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Home is where the HEART is

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches! We at Posh believe that this heartfelt holiday should be celebrated in the home all year round. Whether you keep fresh roses in the living room or accent with heart-inspired pieces, there are plenty of ways to keep love a theme in your home décor.

PoshLiving Valentine's Day Designs

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PoshLiving has many beautiful furnishings that will keep romance alive on a daily basis. If you’re looking to send more love to your little ones, PoshTots has pieces with a more playful spin!

PoshTots Valentine's Day Designs

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Looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids? This adorable V-Day DIY and scrumptious recipe will have them loving the holiday!

Let Friendship Ring Valentines

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Champagne & Chocolate for a Posh Valentine

Nothing is more appealing than logs burning in a fireplace, a flute of champagne, and deliciously gooey chocolate morsels to celebrate this Polar Vortex Valentine’s Day.

Americans have become sophisticated foodies.  The consumption of wine has risen considerably and many homes feature wine cellars or storage units. Besides spirits, the country has also fallen in love with good chocolate,  gone are the days of the ubiquitous heart-shaped boxed candy.

What better time to celebrate our new found love of wine and chocolates than Valentine’s Day?  All of it can be done without guilt; we all know chocolate and wine are good for us.

We all have a favorite recipe for brownies, chocolate truffles, and cupcakes.  I like to surprise friends with my Brazilian treat – delectable chocolate treasures – Brigadeiros!

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Ingredients:

1 can of sweet condensed milk

Cocoa powder to taste

1 tablespoon of butter

1 tablespoon of heavy cream added at the end (My special secret)

1 cup of chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

In a heavy -bottom pan, mix the condensed milk, the cocoa powder and the butter. Mix well. Using low heat stir constantly until the mixture detaches from the bottom of the pan; this typically takes about 10 minutes. Add the heavy cream.  Remove it from the pan and place it in a buttered plate to cool. With buttered hands, form small balls, roll them on the sprinkles, and then place them in paper liners.

If you want a shortcut, contact FaBrigadeirosusa  in Miami (305)934-3870. Delectable little brigadeiros will arrive at your door in all their deliciousness.

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Pick up one of our gorgeous flutes for some crisp bubbly, the perfect, romantic chocolate companion. With all of your varietal and pricing choices, don’t forget Proseccos (my favorites) or the American sparkling wines.

When the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 the French included limits on the use of the word Champagne to refer only to bubbly made using the traditional methods and grapes grown in the Champagne region of France. Although Americans are not obligated to do it, many producers label their bubbly Sparkling Wine out of respect while Italians do the same by calling bubbly Prosecco.

Being in a patriotic mood after Super Bowl week, and still under the influence of Renee Fleming’s spectacular rendition of our National Anthem, I want to encourage you to try some of our domestic sparklers:  Domaine Carneros Brut (California) or Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (California) both dry and fruity, perfect for chocolate pairing.

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No one talks about bed linens for Valentine’s but I think that they should be on the top of a gift list. Is there anything better than crisp sheets and soft pillows when tipsy from some wonderful bubbly? Indulge: Valentine’s is only once a year!

Cheers!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

The Comfort Sacrifice is Over!

Being brought up in Brazil by a mother with an inclination for English furniture, I did not encounter the recliner until Archie Bunker made me aware of it. Years later when setting up a media room in our country home, I went in search of a comfy recliner and only then I understood its magic – it is beyond comfortable! Unfortunately it was also beyond ugly.

Women are willing to sacrifice comfort for beauty (our penchant for stilettos is proof), but men see it as priority. As a designer trying to deliver the best of both worlds to my clients, I have been in constant search for a  recliner that would not be an eyesore.  I finally found it! Our Delano Recliner is the perfect marriage of style and comfort.

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With the open concept living space being embraced more and more, we want furniture that is practical, comfortable, AND stylish. The sectional sofa has made its way into many of our living spaces in sophisticated designs that do not scream ‘kids at play.’ I especially love our Wynne Sectional! Its elegant style and intricate details are sure to make a statement in any space.

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With these two wonderful pieces carefully placed in our spaces, we are ready for a movie night at home. Forget the popcorn and indulge in one of my favorite ice cream sundaes ever:  The Halvah Sundae

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  • One scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Two tablespoons of tahini
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • Some pistachios sprinkles

You will be surprised by the scrumptious flavor of this Middle Eastern dessert. Try it. You will love it!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

A Brazilian-Style New Year’s Celebration!

Eating grapes or pomegranates at the stroke of midnight (then keeping the seeds in your wallet) are some of the many New Year’s superstitions followed around the world. They range from the simple to the elaborate and most are diligently followed in hopes of a better year. These superstitions are taken most seriously in Brazil, where I was born. Rio de Janeiro hosts the most spectacular New Year’s party around the globe.

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Superstitious beliefs abound and dressing in white is at the top of the list. Thousands flock to the beaches to render homage to Yemaja, the deity of the Oceans. Little boats filled with white flowers and beads are thrown to the waves where the hopeful stand in white.  Fireworks explode in a myriad of colors and shapes. Throughout the city, parties abound and the bubbly corks explode in the air while all shades of white populate the landscape.

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A Brazilian-style New Year’s party might be the perfect theme for you this year. After all the hurdles of years past, we are more than ready for a blessed and fruitful 2014. Why not try to help out the planets?

Ask your guests to dress in white. It is a must. As far as the underwear goes, there are some rules as well: white for peace, red for love and yellow for prosperity.

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The table is usually a buffet decorated with white flowers and lots of bling.  Champagne should be at hand for the midnight toast. Green grapes are on the top of the grocery list, followed by lentils and pomegranates. The menu should contain foods that can be served at room temperature. This is not a time to be in the kitchen.

My perfect supper would be a delicious ham (I have heard that Martha Stewart has a great recipe for ham with pear and cranberries on her site), a lentil salad, a pomegranate salad and many bowls of green grapes. No heavy desserts. Buy assorted chocolate bites, like truffles, that pair beautifully with champagne.

Lentil Grape Salad

A couple years ago I took this Lentil Salad to a friend’s home and it was a hit:

For 4 servings

2 cups of dried green French lentils (lentils de Puy)

Cook the lentils in low sodium vegetable or chicken broth with salt and pepper and  2 bay leaves. Be careful not to overcook them. Drain pour over the dressing while they are still hot.

Also add:  golden raisins soaked in rum, candied pecans or chopped walnuts and green scallions

I also love to add some cubed roasted beets which you can substitute for halved grapes

Dressing:

Sweet curry powder ( I usually buy it at Penzey’s spices)

Rice vinegar

Maple syrup(make sure you get the real deal)

Mustard

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

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Cauliflower and Pomegranate salad:

For 4 people

Roast one head of cauliflower with olive oil and salt and pepper in a 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until soft, but not mushy.

Prepare a dressing using Tahini, lemon juice and olive oil, salt and pepper. Dress the cauliflower while hot and sprinkle some pomegranate over it.

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You toasted the New Year with a flute of bubbly, ate the grapes and the lentils, the pomegranate seeds are already inside your wallet and now it is bedtime – white pajamas and crisp white linens should be waiting for you. Light a nice scented candle and think good thoughts before lights out. Happy 2014!

Now that you have done all of it and your next year will be fantastic, make sure to call your travel agent and book your next New Year’s in Rio to see in person what it is all about!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Entertain the Verrine Way

According  to the Larousse Gastronomique a “verrine is a thick glass with no stem, used for serving individual portions of food rather than drinks.” Do you have old fashion glasses? They are your verrine when you are not using them for scotch. The very fashionable stemless wine glasses also make great verrines. And what about the forgotten shot glasses? They can be mini verrines perfect for cocktail parties. We also love them for small portion desserts.

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I love to entertain and with time I am becoming smarter about it. I have my repertoire of key dishes that do not require time in the kitchen when guests arrive and verrines are on the top of my list. They make the perfect start for a meal and the perfect ending. Pair it with a dish that comes out of the oven to the table and you have an elegant yet easy dinner menu.

Invite your friends for a night of cheese and wine and sprinkle the table with shot glasses of mini desserts and you will have a fun and carefree party.

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For a bridal or baby shower, an assortment of savory and sweet verrines can be made into a beautiful tablescape.  For Oscar or Soccer night (the World Cup is almost here) try an assortment of delectable verrines and your guests will love not having to leave the TV to dine.

One of my easy favorites is listed below, but that does not mean that you should not search the web for other creative ideas to entertain the Verrine way:

smoked salmon verrines

For 4 vodka shot glasses ( you can increase the quantities for a larger glass)

2 (or 3) large slices of smoked salmon

2 tablespoons of crème fraiche

3 tablespoons of ricotta

About 20 stems of chives

1 teaspoon of lime or lemon juice

Add dill if you like

Chop the salmon into small pieces, chop the chives and the dill. In a bowl mix the lemon juice, the ricotta, the crème fraiche and the herbes. Black pepper to taste. Add half of the chopped salmon.

Layer the bottom of a verrine with the smoked salmon, make the ricotta mixture to be the middle layer and finish it off with the smoked salmon and a sprig of dill. Keep it refrigerated until serving time.

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Verrines are all about layering.  Do you have a great crab salad recipe? Layer it with guacamole and decorate it with fresh cilantro. Do you make a delicious potato salad? Layer it with hard boiled eggs for a sophisticated approach to that all American favorite. Do you make a mean pudding? Layer it with whipped cream and some fruit . That wonderful brownie that you are so proud of can be crumbled and layered with crème fraiche for a yummy treat. Endless possibilities…

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When we chose to add old fashion glasses to our selection, we had in mind that they would double as verrines. We are particularly fond of the Quaddro Old Fashion for traditional style and the Savana for the modern home.

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Tomato Soup Time!

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The minute the temperature cools down it’s comfort food time.  What’s better than a creamy tomato soup with a luscious and decadent grilled cheese to say hello to winter? We all grew up with the uber-famous and cherished Campbell’s Tomato Soup, but now that we are grown up and our taste buds are more sophisticated, our tomato soup needs to reach new levels and leave the can behind.

The irony is that by this time of the year tomatoes are not at their best so I suggest you to run to the store and buy them a few days in advance so they ripen fully. Tip: Never ever store the tomatoes in the fridge.

This is my modern take on Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, which is fancy enough to be a dinner menu when you expect company:

Ingredients for the soup

12 large ripe tomatoes (about 4 pounds) quartered

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ cup of the best quality balsamic vinegar you can buy

4 large garlic cloves not peeled

½  cup of chopped yellow onions

Salt and pepper

2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock

1 spoon of sugar

1 spoon of ketchup

1 cup of fresh bay leaves (loosely packed)

Cooking Instructions

Place the first six ingredients in a non-reactive baking dish. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes until the tomatoes are charred. Let them cool a bit.

Squeeze the garlic out of its peel. Place all the contents in a blender with the chicken or vegetable stock. Add the spoon of sugar if needed, the spoon of ketchup, and the fresh bay leaves.  Turn on your trusted blender (or Vitamix) and blend until very smooth.

You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. If you are not afraid of fat or cream, add a couple spoons when warming it up. Be careful not to get carried away with too much cream or you will lose the wonderful tanginess of the roasted tomatoes.

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Use two thick slices of a wonderful whole grain bread. Spread some Dijon mustard on one side (if you ever go to France bring back a couple jars of their supermarket brand-Amora. It’s divine!) and honey on the other.  Add one mozzarella slice (or two) and one slice of Havarti cheese (or two) topped with a couple of basil leaves.

Bring out your Panini press or a heavy skillet and some melted butter.  Press down your sandwich until the scrumptious cheeses melt.

Such a light meal leaves plenty of room for dessert. Reach out to your recipe box and bake a scrumptious apple pie (or buy one if you are feeling lazy). It will be the perfect ending for this all American menu.

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Pretty china enhances any food, so look for a lovely soup bowl and coordinating plate for the warm cheese bite.  This black and white china designed by Christian Lacroix would be perfect. Can’t you picture those bold stripes against the bright red of the tomatoes? This design can be appropriate for dinner or lunch. It gives a punch of style with presentation. Isn’t that what this meal is all about? (See this Copacabana Bowl and others here.)

Share your recipe experience with me: [email protected]

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Mixing & Matching at the Dinner Table

At PoshLiving, we have just added a tabletop section full of wonderful tableware! Nowadays, traditional table-setting rules have changed. So when selecting products, our mindset was, “as long as it looks beautiful, anything goes!”

We encourage you to try mixing our different patterns to create your own unique table. Designer, Christian Lacroix, has created whimsical patterns that go great together—if you want to leave the mixing-and-matching to him. His beautiful designs can also add a special touch to any table by complementing a solid dish that you already have.

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Be adventurous and embrace color and shapes! Give thought to your dining experience! In this day-and-age of emails and texting, a meal is a very special way to connect us with our family and friends. Nothing is more welcoming than a well-set table and delicious food. The perfect way spread warmth and cheer.

Adding a touch of ‘modern’ to vintage plates that you already have can give your table a whole new look! This is what I try to do in my own home. I am always selecting a piece or two from our new collections to add a new spin to my old china.

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This past Sunday, I had friends over for a relaxing dinner. I decided to use my flea market vintage plates with PoshLiving modern vinyl placemats (coming soon) to give it an updated look.  I added some colorful napkins as well as my Jaca glasses for a classic touch. These placemats make any table look gorgeous (and they wash wonderfully in the washing machine).

Cheers!

~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~

Give Thanks in Style

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. You know what that means? Friends, family and food! It is so nice to be able to enjoy the company of your loved ones around the dinner table. But, why not enjoy your home décor as well? Celebrate this annual feast and give thanks in style with one-of-a-kind products from PoshLiving!

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The European Farmhouse Farmer’s Market Table brings a traditional, warm feeling to your dining room. What more could you want on such a special holiday?

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The Sterling Silver Cellini Silverware Set has beautiful handles with a shell design that adds a classic touch to any tabletop this Thanksgiving!

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Add some charm to your dining room this holiday season with the Bradford Floral Table Runner.

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Everyone needs the Via Veneto Silverware Two Piece Serving Set this holiday! This stylish set transforms your tabletop into a modern work of art.

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Feast your eyes on the beautiful Gustav Chandelier as you enjoy your feast this Thanksgiving!

In the craziness of our everyday lives, sometimes we forget what is really important. Thanksgiving is a great time to stop and be thankful for all the good in life. Let PoshLiving help make this holiday one to remember!

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

What we can do for YOU!

In this world of point-and-click, sometimes pressing enter just isn’t enough.  Thankfully, we aim to give you more!

At PoshTots and PoshLiving, we aren’t just here to furnish your home. We want you to fall in love with it! Your wants and needs are important to us. That’s why we offer complimentary, in-house designer services that range from what upholstery to choose for a chair to helping you with the right floor plan.

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Send us the dimensions of a room or pictures of pieces you already have and we can help you with a design that is perfect for you. The possibilities are endless! All it takes is a phone call to one of our designers and you will have your virtual experience taken to a personal level with excellent results.

Browse through our sites! Get inspiration from our many designer rooms!  Take note of what you love and how you want your space to feel! It is important to us that we know a little bit about you. After all, we want to create your dream home.

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Maybe you aren’t looking to design a whole room. Even if you are just looking for one specific piece, let us know and we will bring the best options right to you! Our free personal shopper experience can make your search so much easier.

Remember, “Posh” doesn’t have to mean expensive. You can be posh with any budget! Our job is to get creative. And even if you don’t find what you are looking for on our sites, we will make sure we to find it for you—we love researching different styles!

So give us a call! You won’t regret it.

1-866-POSHTOT (866-767-4868), 1-866-POSHLVG (866-767-4584), or email [email protected]

The Western Vintage Way

Whether you’re decorating a nursery, living room, or the whole house, designing with the Western Vintage way will bring a warm feeling to your space. Mix weathered and vintage looking furnishings with earthy tones, Aztec-inspired patterns, and a touch of western décor to achieve this rising style trend in interior design.

Our designers have put together Western Vintage looks for both you and baby, so you can be at home on the range no matter where you live. Are you a fan of this style or do you think it should stay in the “Old West?”

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Add eclectic flare to your home with these Western Vintage inspired favorites from PoshLiving. Using a geometric designed rug with bold bright colors brings visual interest to this living space.

Mixing in soft fabrics with the leather sofa softens the room, while the weathered case pieces make the room feel rustic.  Unique lighting and traditional art are the finishing touches needed to make this room complete.

 Western Vintage Nursery by PoshTots

We adopted this version of the typical kid-inspired cowboy themed room and gave it a little bit of sophistication.

Starting with a palette of neutral earthy shades, subtle hints of the Wild West adorn this nursery. Accents of vintage-inspired furnishings and accessories are just enough to create this eclectic mix.