Easy Home Bars

Starting a home bar can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Become a home mixologist with the perfect blend of these easy tips and ideas.

Pick what you enjoy.

Do not pick spirits with the only goal of impressing your friends. If that is your focus you’ll end up spending a fortune. While a home bar is for entertaining, the key is to remember that the main customer is you!

Start small.

Alcohol is not cheap so start small when building your home bar. Remember you do not need a full bar to have a good time. Keep the essentials on hand but make it your own. To create a bar like feel and help save you a few bucks, make a list of what you are offering at that time.

Keep it simple.

You don’t need to know how to mix a fancy cocktail. Your job is not to be the best bartender in the world but just to be a great host. Consider what your friends like but except most people will want something easy like a beer or a simple cocktail.

Try putting your own home bar together with the help of these Pinterest ideas and Nadeau pieces!

Try these other pieces for your home bar!

 

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Fix It Friday – From Broken to Chalkboard

Adding chalkboard to your home is a popular trend right now. And why not love it?! This DIY is quick, easy, and fun for the whole family.

Materials: Chalkboard paint, Paint brush, Damp rag, Cardboard box, Work Gloves

Time: Very Quick – depends on dry time

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Step 1: (When revamping a broken pieces, be careful when removing glass or other pieces that could harm you or a little one’s hands.) Remove glass and dispose of properly. Try putting the pieces in a cardboard box and taping it shut.

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Step 2: Wipe away extra pieces behind the mirror before continuing.

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Step 3: Paint 2 coats of chalkboard paint in the area you want covered. Allow for dry time between coats.

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Then – Voila! You just avoided 7 years of bad luck with this DIY!

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After

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Seasonal Lantern Decorating

Lanterns are great home decor for any season, but we like how they add an extra antique touch to fall and winter. We dug through Pinterest to find you the easiest #DIY decor ideas for lantern decorating as the seasons change.

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Then a quick change as it starts to snow.

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Try these ideas out with a few of our lanterns!

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Setting a Dining Table Made Easy

Formal dining can leave even the most educated confused much like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Most of us probably don’t even use formal dining every day so you may even be asking yourself, “Why do I need to know this?” Most likely, there will come a time where you do need to take part in formal dining (like at a wedding) where you don’t want to be the one looking around for direction. It will also be fun to show your friends how classy you are at your next dinner party. Use these tips to help make it easy to remember:

Image via Style Me Pretty

Image via Style Me Pretty

Formal Set Up: With a formal set up always remember to start working your way from the outer utensils in towards your plates. Knife and spoons go on the right side and forks on the left. Desert and coffee utensils are set above the plates. The plates are stacked in the order of appetizer plate on top, then entree plate, and finally the “charger” which is the largest of the plates. The bread plate and butter knife are set on at the top left corner of the setting. On the opposite side, at the right corner,  steam ware is set from wines glasses at top, then champagne or water glass, followed lastly by a coffee cup.

Image via Style Me Pretty

Image via Style Me Pretty

Casual Set Up: A casual setting is great for holidays and family dinners. Also great for a more relaxed look. The rules that work for a formal set up also apply to a casual setting. Still work your way in with the utensils. Steam ware goes in the upper right hand corner. You will probably have a lot less plates and utensils so don’t be afraid to make the setting your own. Give your casual setting a sprinkle of personality to show off your style!

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Perfect for Fall Maple Cornbread Muffins

Image via Yesterfood

Image via Yesterfood

These cornbread muffins with a maple twist from Yesterfood will make a perfect side for any autumn dinner. Add these to your thanksgiving celebration or to a night in with your favorite chili. They will keep you cozy as the weather gets cooler.

Ingredients: 1 cup sifted flour, 1 cup cornmeal, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup milk, 1 egg (beaten), 1/4 cup real maple syrup, 2 tablespoons melted butter (slightly cooled for batter), and 3 tablespoons butter for muffin pan

Time: 35 minutes

Instructions:

(Makes 12)

#1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add 1/4 teaspoon butter in each cup of a 12 cup muffin pan and set aside.

#2 In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together and then sift. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, syrup, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The mixture will be somewhat thin and have a few small lumps. Let the mixture sit for about a minute before filling the muffin pan.

#3 While the mixture sits, place the muffin pan in the preheated oven, just long enough for the butter to melt and get hot, about one minute. Remove the pan from the oven, and very carefully swirl the pan so that the melted butter comes up the sides of the cups somewhat.

#4  Evenly divide the cornbread mixture into the muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove muffins from pan onto wire rack. Serve warm with maple butter, if desired.

Maple Butter: Mix 6 tablespoons softened butter with 2 tablespoons real maple syrup until creamy and smooth.

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Guest Blog Post – A Home Requires Action

Designing an apartment often leaves renters with an uneasy feeling. Due to a mixture of feelings of impermanence and restrictions, taking an active approach to altering an apartment can feel like a burden.

The limitations of altering an apartment are very present. With varying levels of strictness about how much you can change from complex to complex, it’s often difficult to build up the nerve to even ask what you can do.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s consider what a home is. Besides a home being the place where we are and where we come back to, a home is the place that we fill with our belongings. It is a collection of symbols and objects that represent our interests, our enjoyment, our families and our history. Just by placing these objects into a space, this space becomes completely unique. It becomes representative of us.

Yet, we do not just empty our things into our home. By simply organizing, we craft the layout of our home. This is a type of interaction and participation. We create the dining room, the living space and our private spaces. We organize how movement is to take place by the way we arrange tables, beds, and shelves.

The feelings of restriction prevent us from being able to connect with our home on a deeper level. For those that have never crafted their own DIY project, this may sound like a stretch, but there is a unique feeling of accomplishment, control and connection that results from taking an active stance in altering your surroundings. Suddenly, you find that there is a larger part of yourself in your living space because you’ve spent the time and energy to imprint yourself upon it in a finer detail. Once you examine your living space, analyze its layout, color, and textures, you redefine what this previously empty space means to you.

What this all comes down to is taking an active stance towards making your apartment a home. Just because the space you live in is located in an apartment complex doesn’t mean that you should give up on adding personal touches to it.

From just painting your walls, to adding wallpaper or tiling to your living rooms, kitchens and bathroom, adding your own lighting fixtures, or constructing your own furniture, there are innumerable ways to connect with your apartment on a creative and personalizing level.

Taking that extra step of designing your interior is what will make it feel like a home. So get out there and take that step!

This post was written by Adam Busch of RentLingo. RentLingo is the biggest source of expert and unbiased apartment reviews and ratings. By sending out local experts to inspect apartment buildings, RentLingo’s reviews have a consistency unmatched by any other type of apartment rating service. Also, with the ability to connect to Facebook, users are able to see what their friends have said about prospective areas and neighborhoods.

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Fix It Friday – DIY Patterns

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Wanting to add more fun to a furniture piece for a kid’s room? Give it a shabby chic home made look with these steps to creating your own pattern.

Materials: Paint, Paintbrush rag or sponge, Sandpaper, Thin cardboard (as thin as the back of a legal pad), Marker, Box cutter, Clear coat, and Damp rag

Time: Quick – depends on dry time

Before

Before

Step 1: Draw the shape you want on the cardboard. You may want to try drawing the design on a different piece of paper beforehand to get the exact design you want.

Step 2: Use a box cutter to cut the shape out of the middle of the cardboard without cutting from the outer edges of the cardboard.

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Step 2

 

Step 3: Lightly sand the area on the furniture piece you want the design to be located.

Step 4: Lay your cardboard stencil on the area you just sanded and dab on paint in the color of your choice. Repeat this until satisfied with the thickness of the paint.

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Step 4

Step 5: Let dry before continuing with the rest of the steps.

Step 6: Use permanent marker in the color of your paint or a contrasting color to outline the shapes if you want a clean line.

Step 7: After everything is dry, add a a gloss coat.

If you’re feeling bold: Make more stencils in many sizes to add between your already awesome design. You could also try different colors!

Add more fun designs!

Add more fun designs!

This can be a great personalized DIY gift with the coming holidays!

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The Ultimate House Warming Gift

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Your best friend or sibling just moved to a new home. You’ve been invited over to see the place. What do you bring in celebration? You could bring the usual bottle of brew or a food dish but why not make it more personalized with their favorite things?

We suggest these easy, personalized gift ideas!

What you’ll need will be based on your relationship. Brainstorm a few ideas and then add a home decor piece to bring the whole thing together.

For the friend that cooks, you could add lighter fluid for their grill, some helpful utensils, maybe a timer all on a decorative tray. The entertaining friend would probably like a small bottle of their favorite liqueur, some new shot or tasting glasses, and cocktail stirrers with a cocktail tray. For your best glam pal, give them a new nail polish, face mask, and lotions in a cute bowl. You may even want to consider a holiday that is coming up. Maybe, your friend needs some new winter lights or decorative candles. Since it is fall, go for a coffee accessories gift – Try a bag of their favorite blend and a new coffee cup all in a home decor lantern! If all else fails, go for the perfect movie night. Include a bag of popcorn, their favorite candy, and a movie with a serving tray.

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Things to Check Before Buying a House

You just found your dream home! It looks amazing inside and out but there might be a few things you are missing. Don’t forget to go through our top 3 must do check list before agreeing to anything.

#1 Check the cell reception. As people move farther and farther away from idea of land lines, cells have become  the main form of communication. If you’re dead set on a place, you can ask your carrier to install an extender or try for a wi-fi phone but no one wants the hassle.

#2 Make sure to check the outlets! How many are there? Are they modern? If you answered in a small number or with no to the second question, this places is probably a no go.

#3 Peek under sinks and in places plumbing is hiding. Things like mold will be a major issue for you as well as pest control so look out for lots of raid and mouse traps.

For more things you may have missed visit this link for 12 Important Things to check When Inspecting a Potential Home.

Any of these things have the potential of ruining your dream home. We suggest making a pro/con list with must haves and things you can/can’t live with to make the process easy. Happy home hunting!

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Fix It Friday – Scratches Begone

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Scratches on a piece can be a deal breaker when deciding if you keep it or trash it. Save your old faithful piece of furniture with this quick fix! Your favorite item will get an instant uplift to make it look brand new!

Materials: Sandpaper, Paint Brush, Gloves, Acrylic Paint, and Rag

Time: Quick – depends on dry time

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Materials

1. Sand top of scratched piece with sandpaper

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2. Wipe clean with rag

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3. Paint two coats with paint and paint brush (allow for dry time between both coats)

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Step 3

Then…voila! No more scratches. For fun, we also changed the knobs on this pieces to add even more uniqueness! Fix yours today!

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Fun Knobs

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