April Showers in Dallas Bring…Spring Cleaning Tips & Breezy Entryways

Posted on: April 27, 2015

Ah, Spring! It’s the season of freshness, new beginnings, and plenty of gorgeous sunshine. It also happens to be the perfect time of year to give your home a little something extra – whether that’s new stools for the kitchen island, fresh tile in the bathroom or a full-on home renovation, the options are limitless. Springtime always makes us want to open doors! A welcoming entryway will be the first impression any visitor will have of your home. This month we’re talking about how to make yours a great one.

Cleaning Tips 1

The above featured space has those who enter instantly feeling both welcome and impressed. The curves of the walls and ceilings are interesting enough; we kept the base coloring white to allow these unique shapes to shine. The double doors to the left actually create an attractive closing off of a functional home office space. You could also incorporate similar doors to create an extra-wide coat closet. The potted plant on the right is a modern twist and easy to maintain – no watering required. We also love how the homeowners have created a small reading or resting nook with a bold blue chair and side table. This allows the light of the lamp to create an intimate feel in the cavernous space. And spring-cleaning is a cinch when you keep your space clutter-free. To dust here, you’ll only be lifting a few light items. Minimal furniture in the area makes vacuuming a breeze, and the sealant-protected wood flooring is ready for a light mopping, which will dry quickly to a shine.

Cleaning Tips 2

A totally different take on entryways, this clean and modern look was perfect for the client. The trendy rain glass on the front door lets in plenty of light without the need for shades to protect privacy. It’s also easy to clean naturally with equal parts water and clear vinegar. No smudges to worry about here! The minimalistic side table is an easy landing area for keys and other doorway essentials; sweep your home once a week for unnecessary clutter to keep messes at bay. This is the perfect time of year to make clearing off your entryway table a priority. While only having one candle on it as seen here is a lofty goal, plan to reduce your entryway clutter by at least a third. This will make you feel peaceful every time you walk through the front door.

Cleaning Tips 3

This client wanted something fresh and unique, while retaining some classic charm. The interplay of dark, Old World wood against a modern front door and the expansive fish tank definitely did the trick. At Hatfield, home renovations are all about your personal taste; we like to turn up the volume by infusing each project with something special. The coat closet by the front door only looks small – that space reaches back the depth of the wall. It’s easy to let spaces like this accumulate extra junk; this is a perfect time of year to dig into your front hall closet and get to donating. Reward yourself and your family members with one new purchase apiece for each bag of items they unload.


 

CHEF’S CORNER

Dig into something delicious after an afternoon spent beautifying your space. Or, invite some friends over to enjoy a spring evening with crisp white wine and an easy meal. Our marketing coordinator Melony is sharing her tasty southwestern grilled chicken salad recipe this month. Try it and let us know what you think!

Southwestern SaladSouthwestern Chicken Salad

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (optional)
  • lettuce (I use romaine and spring mix)
  • 2 fresh corn on cob
  • tortilla strips (or make on your own by slicing corn tortillas into strips and bake on a baking sheet till crisp)
  • shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter
  • salt
  • pepper

Clean chicken breasts and mix with olive oil, parsley, thyme, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper to create a wet-rub for meat. Allow to marinate a short time.

Mix lettuce, tortilla strips, cheese, and beans in a large salad bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, wrap cleaned corn in foil with butter, salt and pepper and place on a hot grill approximately 10 minutes; be sure to rotate for even grilling. When corn is cooked, cut off cob and allow to cool before adding to salad mix.

Grill chicken and slice when done. Mix corn and chicken into salad and dress. My favorite dressing is Chipotle Ranch by Olde Cape Cod, but any southwestern ranch will do.

ENJOY!

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