Tag: Ikea

Our Favorite Ikea Hacks

We recently moved into a new home and discovered that the furniture from our old house doesn’t quite fit.  Our new place is a little bigger and there are a number of places where we could use a new piece of furniture.  Unfortunately, we do not have an unlimited furniture budget.  So, I have found myself looking for very economical solutions.  Some of the best solutions I have found are DIY IKEA hacks.  There is no doubt that IKEA’s products are budget friendly.  And, while I love clean lines, I sometimes find IKEA’s products to be a little plain.  I have found, however, that through a little customization I can get exactly what I am looking for at a price that I can live with.  Here are some of my favorite ideas.

Office Storage
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Occasional Tables
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Closet Solutions
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Bedroom Storage
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I can’t wait to try these hacks.  And, when I do, I’ll be sure to post the results.

Weekend Inspiration: Party Time!

This weekend I am hosting a cocktail party on somewhat short notice.  With two small children, and now essentially two jobs, I have not had very much time to devote to planning. Thankfully, over the years I have put together a cache of party staples that help me pull together small parties without too much hassle. So, I got to thinking about what my go-to items are for these “affairs,” and thought I would share the list.

parties, supplies

1.  Nest candle, Blue Garden
2.  Six-packs of wine, champagne & water glasses
3.  Chafing dish
4.  John Robshaw Jats tablecloth 
5.  Appetizer plates
6.  MYDrap luncheon-size napkin rolls
7.  Galvanized beverage tub

In addition to having my supplies ready, I keep my sanity by making sure that the food and drinks are simple (it is only a cocktail party after all, not a sit-down dinner). I rely on really good cheese, crackers and bread paired which charcuterie and fruit. Sometimes I order fresh spring rolls from the local Thai restaurant and arrange them nicely on a platter. You can also never go wrong with caprese salad on bamboo skewers (i.e. fresh mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves with good olive oil drizzled over the top).  For a little something sweet, I pick up some Lindt truffles or one-bite cupcakes.  Then I open some bubbly and call it a day.

When I am feeling uninspired, I turn to several blogs that consistently provide inspiration for seasonal décor and recipes. Here are few I’ve seen recently that have great party inspiration.

A spooky menu for a Halloween party.
How to throw the ultimate dinner party.
DIY Taco Bar.
Bagel Bar Brunch.

So, don’t just sit there. Find an excuse to have a party tonight!  You’ll be glad that you did.