tight spaces

tight spaces

Are you a passionate gardener but don't have the outdoor space that you wish that you did? We hear this a lot. In fact, many retailers are responding to this and creating and selling some creative planters specifically for those that live in city spaces that have small outdoor spaces. Why compromise your love of flowers and gardening when you don't have to? I personally live in a suburban home with tons of outdoor space but I can imagine the excitement of living in a big city in a downtown space where everything is in walking distance and you are surrounding by restaurants, bars and coffee shops. How fun would that be??

Well get excited because At Home on Main is developing new products even as I am blogging today. The picture above is just one of them! How amazing is the planter above? Building up is a great way to maximize space and add color to your balcony or patio. This planter is super versatile as well...we have used this to store vegetables in our kitchens like garlic, onions and potatoes as well as fruits like lemons and limes. What a great way to get those items off of your countertops/islands! We have even used this in playrooms to hold all those stuffed animals and small toys. It is a great addition to the At Home on Main's product line where we like to create products that can be used in multiple ways! What would you fill yours with? Keep checking back to find out when this planter goes live with our various retail partners to get yours!
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quarantine cocktails

quarantine cocktails

Happy hump day! This morning I decided that I need some cocktails for a successful week so far! I have my bar cart of goodies and some fresh jalapeños from my garden that I am itching to use. What better treat today than a skinny pineapple vodka cocktail?? If you haven't tried some spicy, sweet cocktails before, this is the time. I love the combination and since most jalapeños are not super spicy (especially if you remove the seeds and membrane), it is perfect for me. I don't like to burn up my tastebuds but just a hint of spice balanced with the sweet tartness of pineapple, makes this the perfect summer sipper. You do have to infuse the vodka in advance so takes a bit of planning. I never really think about having cocktails until that day so you can do like I do and infuse the vodka in the morning for evening cocktails or if you are having a get together, you would want to infuse a big batch of it the night before to get the most flavor.

Doesn't the bar cart look cute? I love using our crates to keep everything nice and tidy and also it's easy to pull out to the kitchen island to mix up drinks and return everything in it's place. Handy and functional! Check out all of our colors - you can compliment your kitchen/bar cart to match your decor style!

Spicy Pineapple Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup vodka
1 jalapeño, seeds removed and sliced
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
6 ounces sparkling water
Squeeze of fresh lime

DIRECTIONS:
1. Infuse the vodka by adding it with the jalapeño into a glass jar. Ideally let it sit overnight to get the most flavor. If you can’t wait like me, just infuse it in the morning for evening cocktails.
2. For the cocktail, combine one shot of the jalapeño infused vodka (1.5 ounces) with the pineapple juice and the sparkling water. Add a squeeze of lime.
3. Add ice, a pineapple wedge and a  jalapeño slice for garnish.

Enjoy!
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Last days of summer

Last days of summer

We are quickly shooting into Fall and I for one can't wait. This year has been challenging (to say the least!) and I am ready for a fresh new year. One of the things that I will miss is all the fresh flowers that summer brings. Having said that, I am more than ready for some cooler weather and the leaves changing colors. Plus all the pumpkin flavors to come back into my life! I am very excited about some of the things that we have been developing, particularly for smaller, tighter spaces. We are getting very close to rolling out some of our new products and I think they will be well received. As I sit out on my patio and just take in the last of the warm weather and reflect on all the things that 2020 brought, I am filled with hope. Even though it has been challenging, some great things have also developed. The extra time that we got to spend as a family for one. The ways that the world has united when faced with a pandemic or when faced with injustice is another. So while there have been times when we all just wanted to pull the covers over our heads, looking towards the future and digging our heels in to adapt to new circumstances is what makes us all hope for a better future. I, for one, am hopeful and excited to see what that brings! Stay safe and well and let's all care about each other.
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Home Schooling

Home Schooling

Many of ya'll are homeschooling these days and or doing a combo of homeschooling along with in school learning. Either way, while at home, finding the space to set up a "school" learning center for your kids can definitely be a challenge. If you don't have an office in your home already or perhaps it's already in use as you and/or your spouse now work from home when you once didn't, you are already struggling to find some space that would be conducive for learning. I am already doing this so I thought I would share on the blog in case anyone else is looking for ideas. I am using our large chalkboard crates as double duty as portable "work" stations. You could easily do this for the kids or if you have sacrificed your home office to them and find yourself moving from coffee table to dining table, then this is super helpful! Create your own little "go-to" box of office supplies or things that you are working on that is super portable. With our chalkboard sides, you can easily put names on them so that there are no mix ups! Just one more way that these handy crates can create some organization and flexibility!
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