Color Crush: Minion Yellow

Not often does an animated character impact home décor, but those adorable Minions from Despicable Me have made bright yellow a hot hue in interior design. Like a pop of sunshine, this color gives your room a positive outlook, and you can’t help but smile and feel better. Here are four Minion Yellow pieces that will make your room happy.

 

 

 

 


Magnolia Makeover: 4 Items Joanna Uses In The Entryway

Joanna Gaines’s Magnolia Home style won the hearts of homeowners across the country with many of us clamoring to create our own Fixer Upper style. We love the show and noticed that Joanna often uses four things in the entryway to make it welcoming as well as practical.

 

Rocking Chairs

Many of the homes have beautiful front porches, and the perfect way to enjoy them is on a rocking chair with a tall glass of iced tea and one of Joanna’s famous cupcakes. If your entry has room, add a rocking chair or two of your own. A hot cup of apple cider will turn afternoon relaxing into a sweet retreat.

 

Family-Friendly Storage

Joanna is always thinking of the kiddos, as well as their shoes, sports equipment, backpacks and toys. You’ll often find cute cubbies, bins and baskets in the entryway where kids’ (and adults’) things can be neatly and conveniently stored.

 

Seating

In addition to storage, Joanna loves to include an entryway bench where guests can sit or kids can stop to put on their boots. She usually finds something with a sense of history, to add character to the space. And a mix of materials adds that industrial touch.

 

 

Quote Art

Whether it’s beloved saying or simply words that have meaning, Joanna often has Texas artist Jimmy Don turn inspirational sayings into metal art hung in the entry or foyer. Words can welcome you home, or remind you of what’s important as you leave. Find the phrase that means the most to you, and display it with love.

 

How many of these items do you have in your entryway?

 

 


3 Ways To Reuse Your Halloween Pumpkin

“Row Of Pumpkins” by Rosemary Ratcliff

Pumpkins are a fun and festive decoration this time of year – beautiful vessels that symbolize the fall harvest. About 1.5 billion pounds are bought each year, but way too many of those wind up in the trash the week after Halloween. Before throw yours away, consider these Jack-tastic recipes that will turn your Jack-O-Lantern into something delish.

Pumpkin Seeds

Start by toasting the seeds. Take a metal spoon or melon scraper and remove the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin. Using a strainer, rinse under water and remove seeds from pulp. Pat seeds dry, then toss in butter or olive oil. Spread on a cookie sheet or roasting pan, sprinkle with salt, and place in a 400-degree preheated oven. Toast until golden brown, between 5 and 20 minutes depending upon their size.

Make salty and sweet pumpkin seeds by tossing them with butter, two tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.

Make spicy pumpkin seeds by tossing them with olive oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon black pepper.

Or make savory pumpkin seeds by tossing them with olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.

Next create your own pumpkin puree by cutting the pumpkin in half, covering the top with foil, and roasting in a 325-degree oven for an hour or until tender. Scrape the meat from the shell and puree in a blender or food processor. You can use your homemade pumpkin puree to make your own Thanksgiving pie or in one of these two great recipes:

Nana’s Pumpkin Cobbler

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups pumpkin puree
  • 12-ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Yellow cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup nuts

Mix first eight ingredients and pour into an ungreased 8 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle cake mix on top and drizzle with butter. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25 minutes. Top with nuts.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini from MixThatDrink.com

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces white creme de cacao
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1 dash of ground nutmeg (for garnish)
  • Powdered graham cracker (for the rim)

Rim two martini glasses with crushed graham cracker. Fill a shaker with ice and add the vodka, creme de cacao, cream and pumpkin puree. Shake well until it’s chilled. Strain into the martini glasses. Sprinkle the ground nutmeg on top for garnish.

 


How to Furnish a Small Dining Room

A small room can feel cozy or it can feel cramped … it all depends on how you furnish it. Interior design professionals have a lot of methods for making a small space seem more spacious. Give your diminutive dining room the atmosphere of quaint café or bistro by incorporating these four tricks:

 

Choose Small-Scale Furniture. Small rooms require small-scale furnishings, as anything oversized will overpower the surroundings and make it look crowded. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 32 inches from the edge of the table to the wall to allow you and your guests enough space to navigate around it. Once you measure your room, you’ll know your table choices. A round table is a great option because it leaves extra space around the corners of the room. Round doesn’t have to limit your guest list; if you like to host large parties from time to time, simply choose one that has a leaf.

 

A narrow rectangular table can also be a good choice if your room is small but longer on one side. Look for a table with a pedestal base; this can be helpful for fitting guests around the table because table legs won’t block corners and limit your room.

 

Finally, consider armless chairs, which take up less room. Allow 24 inches of space per person, to provide enough elbowroom. Sleek styles seem to take up less room, sliding in and out without a problem.

 

Choose Light Or Clear Materials. While dark colored furniture can work in a small space, lighter woods will make the room feel lighter. Another great choice is a glass-top table, which virtually disappears, giving you the impression of having more floor space. Chrome and mirrored furniture are two more good choices, as they reflect light and open up the space. A mirrored buffet table, for example, will give the room some depth and make it feel spacious.

 

Limit Your Colors. Light wall and upholstery colors will make your room seem open and airy. Limit your palette to three colors or less. A more monochromatic scheme will provide an uninterrupted field of vision, making the room feel larger. Contrasting colors should only be used as accents, such as trim on furniture, rugs or art.

 

Forget the Smoke and Just Use Mirrors. Finally, make the room look twice its size by placing a large mirror on one wall. It opens up the space and maximizes the light. Placed opposite a window, it will provide a reflection that gives the illusion of another view.


Find the Dining Room that Matches Your Entertaining Style

The holiday season can also be called the dining room season. Whether you invited your large family or a small gathering of friends, it’s the time of year to celebrate with loved ones and that often involves bringing people together over food.

So is your dining room ready? And does it fit your personality? Your dining room should be a reflection of your entertaining style, and the pieces you’ll need are dictated by your personality.

 

The Socialite

Do you love large parties with dozens of guests, mingling and chatting with Michael Buble’s Christmas CD playing in the background? A dining room table will accommodate intimate gatherings, and you’ll need a nice buffet and bar to create a place for appetizers and drinks. A bistro or gathering height table in your kitchen is also a great addition, since that’s often where people tend to gather. Here are some options for the hostess with the mostest:

 

 

The contemporary feel of the NB2 Modern Dining Collection features sleek lines and a rich, dark finish. Upholstered chairs have a unique design, while the bar cabinet and buffet are embellished with gold hardware.

 

The Destin Five-Piece Gathering Set will be the perfect spot for guests to mingle in the kitchen. The glass top offers an open feeling, while the arched base feels special.

 

The Matriarch

Do you relish hosting your extended family once or twice a year for a traditional-style holiday feast? If so, you’ll want special pieces in an elegant style worthy of your semiannual affair. You’ll need a dining room table with a leaf (or two). A formal china cabinet or sideboard will also fit the bill. And consider a table protector to guard your investment, especially if you have small children in attendance. Here are some pieces that will fit your Norman Rockwell style:

 

The Cambria Dining Collection proves that formal dining doesn’t have to be boring. The trestle table features vase turnings and a distressed two-tone finish. The upholstered chairs offer that feeling of luxury and comfort. You’ll love the beautiful buffet for showing off or storing your heirloom china.

 

Or consider the Hartford Dining Room Collection. The walnut finish is rich and inviting, while the leaf expands the table to 90”. You’ll love showing off your stemware in the matching china cabinet and the dining chest provides a great place for tempting dinner guests with dessert.

 

The Laidback Hostess

Do you combine your everyday eating area with the space in which you entertain? If so, you’ll need a causal yet transitional dining set that would be as much at home during Saturday morning Cheerios with your kids as it would be on Christmas Day sharing a standing rib roast with your in-laws. Sturdiness, comfort and function will be key for you, so look for a table and chairs that are sold enough for daily use yet beautiful enough for showing off. Check out these dining options for the person who celebrates every meal in style.

 

The Sterling Collection from Gascho is handsome enough for company and sturdy enough for daily use. It’s an excellent example of solid wood construction, utilizing the finest selections of solid maple. An investment in Gascho is an investment in a family heirloom. You’ll love this piece for years.

 

Or consider Essex Dining Collection, which offers a fresh take farmhouse style. Its auburn and white finish look perfect in a kitchen, and its style is comfortable enough for a casual gathering with friends and family.