The Design Confidential Going Green

It has been far too long since I gave a nod to chic decor and party picks in shades of green without mention of a Christmas theme. They say green is the most universal color and while I am sure that is true, I find many shades of green a bit hard to fall in love with. Of course those I do like, I tend to adore...  It is awfully convenient that St. Patrick's Day is upon us and we have the perfect excuse to go green and spice things up a bit - literally - like with a spicy green bloody mary... Yahoo for that.

If you want to go green but only want to dip your toes in that pond and partying like it's St. Patty's Day in a college town isn't quite your thing, then perhaps some of these ideas are just the right amount of fun for you!

The Design Confidential Going Green

Any excuse for a bloody mary is a good excuse in my book, but a lack luster love for green beer would certainly top the list. This green bloody mary recipe over on Domaine Home sounds just amazing! I can't wait to give it a taste test.

The Design Confidential Going Green

Go green by adding a little living greenery to your home and yard. 90% of my plants are this variety and the selection and quality is just so good.

The Design Confidential Going Green

If the idea of live greenery scares you, perhaps the faux variety in the form of a gorgeous print is more your speed.

The Design Confidential Going Green

Put a pillow on it! A tropical vibe inducing variety is always great to add to the mix. Besides, it looks like greenery of the tropical and living kind, so really it should just blend with your decor regardless... like plants do.

The Design Confidential Going Green

I'm completely obsessed with this gorgeous wallpaper. It has me seeing green, both literally and figuratively.... Not entirely sure the mister will love it as I do, but who knows... he just might surprise me.

Are you celebrating with gusto on this green occasion or do you lay low like this old gal with young babes at home? Is green on your radar this spring or do you love it all year round? Happy St. Patty's Day to all my Irish kinfolk, be safe out there in the great wide open!

The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

If you happen to know me in real life, you probably know all about my love for sweet treats and coffee. This is a love that runs deep and seems to have come straight down the line, directly from my mom and her mom before her. When we are home for the holidays and together, there is nothing better than having amazing coffee shop style lattes alongside my pie. Last week I got a fancy new coffee machine and being able to make my own lattes just the way I like them, has essentially rocked my world.

I like my coffee drinks sweet, like most everything else, so naturally I immediately set out to create a really simple recipe for making the perfect holiday latte that doesn't require much effort, can be made on the fly and in bulk, and tastes like it was made by a specialty coffee shop!

Coffee Capsules in the Nespresso VertuoLine The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Nespresso VertuoLine has 12 capsule varieties - 8 large cup coffee flavors and 4 espresso varieties, and in truth any of these will work beautifully for this recipe, though I definitely play favorites to the hazelnut and vanilla. This smart little machine can tell which capsule you insert and will serve accordingly, so if you choose one of the espresso capsules, for instance, you will have quite a bit more room left in your coffee cup than if you choose a coffee capsule, so consider this when you choose your capsule and when you choose your cup. In other words... you will need a larger cup to accommodate a coffee capsule and the remaining ingredients for this recipe.

Brewed Coffee for Nespresso VertuoLine by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe


Serves 4 - Double or Halve as needed.

// Coffee or Espresso

// 16 oz of Eggnog

// 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Pie Puree

// 4 oz of Spiced Rum - optional

Begin by brewing your capsule of choice. The beauty of the Nespresso VertuoLine is that each person can choose the variety they prefer so those who like decaf or maybe an extra kick, can have precisely that.

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie Puree for Nespresso VertuoLine by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Start by adding the pumpkin pie puree to the eggnog in a large shaker or carafe with a lid. Add spiced rum if you prefer the boozy version of this after dinner treat, and mix well by shaking.

Frothy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog using the Aeroccino+ by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Pour about 4 - 5 oz of the eggnog mixture into the Aeroccino+ and set for warm froth. If you want an iced coffee drink, choose the cool froth option of course... that would be amazing as well! Once it is finished frothing, pour the contents into the brewed coffee or espresso, that is likely to have finished it's pour, and stir with a spoon. Serve with a dash of cinnamon or a bit of whipped cream and you will be the hostess with the mostess for many a holiday party to come.

This project was created in partnership with Nespresso, but my love for sweet treats, coffee and their VertuoLine is all my own! Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who allow me to create exciting and tasty new content like this. I heart you guys!

The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.


Life is chaotic during the holiday season even for the well prepared, but making special holiday cocktail doesn't have to be. This recipe is simple to make in bulk or as an individual serving and can easily be a made as a mocktail for those who prefer a nonalcoholic beverage.  

Shake Well and Garnish with Cyrstalized Sugar and Pumpking Spice for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata


'// SERVES TWO - simply double or triple or halve as needed

1/3 Cup of Pumpkin Pie Puree

2 Cups of Eggnog

2 Ounces of Spiced Rum (optional)

1/3 Cup of Horchata (optional)

Shake well with ice and pour into glasses through the strainer portion of your shaker.

Garnish with a touch of pumpkin spice and metallic sugar crystals.

Shake Well and Garnish with Cyrstalized Sugar and Pumpking Spice for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

This holiday cocktail pairs well with cinnamon or nutmeg covered chocolate truffles, but really any chocolate treat will do. Serve these tasty treats in mixed metallics and coordinate with white and natural for holiday style that spans both the fall and winter seasons - it's all about simplifying. This year my goal is to make the holidays all about enjoying the little moments and this means fussy and over the top decor that requires a lot of work and a big investment, simply won't do. Target is generally my first and last stop for adding a few fresh new pieces to my collection each year. It's just so easy and they knock it out of the park each season with on trend and modern decor that is perfectly suited to incorporate into my existing seasonal decor - how convenient for this holiday shopping addicted mama.

Serve with Truffles for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

I prefer not to have to start from scratch with my decorating and entertaining pieces each year, but I like to keep my holiday decor feeling exciting and new! A few new affordable pieces seem to do the trick and because they are affordable, they also happen to alleviate any potential guilt I might have for adding to an already insane amount of holiday decor. Easy seemingly homemade cocktails, a slower pace and gorgeous affordable statement pieces are a winning recipe for my holiday entertaining and general sanity this time of year!

What are your secrets for holiday success? Do you have any tricks up your sleeves to make things special without a lot of effort? Do tell...

// Mercury Glass Bowl / Mercury Glass Charger / Gold Snowflake Porcelain Dipping Bowl / Gray Glitzy Napkins / White Stainless Steel Shaker + Pitcher / Gold Ice Bucket (similar) / Snowflake Tumblers (suggested because they are fabulous)

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A fun and simple way to seduce your sweetheart through his or her tastebuds... The flirtini will surely set the mood for a romantic and flirty Valentine's Night Celebration...

The Recipe:

  • Equal Parts Champagne or Sparkling Wine and Pink Lemonade
  • A Splash of Chambord (to taste)

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I don't know about you...but I like my chocolate... chocolaty...VERY chocolaty. Semi-Sweet has it's place, but it's not in my mug of hot chocolate! This fun project is one the whole family can get in on. Setting up an assembly line to crank these out is just pure fun for the little ones especially. The lucky people you give this to will adore the presentation of this simple gift that has been made just for them!

Recipe for this Chocolaty Goodness: I have mixed and mingled several recipes over the years, to come up with my own variation of mouth watering chocolaty chocolate! The ingredients below seem to yield just the right flavor, and just the right amount for gifting to approximately4- 6 people (Using 4 or 6 Large Mason Jars). Makes 8 cups of MIX and 24 cups of Hot Chocolate (mmmm)...reduce by half to create 3 Hot Chocolaty Chocolate Jars! This is the total amount of each item you will need for making this quantity of mix, so do not blend ingredients unless you are going to drink and store for your own use. Below that you will find the breakdown per mason jar for 2 different sizes of jar. **For a less chocolaty experience you can use 1/2 the amount of pudding mix (1 package). 3 cups chocolate chips 3 cups of mini marshmallows 6 1/2 cups powdered milk 2 packages non-instant chocolate pudding mix (package typically 5 oz.) 1 cup powdered chocolate milk drink mix (Nesquik,or something of the sort) 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows This can be stored for the season if you are making for your own use. Just be sure to seal in an airtight container. If your Mason Jar will hold enough MIX for 4 cups of hot chocolate: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows 1 cup and 1 tablespoon powdered milk 1 1/2 oz. of non-instant chocolate pudding mix 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons powdered chocolate drink mix 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon powdered non-dairy creamer 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder If your Mason Jars are sized for the amount of MIX needed for 8 cups of hot chocolate: 1 cup of chocolate chips 1 cup mini marshmallows 2 cups and 3 tablespoons powdered milk 3 oz. of non-instant chocolate pudding mix 1/3 cup powdered chocolate drink mix 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons powdered non-dairy creamer 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons powdered sugar 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder Optional: add cinnamon and nutmeg for more of a Mexican Hot Chocolate flavor. Add a touch of Almond Extract while boiling...fantastic... Throw a Vanilla Bean into the mix and watch your taste buds electrify. There are so many variations on hot chocolate, but each and every recipe should have one thing in common...sweet, chocolatly, rich flavor! Add layers of each ingredient to your jar in any order you prefer: Creating your layered mason jar container is most easily maintainable if you put the solid ingredients on the bottom (chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc). In my experience, if they are placed at the top, they will shimmy and shake their way down your container, mixing your beautifully defined layers for you as you go! Not preferable for the striping effect. Keep your ingredients separated and add to the jar individually, layering for color variation as you go. If you want the marshmallows to be given as a topper, consider placing only those at the top of the jar or placing them in a separate cello bag along with your instructions!

Create a personalized gift tag with instructions for use: {Pour contents into mixing bowl and wisk ingredients together. Be sure to blend well so each cup has an equal flavoring of chocolaty goodness. To drink: Add 1/4 - 1/3 cup of blended mix to 8 oz. of boiling water. Stir until disolved and serve. If you prefer, you can also add 1/4-1/3 cup of blended mix to 8 oz water and bring to a boil, stirring frequently (chocolate can burn fairly easily if you aren't careful). Reduce heat and serve. To make multiple servings of hot chocolaty chocolate at the same time, boil the appropriate amount of water necessary for the total number of servings you will be making (8 oz of water per serving). Stir in 1/4-1/3 cup of blended mix until dissolved, reduce heat and serve. Enjoy....}

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