40 Cocktails & Counting
Whether you are hosting a party or looking for a fun cocktail to enjoy by the fire this holiday season you will find great options in this list of cocktails curated by The Food Network.
The Feast Is On
Bon Appétit’s holiday survival guide is a great go to resource for everything from food ideas to music and holiday movies and gifts.
A Little Vegan Love
More and more we find we have a Vegan or two attending a party we are hosting. Being ever-gracious hosts :) we of course want everyone to have something yummy to enjoy. Which is why we loved this recipe from Love and Lemons for a vegan artichoke dip.
For The Love Of Latkes
These holiday favorites we actually enjoy any time of the year are potato latkes. Here is Bon Appétit’s guide to the perfect crispy latkes.
Designing A List Of Books
Remodelista has curated a list of great design books for the design enthusiast. If you are still looking for a gift for a stylish friend, you are sure to find a book they will enjoy on this list.
Gift Guide 4 Design
Dwell has curated a list of last minute design gifts. Most can be ordered today and received by Christmas.
Check Out Those Cheeks
Prince William’s new photos in his holiday jumper (sweater). Adorable!
Oh Christmas Tree O…
A Little Happy To Share
A labradoddle comforts another dog having a bad dream.
Here are a few more song parody videos from the Holderness family that made us laugh.
Parody of Frozen Do you want to build a snowman?, Do you want to have some broccoli?, the video that started it all when they were stuck in traffic and their original Christmas Jammies video from last year.
Raising The Bar
Entertaining for the holidays? You might find Martha Stewart’s guide to set up and stock a bar very helpful.
The Feast Is On
Sara Sarna shared a yummy make ahead breakfast muffin for the holidays. These easy to make Cranberry Orange muffins are as easy as they are pretty. We also thought her choice of muffin cups was perfect.
You Had Us At Salted Butter
We loved this recipe for Salted Butter Apple Galette from Bon Appétit. It could be perfect for dessert or as a breakfast treat, and Bon Appétit’s has made it super easy to prepare with their step-by-step instructions.
Finding The Perfect Something For That Special Someone
Domaine Home online magazine curated a large gift buying guide to help you find that perfect unique gift. One of our fav’s are these soap stone tray’s pictured above.
Design, Dining & More (digital too)
Lonny Magazine is one of our favorites. The November issue is their Entertaining and Food issue. The issue includes trends, 10 tips on New England design style, gift guides and more.
A Little Happy & Hope To Share
Text Me Merry Christmas from Straight No Chaser featuring Kristen Bell is sure to become a holiday classic.
The Holderness family has done it again with another great video.
Junior the French Bulldog sings with his owners.
Food and Wine put together a great list of classic brunch cocktails. Perfect for any holiday gathering.
If you are entertaining over the holiday’s you might want to check out some of these great breakfast menu options from Sussle.org.
Cinnamon, Chocolate & Banana’s Oh My
Cathi found this recipe for an easy and unique coffee cake for the holidays.
A Proper Prank
You might remember the heartwarming pay it forward prank from last year where a waitress had a dream day. This year Prank It FWD topped their selves with this amazing day of surprises for a deserving Mom of 3.
Shake Up Holiday Basics
Instead of a traditional sweet potato dish how about trying this recipe for sweet potato crème brulle?
Do you crochet or knit? If you are considering learning how to crochet or would like to learn new techniques: A Beautiful Mess website is a great resource.
We have been fans of the New York Times 36 Hours travel series for a while, but with their recent addition of videos it has become a trip planning resource must.
What To Do
From purples to pumpkins and everything in-between HGTV has put together an inspiring list of Thanksgiving table settings.
Hosting Holiday Guests?
Turkey Wine Parings
The Feast Is On
Bon Appétit’s put together a Thanksgiving Feast for 2014
Ina Garten is the best at sharing the perfect recipe for classic dishes. Here is her pumpkin pie recipe.
Promo Code Love
Being loft design specialists we love sharing smart storage ideas like this blog from Domainhome.com
Forks On The Left…
Do you enjoy designing and setting your holiday table like we do? From casual farm table to formal skirted tables we love them all. Emilypost.com is the ideal reference if you are helping the next generation learn where to put the salad fork vs. the dessert fork.
A Good Chuckle
One of Cathi’s favorite videos this week.
Pie Pie Pie
Time Out put together a list of great places to pick up a pie or two for Thanksgiving dinner. We want to try all of them.
What To Do
We have not made this Pumpkin Butter yet but hope to for holiday breakfast gatherings this year. It looks yummy.
Falling For Wine Values
Food and Wine's Ray Isle put together a list of 5 fail-safe California value wines.
Bon Appétit’s recipe of the day: The perfect one pot brunch dish for the upcoming busy holiday season. Check out this recipe for Portuguese Baked Eggs.
Desert Super Moon
Photographer Tom Blachford put together some of his amazing moonlight shots. We love the mid-century houses he selected for this project. Check out these and more of his work at tomblachford.com
Not Your Mother’s Thrift Shop
If your travels take you to NYC, schedule some shopping on the eastside at The Society Boutique. The perfect combination: Great bargains in a wonderful environment and for a great cause. What more could a girl want?
Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
If you miss the days of homemade Halloween costumes and you love Frozen as much as Cathi does you might want to try your hand at making one of these Elsa costume featured on Huff Post Home.
Falling For ColorIf you are considering a weekend trip to explore and enjoy the fall foliage, here are a couple of great resources to track peak visit time. The National Parks Service is a great source and several of their parks have live webcams to check out the leaves.
Smokingmountains.com is another great source with lots of local area tips.
Cash Is Always Cool
Cathi found this video of a group singing Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.
Time To Make The Donuts
Fun SnapGuide on making Pumpkin donuts..
More Pumpkin Love
If donuts are not your thing, how about this delicious looking make-ahead Pumpkin cream cheese french toast.
We'll Always Have Paris
We love Paris and we really loved this Eagle eye flight over Paris with a GoPro.
A Very Deep Sleep
Checkout this German Shepherd waking up from a very deep sleep. Looks familiar to us.
Not So Dirty Dancing
Have you seen this video yet? ? We loved it almost as much as Charlie loves Patrick Swayze,
More Historic Core
It seems everyday there are fantastic new places to explore in Downtown Los Angeles. Pete's in the Historic Core is another one.
Information Is Power
Great piece Architectural Digest put together on the 10 questions to ask your Contractor.
Well Hello Mr. Adams
Sauver.com shared this recipe for the Mr. Adams cocktail it’s made with apple cider. Looks refreshing and so very seasonal.
Bon Appétit shared some thoughts on various apple types. Is Honeycrisp a must try or overrated? Some great links to recipes too.
Fall Veggie How To
Kitchn.com shared their 12 fall vegetables you should know how to cook. We loved this seasonal reminder of the bounty that awaits us at our local Farmer’s market.
A Swinging Good Time
Perhaps not good timing with our draught in California, but this waterfall swing looks like it would take you right back to childhood (until you had to drive home with wet clothes and hair).
What 2.5 Mil Can Get You
Fall Design Tips
Lights, Camera, Road Trip
Movie/Travel buffs will enjoy checking out these lists of famous movie locations around the USA put together by Curbed.com.
If you are a fan of Maker's Mark you will love this recipe for a whisky smash. We think it is the perfect transitional drink from summer to fall.
Change of Season Salad
Loved this pear salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette posted this week by damndelicious.net.
Manhandling a Mango
If you love mangos, this will change your life. Katie Quinn shares this video and lots of other great tips on her You Tube site.
You Poked My Heart
Future meteorologists discuss (let's be real), argue as to whether it is sprinkling or raining? You can see the one sister is going to be trouble.
As our regular readers know, we love talented artists. Sean Tulgetske designs great art and lettering. We especially like the way he thinks. “Enjoy The Process” “Blessings” “Remember Why You Started” and More.
The Changing View Of Women
500 years of female portraits in western art put together by Phillip Scott Johnson. We found it mesmerizing.
Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2015
We have learned over the years that interior design trends are closely connected to fashion trends. On the heels of NYC fashion week Pantone has put together their spring summer fashion trend report.
Texas Design Crush
Dering Hall published a blog on this Texas country home by architect Michael G Imber. Cathi loved everything about the home especially the master bedroom design and the various ceilings, including barrel ceilings used throughout the residence.
Olives to Cupcakes
Clouds No 8 is an on-line magazine by Lithuanian food bloggers who offer an eclectic mix of recipes and beautiful photos.
Cocktails LA Style
When in Downtown Los Angeles and looking for a place to eat with a view, consider WP-24: A Wolfgang Puck restaurant, we love at the Ritz Carlton hotel. They offer wonderful small bites and great cocktails.
Dorm Room DIY
Most of the college kids are all moved in by now, but if someone needs a bit more storage, this DIY project is super cute. You can make a few of them and stack for a bedside table that has lots of extra storage space.
Kirsten Dunst shared photos of her cool SoHo Loft with Architectural Digest. The really cool part is that you can rent it... dot dot dot... for $12,500 a month.
The Kitchen (TV Show)
Are you fans of Food network's weekend show The Kitchen? This weekend's show is all about fall.
We think Jimmy Fallon is amazingly talented and always love his show (although we DVR it and watch it in the morning). Only Jimmy could get Babs to play like this.
Fish Taco How To
Fish Taco’s are a staple in Southern California. There are fantastic versions in every city, but when you want to make them on your own check out Bon Appétit’s How To Guide.
Red Wine Mix-Up
Have you ever-blended your own wine? Cathi’s family had a fun wine blending party last night. Everyone had a great time. If you want to host your own wine blending party here is the kit they used.
Video Fav Of The Week
We flipped over this video of a baby jamming to Katy Perry. You will find yourself replaying it over and over.
Apple Picking Time
Trying to decide if the new Apple watch is a must have, or if it is time to upgrade? Here is what one of our favorite Apple experts has to say.
Life Hack Brilliance
We have all seen a lot of life hacks recently, but Tripp and Tyler at Make Life Better, raise life hacking to a new level. They are funny, and they share a few original hacks too.
Creative Design is always inspiring
Creative design is always inspiring. Check out this genius engagement ring box designed by Andrew Zo, designed to look like a wallet.
Fall Into Modernism
Tickets are on sale now for Modernism week in Palm Springs. This year’s Fall event, "Aloha Modernism Week", is October 10th to 13th.
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