Elements of Brunch

berries-quicheOr How to make a fabulous brunch. The holiday season is upon us and those waffles aren’t going to make themselves. Here are some tips for making a great brunch from Yellow Table. 

1) Don’t try and do everything. If you’re hosting, you’re already having to clean your place, set the table, and at least buy some of the food. Let other people help out in other ways!! If you have a friend who loves to do flowers (or even better has a garden), let them bring the flowers. Tell everyone to bring a bottle of sparkling wine, or some OJ or coffee. Let people help out by bringing a dish, or picking up croissants or fruit.

2) Make some sort of main course and keep the rest of the food extremely simple. I also try to have something savory, something sweet, some sort of fruit, and some sort of salad. For this brunch, I decided to make a couple of crustless quiches for the main course and kept everything else super-easy: I bought some croissants, tossed together an arugula salad (with apples and watermelon radishes), and put out a bowl of berries. I also made a strawberry-rhubarb compote to go with the croissants, which took about 10 minutes to make and was a nice homemade touch.

3) Make a fresh-squeezed mimosa bar. This is SO easy and is a really nice touch. Before guests arrive, squeeze some oranges (I love Cara Cara or blood oranges) and/or grapefruit juice, pour into pretty little pitchers, and set out beside chilled bottles of bubbly. People can just make their own mimosas, which leaves you free to finish the food or talk to everyone as they arrive. And have at least a little something to nibble on when guests arrive, even if it’s just some olives or nuts or crostini.

4) Make a bunch of little flower arragements from one bigger bunch of flowers. I was lucky to have my friend Jenn‘s help with flowers – she just bought a few bunches of lilac, cut them into smaller bundles (which she tied with butchers’ twine) and stuck them in some little pitchers and vases I had. Then she tucked a few sprigs in bud vases. This is such a simple, affordable way to create pretty flower arrangements on the table! The key is to keep things low so people can still see each other over the flowers.

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Enliven your Space

2016-11-23_10-18-54via So Haute Design – One of my favorite ways to brighten up my home is to incorporate a bit of greenery which is sure to bring burst of color and life into any room. Plants make your home feel welcoming and inspiring which will in turn enhance your mood and – bonus – many plants filter toxins from the air, acting as natural air purifiers so having them in your home is healthy too! (Win, win!)

If you’re like me and live in an apartment with no outdoor space, or you just want to brighten up your home, consider incorporating house plants into your decor to bring the outdoors in! I recently went to the new Lowe’s store on the Upper West Side and picked up several house plants and I’m excited to give you a little tour to show you how I placed them throughout my home plus share my five top tips for decorating with plants.

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Penthouse Homes at Trio Provide a Golden Opportunity for Empty-Nesters Looking to Downsize into Luxury

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MODEL PENTHOUSE CONDOMINIUM AT TRIO IN PALISADES PARK, NJ

PALISADES PARK, NJ – Trio, a full-service luxury condo building in Palisades Park, offers exactly the type of incredible location, upscale homes and maintenance-free environment that many empty-nesters and Baby Boomers looking to downsize from their older single-family homes but still wish to remain in Bergen County seek.

Particularly appealing to this buyer segment is the collection of Penthouses at Trio which are ideal for those looking for a high level of luxury, magnificent views and in-building access to world-class amenities, while eliminating the worry and stress associated with the constant upkeep of a detached home, according to The Marketing Directors, exclusive sales and marketing agent for Trio.

Situated on the top floors of the two nine-story buildings with prices starting at just $595,000, the Penthouses at Trio feature five distinctive two- and three-bedroom floorplans with desired elements such as separate kitchen and dining areas, two-and-a-half to three bathrooms, spacious master bedroom suites with walk-in closets and designer kitchens.  Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the homes in natural light, while hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble floors and custom cabinetry add style and detail to every corner.

Some of the Penthouses offer spectacular New York City skyline views, while others feature spanning vistas of the western-facing landscape.   Continue reading

Be Inspired

2016-11-22_10-28-50Lauren Conrad‘s stylish Pacific Palisades, CA, home is the thing interior design dreams are made of any day of the year, but come the holidays, it’s truly enchanted. Lauren invited Good Housekeeping in to check out her Christmas decorations, and she shared some of her style and entertaining tips with the publication. She revealed, “No matter where I’m trying to entertain, everybody ends up in the kitchen. Wherever the food and drinks are that’s where they’ll be. I try to drag them to other rooms. I’m like, ‘Come on, guys, I’ve decorated this whole room,’ but they don’t care. They’re like, ‘The cheese platter is here.'” Don’t worry, Lauren! We want to see your decor. Keep reading to check out the rooms Lauren so stylishly decorated.

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Happy Stylish Thanksgiving

Whether your taste in tablescapes is subdued or sumptuous, get ready to give thanks in style. Browse photos of beautiful Thanksgiving table settings, centerpieces and accessories for ideas and inspiration.

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Natural Elements

Look to nature for easy, elegant ways to embellish your Thanksgiving table. HGTV fan chasingpaige brought the beautiful colors of fall to her table by incorporating gourds and pumpkins into her centerpiece and topping each place setting with a pear.

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BUILD THE BEST MEDIA ROOM

2016-11-02_13-24-34There was a time when only a few could afford a large screen television. The resolution was clunky, the sound poor and the cost high. But over the past decade, technology has advanced so remarkably fast that today a 60-inch television with unbelievably crisp resolution is within many people’s budget.

Add to this the fact that tickets for movie theaters are more expensive than ever, and it makes sense why more people are building a home theater in their house. With some planning and amazing electronic toys, it’s possible to create a media room that delivers theater-quality sound and visuals. And you can enjoy it in more comfortable seats and without obnoxious strangers interrupting the show.

But 4K televisions, surround-sound speakers and bass cannons are only part of the overall experience.

To compliment these electronics features, you need the right setting to amplify the experience. This means taking the time to design a proper media room that enables your equipment. These five indispensable tips will help you do just that. Continue reading

Stylish Condo Living

This condo open living and dining space was pulled together with a neutral palette, texture and a burst of teal throughout the space. The focal point of the rooms is a custom painted cabinet, which was originally brown with glass doors. A local artist transformed it to a lovely show piece. The living space allows for relaxing and entertaining and the luxurious crystal chandelier and elegant sconces add sophistication to this lovely room, designed for a lovely couple. (via houzz.com)