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Coffee Table Essentials

What's in that box? My coffee table decor may change with the seasons but the one thing that remains the same are the items I call my "Coffee Table Essentials". These eight items are guaranteed to come in handy for everyday living.  It's a great way to stay prepared and organized as you watch your favorite TV shows, have a drink and light a few candles - a ritual in my household. I dare you to  be domestic!

1. Apple TV remote - We all know how easy it is to loose this little guy.

2.iPhone - Makes searching for Apple TV or your favorite YouTube video a swipe away.

3. Television Remote - The volume master.

4. Coasters - Protect your table top from water damage.

5. Wick Trimmer - Keep candles burning best when you trim the wick 1/3 of its after burned length.

6. Wick Dipper - gently puts out your candles without smoke or causing a wax spill. Gentle press the wick down into the melted wax to extingusins then straighten back.

7. Lighter - eliminates the running around trying to find a way to light your candles.

8. Decorative Box - Keeps all of your coffee table necessities in one stylish place. Form and function.

Great Finds: Flatware

Over the past two weeks I've been searching high and low (literally high budget and low budget) for a set of everyday flatware in preparation for the holiday season.  Finally my search has come to an end.  Target saves the day with its Threshold Arkita Flatware Set.  I fell in love with its design,  weight and finish.  So now that my search is over here are some DTBD tips to help you find the best flatware for your needs.

Quality material: Stray away from any product that just says "stainless". It should read "stainless steel".

Read fine print:  The best stainless steel has either a little chromium or nickel mixed in and is identified with the numbers "18/0" or "18/10". The numbers “18/10” and “18/0” are simply figures that illustrate the amount of chromium and nickel content present in stainless steel. 

Chromium, or chrome, is a tough white metal, used in stainless steel and other alloys, because of how hard it is and its stain-resistant properties. Nickel is a corrosion-resistant silvery-white metal, often used for its shine to coat other metals 18/10 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 10% nickel content. 18/0 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 0% nickel matter. Source - foodservicewarehouse

Find your style: Find flatware that matches your personal style. Your table is an extension of your personal style.

Purchase complete sets:  I highly recommend only buying sets with all the proper parts for a complete table setting: Teaspoons, Salad Forks, Dinner Spoons, Dinner Knives and Dinner Forks.

Weight/Design:  Does it feel good in your hand? Does it rest well on the edge of a plate and on the table?

Purchase enough:  Purchase at minimum eight sets but if you are a big entertainer/host like myself I'd go for 12 sets.

Wash: Wash new sets in mild soapy water. It's always best to wash by hand even dishwasher safe flatware. Use nothing with lemon ingredients and dry with a soft microfiber towel.

I dare you to be domestic!


Thrifting with DTBD: $29.99

On almost any given day of the week, you can find me strolling in the aisles of St. Vincent de Paul in Downtown Los Angeles - thrifting my soul away. Today I found a great hand crafted bowl I'm sure Ill use for snack service and a vintage desk lamp to add to my growing collection. All for under thirty bucks!

I dare you to be domestic!