Color Trends We Love

It’s summer.  School is out and the flowers are blooming.  We’re planning vacations and shopping for great  looks to wear to BBQs and meetings.  We are trading out bulky home accessories  for lighter looks. Opening the windows and trying new recipes on the grill. We’ve also discovered summer is a great time for new colors to fill your life. There are a couple color trends we are loving right now and you’ve probably seen them too. First are blue green aquas that remind us of those beautiful beach scenes in our dream vacations. On nails and shoes  it exudes confidence. As a flowy top we are thinking breezes and relaxation. Plus this color is a perfect compliment to all the popular home decor metallics - gold, bronze, silver.   Then there the berry pinks that are warm and cool all … [Read more...]

How To Keep Your Makeup Light And Look Beautiful This Summer!

Ed Note: A big thanks to Karen A for contributing this article which will keep you looking great this summer! How To Keep Your Makeup Light And Still Look Beautiful This Summer! I’m a sucker for makeup. It doesn’t matter what brand. I can find something I love from just about every brand out there whether it be from Sephora, Target or the local drugstore. When it comes to summer makeup my motto is “out with the old and in with the new.” Summer is the perfect time to ditch old makeup and test-drive the season’s hottest colors, but it’s also important not to overdo it especially on extremely hot and humid days. The last thing you want is a ton of makeup melting on you face. Summer makeup should be simple and natural. Below are six fabulous tips from the pros on how to keep your makeup … [Read more...]

Easy Brownies – Great Summer Dessert for Picnics and BBQs

Have you ever picked a recipe simply because you had all the ingredients it called for in your kitchen but then felt so smart when it turned out fabulous?  That's the case for me with these easy brownies. Needing a quick crowd pleasing dessert to take along to a picnic, the plan was brownies. Easy to make, quick to bake and great for transport - plus these don't require cocoa powder - just melting chocolate chips you probably have in your pantry. Easy Brownies - adapted from Allrecipes Makes 8-10 What You'll Need: 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 eggs 2/3 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt [sc:adsense ] How to make these easy brownies: Preheat oven to 325 … [Read more...]

New Ride at Disney World – The Mine Train Review: What You Need to Know

If you are a fan of Disney, you likely know that the centerpiece of the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World in Orlando is the Seven Dwarves Mine Train Rollercoaster.  The Disney Imagineers (and construction crews) have been working on this project since 2010 and they are just about ready to (ahem) roll it out! I had a very special opportunity to be part of a media party recently which gave us a chance to ride the Mine Train roller coaster before it opens to the public. (Opening day is currently schedule for May 28, 2014.) [sc:adsense ] Here are some things you'll want to know about this ride before you go. 1. There is an interactive element to the line waiting part (this is going to be a very popular ride and you will be waiting in line). Spinning barrels, touch screen games, … [Read more...]

On Trend – Decorating with Geometrics

Designing with Geometrics  by Rob Colosi-McCann from Inside Home in Chicago This season designers are introducing an array of items from table lamps to wallpaper that recall the bold geometric artwork of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Artist like Josef Albers and Victor Vasarely pioneered the art of manipulating shapes and colors to create unparalleled visual experiences, which still remain fresh and modern today. Here are a few items that can help bring a bit of this timeless style to your home. 1. Puzzle Table by Regina Andrew 2. Baroque Box by Arteriors 3. Kimo Container by Arteriors 4.Geo Terrarium From Inside Home 5.Drea Table Lamp from Arteriors 6. Original Painting by Kimberly Creswell 7.Destinations Rug by Surya 8. Hicks Grand Wallpaper by Cole & … [Read more...]

Home Decor DIY – Gold Leaf Bottles

If you have looked at any style or interior design posts lately, you have noticed that gold and brass are back in a big way, from personal accessories to home décor.  Although you may not want to commit to a brass coffee table or étagère, accessories are a great and inexpensive way to start.   Rob Colosi McCann  is an interior designer and co-founder of Inside Home, an interior design showroom and retail store based in Chicago.  Here's how he transforms a wine bottle into vase that will add just a bit of glamor to any room (and now you can too- Thanks to Rob!). What you will need: Wine Bottle (I am using the Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay bottle, I love the grey ceramic against the gold leaf) Mini glass scraper razor blade (for removing the label off of the … [Read more...]