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Brazilian Limeade Recipe

Brazilian Limeade Recipe: Quench summer thirst with a twist on a hot day beverage favorite. In our Outdoor Dining Tips post, we introduced readers to the perfect outdoor menu. Featured in the menu is a twist on a summer beverage classic. This Brazilian limeade recipe will cool and satisfy during the warm summer months ahead. […]

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The Spring Dining Room

Spring is fast approaching, and that means breathing life into your dining room by bringing in fresh flowers and opening the windows. The Bellaire dining table is rustic and refined at the same time. With two chair styles— Parsons and Bellaire Arm Chair, this solid ash table is veneered with wire brushed elm. This durable […]

DIY: Mason Jar Lantern

Bright Idea: The Mason Jar Lantern DIY from Furniture Row experts. Here’s a fun and inexpensive way to brighten up the exterior of your home for the holidays. Materials: • Mason or other quart-size glass jars • Wire — about the thickness of uncooked spaghetti, about 3′-long • Wire Cutters • Needle-Nose Pliers • Hanging Hooks […]

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Complete Winter Lighting Guide

It’s a mistake interior designers see all too often: A nicely appointed room bathed in soft, warm incandescent light. Attractive? Yes. Stimulating? No. Depressing? Quite Possibly. The notion of drab light dampening spirits is nothing new. In worst cases, lack of light can cause seasonal-affective disorder, or SAD, explains psychologist Melodie Schaefer, executive director of […]

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Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe

Dinner all comes together easily with this delicious roasted chicken dish. Placing a lemon inside the cavity while roasting gives the bird a nice citrus flavor. So simple, this meal will soon be your go-to favorite. Roasted Chicken and Vegetables Recipe (Serves 4 to 5) Ingredients: 1 Approximately 3-pound chicken, preferably free-range, organic 2 medium onions […]

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Recipe: Grilled Cheese with apple, bacon, and cheddar

Gooey cheddar, crisp bacon and tangy green apples combine to create this grilled cheesy goodness. For a tasty twist, try these combinations: pear, ham and ricotta; caramelized onions and Swiss; raspberry jam and cream cheese; or pesto, ham and mozzarella. Grilled cheese stuffed with apple, bacon, and cheddar recipe (Serves 4): Ingredients: 8 ¾” slices country-style […]

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Fall Recipe: Mushroom and Gruyère Potato Gratin

Mushroom + Gruyére Potato Gratin Comfort food meets gourmet taste for this potato gratin dish. Perfect served as a side dish for your next family gathering. Next is our Fall Recipe series, we’re cooking up the ultimate comfort foods for any evening including Thanksgiving. (Makes 8–10 servings)  INGREDIENTS: 1/4 ¾cup olive oil 4 cups finely chopped leeks (about […]

Floor Care from the Ground Up

What’s always underfoot and in need of attention? Your floors. Floors take a beating from dirt, pets’ paws and debris carried in from the outside on shoes. Entryways, kitchens and hallways get an especially tough workout. Floor care is usually at the end of your list. “The Healthy Housekeeper” Laura Dellutri, author of several home-care books, […]

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Last Minute Brunch Recipes

Last week we discussed Greg Utsinger’s Weekend Brunch Tips. We’re capping off this week with some last minute brunch recipes for anyone looking to make a last minute ‘wow’ with their guests. Candied Bacon – Makes 10 Slices (via Epicurious) Ingredients: 1/2 pound bacon slices (10 slices) 1/2 cup Demerara sugar Special equipment: brown paper […]

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Classic Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Blueberry Muffin Recipe – Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened (plus 2tbsp.) 2 eggs 3 cups flour 1 tbs baking powder 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 1/4 water 2 cups fresh blueberries 8oz. cream cheese, diced 2 tsp. lemon zest Preparation Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°. Line muffin pans with paper […]

Before and After: Home Office

Before and After: Back in business with the home office. Once used for a little ironing, light fitness workouts, and occasional paperwork, this spare bedroom has been transformed into an inviting home office space. From cluttered catch-all to warm and workable. That’s the transformation we accomplished in converting a spare bedroom into a home office. First, we […]

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Choosing Storage for Electronics and Media

Today’s must-have electronics aren’t always visually compatible with today’s home decors. Finding storage options isn’t always easy. Fortunately, says Dennis Crouthers, senior buyer for Oak Express, there are many clever, stylish ways to conceal, display and maximize accessibility to electronic equipment and media. 1. Inventory your technology- Make a room-by-room list of your equipment and […]

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Recipe: Perfect Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie: This traditional British dish gets its flavor from lamb and savory winter vegetables. A stick-to-your-ribs meal that’s perfect for chasing away hunger on cool winter nights. Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/2 cup milk, warm 1 stick butter 2 tablespoons sour cream Salt and pepper, to […]

Home Decor: Kid Art in the Home

Earlier this week we posted a guide to decorating your walls with artwork. This week we are going to focus on the artists you have living in your home right now. Children love to explore their creativity with arts and crafts. In this guide, we’re giving tips for preserving and displaying your child’s masterpieces throughout […]

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How to Tips: Art and Decor

The possibilities are limitless when we begin buying art. We are potentially embarking on a lifelong journey of exploration and sharing— sharing with ourselves and our friends an artist’s message that we, too embrace and bring into our homes and offices. Many people often perceive art as a commodity reserved for the cold, white walls of […]

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How to Buy a Recliner

Remember that easy chair Dad used to sink into every evening — the one Mom felt was too big and clunky for her? Times have changed. Today’s recliners combine style and function in a way that will please everyone (and every body). Here’s how to choose the right recliner for you. 1. Look for Quality […]

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Using Color at Home

Most everyone over the age of 10 remembers that moment in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps from the black-and-white world of Kansas into the kaleidoscope of color that is Oz. Dorothy’s eyes widen at the site of the sparkling sky, the radiant green trees and, of course, the Yellow Brick Road. No other movie could make a stronger point […]

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How to Buy a Sofa: 7 Sofa Materials to Know

Sofas are all about relaxation — but, before you can relax on one, first do a little homework and legwork on sofa materials. Sofa Mart Buyer David Cox suggests starting by measuring the space designated for the new sofa, as well as the dimensions of the hallways and doorways through which it has to fit. Bring those measurements with you […]

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World Vision Gives Loans of Hope

Loans of Hope: World Vision’s microfinance program aids communities around the world. Imagine breaking the cycle of poverty in an entire community through small, sustainable change. World Vision’s microfinance program is doing just that. Through small-business loans, thousands of lives are being revolutionized, offering hope and a sustainable future. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, has […]

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The Farm to Table Dinner

Everything tastes better when it’s fresh. And the latest trend for fresh food lovers is indulging in farm to table dinners. Extending beyond visiting local, farm-to-table restaurants, diners are now traveling directly to the farm to enjoy mouthwatering meals served family style at harvest tables surrounded by nature’s bounty. Swallowtail Farm in Alachua, Florida is […]

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Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo Recipe

This Italian-inspired indulgence is a coffee, (and chocolate) lovers’ dream. The perfect sophisticated dessert for your next adult dinner party is the Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo. Chocolate Espresso Semifreddo Recipe: (Serves 8) INGREDIENTS: Crust: 1 3/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing the pan Filling: 4 large eggs, yolks and […]

Summer Recipe: Frozen Fruit Pops

Summer is the perfect season for turning the fresh fruits and berries you find at your local market into icy indulgences. Whether you’re wild for strawberries, or it’s blueberries that tickle your taste buds, mix-and-match your favorite berries to create your own signature frozen fruit pops. Enjoy these frozen treats with Oak Express‘ new Outdoor […]

Top Tips for Spring Cleaning

Whether you do it at the beginning of spring or, like most of us, somewhat later, the annual ritual of spring cleaning is all about the heavy lifting that gets rid of dirt and debris, especially in places unseen. Tackling them signals a breath of fresh air in any season. Before the soap/water/vacuum detail of cleaning, confront your stuff and discard or reorganize. De-clutter […]

How to go Backyard Camping

Backyard Camping: Summer is made for adventure. And you don’t have to travel far to find it. With just a little bit of preparation and some basic equipment, you can create an unforgettable camping experience— right in your own backyard! Head on over to Oak Express for their NEW Outdoor Living Collection. With warmer weather […]

Big and Bold Stripes

Show your true colors, and stripes, this season! Whether you’re in the market for new bedding, an area rug or other home furnishings, bold stripes are this summer’s hot ticket. Go for bold solid stripes, or choose multicolor thin stripes for a more textured look. Whatever your style, Sofa Mart, Oak Express, and Bedroom Expressions […]

7 Tips for a More Tranquil Bedroom

Subtle changes can go a long way when it comes to creating a tranquil bedroom. Take lighting, clutter, and even texture into consideration when giving your bedroom a tranquil makeover. For the full article visit, Creating the Tranquil Bedroom.     Tranquil Tips: Rugs– Use pattern very deliberately, taking care not to overdo it. Rugs […]

How to Increase Your Home’s Value with Home Improvements

Adding value to your home doesn’t always mean spending a fortune on costly home improvement projects,” says Terry Churches, real estate broker from Grand Rapids, Mich. “There are also many smaller improvements you can make to your home in a series of targeted weekend projects.” These weekend projects, says Churches, not only help to spruce […]

Trending Home Accessories

Artfully arranged groupings of accessories add interest to even small spaces such as bookshelves. This Spring, bring touches of the outside world into the home with carefully selected home accessories.   Trending Home Accessories 1. Profile Vase Small // Sofa Mart 2. Little Sparrow // Bedroom Expressions 3. Grant Park Wall Mirror // Sofa Mart […]