Wooden Tray are not only useful, but also a great staging tool. Here are some quick and easy styling tips to dress them up…
1) Think in odd numbers – Three decorative items are perfect. 2) Pick items that are different heights. 3) Add something green – plants & succulents are very popular right now and will add an organic element to the room.
Your newly styled tray will look great on a cocktail table, buffet, or dresser!
The main objective with the redesign/staging of this dining room was to lighten and freshen the space while working with the furniture that was already there.
The first order of business was selecting a new color palette of taupe for the walls, a pale blue for the ceiling and crisp white trim. Replacing the ceiling medallion and painting it the same color as the ceiling was a quick and inexpensive way to add some overhead detail.
The furniture needed to stay so the goal here was to minimize the heavy, dark and dated feel it brought to the room. By simply removing the hutch top and working with just the buffet (which we found was plenty of space once all the clutter and used items were removed), and covering the side chairs with neutral cotton chair covers did the trick.
Removing the hutch allowed us more wall space which was the perfect location for a great architectural feature – a pair of antique armoire doors.
Some art and a bit of greenery for an organic touch and this room is complete!
You just can’t beat the versatility of a great bench.
Here is one of my favorites… So many options with this new bench. Measuring a generous 76″ long, it makes the perfect window seat or mudroom bench. Also perfect for dining table seating… especially in a tight space. Consider a bench for a beautiful and useful piece to place at the foot of a bed.
Crafted from 100% solid oak, featuring a carved trestle base finished in a smooth tobacco finish, this bench easily fits into traditional, farmhouse, cottage or even modern decor.
It all started with the pineapple I had on the counter. It was ripe, ready to eat and I had friends stopping by for a glass of wine. I needed a quick appetizer, and always have bacon on hand – everyone knows that salty and sweet are match made in heaven so I whipped up batch of Bacon Wrapped Pineapple.
I wanted a bit more flavor so I reached for one of my favorite sauces – Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki. This all-natural sauce is sweetened with sorghum syrup and flavored with garlic and ginger – what’s not too love? The tough question was – which one? Traditional Kentuckyaki or Hot & Spicy? I opted for both… so half the appetizers were drizzled with Traditional Kentuckyaki and other half in Hot & Spicy. My guests unanimously agreed – both were delicious!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bacon strips in half so you get two pieces per strip. Wrap each half-strip of bacon around a pineapple chunk, and hold in place with toothpick. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Once bacon is cooked through, immediately drizzle with Kentuckyaki Sauce while pineapple is still hot. Move to a serving platter. Serve warm.
*Bourbon Barrel Foods Kentuckyaki Sauces are available at a la Maison. To order call 315-440-6637. You can also substitute Tamari Sauce.
Blue and white pottery has long been a tasteful and timeless home decor and dinnerware choice of both homemakers and interior stylists alike.
Although I still love the classic blue and white patterns (think Blue Willow, South Hampton, the gorgeous french and Italian patterns), I’m also loving the fun new patterns that are available today.
The best thing about blue and white style is the more, the merrier! Whether in my store displays or at home, it’s the perfect “mix and match” choice to create fresh and fun tablescapes and vignettes.
At the table, blue and white pottery just feels like summer. I see this place setting for a beautiful summer barbecue. Add red accents and you’ve got a great nautical look… go for yellow accents to add a touch of southern french style.
Adding a touch of blue and white pottery filled with greenery or flowers to a shelf or china hutch to an organic touch and pop of color.
Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, farmhouse or coastal cottage decor, blue and white pottery would be a smart design choice and look right at home!
The standard office and modular office furniture in many office buildings tends to be a bit bland and generic. When you consider the fact that you spend 8 hours or more of your day in this environment, you want to make it a place you are happy to be in.
By adding a few personal touches and a little color, you can liven up your work space and still maintain a professional, polished look.
To start, we created a focal point for this young woman’s office. The art on the wall immediately brightens the space and draws your eye into the room. A small custom floral arrangement carries the color down to the table – leaving plenty of work space for meetings, etc.
The desk and window ledge also were in need of a little warmth and greenery.
The lamps add some balance and potted ferns added to the window sills bring a nice organic touch without blocking the view.
Good quality faux plants are very realistic and an easy care option for busy professionals.
A simple orchid arrangement to the corner of the desk finishes the look.
The result is a polished, bright and inviting work space!
These gluten-free lemons bars are so refreshing and a delicious addition to your spring dinner or party menu. I’ve made them gluten-free but you can easily change the flour to regular AP flour if you choose.
Gluten Free Lemon Bars
¾ cup Almond Flour
¾ Blends by Orly Gluten Free Flour Blend* (London Blend) or your favorite Gluten Free AP Flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold salted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoons water
1 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup Brown Rice Flour or Blends by Orly Flour Blend
Heat Oven to 350F. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender or two butter knives, blend until a crumbly mixture results. Add water one tablespoon of water. Press mixture into the bottom of the baking dished ensuring that you go up the sides of the pan slightly (this will help hold the lemon mixture). Bake for approximately 25 minutes until slightly golden and set.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, blend the sugar lemon juice, lemon zest together. Beat in the eggs until smooth. Pour mixture over the hot crust.
Bake 24-26 minutes or until set in the middle. Let cool on the counter and then refrigerate for a couple of hours.
To serve, cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator… Enjoy!
*Find Blends by Orly at a la Maison or call 315-440-6637 to order.
Love this quick and easy fusion of flavor… a little Asian with a little Hawaiian barbecue. A delicious and healthy weeknight option or a casual gathering with friends.
Pork & Pineapple Recipe
One medium sweet onion, sliced vertically
3 pounds of pork tenderloin
½ teaspoon salt & pepper
½ teaspoon ground ginger & garlic
1 tablespoon Napa Valley Naturals dark sesame oil*
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple with juice
1/2 cup Urban Accents Korean BBQ Taco Simmer Sauce*
2 teaspoons Sriracha (optional)
Additional 1/2 cup of UA Korean BBA Taco Simmer Sauce* to add at end of cooking
8 fresh pineapple rings – Canned pineapple works here too!
Lettuce Wrap Recipe
Butter or Iceberg Lettuce Leaves (12 large leaves)
Angel hair coleslaw mix
Cauliflower rice or Steam White Rice (Optional)
Bourbon Barrels Foods Smoked Sesame Seeds*
Urban Accent Korean BBQ Taco Simmer Sauce* (to drizzle)
Sriracha Sauce (to drizzle)
Steamed Rice (optional as a side or in the lettuce wraps)
Season pork with salt & pepper. Place the pork and pineapple recipe ingredients in the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.
Grill Pineapple –Spray grill pan with cooking spray. Grill 5 mins on each side or until nice grill mark on both sides. (Alternative methods bake pineapple rings at 425 until caramelized (about 8 mins).
Shred cooked pork and return it to the slow cooker – add extra ½ cup Korean BBQ Simmer Sauce. Cook on low for another 20-30 minutes or until heated through.
Assemble the lettuce wraps as noted in the recipe above. Top with bourbon smoked sesame seeds and serve with steamed rice.
To make this in the slow cooker, add the pork + the marinade to the bowl of your slow cooker. Cover and cooking on high for 4-5 hours and on low for 6-8 hours. Finish the recipe as directed.
Swap out the lettuce for corn or flour tortillas – this recipe also make great pork tacos.
*Find these fine ingredients at à la Maison at 25 Syracuse Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027. Or call 315-440-6637 to order.