Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What to Shop for now for Christmas Decorating


Whether you are starting fresh with all new holiday decorating items, or just adding to your current collection, tis the season for holiday decor shopping! 

Our Favorite Places to Shop

When this time of year rolls around we have a few go-to spots for affordable holiday decor shopping. Homegoods, Pier 1, Hobby Lobby and At Home are some of the top places we hit year after year. We like Homegoods and Pier 1 for more specialty items like unique ornaments and handcrafted wreaths. We like Hobby Lobby and At Home for larger more staple items like trees and garland. All of these stores have consistently good sales so you don't have to break the bank on items that will only be out in your home about one month of the year.


Things to Replace Every Few Years

The great thing about holiday decor is you can pack it up and reuse it year after year. There are a few items however that will need to be replaced every so often to keep everything fresh and updated. Wreaths for example can begin to fade from the sun and get flatter and flatter every year so it is a good idea to update your wreath every few years. Another fun holiday decor item that will need replacing a little sooner than other items is your holiday welcome mat. Winter weather & dirty boots can give your seasonal welcome mat a beating so consider replacing that every couple years as well!



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Create a Decorating Plan Now for Holiday Parties & Guests

The last thing you want to have to mess with last minute is decorating your home right before guests begin arriving for parties or to stay around the holidays. That is why we suggest creating a decorating plan so you know exactly when to plan to have things out and ready so its not a last minute stressor. 

Mark Your Calendar

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Pick a time that works for you to decorate your home and mark it down so you can hold yourself accountable. Although decorating around the holidays is fun for some it can feel more like a chore to others. By blocking off a good part of a day to decorate, you eliminate the feeling of being rushed before guests arrive. 

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Set Achievable Goals
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If you have a large amount of decorating to do for the holidays make sure you set goals that are manageable and achievable. For example, you don't want to only set aside a couple hours to decorate the inside and outside of your home. Break the work up over a few days so you don't burn out. Also, recruit friends or family for help with larger projects, chances are they could use your help as well!


Stay Organized 

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When taking down your decorations and putting them away, the more organized you can stay the easier it will be when you do it all again next year. Make sure to throw items out or donate things you never took out of the box this year to put up. Label boxes with exactly what is inside as well as the room it goes in for easy access next year. 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

How to go from Halloween to a Harvest Look

Keep the Pumpkins, Ditch the Skeletons

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Transitioning away from Halloween decor into a more harvest look can be simple if you just take away and/or add a few things. You want to make sure you take down any purely Halloween decor like skeletons, witches, or jack-o-lanterns. You don't have to toss out the (un-carved) pumpkins quite yet though. Pumpkins are a great staple to keep for your more harvest/thanksgiving decor. White pumpkins are especially on trend for Fall/Thanksgiving motifs this year. 



Take Away any Blacks or Purples


Another easy way to transition away from the Halloween decor is by removing any of the blacks and purples and going more toward oranges, reds and browns. Hopefully you can seamlessly take away and add to your current displays without having to start all over with new items. Neutrals remain a huge trend throughout all home decor, so going with whites, creams, grays and tans are another great color scheme for your harvest decor.  

Add in Thankful / Gather Motifs

One theme we continue to see offered in stores this time of year are “Thankful” and “Gather” signs and motifs. This is a clear decor item that fits in with the harvest side of things more than the Halloween side. With Thanksgiving right around the corner these signs can be the perfect addition to your displays.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall Colors - How to Use Shades of Yellow in Decor


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The final Fall color in our series is yellow. This is one of those colors that people seem to either love or hate. It is easy to overdo this color or use it in a way that can become off putting. On the other hand, it can be a fantastic pop of bright color when used in the right way. Accessories are a great way to work in yellow into your homes decor. Things like throw blankets, pillows and artwork can be the perfect compliment to a more neutral backdrop. 



One big decor trend is to use bold colors on your lamps as a statement. Yellow is the perfect color to use for a piece like this because it is just bold enough to grab attention and add interest without going overboard. These examples show how a yellow lamp can brighten up the whole space as well as acting as a statement piece. It can look especially great when paired with whites and creams!


Real or Faux Florals


One of the most simple ways to introduce yellow into your home decor is with real or faux florals / sprays. There are a lot of great faux options that look very realistic on the market especially in the yellow family. Putting tall sprays in a clear vase is a simple and clean way to work this bold color into you decor. 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Colors - How to Use Shades of Brown in Decor

Paint Colors


Although gray and greige paint colors are still going strong, brown hues like taupe and beige are on their way back in! These colors are great to use as wall colors because of their rich, warm tones. These were mainstays for years and years before the popularity of grays came on. The great thing about using these colors is you don't have to worry about them going out of style because they are truly a classic choice.



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Another way to use shades of brown in your decor is by introducing it with fabrics. When you think about browns you may think dark and heavy but it doesn't have to be that way. The window treatments shown above have a bright creamy background with rich brown embroidery. This combination works so well because of the stark contrast. Keep this in mind when using shades of brown in your decor. 

Finally, you can use shades of brown in the furniture in your home. Brown upholstery is VERY forgiving and can stand the test of time especially if you have kids or pets. Again, when using browns remember to balance that darker richer color with a lighter contrast. Try light tans and creams on the pillows for a balanced neutral look!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Colors - How to Use Orange in Decor

Fall has officially arrived and with that comes all of it’s beautiful colors. One of the first colors that comes to mind when we think about Fall is orange. This, however, does not mean orange should be a Fall only color when it comes to your decor. Below we have included a number of examples of how we have worked orange into our designs. You will notice its almost never in an extremely prominent way. This is because orange is one of those colors that is best used in small doses. It only takes a little bit of orange to make a big impact as you will see in the examples below. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Decor Trends



Plaid is one of those patterns that will always be a classic and timeless choice. When this crisp, cool time of year comes rolling around it is the perfect time to bust out the plaid! Although plaids can come in many forms, we tend to associate it with warm textures and fabrics like wool which is why it is {& always will be} a go-to trend for Fall! 



One of the simplest trends to get behind for Fall is layering. Just like with your wardrobe, your home decor can use some layers as the weather starts to turn cool. For example, if you have a large area rug in your space, you can add a slightly smaller one on top of it to add more depth and warmth to the room. This is also true for things like throw blankets and pillows, the more the merrier this time of year! 
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Natural Textures

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Natural textures like wood or clay are a huge trend for Fall {& beyond!}. There is just something about these that bring warmth into your home like manmade materials can’t quite capture. The photos below show two styles of wood case goods we used in the same living room. These show two ways of achieving this natural look whether that be more polished and smooth, or natural and raw.

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