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Sunday, August 31

sunday in bed

It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.
Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.


Friday, August 29

recipe friday

FRENCH ONION SOUP

 Ingredients


  • ¼ lb butter
  • 3 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 T flour
  • ½ C white wine
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 C hot water
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can onion soup
Garnish with Munster Cheese and French Bread


Directions

Sauté onions in butter
Stir in flour, add other ingredients
Simmer 20 minutes

Put cheese on French bread

Put soup in individual baking dishes

Top dish with cheese bread & place under broiler until melted

Monday, August 25

monday morning movie





Each week I post one of my YouTube Videos here and invite you to sit down, relax with your cup of coffee (and your movie popcorn) and enjoy a short (approximately 3 minute) Design ‘Movie”. If you want to know how this all got started, click here.

So, Let’s Go to the Movies!
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I will have a seat reserved for you every Monday!






Sunday, August 24

sunday in bed


It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.
Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.




Friday, August 22

recipe friday


FRENCH DRESSING

Ingredients


1 C vegetable oil
1 C sugar
½ C ketchup
1/3 C white vinegar
1 T paprika
1 medium onion, quartered

Directions


Place all ingredients in the blender and blend well


Thursday, August 21

rules were made to be broken


Some might say that this is the mantra to my life… Rules are made to be broken.  This is especially true when it comes to decorating.

Here are a few decorating rules that I love to defy, and how you can make these tips work in your own home:

1. Rule to Break: Everything Must Match

Who says molding always has to be white, bedroom furniture always needs to match and fabrics and patterns always need to coordinate exactly?

Style: "Country Living"
Paint wainscoting or oversize trim with colors.

  
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Textiles and furnishings need not match wall color.


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Mix it up with your furniture styles and finishes, don’t play it safe… forget about that Rooms to Go look!
   
2. Rule to Break: Ceilings Should be White
Style: "Country Living"
Don't ignore what's above your head, remember your rooms has five walls. It’s easy to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls. Try this design trick in a small bedroom or a powder room, because it will make the space feel cozy.
   
Keep walls white or a light color, and allow the ceiling (or fifth wall) to get all the color.
 
3. Rule to Break: All Finishes Must be the Same
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All of your hardware does not have to match. The layered, 'collected-over-time' effect that different hardware finishes bring to a room can be amazing. Take a tour of a local Builders’ Open Houses, even with their warehouse full of hardware selections, the house's faucets might not match the towel bars, might not match the lighting fixtures, might not match the mirror frames... The same goes with the kitchen.  Notice that the hardware and lighting might even match in the numerous hallways.  


4. Rule to Break: Always Rely on Neutrals

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Although neutral colors are a go-to for most designers, they don't always work for every space in the home. My favorite place to break this rule is in the children’s rooms, where paint becomes an inexpensive tool to accommodate an ever-evolving taste.
   
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Kitchens are another great area to express creativity with a few ‘out-of-the-box’ colors.  


5. Rule to Break: Don't Use Dark Colors in a Small Space

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Although some design books will eschew dark colors in small spaces, the opposite is true. Dark colors make the space feel more intimate, cozy, not necessarily small. And when the natural light changes through the windows, it presents a wonderful dramatic element to dark colors.
   
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Give heavier shades a shot in the bedroom; a young child's room (better for naptime); or dining areas for more dramatic evening.
   
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But remember... Stay away from spaces where you typically need light, like a home office.


Now, do you feel like you could Break a Few Rules?

Wednesday, August 20

quick tip: plates on a wall


Easy projects can freshen up your home & be inexpensive, too.

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Cover a Wall with Plates

Discover a quick and easy way to add a beautiful arrangement to a blank wall. 
Ever shop eBay or Home Goods? You will be amazed at the selection of gorgeous plates and service pieces that you will find… and in gorgeous, I mean maybe too gorgeous to be covered up with food! 

Covering a whole wall with plates has the same effect as one big piece of artwork.

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I am more of a minimalist in my own home… so solid color plates are a wonderful way for a minimalist to add several pieces of stoneware to a wall as art.

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Whether you go all out with patterns, floral, or prints… or collect solid, all one color… plates are a gorgeous addition to your wall and yes, in any room! 

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Check out the Tiffany Suite in the world-renowned St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan… notice what they have hanging over the headboard in the Master Bedroom? So, if it's good enough for Tiffany... who are we to argue!

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Monday, August 18

monday morning movie




Each week I post one of my YouTube Videos here and invite you to sit down, relax with your cup of coffee (and your movie popcorn) and enjoy a short (approximately 3 minute) Design ‘Movie”. If you want to know how this all got started, click here.

So, Let’s Go to the Movies!
May not be available on your Mobile


I will have a seat reserved for you every Monday!



Sunday, August 17

sunday in bed

It’s Sunday and everyone deserves a day off.
Here’s wishing you a restful Sunday.

Friday, August 15

recipe friday


EASY CLAM CHOWDER



Ingredients

2 Cans creamed corn

2 Cans milk

1 Can clams, chopped

Black pepper, to taste

Directions

Warm all ingredients over medium heat, stirring occasionally

Thursday, August 14

a kitchen of many colors


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Home Renovation is in full swing here at our office… it is that time of year. And Kitchens are the Number One area undergoing transformations. Ok, I am a little bias, but a Kitchen renovation is at the top of my ‘favorite to-do list’.



Whether it be big or small in square footage or big or small in budget, there seems to be a wonderful, ‘imaginations go wild’ type of style emerging in Kitchen renovations. Luckily our customers are more than willing to jump on the band wagon.

Do you know what the style is? ...painted cabinets. Long gone are the stained mid-century Kitchen cabinets of your Mother and Grandmother. Today, let your 'imagination go wild' on choosing colors for your cabinets… and why stick with one color? Kitchens are the heart of the home… so why not add your own personality to them. For example, does a Kitchen island have to match your wall and base cabinets? Come to think of it… do your wall cabinets have to match your base cabinets?


Take a look at these and you decide…

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Now… anything peak your imagination?
What do you think of painted cabinets?
What do you think of the new 2-tone trend?