Friday 5: From Bedroom Makeovers to Bean and Basil Soup — Our Top Blog Posts from January

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It’s almost February! Can you believe it? Us either. That’s why we’re enjoying the last of January by looking back at our top posts for the month. From bedroom makeovers to basil soup, it’s clear that we all craved a fresh start this year — and our guides were here to help you along the way.

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1.Easy, Clean, Healthy Recipe: Italian White Bean and Basil Soup.

This white bean tomato basil soup looks like just the right way to ease us off our holiday sugar rush — it’s filling, and takes minimal prep and cook time. Plus, we love how Brandi served it in our Vintage Wood Bowls with our Paros Chargers, Belgian Linen Hemstitch Napkins and Great White Dinnerware. It looks gorgeous!

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2. Bedroom Makeover: Luxurious Neutrals with Erin Gates

Although we’re big fans of embracing color in the new year, we love how Erin used a neutral palette to create a calm and soothing space that still has plenty going on. A luxurious mix of patterns and textures completely transformed this bedroom — taking it from shabby to chic.

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3. How to Organize Your Home Room by Room

Who doesn’t feel extra motivated to organize your home come January 1st? But as the month wears on, it’s easy to lose steam, and let all of the home organization to-do’s slip to the bottom of the list. This year, we’ve gathered our favorite organization tips and tricks to make sure you can organize your home room by room — and actually (yes, actually!) make it happen. To top it off, our experts share how to make sure your home is organized year round.

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4. January Designer Spotlight: Victoria Smith’s Favorite San Francisco Spots

Victoria Smith of SFGirlByBay’s passion for the city of San Francisco and her sophisticated style is part of why we chose her for our Designer Spotlight this month.

Victoria’s collected an incredible stockpile of must-do, must-see, must-taste, must-try activities after 20 years in the City by the Bay. Read on to learn about why she loves San Francisco — plus, get a glimpse inside her gorgeous Bay Area home.

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5. How to Reorganize Your Linen Closet with Mandy of Waiting on Martha

Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet tidy, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. Do what Mandy did and mix and match — some woven, some wire. “I love that you can see what the wire baskets are holding,” says Mandy. “Like my favorite striped beach towels!”

Family-Friendly Football Game Day Recipes

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Written and photographed exclusively for Inside & Out by Alison of Two of a Kind.

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Game Day Recipes

Touchdown! Are you watching football this Sunday with family or friends? Make meal prep a team effort! Everyone can help put together this super spread.

Here’s the game plan:

Cook a batch of chili (or pick up a few cans of your favorite brand at the store) – My go-to recipe is a quick two-bean turkey chili – it’s healthy, hearty and packed with flavor. There’s bacon in it, to boot!

Make the honey peanut butter popcorn – If you’ve never made stovetop popcorn, you’re missing out! It’s incredibly easy and fun. Because there’s hot syrup involved in this recipe, let the teens tackle it; the kids can look on (they’ll go wild when the kernels pop!). Warning: This snack is extremely addictive. I like to serve it alongside peanut butter pretzels and roasted peanuts for textural contrast.

Move on to beverage prep – Make the simple syrup for the lemonade and assemble the rest of the ingredients, but don’t mix the drinks just yet.

Prepare the cornmeal popovers – Ask the little ones to help you whip up the batter – they can measure, stir and whisk. When the popovers emerge from the oven, I promise there will be big grins as they set eyes on their workmanship.

Put everything on the table, make the lemonade and dig in!

PS: Don’t forget to pick up everything you’ll need to make your set up a winner! We love how Allison used our Galvanized Metal Tiered Stand, Bon Appetit Towels, Football Koozie, Mason Jar Mugs and Galvanized Metal Condiment and Tray Set.

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Honey Peanut Butter Popcorn
Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • sea salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 3-quart heavy pan with a tight-fitting lid, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add 3 kernels to the pan, cover and continue to heat. When the kernels pop, add remaining kernels, cover and shake the pan. As the kernels start popping, shake the pan continuously until popping stops. Remove from heat and pour the popcorn in a roasting pan to cool. Remove unpopped kernels and lightly salt the popcorn to taste.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar and honey. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook the mixture for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the peanut butter; stir with a silicone spatula until smooth. Then stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Cook the mixture over medium heat for 1 minute.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately pour the mixture over the cooled popcorn. Stir with a silicone spatula until the popcorn is coated evenly.
  5. Spread the popcorn in a single layer in the roasting pan. Gently break up any large clumps with your hands. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Sparkling (and Spiked) Mint Lemonade
Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • lemon wheels and frozen raspberries, for garnish
  • Don Julio Tequila Blanco (for adults, optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a pitcher, combine the mint leaves and simple syrup. Using a wooden spoon, gently muddle the mint leaves, being careful not to tear them.
  2. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water.
  3. Add ice and the sparkling water.
  4. Garnish each serving with a lemon wheel, frozen raspberries and additional mint leaves.
  5. For spiked lemonade, add 1 ounce tequila to each serving.

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NOTES
To make simple syrup, combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves completely. Remove from heat and let cool completely before using.

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Chili-Filled Cornmeal Popovers
Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

Popovers:

  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Topping:

  • (or 6 cups canned chili)
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • diced avocado
  • green onions, thinly sliced
  • sour cream

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INSTRUCTIONS

Prepare the popovers:

  1. Place a nonstick 6-cup popover pan on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Then whisk in butter.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal and salt. Then whisk in the egg mixture until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a large glass measuring cup; this allows you to quickly and easily distribute the batter among the popover pan wells.
  4. Once oven is preheated, carefully remove popover pan from oven and coat wells with nonstick spray. Moving quickly, divide the batter evenly among the wells and place pan back in oven.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Then reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Do not open the oven door while popovers are baking.
  6. Remove pan from oven and turn out popovers onto a wire rack. Serve immediately. Or, if not serving right away, poke a small hole in the side of each popover with a toothpick or paring knife to let the steam escape.

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Assemble the chili-filled popovers:

  1. Split popovers and fill with chili.
  2. Top with cheese, avocado, green onions and sour cream.

And that’s it! Just a little planning and a lot of fun, easy cooking makes this a perfect family-friendly spread that we’d love to snack on during game time.

 

5 Ridiculously Delicious Game Day Recipes

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What’s your favorite part of football season? To us, it’s all about the food. Sure, we love rooting on our teams — but the day is made so much better with a plate of something tasty, too.

Since the end of football season is just around the corner, we’re on the hunt for some extra-delicious game day recipes. Take a look at 5 of our favorite snack recipes, below, and stay tuned for even more next week!

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Kick off game day with something savory to munch on, like Two of a Kind’s Caprese Pull Apart Bread (PS: Stay tuned for a special game day spread from Two of a Kind on Inside & Out next week!)

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Or maybe try your hand at these easy baked onion rings as a homage to stadium food!

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Spend halftime in foodie heaven thanks to this pizza with a healthy twist.

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Quinoa makes anything healthy, right? We’ll just tell ourselves that while chowing down on these Loaded Greek Goddess Chickpea and Quinoa Pita Chip Nachos.

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Finally, celebrate or mourn the final score with something sweet — like these Mini Brownie Pies from Sugar & Cloth.

Waiting on Martha’s Tiny Laundry Room Makeover

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If you’re lucky enough to have a laundry room, odds are it’s small — and not exactly your favorite place to spend Sunday afternoons. But even if you dread doing laundry, you can still make the space neat, clean and actually enjoyable to spend time in.

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Mandy of Waiting on Martha took that very approach when tackling her tiny laundry room makeover. “My laundry room is so small I can’t even walk in and turn around, so keeping it clutter free and maximizing the space is extremely important to me,” she says. She couldn’t add more square footage, so instead she made use of the existing space with new tools to help her reorganize and refresh the room.

Get her tips & tricks and see her laundry room makeover below!

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Combine wherever you can. Mandy traded out two old hampers that were taking up space for our Perry Divided Hamper. “Laundry is a necessary evil, but at least my PB hamper makes it easier,” she says. “With two compartments I can easily pre-sort colors, whites, and delicates.”

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Search for unused storage space. The unused empty slot above her laundry cabinets proved to be the perfect spot for our Benchwright Baskets. Now, they store her paper towels and out of season blankets.

Make the most of vertical space. What on earth is vertical space? Your walls, of course! It’s easy to forget about your four walls as an easy place to store things up and off the floor. We love how Mandy made use of door hooks to hang her vacuum and other laundry room storage items.

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Keep everyday items on hand. A small Newport Basket takes up minimal space on top of Mandy’s dryer, and holds her laundry must-haves — detergent, iron, steamer, etc.

See Mandy’s linen closet and bathroom makeovers, too!

How to Reorganize Your Linen Closet with Waiting on Martha

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The linen closet is one of the hidden organization downfalls of the house. Small, and usually tucked away in a hallway or back room, it’s easy to forget about it until you’re hunting for guest towels and bedding during the holidays.

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But it’s also one of the easiest spaces to tackle when it comes to home organization — one good afternoon and a few key organizing tools will result in one seriously sparkling and satisfyingly clean space.

Mandy of Waiting on Martha did just that this past weekend, using some of our favorite baskets. Take a look at her space and smart organizing tips, below!

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Break out the baskets. Baskets are the fastest way to keep your linen closet tidy, towels folded and bedding from falling off the shelves. Do what Mandy did and mix and match — some woven, some wire. “I love that you can see what the wire baskets are holding,” says Mandy. “Like my favorite striped beach towels!”

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Label, label, label. “Baskets are one of my favorite ways to organize, but sometimes it’s hard to see what’s all in them,” says Mandy. “My solution? Group similar items together and label each basket with a handwritten tag.”

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Group by kind.The Newport baskets are my absolute go-to,” says Mandy. “I use the larger size to hold bedding and linens, the smaller size is perfect for cleaning supplies, bathroom necessities and everything you need to cure a cough or bandage a wound.”

Check out Mandy’s mini-bathroom makeover here.
See more of our experts’ organization tips here.

Waiting on Martha’s Bathroom Makeover

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Home makeovers are pretty intimidating. It’s easy to gush over before and afters and daydream about your own extreme home makeover, but when it comes to execution, budget and time can become huge barriers.

This year, we’re embracing the idea of a mini-makeover — small refreshes and organization projects that can transform a space while cutting down on time and money. Not sure where to start? No problem — that’s why we teamed up with Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha to tackle three common problem areas in the house.

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Take a look at her mini-bathroom makeover here to get inspired for your home! And stay tuned for Mandy’s linen closet and laundry room makeovers.

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Is your bathroom feeling cluttered? Don’t worry, you don’t need new built-ins to keep your bathroom organized — these glass vessels can keep everything from makeup to sea sponges looking pretty.

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Mandy’s tip: “I’m a sucker for great beauty products, but I hate having them roll around in my bathroom drawers. My solution? PB glass vases are an easy way to hold and display all the products I use on a daily basis.”

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Searching for more storage in your bathroom? This bathroom floor storage maximizes vertical space in small bathrooms without sacrificing on style.

Mandy’s tip: “PB’s Grant Floor Storage allows me to organize and display all my bathroom necessities from perfumes, products, to waters and candles. Plus the Grant’s ‘arms’ are great for hand towels and keeping my bag off the floor.”

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If you have the space, consider a portable hamper in your bathroom — this one is surprisingly chic, and makes it easy to keep dirty towels off the floor and in the laundry room where they belong.

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Baskets solve just about any organization problem in our book. Mandy chose these wire baskets for their durability and timeless style. They’re perfect for keeping fluffy towels and other bathtime necessities on hand.

Feeling inspired? See more of our experts’ bathroom organizing tips here. 

 

5 Easy (and Affordable!) Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Anyone else feel those mid-winter blues this week? January’s half-way point has come and gone, and we’re just starting to realize how much cold weather we have left.

Have no fear — there are some incredibly easy and affordable ways to beat the winter blues until Spring arrives. Take a look at 5 of our favorites!

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1. Eat something sweet and sunny. The bright taste of lemon is an instant pick-me-up. These 27 delicious (and gorgeous) lemony dessert recipes (Hello, warm lemon pudding cake!) are a great place to start. (via Buzzfeed)

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2. Bring a little life into your home. It’s a fact — having a little bit of plant life makes even the dreariest day seem brighter. Create your own indoor jungle with this guide. (via Apartment Therapy)

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3. Play with pops of color. Just because it’s dull and gray outside doesn’t mean your home has to match. Paint one bright accent wall in one of your living spaces! Don’t want to paint? Try something temporary and super playful to brighten your mood, like this paint swatch wall! (via Poppytalk)

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4. Organize it! Clearing out all of the old junk from last year and starting with a blank slate is a lot of work, but well worth it, considering how it will make spending time indoors that much more enjoyable.  Use these expert tips to organize your home room by room.

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5. Treat yourself. Everyone deserves a little luxury! Take an hour to give yourself a little spa treatment — we love this easy avocado face mask. (via Sincerely, Kinsey)

Tell us: How do you like to kick the winter blues?