Archive for January, 2011

Top 2011 Design Trends and $100 Giveaway – LG at Atlanta

Birds

A curated style
Pillows & Rugs
Crosses
Crowns
Typography

To market, to market, to shop for our store… And to report back on the latest home decor and fashion trends for 2011. First up is the Atlanta market report which is known for it’s array of home accessories, gifts and products for women

  • Birds: Birds are often representative of wisdom, freedom and peace. A common theme in accessories for the home along with aviaries were seen throughout showrooms, even on Bedhead’s new spring line included parrots, their pj’s called Polly. Love!
  • A Curated Style: Most of you have already seen the reemergence of this “found” look in furniture and home accessories. In general, there’s a desire & demand for our lives to feel more comforting so we see this historical, world well-traveled movement that’s putting us in touch with our ancestral roots and bringing us “closer to the land” with earthy materials used. While we enjoy this popular European trend, we prefer our muted neutral tones of cream, flax and grey linens mixed with punches of color.
  • Pillows & Rugs: With much of the neutral home furnishings and lighting pieces dominating interiors as described above, we were thrilled to see color lead the way in bold prints in pillows and rugs merging two looks together.
  • Crosses: Certainly not a new trend however there seems to be a resurgence of the cross symbol influencing home décor. We sat down with one of our fave jewelry vendors, noticing she had introduced an extraordinary amount of beautiful cross designs. In discussing the trending use of crosses we were seeing in home décor, she mentioned that people are seeking faith as a way to cope with current stressors like the economy. Crosses for many represent love and faith.
  • Crowns: A common decor theme throughout. It occurred to us that with the impending Royal Wedding, this may be the reason we’re seeing this as a popular adornment.
  • Typography: House Beautiful reported this trending in 2010 & it’s gained momentum. They stated “No dictionary is required to appreciate the alphabet-inspired trend. Graphic patterns of letters and numbers popped up on everything.” We saw it on furniture, pillows and even sconces and mirrors and it grew on us!

That’s the Atlanta market recap, and we’ll be reporting back after our next market appointments to keep you up on all the latest. So what’s your favorite trend of this bunch? Vote on your favorite and be sure to leave a comment below or on our Facebook page to be entered to win a $100 Layla Grayce gift certificate (to get you started feathering your nest with this year’s trends). Voting ends on Wednesday, February 2nd and a winner will be announced the following day.

 

Always a Lady In Jessie Steele

Jessie Steele
Jessie Steele
Jessie Steele
Perfect and polished – show off your ladylike side with our new arrivals from Jessie Steele. New aprons in colorful, lively prints match with pot mitts, kitchen towels and gloves and the prettiest reworked tote bags. We’re especially fond of the new kitchen towel trios sold in sets of 3 coordinating prints which are perfect for the home or as a hostess gift. Shop new Jessie Steele arrivals >

 

I Give You My Heart (The Petite Sweetheart Edition)

Valentine's Day Food Ideas for Kids
Conversation Heart Cake Pops by Three Kids and Us, Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches by Martha Stewart Living and Candy Heart Bracelets by Brown Paper Packages

Valentine's Day Food Ideas for Kids
Valentine Pizza by One Charming Party, Heavenly Heart Shaped Pancakes by Very Best Baking and Healthy Hearts by Family Fun Magazine

Surprise your little guys and gals with some tasty Valentine’s treats that are perfect for the younger crowd. From breakfast on through dinner, keep ‘em guessing where the hearts will turn up next – pancakes, cake pops, fruit and even on pizza??? Well, what says “I love you” more than heart shaped pepperoni?

 

Custom Upholstery For Any Decor Style

Custom Upholstery
Aledo Chair (far left) and Lisbon Sofa

Aledo Chair
Aledo Chair

Chichester Sofa
Chichester Sofa

Long Sofa
Long Sofa

Custom Upholstery
Carter Sectional and Catskill Ottoman

Aledo Settee
Aledo Settee

Get exactly the right look for your interiors with custom upholstery. Start with a furniture piece that inspires you then choose the fabric that best suits your decorating style – neutral and subdued, country cottage, traditional or bold and graphic (over 65 fabrics are available for the collection shown above or you can even supply your own fabric). You can even select contrast patterns for pillows, finish choices for the legs and more. Shop this collection of upholstered furniture.

 

Giveaway and Poll: Vintage Wooden Personalized Sign – And Your Fave Is…?

Vintage Wooden Sign giveaway and poll
We’re always on the lookout for special wall decor – something with that little “extra” that carries it from “Oh, that’s nice” to “What a knock out – where did you GET that?” And our new line of vintage wooden signs for children’s rooms and the home does just that. What’s wowing us so much? One, we love the wood planking with its stained back and distressed finish available in various sizes, and secondly almost every piece in the collection can be personalized. Shop the entire new collection here, and enter to win one of these personalized signs (up to a $130 value, your choice of sign and size). Vote for your favorite of the vintage signs for children shown above and leave a comment below or on our Facebook page to be entered to win. Contest ends this Wednesday and a winner will be announced January 27th.

 

Tralala Blossoms for Spring 2011

Tralala Spring 2011
Tralala Spring 2011
Tralala Spring 2011
Tralala Spring 2011
Little girls… they are sweet, sometimes stubborn, and often opinionated (especially when it comes to what they want to wear) but you’ll have no battles getting them into Tralala. Ruffles and rosettes, flouncy skirts, leggings and dresses all made from exuberant, colorful prints. They’ll prance and dance through the day in the cutest, most “girliest” way. Shop the new Tralala arrivals for Spring 2011 >

 

LG Faves: Beauty Products We Love

LG Faves: beauty products we love

While we’d all like to think we could roll out of bed looking glam and gorgeous, the reality is most of us have a few secret weapons in our beauty arsenal to help us along. Today we’re sharing some of our favorites – tried and trusted, we LOVE these. Got a fave beauty product you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

WENDY:
Buxom Lips – “Pout perfect lip-polish” from Sephora; I own in 3 shades. It plumps lips, smells delish as it looks and tastes even better.
Aquaphor – I keep mini tubes in my bag and on my nightstand. An all-purpose healing, therapeutic lotion with anti-inflammatory properties – apply to feet at night and next morning you’ll be ready to wear glass slippers with feet as perfect as a princess.

TIFFANY:
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo – Gives my fine hair extra lift or as a quick fix in between washes.
Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Body Wash – I love this Bliss body wash. In the morning it wakes me up as soon as I smell that fresh orange scent with a kick.

MELANIE:
Sephora Eyelashes – Sephora provides what nature forgot.
Jose Eber Curling Wand – Yes, I was a sucker at the mall one day, and have loved the looks I get ever since.

KERRY:
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – A spritz of this mist instantly reenergizes, freshens makeup and gives a dewy glow. Strangely effective for those “take a deep breath” moments when the kids are driving you nuts.
Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care Brush – Ridiculously expensive, but I treated myself for a birthday one year and have never regretted it. Truly lives up to the hype – your skin will never look better!

WANITA:
Clinique 3-step process – Who doesn’t have the time when they make it this easy? 1-2-3 and my skin is refreshed with all the damage from the day erased.
Clinique All About Eyes – Long workdays in front of the computer and late nights are soothed by All About Eyes – can’t go a day, or night without using.

 

I Can Almost Smell The Ocean Breeze…

Serena and Lily Ventura bedding collection

I can almost smell the ocean...

The soft, muted tones of sand, seaglass and aqua in Serena and Lily’s new bedding collections evoke memories of our favorite beach house, relaxed Summer days and the smell of the ocean drifting through open windows. Bring a touch of beach inspired décor to you bedroom, pairing the new bedding with upholstered pieces in light sand, linen burlap and deep seaglass. A pearlescent shell mirror and glazed blue lamps add shimmering accents to white washed walls, while aged and distressed woods add substance and anchor the room. Don’t forget the oh-so cozy throw to ward off evening chills, and you can be reliving your memories of the beach all year long.

 

I Want, I Need: Color!

Company C rugs and pillows
Company C rugs and pillows
Company C rugs and pillows
Company C rugs and pillows
Company C rugs and pillows
Company C rugs and pillows
Winter doldrums, feeling blah and everything is cold and gray. Exactly how long ‘til Spring? Company C comes to the rescue with the prescription for banishing gray days – you need a dose of color and stat! Known for their rich, saturated color palettes, the new arrivals from Company C are the perfect touch to freshen up your décor. Gorgeous, plush wool rugs bring bold color underfoot and accent neutral furnishings, while the addition of a few vibrant pillows take your couch from tired to terrific. Shop all new Company C arrivals >

 

Storm Watch 2011: Chicken Tortilla Soup To The Rescue

Chicken Tortilla Soup
“Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” is getting mixed reactions as 49 of the 50 states have seen snow this week. Some love the magical white fluff while others are going a little stir crazy being cooped up with restless, homebound children. We don’t know for certain if homemade soup soothes the savage beast of a cabin fever affected family, but we’re thinking Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s chicken tortilla soup sounds delish enough to be a contender. An alternative to classic chicken noodle, this warms our bellies and spirits with a little spicy heat as we wait for the thaw. Check out Ree’s website The Pioneer Woman for more photos plus her fun commentary and tips to simplify the recipe.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Drizzle olive oil on the skinless chicken breasts and sprinkle on some of the spice mixture. Throw the chicken into a preheated 375 degree oven, then cook the chicken breasts till they’re done—around twenty or twenty-five minutes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
After cooking, shred the chicken with two forks then set the chicken aside while you get the soup ready.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Sautee the diced veggies with some olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in most of the remaining spice mix, holding back a bit until you’re sure the soup needs it. Stir around and cook for a minute or two. Continue adding shredded chicken, Rotel, chicken broth, tomato paste and beans as directed.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
About thirty minutes in, sprinkle some cornmeal into a little warm water. Stir to combine.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Then pour the weird mixture into the soup. As the soup continues to cook over the next thirty minutes or so, the cornmeal will give the soup a little heft, as well as a lovely hint of a corn flavor. You must trust Pioneer Woman!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slice the tortillas into strips, then cut the strips so that they’re all a uniform size.

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Garnish and enjoy!

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • ~ 2 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • ~ 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ~ 1-½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ~ 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ~ ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ~ ½ teaspoons Salt
  • ~ 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ~ 1 cup Diced Onion
  • ~ ¼ cups Diced Green Bell Pepper
  • ~ ¼ cups Red Bell Pepper
  • ~ 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ~ 1 can Rotel Tomatoes And Green Chilies
  • ~ 32 ounces, fluid Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • ~ 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • ~ 4 cups Hot Water
  • ~ 2 cans Black Beans, Drained
  • ~ 3 Tablespoons Cornmeal Or Masa
  • ~ 5 whole Corn Tortillas, Cut Into Uniform Strips Around 2 To 3 Inches
  • Garnishes (optional):

  • ~ Sour Cream
  • ~ Diced Avocado
  • ~ Diced Red Onion
  • ~ Salsa Or Pico De Gallo
  • ~ Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
  • ~ Cilantro

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix cumin, chili pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Note that you could easily just use some premade taco seasoning or your own combination of delicious spices (chipotle powder, for instance) to make the soup all your own. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on chicken breasts, then sprinkle a small amount of spice mix on both sides. Set aside the rest of the spice mix.

Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use two forks to shred chicken. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium high heat. Add onions, red pepper, green pepper, and minced garlic. Stir and begin cooking, then add the rest of the spice mix. Stir to combine, then add shredded chicken and stir.

Mix cornmeal with a small amount of water. Pour into the soup, then simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Check seasonings, adding more if needed. Add more cumin if you need more of that deep, distinctive flavor, more chili power if you need more heat and be sure NOT to undersalt. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

As the soup is cooking, slice tortillas into strips and then cut all so they are a uniform size and prepare any garnishes. Five minutes before serving, gently stir tortilla strips into the soup.

Ladle into bowls, then top with sour cream, diced red onion, diced avocado, pico de gallo, and grated cheese, if you have it! (The garnishes really make the soup delicious.)

photos and recipe: © Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman