How to instantly improve your home without the cost of remodeling
Sure, you could shell out a lot of cash to completely renovate your place. Or you could use the basics of good design to get the job done. Of course if you can do both all the better. But if not,here are some simple ideas that will instantly improve your home. Let's start with the smells you want have in your home this season.
Smell the love
Make sure your home smells welcoming. Using reeds can provide a subtle fragrance for your home. I like seasonal smells that invoke warm memories.
Flowers add so much to a space
Flowers and plants are living beings, and so they contribute something to a space that inanimate objects, no matter how inspired, cannot. Loose, monochromatic flower arrangements are the easiest to pull off. I love Gerber Daisys
Heaven smells like Sonoma &Williams
Add some rosemary to these fruits and simply dice and simmer. Your home will smell fabulous. We do a lemon rosemary combo and let it simmer on our woodstove...smells just like the expensive stuff from S&W.
Simple, Lovely & Aromatic
Herbs get their flavor from their oils. This is why you can get a good whiff of an herb’s flavor by rubbing your hands on the leaves and smelling them afterwards (much easier than trying to smell the leaves directly. Sage, mint, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, oregano, and dill all taste good when dried. Basil, parsley, cilantro and chives lose a bunch of their flavor when dried, so consider freezing instead.
So before you become overwhelmed with getting your home holiday ready, consider a few of these easy aromatic options, that will enhance your space through the sense of smell and can be easily incorporated in your seasonal decor. Easy peasy.
The 2013 Supermoon is set to peak from Saturday to Sunday, June 22-23, as the Moon makes its closest approach to planet Earth at a distance of over 200,000 miles. Viewers can witness the moon appearing 14% bigger and approximately 30% brighter compared to the regular full moon without any clouds covering the clear view. And as luck would have it, Southern New England is the place cited as one of the best spots in the nation to view it from. So grab your lawn chairs and head out to the beach Sunday night for a spectacular sunset and moon rising
I love art installations. And of course, add sparkly and shiny to the equation and you have me. The Rice Gallery, is featuring Soo Sunny Park's work. Made up of 37 sections of fence, Park’s structure is suspended above the gallery in graceful arches and waves with lovely translucent sections of Plexiglas to catch and refract the light. The little scales of Plexiglas interact with the light at different times during the day depending on the quality of light.
Though chain-link fences are something usually hidden, Soo Sunny Park imagined a reality that puts the wire structure on display.
The light and time of day offer an ever changing view of this plexiglass sculpture. Fun rignt.
The Rice Gallery is located down under so you'll need to fly out to Australia to see this close up.
THE FANTASTIC UMBRELLA FACTORY
A 19th century rustic farmyard, a shopperʼs paradise.
Make sure to stop in to SMALL AXE and say "hey" to our friend Elin.
A Rhode Island landmark and National Treasure in Charlestown, Rhode Island since 1968. Open year round. Make sure you consider this unique outdoor experience when looking for something to do this summer. Grab a bite at their café...enjoy the fabulous gardens and art. And a must before you go...a photo in the bamboo forest!
Meander about the grounds and you may run into a peacock or two...
Bargain shopper Erin haggled this chair from an estate sale down to $10. It sat in her home, patiently waiting for a refresh, until she found the perfect
fabric. See how she made over this chair for under $50 total:
WOW! Love the unexpected floral.
Chair - $10.00
Fabric & Upholstery Supplies -
$30.00 Stain & Finishing Materials - leftovers from previous projects
Weekend sanding, staining and sewing. You can always take fabric and cushion to a seamstress if you don't sew
I like my cocktails in the summer. The use of seasonal fruits make it so refreshing and fabulous that I find something new to make every season. Plus it's fun to have guests over and serve an unexpected yummy drink. The MOJITO is a great summer beverage and Elsie & Emma have a few twists on this refreshing summer cocktail. Watermelon and Pineapples.
To make a Watermelon + Basil Mojito, use the original mojito recipe, add watermelon and swap out half of the fresh mint for fresh basil. Be sure to muddle a couple watermelon pieces and basil leaves in the glass before you make the drink. It's so delicious!
To make a Pineapple Mojito use the original recipe, but replace the simple syrup with pineapple juice and add 1/4 cup pineapple, chopped into small pieces. Both of these drinks are so refreshing... perfect for summer!
What's up everyone...Hope your weekend was wonderful. Sun. Sea. Surf. that's our summer mantra. Any one of those elements and we're all good. Whatever your preference or pleasure....hope you got in bucket loads. Going to post the summer dresser tutorial again...per request from Nancy
Started here...old wooden dresser...good bones...good shape.
After lightly sanding the dresser I applied primer This is easy and offers great coverage. Folks are using 1part grout to 2 parts flat paint as a chalk paint and primer. Much cheaper than my methhod
Painted the dresser and drwers a light blue
Using painter tape and a ruler, I created stripes with a mellow green.
Finally, sanded and added Restoration Hardware green glass handles.
I had the stripe continue on the top and sides too. Sweet! A summer dresser that is fun with a nod to the nautical.
I've been having fun with sign art...we really dig that stuff here along the shore. Take a peak:
Saw these and knew I could replicate it. So if you have any extra wood hanging around your garage, here's a fun way to use it.
The best recipes come tried and true from friends who begged them from other Banana Bread Recipe
friends and so on and so on. That’s the wonderful thing about sharing recipes –
the more good recipes we share, the better we all get to eat! This banana bread
comes from my friend Heidi who years ago begged this recipe from a ski friend’s
mother – Mrs. Hockmeyer (parents of friends are always Mr. and Mrs. no matter
how old we get). Anyway I tweaked it by adding nuts and orange zest. Its so good I usually make 2 loaves because my hubby and his work mates likes it that much.
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 1 hourIngredients:3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup melted butter 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup) 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flourNo need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a
wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.ALWAYS MOIST...IT NEVER FAILS USING THESE DIRECTIONS !
Celebrating it's 10th season, the SoWa Open Market, sets up on Sundays in a compact three block area along Harrison Avenue and Thayer Street in Boston's South End. The Food Truck Court is located at 540 Harrison Every week, 30 to 35 food trucks will serve up a variety of mobile urban cuisines, ranging from grilled cheese sandwiches to brick oven pizza to organic, healthy eats. The Farmers Market is located at 500 Harrison Ave and will feature a mouth watering assortment of locally grown produce, flowers, and gourmet specialty foods. The Arts Market is located at the end of Thayer Street and is a mecca for all things handmade. Only the best of the region's makers and designers are accepted to the market, resulting in a carefully curated selection of well crafted, innovative, fun and funky art and craft. SoWa (south of Washington St.) is a nod to SoHo (South of Houston ) in NYC and is delivering the same cool vibe as the increasingly popular Brooklyn Flea. Check it out!