July 2nd, 2014
June 27th, 2014
Our Favorite Fourth of July Links Roundup
Fourth of July is America’s favorite holiday, here is some inspiration to make sure your home is prepared for this years celebration!
• Better Homes and Gardens shares Easy 4th of July Party Ideas.
• Show your spirit with Real Simple’s bike decorating tips!
• Lil’ Luna has 25 Fourth of July Décor Ideas to create a patriotic party.
• Love vintage? Design Sponge shows how to create the perfect vintage 4th of July party!
• For a mouthwatering spread, Southern Living has great Fourth of July Recipes.
June 25th, 2014
Seating in a kitchen, whether for family breakfast before school or for talkative friends who don’t mind watching you prepare for a dinner party, is always is a good idea. Bar stools make for a resting place for an after school snack or a quick breakfast on the way out the door, while a quaint breakfast nook provides seating for more people without taking up unneeded floor space — not to mention the extra storage built-in benches provide!
No more balancing acts while trying not to drop your favorite platter. Dress up your kitchen with functional open shelving on the end cap of an island. This area provides a perfect place to display those gorgeous platters you don’t get to use every day. It also makes them easier to access, without having to drag out the step stool to pull it down from the top shelf in the pantry.
The sleek modern look of stainless steel, combined with warm wood and the rough texture of brick create a clean, yet cozy atmosphere in this kitchen. Open the space by eliminating upper cabinets in preference of open shelving for your finest dishes!
Country kitchens are very popular right now. How about trying a butchers block-style island instead of a built in? Combine a reclaimed hardwood floor with creamy white cabinets and copper details and you can practically smell the apple pie cooling in the window.
Looking for a conversation piece in your home? Cabinets that look like antique storage trunks are sure to do the trick. The aged brass latches and distressed black surfaces pair perfectly with concrete counter tops and a light wood floor to offset the dark cabinets.
June 20th, 2014
Spruce up the Kitchen Links Roundup
This week’s links roundup is centered around the heart of the home. Here are some of our favorite links to spice up the kitchen.
• Looking for a smart place to put the shopping list or the dinner menu? May we suggest a chalkboard panel for one of the cabinets or pantry door?
• Too many pots, not enough cabinet space? Here are some clever pot racks to store all your pots and pans.
• Several great ideas on how to organize under the sink.
• Remodeling 101: Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertops
Our inspiration for the week:
June 19th, 2014
Steuart Brown was a charter member of The La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, Founded in 1986. Throughout the years, one of his passions was to support the San Diego Police and Fire Departments. He delivered pastries to the officers and firefighters and became known as “The Muffin Man”. He also initiated Rotary repair and refurbishing projects at several divisions.
Stu, a veteran and POW during the WWII Battle of the Bulge in Europe, passed away on July 3, 2013.
On Saturday, March 1, 2014, to commemorate Stu’s commitment to “Service Above Self”, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, together with the Rotaract clubs of The University of San Diego and The University of California, San Diego, conducted a refurbishing project of the 22,000 square-foot Police Department’s Family Justice Center in downtown San Diego.
In just over 12 hours, volunteers prepped, primed and painted many of the interior walls within the complex. Over several more days, volunteers and other businesses replaced over 2,500 square feet of carpeting, cleaned the remainder of the carpeting and added 12 pieces of large wall art with inspirational quotes from famous world leaders.
The work was performed for the San Diego Police Department in order to better serve the families traumatized by domestic violence and in anticipation of a worldwide convention of Family Justice Centers held recently in San Diego.
The Value of all donated goods and services was over $50,000, according to Rotarian Kevin Carlson, who spearheaded this volunteer effort.
Former SDPD Asst. Chief of Police, Mr. Boyd Long, and Valley View Casino purchased over 80 gallons of paint, painting implements and prepping materials from Vista Paint. David Atherton and the staff of Dave’s Quality Painting, and Charlie Hagan of Vista Paint provided professional paint prep and supervision. Margaret McPherson-Diggs and the Rock Church provided new signage to include 11 pieces of wall art to replace vinyl lettering with quotes from famous individuals, and a replacement sign for the Dress for Success Program, which shares the space and services with the Family Justice Center. Steve Thompson and Patti Kingsbury of Stanley Steemer provided the carpet cleaning and application of carpet soil retardant.
Steve Coles and Liz Hyma of Coles Fine Flooring provided the new flooring materials.
A memorial plaque was hung in the lobby of the Family Justice Center in honor of Mr. Brown’s legacy.
The San Diego Family Justice Center is a public safety initiative launched by the City of San Diego to assist victims of family violence. It was the first comprehensive “one-stop shop” in the nation for victims of family violence and their children. Under one roof, more than twenty-five agencies have come together to provide consolidated and coordinated legal, social and health services to women, men, children and families in need.
June 11th, 2014
While everybody dreams of a perfectly organized laundry room with neatly folded stacks of clean clothes and stylish wall art and a vase of fresh flowers on the windowsill, the reality is that most people don’t achieve this level of happiness when entering their laundry room. Let’s admit it, there is always more dirty laundry to do and the clean laundry pile could definitely have been folded more neatly. We don’t actually have a stylishly modern sink next to the washer for pretreating grass stains; we have a bottle of stain remover (maybe) that we spritz on the stains before throwing everything into the wash. Do we even bother to separate colors? Maybe if someone’s watching.
Maybe you’re one of those lucky people whose laundry room photos are circulating Pinterest, but chances are your laundry room was designed around function and never got much attention after the initial installation of your appliances. Laundry is nobody’s favorite chore, but maybe if we all had a Pinterest Laundry Room, we might spend a little more time in there ironing our shirts instead of giving them a good hard flick when they come out of the dryer.
A laundry/mudroom combo is every mother’s dream. A place where muddy boots don’t make it past the door to soil the living room carpet and a convenient place for your teenager to shed his football jersey… straight into the washer! No mother likes finding that single smelly sock under the bed.
Infinite storage for all that detergent and bleach, and a countertop for ironing and folding are just the cherry on top of our laundry room sundae.
So, while the dog naps in the corner of your vast and spacious laundry room (no cramped quarters here!) you can bask in the smell of freshly laundered towels and pat yourself on the back for turning that mountain of dirty into a stack of folded and pressed… before starting all over tomorrow.
June 6th, 2014
Our Favorite Summer Links Roundup
As we get ready for the summer months, we dedicate our weekly link roundup to all things summer.
• Perfectly Imperfect brings us the $100 Beach Bathroom Reveal.
• Martha Stewart has 60 Summer Decorating Ideas to jumpstart any project.
• We all look forward to the summer parties. Here are 18 DIY Summer Party Decorations.
• Get the Beach House Look with ideas from the Chic Coastal Living Blog.
Our inspiration for the week:
June 2nd, 2014
With 1.4 million sold annually, robot vacuums make up about 7% of the floor care market; 1 in 15 people own a robot. This number has tripled over the last two years! iRobot makes up nearly 50% of that market.
The RX1 Scout is Miele’s first Robotic vacuum cleaner! Featuring Smart Navigation, the Scout accomplishes remarkable cleaning results. Its lithium-ion battery can clean up to two hours or 1,600 square feet on a single charge. A gyro sensor measures its rotation, allowing it to change direction as needed and a ceiling camera maps out the room ensuring precision cleaning of the entire room.
The RX1 Scout features a Triple cleaning system which includes a turbo brush, two long rotating side brushes for those hard-to-reach areas and an effective suction system. Sensors on the front prevent the Scout from bumping into furniture and more sensors underneath prevent it from falling down stairs. It also features four cleaning modes and a remote control.
May 23rd, 2014
Meet Bodie! Not only can he sit and roll over, watch him shake it and show you how STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ carpet easily releases pet hair while vacuuming, cutting vacuuming time.
PetProtect™ Resists pet stains, Releases pet hair, and Reduces pet odors!
May 5th, 2014
Each year Pantone Inc. the global authority on color, surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week and more to bring you the season’s most prominent color tends. Whether you’re in the middle of a home renovation or want to make a few decor updates, get inspired by the trending Pantone colors of 2014!