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Great Finds: Retro Ice Crusher

In Great Finds on October 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Drinks always taste better over crushed ice. Whether it’s a coke or a cocktail, finely crushed ice adds that extra “yum” factor to beverages. Even if you don’t have an ice machine in your freezer door you can make your own crushed ice at home.  It’s easy, and the retro design of this guy makes for a cool statement piece, even in small kitchens.

With a design inspired by the 1950’s, this manual ice crusher makes both coarse and fine crushed ice. It’s not only great for drinks and cocktails, but for creating ice beds for vegetables or seafood. The slick chrome finish makes it totally appropriate on a bar or cocktail table at a party. Even cooler, it comes with a funky ice scooper for easy use!

Retro Ice Crusher by Frieling USA,, $65.00


Great Finds: Folding Chairs (that don’t look like it)

In Great Finds on September 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

There’s no denying it folding chairs are a necessary evil to small space entertaining.  Without room for luxe dining rooms and seats for everyone, we are often forced to turn to the plastic folding chair.  But who really likes to sit on a piece of hard plastic while eating dinner? Not me. Not to mention folding chairs don’t add any value to ambiance.

Stakmore Furniture has come up with a brilliant solution! Folding chairs that don’t look, or feel, like folding chairs. These chairs come in a variety of colors and designs. They are definitely worth the investment!

Folding Chairs, Stakemore Furniture, $120.00 for 2


Great Finds: Collapsible Salad Spinner

In Great Finds on May 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Every once in a while a product comes along that makes you think, “why didn’t I think of that?”. This is one of those products.  A salad spinner is an essential cooking tool, but who has room to store it?  It’s bulky and difficult to squeeze in small cabinets. This 5-quart spinner collapses down to a mere 3-inches tall and will clean anything from lettuce to fruit to herbs. Easy to store, use and the price it right! It’s a must have for any kitchen!

Progressive International CSS-1 Collapsible 5-Quart Salad Spinner,, $23.20

Great Finds: Cordless Buffet

In Great Finds on April 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Turn any side table or bookcase into a warm buffet table! This easy to store, cordless buffet table is a great addition to any small space entertainers pantry.  Plug in to charge right before the party and the buffet will keep your food warm for up to 60 minutes. Happy Partying!

Cordless Warming Tray,Target, $99.99

Great Finds: The TableBed

In Great Finds on March 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm

There are a ton of cool and functional space-saving items, but this TableBed takes the cake.  Perfect for studio apartment dwellers or anyone trying to create more functional entertaining space, this Murphy bed not only folds out of a mirrored wall unit but can also be used as a 4 person dining table.  I know, unbelievable! The best part, the unit doesn’t require any additional attachments to the floor or wall.  It’s totally freestanding.  The TableBed comes in King, Queen, Full and Twin and offers a recessed space inside the unit to hang art and store night-time necessities. How cool is that?

For more information and pricing check out, Inova,LLC

Great Things: 5 Piece Folding Dinette

In Great Finds on March 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Small spaces leave little room for a proper place to eat or entertain guests.  This 5 piece folding dining table not only folds down to a mere 36 inches, but has hidden storage inside for all four folding chairs!  It also comes equipped with wheels for easy moving, and when not in use as a dinner table, it makes a great sideboard behind a sofa or love seat. Genius!

To purchase, Linon Home Decor at, $336.60

Great Finds: Eco-Friendly Disposable Plates

In Great Finds on March 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm
We all understand the importance of recycling, buying organic and turning off lights when you leave a room.  Yet we still use disposable plastic plates, glasses, and flatware when we entertain.  There’s no denying throwing everything away at the end of the evening is convenient, but it’s far from being green.  There’s a solution.  Several companies are now making disposable bamboo dinnerware.  They’re eco-friendly, organic, biodegradable and look great on a table!  While bamboo is slightly more expensive than plastic, it’s worth the splurge to help the planet.
To purchase, World, 8 for $4.99

Great Finds: Folding Island

In Great Finds on March 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

This amazing folding island is the perfect way to create more counter space in your kitchen.  The butcher block top adds room for food prep and the shelves below provide extra storage for utensils and plates.  You can even roll it out of the kitchen and use to serve a buffet dinner. No assembly required and when you’re done, it folds down to a slim 5 inches for easy storage.

To purchase, Oasis Concepts at Walmart, $209.95

Great Finds: Indoor / Outdoor Grill

In Great Finds on February 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

For most urbanites, grilling is somewhat of a luxury.  We lack the outdoor space for a gas or charcoal grill.  Rather frustrating, especially as the weather begins to warm and barbecues are the party of choice.  But our favorite grilling friend, George Foreman, has it covered.  George Foreman Cooking offers an indoor / outdoor grill that’s far better than the same old Foreman you have in college.  This gives you all the same flavor and ease of grilling outside without needing the space.  What’s even better, the real grill comes off the pedestal for save-saving storage.

To purchase, George Foreman Cooking, $99.00

Great Finds: Mingle Plates

In Great Finds on February 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Cocktail parties bring up the eternal conundrum of how to eat, drink and shake hands all at the same time.  We’ve all been there.  You end up parking yourself at a table so you can eat and drink in peace, but miss out on the mingling fun.  These plates are so cool and the answer to this annoying problem!  Inexpensive and easy to store, they are small space entertaining must-haves.  Your guests can eat, drink and chat all at one time – no table needed!

To purchase check out:

Pottery Barn, 4 for $24.00

Mingle Easy, 12 for $11.99

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