Light fixtures to look for in 2019

One of the key elements in interior decorating is how you create light sources in a room.

Based on your style of decorating here are some trends that cougth our attention for 2019.

1- Industrial style

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Beautiful halo, glass led pendant

2- Vintage light bulbs on cables in black and white

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3- Giant floor lamp with articulated arm

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Anglepoise

4- Malleable luminaries

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Constantine Wortmann
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Constantine Wortmann
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Bola

 

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How to keep our skin healthy in winter?

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Healthy skin food and natural moisturizers Almonds,walnuts,yogurt,olive oil,avocado

5 Most important facts for healthy looking  skin in cold temperatures.

1- lock in moisture:

Pamper your skin by using honey, buttermilk, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas and aloe.

2- Stay hydrated :

Hydrate with a humidifier, or by drinking water.

3- Eat your vegtables, celery, and cucumbers for high water content, and omega3 fats like salmon, olive oil and walnuts.

4- Choose natural soaps to avoid the alcohol and chemicals that cause dryness.

5- Exfoliate to wash away the dead skin and reveal the glowing skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for cleaning

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We started our new year with decluttrring   and organizing, and in the process we learned a few good tips for cleaning.

Laundry

For those impossible stains from butter, salad dressing, cooking oil, use white chalk or corn starch on the spot. Let it absorb the oil and launder as usual.

Bathroom

Remove stubborn stains around the faucet with vinegar. Soak paper towel or cloth in vinegar and wrap it around the stained faucet. Let it stand for several hours and rinse. Or with a tooth brush use a paste of vinegar and baking soda around the faucet.

Smelly helmets

Place it in a large ziplock bag and leave it in the freezer.  The subzero temperature will kill the bacteria causing the smell.

Table linens with candle wax 

place them in the freezer, when the wax spot gets hard just scrape it off.

Musty smell

Leave a box of open baking soda in the linen closet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persimmons “ The fruit of the gods”

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So sweet and delicious these beautiful fruits originally from China are in season from October to February.

More than 100 varieties we are only familiar with two. The fuyu and hachiya persimmons. The fuyu variety the flat and round shape is full of flavor when they are just soft to the touch, but the acorn shape the hachiya needs to be perfectly rip, very soft to touch before it is sweet and flavorful.

Loaded with vitamins, persimmons are good for our heart, immune system, and are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids.

Easiest way to enjoy a hachiya persimmon :

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Cut out the top
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Cut in half  lengthwise 

How to live with the “Living Coral”

The 2019 color of the year is lively, fresh, cool and fun.  We think a splash goes a long way.

What to pair “ the living coral “ with? Neutrals and primary colors. For home furnishing and accent pieces, gold, and teal are a great match, and for a fresh add to our wardrobe colors turquoise, plum and black are a great fresh look.

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North face, men’s down jacket
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Nike, women’s Air Force
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West elm
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Houzz, lite source table lamp
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William Sonoma, colors that add to this year’s “living coral”
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Rhodia, lined notebook

 

 

This is the year of no clutter

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We are aiming for a year of super organize, discipline, and well informed .

These are the reasons why:

It is a fact that less clutter in our living and work space will help with,

1- Lowering stress, we start feeling like we can breath better

2- Creating a safer home, less chance of bumping into things

3- Spreading less germs, easier to clean thoroughly

4- Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms (less dust ..)

5- Lowering anxiety, easier to find things

6- Discouraging insects to stay around, with more space we do better job of cleaning

7- less junk food purchase when we keep an organized kitchen

8- Less clutter, more open space, in the closet, kitchen, and bathrooms

9- Easier time to clean

10- Less chance of wasting money on things we don’t need

Plan on :

Each day for few minutes put things away before leaving the house. It will help to stay organize, and less chance of starting the clutter habit. Start the mind set of, getting things done.

Keep in mind if we purchase something new, it is time to give away something you have not looked at for a while.

 

 

 

 

Sending Sweet gifts for the Holidays

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Harry & David, cake pops are perfect for families with children

If you are mailing gifts to friends & family you know how much everyone loves a box of sweets and  chocolaty treats as a holiday gift.

Hete are some ideas:

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Popcorn factory, Holly plaid Merry Christmas box

 

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Neiman Marcus, Treat house Christmas delux, they are offering free shipping too.
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Vermont country, Holiday wreath
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Vermont country store, spice cake with rum
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Godiva, assorted chocolate
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William Sonoma, Whiskey pairing chocolate box