This is the Recipe for a Lost Weekend

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Sometimes you just need to loose yourself mid-week and imbibe in a cocktail that takes you a few days back to the weekend... you know, when you were relaxed? We tapped one of our favorite New York eateries, The Leadbelly, in Manhattan's Lower East Side, for their remedy to a grueling week. The... read more

6 Pretty Ways to Style Your Mantel When It’s Not the Holidays

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The mantel is not always the easiest thing to deal with. It's right in the middle of the room, and, aside from holidays, there's just no clear indication of how you should decorate it. Restyling the mantel is a simple and genius way to freshen up a living space if you've got an idea for how to... read more

Quiz: Are You Ready For a Baby?

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Think you’re ready for a turn-your-world-upside-down, life-changing commitment that is a baby? Answer the following questions to see if you truly are! 1. Why do you want a baby? A. My partner and I have been fighting a lot and I think this would bring us closer together. B. There’s something missing in our relationship,... read more

Tips for Dealing with a Messy Partner

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I’ll admit it, whenever I’m in a relationship, I’m probably the messy one. I don’t mean to be. In fact, I’m actually quite a fan of living in a clean house, it’s just that when the time comes to properly tidy up, my mind tends to drift to other things. Luckily I live in New... read more

5 Wall Hangings To Jazz Up Your Space

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Wall hangings are back with better designs and colors--no more '70s era muted browns and pea greens, people! They make perfect pieces for decorating that blank wall of yours. There are so many artists out there that have mastered the weaving technique it's almost daunting to find the perfect one. We figured we'd help you... read more

5 Classy Gifts to Bring to a Housewarming (That AREN’T Wine)

Let’s face it: when it comes to housewarming gifts, wine is so passé (besides, someone else is sure to bring it!). While we love that signature bottle as much as the next person, we at nousDECOR thought it’d be fun to start thinking afresh about what to get your lovely new neighbors for their official reception into their new residence. Here are five new ideas to try for welcoming your hosts to the neighborhood, or helping old friends make their new house a home.

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1. Fresh bread from a local bakery*

Since they've just moved in, they'll be likely to have very little food on hand, which makes a new loaf the perfect moving-in snack (and will go with that cheeseboard and wine they may have gotten from other guests). Plus, you'll get to introduce them to your favorite bakery in town—an excellent way to welcome them to the neighborhood and make their new, unfamiliar surroundings feel a bit more like home. *Unless they are gluten-free, in which case we suggest a nice olive oil from a specialty shop.

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Instant Expert: How to Up Your Healthy Eating Game with Jicama

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One of the key elements of healthy eating is variety. Not only does a varied diet ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs, it helps prevent boredom — which is huge. Eat the same boring salad everyday without mixing it up and you just might crack. So finding a few new fruits... read more

Perfectly Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

 Fill your Memorial Day picnic basket with a batch of homemade, golden brown Fried Chicken.

What You'll Need:  (Serves 4)

8 pieces of chicken (4 drumsticks and 4 thighs, bone in and skin on) salt and pepper 1 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot (or any other hot sauce) 2... read more

No Sew DIY Red, White, and Blue Fabric Placemats

DIY No Sew Memorial Day Fabric Placemats
Kick off the start of summer with a fun backyard BBQ or family get together! Whether you're hosting an intimate impromptu dinner for friends or a big bash for all the neighbors, dress up your table with some red, white and blues to pay homage to the Memorial holiday. Skip the over the top... read more

A Porch-Perfect and Patriotic Tablescape + Floral DIY

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Parades filled with marching veterans and blaring sirens, the smell of barbecues throughout town, and flags rippling in the wind on porches... Memorial Day marks the season of outdoor entertaining and for these warm-weather holiday tablescapes, I err on the side of simple and subtle with a laid-back appeal. It's a time of remembrance and celebration, so here's how... read more
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