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60+ SMALL BATHROOMS THAT MAKE A STATEMENT

By MiaCucina SoFla

Just because your bathroom lacks square footage doesn’t mean it’s destined to remain a strictly practical room. With the right design tricks, it’s easy to bridge the gap between form and function—regardless of its size. In fact, a powder room or guest bathroom can be a convenient way to experiment with a new trend, color, or pattern without redesigning the rest of your space.

Want to beautify your bathroom? Read on for more than 60 standout ways to make the most of a small bathroom. From statement sinks, to wonderful wallpaper, to creative tiles, these rooms prove big design moments can come in small packages.

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25 WAYS TO THROW A SOPHISTICATED HALLOWEEN PARTY

By MiaCucina SoFla

(THAT’S STILL A LITTLE SPOOKY!)

 

Do you find yourself skipping out on Halloween hosting in fear that the decor will take away from your home’s elegance? Too often we are stuck thinking that Halloween parties imply a sacrifice of style in the spirit of plastic skeletons and all pumpkin everything. But just like any other holiday, there are plenty of ways to put a refined twist on traditional decor, food, and even DIY activities. From Halloween brunch parties to DIY dessert bars, even spooky charcuterie boards and creative cocktails, we promise you’ll find something that will inspire you next festive fête. If you’re looking to throw a spooky-yet-sophisticated soirée, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite ideas. Think unexpected color palettes, unique Halloween drinks, table settings, and trick or treat displays, all of which have a genuine grown-up appeal.

Read on for 25 Halloween party ideas so elegant they may just scare you. Read more here

4 Standout Properties in Miami’s Current Real Estate Market

By MiaCucina SoFla

From resident towers to a waterfront mansion, these market listings represent the cream of the crop of Miami real estate.

DSC04328HIGH.jpg10 W. San Marino Drive’s open-concept living area features a living room, Boffi kitchen and breakfast bar, dining area and entertainment bar (not shown) with automatic Savant-controlled pocketing doors that allow for complete unobstructed views of the bay, Downtown Miami and South Beach skylines.

Modern Muse When picturing a classic modern home, the new-to-market grand waterfront estate at 10 W. San Marino Drive paints quite the idyllic picture. This six-bed, 6 ½-bath new construction located on a premier southern lot on Miami’s Venetian Islands gives unhindered views of the city’s skyline and the bay with A-class amenities and an in-ground pool that begs you to stay a while. This utopia was created mindfully with every angle set to reflect the simplicity of modern design and the standard of care that came from the collaborative minds that envisioned it. Built by Ramin Designs and designed by Dunagan Diverio Design Group, the home features a dramatic entry; Boffi kitchen and chef’s kitchen; a family room, dining area, entertainment bar and living room with auto doors and 12-foot ceilings; and a theater with state-of-the-art surround sound. Artefacto staged a backdrop for art curated by Miami’s famed Fredric Snitzer Gallery, giving each of the rooms an invigoratingly rich feel. Natural light cascades in at every angle, and when the light fades away, Porsche Design lighting and Savant home-automation and smart tech illuminate all of the home’s best assets. Upstairs, a master suite mirrors the clean but comforting textures of the main level and leads to a futuristic spalike master bath. A custom tub and centered shower look out to views of the bay with double sliding doors that allow the outside in. All of this luxury could be yours, to the tune of $23.5 million.

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25 Summer Table Decor Ideas for a Memorable Bash

By MiaCucina SoFla

If a beach vacation isn’t on your calendar, the next best thing is a sea-themed dinner party. Darcy Miller suggests bringing the ocean indoors with shells. “Use shells for decor, place-card holders, and even favors,” says Miller. Along with decorating your table with real shells, consider scallop shells for holding candy and place cards made of paper print outs of shells and sea creatures. “And if the party’s at night, set votives in larger glass containers filled with sand to bump up the beachy vibe,” says Miller. Read more at Elle Decor

THE CLASSIC ITALIAN MEAL STRUCTURE

By MiaCucina SoFla

Traditional Italian menus have five sections. A full meal usually consists of an appetizer, first course and a second course with a side dish. It’s not necessary to order from every course, but usually people order at least two courses. Traditional meals may last one or two hours or even longer. Italians often go out for a long Sunday lunch with their families and restaurants will be lively. It’s a good chance to experience Italian culture.

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In the heat of the summer

By MiaCucina SoFla

In the heat of the summer, during an ongoing pandemic, people tend to think of our limitations. It’s too hot, we can’t go out, we’re bored… Luckily, there are plenty of  ways to make your glass of Rosé half full vs almost empty. We’re doing a two part piece on how to make this time something fun for everyone.

Summer Part One: Stay Inside

Watch a movie, in Italian. 

We’re spending even more time indoors than usual and cozying up on the couch isn’t as appealing when you’ve binged watched everything on Netflix. Twice. We found a curated list of the best italian movies you can watch to transport you in time, and across the globe that are sure to give you a welcome new world view.

Take your bathroom to the next level. 

If you’ve found yourself with more opportunities to lounge in the tub, why not daydream about a future reno the next time you’re in a bubble bath, and add a few spa-like features?

Natural light, new flooring, and recessed lighting can all add to your bathroom sanctuary feeling and looking more like a spa.  Check out endless inspiration pictures here. 

Time to Chef up. 

If you haven’t jumped on the culinary wave, now is the time. Don’t worry if you’re the type that burns toast, we found a great guide from Mark Bittman on how to get really good at cooking.

’Tis the season. 

Summer yields gorgeous produce and there are endless ideas how to put together a fantastic dinner you can enjoy. Food and Wine Magazine has a ton of summer ready recipes to practice your culinary skills on, including this Squid Pizza with Saffron Aioli that’s ready in 35 minutes. 

Don’t forget a crisp glass of Rosé to wash it all down with. Wine Enthusiast has some of our favorites ranked and reviewed here. 

Play a game. 

Whether it’s just you (solitaire is addicting), you and your partner, or the whole family; one of the best ways to make some memories and pass the time is by getting out a deck of cards. Casino night can be anywhere with a set of chips. We found some games for two, or you can learn a few new twists to poker. Here are 5 games that you can play in 5 min.

You’re the sweetest. 

Who doesn’t love dessert? How about homemade ice cream? Or homemade limoncello? We love both and have found the process for making both rewarding. Limoncello was ubiquitous along coastal Italy our last trip, and sipping this sweet lemony digestif brings back fond memories. It’s easy to make, and is an instant favorite. 

Then of course, we all scream for ice cream. We found 48 recipes we’ll be content to experiment with well into fall. 

Next segment, we’ll be taking things outside. Until then, enjoy your home sweet home.