Coffee tables are sometimes the hardest to make look nice. A quick remedy? Coffee table books! I get excited about finding new ones to seek out, maybe a little bit too much. This year, I’m super-excited about the Pantone book! To cure my own curiosities, I asked some people around the office what are some of their favorites and most desired. See the gallery below to check them out!
Pantone image taken from http://nubbytwiglet.com/2012/01/10/pantone-the-20th-century-in-color/
Sometimes the people we love the most are the ones hardest to buy for. A few of us put together some of our ideas for making Valentine’s gift giving a success! For more ideas, shop Wisteria’s gifts!
1. For friend: Sprinkles Cupcakes and a bottle of Champagne 2. For man: Watercolor by Scott Lifshutz
3. For daughter: Charm from Helen Ficalora 4. For woman: Tiffany Keys 5. For anyone: Some bacon
6. For friend: Beaujolais Red Wine 7. For friend: Gold Heart Necklace 8. For sweetie: Valentine’s Day M&M’s
With the Super Bowl being one of the most anticipated events each year, preparing for its celebrations can be challenging. Here are some games, recipes, and even some ideas for the non-football fans to make sure everyone has a good time at your party (even the fans of the losing team).
Football Trivia – This is an easy game to play before the game starts and during any breaks. Start by coming up with different categories for the questions. I am choosing to use: Past Super Bowls, Giants, Patriots, and Players. Once you have your categories selected, come up with five questions and answers per category. You may want to determine the difficulty of your questions based on the guest you have attending.
Team Match Up – This is a game kids can play. Print out photos of various players and logos of their teams. Have the kids match the players up with their teams.
Here are some recipe ideas inspired by the Giants and Patriots. You can have you guests decide who wins the “food bowl”.
For Patriots Fans:
Lobster and Cod Chowder
For Giants Fans:
New York Style Pizza
Bratwurst (or anything grilled really)
Don’t forget about the Puppy Bowl for all your non-football fans!
Image taken from http://www.mariakillam.com/2009/07/when-should-you-buy-a-book-for-its-cover.html
I recently stumbled into a dilemma in my workspace. I decided to do some much-needed early spring cleaning at home and ended up with some majorly cluttered shelving. I have a lot of books, tchotchkes, and picture frames and I had no idea how to showcase my things in a stylish way. After much searching, here are some great tips I discovered:
- Use boxes and baskets to store items you don’t want in plain view.
- Paint the back of the shelf to make showcase pieces pop (You should go a few shades darker than your room color).
Image taken from http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/great-bookcase-ideas-00000000013601.html
- Break up the vertical lines of book spines with a round vase or fun bookend.
- Use varying heights and shapes to draw the eyes across the shelving instead of directing it to the most cluttered, unorganized spot.
Image taken from http://www.countryliving.com/homes/home-storage-ideas-0109
- For books and other texts you rarely use, stack horizontally to break up all the vertical lines.
- Don’t be afraid to mount things on shelving to create an attractive focal point. You can use 3M hooks instead of nails!
Image taken from http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/decorating-tips-for-shelves-and-bookcases/pictures/index.html
- For bookcases with adjustable shelves, vary the heights for asymmetry.
- Risers help elevate small pieces, and give you more freedom to adjust heights to an assortment.
A few months ago, our office was all abuzz with excitement over the launch of Pinterest. For those who don’t know, Pinterest is an amazing site where you can catalog all your favorite images straight off the web. By “pinning” it, you can organize all your images by theme. For example: home, design, fashion, recipes, DIY. The possibilities are limitless! It is also a great social network, where you can share your images and are able to view others images as well. It is so much fun! And it is a great design tool for logging all your inspiration in one organized space AND it links back to the original site the image came from. Extra cool! It has lots of fun surprises and lots of categories to search. Below are the images I was most inspired by this week. I encourage you all to go visit their site and get busy pinning!