A Before and After Home Makeover You Have to See to Believe

As it turns out, you don’t actually have to knock down walls and totally change the character of your home to achieve the feel of an open concept floor plan. This stunning Tudor style house is proof that with some paint and some impeccable style, you can keep your walls where they are, maybe even use bold colors on them, and still feel light and airy in your real life home! Let these before and after pictures wow you into giving your home a spring makeover.

Before

 

After

The exterior brick was painted in Benjamin Moore China White and the front door in Benjamin Moore Greyhound.

This amazing living room features this beautiful couch from Serena and Lily, but I found a comparable sofa for a fraction of the price on Wayfair.

This lovely accent chair is worth the splurge because, you know, leather is leather.

The dining table is by McGee & Co, but I found a more affordable option on Wayfair.

Those tiles! You can find them here. The kitchen cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore Forest Green. And really, who doesn’t love a Smeg?

The bathroom features these amazing plaid tiles, and a floating bathroom vanity to maximize the space.

The bedroom walls are Benjamin Moore Newburg Green, and can we please talk about that light fixture?! I just love those modern Sputnik chandeliers.

For more info on this before and after check out the webisode from Mcgee & Co.

4 Tropical Beauty Recipes to Try This Spring

Harness the power of tropical fruit and ocean water with these easy beauty recipes! Perfect for reawakening your springtime and summer beauty routine.

  BRIGHTENING PAPAYA FACE MASK

Packed with antioxidants, vitamin-C and natural fruit enzymes, the papaya is a staple ingredient in many Australians beauty routines. Rich in natural AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids), papaya helps to break down dead skin cells and even out skin tone and texture. Blended with anti-inflammatory oatmeal, yogurt and honey, this mask will help to reveal a refreshed, glowing complexion. For those with sensitive skin we recommend using this mask every two weeks.

INGREDIENTS

¼ ripe papaya (Use the rest for this skin-loving tropical smoothie recipe!)
3 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
2 tbsp finely ground rolled oats
2 tbsp honey

METHOD

  • STEP 1

    Remove the skin and seeds of the papaya and slice the flesh into cubes.

  • STEP 2

    Using a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.

  • STEP 3

    Apply a thick layer of the mask to the face and rinse off after 30 minutes for bright, glowing skin.

      COCONUT COFFEE BODY SCRUB

    This coconut coffee scrub is a great, chemical-free way to exfoliate and revitalize tired skin. Massaging the coffee grounds into the skin helps to stimulate the circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Rich in antioxidants, the coffee grounds help to increase collagen production while their high caffeine content also help to stimulate blood cells, toning and tightening the skin. Blended with hydrating coconut oil, this scrub will leave you feeling (and smelling) amazing.

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup of raw sugar
    ½ cup of coconut oil
    2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
    2–3 tablespoons cocoa
    2 tablespoons ground coffee

    METHOD

    • STEP 1

      Submerge a small bowl of coconut oil in boiling water to soften and allow it to cool but not solidify.

    • STEP 2

      Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or mason jar.

    • STEP 3

      Use 2-3 times a week for soft, silky skin.

       LAVENDER BATH SALTS

      The benefits of bathing in Epsom salt has been known for centuries. Rich in magnesium, a mineral we are often lacking, bathing in the salts helps to flush the body of environmental pollutants, ease joint pain and reduce inflammation. Blended with either lavender or rose essential oil, this healing soak is the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

      INGREDIENTS

      1 cup Himalayan pink salt
      1/2 cup Epsom salts
      1/2 cup baking soda
      10 drops rose or lavender essential oil

      METHOD

      • STEP 1

        Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

      • STEP 2

        Store in an airtight container or mason jar to preserve the fragrance of the lavender.

      • STEP 3

        To use, add two tablespoons of the soak to a warm bath and enjoy.

          SEA SALT HAIR SPRAY

        Many hair care brands have worked to develop products that mimic the salty properties of the sea. Using a blend of sea salt, nourishing coconut oil and conditioning aloe vera, this recipe is sure to create waves, no beach necessary.

        INGREDIENTS

        1 cup warm water
        1 Tbsp sea salt
        1 tsp Epsom salt
        1 Tbsp organic coconut oil
        1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
        5 drops essential oil, optional

        METHOD

        • STEP 1

          Pour the warm water into an empty spray bottle and combine ingredients.

        • STEP 2

          Put the cap on the bottle and shake until the sea salt and Epsom salts are dissolved.

        • STEP 3

          To use, spray on damp hair and towel scrunch until dry

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Try This— Maple Ginger Glazed Carrot Pancakes With Salted Sour Cream

I’m always looking for a reason to eat sour cream by the spoonful. I revisited this maple ginger  glazed carrot pancakes recipe I shared with you a while back, because I thought I might have the opportunity to scratch that sour cream itch. Anyway, whether you choose to stick with my original savory yogurt condiment, or decide to live like a rebel and slather this in salted sour cream, you will not be disappointed.

For your convenience, you’ll find the original recipe below. Just replace the yogurt with sour cream, and voila! Even though I originally made this for Easter a couple of years ago, this recipe is the perfect addition to any brunch menu! You must try this!

MAPLE GINGER GLAZED CARROT PANCAKES WITH SALTED YOGURT

INGREDIENTS (MAKES 4 SERVINGS)

  • 4 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1 pound carrots (about 8 medium), peeled, coarsely grated
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup plain whole yogurt
  • 1 cup spicy greens (such as baby mustard greens, watercress, or arugula)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Flaky sea salt

FOR THE MAPLE GINGER GLAZE

  • 1/4 cup dark maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp butter

DIRECTIONS

  • Mix eggs, carrots, cilantro, and chickpea flour in a large bowl (mixture will be loose); season with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat. Scoop two ½-cupfuls of carrot mixture into skillet, pressing each to ½” thickness.
  • Cook, rotating skillet occasionally for even browning, until pancakes are golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat to make 2 more pancakes, adding more oil to skillet if needed.
  • for the maple ginger glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the grated ginger, cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Allow the mixture to start to boil before removing from heat (1-2 minutes)
  • Meanwhile, season yogurt with kosher salt and pepper. Toss greens with lemon juice and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil; season with kosher salt and pepper.
  • To serve, drizzle carrot pancakes with the maple ginger glaze and serve with salad and salted yogurt, seasoned with sea salt and more pepper.

***Use a nonstick skillet! I can’t stress that enough. I tried making these in a cast iron skillet and it was a tiny catastrophe.

***The pancakes themselves can be slightly on the bland side, so spice away. Experiment and be creative! Some folks even throw curry in the mix. If you do that, I’d probably skip the maple ginger glaze.

***If you like the idea of salted yogurt, try these other savory yogurt recipes.

adapted from bon appetit

This is the Beach House of Your Style Dreams

This South Carolina beach house from Cortney Bishop Design is the definition of a dream home! After I saw Julianne Hough’s home, I thought for sure that no other home could compare. I was so wrong!!! This jaw-dropping interior is masterfully curated without ever looking staged. Right down to the smallest of details, it is #stylegoals! There are no words. Just look, and get inspired!

Cortney Bishop Design even caught the eye of Homes & Garden UK, and you can read about it here.

Reset Your Skin Care Routine With These Spring Ready DIY Masks

These DIY face masks are perfect for transitioning your skin care routine from Winter to Spring! Using natural ingredients, you can whip these up in minutes, and customize them even further to suit your skin type. Short on time? You can head over to Brandless and shop their clean skin regimen line. Really, really short on time? Check out the benefits of cleansing grains and pre-mixed masks.

For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin needs a little extra TLC. These three ingredients have been specially selected for their soothing and calming properties.

  • 2 tablespoon of ground rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of organic natural yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Mix these ingredients into a paste, apply to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off, using warm water with gentle circular motions. Pat dry.

Ingredient break down:

  • Rolled oats – Soothing and anti-inflammatory, oats contain saponins which gently exfoliate and cleanse your skin.
  • Yogurt – The AHAs found in yogurt provide gentle exfoliation to the top layer of the skin without causing redness.
  • Honey – Superfood for your skin! Honey has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties and provides moisture.

for dry skin

Packed with antioxidants and healthy fats, this face mask will help moisturize and nourish dry skin.

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon of organic natural yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Mash both the avocado and banana together, then add the rest of your ingredients to form a paste. Leave to set for 10 minutes then use warm water when it’s time to wash it off, and lightly pat dry.

Ingredient break down:

  • Avocado – Packed with antioxidants, brightening vitamin C and moisturizing fatty acids to help maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin
  • Banana – Contains amino acids to help maintain skin elasticity
  • Yogurt – AHAs get rid of dead skin cells
  • Honey – Is a natural humectant, meaning it helps to hydrate your skin by locking in moisture

for acne prone skin

  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • ½ teaspoon of green tea powder (such as matcha)

Mix all ingredients until fully blended together and apply to clean, damp skin. The naturally antibacterial properties of the honey mixed with the anti-inflammatory cinnamon and green tea powder can help calm acne breakouts.

Ingredient break down:

  • Cinnamon – Antimicrobial properties help to prevent bacteria build-up
  • Honey – Antibacterial and moisturizing (as you can tell, honey is a stable in many natural face masks).
  • Lemon – Full of vitamin C, brightens and tightens skin.
  • Green Tea – Filled with antioxidants to help protect your skin from free radicals