During the holidays, joy and warmth abound. The streets are filled with the glow of twinkling lights, and an atmosphere of love and peace fills the air. Of course, with all of the gift-giving and caroling, it can be difficult to remember to keep your house's interior looking just as festive as you feel. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to keep that joyful feeling flowing through your house during the holiday season:
You can welcome visitors to your home by hanging a cheerful, festive wreath on the front door. If you really want to capture the spirit of the season, you could even create your own wreath instead of buying one. The classic wreath is the most obvious symbol of the holidays, and the ones made with evergreen leaves generally represent growth and life within your home.
2. Light a Candle
Candles create a warm, cozy atmosphere wherever they're lit. During the holidays, when most waxes are Christmas-scented, a candle can also create a sense of comfort and well-being in your home. The smell of cinnamon or Christmas cookies will fill your house with festive spirit and cheery contentment, while the flickering candle wicks are guaranteed to create a joyous holiday ambiance.
Christmas lights are a wonderful, merry way to keep your home festive during the holiday season. Add an element of warmth and glow to your living room or parlor by stringing lights along the ceiling and down the walls. When you switch them on at night, your house will instantly transform into a winter wonderland.
Why not invite your friends and family over to create entertaining and useful holiday decor? Your entire home will come to life with homemade decorations and fun displays of Christmas imagination. From gingerbread houses to popcorn strings, the whole family will love making their own festive trinkets just in time for the holiday season.
Whether you are rearranging so you can get stockings hung over a crackling fireplace or you are just hoping the new look will put you in a Holiday spirit, rearranging your furniture and rooms is a great way to bring festive holiday cheer into your household. If you are feeling adventurous, you can opt to make the stocking yourself. However, store-bought ones will also work well.
The holiday season is filled with all sorts of merriment and warm thoughts. As such, your home should capture the essence of the ongoing festivities. By implementing a few of the five home decor tips outlined above, you will be able to do just that.
It's never too early to prepare to host Thanksgiving. Whether you're hosting for the first time or have experience wrangling the turkey, use this checklist to stay on track and reduce stress heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.
These days, it seems like everyone is avoiding something. It's better to find out in advance, so you can make sure that there's at least one dish without gluten, dairy, nuts, or other allergens. Checking in with food allergies and dietary restrictions not only shows your guests that you care, it helps you plan the menu.
It's never too early to ask, so check in with guests once you invite them to come for Thanksgiving. Keep a chart going of dietary preferences, then strive to make sure there will be at least one dish guests can eat.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, stores become crowded. Gather serving dishes, extra chairs, cocktail napkins, and other sundries in advance so you can pick up anything you need without fighting the holiday crowds.
Anything you can do before Thanksgiving week to take the strain off the holiday is beneficial. So, whether it's picking out your outfit or arranging for a cleaner, knock things off your list in advance.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, don't forget to delegate tasks to guests. People like helping out on holidays. Those who live nearby can bring a dish; those flying in from out of town could pick up wine, watch the children, or take dish duty. Don't be afraid to ask others for help because there's a lot that must come together.
There's less pressure with potluck Thanksgiving dinners where everyone contributes a dish. However, when you're in charge of the majority of cooking, you will need a checklist to stay on task. List out every item you plan to cook, including when you want to make, so you can stay on track and not miss a dish.
The night before Thanksgiving, set the table for the holiday. Consider adding a children's table if there are a lot of little ones at your gathering or assigning seats to ensure a pleasant experience for all. This is a perfect task to give visiting relatives who've arrived early; they will appreciate the chance to help and you will enjoy getting them out of your hair.
Guests have a knack for hovering in the kitchen to see what they can do. On Thanksgiving, when you're trying to bring everything together for the meal, this can become vexing. Give them a place to go by creating an appetizer station with snacks and drinks. Set out small plates (disposable is fine) along with entertainment, whether it's board games or television. Assign one of your house guests the role of greeter; they can direct people to the snack area so you have time to finish cooking.
Last but not least, relax. Even if everything's not perfect, you're able to enjoy a holiday meal with friends and family and that deserves a moment of gratitude.
The checklist covers the Thanksgiving essentials, from setting the guest list through to the big day. All that's left to do is determine what to do with all that leftover turkey when the meal is over!
Deciding on a look for your bedroom can be tough. After all, taking a pre-planned set up into your bedroom can make you feel unoriginal and uninspired, especially if you love the decadent look of boutique hotels. (Like the fantastic little place you LOVE that isn’t in your budget… That’s not just us, right?) So, in today’s post, we’re here to show you how to bring the look home affordably, make it your own and give your space that “boutique” look.
Simply put, a boutique look is an upscale look focusing on unique, statement pieces. For example:
Now that we know what boutique style is, let’s move on to how to achieve the look. As with most things involving the bedroom, boutique style starts with the bed.
The bed, especially the headboard, tends to be the focal point of the boutique bedroom look. To make this work for your space, there are 3 major rules:
Go for the largest bed that will fit your space while still being able to move around the room well
Center the bed against your focal wall making sure to leave ample room at the sides.
Work symmetrically around the area framing your bed to decorate. Note: This doesn’t mean you have to use two of each piece - though, you can if you want. Just be sure to mirror the heights and tones or your accessories on either side of the bed.
Nothing says “boutique” quite like a designated seating area within a bedroom scheme. If you’re lucky enough to have the space for some occasional chairs and a little table – go for it! At the very least, an end-of-bed upholstered bench or storage ottoman is necessary.
At this point, you’re well on your way to having the boutique boudoir you’ve been dreaming of. Now it’s time to really dial up the drama a bit! Let’s begin accessorizing the space and really making it into something uniquely yours.
Once the larger pieces are set in place and things are beginning to look sufficiently elegant, the true fun can begin. Fun décor is essential for a boutique bedroom space. This is where you have the opportunity to really let your personality show. Using elements such as fun frames, bold colors and patterns or even unexpected statement pieces will really bring your space to life.
Look for accents like these to liven up the look:
Though simple elegance is the name of the game when it comes to choosing furniture for this look, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a little fun with the wall décor. Wallpaper prints or even tapestries hung behind headboards allow you to add your own personal flair to the design. Pro Tip: Muted tones with eye-catching textures or statement colors give the eye somewhere to focus
Here’s what you need to remember if you’re trying to create a boutique look for your bedroom:
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to create the beautiful, boutique bedroom you’ve been dreaming of! Of course, if you need help decorating your bedroom – or any other space in your home, visit one of our 7 locations and our knowledgeable staff (including in-house designers) will help you make your dreams into reality.