Browsing Archive: June, 2011

Throw in the Towel!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, In : Napkins 
Today I threw in the towel...literally.  I was out looking for fabulous finds for clients and I have to say...there is so much garbage out garbage! I can find more quality stuff at Urban Ore and other second hand stores!

I decided to head over to Sur La Table for some much needed cooking supplies when I spotted their fantastic sale on cotton kitchen dish towels.  

So many fabulous colors at such low prices that I stocked up. I use them as napkins!

Kitchen dish towels make GREAT nap...

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Picture Perfect

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, June 24, 2011, In : Art 

I've been asked several times over the past week "How should I frame my kids' art and where can I hang you think it's good enough to hang in the back hall?"

What is great about kids art is that it is natural and uninhibited. It is very difficult (if not impossible) for most adults to create the same feeling in their masterpieces. Kids really are the true masters.  

Where should you hang it? I say hang it somewhere that is visible to your house guests so that they may enjoy it too! You...
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Kill 'em with Kilim!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Monday, June 20, 2011, In : Pillows 

If you want to make your home feel cozy and warm, interesting and unique pillows can really make it happen. 

While working with a client to establish a new plan for their living room, I found a fabulous source for Kilim Pillows. 


She started with a beautiful new leather couch prior to engaging my help, and what she requested was a cozy, warm, down-to-earth look, while maintaining a modern sense.


This room is meant for the whole family to pile into for lounging and playing games. I started wit...

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Don't Do It!

Posted by Janelle Renée on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Garden 

Whenever I come across a yard that has a toilet or tub planter, I cringe and then wonder many things. For example, I love claw foot tubs. How is it that a claw foot tub can look luxurious and beautiful in a bathroom yet look cheap and tacky in a yard planted with even the prettiest flowers? 

The Design Salon Blog is all about re-purposing and re-using items in creative ways that may not necessarily be the original purpose. We promise to NEVER support you in creating something like this! 

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Brownies as a Design Element

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, In : Recipe 

Ok…The house is not as organized as it should be, the guests are coming over, and I need a good distraction so nobody will notice anything else. Time to pull out all stops! 

Quadruple Chocolate Brownies 

This is a recipe I cooked up when I was trying to use up all of the chocolate in the house. It happens to be the best brownie I've ever had. But's addicting.

Once they have a taste, nobody will notice a thing.  They take about 30 minutes to make, start to finish.  This is w...

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A Succulent Centerpiece...Inside and Out

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, June 10, 2011, In : Garden 

I always like to have some sort of flower arrangement on my dining table. This only becomes a challenge when I’m entertaining and it’s time to eat.  Usually the arrangement needs to leave the table or is moved down to the end of the table so that everyone doesn’t have to fight the flowers in order to have a conversation. Half the experience of eating is visual after all, so it would be nice to find a way to keep it there. 

This centerpiece can remain in the center of the table because ...

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Spotlight on...Scott Meadows

Posted by Janelle Renée on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : contractors 

Scott Meadows is a Certified Green Building Professional and General Contractor who Lori has worked with on many projects. Once clients meet and work with Scott, they find it difficult to do any projects without him. His fine building and communication skills, as well as his broad knowledge base and integrity are rare in the industry. Recently, Lori and I had the pleasure to sit down and interview Scott.

Lori: Scott, what should people keep in mind before hiring a contractor or working with o...

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Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, June 3, 2011, In : Sustainable Living Shop 

I’m always on the lookout for great ideas for recycling. Especially for those materials that NEVER breakdown and are needlessly swamping our landfill and ocean water. Sometimes you can find really clever and beautiful home furnishings, accessories, and jewelry that are quite unique.

Hatch, in Montclair Village, is dedicated to sustainable living.  There is something for all ages, including great little soft stuffed animals made out of old recycled plastic bottles, to fabulous messenger bag...

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