Bathroom Design, Decorating, Interior Design, Kitchen Design

The Secret Benefit to Copper Sinks… Anti-Bacteria Properties

You have probably seen the beautiful copper farm sinks that are featured in many french country style kitchens, but did you know that there is much more to them than good looks?

Copper kitchen sink
Hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Copper in the kitchen is a favorite to chefs and home cooks for it’s great looks and even conduction of heat, making it a great choice in cookware.  However, this gorgeous metal has a secret characteristic – it’s natural resistance to bacteria and viruses.  Making it a smart choice for kitchen and bathroom design.

black nicked finished copper sink
Copper vessel sink finished in black nickel.

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Copper vessel sink adds sculptural element to this powder room.

It’s true that a copper sink can be an investment but its beauty and anti-bacteria benefits are an added value that might be worth the splurge.  You can find a variety of stylish and unique options available through Etsy, local artisans and even your local bath retailer.

 

Breakfast Ideas, Cooking & Entertaining Ideas, Easy Entertaining, Entrees, gluten-free, Low Carb, Pantry to Plate

Kitchen Therapy… Crustless Quiche with Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Spinach & Cheddar

Bacon Spinach and Cheddar Quiche' 3As I continue to focus my nervous energy in the kitchen, I find my favorite time to cook is in the the early morning – especially if I’m having trouble sleeping.

I’ve really been trying to challenge myself to work with whatever I have in my refrigerator and pantry, which has cut my trips to the store way down.  My goal is to only go to the store once a week during this important time of social-distancing.

This morning, I was in the mood for quiche – which is one of the most versatile menu options ever… great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Plus, I look at what I have on hand and that is what I use, making it a great way to clear out my crisper drawer the day before I shop.

Today’s creation… a low-carb, gluten-free crustless quiche with bacon, caramelized onions, spinach and cheddar…

Recipe - Crustless Quiche

Bacon Spinach and Cheddar Quiche'

Be sure to cool your quiche for about 5-10 minutes as it will slice better.  Hope you enjoy!

Michele

 

Decorating, Easy Entertaining, Events, Floral arrangements and Interior Landscaping, Furniture & Accessories, Home Decor & Accessories, Interior Styling, Our Favorite Things..., Tablescapes

Shop Like a Retailer… Park Hill Collection Opens Entire Product Collection to our Customers

Park Hill Collection photo

As we all maneuver through the challenges of Social Distancing and Staying Home, a little retail therapy may be a welcome diversion…

Many of my customer’s comment how fun it must be for me to shop for my store and design projects… Now’s your chance! There’s still time to take advantage of a great opportunity to shop where we shop for the store!

Park Hill Collection, one of my favorite wholesale vendors, is stepping in to help small businesses and our customers.  Park Hill has opened up their entire site for a la Maison Home & Lifestyle customers to shop. Park Hill Collection carries a huge selection of furniture, architectural details, home decor, lighting, tableware and much more.  For anyone loving the modern farmhouse, rustic farmhouse, cottage or french country design styles – you’ll find all kinds of treasures!

You are unable to place your order directly through their website, but orders can be placed directly with us.  Just shop the link below and call us at 315-440-6637 with your order.  We can finalize your order and payment right over the phone.  We will deliver local Onondaga County deliveries right to your doorstep.  Appropriate shipping charges to out of town orders would be applied.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 315-440-6637.

Shop Park Hill Collection:

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Stay safe and healthy!

Michele

Easy Entertaining, Entrees, Our Favorite Things..., Pantry to Plate

Pantry to Plate…Bacon Jam Juicy Lucy Burger

TR Juicy Lucy Bacon Jam Burger

Our friends at Terrapin Ridge Farms have a blow-your-mind burger, made with one of our top selling pantry products, their Hot Pepper Bacon Jam.

This hot pepper bacon jam is a huge seller in our store.  Delicious on brie, sharp cheddar, burgers, pork tenderloin… even Macaroni and Cheese:)

Here’s just another amazing way to use it!

Recipe - TR Juicy Lucy Bacon Jam Burger

Hot Pepper Bacon Jam can be ordered by calling a la Maison at 315-440-6637.

Enjoy!

Michele

#vegetarian, Easy Entertaining, Entrees, Gluten-fress, Healthy Eating, Pantry to Plate

Pantry to Plate… Easy Sautéed Mushrooms & Gravy

As promised, I am sharing some of my favorite pantry recipes over the next week or so…

I had some nice cremini mushrooms in the frig, which made me think of a recipe from one of my very favorite cookbooks, Oh She Glows, by Angela Liddon. Mine has a few modifications for those who are gluten intolerant, but the recipe is stil vegan when served over mashed potatoes or smashed cauliflower.  It also makes a healthy gravy option to serve with roast turkey or roast beef.

Sauteed Mushrooms and Gravy

This comes together in a snap with just a few basic ingredients from you pantry. It’s a great for my family as we have as many vegetarians as onmivores and this can be served with or without meat.

Sauteed Mushrooms and Gravy 2Recipe - Sauteed Mushrooms & Gravy

From your pantry to your plate.  Delicious, economical and so easy… Enjoy!

 

Interior Design, Interior Styling, Living Beautifully, Master Bedrooms

New Lake House – Serene Master Bedroom with a View

The homeowners and builder, MWG Custom Homes, made sure to take advantage of every opportunity to view the lake in this newly built home. The master bedroom was no exception.

The soft coastal color palette creates a relaxing vacation-home feeling that they enjoy each day.

The homeowners said they enjoy coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening in the extremely comfortable chaise loungers, which during the winter are faced into the room… come spring, they face outward towards the beautiful sunset.

The wall of windows mirrors those in the dining area at the end of the kitchen – adding balance to the exterior of the house facing the lake.

It was my pleasure to work on this stunning home. Special thanks to MWG Custom Homes and the Vann’s for including me in this beautiful project!

Cooking & Entertaining Ideas, Desserts, Easy Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Quick Tips

Pantry Perfect Chocolate Pudding

As with many businesses across the country, we’ve made changes to how we are operating our Home and Lifestyle Boutique, à la Maison, and our design services.  For the health and safety of our store customers and design clients, we have closed our store and postponed design appointments for a few weeks – and that could be extended depending on how the Coronavirus progresses.

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Kitchen in a mix of beige, gray and white – one of my favorite kitchens to date! The backsplash features a tile that the homeowner fell in love with… and you can see why:}

I am blessed to spend much of my time helping customers and clients create beautiful spaces within their homes… working with them to design their personal haven.

As we all practice Social Distancing, now it’s time to focus more energy on life at home and how to nuture, entertain and feed our families.   I’ve decide to allocate some time highlighting a few family entertaining tips and some of my favorites recipes that include ingredients you probably have right in your own pantry.

Starting with something fun that even the kids can get involved with – Quick & Easy Chocolate Pudding.

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This recipes is one I make quite often using almond milk instead of diary, but today I went with 1% diary milk as I had more of that in the refrigerator.  You’ll notice that I recommend adding a small amount of coffee extract – only if you have it in the pantry.  The recipe is delicious either with our without the coffee extract.  If you have it, it amps up the chocolate a notch.

Pantry Perfect Chocolate Pudding

Hope you and your family enjoy!

Michele