Category Archives: House and Home

Shortcut to Fabulous Gift for the Cooks in your Life

knives This knife set is super affordable at $44.98 and comes with 6″ ceramic chef’s knife, 4.8″ ceramic slicing knife and a 3.2″ ceramic paring knife. They keep the prices low by cutting out the middle man and ceramic knives are fab because they hold up to kitchen abuse well. Shenzhen Ceramic Knives can be used by anyone for most slicing and cutting needs. These ceramic knives are made of an advanced ceramic called zirconia, the second hardest material known to man next to diamond. The material’s properties make it particularly resistant to wear and tear, which means that a ceramic blade can hold its edge much longer than a steel blade without the need for re-sharpening as often as steel knives.

I know knives don’t seem like a sexy gift, but I received a nice knife from a friend last year for my birthday and every time I am in the kitchen using it, I remember the friend and think…how thoughtful?! Bonus: When you give the knives you get yummy food :) Click here to get these knives.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Everyday Dinner Decor

Chalkboard Placemat $15.95

Chalkboard Placemat $15.95

I found these fab chalkboard placemats and I am obsessed. They are just so fun to have on the table for din-din everyday to or spice up an intimate dinner party. You can add some extra TLC to your meal by writing a little note on each placemat, or have some fun and create conversation by posing a question on the placemat for each guest. The possibilities are endless, and since these are placemats and lie flat, they wont hog space. These placemats are the perfect addition to the entertaining arsenal of any small space dweller and make a great hostess or housewarming gift! Click here to order.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Discount on Home Decor

logo_mainGroupon has a great deal right now…$30 for $60 Worth of Designer Home Décor from One Kings Lane, the member’s only flash sale site with amazing home decor items going on sale most days at 11 am. Click here to get the deal.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Tea Time

tea setcambria coveI went to a fabulous tea party about a month ago to watch the Royal Wedding at a friend’s house. This friend is oozing with diva style and everything she does is fabulous. The tea party was straight out of the teat party text book complete with scones and clotted cream, beautiful china and a fabulous full bunch of gorgeous white hydrangeas. The party made me realize that I am missing an important component to being fabulous…having a fabulous set of tea cups and saucers at the ready for a tea party. I stumbled upon the set pictured here and this is now at the absolute top of my wish list…well right behind a Chanel handbag and a pair of the new Christian Louboutin Prorata curved pumps in nude. The price is a little steep…$150, but this is a commemorative set of tea cups and saucers includes one cup and saucer each in Royal Albert patterns from the first five decades of the 20th century: 1900 Regency, 1910 Duchess Spring, 1920 Meadow, 1930 Polka Rose, and 1940 English Chintz. Oh and they are dishwasher safe. Click on the picture to get them. It comes in the hat box shown in the photo. I found the same set sans hat box for $139.99…click here for that price.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Party Planning….Themed Parties!

DSCN0223Planning a party around a theme makes decision making easy. However, deciding on a theme and then finding affordable decor to fit the theme can be a challenge. Here are some tips we have for finding decor to fit your theme:

  • Think outside the box. When you choose a theme, understand that not all of the decor has to center around the theme. Choose a theme with a strong color scheme and get a few items to fit the theme and then focus on sticking with the color scheme. See how we found a few items to fit in with the mod whale theme baby shower photographed here. We found a few whale items (ceramic whales from the dollar bin at Target, stuffed whales from the $1 store and whale stickers from the Invitation Box to go on the favor boxes). The rest of the items fit in with the aqua blue and orange color scheme.
  • Choose a theme and color scheme far in advance and look for items that will work with the theme everywhere you go, grocery stores, drug stores, Target, etc.DSCN0227
  • Check out your local $1 stores for items as well as Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross Stores. Junk stores like Big Lots can be party gold mines.
  • Look for inexpensive candle holders to fit your color scheme at dollar, thrift and junk shops.
  • Find sheets that fit in with your color scheme and/or theme and use those in place of a table cloth. (I love Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Ross for sheets…the polka dot sheets seen in this photo are from a twin sheet set purchased as Marshalls for $19.99).DSCN0252
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  • Use paper cut out shapes in lieu of a table cloth for a cheap and easy way to add pizazz to party decor. Buy scrap booking paper at your local craft store (Michaels periodically has patterned and solid color scrap booking paper on sale 4 sheets for $1) and then find a template or pattern by entering the shape you are looking for and the words “shape template” or “free stencil” in the Google search term box. When you find a shape you like print it out and use it as a stencil to cut out shapes from the craft paper your purchased. Then place the shapes on tables as part of a table scape backdrop. See how we used the whale cut-outs we created to jazz up tables for our mod whale themed baby shower.
  • Check out sites like pearlriver.com or orientaltradingcompany.com to find inexpensive party decor.

So, when planning your next themed event pick a theme several months in advance and then keep your eyes open for decor items everywhere you turn and enjoy these shortcuts to fabulous party planning!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Artwork…Any style, any price

2285_4hoa979gkaue98i3fjqlmpoln5_iw77qhEYuK7XCUPp_1_350x500Zatista is a website that sells original arwork in every style and for every budget. Each and every work of art on Zatista is 100% unique, 100% original. Just like you, there is only one. Choose different. Choose the original. Because Zatista represents hundreds of artists from all over the world, we are able to charge commission rates to our artists that are far below that of traditional galleries (30-40% lower). The result is that you get art directly from the artist at prices that are never inflated with heavy commissions. You get quality, original art at affordable prices – direct from the artist. You can search by type (painting, photograph, mixed media, drawing), medium, style, color and price! The eggplant print shown here is only $70! Do you have a wall that you have ben trying to find some artwork for but never find the right piece for the right price…well then check out Zatista!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Clean Winter Coats…on a budget

dailycandyDaily Candy started creating videos awhile ago and I cam across a video created with Laundress co-founder, Lindsey Wieber Boyd, demonstrates how to machine wash a winter coat using her vintage Chanel coat. Before you get started, here are the products you will need for this project:

Click here to check out the video. Finally, a cheaper and seemingly cleaner alternative to expensive dry cleaning for your winter coats!

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