June 2, 2016

How to Deal with Your Neighbors’ Curb Appeal & Yard Issues

Living on a dead end street in a town off Jamaica Bay has its perks- we have access to the water, it’s quiet and everyone is friendly, but not everyone takes pride in their home leaving some neighbors’ curb appeal and yard issues causing havoc. Do you look out your window and see a less than a perfect view? I do. Here is our home’s front yard. We change out the planters and door wreath for every season. Plus, cut the grass and shrubs regularly to keep the front clean and manicured. Here are some of the properties surrounding our home. As you can see some try and add life by adding flowers, while others…well, don’t. The house that’s in the image below crumbling down is not currently occupied and sits in limbo.  So, how can you improve upon a piece of property you actually don’t own? Well, I recently read […]
May 26, 2016

Hold the Beef National Hamburger Day – Burgers 3 Ways

Today is National Hamburger Day! Just in time to celebrate the start of summer this weekend. Nothing smells like summertime like a hamburger on the grill– well maybe the beach, but that’s another topic. The hamburger has been a staple of the American diet for decades. Almost 50 billion burgers a year are gobbled up by Americans who can’t get enough of the round meat patty stuffed between a toasted bun. It’s been said, that the hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany, but topped with all the fixin’s as we’ve grown to know it was perfected by America.  In honor of National Hamburger Day and Memorial Day Weekend, why not host a backyard barbecue with some friends and grill up these three unique tasting hamburger recipes created by my personal chef and hubby, Sal Arena — that embrace his Italian heritage and hold the beef! Hamburger Recipe #1: Antipasti Burger 1 Loaf of Focaccia Bread […]
May 26, 2016

French Bull Takes Color & Pattern On the Go

Each paisley, stripe and swirl from French Bull – a NYC company that designs and manufactures house ware goods, handbags and more is as individual as the next print re-created from the vividest Jackie Shapiro – the brains behind the brand. When I think about the company French Bull, I can’t help but smile and I think you will too! The company launched it’s products in 2002 and has turned blank everyday surfaces like kitchens, bedrooms, work spaces and play places into works of art.  With a passion for pattern and color, Jackie says, “she grabs inspiration from everywhere, many times on the subway” as she is traveling to and from work. French Bull Solves: Design I fell in love with this product back in March at Chicago’s International Home & House ware show how could you miss this company’s display with their bright vivid colors. The company’s boundaries are limitless as the spectrum of color, […]
May 19, 2016

Sneak Peak: Rachael Ray’s New Home Collection

Need a storage cabinet that duals as dresser drawers and a coffee station? Or a pet bed to correlate with your actual bedroom set? Then you need to check out this newest celebrity’s home line from Rachael Ray, following the footsteps of furniture moguls like– Kathy Ireland and Cindy Crawford. Rachael Ray known for her simplistic dishes, kitchenware and upbeat TV personality is bringing her vision to every room in your home with the Rachael Ray Home Collection. She’s built pieces that can be displayed in the kitchen, dining, living and bedroom.  Rachael Ray has designed three collections, which solves the problem of three major issues when it comes to purchasing furniture. Collaborative Style With over 300 pieces in the line, the collections called Soho, Upstate, and Highline have different finishes and styles, but is very versatile to be able to mix and match each collection with one another to create an eclectic […]
May 14, 2016

Window Treatments: 4 Ways to Add Style

Are your window treatments worn, damaged or worse yet — dated? There are endless ways to style your windows so they frame a beautiful view, while still being functional. Since there are so many window treatment styles on the market, how do you know which on is right for you? Consider these four things to view the best option. Window Treatments Tip #1: Determine Your Style Take a cue from your home decor style. Is it traditional or more modern? Window coverings should mimic the style of your home so check out the variety types below do you want a clean sleek look of a roman shade or a more elegant look using a panel curtain. Choosing the right treatment we make all the difference in the space. Window Treatments Tip #2: Choose Your Material   Determine what type of material fits your budget. Decide on whether or not you want […]