Spice Organization

Anyone else love to cook as much as I do? Now that I have my own place again, I am organizing all of my kitchen gadgets and accessories that never made it into my last kitchen. My new kitchen has been blessed with spice rack similar to this:
Although, I by no means have enough spices to fill the racks, I do feel a sense of pride of all my spices I have accumulated and showcased in this drawer. About a year ago  I first saw Genevieve Gorder’s spice drawer in her NYC home and I was immensely jealous. not only did she have an individual drawer for spices but she had spices from all her world travels. What a great souvenir item for someone who loves to cook!
But I digress, a spice drawer is not the only way to organize your spices in your kitchen. 
One creative idea would be to put magnets on the spice jars and place them on metal strips. This is a great option if you would like your spices to be visible and/or are limited on drawer space in your kitchen. 
Also, using magnets you can attach spices to a chalkboard and hand write the spice names.
This allows the spices to be visible and you can use the ever trendy chalkboard paint trend :).
Not a big fan of dried spices? You can always grow your own if you have the space and green thumb. 
If you are a Denver local and love spices make sure to check out the Savory Spice Shop on Platte Street. You will not be disappointed. They have any spice you can think of which is perfect for personal cooking or a great gift! 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352
 

6 (Often Forgotten) Benefits to Taking a Vacation

As my vacation comes to an end I can’t help but reflect. As much as I love vacation, I fought going on this one. It was the first one away from my business and I have been so focused on work for so many month that it made me very nervous to step away. Do not get me wrong, it is a great type of focused – more of an excitement – but it was time to take a vacation. I planned out everything prior to coming, point of contact in my absence and my schedule for returning calls, texts and emails. Like every best laid plan, there were gaps that I could not account for once arriving. Mainly it was a disconnect between my phone provider and me but it eventually got straightened out. 
Five days into my vacation I can reflect and realize how valuable a vacation truly is. A vacation can offer a great opportunity to step away from the everyday and gain perspective and clarity on your life, both personal and professional. The past week has been the first time that I have real relaxed in 7 months. My year has been a whirlwind and I have kept pedaling forward and through whatever has come my way. Physically removing myself from my life has forced me to slow down, live in the moment and spend quality time with friends and family without distractions of everyday life. The finny thing is, now that I am relaxed my creativity is bursting. I have generated great marketing ideas, different approaches to my business and an ability to think bigger without restrictions imposed by my environment such as time, ability and training. Also, returning back I have a newfound excitement and energy for my life. 
Although there are many benefits to taking a vacation, here are six that I have seen in just my five days away. 
Always try to take a vacation if you can, you will not regret it! 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352

Bringing your travels into the home.

Often it isn’t until on a vacation that I realize how much I love to travel. Vacation for me, like many others, is a great way to hit the recharge button. I can easily relax when away and it also helps my creativity so when I return I have a new perspective on my home life and career.
I have had some great opportunities to travel and am very blessed by the different places I have been able to see. Traveling not only lets one see different places of the world but also allows one to see how other people live.
Because of my love for travel, I have been pleased to see the design trends of maps in the home. What better a reminder of the world we live in and also the opportunities we have had or will have to travel. 
Create a map out of newspaper clippings for your wall.
Paint your brick wall white except for the countries you would like to showcase.
 Found on Twitter


Use a Map as a focal point in a nursery.
Use a map in your children’s playroom to create wanderlust children.
 This large Ikea map is perfect for using tacks or pins to showcase where you have been. 
Source. Buy it here.
Looking for something smaller? 
Frame a map of places you have lived or traveled to.
Of course you could just use a globe. I love this DIY black and gold globe. 
How do you incorporate your travels into your home? 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352
 

A unique piece

Looking for something a bit creative for your home? I found this stool which could easily be used as a nightstand or end table.

In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352

Focus on: Hale

Last Friday I spoke about Montclair and this week we will look at Montclair’s neighbor to the west, Hale. Hale’s parameters are Colorado Boulevard on the west to Holly Street on the east, Colfax to the north and 6th Ave to the south.
Hale is mainly a residential neighborhood but does house two hospitals: Rose Medical and the VA Hospital. A majority of the homes in the Hale neighborhood are a ranch or tudor style. With Hale’s close proximity to Colorado Blvd and Colfax it makes access to highways and downtown very easy.
These two charts will give you an idea of the real estate market in the neighborhood in 2014:

Like most neighborhoods in Denver, homes in Hale go under contract quickly. The average homes price in Hale in 2014 was $332,000.
Considering buying or selling a home in Hale or have additional questions? Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352

Traditional and Contemporary

I spoke about decorating my home and also mixing patterns here. Now I find myself contemplating mixing styles. I love incorporating different styles – mixing traditional with modern, contemporary with mid century, etc. I think mixing styles can be fun and ensure the room does not look sterile with just one style. I bought the Montclair sofa in nickel at Crate and Barrel for my living room. It’s style contemporary with clean lines and tailored legs was exactly the look I was going for. Picking a rug has proved to be a more challenging. I have perused a number of comtempory rugs but I find myself gravitating toward a traditional style of rug. Oriental and Persian rugs are traditional in nature and a great way to bring color and pattern into a room.
I started thinking about mixing the traditional rug with the contemporary sofa. Of course, the I went to the Internet to see how this would look. 
I found I really liked the contrast of traditional and contemporary. Even though I want the room to feel contemporary I could easily include a Persian or Oriental rug without losing the overall feel of the room. Originally I thought that to create a contemporary feel, the whole room must be contemporary, but that is of course not the case. As soon as I let go of what I thought had to be in the space, I found the perfect rug. The pattern is subtle but it allows the color yellow to be incorporated into the room. 
Tell me, do you like traditional rugs with contemporary furniture?  
 
In addition to writing for Daigle’s Digs, Elizabeth works full-time as a Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. Elizabeth’s expertise is in buying and selling a home, first time home buyers, short sales, and investment properties. Contact Elizabeth for any real estate needs. Cell 303-819.73.71. Work 720-314-8352