3 Ways to Spice Up Your Next Dinner Party

Once you are in a serious relationship, you are contractually obligated to participate in a minimum number of couples-only brunches and dinner parties per annum. But then I assume you knew this already. The upside is that, who doesn’t like a good brunch or dinner party? The downside is, especially when it comes to dinner... 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


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

Tips for Buying and Cooking Lobster at Home

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Summers are just as synonymous with good seafood as they are with grilling and the king of summer seafood is without a doubt the lobster (though clam bakes and good old fried or grilled anything are right up there). While ordering the famed crustacean in a restaurant is a whole lot easier than... read more

10 Memorial Day Party Accents You Need

Whether you’re planning a casual back yard barbeque or a stylish apartment soiree, kick off the summer season with an unforgettable Memorial Day bash.

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Raise the Bar

Don’t get stuck mixing drinks all night; serve up to two gallons of any cold beverage in this party must-have.

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According to Science, Married People Are Happier

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Forget all those jokes about “the old ball and chain…” Turns out, married people are happier than those who aren’t. Researchers in the UK used surveys to see if there was any link between marriage and well-being, and they found out there is. Those who have said “I do” were more likely to feel... read more

Make Sure You Have Your Fortress of Solitude

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When we’re in a serious relationship, we spend so much time trying to figure out how to live together that we sometimes forget how to be on our own. It’s sort of like how when you become a couple, your name becomes a couple name. You’re no longer simply Kate, you are now Kate and... read more
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