Decorating with Monochromatic Color

January 22nd, 2015

Do you ever look at a space and love it but feel overwhelmed in trying to recreate it? Often it’s the designers mix of pattern and color but there is one way to simplify the process and that’s with monochromatic decor.

A medley of color is wonderful, but so is tone on tone or single palette styling. You can get away with a mix of pattern and style – abstract, traditional, contemporary, large and small scale, it all works when your palette is limited to one color. These neutral spaces are great examples of how calming an edited single palette is.

black and white accents

burlap & lace

blue gray elegant bedroom


neutral pattern soothing bedroom

house to home

neutral living room

scheinholtz associates

Blue and white never goes out of style, mimic a retail styling trick you often see in catalogs by pairing multiple prints and accessories in a single colorway. Keep it classic by sticking with one blue hue or mix in lighter shades of aqua, paired with natural textures the medley creates a chic coastal vibe.

blue and white pattern mix

how to decorate

blue and white family room

apd architechts

dining room shades of blue

mabley handler


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Broiled Salmon with Vegetable Quinoa

January 21st, 2015

One of the things I’m so much better at this year is healthy eating. A year ago my habits were really bad, I got lazy grabbing anything that was quick and easy, I ate a lot of processed and fried foods filled with excess fat and sugar, but last year that all changed. I’ve been on a “clean” diet for six months and it’s given me more energy and has helped me lose weight.

I can’t stand feeling hungry or going on any kind of liquid or deprivation diet, I have to EAT! I’m also no good at sticking to list specific diets like Paleo, but looking at what I do eat I’d say it’s closest to the Mediterranean diet, mostly plant based foods and lean protein (poultry and fish), less dairy, sugar, red meat, very few starchy carbs, and the occasional glass of wine.

I learned a tip from working with a personal trainer last year, one that I use constantly since I lift weights four times a week. To maintain muscle and “sculpt” your body, aim for 25-30 grams of protein and 25-30 grams of plant based carbs with each meal, try to keep fat and sugar under 5 grams. So now I no longer count calories, I count grams instead which is so much easier for me.

We love salmon in our home, I try to make it about three times a month, it’s a fish with omega-3 fat (healthy for heart, brain, and skin). Quinoa is gluten free for those who are intolerant, it’s filling like rice because it has fiber and bonus points for protein too. I cook it in low sodium broth for more flavor. Here is one of my go to recipes I love to make on this clean eating journey, and you can prepare it in 25 minutes.

broiled salmon with vegetable quinoa

Ingredients for 4 servings:

1 large zucchini squash

1 large yellow squash

1 diced carrot (or 5-6 diced baby carrots)

1 tsp minced garlic

1 ½ cups quinoa

3 cups vegetable or low sodium chicken broth

four 5-6 oz salmon fillets

dash of lemon pepper

cooking spray

Preparation: Dice vegetables and toss squash into non-stick saucepan with minced garlic (use cooking spray if necessary). Sauté squash for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Add broth, quinoa, and diced carrot to saucepan, cover and cook quinoa as directed, (bring to a boil then simmer about 15 minutes.)

veges and quinoa

add diced carrot

Place salmon fillets on cooking sheet (sprayed with cooking spray) and sprinkle with lemon pepper. Broil in middle of oven on low broil for 12-14 minutes until browned on top and cooked through on the inside.

sprinkle with lemon pepper

    It’s healthy, tasty, and filling and meets my protein + plant based carb meal goal!

broiled salmon with quinoa


I’m going to share more tasty healthy recipes this year and I’d love to know your favorites too. Got a great dinner recipe that you love that combines lean protein and veges? Link to it, I need more!

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