Your Granny’s Wallpaper
wallpaper and opulent might not seem to go together, but times and
designs have changed. "Wallpapers are not what they used to be.
We’re seeing handmade papers that sparkle with metallic thread or
feature soft details or lush patterns like animal prints, and
beautiful graphic designs," says Mary Schaufelberger, designer
with Steinkellner Decorating Center in Wauwatosa. If you’re reticent
about these new papers, try using them on one statement wall or in a
small powder room just to get your feet wet. "Companies like
Koessel Studios and Arte have some fabulous handcrafted designs.
Schumacher has a paper with actual peacock feathers on it," she
says. Interior designers like Candice Olsen are collaborating with
wallpaper companies, making them more desirable.
These days, we
can access a lot of free music online. Now, technology in the form of
a device called Sonos allows us to avail ourselves of the many sources
and different types of music available on the Web, providing a
backdrop to our lives. "Sonos shakes hands with your computer and
allows you to stream music directly from Pandora, Spotify and other
Internet sources," says Dave Holmes of Audio Emporium in Brown
Deer. "It just takes a couple of small devices and a base price
of about $400 to get started," he says.
Concilio owns Soigne LLC, (pronounced swan-yay) a personal chef
service that features the kind of elegant meals he learned while
studying at the Culinary Institute of America. Soigne offers personal
chef services for individuals, as well as catering and classes for
small groups. "The budget dictates the menu," he says.
Consider this Valentine’s Day repast suggested by chef Todd: Sesame
tuna tartare with crispy won tons and soy marinated baby bok choy;
roasted beet salad with orange segments, candied red onion and goat
cheese over baby arugula; slow braised osso buco over wild mushroom
truffle polenta; and chocolate and Kaluha bread pudding with Bailey’s
Irish Crème. Enjoy!
have taken a new direction, with sumptuous wool silk and cashmere
making a strong appearance in showrooms for 2013. "The new twist
is the fusion of dissimilar materials used in new ways," says
designer Michael John Weber of Collaborative Design in Waukesha.
"Because of new technology it is now possible to have the
thinnest layer of leather applied to the back side of linen making it
suitable for window treatments," he says. Furthermore, many old
world techniques such as the ikat prints (widely copied by printing
them on cotton) are being produced by specialty fabric mills in the
traditional manor of dyeing the skeins of yarn prior to weaving to
produce complex patterning. "How we are using these fine fabrics
has also changed in exciting ways. Furniture such as armoires and
bookcases we once thought could be made only out of wood is now being
upholstered in great fabrics," Johnson says.
can be soothing, invigorating — even healing — and they can be
inhaled, used topically or taken internally. The company doTERRA makes
essential oils that you can use in your own home to make it aromatic
and calming. "Some stress-reducing oils include lavender,
peppermint, lime, wild orange, and serenity — a blend of lavender,
Roman chamomile, sandalwood and vanilla bean. You can diffuse them
into the air, blend them with a nonscented body lotion or place a few
drops on your bed linens," says Erica Glinsky, scents-ability
coach at Skiin, an anti-aging lounge in Waukesha that focuses on
restorative skin care. "Oils with anti-viral properties that help
to boost the immune system are lemon, eucalyptus, clove and cinnamon,
just to name a few," she adds. Skiin is the sole distributor for
doTERRA products in this area.