Decorating with Color: Tips from BHG

With an almost infinite roster of color options, it can be a challenge to winnow down a palette to the right hues. Learn how to develop your eye for color and pick out the best colors for your decorating with these designer tips courtesy of Better Homes and Garden. START RIGHT Start with a color you love. Even if it?s not a trend at the moment, it will always be on trend in a space that resonates with you. —Khristian A. Howell, textile designer and color expert NATURE’S COLORS What’s more livable than the colors found right outside your back door? Look to earthy, natural colors — blues, greens, beige, and taupe — when choosing color for your rooms.—Sehra Han, designer

JenSan's Exotic and Enticing Jasmine Soy Candle

This popular soy candle is scented with the soft yet evocative scent of the jasmine flower. With its sweet, rich floral notes, this candle has a bright exotic oriental feel that is also very soothing and energetic.

Easter Entertaining: How to Fold a Bunny Napkin

Here are 6 simple steps on how to fold a napkin into a bunny for your Easter celebration from Town and Home.  This cute and beautiful arrangement is sure to cause a few "hare" raising comments.

Easter Crafting Projects for Kids from Better Homes and Garden

image Bottle-Cap Chick Napkin Rings Kids will love helping out with setting the Easter table — if it means they get to make these adorable napkin rings! To make, paint a bottle cap yellow and let dry. Use a black paint marker to add eyes and a small orange triangle of paper for the beak. Add a yellow feather to the back of the bottle cap, and glue the chick to a piece of wide ribbon about 4-1/2 inches long. Glue a second smaller ribbon to back to tie the napkin ring together. More ideas

Recipe Thursday: Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken


The Skinny: 264 calories per serving, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 37 g protein Yes, you’re reading that right: Only 264 calories per serving in this comfort food classic. The secret? Your oven. See the Recipe here

Spring Spruce-Up


We had some snow flurries in our area of NJ this past weekend but there is no denying that spring in in the air.  In fact, it officially started today at 7:02 am.  And if you are like us, this is also the time of year when you start to think about sprucing up your home both inside and out.  Jennifer and I have a lot to do this spring. 


Here are just some of the projects on our list. • Replace the roof on the garage—check…completed two weeks ago • Clean out garage—still to be done • Paint our nephew’s room—Jennifer completed this this past weekend • Sort and donate old clothes to Salvation Army • Spruce up the yard and garden —visit to garden center in near future • Build a new kitchen table—Jennifer’s goal And so much more!


To get tips and ideas for our projects, we’ve been religiously watching HGTVand DIY Network.  Here are some tips we picked from the latter. Read more


image Shake off the winter blues with 25 bright and inspiring Easter decorating ideas from HGTV.

Death by Chocolate Candy Mushrooms

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]image Chocolate Candy Mushrooms by andiespecialtysweets[/caption] These delightful Shitake-esk mushrooms (botanist not withstanding) are the perfect balance of salty-sweet-chocolaty-enlightenment (Buddhist not withstanding). We fancy these mushrooms as an uncommon embellishment for a unique event, and a surprisingly delightful gift for any garden/gourmet enthusiast. 

Designing a room for a teenage boy

My nephew has asked for several months to have his room re-designed.  He was to paint it himself with the help of a couple of friends last summer but that never happened.  I purchased his new bedroom furniture and Jennifer has agreed to do the painting.  He initially asked to have it painted all black but settled for black with grey stripes and I can’t wait to see how it looks when it's all done. Here are some fabulous room design ideas for a teenage boy I discovered while searching for furniture and other ideas for Rachad’s room. image

A little tropical aroma for those cold winter evenings

Relax with a good book as you enjoy the enticing tropical aroma of our Luscious Pomegranate pillar candle.