If the only time you reach for apple cider vinegar is when you’re whipping up a tasty vinaigrette, you’re missing out. Apple cider vinegar has loads of uses beyond the salad bowl. Known as ACV among aficionados, apple cider vinegar is basically apple cider that’s fermented. The fermentation process results in a vinegar packed with probiotics and enzymes. You’ll often hear people speak of using ACV with “the mother,” which refers to a murky, globular substance found in the bottom of organic, unfiltered ACV. The mother contains beneficial bacteria and strands of proteins and enzymes—all good stuff for your body.
STATE Bags’ founders – a husband-and-wife duo who also created the Country Roads Foundation to support kids in New York City – noticed that countless children in the city were carrying their possessions around in trash bags. They formed STATE to address the issue by donating a backpack filled with schools supplies for every bag sold. The biggest impact happens at the company’s Bag Drop events: motivational rallies where children leave with both a new backpack and a renewed belief in themselves.
"One of my favorite spaces is definitely the kitchen," Mina said. "And a great kitchen is what sells houses." Leaving the layout and appliances intact, Mina found creative ways to save money without skimping on style in her kitchen renovation. The result? A cozy, family-focused kitchen packed with value-adding personality.
Mina and team turned the existing island into a standout, custom piece by adding furniture legs, a quartz countertop and painting it a rich, dark gray. She added an extra row of upper cabinets to not only give the kitchen a high-end look but also to provide more storage. Below, she installed the same durable EVP herringbone floors that she used in her master bathroom renovation — a choice that got a big thumbs up from judge, Mike Holmes. But Mina's favorite new kitchen feature? The brushed gold pot filler she added above the stove.
From the brushed gold fixtures to the concrete farm sink to the panel-ready appliances, Mina's kitchen is full of stylish, distinctive features.
On a trip to Uganda, one of 31 Bits’ founders discovered that the women in the country were making incredible jewelry out of old paper, but they lacked a way to sell it. That inspired her to team up with four friends to sell the handcrafted jewelry back home, and in turn provide the women with an income. 31 Bits also cares for its artisans holistically through counseling, health education, finance training and business mentorships. Shop their colorful Bitsies collection for the little ones, or their wide selection of statement necklaces and stylish bracelets for yourself.
Camille Simmons has a love of pretty things: a sweet teacup, a beautifully scented candle, a colorful plate. It’s through beautiful objects that Camille believes one can truly enjoy each moment in life. Little moments of pretty, like the perfect pen, or a special piece of stationery, can brighten the day’s most mundane moments, according to Simmons. Her philosophy, dedicated to entertaining and style in pretty fashion, is reflected in the shop she founded with her husband Joe. Located in the historic Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California, Planning Pretty is a celebration of personal style where beauty reigns. And that pretty-is-as-pretty-does philosophy extends to Camille and Joe’s home. Just blocks away from their shop, the couple’s historic Southern California home is a mix of traditional and modern style where every piece is a little bit of beauty to be explored.
These vintage doors are a clever transition from Angela's daughter's bedroom into her art studio. Angela found the doors, lacquered them and had them put on a track system in order to divide the two spaces. Notice that just beyond the doors in the hot pink studio, the trim color is white as opposed to the tone-on-tone application we've seen throughout the home. Bright white borders on the deep pink tone define the color even more. Another cool trick? When your case goods don't actually match, have them painted the same color simply for continuity. Neither of the tables, chests or dressers in this space were sourced together or at the same time, however the crisp white finish on each makes it look like they were destined to live in the same room.
This gumball party wouldn't be vintage-inspired without some soda. "I used Mason jars with stamped lids for drinking glasses," says Kara Allen. "The straws were made out of paper—a perfect vintage-inspired touch." To add to the theme, Kara made "gumball" ice cubes by freezing red punch in a ball-shaped ice tray found at a bargain price online. Aside from the decor, Kara suggests including a theme-oriented activity for guests. "I thought that ribbon wands would be so fun for little guests to play with and they were also easy to make," she says. She attached colorful polka-dot ribbons to the tops of painted wooden dowel rods and placed them in a large mason jar filled with gumballs to fit in with the theme. Photo by Lyndsey Fagerlund Imagery
In the bedroom of a beach house on the Indian Ocean, designer Nelly Reffret took a creative approach to the project’s extremely tight budget. She says: “I searched for bargains and only selected items that I knew would work perfectly in the space. The headboard is a discontinued Ikea style, which I painted in a sandy color. I found the suitcases on the curb during trash collection (you know that saying about someone's trash being someone's treasure...).” When combining a variety of furniture styles, she advises allowing size and scale to guide your choices. “Before starting to decide on a look, it's important to check what will fit in the space: width and depth matter. Scale is another important factor. Too many large pieces and the room will look cluttered; too many small pieces, and there will be no sense of cohesion, no sense of ‘grounding’. Having one item of large scale next to smaller items can create an interesting focal point to the room, just like the headboard does in this bedroom.”