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Honey Baked Ham

Love honey baked ham?  Tips for making the most of it!  Vertically cut the spirals into bun size piece-larger for adults and dinner roll size for children and enjoy great ham sandwiches the first day.  Pick up the bean pack with purchase.  Divide the leftover piece of ham around the bone into two parts.  Use the first for a boiled dinner in your electric pressure cooker or Instapot with a head of cabbabe, onions, carrots.  Soak the beans the next day and use the second half to cook ham and bean soup.  Combine leftovers from boiled dinner and bean soup and create another great soup.  Leftover ham chunks can be ground for ham salad.  This is great for visiting company or a holiday weekend!  Tips from luxespecs.com-an interior design website with great pinterest boards and Houzz visuals!

Large Size Photos Can Personalize Your Space

Your home should be a reflection of you!  So, whether your space is clean and contemporary or you have many collections of interest, photos can personalize your space. There are many options for creating larger sizes than the original photo.  As with art and sculpture, determine the place you want to use it and then determine the size.  After years of collecting your favorites, you can arrange your art and photos first and then add furniture.

If you have been on a great trip AND you’re a decent photographer, enlarge your favorites and group them together or make a row.  Snapfish, Shutterfly, professional photo shops like AdoramaPix and mpix, Walgreens and Costco are all options. 

Family photos?  You can use old and new favorites from the years and instead of the smaller, cluttered look many homes have, create more of a statement with your favorites enlarged.

Other options include printing on burlap, wood boards, acrylic or fabric.  An artist I work with regularly has originals copied on silk and quilts them.  It is interesting to have varied art forms in your home or office.  Sculpture, posters from museums, original art, a canvas painted a single color, framed, museum wrap or some with glass all add to the texture of your home. Engineer prints are lightweight and large.  Parabo Press prints on metal, glass and other options.  SnapBox and PhotoBarn offer additional printing choices including wood.  If time is of the essence inquire about this prior to ordering. 

It is so personal to add to your surroundings with favorites reflecting your life and travels. 

Fine Wire Lighting

The lighting shown is battery powered, fine wire that is very flexible and so small that you notice the light and not an unsightly cord that has to be camouflaged!  Purchased through Amazon, the white is year-round versatile and other color options are seasonally available.  An inexpensive way to add to your decor and showcase an object that needs a pop of light!  #lightupyourlife #lighting #interiordesign

Valentine’s Decor

Light up your Valentine’s day!  The lighting shown is battery powered, fine wire that is very flexible and so small that you notice the light, not an unsightly cord that has to be camouflaged!  Purchased through Amazon, the white is year-round versatile and other color options are seasonally available.  #ValentinesDay

Island Design

The island combination of heavy, clean air that you want to breathe deeply to purify your lungs is the beginning of the relaxed feel the blue-green water and blue sky create.  Can the furnishing be anything but casual, relaxed and inviting?  Pops of bright color – orange and yellow can add a livelier dimension – but the cool colors are sooooooo relaxing.  The photos on the LuxeSpecs.com Pinterest board reflect a recent trip with additional pictures added.  

 

How is island design different from the typical southern California beach look?  The Hawaiian Islands are surrounded in many cases by a darker hue of water that has a green undertone so the overall look or fabrics reflects this darker color.  The bright colors, therefore, have more depth as well.  Enjoy the Island look and transport to drinks with umbrellas, Kahula pork nachos and honeymooners of all ages soaking up the breathtaking beaches.

Love to read in bed?

The typical height for a swing arm lamp is 42” from the bottom of the shade to the floor. Both Christopher Norman and Hinson-Hansen have good choices. Also Consider adding a dimmer to make the light easier on your eyes.

Trash your Trash Can

371Rev-A-Shelf has a soft close for heavy loads. These drawers keep the trash out of site and the base works with 35 qt. and 50 qt. containers.  A recycle, waste drawer has been a staple in the kitchens I have designed for over 15 years, so let’s make it one that isn’t seen!

Stability Ball VS Office Chair

TechnoGym-stability-ball-300x143Do you spend long hours sitting at your computer? And would like an easy way to get more exercise? Stability balls have been around for some time, but computer use is making them more popular. The Technogym, Wellness Ball, Gaiam, Buoy from Turnstone, Muvman and Swopper from Aeris are some ergonomic options for increased well being. Here are some reasons you may want to consider switching your chair for a stability ball.

Turnstone-Buoy

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

smoke-detectorDoes your home have a Carbon Monoxide Detector? Carbon Monoxide can be very dangerous as it doesn’t have a sent to it, and it can make you very sick.  Nest has a  that is both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector.  The best part about it is that you can connect it to your smart phone and it will notify you when the batteries are low, and also you can silence it by waving your hand which can come in handy for false alarms.