A Spotty Situation

When we bought our apartment six years ago, we ripped out the nasty, buckling parquet floors (yuck) and installed wall-to-wall carpet.  It was quicker and easier than doing hardwood floors, and with a couple of rooms with odd corners, we realized that carpet would also be a lot less expensive than hunting down rugs for each room.  

As much as I love warm, cozy carpet under my feet in the morning, I was quickly reminded that keeping carpet looking clean and bright can be a challenge.  Especially when one of us (me) tends to walk around the apartment with a full cup of coffee early in the morning.

But now, I feel a bit more at ease if coffee, red wine, or dirt gets into the carpet.  This fall, I am doing a series of TV segments for Carbona, which is sponsoring those segments and this post, showing their Oxy-Powered Carpet Cleaner.  To test this out at home, we tried it out on some set-in dirt stains that had been in our living room for way-too-many-years. We brushed it into the stains, and they came out immediately!

Since red wine tends to be one of the most dreaded carpet spills, in each of these segments, I spill red wine onto carpet and show how quickly and easily Carbona cleans it up! (in case you’re wondering - that is why there is a glass of merlot in front of me on this table).

You can check out the full segment from the syndicated "Daytime" show here.

Happy cleaning!

Upgrade Your Cookout

When I am getting ready to head to the airport for a TV tour, very few things make me happier than receiving an email from American Airlines announcing "your upgrade has been confirmed."  Sure, the upgrade might be for a 45-minute flight, but each and every upgrade feels like a small win when you take more than 150 flights each year.

Everyday events can be upgraded too, such as Labor Day cookouts or fall tailgate parties.  To make those gatherings a bit more festive,  I did a segment today on the "Daytime" show recommending wines to go with different types of burgers.  I did this segment on behalf of Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits and Omaha Steaks, both of which sponsored the segment and this post.

Omaha Steaks actually has more than a dozen different types of burgers - there are even options for vegetarians - along with a new line of gourmet burger toppers (can anyone say Smoky Bacon Jam?).  Kobrand has food-friendly wines to suit any taste or budget, from a fruity Louis Jadot Rose (with a twist top!) to my favorite Champagne, Taittinger Brut La Francaise.

Below are the pairings I shared on this segment.  You can check out the full segment below.

Getting Campus Ready

For many years after graduating from college, I moved into progressively smaller spaces.

My first apartment was a 1,200 two-bedroom shared with a roommate.  I then moved on to a series of 900-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, and then into a 600-square-foot studio.  

Then, I moved to New York City - the land of 200-square-foot studio apartments.

We now occupy 700+ square feet - which feels like a veritable mansion to me.  But those small space decorating skills honed in college certainly paid off long after I finished my degree.  I still keep in practice every year working with Bed Bath & Beyond, which sponsors a series of television segments - and this post - featuring ideas for decorating dorm rooms that are both stylish and functional.

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Here are a few of the ideas I am sharing for them on TV segments this month:

You can find more items - and tons of ideas and inspiration for organizing tiny spaces - on Bed Bath & Beyond's college website.

 

Holiday Tables: Bring on the Bling!

If you know me, you know I have a bit of an obsession with tablescapes and holiday decor.

I come by this honestly.  My mom loved to entertain, and was always prepared to host dinner for four or 40, even on short notice.  For our Thanksgiving dinner this evening, I will layer a tablecloth with beaded place mats, sequined charger plates, crystal stemware, and other bling - basically, as much as I can fit in and still have room for the roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower rice, homemade yeast rolls, and more!

So, I always get excited during the holiday season to showcase easy holiday table ideas on TV.  The super-talented designers I work with at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is sponsoring this post and segment, set up these gorgeous tables for a recent holiday segment I did at KCAL9 in Los Angeles.  You can take a look at the full segment here!

On-the-Air: Denver

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to do segments with super-nice, super-fun people like Kathie Jay at Colorado's "Everyday" show!

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One look at our recent segment on Halloween treats, and you'll see why!  She has such amazing energy - and even makes a great save when that pumpkin bouquet almost took a flying leap off the table.

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Check out the full segment here!

You can check out this post for more details on the items from the companies that sponsored this segment.