Monday, November 21, 2016

Last Minute Decorating Ideas for Thanksgiving

The forgotten holiday is nearing, and if you haven’t given into the winter holiday spirit yet then your fall decor is most likely still in full swing. If you have relatives coming in to stuff their faces full of mashed potatoes and turkey, wait to break out the snowflakes until after the last pumpkin pies are devoured. To help ease the stress of your in-laws coming in, we’ve put together a list of simple ideas for showing how thankful and pro-thanksgiving you are this holiday season.

  1. Acorn Candle Holder - We’ll start off simple. Go out into your yard and grab a few handfuls of acorns off the ground. Make sure to wash and dry them off, then throw them into a large glass container and simply set your candles on top or partially buried in them.
  2. Gourd Holders - Have any over-sized candle holders that never get used? Simply replace the candles with small pumpkins or gourds. Be sure that your new decorations are secured, as one table bump could send a pumpkin rolling over a guest’s plate.
  3. Cornucopia - This is one of the most traditional Thanksgiving decorations. Fill yours with fall flowers or small gourds. And if you’re looking to involve any young kids, let them paint their own gourd to be included in the display.
  4. Corn Husk Wreath - If you read our Halloween post, we discussed an easy DIY wreath. This time, use corn husks, and even dried corn, to bring your Thanksgiving wreath to life.
  5. Thankful Tree - As the leaves fall from the tree, so may have a couple of large twigs. Grab one that resembles a tree and find a vase or styrofoam block that will stabilize it to stand straight up. Cut out small paper squares and add string to them to hang as ornaments. As your guests come in let them write what they are thankful for and use the tree as your table’s centerpiece.  
Have any other last minute ideas that you love to do for Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments section below! And if you’re looking for more furniture to seat all of your guests this coming holiday season, visit us at a store near you or find us online!

Monday, November 14, 2016

5 Things Every Living Room Needs


Whether you use your living room for family time, watching the game, or a place to just hang out, it requires a few things to bring it together. The obvious things include couches, a TV, and if you’re lucky, a fireplace. But to make any living room feel like home there are a few things that you must include. These aren’t the most unique pieces, but more often the pieces that most don’t put enough thought into.

  1. Wall Decor - Too often do we focus on the color of the paint on the walls rather than the actual art or decorations that could be hung upon them. Invest in local art or a piece you really enjoy rather than a cliche print from another chain furniture store. It will not only make your room stand out, but can create a talking point for your guests.
  2. Window Treatments - Your windows are the portals to the outside world from inside your living room. Create a larger looking room by investing in curtains that reach floor levels. Try dressing your windows with multiple layers using sheer curtains to add a new dimension to the space.
  3. Proper Lighting - The key to every living room is the lighting. Too much lighting can make it feel like a dentist’s office, but not enough will have you turning on your phone’s light to find the remote. Figure out a proper level, and remember the different styles of lighting that will give the room distinct feels.
  4. Tables - Your living room needs two styles, a coffee and end table. Your coffee table can help you bring out your own style, whether you choose a glass or wooden version. Show off your creativity with what you keep on the coffee table, but don’t get too cluttered! Depending on the size your end tables can also serve as homes for lighting or only small enough to hold the remote and a drink. You don’t need to design a room around these tables, but when done right, they can bring flair to a simple room.
  5. Personal Touches - Although this includes family photos, they should not be the only unique touches to your living room. Find some art or decorations that are sure to bring memories every time you see them. Whether it be a decorative book, or memorable sports souvenir, try and bring something that gives guests a better understanding of your life beyond chairs and couches.

Have any other essentials that weren’t mentioned but you think should have been? Let us know in the comments section! To find some of the items mentioned above, visit us online or find a store nearest you!   
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