PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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Peppered Pineapple Pork Chops

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INGREDIENTS


  • 6-8 Chops
  • 7-8 Sweet Peppers
  • 1 Large Pineapple
  • Seasoning

 

TOOLS


  • Veggie Knife
  • Large Glass Baking Dish

 

Preheat oven to 400

Peel, slice and add first layer of pineapple.

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Chop and add 1/2 of the sweet peppers.

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Layer on your pork chops. 

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Continue layering. Add more pineapple and sweet peppers.  Sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.15966183_1386030371431406_9034298656562141496_n

Bake at 425 for 1.15 hours. 

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Enjoy! 

Avocado Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients:

1 Avocado

1 Cup Sugar

1 Large TBS…heaping…Coconut Oil ‘Unrefined, Cold Pressed, Organic’


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Peel, dice and mash the avocado. Add sugar and coconut oil. Mix into a paste. Set to chill 10 minutes in the freezer.

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And viola!

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Here’s my daughter trying it out…

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Sugar Scrub can be just about anything you can create. Strawberry? Banana? Green Tea? Mint?  What ideas can you come up with?

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DIY Pottery Barn Hacks

As much as I’d love to toss aside $50 like it’s nothing, I would be doing myself a huge disservice. I like Pottery Barn and IKEA as much as anyone else, but money is money. You’ll get it away from me, when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

You know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention…or in the this case, ‘wanting’ and ‘frugality’. But before we go any further, I want to be clear…decorative items are just that…DECORATIVE. They serve a visual purpose only. I’ve often shook my head in disbelief at the large sums of money that people throw away to essentially STARE AT AN OBJECT! Appliances, bedding etc…of course, buy new and with a warranty. But to look at something across the room?! What a waste.

Here are a couple of items directly from the Pottery Barn website….

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The vases above,  have the same appearance of candle holders glued to bowls. Obviously, their’s is one piece, but you can accomplish the same look for 2$ and some  hot glue. 

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Admittedly, they are lovely…but  I’m cheap!

So here’s what I did for a Valentine’s theme vase.

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Two Dollar Store vases

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Glue the two vases together with hot glue.

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Fill with Dollar Store fillers.

 


I also frequent local Thrift-Stores. Stay away from fabric items that can retain bed bugs. Everything else, you can scrub in the garage prior to entry. Bed bugs can also hide in the crevices of dressers. So be  wary. Those are items you have to bite the bullet on, but can often find fabulous sales if you do your homework.

Today’s find was just what I was looking for! Two tall candle sticks.

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A side note: These candle holders were $1.40  each at the Thrift-Store.

Here’s the average price on Google’s Shop Search:

(Remember, it’s about the ‘look’. These are decorative items.)

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I sincerely believe…Hot Glue is the answer to all the world’s problems.

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Have fun with it. Every now and then grab a couple items. Keep in mind your overall theme. And never pay full price. You’re paying for a label. I’ve never gone into someones home and started looking at the labels on the bottoms of their decor. Nobody does that, unless of course…they lack manners. (Or it’s your best friend, then by all means…share you money saving tips!)


 

Here was a fun one I did last night….Clearly I have Valentine’s Day on the brain. With this many hints literally right in front of him,  hopefully  my husband will remember it!

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Recycled flower hanger

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Hot glue and Dollar Store ribben

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On a side note: Those adorable 3-D hearts, came from  Pat Catans. They were $2  and already had built in foam tape on their backs.


Most of us already own stuff that we can up-cycle or refurb. Take a look  around. What are you sick of looking?  Give it a fresh new look. And check out the Flea Markets, Thrift-Stores and Dollar Stores, before you spend your hard earned cash.

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While I enjoy the look of the ladder, paying $249-$429 to enjoy the look of the ladder…is nuts. Buy some wood at Home Depot and knock yourself out. Obviously, they don’t need to be sturdy. They are decorative.


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Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

 

The Pinterest bug hit this morning with a vengeance! As a result, we’ve created a few things and surfed the net to keep our minds in the Valentine’s DIY spirit. Here are a few things we found. By ‘we’, I mean my daughter and I. Of course… one can only surmise at this point, that I yanked her into my crazy crafting hot glue obsession. At least…she liked the throw blanket that we picked up for a  whopping $5…. Go us!

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So we of course…hot glued a bunch of stuff. The best part about hot glue, is the fact that you can PEEL IT OFF! You can re-use all your dollar store goodies for other DIY projects.

And we went nuts on the fireplace…..

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So join us in all of our gluey, crafting, Pinterest obsessed glory! Here’s our Top 20 Valentine DIY ideas….

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Top 10 Interior Design Ideas for 2016

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Spring is in the air and according to the  PANTONE  Fashion Color Report, it’s going to  be a bright one. Plenty of color and contrast, in every shade of the rainbow.

Last night I began my own interior design project for spring. Luckily I picked a neutral living room set, leaving me plenty of ways to swap my colors as the seasons change. Although I still have a short shopping list. Ok…maybe it’s a long one. I’m indecisive. But here’s my list:

  • One large green lamp
  • One small rose lamp
  • Fresh cut flowers…by the dozens
  • One large throw rug
  • One large photo canvas depicting my lunch from last week: img_2935-1
  • Four mini photo canvas. I’m undecided as to which photos to use.
  • Several large colorful bamboo sticks

Currently, I am here:

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Day 1 of my spring remodel

I’ve still got miles of color to play with and plenty of imagination. Just yesterday, I picked up some fun kitchen decor:

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The pot was $1.50 and the flower cup was .50

And a really fun Alphabet table:

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Found for $3 at the local thriftstore.

In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of Top 10 Interior Design Ideas for Spring 2016. 


 Did I mention I ADORE this years color palette???

TOP 10 Spring Living Rooms


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Naturally, if it were up to me, I’d just have ten lovely living rooms. There are just too many fabulous color schemes to play with this year.

Of course this means; I’ll require  extra lazy strolls through the local flea market.

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Simmering Chicken Marinade and a Veggie Side: All-In-One

Marinade always seems to taste better, the deeper it penetrates the food. So it stands to reason, simmering helps to permeate every little poultry pore, when it comes to chicken.

Step 1: Add chicken bits (legs, thighs, etc…), to a large pot. 

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Step 2: Add some pepper blend…

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Step 3: Toss in some turmeric…

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Step 4: How about some whole sweet peppers?

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Step 5: Maybe a touch of garlic…

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Step 6: We’re on a roll! Pop in some capers…

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Step 7: And my favorite…Apple Cider Vinegar…

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Allow the marinade to simmer, and prepare the vegetables….

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Parsnips, Sprouts and Red Onion! Mmmm…..

Simmer the veggies in a separate pot…

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After thoroughly simmering the chicken bits, drain the fluid, keeping the sweet peppers and tiny bits. Throw it all in a roaster…don’t forget to put the rack in, for proper drainage….

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Then add your simmered veggies.

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Drizzle some teriyaki ….

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Set to 350 and bake till chicken is done. (Keep a lid on the roaster, for optimum juiciness).

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And go nuts! I’m not gonna lie…this meal was fabulous!

 

 

Baking with a Convection Oven

We recently purchased a convection oven and just for the sheer blissful hell  of it, I thought I’d bake a cake…

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Yes…that’s a lovely dripping marshmallow topping…..

And here’s the steps… in pictures…..

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Calamari Wontons

Calamari Wontons: Perfect for fall days, when the beach is a thing of the past…

Using sweet, spice and a touch bitter….the taste buds simply explode.


Ingredients:


  • Calamari
  • Feta Cheese
  • Kale
  • Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Bok Choy
  • Daikon (optional)

Start by preparing the Calamari. Thaw and dice.

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And prepare the Kale,Bok Choy,  Daikon and Feta….by dicing. I find a cheese grater is fabulous for Daikon.

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Using melted butter, coat and smooth out the wonton wraps.

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Spreading out one of the wraps, add a pinch of the veggies, cheese and Calamari….

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Using the butter to seal the edges, gently fold the wonton….

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Place on an oiled cookie sheet (I prefer coconut oil)…

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Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes….

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And serve with : Parsnips, Red Onions and  Sweet Peppers

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As always, feel free to modify…