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Christmas Table Layouts Using Versatile Pieces

Crazy fact: American’s are spending around 6 billion dollars a year on Christmas. Mind blown. Rather than forking out an arm and a leg on specific pieces for your Christmas table layouts, invest in a few versatile pieces that can be used all year round.

After all, you can only use that sparkly, Santa-embellished table runner for a few days. Plus: you’ve already spent enough money on presents, food and decoration. It’s time to give that poor wallet a rest!

Here are some stunning Christmas table layouts that consist of versatile pieces…

Dreaming Of A White Christmas

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For some people, reindeer embellishments, glitter and an overdose of red just scream tacky. If you’re one of those people who enjoys the more refined things in life, this simple table layout embraces the holiday season without screaming ‘SANTA’.

Best of all, it’s made up of stunning, minimalist pieces that can be used to uplift your dining table every single day of the year.

Recreate this table by adorning your table with a clean, white table cloth. Next, add a neutral runner with a metallic sheen to make it just a little bit special. Add neutral placemats and dot with cream and white plates. Finally, create a centerpiece that looks like it has been taken from nature itself. Dot glass candle holders in amongst pine branches for something that is undoubtedly festive.

The best part? All of these pieces can be used again! Well, apart from the pine leaves, but you are likely to get these for free.

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Saree border table runner

Shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

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If you would like to embrace red in your Christmas table layouts, why not opt for flowers? Although red flowers, such as holly, are inevitably Christmassy, red floral pieces have the versatility to be used all year round too! A red table runner could be perfect for a Spring tea party, whereas red placemats are a must have for Summer bohemian decor.

Get this holly jolly look by teaming a white table cloth with an eye-catching, red floral table runner. Add white candles and an abundance of red flowers to create a striking centerpiece. If you would like more of a contrast, evergreen leaves and fircones will add the Winter outdoors to your table.

Dot every guests seat with a red floral placemat and top white napkins with red present bows. Keep cutlery and wine glasses plain to stop it from becoming too cluttered.

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Hand painted deluxe floral table runner

Floral embroidered placemats

Bright Star Of Bethlehem

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Who ever thought to use a mirror as a table runner here is some sort of decor Einstein! This dreamy table layout looks like it’s been sprinkled with stardust and, luckily, the majority of these pieces can be used again!

To make your Christmas dinner guests all starry eyed, start by layering up your table with a plain, white table cloth. Next, add a long, rectangular mirror. Please note: ensure this is in the center of the table, no one wants to catch a glimpse of themselves eating Christmas dinner.

Add metallic silver placemats and top with white plates. Now for the fun part! Sprinkle stars and snowflakes evenly across your table cloth. Add an abundance of silver candle holders and two large silver vases. Fill your vases with ivy and top with candles. Next, recreate this with mini vases of ivy on every placemat. We are not exactly sure how to recreate that hanging garland, but if you manage it, you rock!

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Hand embroidered table placemat set

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

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Looking for a cute and fun layout that won’t cost you half of the contents of Santa’s sack? Ta-da! Cute, Festive, and using versatile pieces, this red patterned table reminds us of Rudolph’s cute red nose! The only really Christmassy things you will need to buy are these glittery reindeers. One dollar store: here we come!

Grab your finest white table cloth; it’s about to get a fun uplift! Add a retro printed red and white runner for some Festive cheer. Take some embellished plates and top them with a glittery Reindeer. Add DIY place cards between the antlers to make it really personal!

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Damask style elegant table runner

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10 Christmas Gifts For Someone You Don’t Know Well

Christmas gift giving can sometimes be as awkward as sneezing during ‘Away In A Manger’, tripping over fairy lights or letting out a huge burp after overindulging in figgy pudding. Don’t get me wrong, seeing Granny’s face light up over that framed photograph is honestly priceless. However, Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well can feel like one big confusing sigh.

Shopping for Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well? Whether it’s a work colleague, a neighbor you’ve spoken to twice or the dreaded secret santa, we’ve got you covered! Here’s 10 amazing Christmas gifts for someone you don’t know well…

For Her

Scented Candles

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Unless the lady you are buying for is a vegan, scented candles are always a great idea! Opt for a Christmas-themed scent to make her festive period just a bit more special.

If you want to add something, opt for placemats to put the candle on.

Shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

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A stunning Christmas tree ornament can make a great Christmas gift. Opt for a high quality and unique ornament to show that you’ve put a lot of thought into your purchase. No one dollar store nonsense!

Matching Table Linen

If you’re buying a Christmas gift for someone over the age of 23, chances are that they either rent or own a property. Although home decor is incredibly down to personal taste, opt for something plain and you are onto a winner.

Matching table is a great idea, as every home has a dining table. To prepare, try slipping home decor into your conversation. For example, next time you see Bec from marketing start talking about kitchen decor, then casually slip in ‘what color scheme is your kitchen’. If you lack all elements of being subtle, simply opt for a plain white table runner, table cloth or table runner and place mat set.

I know I’d be over the moon if I received any of these:

Ornamental embroidered table cloth

Hand embroidered 7 piece table runner and place mat set

Saree border table runner

Silk Scarf

Silk scarves are luxurious, fashionable and will keep her warm in Winter. What’s not to love? Before you go ahead and purchase a scarf, spend a week or so looking at her outfits to see her preference in colors. As much as you think this will make you look like a stalker, she will appreciate the effort!

Left to right: floral paisley silk scarfartistic print silk scarf, exotic silk scarf

For Him

Shaving Balm/ Toiletries Kits

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Every man needs shaving balm, body wash and cologne. If he’s well groomed, he will be really appreciative of this. On the other hand, if he’s more of a bloke, it will save him from picking up any old junk next time he visits the mall.

Socks

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With men, it’s all about the necessities and socks are certainly something every man needs! If he’s young and hip, opt for branded socks, such as Calvin Klein. If he’s a bit older and has a sense of humor, comedic socks will be a great choice. Perhaps maybe don’t opt for ‘old fart’ socks for someone you don’t know well, those are specifically reserved for Dads and Husbands!

A Laptop Brush

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Men, no offense: you are a messy breed! Give him the gift of cleanliness this Christmas with a laptop brush. These babies will get all of the crumbs and dirty out of this laptop keyboard. Plus: he is not very likely to already own one of these.

Mind Puzzles

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Everyone likes a challenge, so give him one this Christmas! Mind puzzles will provide hours of entertainment. Opt for small ones so that he can use them on the commute to work or during his lunch break.

Chocolate & Sweets

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They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If this theory is true, chocolates and sweets are always a fantastic buy. To be a little bit different, stay away from the Hersheys and opt for Belgian chocolates, whiskey truffles and something special.

 

 

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The Ultimate Wife Christmas Gift Guide

Husbands rejoice: we’ve got you covered! Our ultimate wife Christmas gift guide will guarantee a gift that the special lady in your life will absolutely love!

Although your wife may have been the love of your life for decades, knowing exactly what to buy her can be a bit of a struggle, especially if you’ve been through many Christmasses together. Cos hey, she deserves the best in life, and you are going to give it to her this Christmas!

A Secret Reading Nook

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If you’re other half never seems to break away from the stresses of life and get some much deserved chill-out time, it’s time for that to change! This Christmas, give your wife the gift of peace, harmony and relaxation.

But before you start panicking that we are suggesting a million dollar spa holiday, I’ll stop you in your tracks! Creating a cozy and comfortable reading nook in your home is the perfect way to show your wife that you care. Plus: the sheer effort that has gone into making this special area for her is worth just as much as diamonds.

Wait for a half hour break during Christmas day, and escape to a corner of your home that is quite and has space. Create a reading nook using an abundance of pillows and stunning wall decor. Finally, add some scented candles and lead her there blindfolded. She will have no idea what’s coming…

Get started by choosing your house’s color scheme. Then, shop from our range of stunning pillow covers.

Blues

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(Clockwise from top left: hand embroidered throw pillow cover, exotic oriental pillow cover, hand painted deluxe accent pillow cover, damask throw pillow cover)

Reds & Pinks

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(Clockwise from top left: paisley leaf pillow cover, jacquard damask pillow cover, spring garden floral pillow cover, jacquard floral pillow cover)

Neutral Tones

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(Clockwise from top left: ornamental embroidered throw pillow cover, hand embroidered brocade pillow cover, floral embroidered pillow cover, velvet sparkle throw pillow cover).

Monochrome

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(Clockwise from top left: solid geometric pillow cover, paisley embroidered pillow cover, jacquard paisley pillow cover, elegant dahlia pillow cover).

A Monthly Subscription Box

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Rather than buying her one gift at Christmas, buy her the gift that keeps on giving! A monthly subscription box will make her feel like it’s Christmas every month of the year.

Not sure what kind of subscription box she’d like. Here’s some of our favorites:

  • Scentbird monthly subscription box– For $15 a month your wife will receive a 30 day supply of new designer perfume.
  • Allure Beauty Box– A monthly dose of full and sample size make up products will please any beauty-loving wife.
  • Regular flower deliveries from The Bouqs– Flowers will make your wife feel special and this concierge service allows flowers to be delivered to your wife weekly.
  • Golden tote– A stunning tote bag full of goodies personalized specifically for your lady. This one-stop shopping spree includes clothes & accessories she is sure to love.

A Stunning Scarf

There’s something so darn romantic about the chilly weather, so why not get all ‘baby it’s cold outside’ and treat your wife to a new scarf.

Gentlemen: leave the woolies and crazy knitted scarves behind and treat her to something a bit more chic and sophisticated. A luxurious silk scarf or a soft wool scarf will allow her to feel like a total queen both indoors and outdoors. Here’s our picks:

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(Clockwise from top left: stripe scarf, exotic print silk scarf, tropical floral scarf, artistic print silk scarf, mystic branches scarf, floral paisley scarf)

Personalized Jewelry

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Chances are, you’ve already bought your other half enough jewelry to fill a small shoe box. So how do you get something that really stands out? Personalized jewelry is a fantastic way to give her something that is really heartfelt and meaningful.

No longer does personalized jewelry equate to a tacky ‘David Loves Victoria’ necklace made from pre-school plastic. As a matter of fact, many personalized pieces are discreet, on trend and timelessly beautiful.

Etsy has fantastic options, including rings with a secret message on the inside of the band, personalized cuffs and birthstone jewelry.

Matching Table Linen

If you’re wife is a home decor junkie, treat her to a stunning set of matching hand-embellished table linen. It gives her the perfect excuse to throw dinner parties!

Our hand embroidered table runner and placemat set comes in eight colors, so you’re sure to find one for her!

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A Timeless Handbag

As a woman, I have to admit that I absolutely love it when my other half treats me to a new designer handbag. Although it’s always a good idea to ask her what bag she has her eye one, a surprise can work wonders too!

My advice is to keep it plain, simple and classic. After all, she wants a bag that can look amazing with absolutely everything, will never go out of style and will make her feel a million bucks.

Here’s some that are sure to be a total treat:

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(Clockwise from top left: Coach, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Saint Laurent)

Happy shopping!

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10 Common Home Decor Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Whether your home has been recently redecorated or needs a complete renovation, there are a number of common home decor mistakes that can completely spoil your home’s interior.

From rugs in the toilet (ew) to rooms that are so clinical they could be mistaken for a doctors surgery, here’s ten common home decor, and more importantly, how to fix them.

1. Too Clinical

Swedish minimalism may be all the rage, but too much of too little can leave your home feeling cold, clinical and impersonal. Although square shapes, clean white walls and an abundance of chrome may be incredibly ‘now’, it is also incredibly boring.

Have you ever entered a friends home and found it so overly clean and clinical that you feel like you can’t sit down or even move? A home that is too clinical or minimalist is in danger of entering this territory.

Fix It!

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Swedish minimalism is awesome, but it’s important to add some personality into a room too! Update blank walls with a trendy canvas or painting. Add printed or textures cushions to your sofa or bed to make it look more cozy.

If you choose to stick to an all-neutral palette, make sure that you add textures to stop it looking too clinical.

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Add some detail to a minimalist room with the solid geometric pillow cover and paisley embroidered pillow cover.

2. Not Buying For Your Lifestyle

That indoor hammock chair may look incredible in your bohemian friend’s living rooms, but it isn’t exactly great for your back problems. Similarly, the surround sound system may be great, but there’s no point buying it if you don’t really listen to music.

Fix It!

No matter how amazing something seems, or how on-trend it is, only put it in your home if it suits you and your family’s lifestyle. As for that ridiculously priced surround sound system, sell it and treat your home to a new addition that suits your lifestyle.

3. Scratched or Cracked Tables or Surfaces

Tables and bench tops can be expensive to replace. However, scratched, cracked or damaged surfaces can immediately make your house look scruffy.

Fix it!

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No matter what surface is damaged, it can easily be fixed by covering it up with a table cloth or table runner. Smaller surfaces, such as small shelving units, can be covered by place mats.

If your room already contains a lot of prints, opt for a plain table cloth or runner. Plain or minimalist rooms can be given a new lease of life with printed pieces.

If you have several surfaces that need covering, opt for matching sets to keep your room looking clutter free. Our hand embroidered table cloth has matching table runners and place mats.

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4. Art That Is Hung Too High

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Art that is hung far above eye level can make a room look warped. Although most homeowners don’t consider how high to hang photographs and wall art, it can significantly affect the symmetry of the room.

Fix it!

This one is one of the easiest home decor mistakes to fix! Simply rehang the artwork so that it is at eye level. Home decor experts recommend hanging artwork about 60 inches off the floor.

5. Placing Furniture Against The Walls

You may think that placing your furniture against the walls of the room, will give you more space, but it actually does the opposite. In living rooms especially, sofas and furniture against the wall create a ‘boxed in’ effect. The result? Your room looks far more smaller than it actually is!

Fix It!

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Pull furniture in so that it isn’t resting against the walls. Draw the eyes more towards the center of the room by adding a rug or colorful table runner to the ground.

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Exotic oriental table runner

6. Forgetting Your Front Door

Home decor mistakes can literally start before you even enter your home! People seldom invest time and money in ensuring their front door looks welcoming and appealing. The result? Your home immediately gives off a bad first impression.

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Never underestimate the power of a colorful potted plant and a welcome mat!

7. Too Many Photos On Surfaces

There’s nothing more personal you can add to your home than family photos. However, untidy clusters of individual photo frames can look too cluttered and busy.

Fix It!

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Invest in a multi-photo frame or a gallery wall, consisting of matching frames.

8. Toilet Rugs

Rugs that are shaped specifically to go around toilets are the worst of all home decor mistakes! We understand that you want to add color and texture to your bathroom, but just no!

Fix It!

If your toilet is in your main bathroom, opt for a trendy bathmat and place in the center of the room. A separate toilet can be uplifted by hanging a wall hang or table runner on the back of the door.

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Saree border table runner.

9. Mismatched lighting

There is nothing more tacky than a chandelier in a floral kitchen or floor lamps in a bathroom. Ensure that your lighting fixtures match the overall theme and vibe of your room.

Fix It!

 

Keep your lighting in theme with the rest of your room. If all else fails, go plain and minimal!

10. Old or Rusty Hardware

You may have the most aesthetically pleasing kitchen out there, but all of this means nothing if the kitchen handles and hardware are rusty or cracked.

Fix It!

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Replacing your hardware is one of the easiest and quickest ways to improve your home.

What home decor mistakes are you guilty of? Let me know in the comments below…

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Christmas Traditions Around The World

Christmas traditions are different for everyone. Whilst some go to church and celebrate the Christian meaning behind the festive period, others stick to the magic of Santa Claus, reindeers and hanging up stockings .

But what are Christmas traditions like for those who don’t live in an American culture? Today we get into the festive spirit and delve in various Christmas traditions around the world.

Germany

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We may be used to hanging our stockings out for Santa to fill with goodies, but Germans have a whole different way of getting their gifts! As a matter of fact, German children receive goodies far before Christmas eve!

On the eve of December the 6th, Children leave their boots outside to be filled with nuts, fruits and candies. Much like in American culture, it is St Nikolaus who delivers the gifts. However, he is often accompanied by Knecht Rupprecht, a scary villain who takes away naughty children in potato sacks and fills their boots with twigs. Ah… so that’s  why German children are so well behaved!

Sweden

Swedish families celebrate St Lucia’s day on December the 13th, which celebrates the patron Saint of light. The eldest daughter dresses as St Lucia and wears a long white dress and a leaf crown. She wakes up before dawn and greets the rest of the family in bed with food and drinks whilst singing ‘St Lucia’.

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Recreate St Lucia’s day by waking your family with breakfast served on our perfectly white hand embroidered table placemat.

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Czech Republic

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Christmas eve is far more than just family time in the Czech Republic, its the day if you find out if you will get married the following year. In a bizarre ritual, the women stand with their backs to the front door and throw one shoe over their shoulder. If the heel is facing the door, she will stay single.

Ukraine

Like many countries in the world, it is a traditional to indulge in a large meal on Christmas Eve. However, this meal can only begin when the youngest member of the family sees an evening star in the sky.

Recreate

Rather than waiting for a star to appear and your food to go cold, embrace traditional Ukranian folk florals at your Christmas dinner table.

Hand painted deluxe floral table runner

Greece

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In traditional Greek culture, St Nicholas is seen as the Patron Saint of Sailors. As a matter of fact, the majority of Greek ships have some sort of St.Nicholas icon on board.

Although Christmas trees are not commonly used in Greece, traditionally, Greek households wrap a piece of basil around a cross and place it in a bowl of water. The mother will use the cross to sprinkle basil water in each room of the home daily. This was believed to keep away goblins and evil spirits. Gifts are exchanged on January the first, which is St. Basil’s day.

The Philippines

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In the Philippines, households hang a star shaped lantern in remember the star of Bethlehem. The lantern is made out of bamboo and paper.

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Remember the Bethlehem star in your home this Christmas with our modern two accent pillow cover.

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Venezuela

For Venezuelan children, January the 6th is a time of excitement. Children leave straw next to their beds. In the morning, there are presents in place of the straw, to let them know that the Magi and their camels have visited. There is also a black smudge on their cheek, which symbolizes that Balthazar, King of Ethiopians, has kissed them.

Japan

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Whilst we all sit down for a lovingly-prepared, home cooked meal, the majority of Japan are tucking into KFC! Kentucky fried chicken has become a modern Christmas tradition since the popularity of a 1970s advertising campaign.

What are your Christmas traditions?

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