The other surface, coffee tables. These are surfaces that can have huge impact. You can play around with texture, colors, and accessories. For a more personal look, you can have look books with family pictures, frames and sentimental items out. For a more funky look, have magazines with lots of color, or put a pop of color underneath like an area rug. If you like more simple and fresh looks, do something simple like a floral arrangement with some perennials or tulips in a simple vase, add a few books or magazines for some reading material. There are so many ways to style a coffee table, simple to over the top. Just don’t forget about this surface, it has a lot of potential. Your guest will appreciate a few magazines out or a conversation piece like your family album.
Let’s talk about mixing & matching chairs.
The black color unifies the eclectic collection of chair styles.
Office chairs in a residential setting: delightfully unexpected!
The blue wall color shows up in most of the chair seats, leaving tons of room to play with frame styles.
Mixing & matching chairs can accomplish so much in a space. Have fun with color, play with size and shape, juxtapose styles. Can’t afford six Eames chairs? Just buy one!
How did it get to be November again already?! The holidays are officially here.
Dining rooms and kitchens across the country are preparing to be filled—filled with people and meals and laughter and thanksgiving and reunions and celebration. Despite the fact that you have plenty of sofa space and those great wingback chairs, your guests always seem to crowd around the table (ehhem, the food). Embrace the gathering places, and take a look at some of our favorite dining room furniture. All of this (and more!) available to you through Eheart.
A dining room isn’t finished without a make-a-statement light fixture. We think you’ll like these too:
Happy Thanksgiving. May your gatherings be beautiful.
With a dismal economy, people are getting creative about seeing their friends and family members. No longer are they making a reservation to meet up at a local eatery. Today, people are opening up their own doors to welcome guests into their homes (something we haven’t done in a while!). I was wandering through an antique shop and found a hilarious look at days past in Betty Crockers Guide to Easy Entertaining, published in the early 1950s. Paging through, I couldn’t help but long for the same dedication to relationships and bringing people around one’s very own table with food prepared by the host (no matter how humble)! But, I have to say that the book promoted a breed of “easy” entertaining most of us can’t commit to.
So keep it easy (really!). Open up your doors this month and invite people to do the things you’re already doing with you. Making cookies? Put on a pot of soup, light a fire, plug in your tree lights and invite your friends and neighbors to join you. Entertaining doesn’t have to mean scouring your house, a multiple course meal, or hand written invitations.
- 1 lb ground Italian sausage
- 1½ tsp crushed red pepper flake
- 1 large white onion, diced
- 1/2 lb bacon,
- 4 cloves garlic
- 10 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb sliced Russet potatoes (skins on)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ¼ of a bunch of kale, chopped
Brown sausage and crisp bacon with red pepper flakes and onion over medium heat in a large dutch oven. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Drain fat and return to pan. Add chicken broth and potatoes. Cook over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender (about 30 minutes). Reduce heat and stir in heavy cream. Just before serving, add kale and allow to wilt for a couple of minutes in the hot broth. Serves 6-8.