The Many Uses: DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN UTILIZE YOUR BAR ESSENTIALS

I recall a few years back when I posted one of my blog series called – ‘The Many Uses’ and I’m bringing it back, y’all! Cause after all, I’m always finding myself using a decor accessory or kitchen essential in a different way than the original purpose it’s intended for.

Today, I’m sharing the many uses on bar essentials, primarily the ‘Wine Rack’ and a ‘Wine Bucket’. Keep reading to see how you can use these items in different ways around your house!

‘The Wine Rack’

The Many Uses: DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN USE YOUR WINE ACCESSORIES

While the product label described this as a wine rack, truth be told when I first laid eyes on it, I automatically thought it was a magazine rack.  I love the gold frame detail and acrylic panels – perfect for showcasing guest towels, a sleep mask, and toiletries your guests may have forgotten!

 

‘The Wine Bucket’

The Many Uses: DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN USE YOUR WINE ACCESSORIES

When it comes to entertaining, I like to use items that relate to the theme.  So if I’m hosting a wine and cheese party, I’ll have more than one wine bottle out for guests to choose from. Therefore, using this slender wine bucket with handles is a great way to display a flower arrangement – coordinates perfectly with the theme.  Another way to use this wine bucket holder is to store your cold ice.  Guests can help themselves when mixing their own cocktail of choice!

I’d like to know – what are some of the ways you would use these two bar accessories?  Let me know in the comments section below!

Cheers!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Quick and Easy Meal Recipe: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WINE SAUCE

30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

If you love garlic, then you will love my garlicky tomato pasta recipe! You will even love it more because it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

I came up with this recipe one day when we didn’t know what to eat for dinner. I really didn’t want to cook a big meal that would take an hour or more to both prepare and cook. I looked in our pantry and found a box of spaghetti and in our fridge were cherry tomatoes and garlic. Since we didn’t have spaghetti sauce, I recalled watching a cooking show that showed how to make a wine sauce for a pasta dish and since we keep our wine fridge filled at all times – we were in luck!

30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

This meal is in heavy rotation at our house and it’s so easy to make! You can scroll down and check out the video I made below for my step-by-step instructions. For your convenience, I’ve created a printable recipe card for you as well.

30-Minute Meal Recipe: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WINE SAUCE
 
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients
  • 1 1b. of Spaghetti (1/2 of the box)
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 6-10 Garlic Cloves, minced (add as little or as much as you like)10.5 oz. Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Butter, unsalted
  • ⅓ cup White Wine, dry preferably **If you like a bit of sauce in your pasta, you can add 2 heaping tablespoons of marinara sauce.
  • Parmesan Cheese, shaved and Basil for garnish

Instructions
  1. Boil your Spaghetti until al dente.
  2. In a small frying pan on medium-high heat, add olive oil. When olive oil is hot, add the garlic and stir until golden and fragrant. Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the tomatoes and stir frequently until tomatoes burst and release their juices. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add wine. (If you want to add a bit of marinara sauce, you can add it at this time). Once the sauce comes to a boil, turn off the heat.
  4. Drain your pasta and place it back into the pot. Pour the sauce in the spaghetti and toss.
  5. Plate your pasta, top with fresh parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!


30-MINUTE MEAL RECIPE: GARLICKY TOMATO PASTA WITH WHITE WINE SAUCE

Pair this pasta with a side salad and/or a warm piece of crusty bread and you have a delicious meal. Oh, and let’s not forget to pour yourself a glass of wine!

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez / Music: My Italian Summer: Pop Mania by Nino Rapicavoli & Romolo Grano

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FRIDAY’S FAVORITE FINDS WITH ‘HOUSE 15143′

Happy Friday, everyone!  I was recently invited as a guest by Table Magazine to attend a release signing cookbook event by wellness coach and author, Lindsey Smith (stay tuned – I’ll be sharing a post on that next week!).  As part of my ‘Friday’s Favorite Finds’ blog post series, I wanted to first share with you a few of my favorite finds from the beautifully curated shop the event was hosted at… House 15143, located in Sewickley, PA.  After living in PA for nearly 10+ years, I have never visited this borough…shameful, isn’t it!  Upon arriving to Sewickley village, I was impressed by the large beautiful homes (that’s the HGTV part of me) and the quaint downtown area filled with restaurants and boutique stores (I felt like I stepped into a Hallmark movie set!)  I can’t wait to return to Sewickley because we went during the evening hours, so it was quite dark outside.

The lovely ladies, Danielle and Kristin are the owners of this stylish, chic and modern shop. I just love, love, love boutique stores that carry home decor, entertaining essentials and unique gifting and House 15143 was just that and more! If you’re looking for graphic art prints – look no further, they have a wide selection of prints to choose from that suit your personality. If you’re in need of something custom, no problem, they have an in-house graphic designer who can design and create it for you. In addition to the unique products they sell, they also offer decorating services and host cooking classes in their in-house kitchen, featuring local chefs and restaurants! If you live in the Pittsburgh or surrounding areas, you can view their upcoming events, here.

Check out below for my favorite finds that I purchased and a glimpse inside House 15143 via a video snippet I created, at the end of this post.

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS WITH 'HOUSE 15143'

I was pretty obsessed with all the eye candy that surrounded me as I stepped foot into House 15143. The first thing I noticed was the large floor-to-ceiling display of luxury candles.  You guys know how obsessed I am with scented soy candles, so it was no surprise that one of them was going home with me! As you’ve noticed from the pictures above, I snagged a few other items:

  • Candle-Match Bottles.  An apothecary jar with a built-in, strike-on-bottle design that also features a printed message on the bottle. I also  a tall glass bottle with cork top that includes oversized candle matches. Pairing these candle match bottles with your scented candles is a convenient and beautiful way to display on your coffee table.
  • A Luxury Scented Candle.  There was a wide selection of fragrant candles to choose from and ultimately, I went with a Sydney Hale Co. candle. The scent reminds me of summers at the beach which was probably purposeful, since the name of the scent is ‘Sweet Water’! I’m looking forward to lighting this candle after the winter months have passed.
  • Prosecco Cocktails Recipe Book. Since I love to entertain this cocktail recipe book is perfect for when hosting a brunch – after all Prosecco cocktails and brunch go hand-in-hand! I’ll be sure to share recipes with you on the blog so that you can try them at home too!
  • Brass-plated Wine Bar Sign. I haven’t shared this with you yet but I have recently turned our bar cart into wine cart. When I saw this Wine Bar sign, I knew it would be a perfect addition to the bar cart. I’m going to have to think of a creative way of displaying it since it is meant to be screwed into a wall or cabinetry. Stay tuned for this!
  • Tea Towel. With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I was smitten with the tea towel that an illustration of a tree with a red heart hanging from one of the branches.  The message on the tea towel reads: ‘ love grows here’.  I have another tea towel that was gifted with a purchase of Lyndsey’s cookbook. It read
  • Wooden Serving Board.  Ok, you guys, I’ve been searching high and low for a large wooden serving board and I was ecstatic when I saw this one! At-home entertaining just got more fun – look out for an epic charcuterie and cheese board…a future ‘how-to’ blog post! I can’t wait to use this massive woodend display board.
  • Beverage Napkins.  I collect a variety of bev napkins to have readily available for any occasion and I couldn’t resist the black and white stripe ‘Cheers’ ones that I picked up.

Whenever I can, I like to support local shops and I’m happy I found another store I foresee visiting frequently!

*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

-Photos + video by Rose Angel Lopez

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FRIDAY’S FAVORITE FINDS: HOME DECOR + WOMEN’S FASHION FROM TARGET

Happy Friday, friends!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted my ‘Friday’s Favorite Finds’ series and since visiting Target the other day, I was inspired by all the products I saw, I just had to share some of my favorite finds!

I love the collaborations that Target has made with brands like, Project 62 Hearth & Hand and Mossimo. I’m obsessed with the latest decor accessories!  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my most recent purchases…this Velour Bench in the prettiest blush color and this Marble Eye Tray. Likewise, I’ve been pretty impressed with some of their clothing and women’s accessories as well!

Take a look at my round-up below of my favorite finds for home decor and women’s fashion.

 

Home Decor

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS: HOME DECOR & WOMEN'S FASHION FROM TARGET

The biggest trend for home decor and kitchen accessories are gold and marble details. Nothing says high end than gold accents and I’m such a fan! Marble accents are natural, modern, classic and timeless. The combination of the two materials are simply elegant!

Shop the Post: {top row}: Marble Top Round Table; Round Vanity Mirror on Marble Stand; {middle row}: Weston Floor Lamp -Project 62; Marble Eye Tray; {bottom row}: Gold Taper Candle HolderGold and Marble Pillar Candle

 

 Women’s Fashion

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS: HOME DECOR & WOMEN'S FASHION FROM TARGET

Another brand I was excited to see in Target is SugarFix by Bauble Bar! From tassel earrings to statement necklaces, they have a pretty collection to choose from. When it comes to women’s clothing, the biggest trends are bell and ruffle sleeves and faux fur. Included in my favorite finds round-up (shown above), I’ve posted a couple of cozy sweaters that caught my eye! And for weekend wear, how cute are those sneakers?! I’m also a big fan of using a stylish backpack when running errands on the weekends – it’s so easy and convenient.

Shop the Post: {top row}: Sugarfix by BaubleBar Layered Gold Choker with Bow; {middle row}: Under One Sky Women’s Black Backpack; Cozy Cardigan with faux fur pockets; {bottom row}: Deena Sneakers Jogger; Black Chenille Ruffle Sleeve Pullover

What are some of your recent Target favorite finds?

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3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

On New Year’s day, the whole morning and afternoon was pretty much spent taking down the Christmas ornaments from the two trees and packing them away, storing all the Christmas decor and accessories, and the much needed dusting, sweeping and vacuuming from the tree needles, the remnants from the flocked tree and the glitter from the ribbon I used. While I LOVE decorating for the holidays, it’s a definite chore in getting the home back to its simplified state.

While Christmas shopping for family and friends in early December, I ran across so many pretty home decor accessories and accent furniture…does that happen to you too? I’m sure I’m not alone when you’re at the store to buy presents for others, yet you find yourself picking up a few things for yourself! Well, I had picked up a few things and stored it away until the new year! Knowing that I would bringing these fews new things out of storage, inspired me to make a few changes to our living space.

Today, I’ll be sharing 3 simple ways I refreshed our living room space for the New Year. These simple ways are small tweaks without breaking the bank!

#1. Add a new accent color
#2. Add a few new decor accessories
#3. Rearrange your furniture layout

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

A great way to slowly introduce a new color in a space of your home is with your home decor (i.e., toss pillows, throws, decor accessories, flowers, an area rug, etc.).  For an immediate change,  painting an accent wall will also automatically spruce up a space. In recent months, I had introduced a new accent color to our living room…blush! It is still a muted tone against our neutral monochromatic color palette. It started out with a pair of toss pillows and I had slowly added more blush colored home decor items. These were details I was able to build upon in the rest of the living space. One of the newest items are these ombre white and blush pom-pom throws I found in HomeGoods.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

I added the other pom-pom throw to this accent chair.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

One of the biggest impacts in refreshing a room is with your furniture layout. This does not necessarily mean you need to change the entire layout, you can simply swap out a chair from one room to another and see if it looks better in its new space. Or you can create a little vignette in an unused part of your living space.

One of the items on our ever-growing home projects list is to remove this picture window and install french doors that would lead to our deck. Since that got pushed down on the list, I had decided to rearrange some of the accent furniture by moving this white lacquered table I use as a console to the front of this window. For many years, this table was stationed in a small nook in front of a wallpapered wall. This section of the living room was unused space and now it feels filled in and I actually like how the styled table accents the once lonely/ordinary window. It’s amazing how moving certain furniture pieces can change the whole look of a room!

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

In place of the console table, I decided to move our seating bench to the wallpaper wall and used a small accent side table I had in our home office. This bench use to sit underneath the long white console table so that it can be used for extra seating but I noticed that when we had a full house, guests would not pull out the bench to sit on it without us saying they can. This little vignette is now inviting and guests can sit, conversate and place a drink on the small side table. While we have plans for this wall space (another item on our project list), I can foresee in the future replacing the seating bench with two chairs but for now, this will do.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

If you’re interested, a set of these Murano accent tables are now on sale!

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

Another new accessory is this pink velour bench. Love the gold base! Why another bench you ask? Because one…it’s sooo pretty, two…extra seating or can be used to put your feet up and three…I knew I could use it in our home office, should I need to relocate it.

The gold olive branch from HomeGoods is a beautiful object of art on a marble stand – a new addition to the decor in the living room.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

I swapped out my scented holiday candle for this spicy and woodsy scented candle by Hearth & Hand.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

Small changes in a space of your home creates a fresh new look with minimal cost and effort. Do you find yourself refreshing your home for the New Year? I’d love to know what ways you use to do this by sharing in the comments section below!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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