Spring cleaning is not just for our homes – We should remember to spring clean ourselves as well. Our internal filters will always welcome a seasonal a re-boot. A great article in Whole Living Magazine offers a simple, beautiful and delicious three day mini detox cleanse which might leave you thinking you have been to a gourmet spa. For recipes and information, follow this link.
Hot off the press! Cool retro photography geared to the male: pin-up girls, cars, airplanes, etc. This is just a small sampling of the hip and stylish series making its debut this spring at High Point market. If you would like to see more or inquire about dimensions, minimums (4) or pricing, feel free to contact us! Prices will be most desirable through the month of April, FYI…
This upcoming High Point has a lot of eye candy, Get your Mad Men on with this incredible barware: decanters, classes, trays and soooo much more!
Feel free to contact us if you would like to add any of these to your bar. Cheers!
I decided to poll a few talented and seasoned entertainers about their secrets to outdoor entertaining. Maggie, Danae, Celeste, Ben & Amy regularly entertain outdoors once or twice a month, often spur of the moment, which means they are GOOD at this! They shared valuable tips, which that the magic word is PREPARATION:
1. Always have a well stocked pantry Maggie: cheese straws, seasoned pecans, olives. Danae: Ingredients to make her famous chocolate cake. Amy: gourmet frozen pizza dough & her outdoor pantry in the form of a glorious garden. Celeste: crackers, eggplant tapenade, kalamata olives. Ben (who went to culinary school): works magic with whatever he has. Stock up on skewers, bamboo forks, specialty olive oils, truffle butters, marinades, crackers so you will be ready for impromptu entertaining.
Prep Tip: Good ingredients make good food, and don’t ever forget it! Keep fine olive oils and basalmics on hand for appetizers, grilling or salads. Instant greatness.
2. Keep a well stocked bar You know the drill: Beer, Wine, drink mixers, ice, garnishes, cocktail napkins. Beer glasses in the freezer. Set up a bar table so guests will feel free to help themselves. (Pictured bar accessories and outdoor bar cart also available in other summer colors- pricing and information available upon request). Celeste freezes sliced lemons in a ziplock bag so she can throw them into a pitcher of ice water when company comes.
Bar Tip: Make frozen ice cubes with citrus, berries, mint or edible flowers so you will always be prepared for elegant spur of the moment entertaining.
3. Music Have music playlists ready to suit various personalities, crowds, party moods. Celeste recommends installing surround sound throughout the house so different rooms can have different volumes.
Sound Tip: Bose Wireless Speakers
4. Serving dishes/table settings: Maggie: swears by white serving pieces and plates- allowing the placemats and napkins add the color. Danae: uses her china whenever possible…even for a burger. Pull out those wedding gifts- the ice buckets, trays, china and crystal- this is why you have them!
5. Respect the Outdoor Elements: Like Maggie says: Nobody likes bugs, no matter how good your food is, so have a mosquito plan. From mosquito misters to tiki torches with anti mosquito fuel, there are ways to keep them at bay. Celeste keeps her citronella lanterns full and ready to go. All great ideas.
6. Lighting: Ben suggests string lights and a small fire pit, popular year round. I recommend a bag of citronella tea lights and a tray of votives ready to go for dual mosquito control and lighting. Celeste always keeps a stock of candles, an inexpensive way to set the party mood and dim the change of seeing dust bunnies!
7. Remember side tables: In my previous “Eat Out More” post, I made seating recommendations. Remember to have side tables next to any seating, even if you have to borrow them from inside. See outdoor orange side table: other colors and pricing available upon request.
8. Have a few easy go-to recipes to entertain with: I recommend working with seasonal produce. Need ideas? Here are a few suggestions:
Many thanks to Maggie, Danae, Ben, Celeste and Amy for sharing your talents and wisdom. Readers, please send us your ideas~ cheers!
english georgian door by mcalpine tankersley
I wanted to share an insightful article about front door options for your home. Karin Beuerlein at HouseLogic.com has done an excellent job of simplifying the complicated home topic of remodeling with an eye toward energy savings and tax credits:
“Replacing your front door can pay for itself by increasing your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report. What’s more, if you choose an energy-efficient exterior door, you may qualify for a tax credit that can save you up to $500 as well as trim up to 10% off your energy bills.”
I have always had a fascination with interesting doors. They are almost like gift wrap or a beautiful invitation, providing a preview of what you are likely to experience inside. The ones I am most drawn to are usually associated with high ceilings, must be my New Orleans upbringing.
Doors in Paris inspire me endlessly. I took loads of door photos as I walked through the streets when I was last there, it seemed that every door I saw was as gorgeous as the last. Good thing I was not in a hurry!
When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open. -Bob Marley
Here are three contemporary coffee tables guaranteed to transform a room. Sleek and so artfully designed, they almost look like fine jewelry settings. Great coffee tables are unusual to find and these are fantastic. If you would like to order any of these for your home or office, let us know.
51″l x 25″w x 18″h
55”l x 28”w x 18”
51 1/2”l x 24”w x 20”h
Glass is making it’s mark in remodeling trends, in kitchens and especially in bathrooms. Glass tiles for shower walls, back-splashes and accent tiles in flooring add a noticeable sparkle, color and depth not found in stone or ceramic tiles. The choices are getting more sophisticated too.
The above glass tile mosaics are gorgeous, aren’t they?
The above tiles are reflective gold leaf with slight patina.
These mirrored glass tiles are available in platinum, white gold or rose gold leafing…
The handsome tiles above are made of obsidian, volcanic glass.
Which ones do you like? Do these inspire you?
If you have any questions or topics you would like to read about, be sure to let us know! Have a great day and a wonderful Easter weekend-
Last week the owner of Fortuny was in Dallas to present the latest colorways of the legendary fabric line, the Colourismo Collection. The pigments are as glorious as ever- think Hermes tie kind of purity of color. No surprise, because the namesake Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) was an artist of the genius level, who even made his own dyes, paints and brushes. All bright and fresh, the Colourismo fabrics will definitely inspire. I have chosen a few to share:
I chose this one because it is a classic Fortuny design in what appears to be the color of the year!
I love the fresh happy colors in this leaf design. All colorways are great of this.
This happy design is just so charming and whimsical. Fortuny, always a classic, seems to be updating and staying with the times beautifully. If you would like more information on patterns, colors or pricing, please contact us.
What are your thoughts on these fabrics? Do they inspire you? Do you feel that they would work in contemporary settings as well as traditional? Share your thoughts…