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Patriotic Parfait

I served these light & yummy parfaits yesterday at our family’s Memorial Day celebration.  The colors from the fresh strawberries & blueberries give it that patriotic flair.  They were such a huge hit & so easy to make, that I decided that I had to share them with you.  Prepare ahead of time or set out ingredients & let guests create their own layers.

Ingredients:

Angel Food Cake (cubed or torn into bite size pieces)
Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding
Blueberries
Strawberries
Fat Free Cool Whip

1) In a tall clear glass, so that all of your layers are visible, (we used stemless wine glasses), layer ingredients in this order: angel food cake pieces, vanilla pudding, cool whip, strawberries & blueberries & repeat.

Bon appetit!

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Light Up Your Life

After choosing furniture, colors and accessories, if you’re room still feels lacking the problem may be the lighting. Lighting is a crucial part of home decorating. Beyond helping you see, proper lighting can add beauty and drama to a room. When used properly, lighting enhances color, highlights texture and creates just the right mood for any room in a home.

There are many ways to light a room, and the room’s function greatly determines the way it should be lit. Mixing natural and task lighting makes a room visually interesting.

Natural light: Sunlight, candlelight and firelight. This is light that moves and is sometimes referred to as kinetic. The quality of natural light, sunlight in particular, depends on many things–time of day, weather, what season it is.  The setting sun gives a different kind of light than midday sun.

Task lighting: Task lighting is just that; lighting that’s used to perform daily activities such as reading, cooking, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. Effective task lighting enhances visual clarity and keeps the eyes from getting tired.

Now that we’ve concluded today’s lesson in lighting.  Take a look at some stylish ways to light up your life…

The transparent lamp base was a big trend at furniture market in High Point this fall.  This beauty is from Barbara Cosgrove.  Available at IBB Design Furniture Showroom.

SO stylish!  Perfect task lighting for a desk in a home office or study.  Rectangular shades like this fit so nicely up against a wall because of their flat sides, so this could also work for an entry or hallway on a console.  Barbara Cosgrove.  Available at IBB.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this lamp from Jamie Young!  The shade is made from cork.  Again, we see the transparent base, but with a tinge of yellow this time 🙂

Fabulous floor lamp from Jamie Young.  Great scale & style.  Suitable for a wide range of homes.

Colorful pendant lighting from Jamie Young.

Chatting with designer Jamie Young at furniture market in High Point this fall.  Such energy & spunk ~ which is obviously carried out through her fabulous designs.  I love that you can mix & match all of her shades with any base.  We had fun playing & buying for IBB Design Furniture Showroom!