Lately I’ve been pining over Asian-style soups. Wait a minute, who am I kidding?! I freaking love soup. I’ll find my way back to soup any day of the week, any time of the year. It warms the soul and cleanses the mind. Not to mention, it’s the ideal meal at the brink of the spring season. What I like most about Thai soups, or any soup for that matter, is the high vegetable crunchiness factor. Not a fan of a vegetable that’s been beaten to death, kicked in the gut, and served bruised and broken. In fact, working to achieve this shortens your cooking time and results in a consommé bursting with flavor. My top three soup-trements take this Thai chicken noodle soup to “out of this world” … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Happy Friday! As I mentioned, my family room is currently undergoing a mini makeover and one of the goals was to create a more stylish space under the stairs. Originally I had a vintage buffet (I bought for $25) there but really never liked it. I always envisioned a sleek, modern piece with a large round mirror and 2 Lucite lamps. Lucky me, my nephew, who just started a woodworking business built me a gorgeous waterfall table in white oak. I searched high and low for a large, round mirror to go on top but guess what?! It was way harder than I thought. Small mirrors are easy to find, over 28" it gets much tougher and way more expensive. I narrowed down the best large round … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Painting has officially begun in my family room and it feels good to brighten up the walls. Sometimes all it takes a simple project to make a room feel awake again. One of the things I like to do to give a space a fresh perspective is to restyle my bookcases, it is an inexpensive way to create a whole new look. When I first began, I am not going to lie, it was hard. I questioned myself all the time but then, like anything else in life, I practiced and got better. I studied images, listened and then, miraculously I found my own rhythm. I actually enjoy it now, it's a therapy of sorts. I have been to many conferences, had the pleasure of attending many styling sessions … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! It's been a while since I opened up and shared some personal things about myself and since there are many new faces to my blog I thought this would be a great time to get reacquainted. I have written a few of these before so I will try not to be redundant. So...here are 1o things you never probably would have never guessed about me.... I am not a big shopper. You may think this is strange being in home design but yeah, I don't much care for shopping. I get excited to go for a few hours and hit 2-3 stores but then I am done and can't go back for a while. I am definitely not a mall person and would always prefer to go alone. Does that make me weird? For me … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! Have you heard the news?! Green is back!!! Last year it was the "it" color, we saw it go from soft to sultry, on walls, cabinetry, furnishings, art and accessories. This year it's still on trend and make no mistake about it, it's not your mother's forest green. As I write this I still can't believe a. it's back in and b. I am liking it! My mom fancied "the green" and she used it in every, single room at one point, yikes!!! This classic color has gotten a fresh new persona with it's neutral sensibility and style adaptability, so I for one am going to give it a try. After the holidays were over I starting thinking about what was in store for the new year. What projects I … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! One of my goals for the next year is to give you more diversification when it comes to design. To give you more ideas outside my own 4 walls. The easiest way to do that is to create looks with mood boards and direct links to sources. Mood boards can be incredibly helpful for focusing in on a look; the furnishings, fabrics, woods, hues, balance of textures, art, etc...It also keeps you on track because you have a visual. Honestly, I wish I did this for every room in my house when we moved in, it would have saved me a ton of time & money! It is also a good tool to keep your house feeling cohesive. What inspired this Sophisticated Scandinavian look is 2 fold, 1. I … [Read More...]
Hi there friends! I am about to hit a blogging milestone in March, 6 years!!! The design lesson that resonates most through this time is, beware of trends. With that being said I have seen a lot of trends come & go and many I was happy to see hit the road. There have been a few though, that stood the test of time, which is refreshing, we call these "evergreen" trends. One in particular that I loved from the very beginning is silhouettes and I am happy to say I still do. We have seen these traditional favorites done many ways through the years, so I thought why not update mine and give them a modern perspective using wood. Creating Modern Wood Silhouettes is so simple and fun. This is … [Read More...]
When your Italian (I-ty for short) bestie asks you to teach her how to make pasta, it’s not only a universal delight, it’s destiny. Nicole and I didn’t mess around; we set up shop. She got’erself a brand new white Kitchenaid right off “the Amazon” and heavy duty sheet rollers to boot. An oft (and real darn good) cook, all the other necessities fell right into place. The time had come to reign in our cultural culinary kismet. That, and it was time to change up the holiday menu—you know, introduce some delectable mystery and mouthwatering wonderment to the family dinner table. Because change is good. And so is pasta. Always. #freshpastaforeva This ravioli has such … [Read More...]
If you are like me, then you are curious about the “fixer upper” market. It seems to be the hot trend in real estate right now and every where you turn it seems like more people are jumping on board to see if they can cash in. Whether locally, within your own network of family & friends or on social media & television, it’s all the buzz and rightfully so. There can be a huge financial gain when entering into this rewarding game of real estate. But we all know how risky and time consuming it can also be, especially when doing all the work yourself. So the question is, is it right for us?
Hi there friends! Happy New Year! I have written this post in my head a dozen times and have even sat down to write it a few times but each time my mind took off in different directions. I am not sure why the 1st post of the new year is always so daunting to […]
Hi friends! This is my last post of the year! It sounds crazy to say that, how can it be, another year come & gone? It’s been an incredible year, not without it’s trials though but I am grateful none the less. One of the MANY things I am grateful for this holiday season is my continued friendship with Long Island photographer Michele Kats. She is a creative genius and such a sweet soul. Every year I am blessed that she takes our holiday photos, for without her I am afraid I would be in not one single family shot. I am the one usually behind the camera, so it gives me a break and allows me to be in the moment with my boys.
Hi there! Let the countdown continue! Just 4 more days until Christmas!!! I found this saying below and it perfectly summed up my thoughts on being a good human being. Last week I also posted that I was giving the $500 that I had won on the Rachael Ray show away to a deserving family […]