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Up Your Table-scape Game

Up Your Table-scape Game

Simple ways to up your table-scape and make the art of eating that much better. 

  • Transfer your olive oil into a beautiful vessel, such as our gold olive oil cruet. Pretty enough to leave on your table or counter permanently. 
  • Use design-swoony salt & pepper shakers.
  • Serve hors d'oeuvres on a beautiful wooden cutting board
  • Invest in cloth napkins. Trust us on this. Makes leftovers feel fancy.
  • Decant this. Even the cheapest of wines taste better in a beautiful decanter.

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DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

We know, we know...pumpkins are everywhere....but who doesn't love a DIY pampering face mask?! Fun to make while burning our seasonal, signature fall pumpkin candle and binging on Hocus Pocus for the tenth time. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree: Can use the pumpkin puree from any pumpkins you have at home, or pick up a small can at the grocery store. 
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp milk (any kind of milk; almond, oat, etc)

Steps:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. We also love warming it up a bit by heating the milk ingredient prior to adding. Just make sure not too hot when ready to apply to skin.
  • Gently wash face and neck.
  • Apply pumpkin mask, light Garage Collective Pumpkin Candle, sit for 15-20 minutes and enjoy. 
  • Wash off either in shower or with a warm washcloth and follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

 

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It's Apple Season...Apple Cocktails that is...

It's Apple Season...Apple Cocktails that is...

It's apple picking time! A super fun fall activity and also a great excuse to infuse some fresh apples into happy hour. Below, is a roundup of some fall-infused (and super easy to make), cocktails. Sip and enjoy! 

Apple Cider Sangria 

Ingredients:

  • Apple, pear and orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Dry red wine
  • Apple Cider 

Instructions:

  • Cut the fruit up in small chunks
  • Combine the fruit with sugar and cinnamon in large serving bowl and let it stand at room temperature for at one- two hours (the sugar helps break down the fruit)
  • Add the bottle of red wine.
  • When read to serve, pour half the glass with red wine mixture and top off with apple cider
  • Have fun with garnishes! We like to add a sprig of rosemary or cinnamon stick.
  • Sip, repeat and enjoy! 

Apple Cider Mule 

Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider
  • Vodka
  • Lime
  • Ginger Beer 

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup vodka, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1/4 cup apple cider into a copper mug or serving glass of your choice. Add about 1/3 cup ginger beer.
  2. Add ice and garnish with lime.

Cranberry Apple Margarita 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • Ice
  • Brown sugar and granulated sugar for rimming glass

Instructions:

  • On a small plate, mix together equal parts of brown sugar and granulated sugar until evenly mixed. Dip the rim of each glass in a little bit of water, and then in the sugar mixture to coat rim. 
  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, apple cider, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
  • Shake, shake, shake and pour into cocktail glass. 

 

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Get your creative on. A few tools and tips to up your pumpkin carving game this Halloween season.

  • Break out the power tools. Use a power drill to create a series of uniform dots all over your pumpkin. Just make sure to space out your dots so you don't create one large hole.

  • For a spooky, glowing pumpkin, don't carve all the way through. Use a lemon zester to scrape away layers at a time for a multi-dimensional look. 
  • Cookie cutters can be used for so much more than just yummy cookies. Use the cookie cutters as a stencil to carve from, or use a hammer or  mallet to push them through. Etsy has a great collection of Halloween-themed cookie cutters to choose from.
  • If you are just not feeling the whole "carving thing," grab some paint (with a brush or spray paint) and have fun decorating. We love this look via Good Housekeeping: paint the entire pumpkin black and then use faux flowers to create a crescent moon.

One final tip.....save your pumpkin seeds....clean em off, drizzle some olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown for a delicious fall snack.

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Fall in love with Earth Tones

Fall in love with Earth Tones

With leaves starting to fall and pumpkins beginning to be put out on display, we find ourselves attracted to natural hues. Call it being aligned with the fall season, but the right blend of neutrals just makes us calmer and ready for a hot toddy. Color is such a powerful force and one that can control our mood. 

According to Fashionista, Trend-forecasting agency WGSN aptly calls these shades nourishing earth tones. "A growing body of research shows that we have a deep-rooted bond with the environment and being outside in nature can have a restorative effect on the body and mind," writes WGSN's Head of Color Jenny Clark, who spearheads research and development of the company's seasonal color palettes. "Being surrounded by nature-inspired colors will feel more restful and calming to a consumer navigating a challenging world."

Indulge in your senses and surround yourself with almond browns, honey yellows and olive greens. We have a collection of new rugs, pillows and accent pieces to fill your home with for the fall season and beyond. 

Oak Pillow: This shade is always a classic.

Emery Rug: A vintage, one-of-a-kind earthy beauty.

                                      

Paper Mache Bowls

Marble Dish: Hold your favorite sage or soap

                                     

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DIY Halloween Snacks

DIY Halloween Snacks

For many of us Halloween is going to be celebrated at home this year. Even though it's not the same as going door-to-door, still no reason why we can't fill up our pantries with some delicious and spooky treats to pass out in the kitchen. Two fun (and easy) ideas below: 

Three Ingredient Ghost Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Milano Cookies
  • 1 bar of white almond bark (melted via stove-top or at 10 second intervals in the microwave)
  • 1 bag of mini chocolate chips 

Instructions:

  • Dip the Milano cookie into the melted white almond bark.
  • Place cookies on parchment paper.
  • Decorate your ghost with mini chocolate chips to give them eyes, a nose, mouth, etc. 

Halloween Candy Corn Granola Bars 

Ingredients:

  • Quick Oats
  • Rice Crispies
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salted Butter
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Candy Corn

Instructions:

  • Spray 8x8 pan with non-stick spray and set aside
  • Combine butter, brown sugar and honey together in a bowl. Microwave  for 1:30. Stir, then return back to the microwave for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in oats, rice crispies and vanilla extract. Stir until very well combined. 
  • Add in a handful of candy corn and stir.
  • Press mixture in 8x8 pan
  • Spread remaining candy corn atop of mixture
  • Transfer to fridge for at least one hour then cut, serve and enjoy!

Trick or Treat! 

  • Repeat with remaining cookies. Let cool to set. Store in an airtight container at room temp for up to 3-4 days. 

 

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Dried Flowers for Fall

Dried Flowers for Fall

Flowers can transform a home as easily as the change in seasons. For fall, we love to switch out our super colorful, tropical-esq summer florals for varieties that are slightly more earthy tones and longer lasting. 

One great option is creating dried flowers. A super easy technique that can be beautifully displayed during the plants transformative process. 

According to Malcolm Hillier, coauthor of The Complete Book of Dried Flowers, at least 80% of all plants can be preserved. Some of our favorite plants for drying include; roses, hydrangeas, lavender (emits a beautiful scent for many months), peony and globe thistle.

You can easily dry your choice of flowers by simply hanging stems in bunches on walls. Can use our Teddy Hook to display the flowers as they dry out or lie them in baskets such as our Portland Bucket Basket

Once flowers are dried (can take anywhere from two weeks to a few months), have fun displaying them throughout your home - our current fave is placing them in our new Thalia Vase in Black leather. 

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You Look Like You Need a Cocktail....

You Look Like You Need a Cocktail....

A quick and easy cocktail that is refreshing, delicious and looks oh-so-pretty.

White Wine Spritzer

Fill glass half way with ice. We personally love to use our glass & leather tumblers or the new white and classic  Cambria set.

 Add fruit of your choice - whatever is in season or whatever you have in your fridge.

Pour a few (or many depending of the day) sips of chilled white wine - we also use prosecco when feeling festive.

Top off with tonic water, club soda, sparkling water or even seltzer.

Sip and enjoy! 

XOXO,

TGC

 

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Self Care

Self Care

It's easy to forget about yourself. Now more than ever, it is important to ensure you are your best self. Here are a few easy self-care practices we try to implement into our daily routines.

1. Burning Sage & Palo Santo. Purifying (sage has anti-bacterial properties) for both the room burning it in and the intentions you set while lighting it. 

2. Handwritten thank you notes for your friends, loved ones, and even yourself. During tough days moments of gratitude can help lift your spirits.

3. Make your bed. Even if the rest of the house is a mess, a made bed gives us a sense of comfort and control. A great feeling to both start, and end the day with. Plus, you know we love a good throw pillow

4. Hydrate. Dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness, feeling of fatigue and just plain ol' crankiness. Keeping pretty pitchers filled with water and slices of lemon reminds us to get our drink on all day. 

5. Walk it out. We don't realize how many hours we spend sitting. Whether at a desk, in the car or crouching over our kids while trying to figure out Google Classroom... A simple ten minute walk not only gets the blood flow moving, but also clears your mind and helps you focus on what is really important, like throw pillows, we mean family....and throw pillows. 

 

 

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