Guest Groups: Rock the Casbah Appearance

Inject some Moroccan flavor into your house this spring — plane tickets and passports not mandatory! Architectural arches, lattice wall prints and gorgeous detailing on tumblers, tagines and tables are up for grabs. This style is among the season’s latest trends. It is infinitely approachable and impossibly chic. — Lani from Mon Petit Chou Chou

Laura U, Inc..

The geometric cutouts and accents are such a creative way to dress up a boring bookshelf. Insert a few burnished lamps, et voilà!

Pearson

Pearson Ottoman

Quirky, adorable and walking on the line somewhere between traditional and modern, this ottoman by Pearson will be a welcome addition to my living room.

Maya Inlay Mirror White – $695

This inlay mirror is more ornate but totally impartial, a tough combination to reach. How perfect would it be hanging in an entryway? It provides guests a opportunity to primp prior to their trip.

Williams-Sonoma

Tunisian Hand-Painted Mosaic Tagine – $49.95

Picture functional and perfect, this Tunisian hand-painted tagine out of Williams-Sonoma is too pretty to lock at a cupboard. Put it on some open shelving.

Horchow

Moroccan Style Tea Glasses – Set of Four – $60

These tumblers are really fun with wine. Don’t relegate the vino into stemware; it’s perfectly at home in ornate glasses such as these.

Tan Moroccan Leather Pouf – $450

Poufs are definitely with a moment. This leather version from Serena & Lily is handmade in Morocco and well worth the investment.

Justmorocco

Orange Mekissa Bench Place – $2,700

The deep tangerine Mekissa couch is ornamented with patterned fabric and finished with wooden silver and carved Moorish artwork. It is a luxe patio topper for hot summer nights around the fire pit.

Williams-Sonoma

Morocco Tile Salad Plates

I love these richly textured Moroccan tile salad dishes. They would be gorgeous for wine and cheese. I have a similar version that I endlessly use when entertaining.

Lucy Interior Design

Minimalist Moroccan does exist! This neutral area is cranked up a notch with vibrant squares and an inspired napping window.

Pottery Barn

Moroccan Tray Table – $399

I picked up a brass version of a tray table at Brimfield this past year. Forget the searching, Pottery Barn has done the job for you with their Moroccan tray table.

Gilt

Lola Sofa, Turquoise – $9,090

Boring, this couch is not! It is filled with pizzazz and style. I’d love a vibrant accent such as this in my den.

Pottery Barn

Moroccan Pendant – $99

Moroccan lighting is a superb way to inject some exotic style into your space. I’d personally string some of these in a reading nook to create a comfy corner.

West Elm

Morocco Headboard, White Lacquer – $399

Inspired by nautical Moroccan patterns, this headboard out of West Elm makes a neutral and attention-grabbing appearance.

Horchow

‘Floating Arabesque’ Side Table – $499

Horchow’s Floating Arabesque side table is discreet, hovering along with your couch or bedside. It is ideal for any space.

Horchow

‘Morocco Tile’ Throws – $195

Entirely noncommittal and fun, these vibrant throws have a fantastic print and are an effortless way to test drive the fashion.

Anthropologie

Kasbah Coffee Table – $998

I could build a complete living space around this Kasbah java table from Anthropologie. Whitewashed and rustic, it appears like it was hand-plucked out of a street bazaar.

Anthropologie

Embroidered Fesi Pillow – $148

These embroidered cushions are crafted by Mushmina, a business that uses over 75 fair-trade artisans in Northern Africa. Inspired by Moroccan motifs, these cushions are begging to be tossed on my sofa.

Casbah Decor

Sharafa Door – $4,200

This really is a swoon-worthy announcement piece. Handmade cedar-inlaid doors directly from Marrakech could make for a dramatic entry into any space, or they may be dividers if mounted on sliders, or perhaps artwork if mounted on the wall.

First Mission Tile

Marrakech Moroccan Cement Tiles

I debated using a daring print tile such as this in my kitchen. It is such a crazy dose of pattern to possess underfoot.

First Mission Tile

Fes Moroccan Cement Tiles

Ultimately, I decided the tiles could be a lot, however they’d have made for a fabulous backsplash in retrospect.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

Moroccan details abound from floor to ceiling in this luxe lounge. The blue color of the wall is surprising but well balances the gilt finishes and ornate paint.

Anthropologie

Hattane Curves Rug – $920

This carpet, referred to as a boucharouette or rag rug, was inspired by an ancient cosmetic technique. It uses recycled fabric pieces that are hand-woven to a one-of-a-kind piece that is perfect for your property.

Bernhardt

Organic Modern Coffee Table

How cool is this table? It is organic and wrapped completely in hyacinth. The design and design legs are a really modern spin on Moroccan themes.

Berber

Menzah Chandelier – $698

The Menzah chandelier is a rainbow of colour and etched cast brass. The crown-like shape makes for a regal statement that will go with any color scheme.

A Curated World by Kay McGowan

Linen Pillow Cover Sofia – $188

Made by La Maison Bahira at Marrakech, these embroidered pillow covers are completely stitched by hand. This coral red would be perfect on my bed — I may want to pick these up for myself!

Amazon

Candice Olson Dimensional Surfaces Moroccan Lattice Sand Wallpaper, Charcoal – $219.84

The cool grey foundation of the Moroccan lattice background would work nicely in a washroom. I have done a similar colour scheme in my downstairs powder room, and it plays very nicely with white, black and silver finishes.

Etsy

Wall Stencil, Moroccan Allower design by OMG Stencils – $30

Or you can create the exact same appearance using a weathered wall stencil. And you’ll be able to choose your own colours — the ultimate in custom wall decor.

A Curated World by Kay McGowan

Wool Pom-Pom Blanket – $385

These pom-pom wool blankets were made by Chez les Freres Kassri, a generational design small business. I’d love to use one of them as a bedspread, and then fold it down in the day to assemble the pom-poms.

Next: Book to Know: Marrakesh By Design

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Guest Groups: Hankering for Houndstooth

Houndstooth is popular in 2013. From large-scale designs in punchy colors to traditional small-scale patterns in black and white, you’re certain to locate a houndstooth item that appeals to a sense of style. Here is a collection of 19 interesting houndstooth products available on the market. Which one speaks to you? — Beth from Home Stories A to Z

Bloomingdale’s

Blissliving Home ‘Trafalgar’ Bedding

Houndstooth requires a new turn this year with large-scale patterns and fun colors. I love this neutral duvet paired with all the pops of orange.

The Wall Decal Company

Removable Background, Houndstooth – $149.95

Removable houndstooth wallpaper? Yes, please! I am fond of stencils due to their versatility and non-committal character, but removable wall stickers would be much simpler. This houndstooth decal in cheery yellow would make a fantastic focus.

Rugs USA

Spectrum Houndstooth Texture Ivory Rug – $337

I love the idea of bringing more texture into an area without always adding more color. I’d love this ivory houndstooth rug as a stair runner.

Overstock.com

Houndstooth Polypropylene Area Rug – $29.99

Indoor/outdoor rugs are becoming a new popular decorating go-to item for me personally for their versatility and low-budget price. I love the fun color options provided for this houndstooth rug.

Zazzle

Mint Houndstooth Throw Pillow – $49.95

Whether you like your houndstooth in traditional black and white or in a milder pastel, it’s no problem to locate a pattern that suits your decor. This monogrammed houndstooth pillow would look adorable in my own guest room.

Zazzle

Blue and Brown Houndstooth Plate – $32.10

Houndstooth dishes are a great way to get into the trend without a great deal of commitment or cost. I’m loving all the different colors houndstooth that can be found nowadays.

Zinc Door

Zebra Houndstooth Rug – $995

Leave it to Jonathan Adler to take 2 quirky tendencies and blend them. This chocolate brown houndstooth zebra rug would certainly make for an enjoyable conversation piece.

Target

Threshold Houndstooth Pillow, Gray – $19.99

Target’s cheap accessories always catch my attention. This cute neutral houndstooth pillow with all the pop of red is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Room Service

Houndstooth Balloon Chair – $1,695

Balloon seats are announcement bits no matter the upholstery. Insert some classic yet fearless houndstooth fabric, and they truly require attention. Wouldn’t those be fabulous paired with some brilliant jewel tones?

The Home Depot

Houndstooth Dark Chocolate Paper Candle Covers – $13.97

Chandelier candles are often overlooked as an enjoyable area to accessorize. I love the idea of buying these punchy paper houndstooth candle covers to spice up a tired light fixture.

Plow & Hearth

Houndstooth Dog Draft Stopper – $29.95

It may be tough to tell from this film, but this hound draft stopper is covered in houndstooth (pun intended). My boys would love it when I purchased this for the drafty front door.

Garnet Hill

Houndstooth Flat-Weave Wool Rug – $188

Flat-weave rugs are fantastic for high-traffic places. The gray and white houndstooth rug would look so sweet at a nursery.

Overstock.com

Hand-Painted Black and White Houndstooth Accent Chest – $307.99

White and black houndstooth on a timeless chest generates such an enjoyable bit for a bedroom. I love the idea of adding picture designs to furniture.

Etsy

Houndstooth Mouse Pad, Pink and Red by Smitten Kitten Designs – $10

Whenever there’s a trend I wish to share in, like houndstooth fabrics in punchy colors, I look for small non-committal tactics to implement the appearance. This pink and red mouse pad is a perfect way to have a bit of this houndstooth craze this year.

Barstools & More

Decorize Barstools

I love the large-scale houndstooth pattern on this bar stool. The open rear and somewhat distressed wood also appeal to me personally. This would look fantastic at a folksy kitchen.

Etsy

Houndstooth Pillow Covers, Black and Gold by Alive House – $62

The gold and black large-scale houndstooth pattern has a modern art deco vibe to it. With The Great Gatsby movie release in its own way, I predict you’ll be seeing a great deal of fun art deco–motivated accessories making their way in your home.

Horchow

‘Houndstooth Mosaic’ Vases – $85

I adore capiz shells. Would you believe that these vases are made to a houndstooth pattern using a variety of tones of cream and gold cubes? They’re so beautiful.

Neiman Marcus

Houndstooth Vanity Chair – $499

Simple and unassuming clean lines using a classic houndstooth pattern create this vanity seat a winner in my book. I’d love to get this for my bedroom.

Target

Bacati Houndstooth Window Curtain, Brown/White – $34.99

I think these large-scale brown and white houndstooth drapes would look adorable in a little boys’ room. They are modern yet masculine.

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How to Install a Drain Tub for an Overflowing Washing Machine

A top-loading washing machine can use as much as 40 gallons of water, whereas a front-loading machine typically utilizes between 20 to 25 gallons. If your washing machine should happen to develop a leak, dumping that water on the floor could lead to critical damage. A drain bathtub will capture the majority of the leaking water and guide it to a nearby floor drain, thereby reducing the possibility of water damage caused by a leak.

Pull the washing machine away from the wall and then disconnect the plug from the socket. Turn off both water valves. Eliminate the water hoses from the valves using a pair of slip-joint pliers. Lift the drain hose out of the wall drain and then thrust the washing machine out of the way.

Place a washing machine drain pan in the floor space reserved for the washing machine. Explain the nearest floor surface and measure the distance along the desired route to the drain. Cut sections of 1/2-inch PVC using a PVC cutter or hacksaw to construct a drain line using any requisite elbows to connect the drain hole in the bathtub using the floor drain. Clean each joint in the drain line using PVC cleaner before applying PVC cement to the combined and assembling the link.

Thread a 1/2-inch PVC threaded coupler into the drain hole on the bathtub. Wash and cement the coupler before inserting the end of the drain line into the coupler.

Lift the washing machine with the aid of an assistant and set the washing machine into the drain bathtub. Adjust the position of the washing machine until it is centered within the bathtub, then connect the feed lines to the valves. Slide the tip of the drain hose into the wall drain and turn on the water heaters. Plug the washer into the socket.

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The way to Tighten a Nut Under a New Sink Fixture

Sink fixtures come with everything you need to attach them securely into your sink, except instructions for tightening those hard-to-reach nuts. If you are putting in a new sink, you can put in the fixture until you put in the sink, while the nut remains readily accessible. Once the sink is, however, you normally have to crawl under it to tighten the nuts, and there is seldom room to get a wrench or a pair of adjustable pliers. Do what plumbers do and use a basin wrench to make the task all but effortless.

Clear off the shelves under the sink to give yourself more room to function. If the sink P-trap is in the way, remove it by unscrewing the nuts holding it into the sink tailpiece and wall drain, using adjustable pliers.

Insert the fixture into the right hole in the sink, middle it and align it with the back wall. Have a helper hold it steady while you fasten the retaining nut out from under the sink.

Wear a headlamp and place your head so that you can see the nut readily. Screw the nut and tighten it as much as possible by hand.

Use a basin wrench to tighten the nut the remainder of the way. A basin wrench includes jaws that clamp on the nut along with a long handle so that you can reach it easily. Fit the jaws of the wrench across the nut and rotate the grip. The jaws automatically tighten when you do this. Keep turning the handle until the nut is tight enough and the fixture is stationary.

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The way to Fix a Leak at a Wall from the Bathtub

It’s possible for bathtub plumbing pipes to leak, and when that happens, you may not know it till you see water pooling on the ground under the wall or the wall itself becoming moist. Pinpointing the source of the leak is of prime importance, but that isn’t always simple, because the water may be coming from somewhere over the restroom. You may realize that the water is coming through a wall or the roof, or even from the tub enclosure itself. If the latter, you will want to fix the tile, then re-caulk joints in the fence, or even replace the fence altogether.

Where the Water May Be Coming From

The most vulnerable joints in the tub and shower plumbing are those around the valve. These comprise the water inlet connections as well as the nipples that connect the tub spout and shower head, and other connections in the water pipes can also flow. Because water tends to flow across the framing, water behind a bathtub wall can also be arriving from a leak from the shingles or the roof. Moreover, because bathrooms in apartments along with multi-story dwellings are often stacked to make plumbing installation easier, the water in your toilet may be arriving out of a leak in a toilet on a ground above.

Use the present Access Panel or Cut One

If the person who constructed your bathroom thought ahead, you will get an entry panel, either behind the wall which comprises the pipes or within a wall in an adjacent room. Otherwise, you either need to cut one yourself or cut through the wall over the bathtub faucet. That can be troublesome if the wall is tiled, and to prevent having to destroy the shingles, look for a wall in a cabinet or an adjacent room whereby you are able to get the pipes. Cut a big enough hole in the drywall to permit you to view from the ground to the ceiling using a torch.

It’s a Plumbing Leak

Once you’re inside the wall, then it is usually easy to spot the issue. You’ll see water near the ground, naturally, and it’ll most likely be running along a pipe. Simply follow it to it’s origin. If you do not see any water spraying or dripping, turn on the tap; it might be arriving from a leaky tub or bathtub nipple. If so, you’re in luck, because you can remove and replace both of these nipples from away from the wall by unscrewing them using adjustable pliers. Stopping Water spraying in the tub or shower valve is more complex, and might involve removal of this valve, which is usually a job for a plumber.

Mystery Leaks

Leaks that you can not pinpoint can be troublesome, but pinpoint them you must, because water can quickly damage the framing and create a mold-promoting surroundings — if it hasn’t already. In case you have access to the upstairs toilet, try running the water to determine whether the leak gets worse; the issue might be a leaking valve or drain. If the leak isn’t coming from an upstairs toilet, inspect the siding and search for signs of leaking in the attic. You can usually fix siding leaks with outside caulk. In case you trace the leak into the roof, then find the point where water is entering and patch the roofing in that point as required.

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Subprime Mortgage Outcomes

Subprime mortgage lending was a significant element in the U.S. housing market for about 10 decades. Subprime loans are made to borrowers whose credit score is insufficient to qualify for conventional loans. To accommodate these borrowers, and also to realize the profits that come from packing and consolidating these loans, lenders eased the guidelines that need minimal down payments and verifiable assets and income. Although interest rates charged on subprime loans were higher than that for conventional mortgages, these loans allowed many to purchase houses for which they normally couldn’t have qualified.

High Price

Subprime loans were costly as a result of high interest rates charged and the charges needed to close such loans. Because of this, many borrowers signed mortgage notes that demanded them to cover a proportion of the earnings significantly higher than the standard principle percentage, which ranges from 30 to 40 percent of monthly earnings.

Defaults and Foreclosures

Many borrowers found themselves unable to cover the monthly mortgage amount, and defaulted on their subprime loans. Defaults brought about foreclosures in which creditors cancelled the loans and seized houses. Borrowers could avoid the loss of the houses only by entering new payment arrangements with the lender, or by declaring Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which delayed the foreclosure process.

Housing Glut

Foreclosures had the impact of adding a great number of properties into the source of houses already in the marketplace. From the law of supply and demand, the glut of foreclosed houses drove down the worth of other real estate, including houses that were already paid for, or where homeowners were making timely mortgage payments.

Decline of Equity

As land values dropped, the amount of equity homeowners held inside their properties also declined. (Equity is the market value of a home over and over the outstanding mortgage amount.) When creditors started trimming requirements for borrowers, owners that wanted to sell discovered it more difficult to locate qualified buyers to their homes.

Fiscal Effects

With the glut in houses for sale, either by creditors that had foreclosed or by land owners, the demand for new housing declined. The construction business and ancillary businesses went into a slump; workers were laid off, unemployment climbed, and consumer demand for products and services also dropped, all resulting in economic stagnation.

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California Reverse Mortgage Rules

A reverse mortgage provides homeowners 62 years or older a way to tap the value of the home without the burden of monthly premiums. A homeowner taking out a reverse mortgage borrows against her home equity–the worth of the house less any mortgages–and doesn’t need to pay the loan back until she moves from the home.

Reverse Mortgage Requirements

California’s Reverse Mortgage Elder Protection Act of 2009 says a reverse mortgage may have a fixed or adjustable interest rate. The lender may charge fees and costs when the loan is taken out, occasionally during the life of the loan, or if it evolves. If the borrower receives his money in periodic payments, the lender can not lessen the obligations based on fluctuations in the interest rate; a lender that fails to make the guaranteed payments is accountable for double the amount of the default, plus interest. Lenders can not punish borrowers for paying off the loan early.

Counseling

Under the California act, lenders should offer potential borrowers using a list of 10 federally authorized nonprofit counseling agencies to consult about the risks and costs of a reverse mortgage; the counselors must not receive direct or indirect compensation from the lender or anyone else involved in originating or servicing the mortgage. The lender must offer the applicant with a checklist of issues to talk about –for example, that if a medical or family emergency forces the applicant to leave his house earlier than expected, the loan will come due immediately. Lenders can not accept a completed application unless the debtor certifies he has received counseling.

Entanglement

The act says that the lender must not make the reverse mortgage contingent on the borrower purchasing some other service, such as an annuity. If the lender is connected with companies that provide insurance or annuities, the businesses should have legal hurdles set up to ensure the lender doesn’t have any incentive to push or recommend other financial solutions to the debtor. Recommending flood insurance, title insurance or hazard insurance would be an exception, because those are normal elements of a reverse-mortgage transaction.

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Tips on Moving Into Your First Apartment

Moving into your first flat is a milestone. Whether you’re fresh out of college or moving to a new city, the legal, fiscal and logistical difficulties of leasing and furnishing your new house are many. Luckily, a number of tips for new tenants can allow you to facilitate your transition.

Create a Calendar

When planning a move, it’s helpful to draw a calender ahead, to prevent jobs from taking you by surprise. Make your very best estimate of the time it takes to pack and haul your possessions, and after that, for safety’s sake, add an additional 20 percent.

Measure the Space

Before moving your possessions, carefully quantify both the distance of the flat itself as well as the halls and staircases that contribute to themto be sure they will fit. This is very important with large mattresses and furniture. There is nothing worse than buying a California king mattress, only to realize the staircase is too narrow to accommodate it.

Clean Up First

Before your flat becomes packed with furnishings, make the most of its emptiness to do a thorough cleaning. Change the toilet chairs and disinfect the refrigerator. Furthermore, if you have some concerns about insects, such as roaches, rats and bedbugs, the time before you proceed is the opportunity to spray and place traps.

Order Furniture and Utilities at Advance

If you’re buying new furniture for the flat, remember to purchase in advance, since there’s often a couple of days’ lag time between purchase and delivery. The exact same is true of utilities, such as gas and electricity, as well as cable and the Internet. Plan ahead to avoid spending your first night to the ground in the dark and cold.

Move In on a Silent Day

If possible, schedule your move to get a silent day, like a weekend. Move-ins are stressful all by themselves, but can become well nigh intolerable if you’re competing with heavy traffic. Should you expect the move to be quick, avoid rush hour and do it at the middle of this day.

Keep the Furnishings Straightforward

When going into your first flat, that heady rush of independence can cause you to want to really go all out together with the furnishings. However, consider first how long you’re planning to stay in the space: if your lease is brief, you might be out quickly. Keep your furnishings simple and adaptable to a number of unique spaces.

Change the Locks

Unless your flat is brand-new, you’re not the first person to live there. After you’ve moved , ask the permission of your landlord to change the locks.

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Guest Groups: Kitchen Measuring Tools That Measure Up

Are your cooking resources at the kitchen measuring up? Why not trade in those dull and boring sets for these distinctive ones? They’re functional works of art that are worthy of display. — Heather and Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Ballard Designs

Southern Living Nesting Cups – $29

I love the soft green of the set of hand-thrown nesting cups. Use them to keep ingredients on hand while cooking.

Perpetual Kid

Swiss Measuring Spoons – $11.49

Most of us know how handy a Swiss Army knife is to have about. I am sure this pair of Swiss Army knife measuring spoons are equally as helpful in the kitchen since the real deal is in real life. My husband might even start doing some baking when he had these to operate with.

Etsy

Bird Measuring Spoons, Hand-Cast Pewter by Beehive Kitchenware – $102

All these vintage-inspired, hand-cast pewter measuring spoons nest happily on their copper display rack, but they’re sturdy enough for use daily.

Neiman Marcus

Fleur-de-Lis Measuring Spoons – $68

I love the nod to New Orleans with those fleur-de-lis, hammered antique brass measuring spoons.

Anthropologie

Painted Amaryllis Measuring Cups, Set of 4 – $38

Bring the garden indoors with those stoneware amaryllis measuring cups. These works of art are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Eclectic Measuring Cups – $18.95

They could be slow in real life, but this darling pair of turtle measuring cups won’t slow you down at the kitchen. Each shell is a different size cup, and they all conveniently stack on Mr. Turtle if not in use.

Retro Planet

Matryoshka Measuring Cups – $13.99

Who does not love Russian nesting dolls? All these Matryoshka measuring cups bring a touch of whimsy to the kitchen.

Cooking

Green Signature Stoneware Measuring Cup – $11.95

This gorgeous measuring cup would seem at home in a contemporary kitchen design.

Terrain

Teak Measuring Spoons – $32

Made from sustainably harvested teak, this pair of strands is both environmentally friendly and sophisticated.

Milk Bottle Measuring Cups – $24

Got milk? How about this milk jar measuring cup set? These cups, with surprise pops of colour on the insides, are perfect for countertop display.

West Elm

Owl Measuring Cups – $19

I’ve a thing for owls, and I couldn’t resist this darling pair of measuring cups.

Cooking

Measuring Spoons by Boston Warehouse – $14.95

Bugs in the kitchen? You won’t obey when they’re those adorable, brightly colored, whimsical ladybug spoons. They make cooking fun!

Cooking

Stainless Steel Double-Sided Liquid Measuring Beaker – $34.95

Stainless steel and in a single, this beaker-style cup is practical and sophisticated.

Kikkerland Design

Robot Measuring Cups – $10

Everybody in our houses will do the Robot once they get their hands with this kind of measuring cups. He divides into four searchable cups.

Macy’s

Oxo Measuring Beakers – $9.99

Experiment in the kitchen with this set of beaker measuring cups. The spouted shirts make pouring easy, and the bright colors will please all the food scientists in your house.

Crosby & Taylor

Pewter Measuring Spoons with Post, Vineyard – $75

These vineyard-inspired measuring strands are combined with blossoms and leaves for an elegant addition to the kitchen. Displayed on the matching pewter foundation, they can be stored close at hand.

Terrain

Porcelain Measuring Jug – $28

Old fashioned never looked so stylish. Made of ceramic and using a vintage flair, this measuring cup is sweet and simple.

West Elm

Dipped Measuring Spoons – $14

All these dip-glazed stoneware spoons in blue and white are a smart addition to the kitchen. Shade is hand-applied for a one-of-a-kind finish.

Williams-Sonoma

Adjustable Measuring Tablespoon – $7

Short on drawer area? This all-purpose stainless steel measuring spoon is a fantastic space saver with its clean, contemporary lines.

Pier 1 Imports

Acorn Measuring Spoons – $14.95

I went a little nuts when I saw these fall-inspired Acorn measuring spoons. A set of them would be perfect for preparing your Thanksgiving dinner.

Next: Ultimate Storage Solution for Your Measuring Cups

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Guest Groups: Capsule Collection to Your House

In fashion, a capsule wardrobe — a group of vintage, versatile pieces that may be dressed up or down and will last for years — is widely considered a must. This month I’ve been wondering: What is the equivalent for insides? Are there certain items that form the base of any great interior? And how do you guarantee you invest that you won’t fall out of love with?

Here’s my stab in a capsule collection for the home. What have I missed? What would you have in yours? — Lucy from Four Walls and a Roof

Wisteria

Louis XVI End Chair

A bergère chair is similar to a little Chanel coat: It seems to be an extravagance, but it’s well worth it for its hint of glamour. Pair it with your own sofa, and you have turned into an average living room into a class act.

Crate&Barrel

Cavett Leather Chair – $1,199

Perhaps your style is a little more manly, or maybe a tailored leather coat is the thing. In cases like this, this seat is the best thing for the capsule collection. Its clean lines and soft leather will work in many rooms and will look great for ages.

sofa.com USA

The Isla Sofa – $1,400

The perfect sofa ought to be like your favorite pair of jeans : functional and comfy, but with just the correct designer particulars to be posh. This sofa looks really inviting, but its square arms and turned wood legs provide it sharp style.

Matt Blatt

Original ‘Tripod’ Dining Table, Tan/Garbarino – AUD 890

I believe a dining table ought to be your collection’s little black gown. It ought to work for almost any event, be it supper with the elongated family or an official dinner with friends. A table is especially versatile because it fits in most spaces, and you may cram additional guests about it.

Etsy

Strong Walnut and Raw Steel Side Table by Dylan Design Co. – $285

Negative tables accessorize a space, and it’s worth having one or even two in a capsule collection since they’re so incredibly versatile. Pair them up to make a coffee table or use them as guest nightstands. I adore these tiny octagonal tables; they’re simple yet eye-catching at precisely the same time.

Chiasso

Kiki Table – $48

Now, not everybody will agree with me, but I feel a metallic shoe is vital to any wardrobe. This metallic facet table is simple enough to use anywhere, however the smoky grey tray top and slender silver thighs would bring tasteful sparkle to an everyday space.

Wisteria

Moroccan Stool, White – $99

This blossom is no dull basic. I can envision it being used in lots of ways, possibly as an end table or as extra seating for celebrations. It’s similar to that white lady you purchased as a beach cover-up but happen to be wearing with jeans or shorts all summer.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Beau 3-Drawer Chest – $1,245

The perfect capsule necklace is like a tailored suit: It must be well made, as it will find a great deal of use, and details depend. And because you won’t want to splash out on another one anytime soon, make sure it has sticking power. I love the curved drawers and angled legs of the piece.

Z Gallerie

Glass Links Chandelier – $299

Every home needs at least one standout light fixture, just as every wardrobe requires one piece of jewelry. This modern chandelier allows you to add or remove hyperlinks. Add more layers for a glamorous impact or eliminate them to keep it simple.

Bae Home and Design

‘Claridge’ Tear Drop Table Lamp – $515

This crystal would definitely be in my capsule collection. It’s tiny, so it works in almost any space — just like a set of pearl stud earrings.

PLANTATION

Luca Task Lamp – $375

I may be stretching the analogy a bit here, but a task lamp ought to be like the best pair of boots : a practical basic. And if you decide on the right one, it’ll always look smart. This silver light is one you’d wish to stay forever.

Candelabra

Regina Andrew Ivory Ceramic Gourd Table Lamp – $197.50

A design classic, gourd lamps work in both traditional and modern spaces. A pair of these makes a space immediately more grown-up and polished. They’re like an effortless cotton dress: deceptively simple, perfectly female, always elegant.

The White Company

Pimlico Duvet Cover – GBP 170

The vital bed linen item is a white duvet cover in crisp cotton. Like a classic white shirt, you know it will not last forever, but it’s well worth investing in a quality piece since it is going to look and feel so much better.

The White Company

Madison Arched Wall Mirror – GBP 175

It’s amazing how a gilt mirror may work in a lot of interiors. This one has a particularly simple layout. I can envision it in a traditional living room or propped up in a minimalist bedroom or toilet.

IKEA

Expedit Bookcase | IKEA – $129

If the Ikea Expedit bookcase have been a piece of clothes, it’d be a modest white tee. It’s the ultimate basic, looks good anywhere and forms the base of a clean home.

Heath Ceramics

Mug – $34

A fantastic capsule wardrobe requires a soft tight sweater. These Heath ceramic mugs would be the equivalent of a cashmere wrap cardigan: a small bit of luxury in a put-your-feet-up format.

Candelabra

Bungalow 5 Orchid Tray, White – $169

A tray plays the same role as your go-to purse — excellent for corralling all of your jumble, but also a way to attain instant style points. This mirrored tray has it all: simple lines, slight detail about the handles and the perfect surface for showing chosen treasures.

John Robshaw Textiles

White Marble Plate – $75

Every wardrobe requires a couple of pieces with a narrative, things that touch at exotic travel and adventure. Think about the effect of a turquoise-beset belt with a white shirt and jeans. You can’t beat these stone dishes for a similar impact. I have one of these as a soap dish, however they function for holding jewelry, collecting odds and ends or simply hanging out as display pieces.

L’aviva home

turkish hammam towel – $65

Hammam towels are another extremely versatile thing inspired by travel. I use mine as hand towels in the powder room. They also function as guest towels or tea towels, and the larger ones twice as throws.

Macy’s

Luigi Bormioli Serveware, Michelangelo Masterpiece Ice Bucket – $19.98

What? You do not consider an ice bucket an important item for your home? Well, perhaps it is not, but apart from switching on the music, it’s certainly the fastest way to produce a celebratory mood. Every home requires a couple of fail-safe pieces for producing an instant party style.

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