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Is your home holiday ready?

There’s a chill in the air and holiday lights are starting to appear on the department store shelves. These are sure signs that the holiday season (and all the extra entertaining) are just around the corner. For some, the thought of opening your home to family and friends might seem a little overwhelming. But there’s still plenty of time to make your home feel fresh and festive – without a major overhaul.

Here are a few quick tips to help you prep your home before the holidays arrive.

First, focus on main spaces like your kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Don’t take on a major remodeling project as you roll into the holidays. The kitchen is a gathering space, so spend some time sprucing up your cabinet space, clearing clutter and doing some heavy-duty cleaning of the windows and floors. Easy fixes like new knobs, new lighting or towels can really refresh a space without much cost or fuss.

Then move onto your bathroom to see if there are some easy swaps to brighten the space for guests. Consider adding a new shower curtain, fluffy towels, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets or adding a beautiful new mirror. Simple changes can do wonders.

In the living and/or family room, one simple way to add color is to switch out your pillows and throws to transform the space. I have beautiful throws with vibrant, rich holiday colors that I bring out every year as the fall winds start to blow. New candles and special holiday lighting can also add a special ambiance that go hand-in-hand with holiday entertaining.

Go easy on the decorations and use existing items to help you prep your spaces for guests. For most people, easy elegance is the best way to celebrate the holidays without the clutter. Choose a main area, like a mantel, an entry table or a bookcase to create some seasonal cheer (e.g. displaying holiday cards), without taking up valuable floor or wall space. Fresh flowers, holiday throw rugs and vases full of holiday ornaments can also add that special charm.

Another thing to consider is the ability to use existing furnishings that can do dual duty as entertaining space (which is always at a premium when you have extra guests in the house). One of the spaces I use frequently during the holidays is my TV Lift Cabinet System. We don’t usually watch much television in our living room during the holidays, but the beautiful hand-crafted cabinet is a great place to put appetizers and snacks. The height is perfect. It keeps things within reach (and out-of-reach for toddler hands and pets who sometimes misbehave).

Plus, the cabinet also provides wonderful storage to hide all the gadgets from gaming systems and such. Win/win. No mess or fuss.

So, take a few minutes now to make a few easy adjustments and you’ll be ready for whatever holiday entertaining comes at you this year.

Is Mid-century modern becoming the pumpkin spice latte for home furnishings?

Some interior designers are pointing to a resurgence of mid-century modern furnishings around the country. In fact, an article from Fast Co.Design said, “How Mid-century Modern Became the Pumpkin Spice Latte of Interior Design.”

Others say that mid-century modern style has never gone out of style. And there’s a simple reason for its popularity: people like it.  For some, nostalgia for the good old days is surging. For others, it’s a sign of our changing times. The style is great for small spaces (which are becoming more popular every day). It has classic shapes and finishes. Plus, it goes with everything in your home.

If you’re like me, you probably have a mix of different styles and shapes in your home, reflecting your personal interests and tastes. A little bit of mid-century modern in the den, some traditional comfort in the living room and old-fashioned country charm in the kitchen. It’s not like we don’t want to commit to a specific style, it’s just that we want what we want in our own homes.

One way to help fill a space that has mid-century furnishings, the trick is to select one furniture piece to act as a showstopper in the room. A Carousel TVLiftCabinet might be just the right piece to give your room that special something. It’s a piece that is as functional as it is beautiful. With hidden castors that swivel in any direction, it can be placed anywhere in the room. The craftsmanship fits well with virtually any style. And, at the push of a button, you have a great flatscreen television for all your home entertainment needs.

So, whether your style is mid-century modern or retro 1970s (of anything in between), it’s easy to find ways for you to make it perfectly your own home.

Putting the U into Furnishing

Since I moved into my home earlier this year, I have constantly been searching for inspiration when it comes to decorating. Each room is a blank canvas and the possibilities really are endless. It’s amazing how with a simple coat of paint on the walls, you can completely transform a room. Sometimes making your space an accurate depiction of who you are can be much harder than it seems. Case in point, in 6 months I have already painted then repainted my living room and dining room. Once all the painting was done, I moved on to furnishing. I thought my best strategy would be to tackle one room at a time. That strategy quickly went down the drain and it now has turned into a little bit in this room, a little bit in that. But finally, all is coming together. I’ve come up with a few pointers along the way for us newbies who are decorating for the first time or even for those of us who are just looking to revive our current décor.

1. Never buy out of necessity. What I mean by this is don’t just buy the first sofa you see because you need one and you need one now. Furniture usually a) is pricey and b) is the first impression you will give someone when they come into your home. Put thought and care into each piece you buy.

2. Pick one centerpiece and build the room around it. I wanted a rustic style living room so I bought a table to set the tone and purchased pieces to match. You can start with anything, it doesn’t have to be a table. Try a sofa, a TV lift cabinet or even window treatments.

3. I have always been told to decorate the room first and then paint. I did it backwards and was very happy with the results. I feel that painting is the quickest and easiest way to personalize a space. Especially if you can’t afford to furnish it all at once. A splash of color is a great starting point.

These are just three tips I came up with based on my own experience but like anything, they won’t apply to everyone. What are some other tips for decorating that I might have missed?

Putting the U into Furnishing

Since I moved into my home earlier this year, I have constantly been searching for inspiration when it comes to decorating. Each room is a blank canvas and the possibilities really are endless. It’s amazing how with a simple coat of paint on the walls, you can completely transform a room. Sometimes making your space an accurate depiction of who you are can be much harder than it seems. Case in point, in 6 months I have already painted then repainted my living room and dining room. Once all the painting was done, I moved on to furnishing. I thought my best strategy would be to tackle one room at a time. That strategy quickly went down the drain and it now has turned into a little bit in this room, a little bit in that. But finally, all is coming together. I’ve come up with a few pointers along the way for us newbies who are decorating for the first time or even for those of us who are just looking to revive our current décor.

1. Never buy out of necessity. What I mean by this is don’t just buy the first sofa you see because you need one and you need one now. Furniture usually a) is pricey and b) is the first impression you will give someone when they come into your home. Put thought and care into each piece you buy.

2. Pick one centerpiece and build the room around it. I wanted a rustic style living room so I bought a table to set the tone and purchased pieces to match. You can start with anything, it doesn’t have to be a table. Try a sofa, a TV lift cabinet or even window treatments.

3. I have always been told to decorate the room first and then paint. I did it backwards and was very happy with the results. I feel that painting is the quickest and easiest way to personalize a space. Especially if you can’t afford to furnish it all at once. A splash of color is a great starting point.

These are just three tips I came up with based on my own experience but like anything, they won’t apply to everyone. What are some other tips for decorating that I might have missed?

 
 
 
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