3 Fun, Inexpensive Ways to Modernize Your Home

Thursday, April 29, 2010

--By Kim Moshtaghi

CB2 Party People Glass Markers
Party People Glass Markers

$6.95 for 12
Available at: cb2.com

Bring a modern twist to your home, and pick up a few items that will electrify your home and make it feel unique and up to date. Little details can make a big difference in a home and will surely get you geared to play hostess. Having the right glasses, plates and accessories can make your house the hot spot and if that’s something you’re trying to avoid, why not add a little twist for your own pleasure? Drinking from the right glasses can make a difference, trust me-- I get irritated when someone else drinks out of “my” coffee mug. Don’t get overwhelmed with changing up details in your home and leave it up to CB2, Crate & Barrel's sister website. CB2 may help solve some of your home d├ęcor problems because of its awesome selection at unbelievably fair prices.

Speaking of appropriate glassware, you can’t have a wine night without some glasses that fit the mood. I’m over the long stemmed wine glasses because they always break on me-- I love the look of stem-less hand-blown glasses. The 6-Piece Botella barware set from CB2 is complete with 4 glasses, a funnel and a decanter. The Set is only $23.25, how could you beat that for dishwasher-friendly glassware? Spiffy up the way you serve your wine and you will never look back; sit back, relax and savor every sip without worrying about clean up.

CB2 Verona Pasta Bowls
Verona Pasta Bowls

$4.95 - $14.95
Available at: cb2.com

If you like to have friends and family over and happen to be a germ phobic like me, you may want to purchase some Party People Glass Markers which come in a set of 12 for $6.95. The 12 assorted silicone characters mark individual glasses making it easier to determine which glass is yours. It’s a playful way of marking any type of glass, especially since the characters can be used on the inside or on outside of the glass. Let the characters take a dive and soak up the liquid while sucking up to the glass. This will prevent the horrid sharpie pen from ever making an appearance on a glass or cup again. Call me crazy, but the old school sharpie trick may have been an efficient way to remember which cup is yours in the college days, but neither creative nor classy these days.

Lastly, another fun excuse for my friends and I to get together (besides television shows and gossiping) is making mounds of pasta and expecting my friends to eat it... because if I’m going down, its only fair they go down with me. The Verona Pasta Bowls make it possible to work your way towards carb overload in a more honorable way. There are two different Verona pasta bowl sizes. One is small, to use for an individual salad bowl, dessert bowl, or a fruit bowl. The bigger bowl is also a curved pasta bowl that would fit a lot of pasta or perhaps a swanky shrimp appetizer. If that’s not interesting enough, maybe you should experiment with it as your centerpiece and see where that takes you. Either way these are practical bowls that are very versatile. Pasta or not, you’ll be taking these bowls with you every place you move, guaranteed.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.