When thinking about my dream home (or from looking at the home decor page on Pinterest) one of the things I covet most is a book nook. That’s right, I dream of a book nook before my kitchen or bedroom. Sure, a state of the art oven is an amazing thing to have, but the true way to my heart is shelves of books and a comfy spot to read them in. I love curling up with a book and forgetting everything else in the world for a few hours. It’s my time to unwind and let my mind drift to ideas I didn’t know existed.
Below are a few pictures of my favorite designs for a book nook. Now, to only implement it in my future home…
Although this isn’t a book nook, my OCD greatly appreciates the color coordination. Plus, the colors add something visually unique to these white bookshelves.
posted by Jenna T. on 12/09/13 / Tags: book corner, book nook, bookshelves, home decor, office inspiration / Leave a Comment
We think it’s safe to say that when October rolls around, we start to think about pumpkins. Whether it’s the pumpkin for your front porch for Halloween night, the Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks, or a Pumpkin Ale at your local bar, it isn’t fall until you’ve enjoyed the smell or taste of this versatile fruit!
We browsed the web for some of the most tempting pumpkin recipes we could find and had to share them with you. Let us know what you try and which ones are your favorites!
posted by Jenna T. on 10/09/13 / Tags: fall, fall pumpkin recipes, fall recipes, Food, pumpkin, pumpkin recipes, pumpkin recipes for fall / Leave a Comment
Surprise your friends, family and colleagues by wearing a classy and unusual tie knot. In the following article, you can find two original knots.
The first one is the Trinity knot:
This is how to achieve the look:
The second one is the Eldredge knot:
Check the following picture for the instructions:
posted by kevin on 07/17/13 / Tags: Eldredge, knot, tie, Trinity / Leave a Comment
To the guys,
We spend a lot time looking for a suit that fits perfectly. But this isn’t as simple as making sure you can button it up. A key element in any suit is the collar you choose. This seemingly minor piece to the larger outfit is important in framing the man’s face and accentuating the overall style of the suit.
The collar should be a play on your personal style. This may be a conservative, vintage, original, or a modern look.
To help you to find your perfect collar, here is a “guide” which I hope will transform you as a shirt expert.
- Collars can be categorized as:
- Standing or stand-up, fitting up around the neck and not lying on the shoulders.
- Turnover, standing around the neck and then folded or rolled over.
- Flat or falling, lying flat on the shoulders
posted by kevin on 03/17/13 / Tags: collar, Gentleman Collars, guys, man, style / Leave a Comment
Spring will be here in a blink of an eye and you know you’ll want to wear those shoulder less blouses and strapless tops. Everyone always talk about workouts for a toned belly, but we always overlook our arms! Toned arms can really make a difference in appearance and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to get them either. Without leaving your home, you can easily dedicate time to a short ten minute routine to work out those arm muscles. To add a little fun, these exercises also incorporate ballet moves. Click on the link below and start on this simple routine today. You can count me in!
posted by Michelle on 02/08/13 / Tags: arm workout, ballet, exercise, healthy / Leave a Comment
The start of a new year is the perfect time to reorganize your room and start afresh with a new or different perspective! As I am doing some redecorating of my own, I came across this funky brand called Hu2. It is a France based design company that has a knack for creating offbeat wall decals. Hu2 is a friend of the environment and this message is definitely ingrained in their fun wall decals. Materials used for the wall stickers are made from 100% recyclable PVC free adhesives. Check out some of their work!
posted by Michelle on 02/08/13 / Tags: environment, pvc free, recycle, wall decal / Leave a Comment
Having a cat can make your house pretty messy with all the scattered scratchers and toys. Many pet furniture will compromise the look and feel you originally desired for your home. Thankfully, these creative minds have come up with some pretty neat alternatives to bland colored pet furniture and ordinary pet beds.
This perch looks sleek and modern, which would fit perfectly into your home (by your window or anywhere on the wall). Installation only require two holes to be drilled. Easy and simple! Cat perch by Akemi Tanaka.
This is the pEi sleeping pod. It’s big enough for cat weighing up to 18 pounds and toy dogs up to 16 pounds. It also comes in a range of color from pink to cream. What I love about it is the design! The shape is pleasing to the eye and it’s definitely a perfect fit for a modern home.
The Cat Crib! A perch and bed, all in one. It also saves you a ton of space! You can attach it underneath your chair or table. It’s also affordable in comparison to many other pet furniture.
posted by Michelle on 02/08/13 / Tags: cat perch, home decor, modern, pet, pet bed, pet furniture / 1 Comment
Tired of that 2:30pm feeling? Don’t want to drink another cup of coffee or one of those 5-hour energy drinks? Here are some ways to wake up and help you through the rest of the day!
Grab a healthy snack
First things first: drink a glass of water. This will boost your energy and keep you from dehydration, in turn, keeping you from feeling tired. When choosing foods, remember that carbs give a quick pick-me-up, protein keeps energy up, and fat helps the energy last. Fruits and veggies, peanut butter on a whole-wheat cracker, or some yogurt with a handful of nuts are all great food choices. When choosing a carb, whole grains are a good source of energy and will last longer than the initial and quickly-fleetly burst of energy that comes from sweet food.
**Fun fact: apples wake you up just as much as coffee!
Pump Those Arms!
Increasing physical activity increases energy and gets the blood pumping and the body warmed up. It helps to get your mind off whatever your working on and the change in scenery can help give you a new perspective on what’s going on and help re-energize you. The key is to breath a little harder and move the muscles.
**Good mini-works: power walking, stairs, jump rope, and squats
Get some Zzz’s
Too much on your mind and a lack of sleep is definitely not a good combination! Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep per night (most adults need 7 hours) to ensure your body gets the rest it needs. Power naps up to 60 minutes are also a good way to get an extra boost of energy during the day. Whatever you do, when you wake up, don’t hit the snooze button! If your body falls back into a deep sleep, you will be even more tired the second (and third, and fourth, …) time you wake up!
Stress is one of the most energy-sucking problems we face in life. If you are constantly mentally and physically exhausted and anxious, your body will suffer, causing your energy levels to be too low. Find healthy ways to de-stress, such as taking a nap, doing something you enjoy, exercising, and maintaining a positive attitude. The more you can relax and enjoy life, the more energy you will have as a result of the low stress levels.
posted by brianna on 01/02/13 / Tags: energy boost, exercise, Food, health, holistic, Inspiration / Leave a Comment
How you choose to decorate your home should be a reflection of your style and taste. Whether you opt for english cottage or sharp modernist trends, one staple every home should have is framed art and personal pictures. Recently we helped one client add this special touch to her living room, framing three of her favorite pieces of art and printing several smaller pictures from her wedding day. If your looking to start a similar project in your own home, consider American Frame. They offer do-it-yourself framing kits that allow you to customize your frame selection and matting preferences, while avoiding the high costs of most framing galleries. Think “Ikea furniture assembly meets the art world”. The result looked clean and professional, below are snapshots of the different pieces we put together wrapped up and ready to go. To print wedding pictures we opted for a canvas gallery wrap. The grainy canvas creates an almost 3 dimensional appearance while the gallery wrap (the prints are stretched and wrapped around all the edges of wooden board) reminds you of what you would see in a museum and require no framing. Have the bigger art pieces all framed in a standard silver metal and printed in black and white created a theme that tied the room together. Coupled with the smaller wedding prints that provided the pop of color to brighten the home, the overall look was warm and clean.
posted by Kate on 12/26/12 / / Leave a Comment
If you are a big fan of vegetables and healthy eating, then you will be a fan of Hu Kitchen. A new comer in town, located by the Flatiron district, Hu Kitchen is definitely commanding the attention of all who love to eat (healthily and happily). With a philosophy of “get back to human”, this trendy restaurant is focused on bringing their customers organic meals with fresh vegetables as their main ingredients. The menu is full of GMO-free (GMO: genetically modified organism) and 99% gluten-free food! Menu can be seen here: http://hukitchen.com/HuMenu.pdf
I had the chance to experience some of Hu Kitchen’s innovative meals when attending their pre-opening tasting event back in September. The interior design immediately grabs your attention. The place is modern and urban with its black and reflective flooring, but also organic with its wooden furnishings. The smoothie/drink bar is the first destination on your left once you enter and the food bar is located further down the front and along the right in the back. Seating area is on the second floor and the colorful chair legs create a fun atmosphere for dining. The foods are not only creatively assembled, but also leave you feeling refreshed after a meal. I ordered the Lemon Recharge from the juice bar and the added touch of ginger and cayenne pepper really left an impression. If you love something spicy and tingy with your lunch order, then this is the drink for you!
Hu Kitchen is located on 5th Avenue, between 13th and 14th Street. http://hukitchen.com