These Kitchen Candles Are a Home Cook’s Dream

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If you’ve ever attempted to fry or grill anything in a small apartment, you’re familiar with the unsettling feeling of picking up a whiff of last night’s dinner as you toast your bagel the next morning. For anyone working with a less-than-ventilated kitchen space, I recommend investing in a kitchen candle. 

When you love candles as much as I do, you start to justify buying them by assigning each to a specific space or purpose. Bathroom candles must be excellent at masking, well, odors. Bedroom candles are light and crisp, without being too smoky or heady. For kitchen candles, the fragrance shouldn’t be so strong as to create a nauseating combination when mixed with the general smells of food prep and cooking. You’re looking to gently replace odors, not create an entirely new Frankensmell. For this reason, try to avoid overly floral or sweet smells; vegetal, earthy, clean scents are the ticket. Here are a few great choices:

If you’re emotional about the end of tomato season, I’m sorry to say this candle probably isn’t going to do much to assuage your sorrows. However, it will imbue your kitchen with a pleasantly herbaceous, minty scent that will remind you of long walks through the farmer’s market. Of the three candles I describe here, this is the least fragranced, so it’s great for especially tiny spaces (or especially sensitive sniffers). 

Imagine yourself frolicking through an herb garden, snipping peppers and fresh basil with reckless abandon. Ok, now open your eyes. You’re still in your apartment wearing sweatpants coated in crumbs, but you wouldn’t know it if you immersed yourself in this candle. White tea can sometimes smell too sweet, but this perfectly balanced iteration is one you’ll be happy to light on your kitchen countertop to want to wash away the remnants of last night’s meal.

Let’s cut to the chase: this is a splurge candle (and if $85 isn’t a splurge candle to you, perhaps you might consider making a contribution to restaurants impacted by the pandemic). Even the spice it’s named after is spendy, but if you’ve ever wanted your kitchen to smell like a quality spice rack or the Grand Bazaar, this mix of saffron, black peppercorns, and vanilla is the ultimate power play. Plus, it looks great perched on a marble countertop and will last for ages. 

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Mum shows off dream Alice In Wonderland-themed ‘revenge’ bathroom makeover after leaving husband who refused to decorate

A MOTHER has revealed how she “took her life back with both hands” and revamped her downstairs bathroom after separating from her husband.

Nicola Bullock, 44, from Bracknell, turned her “drab and dreary” bathroom into a quirky Alice in Wonderland themed room with a twist following her marriage breakdown. 

Nicola was inspired to revamp her bathroom after her marriage broke down

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Nicola was inspired to revamp her bathroom after her marriage broke downCredit: Supplied

The mother and customer services employee shared her DIY transformation project on Facebook and claimed her “ex husband refused to do any decorating.”

Posting amazing before-and-after photos, Nicola added: “He left and this is my first ever room revamp.”

The post instantly raked up nearly 9,000 likes and over a thousand comments from strangers praising Nicola’s bravery as well as her impressive DIY skills.

Nicola said her former marital situation at home prevented her from decorating the house so the day she separated from her husband, she started her “DIY mission”.

Her Facebook post has racked up over 9,000 'likes'

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Her Facebook post has racked up over 9,000 ‘likes’Credit: Supplied
Nicola said she wanted to 'decorate him out of her house'

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Nicola said she wanted to ‘decorate him out of her house’Credit: Supplied

The mother said not only has she “washed that man out of her hair”, she has “decorated him out of her house”. 

She said: “The day I separated from my husband was the day I took back my life with both hands and started my DIY mission on my house.

“I just wanted to show others even if you have never done anything like that before be brave and have a go, as I was made to believe that I would never be able to do anything well. 

“The past several months have taught me that sometimes we have no control over what happens to us but we can control how we react and that is where our power and strength lies.’

Nicola started by stripping off all the wallpaper and repapering it with a funky Alice in Wonderland styled pattern. 

She fitted new flooring, took off the radiator and repainted it, boxed in exposed pipes, put a new toilet seat on, replaced the flush and repainted an old mirror. 

She began by stripping the wallpaper

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She began by stripping the wallpaperCredit: Supplied
The mum was fed up with the 'drab and dreary' room

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The mum was fed up with the ‘drab and dreary’ roomCredit: Supplied

The mother said: “The downstairs toilet was the room I started on. It was my first time doing anything like this, so I have basically not washed that man out of my hair, I’m decorating him out of our house. 

“The decor in that room was the previous owners’ and I found it drab and dreary. 

“It did seem like I had a big challenge ahead of me but I take part in 100km ultra challenge events for fun, so the decorating seemed like a much easier and less painful challenge.’

However Nicola admitted she does have a newfound respect for professional decorators after attempting the hot and sweaty work during the UK’s recent heatwave. 

Onc she stripped the wallpaper off, she put up the lining

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Chloe Ferry fans can rent her incredible ‘dream home’ where she takes sexy selfies with cinema room and lavish kitchen

CHLOE Ferry fans can rent her incredible “dream home” where she takes sexy selfies with a cinema room and lavish kitchen.

The former Geordie Shore, 24, announced she was moving out of her Newcastle mansion to move to London.

Chloe Ferry is renting her home

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Chloe Ferry is renting her homeCredit: Refer to Caption

However, rather than sell the house, the Newcastle beauty told fans the house is up for rent – and she’s advertised it through her amazing selfies.

Chloe said: “I have decided that I am going to move out of my house so it is going to go on the market for rent.

“If anyone is interested get your offers in. I have just moved into it, but yeah…”

The Geordie lass moved into her Newcastle home back in February after she moved out of her old pad that she shared with ex Sam Gowland.

The fireplace in her home

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The fireplace in her homeCredit: Refer to Caption
Her huge bed

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Her huge bedCredit: Instagram
She also has a lavish kitchen

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She also has a lavish kitchenCredit: Refer to Caption

Over the past few months, the beauty has been renovating the space to make it perfect, previously calling the mansion her “dream home”.

The jaw-dropping bathroom, sleek kitchen and master bedroom are decorated top to bottom in grey and white.

Her bedroom features a one of a kind feature wall that was especially designed for her, a huge flat screen TV and a marble themed en suite.

Chloe opted for a chic decor and accessorised her pad with impressive gadgets.

A modern shower

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A modern shower Credit: Refer to Caption
There's also a gorgeous bathroom

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There’s also a gorgeous bathroomCredit: Refer to Caption
Chloe laying in her bathtub

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Chloe laying in her bathtubCredit: Instagram

She also has another gorgeous bathroom that boasts a huge rounded bathtub and spacious shower – and Chloe loves the room as a back drop to same some sexy selfies.

Chloe even has her own dressing room which has a Hollywood mirror, mirrored make-up tables and pink leather seats.

The blonde beauty recently posted a snap of her taking a soak in her luxurious bath tub.

Speaking about her own space when she first moved in, Chloe said: “What I really like about the house is it’s got a lot of space when you walk in. I like the big rooms.”

There are plenty of spaces for selfie taking

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There are plenty of spaces for selfie takingCredit: Instagram
She often shows off the home on her Instagram

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She often shows off the home on her InstagramCredit: chloegshore1/Instagram
There's also huge outdoors space

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There’s also huge outdoors spaceCredit: Instagram
The hot tub in the garden

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The hot tub in the gardenCredit: Instagram
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Deciding on the Perfect Kitchen Countertops for Your Dream Kitchen

Perhaps one the most eye-catching features of any kitchen design are the countertops. Regardless of whether you like the country chic that seems to be so prevalent, hints of Old World elegance, or have embraced the sleek, straight lines of the modern kitchen, the countertops are sure to be a key factor in the design. After all, this where the magic begins.

Sure, it is important to have all the right elements such as the stove of your preference, great lighting and comfortable seating, but keep in mind that the kitchen countertops can make the space inviting or make it feel crowded and impersonal. So, how do you select the counters that will send the message you want? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Think about your lifestyle. If you have little ones, you might not want to invest in granite countertops with angled edges. Sure the kids won’t always be little, but minimizing injury risk is always a plu. Besides, granite countertops have so many edge choices, you can be sure to find one that works for your lifestyle.
  • Consider your style. When it comes to options like granite, the color potential is pretty extensive, but the finish is typically limited to either a polished finish that can slightly darken the shade of the granite slab, or a honed finish that results in a softer matte. Deciding on how prominent you want the kitchen countertops to be will help.
  • Resale Value is important. While you may think that this is your forever home, that might not be the case. Be sure to choose countertops that will create a visually appealing space for any potential buyers. Kitchen countertops like quarts, granite and other natural stones will always add value and beauty.
  • Consider the amount of maintenance required. Sure, laminate requires little to no maintenance, but its resale value is lower. Most natural stones will require resealing, but this is a small investment to make when you think about beauty, practicality and resale value.
  • Think about the other colors in your kitchen. Keep in mind things like wall and floor color, cabinetry and appliances, and choose kitchen counters that compliment them. With granite being available in so many colors, finding one that works with your color scheme can be accomplished – you might just need to take a day to visit local showrooms.

Choosing the perfect counters for your dream kitchen doesn’t have to be stressful. Keep these tips in mind, then take time to visit a few different showrooms. Ask questions, and keep your design concept, comfort, and of course colors, in mind and in no time at all you will have kitchen you have always wanted.…

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Why Tribal Rugs Are an Interior Decorator's Dream!

First of all, I will clarify what exactly a tribal rug is by giving you a simple definition.

Tribal Rug: A rug woven by nomadic or pastoral people based on traditional motifs woven with hand-spun wool. Tribal rugs were originally woven on wooden looms set up on the ground to be dismantled and reassembled while traveling. Normally a tribal rug will have a lower knot count and a geometric pattern verses the tightly woven symmetrical floral styles usually found in rugs produced in the larger cities. Older or antique tribal pieces will most often be woven with a wool foundation with plant based dyes. Tribal pieces would also include textiles woven to be used in daily life. This includes any pieces used inside or outside of nomadic dwellings or as animal trappings; functional or decorative. A few examples are: tent bands, saddle bags, salt bags, etc.

The above definition is from my Oriental Rug Definitions on my web site.

Here are a few quintessential tribal rugs just to give you a concept. All three of these pieces are different but still exude a certain classic tribal beauty and timeless appeal.

This first piece is a small 3 x 5 Persian Bijar. Bijar rugs are known as the iron rugs of Iran for the simple reason that their construction has proven them to be extraordinarily durable.

This particular piece was recently woven by Kurdish weavers in Iran. It is one of the most famous older Kurdish rug designs which is known as the Garros design.

I can see it as an entryway piece in a sleek modern interior or as an accent piece in a traditional living room.

In homes filled with antiques, tribal rugs work their magic every time. I have a number of books filled with famous, historic interiors throughout Europe and the US and it was not uncommon in these estates to mix and match tribal rugs from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Russia.

This next piece is called a Serapi. This is an American (rug dealer's) term for the antique and more finely woven Herez rugs. As you can see, most tribal rugs have a geometric bent to their designs, even when based on floral motifs

I sold a similar piece to a client in Portland a few years back. The living room was huge and more like a great room which included a dining area and an open view of the kitchen. The wooden floors had a dark stain. The ceilings were high, there were two walls that were mostly windows, the kitchen had tons of chrome and looked like a chef's dream. This was a penthouse apartment in what is known as the Pearl in downtown Portland and the building was relatively new. The interior was quite contemporary but the client's furnishings were eclectic. We got the rug in place and it tied the whole room together and really brought it to life.

This last piece is one of my favorites. This is a Persian Luri. …

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