December 8, 2017

[Shop the Look] 2017 Holiday Gift Giving Guide for the Home Under $100

It’s that time of year again, have you started your holiday gift shopping yet? If you’re stumped and not sure what to get a family member, friend or client — why not get them something to utilize at home. In this guide, there is over 60-holiday gift ideas for the home. From something soft and furry to tech gadgets to kitchen finds this is a unique budget-friendly guide that will be sure to please even the most difficult person on your gift list.    Gifts Under $25 These inexpensive gifts are on trend to show off in the new year. The best part, the organic materials and mixed metals on these items makes each piece look priceless. Consider gifting this phone storage workout bottle for those in your life who love to hit the gym. Or surprise your work-alcoholic friend with this blinged out desk calendar. You’ll also find several […]
November 30, 2017

8 Holiday Decorating Styles for Your Home

No matter your decorating style it’s easy to bring the spirit of the season into your home for the holidays, if you consider where you live. By embracing your home’s architectural style with it’s design style you can creatively distinguish your holiday decor that tells a unique story. Let me be brutally honest with you, one of my biggest pet peeves during this time of year is a property where mismatched holiday decor has been thrown together on the lawn or exterior of the house — and the homeowner calls it decorated. The same holds true inside the property too. Now, I’m not trying to put anyone down or act like Scrooge, I applaud the effort — but what if I could share with you a few tricks to make your home look seamless this holiday season? Well, in order to deck the halls like the pros, it’s time to […]
November 20, 2017

Meal Prep | 5 Classic Vegetarian Side Dishes with a Twist for Thanksgiving Dinner

We’re just a few short days away from Thanksgiving Day, can you believe it? In my home turkey isn’t the real star on the Thanksgiving table—it’s all those yummy side dishes. This year we’re serving up a feast for five and while many will fill their plate with turkey and pasta (yes, pasta Sal’s family is Italian) my plate will be packed with a vegetarian menu. If you’re hosting a vegetarian or two this year at your dinner table you’ll want to try out one of these recipes.   I don’t know how you feel, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, the more side dishes offered the better, here are five delicious side dish recipes that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Carrots Al Forno Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables. Add some cheese and well, this becomes a tasty dish. Here’s what you’ll need: 1-2 bunches of […]
November 9, 2017

[Shop the Look] 15 Ways to Easily Transform Your Guest Room into a Cozy Retreat

If you’re planning on entertaining overnight guests this holiday season, do you have a cozy retreat for them? An area for guests to call home during their short stay can make them feel welcome and more at home. Is your guest room up for the challenge? Setting up a guest room can be easy, even if it’s only a temporary spot for guests to lay their heads. Our guest bedroom is currently “under-construction,” but we do offer occasional guests a pretty swanky set up in our entryway involving an air mattress, if they need a place to stay in the meantime.  I’ve stayed in a few homes, where a guest’s designated spot can feel more like a nightmare than a pampered dream. That’s why I feel– it’s important to be a thoughtful, hospitable host taking the extra steps needed that your guests will appreciate. To ensure a stress-free visit — […]
October 26, 2017

Happy National Pumpkin Day: Easy DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece + More

We’re well into the pumpkin season, and while the squash native to North America is fun to eat and sip on, I wanted to show a few unique ways to dress up your pumpkins this holiday season. Of course what better day to share these DIYS than on National Pumpkin Day. The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which means “large melon” in Greek. When I say the word pumpkin, many immediately think of the perfect orange sphere, but in recent years white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States — which produces more than 1.5 million pounds of pumpkins each season. How to Pick a Pumpkin When looking for the best jack-o’-lantern, choose one that will decompose the slowest. Stay away from soft spots and dry, thin stems. Always pick one that feels heavy for its size because that’s means it’ll be better for cooking with the more […]