Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Night Thought

Friday, March 27, 2020

Night Time Routine

I am no expert at all on mental health, but it seems like it’s a good idea to have a few daily routines in place just for the sake of unwinding and having some sense of normal. Over the years I have shared a few different versions of a nighttime routine {it definitely evolves over time}, but I always find it to be the most relaxing part of the day. Plus, after a long day there is nothing I look more forward to than a long, hot shower and finally being able to crawl under the covers. 
Remove Makeup// I couldn’t imagine going to bed without removing my makeup. Just the idea of everything that comes in contact with your face during the day and the general debris that floats around in the air just does not seem like it would be good for your skin… This is my favorite makeup remover at the moment and it is amazing

Listen to Music// I usually have the TV on or Music playing just for the sake of having bake ground noise; just having complete silence makes me feel a little antsy after a while. At night a make a point to listen to music that is more low-key like Frank Sinatra, Michael BublĂ©, or the Air Supply channel on Pandora {I know, make fun of me, but I just can’t help but like an old 80’s love ballot} 

Brush Teeth// This is another thing I don’t see how people can skip occasionally before they go to bed… Sometimes I even brush my teeth during the day if needed… I just hate that gritty feeling that some food can leave on the surface of teeth…

Shower// I always love how refreshed I feel after washing all the ruminates from the day off. There is seriously no better way to hit a reset button than with a shower

Night Time Facial Care// Who else is slightly obsessed with facial cream? Right now I love, love, love the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, it’s so lightweight and not greasy at all. I also like to use these eye masks, and then follow everything up with this facial roller

Netflix// You have to leave the eye masks on for 20 mins so I usually watch something that’s uplifting {who wants to watch something heavy before bed…} either on Disney Plus or Netflix

Read// If I don’t read before I go to bed it always takes me a little longer to fall asleep… I think just the constantly stimulation from the phone and computer through out the day causes me to be a little keyed up by bedtime and a book is always such a nice way to spend those last few minutes of the night before you finally drift off to sleep

Thursday, March 26, 2020

My Five Current Favorite Apps

With the current lifestyle change I have been on my phone and computer a little more than normal. Not the greatest habit, but sometimes when I’m nervous, procrastinating, or simply have nothing else to do I’ll scroll around on my phone. 

I’ve been trying to use apps that lead to more productivity, reduce anxiety, or are somewhat educational. Here are my top favorite current apps right now.
Asana Rebel// Since gyms have been closed I have been trying to be resourceful with trying to find different workout videos or apps to use and this one is a really great resource 

Duolingo// When I was in middle school and high school and was actually required to learn a foreign language I really wasn’t all that interested in the prospect of learning a new language with everything else that is your plate at that age. However, now that I am order I so wish I knew how to speak French or Italian. They are just such beautiful languages, and the history behind each culture is just fantastic. Duolingo is a perfect app to use if you’re interested in learning a new language and it is so user friendly  

Hey Color// Remember the whole adult coloring book wave that was so popular back in 2016/2017? I was never able to get too into that trend… For me personally I honestly found it more relaxing to just do a bit of free draw. This app is color by number and it is actually oddly relaxing, it’s probably the one time I’m ever going to the electronic version of something is better than the actual thing, but electronic adult coloring is actually better than real-life adult coloring books

White Noise// Between the news, not being able to follow my usual weekly schedule, and being in a bit more than I usually am, for me personally it’s kind of created a low level of anxiety for me that makes it a little hard to fall a sleep at night and then the next morning I can so feel the drag of not get a proper night’s rest. I recently started using a white noise app for nights when I am having trouble falling asleep and it actually works. 

SimplyE// I haven’t actually used this app yet, but I just love how the NYC library is offering over 300,000 audio books through this app for free. The only catch is you have to have a library card, which I haven’t had since college… but if you have a library card this is such a great app!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

My 10 Favorite Quick and Easy Recipes

I know that with the current conditions we are all working with that cooking at home might be a little bit more commonplace than it usually is for you. I know for me personally I have not been eating out to speak of…not to complain, but I do miss the grilled cheese and hamburger at the RH CafĂ©… I have my fingers crossed that restaurants and other service industries open backup and assume their normal routine, but for now I thought it was a great opportunity to share a few recipes…

Maybe this is weird, but when I’m stressed I actually use cooking as a stress reliever and listen to either Christmas music or Frank Sinatra, depending on my mood. That said, even though I enjoy cooking to an extent, I don’t like standing in the kitchen for three hours to put together a meal… I feel pretty safe in saying that most people probably share my feelings in not wanting to spend an excessive amount of time cooking, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite quick and easy recipes! 
This is the perfect dish to cook on a cool day when you have nowhere to go. It’s super easy to make, cleanup, and it smells great while it’s cooking and taste even better

I love this dish – the filling is beyond delish and it always comes out looking beautiful. When I make this dish I usually sub out the ground beef for ground turkey, I add corn, and leave out the salt just because there is already salt in the cheese. You’ll have a decent amount of left over pepper filling; I usually save it for later to put in a lettuce wrap and make a quick taco, and of course you can always use the extra filling to make a few more stuffed peppers! 

I am such a big fan of Ina – all of her recipes always turn out amazing, even if they don’t always look exactly like the picture… good news: this recipe will definitely end up looking like the picture! You do have to allow about 8 hours for the tenderloin to marinate; I have also let it marinate over night before {is there such a thing as marinating meat for too long?} and it always turns out great

Okay, yes, I realize asparagus isn’t a meal, it’s a side, but I love it. I’m not a big chip person and I am always either snacking on bell peppers or asparagus… This recipe always taste so delicious and it goes with basically anything – as far as I’m concerned, it’s the neutral of the food world

This is 100% always a crowd pleaser and it is so delicious and easy to put together. From start to finish it takes a little under one hour to prep and cook. It’s a great lunch or dinner dish and you will always have left overs {unless you are feeding more than 8}

This is one of my favorite recipes simply for the fact that it is so easy to put together and I feel like it is pretty healthy overall just because you don’t have to add all the extra added toppings {if you don’t want to} that you have to with regular chili}. The recipe calls for 2 chicken breast, but I usually use 3 smaller chicken breast just because they cook up more tender and the little extra meat thickens up the chili mixture. 

You can’t say I didn’t warn you that I am a fan of Ina’s! If I could spend a day with her and Jennifer Gardner my year would be absolutely be made. This dish is super easy to make – the only time consuming thing about it is you have to let the tomato mixture sit out for about four hours

The amount of things you can do with a cast-iron skillet really does amaze me.  Call me lazy, but if I’m not going to get pizza out, I usually buy a frozen cheese pizza and cut up a few fresh vegetables to put on it. However, if you are more homemade pizza driven than I am, cast-iron skillet pizzas really are a great alternative to eating out.

Is there anything better than bbq chicken complete with cheese grits? For this recipe I usually buy the larger tray of chicken tenders {or 2 smaller trays if the large tray isn’t available} instead of using the chicken breasts. I also add in a little honey to the bbq sauce, even if it the sauce already has honey in it, and I cook the chicken about 3 minutes longer than the recipe says to. It taste great right out of the oven, heated back up, used to make a chicken sandwich, and you can even use the left over bbq chicken to cut up and put on you frozen cheese pizza… I mean, who out there doesn’t love a bbq chicken pizza…

This dish is so tasty and easy to make, minus the clean up. For this recipe I always squeeze a fresh lemon over the chicken once it’s cooked and garnish with a little freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley. For the warmer months of the year I sever it over fresh greens and a few vegetables. Then for the cooler months…not the healthiest thing in the world… but, I melt fresh mozzarella on the chicken, server over pasta, and top with a marinara sauce, and to top it off… you guessed it, some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Again, the winter version isn’t as healthy as the summer version, but it is definitely comfort food at it’s finest 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Cozy At Home

Right now is the perfect time to give your surroundings a little extra bump up. I know that most, if not all of us are staying home a little more than we are used to. It’s inevitable that after a few days you don’t spot a room that could use an extra lamp, a new paint color, a few more baking dishes, or something as simple as a fun game or an extra soft throw.
There are so many great companies out there who are currently offering unbelievable online deals, and it is the perfect moment to add a little extra something to your house or stock up on a few more lounge pieces! 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Weekend Sales

Okay… it’s basically Black Friday in March…so many stores are running unbelievable promotions to encourage people to stay in, boost sales, and makeup for their physical stores being closed for the time being. So, why not start the weekend off right with breakfast in bed and a little online shopping?!? Here is a weekend sale round up!
Abercrombie// Sale up to 50% off plus an extra 25% off entire purchase
Ann Taylor// 40% off full-price pants & Denim with code PERFECTPANT
Anthropologie// 25% off everything 
ASOS// get 20% off with code CLEARPAY20
Brooks Brothers// 25% off your full-priced purchase
Free People// 25% off all sale styles
Gap// 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off with code ALLYOU
J. Crew// Up to 50% off cozy at-home picks
J. Crew Factory// extra 30% off 2 items, 40% off 3 items, and 50% off 4 or more items
KJP// 20% off your order plus free domestic shipping with code STAYATHOME
Lands’ End// 40% off your order with code OCEAN
Loft// Get an extra 60% off all sale styles with code LOVEU
Macy’s// VIP Sale up to extra 30% off with code VIP
Madewell// 25% off your purchase
Mark & Graham// 25% off plus free shipping with code THANKYOU
Nordstrom// 25% off limited-time savings sitewide
Pottery Barn// 25% off plus free shipping on orders over $79 with code FRIENDS
Tuckernuck// 20% off sitewide with code TUCK20
Vineyard Vines// 30% off everything and an additional 40% off sale styles with code FAMILY
West Elm// 40% off everything plus an extra 20% off clearance with code EXTRA20
Williams Sonoma// 20% off your order plus free shipping with code SPRING

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Guest Post :: How To Prep Your Car For A Spring Road Trip

In light of everything that is going on in the world currently and all of the precautionary measures being taken a road trip may not be in the immediate future, but it is always better to look ahead and summer is just around the corner. Maybe it’s just me, but I never take into account car maintenance prep before a trip with all the other components that go into planning a trip. Today Peter Minkoff is sharing a fantastic guest post on how to prep your car for a road trip.
No matter where you live and how old you are – going on a spring road trip is one of the best experiences in the world! This is an amazing opportunity for you to unwind and recuperate after a long and hard winter. It’s also a great way to reconnect with your friends and family and get a chance to hang out with them more than usual. Finally, going on a spring road trip will help you learn more about the destination you’re going to and understand why taking some time off might have been just the thing you needed. But, if you want to get ready for a spring road trip, you’ll have to invest some time, patience and energy first, especially when it comes to preparing your car for this adventure. If that’s something you’re thinking about doing as well, here are a few tips that might help you get ready quickly and efficiently.

Make a checklist

Making sure your car is actually going to get you to from your home to your destination and back should be the first thing on your mind. This could take a while, and forgetting a thing or two is easier than you think. That’s why you might want to make a checklist and try to stick to it as much as you can. Write everything down and go through your list one step at a time, as that’s the only way to make sure you do everything that needs to be done.
Another way to do that is by talking to your mechanic. These are the people who know everything there is to know about cars, and they’ll surely tell you what you need to do. This is particularly important if you’re going away from home and to a place where your mechanic can’t reach you. That’s why talking to them and letting them check your car before hitting the road is such a great idea.

Check your engine

The engine is probably the most important part of your vehicle, and making sure it’s in perfect condition is something you definitely need to do before going to a spring road trip. It doesn’t’ really matter where you’re going and how far you’ll be driving – doing this will ensure your car is actually ready for a road trip and minimize your chances to experience an engine problem in the middle of nowhere.

Checking the engine on your own isn’t as hard as most people think, so if you’re trying to save some money and time, do this yourself. Try to be as precise, meticulous, and thorough as you can, because even the tiniest problem could end up ruining your road trip. Of course, going to a mechanic is always a better option, no matter how much experience you think you have. Having your engine checked by a professional is safer than doing that on your own.

Check your tires

This is another vital part of your car, and if your tyres are in the right shape, the chances are you’re not going to enjoy your spring road trip as much as you thought you would. This is the reason why checking your tyres before you leave your home is a must – or you could simply replace them and be absolutely sure everything is going to be all right.
Finding the right tyres takes a while, but if you know the size of your tyre – how wide it is, as well as the size of your profile and rim – you’ll be able to do that quite easily. Be sure to check out those versatile 4wd tyres that are great for different terrains and weather conditions, which is why they might suit you – whichever destination you pick for your spring road trip. In the end, check your tyre pressure and keep doing that on the road as well, whenever your tyre-pressure warning light comes on.

Check the lights

If you’re going to a distant location, you’ll probably be driving during the night, and that’s why having reliable lights you can count on is crucial. These things will save your life and help you get from point A to point B without any problems, and that’s something you can’t put a price on. Once again, doing this on your own is quite all right, but going to a mechanic is even better.
If you decide to check your lights by yourself, ask a friend or a member of your family to help you. They could check your brake lights and make sure they’re working, as well as your parking lights. At the same time, you can check your headlights and alight them, and see if any of these need to be replaced. 

If you notice something’s wrong, react before you hit the road – this is much easier than looking for a mechanic in an area you’re not familiar with and ruining your road trip because of this.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Links I'm Loving

I would first like to start off this post by just acknowledging everything that has been going on. I know some major lifestyle changes have taken place over the past few days for the sake of ones own health and the health around them. I hope every is staying health and safe and are taking all the precautionary measures. 

Now onto something a little more light hearted…that includes a few links that will come in handy given the current situation.
It is amazing how things can change in just a few short days. This week is painfully different from last week: college students have moved off campus, schools campuses are closed, business are closed, and more and more people are having to work from home. This is such a great article full of tips for those of you who are working at home. 

This is something else that has changed this week…gyms and workout centers have closed their doors till further notice, and if they haven’t people are being advised to stay away from the gym. We are really so blessed with modern day convinces and there are so many great workout videos online. I love yoga – it is such a great way to decompress, and if you haven’t already started a yoga practice or have tried out yoga with Adriene, now is a great time to give both a try

One thing that I haven’t started doing more of with everything going on at the present moment is cooking at home. This recipe is great and such a comfort food! Instead of cooking an entire chicken I just baked 4 chicken breasted that had been rubbed with olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon pepper, then shredded with a fork right when they came out of the oven and squeezed one fresh lemon over the shredded chicken. After all, who wants to spend 3 and half hours just cooking a chicken… Maybe some, but not me

The Gal Meets Glam collection is so on point for this spring/summer season and I just love, love, love this dress!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you already know that I am slightly obsessed with Gourmet Makes. Plus, Girl Scout Cookies – need I say more…

Friday, March 13, 2020

Guest Post :: 5 Most Popular Permanent Makeup Treatments

Personally, I am not sure if permanent makeup is something I would actually get, but I am so intrigued by the process of permanent make and all the options that are available. Permanent makeup is supposed to be a pretty big makeup trend for 2020, and honestly with every thing that goes on in the morning I could see someone getting permanent eyeliner or something super basic and timeless like that just to save time. Today on the blog Tilly is guest posting and sharing the five most popular permanent makeup treatments for 2020.
2020 will be the year of permanent makeup, that’s for sure. When you consider all the benefits, this is no wonder. Not having to do your makeup every single morning and not having to worry about it getting ruined throughout the day is more than enough motivation to consider permanent and semi-permanent makeup as an alternative.
The thing about permanent makeup is, there’s something for everybody. What permanent makeup basically is is injecting pigments into the skin using different tools, techniques, and pigment colors.There’s a range of procedures developed to make your lives easier without having to sacrifice your looks, such as lip and cheek blushing, microblading, powder brows, ombre brows, permanent eyeliner, BB glow… Whatever your everyday makeup look is, there’s a way to achieve its permanent version. We give you the 5 trendiest permanent makeup treatments at the moment!


This is the procedure most people think about when permanent makeup is mentioned. Styling brows with microblading eyebrows technique means drawing hair-like lines between the natural hairs, giving your brows thickness and an illusion of volume, correcting the shape to best suit your face along the way. Results of microblading done right are very subtle. They will transform your face without being obvious and you’ll have Instragrammable brows for up to 2 years without pencils or gels. 

Lip Blushing

No, this is not the lipliner tattoo of the 90’s. Lip blushing is a way to achieve lush lip color that looks natural and gives a no-makeup look. The artist injects pigment in countless dotting motions. You can even get a subtle ombre that will make your lips look fuller besides deepening their color. This is a way to better the color of your lips without stickiness of smudging. The color range is wide, but most clients opt for more natural flesh colored shades appropriate for any occasion.
Lips retain pigment less than the rest of the face, so it might take a couple of touch ups to get it right. But once you do, you’ll have juicy, kissable lips for up to a year!

Freckle Tattoos

Meghan Markle made freckles the biggest beauty trend of 2019. Those of us not naturally blessed with them now have a way to create this look with permanent makeup. 
With freckle tattoos, the technician uses a dotting technique to inject pigments slightly darker than your natural skintone. Some artists use machine needles, others do it manually, but with freckle tattoos, the chances of it not looking right are minimal, as freckles are supposed to be uneven and are often different in color. So this is one treatment where fading isn’t a problem. They’re supposed to look soft and natural! You can get as many or as few as you want and they will stay visible for about 2 years.

Ombre Brows

It’s also worth mentioning ombre brows treatment as a more dramatic alternative to microblading. In this case, a shade is added on top of the hair-like lines, which gives more obvious results. The ombre part means that the arch is darkest at its tail, and gets gradually lighter towards the centre of the forehead. 
Ombre brows are usually completed in 2 visits to the tech and last longer than microblading – up to 3 years.

Permanent Eyeliner

Let’s end with a staple. If you’re thinking about getting just one cosmetic procedure, the permanent eyeliner is probably the best option, as it never goes out of style. Permanent eyeliner is usually done just above the lash line. For a more dramatic look, the artist can cover more area with pigment and draw on a visible line. If you want a subtler look that you can build upon with regular makeup for special occasions, you can opt for a so-called lash enhancement, where the line blends into the lashes and gives you the illusion of a liner&mascara combo.  It’s totally customizable. The artist can adapt the thickness, color and shape of the line to look just like you usually draw it. 
You’ll be waking up for up to 3 years with your eyeliner on point!

Create The Perfect Gift By Turning A Photo Into A Painting

Many people ask themselves, “what are some engagement gift ideas for my daughter?” or “what is the perfect birthday gift for my friend?” If you are looking for a perfect gift for someone special, then turning a photo into a painting is the perfect option! Here at Paint Your Life, we specialize in turning photos into stunning paintings.
The process is extremely simple, all you have to do is submit a picture to one of our artists. Then, our artists will take the picture and create a beautiful painting on canvas from it. All of our artists are extremely talented and have been hand-selected based on their skill. They can make beautiful children’s oil portraits, wedding portraits, or paintings of any other kinds.
Custom paintings make perfect engagement gifts. You can choose a picture of the future bride and groom and give it to them at their engagement party or at another time. They will be extremely grateful and blown away by how realistic the painting looks.
David’s Paint Your Life Story
Alt Attribute: Man turns photo to painting for the perfect anniversary gift
David wanted to get his wife a special gift for their first anniversary. After considering many different options, he decided to go with a custom painting from Paint Your Life. He chose a picture of him and his wife holding hands on a hill overlooking a forest on their wedding day. Speaking about his experience with Paint Your Life, David had this to say:
“The painting was a gift for my wife for our first wedding anniversary. I wanted to play on the traditional gift of paper and thought canvas and a painting would be a nice modern twist on the traditional gift. The painting depicts our wedding day and turns out to be my wife’s favorite photo from that day. She loved the painting and the way Paul the artist captured everything from that amazing day.”
David was thrilled with the result that he got from turning a picture to a painting with Paint Your Life. You too can get a similar result if you decide to get a custom painting done from Paint Your Life based on a photo you submit to one of our artists.
Dozens of different artists, unlimited potential  
We have dozens of different artists at Paint Your Life. Some of these artists specialize in oil paintings, some specialize in charcoal, some specialize in watercolor, etc. No matter which type of painting or drawing you prefer, we have an artist who is a master in this area.
On the Paint Your Life website, you can browse through our artists and view paintings they have done in order to find the artist that you like the best. Once you decide on an artist, you can let us know. Then, just send us the photo and we will make sure that the artist gets it.
Once the artist receives the photo, he or she will create a stunning painting for you in just one to two weeks. It literally could not be a simpler process. All of our artists have slightly different styles, so you should go with the one that resonates the most with you. However, no matter which artist you choose, you will end up with a fantastic result!
A perfect gift for any occasion
Paint Your Life paintings make perfect engagement gifts. However, this is not the only occasion that they are ideal for. In fact, you can give a Paint Your Life painting as a gift for nearly any occasion.
Paint Your Life paintings make ideal gifts for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, graduations, retirement celebrations, and more. Once you commission a Paint Your Life painting and see the result when you give it to a special person, you will be amazed at their reaction. After seeing how emotional our paintings make people, you might just want to give a painting from paint your life to all of your friends and family members! In addition to giving a Paint Your LIfe painting for a gift, here are some other tips for planning a birthday celebration
There is something that is truly special about receiving a custom painting that is based on a cherished photo that makes people’s hearts melt. In fact, paintings from paint your life are often the most emotionally significant gift that people ever receive in their lives.
If you don’t believe us, then click on this link to see some actual reactions of people who have received paintings from Paint Your Life:

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Need more proof? You can also read this Paint Your Life review to see what another person has to say about Paint Your Life.
If you decide that you would like to try out Paint Your Life, then all you have to do is get in touch with us and send us the photo you want turned into a painting. We will take care of the rest!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Guest Post :: Sophisticated Aesthetics In Kitchens

The first two things that I always take notice of when I go into someone’s house is their formal living room and kitchen. The older I get the more and more I love a kitchen, maybe it’s because it seems to be a good place to congregate within a home, I don’t know, but fact of the mater is I do love kitchens. Thanks to Pinterest and Instagram with their endless amount of kitchen inspiration there are some truly stunning kitchens in Nashville. In my opinion, the more marble and light colors, and statement lighting the better a kitchen will be. Today on the blog Jay Chambers is going to share some sophisticated aesthetics you might want to add to your own kitchen!
Your kitchen is a central part of your home. It’s where you bring your family and friends together with delicious meals and shared drinks. One of the best ways to put your best foot forward and take your kitchen to the next level is to add the right sophisticated aesthetics. There are a lot of options to choose from, though, so here are some of your best options when you’re considering kitchen additions. 

Wine Storage

No party is complete without wine to accompany the meal or appetizers. Keeping wine in the refrigerator is fine for small gatherings, but it will begin to take up quite a bit of space as you need more bottles. 

A wine cabinet is a great way to get around this problem. They come in any number of sizes, meant to accommodate any wine lover’s needs. Some cabinets simply store the bottles, while others can chill the entire cabinet to the desired temperature. The right wine cabinet can also function as a statement piece, sparking interest and conversation in guests. 

Water Softener

A water softener is a useful, but often overlooked addition to any kitchen. These devices take out certain ions in water that can cause scale buildup on appliances. Not only does this look bad, but it also can cause some real damage to your kitchen. 

The right water softener can protect your plumbing and give it the most longevity possible. This is especially important if you have any exposed plumbing, which can become corroded from hard water. Hard water can also negatively affect your appliances, leaving stains and corrosion. Hard water stains on coffee makers or glasses can make your home look less sophisticated. A water softener can prevent these stains, keeping your appliances looking as new as when they came out of the box. 

Embrace Stainless Steel

When designing a kitchen, decisions must be made regarding the materials that will be used for different appliances. Electronic appliances should match the oven and countertops so that there is not a clash in the aesthetic. 

Stainless steel is a timeless design material that is easy to clean and looks amazing. It can be cleaned by wiping away smudges and doesn’t stain easily. Stainless steel also gives a modern look that will impress any guest. Not only is stainless easy to maintain, but it also matches almost any appliance on the market. 

Whether you have a black or white set of appliances, stainless will complement your existing setup. This sleek design will impress guests and remain attractive for years to come. 

Remove Clutter 

Not all of your prized cooking tools and appliances need to be out on the counter. This sort of clutter can make your kitchen feel too relaxed, and lacking in sophistication. The best way around this is to put away any kitchen appliances that are not used weekly. These may be the toaster, coffeemaker, or mixer, and might be taking up more space than you realize.

Take the time to determine which items can be put away to save countertop space. This space will make your kitchen feel more put together and clean. If needed, these appliances can simply be brought back out and used before being stored away again. 

Leave Room For Tech

Consider leaving room in your kitchen to accommodate your tech gadgets. This can be done in any number of ways, including having a smart fridge with a screen or leaving room for your laptop near the kitchen. 

Incorporating technology will bring an air of modernity and functionality to your kitchen. Smart appliances can make it easier to manage the amount of energy being used. Many also have additional features meant to make grocery shopping, food prep, and general cooking easier. 

You may also consider incorporating a computer area in your kitchen. This may be an area where you can work at your laptop, or simply a place to charge it in the kitchen. This spot can function as a small desk and can make your kitchen feel like a part of your workspace. 

Shelving is Key 

One of the easiest ways to get a sophisticated look for your kitchen is to embrace functionality. Open shelving is an easy, and cheap, way to accomplish this task. Not only does open shelving creates a sleek, modern aesthetic, it also makes finding the right item easier than ever. 

You can choose to incorporate open shelving in a variety of ways. It's entirely up to you what items you choose to display, whether it's pot and pans or spices. No matter what you choose, putting these items on open shelving can really cut down on 

Designing a sophisticated kitchen is one of the easiest ways to grab the attention of guests and take the next step closer to your dream home. Not only will this impress those in your house, it'll also make your kitchen as functional as possible. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Beautiful Coffee Table Books

Honestly, what is the point of having a coffee table unless you are going to fill it with a ridiculous number of beautiful coffee table books? My preferred method for displaying books on a coffee is to simply arrange them in stacks and having them going neatly across lengthwise. I just like the organized effect it gives and the effortless elegance it adds to a room
Everyone has a favorite coffee table type, mine is either glass or mirrored top that have two to three shelves {like this one or this one}. I love to use the very top of shelf of a coffee table to display flowers, coasters, a try of some sort, one stack of books, and of course a candle. I also prefer to display larger books on a coffee table for the simple reasons that coffee table books are a statement piece, and the more practical reason, larger books usually will not fit on a bookshelf. Here are a few of my favorite coffee table books…