Thursday, April 17, 2014

Archive for the ‘Home Improvement Advise’ Category

My mother used to make individual chocolate cakes for me and my playmates. Each having our own made us feel extra special. Years later, I dusted off her recipe to prepare for old friends, adding a peanut butter center for a sweet-salty twist.


  • 1⁄3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plain non-fat Greek style yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid egg substitute
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites from large eggs
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-fat peanut butter, smooth or chunky, preferably natural style


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Modern fireplaces are very creative and unusual but this fireplace by Cocoon Fires is very original and stands out. Its peculiar feature is a round shape. Vellum is not only a part of your decor but also adds instant visual interest to any wall and breathes true warmth into any space. Completely made of marine grade stainless steel, the base has a mirror finish, while the face has a hairline finish, providing a subtle but pleasing textural variation. The inside chamber is also steel with a hairline finish. The fireplace is small but absolutely unique, make your space stylish and cozy!

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When it comes to creating the perfect outdoor oasis, there’s no need for an acre of green grass in the country. Whether your space is large or small, with just a few essentials it can become a luxurious extension of your home and the ideal spot for entertaining.

Illustration by Nicole Perry

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Pergolas can help define a space and create an intimate atmosphere, while a fireplace acts as a focal point and offers warmth. Outdoor fireplaces can be similar in stature to the ones you might find in a grand living room. We love the customized hand-cast concrete fireplaces from Vancouver’s Solus Decor.

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It’s so beautiful when your patio or arbor is braided with plants! De Castelli presents a set of garden furniture called Celato’s Radici. ‘Radici’ means ‘roots’ in Italian so this furniture is to be overrun with plants. Overrun by vines and plants or not, the garden set is quite artistic and includes many items like a gazebo, table, chairs, bench, barstool, candle holder and coffee table. But when overrun by plants, the effect is quite magical. The design itself reminds of the vines but in the combination with some plants the set looks green, fresh and very beautiful. It seems like you are in the garden of some fairy, isn’t it? Your garden would be beautiful, exquisite and romantic with this set. Read more…

romantic canopiesWhat gives a bedroom that movie star style? When you look at the glamorous and romantic images of bedrooms in home décor magazines or high end real estate brochures you often see something that’s not found in most ordinary bedrooms – a canopy. Canopies are both useful and decorative. They were originally designed for use in the tropics to keep insects out so one could enjoy a safe and restful night’s sleep under a swath of protective mosquito netting. That s Read more…


The Long Form Library is a remarkable piece of furniture that you can buy from Etsy seller ifsodoso for whooping $9,500. It is create the perfect environment for reading and storing books. Thanks to that you won’t even need a home library with such thing at your home. The Long Form Library is built from 15 modular boxes and can hold up to 400 books of varying shapes and sizes or several hundreds of CDs and DVDs.

Assembly takes around two hours including the integrated electrics. Only 4 wire junctions and 4 internal plugs are required. The piece stands at 246cm.


Do you remember the collection of furniture made of wine barrels? These pieces would be a nice extension of the collection: Barrel Stave Hammock, Wine Barrel Stave Table and Chair, Retired Wine Barrel Swing. One of the best barrel reinventions I’ve seen, this comfortable hammock utilizes the natural curve of the staves to cradle your body. The pieces are smoothed and sanded for blissful afternoon napping, and lacquer-sealed for outdoor protection. One whole California wine barrel supplies approximately 22 staves which are spaced and joined with thick manila rope. It’s handmade work, with spans of rope on each side for hanging from a tree or post. The table, the chair and the swing are also made of the old wine barrels, they would be a nice addition to your garden and would look organic. A nice solution to have a rest in your garden, isn’t it?

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