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Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

godiva chocolate room Oh. My. Goodness. Godiva has pulled out all the stops for their Valentine’s Day promotion this year! The prize: The Ultimate Chocolate Fantasy – which includes a weekend stay at a "Godiva Decadence Suite" that will be constructed at the posh Bryant Park Hotel in New York.

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baby shower theme: modern nesting

baby shower theme: modern nesting If you’re on the lookout for some fun ideas for an upcoming baby shower – I recently wrote an article on how to throw a “modern nesting” baby shower for thecradle.com – and it went up on their site today! Click here to check it out :)

baby shower theme: modern nesting And I was browsing flickr this morning and stumbled on the most ridiculously cute baby shower cupcakes by Tam Mabley that happen to go perfectly with this theme! How adorable are these…

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Valentine’s Day Party Invites

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic dinners! It’s also a good excuse to throw a themed cocktail party featuring pink and red drinks, or host a "girls night in" featuring more of the same, along with some good chick flix and lots of chocolate-y things of course :)

tiny*prints has some brand new Valentine-themed party invitations that are super stylish and would work great for all of the above…

valentines day party invitations {clockwise from top left} Party Heart: Red Lantern , Hip Heart , Homemade Valentine , Heart Flake , Heart Kisses
{pictured below} Drinks & Pinks

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love is in the air

valentines day partywareSuper-cute Valentine’s day partyware finds: “love is in the airdessert plates and napkins. ($4.50 – $6 at broadwaypaper.com)

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Modern Romance: Dinner for 2

social couture valentine's theme 1 Social Couture is such a great resource for contemporary entertaining products. I love their website because – in addition to categorizing things by product type like a typical ecommerce website – they also showcase the products within super hip & creative party themes – so you’re able to find and purchase everything you need for a specific theme all in one place!

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Big Game party details

super bowl party ideasBig Game party details are now up on hwtm.com! Click here to check it out!

Easy big game party snacks – recipe quick links:

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Super Bowl Sneak Peek

super bowl party ideas Hi Everyone – Apologies for the sporadic timing of posts this week…it’s truly been one of "those" weeks – where everything seems to pile up at once as far as work goes, plus we have family in town, and I feel like I’ve been grasping for more hours in the day all week! ;0

Anyways, I’ll be posting some Super Bowl party ideas and recipes over the weekend, and the image above is a little sneak-peek ;)

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contemporary curves

Retro-mod meets contemporary-cool in these fabulous dishware finds from Ochelly

miam miam mugs + orbit bowl
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Suprise Giveaway WINNER: Interior Style Home

Thanks so much to everyone that entered the Interior Style Home giveaway last week! And the lucky winner of the drawing is: projecthope – who said “the zed table lamp is my favorite for sure. But i have to say i also love the badu box.. it is a close second!” Congrats, projecthope! Please contact us with your shipping info so we can get you your winnings!

And for everyone else, Interior Style Home is offering a 10% discount on all orders with promo code “HWTM“. And, as always…stay tuned for more surprise giveaways coming soon! :)

*Special note: for all the new moms and moms-to-be out there, there’s a cool giveaway going on at houses, couches, and babies right now for the chance to win some super contemporary baby products!

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Modern Dose

modern dose contemporary home I’m really excited to start the new week off with a super-mod giveaway from Modern Dose ! The fantastic (and award-winning) Panton chair was originally designed by Verner Panton in 1968 and is one of the iconic designs of the century. Just as much sculptural art as it is furniture, Modern Dose’s version – the "S-Chair " provides the perfect combo of form + function! Available colors include glossy white, red, black, green and orange – and flat red, white, and black.

This week at hwtm, Modern Dose is offering up one of these fabulous S-chairs (which also happen to be featured in this month’s *Domino ) to a lucky reader – a $265 value!! If your home or office could use a dose of hip, artistic flair…here’s your chance! :)

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MadeByGirl: Paper Collection

Made By Girl greeting cards & digital prints MadeByGirl founder/designer Jennifer Ramos – whose name you might recognize from her gorgeous limited edition coffee table & furniture creations – recently launched a new paper goods collection that features lots of bright colors, sweet sayings, and fun, edgy graphics on greeting cards & digital prints…several of which are very "Warhol-esque" and should definitely appeal to Pop Art lovers!

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more super-sweet valentine treats!

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s “sweet sensations” post – here is yet another fantastic recipe gallery from Parents magazine featuring a bunch more super-cute Valentine’s Day Treats – and I couldn’t resist passing them along… Seriously, how cute are the Lip Smacker gelatin kissses?!

valentine dessert recipesRecipe Resources:

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Benjamin Hubert

I stumbled across these amazing "Umbrella Bowls", "Cast Candelabras" and "Impression Crockery" (soup bowl and spoon sets) by British designer Benjamin Hubert recently and – in a word – wow…

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Super Bowl “Playing Field” Centerpiece

modern mealtimeI just love this football-themed centerpiece idea from InStyle Parties – which by the way is probably my favorite book on entertaining ever. ;) The centerpiece is created from a flat of wheatgrass (available from florists for about $20) and miniature plastic football players and goal posts. So cute and not the least bit cheezy!

BTW – if you’re in the San Diego area – HWTM will be on Streetside San Diego this Friday with some more fun – and contemporary – food & decorating ideas for Playoff and Super Bowl parties :)

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sweet sensations

valentine dessert recipes I’m so impressed with the adorable Valentine’s Day desserts that are featured in this month’s issue of Parents magazine. So cute and super creative…I can’t stop staring at the butterfly cupcake especially! And with several of the recipes using things like store-bought cake mixes and cookie cutters, they really aren’t as difficult to make as you might expect! (see below for online recipe resources)

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black & white and mod all over

I’m a sucker for bright colors, but there’s something so striking about classic black and white. Here are a few cool & contemporary patterns that are sure to make for a gorgeous table…

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Interior Style Home

interior style home You might already be familiar with Interior Style Home from the cool French Bull Giveaway they did with us in December – and I’m happy to share with you that they’re already offering up another cool product in a new Surprise Giveaway: this wonderfully contemporary "Badu Box " home accent – a $110 value ! (more…)

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Giveaway WINNER: Write On and More

423 entries – WOW! This is a new record for HWTM giveaways and so great to see – thanks so much to everyone who entered the Write On and More Surprise Giveaway! And now for the lucky winner…who is: annayeager, from Chicago, who said:
“Awwwww, so many fabulous things, my favorite’s the stainless steel wallet! no, wait, it’s the to do 08 notebook! no, it’s the whomi clarity agenda! i like them all!”
Congrats, Anna!

To everyone else – we have so many more giveaways on tap, so please keep visiting for several new chances to win cool stuff!

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e.k.g. clothing

cb2 bubbles dinnerwareWith what seems like a zillion new babies and babies-on-the-way arriving among my friends, I’m constantly on the lookout for cool & unusual baby shower gift ideas. I came across these super modern onesies from e.k.g. clothing recently and fell in love with the contemporary silhouette graphics and vintage denim patch embellishments!

Onesies also make great baby shower party decor, and the black “illuminate” onesie featuring the cool chandelier design might have to make an appearance at the black & white baby shower I’m currently planning ;)

cb2 bubbles dinnerware{$25 each at e.k.g clothing}

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new (and fabulous!) from cb2

cb2 bubbles dinnerwareI’m absolutely head-over-heels for this brand-new bubbles dinnerware from cb2. Not only is the design ultra-modern… the price is ultra-affordable! $4.95 dinner plate, $3.95 salad plate, and $2.95 bowl. Get complete service for 8 for less than $100!! I’m going to need more cabinet space…

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urban chic

modern mealtimeMore new & swoon-worthy picks from cb2:

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REAL PARTIES: whimsical garden baby shower

whimsical garden baby shower I designed a baby shower for some friends a few months that was particularly special because of the circumstances… The couple had been trying to get pregnant for several years without success, so when it finally happened for them and they found out a little girl was on the way – mom-to-be described the feeling as somewhat "magical ".

She wanted the shower to reflect that kind of feeling – so I came up with this "Whimsical Garden " theme that incorporates all sorts of girlie things like butterflies, rhinestones, metallic vases, and glittery details – as well as unusual organics like oversize moss balls, snapdragons, mini orchids, and stargazer lilies. For details on how to recreate this theme, read on…

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from Christmas to Valentine’s Day

I recently stumbled on this beautiful holiday tabletop designed by Sandy of the sugarpond blog and instantly fell in love with the modern simplicity of it all…not to mention the fact that she’s using the gorgeous Classic Century dinnerware from Crate&Barrel that I’ve been lusting after for quite a while!

valentine's day decorations You could easily translate this look into a Valentine’s Day table by simply swapping out the paper pointsettias for a less "Christmas-y" flower. Large-bloomed fresh flowers in pink or red would be gorgeous – or if you’re feeling crafty – the large sweetheart magnolia or candy shop magnolia paper flower kits from Paper Source would be adorable! (and you could even make some extras for your centerpiece!)

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Win a $5,000 Big Game Party

write on and moreStarting to make plans for your Super Bowl party? Celebrations.com is hosting a “Big Game Party Idea Contest” that you can enter for a chance to win a game day party worth up to $5,000! Now THAT would be a nice budget to work with! All you have to do to enter is tell them about your dream party idea. Click here for more info.

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Write On and More

write on and more I’m excited to introduce a cool new online shop to you today – and even better – pair it with a Surprise Giveaway ! Although Write on and More has been serving a loyal customers from their Florida-based shop since 1999, they just recently launched a new ecommerce site in order to bring their hand-selected line of luxurious paper goods & distinctive gifts to customers nationwide!

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NYBG Shop in the Garden

wine tasting tipsThe New York Botanical Garden has a great online shop full of some truly fabulous finds. A few favorites are pictured here. Click here to check out the entire store.

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Note: If you sign up to become a member, you get special member discounts on all of their products.

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wine tasting tips from a pro

wine tasting tips If you appreciate a good glass of wine, but are somewhat lost when it comes to anything wine-related other than how your tastebuds are reacting to the current glass in your hand, there’s a great article from Sunset Magazine that is definitely worth checking out. In "Taste Wine Like a Pro ", Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider offers invaluable insight on things like how to pick wine out at a supermarket, how to store wine if you don’t have a cellar, and "what are legs ?". Haven’t the foggiest idea? Click here to find out !

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wine tasting party kits

Speaking of wine…wine tasting parties are always a fun excuse to entertain – and great activity ideas for holiday or bachelorette/girls’ night parties. Throwing a wine tasting party is easier than ever these days – with ready-made wine tasting kits you can have delivered straight to your door. For example, this "Tasting Party Time " set from mywinesdirect.com comes complete with six wines, a fun how-to guide, 22 tasting mats, and 6 bottle wrappers:

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fabulous new year sales

One of the great things about the start of a new year? Some of the exact same products you lusted after in 2007 just might have a shiny new {a.k.a. "lower "} price tag in 2008! There are tons of great sales going on right now; here are some of my favorite price-slashed picks from west elm , chiasso , and Crate&Barrel

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mocktails: strawberries, bananas & blenders

virgin strawberry daiquiri and banana smoothieLooking for a yummy signature drink recipe that’s fun for everyone? Virgin daiquiris and fruit smoothies are great options for get-togethers such as baby showers, kids parties, brunches, spa parties, or anytime you want to offer guests a festive beverage, sans the alcohol. Serve the drinks in fun glasses, garnish them just like a cocktail, and they’ll look just as great as the “real thing” – but cost a lot less! Click below for the full recipes on hwtm.com:

Cheers!

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