Summer Salads

There’s less than two months left of summer! It’s amazing how fast it flies. With little time left, make the most of the delicious vegetables and fruit available this season. When it’s too hot to turn on the stove you can easily throw together one of these salads! I’ve found some great recipes using summer specialties.

Strawberry & Feta Salad

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All of my friends get so excited when summer rolls around. The reason has nothing to do with the warm weather or vacation time. They are obsessed with Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, exclusive during the summer season. It seems everyone I know loves adding strawberries to their salads! This recipe include fetta cheese and a handful of healthy almonds.

Chicken Cobb Salad

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Has anyone noticed the recent craze over avocados? It seems like every restaurant has added it to their menu and can’t stop advertising it. I’m going to hop on the avocado bandwagon since it seems to be so popular this summer. Avocado is the perfect addition to a regular chicken salad.

Orzo Caprese in Tomato Cups

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This recipe is a take on pasta salad except it is placed in a hollowed tomato. Fresh tomatoes can’t be beat during the summer so why not use it as a small bowl?

 

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Are you fully equipped to make an impeccable summer salad? I found these charming and practical  items so you can stylishly prepare your salad!

Ricci Jackson is a Certified Interior Decorator and founder of Your Design Partner.

The goal of Ydp is to meet you where you are In your design process.

If you have a project looming, contact us to see which plan is right for you. Is it the minimal “Refresh your space plan,” The “DIY plan,” or the “Total redesign”?
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Ricci

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Lifestyle: Coffee Culture

Although it may not happen frequently, sitting down for a cup of coffee at home is relaxing and rejuvenating. Most of us are in such a hurry it’s hard to take the time to make and enjoy one cup. Create a coffee corner in your kitchen or in another convenient space so you have everything at hand for that morning cup of joe. Soon enough you won’t even need to head to your local coffee shop!

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Clear a little counter space and set up everything you would possibly need to make that perfect cup of coffee.

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Do you prefer having everything stowed away? Instead of clearing some counter space, make some extra room in a cabinet for all your coffee needs.

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Do you ever use a percolator? When I lived in Italy this was how I prepared my brew. There’s something so old fashioned about this method.

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While in Italy I also noticed that it is very common to own one of these, sometimes massive, espresso machines. I love how they put it on a cart and created an entire area for it rather than eating up needed counter space.

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Don’t have time to enjoy your coffee at home? Whether you prefer it iced or hot, here are mugs that will have you drinking your coffee in style!

Ricci Jackson is a Certified Interior Decorator and founder of Your Design Partner.

The goal of Ydp is to meet you where you are In your design process.

If you have a project looming, contact us to see which plan is right for you. Is it the minimal “Refresh your space plan,” The “DIY plan,” or the “Total redesign”?
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Ricci

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Lifestyle: The Perfect Summer BBQ

Are you planning to throw an outdoor party this summer? A barbecue is the quintessential summer activity. Good food, friends, and family make for the perfect party. This summer, add some flavor to your party! Use a unique way to display food or add fun activities to keep guests entertained. I’ve gathered some recipes and touches that could be added to your summer BBQ!

FOOD & DRINKS

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Let guests customize their delicious burgers with a topping tray.

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Individual servings of pie in mason jars. Genius. This is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

 

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Watermelon juice served from a hollowed watermelon. This would be a prefect refreshing drink on a hot day.

 

SUMMER GAMES

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Play games such as bocce ball, horseshoes, or cornhole.

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This DIY bowling set would keep the kids busy. If you add glow sticks in the bottle, you can play well into the night!

PERSONAL TOUCHES

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Be sure to add personal and creative touches to your party. Signs, like the one above, can spice up a traditional outdoor BBQ.

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 Hang stringed lights, lanterns, or candles to brighten up the party when the sun sets.

Ricci Jackson is a Certified Interior Decorator and founder of Your Design Partner.

The goal of Ydp is to meet you where you are In your design process.

If you have a project looming, contact us to see which plan is right for you. Is it the minimal “Refresh your space plan”, The “DIY plan” or the “Total redesign”?
Our one hour consultation,can help you get started.
Reserve your appointment today by calling (217) 722-4806 or email us at rjackson@yourdesignpartner.com
Inspiring creativity,

Ricci

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That’s Pinteresting! Effortless Art

For most people, including myself, picking out art can be a daunting experience. It’s difficult to pick out colors and patterns that work with your existing designs. When browsing for art, especially online, I find I always fall in love with pieces that have daunting price tags. Sometimes I look at art and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “I could easily make that!”. It would be so nice if all of us were born with artistic talent!

I found a few ways, via Pinterest, that you can create effortless art for your home. These are easy DIY projects that could be completed in a snap and for a fraction of the cost of fine art.

 

Believe it or not, this is actually a framed vintage scarf. Finding a scarf to frame would be simple! There are many patterned and colored scarves out there to choose from.

 

This blogger picked up a painting at a thrift store, added lettering, and then spray painted the entire thing. Click here to for the directions to this amazing DIY.

 

Art can even be created from paint chips. These colorful paint chips were arranged in an interesting geometric pattern. It would still look great with the squares lined up in a simple row.

 

This painting looks professional to me but was actually designed and created by a blogger. Still hung up on the ombre trend? This project is for you.

 

 

I love this idea for a children’s room or play room. A child’s drawings were scanned and made smaller in Photoshop. Imagine collecting all of your kid’s cute drawings from when they were little and placing them in one space.

 

 

Ricci Jackson is a Certified Interior Decorator and founder of Your Design Partner.

The goal of Ydp is to meet you where you are In your design process.

If you have a project looming, contact us to see which plan is right for you. Is it the minimal “Refresh your space plan”, The “DIY plan” or the “Total redesign”?
Our one hour consultation,can help you get started.
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Ricci

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That’s Pinteresting! Repurposing with a Purpose

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is enjoying this time with their family while staying cool!

Have you ever seen the endless ways you can reuse an old door on Pinterest? There’s everything from a door as a dining room table to a corner bookshelf. Many flea markets bring in elements or furniture that appears to have seen better days. Beams and windows are commonly excavated from warehouses or homes and then used again in a modern, sleek way. I’m bringing you a few of my favorite repurposed furniture ideas. It just might make you want to head to your nearest flea market this weekend and get creative!

This rustic door lends to the romantic and almost country feel of the bedroom. Too neutral? Paint the door any color to add that extra pop against the wall.

Just imagine what this bench probably looked like before! It was most likely a darker color. A little paint can go a long way!

The lights and stools in this kitchen were taken from an old warehouse. Talk about a conversation piece!

I have seen many DIY projects regarding windows. This one encompasses a few as it serves as a picture frame, message board, and a shelf.

This is an island made from pallets. It can’t get more creative or innovative than this!

 

Ricci Jackson is a Certified Interior Decorator and founder of Your Design Partner.

The goal of Ydp is to meet you where you are in your design process.

If you have a project looming, contact us to see which plan is right for you. Is it the minimal “Refresh your space plan,” The “DIY plan,” or the “Total redesign”?
Our one hour consultation can help you get started.
Reserve your appointment today by calling (217) 722-4806 or email us at rjackson@yourdesignpartner.com
Inspiring creativity,

Ricci

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