One of the keys to effortless entertaining is preparation. But it isn't always practical to keep your pantry stocked with perishable goods on the off chance your doorbell might ring with unexpected guests. A simple and elegant way to master the art of the "drop by" is to keep 2-3 bottles of Pellegrino sparkling water on hand (at least 1 unopened bottle chilling in the fridge at all times), along with a bag of frozen whole cranberries in the freezer. When the doorbell rings, it's as simple as opening the chilled bottle, adding a few frozen rubies along with a few regular ice cubes into a stemless wine glass and serve. Unprepared for visitors? Not you... you're a domestic goddess. Stylish, and effortlessly elegant - no matter what time of day or who it is that stops by.
Ideas are energy, and energy needs room to flow. Turning your desk (or at least some portion of your desk) so that you have more space in front of you than you do behind you gives you the freedom to think creatively without obstruction. For left-brain tasks like data entry, spreadsheets and processing email, you may find you can produce results just fine facing the wall or even in a cubicle, but when working on brainstorming new ideas or more right-brain, creative projects you'll benefit from having the extra open space in front of you to really let your creative essence flow.
Items that are beautiful AND have multiple uses are the holy grail of simplicity. And replacing all the drinking glasses in your home with stemless wine glasses in varying sizes is a small tweak with a huge payoff. Elevate your breakfast table to a work of art using the smaller size for juice glasses, medium size for water, and stemless flutes for mimosas, then easily switch gears to setting an elegant dinner table in an instant using the very same glasses for white wine, red wine and Prosecco respectively. Whether IKEA or Riedel is actually irrelevant (and since we're talking about for everyday use here you might want to stick with the durability and affordability of glass versus crystal - they're more sturdy and wash up beautifully in the dishwasher whereas their fragile counterparts will most often still have at least a few water spots even with a good rinse agent and drying cycle). They look gorgeous and uber organized even in open shelving when lined up by size, and best of all - no more hand washing and/or polishing for what seems like endless hours before and after entertaining. I don't know about you, but that fact alone - for me - makes this a simple switch worth making!
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Transforming the look and feel of your closet begins with a simple step: replacing your wire and plastic hangers with wood or ultra-thin velvet hangers (same color and style for your entire closet, with the hooks all facing the same direction).
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We recently stumbled across the most ingenious idea for those who cook with wine. Rather than having partially full bottles lining your counters or your fridge, freeze the wine in ice cube trays and and then once frozen, seal the individual cubes together in a freezer bag. Next time your recipe calls for wine, simply grab a few out of the freezer and you're good to go.
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