Jan
   27

 

Ina Garten is my celebrity crush! I love it when she shares her wonderful ideas on her show, “Barefoot Contessa.” Her approach to food, entertaining, and decorating is classic, simple, and beautiful, and it makes people feel at home!

Her dining room also carries the same style as her food presentation―warm, inviting, and unpretentious. If you want that welcoming East Hampton style of Ina Garten’s dining room, here are some of our tips.

Stay Simple yet Elegant
 




 
Ina Garten’s dining room staples are a cozy farm table and white tableware. From there, she couples her décor with simple table decorations and arrangements that still ooze elegance. To get the same style, utilize pieces with neutral colors, such as burlap or rattan placemats. You can also try repurposing items. Ina Garten uses basic, everyday items whenever possible, such as having a kitchen towel serve as a table napkin during casual dinners.
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  Jan
   21

 

The Christmas and New Year’s celebrations brought us a lot of new items―new clothes, new toys for the kids, new dish towels―that you don’t want to accumulate again without being used. To make room for your new items and to keep your stuff from piling up, here are three home organization tips you can do!

Keep Only What You Need

 

Green boxes on shelf for storage
Throw out duplicates that you don’t need

 

Tackle your new items first. Go through your gifts and check if you have duplicates. If you do have the same items, keep only what you need. Is your new blender more efficient than the old one? Does your new phone have better specs? Store the new items that you can make use of, then set aside the ones that you’re willing to let go.

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  Jan
   20

 

Putting away Christmas décor can be a bit of a bummer, but looking on the bright side, it can also be a great opportunity to change up a bit of your home decor! Your mantel is the perfect place to start because you see it all the time, and it acts as the focal point of the room.

What’s great about decorating for winter is that you need not look further than your own holiday decorations. Aside from your existing decor that you can use to create a winter mantel, you can also do some attic shopping. Create a beautiful winter mantel for your home with these inspiring ideas!

Neutral Colors

 




 
Neutral colors bring warmth to the mantel while retaining its simplicity. A winter mantel using neutral colors can include rustic cans, a pallet, and a wreath made of wheat stalks. You can also add a small stack of books, especially ones with yellowed pages, for some variety in your design. If you have an old mirror gathering dust in your attic or basement, clean it up and exchange it with your wreath for added visual space to your room.
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  Jan
   16

 

January is the season for white sales, and that means it’s time to freshen up the beddings and towels! Retailers all over the country give huge discounts on their bed and bath supplies during this time, allowing you to have better sheets, comforters, and towels without spending too much. However, the challenge with January white sales lays in the quality of the items you buy. How many times have I stood in the bedding aisle of Target or a department store wondering what thread count I should go with or if spending $10 more on an item would make a huge difference?

Here are some tips you can follow to get the most value out of your money when purchasing bed and bath items during the white sale season!

Better Beddings

Sheets, linens, comforters, pillows, pillow cases―you name it, they’re on sale! However, the question most of us ask is: how do we know that what we’re buying is quality?

Thread Count

Thread count is important because it’s an indicator of quality. For the best possible thread count, look for beddings with a thread count between 180 to 200 or 250―these linens are more comfortable and last longer. Remember that a higher thread count also means a higher price, so don’t be surprised.

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  Jan
   14

 

Yes, I have a handful of home décor projects set for this year! Most of these are a continuation of last year’s to-do list and touch-ups of the rooms. Here are my home decorating projects for this year:

Painting Projects

Here are the rooms and things I need to paint:

1. The twins’ room

2. The master bedroom

3. Kitchen cabinets – Painting the kitchen cabinets is actually my wishful thinking project. I know what I want, I just need the courage to tackle it!

4. Furniture – There are lots of furniture I would love to paint this year: dressers, side tables, and a bench.

I guess painting seems to be the main theme of my home decorating projects this year.
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