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Cristi Alyse, Diva Designer & Decorator

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July 2015

Entertaining With Style: Threshold Dinnerware & Serveware

From the time I was a little girl, I have such great memories of my mother hosting meetings with her sorority sisters or community leaders at our home. The grace, elegance, and pride she took in not only preparing the food for her meetings, but also in presenting them to her guest, really had a major impact on me and inspired me to do the same. </p>

Entertaining in my home has always been a passion of mine. Lending itself to this passion is my obsession for stylish serveware and dinnerware that is functional as well as fabulous. Eating good food is great for the palate; however, eating great food on stylish dinnerware is great for creating an engaging and entertaining experience for your guests. In my quest to decorate on a dime and entertain on a budget, I frequently visit my local Target to see what new and exciting home décor and kitchen products I can find. On one such visit, I came across a brand that has come to be a “go-to” for outfitting my home and kitchen: Threshold!!!

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Posted by cristialyse on December 04, 2013 at 9:15AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Dear Diva: What Everyday Items Can I Use to Clean My House With?

I’ve received several questions asking me what everyday items I use to clean my house.  With all the expenses and news articles regarding the latest breakthrough cleaning products, a lot of us are looking for alternative products to clean our homes, while saving money at the same time.  I’ve previously shared with you how I clean my electric kettle, below is a few tips I have for cleaning other items in my home with everyday items.

1.   Use coffee filters and window cleaner to clean finger prints and smudges from stainless steel appliances.

2.   Slice a lemon in half, place it in your garbage deposal, and turn it on in order to clean it and remove odors.

3.   Have left over pieces of soap or candle wax in jars?  Place them in the bottom of your trash cans with a little baking soda before you put your trash bag in to keep odor at bay.  Don’t have any leftover soap or candle wax, then coffee beans can also be used as odor absorbers.

4.   To remove rust or food stains from stainless steel sinks, use a dish scrubber brush and a dusting of Ajax Cleansing Powder to clean.

5.   Need to remove a hair clog out of your bathroom sink?  Try mixing a little white vinegar and baking soda, followed by pouring hot water down the drain.  Caution, this causes a chemical reaction so use only a small amount in a well-ventilated area.

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Posted by cristialyse on August 01, 2013 at 3:50PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from House Beautiful, Style at Home, Today Show, and PopSugar Home From creating a High/Low Colorful Living Room and a DIY Summer Tote, to Outdoor Chaise Lounges, Decorator Finds, and a Louboutin Living Room, this week’s offerings are sure to inspire you take time to discover a new side to design; whether it’s Designer or DIY! 

Posted by cristialyse on July 05, 2013 at 6:10PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from Elle Décor, PopSugar Home, Huffington Post Home, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, and HGTVFrom A – List Designers and Light Switch Art, to Saving Money by Hiring an Interior Designer, Obtaining the Perfect Laundry, and Entertaining Outdoors this Summer, this week’s selection provides Expert Advice, DIY Ideas, and to Fun Tips to enhance not only your design aesthetic, but your life.

Posted by cristialyse on June 14, 2013 at 1:55PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How I Got Home Goods Happy

Need a pick me up from life’s humbugs or the drab weather that’s caught somewhere between Spring’s rain and Summer’s sweltering heat?  Then head right over to your nearest Home Goods and find a little happiness in a store!  That’s just how I spent a recent weekend, with my sister, and my mother (a Home Goods newbie).  The three of us oohed and ahhed over the lamps, furniture, mirrors, bath goods, kitchen finds, glass vases, etc.  One hour and two over – flowing baskets later we emerged with goodies to outfit our dens, kitchens, and entire homes.  P.S.  Thank God for the bottom rack of those baskets, they definitely came in handy ;-)

The find of the day goes to my sister for scooping up a fabulous framed mirror for only $22.  This framed mirror measures in at 36” and would look perfect in her den hanging horizontally over her sofa.  Talk about a deal?!?

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Posted by cristialyse on June 03, 2013 at 10:55PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from PopSugar Home, HGTV, Martha Stewart-Everyday Food Blog, Consumer Reports, Dwell, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, and Harpers Bazaar.  From Landscaping and Gardening, Kitchen Tips & Tricks and Modern Design to Decorating Small Spaces, this week’s offering is sure to entertain and encourage you create your own outdoor oasis, cook up a storm, decorate on a dime, and fabulously and functionally pack for your next trip to the Beach, City, or Country.

Posted by cristialyse on May 28, 2013 at 7:30AM | Permalink | 0 Comments