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Revamp Your Bedroom With These Easy Decor Tips

January 29, 2015 11:01 am

Whether you’re a fan of vintage boudoirs or sleek, modern spaces, your bedroom should be a reflection of your own personal style. This is the place where you should feel your most relaxed and comfortable, and these simple design tips can help you to turn your bedroom into a hotel-inspired oasis.

  1. Add colorful throw pillows. Even if your bed already has a patterned comforter or a solid-colored blanket, you can always add more texture and color with the addition of some artfully mismatched throw pillows.
  2. Use a unique headboard. While headboards from a furniture store can be quite pricey, there are a number of DIY ways to create a headboard from unexpected items. An antique door, an old fireplace mantle, and some repurposed wood palettes can all be used as a headboard on your bed.
  3. Hang some drapes. Create a cohesive look throughout your bedroom by investing in some luxurious drapes that match the rest of your bed linens. Hang them above or to the side of the window frame for a more dramatic look, or search for light-cancelling drapes if you like to sleep in on the weekends.
  4. Add extra storage. If your bedroom lacks a proper closet, add storage in creative places throughout the room to keep it feeling organized. Frame the bed with cubby-style shelves, or add drawers underneath for seasonal clothing.

3 Bedroom Décor Ideas [Real Simple]
23 Decorating Tricks for Your Bedroom [Real Simple]
20 Design Tips for Small Bedrooms [Sunset]
Bedroom Hotel-Style How To [DIY Network]

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Ramen Reimagined: Daikokuya in Los Angeles

January 21, 2015 10:01 am

A popular Little Tokyo ramen shop, Daikokuya is known for its delicious, hearty Japanese dishes—and its ever-present line, composed of its many local fans. Make sure your entire party is present when you put your name down for a table, and kill the hour-plus wait time by taking a stroll through the neighborhood.

Regulars strongly recommend the gyoza, the spicy miso ramen, and the daikoku ramen. Don’t be afraid to order the rich, hearty kotteri broth. The noodles here are said to be perfectly cooked, and the broth is flavorful and filling. Have your noodles prepared the way you like them and add additional toppings, such as bean sprouts, egg, nori, and chashu pork. If you don’t like ramen or just want something different, try the salmon sashimi bowl, the beef bowl, the teriyaki eel bowl, or the shredded pork bowl.

Parking nearby can be hard to find, but the quick service makes up for any extra time spent in the car.

327 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-1680

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Think Beyond the Salsa With These Cilantro-Centric Recipes

January 14, 2015 10:01 am

When you think of salsa, you likely think of the zesty flavor added by cilantro. Cilantro is also a great addition to many other dishes, however, even those outside of Mexican cuisine. These three recipes will have you rethinking the way you view cilantro in the most delicious ways possible!

Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Cilantro [Martha Stewart]
Instead of the usual Southwestern cuisines, try cilantro in an Asian-cuisine-inspired dish for a change. This noodle salad requires no cooking at all to create a fresh, interesting meal with a traditional Vietnamese sauce. Top it with cucumber and cilantro for a bit of added flavor.

Miso-Maple Sweet Potato Tacos with Coconut-Cilantro Sauce [The Kitchn]
There are so many delicious flavors in this taco dish, your taste buds will hardly know where to begin. Tender sweet potatoes covered in a miso and maple syrup glaze take the place of the usual taco meat, and avocado, cilantro, and toasted pepitas make a tasty garnish. The cilantro comes in at the end, when it’s blended with coconut to create a uniquely flavorful sauce for topping.

Zesty Quinoa Salad [AllRecipes]
If you want to eat healthily without sacrificing taste, you’ll absolutely love this quinoa salad. Fresh vegetables and black beans make it bright and nutritious, while cilantro and black pepper add major flavor.

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