I'm often asked by clients to come along on real estate hunts in order to help them see the hidden potential before purchasing property. Early last year, we popped into this home and it was far from love at first sight. They hated it. In fact, they hated every square foot! Olive Garden meets Knights of Columbus was not their style. The home did offer certain features they hadn't found anywhere else...first floor master, large spaces, nice open yard, close proximity to essentials nestled in a country setting. The first question; "do you think you can turn this into something we will love?" OF COURSE! One of the many challenges in this home were designed by the former owner/builder who created odd angles where they weren't needed, space where it wasn't wanted and other logistical nightmares. One challenge was the powder room, with various shades of pink marble and not enough room to jump to conclusions, how could we make it better? On the other side of the original sink wall was a laundry room with the opposite, totally foolish angled wall. To create a handicap-accessible powder room and space for a vanity with storage, I simply straightened out that wall and moved the door from its 90 degree angle to a 45. Little tweaks created much better space and one that the homeowners actually fell in love with.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Monday, July 16, 2018
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Thursday, July 5, 2018
1.) for Joes' famous SMASHED POTATOES here's what we do: Take a bag of small yellow Yukon potatoes and spread them onto a cookie sheet. Add olive oil, salt and pepper and place in an oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Ten minutes prior to finishing, bring potatoes out and lightly "smash" them with potato masher (don't go crazy, just push them down) and place back in oven for remaining time. Smashing the potatoes before completing pushes the taste out and makes them MMM MMM delicious!
2.) TOMATOH: Once again Joe has created a simple twist on this incredibly simple vegetable. Joe places cherry tomatoes in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. He then places those directly on the grill until slightly cooked/browned then places back in the bowl with the olive oil/garlic mixture and lets rest on the counter covered until we eat. This is a delicious partner to a steak, salad, etc.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
1.) For one client who desperately wanted a vanity in her cramped master bedroom, I sectioned off two feet of her standard closet space and built in a vanity, complete with a mirror we found at Home Goods, DIY counter top with drawer underneath and sassy little vanity bench.
2.) A friend of mine loves ironing in her bedroom while watching the news in the morning, so I incorporated a folding, rotating ironing board into her standard closet. Slide open the door, ironing board is hinged to the wall on the left and rotates out and opens into the room, taking absolutely no room from the existing closet.
3.) Two separate clients asked for office space that could easily tuck away when not needed. One was in Manhattan where space was limited, so I carved out 1/3 of a closet in the main room and built a desk and shelving for storage. I installed puck lights from Ikea on each shelf for lighting and added hanging file folders on the inner walls. For a woman who hates clutter, I created an office out of a portion of a guest room closet (not many guests ever hang clothes in closets, so why not use them?) where she could close the door on the messy desk when it was time to close out the day.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018
So, here's what you need:
1 LB bacon
2 x 15 ounce canned cannelloni or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 Bell pepper, chopped
1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
1 poblano or jalapeno, chopped
HERES WHAT YOU DO:
Cut the bacon into bite sized pieces and cook until crisp and fat is rendered, remove the bacon, add onion and peppers to the pan with bacon grease and cook until softened and starting to brown.
Add beans, stir to combine and allow beans to heat through, once hot mash 1/3 or 1/2 of beans in the pan to create a creamy texture and stir to blend (we do this with a wooden spoon).
Take off heat, add bacon and cilantro and juice of limes, salt and pepper to taste.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
**while my client chose leather for this top (we actually had to buy an entire cowhide to cover a 4' diameter table) costing slightly over $800 (still a bargain when many ottomans of this size and weight cost well over $1,000), I had also shown her options of pleather fabrics for far less money (probably in the neighborhood of $100). While hard pressed to tell the difference, she opted for real leather. As a note, durability of pleather today is far better than the past and is actually stronger in applications like this!
Monday, April 16, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
1.) Same parts sugar and water, bring to boil. GOT THAT? If you're like me and struggle to focus at times, that means for a nice batch of simple syrup take one cup of sugar and add one cup of water. Bring to a boil and the sugar will dissolve. Let cool then place in container (I put in a small bottle I bought at Target for $1. This can be used for a few weeks when stored in the refrigerator.
2.) For a delicious margarita I place two shots of good tequila (like Patron) in a cocktail shaker with ice, add half a shot of simple syrup, half a shot of triple sec and fresh lime/lemon juice combo. Pour into a glass with ice with a salted rim (or not). YUM!
3.) To make a quick and delicious cosmo, I fill a cocktail shaker with ice, two shots of vodka, splash of cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and half a shot of simple syrup. Shake and stream into martini glass, garnish with lime wedge.
4.) We LOVE a whiskey sour in the hot sun, so I make up a batch of freshly squeezed lime juice (are you seeing a theme here...I use a lot of fresh lime juice in many of my drinks), add ice to a cocktail shaker, two shots of whiskey (don't waste the good stuff on a whiskey sour), half a shot of simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Shake like you're washing a dirty shirt in your hands then pour into a glass of ice, garnish with lime.
Monday, March 26, 2018
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
www.cocktailcourier.com introduced to the world (or at least MY world) via Williams Sonoma. The idea is simple: send the gift of incredible cocktails created by some of the countries best bartenders to your favorite people. Want to send your best friend in Nashville cosmopolitans for Valentine's Day? How about margaritas to your parents just for fun? Cocktail Courier asks you to choose the cocktail, the amount of drinks (two-minimum) then they do the rest. From fun cocktail napkins to the recipe and all ingredients (including booze), now you can give the gift of happy hour to anyone with just a click!
Thursday, February 1, 2018
I often chuckle when someone tells me they want a "modern look" because ideas of what, exactly, constitutes modern design is a varied as the people who request it. The literal definition of modern is anything relating to the present, current moment. But what if you're currently sitting in a modern restaurant in the birthplace of mid-century design, Palm Springs, California? On a recent visit to the desert oasis to visit my parents, we popped into one of the latest, most chic modern restaurants in the area. Once again I had to chuckle when I sat down on chairs that looked like something I saw at a garage sale the week before and ate off a table most would plop on the sidewalk with a note that read, "FREE." The difference? I was eating a $25 salad on that table. How did they make it "modern?" A very creative designer found these old pieces and updated them by painting them in high-gloss white. Yup, it's that simple to go from shitty to chic! As we exited the hip establishment after the expensive, unfulfilling meal, I stopped at a collection of urns as they looked vaguely familiar. I picked one up and there it was...a true sign of modern design...AN IKEA STICKER. My point is not a new one, it's plain and simple; to create a cool look, WHATEVER YOU WANT, doesn't have to cost a lot of money. This popular, expensive establishment took furniture from someones grandmothers basement, painted it white and said it was COOL. And guess what? We all bought it!