Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How to Use Heirloom / Generational Pieces in Your Holiday Decor

Outdoor Displays


Incorporating items that have been passed down from generation to generation is your home decor is a beautiful way to pay homage to the past. It can be even more fun and fitting to include these items into your holiday decor. When it comes to your outdoor display, things like vintage skis, wagons and sleds can make for the perfect addition. The great thing about these items is they can bring back priceless memories every time you see them!



Indoor Displays


When it comes to incorporating heirloom pieces into your indoor holiday displays, the possibilities are endless. Vintage items work so beautifully when paired with holiday pieces. For example, a vintage pair of ice skates can be hung with winter foliage tucked inside them for a gorgeous look. Another fun idea is to take an heirloom bowl whether it be crystal, glass or something else and create a mini winter wonderland inside it as shown below!



Monday, December 4, 2017

Popular Themes & Colors in Holiday Decor


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We all know the main holiday staple color combos like red and green will always be a classic and beautiful choice. If you are looking for something a little more updated and clean, using neutrals like whites, tans and grays for your holiday decor can also be a beautiful option. This is a great way of keeping the look and feel of your decor on the lighter side. It is also very easy for these neutrals to blend with whatever colors you have going on in your everyday decor!

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Silver & Gold


One classic color combination to use that will never go out of style is silver and gold. There is just something about these colors that bring that warm feeling into a space with a touch of glam that is so fun! There are endless amounts of holiday decor to choose from in these colors which is one reason we love it so much because you can truly make it your own.


Non-Traditional Colors

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Finally, non-traditional colors and themes are becoming popular all on their own for holiday decor. We know those old tried and true options will always be there for us, so why not try something fun and different?  These photo examples show how we incorporated pinks as well as white and black into one of our client’s holiday displays. These are not colors that usually come to mind when you think holiday, but when done right, can look gorgeous! 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Decor Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Unique Ornaments


Ornaments make a fantastic gift to give over the holiday season. There are so many unique and customizable options to choose from, there is really something out there for everyone. Whether it be a nod to their favorite place to visit, their favorite animal, or a small framed photo of their family/friends in ornament form, you are bound to find something that fits them!


Scent Collections


While we don't always think of candles or diffusers as home decor, they really can add a lot to any space. Home decor items can be very difficult to pick out for someone else. This is why things like decorative candles can be a safe bet when it comes to decor gifts. Places like Pier 1, West Elm & Target all have stylish, decorative and great smelling options!


Decorative Throw Blankets


Stylish throw blankets are another great go-to decor gift this time of year! People can always use another nice throw, especially a decorative one that is meant to be displayed whether that be on a blanket rack or just the corner of their sofa. Decorative blankets add a layer of softness and style to any space!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our 3 Favorite Thanksgiving Tablescape Themes

Whites and Creams 

Bright whites and creams continue to be a huge home decor trend so it makes sense that this is one of the most popular Thanksgiving tablescape themes. A great accent color to add in with these are natural muted greens. This looks very clean and fresh which is a nice departure from the classic warm rich hues that we normally associate with the season. 

Pumpkin Theme

Another one of our favorite tablescape themes is to make it pumpkin centered. We like this theme because there are so many different directions this can be taken. Simple orange pumpkins with red and brown accents are always a great choice. Another route you could take it is with silver or gold pumpkins. This can be accomplished by spray painting them with metallic paint which can also help to preserve the look of the pumpkins themselves. 

Woodland Theme 

Woodland themes are hugely popular in everything from weddings, to general home decor and especially in seasonal decor. This can include everything from wood slices, to pine cones, to foliage to animals. These examples show how this can be incorporated into your Thanksgiving table. This is a nice way to bring the outside into your home for the holiday. 


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.