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What We’re Loving: Zara Home’s Eddy Dinnerware

It’s no surprise that just about every home or entertain editor around the country hasn’t stopped swooning over Zara Home.

When the European brand came to the States to finally reveal their chic home collection at — gasp! — affordable prices, we were hooked. 

What are we going gaga for today? This golden dinnerware set that is sure to make a statement, no matter how big or small the space or the dinner party. 

The porcelain collection consists of a soup plate, a bowl, and a dessert plate, and is whimsical with its fish-filled center and its bubbled décor. It’s an ideal base to mix with a bold colored dinner plate for a boho look, or add in gold utensils, gold-rimmed glassware, and a metallic dinner plate for a serious gilded baroque feel. 

They’re perfect for any dinner party or build on them with colorful seasonal centerpieces to create a holiday table that your guests will be talking about from appetizers to dessert. 

 










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What We’re Loving: Zara Home’s Eddy Dinnerware

It’s no surprise that just about every home or entertain editor around the country hasn’t stopped swooning over Zara Home.

When the European brand came to the States to finally reveal their chic home collection at — gasp! — affordable prices, we were hooked. 

What are we going gaga for today? This golden dinnerware set that is sure to make a statement, no matter how big or small the space or the dinner party. 

The porcelain collection consists of a soup plate, a bowl, and a dessert plate, and is whimsical with its fish-filled center and its bubbled décor. It’s an ideal base to mix with a bold colored dinner plate for a boho look, or add in gold utensils, gold-rimmed glassware, and a metallic dinner plate for a serious gilded baroque feel. 

They’re perfect for any dinner party or build on them with colorful seasonal centerpieces to create a holiday table that your guests will be talking about from appetizers to dessert. 

 










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Winter kitchen care


ZARINA PATEL



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–> Kitchen is the heart and hub of a home. No matter, you are a housewife or working mom, your first encounter with housekeeping affairs starts with the kitchen. Cooking is fun as long as you keep the kitchen uncontaminated and clean. However, short days of winter often make it difficult to uphold the kitchen all the time. An expert says, “If you get into the habit of cleaning regularly, you’ll save a few steps and keep your frustration meter out of the red zone.”

For just few minutes of attention, you get shiny kitchen portraying your faith on healthy family even during short days of winter. Well-organised kitchen gives beautiful and spacious look and ensure your safety. Arranging utensils and cooking tools in proper way can make a small kitchen tidy.

Putting the stuff in order not only saves the space but it also saves time and energy. Bigger and small utensils that are used occasionally should keep inside cabinets or closets. Kitchen overcrowded with small accessories and decorative items give messy appearance to your kitchen. Reserving front space or food preparation area only for tools used for everyday cooking makes cleaning task easier.

Cabinets are good for storing big and heavy utensils, at the same time they need special care and maintenance. Oil fumes, greasy marks and food particles love to stick up on cabinet leaving ugly marks. It is important to prefer wooden safe cleaner. Easy way to clean wooden cabinets is wiping them with a piece of cloth soaked in warm soapy water. Always wear rubber gloves for the safeguard of your hands. Make sure to rub the cloth in the direction of wood grains. Use a cloth to dry any excess water as water may damage the wood if left on too long.

Another way of cleaning wooden surfaces is using baking soda, it is great for cleaning and deodorising wooden surfaces. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with a quart of warm water and use a clean sponge to rub it on the wood surface. Rinse with plain water, blot with a clean towel and allow to air dry completely.

Glass or wire shelves are useful for carrying spice bottles and cans. Spice racks with variety of sizes and style available in market in affordable prices. These shelves and racks occupy less space. Kitchen drawers are ideal for keeping knifes cutlery and teacups but avoid overstuffing these drawers.

Keep your kitchen in tiptop position by cleaning stove after cooking process ends. Burn marks and stain if remain untouched for long time become hard and difficult to remove.

Throw away all your worries of washing greasy utensils just fill your sink or any other deep pot with hot water, four tablespoon of vinegar and small amount of dishwashing liquid. Leftover food particles and debris on Sink, stove, cutting board and counter top invite germs, ants and other crawlers, clean these things regularly help reduce chances of bacterial growth.

It may surprise you that sponges are number one source of bacteria and can be a cause of bacterial infections. Properly sterilise it after every use and regularly discard it with fresh one because dirty sponge is magnet for bacteria and germs.

Overflowing dustbin not only gives ugly look, it is also a home of health hazard bacteria and encourages insect invaders. So never, let it be a negative message to your family and friends.

To remove stains on marble floor tiles and counter top add two table spoon of baking soda into two gallons of water and mix very well. Then apply this liquid cleaner with sponge mop. For sparkling wooden floor and cabinets, add one cup of white vinegar in warm water and wipe with clean sponge.

If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes then wipe it with clean sponge.

For kitchen sink drain, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda, one teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cup white vinegar mixture. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, then flow boiling water. Do not use this combination after using any commercial drain opener or cleaner.

An expert advised that “The first method you should try to remove odor from your cupboards is to place a box of baking soda inside each cabinet. Baking soda will take care of most odor problems. However, if the baking soda does not alleviate the problem, take everything out of your cabinets and wipe down the inside of your cupboards with a heavy mixture of white vinegar and water. Finally, Bright lighting is important to feel the size of the kitchen bigger. Bright lighting adds functionality and makes the kitchen attractive. Position of lighting depends on the size and available space of the kitchen. Central bright light is enough to cheer up the sparkling kitchen.

Before storing any kind of tomato-based food or sauce in a plastic container, rub the inside of the container with vegetable oil to form a protective barrier against stains. Remove stains from woodenware with a mild bleach solution of 1/4 cup bleach to half-bucket warm water. Then rinse and dry before reapplying a protective coating of oil.

Kitchen is mirror of your personality so give it a bright and sparkling glance.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2012

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Winter kitchen care


ZARINA PATEL



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–> Kitchen is the heart and hub of a home. No matter, you are a housewife or working mom, your first encounter with housekeeping affairs starts with the kitchen. Cooking is fun as long as you keep the kitchen uncontaminated and clean. However, short days of winter often make it difficult to uphold the kitchen all the time. An expert says, “If you get into the habit of cleaning regularly, you’ll save a few steps and keep your frustration meter out of the red zone.”

For just few minutes of attention, you get shiny kitchen portraying your faith on healthy family even during short days of winter. Well-organised kitchen gives beautiful and spacious look and ensure your safety. Arranging utensils and cooking tools in proper way can make a small kitchen tidy.

Putting the stuff in order not only saves the space but it also saves time and energy. Bigger and small utensils that are used occasionally should keep inside cabinets or closets. Kitchen overcrowded with small accessories and decorative items give messy appearance to your kitchen. Reserving front space or food preparation area only for tools used for everyday cooking makes cleaning task easier.

Cabinets are good for storing big and heavy utensils, at the same time they need special care and maintenance. Oil fumes, greasy marks and food particles love to stick up on cabinet leaving ugly marks. It is important to prefer wooden safe cleaner. Easy way to clean wooden cabinets is wiping them with a piece of cloth soaked in warm soapy water. Always wear rubber gloves for the safeguard of your hands. Make sure to rub the cloth in the direction of wood grains. Use a cloth to dry any excess water as water may damage the wood if left on too long.

Another way of cleaning wooden surfaces is using baking soda, it is great for cleaning and deodorising wooden surfaces. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with a quart of warm water and use a clean sponge to rub it on the wood surface. Rinse with plain water, blot with a clean towel and allow to air dry completely.

Glass or wire shelves are useful for carrying spice bottles and cans. Spice racks with variety of sizes and style available in market in affordable prices. These shelves and racks occupy less space. Kitchen drawers are ideal for keeping knifes cutlery and teacups but avoid overstuffing these drawers.

Keep your kitchen in tiptop position by cleaning stove after cooking process ends. Burn marks and stain if remain untouched for long time become hard and difficult to remove.

Throw away all your worries of washing greasy utensils just fill your sink or any other deep pot with hot water, four tablespoon of vinegar and small amount of dishwashing liquid. Leftover food particles and debris on Sink, stove, cutting board and counter top invite germs, ants and other crawlers, clean these things regularly help reduce chances of bacterial growth.

It may surprise you that sponges are number one source of bacteria and can be a cause of bacterial infections. Properly sterilise it after every use and regularly discard it with fresh one because dirty sponge is magnet for bacteria and germs.

Overflowing dustbin not only gives ugly look, it is also a home of health hazard bacteria and encourages insect invaders. So never, let it be a negative message to your family and friends.

To remove stains on marble floor tiles and counter top add two table spoon of baking soda into two gallons of water and mix very well. Then apply this liquid cleaner with sponge mop. For sparkling wooden floor and cabinets, add one cup of white vinegar in warm water and wipe with clean sponge.

If you drop an egg on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes then wipe it with clean sponge.

For kitchen sink drain, pour in 1/2 cup baking soda, one teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cup white vinegar mixture. Let the mixture sit for five minutes, then flow boiling water. Do not use this combination after using any commercial drain opener or cleaner.

An expert advised that “The first method you should try to remove odor from your cupboards is to place a box of baking soda inside each cabinet. Baking soda will take care of most odor problems. However, if the baking soda does not alleviate the problem, take everything out of your cabinets and wipe down the inside of your cupboards with a heavy mixture of white vinegar and water. Finally, Bright lighting is important to feel the size of the kitchen bigger. Bright lighting adds functionality and makes the kitchen attractive. Position of lighting depends on the size and available space of the kitchen. Central bright light is enough to cheer up the sparkling kitchen.

Before storing any kind of tomato-based food or sauce in a plastic container, rub the inside of the container with vegetable oil to form a protective barrier against stains. Remove stains from woodenware with a mild bleach solution of 1/4 cup bleach to half-bucket warm water. Then rinse and dry before reapplying a protective coating of oil.

Kitchen is mirror of your personality so give it a bright and sparkling glance.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2012

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What We’re Loving: Zara Home’s Eddy Dinnerware

It’s no surprise that just about every home or entertain editor around the country hasn’t stopped swooning over Zara Home.

When the European brand came to the States to finally reveal their chic home collection at — gasp! — affordable prices, we were hooked. 

What are we going gaga for today? This golden dinnerware set that is sure to make a statement, no matter how big or small the space or the dinner party. 

The porcelain collection consists of a soup plate, a bowl, and a dessert plate, and is whimsical with its fish-filled center and its bubbled décor. It’s an ideal base to mix with a bold colored dinner plate for a boho look, or add in gold utensils, gold-rimmed glassware, and a metallic dinner plate for a serious gilded baroque feel. 

They’re perfect for any dinner party or build on them with colorful seasonal centerpieces to create a holiday table that your guests will be talking about from appetizers to dessert. 

 










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What We’re Loving: Zara Home’s Eddy Dinnerware

It’s no surprise that just about every home or entertain editor around the country hasn’t stopped swooning over Zara Home.

When the European brand came to the States to finally reveal their chic home collection at — gasp! — affordable prices, we were hooked. 

What are we going gaga for today? This golden dinnerware set that is sure to make a statement, no matter how big or small the space or the dinner party. 

The porcelain collection consists of a soup plate, a bowl, and a dessert plate, and is whimsical with its fish-filled center and its bubbled décor. It’s an ideal base to mix with a bold colored dinner plate for a boho look, or add in gold utensils, gold-rimmed glassware, and a metallic dinner plate for a serious gilded baroque feel. 

They’re perfect for any dinner party or build on them with colorful seasonal centerpieces to create a holiday table that your guests will be talking about from appetizers to dessert. 

 










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A Fine Mess

In the study, a Regency wash stand-turned-desk and an MR chair by Mies van der Rohe sit under a painting by Rudolf Polanszky.Henry BourneIn the study, a Regency wash stand-turned-desk and an MR chair by Mies van der Rohe sit under a painting by Rudolf Polanszky. See the interactive slideshow

Julia Muggenburg doesn’t keep anything in drawers. In the downstairs library of the house on Thurloe Square in London that she shares with her husband and two children, a guest may find it hard to concentrate, surrounded as he is by a pleasant assault of objects and furnishings: deer antler sculptures by the Austrian artist Christian Eisenberger in the fireplace; walls of meticulously stacked art and design books; and hundreds of colorful glass objects, opalescent shells and fine pottery displayed on antique tables. This room is where Muggenburg, the jewelry designer behind Belmacz, receives guests, on sky blue leather Le Corbusier chairs, for tea served in tiny Japanese clay cups on an inlaid ivory and wood chess table from Syria. The parquet floors are hidden beneath lashings of bright Persian carpets, and ceiling space is shared between a translucent Flos fan and a clear Murano glass chandelier by Barovier Toso. “It’s always been terribly important to be constantly surrounded by things that inspire me,” she says.

Muggenburg moved to London from Germany in 1991 to study sculpture and painting at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. After college she met her husband, a businessman, and opened Belmacz as a gallery and showcase for her playful and ruminative collection of bracelets, earrings, pins and necklaces that fuse contemporary materials like oxidized silver with antique Roman and Indian coins — exactly the sort of unconventional juxtapositions you see here on Thurloe Square.

They bought the house in 2000 and right away Muggenburg set to work putting her mark on it. She loved the tall, narrow proportions of the Georgian architecture, but many of the additions and design details of previous owners had to go. “The house we bought was a faceless, cream-colored environment,” she says. “We ripped out all the superfluous details. We pulled up the fluffy Labrador carpet that covered the floors and discovered beautiful Portland stone.” From there, Muggenburg unleashed her art collection, layering the rooms with a lifetime of antiques and objects in a way that suggests chaos but, in fact, is her method of building tension and harmony.

“The rooms in my house are like 3-D sculptures,” Muggenburg says. “I am always moving around my furniture, pairing objects, or adding, subtracting or relocating things.” The kaleidoscope begins in the foyer, where an overwhelming collection of natural objects, from pangolin shells to whale vertebrae, share every inch of wall space with Georg Baselitz drawings and painted “bones” made of masking tape by her two sons. In the dining room, giant crystals stand in for logs in the fireplace, and a long glass table with Venetian Spatulato verdigris legs plays off the cool gray of the walls. And in the study, which is where her husband spends most of his time, a leather and ivory-inlaid mahogany Regency desk the size of a truck dominates the space. “The room sort of grew around this desk, and everything seems to work,” says Muggenburg, who beneath the desk placed a duct-tape mummy — another Eisenberger work — made by wrapping himself in tape and cutting his way out to leave a brown body-shaped cocoon.

Muggenburg says her taste was informed by her eclectic childhood. She was born in Mettmann, Germany, a town outside of Düsseldorf, and spent a lot of time in the countryside of Wuppertal, on a large piece of land that has been in her family since the 14th century. Her mother owned a small department store, and her father was a philosopher and gentleman of leisure who broke in horses and collected guns. Her mother had a great interest in all things Italian, and twice a year brought her on business trips to Venice, where they met and collaborated with the designer Roberta di Camerino and loaded up on Venetian fabrics and Murano glass. She learned how to sew from the seamstresses at her mother’s department store, and recalls being kept busy with needlework and pottery projects.

Their home had its share of sturdy German wood furniture; but here and there were modern pieces like Marcel Breuer chairs, Archille Castiglioni Taraxacum lights and KPM porcelain. While her youth was tempered by the beauty and malaise of the countryside, it was also fabulously cultured and vibrant. “I’ll never forget when my mother gave me the collected works of Goldoni,” says Muggenburg, referring to the 18th-century Italian playwright. “That, and of course all the jewelers she brought me to all over Italy.”

The sense of her house as a movable feast no doubt comes from Muggenburg’s travels. They show up everywhere: the Gaetano Pesce chairs in the garden came home with her from Turin. The conservatory has glass walls and ceilings covered in gauzy cotton fabric from India that lets in enough sunlight to bleach the books, the giant tortoise shells and the African tribal shields made of elephant and rhino hide. Even in the galley kitchen — a chockablock space that announces its constant use with shiny pots and skillets hanging in great clusters above a large island — every silver colander or shallow pot of honeycomb has some meaning for Muggenburg. “I have what they say in England is, ‘catholic taste,’ ” she says.”Which means my choices are extremely varied, and I don’t feel bad about that.”

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