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Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, design, decor, interior design

How to Successfully Complete a Home Design Project

If you are guilty of starting home design projects but never seeing them to completion, then you need to change your attitude and how you approach design projects. A kitchen or bathroom remodel won’t complete itself, after all. 

Most people will admit to having various unfinished design projects in their home, but once it becomes a pattern and you never finish anything you start, it’s time to reconsider your thinking and take it on with a different angle. 

Home design projects require commitment, dedication, and a whole lot of effort. If you come home from work exhausted, there is no question about why you don’t feel up to finishing that project. 

If you want to change this, and often feel guilty about leaving projects uncompleted, then take on this advice.

  • Plan Before You Start

It can be tempting just to get stuck right in on a project and see where the flow takes you, but this approach will not see you through to the end. 

Before you even pick up your tool kit, thoroughly plan what you are going to do. It’s crucial that you know where to start and where to pick up next time after you finish. It can be incredibly demotivating to try to pick up on the project a week or two later, only to be unsure of where you had left off the last time.

Planning will also give you a better overview of the project and whether you can feasibly complete it by yourself.

  • Set Goals

Motivation is vital for projects that will take some time. Set goals for yourself to achieve. Aim to have all of the kitchen cabinets installed within two weeks or have the bathroom plumbing installed and working by the end of the next. 

Goals like this can help you to envision the end result and give you the boost of motivation you need to keep going. 

  • Ask for Advice

Even if you have decided to take on a design project by yourself, there is no harm in asking family members, friends, or even expert designers for their advice on the project. 

If you are struggling with installation but have the design down, here’s a great resource: www.gkandb.com.

  • One at a Time

If a project isn’t going your way, it can be incredibly tempting to abandon it and start another, but these will simply leave many unfinished projects. 

Make sure you finish a project to the best of your ability before you start working on something else. Having multiple ongoing projects at home can make it a more stressful environment, and you certainly won’t have the energy to work on them all. Before you start replacing the tiles in the bathroom, make sure you are happy with the kitchen first. 

If you have a one project at a time rule, you will feel more encouraged to finish one design project so that you can get on with another. 

Latin dishes, Spanish food, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

The 5 Dishes You Must Try on a Spanish Holiday

While you might be longing to relax on a stunning beach, sip Sangria at an atmospheric bar, and participate in an action-packed water sport while in Spain, it’s the food you will want to stay for.

Rather than sticking to your home comforts during a getaway, you should make it your mission to sample the local cuisine, which will provide you with an insight into the nation’s culture and history.

To fall head over heels in love with the country and its food, here are the five dishes you must try on a Spanish holiday.

1. Paella

While Italy has pasta, France has souffles and German has sauerkraut, Spain has the mouth-wateringly good paella, which will make you want to up sticks and move to the country. The nation’s signature dish originates from Valencia and features white rice, runner beans, butter beans, saffron and either chicken, rabbit or seafood. It’s the perfect dish to try at any point in the year, and it is commonly eaten at lunchtime.

2. Patatas Bravas

One dish you can expect to find on most tapas menus is patatas bravas, which translates to “brave potatoes.” That’s because the cubed or shallow friend potatoes are marinated in a spicy sauce, such as garlic mayonnaise with pimiento or a spicy ketchup.

The delicious dish was created in southern Spain and is made for sharing, so you should sample other dishes alongside the Spanish staple when at a restaurant.

3. Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup that is famously served cold and originates from Andalusia. While the cold texture might be a surprise to many, it can be the perfect dish to try when enjoying the glorious sunshine during holidays in Lanzarote, which is well-regarded for its year-round sunshine – so there is never a bad time to sample the staple when on the island. The flavours are sure to burst onto your tongue from the first spoonful, as it is made from tomatoes, garlic and peppers, which is served with bread and, of course, olive oil.

4. Jamón

One of the most celebrated foods in all of Spain is Jamón, which is a leg of cured ham that is salted and hung up to dry, which will preserve the meat throughout winter. While you will commonly find Jamón Serrano in most restaurants, which comes from a white pig, you will want to try Jamón Iberico that comes from black pigs and is the more expensive of the two.

Regardless of which option you choose, the delectable meat should be served in thin slices with a small amount of bread, which will ensure it melts in your mouth.

5. Churros

If you have more of a sweet tooth and want to enter foodie heaven, you should indulge in churros, which are a much-loved snack by both locals and tourists. They are made from fried dough pastry in a sausage-like shape, and they are then doused in sugar and best dipped in hot melted chocolate.

While most locals will treat themselves to churros at a fiesta or street party, holidaymakers can buy them from various roadside vendors, regardless of whether they are holidaying in the Canary Islands or a stunning Spanish city.

Nat’l Pina Colada Day Cocktails

Nat’l Pina Colada Day (July 10): Toast with Reimagined Malibu Pina Colada Cocktails!

Malibu Coconut Water Pina Colada

·         Ingredients:

o    1 ½ part Malibu Original

o    1 ½ parts Coconut Water

o    2 parts Pineapple juice

o    ½ part Fresh Lime Juice

·         Method: Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker, shake until cold and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice cubes, top with pineapple juice

·         Garnish: Slice of pineapple

 Malibu Pea’na Colada

·         Ingredients:

o    1 ¼ part Malibu Original

o    ¾ part Stoupakis Mastiha

o    ½ part Coconut Milk

o    ½ part Simple Syrup

o    ¾ part Snap Pea Juice

o    ½ part Lemon

o    Pinch salt

·         Method: Whip with pebble ice, serve over pebble ice

·         Garnish: Split Pea, Lemon Wheel


Classic Malibu Pina Colada

·         Ingredients:

o    1 part Malibu Original

o    1 ½ parts Pineapple juice

o    ½ part Coconut cream

·         Method: Pour everything in a shaker with ice, shake, pour and enjoy

·         Garnish: Slice of pineapple

Cool Down this Summer with Red Wine Cocktails

Red wine isn’t the first thing that pops into your head for summer drinking. In fact, Rosé and spritz’s take the crown as the go-to cool down sips. But, it’s incredibly versatile and a simple addition to your favorite summer refreshment. Before you realize, you be swapping out the Aperol spritz for a red wine mule.

A bourbon barrel-aged red, like 1000 Stories (SRP $18.99), makes for the perfect topper or mixer in a summer cocktail, like the ones below. The added caramel notes and a hint of smoke from the bourbon barrel make the perfect pairing for a hot day.

Gold Rush Red Mule
* 4 oz. 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red
* .5 oz. Marschino
* .5 oz. Crème de Mure
* ginger beer
* Rosemary sprig garnish
Add the wine and liqueurs to a copper mug filled with ice. Top with ginger beer and stir with a bar spoon to incorporate. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Prospectors’ Proof Sour
* 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
* .75 oz. lemon juice
* 1 oz. simple syrup
* .5 oz. 1000 Stories Prospectors’ Proof
Shake the rye whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice. Strain into a double old-fashioned glass and fill with fresh ice. Float red wine over the top of the cocktail.

1000 Stories Splash
* 2 oz. Partida Tequila Blanco
* 1.5 oz. 1000 Stories Zinfandel
* .5 oz. fresh lime juice
* .5 oz. agave nectar
* 2 oz. grapefruit soda
* lime wedge for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass.

Spark Joy with these 4th of July Cocktails

The most-anticipated summer weekend is just around the corner! Level up and make your Independence Day celebration sparkle with these simple yet elevated cocktails, each profiling a different flavor and sure to suit everyone’s preferences. After a heavy afternoon of  burgers and hot dogs, wash it all down with refreshing and low-sugar cocktails while jiving to your favorite tunes.

From a delicious Watermelon Firecracker Margarita to a Berry United Lemonade and elevated G&T, sip back and enjoy the summer weather.

The Independent G&T

    • 4 ounces Fever-Tree tonic water
    • 2-3 frozen cranberries (garnish)
    • 1 popsicle (garnish)
  • Ice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin and tonic water over ice in a tall glass. Stir and garnish with a popsicle and cranberries.


Berry United Lemonade

    • 3 cups lemonade
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
    • Lemons (garnish)
    • Blueberries (garnish)
  • Ice

In a pitcher, pour Diplomatico Rum, lemonade and water. Add in lemon and bitters. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries. Serve chilled.


Firecracker Margarita

    • Kosher salt
    • 1 lime wheel
    • 3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
    • ¾ ounces fresh lime juice
  • Watermelon (garnish)

Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime wheel (reserve for serving); dip in salt.

Combine watermelon juice, Partida Tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into prepared glass and garnish with watermelon lime wheel.


Last-minute Cinco De Mayo Snacks

Check out some of the best salsa brands in the biz: CHI-CHI’s®, HERDEZ® and LA VICTORIA® and while each is unique in its own way, they’re all perfect for an at-home fiesta. Let’s not forget that May is also National Salsa Month so there’s no better time to “salsabrate!”

As the No. 1 salsa brand in Mexico, HERDEZ has been a staple in Mexican kitchens for over 100 years. Whether as a classic dip for chips or a zesty meat marinade, it delivers authenticity to Cinco celebrations nationwide. If HERDEZ is the responsible older brother, then CHI-CHI’s is the fun, younger brother. With CHI-CHI’s, you don’t need an event to get your salsa on because it brings the fiesta straight to you with its newest lineup of Fiesta Style Salsas. Meanwhile, LA VICTORIA is just as authentic but with a West Coast addition of farm-fresh tomatoes from the Central Valley – think of it as the brother that went away for college and came back a little more “woke.”

Consider making one of these easy-to-prepare recipes for your weekend festivities:

Ensalada Fresca Con Salsa de Guacamole—Simply pile on the fresh veggies, sprinkle a little cheese, add the dressing, and you’ve got a refreshingly easy chopped Mexican salad that’s perfect for a Cinco appetizer.

Salsa Verde Shrimp Skewers with Street Corn—These shrimp skewers marinated in HERDEZ® Salsa Verde are the perfect light and easy dish for its flavor and crunch. For the ultimate pairing, don’t forget to pair it with street corn mixed with feta cheese.

DIY Shredded Chicken Taco Bar—There is nothing better than giving party guests the creativity to build their own tacos! This DIY shredded chicken taco bar is a perfect way to be the hostess with the mostess while still having time to enjoy the Cinco celebration.

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos—Treat your party-goers to these colorful shrimp tacos. Perfect for double-fisting with a beer, marg or michelada, these tacos bring the heat along with a cooling sauce to balance it out.

Design Flow x Home Depot

Design Flow today announced the launch of their 100% sustainable Matrix Décor Screens in the U.S. at Home Depot in 60 stores in California and online. They are a major hit in Australia and the UK. DIY, designers, landscapers, contractors and home owners in the U.S. now have an instant option for privacy, screening, and decorating that benefit the planet.

“We are thrilled to partner with Home Depot to offer our line of Matrix Décor Screens here in the U.S.,” said Mark Found, Managing Director, Design Flow. “We believe that consumers in the U.S. will really enjoy the variety and versatility the Matrix Décor Screens offer, just like we have seen in Australia and the UK over the past few years.”

Made in Australia from recycled car bumpers and currency, Matrix Décor Screens bring a new level of design to any indoor setting and enhance any outdoor living space . Marrying 100% sustainability with beauty and function, Matrix Décor Screens are available in over 40 different designs and seven different sizes ranging from 2’x2’ to 4’x8’.

Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together or purchasing expensive laser cut metal or outdated wooden or vinyl lattice that damage the environment, Matrix Décor Screens provide immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design and can be further enhanced with background or recessed lighting that:

  • Will not rot, rust, crack or fade
  • Do not need painting or contain harmful chemicals
  • Easy to maneuver, trim and install
  • Resistant to mold and insects
  • Covered by a 15 year structural warranty

Design trends come and go – but nothing delivers both function, style and sustainability like Matrix Décor Screens – a more modern yet elegantly purposeful design element that can be used indoors or outdoors for wall art, privacy screening or creating accent walls. Check out all the creative design possibilities on YouTube.

About Matrix Decor Screens

Headquartered in Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia, Design Flow develops Matrix Decor Screens, a line of 100% sustainable decorative privacy panels and screens with a modern edge that are truly, well — groundbreaking — bringing a new level of design to any indoor setting or outdoor landscape.

With its variety of designs in multiple sizes, Matrix Décor Screens provide any home with style and privacy. An affordable alternative to laser cut metal which can cost hundreds of dollars and an upgrade from traditional plastic and wooden lattice, Matrix Decor Screens are currently available at Home Depot in 60 stores in California and online at.

Learn more on the Matrix Decor Screens website or join the conversation on Facebook or Instagram.

BuzzFeed to Launch Tasty and Nifty as Snapchat Discover Publishers

BuzzFeed to Launch Tasty and Nifty as Snapchat Discover Publishers

All-New Publisher Stories for Leading Social Food Network and DIY Brand

to Debut in early September

BuzzFeed today announced it will launch all-new Snapchat Discover Publisher Stories for its Tasty and Nifty brands in early September. Hot on the heels of the release of the Tasty app, the leading social food network will launch a Publisher Story featuring its iconic recipe videos alongside quizzes, articles and exclusive video content. The Nifty Publisher Story will include the DIY brand’s signature mix of how-tos, tutorials and ongoing series featuring practical, easy-to-use hacks for adulting.

“Snapchat has been an incredible partner and Discover is a platform where BuzzFeed has built massive scale, so it’s a natural place to extend and evolve Tasty,” said Ashley McCollum, General Manager of Tasty. “Tasty is about connecting the world through food and Snapchat Discover will allow us to get even closer with many of our hundreds of millions of Tasty fans.”

“With super tappable Top Snaps and colorful start-to-finish tutorials, Nifty’s Publisher Story will be among the easiest and most accessible ways for Snapchatters to learn, build skills and gain inspiration for solving almost any everyday problem,” said Peggy Wang, Editorial Director of Lifestyle at BuzzFeed.

The Tasty Publisher Story will include recipe videos from every Tasty franchise — from Tasty to Tasty Junior to Tasty Vegetarian — as well as long-form series like Tasty Tips, behind-the-scenes videos, articles, quizzes and polls.

These upcoming launches on Snapchat Discover follow on the heels of the launch the Tasty One Top, BuzzFeed’s first-ever smart appliance, and the all-new Tasty app for iPhone, which is available on the App Store with nearly 1,700 video recipes. Tasty has averaged 2.3 billion videos views on other platforms every month since its launch in July 2015, according to Tubular Labs.

The Nifty Publisher Story will include ongoing series and how-tos for everything from how to throw a dinner party to decorating an apartment to making bathtime extra relaxing after a long day of adulting. The Story will also include in-depth but easy-to-follow tutorials that build crafting skills, save money and offer solutions to common lifestyle problems.  

In little more than a year since launch, Nifty attracts nearly 32 million monthy users across platforms, with videos including its top-ranked “Recycled Tower Bathmat,” which has been viewed more than 260 million times to date.

Tasty and Nifty join the BuzzFeed Publisher Story in BuzzFeed’s portfolio of Snapchat Discover partners.