SEXY VALENTINE’S DAY COCKTAILS!

 

Just in case you’re looking for something special to serve your Valentine for Valentine’s Day here are some options that are not only appealing to the taste buds, but to the eye as well.  And, on a day like Valentine’s, visual appeal is important for an impressive presentation.  Don’t you agree?

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Cactus Pear Margarita

2 oz. tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz. cactus pear syrup
1/2 oz. lime juice

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass with a salted rim, and garnish with lime or fruit juices.

 
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Amore Vietato (Forbidden Love)

- 2 oz. Hendricks gin
- 1 oz. blood orange juice
- Dash simple syrup, 2 strawberries
- 4 slices of cucumber

Muddle fruit with simple syrup, add gin and blood orange juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.

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The Chocolate-Lovers Margarita

- 3 parts chocolate milk (store bought or homemade)
- 1 part Sauza Silver Tequila
- 1 part strawberry puree or daiquiri mix
- Chocolate covered strawberry

Combine chilled chocolate milk, Sauza and strawberry puree in a tall glass. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour into a glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.

 

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Strawberry Kiss

- 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilia
- 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
- Splash of CranPineapple juice

Combine ingredients and top with champagne.

 

And, finally one of my all time calorie savin’ faves.  This drink I shared on a previous post with some other wonderful low-cal drinks here.

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ROCKIN’ RAZZY RITA’S

1/2 tsp. Crystal Light powdered drink mix, Raspberry Ice

-5 oz. water

-1 oz. lime juice

-Garnish (optional):

-Lime wedge

Splenda (or whatever sweetener you prefer) or salt for rim of glass

Bartender’s Instructions

If desired, run some lime juice along the rim of the glass and dip into a dish of salt or sweetener.

On The Rocks: Combine all ingredients, mix well, and serve over ice.

Frozen: Place all ingredients (dissolve Crystal Light in water first) in a blender. Add 1 cup crushed ice. Blend on high until well mixed.

Garnish with a slice of lime.

(By the way, for more low-cal Crystal Light drinks check out their mocktail mixes here.)

HAPPY “ALMOST” VALENTINE’S DAY!

And, as always….

HAPPY DECORATING!

THINKIN’ PINK IN THE SPIRIT OF VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching it’s easy to be thinkin’ pink.  After all – love is in the air, or at the very least, the desire for love is in the air.  And, since the meaning of the color pink is “unconditional love and nurturing” it stands to reason to be thinkin’ pink this time of year.   

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It’s such a happy, yet peaceful, uplifting color. It invites a certain sweetness to the atmosphere.  How gracious of God to bless us with this beautiful color in nature for inspiration.  Makes it’s meaning all the more apropos.   Isn’t this spectacular?

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It’s like a big, divine hug of unconditional love from God!

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And, while it’s very common to utilize this precious color in a little girl’s room to create an adorable, inviting space for herself and friends….

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Or to adorn a wedding in all things pink…….  (My bridesmaids wore bubblegum pink and my groomsmen wore burgundy tuxes.  Oh, yes, they did.)

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But, would you ever consider carrying it into your living area at home?

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I mean……how eye-catching is this?

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How bold and striking is this fun dining room?

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There’s lots of fun to be had with pink.

It’s not just for Valentine’s Day, little girl’s rooms or weddings.

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You can use it as a mainstay color in your home. 

So think bold, think beautiful……think pink!

Happy Decorating!

BALI INSPIRED DECOR

 

One of the most eclectic, interesting styles in decorating is the Bali inspired style.  The Balinese people as a whole practice Hinduism and in doing so they try to incorporate the teachings of serenity, calm, and simplicity into their home décor:  A sort of lightweight, airy, quiet harmony.   This Indonesian form of décor is an interesting mix of textures, fabrics and elements that create a warm, serene, somewhat Bohemian atmosphere. 

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It’s a space usually rich in textures, but free of clutter.

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Teak wood, bamboo, cane, rattan and whispy, flowy fabrics tend to fill the space.

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All working together to invoke a feeling of calm….

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It’s a rich, tropical style whether indoors or out…

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Incorporating natural elements for rather eco-friendly environment….

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There’s often a tribal element to the décor.…

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All while maintaining an air of clean and serene…

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A unique warmth….

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And a sense of tranquility.

Happy Decorating!

MODERN DAY SHABBY CHIC

 

Most everyone even the slightest bit interested in interior design and decorating has heard the term “Shabby Chic”.  And, it’s a look so appealing that even if you’re more the transitional or contemporary type you can’t help but appreciate the charm that’s inevitable in classic shabby chic. 

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If you like this look, but you’re not quite sure what it is that constitutes shabby chic, it is generally a style comprised of items that are old enough to have the appearance of wear and tear or are distressed to look that way.  (Thus the shabby…)  This is paired with crystal, lace, opulent chandeliers, candelabras, florals, slipcovered furniture and flowy, billowy fabrics.  (Thus the chic…)

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The colors in a shabby chic space are more often than not shades of white or neutrals, maybe some pastels.

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Notice all these elements in this space?

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This is an example of a sort of modern shabby chic.  Clean lines and less clutter, but the combination of a rustic table, simple flowers, the cream transitional chairs.  Not as much fluff and femininity, but shabby and chic nonetheless.

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Here you’ve got the old distressed table and chairs, the old hanging “hutch” all in white, the white table cloth, crystal candle holders, lavender flowers, etc…..All so shabby and, no doubt, all so chic.

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Creams and neutrals, white tables, chairs and lamps – neutral billowy window treatments and lots of slouchy, comfortable slip covers create this shabby chic space.  See a pattern here?

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Lots of white, slipcovered seating and touches of pale blue…..

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More white on white, slipcovered furniture, distressed cabinets……

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A more modern take on shabby chic with the zebra rug and glass top table, but lots of white with slip covered furniture…..

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And, distressed furniture, simple flowers, cool iron chandelier, the cherub (often seen in shabby chic décor) and a little touch of greenery. 

Sweet, charming, warm and inviting.

Happy Decorating!

BURLAP AND IVORY: A PERFECT PAIRING

 

There is something refreshing and charming about the pairing of burlap and ivory which is why we see so many weddings utilizing this color scheme.  Not sure what it is…..just the subtlety of color and the textures that work together to form a clean, cozy, inviting feel to any space. 

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I mean…..gasp!….be still my beating heart…love this!  How sweet and comforting to come home to this peaceful, serene space everyday.  Makes me want to re-do my family room right this very second.  (And, I love my family room so that’s saying a lot.)

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Any space takes on a certain charm when done in burlap and ivory.

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The burlap-esque, natural vibe is easy on the eyes and just feels……restful.  And, who can’t use more of that in their lives?

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It gives new personality to old pieces.  These chairs with the burlap back and ivory front are refreshing, fun and beautiful.

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And, can I just say oh……..eeemmmmmm……geeeeee?! Charm, charm and more charm.

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Yep, there’s just something sweet and special about this unlikely combo.

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A warm, inviting color scheme for indoor and outdoor living alike.  

Happy Decorating!

GRAY AND CREAM: CLEAN AND SERENE

 

I’m currently working on an architectural firm for a successful architect in the area and the theme of the space is  “New York loft” with a soft, warm transitional vibe.   

So in planning the space we’ve settled on a color scheme of varying shades of gray with accents of cream and pops of black.  

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The nice thing about this color scheme is that although it lends itself to a more masculine look and appeals to men…

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It doesn’t have to be so macho so as not to appeal to women.  This space is a perfect example.

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While to some gray at first thought may seem “cold” it is in fact just the opposite when paired with the right colors and textures.

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See what I mean?

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See all the varying shades here, the clean lines and textures?  Makes it interesting and visually appealing.

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Same color scheme and completely differently personality here.  Don’t you find this inviting?

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As you can see this color scheme suits a great many styles……

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From contemporary to traditional…..

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I think it’s a great choice for the warm, transitional “New York Loft” theme.

I’m just getting started on the project at hand.  I’ll keep you “posted” on the progress.

Happy Decorating!

BURLAP AND IVORY: A PERFECT PAIRING

 

There is something refreshing and charming about the pairing of burlap and ivory which is why we see so many weddings utilizing this color scheme.  Not sure what it is…..just the subtlety of color and the textures that work together to form a clean, cozy, inviting feel to any space. 

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I mean…..gasp!….be still my beating heart…love this!  How sweet and comforting to come home to this peaceful, serene space everyday.  Makes me want to re-do my family room right this very second.  (And, I love my family room so that’s saying a lot.)

BurlapAccentPillows

Any space takes on a certain charm when done in burlap and ivory.

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The burlap-esque, natural vibe is easy on the eyes and just feels……restful.  And, who can’t use more of that in their lives?

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It gives new personality to old pieces.  These chairs with the burlap back and ivory front are refreshing, fun and beautiful.

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And, can I just say oh……..eeemmmmmm……geeeeee?! Charm, charm and more charm.

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Yep, there’s just something sweet and special about this unlikely combo.

CombinationSeating

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BurlapAccentPillows

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A warm, inviting color scheme for indoor and outdoor living alike.  

Happy Decorating!

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