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DIY Chalkboard Refrigerator Paint

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 2:31PM by lwulf 0 Comments -


Chalkboard Fridge Paint

(New Country Appliances)


Have an ugly, old refrigerator? Don’t despair! With a can of chalkboard spray paint and a little elbow grease, your fridge will go from scary to stylish! Not only does this look adorable, it’s functional to boot. Chalkboard space can be used as a work of art or for more practical purposes such as; grocery lists, recipes and family notes.

Here are a few of our favorite fridge re-vamps!

Wall Candy Art Martha Stewart Hand Made Home

(Photos: Wall Candy Art, Martha Stewart, Hand Made Home)

Get The Look with - Rust-Oleum

Specialty Chalk Board Paint: Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board converts surfaces into a usable chalkboard.

Apply to metal, wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, glass, concrete, unglazed ceramics and hardboard. Erases cleanly.

Other products include: Spray paint, Colored tints, magnetic chalkboard paint and dry-erase paint.

View the full line @ www.rustoleum.com

Product Features: Indoor use only Cleans with soap and water Allow paint to dry for 3 days. Once cured, prepare surface for chalk by rubbing side of chalk over entire surface and erasing.

View product info: www.rustoleum.com

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Royal Wedding Theme Party Ideas

Thu, 04/21/2011 - 1:53PM by lwulf 0 Comments -

Prince William And Kate Middleton Visit Darwen


Grab your fellow royal worshipers and throw a Royal Wedding viewing party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Here are a few party ideas to help get you in the royal spirit.

Royal Wedding Party Ideas

photo: poorgirlsguidechicago.com

Absolut Blue Souvenir

photo: Absolut.com

Something Blue Cocktail

Absolut Blue Souvenir
Recipe courtesy of: absolutdrinks.com

1 Part Blue Curacao
1 Part Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur
1 Part Champagne
1 Whole Maraschino Berry

Add ABSOLUT Vodka, blue curacao and cinnamon schnapps liqueur into a chilled champagne glass. Topup with champagne. Garnish with a maraschino berry.
Bottoms up Royal Wedding watchers!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

photo: Duncanhines.com

Red Velvet Cupcakes

For a quick and and easy themed dessert, look no further than your handy Duncan Hines boxed cake. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and blue sprinkles are not only the colors of the British flag, but also a sweet tribute to the big day.

• 1 Can Duncan Hines® Cream Cheese Frosting
• 1 box Duncan Hines® Red Velvet Cake Mix
• 1 1/4 cups water
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 3 large eggs
Optional Garnish:
• Blue sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
2. Make Batter – Prepare cake mix as described on box using the water, oil and eggs. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full with batter.
3. Bake in center of oven 22 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Place on wire rack; cool completely.
4. Store covered in refrigerator or set on the counter to cool.
5. Spread cream cheese frosting and blue sprinkles as desired.

A Table Fit For Royalty

Keep the party going by carrying your colors through to your table settings. Partycity.com has all the red and blue plates, napkins and cups you could need.

Red Napkins: Partycity.com – 75ct – $6.99

Feeling crafty? Take a pack of plain red paper napkins and turn up the royal ante with a crown rubber stamp from your local craft store.

Don’t forget the bloody party favors!

Ring Pops

What girl wouldn’t want Kate Middleton’s stunning blue sapphire engagement ring? For a more practical party favor, opt for a Blue Rasberry Ring Pop for your guests.


Because every princess needs a crown, treat your guests like royalty with tiara party favors. Partycity.com offers a package of 6 Princess Tiaras for only $5.99. Do you think Kate Middleton’s tiara will cost about the same?


View more ideas @ poorgirlsguidechicago.com

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Small space inspiration at boutique hotel

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 4:08PM by lwulf 0 Comments -

(credit: logmanandeagle.com)

City dwellers know all too well, the joys and pains of living in a tight urban area. One of the major draw backs to some apartments and condos, are the cozy living quarters. Never let a small space or small budget stop you from maximizing your creativity!

Chicago’s new Logman & Eagle is a restaurant, bar and boutique hotel, all in one.  With design elements from Mode Carpentry, Logman & Eagle uses every inch of space to provide maximum function in very little space. With everything from eclectic artwork, natural elements, reclaimed floorboards and more, each small room is full of big inspiration and ideas.

The combination work, sleep and bathroom spaces provide tons of ideas for small apartments, studios and master bedrooms. Clever uses of space, really showcase how to best get a function out of every inch of your home.


(photo credits: logmanandeagle.com)

Logman & Eagle/ 2657 Kedzie Ave. Chicago, IL


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Logman & Eagle Hotel = Small Space Inspiration

Thu, 04/07/2011 - 4:04PM by lwulf 0 Comments -

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St. Patrick’s Day Punch Recipes (Alcoholic)

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 12:58PM by lwulf 0 Comments -

St. Patrick's Day Green Punch

Punch #1 (Vodka):



  • 2-3 cups of vodka to taste
  • 2 (2 liter) bottles chilled lemon-lime soda
  • 2 Cups Green Apple Pucker
  • 3 Limes
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Ice Ring



  1. Stir together vodka, soda, and Pucker in a large punch bowl.
  2. Slice limes and oranges, add to bowl.
  3. Add ice ring; serve immediately.



Punch #2 (Whiskey):



  • 2 (12 oz) cans frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 (12 oz) cans frozen lemonade concentrate
  • (2 liter) bottles lemon-lime  soda
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle of whiskey
  • 2 quarts lime sherbet



  1. Combine limeade, lemonade and lemon-lime soda.
  2. Stir in whiskey.
  3. Mix in the lime sherbet; serve immediately.



Punch #3 (Hawaiian Punch):



  • 2 large jugs of green Hawaiian Punch
  • 1L vodka
  • 1L Everclear
  • Add oranges and limes for extra presentation



  1. Combine vodka, everclear and Hawaiian Punch.
  2. Stir and serve with ice. (This punch can also be served in a pitcher)



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Trend Alert: Blue & white home decor

Tue, 03/08/2011 - 9:46AM by lwulf 0 Comments -

Blue and white home decor

(credit: housebeautiful.com)

Forget black and yellow, the hottest colors in home decor today are blue and white.  New blue and white trends can be found in almost every home and furniture store.

Housebeautiful.com showcases a beautiful home in the Hamptons by designer David Lawrence, in all blue and white.

Even if you don't live in the Hamptons, you can browse through the photos and great ideas for your home.


(credit: target.com)

Feeling inspired? Target is home to a new blue and white collection, complete with tips from HGTV's Sabrina Sotto.

Shop the look at your local Target or www.target.com.


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Diane Von Furstenberg Home now at Bloomingdale’s

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 10:10AM by lwulf 0 Comments -

First at Bloomingdale’s. Inspired by nature, contemporary art and the fashion legend’s own iconic prints, this dramatic collection energizes the home with unexpected colors and patterns for a sense of vibrant, individual style.

Diane VF Home

(credit: bloomingdales.com)

Experience the collection at bloomingdales.com.

Diane Von Furstenberg Home

(credit: bloomingdales.com)

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Stylish Valentine's Day Decor

Tue, 02/08/2011 - 1:56PM by lwulf 0 Comments -

If your Valentine's Day decorations consist of cardboard hearts and paper mache, it's time for an upgrade. Target offers stylish Valentine's decor that won't break the bank.

Heart Figurines Set of 3 - Red (4"/4"/2.5") - view
Price: $24.99

Rose Topiary Centerpiece - Multicolor (4" x 8") - view
Price: $19.99

Candy Heart and Wreath Collection - view
Price: $21.80 - $39.80


Ceramic Candle Tray - 12" - view
Price: $2.48 - $4.98


Heart Shaped Berry Wreath - view
Price: $21.80



Smith & Hawken® Welcome Doormat - view
Price: $9.98

(photos: target.com)

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Hotel Inspiration: Decorating Small Apartments

Tue, 01/04/2011 - 12:09PM by lwulf 0 Comments -

TV stand acts as a room divider at theWit Hotel. Perfect solution for studio apartments!

Looking for ideas on how to decorate your small apartment? Get inspired by some of the most luxurious hotels. Hotel suites are great resource for apartment/condo inspiration.

Though they're small in size, they're built to be both functional and comfortable for the guests they accommodate. Much like your small space, you want to get the most functional layout, while maximizing style and comfort.

Here are a few hotel rooms and ideas to get your creativity flowing.

Partial wall at the W Hotel separates the space, while serving as a wall for the TV and desk area. This is a great example of form and function.

Partial wall at the W Hotel separates the space, while serving as a wall for the TV and desk area. This is a great example of form and function.

Desk at theWit Hotel Chicago maximizes views of the city and space.

Desk at theWit Hotel Chicago maximizes views of the city and space.

Mirror at the Elysain helps give the allusion of more space.

Mirror at the Elysain helps give the allusion of more space.

Partial wall at the Hard Rock Hotel separates the space without making it feel too closed in.

Partial wall at the Hard Rock Hotel separates the space without making it feel too closed in.

TV stand acts as a room divider at theWit Hotel. Perfect solution for studio apartments!

TV stand acts as a room divider at theWit Hotel. Perfect solution for studio apartments!

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NYE on a budget - New Year’s Eve punch recipes

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 10:43AM by lwulf 0 Comments -


New Year's Eve PunchThrowing a New Year’s bash on a budget? A punch is a great option to keep your alcohol costs down. Below are some festive holiday punches to help ring in the new year!
Cranberry Champagne Punch

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 (6 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
1 (750 milliliter) bottle white wine, chilled
1 liter carbonated water, chilled
2 (750 milliliter) bottles champagne, chilled
1 lemon – sliced, for garnish
1/2 cup fresh mint, garnish
In large punch bowl, combine the cranberry juice concentrate, pink lemonade concentrate, limeade concentrate, white wine, club soda and champagne. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.
Recipe adapted from: allrecipes.com

Lemon-Lime Wine Punch

2 bottles dry white wine, (Sauvignon Blanc)
5 cups lemon-lime pop (Sprite)
2 cups white grape juice
6 limes, thinly sliced crosswise
In large punch bowl, stir together wine, pop, and grape juice. Add lime slices. Just before serving, add ice or ice rings. Transfer to punch bowl and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from: epicurious.com

Raspberry Sherbet Punch

1/2 gallon raspberry sherbet
2 (750 milliliter) bottles champagne
1 (750 milliliter) bottle blush wine
1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale
Place frozen sherbet in center of a large punch bowl. Add champagne and blush wine. Stir gently. Add ginger ale and serve.
Recipe adapted from: allrecipes.com

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

1 quart pomegranate juice
2 cups fresh orange juice, strained
2 cups chilled limeade
One 750-milliliter bottle Prosecco
Lime and orange slices, for garnish
1 cup pomegranate seeds
In a punch bowl, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice and limeade. Add the Prosecco and float lime/orange slices on top. Once poured in glasses, add pomegranate seeds for garnish and serve.
Recipe adapted from: www.foodandwine.com