Month: March 2015

New on Zola: Mud Australia

This week, we’re thrilled to formally announce the arrival of Mud Australia to Zola. Their more modern design aesthetic – an easygoing interpretation of luxury – is one that is versatile enough to integrate seamlessly into any newlywed home. From our favorite products to the designers behind the company, get to know Mud Australia. Once you do, you won’t be able to resist adding them to your registry! About the Brand Mud Australia is a Sydney based homeware design company founded in 1994 by Shelley Simpson. All pieces are complementary and designed to emphasize natural lines and functionality. Each piece is entirely hand made in their Sydney studio from the best materials available. Their design and production process combines to ensure each piece of Mud Australia is unique.       1. Dinner Plate 2. Noodle Small Bowl 3. Square Small Platter 4. Nest Bowl Medium 5. Fish Platter 6. Pebble Cereal Bowl  Designers Unveiled Each Mud piece is made individually by hand. Crafted from Limoges porcelain, sourced directly from France, Mud’s material is tinted through the porcelain body …

Home Bar Boot Camp: 9 Essential Techniques To Master

Now that the weekend’s in full swing, we figure it’s okay to ask a classic question: what are your plans tonight? While you two might be staying in together with a movie or on the flipside dining out (two options we can totally get behind), if you’re entertaining tonight (or just like to in general), then listen up. Master these bartending techniques from our friends at POPSUGAR Food just in time for your guests to arrive. If you’ve resolved to master your home bar in 2015, then look no further; take cocktails from basic to brilliant with indispensable bartending techniques that go beyond shaking and stirring. From rimming glasses with salt or sugar to dry-shaking egg whites to add volume to light and frothy cocktails, these nine skills will add flair and flavor to your cocktail hour. 1. Strain If you prefer your cocktails served up, versus on the rocks, you’ll need to strain out any ice and solid ingredients after shaking or stirring your drink. This can be done either using the strainer built into a cobbler …

Friday Faves

Happy Spring! To celebrate the new (and warmer) season, we’re theming this week’s Friday Faves around spring finds. From bright home decor accents to National Proposal Day snapshots (yes, that’s today), we’ve got treats to inspire a cheery mood in everyone. Nothing can dampen our spirit – not even the snow flurries forecasted for NYC! Bright & Cheery Rooms There’s something about about merry and bright accents that instantly lifts our mood. Get inspired from these 5 colorful living rooms featured on Domaine Home, and style your registry accordingly, here. National Proposal Day There must be something about the first day of spring that stirs up a feeling of love in the air. We’re absolutely loving these sweet, sweet photos of couples who #justsaidyes on Huffington Post. New Season, New Recipe Lonny Mag claims this recipe for a Marscapone Tart will ease you into spring, but we’re ready to jump in full force. Regardless, this light dessert is the perfect way for a sweet start to the season. A Citrus Cocktail Nothing says spring like a citrus cocktail! We’re dying to try this Fennel Grapefruit one …

Iced or Hot? Coffee & Tea Registry Essentials

No matter what type of caffeine gets you out of bed, we believe you should register for yours together. Starting your mornings off right will set both of you up for a great day, so be sure to put some of these morning beverage essentials on your registry. Now, the only question is, do you take milk or sugar? For the couple that loves tea… Upgrade your tea arsenal with some of the suggestions below. Whether you like herbal or black tea, these gifts will help steep your cup to perfection. 1. Berghoff Studio Glass Teapot 2. Le Creuset Whistling Kettle 3. Vietri Forma Mug 4. Jansen + Co My Mug Giftbox, Set of 4 5. Breville One-Touch Tea Maker 6. Kinto Unimug For the couple that loves coffee… For those of you who need a little extra kick, check out these essentials picked just for you and your morning cup of joe. Don’t miss the recipe at the bottom that Nespresso crafted exclusively for Zola!    1. Iittala Taika Coffee/Tea Mug 2. Kinto Carat Coffee Dripper & Pot 3. Menu Sugar Bowl with Lid 4. Nespresso VertuoLine …

Beginner’s Guide To: Dinnerware Materials & Quality

Ever wondered what accounts for the variance in prices between different types of plates and mugs? Have asked yourself what the actual difference is between “porcelain” and “fine china, ” or more importantly, what type of dinnerware you should actually register for? You’re not alone. We sat down with Zola Buyer, Victoria, to answer these questions and break down the different materials your dinnerware is made of, so you can decide which kind is right for you. What materials am I dealing with? All dinnerware is made out of ceramic. The word “ceramic” comes from the Greek word keramikos, meaning “of pottery,” and the earliest ceramics were made entirely out of clay. Today, however, ceramics take many different forms. Clay-made items are still called “ceramics,” or sometimes “earthenware,” but there are also different materials, properties, and methods of production in the mix like stoneware, porcelain, and bone china. So, what’s the difference between them? Earthenware vs. Stoneware Earthenware is simply product made out of clay. Stoneware, on the other hand, is made from a special type of …

Double Date Night Ideas

Solo time with your significant other is crucial, but double dates are the perfect way to squeeze in that quality time without sacrificing your social life. We rounded up our top picks for some fun, low-key date night ideas that are best enjoyed with another couple along for the ride! Outdoor Concert With spring right around the corner, musical festivals are very much on our minds. Grab a couple with similar music tastes and take in a show. Dance parties on the lawn are way more fun with some friendly dance-off competition! Cook-Off Invite your favorite foodie friends over for a night of culinary competition. Pick a main ingredient and see what each couple comes up with. Too many cooks in the kitchen? Not a problem! Someone can play mixologist and whip up a signature cocktail to accompany the main event. Game NightClassic party games might sound a little cheesy, but there’s no denying that a few rounds of Characters will likely end in laughs. Charades, Catchphrase, Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity are all no-fail fan favorites that …

Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Any Day Of The Week

A new work week means a fresh start, and with the weather warming up, we’re going back to our New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. Here are 5 healthy breakfast ideas we’ve been meaning to cook. Try them with us! Chia Pudding This is a breakfast option that you can easily make the night before. Just add milk – regular, almond, or coconut will do – to a few tablespoons of chia seeds and store it in your fridge overnight. The seeds will absorb the milk while you’re sleeping, and you can enjoy your pudding the next morning. Add fresh or dried fruit for some flare, and try this Banana Nut Chia Seed Breakfast by The Lean Clean Eating Machine. Poached Egg Avo Toast  We know avocado toast has become a trend of sorts on Instagram, but regardless, we can’t get enough. Packed with healthy fats and nutrients, you’ll kickstart your morning in the best way possible. Add a poached egg for protein and sprinkle some salt + pepper flakes for extra flavor like Pinch of Yum does. Banana & Almond …