Month: January 2015

Decanters on Zola

How To: Use Your Wedding Gifts in More Ways than One

At Zola, we want you to be able to use your wedding gifts all the time. After all, these are items you’ll have in your newlywed home for quite some time. Sure, there are the obvious gifts that you’ll use everyday, like your toaster and informal flatware, but we rounded up some of our favorites at Zola HQ and styled them in ways that just might surprise you. Find out how you can get creative with the items in your home and make them work in more than one way. 1. Your Slate Board One of the fun things about slate is that it’s easy to write on with chalk, but it can also clean up nicely. Though traditionally used for hors d’oeuvres, we styled ours as an elegant menu and a placemat for a casual Sunday supper. Feat. Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board Shop all slate here. 2.  Your Classic Tray Trays are a decor piece, but we think you can get even more creative with them. Dress yours up for Saturday nights as a mini bar, and then down for Sundays on the couch …

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Revamp Your Bathroom in 10 Easy Steps

With cleaning and decluttering on our minds, the bathroom is one area of the house that could always use an update. Find out how to revamp your bathroom without committing to a renovation with help from POPSUGAR Home. If sprucing up your neglected bathroom is on your list, we’re here to help! Whether it’s the master bath, a shared bathroom down the hall, or a powder room, there are easy ways to transform your space without committing to a major renovation. From beautiful lighting to smart storage, we have 10 key elements that have the ability to take your bathroom to an entirely new level. Read on to find out how to up your bathroom game! Ample lighting: While lighting is key to any space, it is especially important to bathrooms. Proper lighting not only makes a space seem larger, it’s practical too. This isn’t to say that you can’t have a dark, moody bathroom either. If it’s a powder room, dramatic lighting can work, but if it’s your main bathroom or a guest bath, ample …

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5 Steps to an Organized Home

There’s no better time than the present to declutter your home and turn it into the well-organized space you’ve always wanted. Why wait ’til spring when you have all this time inside, hiding from the cold. Organizing your home doesn’t have to be difficult. Just take it one step at a time and follow these instructions below. 1. Declutter First things first, get rid of all that junk. Go through one room at a time and purge it of all that clutter. You know, those pillows you haven’t touched in five years or that sweatshirt you still have from college. Create piles for “keep”, “toss”, and “donate” in each room and only keep the things you’ve used in the last few months, that are seasonally used, or that have special meaning (like a clock from your grandma). 2. Store items where they are used most Seems obvious, but one of the most common mistakes is storing items far from where they are actually used. For instance, in the kitchen, keep your pots & pans close to the stove. Keep …

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Healthy Dinners for Your Whole Week

Looking to eat a little healthier this year? Finding healthy recipes can be the most time-consuming part of creating a nutritious meal, so we’ve done the work for you. Planning your weekly menu ahead of time is a great way to stay organized and shop for your meals all at once. So take a look at these seven delicious and healthy dinners below, and you’ll be all set for the week! Monday: Sweet Potato, Lentil and Coconut Curry Start your week off with bold flavors that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. This sweet potato, lentil, and coconut curry recipe from Deliciously Ella looks yummy and healthy, especially paired with brown rice. Tuesday: Grilled Salmon Fillet with Cucumber Dill Sauce Get a healthy dose of protein with this simple salmon recipe from Foodie Crush. It’s a great go-to dish for any season. Wednesday: Chard & Leek Frittata A frittata is a quick and easy dinner staple that can be made with a variety of ingredients. This combination is jam packed with vitamins, perfect for a healthy dinner. Get the full …

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For the Coffee Lover

There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. As the temperatures are dropping (drastically!) and it’s getting tougher to role out of your warm bed in the morning, a delicious mug of your favorite coffee can really help get your day going. And for those avid coffee lovers, we’ve got tons of essentials for your coffee-making needs, including the best appliances, styling serving accessories, and perfect mugs large enough for your XL serving-size. So be sure to register for these must-haves below or buy them yourself to complete your kitchen needs. Brew with these: Berghoff Coffee/Tea Press Kate Spade New York Castle Peak Canister Nespresso VertuoLine Espresso & Coffee Machine Serve with these: Kinto Ridge Teapot Vietri Rustic Deckled Creamer Vietri Rustic Deckled Sugar Bowl Enjoy with these: Dansk Kobenstyle Mugs with Rack, Set of 4 Canvas Home Nagasaki Coffee Spoon, Set of 12 What are some of your tips for brewing the perfect cup of coffee? Image Credit || Bayfield Coffee Company

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Get to Know Newly Engaged #ZolaCouple Ben & Ruby

Newly engaged couple Ben and Ruby first met over a mutual love of eyeglasses. Ruby works at an eyeglasses company and when she saw Ben wearing some stylish frames, she knew she had to make a move. The couple have been together ever since, living in New York City, enjoying new restaurants, and attending spontaneous concerts (more on this below). As a couple who has only recently gotten engaged, they have some insight on the early stages of the wedding planning process, particularly when it comes to creating a registry. After taking a look at their well-rounded Zola registry, we knew we wanted to get some tips from them to share with all of you. Get to know the couple below and look out for some quality advice on starting your registry. The Love Story Tell us about your first date. We exchanged gifts on our first date. I got Ben a monocle, he gave me a baseball hat from his company. Best date you two have been on? We were going to sleep early on …

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Friday Faves

As we curl up to check in on our favorite blogs this week, we’ve noticed we’re leaning towards hearty recipes as well as ideas for the home. In this chilly weather, comfort food is definitely on our minds. And with the new year, a bit of a home refresh as well. Get inspired by today’s roundup of gorgeous content from around the blogosphere in this edition of Friday Faves. Entryway Styling Get tips on how to style your entry from A Beautiful Mess, including storage and decor ideas. Provide Blankets for Your Guests Having a winter wedding? We love this idea from Bridal Musings to provide your guests with a basket of blankets to warm up with during the ceremony! TV Console This gorgeous TV console really makes the room in Style Me Pretty’s home tour. We love the raw and refined wood and brass legs. Not Your Average Mac N’ Cheese Now this is the ultimate comfort food. Try I am a Food Blog’s creamy stovetop Jalapeño Broccoli Mac and Cheese. Seriously, you won’t regret …