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Ted’s Tip No. 145

The easiest, simplest vinaigrette just as it is, which you then can build upon to create all sorts of others. By adding mustard, herbs, shallots, etc. In a measuring cup add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice. To that add salt & pepper. Then whisk in a half of a cup of the best extra virgin olive oil you can get your hands on. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 144

Sometimes one single magnificent bloom is all you need to light up a room.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 143

Offering to bring dessert when a friend is hosting a large dinner or gathering helps take one extra task off their plate. Be it homemade, bakery or grocery store bought, the gesture ends the event on a sweet note.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 142

Get to know the hard working folks you buy your flowers from–add to that your butcher, fishmonger, and on and on. It sweetens your shopping routines and makes the process so much more civilized. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 141

Painting your front door a vivid, eye-catching color is one of the easiest ways to spiff up your home–with low cost and high impact.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 140

For a super simple and quick table setting, chose one color, and set the table with varying shades of that hue.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 139

Taking the chill off and properly seasoning before you cook a steak is as important as letting it rest after. Season both sides well with salt & pepper and let sit on the counter for a half hour to an hour before beginning the cooking process. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 138

When arranging flowers, several containers can be used and grouped together to create an arrangement. It helps to keep it cohesive and unifying if the vases are the same material, in this instance, glass. That way the eye sees a collective whole while also being treated to the visual of the variety.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 137

During these chilly months, a big platter of citrus out on the table brings the sunshine in.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 136

Objects from travels as well as things that are gifts from friends are a reminder of your past. Surrounding yourself with them in your home creates a layered feel that becomes a look back into your history as your eye glances over them.