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
20
2014
The Design Confidential Art Goes Here // Domino + Minted Weekend Wall Challenge

Ok, dish... How long have you been staring at that empty wall in your home? Or better yet, how long have you had temporary art up on your walls, looking all ho-hum and meh? If you are like me, it's been longer than you care to admit, so this weekend I'm teaming up with Domino Magazine and Minted and together we are going to single handedly erradicate this problem. Or at least put a good dent in it. 

Master Bedroom Remix for The Design Confidential Art Goes Here // Domino + Minted Weekend Wall Challenge

You might not have noticed that some of the art in my Master Bedroom was actually just a stand in for something interesting. But I know you will notice now that I mention it, so it is a darn good thing I plan to fix this problem all quick like! 

Living Room Remix for The Design Confidential Art Goes Here // Domino + Minted Weekend Wall Challenge

Of course the pieces I have in my living room are quite fabulous with a good mix of vintage thrown in for good measure, but it is time to beef up the style in the rest of that space... Can't wait to show you what I have in store! 

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This project is in collaboration with Domino + Minted, all ideas, thoughts and musings are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create fresh and exciting new content like this here on The Design Confidential.com. I heart you guys...

Nov
14
2014
The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

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

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...

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// 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)

Nov
13
2014
The Design Confidential Patio Rescue and Resurface Project

And the show must go on... you see...

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a poor little courtyard patio had seen her better day. Once she was loved and cherished so, but now her color had begun to go. Worn and tattered, not looking her best, this patio used to be heads above the rest.

Mixing the Paint for The Design Confidential Patio Rescue and Resurface Project

Once the weatherman gave her the green light, she pulled out her Rescue It! and the finish line was in sight!

Painting the Seams with a Brush for The Design Confidential Patio Rescue and Resurface Project

She taped on her brush and painted the seams, it went on like butter, no need for extremes!

Painting the Surface with a Roller for The Design Confidential Patio Rescue and Resurface Project

Then she pulled out her roller and painted away, this was the beginning of a brand new day. As soon as it dries her kids come out and play, she was so overjoyed, hip hip hooray! 

This is the story of her fairy tale, from tattered and worn with much travail. She has triumphed over all and can't wait to unveil, hard work and good prep will always prevail. 

To watch her story from beginning to end, hit the play button below I do highly recommend.

Finished Project for The Design Confidential Patio Rescue and Resurface Project

It has been a wild and eventful journey but her transformation has made her so dreamy. I hope her tale inspires you to try it, hard work pays off you have to admit. She looks so pretty I could cry but for now I will simply say goodbye!

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Nov
12
2014
The Design Confidential for Home Depot's DIHWorkshop and Joyful Holiday Lighted Marquee Sign

'Tis the Season my friends, for holiday making a plenty, because no holiday is complete without a few handmade goodies to trim your mantles and stuff your stockings with.

For those of you who are local, I hope you will join me at the Sacramento area's Elk Grove Home Depot on November 20! I will be showing you how to make this fabulous festive project and mingling with you gorgeous folks as well. We can chat about all things power tool and DIY, yahoo!

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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.

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

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