Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Love Your Home: Holiday Pear Martini

Want to impress your guests with a festive drink this holiday? Try a rosemary-infused pear cosmo—it's a recipe that will have your friends talking for years to come.

To really amp your cocktail up, go shopping for fun martini glasses. These have LED lights—they're certain to make an impression. Or, if classic is more your style, you can't go wrong with Waterford.

Rosemary-Infused Pear Cosmo Recipe
Yield: 2 martinis

4 oz pear vodka
1 oz sweetened lime juice
4 oz pear nectar (this can be found in the juice aisle at many grocery stores, or at specialty food stores)
14 fresh cranberries
2 rosemary sprigs

Set aside 4 cranberries and the top 3” of the rosemary sprigs for garnishing the glasses.

Crush the remaining rosemary leaves and cranberries and place in the bottom of the shaker. Add ice, pear vodka and lime juice, shake and let sit a few minutes

While the drink is resting, get the glasses ready by adding one rosemary sprig and 2 cranberries to each. Add the nectar to the shaker, shake again and pour.

Why use rosemary? It's been known to “alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth,” according to an article Medical News Today.

Cheers! Do you have a favorite holiday libation? Share it in the comments!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Endless Search: Furniture Hardware

Freshen your furniture at a fraction of the cost. This High Point Market trend makes it easy to update your home without buying a new piece of furniture.

I'm back from market and full of inspiration! Once I've made it home, I always look back on market trips and make a list of what I saw as key trends. Are they trends or are they just things that I liked? Time will tell. This fall I found a revival of great furniture hardware. Surprisingly, it looks like brass tones are back.

The square shape of the ring pulls on this Lillian August console is a nice update.

This swag and drape look from Stanley’s Charleston collection is eye-catching and chic.

A hint of nautical fittings for the pulls in the Stanley Coastal Living collection pack a lot of look into a little adornment.

I saw this classic Dorothy Draper chest for sale on 1st Dibs—so much shiny brass!

This is a favorite look of mine and a classic. A tailored white shirt and worn-out jeans accessorized with a gold-plated belt buckle and jewelry. Layering accessories—Janet Gregg makes some of my favorites—over simple basics is so similar to updating a classic piece of furniture.

You might have your next chic piece hidden in your garage—take those pieces out and have fun with them!

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