Treat your special someone to a grown-up mug of hot chocolate this Valentine’s Day with this recipe for Boozy Caramel French Hot Chocolate. You can easily adapt the recipe for the kids (or “non-boozies”) in your life by simply omitting the alcohol and replacing caramel syrup for an equally delicious experience! Boozy Caramel French Hot Chocolate is basically caramel-chocolate whipped cream that you stir into warmed milk. It is the perfect decadent treat to serve for special occasions. You are going to want to pin this recipe for future reference!Boozy Caramel French Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients: 2 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1/2 cup water 2/3 cup [...]
Congratulations! You have made your New Year’s Resolutions for 2014, and you’re motivated and ready to see them through to the end! Homes.com wants to see you accomplish all of your goals and dreams this year. To help you achieve your resolutions, we are going to explore how to achieve a goal and how to set up a DIY New Year’s Resolution Goal Calendar. Successful people have certain things in common. They all know how to define a problem, break it down into manageable steps, find solutions, and begin implementing those solutions within a restricted timeframe. Successful people also know how to revise and reevaluate a plan when it is clearly not working. So what [...]
The new year brings with it the hope for a fresh start! It is a time to make resolutions, change your lifestyle habits, and create the “you” you really want to be. Our homes are a reflection of what we love, what we believe, and who we are. They are the backdrop to the stage of our lives, and we have the power to design the entire stage! But where do we begin? Let’s explore 6 tips on how to transform your space for a new year and a new you!Take Inventory: See what you have
When you have lived in a space for a long time, it is difficult to see it with fresh eyes. To recreate [...]
When Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid was the Color of the Year for 2014, I may or may not have cringed just a bit. Growing up in the 80’s, this “hot purple” reminds me of color schemes from my childhood better reserved for the tail on my former “My Little Pony.” I asked my trendy friends what they thought of Radiant Orchid and the reviews were mixed. We all agreed that people are going to continue to use whatever colors they love in their homes in spite of a “Color of the Year,” and we also agreed that any color can look smashing when done right. So how does one who is up for the design challenge [...]
If you live in an apartment or other small space setting, you might be hesitant to throw a party this holiday season. Don’t be! Sharing a meal with friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family can be done effectively even when you are short on square footage. I’m here to share some tips and tricks for small space entertaining that will allow you to go big on holiday cheer this year.
sourceTip 1: Declutter your space.
To create more space in your home, be sure to declutter and simplify the space where you plan to entertain. Remove pieces of furniture that won’t be used and stash [...]
Hosting friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner is a labor of love that can become costly. Thanksgiving decorating on a budget is easier thank you think! If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, rest assured that you can have a gorgeous tablescape without spending all of your dough. Budget decorating is about thinking outside the box and maximizing your creativity and resources. Here are 5 budget-friendly tips to get your creative Thanksgiving decor juices flowing.Tip 1: Drape your table with something unconventional.
I have heard it said that a room without a rug is like a kiss without a hug. I think the same can be said for tables and table runners/tablecloths. A [...]
When you are faced with a small bathroom, finding storage solutions can be tricky. We often store a vast variety of products in our bathrooms and want our storage to be functional yet attractive. If you are struggling to find more storage in your small bathrooms, do not fret because there are creative ways to maximize storage that won’t cost you a fortune. Here are four do-it-yourself storage-solution ideas to help you get organized in the bathroom.1. Add Shelves Above the Toilet
Above the toilet is often an overlooked space for storage. Consider adding shelves which can hold bathroom necessities and storage baskets. Semi-floating shelves can be made by painting pine [...]
You have decided that you want to redecorate a room in your home, but you have no idea where to begin. Today we are going to explore some tips that will help you get started on that room redo! Decorating a space by yourself can be overwhelming, but with these tips you will be off to a great start in creating a room that looks tied together.Tip 1: Decide how you want the room to feel.
When you are first starting a room design, it is important to note how you’d like the space to feel. Do you want it to feel masculine, cozy, soothing, or glamorous? Perhaps you want your room to stir up a combination of feelings. Jot down for yourself some adjectives that describe how you [...]
Many home renters feel limited in decorating when they rent instead of own their home. Although it is always wise to consult your landlord and terms of your lease before making any alterations to the property, with permission there are some easy ways to decorate your rental to make it feel like home. Today we will explore 5 decorating tips that every renter can easily implement to claim your space as your own.Tip 1: Change out your light fixtures.
Dated light fixtures or ugly ceiling fans are easy to swap out and can instantly update the look and feel of a room. Store the original fixtures in a well-labeled box so that you are able to reinstall the originals when you move. [...]
Each time you tackle a home remodeling project yourself you are going to run into a myriad of glitches and challenges. It simply comes with the territory of attempting something new and hoping to do it perfectly the first time around. As you do more and more projects yourself, your skills and confidence will improve and so will your results! However, to help you avoid making common mistakes let’s explore 10 ways to avoid home remodeling mistakes.1. Map out your project and overestimate your expenses.
Plan out your project from beginning to end and overestimate the costs of materials. You will inevitably run into some unexpected challenge that will end up costing you a [...]