Fish. Bacon. Broccoli. While the savory smells are wafting from the stove you salivate over the anticipation of your first bite. But once the dishes have been washed and you’re post-food coma, the once incredible smells become — well, stinky. The other night, I slow-cooked a delicious spicy chili. I thought for sure the kitchen walls would somehow soak up the peppery stench and by morning it would be back to its fresh and clean state, but holy jalapeno — it still reeked of last night’s dinner!
I figured, if cooking is what got me into this stinky mess, then cooking was going to get me out of it. I thought about the rich, fragrant apple cider my mom makes during the holidays. It makes the whole house smell unbelievably warm and festive. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, but I did have some vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the pantry. I had to get ready for the day and didn’t have time to monitor an open flame on the stove, so I put the ingredients in my slow cooker instead. I added 2 cups of water, 3 cinnamon sticks, 2 capfuls of vanilla extract and turned it on its lowest setting. In no time at all my home smelled sweet, warm and inviting. Not a trace of chili leftovers lingered in the air.
As I scope and poke around for decor ideas and inspirations, I’ve noticed one of the common threads in houses with a wow factor is they all treat every room like it’s a special room. Meaning, not only dining rooms and living spaces get decked out with design elements such as candles, chandeliers and accent rugs, but laundry rooms, bathrooms, and walk-in closets do, too. I appreciate and see why it makes sense to give the usually overlooked rooms some love, too. Even though we don’t lounge or entertain in there, we still spend some time in those rooms and plus, it’s still an extension of our home. And why not make the laundry room feel like a beautiful space to work in while doing something that’s anything but glamorous?
I’ve decided that over-the-top opulent chandeliers are not the way for me when it comes to dressing up these “other rooms.” I just want to give it a hint of warmth and elegance, nothing too grand. I like the idea of using capiz pendants and lights for this purpose. Capiz is the name of the translucent outer shell of oysters found mostly around the Philippines. They’re delicate and exquisite yet casual in essence. Pieces made out of Capiz range in price, so there’s an abundance of choices for every budget.
Here are some of my favorite sea-inspired fixtures that I’ve been considering:
Just in case you haven’t noticed, my love for pillows knows no bounds! Swapping out your soft squares is such an easy, inexpensive way to switch things up. I like to change mine out every couple of months to create a new vibe in the room. Sometimes I’ll even switch them out just for the day or night! If I’m having my girls over for dinner, I like creating a comfy environment where we can cozy-up and chat for hours post-food coma. If I’m hosting something a little fancier, I’ll opt for a look that’s more sophisticated and structured.
It’s really no different than when it comes to fashion and changing your look. For example, when I want to be boho chic I’ll wear a peasant top and floppy hat. Days later, I might feel like bringing out my inner biker chick with a leather jacket and studded clutch. Why not apply the same state of mind to my home? If I want my living room vibe to be earthy and neutral one week, I will toss in a few shades made by mother nature. If I’m in a goofy mood, I’ll toss in some quirky graphic prints that make me smile.
March is kind of a funny month for home decorating. And I love me some decorations. Gone are the sparkling trees, colorful lights and happy imagery that took over my house not long ago. Everything suddenly goes back to the way it was – which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s just not the same. This month, I decided to keep the festive feeling alive by turning my home into a celebration of seasons changing.
Since it’s not quite winter and not yet spring, I chose shades of sunshine yellow! You can’t even use the word yellow without adding a ! It’s yellow!