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25 May 15:11

John Gregg picks Christina Hale as Lieutenant Governor running mate

by Doug Masson

The news is out today that Democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Gregg, has chosen Representative Christina Hale as his running mate for lieutenant governor. She is a Democrat, representing Indianapolis’s District 87 since 2012. Prior to that, she worked as chief communications officer for Kiwanis International and spent some time as a reporter for the LaPorte Herald during college.

I first became aware of Rep. Hale through her efforts with respect to the under reporting of sex crimes against girls. At the time, Rep. Hale was working with the Criminal Law & Sentencing Study Committee because, as she reported:

[A]ccording to the Center for Disease Control, one in six girls in Indiana has been raped or sexually assaulted. Rep. Hale further indicated that the number is actually higher because crimes are under-reported. According to federal data, Indiana is the second worst state in the nation for rape and sexual assault against high school aged girls.

And, in fact, she has continued her work to combat sex crimes. You can see her legislative initiatives for 2015 and 2016. She has worked with a number of bills involving subjects such as rape, harassment, domestic battery, human trafficking, and underage prostitution.

If a Gregg/Hale ticket is successful, it appears very evident that they will have a more effective relationship with the Indiana General Assembly. While the General Assembly will almost certainly continue to be dominated by Republicans, the fact is that Gregg & Hale have a lot more experience with the legislative process than Pence and Holcomb. I don’t know much about Holcomb. He definitely seems to have his strengths, but it’s pretty easy to argue that Gov. Pence traded down with respect to his ability to navigate the legislature when he ditched former Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman. Ellsperman was highly regarded and had served in the Indiana House of Representatives. Even so, the Pence administration has often seemed to have trouble communicating effectively with the General Assembly and navigating the legislative process.

John Gregg, of course, was Speaker of the House and, in that capacity, seems to have managed a good working relationship with the Senate Republicans across the hall. Rep. Hale is probably a choice that adds to that strength.

27 May 16:07

Well That’s A Stove of a Different Color: Appliances That Will Make Your Kitchen Unforgettable!

by Mandi

Oh my gosh you guys, I am OBSESSSSED. A few months ago I stumbled upon the world of colored appliances. Now. I know what you might be picturing…

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These are nothing along the lines of that tragedy.

Soak in some of this goodness:

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One day I fell down the rabbit hole, as one does on the internet, and sourced colored appliances (hey, a girl can dream!) From what I’ve learned, none are as versatile as Big Chill. So here is why they are special.  I love that they dont have just one style of appliance. They have a Pro line (more modern), a Retro line, and a Classic line (you’ll LOVE this one if you’ve been lusting after a La Cornue but choke when you see the price)

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As if having a whole array of styles isnt enough, they also have over 200 colors that you can choose from. TWO HUNDRED.

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I dont care how, come hell or high water these are going to be part of my life.

I’m dying to know, if you could have a stove in any color of the rainbow, what would it be?!

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19 May 13:20

Simple Landscape Lighting

by Scoops

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Guyses! Earlier this spring I made the biggest easiest improvement to increase our nighttime backyard chill vibes, and it was so incredibly simple. I’m unlocking the mysteries of landscape lighting for ya. I command (yep, command) you all to follow my lead and do the same with your outdoor spaces!

So, I always thought you had to have tons of money and an electrician to enjoy a nicely lighted landscape. I mean that would make sense to me, for lots of reasons. Number one, we’re talking about electricity and the elements (like rain, and kids!), so I would assume cables would have to be buried 18″ below the ground, and stowed safely inside of conduit – but that is not true. Also, because you’re hooking up light fixtures to wires with flaming hot electricity running through them, I would assume that you would need a professional electrician to hook it all up properly – nopers! Also, I assumed it would all cost thousands of dollars, and it totally doesn’t.

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Seriously, alll you need is an GFCI outdoor outlet, a transformer, some low-voltage cable and landscape light fixtures.

The key to making this easy enough for you and I to do this without electrocuting ourselves is the transformer. It plugs into an outdoor outlet and doesn’t need to be hardwired. The transformer knocks down a 120V standard current outlet, to a low 12V, which is safe enough for us typical non-electrician homeowners to use without worrying about getting zapped. And with the advent of LED lighting, the wattage necessary to run a backyard full of lights is incredibly and surprisingly low. For reference, I have 9 lights in my backyard running on a whopping 48 watts – that’s like the same as one incandescent bulb! I insist that you purchase LED lights for this reason alone. Because of the low wattage, the transformer can be really small, I am running everything on a 120W transformer, whereas just a few years ago, the same lighting layout might have needed a transformer that ran between 600 – 1,200 watts – and watts cost, bros. To figure out what size transformer you need, add up the total amount of wattage your fixtures will be using and then purchase a transformer that can support that amount. I would recommend leaving at least 25% extra in case you want to add extra lighting in the future.

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The low-voltage transformer then hooks up to low-voltage landscape cables, it’s recommend that you use 12 to 16 gauge wires for small wattage transformers. I used about 130 feet of cable in my backyard. After using the chart below, I determined that using a 14 gauge wire would be cool for me.

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It’s super easy to connect the wire to the transformer (which should come with easy to follow instructions). To break it down; after unplugging the transformer, strip the wire, and then attach it to the bottom of the transformer using a screwdriver. Then… ha ha, jokes on you! There is no ‘then’, that’s it!

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The Portfolio transformer I purchased has two transformer connection points so that I could run two lines of cable off it. This made it easy to run wire from one side of the backyard to the other, since our outlet was located near the middle of the house. Imagine the wiring as a ‘U’, and the transformer is in the center of it, the cables extend outward in each direction.

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse
When figuring out your lighting situation consider what landscape that you’d like to illuminate. I wanted to illuminate the small trees that we have in our gardens by using spot lights. The trees are spaced evenly in the yard, which in turn allows for evenly spaced lighting, each spotlight is about the same distance apart. We have another walkway that runs along a garden to our garage. This garden is full of plants all under two feet tall so spotlights weren’t necessary. Instead, I thought it would be appropriate to use a path light to light both the garden and the path. I did have to fish the wire under the walkway (call 811 before you dig!), and to do that I created a crimped pipe (aka old curtain rod) and hammered it under the path. I used a third type of lighting near our garage where we have two branchy dogwoods. For this I illuminated the dog woods with a buried well light. I love the dramatic effect of all of it! Seriously, you guys!

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Simple DIY Landscape Lighting How to | Deuce Cities Henhouse
You always want to consider how many lights you have on a cable. As you attach more and more lights, the ones farther away from the transformer may be slightly dimmer, so don’t overload yer cables! This is why I used two lines instead of one. Also, your first light on the line should always be placed at least 10 feet down the cable – if you want to place a fixture near the box, just bury the ten feet of cable in the ground – make sense? The pros say you should stagger your lights down a pathway and try to avoid light overlap. I mean, you wouldn’t want to confuse people walking in the evening with overlapping light, I guess it can be a trip hazard?? Also, if you think you might want to add more light onto your cables down the road, make sure to bury extra sections of cable every once in awhile so that you can have that option later on. I already want to do this, because duh, it’s me.

Landscape Lighting Connection Points

Now that you are designing landscape lighting like a bawse, the only thing left to do is to attach your fixtures. Remember guys? No fancy splices required here! Just purchase fixtures with connection points. All you have to do is screw two prongs down into the landscape wire, and it’s safe and secure. After connecting all my fixtures I lightly buried the cable under the mulch near the border of the garden. Running the cable along the border makes it very easy for me to find it if I want to add more plants to the garden or if I want to add more lights onto my cable. Bury or cover your low-voltage cable in a safe spot to avoid accidentally digging it up or catching it on the lawn mower. If you want to make it harder for yourself and decide to purchase fixtures that need to be hard wired, make sure to use a weather proof electrical nut, however the fixtures I choose come with their own connection point.

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The expense is all relative. Personally, I thought it would cost much more, and the impact that it had on our yard was well worth the $300 we spent on the project. You can easily find lighting kits that start as low as $80 and still achieve the same effect. I’m already planning on doing the front foundation garden and side garden next year, and asked my concrete guys to run a channel of PVC under the walkway in the front yard so I can easily get cable from one side of the yard to the other. We’ll need an electrician to come install an exterior outlet in the front of the house, otherwise I’d already be all over that.

You guys gots to do this, I’m not kidding!

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16 May 09:30

Vida - Revisit

by Erin in Indy
I was excited to try Vida again—I mean, we had such a good experience the first time; we were intrigued to see if it would hold up. So we went with friends (all the better to try more things with) and went in for our second go round.

Right away, we noticed the service was a bit off. Our server couldn’t get to us. It was fine; another server apologized and took our drink order. Our server stopped by to say he would be there when he could but that he was really busy. He assured us an amuse bouche would be served to us soon. Anyhow, we looked over the menu and made our negotiations and eventually got our order in.

We started with the charcuterie plate ($14 for the small) and the crab and octopus roll ($16). We were torn about whether to go with the large or small charcuterie, and settled on the small. Other than needing a little more of the toasty (and delicious) bread, there was more than enough for the four of us. There were a lot of good, and interesting things on the board. There was morcilla (a blood sausage), ‘ndjua (spicy spreadable pork), and some lovely crunchy chicharones. How can you not like crispy fried pork skin? There was also prosciutto and another salame. They did a great job with the accompaniments here as well.  There were a couple of types of mustard and some nice pickled veggies—lots of red onions, my favorite.

The crab and octopus roll was also very good. It was wrapped in exactly ripe avocado, and was a little light on the crab and octopus filling, but it tasted wonderful. It was a light appetizer, and honestly, I could have easily eaten at least half of it on my own. Let’s face it, I would happily eat the whole thing on my own.

At this point we got the amuse, which was kind of weird after we had already started eating our first course (it’s supposed to be a tease for your palate), Anyhow, I can’t remember what it was at this point, but we ate it up.

The entrées came next—I had the salmon ($29). It was lovely—really really good. It was a thin piece of salmon that was seared really crisp. When I first saw it, I was worried that it would be dry, but it was moist inside but just wonderfully crispy outside. It was served with asparagus, artichokes, yellow tomatoes and Nicoise olives. Ok, it also helped that those are all some of my favorite things, but this dish was great. There was great acid balance, which is my thing.

The server had convinced hubby to get the New York strip steak ($39) because he just kept talking about how great it is. Hubby rarely orders steaks out, and even more rarely is wooed by a NY strip, but he was convinced. And this was an outstanding steak. While nicely marbled, it was still really tender and not chewy. It was served on a bright Béarnaise sauce and topped with these light and wonderful pommes soufflé. We had these before at an old line restaurant in Cincinnati and these were just as good. Almost like a 3D potato chip. Another wonderful dish.

Our friends had the shrimp dumplings ($26)(which we had the first time and really enjoyed) and the short rib dish, which was also really good—the two men kept negotiating bites of their dishes with each other. 

We also got dessert this time. Those little doughnuts with the Bourbon caramel sauce? Outstanding.  Their pastry chef is doing inventive things and you should really try one of the desserts when you’re there.

Well, I think if anything I was more impressed with the food this time because there were no dishes that I thought were inferior. I will say the service was nowhere near as good as it was on that first visit, but it wasn’t horrible. They were definitely a bit in the weeds on this particular night though. I’m really happy to have Vida on the Indy list of cool and really good restaurants to recommend. I just hope the food stays as good as it has been on my first couple of visits.

Vida
601 East New York Street
Indy 46202
317/420-2323


12 May 18:00

Gold-Plated LEGO Bags and Jewelry

by Caroline Williamson

Gold-Plated LEGO Bags and Jewelry

Last year we fawned over agabag’s handbags made from LEGO bricks. Now, they’ve taken it a step further by incorporating gold-plated bricks into the bag designs while also adding jewelry to the line.

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After spending months working on getting the gold-plated bricks right, they finally made it happen by doing the process in three stages at three different facilities. The resulting brick has a thin layer of 24k gold that still allows the bricks to be stacked and connected, while still keeping it pretty durable for wear.

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If you’re interested in purchasing, check out their Etsy site here.

09 May 13:00

Best Affordable Vinyl Tile

by Emily
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Remember a few weeks back when Brady revealed his amazing $50 kitchen makeover using vinyl peel and stick flooring. The internet gave a resounding applause which made us think… are there other vinyl flooring options out there for those of you/us who don’t want this black/white option? Well, the answer is, “woah, YES there is…” So, we rounded up some of our favorite easy-to apply and inexpensive (for the most part) vinyl tiles for the kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms in your life that are in need of a quick and easy update.

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1. Starry Night Tile | 2. Mexican Indigo Blue Cleft Tile | 3. Stargazer Tile | 4. Italian Chiave Teal Tile | 5. Moroccan Agadir Cobalt Tile | 6. Flirt Tile | 7. Tumbling Blocks | 8. Black & Rose Syracuse Tile | 9. Mexican Indigo Diamonds Tile | 10. Rose des Vents Tile | 11. Oyster Travertine Tile | 12. Velvet Weave | 13. Parquet Charcoal | 14. Blossom Tile | 15. Bali Tile | 16. Amtico Mineral Glass | 17. Urban Marble Tile | 18. Roman Travertine Tile | 19. Rose des Vents Tile | 20. Moroccan Agadir Mercury Tile | 21. Floor Parquet Tile | 22. Equator Wave Tile | 23. Red Stars Tile | 24. Palm Beach Tile | 25. Porto Tile | 26. Nexus Black & White Tile | 27. Casablanca Grey Tiles | 28. Azulejos Tile | 29. Namaste Tile | 30. Flower Folk Tile | 31. Cafe Tile | 32. Green Geometric Pattern Tile | 33. Gray Linear Travertine Tile

Of course there are always some solid options and we find it best to mix like Brady did – two or even more colors together to form a checkerboard, a stripe, or to get crazy and come up with something fun and new. Some of them go a bit “retro” but that’s great for a vintage house, right?

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1. Nexus White Tile | 2. Rio Red Tile | 3. Alternatives Iron Gray Tile | 4. Alternatives Forest Green Tile | 5. Alternatives Aqua Spring Tile | 6. Nexus Black Tile | 7. School Bus Tile | 8. Cadence Delta Tile | 9. Frosty | 10. Alternatives White Tile | 11. Touchstone Tango Tile | 12. Ecru Tile | 13. Touchstone Silver Pine | 14. Plum Tile | 15. Tangerine Tile | 16. Pistachio Tile | 17. Black Tile | 18. Gray Tile | 19. Dark Blue Tile | 20. Excelon Red Tile | 21. Touchstone Banana Cream Tile

Lastly, and I know this goes against my past self that used to be against anything faux, but I have a couple things to say about wood vinyl tiles:

1. I’ve seen extremely high end versions of this and you can’t tell them apart. The new stuff coming on the market is expensive, but so perfect for commercial use because it looks identical to wood and is virtually indestructable. And 2. I think for a budget makeover (maybe not a full reno where you are spending money only once) it’s a good option to help create a clean, warm, new surface. I did it once for Secrets From a Stylist, you can see it HERE, and it looked great for just a few hundred dollars. But, obviously be careful with it – and don’t go putting it in your $50k kitchen renovation to try to save money because you spent too much on your faucet.

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1. Empire Bamboo Plank Tile | 2. Montana Plank Tile | 3. Graphite Tile | 4. Five Spice Plank Tile | 5. Prestige Rosewood Plank Tile | 6. Pearl Tile | 7. Tabacco Pine Plank Tile | 8. Rustic Barn Wood Tile | 9. Broadway Plank Tile | 10. Galleon Tile | 11. Seaside Tile | 12. Mahogany Plank Tile | 13. Birch Plank Tile | 14. Brazilian Cherry Tile | 15. Chêne Blank Plank Tile | 16. Bostwana Plank Tile | 17. Newport Tile | 18. Kingston Walnut Plank Tile | 19. Amazon Tile | 20. Cool Tile | 21. Grey Maple Plank Tile | 22. Sawtooth Grey Plank Tile | 23. Dove Wood Tile | 24. Woodland Oak Plank Tile | 25. Medium Oak Plank | 26. Cornfield Tile | 27. Botswana Picturesque Tile | 28. Signal Point Tile | 29. Saddle Flooring Tile | 30. Saint Maclou Tile | 31. Toasted Walnut Tile | 32. Breckenridge Vinyl Plank | 33. October Oak Plank | 34. Terrain Plank Flooring | 35. Livelihood Vinyl Plank | 36. Terrain Deluxe Flooring

What shall we source for you next? Are you liking these market research posts? A lot of it happens when we ourselves are looking for something, but we have also hired a couple of stellar researchers who are scouring the internet for the best of the best. We have a HUGE cement tile roundup coming soon as well as a “Timeless Patterned Rugs” which I’m excited about… Let us know what you want and we’ll put it on the list and start scouring.

Meanwhile check out these if you are craving some more of our recommendations and roundups: Shag Rugs, How To Zen Out Your Kitchen, Favorite Pastel Paint Colors (For Grown-Ups), Budget Friendly Hardware, How To Mix Multiple Rugs In The Same Room, 63 Favorite Temporary Wallpaper Patterns, 32 Beds That I Almost Bought For My Bedroom.

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02 May 17:57

My April Garden

by Scoops
Tifmurray

Love their fence and wish I had any gardening chops at all. We're finally paying someone to remove poison ivy, I'm hoping that's the start of something great for our yard!

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Hey! It’s April garden share time! Right now I am in the thick of getting the flower beds ready for the summer. The spring always seems like a mad dash to edit and rearrange flower beds, divide a few perennials and mulch before the heart (and the heat) of the summer really begin. The front yard and foundation gardens are basically mud since getting our new stoop, and I have been focusing most a lot of my time on getting grass growing and the flower beds whipped back in to shape. After a few rainy weeks, the coming week should allow me lots of time to get the mulching, spring weeding, and maybe even annual containers taken care of.

 

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As I mentioned in my last post, Bleeding Hearts are always the first bloomer in my backyard. They are seriously the best, I love them, and you should too.

 

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After moving this new addition multiple times around the gardens last year, I was happy to see it survive and come back this spring – it didn’t seem like it was a for sure thing.

 

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A brand new addition to the gardens is this Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea tree. I placed it in the same spot that I had my Japanese Maple that I unfortunately lost last spring. I removed the soil and roots that were in this location and planted this new tree, I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will be happy and healthy here.

 

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After losing the Bloodgood Japanese Maple tree to fungus last spring, I purchased this new Emperor I Japanese Maple and placed it in a different location. It wintered well (I wrapped it in Burlap and buried the base deep in leaves). The leaves come out late in the spring which helps to protect it from potential spring frost. I feel confident that this one will be sticking around for awhile.

 

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Roses are a mystery to me, after cutting this one back for the last three winters I realized that this bush likes to just be left alone, it’s thriving this spring, so I won’t be touching it anymore.

 

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For the first time since planting our Spring Snow Crabapple seven years ago, it finally fully flowered. I’ve been babying this thing for years, trying to figure out why it wouldn’t flower like other trees in the neighborhood. Last summer I removed some of the bigger branches that were crossing over one another allowing more light to get at the tree. I also watered it constantly during the summer. I don’t know what the secret was, but it makes me so happy to see it bloom this year, it’s seriously amazing to me.

 

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18 Apr 18:00

A Hillside Beach Retreat on the Coast of Chile

by Caroline Williamson

A Hillside Beach Retreat on the Coast of Chile

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Cristian Hrdalo designed the Paravicini House located on Beranda, just north of Santiago. The Chilean beach house sits on a steep hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the village of Cachagua and was designed for a Swiss couple and their three children. The family wanted two floors that spanned the width of the property with the goal of each room having ocean views.

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The rough concrete exterior adds texture to the facade and depending on how the light hits it, the color changes.

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The lower floor houses the public areas with the kitchen, dining, and living room having direct access to the terraces. The upstairs accommodates the bedrooms and a family room.

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Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open the interior to the terrace and pool extending the square footage.

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The pool was built at a lower level as not to block the views of the beach from the public areas on the main floor.

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Photos by Nico Saieh.

28 Apr 18:59

Pet Photo Pajamas!

by A Beautiful Mess
Tifmurray

Something for Jenna to consider.

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)           It's no secret that I love my cats. Like, love love them. Like one-whisker-shy-of-throwing-them-cat-birthday-parties kind of love if you know what I mean. They both sleep with me every night too, which is one of my favorite things in the world (Mac, the white guy, stays close to my chest, and Charlie, the grey gal, snoozes by my feet). Since I travel rather often to see my traveling husband, I always miss my little babes at nighttime the most. So I thought it would be fun to make a pair of pet PJs to help me feel like they are always with me!

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)We teamed up on this post with our longtime supporters and friends over at Canon USA, who have just been so amazing to work with over the years. Specifically, we're using the Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer, which is perfect for crafts like this. It handles iron-on paper really well!

Supplies:
-iron on transfer sheets (make sure to pick the ones for light or dark fabric based on your pajamas)
-iron
-plain pajamas (I used these)
-photo printer
-scissors
-Canon PIXMA MG7720 Photo Printer

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!) First you'll want to pick which pet photos you want on your PJs. I picked two photos of each cat that were slightly different for variation but still had them mostly facing forward. I cropped the pictures close around their faces, used the eraser tool a bit to erase more (which you don't have to do if you don't have that Photoshop skill, just crop close), and copy/pasted as many photos as I could fit onto another page. Make sure to reverse the page so they look right when transferred! Print your cat faces onto your iron on transfer sheets.

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)  Use scissors to cut out your faces and place them onto your pajamas so you can see which faces you want in which spots. Flip the faces ink side down. Use your iron and follow the directions on the iron on transfer packaging to attach the faces to the material.

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)   Once the faces are cool, carefully peel off the plastic backing and you're ready to wear your new pajamas!

Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)     Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)     Make Your Own Pet Photo Pajamas! (click through for more!)         How adorable are these pajamas (or should I say "PAW-jamas")??? They kind of have that kitschy feel of the shirts and leggings that have the celebrities plastered all over them (like Ryan Gosling and Justin Beiber) but in a much more personal way. Now I can keep my kitties with me when I travel or just double up on the cuteness factor when I'm snoozing at home. Either way, I think I'll sleep purrrr-fectly! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

25 Apr 19:00

James & Carly's Colorful West LA Home — House Tour

by Marisa Vitale

Name: Carly and James Petersmeyer
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years owned

Carly and James, both creative artists, couldn't wait to finally own their own home to be able to do whatever they wanted with it. Two years ago, they got their chance when they snatched up this West LA home that had plenty of space to play with. After two years of living in, decorating and filling the space with pieces that speak to their creative souls, they finally feel like they have "moved in."

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28 Apr 12:45

A Peek Inside Paisley Park, Prince's Minnesota Recording Studio — Design News

by Tara Bellucci

Quite unassuming from the outside, you'd hardly guess this building was the creative refuge of The Purple One. But at Paisley Park in suburban Minnesota, Prince recorded nearly 30 albums. Take a look inside:

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27 Apr 13:00

One Room Challenge: Week 4 (Rugs, Curtains, Bedding, and Other Fabrics)

by Making it Lovely
Tifmurray

I really love what she's doing in this room. I am getting those sheets!

I shared a photo on Instagram of the paint swatches, fabric samples, and finishes for the bedroom and den, but let’s dive into it all in a bit more detail.

The wooden hand holding the paint chips represents the wood furniture in the two rooms (two dressers and a sideboard). The brass is present throughout in the hardware choices (curtain rods, vintage dresser knobs), lighting finishes, and a small accent table. You saw in last week’s update how the paint colors from the chips below have been incorporated, and of course it’s all in the design plan. The fabrics represent the duvet cover and sheets, pink linen curtains, and a pair of chairs.

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I knew from the start that I would be painting the two rooms different colors and because the bedroom and den are only separated by french doors, they need to go together. The ceiling, trim, and doors would be consistent throughout, but I also wanted to add continuity in other ways. I have a whole-house palette going on that I’m quite happy with (pink, teal, black, white, wood, brass, and a little red) and these rooms fit, but of course there is still room to play! Today, I’m focusing on the rugs, curtains, bedding, and other fabrics. What I chose and why, and how it’s all going to work together.

Rugs

The bedroom is 13×17 and the den is 13×15, so both rooms can handle large rugs. I wanted to repeat the same rug to bridge the two spaces, and I looked to Loloi because I’ve worked with them in the past a couple of times and liked both the designs and the quality. Though I’m often drawn to bold patterns, I was looking for subtlety this time — something beautiful, but that wouldn’t draw too much attention away from everything else. Initially, I had thought about maybe using the Journey rug that I’d styled in our living room. Once I decided to paint the walls that color though, adding a matching rug would have been too much. I suppose I could have used it in the bedroom and a neutral (or otherwise complementary color) rug in the den, but again, I wanted a matching pair. I found what I was looking for in the Nyla collection.

Nyla Rug, Loloi

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The rug I chose picks up on the wall color of the den, but it looks good against all of the pale pinks I’m using throughout too. And it is super soft.

Curtains and Window Treatments

Both rooms will be getting pinch-pleat pink linen curtains from Tonic Living. I’ve had my sample swatch of that fabric for about two years now, just waiting for the right project! The pale pink will blend in with the wall color in the bedroom, but be a nice relief against the deep teal blue walls.

Pink Linen Fabric from Tonic Living

The bedroom has wooden shutters on the bottom half of the windows, and that’s enough privacy most of the time, but it will be nice to have the option to draw the curtains again. Someone asked me how I sleep in with so much light, and I thought ‘hahahahahahaha — I have three young children, what is this “sleeping in” you speak of?’ It will be nice to be able to darken the room a bit though when we want to. I chose a standard lining for both rooms.

The den does need a bit more light control because we get a lot of glare on the TV. Curtains are going up, yes, but I’ve also ordered Allen + Roth solar shades from Lowe’s. They’ll help with both glare and temperature control, which is a big plus in an old home without central air conditioning.

Allen + Roth Solar Shade Fabric Options

I spent a ridiculous amount of time choosing the right fabric and options. I went with Marquis in White, 3% openness. I also liked White/Linen, and there was a 5% option too, but I think the brighter white will be better behind the curtain fabric and it isn’t so stark that it will look too modern or cheap, as super bright whites sometimes do. I chose the corded option (it has a safety mechanism to mount the chain to the window so little kids don’t loop it around themselves), and options like a finished hem and matching fascia to keep it as clean-looking as possible. Even though the shades are all about function, I want the form to be nice too.

Bedding

I used to have tons of options for bedding that I’d amassed over the years. A few quilts, a down comforter with various duvet covers, different sheets, and plenty of colors and patterns to mix and match. Then we went from a queen-sized bed to a king last fall, and I gave away all of our too-small bedding to friends and family. Now I have one duvet cover, and I’m up to three sets of sheets. I was pretty jazzed about finding that third set of sheets though, because due to the winking eye pillows on the bed, the patterned dashes look like a million little eyelashes are scattered everywhere. I’m so into it!

So the go-to has been those sheets with the pink duvet cover. I have my Moroccan wool blanket too, and while it looks good (pom-poms!) and is pretty warm, it’s not the softest thing. Plus it’s wool, so we can’t pop it in the wash. It’s not such a big deal now that the weather is warming up and we don’t need a bunch of layers on the bed, but I do miss having a light quilt. I’ll be adding the Boyfriend Matelassé Coverlet from Pine Cone Hill. In what color? Pink! (Nope, Brandon doesn’t mind the color at all. Yes, I’m asked about that a lot.)

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It’s a lot of pale pastel goodness, but then it’s all set against the black of our bed. Boom.

Other Fabrics

The sofa in our den is from IKEA (Kivik — I wrote about choosing it here), so it would be easy to pop over to the store to pick up a new cover. I like the idea of keeping it neutral though and I still like the color it is now, so I’m not sure if it will change or not.

IKEA Kivik Colors

Ours is the top left and I like the bottom left a bit more, but it’s not a huge difference. Of course the white is nice and I’ve heard that the cushions clean up nicely in the wash, and the bottom right gray color could work too. The den is getting a throw blanket to match the bed’s coverlet, and there will be pillows in pink, blue, and black and white.

There is a pair of chairs coming from Interior Define. They sell customizable sofas and chairs through their site to customers across the country, but I was able to check out their showroom here in Chicago to see everything firsthand. I loved the Rose sofa and if I could fit it up the stairs, I would have chosen it in a heartbeat! English roll arms, turned legs, a deep seat, and very comfy cushions — perfection. Their furniture can be resized (you can do more than just choose a color!), but to shorten it enough to fit up our narrow stairway would have changed the proportions too much and I don’t want a love seat. Luckily, the same style is available in chair form, so that’s what I went with.

The Rose Chair from Interior Define

The Rose chair is available in 18 different fabrics and I requested samples of my favorites before deciding on a color. It was a toss-up between the ‘Natural Heavy Fabric’ and ‘Stone Basketweave,’ so I called their customer service department and asked about durability and care. The Stone fabric sounded like a more durable choice that would wear better and clean up a little more easily, and as a mom of three with five pets in the house, I was sold. The chairs are going to look great in contrast with our low, boxy couch.

The last big unknown was the coffee table. I had initially planned on a turquoise velvet ottoman, but I was worried about a timely arrival and it was indeed delayed again. I picked up a pair of slipper chairs two weeks ago from a local furniture consignment store (Divine Consign) and I also grabbed a coffee table at a good price as a backup for the room. I like the shape of it a lot, but it’s knotty pine and while I could paint it, the bigger problem is that it’s too big. If I could shrink the height, width, and depth down by about 15%, it would have been perfect! Ha. So I was on the lookout for another option. Turned legs or carved wooden details, or maybe a different ottoman?

Found it! It’s a “Rug Ottoman” from Annie Selke. Yes, as the name implies, it is upholstered with a rug. It’s actually a more practical choice than the velvet would have been, and they come in a bunch of different colors and patterns. My design is changing a bit (the turquoise is out, and in its place, stripes and turned legs), but I’m excited about the way it’s all coming together! And bonus: Murray’s dog bed is in the den and he’s going to get a little upgrade in the form of light blue and white stripes, also from from Annie Selke. Very cute.

Here’s how all of that goes together.

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(Oh, vintage chair. You need a little freshening up.)

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26 Apr 13:00

Favorite Pastel Paint Colors (For Grown-Ups)

by Emily
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Pastels are having a bit of a moment (or decade, rather). While we are all comfortable buying the occasional mint napkin or blush throw pillow, there is still a lot of anxiety about choosing the right pastel paint color (if any) for your walls. The fear that it will look like a baby’s room is a legitimate one – it often can and will, forcing you to cry like that little non-existent baby whilst repainting it the safe gray that your husband/partner/lover begged you to in the first place. To prevent these divorces based on paint color, we tested and rounded up our favorite, most beautiful pastel paint colors that can live, maturely, in any room simply because they are standalone lovely colors. I love an all white room, and obviously I am a professional at painting rooms gray. But there is a world of color out there that we can use, we are just often so scared that it will look bad and not work. Well, off to the wizard, you Cowardly Lion because by the end of this post you will feel as confidant with that perfect lavender as you did with your standby taupe.

To remind you what a good pastel can do to a room …

Exhibit A: This was a girl’s bedroom but it is one of the more popular rooms I’ve ever done and yet it is a pastel. This is Quartz Stone by Benjamin Moore and I do love it very much. It didn’t make it into our top six for blue because it is fairly saturated and can go really young, but my goodness it worked here.

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Exhibit B: Nicolette’s pink dining room which we painted Piroutte by Divine Color for Valspar. This color is fairly saturated (not a subtle tone of baby pink) so make sure you can handle that baby in your room. This didn’t make it into the final color because it is indeed too ‘pink’ to work universally, but Its a good inspiration for how pink can look grown-up.

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Exhibit C: The beautiful Theresa’s Green by Farrow and Ball. This room color is even more gorgeous in person. So soft, soothing and happy. It made it into the top six unbeknownst to me (we didn’t look at the names while we were eliminating) and continues to be a color that I reach for often.

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Lastly, my guest room which was painted Old Faithful by Dutchboy was definitely on the powdery, baby side but I loved it. Ironically I redid it when I actually turned it into Elliot’s room.

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As you can see I love to paint non-kid/baby rooms a pastel but even I have been scared that the results would look too young, especially if that kind of California/fresh/bloggy/Pinterest world isn’t your jam.

Back in the day (the 80’s and 90’s) we painted walls soft colors and they did a lot for the ambience of the space. In the aughts (early 2000’s) we went for gray in every room and the last few years has been a huge all-white trend. We, the EHD design team, are both victims and perpetrators of these color trends love (and the subsequent saturation, no pun intended) and we long for some soft, pretty colors back on our walls.

So we bought 137 pastels from our favorite paint companies (all of them, really) and tested them out. Just recommending colors based on internet research didn’t seem right this time because they really often aren’t totally accurate on screen, plus your eye is being informed by the colors near them. We wanted the best colors that could stand alone next, naked, to white. How To Pick The Best Pastel Paint

Once we received them we got to work.

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Brady and Jeff (our PA) painted two coats of each color onto large watercolor paper and labeled them.

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After they were dry we narrowed the colors down to our favorite 6 in each color family – pink (blush), purple (lavender/lilac), blue (baby/powder), green (mint), yellow (er, really light yellow) and orange (peach). We didn’t look at the brand or the name so that our usual preferences didn’t inform the vote.

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Decision time. Since our intent was for the walls we had to put them up against the wall. By putting them together as a family we could really discern what was going slightly too ‘bright’ or even too ‘dull’. They each had to be able to be by themselves as well as compare to others. But much like The Bachelor first impression rose, a lot of it also came down to gut reaction.

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Before I reveal the winners, let me make a number of important disclaimers here.

1. While any/most colors can be BEAUTIFUL in the right space, with the right light, our goal was to choose more muted, easy to mix pastels that we considered even SAFE. We eliminated many more saturated colors that we love and might use otherwise, based on this criteria.

2. Paint colors vary a lot from room to room depending on a few things: 1. Your light (or lack therof). 2. The other colors you have in your room or 3. even the color you have underneath it. If you already have a color on the wall and you are testing a new one, the original wall color underneath and around the new one will drastically change your perception of that color. Paint on a piece of paper, like this, so you have at least some white around it.

3. Since these colors can vary in many ways, please sample these before you commit. These were our favorites but it doesn’t mean that they are going to work in everyone’s home.

4. We didn’t test every color in the world so yea, yours might not have made the cut simply because we didn’t try it.

Here you are, folks. Our favorite colors in each color family. We tried to get a variety of shades and tones of each to give you variety, but we stand by each one of these whole-heartedly.

Favorite Pastel Pink Paint

Sugarcane | Parasol | Orleans Violet | Sweet Pastel | Calamine | Organdy

FAVORITE PASTEL BLUE PAINTS

Topsail | Dusky Blue | Skylight | Blue Frost unkown brand | Glass Slipper | Streetwise

Favorite Pastel Orange Paints

Setting Plaster | Pink Moiré | Coastal Cottage | Nautilus Shell | Pink Ground | Love Story

Favoirte Pastel Green Paints

Teresa’s Green | Window Pane | Mint Spritzer | Quiet Mint | White Mint | Green Cast

FAVORITE PASTEL YELLOW PAINTS

Pernod | Caribbean Walk | Flashpoint | Banan-appeal | Calla Lily | Pale Hound

Purple Pastel

Nosegay | Soft Silk | Violet Tinge | Unknown | Violet Dusk | Calluna Sorry that we didn’t write the fourth one’s name dark enough and now have no idea what it is. Hopefully it wasn’t your favorite. “Soft Pastel” is a generic name we made up.

While I could tell you what I love about each of those 36 colors above, it would surely get wordy, redundant and unnecessary. They are all beautiful because of the tones and pigments that make up the ultimate color – whether they go slightly redder or cooler is obvious.

However … not giving you our strong editorial expert bias seemed like a missed opportunity to fully control your opinion (and thus your home). Here, we present to you, our favorite pastel colors of each family all together as one happy, light, trendy family.

EMILY HENDERSONS FAVORITE PASTEL PAINT COLORS

Quiet Mint | Parasol | Caribbean Walk | Coastal Cottage | Glass Slipper | Nosegay

What you might find funny to know is that we all agreed on those six colors. After staring at so many you’d think our eyes would be unable to decifer the difference, but we truly all gravitated towards these colors. They look really colorful up here, sure, but they are all so soft and beautiful that I believe they have enough sophistication and variance of tones to have real longevity on your walls. In other words – while these are ‘colors’, you won’t get sick of them like you might with other pastels.

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There you have it.

Now, stop staring at that mesmerizing gif and figure out what room in your house you are going to take your pastel plunge in. Craving more color recommendations and trends head check out, 4 Colors from the 90’s that You’ll Want In Your House Right Now, Brady Picks A Gray, and some of our color trends: Powder Blue, Buttercup Yellow, Lavender and Fiesta Red.

*Pastel Mint Chair from West Elm

**This was our first color testing post and we sure had fun. Now that we’ve got the system down we are happy to do more so let us know what you want next and we’ll put it into production. Best darker/moody tones? Best bright/happy colors? Or simply Best blues? I think a ‘Best warm but not beige’ white post might be in our future because I just had to choose one for the outside of my house and man it wasn’t easy (p.s. I chose this one and I love it). 

***Photography by Jess Isaac

 

 

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22 Apr 13:00

48 Budget Friendly Kitchen Hardware Knobs & Pulls

by Emily
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“How do I refresh my kitchen without renovating?” is a question that we get asked every single day here at EHD, and it’s a very good one my friends. Renovating your kitchen is not budget friendly by any means, but there are a few things that you can do quickly and easily to give a facelift to that rather boring kitchen without breaking the bank. Not everyone has the budget for waterfall countertops, a custom backsplash, and brass barstools with legs to die for like this kitchen above, but by simply swapping your outdated hardware for some new pieces you can go from drab to fab in just a few hours. So we have round up some of our budget friendly favorites for you to get that kitchen in tip top shape before the in-laws come in town next weekend for Mothers Day.

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Brass is having a major moment right now and for a very good reason, so lets start with those:

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1. Hampton Bar Pull | 2. Peggy Brass Knob | 3. Mid-Century Brass Knob | 4. Brass Barrel Knob | 5. Boulevard Pull | 6. Light Brass Knob | 7. Fagleboda Handle | 8. Faceted Ory Knob | 9. Amerock Brass Manor Pull | 10. Allen + Roth Aged Brass Knob | 11. Liberty Brass Pull | 12. European T-Knob Pull

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Black is classic, simple, understated and will always be in style. It also works with almost every color of cabinet and style of kitchen so here are some of our favorite black beauties:

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13. Blackrock Round Knob | 14. Modern Metro Pull | 15. Oil-Rubbed Knob | 16. Threshold Sven Pull | 17. Marcio Knob | 18. Cup Bin Pull | 19. Faceted Glass Knob | 20. Flat Cup Pull | 21. Hammercraft Round Knob | 22. Drawer Pull | 23. Cone Knob | 24. Hammered Pyramid Knob

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Silver, chrome, and nickel reigned as king in the early 2000’s but it is still very relevant and making a big comeback. We predict in a few years that silver will be just as popular as people and the market get too “brass saturated”, but then again don’t quote us on it.

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25. Streamline Knob | 26. Satin Nickel Knob | 27. Atlas Roundabout Pull | 28. Canfield Chrome Knob | 29. Ella Thin Pull | 30. Decca Nickel Knob | 31. Center Cup Pull | 32. Attest Knob | 33. Brushed Rectangular Knob | 34. Cosmas Round Knob | 35. Brainerd Satin Pull | 36. Brushed Nickel Knob

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Let’s not forget about copper. We predicted earlier this year that copper would be a big kitchen trend and we are still very much into it. Keep in mind with copper that if it is unfinished or raw that it will patina over time, although that is part of its charm.

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37. Jessina Zinc Knob | 38. Century Polished Pull | 39. Copper Mushroom Knob | 40. Copper Wire Pull | 41. Glinted Prism Knob | 42. Amerock Brushed Copper Pull | 43. Amerock Copper Knob | 44. Pennysavers Copper Pull | 45. Marcio Knob | 46. Siro Designs Pull | 47. Dynasty Antique Copper Pull | 48. Siro Round Copper Pull

And for those of you that want the ultimate pin-able roundup of budget friendly kitchen hardware we have it below for your pinning pleasure.

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What budget friendly roundups are you dying to see next? In the meantime head on over to: Mixing Rugs in the Same Room, My 63 Favorite Temporary Wallpapers, The 32 Beds I Almost Bought for My Bedroom, The Best Wallpaper Roundup Ever, Best Online Art Resources, Best Online Fabric Stores.

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20 Apr 15:02

Cooking at Home with Vitamix

by My Style Pill
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Love the hummus shortcuts

Christine Cameron using a Vitamix blender for cooking at home

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Now that I am in my 30s I am starting to pay closer attention to things like skincare, healthy eating and exercise. I have always been aware of these things because I grew up as an active kid, ate well and was taught about how to take care of my skin at a young age, so I think generally I know how to live a healthy lifestyle…

But living in New York, it can be really easy to let things slide because of how accessible Seamless is (who’s with me?!) and how there always seems to be an excuse to meet friends for after work drinks and dinner. So if I’m not careful, I can really fall off the wagon with healthy eating as well as exercising and then I end up feeling lethargic and just well, blah.

A while ago I bought a Bullet blender, but never got around to using it. How awful is that?! I have this perfectly good little appliance that I really like, just sitting in my kitchen, but instead of making smoothies at home, I’ll spend close to $10 on a green juice at Juice Generation. That can add up quickly, let me tell you.

I started asking my friend Jennie about what she uses to make her juices, smoothies, soups and sauces (she even makes her own almond butter!) and she told me she swears by her Vitamix. This information coupled with the fact that I have been obsessively watching Tasty videos before bed, (I really want to make this!) not only makes me want to cook, but take control over what I am eating a bit more.

I’m really excited about my new purchase, which should arrive tomorrow, and am making a pact with myself to actually use this appliance, plus share what I create with it on the blog. So, with all of that said, consider this post a way of me sharing my foray into cooking and making more things at home! YAY!

I would LOVE to know any recipes (can be anything you want) that you guys make using a blender. I’m a total novice, so any tips/tricks/thoughts are welcome! xo

P.S. Pretty excited about these guides to use as a jumping off point…

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19 Apr 11:22

PIZZA ROLLS

by erika carlock

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i stopped by a friend’s house a couple of months ago, we were sipping wine, wanting a snack and she pulled out of the freezer and cooked up pizza rolls. the real deal packaged frozen ones i used to eat when i was a kid and hadn’t had in ages. i forgot how delicious they actually are and decided to re-make them, with more wholesome ingredients, for the office. they were a hit, and so simple! – joaniepizza rolls | designlovefestpizza rolls | designlovefestpizza rolls | designlovefest
we made a veggie and meat version but you could easily simplify and make all the same kind.

what you’ll need:
• whole wheat pre-made pizza dough (we got our at trader joe’s!)
• marinara sauce
• pepperoni sliced into bite size pieces
• mozzarella cheese
• 2 zucchini chopped and sautéed until they release their juices, about 4-5 minutes, sprinkle with a little salt.
• red onion, very finely chopped
• basil
• parmesan cheese
• olive oil
• pesto (we made our own, but buying it is also great!)
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• preheat your oven to 450 degrees and start by rolling out your dough, trying to make it as thin as possible without creating holes. i did this on the cookie sheet so i wouldn’t need to transfer. once you have it rolled out you can start topping! we used an olive oil base for our veggie option and marinara for the pepperoni.
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• add your toppings as desired but be warned, don’t over do it! i made this mistake and had to pull some off so that i could make a proper roll without everything coming out of the sides. after topping, i cut the pizza dough into squares and then folded two sides of the square into each other and pinched the edges up. places the roll seam side down on the cookie sheet. it might take you a minute to get the swing of the roll making but don’t worry about it being perfect. pizza rolls | designlovefest
• before baking, brush the top of the rolls with a little olive oil and place in the oven to cook for 8-10 minutes. we sprinkled parmesan on top about half way through baking but that’s an added bonus.

• remove from the oven, let cool, sprinkle with more cheese, freshly chopping basil and serve with pesto and marinara for dipping.

enjoy, they’ll be gone in a flash!

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styling by: joanie cusack
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14 Apr 13:00

How We Transformed Our Studio Windows in One Hour

by Emily
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As much as I lack a sense of privacy, having completely exposed windows in our office wasn’t ideal. We do some top secret styling stuff here, so having Lookie loos peeping in and reporting back to the New York Times could really take down our business. As you may remember, we recently added some window film to our living room and bedroom windows at my house that helps protect against UV rays and helps keep rooms cooler when it is warmer. But for our studio we had a slightly different issue to address. We needed to add some privacy and a pop of color to our rather drab floor to ceiling windows. This is how they (and the studio) looked a few years ago when we did our studio tour. We loved all the natural light, but weren’t such big fans of the lack of privacy.

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Remember when I did this to the Ban.do windows? Well. we loved the look of that but it didn’t provide privacy really so I basically just knocked myself off and did a version of that mixing camera gels with privacy film. We used DIY Gila privacy window films to solve that very problem. Gila is an extremely easy-to-install DIY product that can be purchased at your local home improvement store or online and comes in a range of patterns and functions to suit any style or application. The film is removable, affordable, decorative, and offers heat and glare control which made it a good fit for our studio space.

Here is what you’ll need:

Window Film: We went with 6 different designs from Gila as we wanted the windows to have an artistic boho studio type vibe, but they have styles to appeal to every taste and style of room.

Water Solution in a Spray Bottle: Mix together 1/2 capful of baby shampoo per quart of water. You will use this solution to adhere the film to the windows.

Straight Edge or Ruler: Depending on the size of your window, the longer the ruler or straight edge the easier the cuts are to keep clean.

Cutting Mat: This is not required, but it made it a lot easier for us to cut as we used the built in rulers on the mat to cut everything down to size.

Exacto Knife: You could use scissors but a sharp exacto knife will keep everything clean and straight.

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STEP 1:

Prep Your Glass and Pick Out Your Patterns: You will want to start by prepping your windows. A good cleaning with a glass cleaner and making sure any debris or gunk on the windows is cleared off will help everything to adhere and stick better to the glass. Once your windows are prepared the fun part comes selecting your patterns. We went with these six patterns – Winter Morning, Waterfall, Ice Chip, Crackled Glass, Misted, and Crystal (which was our personal favorite). There is something kinda ’80’s party girl’ about that one.

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STEP 2:

Measure Your Windows: Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure each window. Our studio windows are quite old (therefore not so square) so we individually measured each window pane to ensure that the window film would fit snug and go edge-to-edge on the window.

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STEP 3:

Cut Window Film To Size: Once you have measured your window, roll the film out and then begin cutting it down to size. A simple few cuts will do the trick. Quick Tip: press firmly on the first cut to ensure that you cut through the film entirely and will not have to make another pass at it. This will help to make sure you keep your edges clean and straight.

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Peel the Plastic Backing Off the Film: The best way to get the plastic backing off the paper (unless you have tiny perfect doll hands with sharp little fingernails) is to use two pieces of tape and place them in the corners of the film facing each other. Press them together firmly on the film and then slowly pull them apart. Each piece of tape will grab a corner of the film and pull it away from backing making it ready for your windows.

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Wet the Windows: using your spray bottle generously wet the window with a few sprits of water to prep it for the film.

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Apply the Film and Adjust: once your window is wet and you have peeled the backing off, you are ready to stick your film to the window. The film itself is not sticky, but the water will adhere it to the window which makes it VERY forgiving in the application process. If you do not get the alignment correct the first time then you can just peel it off and try again.

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Secure and Press the Film: once you have the alignment correct you will want to press out any air bubbles and extra water to secure the film to the window. You can wrap a credit card (or a Disney Annual Pass in our case) with a paper towel and use it as a small squeegee to get out air bubbles and the excess water. The paper towel will soak up the extra water as you press near the edges.

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STEP 8:

Sit back and enjoy your new privacy and glammed up windows. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate the new found privacy as well as the fun patterns that these films have brought into the entry of our studio space. We ended up buying a few camera light gels in pinks, yellows, and oranges from our local camera store to mix in with the Gila film to add a bit more color into the space. The application process is the same and the gels could even be added on top of the window film if you want both pattern and color.

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There I am, Writing this post in my new happy little corner of the studio.

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Not only do the windows now look and make the studio happy on the inside but the passerby’s have something nice to look at as well.

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I DIG it. We needed privacy and got it. It’s great for glass doors that lead to street view, bathroom windows, etc, anywhere that you want those looky-looks to look elsewhere. Plus it makes simple windows look like a party. Get your Gila here and get that party started.

**Styled and DIY by Brady Tolbert for EHD, Art Directed by Me, Photography by Tessa Neustadt

***This post was in partnership with Gila but all words, ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that support the blog, which allow us to bring original content to you everyday. 

Sources: Rug | Leather Pouf | Rattan Bench | Gold Drum Table | Geometric Lumbar Pillow | Faux Fur Throw | Standing Planters

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05 Apr 14:00

A Cabinet to Hold 2 Turntables (& a Microphone) + Your Vinyl

by Caroline Williamson

A Cabinet to Hold 2 Turntables (& a Microphone) + Your Vinyl

While the Selectors Cabinet was made for DJs, it could also work to house your own home audio equipment. Designed by Studio Rik ten Velden, the cabinet can be used in a living room just as easily as it could work in a gallery or bar.

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Its simple steel frame and modular wooden cabinets offer three compartments to hold your records with surface on top to house two turntables or CDJs. There’s also an option to get monitor speaker stands, if you like. The cabinets easily come out for transportation.

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The Selectors Cabinet will be shown during Milan Design Week from April 12-17th, 2016.

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28 Mar 09:00

Road Trip-Louisville, KY: Rye

by Erin in Indy
The family headed down to Louisville recently for my friend and hairdresser’s grand opening of her new space there. My daughter really wanted to go to this all ages party and I of course, jumped at the opportunity to eat somewhere new. We needed somewhere the kids would be welcome and ideally close to the party. We settled on Rye.

It was a great choice that everyone ended up being very pleased with. Hubby had a killer Old Fashioned to start and I had a glass of wine. The kids loved their blood orange agua frescas (they were seriously delicious).

To start, we had a cheese board ($15) because if my kids see a fancy cheese board, they are going to be ordering it. It was a very good one. There was a nice variety on it, including some hard cheeses, a soft cheese, a blue, and a nice array of accompaniments as well. Olive tapenade, honey, pickled veggies and jam. Also, perfectly toasted slices of Blue Dog Bakery baguette, which is awesome. 

They also bring you a basket of their own housemade rolls with your meal—they’re called “Sally Lunn” rolls and after eating the soft warm roll with salted butter, my daughter promptly ordered another (they’re $1 each after the free basket). Quite delicious.

We also shared the arancini (or risotto balls) ($14) to go along with the cheese. These were a second choice after they told us they were out of the shrimp dumplings, but I’m glad we ended up with them because they were so good. The fried rice balls were sitting on top of a pesto made from mustard greens and were topped with Parmesan, fresno chilies and pepitas. That pesto was delicious and I can’t say that I have ever had mustard green pesto, but it is something I am interested in making now. Sometimes these types of dishes tend to be one dimensional, but this one was not at all.

We all shared several entrees as well, and the star of the night was probably the whole-wheat mezzaluna pasta that my daughter chose. It was handmade pasta filled with ricotta and Gruyere and topped with toasted farro. It had a hint of nutmeg as well. It was just such a simple dish in a way, but with such depth from the nuttiness of the cheese and farro. It had a light butter sauce and was just delicious. We probably should have gotten two of these.

The duck confit ($30) was also really tasty, although a little on the smaller side then we expected. It was just one smallish leg/thigh piece but the flavor was great, even if it wasn’t super meaty. Loved the sunny egg on top as well as the cherry gastrique giving it a touch of sweetness as well as acid. Duck pairs so nicely with a bit of fruit.

The last thing (and ok, I am the one who chose it) was the mushroom toast ($14) and it was my least favorite dish. It was a hearty piece of bread topped with ricotta, thyme, mushrooms, and shaved lardo (which is just thin pork fat). I don’t know, but while I like all these things, it just didn’t come together for me, the mushrooms were almost too big and hard to eat and the lardo was a little overwhelming.

We also had a side of triple cooked fries ($6). They were served with a a chili-lime aioli. This stuff had some kick for sure. The fries were nice and crisp, but I tend to like mine a little thinner.

All in all a great little place with a hip attitude to enjoy an easy dinner in Louisville. I would happily go again and try the seasonally changing menu. I would love to see the offerings for spring and summer. And I appreciate that they treated my kids with respect and made them fancy drinks.

Rye
900 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
502/749-6200



30 Mar 13:00

Whoopi Goldberg Launches Medical Marijuana Products Targeted at Menstr

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Whoopi, you're my hero, girl.

“I have grown granddaughters who have severe cramps, so I said this is what I want to work on.”
29 Mar 18:59

Tempeh Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

by A Beautiful Mess

Tempeh Steaks (via abeautifulmess.com)    Tempeh Steaks (via abeautifulmess.com) If you've never made chimichurri sauce before, you really must—it's so good! It is a classic sauce and certainly not my own invention. I've made a few different versions, and I am always amazed how much flavor it adds to any dish. It's especially great on steak. So I thought why not try some marinated tempeh steaks. 

Tempeh Steaks (via abeautifulmess.com)You could serve this over some steamed rice or alongside a salad. Even if you're on the fence about tempeh, I still would recommend giving this recipe a try as it's pretty delicious and super filling. 

How to marinate tempehTempeh Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce, serves two
Sauce recipe adapted from Epicurious

For the tempeh:
8 oz. tempeh
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

For the chimichurri sauce:
1/3 cup parsley
2 tablespoons cilantro
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove of garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Cut the tempeh into flanks or cubes. In a small bowl or drinking glass, stir together the soy sauce, molasses, liquid smoke, apple cider vinegar, cumin, and cayenne. Pour a little of the sauce in the bottom of a small baking dish or an oven safe bowl. Add the tempeh. Pour the remaining sauce over the tempeh. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours, flipping the tempeh once in the middle of the marinate time. 

ChimichurriBake the tempeh in the same dish, covered with aluminum foil, at 350°F for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 18 to 20 minutes.

To make the sauce, you'll need a food processor or good blender. To the processor add the parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper, cumin, and salt. Pulse until well combined. With the processor running (if possible), slowly add the olive oil. 

Tempeh Steaks (via abeautifulmess.com)  Drizzle the sauce over the tempeh steaks and serve with your side of choice. Enjoy — happy healthy dinner to you! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

24 Mar 21:17

Groundbreaking Comedian Garry Shandling Dies at 66

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I just listened to a podcast interview with Garry Shandling a few weeks ago, I think it was taped in December, and I was really struck by how tender and thoughtful he was. He seemed like a pretty beautiful person.

The creator of It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show had an enormous influence on every comedian who came up after him—which is to say, nearly every comedian working today.
24 Mar 14:00

Marimekko for Target Coming April 17th

by Caroline Williamson

Target is prepping for their next collaboration to launch and it’s bound to be massive hit, much like their epic Missoni collection. Marimekko for Target drops April 17th featuring over 200 pieces of home decor items, furniture, along with apparel and accessories for both women and girls. The theme centers around summertime and carrying that feeling all year long. Take a look at some of our favorite Marimekko x Target decor items… we hope to snag some before they get snapped up.

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1. Salad Plates 2. Hurricane Lantern – Traktori Print 3. Umbrella 8’x6′ – Kukkatori Print 4. Adult Bicycle – Kukkatori Print 5. Body Board – Mansikkavuoret & Koppelo Print 6. Oversized Beach Tote – Albatrossi Print 7. Kitchen Towels – Kukkatori & Appelsiini Print 8. Deck Chair – Koppelo Print 9. Beach Towel – Kaivo Print 10. Carafe Drinkware Set – Lokki Print 11. Bean Bag – Appelsiini Print 12. Napkins – Multi Print

17 Mar 17:00

Masquespacio’s Own Design Studio

by Caroline Williamson
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Interesting color combos, not sure I dig, but maybe I do?

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Masquespacio usually spends their time designing for other people, but then, it was time to do it for themselves. The innovative Spanish agency decided it was time to redesign their own studio in Valencia, as well as their brand identity. Known for their use of bright colors and decorative elements, they pulled out all the stops for their own renovation and image revamp.

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The interior features a multitude of colors, which were chosen because they were the trendy colors from various projects. They’ll continue to play with colors based on trends of the particular time. They wanted to elevate the design so it wouldn’t just be a place to work – they wanted a warm environment with decorative elements that encouraged creativity.

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Contrasting materials and finishes live harmoniously amongst the vivid color palette, which is softened by the incorporation of plants.

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Their recently designed Toadstool collection is featured in the waiting room.

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The design began with the studio’s brand image which focused on the word ‘Mas’ (the first three letters in their name), which means ‘more’ in English. The ‘S’ is split, dividing each of the two different parts of each graphic application. The division is meant to show the value offered by them in each of their projects.

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Interior photos by Bruno Almela.
Branding photos by Luis Beltran.

18 Mar 15:00

RE.BIN: A Modern Recycling Bin

by Nanette Wong

RE.BIN: A Modern Recycling Bin

RE.BIN wants to steer you away from traditional, unsightly recycling bins and use stylish, yet equally as functional alternatives. Made of 100% recycled plastic, these reusable bins have a minimalist look, much like a paper grocery bag.

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The bins are 12.75” x 8.75” x 17.5” and look good on display in the kitchen or you can hide it away as it fits inside a normal-sized kitchen cabinet. The bin doesn’t require liners, but users can line it with paper bags from the grocery store to grab on the way out.

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RE.BIN comes in black or white, and is meant to be displayed. You can support RE.BIN on Kickstarter here.

21 Mar 12:00

vegetable containers: weekend project.

by victoria

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i’ve been wanting to plant a little vegetable garden here at the new house, but haven’t been able to find just the right spot. until i decided on these galvanized troughs i found on amazon. i’d been looking for these for a while after seeing something similar in stable cafe’s herb garden in san francisco, but i guess it hadn’t occurred to me that amazon would have such an item. they come in a variety of sizes, but i chose two at 4.5′ x 2′ (the 98 gallon size at just $150). i wanted to plant the garden close to the kitchen for easy access and since it’s all paved or stones, the galvanized troughs were the perfect solution because they could be placed on top of the stone pavers. they’d be a great solution for a lot of small spaces. oh, but one annoyance warning: they come with these big ugly stickers on them, so i used goo-gone and some boiling hot water and scraped them off with a knife. why stickers, why!?

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these tanks are meant to be used on farms as animal feeding or water troughs but lots of people use them for garden and vegetable beds and i love the way they look. we drilled holes in the bottom and added gravel for good drainage and then loaded them with some really good organic soil. we added a ton of water and mixed up the soil to get lots of aeration in there. and then we hit the local nursery — my favorite here in L.A. is sunset nursery because they have a great variety of good quality, organic plants, and they are super helpful. i got lettuces, kale, argula, carrots, tomatoes, zuchhini, cucumbers and a bunch of herbs. then i labeled everything with these copper plant stakes. so cute, right?

i can’t tell you how happy it makes me and how satisfying it feels to grow something that i can actually eat. wish me luck! and if you’re looking for a vegetable bed idea, try this out!

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23 Mar 16:30

in bloom.

by victoria

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spring is here and with it blooms are everywhere. the tree down the street from me is on fire, and in japan cherry and plum blossoms are exploding. high desert flowers are in bloom too. i couldn’t help but notice and be enamored by these lovely blooms in full swing images all over my pinterest feed so i thought you might enjoy seeing them, too. a trip to japan is high on my list so i think i’d best make it spring time — i wouldn’t want to miss the trees in Hanami Yama Park in Fukushima city (above) — just unbelievably beautiful!

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• photo credits in order: exerciced style; a flanio; dylan m howell photography; sara k byrne on VSCO; skeletales; satoshi h; foxes & feathers; mowielicious; top dreamerhannes runelövpaul hiller photography.

21 Mar 13:00

Home Depot DIY Workshop: Wooden Door Mat

by Amber

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Today’s post is sponsored by The Home Depot, but all creativity and opinions are my own.

It’s spring y’all! Or like it was for all of winter here in Texas. Then it was super cold over Spring Break. I don’t even care because Easter is next week, so let’s get all pastel-y and Spring-ish. I partnered with The Home Depot and some incredible bloggers to put our own spin on a wooden door mat as part of their DIY Workshops.

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I went to Home Depot with both kids in tow because I’m crazy I was so ready to add a little spring along with some organization to our garage. I was thinking maybe it might kick me into high gear for the season like the Christmas wreath trio did.

I got 8 – 36″ x 2″ x 2″ Square End Balusters which I had a Home Depot employee cut in half for me. Great option for those of you short on time or terrified of power tools. You can still pull this project off easily! This gave me sixteen 18″ square end balusters.

Pick up a spool of 1/4″ x 50′ Sisal rope along with paint, stain, and poly of your liking. Mine is Rust-oleum Ocean Mist. I wanted a mint and natural wood look for my wooden mat. Something that screams Spring. Start your garden. Go do some yard work. All of those things.

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I needed to sand down the rough ends from the cuts. Make sure to get some sandpaper too!

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The square end balusters had a nice blonde wood tone to them, so I decided not to stain them. I brushed on two clear coats of polyurethane to protect the wood on 8 of them while I spray painted the other 8 wood slats.

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Once the wood was dry (about 24 hours), I measured 1″ on each end of the blusters and marked them.

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Use a 3/8″ drill bit to drill holes in the blusters at each end where its marked. Make sure to center the bit on the bluster at that 1″ mark.

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Cut the sisal rope to 80″ long. Thread it through the hole in the bluster and tie a knot on each side. Continue threading the blusters and tying between each. I did each side simultaneously.

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Ta-da! It’s that simple! I went ahead and put rain boots on it because they are so bulky for indoors. Plus you don’t want to wear them inside after you’ve been in the rain. Also I already confessed this whole area was a spring theme with the mint and natural wood door mat what says spring more than rain boots on a mint door mat??

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The Home Depot is hosting a DIY Workshop to make one of these wooden door mat at all of their locations.

You can register here.

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for all ages and experience levels that gives you step by step instruction to complete the project and learn some new DIY skills along the way. There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. Check out a local workshop to learn more.

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I also made the HELLO peg board a few years ago. I got the peg board from The Home Depot…and I had them cut it for me there! It finally has a home and conveniently goes with my new wooden doormat.

Go check out these other incredible wooden door mats from these amazing bloggers!

DIY WorkshopThat’s My Letter  /  The Bold Abode  /  Ciburbanity  /  Brooklyn Limestone

House of Wood  /  Shades of Blue Interiors  /  Place of My Taste  /  Bower Power Blog

Making Home Base  /  Build Basic  /  Sawdust 2 Stitches  /  My Love 2 Create

Her Toolbelt  /  Addicted 2 DIY  /  Fix This Build That  /  Glued N Screwed

Build It, Craft It, Love It  /  DIY Huntress  /  Sawdust To Sequins  /  Remodelando La Casa

The Batchelor Way  /  The Kim Six Fix  /  Heathered Nest  /  Creatively Living

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23 Mar 10:00

What to Do About Brussels

by Joshua Hersh

Late on the night of November 13, 2015, Salah Abdeslam stood alone on an empty street corner in Montrouge, a suburb in the south of Paris, frantically calling home. A few miles away, nine of his friends and accomplices, including his brother, Brahim, had recently finished firing assault rifles into throngs of innocent civilians, and blowing themselves up at restaurants and a concert hall. But Abdeslam, a 26-year-old native of Brussels, hadn’t gone through with his part of the plot. Instead, he discarded his suicide vest in a trash heap, and, using a fresh SIM card, begged a friend to come pick him up.

The two men who arrived a few hours later—Mohammed Amri, 27, and Hamza Attou, 21—were surprised, they would later claim, by what they encountered. Abdeslam seemed anxious and sullen, and he spoke few words as they drove him the 200 miles across the border into Belgium, dropping him off in the early hours of November 14 at a metro station in the Brussels neighborhood of Laeken. He offered no hint of what had occurred just hours earlier. Later that day, during police sweeps of the neighborhood, Amri and Attou were arrested. They told authorities they’d had no idea about the plot and no clue where Abdeslam could be found.

In the terror attacks that have ripped across Western Europe in recent years, a certain menacing figure has cropped up time and again: the violent Islamic extremist, often of North African origin, who spent time with the Islamic State in Syria and returned home bent on wreaking havoc on his European homeland. These are the hallmarks of the modern terrorist, of the murderous suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside a soccer stadium and restaurants in Paris. This figure is likely to emerge again, in the investigation of those who, most recently, detonated their charges inside the main international airport and a metro station in Brussels.

But when I spent time late last year in Molenbeek—the neighborhood of Brussels where many of these homegrown terrorists grew up and lived, and where Abdeslam was finally captured last week after four months on the run—I kept hearing about the two men who drove through the night to ferry Abdeslam back from Paris.

“That could have been me,” a young resident told me one day, rather nonchalantly. It was a cool evening a few weeks after the Paris attacks, and the tension that had descended over Molenbeek—brought on by the oppressive presence of heavily armed police and camera-laden reporters—was beginning to lift. The resident, who I agreed not to name in my reporting, didn’t mean that he literally could have been the one who drove home Abdeslam that night—he was not friendly with the wanted terrorist. But he could relate to the situation the drivers found themselves in. Growing up in the neighborhood, he too had had his run-ins with the law, in his capacity as a drug courier and car thief. He could easily picture a time when he might have received a call in the middle of the night from someone like Abdeslam—who was known in the community primarily as a drug hustler and bartender—and told to drive out and pick him up, no questions asked. Amri and Attou, their lawyers told me, had never been to Syria, and were not radicalized—they were, it seems, just petty criminals. People like that, the resident said, were everywhere to be found.

“That’s how it works in the neighborhoods,” Delphine Paci, a defense attorney in Brussels, told me later. “These are people from small delinquencies in the neighborhoods who will help the big boss without always knowing what they are doing, or that they are helping terrorists.” (I quoted her to this effect in an article that was published in December by BuzzFeed News.)

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s attacks, this is worth keeping in mind. The homegrown terrorist threat in Belgium, as well as in France, is no doubt driven by the craven machinations of the powerful and well-funded Islamic State. Its key operators are the psychopaths who fit the standard profile of a religiously motivated zealot: homicidal, suicidal, nihilistic.

But for every one of these people, there are many more who play crucial roles along the way in a kind of terrorism gray area. These are often people who share few or none of these radical qualities. They never went to Syria. They have no abiding relationship with Islam. Their only evident qualifications are their capacity for drinking and drug use, their ability to acquire illicit goods, and their indifference to the law and those who might enforce it. They are radical, one might say, but not necessarily radicalized. 

Look closely and, again and again, there they are. The suspected weapons trafficker who met with the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, shortly before Coulibaly shot up a kosher supermarket in Paris following the attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo—but the alleged trafficker was later cleared of any direct involvement. The “old friend” of the Charlie Hebdo ring who suspiciously turned up at a house in eastern Belgium hours before it was raided by counter-terrorism police last January—then jumped out a window to escape being killed rather than joining the others in fighting to the death. The two men—Amri and Attou—who drove Abdeslam to the metro station in Belgium that night in November; the third man who picked him up from there and took him on to a cafe.

It should be clear by now that the terrorism problem in a place like Belgium ought to be viewed as the extension of criminal networks, not ones solely related to ISIS. The lawyers who defend people accused of terrorism plots are not experts in international law—they are the same criminal attorneys who defended their clients years earlier on charges of drug dealing or petty theft. The local journalists who have the best sources on the investigations are not those who cover intelligence matters—they are the ones who cover the courts.

For those familiar with these suspects, the answer to the scourge of homegrown terrorism in Europe is not to be found in more abstract notions of defeating radical jihadist ideology, or in militarized responses. It is to be found in the basic tools of routine police work: learning the ins and outs of a tightly knit neighborhood where dozens of people could lend support to a plot, and only a few of whom would know, or care, that it was terrorism.

So far, that has not been the preferred response from top officials and politicians. French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday reiterated what he proclaimed after the November attacks—that Europe is “at war” with terrorism. In the U.S., the Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump suggested that torturing Abdeslam might have prevented the attack, while his chief opponent, Ted Cruz, called for police in America to “secure and patrol” Muslim neighborhoods. In response to the November Paris attacks, France launched strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, and security forces there and in Belgium engaged in dramatic shootouts with suspects. Troubled neighborhoods in both countries were put on lockdown and given the war zone treatment. But “going to war” didn’t solve the problem, and it never will. A holistic approach is necessary for restive areas like Molenbeek, where only police work and some hope of economic advancement will help reduce the appeal of criminality, as well as its more dangerous cousin. 

Salah Abdeslam may have been one of those hardened terrorists, bent on suicide until his vest malfunctioned. Or he may instead have been one of those gray-area guys. Like Amri and Attou, he had never gone to Syria, and no one I met in Molenbeek recalled him as being particularly devout or ideological. But he came to know the other plotters through the seedy bar he ran with his brother, and through his previous stints in prison. On that night in Paris, it’s quite possible that he suddenly realized the depth of what he’d gotten himself into, recoiled at the brutality of the violence around him, and bailed.

17 Mar 17:53

6 Tips on Handling Anxiety

by Kendi Everyday

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I remember my first panic attack much like someone would remember their first kiss; with both sheer terror and fear of the unknown. B and I were 23, freshly married and were in the middle of changing jobs and moving 6 hours south. Because we didn’t have any extra cash flow we had to be very strategic with our paychecks — one job had to start the minute our other one ended. Since B got a new job, we were going from two salaries to one salary for a temporary but undefined amount of time. We were only starting to feel the effects of the oncoming stress; what could possibly be more stressful than finding a place to live 500 miles away with two weeks until move-in day. Without the help of the internet.  The town we were moving to was less than 25,000 people, so the supply of rentals was low to begin with and the medium of demand was drive around until you saw a rent sign.  For the second weekend in a row, we looked for two days and had come up with nothing. We had no more options than when we started. And so on the way back, two defeated newly weds drove in silence, completely unsure of our immediate future.

And that’s when it hit. Out of nowhere, I could feel myself starting to drown. I sat there in slight shock of what I was feeling, trying to keep my cool in front of my new husband. I could feel my chest starting to get tight and my first thought was heart attack. I couldn’t breathe and I knew I had to get out of the car. I finally choked out ‘pull over!’ and my sweet but terrified husband pulled over as fast as he could at a roadside stop. Once I was finally able to catch my breathe, I realized that my mascara was everywhere and my husband looked like he had seen a ghost. It had felt like a split second that this happened, but it had been at least 20 minutes. What the hell was that, I thought as I got back into the car and tried to pull myself together. I would wonder what happened for the next two years as I would have these little attacks at random times, seemingly out of nowhere. I would wake up at 5 am with an attack, or one would hit me in the middle of the day. My anxiety monster had awoken.

I actually didn’t realize what was going on with me until I heard a podcast with a woman talking about dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. It started to make sense. After researching, I realized I wasn’t having heart issues but panic attacks. And for the next 6 years I would take a journey of many panic attacks and sleepless nights to understand and to learn how to deal with my anxiety.

Within the last two years I’ve really learned how to deal with my anxiety instead of ignore it or let it explode. A few of these I’ve picked up either from health professionals, a counselor, friends, books and practices I have found work for me.

1. Ground yourself.

A few years ago went to the doctor for depression and one of my favorite pieces of advice my doctor gave me was to ‘ground myself’ when I felt like I was going to have a panic attack. This simply means to plant your feet firmly (but don’t lock your knees) and focus on feeling connected to the ground while breathing slowly and deeply. This physical motion sends a signal to your brain of security and support. It’s still something I remind myself daily when I can feel my head start to spin.

2. Focus on your breathing.

Another piece of advice I’ve heard from many professionals is to focus on your breathing. This is also helpful if I’m ever feeling nervous, stressed or anxious. There are many moments when I begin to focus on my breathing and I realize I’ve been holding my breath or breathing sporadically. If I take very deep breathes (count to 10 in, count to 10 out), I immediately feel calmer and more aware. This helps me remember to focus on what I can control, not what I can not.

3. Identify the source of the anxiety.

My husband, bless his soul, has seen pretty much every single panic attack I’ve ever had. But in the last few years, he started to calmly ask — where is this coming from? What truth is this grounded in? A lot of times, while I can’t control when anxiety hits or why, I can figure out where it came from. If you can identify what you were doing when your anxiety hits, a lot of times you can figure out where those feelings are coming from and this helps. Identifying your fears or anxieties helps confront them and figure them out. Control what you can, let go of what you can not.

4. Positive self talk.

This is such an important tool for me with anxiety. I have a great imagination that can really work against me at times and before I know it my anxiety has created monsters that simply do not exist. Learning how to talk to myself positively and identifying the truth is so helpful in dealing with anxiety. Negativity breeds negativity and while I’m not always Susie Sunshine, thinking in positive terms helps me curb my anxiety-ridden worry habits.

5. Know your limits.

This one is a hard one to conquer, but if you can become more aware of where your anxiety starts, you can understand your stopping point. I don’t say this so that you become a hermit and stay inside to remove yourself from all the stress and anxiety of the world, but to say that you can handle a lot more than you think. Knowing your limit just means you know when to fold them. For me, I lead a pretty stressful life, running two businesses, so I know that Sunday’s are my day. I clean, I grocery shop and I take it easy. If I don’t take a Sunday off, guess what? The next week falls apart. I know my limit and it’s 6 days a week of work. 7 days and my knot starts to fringe.

6. Find your peace.

My peace is a bath tub. When we moved into our new house, I realized that I’m very good at taking baths. It’s a skill I’m very proud of, specializing in bubbles. If I’m ever feeling overwhelmed or stressed or anything, a bath can take those feelings away and I can calm down or conquer, depending on what it is I need to do next. For others it could be running, yoga, talking with a friend, reading a book, playing a game on your phone, watching HGTV, meditation or prayer, listening to music — anything! Whatever brings you peace, whatever brings you back to a calm place, that is your peace. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, a bath certainly isn’t grand or sacred, it just has to help.

And I wouldn’t consider this a tool you can use, but turning 30 has helped tremendously with my anxiety. Something about your 20s kind of makes you spin with anxiety, but now I know that even if the worst thing happens — life goes on and that’s a very good thing. As always with any mental health issue, do not ignore it. Please seek help because there is always hope and always help.

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