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HOUSEHOLD GUIDE: Wine Glass 101

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HOME-SPIRATION: The Room for Dining

I feel like the dining room is such an under utilized room! For everyone! I have always envisioned myself throwing huge dinner parties with a table full of people in my dining room, but so many people just have no interest in that and no interest in that room at all. I feel like the dining room is just a great space to get creative and maybe even a little out of the box. If its a room for special occasions, why decorate it specially? Here are some of my favorite dining room inspirations these days…

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I love this bold and natural table! so unique

I love this bold and natural table! so unique

Dining rooms are a perfect place to try out bench seating if you're a little more casual and modern

Dining rooms are a perfect place to try out bench seating if you’re a little more casual and modern

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Love this black and white look. Bold and simple!

Love this black and white look. Bold and simple!

ENTERTAINING: Setting a Place

There is nothing I love more than celebrating the ordinary… making what would be an ordinary night and turning it in to something special. Pulling out the special occasion candles or the nice china on a Wednesday night while eating pizza with your boyfriend. It just makes life more fun! I guess this is why I love any excuse to entertain company! Having a beautifully decorated table is one of the best ways to turn a dinner with friends in to a special dinner party. And besides entertaining company, simple and cost effective are two more of my favorite things! The most simple way to up the ante of your dinner is to have beautiful place settings! Here are a few great (and VERY SIMPLE) ideas for your next dinner party…

These beautiful things are just single tiles from a home improvement store! How simple and chic!

These beautiful things are just single tiles from a home improvement store! How simple and chic!

more tiles... and just as perfect! You can really find different types of tile for any occasion

more tiles… and just as perfect! You can really find different types of tile for any occasion

simple placemats like these can be found at any home good store.. and they are usually on sale!

simple placemats like these can be found at any home good store.. and they are usually on sale!

brilliant idea! these are paper placemats... you can make your own or buy pads of them! easy to clean up and not expensive at all!

brilliant idea! these are paper placemats… you can make your own or buy pads of them! easy to clean up and not expensive at all!

I found my solution to recreate these looks at WEST ELM. Of course one of my favorites… and the bonus is that all these items are currently on sale right now!…

Abaca Chunky Square Placemat (Set of 2) currently on sale for $11 in West Elm’s Market section

Abaca Chunky Square Placemat (Set of 2) currently on sale for $11 in West Elm’s Market section

Wood Tile Placemat (Set of 2) currently on sale for $19 in West Elm’s Market section

Wood Tile Placemat (Set of 2) currently on sale for $19 in West Elm’s Market section

Cake Kitchen Paper Placement- Blue Print currently on sale for $23.00 (for 50 one time use placemats) in West Elm’s Market section

Cake Kitchen Paper Placement- Blue Print currently on sale for $23.00 (for 50 one time use placemats) in West Elm’s Market section

ENTERTAINING: Coffee Bar

If you’re a coffee and tea drinker like me (I try to stay away from coffee… but its just too great), you can definitely see yourself having a little coffee bar/breakfast area in your home or kitchen. A place to keep all the coffee mess in one place, and making your at home coffee experience just as fun as making a trip to a coffee shop. Plus this is a great (and casual) way to entertain surprise (or even invited) guests!

I did a small stint as a coffee barista a year ago and fell in love with espresso. I've always told myself I'll feel as though I've "made it" when I can afford an espresso machine of my very own!

I did a small stint as a coffee barista a year ago and fell in love with espresso. I’ve always told myself I’ll feel as though I’ve “made it” when I can afford an espresso machine of my very own!

Here is my coffee bar inspiration:

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So what do you need?….

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Stock up your new COFFEE BAR with…

this Classic Chambord French Press from Anthropologie for $70. Making coffee the old fashioned way never looked so good!

this Classic Chambord French Press from Anthropologie for $70. Making coffee the old fashioned way never looked so good!

the Biscotti Trio from Dean and Deluca (YUM) for $55

the Biscotti Trio from Dean and Deluca (YUM) for $55

house those biscotti in this AMAZE Wide Eyed Cookie Jar from Anthropologie for $88.

house those biscotti in this AMAZE Wide Eyed Cookie Jar from Anthropologie for $88.

My ALL TIME favorite flavor of coffee!  Dunkin' Donuts FRENCH VANILLA! yum!

My ALL TIME favorite flavor of coffee! Dunkin’ Donuts FRENCH VANILLA! yum!

for the tea lovers this Paula Dean 2Q Tea Kettle is perfect at $54.99!

for the tea lovers this Paula Dean 2Q Tea Kettle is perfect at $54.99!

and Monogrammed Mugs from Anthropologie for only $6 each!

and Monogrammed Mugs from Anthropologie for only $6 each!