FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDST OF A JEWEL TONED MAZE WITH ALCAZAR
These geometric shapes resemble a winding puzzle, bringing a truly unique pattern to your walls. Use as part of a natural themed décor, or up the ante with this alluring and sophisticated wallpaper with striking gold accessories.
Graham & Brown, the UK-based wallpaper company, has been busy this year celebrating its 75th anniversary with collaborations including Sacha Walckhoff and the National Portrait Gallery, amongst others. Today, I’m reaching out to share the company’s latest spring wallpaper introductions, including playful, lush botanicals (and a surprise appearance starring tropical fish) plus soothing geometric shapes. See the latest drop below!
This quirky wallpaper is packed with character and life. Turn any space into an enticing aquatic setting with Aquarium. Striking tropical fish swim amongst rich green leaves on this large repeat print. Use for a quirky and fun pop of color. Currently available in Deep Sea.
Glasshouse Flora relishes in the trend of jewel-tone hues and does it perfectly. Rich colored florals sit on gorgeous rich hues, creating an opulent feel within any room. This impactful design will turn your décor in any space into a sophisticated floral haven. Available in Glasshouse Flora, Glasshouse Flora Amethyst, Glasshouse Flora Emerald, and Glasshouse Flora Sky.
Above: Glasshouse Flora Amethyst
Below: Glasshouse Flora Emerald
Find yourself in the midst of a of a jewel-toned maze with Alcazar. These geometric shapes resemble a winding puzzle, bringing a truly unique pattern to walls. Use as part of a natural themed décor, or up the ante with this alluring and sophisticated wallpaper with striking gold accessories. Available in Noche and Forest.
Desenio makes it easy to update your home for the new season in a simple way: by switching up your art prints. Are you ready to update your home for SS21? Here are the four color palettes you’ll be decorating your walls with this spring and summer!
“We’re seeing a new, elegant take on the warm neutrals trend, influenced by the 60s and 70s,” says Desenio’s Executive Creative Director, Annica Wallin.
The Beige Balance trend is all about creating a comforting environment to make you feel at your most peaceful and sophisticated, no matter what the world throws at you. Warm neutrals combine to create an environment that is both cozy and chic.
“The Natural Living trend is heavily inspired by the rustic atmosphere of Provence, both in terms of materials and color palettes,” says Annica Wallin.
The Natural Living trend blurs the boundaries between inside and outside. Let fresh air blow into your home and uplift your spirits. Welcome meadow greens, citrus yellows, and natural wooden textures to open up your space and to enjoy the simple luxuries of nature.
“This trend brings much-needed happiness to our homes, focusing on playful, pastel colors in home decor and art,” says Annica Wallin.
The Pastel Paradise trend updates neon hues for 2021, giving them a softer, more palatable tint. It’s up to you how you incorporate these colors into your space: be bold and make them a key colour scheme or use them as subtle accents in your home.
“Serene Spaces is a more minimalistic trend that hones in on a bright and light aesthetic that’s free of clutter. White on white tones, accessorizing with mirrors and patterned glass, and open, clean spaces create a simple and uplifting feeling,” says Annica Wallin.
In today’s fast-paced world, many of us look to the past to inspire notions of a simpler life. The Serene Spaces trend invites us to incorporate traditional elements such as embroidered fabrics and worn surfaces into an otherwise modern, clean, and bright space.
SPRING IN THE TOWN & COUNTRY AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL
Spring heralds the start of a new season dedicated to rebirth and new beginnings. In celebration of the Spring Equinox, Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston, debuts the latest experiential seasonal program for guests – Seasons in the Town and Country. This latest offering highlights the very best scenic destinations in Boston and New England through seasonal Insiders’ Guides, curated by the One Dalton Hotel team.
As the first of three seasonal offerings throughout the year, Spring in the Town and Country includes a seasonal welcome amenity on arrival; a personalized picnic for two including a bottle of wine; complimentary overnight valet parking and a curated Spring Insiders’ Guide designed to maximize the fun and enjoyment of exploring some unknown locations in the city and surrounding countryside.
Renowned for being one of the most scenic destinations within the country, New England boasts a stunning Atlantic coastline, rugged mountain ranges, spectacular spring blooms and quaint seaside towns. The city of Boston sits at the heart of New England and acts as the cultural hub within the region. Boston is a charming and extremely walkable city and offers a fascinating window into the nation’s history, making it an ideal base for exploration.
The team at Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston has thoughtfully curated a selection of their favorite destinations in the city of Boston and the surrounding New England area in the Spring Insiders’ Guide. Local natural attractions in Boston, ideal for a picnic, include the variety of parks that constitute the Emerald Necklace and the stunning cherry blossoms in Back Bay. The arrival of the cherry blossoms signals that the long winter is over, and spring has arrived. Most prominent in Back Bay and along the Charles River Esplanade and throughout the Public Garden and Boston Common, the Hotel team recommends a stroll or a bike ride to take in the gorgeous blooms across the city. Specifically, start a self-guided walking tour along Newbury Street or Commonwealth Avenue and head towards the Boston Public Garden for prime bloom-spotting.
Two other city suggestions include landmark locations such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the North End. Completed in late 1901 and dedicated to its namesake, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the most wonderfully unique museums in Boston. As a passionate and devoted art connoisseur, Isabella Stewart Gardner personally collected and arranged the works of art in the historic galleries on three floors. Alternatively, if guests are looking for a great locale for history and dining, the Hotel team suggests guests take some time to wander the streets of little Italy in the North End of Boston, home to some of the best Italian restaurants, markets, and pastry shops in the country. For history buffs, guests should not miss The Paul Revere House (circa 1680) and the Old North Church, dating back to 1723.
A little further afield but within an hour’s drive from the Hotel, the Spring Insiders’ Guide features two wonderful destinations in Massachusetts – Hingham, and Essex. World’s End is a 251-acre (100 hectares) park and conservation area located on a peninsula in Hingham that is bordered by the Weir River to the north and east and Hingham Harbor to the west. Alternatively, Essex is a quaint coastal town that once centered on the ship-building industry but is now known as the antique capital and famously claims to have the highest density of antique shops in the United States. Seafood and clams are a particular specialty here and a serving of fried clams for lunch or dinner should not be overlooked.
For guests wanting to escape the city for the ultimate day-trip, the team has suggested Perkins Cove in southern Maine and MASS MoCA in North Adams. Originally a small fishing community and artists’ colony, Perkins Cove is a charming area that consists of local independent shops, restaurants, and scenic outlooks. Hugged by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a small harbor on the other side, guests can picnic on the rocks while enjoying the crashing surf. If culture is on the agenda, then a visit to MASS MoCA will not disappoint. As one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art, the center features vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.
Designed by the culinary team at One Dalton and perfectly packaged to enjoy while exploring by bike or foot in the city or by car for those longer distances, the Spring Picnic Menu includes a delicious seasonal selection of salads and sandwiches or wraps, accompanied by a variety of sides. Salad options include farfalle pasta salad, burrata salad, arugula salad and a spring green salad. Sandwich options include a Maine lobster cobb wrap, turkey and Vermont cheddar on a brioche bun, local Massachusetts meats muffuletta, grilled organic chicken breast and crumbled feta with zucchini, red pepper flakes, cucumber and mint on local ciabatta. Every Spring Picnic hamper includes Natalie’s handcrafted lemonade, house-made spiced potato chips and One Dalton’s own pistachio-cherry-chocolate cookies.
Spring in the Town and Country is available for stays through June 20, 2021 with rates starting at just USD 745 per night.
Following Spring in the Town and Country, additional packages will be seasonably available during the summer and fall months to celebrate the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. Both packages will include a dedicated seasonal Insiders’ Guide and Picnic Menu showcasing seasonal ingredients.
College Campus Overnight Experience
Researching and discovering a future university or college is an exciting time for any parent or student. Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston has thoughtfully curated a dedicated College Campus overnight experience, which ensures that the prospective student or alumni and their families are set up for success and well prepared for the days ahead.
Guests who book this overnight experience will receive a college-themed amenity specific to their college of choice, a branded Four Seasons backpack filled with bottled water and snacks for the day, notebook and pen ready for taking notes in an instant, a college-themed postcard with an insider tip by alumni specific to the college of choice, and an overnight stay at the Hotel. As many of the One Dalton team have personally attended local Boston colleges, the Hotel team is also able to offer suggestions and recommendations and give prospective students the inside scoop on college life at any of these prestigious schools.
Reservations for the College Campus Experience can be made online.
With Easter right around the corner, and spring blossoming all around the United States, many people are finding a reason to celebrate. Easter usually means chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs, but this Easter consider these gifts to liven up your loved ones’ baskets.
Sugar Plum Gourmet Easter Egg Hunt Set
Sugar Plum has put together an imaginative set of handsomely decorative metal Easter eggs that have been engineered from the ground-up to turn any Easter egg hunt from “blah” to “oooh-la-la!” faster than that Easter Bunny can come on hoppin’ down the bunny trail.
Featuring a reusable plastic egg carton and handsomely festive metal eggs that can be refilled over and over again, the Gourmet Easter Egg Hunt Set promises a fashionably fun (and tasty!) time with those you care about most year after year!
This year after coloring eggs, add a new Easter activity to the agenda for you and the kiddies – matching manis! Dashing Diva’s fun and colorful collections are sure to keep the festivities going and make them feel just like their mamas! Also not to mention, a great addition to any Easter gift basket (and an easy way to swap out some chocolate).
Whether it’s smiley faces, friendly fruit or Old McDonald’s barnyard friends – MAGIC PICK KIDS nail stickers will have the kids beaming from ear to ear. And we can’t forget about you, mamma! Dashing Diva’s Powder Pastels collection will give you that simple springtime manicure and ability to color coordinate with the kids or if you’re feeling even more festive, check out So Egg-stra or Bunny Hop. \
As the weather warms up, more and more people are gathering outdoors. The good news is you don’t need to break the bank to get a new fire pit. Baby Fire Pits offers two sizes of small firepits that are perfect to stay warm and they begin under $100. They come with gorgeous teal detailing that will make a statement in the center of your outdoor table. The fire pit is handcrafted in the USA and made with copper and steel.
Each fire pit is one-of-a-kind, as the color of the patina design varies depending upon the humidity levels in the production of each item. Each fire pit includes one can of TerraFlame gel fuel which is odorless, smokeless, and nontoxic so it can be used indoors and outdoors!
The newly launched interactive, learning activity, Alphapals, is designed to specifically help keep your house clean and tidy! Each Alphapals set is equipped with 26 plush letters, each with a unique personality and signature embroidered smiley face, that conveniently packs into a comfy bean bag when playtime is over. Alphapals is a perfect tool for your little ones learning the alphabet or practicing spelling and reading. It promotes learning in a fun, interactive way.
Alphapals are available in rainbow and neutral color schemes. They are the perfect fun learning gift for any child this easter. Letters are sold separately as well as in a set! Plus the letters are machine washable.
Kidrobot is excited to present The Simpsons Stupid Sexy Flanders 8″ Vinyl Figure. This premium vinyl art figure features Ned Flanders showing off his ski suit and some of his other assets as he joins his neighbor Homer on the slopes. “Feels like I’m wearing nothin’ at all!”
This iconic scene from The Simpsons has burned its place in our hearts and become a beloved meme-worthy moment that will be forever captured in your collection. Kidrobot has a variety of gifts perfect for anyone that loves The Simpsons. From pins to plushes, this website will not disappoint. Pre-order this exclusive vinyl figure right now at Kidrobot.com and find other Simpson exclusives.
Canopy and The Sill have come together to bring optimized beauty and wellness to your home. Canopy’s humidifier is compatible for aroma diffusion via the diffuser puck, on which essential oils from The Sill’s aroma kit can utilized. This new home fragrance kit promotes healthier skin, families, and houseplants. Inspired by where flowers and greenery reign supreme, the collection features three scents: Forest (transparent amber, wild jasmine, green musk), Greenhouse (eucalyptus, trailing ivy, pear blossom), and Flower Market (blue hydrangea, hyacinth, pink grapefruit.)
The evaporative technology circulates filtered, bacteria free, moisture back into your home, revitalizing your living spaces. By using Proprietary Smart Persistent Airflow (SPA (technology and embedded UV LEDs, mold growth is prevented. If there does become any build up in your aroma diffuser, all parts are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe. These diffusers are perfect to set on nightstands to make the surrounding space smell clean and fresh up to 500 sq ft. With a run time of up to 24 hours, this aroma diffuser keeps your space consistently clean and fragrant. To purchase Canopy’s humidifier, please visit their website.
Reebok’sPump Omni Zone II “White” Sneakers
In honor of the 30th Anniversary return of Dee Brown’s coveted Pump Omni Zone II “No Look Dunk” earlier in 2021, Reebok is now rereleasing the Pump Omni Zone II “White” sneakers ($140, G57540), dropping May 21 at 10am EST on Reebok’s website, Foot Locker, Finish Line and Champs Sports, among other local retailers.
This past March, for the first time since its initial release in 1991, Reebok revived the iconic Pump Omni Zone II in the true high-cut design adorned by rookie high-flyer Dee Brown as he covered his eyes and soared to a dunk contest. The notable sneaker is now returning with its second original colorway released in ’91: white. The Pump Omni Zone II features the iconic, orange dimpled “Pump” button and a custom-fit air bladder extending downward from a futuristic rubberized tongue. Seated atop a retro multicolor outsole is the classic white/black/orange layered upper built from the ‘90s blacktop. TPU overlays advances the wearer’s quickness, while adding durability and style to the chunky retro design. To learn more, please visit Reebok’s website.
G-Shock’s New Women’s Collection
The G-SHOCK GMAS2100 collection boasts the distinctive, octagonal bezel of the original men’s GA2100 timepiece in an updated, slimmer case. It also features new complementary metallic color accents on the dial, and a Carbon Core Guard Structure that ensures the watches are trendy on the outside, yet strong on the inside.
The collection arrives in four colorways including white with silver accents, blush pink with rose gold accents, and black with rose gold accents. The fourth colorway is a limited-edition watch that boasts a hot pink case with rose gold metallic accents. All four watches offer the perfect combination of strength and style, creating the perfect accessory to go from day to night.
G-SHOCK‘s latest Full Metal GMWB5000 series unveils their newest model, the GMWB5000TR-9 wristwatch. This model features a new titanium material called “Tran Tixxii.” This titanium was developed by both Casio and Nippon Steel Corporation, creating a sustainable watch that has the hardness of approximately twice that of pure titanium. Further, the surface is all-mirrored, and comparable to the look of stainless steel. The watch also features a refined, multi-colored Ion-Plated Band, and a mirror finished bezel.
This new watch is sure to compliment any Easter outfit. The watch’s screw back with a diamond-like carbon (DLC) is sure to make you shine. The case of the watch also gleams with luxury with it’s gold ion-plated (IP) finish. The band links and buttons also have an IP finish in captivation shades of red, blue, light gray, dark gray, and gold. These colors are also incorporated into the watch’s face accents.
One of the most tech-savvy features of G-SHOCK’s GMWB5000TR-9 watch is it’s Bluetooth Connectivity, via thr G-SHOCK Connected app. The app also allows your to customize the watch’s features, including automatic time adjustment, world time, and more. G-SHOCK’s technical innovations are married with practicality, as noticeable in the GMWB5000TR-9’s Tough Solar power system, Multi-band 6 radio wave reception, a STN LCD and a full-auto LED backlight.
Ditch the novelty Easter basket and treat yourself to something you’ll use every day of the year– G-SHOCK’s GMWB5000TR-9 model. The watch will become available mid-May at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and on G-SHOCK’s website.
Flowers are budding, birds are chirping, and grass is turning from beige to green. Homeowners everywhere are thinking about closing the door on winter, cleaning up the house and celebrating a fresh start to spring.
The traditional spring cleaning is something many of us take to heart this time of the year, however, there may be some tasks that you didn’t think of that really take your annual wipe down and declutter to a whole new level.
In every room of the house:
Door frames — As you move through the house, don’t forget the edges of doors: whether they are closet doors, cupboards, medicine cabinets or the front door, they can all accumulate dirt and grime that you may not notice day to day. For example, kitchen cabinets can get sticky and grimy on the front and edges, from the steam produced by cooking. Same for bathroom cabinets. Most doors have a small amount of gap at the top, and that air flow can help dust accumulate. Wipe down the edges of all these surfaces for an extra level of clean.
Ceiling fans — Another dust accumulator are the blades on ceiling fans. As hot air rises, taking dust and debris with it, the blades can end up getting thick, stuck on coating over winter, when they’re less in use. Light fixtures and chandeliers also have this issue. Lightbulbs in particular attract dust through the electromagnetic waves they emit, creating a magnetic field that inevitably attracts dust.
Area rugs — You might have thought to rent a steam cleaner or hire a service for the broadloom in the bedroom, but what about the area rugs that you’ve placed here and there? The amount of dust and grime that accumulates but isn’t necessarily visible can be surprising! A run around with the vacuum might not be enough. If they’ve been in your home for a while, consider a professional rug cleaning service.
Closet revamp — Everyone knows about decluttering closets and adding hooks and shelving to make it more user friendly, but the change of season is also the ideal time to change how you use your closets entirely. Whether it’s the front hall closet or the walk-in bedroom closet, use the space seasonally and find storage for out of season items. You don’t need to be looking at mittens and boots in July, so set up one storage space as the alternative seasonal storage area and twice a year, spring and fall, you can shift clothes and accessories back and forth. The advantage to this method is that you have less stuff in your main storage spaces that you use daily, which allows you to see what you have to wear that is seasonally appropriate.
Phones and remotes — How often have you thought of wiping down your smartphone or television remotes? It might have occurred to you in a public space like a hotel, but even at home, these often-used items are some of the filthiest items you own. Ideally, you’ll get into the habit of wiping these down regularly!
Garbage bins — Even the indoor bins that you line with bags need a good going over once in a while, to catch dirt and germs that got through or around the liners. Hosing them out and washing them outside is a great job for kids; let the bins dry in the sunshine before you bring them back in.
Specific tasks for the laundry area:
Check your lint traps — Do you find that your dryer is taking a long time to dry your clothes? While most people know to check the lint trap that is right inside the dryer, you also need to clean the rest of the hose and vent to the outside. Over time, lint and other debris can get stuck in there and they could be a fire hazard, given the heat that emanates from a dryer.
Wash the washing machine — Every time you run a load of laundry, your machine is accumulating some amount of soap residue, dirt, dust and skin flakes from clothing, sheets and towels. Since most washers aren’t self-cleaning, it’s important to wash it out too. You can run a cycle with some bleach; just be sure to run another so that the washer is thoroughly rinsed, and bleach doesn’t get on your next load of colors!
Specific tasks for the kitchen:
Time to move the fridge — The coils and fan area at the back of your refrigerator can definitely get gummed up over time. Unplug your unit and pull it away gently from the wall. While the coils can be at the front / bottom of the fridge, they are sometimes found at the back and the condenser fan is definitely back there. Use a vacuum to remove all of the dust and debris that has accumulated for better overall functioning and efficiency.
Get to ground level and look under appliances — If it’s not built-in, move it! Even removing the warming drawer at the base of your stove will reveal all manner of crumbs and detritus that are attractive to bugs and vermin, so getting down to ground level and making sure that you clean under appliances where food is prepared is just good sense!
Specific tasks for bedrooms:
Eliminate mattress dust — Most people remember to flip and rotate their mattress but what about cleaning it? It’s great if you have a cover for it, but that isn’t foolproof protection for dirt, dust bunnies and so on. A better option is to remove (and wash) the cover, and vacuum your mattress, including the nooks and crannies at the edges. If you sprinkle it with baking soda and let that sit for an hour before vacuuming, you will pick up a lot more debris and the soda will deodorize your mattress from any lingering scents.
Wash your pillows — Washing pillowcases is a no brainer but as they aren’t drool proof, washing your pillows once in a while is a good idea too. Double check the labels to make sure that you can do it! This task can be a bit much for a standard washing machine, so you might need to take them to a laundromat with a high-capacity machine to get the job done but you’ll sleep better for the effort!
While this might seem like a daunting list of tasks, on top of the normal spring-cleaning effort, just remember that you don’t have it get it all done in one day. Take it a room at a time, over several weeks, but you’ll be glad of the effort when it’s all done, and you have a sparkling clean, fresh space to call home.
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Spring is a few weeks away, and holidays are coming up too. Many want to put some spring-like decorations on the table or use them as a centerpiece. But some don’t know where to begin. Lively Root wants to guide you through the process so you can use what you have on the shelves while also using your indoor plants!
What type of container? Let’s build a table arrangement together. Start with digging through your old Easter baskets, containers of any shape, size, or color (painting is optional later). Set them all out.
Gather the Extras Then pull together any accessories you might want to use in your display. You can use Easter motifs like eggs, crosses, bunnies, carrots, cabbages, etc. We will use birds, eggs, and nests for our presentation so the arrangement could be in use for longer than just one holiday. You may even venture out on a walk and pick up bits of nature to use too. Mosses, twigs, dried cones, or leaves can also be a part of the collection.
Grouping Plants and What to Consider Next, gather your houseplants in the 4-6″ grower pot containers that you have. Different heights would be excellent, as well as those that have pretty colored leaves or blooms. For this presentation, the kalanchoes and Neanthe Bella Palm, Snake plant, English ivy gold child, spider plant, and pink polka dot plant are compatible because they all like to dry out between waterings. As you assemble plants in groupings, you’ll want to consider their light needs as well as watering and humidity needs. You may want to use this assembly temporarily or for several weeks. It will be easier to maintain if all the plants take basically the same type of care.
Recycle and Repurpose If this will be semi-permanent, you’ll want to make sure that your container drains well. If your planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, get out your handy-dandy drill and drill a few holes in the bottom.
You may want to recycle an old Easter basket or gift container you got a gift in prior. You may find something but not like the color anymore! That’s when a paintbrush and chalk paint comes in handy. It’s easy to use and easy to clean up.
If you don’t have a collection of has-beens, drop by the local resale store and rummage through their cast-aways. You’re sure to find the perfect container.
Create Groupings Once you have your containers, clean them up, paint them and let them dry. Next, assemble your plants and accessories. Do small groupings to see what you like best. Place the plants (in the grower pot) in your chosen container just to see how the arrangement looks before assembling. Take a picture with your phone to remember the setup. Then remove all the items. We use a screen to place over the container’s bottom to help hold the soil, so it doesn’t drip through and clog the drainage holes.
Next, select the correct potting soil for the plants you assemble. At this point, you can either keep the plants in the grower pot and set them in the container and cover them with craft moss or pot them straight into the decorative container. It’s up to you. If it is a temporary selection, then the grower pot assembly may be the easiest way to go. We use a cactus and succulent mix with a little well-draining potting mix together for these plants. Plant and Assemble You will want to build the soil up a bit before placing the plants. Remember to leave the soil line below the top of the container about 1/2-1 inch so there won’t be water spillover. If using it temporarily, you can keep the plant in the grower pot and place them on the soil. If you’re using it as a more permanent collection, remove the grower pot and place the plant where you want it in the assembly. As you go, fill in around each plant, tucking soil in between each one so the roots are covered and secure.
Do the rest the same way. If needed, make a funnel out of a plastic container or poster board and feed the soil through it to get to the tight spots where your hands don’t fit. Tamp down the soil with your fingers or a spoon. Be careful not to bury the top of the stems in soil but just up to your plant’s soil line. You can add a top dressing of time-release fertilizer or use a balanced liquid fertilizer when watering. Once it all is assembled, use a clean paintbrush to brush any excess soil on the leaves. Then check the soil moisture around each plant and water as needed. Next, top dress with craft moss or colored rocks.
Then slide in your accessories to make it festive!
Mix Nature In Another fun way to decorate around the house is to use the nature items you might have picked up outside. Bark, twigs, and moss can be a part of the next project. Inspect the items for ants, bugs, or the like before assembly and remove them.
Keep your plant inside its grower pot. Use a hot glue gun to glue the pieces around the grower pot and assemble them in an organic arrangement.
Finish it off with some twine or raffia. Set these on a side table or in a collection together. Or you can use them at each place setting as a take-home gift for your guests.
Now, once you’ve got your decorations finished, snap a photo and share it with us on Instagram or Facebook! We’d love to see your plant creations! Tag us with #LivelyRoot and share the love!
Extra bonus: Use your children’s leftover Easter baskets to repurpose into a summer arrangement by following the same instructions as above. We didn’t plant them in the soil this time but left them in the grower pots and tucked moss around the containers. When it’s time to water, just disassemble, water, let drain, and then place back into the basket. We included a clear plastic saucer to protect the basket in case of leftover dripping
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You may have heard that fat equals flavor. It’s why we love a beautifully marbled steak, butter-rich shortbread, or premium ice cream. Fat is also what makes fried foods such as potato chips and chicken nuggets so deliciously crispy and addictive. Today, many people are swapping their deep fryers for air fryers.
This trendy appliance uses swirling super-heated air, instead of hot oil, to cook. But air fried food can also be dry. The Sustainable Chef and culinary instructor Gerard Viverito says the results can be as impressive as oil-fried dishes – and full of crave-worthy crunch – if you follow his tips. Bonus: some of these hacks can also be used on your outdoor grill.
Brush on oil for crave-worthy crunch
“The right air frying techniques will help protect your health and produce more flavorful meals,” says Chef G. For restaurant-quality results, he suggests brushing oil onto your food both before you cook and again half-way through the cooking process. You can also apply it using a spray bottle. “Canned cooking spray will damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer; it may include questionable additives.”
Use the right fats and cooking oils on your grill
Chef G. suggests you first get to know your cooking fats. “Using the wrong oil is why grilled foods sometimes taste so bad. The oil burns which make the food taste rancid,” he explains. “Some cooking oils are also not as healthful as others.”
Choose vegetable oils carefully. Most canola, corn, soybean oils in the U.S. are made with genetically engineered crops. Many oils, such as corn, sunflower, soybean oil is pro-inflammatory.
Be aware of which oil to use for high-heat cooking. “Olive oil is ideal for drizzling over veggies but begins to degrade at 380 degrees. I like to use Malaysian palm oil for high-temperature cooking because its smoke point, the temperature at which it starts to burn and smoke, is in excess of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also nutrient-dense and sustainably produced.”
Use butter for rich flavor. Chef G. is a fan of grass-fed butter because it has more flavor and a stronger nutritional profile. The downside of butter is that it burns easily at high temperatures. “My trick is to put a little red palm oil in the pan with the butter to protect the flavor. Palm oil and butter go together. Palm oil is a nutritious fat for people and even animals. When cows eat palmitic acid, a component in palm oil, they produce more milk with higher fat content.”
Use sauces and marinades for big flavor
Chef G.’s chicken wing sauce uses bold ingredients such as gochujang Korean chili paste, ginger, and garlic. It also includes a sweetener that comes with a warning: “Sugar burns very quickly at high heat, so it’s important to add sugar-based sauces to your meat just in the last few minutes.”
He suggests including an oil in your marinade. “Oils are an essential part of a marinade. I like to use garlic, black pepper, and spices. These seasonings are fat-soluble, so you need an oil to carry their flavor into the meat.”
Mardi Gras may have just come and gone, but there is no reason to deny yourself the taste of New Orleans any time you want it! As much as I try to maintain a low-carb life, these little bits of heaven are always a welcome treat and remind me of being in the French Quarter.
¾ cup lukewarm water (90 degrees)
2 teaspoons of sugar (for yeast proofing)
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast
1 teaspoon of salt
¼ cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of salted butter, brought to room temperature
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup of melted butter and Malaysian Palm Oil, equal parts
1 ½ cups of confectioners’ sugar
Combine the lukewarm water, 2 teaspoons of sugar and the yeast in a bowl and let proof for 5 minutes. This mixture should froth a little. If it doesn’t, your yeast is not active, and you should try again with a new yeast. Also mind the temperature. If it is too hot, you will kill the yeast.
Mix the flour, a pinch of salt, the room temperature butter and the sugar in a large bowl.
Add the egg, evaporated milk and yeast mixture to the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it just comes together in a sticky ball. If your dough isn’t forming, add a little more flour, but in really small quantities to avoid having tough beignets. Move the dough to an oiled bowl in a warm place and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.
The longer you let it rise, the better for flavor development. By allowing the dough to rest in the refrigerator overnight, which is completely optional, you will develop a deeper flavor, but it is imperative that you bring it to room temperature before proceeding to the next steps.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to ½-inch thickness. Cut the dough into 24 2”x3” rectangular pieces.
Preheat your air fryer to 350ºF.
Brush or mist the beignets on both sides with some of the melted butter and palm oil mixture and air-fry in batches at 350ºF for 6 minutes, turning them over halfway through if desired.
Be mindful to leave some space between the beignets for better and more even browning.
Once the beignets are finished, transfer them to a plate or parchment lined baking sheet and dust with the confectioners’ sugar.
Here’s a fun fact about chefs: As much as we love outdoing each other in the kitchen, we always gravitate back to the simple dishes to soothe our souls after a grueling shift. Just Google favorite chef recipes and you will usually find sandwiches or a 3-step meal. Not to say I don’t love oysters, truffles, and foie gras, but sometimes you just want some down-home fried chicken comfort. With the rise in popularity of Korean-style fried chicken, I took it to a new level with the air fryer.
Traditionally, Korean Fried Chicken is double fried in oil for a spectacular crunch and then covered in a delicious spicy, sweet-and-sour type sauce.
2 lbs. chicken wings
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp salt
Malaysian Palm Oil and butter to cover wings (approximately 1 Tablespoon each)
2 Tbsp gochujang Korean chili paste
3 tbsp agave syrup or honey depending on the level of sweetness desired
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp tamari gluten-free soy sauce
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp shallot, minced
½ tsp salt
Chopped green onions for garnish
Place the chicken wings in a large non-reactive bowl and season with garlic powder, onion powder and ½ tsp salt.
Cover the chicken with cornstarch, let sit for 5 minutes. With a set of tongs to keep your hands clean, stir, to evenly coat the chicken piece. Lightly shake each piece of chicken to remove the excess corn starch and place it in the air fryer basket.
While the wings are sitting, heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and butter, heat gently to melt.
Place the wings in the air fryer basket and lightly spray or brush the tops with the oil and butter mixture.
Close the basket and cook chicken wings at 390 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, turning and rotating chicken about every 10 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, make the sauce.
Korean Air-Fried Chicken Sauce
Combine all sauce ingredients in a small, non-reactive saucepan over medium heat and whisk until combined. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and reserve.
Once the chicken is done cooking, place the sauce and the wings into a bowl and toss to evenly coat.
*Oil may be used to spray and coat the chicken pieces if cornstarch still appears on the chicken after frying. It can be done without oil as the chicken will produce its own oil during cooking.
Artwork is often the center of a home and brings life and character to a space. As time progresses, artwork trends change and as the new season approaches new art trends are arising.
With the start of a new year, Desino is excited to present the graphic art trending this spring! Abstract art is at the forefront for the coming season, with organic shapes, arches and geometric lines adding an artsy element to our walls. Check out the latest graphic prints created by our very own Design Studio.
The rounded arch can be spotted through architectural history, and this year the classic curved shape is leading the way in the interior world. Arched furniture, doorways and home accessories are being spotted everywhere! This spring we’ll be decorating our walls with arched designs that bring a classic and stylish feel to our homes. Many people have used the arched design as a makeshift headboard, a DIY that blends in with the trends.
For abstract art lovers, the organic shapes coming this spring are the perfect addition to your walls! Featuring warm, earthy tones, this graphic art featuring soft shapes and curves will bring a fresh feel to your gallery wall. These pair perfectly with less abstract pieces of art and tie together any gallery wall.
In contrast to the abstract art trending right now, figurative art is coming on strong this season. With a more simplistic approach to this art style, we’re loving these simple portrait drawings honoring our human shapes. These pieces of art encapsulate the beauty of human features.
Monochrome art complements all kinds of interior styles and this season we’re embracing these geometric patterns in black and white. A great choice if you want a modern accent piece for your wall, these graphic prints will look great in minimalist and colorful homes alike. Pairing these with silhouettes, as seen in the gallery wall below, instantly creates a beautiful contemporary wall.
Adding more fun to your time in the sun, the reef-safe, biodegradable glitter collection introduces two new delicious smelling SPF 50+ sunscreens which are broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and are water-resistant for 80 minutes. Their products will get you beach ready!
COCOOIL started with a love for Coconut Oil & the Pacific Islands. During a trip to Fafa Island in the Kingdom of Tonga in 2011, the founders had a vision of a Luxury Skincare and Suncare range formulated with certified Fair Trade cold-pressed organic coconut oil. We only use coconut oil produced sustainably in the Pacific Islands, supporting local communities.
For those who look forward to trying those hotel bath and body items, here’s a better idea: the Lore Company makes simple essentials for everyday grooming and personal care routines. The brand’s line of deodorants, body washes, and bar soaps are made from organic and natural ingredients that smell fresh and are reliable throughout the day.
Spring has just begun and with Tax Day right around the corner, it’s time to reward yourself for a year’s worth of hard work and spend that tax refund money on something memorable. Whether your tax refund is big or small, IfOnly offers a variety of worthwhile experiences at a range of different price points in different locations to fully enjoy your refund.
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