Top Five Kitchen Must-Haves For Any Kitchen

Top Five Kitchen Must-Haves For Any Kitchen
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Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. If you follow me on my Instagram stories, you may know that we are in the middle of a mini kitchen remodel. I adored my kitchen the way it was, but life always happens, so I am taking advantage of upgrading some items. I also decided to get rid of some things that I never use. This leads me to share my top five kitchen must-haves for any kitchen. Whether you are revamping your kitchen, decluttering, moving into your own place, or helping that recent graduate move into his/her new place, these top five kitchen items are a must-have in any kitchen.

I guess the saying old saying, “With age comes wisdom,” is true. I have finally come to appreciate some key must-haves in my kitchen and realize that quality is of most importance, or you will continue replacing these frequently. I guess the saying old saying, “With age comes wisdom,” is true. I have finally come to appreciate some key must-haves in my kitchen and realize that quality is of most importance, or you will continue replacing these frequently. 

CAST IRON SKILLET This is one of my favorite items in my kitchen. It’s perfect for searing a steak to making your favorite casserole dish. From oven to table, it is ready to go. I must admit I wasn’t super impressed with my cast iron skillets when I first got them. It took some time to get them seasoned and ready for use. I now have 3 in varying sizes, and I use one at least once a week.

INSTANT POT This is by far a game changer. I have been the owner of an instant pot for almost 4 years now, and it has proven well work the money repeatedly. There have been times when I didn’t think about dinner, and the instant pot has saved the day. These can be used for numerous things. I typically use mine for any meats that I would normally slow cook for hours; this thing will cut your cooking time in half. 

MIXING BOWLS What is a kitchen without mixing bowls? I actually have 3 sets of mixing bowls. These definitely come in handy when you are baking or following any recipe. I recommend a set that comes with lids, so if you have to refrigerate it or leave it for some time, your food or ingredients are protected.

CHEF’S KNIFE This is my go-to knife in my kitchen. I’ve learned that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife over the years.  This knife is an all-purpose cook’s knife and can be used for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing. If you have the budget, I recommend investing in a great set of knives. Also, be sure to care for your knives according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

COOKING UTENSIL SET Every kitchen needs a great set of cooking utensils. Whether you are frying, baking, or mixing the perfect utensil is always needed. I have two sets; please don’t judge. You know my favorite colors are blue and gold, so I have a set in each color.

You can find all of my kitchen must-haves HERE. Please be sure to let me know your favorite item too. I’m curious if great minds think alike.

Items currently on my wishlist 

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STYLING FAKE PLANTS AN EASY DIY

STYLING FAKE PLANTS AN EASY DIY

 

YOUR GUIDE TO STYLING FAKE PLANTS

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to jazz up fake plants. Whether indoor or outdoor your neighbors and friends will definitely envy your green thumb.

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If you ever visit my home, you will know who primarily has the green thumb. Yes, you guessed it right, my husband. I for one was not prepared for the amount of wildlife activity that occurs when you are surrounded by water and the woods.  I have seen my fair share of snakes; therefore during the spring and summer months, I leave the gardening to my husband. This year I still wanted plants on my porches; I have the great idea of trying out fake plants. So here’s my take on styling fake plants.

Plant(s). The first step is picking your plant(s). I have wanted lemon trees for a while. We have a few real ones in the yard, but I think the yellow looks perfect against my chinoiserie planters so I opted for lemon trees. This tutorial will work for any fake plant.

Planter(s). I am partial to any chinoiserie planter or anything blue and white. So have your pick. The perfect planter really makes the project pop. The best places to get planters at a great price are Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls.

Potting Soil. You can choose any soil you like here. Remember, if you are potting a fake plant, it doesn’t need to be filled with fertilizer. I used some of my husband’s bulk gardening soil.

Moss. This moss definitely makes the plant look even more realistic. The lemon trees used in this tutorial came with moss. I also added some additional moss I picked up from Hobby Lobby.

Now depending on the number of plants you are potting, this project takes less than 5 minutes per plant. The first thing I do is make a flat base in the planter for the plant to sit on. These particular planters had grooves in the bottom for draining, so I added a layer of soil on the bottom to make my plants sit flush. I then secured the plant in its position by adding soil around it. From there, I fill the planter will soil as I would planting a real plant. 

Last but definitely not less, I added moss. Normally when planting a real plant, I use moss to hold the moisture in so I don’t have to water as much. Now if you decide to try this, please let me know. Your secret will be safe with me! Omniley.

 

 

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PORCH BED SWING SPRING UPDATE

PORCH BED SWING SPRING UPDATE

Hi, Y’all! One thing that I had on my wishlist and prayed for in our forever home was to have six exterior columns and a porch. Yes, I was so specific on the number of columns…why? There was a gorgeous home in our previous neighborhood and I adored the six front-facing white exterior columns. So of course I always had the columns and a porch on my wishlist. What’s a Southern Belle without an awesome porch? I have so many memories of being on the porch with my NaNa and I had hopes of sharing long talks with her on my porch. Unfortunately, she passed away before we moved into our current home. I still feel she is with me when I sit on my porch bed swing. I often have thoughts of us fishing in the lake or better yet her fishing and me sitting on the porch, because I’m afraid of snakes.

That’s one of the reasons I make sure my porch bed swing is decorated seasonally, so she can look down and smile. If you guys remember this is the DIY Porch Bed Swing my husband and son made for me two years back and it is still holding strong. If you want more on the DIY it can be found here.

It is my goal to spend a lot of time here this spring and to enjoy a nice glass of wine or one of my favorite bourbons occasionally. I don’t usually spend a lot of time here when summer hits, because the porch swing is lake-facing and typically the snakes are on the move. A story for another day. So on to the spring refresh.

So what updates did I do? I added a fabulous new planter and potted a lemon tree. Now for a little secret…can you believe this tree is fake? I also flipped my rug to the other side and it is giving the porch a new life. This year it doesn’t look like we will have to do anything to the porch swing cushions; they held up well after we repainted the fabric last year. 

I hope this brings you all some inspiration to get spring ready! As always thank you for your support it means the world to me. Omniley

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DIY Floral Arrangement

DIY Floral Arrangement

Greetings. We are deep into the 1st month of 2022 and it’s been a hectic one for me. I have been wanting to try my hand at floral arrangements for a while and I’m so happy I did. I have had the compote for about a month now and was a bit decisive on whether I wanted to try live or faux flowers. I guess you can tell I used faux, but I love the way it turned out.

It was a little difficult to start off with because I thought I had chicken wire but realized after a quick google it was not…I’m not sure what kind of wire I found in our shed. So I ended up making a grid with gorilla glue tape. Next take I will use either actual chicken wire or florist foam block and I will be sure to do a step-by-step tutorial. Meanwhile for now I will link the compote and other items I used. I ended up spending right under $90 for this arrangement including the compote and flowers. I hope this post inspires you to try whatever you have on your list to try. It feels amazing when you finish it. Be Well-Omniley

 

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Mardi Gras Decor & All

Mardi Gras Decor & All

Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. A good friend once told me” a second on the lips and a lifetime on the hips”.  I definitely find this true for traditional king cake for myself! I usually make a keto version, but this year has already been in full swing for me. I love that my local Oak Point offers all its flavors in a petite version and they bake them in-house daily. I’m not sure if the ship yet, but I have listed below some local bakeries that definitely ship. 

Brennan’s

Gambino’s

Manny Randazzo

If you love Mardi Gras, I heard it’s on for 2022 in New Orleans! So enjoy and be safe my friends. Omniley

 

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Traditional Christmas Tree

Traditional Christmas Tree

 

 

Greetings and Happy Holidays! This year we went with a Grand Fir in our family room, and it did not disappoint. Initially, I had second thoughts when I started decorating it, and my ornaments ended up being too heavy for the branches. I quickly realized the beauty was in the tree itself. We then embedded the decorations closer to the tree trunk, and it turned out perfectly.

Happy Holidays from our home to yours! Omniley 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLUE AND GOLD CHRISTMAS

BLUE AND GOLD CHRISTMAS

Greetings! I hope this post finds you well. It’s officially the holiday season for my crew and me. All trees are up and decked. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new theme for our dining room, and I am all about sustainability, so I decided to use the living room theme in the dining room this year. The blue and gold are such a royal and elegant color theme for this formal setting. I used our 9′ Blue Spruce, and I think it accommodates our dining room well.

 

 

While this tree is in our dining room, it would make the perfect tree for any entryway or family room. This year I added smart plugs to all my trees to prolong the life of the trees, both the artificial ones and our real ones. I hope to share more of our home over the holidays on the blog. If not, be sure to follow me on Pinterest or Instagram for more daily home decor, recipes, and lifestyle inspirations. I don’t have anything on my list this year for Santa. I’m already blessed enough. Be Well.

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Touches of Fall with Blue and White

Touches of Fall with Blue and White

Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. I can’t believe it’s already October; the days are just flying by. I finally wrapped up my fall decor and wanted to share with you all how I add small touches of fall throughout my home. I am actually behind schedule this year…I would have at least one Christmas tree up by this time. Let’s just call it savoring the moment or not enough time in the day.

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I will forever be a blue and white girl when it comes to our home. The color combination just screams timeless and classic. However, I don’t dare let my timeless decor stop me from adding touches of seasonal decor throughout our home. I hope you find inspiration from some of my decor today. As always thank you for following me along this journey. Be Well-Omniley

 

 

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The Big Home Sale at Macy’s

The Big Home Sale at Macy’s

 

The Big Home Sale

Greetings! I hope this post finds you well. One of my all-time favorite places to shop for our home is, Macy’s, and they are launching their Big Home Sale TODAY, it’s time to get shopping!! You can save up to 60% on furniture, mattresses, and rugs during The Big Home Sale. Here’s a roundup of my favorite finds for our home. 

Some of my favorites include the Instant Pot 6 in 1 Duo Cooker, this Shark Cordless Vacuum,  these Spode Blue Italian plates, their Martha Stewart Collection of Dutch Ovens, and because every hostess needs a great set of knives the J. A. Henckels Cutlery Set! Shop each of my collages now!

Be sure to enter Savings.com’s #AtHomeWithMacys giveaway for a chance to win one of two $250 e-gift card prizes to spend at Macy’s. Click here to enter.

 
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Happy Savings! Omniley

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Elegant Table Decor

Elegant Table Decor

 

I’m so excited to share our dining room Christmas decor with you all today. I hope this brings you some inspiration in your decor this season.

I decided to round up a few ideas to help you decorate your holiday dinner table this year. I’ve done all the leg work for you and put together a list of my favorite holiday table decor pieces, all found right on Amazon. I don’t think there’s anything more convenient than shopping from home with Amazon Prime 2-day shipping! From stunning centerpieces to festive stemware and place settings, you’ll find everything you need to create a beautiful holiday tablescape. Your guests will be so impressed! Each item both timeless and classic, you’ll be able to use and enjoy these pieces year after year.  Happy Holidays-Omniley

1. Set of 3 Crackle Gold Glass Tealight Holders
2. Hydrangea Holiday Candleabrum
3. Benson Mills Christmas Ribbons Tablecloth
4. Gold Metalic Charger
5. Spode Christmas Dinnerware Set
6. Gold & White Decorative Large Napkins
7. Elegant Reindeer Napkin Ring Holder
8. Spode Pedestal Goblet
9. Set of 2 Christmas Lanterns
10. Decorative Christmas Glass Hurricane Candle Holders
11. Lighted Berry Beaded Garland
12. Glass Name Card Holders
13. Set of 6 Christmas Candle Ring
14. Lenox Holiday Serving Platter
15. Silk Rose Flower Arrangements

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