Tuesday’s Tips: save money with these produce storage tips

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Some takeaways I learned from Real Food Real Deals &;My Thirty Spot: how washing certain fruits like berries and grapes ahead of time can cause a negative affect on the skin and make them prone to bacteria so only wash when you get ready to eat them.  I also learned you should line berries in a different container lined with paper towel. How paper towels supposedly keeps lettuce fresh if placed on top and bottom and a lot of melons and fruit can actually stay at room temperature on the counter before going in the fridge. I started doing this with my strawberries as some grocery stores don’t have them in the refrigerated section so I figured they can stay out at home for a day or so before putting them in the fridge. I also try to cut and slice fruit I know I wont eat and freeze them in zip loc bags for future smoothies or Nice cream (google it if you don’t know what that is).

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They say you should keep fruit and produce separate in the fridge drawers. When buying fruit and veggies, always soak them in a 1:4 ratio of vinegar and water to help remove toxins and pesticides. That’s something I want to give a try. Do you have any tips on making food last longer?

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What are characteristics of your ideal bar stool?

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Some like ’em modern with clean lines or unique with odd interesting shapes, some prefer natural earthy wood materials while many like the industrial metal styles. Some love the cafe style while others need one with a back. I like them all from upholstered to masculine ones but lately I’ve really been wanting metals stools. There are so many fun styles and you don’t need a cocktail bar to use a stool. If you have a bar height dining table, you can use them on one side for a different loo,a breakfast bar, the laundry room counter, etc. I also like them used outside under a thin ledge for drinks or against a back wall for additional seating or to balance an entry vignette by filling space.

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Sleek black matte faucets and fixtures..

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Now that I am settled in my condo, I look for ways I can make it my own and one of the things I really love is sleek black hardware especially against marble. Though I am not planning to add any marble anywhere…I don’t  think, but I would love black matte hardware in one of my bathrooms that has a gray, black and white scheme.

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The contrast just does something to the space. It just has an expensive look even against plain timeless subway tile.

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When combined with a unique basin and light pendants, you can create a really neat look…

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Whether you use a stainless steel or black sink, the faucets looks great with both…

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Kitchen Options: Under Cabinet Lighting

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I always say nothing beats ambient lighting. Lighting truly does wonders to transform a space and emit a certain mood. I love how under cabinet lighting can add a custom feel to a kitchen that may be on the ordinary side…

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There are quite a few options but I prefer the inexpensive ones that don’t require wiring. You can get LED flexible strips on a light reel that runs around 7 bucks or puck lights with adhesive bottoms. Some of those are motion sensored so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when someone isn’t home or in the kitchen. Some of the wireless lights can come with wireless switches.

Design Takeaways…

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I think this planter design would be very cute in a kitchen especially if herbs like basil etc were potted. Someone who cooks with fresh ingredients could have them right at their disposal…

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I also like the painted pegboards. This is a way to inject color in a rental apartment and can function as a space saver. Check out pegboards posts for jewelry storage solutions and kitchen ideas. If you need more ideas on adding color in a kitchen, read here.

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Decorating with wood cutting boards…

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Cutting boards can double for function and decor or art….

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Dip dye them for a fun DIY and hang an assortment in a gallery wall style..

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Layer with canisters and lean against the backsplash…

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I love the molding details with the classic subway tile and minimal bulb pendant. The cutting board is the same stain as the wood on the chair legs and floor…

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I like the cutting boards sold at Marshalls because they are affordable and come in a variety of stains and designs.

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**new series** Kitchen Options: Farmhouse Sinks

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I pin so many images to my kitchen pinterest board that I figured I’d start a new series about different options because frankly, there are a ton. First up farmhouse sinks…

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I love the modern look of a slanted front above. Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron fronts because of the exposed frontal part, are typically a single basin. I like them because they flow into all design styles and not just country kitchens. They are very deep and great if you do a lot of cooking and need to scrub tall pots. The depth also reduces water splashes…

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Farmhouse sinks come in a variety of finishes. I personally like copper most but you can also get them in stainless steel, bronze, fireclay, porcelain, cast iron etc. Kohler even carries decorative apron styles…

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The roman shade is a nice classic option for kitchens as well. This area above may be in a butler’s pantry because of the wine cabinets below….

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Tuesday’s Tips: repurpose bar carts and make a coffee station

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Maybe you’re not an alcoholic drinker but you do indulge in a daily latte, coffee or tea time. Those bar carts or small bakers racks can be repurposed as a coffee cart or station. I absolutely love this idea. It’s like bringing a hotel amenity in your own home. There’s just something so welcoming about coffee, cups and cream & sugar waiting for you to start your day.

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Make the station interesting with a picture wall. This is especially cool if you have frequent guests. Make sure to keep any to-go cups with lids ready for those long commutes….

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Keep the jazziest mugs, cups and saucers on display. Now is a good time to at least display those mugs you get as gifts that you never really use. Some mugs can even house the sugar cubes or straws…

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