October 8, 2013

This season, ensure that everyone gets a slice of delicious Halloween fun. Dazzle your party guests by adding a quirky twist to Halloween munchies with these quick and clever recipes.

halloween graveyard treat with grated Oreo cookies and a gummy worm

A deep dish of Halloween treats

1. Witch Cupcakes

These easy-to-make witch cupcakes are so wickedly good they just might cast a spell over your Halloween guests. Any flavored cupcake, whether purchased or homemade, can be used to make the witch’s head. Use green frosting to make the face, vanilla frosting and chocolate chips for the eyes, red icing for the mouth, and green icing for warts. Shape candies or use candy corn for the nose. Pipe chocolate icing for the hair, and place a chocolate-flavored ice cream cone on top for that perfect pointy hat!

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October 3, 2013

Everybody wants to live in cozy, spacious houses. But do you know that studios and small apartments can be spacious as well? Treetopia shows you how you can open up space even in the tiniest of homes with these clever tricks:

1. Use a Room for Two Purposes Instead of One

One of the best ways to make the most out of a limited space is to use it for more than one purpose. Some people, for instance, set up their home office in the living room, while others have their workout space in the bedroom.

Tables can serve many purposes. To make the most of them, at the same time maximizing space, hold both the dining area and the library in a single room. Not only is this combination practical, it looks charming too!

Table and chairs beside a bookshelf

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October 2, 2013

Gathering your friends every now and then for a night of fun can help you feel invigorated to take on busy days ahead. This weekend, get your friends all glammed up for a night of lovely concoctions and a fun-filled dance fest.

Here are some tips on how you can graciously host a stress-free cocktail party right in your own living room:

Make Plenty of Room for Your Guests

Arrange your living room furniture so that guests can move throughout the area easily. Push big couches and other bulky pieces against the walls to open up floor space, if necessary.

Gray couches on the side and a bigger floor area

Remove area rugs to make room for a dancing area. The rule of thumb is three square feet of dance floor per dancing guest, so tuck away any thing that might get in the way of dance moves.

Scatter a few podium bar tables where guests can gather around to encourage party movement and conversation. Setting up these mini tables also provides space for people to put down their drinks in case they want to dance or need to go to the powder room.

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October 1, 2013

If cold autumn days make you yearn for sunny beaches, fresh tropical fruit, and island music, then turn your next party into a summer getaway with a hot Hawaiian theme. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, or promotion, a luau brings the fun and excitement of the tropics to your gatherings. Here’s what you need to do for a fun luau party:

Decorate your space

Embrace tropical kitsch, and place pink flamingoes and artificial palm trees outside your door to greet party-goers. Extend a warm welcome to your guests with a paper, plastic, or silk Hawaiian lei and a hearty “Aloha!”

Catalina breeze artificial palm trees

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September 26, 2013

As nature’s greens turn into gold this fall, let your home become more in tune with its surroundings with a tree that not only exudes radiance, but also highlights the elegance of your interiors.

Treetopia helps you celebrate the start of a new season with its very own Toasted Champagne Gold Tinsel Christmas Tree.

Here are some ways to adorn this tree for the fall up until the holiday season ends using popular Christmas color schemes:

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September 24, 2013

The change in seasons brings about a wonderful opportunity to redecorate your home. This fall, look beyond the traditional maple leaves, pumpkins, and warm colors, and turn to the runway for great ideas to spruce up your spaces. With classic prints and luxurious leather, the fashion trends of Fall 2013 are a rich source of inspiration that will give your home a fun and stylish edge.

Shades of Gray

Among all the trends from this year’s fall runway, gray is one of the most sought-after. From charcoal to slate, gray graces the collections of Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, and is heralded as the new neutral. Incorporate this versatile shade in your home by taking down your summer drapes and replacing them with subtle, silvery gray curtains.

Gray curtains add elegance and sophistication to a room without weighing it down like black often does. To counterbalance gray’s natural coolness, choose a warmer shade of gray or complement the room with wood tones.

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September 19, 2013

The bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in any house, but the right fixtures can make a big difference. Trick the eye into seeing more space than is actually present with these bathroom design solutions.

Optimize Corners with a Corner Shower Stall

Compact corner shower stalls make a great design solution where space is limited. Unlike built-in showers, a corner shower takes up a minimal amount of floor space, making it an ideal addition to a small bathroom.

A corner shower stall

Another space-saving solution is a shower enclosure that fits in a corner and features a sliding door, giving you maximum entry area while using less floor space.

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September 17, 2013

The sun has finally set on summer, and it’s time to welcome the invigorating freshness of fall. This season is bursting with glorious colors that entice us to spruce up our home décor to follow suit. Here are some ideas on how to adopt the wonderful bounty of Mother Nature to cozy up your home.

Decorate with Fall Foliage

Decorating with fall flora takes very little effort since the foliage is already stunning all on its own. Start off by welcoming guests with an entry table topped with a lovely arrangement of leaves and branches in a large vase. Use a combination of scarlet maple leaves, golden ginkgo, or bittersweet branches to give your foyer a colorful and cheery ambiance. Complement the arrangement with some fruits in an earthenware bowl and an inviting bottle of wine for maximum impact.

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September 16, 2013

There will always be times when we need to bring home some work. Try to take the stress from getting office work done at home by making your home office more efficient. Here are some steps you can take to improve your level of productivity in your own space.

Pay Attention to Ergonomics

Ergonomically designed office furniture enhances the work experience as it makes work less stressful for the body.

Improve productivity by using a desk that allows you to be comfortable while working.

Home office desk

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September 10, 2013

Devouring popcorn, nachos, candy bars, and copious cups of diet soda while enjoying the latest summer flicks at the cinema is what life is all about. Movie night at home, however, gives you the opportunity to fancy up your movie time treats for a more delicious and satisfying viewing experience. In this latest installment in our Savvy and Sassy Kitchen series, you can easily whip up these homemade snacks that feature delightful twists to classic theatre-style fare.  So call up your friends, choose a fun-to-watch flick, and serve any of these award-worthy appetizers.

Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta

Watching a movie and munching mindlessly on hot buttered popcorn is always a great combination. Chef Fabio Viviani from Chow Ciao gives ordinary popcorn a decidedly gourmet turn with this exciting Popcorn with Parmesan and Pancetta recipe. A generous amount of diced pancetta, or Italian cured pork, adds a smoky, bacon-like flavor to the popping oil. Parmesan cheese, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder give this popcorn snack several layers of flavor that will have you applauding with every bite.

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A fun twist to the usual movie time treat


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