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Decorating with Emerald

Posted by Andie on February 27, 2013

Did you hear the news?  We're just a couple months into 2013, and I'm already seeing the color emerald everywhere!  I've got a darling new emerald wallet, and several other emerald items on my wish list to prove it!   Are you loving green as much as I am?

 

The way I see it, there are basically two ways to incorporate emerald into your home decor:

 

1. Choose to go big. Be daring.  Be bold.  Paint the walls a rich emerald hue, throw up emerald wall paper, or purchase an emerald sofa or chair.  

 

Not quite that in love with the color?  Don't want to make it such a permanent part of your home?

 

2. Keep it simple.  Go subtle.  Look for little emerald accents and accessories that can liven the place up without taking center stage.  Pillows, throws, vases, lamps, or artwork will do just the trick.   

 

And now, for some emerald design inspiration......

  

 

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No Guts, No Glory PLUS RC Willey Gift Card Winners Announced!

Posted by Andie on February 22, 2013

It's easy to play it safe when it comes to selecting paint colors for the walls of your home.  Sure, whites, creams, tans, and beiges are undoubtably the easiest way to go, but I say live on the edge a little!  Have you ever thought about painting a room black?!  Gasp!  I know, it sounds gothic, depressing and crazy... but if it's done right, it can be dramatic, striking and gorgeous.

 

Sure, you've got to be daring and courageous and committed to the idea, but you'll end up with a space so fantastic and unique that all of your neighbors will want black walls too!   I think black paint looks classiest in rooms with high ceilings, big windows, and lots of natural light.  Just remember no guts, no glory!  Go bold or go home!

 

 

 

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What do you think?  Would you dare paint a room black in your home?

 

 

 

 

P.S. In other news, Congratulations to our five "Neutral with a Pop of Color Accessories giveaway" winners!     These folks each have a $100 RC Willey gift card coming their way!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trend Alert: Elephants and Tigers and Dogs, Oh My!

Posted by Andie on February 20, 2013

Just because a trend comes along doesn't mean you have to like it.  Supposedly, one of the up and coming design trends for 2013 is using dog and elephant patterns on wallpaper, furniture, bedding and accessories.   We're talking frolicking images of dogs and elephants.  And not just in kids rooms.  What do you think?  Personally, I'm not sold.  I think it's a little strange for my taste, but then again I'm not a huge animal person.  Thoughts?  Do you see yourself putting up animal wallpaper or buying a sofa with little dogs on it this year??

 

 

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 What do you think?  Awesome?  Or just plain weird?

 

 

P.S. Don't forget to enter our Neutral With a Pop of Color Accessories Giveaway for a chance to win a $100 RC Willey accessories gift card! Five winners will be chosen this Friday, February 22nd.  Good Luck!

 

 

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Pink Rooms

Posted by Andie on February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

 

When it comes to decorating, many people shy away from the color pink.  Some think it only belongs on nursery walls or little girl's dresses, while others view it as way too feminine.  Neither could be further from the truth!

 

 

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Pink is a great color to use in any room of your home because there are literally hundreds of shades to choose from.  From pale pink, to fuchsia, to rose, hot pink, and salmon; the possibilities are endless!  Pink can have a calming, energizing, romantic, fun, commanding or playful effect on a room.  So whether you opt to go bold, or keep it subtle, stand back and bask in the beauty of pink.  

 

 

 

 

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Do you dare decorate with pink?

 

 

 

 

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Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by Andie on February 12, 2013

It just wouldn't be right not to have sugar cookies on Valentine's day.  Here's the thing though- sugar cookies are complicated.  I've tried several recipes over the years, and it takes a lot to impress me.  It's difficult to achieve the perfect balance between crisp and chewy, and don't even get me started on the frosting...

 

Recently I went to a sugar cookie baking class at one of my favorite local bakeries.  I learned a few things that helped make all the difference in my sugar cookies this year....

 

1. Use a mixture of butter and margarine instead of just butter.  That way, your cookies won't be too flat, heavy, or greasy on the bottom.

2. Cake flour is way more forgiving than normal flour. Use it!  Your cookies will be fluffier.  (I had typically just used cake flour for cakes in the past, but I couldn't believe the difference it made in my cookies.)

3. Turn down the oven.  Bake at 335 degrees instead of 350.   (If you are using convection, turn your oven down even more.)  

 

 

 

And now, my friends, here is the recipe.  So do yourself, and your family a favor this V-day and make a batch of sugar cookies!

 

 

Cutler's Famous Sugar Cookies with Butter Cream Frosting

Cutler's Cookies, Bountiful Utah

 

1.5 cups butter (use 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup smart balance margarine)

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 cups cake flour 

 

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix until blended well.  Add dry ingredients and mix.  To make dough easier to work with, chill before rolling.

 

Roll and form cookies and bake at 335 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cookies are done when top is slightly cracked and no longer looks wet.  Edges may be slightly browned.  

 

 

Butter Cream Frosting

 

1 cup butter (use 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup smart balance margarine)

4-5 cups powdered sugar

milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Beat soft butter and powdered sugar together until smooth.  Add a splash of milk and vanilla, blend well.  Tint frosting with food color as desired.  Decorate with sprinkles immediately after frosting.  

 

ENJOY!!

 

What are some of your tricks when it comes to making sugar cookies??

 

 

 

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Trend Alert: Neutral with a Pop of Color GIVEAWAY!

Posted by Andie on February 8, 2013

Designers are already forecasting what the biggest design and color trends will be when it comes to home decor in 2013.  One trend you can expect to see this year?  Neutral spaces with brilliant pops of color.  I really love the beautiful, refreshing simplicity of neutral walls, flooring and furnishings complimented with little accents of cheerful, vibrant color.    

 

Need a little more color in your home?  You might be in luck!  I'm going to give five lucky readers each a $100 RC Willey gift card to use on fun, new home accessories!  To enter, simply become a blog follower if you aren't already, and leave a comment telling me what accent color you'd use to spice up a neutral room!  I'll pick five random winners on Friday, February 22nd.  One comment per person.  Good luck!

 

 

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Valentine's Day Craft

Posted by Andie on February 5, 2013

It's February.  Ughhhhhh.  I'm glad that January is behind us, but February is my least favorite month of the year.  I know it's technically the shortest of the twelve months, but it just drags on F-O-R-E-V-E-R.  The only redeeming aspect of February?  Valentine's day!  Don't you think it would be so much better if the whole month was dedicated to baking sugar cookies, eating gross sugary candy, making Valentine's, and celebrating love?  I'm doing it.  

 

I'm not a huge holiday decorator (besides Christmas), but in an effort to enjoy February a little more this year, I decided it was time to up my game and whip out some Valentine's day decorations.  You should too!  If you're looking for a FREE, super simple craft that will help cheer up your house during the bleak of winter, this is it!

 

 

 

 

Valentine's Day Heart Garlands

 

Here's what you'll need:

- red, pink & purple paint swatches!  (You can pick these up for free at most paint stores.)

- scissors

- a sewing machine and string

 

 

 

Here's what you do:

 

 

 

1. Get all of your paint swatches, and cut them into hearts.  Big hearts, medium hearts, little hearts- cut them into all different sizes!  I left the white lines, paint color names, and numbers on them because I think it makes them look more interesting.

 

 

 

 

2. Get your sewing machine out, and start sewing!  It doesn't have to be pretty- just sew through a heart, leave a little bit of string, sew through a heart, leave a little bit of string, etc.  I just kept the spacing and size of the hearts that I used totally random.  I sewed 7-8 hearts on each garland, making them about 3 feet long.  

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Once you've got several garlands sewn, hang them up!  I hung mine from my kitchen window.  Every time I do the dishes they make me happy.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And there you have it!  

So easy.

 

Go get festive!

 

 

 

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This One's for the Boys

Posted by Andie on February 1, 2013

It's Superbowl weekend!  In my family, that means the women will remain in the kitchen eating appetizers and discussing the latest developments on 'Downton Abbey', while the men retreat downstairs to enjoy the big game in the man cave.  In a design sense, man caves are often looked down upon.  They're typically thought of as tasteless, disgusting, poorly decorated and designed male sanctuaries where anything goes, and anything (no matter how tacky) can be found hanging on the walls. Not for long.  

According to designer Paul Sherrill, one of the biggest design trends will be sophisticated, upscale man caves.  Be on the lookout for media rooms full of fancy gadgets, excellent design, wood burning pizza ovens, indoor golf simulators, high-tech grills, etc.  

 

 

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 I would gladly approve of a man cave like one of these.

What about you?

 

Happy Superbowl Weekend!

 

 

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