Month: November 2014

5 Relaxing Ways to Spend Your Sunday

With Thanksgiving behind us and loads of Holiday plans ahead, we thought we’d take this Sunday to truly unwind. Indulge in a delicious brunch, curl up on your couch in your comfiest clothes, and create a seriously relaxing ambiance. Simply try these five ideas on how to spend your Sunday and enjoy a day at home together. 1. Make this So what if you just spent the last few days stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving goodness? You deserve a treat. Why not try this insanely delicious Hot Chocolate French Toast recipe? Your taste buds will thank you. 2. Watch this Choose a movie series you’ll both enjoy like the entire Back to the Future trilogy. Sit back with your hot cocoa and reminisce with this oldie but goodie. 3. Wear this Go all out with flannel pajamas, cozy slippers, and top it off with this Nine Space Robe. If you’re gonna relax, do it in style. 4. Drink this Any chilly Sunday spent at home calls for a warm cup of hot cocoa. Rather than a classic mix of cocoa powder …

Yours & Mine: A Mid-Century Modern Living Room

One of the more difficult things new couples face when registering for their wedding is choosing home decor for a new home. Combining your style with your partner’s can be an intimidating task, but the key is to find a middle ground. Take a look at your individual aesthetics and aim to create a style of your own that represents a little of each of you. Mid-century modern is a gorgeous style that many couples can agree on. It combines silhouettes from the past with rustic textures and neutral hues, a great look for a warm yet stylish home. Think loads of worn in leather, sleek lines, and just a touch of prints. This style is also great for adding in your own personal pieces, like souvenirs from your honeymoon or old collectables from your past. The more personalized the better. So if you’re looking to turn your newlywed home into a casual retro pad, then these mid-century modern essentials are perfect for your new living room. Shop these mid-century modern must-haves: Leather Chair: Control Brand Aalborg High Back Chair Retro Decor: Control Brand Jackson Wall Clock & Iittala …

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes & A Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’re spending the day with tons of family and yummy food. Speaking of food, we thought we’d share what gets us most excited about Turkey Day – our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, of course. 1. Hot Cranberry Salad First up is this unique take on a classic. After spending some time with the lovely Molly Sims, we were lucky enough to get the recipe to one of her go-to Thanksgiving dishes. Find out how to make this Hot Cranberry Salad below. Ingredients 1½ lb. fresh cranberries 4 large Golden Delicious apples (peeled and cubed) 1 ½ cup brown sugar 1 Tbsp Cornstarch 1 Tsp Cinnamon ½ Tsp ground cloves 1 oz. butter 3 cups marshmallows 1 cup walnuts Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt 1 oz. of butter in the pot or spray with Pam. Add cranberries and apples to the pot and sauté until cranberries start to pop. In a separate bowl, mix all other ingredients except for walnuts. Add the mixture to the pot and stir. Add the walnuts last and cook on medium heat …

Assemble Your Thanksgiving Buffet in 5 Easy Steps

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while you’re prepping your food and welcoming guests, we’re here to help you setup your dinner. If you’re going for a casual, buffet style dinner, simply follow these easy steps to create the perfect Thanksgiving buffet. 1. Layer your linens Though an easy step to forget, lining your countertop or buffet table with linens is key to creating a complete look. Try starting with a tablecloth and adding placemats on top, where the serving trays will go, for a layered look that’s pleasing to the eye. Choose fall hues or stick with your personal taste. We’re big fans of this charcoal tablecloth with fun geometric detail. 2. Place your serving dishes Place the larger items on the table first, like your serving dishes. If your linens are bolder and more colorful, stick with simple serving platters in white and wood. The combination of these white platters with this wooden tray would create the perfect rustic vibe. 3. Organize your plates, forks, knives… Add a stack of plates to the beginning of the line …

Beginner’s Guide To: Luggage

As you’re packing up and heading out of town for the holidays, we figured luggage must be on your mind. Well, maybe that Thanksgiving meal is top priority, but sure, luggage too. So, what better time for a little lesson on luggage? We highly recommend registering for this travel essential, but some questions come to mind. How many bags should you register for? What material is best for you? What about all those different sizes? Let’s break it down, shall we? Hard vs. Soft We recommend using hard luggage for protecting fragile items. Hardside suitcases tend to have soft interiors like foam, perfect for keeping your things safe. As for soft material suitcases, they’re great for fitting in tight spaces since they mold to the space they’re in. They also can expand so if you’re planning to shop on your trip, you can shove those extra pieces in without a problem. Luckily, both tend to be pretty lightweight these days so you don’t have to worry about weight being an issue. Choosing a size Consider your travel style when choosing …

Cozy Essentials for the Perfect Night In

Not up for a fussy night out? Neither are we in this chilly fall weather. Skip the planning and opt for a cozy night in with your favorite wool blanket and shearling slippers. Grab your matching mug set, your cast iron tea kettle, and of course, anything that fills your home with a relaxing scent. Curl up together and enjoy a casual night in with these cozy essentials. Shop these cozy essentials: Coyuchi Cozy Cotton Throw Blanket Lafco New York Redwood Candle Miya Company Black & White Cat 2-Piece Mug Set Jaipur Traditional Textural Pattern Beni Pillow BergHOFF Neo Teapot Swizz Style Jasmine Aroma Diffuser Surya Jewel Tone Pouf Coyuchi Striped Wool Throw Image Credit || Once Wed x Zola Photoshoot

Top 10 Most Registered Gifts This Fall

Wondering what other couples are registering for? You’re not alone. We’ve done our research and found the top ten items our #ZolaCouples are registering for this season, and to our surprise, they’re not as traditional as you may think. From an Apple TV holder to a colorful utensil set, gifts are trending on the modern side this fall. Explore and shop the top ten below. Shop Our Top 10 Most Registered Gifts for Fall: 1. Joseph Joseph Elevate 6-Piece Utensil Gift Set 2. All-Clad Rotisserie Roasting Pan with Rack 3. KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer 4. The Strawberry Street Delano White Square Baker 5. Spiegelau Craft Beer 16-Piece Tasting Set 6. Tinsel & Timber Apple TV Holder 7. BergHOFF Studio Duo Salt & Pepper Mill 8. Keurig K350 2.0 Coffee Brewing System 9. Shiraleah Delrey Picture Frame 10. Oxo Good Grips Complete Grate & Slice Set Image Credit || The Chic

Mix & Match: Your Tabletop

When it comes to table settings, many couples think they need to buy their entire look from one brand. We say, do what works for you. Try mixing plates from one store with linens from another for a unique tabletop that suits your unique style. Not sure where to start? We’ve put together three different looks featuring a variety of products, including some from Zola newcomer Chilewich. We’re excited to have this innovative brand join the Zola family and can’t get enough of their modern textures and designs. So, which of these mix & match table settings best suits you? Shop the Tribeca look: Chilewich Dahlia Placemat in Gold The Strawberry Street Metallic Line Dinner Plate Kate Spade New York Castle Peak Dessert Plate Mepra Linea 5-Piece Flatware Set (see the full Tribeca Collection here) Shop the Silver Lake look: Chilewich Basketweave Placemat in Willow Vietri Incanto Dinner Plate in Stripe Vietri Incanto Salad Plate in Stripe Vietri Aladdin Brilliant 5-Piece Flatware Set Pehr Designs Dillon Weave Tea Towel (see the full Silver Lake Collection here) Shop the Georgetown look: Chilewich Basketweave …

3 Fall Recipes Using Your New Cocotte

When it comes to fall, food is high priority. On these chilly days, settling in by the fire with a hearty meal is what we look forward to most. And with all those cocottes filling up your pantry now that your wedding has passed, it’s time to put them to good use, don’t you think? So break out your cast-irons, pour yourself a glass of red, and take a stab at these yummy recipes. Filled with hearty potatoes and the best-of-fall produce, a bite of this juicy chicken recipe is exactly how we want to end our day. Get the recipe. You’ll need: A classic cold-weather dish, Beef Bourguignon is sure to be on our menu this season. Add colorful root vegetables for a festive take on this savory staple. Get the recipe.  You’ll need: The mini cocotte is sure to be your new go-to for creative cooking. This Butternut Squash & Beef Pot Pie looks mouth-watering in these individual pots, perfect for a casual dinner party with friends. Get the recipe. You’ll need: What are some of your …

The 5 Knives Every Kitchen Needs

From chef’s knives to shears, cutlery can be an intimidating category. With cutlery blocks of up to 17 pieces or more, how do you decide which knives you’ll actually use? With help from Zola’s experts, we took our Wüsthof knives for a test spin and rounded up the top five knives every kitchen needs. 1. Paring A paring knife is a small, thin knife known for fine cuts and easy maneuvering. You’ll use it for peeling fruits & vegetables. Think prepping your potatoes for some yummy mash. Try this: 2. Chef Chef’s knives are essential all-purpose knives that can be used for dicing, chopping, mincing or any everyday kitchen task. Basically, this is a must-have anytime you’re whipping something up. Try this: 3. Utility A utility knife is a cross between a paring and a chef’s knife. It’s perfect for any task that is not delicate enough to require a paring knife but may be too delicate for a chef’s knife. Tip: It can also be used as an an all-purpose knife for beginners. Try this: 4. Shears Kitchen shears (a.k.a. scissors) have …