Smart Ideas for Your Home

I came across this video on YouTube from Ikea and I really find it interesting and helpful as we decorate our homes and perhaps deal with what we may think as limited space. And I think the video, in the end, really challenges us to be a bit more creative, innovative and yes, smart in dealing with what we have. And in the end, this could even apply to our many concerns, not just our homes 🙂

Bye-bye Barista!

Perhaps you are buying coffee every day on your way to work – maybe the barista even knows your order and your name. That’s one way to guarantee a great cup of coffee but it can be pretty costly and it’s not all that convenient. With an on demand coffee maker you can enjoy Starbucks®, Tazo and other K-Cup® coffees from all the top brands for just pennies a cup and there’s no need to tip the barista. On demand or single serve brewing systems as they are commonly known have revolutionized the way to make and enjoy coffee.

On demand brewers take up about the same amount of space as a conventional electric drip coffee maker; they require access to an electrical outlet and hold anywhere from one to 12 cups of bottled or tap water. Unlike a conventional coffee maker they do not employ a coffee pot and warming tray or a thermal carafe. This means you have less to clean and it also means you never have to suffer through a cup of burned or stale coffee.

The coffee makers use pre-measured individually sealed coffee pods so you no longer have to buy, scoop and measure coffee or deal with messy coffee grounds and flimsy paper filters. To make coffee you simply place your cup under the brewing port and select a coffee pod – the donut shop brand K-Cup®, for example, that can be found at for $11.99. Place the pod in the machine and press a button; the machine opens the pod and issues the right amount of water at the correct temperature. It brews the coffee in one minute or less – all you need do is drink it and enjoy. To brew another cup simply discard the spent pod and insert a new one.

The Colors We Love

My husband and I have been house-hunting for the past months. We had thought it best to purchase a house since it would cost us more if we have to buy land and then have a house built.

We have found a house with the color we like but the subdivision is quite new and we felt it was not the best choice for us. We did find a house just recently which has a much brighter color than what we would have wanted but it was just the right size and yes, the right price for us. We thus ended choosing this house and we are currently making arrangements to get it. I reasoned that we could always repaint it 🙂  As with the floor tiles and bathroom tiles which I would have preferred to be in a different color and design, well, they could also be replaced.

I think our color choices have to do with our  personalities and also what we find beautiful to look at. Below is a photo of a cloth which has captured my attention. I especially love the blue hue on it. Hmmm. Does this mean I am a “blues”, moody person? 🙂 By saying that I like the blue color, you now have an idea that some portion of the house might just get repainted with some shade of blue 🙂


Note: This post is also linked with Wednesday Whites.