Pitcher Perfect!

June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment


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Limited Edition SOMA

It’s no secret that DC has some pretty nasty drinking water and every year when I get my  water report  I am horrified by the contaminants found in my tap water (arsenic!) so I always use a filter. It’s just a bonus when you find a product that has a purpose, a sleek design and is eco-friendly like the SOMA! The container is made of shatter-proof glass and the filter is a combo of coconut shells, silk and a plant-based (PLA plastic) casing so the entire product is compostable. It’s tiny, at 10.7 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, so it fits perfectly in my apartment-sized refrigerator and holds about 6 glasses of water. When I first picked up the empty container I thought it would be much heavier but it is very sturdy and once you fill it with water, it gets weighed down perfectly. The filters need to be replaced about every two months depending on how much water you use (they recommend replacing at 40 gallons filtered) and they offer a subscription service so you will never forget to buy them! I love the white original SOMA, below,  but I really like the pop of color on the limited edition SOMA, above. For every limited edition SOMA purchased, the company will donate $12.50 to charity: water who helps bring clean drinking water to people in developing nations.

As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat and please be sure to stop by again soon! XOXO Jen


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18-Carat Rose Gold Finishes! Yes, please!

May 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of Rose Gold–in fashion, jewelry and in kitchen and bath finishes! So often fashion trends make their way over to the interior design industry and I just love when that happens! I first fell in love with Rose Gold when I saw MK’s oversized runway watch, above ($295). I recently came across a gorgeous new finish from Dornbracht called Cyprum. It’s their first new finish in five years and is made of a copper and gold alloy mix with a non-corrosive electroplated surface that sparkles! It’s available in their kitchen (Tara) and bath (MEM) lines starting this summer . Prices start at $3,075 for a single-lever bath mixer and $2,519 for a single-lever kitchen mixer. Time to accessorize your sinks, guys! What do you think about the rose gold? Are you a fan? As always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO Jen

Cyprum MEM

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Cyprum Tara


A Little Fun in the Kitchen from Tweak!

April 15, 2014 § 1 Comment

I recently came across a cute little gift shop called Tweak and fell in love with some of their items (can I gift myself?)! I’m a huge kid at heart and I love fun, silly elements that aren’t too serious like these  Dish Play Dish Gloves, $12.99.

Dish Play Rubber Gloves

Dish Play Rubber Gloves

The Boom Box cutting board, or rather “worktop saver” as they dub it, $34.99, also caught my attention–it reminded me of my friend’s rock ‘n’ roll kitchen that we decorated with old records and other music paraphernalia everywhere–this would have been a perfect addition!

Boom Box Worktop Saver

Boom Box Worktop Saver

And last but not least, who doesn’t want a nice set of gold Glitter Salad Servers, $39.99?! These are awesome and I want all of my salads to be as much fun as these are!

Glitter Salad Servers

Glitter Salad Servers

A cool little bonus is that all of these gifts come pre-wrapped so you can ship them right to your desired giftee! Def check out Tweak if you get a chance! Happy shopping!

As always, thanks for checking out A Fresh Coat! XOXO Jen

Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas

November 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone! So I promised I would go into a few Thanksgiving ideas and I started
looking today and found some amazing items! I love nature-inspired pieces and
found myself leaning toward a woodland theme this year. The items that
inspired me were made out of wood, were natural colors with a hint of gold
(makes sense my favorite nail polish recently was a nude with gold glitter pop)
and had an animal or harvest theme (note the pumpkins, owls and pine cones!).
I especially fell in love with a pie dish by Shanna Murray that has a pumpkin pie
recipe printed on it in a very warm type that looks like handwriting. My other
favorite find in this collection is the place card holders from Pottery Barn–those
little creatures are so cute! Overall, I love everything I’ve included in this collection
and hope it gives you some ideas for your holiday table. For some reason, I’m
hungry now and want some turkey…or pie….!
As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat and be sure to check us out on the
many other social networking sites out there (especially Polyvore, where I made
this nifty collage!). XOXO Jen
Thanksgiving Tabletop Ideas


January 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hello A Fresh Coat readers! Recently, I made a trip back to the city I used to call home (New York!)  and was able to reconnect with a wonderful friend! We opted to stay in one night and I came to the realization that I missed drinking out of a straw from home! There’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re out and somehow makes your drink more fun. For those of you that love a good, classic plastic straw why not step it up and grab one out of a cool retro dispenser like this one from Cooking.com for $12.95.


Tablecraft Glass Straw Dispenser, cooking.com

If you want to be eco-friendly, try a set of re-usable  glass cocktail straws, available at Strawesome.com for $28.99. They come with a cleaning brush and if you’re out of wine charms, this is a great way to keep track of your beverage the next time you throw a party!

Glass cocktail straws by Strawesome.com

Crate & Barrel has a double-duty spoon straw that lets you sip and stir–perfect for a cocktail or some fresh tea, $1.95. This is also re-usable, so go ahead and get a couple…wash and repeat!

Spoon Straw, C&B

Another eco-friendly option is a bamboo straw.–they look amazing and come in a set of 12 for $7.50 at HomeWetBar.com.

bamboo straws, HomeWetBar.com

If you’re looking for a nice pop of color, head over to shabbygirl2’s shop on Etsy–you can grab a set of 40 bright paper straws for only $6.99.

paper straws from shabbygirl2's shop on Etsy.com

As always, thanks so much for reading A Fresh Coat and please visit our Facebook page and say hi! XOXO


Spooky Treats!

October 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

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If you haven’t guessed it by now, I love Halloween and Autumn. The weather, the colors that come out in nature, the fall harvest and all the treats that come along with this time of the year. This past weekend I stopped by Larriland Farms in Maryland to pick some apples and go to the pumpkin patch (see above pic!). I got some delicious apple fritters (below), which I shared with friends and overall had a smashing good time! It inspired me to search for some party ideas and hopefully this weekend I’ll be able to pull out the stops and get some treats ready for my friends and co-workers.

apple fritters

Of course I had to check out some finds on one of my favorite sites, Etsy, and I came across Scrumpalicious. If you don’t feel like baking yourself, I bet something like Ogre Toe cookies would be a hit at any party! They’re $7 for a Witch’s dozen (10…10 fingers/toes…so clever!) and you need to order ahead of time to account for baking and delivery…so order away!

Photo by Scrumpalicious (visit their Etsy site, it's awesome!)

For my work potluck I was thinking about making a Zombie meatloaf…all you need is a gingerbread man cake pan, some almonds for fingers and creative use of ketchup and toothpicks! I found this pic at Kitty Cooks (lots of gluten free recipes, actually a pretty cool site I’m glad I came across it!).

Zombie Meatloaf

Target’s circular this past Sunday in the Washington Post had some cute baking items on sale. I found this cookie tray on their website for $14.99 and think you can probably come up with a lot of cool designs for these shapes! What can I say, I’m just a big kid at heart!

Target Non-Stick Cookie Pan

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now but if you have any party treat tips, I’d love to hear about them. As always, thanks for reading A Fresh Coat! Please head over to my Facebook page and click “Like” if you get a chance! xoxo

Xfinity=Fail…But I’m Back! And So Is The Mini-Kitchen Makeover!

October 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hello! So sorry I didn’t get to post the rest of the kitchen pictures but my Xfinity internet decided to go out on me for the fourth time in one week. In the past couple of weeks I have turned my little apartment around and gave it a mini-facelift. I’ve lived here for a little over two years now and I really can’t rearrange furniture because of the layout so I decided to replace my desk (with a great antique find!), get some new curtains and paint my kitchen table that fits perfectly in my tiny space but was in desperate need of a facelift.

Now, I’m definitely all about sheer curtains in a kitchen and living space because I like as much light as possible, but now that the weather is getting chilly I wanted something that would keep the wind out of my very old house! I have gotten almost all of my curtains at this great shop in Vineland, NJ, called Marburn Curtain Warehouse. They have the best curtains at discount prices and the staff is always so helpful! One clerk saved me from buying the same curtains from two different dye lots one time (whew! driving back to NJ to return curtains is not high on my to-do list). I got an antique secretary desk from a woman in Falls Church, VA, on Craigslist for $25! I rushed out to her house, where she admitted she should have charged more because she didn’t know so many people would be interested in it. Luckily, I left my cell number with her, she called me, I rushed home from work and out to grab it before anyone else could! The desk is over 100 years old and belonged to her grandfather (the woman was in her late 50’s). Here’s the final setup:

New "office" with antique desk, closed

New "office" with desk open

Now, on to the kitchen table: I took the same steps with the table and chair as I did with the yard sale find chair in my last post (sand, base paint, sand, acrylic white semi-gloss paint). The table and chair took a bit more time because of all of the grooves in the legs and the fact that the table folds down on both sides. But I think the end result came out great and I only spent around $60 on paint and supplies (sandpaper, paintbrush).

Table Before

Table After

I still may put some sort of top coat on the table but I wanted to see how it did without anything for a couple of weeks first and if paint starts chipping, then I’ll add something! I had a lot of fun with these little projects and feel like I have a new side of my apartment! Thanks for checking out my post and again so sorry I’ve been “offline” (ok, I’m sure no one was really crying over this too much except me but I thought I’d extend my apologies anyhow!).

Please let me know what you think and if you have any projects you’ve been working on, I’d love to know about them. You can email me at jenatafreshcoat@gmail.com. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend! xoxo

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