The Essentials of Winter Care

What’s the weather like where you live?  Conditions in my part of the world leave a lot to be desired, calling for a little protect and pamper care and maintenance with the essentials of winter care.  I don’t believe there is a region, state, county or parish not feeling the wrath of winter this week into the weekend.  Nor’easter Grayson is fiercely gripping the East Coast in obnoxiously bitter cold conditions, and it ain’t pretty.

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Bitter cold conditions aren’t only uncomfortable to deal with, they  wreak havoc with our skin.  We seek shelter in the warmth of our home only to have the dryness from indoor heat sources deny the skin of essential moisture.

Insult, meet injury.

This scenario reminds me of my trips out to Las Vegas.  At first, the dry heat is tolerable.  Three days in and my skin is screaming for the humidity Louisiana is known for.  In order to win the war against dry skin, you must be armed for battle.

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My show and tell beauty regimen to defeat dry skin delivers soothing results and moisture rich relief without leaving an oily residue on the face, hands, body and feet.  Here is my list of the essentials of winter care.

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Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy covers well, comforts and protects with the added bonus of a pleasing scent.

After trying all the rest I now have found the best foot cream in Gold Bond Softening Foot Cream.   For roughly $6 you too can crack the code of dry, cracked feet.

Night of Olay Firming Cream is both my night and day cream.   It’s that good.

L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream.  Love the scent, the feel, the results. This is one of only a few beauty products I have no problem splurging on.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E and Peppermint is a year round must have for chapped, dry lips.

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Jacobean Style Cabinets Designed and Made by Artichoke

Always aware of the importance of staying true to the all things house that make a home topic, let’s look at ways to pamper and protect wood furniture, wood cabinets, and wood doors from drying out due to dry indoor air.

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Oil-based wood conditioners are the essentials for winter care needed for protecting wood furniture, wood cabinets, and wood doors from drying out.  Applying a furniture oil such as Howard Feed-N-Wax or a quality lemon oil for fine wood penetrates wood and helps to retain moisture.  I do not suggest using an oil soap, wax or furniture polish that contains silicone.  Silicone based products promote build up and yellow discoloration, and therefore are not recommended.   Placement is also a consideration in preventing drying and fading.  Although often unavoidable due to design and space constraints, it is best not to place furniture near heating vents (drying) or in direct sunlight (drying and fading).

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Interior Designer Ninou Etienne of FusionD as featured by Design to Inspire

Don’t forget about pampering and protecting your leather home furnishings.  Leather is a natural product.  In order to maintain the natural beauty of the hide, I condition leather furnishings with leather conditioner at the start of winter.  Using a good leather conditioner will keep the leather soft and supple and the natural beauty of the  patina.  Leather Honey Leather Conditioner is my number one choice of leather conditioners.  It is non toxic, water repellent, controls mildew and leaves no oily residue.  I do recommend consulting the furnishings care label before using any conditioning product.

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Leather Honey Leather Conditioner

Winter can be brutal.  Pamper and protect with the essentials of winter care.

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Holiday Drama: Home Decor Statement Pieces

Home decor statement pieces aren’t expressly exclusive to holiday fashions.

Decoristas never need an excuse to home decor accent and accessorize, nor do they shy from reminding Santa it’s perfectly fine to add home decor statement pieces to his list.

At this most festive and stylish time of year, home is the star of the meeting, greeting and eating holiday show.

There’s no time like the present to add a few home decor statement pieces to your holiday wishlist.

I connected the dots to this Christmas wishlist conclusion as I sketched out a potential design alternative for a client.

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The homeowner wants several items that will stretch the budget tighter than tight, and realizing that fact commented, “I guess I could always ask for it as a Christmas present.”

 Christmas bells went off and the Elves got busy dropping hints.

Accent chests offer superb storage and style options for dining rooms as well as kitchens and breakfast areas.

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Cillian 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Farmhouse fabulous meets gotta have it list style with these particular kitchen islands.

Province Kitchen Island

Province Kitchen Island

Known as the hub of the home, the kitchen especially is the center of attention at the holiday time of year.

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

La Grange Hostyn Kitchen Island

Whitewashed Wooden Columbia Kitchen Island with Wheels

Whitewashed Wooden Columbia Kitchen Island with Wheels

Reason number one why I love to “decorate” my kitchen for the holidays.

The Gray Barn Arden Kitchen Island

The Gray Barn Arden Kitchen Island

The polar opposite of boring-done to death-everybody else is doing it, mixing periods and styles is being embraced more and more as the new kid on the block in design style.

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Salento 6-Light Chandelier

The proof of the point hangs with this experimental pairing of an old-world charm of this Parisian white chandelier framed with two sleek and modern Hicks pendants in bronze and black.   

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Thomas O’Brien Hicks Small Pendant

We’re considering hanging this lighting trio over the island area.

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Leora Modern Glam Tufted Velvet Wingback Loveseat

Leora Modern Glam Tufted Velvet Wingback Loveseat

Alisa Grey Upholstered Settee Bench Loveseat

Alisa Grey Upholstered Settee Bench Loveseat

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Adesso High Back Chair by Ebanista

Toddman Light Beige Fabric High Back Accent Chair

Toddman Light Beige Fabric High Back Accent Chair

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Design Duos: CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Collection

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CB2. All opinions are 100% mine.

CB2 has partnered with  the dynamic husband -and-wife designing duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz on their latest collection, CB2 and Novogratz Collection, debuting May 2nd.  Unique originality is never a boring calling card, and quality home furnishings inspired by affordable sophistication, bold colors, warm woods, and a vacation home in Brazil is brilliant! CB2 recognizes the spirit of sophistication and fun in home furnishings and decor. Robert and Cortney have a guided eye to whimsical, the vintage, the modern, and the color that puts the stamp of approval on fun, funky, and fresh home furnishings.

Outdoor spaces have quickly become extensions of the life lived within our homes. Whimsical in theory, neutral in palette, and classically fun- the Luli Lamp will pair perfectly to any outdoor space decor. It doesn’t monkey around with its stylish statement.

Bright and bold color injects essential life of the party looks to a space. From small indoor pops to grand outdoor statements, color makes its welcomed personality known in the CB2 and Novogratz Collection. Hot color mixed into warm wood, a wide range of items and price points, and a design nod to vintage love from a thoroughly modern designing couple makes for one desirable collection.

I’m a big fan of husband-and-wife designing teams. Just ask Dave the Builder. The couple that designs and decorates together deserves a beautiful vacation home in Brazil!

Remember me mentioning this collection puts an emphasis on style and fun? You and 3 of your friends could win the trip of a lifetime by entering the CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes. On lucky person will win a one week stay at the vacation home of CB2 collaborators Bob and Cortney Novogratz in beautiful Trancoso, Brazil! Ten other lucky winners will receive a CB2 giftcard worth $100 along with a personally signed copy of the book “Home by Novogratz”. How’s that for style and fun! The CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes runs from May 2nd through June 3rd.

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