Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkins…

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week so far!


I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner! And even though I do not like the cold weather (I'm a summer kind of girl :)  I do love the holiday round during this time of the year. Starting with Halloween! It is my daughter's favorite and she starts planning on her custom the same day, Oct 31st… for the following year!!
She and I did a little project with pumpkins this week and we both love how it turned out!

First we washed them (I read on the internet it preserves the pumpkin life)

And a quick trip to Michaels to get some paint and decoration. Although, trips to Michaels are never 'quick' with her, ha!

We painted one of each color and decorated them with the studs making different patterns…




It was a very simple project and we had so much fun doing it together! I especially love the white and light gray… Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10 Plants that clean air…

Hello everyone!  Hope you all are having a great week!


Did you know that indoor air pollution might be three to five time higher than outdoor air?  Shocking, right?  The good news is that there are very simple ways to fix that.  According to NASA researche, plants can help purify indoor air.  It turns out, not only they add beauty to our homes but they also clean the air?!! I absolutely love that!

Below are 10 plants that will help purify the air you breath at home.
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Snake plant:  Removes benzene, found in glues, adhesives and also formaldehyde found in furniture

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Golden Pothos: Removes formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide which can be found in combustion fumes produced by cars. Ideal for entry ways and mudrooms.


White Ceramic Pot Complements Peace Lily
Peace lily: Reduces volatile organic compounds (VOC) found in paint and furniture wax

The 6 Best Plants for a Healthy Office: English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy:  Absorbs formaldehyde, VOCs and pollutants emitted by computers and office machines which causes headaches and nausea

7 Unique Non-Toxic Houseplants
Boston fern: Helps remove formaldehyde

Lady palm:  Targets ammonia found on cleaners, textiles and dyes

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Spider plant:  Removes formaldehyde and benzene (found in plastics, resins, synthetic fibers)


Dracaena
Red-edged Dracaena:  Removes formaldehyde, xylene (found in cleaners and paint thinner)

Chinese Evergreen:  Removes formaldehyde 

Aloe: Reduces formaldehyde

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What do you think?  Is there a plant that you like and helps you clean the air at your home?  I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How I organize my necklaces…

I have a confession to make… I LOVE necklaces. And a second confession: I have way too many, really. After looking many ways how to organize them, almost by accident I found something that works perfectly.  My daughter's old coat rack!
She got something like this a few years ago and she grew too big for it so when I had no idea what to do with it… a-ha moment!!

So I went from something like this…
Personalized Kids' Standing Coat Rack - White  (Picture 1/2)

To something like this






I love big necklaces and I think they look so pretty when you display them. A simple tray or even and empty flower vase are great alternatives, don't you agree?




I also have a few that are more delicate and for those I found this beautiful frame-organizer at Homegoods


How about you, do you love necklaces?  How do you organize them? I would love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nate…

Hello everyone! Hope you all having a great week so far!  

This past weekend I went to my local Target store and I found a GREAT selection of Nate Berkus items.  He is just sooo good (in every way :)  His designs are so perfect and never disappoints. I really wanted to see in person this faux fur stool but they didn't have it.  Everything else I saw I wanted to take home. I had to make a huge effort to control myself and not make my bank account explode.  I ended up being reasonable and come home, see what I really need and make a final decision of my purchase.  To be honest with you I don't exactly need anything, but wanting is enough reason, wouldn't you agree? Below are some of my favorite items…

Nate Berkus™ Black and Gold Accent Table Nate Berkus™ Laurel Leaf Bowl Nate Berkus™ Painted Stripe Vase 12"
 Nate Berkus™ Gold Facet Vase 7.8" Nate Berkus™ Faux Fur Stool Nate Berkus™ Ivory Velvet Applique Pillow

Nate Berkus™ Black and Gold Facet Lamp Base - Includes CFL Bulb Nate Berkus™ Printed Woven Storage Bin Nate Berkus™ Studded Wall Mirror
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Having a hard decision here… Which one is your favorite?  

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

PS: This is NOT a paid post. I just love Target and love even more Nate Berkus :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kitchen Open Shelves

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week!

I've seen a lot of kitchen open shelves lately. Around the web, at clients homes, magazines, etc.  Although it requires some work to maintain like dusting very often otherwise it gets sticky and also keep it simple and clutter free otherwise it a total mess! I have to say I'm loving the trend.  It looks really pretty and gives sophistication to a kitchen.  I will definitely consider this option when I have my own house (sigh!). Below are a few favorites that I found on where else, Pinterest!
Kitchen open shelving // smitten studio
Kitchen open shelves
Kitchen open shelving

Kitchen open shelves at Young House Love
Kitchen open shelves + gray bottom cabinets
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Which one is your favorite?


Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

See it clear

Hello everyone, hope you all are having a great week!

Have you ever got something just because you need it but you didn't really love it?  Well, that's just what happened to me… About a year ago I needed new glasses because I lost mine. I don't know what happened as I can not understand how one can lose a pair of reading glasses, but that's what happened. So I got a new pair that I really liked, but I didn't love. And for over a year I've been looking around for the right ones.

I was so happy when I learned about Warby Parker. Their designs are just fabulous and they totally match my style.
Well, today they are launching their Fall Collection and I'm head over heals with their new styles. They are so classy and modern at the same time and so easy to wear for work or with casual weekend outfits. Below are my favorite ones (the first and third ones are the same but different color).


The only problem now is that I can't decide on just one so I may get a couple!  Which one is your favorite?


Thank for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cleaning common mistakes



Hello everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend!

Working at different apartments and with so many clients I always find a few mistakes people tend to make.  Please note this is not a criticism but instead looking things from a different point of view and trying to help you avoid them. So here we go!

Mistake #1:  I don’t need a cleaning service
Nothing beats the feeling of coming home to a clean house.  Even better if someone else did it for you!  If you ever need some help please don't hesitate to call us!


Mistake #2: I only have hardwood floor so I don’t need a vacuum
A vacuum will pick up all dust from floors, corner, crevices that a broom can’t get.  Make sure a vacuum has Hepa filter (high efficiency particulate air) and/or it’s sealed.  A great option is Miele and Dyson.  A little pricey, but worth every single penny!



Mistake #3:  If it looks clean it is clean
There are places and surfaces that look clean, however they carry tons of germs.  For example:  sponges, handles and door knobs, faucets, light switches, etc.  They also need to be clean and disinfected.


Mistake #4:  The stronger the products, the better
Most people think they need to use bleach and strong cleansers in order to do the tough work.  There are a huge variety of natural options to kill germs and not your lungs. As a matter of fact vinegar and baking soda can go a long way. My favorite ones are from Shaklee.

Mistake #5: Forget about common appliances such as dishwasher, washer machine, etc
We tend to forget about this appliances. Actually, when people think of cleaning appliances first thing to come to our mind is the refrigerator, microwave and may inside the oven but  ave you ever clean inside your dishwasher or washing machine?  These are very important items and to cleaned as well!  You can read a little tutorial here.

Mistake #6: Using liquid dish soap on your dishwasher
Yes, they both clean dishes, but you should never use liquid dish soap in your dishwasher. Ever.  Both detergents are made with different ingredients and the one to hand wash dishes makes a foam. So if you put it in the dishwasher with the power of water will make a lot of foam (and I mean A LOT) making it very hard to clean up. You will have to rinse the machine more than a few times.



Now tell me, do you do some of these?  I have to say I  play guilty about washing my dishwasher. I have to remind myself about it all the time :)

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela