Top Five

March 28, 2015 Notes from Nicole

These are the top five things I loved on the internet this week:

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A Peek Inside Bon Appétit’s New Dream Kitchen
One Kings Lane gives us a tour of Bon Appétit’s beautiful new concept kitchen / event space. LINK

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Spring Art Guide: The 10 Must-See Shows of the Season
Vogue covers the top 10 art shows in New York and Los Angeles that are not to be missed this season. LINK

Mariah Carey Carpool Karaoke
This video of Mariah Carey singing along to her own songs in the car totally improved my week! LINK

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Strawberry Muffins
Strawberry season is almost here! Can’t wait to try this muffin recipe! LINK

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Clubhouse Caribbean Style – Playa Grande Beach Club
Cococozy is giving me some major vacation envy with photos from her recent trip to the newly opened, beautifully designed Playa Grande Beach Club resort in the Dominican republic. LINK

Home Made Simple: DIY Fabric Lampshade

March 27, 2015 Decorating
DIY Fabric Lampshade

I realized I’ve been pretty quiet here on the blog about Home Made Simple and I wanted to share that new episodes with me have been airing on OWN so be sure to tune in on Saturdays at 9a/8a C!  When we’re filming the show we also shoot a series of fun webisodes with easy and creative DIYs to accompany each episode. Here’s a quick DIY video on how to make a stylish fabric lamp …

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A Teen Vogue Editor’s Stylish Rental Bathroom Makeover

March 26, 2015 Decorating
A Stylish Rental Bathroom Upgrade for Under $500!

My friend Elaine is one stylish woman. She also happens to be the Beauty & Health Director at Teen Vogue and not long ago she moved to a new apartment in the super trendy West Village. Elaine says that as long as she’s been in New York she has always wanted to have her very own Carrie Bradshaw moment living in the West Village but in order to live in one of Manhattan’s most coveted n …

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Before & After: Brooklyn Brownstone Kitchen Renovation

March 24, 2015 Decorating
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I love a good before and after and in the case of my #ProjectParkSlope clients, the change after their kitchen reno was quite dramatic as you can see in these side by side photos. Here’s a quick look at the transformation…

This before shot is from the home’s real estate listing. The house was originally built in 1876 and although this pictures is actually fairly recent, the k …

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The Best Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe Ever

March 23, 2015 Food & Recipes
The Best Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe Ever

Once upon a time I used to never eat breakfast. For years, the only thing remotely close for me was a cup of coffee on the way to work. And we all know the cliché fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A few years ago when I dedicated myself to living a healthier lifestyle, I began forcing myself to have a morning meal each day which I’ve been pretty successful at sti …

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My Favorite Scented Candles

March 16, 2015 Decorating
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I’m a huge home fragrance junkie. I have candles all around my apartment and there’s something about having my place constantly filled with delicious scents that’s totally comforting. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite candles that I’m burning at the moment including one scent that I can’t live without!

I’ll admit, I was first drawn to this candle because of the pretty …

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