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3 Fun Ways to Create a Romantic Valentine’s Day Date at Home

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, it’s time to plan an intimate get-together with your special someone. Having dinner at home can be an uber romantic change of pace, and means you’ll avoid the restaurant crowd and be alone. Use these 3 fun ideas to decorate your space and make it feel like you’re at a private establishment set up just for you two!

1. Set the Scene With a Bold Red Tablecloth

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Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” more than the color red. Instantly transform your table into the perfect romantic dinner setting by using a bold, luxury tablecloth. Pair it with a contrasting white table runner for a unique look that helps make your meal stand out. Your significant other will feel super special with this one of a kind set up! Go for a fun meal with heart-shaped hamburgers and fun cocktails, or opt for something more traditional like a mouthwatering steak and shrimp cocktail. For dessert, don’t forget the chocolate covered strawberries!

2. Indulge in Luxurious Pillow Covers

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Forget going to the movie theater after your romantic meal. Instead, snuggle up on the sofa with your partner and some brand new, ultra luxurious Valentine’s day themed pillow covers. Watch your favorite sappy movie, or light a few candles and engage in an intimate conversation. Not only will these vibrant pillows help set the mood, they’re comfortable and can be swapped out in just minutes.

3. Finish Off the Theme With a Transformed Bedroom

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If you’re like most couples, you’ll want to end the evening with some alone time. But heading to the bedroom with the same old wrinkled sheets on your bed will make you feel more sleepy than romantic. Change things up with a beautiful, vibrant red duvet cover that brightens the mood and enhances your intimacy. Surprise your special someone with a bouquet of roses or scattered rose petals and a bottle of their favorite champagne!

Transforming your home into a Valentine’s Day escape is a great way to enjoy spending time with your significant other alone, without anyone else intruding on your day. Use your creativity to take special spaces like the dinner table, the sofa and living room, and the bedroom and make them into a sweet Valentine’s Day haven that your partner will fall in love with!

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How to Make Your Bedroom Cold Weather Cozy

With the cold weather that has been saturating most of the nation, keeping warm is becoming a priority. However, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Here are several ways you can make your bedroom cold weather cozy and keep it looking fabulous.

Put Extra Throw Pillows On Your Bed

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When the weather is downright chilly out, put some extra throw pillows on your bed to cuddle up with. They can help the bed retain your body heat while you’re sleeping, and can make your bed uber comfortable! Keep it stylish by using soft, luxurious throw pillow covers in colors that coordinate with your bedroom decor.

Install a Canopy

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Bed canopies are gaining popularity again, and not only do they look fantastic, they also help to keep cold drafts out of your bed when you’re sleeping. There are several ways to get the look, including purchasing a canopy bed frame, or by simply installing curtain rods to your ceiling. Use a thicker material if you want to stay really warm in the winter, and then switch to a lighter material in the spring and summer.

Put Down a Large Floor Rug

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If you have hardwood floors in your bedroom, they can get cold in the winter. Keep your feet warm and toasty when getting out of bed and walking on your bedroom floor by putting down a large floor rug. Purchase a rug that is large enough to cover most, if not all, of the walking space you have in your bedroom.

Use Draft Stoppers For Windows & Doors

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A draft stopper is a must-have necessity in the cold winter months. Place them over your bedroom windows and doors to keep cool drafts from blowing into your bedroom and compromising your heat. Keep them fashionable by sewing (or safety pinning!) a quick cover out of your favorite fabric. Coordinate your draft stoppers with your bed linens and throw pillows to keep your bedroom looking as great as it is warm!

Staying warm in the winter doesn’t mean you have to pile ugly blankets on your bed or sacrifice your bedroom’s chic decor. Use these fashionable and effective tips to keep your bedroom cozy and trendy when the weather is frigid enough to stay indoors all day.

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4 Home Color Scheme Trends for 2015

Choosing a new color scheme for your home can be a simple yet remarkable way to give your home a brand new look and feel this year. Give your home a new personality with these fresh color scheme trends for 2015.

1. Cool Blues & Greys

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Once shunned for being “depressing,” cool blues and greys are making a comeback this year. When paired with teal, aqua, and yellow accents, this color scheme can project a clean, fresh feel. Try using this color scheme in your living room for a simple yet stunning look, or use it to give your bathroom a “beachy” update.

2. Bright Moroccan Colors

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If you’re looking for a more vibrant color scheme for your home this year, opt for a bright and bold Moroccan theme. Perfect for both living rooms and bedrooms, you’ll love the way this color scheme livens up your home. Choose bright pinks, blues and purples, with a variety of Indian-inspired patterns found in our throw pillow covers.

3. Navy & Red

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One of the most unexpected color combinations for 2015 is navy and red. While navy and red is reminiscent of a nautical theme, you don’t have to decorate with life preservers and anchors to make the most of this color scheme. Opt for bold navy and red accents as opposed to using mostly red with navy accents.

4. Black, White, and Gold

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No longer is black, white, and gold a color scheme that is reserved just for New Year’s Eve. Make your home look and feel ultra glam by utilizing these colors throughout, including in your living room, bathroom, and bedroom. In order to keep this scheme from being too dark, start with white as your base, and add black and gold accents in moderation.

Whether you want to go bold and exciting in 2015 or want to stick with a neutral palette that looks good with everything, take the time to plan out what you want your home to look like before you put on the first coat of paint. While you may think all-navy walls are a good idea at first, you’ll likely be overwhelmed when all the walls are that color. Consider a few different combinations and get an idea of what accessories you will use before you start, so you can be sure that you’ll love the end result!

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4 Tips to Get Your House Organized & Looking Great for the New Year

Organizing your home for the new year is a great way to get a head start on 2015 and ring in the start of the year right. While organizing your entire home may seem like an insurmountable challenge, it’s much easier when you take it piece by piece, or room by room.

Here are 4 easy tips on how to organize each room in your house that will help you get off on the right foot.

1. Repurpose an Old Pallet For Blanket and Throw Pillow Storage

Keep your luxury throw pillows and blankets out of the way but still at hand by repurposing an old pallet into a rustic looking wooden box for your living room cozies. They’ll be out of the way but still on display, and ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

2. Get Your Stuff Off the Kitchen Counters

A sturdy curtain rod, hooks and baskets with handles is all you need to utilize the vertical space above your kitchen counters and get the counters organized. By getting odds and ends like sugar canisters and salt and pepper shakers off the counter, your kitchen will look cleaner and more organized in 2015.

3. Find Odd Places to Store Stuff in Your Bedroom

Make 2015 all about finding creative space that already exists in your home to store things that would normally be lying around. Installing a small corner shelf in your bedroom can eliminate the need for an end table, giving you a place to store books and other items within easy reach without taking up your floor space.

4. Store Bath Toys or Other Items On the Bathtub Wall

One of the biggest places for clutter in the home is the bathroom. Store bath toys for kids or other shower items like loofahs or soaps in bins mounted with hooks onto a sturdy shower curtain rod placed up against the wall. Move the shower curtain rod up high to keep little fingers out, or put it down low for little ones to reach easily.

By devoting the first month of the year to organizing your home space, you’ll set the foundation for an easier year. Cooking, cleaning, and entertaining will be so much easier when your home not only looks great, but has simple and easy storage for everything you need!

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3 New Year’s Party Themes That Will Start 2015 Off Right

2015 is quickly approaching and if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, you’ve got to make sure it’s stellar. Creating a shindig that everyone will remember boils down to having great drinks (alcohol or virgin), awesome food and a killer theme.

Here are 3 New Year’s Eve party themes that will start 2015 off right.

1. Black and Gold

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You absolutely cannot go wrong with a classic black and gold New Year’s party theme. A black and gold color scheme is reminiscent of a glamorous, black tie event and perfectly captures the essence of what New Year’s Eve is all about. Dress your table in elegant, handcrafted silk with hand beaded detailing and a generous handful of gold glitter or confetti. Serve heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a big meal, and don’t forget the champagne toast at midnight!

2. Indian Theme

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Ring in the new year in a bright, bold and unexpected way by hosting a New Year’s Eve party with an Indian theme. Decorate your party area with a luxurious, bold tablecloth or a table runner and set up a fun candy table with a bright mix of Indian inspired candies. Serve authentic Indian food for an extra special touch, and send guests home with fun favors wrapped in Indian themed treat boxes.

3. Colorful Confetti

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You don’t have to confine your New Year’s Eve theme to just one or two colors. Instead, make like a confetti popper and use every color imaginable! Use bright tablecloths, colorful balloons and lots and lots of actual confetti. Sure, clean up will be a beast in the morning, but your party will be totally memorable and you can enlist a few friends to help you. Serve a confetti party dip with hearty beans, corn and tomatoes, and bake confetti cupcakes for dessert. Don’t forget to dip the rims of your champagne glasses in sprinkles to impress your guests during the midnight toast.

No matter what New Year’s Eve party theme you choose, be sure to use your imagination and check out Pinterest for tons of exciting, unique ideas that are both easy to implement and will make your party look and feel spectacular. Take lots of pictures, because this party will be one for the scrapbook!

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3 Upscale & Unexpected Holiday Dinner Themes

Hosting a holiday dinner can be a lot of fun, but how do you make sure your meal is memorable for your guests? Instead of serving traditional holiday foods like turkey and pie or decorating according to the season, try adopting a holiday dinner theme that is both upscale and unexpected.

Here are three fun themes to choose from for your holiday dinner this year.

1. Wine & Hors D’Oeuvres Party

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Many people have more than one holiday gathering in a single season, and if everyone is serving ham and mashed potatoes, it’s easy for guests to get sick of the same type of food, and eating in general. Instead of serving a heavy meal, have a wine and hors d’oeuvres party that celebrates the season in a unique and different way.

2. Indian Dinner Theme

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An Indian dinner during the holidays can be a refreshing departure from tradition, or a way to create your own tradition. Pair colorful table linens (such as our unique table runners) and simple table decorations with delectable Indian fare that includes favorites like naan, biryani and tandoori chicken. Your guests will love your attention to detail, and they’ll enjoy experiencing a holiday dinner that treats them to delicacies and decor from far off lands.

3. The Great Gatsby/Roaring 20’s

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If you’re looking for a theme that is completely different from anything you’ve done before, opt for a timeless classic that oozes upscale perfection for your holiday dinner party. Stay close to the book and/or movie, or simply host a roaring 20’s party that encompasses all the food, decor and activities from the elegant era. Add a super cool and unexpected twist by playing a murder mystery game, or playing 20’s style music on low throughout the party.

Stepping outside the box for a holiday party can be a little nerve wracking at first, especially for those who have been ingrained with holiday tradition. However, the holidays are about spending time with your family and friends, and creating an atmosphere and a meal that they won’t soon forget. This year, opt to do your holiday party a little different and use your imagination to create a fun wine themed party, an Indian themed party or a roaring 20’s dinner. Let your creativity go wild!

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Posh Gift Ideas for the Hard-to-Gift Person In Your Life

Everyone has at least one person in their family or circle of friends that is notoriously difficult to buy for. Whether it’s because they already have everything they could ever want, or you’re just not sure what they’re into, shopping for a hard-to-gift person can quickly dampen your holiday spirit. Here are 5 posh gift ideas for that one person on everyone’s gift list.

1. A Special Glass For Their Favorite Drink

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You can’t go wrong by creating a special glass for their favorite drink, complete with a mini bottle of liquor and any other ingredients that are needed. You know for sure that at least the ingredients will be used and enjoyed! Make the glass ultra personalized by painting their name on the outside with glass paint.

2. Photo Pillow

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Copy their favorite pictures from Instagram or Facebook and have them made into a throw pillow for their sofa, bed or reading nook. Even the most difficult person to shop for will love this ultra-personalized gift.

3. Luxury Tablecloths

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For the sophisticated person on your list that appreciates elegance and loves to entertain, get a luxurious tablecloth that can’t be found in stores. An Indian themed tablecloth with hand beading is the perfect, unexpected gift for the style conscious individual.

4. Bath & Body Gifts

Bath and body gifts are always in style for women, because they will undoubtedly be used at some point in time. Stock up when there’s a sale at your favorite bath and body store, or craft DIY bath salts or sugar scrubs that have a super personalized touch.

5. Ultra Useful & Unique Gifts

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Even the person who has everything probably doesn’t have something uber useful and cool like a portable humidifier that fits onto a bottle of water, or a transparent book weight. Gift something that is so neat and practical that you would almost rather keep it for yourself!

By thinking outside the box when it comes to getting gifts for the hard-to-shop-for person on your list, you can be confident that you’re gifting them something unique, personalized or something they don’t already have. Take note of what they get this year, so you can getting them any duplicate gifts next year.

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3 Unique Ways to Use a Tablecloth

You’ve fallen in love with a tablecloth, but there’s only one problem: you don’t want to put it on your table. Not to worry! There are actually lots of different things that you can do with a tablecloth that you love. Here are several fun and creative things you can do with a tablecloth that don’t involve using it on your table!

Use It As a Tree Skirt

When the holidays roll around, it’s time to break out the tree and other holiday decorations. While there are many different tree skirts that are designed specifically to go around the bottom of a tree, they may not be right for your decor. Use a tablecloth that you love instead by simply draping it around the base of your tree in a circle, and clothespinning it in the back.

Here are a couple of our beautiful hand painted round tablecloths that can be used for a base of your Christmas tree:

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Create No-Sew Tablecloth Curtains

If you have a tablecloth that you absolutely adore, you can hang it as a curtain in a prominent area of your home to enjoy all year long. All you need is a gorgeous tablecloth, traditional curtain hardware, and special curtain clips. These curtain clips have the same concept as shower curtain rings, but clip onto the fabric so as not to damage it in any way. Putting up a tablecloth as a curtain takes just minutes using these tools.

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Put a Table Runner At the End of a Bed

Add an extra pop of color to a bedroom by draping a bold, bright table runner across the end of the bed. It takes literally no time at all and can punch up the decor in a guest room or your bedroom for a special event, or for every day. Purchase a luxurious matching table runner and pillow cover set to really tie the color scheme of the room together.

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The use of a tablecloth doesn’t have to be limited to just your kitchen or dining room table. You can use tablecloths and table runners in a variety of ways to bring color to your home, or to add the perfect finishing touch to a Christmas tree, a bedroom or a window.

Note: No tablecloths were harmed in the making of this blog. Never cut or alter your tablecloth in any way. Instead, look for creative ways to use a tablecloth or table runner that uses clips, clothespins or other non-damaging accessories. This way, you can always take it down and use it as a tablecloth again if you like.

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Fashionable Home Decor Trends That Make a Big Impact in Your Kitchen & Living Room

Decorating your home to suit your personality can seem challenging, because there’s literally no end to the different things you can do if you use your imagination. From quirky to classic, you can create a look that is totally your own in a variety of different ways. Here are 3 fun and easy home decor trends that will make a big impact on your surroundings without spending a ton of cash.

1. Swappable Throw Pillows

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Throw pillows can add a pop of color to your living room, and can help you tie together a seasonal or themed look. They’re also super comfortable to cuddle up with on movie night. But who wants to have a closet full of throw pillows for every mood and holiday? Instead of having a different throw pillow for each look that you want for your living room, purchase plain throw pillows that can be used with a variety of accent pillow covers. Opt for a luxurious, hand beaded throw pillow cover for a unique look, and swap it out for a bright, bold seasonal cover when you redecorate for the holidays.

2. Tablecloth Ladder

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You can only have one tablecloth on your kitchen table at a time, but you can still display your fine linens by using a traditional blanket ladder in your kitchen. Simply fold clean, pressed tablecloths and drape them over each rung of the ladder, and set the ladder in a prominent place in your kitchen or dining room. Not only will the vertical storage keep the room uncluttered, you can keep your favorite linens on display all year long. Nobody really wants to store gorgeous, luxury tablecloths in a linen closet anyways.

3. Photo Collages

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Traditionally, it was customary to hang photos with a fairly large amount of space in between each one. Today’s trends throw this outdated notion out, allowing individuals to display many of their favorite photos in a single place in a photo collage. Keep your photo collage chic and stylish by using high quality frames, and keeping the color scheme the same between all the different photos.

Remember that the key to decorating your home with style and panache is to use your imagination and creativity to create looks that fit your individuality. Whether you’re going with a themed look or a particular color scheme, or simply want a look that captures the personality of you and your family, your imagination is your only limit.

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How to Give Your Guest Room That Coveted “Christmas-y” Feel

If you’re having guests over for the holidays, you want their guest rooms to look and feel spectacular while they’re visiting with you. Giving your guest rooms that “Christmas-y” feel can take a lot of time, money and effort if you’re not planning ahead of time. Here are several ways you can give your guest room a holiday look easily, by making noticeable, dramatic changes.

Use Plenty of Evergreens

Evergreens can not only instantly transform your guest room into a winter wonderland, they will also make it smell absolutely divine. No need to light a scented candle when you put a real tabletop tree, evergreen swag or a large, bushy wreath in your guest room. Guests will feel as though they’ve been transported to a swanky Christmas lodge!

Replace the Bedding

The bed is the focal point of any guest room, and putting on a new set of sheets and a brightly colored duvet cover can quickly give any room that “WOW!” component you’re looking for. Combine a gorgeous duvet cover set like the ones above with holiday inspired throw pillow covers to achieve a sweet and festive Christmas feel.

Decorate Your Bathrooms

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If your guest room has a bathroom too, don’t neglect to add some holiday inspired decor there as well. Evergreen swags are always stylish, while festive hand towels, seasonal soaps, and tissue box covers can make even the most basic bathroom feel like a luxurious holiday hotel.

Don’t Forget the Lights

Part of the appeal of the holidays is the sparkling lights that seem to pop up everywhere. Don’t leave your guest room out of the mix! Add a strand or two of holiday “twinkle” lights to your guest room decor to help your guests feel the Christmas spirit. Just be sure to make them easy to unplug in case your guests prefer to sleep in the dark!

Provide Lots of Warm Blankets

It’s always a pain to have to ask your host in the middle of the night for an extra blanket because you’re cold. Winter is made for snuggling up, so be sure to stock plenty of extra blankets in your guest room to anticipate their needs.

Sprucing up your guest room to prepare for your holiday guests is much more than just making sure the sheets are clean and there’s ample space for them to store their baggage. Give your guests something more to remember by taking the time to decorate their space and providing sweet, holiday inspired treats like scented soaps and Christmas candies.

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