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  • Best Home Decor Advice

    Posted on by Alexis White

    We've searched far and wide and found what we think is the best home decor advice. (Plus we put in a few of our own handy tips)

    Tip 1:

    Use a area rug over wall-to-wall rug

    Why: Adds new dimensions to the room

    Another added benefit is that it will hide unsightly stains on your wall to wall carpet

     

    Tip 2:

    Dress your house like you would dress yourself

    Why:It makes shopping fun and your end product will be completely you!

    If you wouldn't wear the two colours together then don't put them both in a room. 

     

    Tip 3:

    Build a room off one piece

    Why: If you have a piece of furniture or a pillow or even a swatch of fabric that you absolutely love and it needs to be in the room then build the room around it! If you love the piece you will most certainly love the final product! 

    We have lots of room building pieces here at http://whitepicketfencedecor.com/

    We have this at White Picket Fence and I am in LOVE (haha) but really though I think it would gorgeous in a bedroom.

     

    Tip 4: 

    Use a round rug! 

    Why: To make a room feel big and luxurious a round area rug is what you need! 

     

    Tip 5: 

    Trick for hanging Chandeliers

    Take the width of the room in feet, double the number, convert it to inches, and that is the minimum dimension for your chandelier’s diameter. When hanging a chandelier always keep tall friends and family in mind! 

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  • 5 Beautifying DIY Treatments

    Posted on by Alexis White

    Having a beautiful home is important but sometimes it's nice to focus on beautifying yourself. At White Picket Fence we love all natural beauty products and if we can make them ourselves that's EVEN better!

    Here is a list of 5 awesome beauty DIY''s that are so easy you'll have to do them!

     

    1. Strawberry Teeth Whitening

    - Create a paste with one strawberry and have a teaspoon of baking soda.

    - Spread mixture onto your teeth with a toothbrush or your finger.

    - Let sit for 5 minutes

    - Rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth with regular toothbrush

    - VOILA WHITER TEETH

     

    2. Apple Cider Scalp Treatment

    If you have trouble with dandruff or you just want to add a bit more shine to your hair this concoction will be perfect!

    - Mix together apple cider vinegar and water (1 fourth apple cider vinegar, 3 fourths water) 

    - Pour mixture on hair after shampooing, massage into scalp, then rinse

    - VOILA NICER HAIR

    see more at: http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/DIY-Green-Beauty-Recipes-34605241#photo-34605359

     

    3. Coconut Lip Exfoliate 

    -  Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil 

    - scrub together and remove for nice soft lips! 

    - VOILA BEAUTIFUL LIPS

    See more at: http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2013/11/18/diy-beauty-ideas/#sthash.SnMzqrgv.dpuf

     

    4. Olive Oil Cuticle Treatment

    - Soak your unpolished nails in Olive Oil for 30 minutes and massage throughout

    -VOILA BEAUTIFUL NAILS

     

    5. Green Tea Pore Minimizer

    - make a cup of green tea and let it steep in fridge for 1 hour

    - remove teabag and put green tea in squirt bottle 

    - keep squirt bottle stored in fridge and use before makeup application to minimize pores!

    - VOILA BEAUTIFUL SKIN

     

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  • 5 Fun Rainy Day Projects

    Posted on by Alexis White

    In honour of this lovely rainy friday in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. I have decided to write about some fun home projects that are perfect for a rainy day! 

     

    1. No Sew Cover for Office Chair

     - Take your old office chair. Take out screws that keep the bottom attached to the top (typically on the sides) 

    - Use fabric of your choice and wrap around the bottom of the chair, cut holes where the screws go,   staple the fabric down on what will be the side facing the floor 

    For the top of the chair 

    - use 2 peices of fabric

    - tuck the piece going up the front behind the one going up the back and staple them together into the chair. 

    - reassemble chair! Thats it! 

    For more instruction and detail check out;

    http://www.shescraftycrafty.com/2011/08/recovering-on-office-chair.html

    2. Frame an open box shelf 

    Open faced box shelves are pretty easy to make if you don't want to buy one. They really give a room dimension! If you glue a frame to the outer edge of a open box shelf it can give your room dimension and be a great conversation piece! 

     

    3.Lace Spray Paint

    I know its not really a rainy day idea but its just so great!

    All you do is lay out dresser drawers, Lay the lace down and spray. 

    It's easy quick and will transform your room! 

    see more at;

    http://kjohnson88.blogspot.ca/2012/01/lace-dresser.html

     

    4. Be a pumpkin pro

    Carve your pumpkin with a drill. This will take out the work and danger of carving and there are so many designs available!

     

    5.Create a Faux Table!

    This would be perfect for a narrow entry way or a small bedroom. 

    This will take quite a bit of precision but if you have the skills use them! and if you don't like it after just paint over it! 

    Measure the length of your floating shelf. 

    Pencil draw a table that suits your style. Draw the legs first then work your design inside. 

    Paint your drawing the colour of your choice! 

    Hang your floating shelf! 

    For more instruction details see:

    http://dailyfix.co.za/crafts/dress-up-a-floating-shelf/

     

    Enjoy this lovely rainy day! 

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  • Cozy Up Your Home

    Posted on by Alexis White

    Fall is here which means winter is not far behind. The best way to enjoy the cold seasons is by making your home somewhere warm and cozy that you don't mind staying in on those cold winter nights. 

     

    Here are a few helpful tips to make your house cozy inside and out. 

    1. Paint or Stain Your Fireplace

    A fireplace may be the single coziest thing in your whole house so make it look cozy to! Stain it a darker colour or paint it to make it more of an accent against your walls

     

    2. Paint Your Door. 

    Painting your door can completely change the look of your house! It's a relatively quick and easy job for the amount difference that it can make. Remember that your door has 2 sides don't be afraid to paint the inside of your door while painting the exterior as it will provide a nice pop of colour inside as well as out. 

     

    3. Add an Area Rug

    Area rugs are a great tool to make your room more cozy. If you have wood or tile floors you know the cold floor problem which can be easily solved with a nicely sized area rug!

     

    3. Swap your pillows. 

    Pillows can drastically change a room swap your current pillows for some warmer coloured ones (beige, deep red, brown, green) to create an instant cozy affect. We happen to have some beautiful cozy pillows that can transform your room 

    http://whitepicketfencedecor.com/collections/everyday

     

    4. Simplicity is Key

    Keep it simple, don't go overboard in any design. This will help you in the long run because once you no longer like that theme you won't have to overhaul your entire house. A nice way to keep it simple is to have versatile decorations for example this block set.

    http://whitepicketfencedecor.com/collections/featured-products/products/fall-and-winter-block-sign

     

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  • Fun Fall Recipes From Appetizer to Dessert

    Posted on by Alexis White

    Having a dinner party or a family gathering can be so much fun! Here are some great fall recipes that are quick, easy and taste PHENOMENAL! 

    Appetizer

    Roasted Pumpkin and Cumin Hummus

    Roasted pumpkin & cumin hummus
    0:20

    To Prep

    0:35

    To Cook

    9

    INGREDIENTS

    EASY

    DIFFICULTY

    about 2 1/2 cups

    MAKES

    Ingredients

    • 500g Kent pumpkin, peeled, seeded, cut into 3cm pieces
    • Olive oil spray
    • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
    • Chopped fresh continental parsley, to serve
    • Lavosh crackers, to serve

    Steps

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the pumpkin, in a single layer, on the prepared tray. Spray with oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until tender. Set aside for 20 minutes to cool.

    2. Process the pumpkin, chickpeas, garlic and cumin in a food processor until almost smooth. Add the lemon juice and process until well combined.

    3. With the motor running, add the oil in a thin steady stream until smooth. Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with crackers.

     

    Entree

    Veal Scaloppine With Rosemary Pumpkin

    Veal scaloppine with rosemary pumpkin

     

    0:10

    To Prep

    0:35

    To Cook

    8

    INGREDIENTS

    EASY

    DIFFICULTY

    4

    SERVINGS

    Equipment

    • You will need 4 toothpicks for this recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 600g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 4cm-thick pieces
    • Salt & freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
    • 4 (about 100g each) veal schnitzels
    • 4 slices  fat-free leg ham 
    • 12 English spinach leaves, trimmed, washed, dried
    • 4 edam cheese slices 
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil

    Steps

    1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Arrange the pumpkin on prepared tray. Bake on top shelf of preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with rosemary. Bake for a further 5 minutes or until golden brown and tender.

    2. Meanwhile, place a piece of veal on a clean work surface. Top with a slice of ham, three spinach leaves and a slice of cheese. Fold over to enclose filling and secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining veal, ham, spinach and cheese.

    3. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Add veal and cook for 2-3 minutes each side or until brown. Transfer to a baking tray and cover with foil. Bake in oven for a further 5 minutes or until hot. Remove from oven. Place veal on serving plates and serve with rosemary pumpkin.

     

    Salad

    Agnolotti, Pumpkin & Spinach Salad

    Agnolotti, pumpkin and spinach salad

    0:10

    To Prep

    0:25

    To Cook

    7

    INGREDIENTS

    EASY

    DIFFICULTY

    4

    SERVINGS

    Ingredients

    • 500g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces
    • olive oil cooking spray
    • 375g fresh feta and sun-dried tomato agnolotti pasta
    • 1/3 cup French salad dressing
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, thinly sliced
    • 100g baby spinach

    Steps

    1. Preheat oven to 240°C/220°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin on tray. Spray with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and tender.

    2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain.

    3. Combine dressing and mustard in a jug. Place pasta, pumpkin, tomato, spinach and dressing mixture in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve.

     

    Dessert

    Cranberry Ice Cream Pie

     Cranberry Ice-Cream Pie

    0:10

    To Prep

    0:00

    To Cook

    6

    INGREDIENTS

    EASY

    DIFFICULTY

    8

    SERVINGS

     

    Ingredients 

    • 9-inch chocolate crumb pie shell
    • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
    • 1 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • 2 cups whipped topping
    • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

     Steps

    1. Chill the pie shell in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

    2. Place the softened ice cream, cranberry sauce, and orange juice in a large bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are well blended.

    3. Spoon the filling into the chilled shell and freeze the pie until firm (4 hours or more). Next, spread the whipped topping over the ice cream layer and sprinkle on the almonds. Cover the pie and return it to the freezer. Allow the pie to stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before slicing it. 

    Check out our wall decor to find a conversation piece for your next dinner party!

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