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Stewed beef with beer and potatoes


Stewed beef with beer and potatoes is an amazing dish of American cuisine. Pieces of meat, impregnated with beer, just melt in the mouth. This dish will become a full and hearty meal or dinner. It is not difficult to prepare, though for a long time. The beef turns out very juicy and tasty.

Beef washed under running cold water and cut into large cubes.

Stewed beef with beer and potatoes

Heat the frying pan, add vegetable and butter and fry the beef from all sides in a frying pan or in a pan with a thick bottom. If the frying pan is small – pieces of beef are best fried in 2-3 stages. We put the beef in a separate container.

Onions cut into cubes.

We chop the garlic with a knife. Read more »

Lasagne with vegetables (Weight loss)


Lasagna is a traditional dish of Italian cuisine. In fact, this pasta sheets with different fillings from several layers and filled with sauce. The filling can be absolutely anything: meat, mushroom, vegetable, cheese. The cheeses in the dish are used exquisitely: Parmesan, mozzarella or ricotta, but most people replace them with ordinary hard cheeses.

Lasagne with vegetables (Weight loss)

Originally, the word “lasagna” meant cooking utensils. In this recipe lasagna is vegetarian, with vegetables. The first time the cooking process may seem complicated, but the second time you will easily and courageously take up the lasagna.

Onions are cleaned and finely chopped. Read more »

Why You Should Consider A Monochromatic Color Scheme (Plus, How To Pull It Off)

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A monochromatic color scheme makes rooms look effortlessly pulled together. Image: Intro

Sometimes, even the most seasoned design aficionados among us need a little helping hand. It takes countless components to put a room together, so there’s no shame in searching for ways to make the process a little easier. If you’re in need of an assist and a little inspiration, here you go: how about using a monochromatic color scheme?

If you’re interested in learning more about how this color scheme works, read on. We’ll tell you why it’s so effective in making a room look effortlessly pulled together, and we’ll provide a few practical tips on how you can make this look work in your home.


Monochromatic rooms work because they easily create a unified design. Image: Kristin Petro Interiors, Inc.

Why monochromatic color schemes work

Monochromatic color schemes work because they streamline your design. Typically, you’d have to put effort into purposefully including a few common threads throughout your design to ensure that the entire look ties together. In this case, as long as you work within the color scheme, unity and harmony are already taken care of.

Unity is important because it’s what helps the eye “make sense” of a room. According to Gestalt Psychology, whenever we enter a new space, our brains rely on pattern recognition to give the room context. The more patterns we can find—repeated colors, for example—the easier the room is for us to process. The quicker we’re able to make sense of a room, the more aesthetically pleasing we’re likely to find it.


Start by picking out your palette. Image: Carl Mayfield Architectural Photographer

Choose your colors

The first step to putting a monochromatic look together is to choose the colors that you intend to use. In this case, we suggest utilizing three colors, in total. Obviously, you’ll want them to come from the same color family in order to create a cohesive look.

We suggest starting with your base shade, the one that will define your design. Then, round out your color scheme by choosing one color that’s lighter than your base shade and one color that’s darker. If you need help narrowing down your options, we recommend looking at paint samples (the kind with multiple colors on one sheet) and using those as your inspiration.

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Add visual interest with patterns and textures. Image: Cord Shiflet

Add patterns and textures

Though unity is one of the benefits of a monochromatic color scheme, sometimes it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. If the design elements in your space are too similar to each other, they run the risk of making the room feel boring. Including pattern and texture are easy ways to add in some much-needed visual interest.

In the photo above, notice how, without being in the room, you can almost feel the textures: the soft, plush fibers of the area, the rough, wooden surface of the nightstand, and the smooth texture of the bed linens.

You should aim to achieve the same tactile sense in your design. As you look for elements to fill the space, make a conscious effort to include a variety of different textures. Patterns that fit well within your color scheme will also help achieve this goal.


Round out the room with accents. Image: Jeff Schlarb Design

Get creative with accent materials

Here’s where things get interesting: even though the majority of elements in monochromatic rooms should fit within your prescribed scheme, there’s no hard and fast rule that says everything has to match. Your accents and accessories give you a chance to color outside the lines a little bit.

In the photo above, notice the coffee table has a metal finish to it. That finish is then carried through the rest of the room via decorative vases, lamps, desks, and even in the frame surrounding the wall art. You can do the same with your design, or use another natural material, such as wood or stone.

Other accessories, such as wall art or throw pillows, are also a great way to sneak variety into your design. If you go this route, though, make sure that the items you choose to fulfill this role include your base color in some way. This technique keeps your design looking cohesive, even if it bends the rules a bit.

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Use this advice to bring a monochromatic color scheme to your own home. Image: Cliff Elmore Architects PLLC

Creating compelling interior design is a labor of love, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few shortcuts to make the process a little easier. We’ve outlined a few practical tips to help you pull off the monochromatic look the right way. Have any great tips of your own? What do you think about monochromatic color schemes? Will you be trying this look in your home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Luxury Villa On Swedish Private Island

There’s getting away from it all – and then there’s getting away from it ALL. The homeowner of this luxury summer villa has a whole private island to themselves; it doesn’t get much more private than that. Situated in Sweden on Grötskär Island, Villa Kymmendo was purpose built in a simple but artistic style in 2009. The single story contemporary masterpiece, a project by Jordens Arkitekter, is 2,152 square feet (199.93 square metres) with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. The walls of the home are a continual expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows, with balconies and terraces on which to step out and take in the sea air, or revel in sunsets to the west.

Photographer: Lindman Photography  

Craggy pines surround the home, stretching out over the rocks leading to the water’s edge. The untamed natural terrain and a lapping lagoon form a place of serenity that is separate from the rest of the world. On the rocky shore, a single bedroom guesthouse stands just a short walk away from the main summerhouse. There is also a sauna house on the island, situated on one of the piers. Moored to the shore line are a selection of boats – a necessity to travel to and from the mainland.

The spacious contemporary build is settled over a grassy knoll. The widest deck is held up on slim struts. A roof extension shades half of the deck from rainfall or the blazing sun.

Floating concrete steps lead down from the white terrace, passing down onto the wild grass.

The linear build appears to float just above the undulating landscape, becoming part of the sky.

The rest of the world disappears across the water, beyond the trees.

A seamless indoor-outdoor living experience is created by maintaining the same level between exterior balconies and terraces with interior flooring. The same colour is also continued, over living room floor tiles, wall and ceiling decor. White curtains in light fabric subtly dress the large windows, ready to be drawn closed at night for a cosier feel. The light window dressing can also be used to cool the interior by filtering out bright sunshine during hot summer days. All of the interior lighting is recessed into the ceiling for a minimalist aesthetic.

A series of spotlights are also recessed into an exterior overhang that shelters the narrow surrounding terraces.

On a wider balcony, an open sundeck has been created with an al fresco dining area. The outdoor wooden dining table is large enough to seat ten diners. The outdoor dining chairs match two contemporary sun loungers.

The floor-to-ceiling windows retract, sliding away to open up each room to the elements. Glazed doors are also used to separate interior spaces, which retract to allow the space to flow as one airy and sociable open space during daylight hours. Opaque green privacy curtains can be shut across the interior glass doors as the day draws to a close.

The living spaces are able to grow in area, by becoming one with the exterior ledge when the glass doors are drawn back.

An open plan layout encompasses all of the communal living spaces, including the living room, generous kitchen and six seat dining room. The interior design features clean lines to match the property’s exterior, which allows the far stretching views to dominate.

The colour palette used for the interior is inspired by nature. Deep earthy brown leather sofas span each side of the living room, placed at either side of a rug made up of terracotta, sand, leafy shades of green, berry reds and cool sky blue. A trio of coffee tables are fixed on castors to allow them to be easily relocated to wherever they are required around the spacious seating area.

The main bedrooms are located to the rear of the home to create more privacy. The interior flooring and exterior terrace here are clad in matching wooden plank. A built-in wardrobe blends with the white wall.

A small worktop is fitted into a nook in one of the bedrooms. This space could be used either as a dressing table or as an occasional home office area. A silver wall sconce lights the wooden nook.

This longer desk area has enough room for two to set up work. A run of storage cupboards above the worktop provides concealed space in which to neatly hide away files and office supplies. The black wooden desk chairs have light woven seats that contrast with the orange notes of wood tone used to create desk furniture. The same warm wood tone is used throughout the home, including the kitchen cabinets.

A multi-faceted fireplace is perched right upon the thick white granite worktop of the kitchen island.

Bespoke built-in bunk beds offer a double bed on the lower level and a single to the upper. A set of storage drawers are situated beneath to save space.

The wooden bathroom vanity has an overhanging rectangle basin. A wall mounted faucet keeps the countertop clear.

A wooden deck is home to a boat.

An aerial view of the property shows how the private island curves around in a ‘C’ shape.

The landscape is large enough to hold several homes…

… But there is not a neighbour in sight. The downside is that you could never get a takeaway delivered!

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