Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep


 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep
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Meal planning may seem like a gargantuan task, but it’s easily manageable with the right tools to help you along.

 

Here are some must-have kitchen essentials for meal prepping.

 

Be an At-Home Chef

 

First, you’ll need to find the right recipes to get you through the week. Recipes that can be easily cooked in bulk are recommended. Also, consider foods that you don’t mind freezing and are still tasty upon microwaving. For example, salmon, grains and cruciferous veggies keep well for a few days and still taste excellent after freezing.

 

Use pressure cookers, slow cookers and baking sheets to aid in your bulk cooking. These tools will allow for multi-meal cooking with the same amount of prep time for you — and they’re great for multitasking, too.

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Breville Fast Slow Pro Multi Cooker | Bed Bath & Beyond | $249.99

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Staub Round Oven | Williams Sonoma | $159.99 to $239.99

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Silpat Baking Mat | Sur La Table | $26.95

 

Save and Store

 

Once your meals are all cooked, you’ll want to have adequate — and easy grab-and-go — storage. Small glass containers are perfect for portioning lunches for you or the kids. Glass lets you know exactly what you’ll be eating, and your food won’t be leaching any harmful chemicals from the containers.

 

Jars are perfect for smaller salads, soups or premade smoothies. Save your snacks in silicone bags. You’ll save the environment from single-use plastic bags while looking stylish. Silicone bags are a bonus for those who like to cook sous vide.

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Snapware Glass Storage Set | Amazon | $55.99 for 24

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Weck Mold Jars | Williams Sonoma | $34.95 for six

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bag | The Container Store | $11.99 to $19.99

 

 

The Takeaway

 

Lunch bags have come a long way from primary colors and cartoon characters. You’ll love taking your lunch to work (or packing for a weekend picnic) with these insulated bags in neutral colors and with fun slogans.

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Lunch Poche Bag | Anthropologie | $44

 

Kitchen Essentials for Meal Prep

Kate Spade Lunch Tote | Neiman Marcus | $30

 

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Decorating with Pantone’s Living Coral

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Decorating with Pantone’s Living Coral


 

Just as cinephiles wait with bated breath for the year’s Academy Award nominees, so too do designers await Pantone’s announcement for its color of the year.

 

For 2019, the authority in color matching chose “Living Coral” as the trend, evoking a “vibrant, yet mellow” spirit to take us through the winter doldrums and straight into the energy of spring and summer.

 

With hues of pink and orange and a golden undertone, Living Coral is the pop of color you’ll need to freshen up your home. We’ve chosen five products that will help transition your spaces into a more playful color palette.

 

Decorating with Pantone Living Coral

Vienna Sofa | Anthropologie | $2,198

 

If you need a statement piece, look no further than this Anthropologie sofa. The textiles can be customized from an entire rainbow selection of velvet and slub velvet, but we’ve chosen the plush “Blossom” color, which complements the brass legs to create a modern yet playful centerpiece.

 

Decorating with Pantone Living Coral

Martha Sturdy Marbled Wastebin | Forty Five Ten | $430

 

Extracting more orange hues from Living Coral, this marbled wastebin is an elegant and subtle addition to any living space. The non-porous resin is stain resistant and food safe, turning unsightly trash into a modern art piece.

 

Decorating with Pantone Living Coral

Deny Designs Kelly Haines Stripe Side Table | Nordstrom | $165

 

A subtle pattern can bring whimsy into an otherwise neutral space. These coral stripes add another layer to a space, while brass legs give a touch of Mid-Century modern inspiration.

 

Decorating with Pantone Living Coral

Tenango Embroidered Pillow | The Little Market | $98 to $128

 

Women artisans from Hidalgo, Mexico, hand embroidered this pillow in the traditional Tenango, houndstooth stitch method. The whimsical design is perfect for the children’s room, den or pool house.

 

Decorating with Pantone Living Coral

Iitatalia Raami Glass Tealight Holder | MoMA Design Store | $40

 

Take your tealights up a notch with this glass holder, ideal for a romantic table spread or a relaxing at-home spa session. The interior of the vessel is fluted to reflect the candle’s flame.

 

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How to Style a Bar Cart

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How to Style a Bar Cart


 

How to Style a Bar Cart

 

Bar carts are an entertaining essential and, these days, one of the most fun trends to accessorize.

 

Originating as tea trolleys in the Victorian era, beverage carts became a home for alcoholic elixirs after Prohibition ended. Bar carts gained popularity in the 1950s, when entertaining and cocktail hours became a cultural norm.

 

When home architecture began to include built-in wet bars and spaces for entertaining in the 1970s, the bar cart became an image of the past. But, with the resurgence of trends of bygone eras, bar carts have become a staple in interior design once more.

 

Bar carts are a versatile way to not only display your aperitifs but can also be used as side tables, nightstands and more.

 

Want one in your own home? All it takes is a little creativity and a few must-have items.

 

Liquor


A variety of classic cocktails can be made with just these items: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey and bitters. Vermouth should also be at the top of your list: dry is a must for martini fans, while sweet allows you to make other drinks, like Manhattans. If you still want more variety, brandy and Aperol are great additions, as well as any flavored liqueur you enjoy (i.e., Cointreau, Frangelico, St. Germain).

 

Mixers


Must-have mixers for your bar cart include tonic water, club soda, ginger beer and cola. In colder months, you may consider adding apple cider to the mix. These mixers give you the ability to create a drink for virtually any taste preference.

 

Citrus


A few lemons, limes and oranges in a bowl are functional and decorative additions to a bar cart. Use them to make drinks, garnish, and add a pop of color to your cart.

 

Barware (glasses and tools)


A bar cart is nothing without the tools. You’ll need a cocktail shaker, measuring unit (like a jigger), stirring spoon, strainer, bar board, pairing knife, corkscrew and a variety of glasses. Additional options are an ice bucket, muddler, zester and cocktail picks. Bar tools come in a variety of styles, so you can easily find something that fits the aesthetic you’re aiming for.

 

Plants


Adding a plant or flower is another way to bring vibrancy to a bar cart. A simple clear or white vase never fails, but you can also pick something colorful or quirky.

 

Trinkets


If your cart isn’t too crammed by now, it’s time for the fun stuff. Adding a random object that speaks to you is the best way to complete your bar cart. Books, clocks, candlesticks and artwork are all great pieces to add that finishing touch.

 

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8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

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8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts


 

The beginning of the year is a fresh start to amplify your fitness routine.

 

Forgo the gym membership (or supplement it) this time around with an at-home workout tailored to your needs and preferences.

 

We’ve chosen workout gear that will help you obtain a healthier lifestyle and are so beautiful, you’ll want to exercise more.

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Shinola Bixby Bicycle | $1,950

 

For good weather days — and in Dallas, there’ll be plenty — you’ll want to take your workout routine outdoors. Not only would some Vitamin D be good to battle seasonal affective disorder, it’s been proven to help fight against depression, bone disorders and heart attacks, according to experts at Harvard Medical School.

 

Cycling is an added bonus. It’s easier on your joints, builds muscle and trains your balance, according to doctors at M.D. Anderson. With a bicycle as stunning as the Shinola Bixby, how can you say no to this workout?

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Bang & Olufsen E8 In-Ear Headphones | $299

 

Whether at home or at the gym, you’ll be able to get motivated and drown out extraneous noise with these Bang & Olufsen in-ear headphones. As wireless earphones, you won’t have to worry about snagging your headphone wires, while the design keeps them in place as you’re running, practicing yoga or just lifting weights.

 

A genuine leather charging case allows for on-the-go recharging with up to 12 hours of playtime.

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Page Thirty Three Marble Dumbbells | $100

 

Dumbbells no longer have to be an awkward and unsightly item in your at-home gym. These dumbbells are made from red marble, travertine and Carrera, making them uniquely sculptural as well as functional.

 

The Page Thirty dumbbells are carved from natural stone, giving each a distinct appearance.

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Allbirds Wool Runners | $95

 

Fashion-forward with a cult-like status, Allbirds Wool Runners are perfect for a serious workout on the track just as well as for a casual stroll. Each shoe is created with your comfort and the environment top of mind. Wool uppers are durable but easy to clean, recycled laces help reduce the impact of plastic, and padded insoles are made with castor bean oil, reducing the carbon output from traditional, petroleum-based foam.

 

An added bonus: these running shoes are machine washable. So, you’ll never be afraid to get them dirty on a run outside.

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Tangram Factory Smart Rope | $79.95

 

Feel like a kid again with this smart jump rope. The smart rope syncs to a mobile app that will help you unlock fitness awards and share results with your community. Its tracking abilities will help you know how many calories you’ve burned, while LED lights embedded in the rope display your jump count mid-air.

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Sugar Mat Whimsy Tropic Leaf | $63

 

Get centered and in shape with this yoga mat, which comes in a variety of patterns that are as beautiful as you’ll feel after you’ve completed your yoga practice. The mat is made with natural rubber and synthetic suede, which provides the perfect anti-slip grip for those downward dogs.

 

The designs are printed with water-based inks, which are guaranteed to last you through years of yoga. The mat is also pliable enough to be thrown in the washing machine.  

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Lululemon Double Roller | $58

 

Your post-workout routine is just as important to your health as the actual exercise you do. Ensure that your muscles aren’t tense with these foam rollers that will massage your arms, legs and back.

 

The rollers nest within each other for streamlined-storage. A trendy black-and-white marble pattern makes these rollers easily displayable.

 

8 Items to Elevate Your At-Home Workouts

Corkcicle Stainless Steel Canteen | $32.95

 

What’s a workout without water? Hydrate all day with the Corkcicle. It’s triple-insulated, so you’ll be able to keep a cold drink for up to 25 hours. With its fashionable design and slip-proof grip, you’ll want to carry this everywhere, pre- and post-workout.

 

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5 Party Essentials for New Year’s Eve


 

5 Party Essentials for New Year’s Eve

 

It’s time for everyone’s favorite type of party — New Year’s Eve celebrations. Ring in 2019 the right way with these five party essentials to get everyone festive and on the dance floor.

5 Party Essentials for New Year’s Eve

Crosley Gig Shelf System | $179.95

 

Dance the night away with this vinyl turntable complete with dual stereo speakers. A faux wood finish and a matte black front face keeps tunes looking sleek and sophisticated — even if your record collection may not always be.

 

5 Party Essentials for New Year’s Eve

Sequin Drapes | $100

 

What’s a party without a photo op? These sequin drapes provide just the right sparkle that will enhance — not upstage — outfits and make everyone shine in the best light.

 

5 Party Essentials for New Year’s Eve

Crate & Barrel Bar Tool Set | $79.95

 

Impress guests with your mixology skills with this stainless-steel bar tool set. The set includes an ice bucket, bottle opener, jigger in two sizes, long spade-end spoon, classic spring coil strainer, ice scoop and muddler. It’s the ultimate kit for you to make your favorite cocktails.
5 Party Essentials for New Year’s Eve

Elyx Copper Coupes | $79.95 for two

 

New Year’s toasts should feel extra special with these limited-edition copper coupes. The set of two goblets is hand-polished, plated in copper and etched with detailing to make any host and hostess feel glamorous.

 

5 Party Essentials for New Year’s EveGinger Ray “Pop” Compressed Air Cannon | $2.99

 

Countdown the New Year with these fun party poppers. The New Year will truly be sparkling with iridescent confetti fluttering about your home.

 

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How to Organize Holiday Decor


 

How to Organize Holiday Decor

 

Holidays are in full swing, so it’s best to have a game plan once the festivities are finished.

 

Similar to year-round storage solutions, opt for clear plastic bins and containers for holiday decor as often as possible. This way, you’ll know what you’re storing and won’t forget what you own  — which helps to avoid extraneous products in your household.

 

Whether you take down your decor the day after Christmas or later in January, these essential accessories will help tidy your home and stow away your valuables in an organized fashion.

 

How to Organize Holiday DecorUtility Gift Wrap Door & Wall Rack | $126.50

 

Take advantage of unused door space with this utility door and wall rack. Pare down your holiday and birthday wrapping paper into one space to keep storage streamlined and easy to see year round. The gift wrap rack keeps wrapping paper from unraveling and toppling over, while adjustable hooks allow for a customizable solution for your gift-wrapping station.

 

How to Organize Holiday DecorHoliday Rolling Tree Storage Bag | $34.99

 

If you fall in the “fake” category of the great Christmas tree debate, you’ll want the perfect container to keep your tree functional for the years ahead. Rather than storing it in its original box or a regular storage tub, opt for this heavy-duty polyester bag, which can hold up to a 9-foot tree. Three wheels at the bottom and durable handles around the center allow for an easier haul up to the attic.

 

How to Organize Holiday Decor

30-inch Clear Wreath Storage Box | $34.99

 

How do you store something so bulky and cumbersome as a wreath? With a clear wreath “box.” The circular shape keeps a wreath’s branches intact, while delicate foliage stays lively and dust free.

 

How to Organize Holiday DecorLight Storage Box | $14.19

 

Save yourself the hassle of untangling lights next year and store your strands in this clear storage box. The lights wrap around a reel (four included), and are filed away into the hinge-top container.

 

How to Organize Holiday Decor

Multi-Compartment Ornament Storage Trays | $7.99

 

A big tree means lots of ornaments. Protect your treasures in these storage trays, which come in variations of six-compartment trays or 12-compartment trays. Each compartment is sized for classic 3-inch globe ornaments. The clear container means you’ll never have to guess which ornaments are in which box.

 

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10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes


 

Sleek, streamlined and all the rage, modern and contemporary homes have been peppering the Dallas landscape in new builds and restorations alike.

 

Though a broad category in architectural design, experts agree that modern and contemporary homes evoke a light and airy atmosphere, thanks to open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows streaming in an abundance of natural light.

 

Modern and contemporary homes favor little ornamentation, opting for blunter edges and sometimes colder interiors to juxtapose effortlessly with the plush velvets and natural fibers of the furniture.

 

We’ve chosen 10 homes that embrace the modern and contemporary aesthetic to its core.

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes2525 N. Pearl Street #1401 | Ritz-Carlton | $2,295,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes4435 Nashwood Lane | Preston Hollow | $1,899,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes10662 Les Jardins Drive | Northwest Dallas | $1,799,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes4300 Lomo Alto Drive #5 | Highland Park | $1,545,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes11339 Royalshire Drive | North Dallas | $1,425,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes2555 N. Pearl Street #1504 | Ritz-Carlton | $1,100,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes3111 Welborn Street #1402 | Oak Lawn | $725,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes1505 N. Haskell Avenue #2 | Old East Dallas | $425,000

 

10 Sleek Modern and Contemporary Homes3131 Catamore Lane | Northwest Dallas | $367,000

 

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Caitlin Wilson is the Talk of the Town


 

 

When Caitlin Wilson decides to take a big risk, it pays off in major ways.

 

It happened when she first created her design blog, Caitlinwilson.com. It happened when she made the leap from interior design into beginning her own textile business. And it happened when she and her family first moved to Dallas to expand the business into its second showroom.

 

Caitlin Wilson is the Talk of the Town

 

It’s Wilson’s ambition that has driven her success, keeping her at the top — and top of mind in the Dallas design game.

 

“There’s an energy and excitement around design in Dallas,” Wilson told Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. “The people here embrace the best of tradition, but they’re not afraid to do something new and bold and fresh.”

 

Read Wilson’s entire design journey and her renovation advice in DPM’s fall/winter 2018 Fine Home Collection.

 

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Five Interior Designers to Follow on Instagram

 

More than 1 billion people use Instagram a month, and more than 95 million photos are posted per day. With so much content shared, it may feel overwhelming to know who to follow and what to pay attention to.

 

For interior design, the Instagram pool is filled with brilliance, showcasing creativity that’s simultaneously attainable and inspiring — all at your fingertips.

 

We’ve selected five interior designers that exemplify the best of Instagram’s offerings.

 


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Yates Desygn comprises Bryan Yates and his husband, Mike Yates, who moved their firm from Manhattan to Dallas in 2015. Backgrounds in performance art and landscape architecture influence careers that have carried them around the world. Their Instagram feed provides a plethora of inspiration, from what inspires them to their own projects around Dallas to their personal lives filled with love and laughter.

 


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Celebrity interior designer Emily Henderson expands her media presence through Instagram by showcasing her personal side. Family posts intermingle with photos of her finished projects, while her Instagram Stories feature behind-the-scenes footage of her life.

 


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Retro modern and contemporary, clean design juxtaposes effortlessly in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s work, attracting celebrities like actress Mandy Moore (her home is featured above). Follow Samuel’s Instagram if you want beautiful photos and witty, honest commentary.

 


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Emily Henderson’s former protege Orlando (pronounced Or-lahn-doh) Soria uses his Instagram as a lesson in finding humor in interior design. Watch hours of Soria’s unique wit through his Instagram Stories, which feature glimpses into his personal life, business and corporate partnerships.

 


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Blogger and interior design darling Caitlin Wilson brings more beauty to Instagram with posts spotlighting her textiles. Delicate florals and pretty pastels are showcased in everyday living, proving that beautiful can be functional.

 

Follow Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate on Instagram at @daveperrymillerrealestate to see more exquisite properties or visit daveperrymiller.com.

 

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In the spirit of giving thanks, why not give back to those who need the most help?

 

This holiday season, purchase gifts for your loved ones that help others as well.

 

We’ve selected five beautiful items for the home that also give back.

 

Products That Give BackNublado Throw | The Citizenry | $395

 

The Citizenry collaborates with artisans to produce one-of-a-kind, exclusive collections and donates 10 percent of its proceeds back into those artisan communities. Partnerships change from season to season to highlight different crafts and communities.

 

The Nublado Throw was made by one master weaver in San Pedro, Peru, home to alpaca wool. Each throw takes one full day to knit and is left in its pure state for a natural, soft touch and look.

 

Products That Give BackZura Floor Basket | Local + Lejos | $198

 

Curated contemporary selections are of prime importance to Los Angeles-based Local + Lejos. Beautiful handwoven baskets and textiles from Rwanda, Cambodia, Guatemala and more feature bold graphics and simple, sophisticated design.

 

Products That Give BackChabi Chic XL Ceramic Salad Bowl | The Little Market | $40

 

Lauren Conrad-founded fair trade shop The Little Market specializes in artisanal products crafted by women around the world. Purchases from the online business create opportunities for women and their families to start literacy workshops, business training and health programs in their community. This salad bowl contributes to a small business in Morocco.

 

Products That Give BackP.F. Candle Co. Juniper Terra Candle | Moorea Seal | $33.60

 

Cult favorite candle brand P.F. Candle Co. brings the holiday spirit with this juniper candle, created from juniper berries, pine, fir needle and cedarwood. Seven percent of proceeds from the candle — and all items sold at Moorea Seal — are given to nonprofits helping women’s causes, children’s needs, environmental issues, animal causes and health-related needs.

 

Products That Give BackFloral Tea Infuser Mug | Fair & Square Imports | $22.50

 

McKinney-based Fair & Square Imports scour the globe for fair-trade products for home and fashion. This handmade floral tea infuser mug from Vietnam is ceramic, avoiding harsh plastics and lets tea leaves bloom.

 

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