Nov
26
2014
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.

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

PUMPKIN SPICE EGGNOG LATTE

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.

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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!

Nov
11
2014
Details of The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

 

The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

Jackets, scarves, shoes and keys all need a clear and present place to live that feels easy to access and looks out of sight. I prefer not to see clutter and chaos — it makes for a much more welcoming place to come home to at the end of the day or a business trip. I am a creature of habit for the most part, but having a place for Mr. TDC to put his keys and wallet helps him keep track of them so he doesn't spend 20 minutes on the hunt each time he tries to walk out the door. At the moment, I am on the hunt for a small tray and a few vintage hooks to add to this space, and once I source the right pieces, this area will be complete — until I switch things up again, which I am known to do rather frequently.

View of City from Airplane Leaving for Business Trip and The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

With the nature of our work, both the Mr. and I see a great many sunrises and sunsets from jet-plane windows. If we aren't traveling as a family, it is a fair guess that I am away for business and he is overwhelmed by all of the little things required to run the household with any sort of sanity. With the rise of smart technology for the home, there are quite a few things I can do from my phone or tablet while I am on the go. Every little bit counts when you are caring for two little boys and trying to work simultaneously, so when I can use an app from abroad to keep our home running smoothly, we are both all the merrier for it. I don’t have to hand over a to-do list a mile long, and our utility bills aren't going to skyrocket with no one manning the controls or remembering to turn things off when they aren't in use.

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Lyric Thermostat App in Use for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I recently installed a Lyric Thermostat by Honeywell, makers of the original round thermostat, and it has already earned major brownie points in my book. Not only does it look cute with its gorgeous face and white mirror finish, but I can program it to adjust throughout the day and night automatically and from my mobile devices, which I adore.

Lyric Thermostat in Various States of Use and Functionality for The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I can even make changes on the go using the app if we decide to take an impromptu trip somewhere spectacular. Since it lives in our newly styled and organized entryway, which is quite a jaunt downstairs from the master bedroom, being able to sit in bed and turn up the heat when a cold front moves in is nothing short of lovely. No need to drag my cold toes out from under a warm blanket in the middle of the night just to make sure Baby Bird isn't freezing at the other end of the hall. Everyone is happy and most importantly well rested.

View of Sunset over New York City from Airplane Window and The Design Confidential Entryway Update for Honeywell Lyric Thermostat with iPad iPhone App

I much prefer to focus on a view like this than worry about missing my plane because I couldn't remember to turn on the porch lights or turn down the thermostat. Being able to travel in comfort is certainly one of life’s little luxuries.

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Lyric Thermostat / Honeywell

Baskets for Shoe Storage / HomeGoods

Copper Planter / Smith + Hawken for Target

Black Candle Holder / Dot + Bo

Vase / Vintage

Table / Vintage

Copper Coat Rack / DIY - coming soon

Accent Rug / HomeGoods

Oct
27
2014
The Design Confidential DIY // A 6 Second No-Sew Pillow Vine Video with Lowes

I'm back! Did you miss me? Did you notice I was missing in action? No? Shucks... Well you just might have noticed this project from a little while back, and if not, feel free to check it out... I shall be here! 

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Sep
23
2014
The Design Confidential in Collaboration with Joss and Main for a Curators Collection Sale with Story and Interview

It is official and my collaboration with Joss and Main is live! They created such a lovely sale using my spaces as inspiration and crafted a fabulous write-up about The Design Confidential. It is such an honor to partner with them in this way, especially since I shop there often, in real life.

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Sep
18
2014
1970 Curved Arc Floor Lamp Tubular coffee Table Vintage Frame and Print Brass Planter and Gold Log Holder for The Vintage Vulture // My Latest Finds + My Vintage Obsession

Oh my dear friends... I wonder if you have any idea how insane I am about vintage pieces? I think not, because this site has not focused on such things in the past and leans more toward the DIY lifestyle. But... you guys have asked on more than one occasion if I will give you behind the scenes snapshots of what goes on here at the House of TDC (it is a level of crazy you may not be prepared for), and have suggested you want to know a bit more about how I get from point A to point B when it comes to styling and design. Ask and you shall receive, sweet peeps...

Side View of 1970 Curved Arc Floor Lamp Tubular coffee Table Vintage Frame and Print Brass Planter and Gold Log Holder for The Vintage Vulture // My Latest Finds + My Vintage Obsession

When I went away to design school, I came back armed with a crazy amount of information about the pieces themselves, the era they were made and the history of design as a whole. And then I was obsessed... the end.

But I have a fairly particular philosophy about buying and I wonder if might not be helpful to share? I think I might be dying to talk about it. So I am kind of hoping this is a topic you might be interested in and that you might like to get acquainted with vintage for vintage sake (you won't find me rehabbing or reviving my pieces in turquoise chalk paint - sorry to disappoint some of you). I want to keep this fun and light, but help you have the confidence to know what to buy and what to pay for it, if you don't already. Or maybe swap tips on great places to source pieces, I would love to know where you shop! Then we can all go to rehab together at vintage shoppers anonymous (VSA).

But back to the actual task at hand, how amazing is this arc floor lamp. It is my veritable Arc de Triumphe if you must know. I have coveted this exact lamp for quite a while and it is so good! The condition is pristine, just a show stopper and it was a steal compared to what I have seen them listed for in the past. This beauty was $195 asking, but I worked some magic on the seller by purchasing the table as well so I ended up getting it for closer to $160. Might be one of my more expensive purchases as far as vintage furnishings and home decor are concerned but absolutely worth it. The tubular table is the other apple of my eye right now and it was around $100. It is large and in charge and virtually indestructible - which is crucial in this house filled with crazed boys and babes. Honestly my gorgeous Hawaiian gal there is a decent contender for favorite too. I bought her for the frame at around $4, and then she grew on me and now I think I love her. Weird how that happens. The cute brass planter is lightweight and fabulous and I love being able to move it around as I need to. Plus it is shiny and shiny is awesome. The log holder there with the handle, that has become the mobile magazine storage here at the House of TDC because quite frankly I have a crap ton of mags come through this house and they need a place to live! Clutter makes me crazy people so it puts me at ease knowing that everything has a place to live - a forever home if you will.

What have you guys been coveting lately? Where do you look for your vintage obsessions and have you scored anything ridiculously amazing recently? Do tell... Inquiring minds want to know. Let us swap stories, no?

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Sep
17
2014
DIY Macrame Badminton Net // Easy Macrame Knots

A few of you might remember when I shared my Outdoor Oasis and Outdoor Games Project back in July. I thought I would share a bit more about the Making of the DIY Macrame Badminton Net - that was surprisingly easy to make - and instructions and images for how to tie each of the macrame knots I used in the project!.

How to Tie a Larks Head Knot for Free Macrame Pattern and Project

The Lark's Head Knot is probably your most common tie-on knot. It is not precisely a knot, but still, it happens to be a great way to get your cord onto your rod, dowel, or ring.

// The steps above are fairly straightforward and this baby involves nothing more than doubling up your rope by folding it in half, then folding that loop in your mid-section over your rod or ring by bringing it up from behind.

// Once you fold it over you simply pull the loose ends up and through your loop. Easy Peasy, no?

Once you have all of your material looped onto your rod or ring, you will likely begin with one or more of the knots below! For those of you who like to work with your hands in some way, macrame is simply divine. Just so completely gratifying if you know what I mean. Plus you can pull up a folding table in front of the tv and watch The Knick or one of the meellions of Housewives franchises while you loop and tie your way to perfection!

How to Tie a Left Facing Half Square Knot

The other knot you will run across, often, along your macrame journey is the square knot. You might need to tie a series of alternating square knots or even a half square knot, but it is very likely you will do something involving this fabulous basic at some point. Since a square knot is actually made up of two halves (duh, right?), the image above shows you how to tie one of these possible halves or a left facing half square knot. To tie a right facing, you will simply do the opposite of these steps and work from the right outside cord, or cord 4, and tie the knot as you see in the next step. And since a half square knot is the first portion of a whole square knot, which I cover down below, you will need to complete these steps here before moving on to the next set below.

Something fabulous about a half square knot is that if you continue tying it over and over again it will actually make a gorgeous twist and looks absolutely amazing!

While the image above is fairly easy to follow, I will just skim over a few quick verbal instructions to help you understand what you are seeing.

// You will need to separate out your lark's head knots into groups of two. By this I mean for you group them up in pairs so there are 4 cords per group to work with.

// With your group of 4 cords, you will take the left outside cord - cord 1 and the black cord you see above - and bring it over the two cords in the center - cords 2 and 3 (white and yellow) - then under the cord on the right outside - cord 4 (beige).

// Then bring the right outside cord - beige cord 4 - under the two center cords - cords 2 and 3 (white and yellow) - and up behind and under the curved edge of your first cord or cord 1 (black) - like you see in step 3 above. Once you bring it up behind like this, you will pull it up through your opening (made by cord 1) and out to the side. This will look like a pretzel and will be a bit like the first part of tying your shoe laces. When you pull this tight a bit, it should look like the last image.

Now you can repeat this to get that twisty bit you see at the top of the image above, or move on to the step below for something that requires a whole square knot!

How to Tie a Right Half Square Knot and a Square Knot

If you need to tie a right half square knot, this is where you will begin. It essentially mirrors the process in the previous step only it reverses it, and will be the second half of your square knot if you are continuing on from the former series of steps! What you see in the image above is a continuation from a left half square knot and does in fact form a complete square knot.

If beginning here // You will need to separate out your lark's head knots into groups of two. This means you will group them up in pairs so there are 4 cords per group to work with. If continuing on from the left half square above, simply work with the 4 cords from your previous step from their new positions (black cord 4 is now on the right and beige cord 1 is now on the left).

// With your group of 4 cords, you will take the right outside cord - cord 4 and the black cord you see above - and bring it over the two cords in the center - cords 2 and 3 (white and yellow) - then under the cord on the left outside - cord 1 (beige).

// Then bring the left outside cord - beige cord 1 - under the two center cords - cords 2 and 3 (white and yellow) - and up behind and under the curved edge of your right hand cord or cord 4 (black) - like you see in step 3 above. Once you bring it up behind like this, you will pull it up through your opening (made by cord 4) and out to the side (on the right). This will look like a pretzel and will be a bit like the first part of tying your shoe laces. When you pull this tight a bit, it should look like the last image above if you are completing a square knot!

How to Tie Alternating Square Knots in Free Macrame Pattern DIY Project

Alternating Square Knots are a great way to create a net like pattern. The image for this shows the process from the beginning, but for the specific steps for tying a square knot, refer to the previous two steps. This image will give you an overview of how to alternate and create the pattern you see above.

// Begin with your groups of 4 cords and tie a Square Knot in each group. Do this all the way across your row until every group is tied.

// For your next row, skip the first 2 cords and set them aside,then regroup your cords into new groups of 4 from there forward. You will pair your 3rd and 4th cords together with your 5th and 6th cords (7-10 for your next group) and once again tie a complete square knot.

// For your third row you will go back to the groups as they were in your first row and include those first 2 cords once again! Continue on in this manner for as many rows as you like, alternating your groups and leaving out the first 2 cords for every other even numbered row.

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How to Tie a Wrap Knot or Gathering Knot for Macrame Pattern Project

The Wrap Knot or Gathering Knot is used to group your cords when you finish off a pattern and occasionally at the beginning or in the middle of a pattern like you see in my Macrame Hanging Planter. This was the trickiest knot for me somehow since the instructions I was working from left out a critical section, so I will try not to leave you hanging like that!

To work this knot you will need to have a separate cord set aside that is not part of your group of cords and is not connected to anything else. The cord you will use to wrap your group is this separate cord (the white cord running underneath my group in the 1st step above) and is the Working Cord.

// Run your Working Cord under and alongside your group.

// Create a slight loop by bringing your Working Cord around, down, then up and over your group.

// Bring it down and back behind your group, making sure to leave your loop in place from the previous step as well as your loose end as you see in the image above (steps 3 through 7).

// Bring your Working Cord (now hanging down)back up in front of your group and over the top again, then around behind and down. Continue wrapping like this until your wrap is the size you want for your particular project. The more cords you have, the more you may want to wrap your group.

// Take the end of your Working Cord and thread it through your loop.

// Pull your loose end from the beginning of this knot in steps 1 and 2 and pull it tight until your loop is pulled up into your wrap and is hidden. Now you can cut off any excess or tuck it away and into your wrap as well and secure with glue.

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