Is the Sea Calling Your Name? Go Nautical!

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Wanting to give your home a nautical look for the rest of the Summer? These quick tips will help you transform your home into a sea oasis.

Tip 1:  Add a few seafaring items and furniture to get the job done. Always remember less is more!

Tip 2: When going nautical, look for items with a distressed appearance and twists worked into their design. These items will look like you grabbed the piece from the bottom of the ocean off a sunken ship!

Tip 3: Decorate with small items that will make a splash and can be moved easily. These items will make your transition between seasons quick and easy.

Tip 4: Shades of blue and white give an instant feel of being on the ocean. Work these colors in when looking for items.

Use these tips to give your home a cool, ocean feel as the late summer sun makes days hotter.

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City Guides: Charleston

 

We asked our Charleston store manager, Carly Greeley, to give us her favorite haunts in the city she calls home. Whether you’re a fellow Charlestonian or planning a visit, check out these recommendations from a local (and add your own in the comments!):

Favorite Sushi: “The people at Osaka know me by my order! But I recently stumbled on Zen Asian Fusion. I love the Paradise Roll.”

Favorite Mexican Restaurant: Mex 1 and Zia Taqueria. “I’m constantly craving the nachos at Mex 1.”

Favorite Coffee Shop: Metto Coffee

Favorite Places to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Shop and Sugar Bakeshop cupcakes (try the key lime, lemon, or orange dream).

Favorite Place to Relax: “I love crossing the Ravenel Bridge in the mornings. The sun glistening over the water on my ride to work always puts a smile on my face.”

Favorite Beach: Sullivan’s Island. “When the tide goes out, the water is shallow and peaceful. It’s a great place for paddle boarding and kite boarding!”

Favorite Date Spot: Avondale Wine and Cheese. “I could eat a pound of the Bucheron Cheese in one sitting.”

Favorite Shopping Spots: Bashful Boutique, Teal, Francesca’s, Haute Hanger, Anthropologie, Tanger Outlets and Town Center.

Favorite Splurge Activity: “If tickets for the Annual Food and Wine Festival were cheaper, I’d attend every year! You get to taste local wines and food for hours!”

Favorite Winter Activity: A pottery class at Fire & Earth Pottery.  “Once a day for 2 hours over 8 weeks, I get to play with clay. I also get to create a new piece every glass and take it home with me at the end of the course!”

 

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Fix it Friday – Chalkboard Anywhere In Your Home

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Have some extra space that is begging to be filled? Kids drawing on the walls? This is the perfect project for you! Adding chalkboard paint to a wall or door is a great way to keep art time clean and in one place. You may even catch yourself wanting to join in on the drawing fun.

Materials: Chalkboard paint, paintbrush, blue painter’s tape/masking tape, rag and Windex (for drips)

Time: Quick – depends on dry time

1. Tape out area where you want your chalkboard

2. Paint inside taped area with chalkboard paint

3. Let dry before removing tape

Don’t forget to have fun with this project! For a little extra flair – go around the edge of the chalkboard paint with acrylic paints creating a painted frame design.

There you have it! A quick and easy chalkboard for you or your family to enjoy!

Other fun twists:
1) Paint the top of an old table with chalkboard paint to create a craft table for kids (or yourself)!
2) Paint the inside of a cabinet or pantry to create a convenient place for a running grocery list.
3) Put some chalkboard paint on your herb pots to remember what you planted where.
4) Put a bit of paint on drawers to remind kids what gets put away where.
5) Use the paint on cups to write names or draw pictures to remind everyone whose is whose.

 

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Happy National Hammock Day!

Images via Adorable Home

Images via Adorable Home

From Teacher Appreciation Day to National Donut Day, there is every holiday imaginable but one day hangs above the rest when it comes to relaxation. Today, July 22nd, is National Hammock Day. A day to take a break, slow down, and take a step back to admire the beautiful things all from the comforts of a hammock.

What is the origin of such a day, you ask? The origins are unclear but the creation of the hammock is known. Hammocks were originally fashioned by Central and South American natives for sleeping and were woven from bark of the “hamack” tree. Much later the bark was replaced by other materials. Now, hammocks are used around the world for relaxation and lounging.

National Hammock Day is known as a day of no work. Some of us are not so lucky. If you happen to be one of the chosen ones, lay back and enjoy the simplicity and calm of hammock lounging. For the rest of us there is this:

Image via Connect Design

Image via Connect Design

Wondering which of our pieces go great with hammocks? Here are our picks!

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Furniture Care 101

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Furniture is an investment so give it some tender loving care! We’ve done a post about furniture care in the past but it is never a wrong time to freshen up on these tips and tricks we share with all of our customers!

Tip 1: For all furniture, always use a dry duster!

Tip 2: For spills, first dry with a cloth or paper towel before wiping the surface with a soft, damp cloth.

Tip 3: Never use thinners or chemical-based cleaning products when caring for your furniture.

Tip 4: If you can avoid it, keep furniture away from heat sources.

Tip 5: Cool air can be bad too. Keep your furniture away from air vents or wall units.

Tips 6: When moving furniture, remove all objects from the top of the surface. If the object is heavy, ask a buddy for help!

Tip 7: Put coasters and mats beneath hot objects or things that could spill.

Tip 8: Don’t forget to protect the top of your furniture when writing, drawing, etc. Accidents happen!

This short list of tips will help protect your furniture from the elements and human accidents to keep a happy home!

 

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Two Ingredient Nutella Brownies

Image via The Kitchn

Image via The Kitchn

Baking brownies from scratch usually involves several ingredients but with the help of The Kitchn, we’ve come across a revolutionary recipe that will save you the time, money and mess that comes with the aftermath of baking.

What kind of recipe might that be? One that only involves two ingredients–yes, that’s right, only two: eggs and Nutella!

Check out the recipe below and try whipping it up for last minute get-togethers, beach trips and all of your upcoming summer picnics – you won’t be disappointed!

Image via The Kitchn

Image via The Kitchn

Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cup Nutella (slightly less than a whole 13-ounce jar)
Optional: 1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F: Heat the oven to 350°F with a rack placed in the middle position.
  2. Line the baking dish with parchment: Cut a length of parchment and lay it in your baking dish with the ends hanging over the sides of the dish like flaps. Spray the parchment and sides of the baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Begin whisking the eggs: Crack all 4 eggs into the bowl of your stand mixer or your mixing bowl. With the whisk attachment, begin on low speed and gradually increase to medium-high. Continue whisking the eggs until they become light lemon-colored and billowy, and are tripled in bulk. This will take 6 to 8 minutes (slightly longer if you’re using a handheld mixer).
  4. Warm the Nutella: While the eggs are whisking, measure the Nutella and transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the Nutella for 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds to stir the Nutella. When warmed, the Nutella should be loose and creamy.
  5. Combine the eggs and Nutella: With the mixer on low speed, drop spoonfuls of Nutella into the egg mixture using a spatula. (With a hand-mixer, add a little at a time and mix in between.) Continue mixing until all the Nutella has been added and is thoroughly combined with the eggs.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes: Pour the Nutella mixture into the prepared pan. Transfer the dish to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. The brownies are done when they start to pull away from the sides of the dish and a cake tester inserted into the middle of the brownies comes away clean.
  7. Let cool: Let the brownies cool as long as you can. They are delicious while still warm from the oven, but will easily fall apart. For sturdy brownies, wait until they are completely cooled before cutting or removing them from the pan.

Recipe Notes

  • Cakey Nutella Brownies: For a cakier version of these brownies, use just 2 eggs and add 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour or almond flour along with the Nutella.

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How To Make Your Office Homier

Image via Elle Decor

Image via ELLE Decor

In the past, office spaces have been traditional and conventional. Make yourself at home by adding flair and homier touches to make your work space more you.

With these tips from us and ELLE Decor, your office oasis is only steps away:

Tip 1: Use contrasting chairs

Just like with your dining set, contrasting chairs can give your desk a laid back and relaxing feel while you work.

Tip 2: Position your desk facing or near a window

By placing your desk in the direction of windows, natural light can boost your morale and productivity while decreasing stress.

Tip 3: Add a “pop” of color to increase creativity

A statement piece in your office can help increase creativity by keeping your mind active.

Tip 4: Match the color of your desk with other “heavy” pieces

By matching your desk with the color of other larger pieces of the room, you can give your office a more uniform feel that may decrease stress.

Tip 5: Use a dining table as your desk

By using tables as alternatives to desks you can create the feel of being at home. Depending on the size of the table, it may help create an atmosphere for collaboration within your workplace.

To give your office a touch of home and soul stop by your local Nadeau for unique and affordable pieces.

Dining Table (T010MB) $464.00 & Book Case (CA039) $250

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Fix it Friday – Repurposing Broken Pieces

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Broken furniture can be a drag! Use the dry brush technique from our last Fix it Friday post to repurpose any broken piece. If the glass is broken or you have a lack of space for doors in city apartments, it is perfect for a DIY project!

Materials: Paint (several colors), damp rag, paper or paper plate, wood putty, screwdriver, gloves, and paintbrush

Time: Varies depending on wanted look

1. Remove the doors using  a screwdriver

2. Spackle screw holes by applying Spackle with your fingers

3. Start painting process by dipping brush into color

4. Brush off onto paper or paper plate

5. Brush onto item you are painting

6. Repeat steps 3-5 until item is fully painted

7. Add hooks for extra storage using leftover screws from door removal

Voila! You now have yourself a unique DIY cabinet!

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Tips for Decorating with Color

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Do you find it difficult to pick the right color schemes for your home? Look no further as Apartment Therapy has broken down how the color wheel works and provided some extremely handy tips when it comes to decorating with color. Our favorites “choose shades, tones and/or tints of the same color throughout the room or home, with little variation”, “colors evoke moods, and deep cool colors in particular project calmness and serenity,” and “keep existing woodwork, furniture, or counter tops in mind and choose paint that will work with those elements already in place.”

Don’t be afraid to experiment with color, add as much or little as you feel comfortable with. We suggest adding a pop of color to a room with a painted Nadeau piece or two – after all we have a wide selection to choose from.

Happy painting!

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Mix and Match Your Dining Set

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When it comes to the dining area of a home we tend to see a matching set of dining tables and chairs, but have you ever thought about switching things up to create a look that’s both random and uniform?

In the past, we’ve noticed that mixing and matching dining chairs will just about get the job done and thanks to helpful tips from Apartment Therapy we’ve re-discovered ways to capitalize on this design trend even more.

In attempting to replicate this design, choose a great table and several chairs in different shapes, sizes, styles, colors, or finishes to either compliment or contrast with the overall set. You don’t need much to accomplish this look, just vision and a keen eye for detail to help reinforce your style.

Stop by your local Nadeau and use the tips to carry out this project on your own!

 

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