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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

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Lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner of Coordinately Yours knows how to throw a great get together. Today, Blanner shows us how easy it is to host a wine tasting party. We think it’s just perfect for a sweet and simple hen party or just another fabulous Friday night.


How To:

1. Choose a wine theme. You can select wines by region, variety, vintage or price.

2. Pour no more than 6 wines. Any more, and you will no longer differentiate the flavors.

3. Cover the wine label. You can download a printable here.

4. Start with the sweetest white and work your way to your driest red.

5. Have your guests take notes.

6. Once the tasting is complete, everyone can indulge in their favorites!

Get The Look: 

Schott Zwiesel Taste Stemware

Schott Zwiesel Stemless Wine Glasses

Eclectic Candlesticks

Beckett Bar Cart, Williams-Sonoma Home

La Crema Wine and other favorites wines

Need more? Follow the link for the full post on Coordinately Yours.

Learn the Steps to Create the Perfect Pottery Barn Bed

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Ever wonder how to get the look of the beds you see in Pottery Barn’s catalogs and photo shoots? Well, wonder no more. Today we’re showing you how to create the perfect Pottery Barn bed with a list of tips and tricks. Keep reading to find out how to get a Pottery Barn look in your bedroom.

Start with comfortable and quality basics, including a bed skirt, fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet insert, pillow inserts, duvet, quilt, euro shams, sleeping pillows and standard shams.
  To extend the life of your mattress, try turning it every three months. It’s easy to remember to do so by tagging the corner of the mattress with the month it was last turned.
  Use hotel corners create a neat and tailored look. To create hotel corners, fold the bottom tail of the sheet diagonally across the side of the bed. Then, tuck the excess sheeting under the mattress.
  While ironing is always a nice step, you can also refresh the bed by lightly spritzing it with a water bottle scented with fresh lavender.
  To create visual and textural interest, layer varied fabrics on your bed, such as silk, linen, velvet and cotton.
  When making the bed, give your duvet a  good shake to fluff it and prevent bunching.
  To easily add pillows to pillow cases, fold them in half before inserting.Then, fluff them before you layer them on the bed.

For even more tips, check out this video showing you step by step how to create a Pottery Barn-style bed!

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How-To: Craft a Headboard Out of a Salvaged Door

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Last week, we featured Lindsay’s gorgeous sun porch. Today, she’s back with a tutorial for us from her own home, showing us how to make a headboard out of a salvaged door.

The technique we used to hang the door allows it to hang freely on the wall without any screws showing through or damaging the front of the door. This technique is similar to one used frequently when hanging a heavy work of art on a wall.


  • Old door
  • Paint and/or stain if necessary
  • Two 1 x 4 boards cut to the length of your door
  • Table saw (used to cut a 45 degree angle)
  • Level
  • Deck screws
  • Trim screws
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure


  • Select an interesting door. I used a door that was left in the basement of my home when I purchased it. I am guessing it used to be the door that went from the sun porch into the home. I love the idea that I created a headboard for my king sized bed, essentially for free, and with an architectural piece that belonged to my home! If you don’t already have an old door, they can be found in salvage shops and flea markets around the country for a reasonable price.
  • Decide if you want to refinish or paint the door. I scrubbed mine with soap and water because it needed to be cleaned after years of being stored in the basement. After the door was completely dry, I used Minwax “Dark Walnut” colored stain to give the door a fresh coat of stain. I just followed the directions on the back of the can. I would suggest being in a well-ventilated area and wearing gloves.
  • Next, take measurements of where you want the door to be located on the wall. I wanted the mattress to cover up about an inch at the bottom edge of the door, so I measured the height of the bedframe and mattress and then spaced the door accordingly.


Cut one 1 X 4 length-wise on a 45 degree angle. This piece will then be anchored into the studs of the wall. Have the “short” side of the angle attached to the wall.


Attach the other 1 X 4 to the headboard. Place the flat side at the top of the door and the angle at the bottom. These two 45 degree angle boards will fit into each other on the wall creating a secure hold.


  • The other 1 x 4 is then secured to the wall as a spacer to hold the headboard plumb or level. Once the headboard is in place, a small trim screw can be used on the 1×4 to further secure it in place.


  • Tada! Now you have your own salvaged door headboard!

Keep up with Lindsay’s adventures with her husband, pups and home when you read her blog, The Milkweed Pods.

An Easy Way to Add More Plants to Your Home in 2013

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If one of your new year resolutions is adding more plants to your home, you’re not alone. Whether seen in the form of succulents, air plants, terrariums or fiddle leaf figs, plants are a stylish — and healthy — home design trend that’s here to stay. Why are they so healthy? According to a NASA study, houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours if they have a high transpiration capability. And even a small addition of a plant or two will help with indoor air quality. Besides the health benefits, plants also provide a calming presence in a home as well as a lovely focal point.

We worked with Crimson Horticultural Rarities to show you just how easy it is to add a terrarium to your home. It’s the perfect way to introduce a grouping of pretty houseplants to your living room or foyer. Check out our tips below for getting the look.

To start, select a variety of houseplants that you find visually interesting that have similar water and sunlight needs.


Add an even layer of activated charcoal to the tray inside your terrarium. Activated charcoal helps to filter the air in a closed terrarium such as the Wooden Conservatory Terrarium we used.


Remove the plants from their plastic containers and spread out the roots with your hand. You can also remove any extra soil from the bottom of the pot if you like. Then, carefully place each plant into the terrarium. Cluster your plants together, but don’t overcrowd them.


Add moss around the base of each plant. This will help to  preserve moisture and also creates a finished look.


To finish the look, add fun touches such as giant lotus pods, pine cones, rocks, or crystals to your arrangment. Display it in an area of your home that matches the sunlight requirements of your plants, and don’t forget to water them regularly.