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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

8 Comments 12 April 2015

Enjoy this Fantastic Fuchsia Table on Shavuot !!!

For al of you design junkies, the Kips Bay Deorators Showhouse in New York is a must see.  This years spectacular show has a  fabulous room decorated by Amanda Nisbet. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created a name for herself with her glamorous yet comfortable style.”I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love for hot pink and has inspired me to put together this fantastic fuchsia table for Shavuot. Happy Holiday!


  1. Named tea towel (also comes in a runner) $19
  2. Aurora vase $273
  3. Hot Pink Tray $18
  4. Green tumbler$10
  5. Bowl $40
  6. Green beaded napking rings set of 4 $31
  7. Dishes start at $113
  8. Green Charger $16
  9. Napkins set of six $226
  10. Pea pod salt and pepper shaker $4
  11. Flatware $105 available at Addy and Co.

by Elizabeth Braha

Simple Dwellings Interior Design Services

Email simpledwellings@gmail.com


Shop HERE for holiday gifts and tableware at Addy’s.

Click HERE for gorgeous lingerie gifts and shopping.

Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!


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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

No Comments 15 April 2013

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I have decided to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday by presenting to you, our readers, two great Jewish women who have succeeded in life, way beyond the expected. I may be revealing my age, but I’d rather watch Barbara Streisand sing any day rather than  even look at Taylor Swift!

Do you agree? Comment Below!

1-Barabara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. . She has won many awards including two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People’s Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards and two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Barbra has also received an American Film Institute award and a Cecil B. DeMille Award. She has also supported autism awareness, and On April 16th, 2008, Barbra Streisand endowed $5 million to Cedars-Sinai for the creation of The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program.

Inspiring Quote:

“I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.”

2-Golda Meir was born the daughter of Moshe and Bluma Mabovitch in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 3, 1898. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1906. The Mabovitch family had fled their home in part to escape pogroms (mob attacks) that had been carried out against Jews in Russia at the time. Meir later recalled that her childhood terror of anti-Semitic (anti-Jewish) violence strongly influenced her later commitment to establish Israel as a safe, secure Jewish state.

In 1956, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion (1886–1976) called Meir “the best man” in his cabinet and named her to replace Shertok-Sharett as foreign minister, among the most important government jobs in the nation. It was now, as a result of Ben-Gurion’s desire to have all Israelis bear Hebrew names, that she reluctantly altered her name to Meir, while keeping it as close as possible to Myerson.

Golda Meir served as Israel’s foreign minister from 1956 to 1966 and became its fourth prime minister in 1969.

Even in retirement, Meir remained an important political presence in Israel. Her autobiography, My Life, helped assure her place in the public’s imagination as the kindly grandmother who had risen to greatness in her nation’s hour of need. Meir died in Jerusalem on December 8, 1978.

Inspiring Quotes:

“Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.”

“To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.”

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

“We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go.”

Read more: Golda Meir Biography – life, family, childhood, children, parents, name, story, death, school, information, born, college, husband, house, time, year, sister http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ma-Mo/Meir-Golda.html#ixzz0lVvUjzNB

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

2 Comments 27 December 2011

Enjoy this re-post from our creative Jewish Hostess Lillian Shomer! Don’t let Tu B’ishvat get swept by the wayside. This meaningful Jewish holiday celebrates the continual re-birth of the miraculous trees, flowers and exotic fruits  that we tend to take for granted. Add some Tu Bishvat fruit ‘n florals to your holiday week! Marlene M.
P.S.Tu Bishvat, The 15 0f Shevat 2013 begins in the evening of

Friday, January 25

and ends in the evening of

Saturday, January 26
We’re getting rid of your traditional bowl of fruit and flower arrangement this holiday. Actually, we’re combining them!
Yes, It’s hard to believe that Tu b’shvat is just around the corner in this bone chilling weather. The holiday of new blooms and fruit is probably more applicable in Israel rather than New York. But, we can always pretend, right? The answer is yes. So I decided to bring this holiday to our tables in a rather unusual way. I came up with something modern, easy to do, and best of all, affordable!
Floral spheres are a great way to update your Tu b’shvat table. To incorporate the holiday we used some of the 7 species in our arrangements and color coordinated them with the flowers. (i.e., pomegranates with red flowers, grapes with purple flowers). I always find that if you use one type of flower in an arrangement it just has a more expensive feel to it. I don’t suggest mixing too many kinds of flowers, but if you’re planning on doing so, try to stay in the same color family.
What you will need:
  • A vase – I got these gorgeous mirror vases in the flower market in New York. It was the great deal at only $6.00 a piece.

$6 Dollars!

  • Floral foam ball – I also got these in the flower market, (they have everything you need) but you can get them online at www.oasisfloral.com
  • Flowers – You guessed it, the flower market. They have great deals and always a great selection. I suggest you choose carnations as they are inexpensive and give a nice clean surface to your arrangement. I used them in my red “pomegranate” arrangement. Spider mums, hydrangeas or any other large flower will also look great and save you a lot of tedious work. If you opt for a small flower on a short stem, make sure you have a lot of time on your hands.
  • Fruit – We used three of the seven species for our table–Dates, pomegranates, and grapes. Apricots are not of the seven species, but it’s traditional to eat dried fruit on Tu b’shvat. And let’s face it, it adds a lot of color! You can get most of these in your local market. The only seasonal fruit are pomegranates.

  • Wood BBQ sticks
1. Soak the floral foam in water. This will help keep your flowers fresh.
2. Take your flower of choice and cut the stems leaving about 1.5″ of the stem still in tact.
3. Put the foam in the vase and start sticking the flower stems in the foam! I suggest working the flowers in lines wither horizontally or vertically. This will give your centerpiece a clean and neat look.
4. Once you’ve covered the sphere with flowers, simply pierce a piece of fruit with the bbq stick on one end, and place the other end in the floral foam. continue doing this until you’ve reached your desired amount of fruit per centerpiece. In case you’re wondering, this is the holiday aspect of the arrangement!
It’s that simple.
How cute? An easy way to bring pizzazz back to your tu bishvat table.
So, when the weather outside is frightful, floral spheres make for a fun project that will bring spring into your home, and will certainly make for an interesting Tu b’ishvat dinner conversation! The great thing about this arrangement is that you can make it all year round with any flower. Be creative and have fun with it.
Special thanks to Silver Spoons on Avenue U in Brooklyn for the use of their magnificent table accessories!
Happy Holiday!
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Designer Showhouse: Decor By the Shore

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Designer Showhouse: Decor By the Shore

14 Comments 21 May 2011

I’m SO proud of my cousin Lizzy Sarway who has managed to pull off this awesome charity event to be unveiled this week in Deal, N.J. Spend a relaxing day by the shore and treat yourself to the talents of the most acclaimed interior designers of the decade. Take a sneak peek of Lizzy’s behind the scenes pics that she just sent over!



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Entry to designer showhouse with free tickets valid for May 31- June 5

Announcing a Truly Special Event:
Designers’ ShowHouse: ‘Décor By the Shore’

New Jersey ShowHouse,
136 Ocean Avenue, Deal, NJ
Contact: Liz Sarway 917-693-6805

A Designer ShowHouse will be staged in a magnificent historic mansion built in 1906; Just a little more than an hour from New York City [exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway, south].

The Show will run from May 26 – June 30, 2011.  Showrooms representing over twenty well-established interior designers will be on display, including, Jamie Drake, John Ike, Nick Calder, Kerry Delrose, Bjorn Bjornsson, Robert Passal, William McIntosh, S.Y. Interiors, Lee Najman, and Jamie Herzlinger, as well as by Studium Tiles, decorative painters, and landscape designers.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays Closed
Closed also Wed, Thurs, Fri, June 8,9,10

Parking: Free parking directly across the street at the Deal Casino beach club parking lot

Tickets: Single entrance$30
Group Rate over 10 people, one day$20
Art Event & Sale 6/28$30
Luncheon with Decorators/ Home Décor Expo 6/29$30
Package for Single Entrance, Art Night, Luncheon/Expo$70

Proceeds will benefit the Sephardic Community Center of Brooklyn, New York www.SCClive.org / 718-627-4300

There will be self guided tours throughout the house daily.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 10am ~ 9pm there will be a special viewing of paintings from consultants, galleries and artists.

On Wednesday, June 29: 12 noon lunch. Meet some of the decorators responsible for the mansions décor.  A panel discussion with some of the designers will be followed by a Q&A.

On Wednesday, June 29; Experience the Home Décor Expo on the mansion’s front lawns and discover all there is to know about Home Décor from experts in their fields.









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Shabbat Table of the Week

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Shabbat Table of the Week

1 Comment 23 December 2010

Today I mixed lots of vibrant colors-hot pink salad plates and a scarf that I wore with a gown acts as my runner. I placed large rectangle  white plates from Ikea on top of green chargers from Kim Seybert.  The placemats are woodcut from Home Depot (I had Home Depot custom cut some woodcut panels for me) and I glued leopard fabric  on top to complete the look. The vase is vintage from the 20’s and the napkin rings are from Pier One Imports.   I try not to restrict myself to what really goes together. Its more about creating a table that works with my attitude for the day!” Shelly Anteby.

Check out Shelly n Renee’s sale of the day!

Shabbat Table of the Week

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Healthy Kosher Chips and Dips for Super Bowl Sunday

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Healthy Kosher Chips and Dips for Super Bowl Sunday

3 Comments 01 December 2010

It’s that time of year again – when the whole family will gather around the TV Sunday afternoon – half to watch the game and half to watch the commercials. And while everyone has their own reasons for watching the Superbowl – they will all be in agreement about the need for great snacks. Whether you serve a full-course meal or a few things to nibble on, chips and dips are a Superbowl snacking essential. Here are some great kosher chips and dips that are exciting and different – when you get bored of the classic tortilla chips and salsa.

Baked Lentil Chips – in two different varieties – sea salt and cracked pepper and cucumber dill – these chips are totally gluten free and full of good things like fiber and protein.

Yummy-made out of lentils, adzuki and garbanzo beans!

Rice Works Whole grain Snacks – these crispy treats come in six delicious flavors – sea salt, sweet chili, salsa fresca, baked cinnamon, parmesan and tangy bbq – to satisfy the sweet and salty tooth in every member of your family. Plus they’re low fat, so you won’t feel guilty about your indulgence.

Sabra Red Pepper Hummus - there’s a reason Sabra hummus has the biggest share of the hummus market – it is just finger lickin’ good! Their red pepper variety is always a solid choice, or try the plain for a safe bet – or any of their other types!

Sonny and Joe’s Matbucha – this traditional Sephardic dish is just tomatoes and peppers cooked down and seasoned and spiced to perfection. When you don’t have the time to make your own, just pick up some from Sonny and Joe’s – a local New York company that started on the Lower East Side!

Check out more Amazon chips, dips, and cookbooks for the big day !

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Leftover Makeovers

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Leftover Makeovers

3 Comments 01 May 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
By: Marissa Anteby

Ughhh, my refrigerator is packed with holiday leftovers. If my family didn’t finish the dish the first time around, I doubt they’re going to like it any better re-heated. So, my plan is to transform my ordinary food in to a brand new meal. I’ve tried something like this before. Oh yes, I can work magic with a bottle of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa. In the interest of full disclosure (and in case any of my kids ever read this,) the term “work magic” is loosely used here as a euphemism for  “smother fish in tangy condiments.” Such culinary adventures may not have won over any taste buds but they have been the source of plenty of jokes. (Find all kinds of kosher sauce and salsa at Trader Joe’s  http://www.traderjoes.com/)

To jump start your imagination, here’s a few highlights from my past leftover makeover attempts:
–  Re-fashioned spinach quiche in to filling for puff pastry hors d’ oeuvres.
–  Re-purposed grilled vegetables as layers in lasagna.
–  Re-cycled sauteed broccoli and cauliflower for an egg and cheese soufflé.
–  Re-ran ginger snap cookies crumbled in to salad.

My theory is not to worry too much about making things perfect. Sometimes the beauty is in the imperfections. Anyway, to me, the menu is a secondary concern to the whole family dining experience. I know it may sound a bit odd, but the interaction is more important. Even if the kids are arguing, there’s automatic bonding that takes place when people share a meal together. Go ahead, buy a jar of teriyaki sauce and peach salsa, and you’ll see what I mean!

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let us know what you think about leftovers and sharing meals and laughs with your family. 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment on Marissa’s articles. The prize this month is a FREE Restorative Yoga Session from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. Marissa’s wellness tips for fulfilled living can be found on her blog www.embodyinc.blogspot.com

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Shabbat Shalom Hug for Mom

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Shabbat Shalom Hug for Mom

No Comments 30 April 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

You deserve a hug for all the things you do for so many people. You may be surprised when I tell you who the best person is to give you this hug. It’s you! There’s no better time to get your hug, than right now. Good, bad, or indifferent, this week is coming to a close. It’s only hours away from being over. How about throwing the whole week behind you and allowing this Shabbat to be the start of something new. Can you envision it? Really experiencing each new moment as it comes, without the added narration of past disappointments or projections and fears of what may happen in the future? I say, let’s go for it. Let’s take the leap of faith together.  Release your grip on old patterns of behavior. If you think about it, you’ll agree, those habits aren’t benefiting you anyway.

Here’s a simple Mind/Body exercise you can do to clear out your subconscious cobwebs and stagnant energy:

1-  Stand tall, with your feet hip distance apart.
2-  Give yourself a big hug.
3-  Inhale, as you open your arms as wide as you can, throwing your arms behind you.
4-  Exhale, as you close your arms, embracing yourself once again.
5-  Repeat #2 thru #4, for a cycle of 8 repetitions.

For a bigger lift to your spirits, add the following variations:

1-  Go as slow as you can, with your arm movements and breathing.
2-  Turn your head to the right as you inhale.
3-  Turn your head to the left as you exhale.

If you’re feeling really brave, you might try adding some words to your movements:

1-  Say the word “big,” as you open your arms.
2-  Say the word “thanks,” as you close your arms.
3-  Giving yourself, “big thanks!”

You can even mix and match the variations or make up your own. Just remember to always be gentle with yourself. The object is to show a little appreciation to yourself, not get stressed out. After all, even though we never take the time to do it, thanking ourselves for all that we do, may be the most important gift of gratitude.

As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. I really enjoy reading them, and 1 lucky winner will be chosen from people who comment, to win a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. http://embodyinc.blogspot.com/p/marissa-antebys-bio.html

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How to Relax, Shop, AND Get a Discount!

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How to Relax, Shop, AND Get a Discount!

3 Comments 23 April 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

As a Wellness Educator, I’m constantly on the lookout for new ways to help people experience more peace in their lives. Part of what I do is teach people how to practice relaxation techniques. After all, remaining calm takes practice, just as Yoga, meditation, and a whole host of other activities. Oh, hold on a minute, my husband is calling me…

Now, where was I? Let’s see, oh right; remaining calm. Well, if we need to practice, where is the ideal place to do it? One of my Yoga teachers, Rodney Yee, suggests, “Even if you do have a designated yoga room, on some days you may feel like practicing in a different space. Go with your intuition and lay down your mat wherever you wish.” http://www.gaiam.com/product/yoga-studio/yoga-instructors/rodney-yee/yoga+core+cross+train+dvd.do
Wait, now one of my kids needs me, and I think I hear the doorbell…

Wow, I can’t get a moment’s worth of quiet. I’m sure you can relate to being pulled in different directions at once. Hey, forget about laying down a mat, who has time for that? The whole world is a Jewish woman’s Yoga mat! We are constantly multi-tasking while striving to maintain a semblance of grace. That’s it, bingo! The best time and place to practice remaining calm, is always and everywhere. The family will need us, the phone will ring, but we can roll with it. Not to fret, it’s not as hard as it sounds. In fact, you can even practice a calming exercise while you’re out shopping. Yep, shopping!
The next time you’re in a store, try this; absorb the total experience. Don’t think about what happened a few minutes before, don’t worry about all the things you have to do a few minutes after, just be in the present moment. Focus on what you’re doing. Look around and really see al the colors and textures. Pick something up and really feel it’s weight in your hands. Some ‘retail therapy’ can do wonders for your mind. It can be a quick, much needed break.

Renee Salem Hanan, Co-owner of Shelly and Renee Productions, says, “There’s a sense of satisfaction, an excitement to finding an unexpected bargain. Trying on a new blouse or dress, etc. is an instant mood lifter!” As added incentive to do something nice for yourself, Shelly and Renee Productions is offering a free gift with purchase, at their sample sale of Nancy Gonzalez handbags (575 Madison Ave., 8th fl.) Hurry though, because this offer is good only on May 5th & 6th, while the supply of free gifts last! http://shellyandrenee.com/

Jonathan Zemmol of The Yellow Door concurs saying, “Sometimes the act of shopping, even for something as simple as a new vase or a lovely costume earring, can brighten someone’s day. The smallest of purchases can bring great pleasure. Everyone appreciates beauty, and it can be obtained at almost any price.” The Yellow Door in Brooklyn is extending their current Preferred Customer promotion to The Jewish Hostess readers; it’s $50 off any purchase of $200 or more. Offer expires May 9, 2010. Make sure to print out copy of this article to qualify for this special discount. http://www.theyellowdoor.com/ See, I told you practicing a calming exercise is easier than it sounds! As always, scroll all the way down to post your comments. Let me know what you think and if you tried some ‘retail therapy.’ Tell your friends to comment too, because 1 lucky winner will be chosen to receive a FREE Thai Yoga Massage from www.embodyinc.com

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company  www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. embodyinc.blogspot.com

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European Designer Trunk Shows This Month Only at Estis in Brooklyn, N.Y


European Designer Trunk Shows This Month Only at Estis in Brooklyn, N.Y

No Comments 03 January 2010


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