For many, the new year signifies a time to freshen things up at home, and what started as a hopeful wish list can quickly become a daunting inventory riddled with dollar signs. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Here, 10 easy home updates that you can tackle in 2016 without having to call an expensive contractor.
Change light fixtures: Lighting is one of the most important elements in any room, and changing up or adding new fixtures can have dramatic results. This year, add pendants over your kitchen island, a chandelier to your dining room, and wall sconces wherever your home needs extra illumination. An electrician is cheaper than a contractor!
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Even with summer in full swing I find myself looking at the calendar and realizing how fast the season is going by. After the 4th of July, I tend to grab every opportunity to get outside, take advantage of the weather, and socialize more. Informal gatherings on the back porch or spread on the lawn are perfect for the summer, and while these parties are meant to be low stress, you still want your home to look its best for friends and neighbors.
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While summer is all about grilling, fall is all about baking. The onset of the extended holiday season means the kitchen gets a workout with flour-coated counters, mounds of chocolate chips, and spicy scents wafting through the whole house. For many, baking a batch of pumpkin bread or snickerdoodles brings back cherished memories of spending time in the kitchen with mom or grandma. For me, sitting on the kitchen stool while I stirred a batch of cookie dough in Mom’s giant Pyrex bowl was pure heaven.... Read More
Just as we promised in last month’s Vintage post, we discovered more “new” items to add to our Vintage Housewares collection! Some, in spite of their age, are still functional and handy to have in the kitchen, while others are simply full of character and charm and more suitable as an accessory or display piece.
Several vivid Pyrex Bowls caught our eye. These handy vessels are still very serviceable and will add a delightful pop of color to your kitchen counter. The Vintage Pyrex Yellow Bowl in a 2.5 quart size features the zesty yellow finish from their mid-century Primary Color Line and stands ready for the cookie dough! A larger 4-quart size is also... Read More
It would probably break my mother-in-law’s heart but my favorite kitchen tool is not found in the 12-piece prep and garnish set she gave me for Christmas. I do love that 4″ birds beak garnishing knife for deveining shrimp, but my favorite and most dependable tool to have on hand, especially when I’m baking, is my Granny’s old rolling pin. The smooth wooden roller has spread out many a pie crust, and I feel a connection with her every time I grab hold of those worn handles. Vintage housewares not only conjure up wonderful memories in the kitchen, but these antique treasures are often just as useful today as they were a generation or two ago.... Read More