New & Notable Mentions 2/18/23

This week on New & Notable Mentions…

52 Decorating Tips Every Design Enthusiast Should Know

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Home Decorating Tips For the DIYer In You


A Shelf Above The Sofa

Deb and Danelle have been moving into their new home. Here is their living space with a white shelf they added above the sofa.

55 Easy Home Decor Ideas That Will Instantly Transform Your Space

Parisian-Style Breakfast Nook

This Parisian-style breakfast nook caught my attention. You could seat quite a few people in this small space.

How To Decorate Your Home Like A Professional

An Spring Is In The Air Vignette

Emily at LeCultiveur says that spring is in the air. And what better way to welcome it than a Pretty Spring Table Vignette. But winter isn’t over yet!

8 Tips For Making Beautiful Vignettes


Refrigerator Made To Look Like A Cabinet

What do you think of this refrigerator made to look like a cabinet? It’s kind of hard to see. Click on the link to get another view of it.

41 Easy DIY Projects To Update Your Home In As Little As An Afternoon

Want To Embroider This Pattern?

Interested in doing an embroidery project? Flamingo Toes has the pattern. Isn’t it beautiful?

15 Stitches Every Embroiderer Should Know

Learn To Make These Chinoiserie Balls

Learn to make these lovely DIY Chinoiserie Balls.

Learn How To Decoupage And Up Your DIY Game


One-Pan Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

Heidi from Foodie Crush cooked up this One-Pan Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce.

10 Essential Recipes Everyone Needs To Know

Easy Mushroom Tacos

A Couple Cooks came up with these fast and easy Mushroom Tacos for two. Looks pretty yummy to me!

8 Easy Ways To Cook Salmon

Lemon Loaf

Britney baked this easy Lemon Loaf Cake. She says that the cake itself is soft and tender and bursting with lemon flavor. The glaze is a white chocolate lemon ganache.

63 Fresh Spring Desserts That Will Delight All Season


Heart Bones

Moving, passionate, and unforgettable, Colleen Hoover’s novel Heart Bones follows two young adults from completely different backgrounds embarking on a tentative romance, unaware of what the future holds.

After a childhood filled with poverty and neglect, Beyah Grim finally has her hard-earned ticket out of Kentucky with a full ride to Penn State.

But two months before she’s finally free to change her life for the better, an unexpected death leaves her homeless and forced to spend the remainder of her summer in Texas with a father she barely knows.

Devastated and anxious for the summer to go by quickly, Beyah has no time or patience for Samson, the wealthy, brooding guy next door. Yet, the connection between them is too intense to ignore.

But with their upcoming futures sending them to opposite ends of the country, the two decide to maintain only a casual summer fling. Too bad neither has any idea that a rip current is about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

42 New Books We Can’t Wait To Read In 2023

Second House From The Corner

How far would you go to protect your marriage?

In Sadeqa Johnson’s Second House from the Corner, Felicia Lyons struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office.

When the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she sometimes wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.

Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second Felicia’s life is turned upside down.

She hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to her childhood home, where she must confront the family demons and long-buried secrets she thought she had left behind.

The 30 Must-Read Books Of Winter 2023


Quote of the week about winter

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ” – John Burroughs

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  1. The show “Restored” featuring Brett Waterman, he often disguises modern refrigerator/freezers behind period appropriate cabinetry so it blends in seamlessly with period appropriate decor (based on the age or style of the house, for instance a Craftsman style, Queen Anne style, Tudor, etc.) while providing modern-day efficiency in the kitchen. The cabinet covering the fridge/freezer in the photo is beautiful, I love the idea of disguising appliances. I’ve seen it done with dishwashers too, very cool. The white living room is gorgeous, but it would make me nervous to sit on the sofa with those heavy looking items above my head.

  2. Love that cabinet look of the refrigerator. And the shelf over the sofa is decorated so pretty. Thanks for all the decorating links, too. I’m having fun looking at them.

  3. love the Chinoiserie balls, I think I will have a go at making those. 2 more books have been added to my list of books to buy.

    Can’t resist the Lemon Loaf, I love anything lemon. One Pan Chicken with Tomato Pesto Sauce. looks so good, I’ll just switch the chicken for tofu, for us it will be just as good.
    Loved all the decorating tips too.
    Thanks so much Brenda, it was a delight to look at all the different things today.

  4. The shelf over the couch is a beautiful addition to the room. I loved their white couch and chairs. I did the white couch once and it just got to be too much plus the slip covers shrank and it was a major fight to get them back in. I only washed in cold water and air dried. All beautiful links!!

  5. A plethora of information once again, Brenda. Love the shelf over the couch. Fabulous decorative element that someone like you could make so lovely.
    Enjoy your Saturday!

  6. That chicken recipe looks really good.
    I loved the white pitcher collection yesterday. Even better when they each have a story. My Christmas ornaments are like that. I unwrap them every year and remember when and where I bought them. So many memories.

  7. The first thing that caught my attention was the shelf over the couch. It looks like a fireplace mantle. I don’t think I ever would have thought to do that. Plus, I think I’d be worried about a taller person hitting their head on it. That being said, I think it looks great! I’m going to have to check out the different ways to cook salmon, because I’m really trying to eat more of it, and I’d like options to avoid a cooking rut. The green refrigerator looks like an armoire in her kitchen, lol. It’s really kind of interesting. Love the posts today. Thank you. By the way, it’s really kind of you to advertise (for free) for all these other bloggers. I hope some of them return the favor. You’re all like a big family out there, so hopefully you do things like that for each other. At any rate, you’re doing your part. You are a good friend and fellow blogger. And we all appreciate you!

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