not add them in a nutmeg, cinnamon, or caramel color?

3. Seasonal Dishes. Beautiful plates can play the role of lovely artwork when displayed on the walls. I like to use glided plate racks that are pretty in themselves, and make it easy to change plate motifs in a matter of minutes! 

Autumn Warmth In Your Kitchen - Plate Racks

4. Spicy aromas. There's nothing quite like the smell of autumn. Spicy aromas like cinnamon and the like can be found in potpourri and candles, and add a delightful feeling of warmth to the room.

Autumn Warmth In Your Kitchen - Potpourri


5. Nature Imagery. In addition to the imagery on dishes and ceramics, you can use actual items from nature like pine cones, acorns, and leaves to bring the season indoors. I like to use these tiny treasures as filler around my candles. 

6. Food! No autumn decor could be complete without gourds and pumpkins. I have them sprinkled throughout my house and in my kitchen, I have a basket of warm toned gourds. 

Ways to Add Autumn Warmth to Your Kitchen

A New Trend No One Saw Coming!

Posted on September 08, 2015

Sophisticated, Clean, Urbane, and Classic....MATTE BLACK is the newest trend for the Kitchen and Bath! Take a look at all the ways you can add black into your home! 


  • Bold With Black Accents

Eclectic Bathroom With Persian Rug And Black Accents


  • Cream and Traditional Black 

Classic Black And White Kitchen


  • Clever Contrast 

White Kitchen With Black Accents


  • Futuristic  

Contemporary Kitchen With Wood Accents


  • Fixtures 

Crisp White Bathroom With Freestanding Soaking Tub


  • Exposure 

Black And White Bathroom With Barn Door And Graphic Tile



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Refrigerators in the Bathroom!

Posted on August 27, 2015 read the title right. The hot, new trend is to put a mini, or full, sized refrigerator in your bathroom! According to Houzz, here are seven reasons why it might not be such a crazy concept!


1. Morning caffeine and getting ready go together like coffee and cream! I mean, what's better than having your java brewing while you're soaping up in the shower!?

2. It's important to stay hydrated if you're taking a long steam or soak. Having a cool bottle of water on hand is great for these moments! 

3. Sometimes couples want to retreat to the suite for a nightcap. 'Cheers' to a glass of bubbly in the tub! 

4. Some medications and vitamins are best kept at below-room temperature. 

5. Products like eye cream and lotion have a different and better feel when applied cold. Bonus points for face masks! 

6. In addition to beverages, natural beauty aids can be stored in the bathroom. You never know when you'll need cucumber slices on your eyes for that face mask! 

7. They're easy to hide. Camouflaging is easy with modern technology and gorgeous design! 



    The Latest Top 5 Kitchen Trends

    Posted on August 19, 2015

    According to multiple sources, the following are the top five latest trends in the kitchen! If you're looking to build, remodel, or give your kitchen a fresh, new look, look no further! 


    1. White and Wood

    It's modern, but warm — the best of both worlds. Not something you can do overnight, but this would be a great application for some IKEA butcher block.
    2.Subway Tile
    The popularity of subway tile (and other glazed white ceramic tile) shows no signs of flagging. It's a lovely, traditional look that works equally well in modern kitchens.
    3. Marble Countertops
    Because it's a natural material, like wood, marble is wonderful for adding a little bit of visual texture to a modern kitchen.
    4. Open Shelving
    Open shelving is freakishly popular. Pros: open shelving can make a small kitchen look much larger, and it's a great way to put all your lovely things on display. Cons: all those plastic stadium cups and souvenir pint glasses are going to have to be stashed in the lower cabinets. Can't decide? You could even try a mix of both!
    5. Two-Tone Cabinets
    Painting upper cabinets and lower cabinets a different color keeps things interesting — and it's an easy makeover you can do by yourself!
    To read all the pro's and con's, tips and tricks, and the full article, visit ! 

    How to Clean Stainless Steel Surfaces

    Posted on August 06, 2015

    Below are some of the best ways to handle fingerprints on all those shiny surfaces, as well as how to care for and clean one of the hardest-working surfaces in the house. 


    Safety first. For safe care and cleaning, start with the right tools. The European Stainless Steel Development Association, or ESDA, suggests using soft sponges and microfiber cloths as the first line of defense.

    Don’t clean with steel scouring pads, which can scratch. Instead choose plastic scrubbing pads for tough jobs.



    Go with the grain. On stainless steel surfaces with brushed or polished finishes, always wipe and scrub in the same direction as the “grain” lines in the metal.




    Better with age. The ESDA says in addition to the availability of an increasing number of fingerprint-proof finishes, regular stainless steel shows fewer fingerprints over time. Patience is a virtue.




    Stainless solutions. When it comes to choosing cleaning products, Mindi DiNunno, owner of Polished 2 Perfection, says whatever you decide, the key to cleaning is sticking to it. “Stay consistent,” she says. “Most cleansers don’t blend together well, and it makes it much harder to keep perfect. For appliances, we use CLR[Stainless Steel Cleaner]. It will clean off any hard-water stains from the water and ice dispenser and any drips or food.”

    Since products containing chloride can be harmful to the protective finish on stainless steel, the ESDA advises using the following:

    • Diluted vinegar (for cleaning limescale)
    • Baking soda (to remove coffee deposits)
    • Alcoholic solvents, such as acetone (for removing adhesives)
    • Chloride-free glass sprays (especially efficient for polished, mirror-like surfaces)
    • Commercially manufactured pastes and sprays that specify use on stainless steel



    Naturally clean. For a DIY approach to cleaning using pantry items, the sustainable-living team atEartheasy advises dampening a cloth with undiluted white vinegar or olive oil and wiping in the direction of the grain.

    To clean a stainless sink, it suggests pouring club soda on an absorbent cloth to scrub, then wiping dry.




    Shine on. Spray cleansers made specifically for cleaning decorative stainless steel surfaces usually contain silicone oil, and although they will remove fingerprints and smudges, they will not prevent them. The ESDA says the silicone oil can be completely removed by washing with mild soap and water.

    Using a polishing paste is another way to keep stainless sparkling. Commercially sold pastes, such as 3M Marine Metal Restorer and Polish, will create a microscopic wax layer on the surface that will make it easy to clean. Since the pastes are resistant to detergents, treatment with a polishing paste may last several months. It can be removed using alcohol on a soft cloth.

    It’s important to note that pastes and sprays meant for cleaning decorative stainless steel elements — refrigerator doors, kitchen backsplashes — should not be used on pots, pans or surfaces where food is prepared.

    Do not use silver dip polishes, like the ones used for cleaning jewelry, because they are corrosive to stainless steel.



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    Awesome Use for Unusable Kitchen Island Space

    Posted on August 04, 2015

    The kitchen is the heart of the home, and as kitchen sizes increase, so do the size of kitchen islands.  It's not uncommon to see a kitchen island 6' x 8' or larger.  Unfortunately, with an island this large, the middle often goes unused!  Why not turn that wasted space into a beautiful and functional area with a trough sink?


    Trough sinks are great for entertaining; fill it up with ice and put in your guests favorite beverages.  You can also put flower arrangements in one for an easy DIY centerpiece.  There are tons of possibilities for the "kitchen island dead zone" with the addition of a trough sink!  Leave the sink as a standalone for a clean look, or increase the possibilities by adding in a kitchen or smaller bar/prep faucet.



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