Wednesday, 17 December 2014
It's the Most Wonderful [Decorating] Time of the Year
I look forward to decorating my house at Christmas time pretty much all year! It's amazing how carefully placed seasonal decor can transform your home into a magical winter wonderland. Isn't it great? I never want December to end!
Here are some of my favorite Christmas looks I've seen this year....
via the alison show
via design milk
via the alison show
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via the alison show
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|Yvonne Isola(2 days ago)||Reply|
This last one of framed ornaments is very effective but I suppose one would need to take it apart to store it & one would need storage space for this huge frame.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Arguably the most delicious treat in this world, and a pretty fabulous color when it comes to decorating interiors.
It's rich, comfortable & inviting-- the perfect hue to help you stay cozy during these dreary winter months.
It looks great on a wall, but if you don't want to go that far, pick up some pillows, a throw or some simple chocolate accessories to warm things up in your home.
And now, for a little inspiration.....
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Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Is Your House Dressed for Fall?
Fall has been uncharacteristically warm here in Utah this year. Many of my Halloween memories as a kid include trick-or-treating in the freezing cold..... but this year it was a balmy 75 degrees on October 31st! With the weather so much warmer than normal, I still haven't done much "winterizing" to my house yet. Have you? As much as I'm hoping for a 65 degree Christmas I don't think it'll happen:) So, when things start cooling down outside, here are 5 simple changes you can make to your house in half an hour or less that will get you ready for the lower temperatures.....
1. Warm things up by bringing out blankets, quilts & throws for the sofa.
2. Add more lamps to light each room, and turn them on!
3. Pile on the pillows! The more texture they have, the better. You might want to consider switching out summery, floral prints for neutrals.
4. Place an umbrella stand or a boot tray in your foyer in preparation for rainy/snowy weather.
5. Bring on the fall scents--- pick up a new candle or create your own potpourri!
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Thursday, 9 October 2014
The Best Purchase I've Ever Made for my Kitchen....
If we're talking about spending money on pretty furniture, a delicious meal, cute clothes or a dreamy beach vacation.....I'm in! No problem! There are other things, however, that I just loathe spending my hard earned cash on. Read: New tires (or any car expenses), medical & dental bills, cleaning supplies, etc. Yuck.
A few months ago my husband and I reluctantly decided that our little freezer just wasn't cutting it anymore. We needed to take the plunge and get us a chest freezer. I'm sure you can understand my initial thoughts on the matter- OH GREAT. I mean, there were about a million other things I'd rather spend a couple hundred bucks on, but, like I said, there was no denying the fact that this had become a need, not really even a want. We picked out this freezer and called it good.
Fast forward to now. We've had our chest freezer for a little while, and can I just say I love it?! No, it wasn't the coolest, prettiest, or most exciting thing I've ever bought, but I cannot even begin to tell you all how useful it has been! Here are 4 reasons why I think everybody should invest in an extra freezer for their home:
1. You can plan ahead. Hello freezer meals! With the additional freezer space I've made it a habit to have at least 8 freezer meals made and on hand. My family has loved eating actual meals instead of cold cereal on the days that I was way too busy to make dinner!
2. You can stock up and shop smart! Salmon on sale? You've never seen chicken for such a good price? Not a problem! I'm always buying meat that is on sale at the grocery store, because I have room to store it!
3. You'll avoid injury. You don't get hit in the face with a jar of frozen jam or a pack of steaks every single time you open your freezer door. And this was a serious problem for me:)
4. More space = better organization. Now I can actually keep freezer meals, meat, vegetables, etc. in one freezer and ice cream, frozen fruit & popsicles in the other.
The fact that I love my chest freezer so much is probably a sign that I'm getting old.
But isn't she a beauty?
If you already have a chest freezer, what do you love about it?
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|kathryn(1 month ago)||Reply|
I BOUGHT A SMALL FREEZER AND A MICROWAVE, VERY HAPPY. JUST BOUGHT MY RETIREMENT DREAM DOUBLE WIDE WITH OUT THE POWER OR GAS TURNED ON. GAS GUY TOLD ME THE KITCHEN NEEDS TO BE GUTTED AND BOTH BATHROOMS LEAK AND SMELL LIKE SEWER BACK UP. BORROWED $$ FROM FAMILY TO GET IN THE DOOR. NO FIRST XMAS TREE, YAPPY DOG OR MY DREAM GARDEN FOR A LONG WHILE. ANY PROMO/MARKETING IDEAS? SUPPOSED TO BE THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE. SO SAD
|Susan(2 months ago)||Reply|
My chest freezer in the basement is 34 years old. It still works well and has never needed servicing. All appliances should last this long. Last year I bought an upright freezer to put in my kitchen by the fridge. Unless your garage has AC in the summer the garage is not a good place to run it. And if RCWILLEYS doesn't sell extra freezer baskets check online. It's the best way to organize a chest freezer.
|Wendy(2 months ago)||Reply|
I bought a big chest freezer from RC Willey a few years ago, and it's been wonderful! I can buy natural beef by the side, and have it last a couple years. I even raised my own beef which now sits contentedly in my freezer. It's been a wonderful investment.
|Angela(2 months ago)||Reply|
I love my freezer! It stores so much and tucks away in the corner of the garage. I do need some advice on how to organize it better because I always seem to lose and forget about the food on the bottom! Are there baskets, shelves, or inserts that you use that would be good for this? Thanks!
Monday, 29 September 2014
Trend Alert: Get Yourself an Eames Chair
Charles and Ray Eames, the powerhouse couple who designed the Eames chairs in the 1940's and 1950's probably had no idea just how influential and long lasting their designs would be. Constructed from wood, fiberglass, plastic and metal mesh-- Eames chairs are sleek, modern, and still highly coveted all these years later.
Original Eames chairs are hard to come by, but there are plenty of Eames imitations out there--- in fact they are all over in the design world right about now! Here is one that we carry at RC Willey:
Don't you love it? I love all of the clean lines and curves- it's simple and elegant all at the same time. Whether you incorporate a handful of Eames chairs around your kitchen table, or you put an Eames rocker in your nursery.... they look absolutely fabulous in any modern room. Here are some of my favorites:
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
As summer draws to an end each year I always seem to experience conflicting emotions. It's a little sad to think about the fact that vacations are over, hawaiian shave ice stands are closing, and the sun will soon go down much earlier than 9pm. But I'm also usually ready and excited to have a little more routine in my life, watch the leaves turn orange and yellow, and to pull out my fall sweaters. I guess the trick to living a full life is enjoying the here and now.
From a design aspect it doesn't get more summery than a crisp white room with brilliant pops of color. Ahhhh, doesn't this combination just make you happy? Here are some of the prettiest summery rooms I've seen this season.....
Summer, we've loved you, but we have to let you go.
Bring it on Fall. Can't wait to see what you bring to the table:)
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Easiest Bread I've Ever Made
I LOVE homemade bread. Like, really really love homemade bread. No matter how close to the real deal some store bought bread might be, it just doesn't even come close to the deliciousness of homemade bread. There's nothing like a fresh from the oven slice of warm bread slathered in copious amounts of butter. Get in my belly.
The term "homemade bread" can be scary for some. It's territory that people are hesitant to even venture into. I mean, you make a loaf of homemade bread and suddenly the general population thinks you're a domestic goddess! Case in point: The other night I hosted a dinner party with a bunch of girlfriends and I made this sourdough bread recipe I'm about to share with you. Everyone was ohhhhhhing and ahhhhhing over it. When I told them it was super easy one of my friends piped up, "Oh I don't do homemade bread. There's no way I could ever make it." Ummmm if you can do basic math and have flour, water, yeast & salt at your house I'm pretty sure you can make this bread! (Seriously, your kindgergartener could probably whip this up no problem.) And did I mention it's absolutely DELICIOUS?? Enjoy!
Amazing no-knead Sourdough
from the Keeping Up Cookbook
This easy method for making crusty, artisan sourdough bread might just change your life (and possibly your waistline). The texture is best with bread flour, but it works just as beautifully with all-purpose flour.
You will need a large, lidded, oven-proof pot or dutch oven. Measure the bottom of your pot to determine which size loaf to make (doesn’t have to be exact).
8” round loaf
3 cups bread flour
1.5 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
10" round loaf
4 cups bread flour
2 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
In a large bowl, stir together ingredients until well combined. If there is leftover flour in the bowl after mixing, add water by the 1/4 teaspoon until all flour has been incorporated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit on your counter for 18 hours (plus or minus a few hours is fine). Dough will spread, rise slightly and be bubbly on top.
Lay a clean, cotton dishtowel on your counter (not terry cloth). Sprinkle it generously with cornmeal. Sprinkle a separate surface generously with flour. Using a rubber spatula, scoop dough onto floured surface. Dough will be very sticky, so use your spatula to “roll” the dough around until lightly covered in flour. With floured hands, shape dough into a loose ball by pushing edges away from you and pinching them together on the backside of the dough. Place dough, seam-side down, in center of cornmeal covered towel. Generously sprinkle entire surface of dough with the cornmeal. Fold towel over the dough and let rise 2 to 3 hours.
When ready to bake, place lidded pot in the oven and turn oven to 450 degrees. LEt preheat for at least 20 minutes. Transfer dough to preheated pot by sliding one hand under the towel and dumping dough into pot (now it will be seam-side up). Give pot a quick shake to even out dough, but don’t worry if it isn’t centered. Quickly replace lid and return pot to oven. Reduce heat to 400 degrees.
Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove lid, then bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until bread is nicely browned on the top. Immediately dump bread onto a cooling rack and let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Trend Alert: Wood Paneling
Did you know that wood is one of this season's hottest neutral design trends? I bet you never thought the trend would actually make a comeback, but wood paneled walls are especially popular right now! Thankfully the wood paneling of the 1970's has reinvented itself into something retro, modern, and pretty awesome.
Designers are producing new & unique wood products, and turning to reclaimed or distressed wood. Also, most wood paneling today is hung hoizontally, as opposed to vertically as it was in the past. I'm loving the fact that instead of covering up these beautiful walls with paint, the natural grain lines of the wood are being celebrated!
If you are looking to add a little more beauty, character and charm to your home, think about installing wood paneling! You could do an accent wall or an entire room- you really can't go wrong with mother nature!
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Thursday, 31 July 2014
Take Me Away
I'm a huge fan of all four seasons, but there really is something absolutely magical about summertime. Especially summertime at the beach. Don't you think? The hot sunny days, delicious fresh seafood & shave ice, and the cool salty breezes at night-- it just doesn't get any better. Since the closest thing to a "beach" we have here in Utah is Antelope Island (and no, that doesn't count in my book), and it's been miserably hot lately, I'm dreaming of a beach vacay on the coast of anywhere (east or west coast will do just fine). Check out these beautiful beach houses and you'll want to leave town too. Isn't everything about them just dreamy?
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|Hannah(4 months ago)||Reply|
Bear Lake has nice beaches! And it's much cooler than Lake Powell. However...it's not quite the same as the ocean.
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Happy Birthday Utah!
For those of you who live in Utah, I hope you are partyin' hard today with the rest of the state! How great is it that we get two awesome holidays celebrating our beautiful country and state in the month of July? In honor of Utah's birthday today, I've included a little round up of some of my favorite articles/ blog posts around the web detailing some of Utah's "bests" (mostly eats because that's what I live for:) What's your favorite Utah hot spot?!
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