5 Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

Decorate for the HolidaysIt’s that time of year again! We’re all gearing up to see our families, buy presents, and spend some quality time with friends and neighbors. Most people opt to decorate for their holiday of choice – Hanukkah and Christmas happen to fall in the same month. So what are some great ways to honor your family’s heritage and family tradition through homewares and home décor? Let’s take a look!

  1. Set up a “memory table.” It’s easy to forget about holidays past, but this year, make the effort to bring your family back to cherished years prior. Whether you set out photos of your family together, display “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments, or light your very first menorah once again, the family will love looking through the memorabilia you’ve set out for them. You can set delicate pieces on a cushion or nestle them in a basket to keep them safe.
  2. Put together a slideshow. Some families seem to have so many photos from over the years that they simply don’t know how to display them all. A great way to create a festive atmosphere and put smiles on the faces of your family members is to set up a slideshow. Add holiday music or favorite songs that evoke special memories. Everyone will love sharing stories about holidays past and they’ll appreciate your creativity and time you put into making the project.
  3. Have a brave family member dress up as Santa. This one isn’t for everyone, but in a family with a lot of small kids, it’s an unforgettable experience for them. Just be sure to have the camera ready – and maybe have a glass of egg nog and cookies on hand for the sportsman-like volunteer who dons Saint Nick’s costume! This is a chance to really let your creative decorating go wild.
  4. Create a holiday album with your family. With digital cameras, this becomes easy! Simply organize a photoshoot with your family and print off your favorites. Set up scenes or get outdoors and enjoy the weather. Put them together in a collage, or get them printed on a pillowcase or throw to cherish forever as holiday decorations.Decorate for the Holidays1
  5. Decorate together. The simplest way to spend quality time with your family around the holidays is to decorate together. Whether that means lighting a menorah or putting gifts under the tree, the true gift is the gift of family.

Happy holidays and have fun decorating!

5 DIY Ideas for Decorating with Candle Holders

Candle_Holders_HEOne of the best ways to gear up for the holidays is to add a little bit of festive lighting to your home décor. If you are tired of hanging up the same old Christmas lights, then why not try something a little different with candle holders? Using a little bit of creativity and some spare supplies you have around your home, you can easily create festive votives that will be sure to stand out from traditional decorations!

  1. Wrap them in Tissue Paper. An easy way to get a new look out of your candles is to wrap them in a light-colored tissue paper. You can even cut out silhouettes or other colors of tissue paper to add on top! For example, if you’re hosting a party, you can add themes that correspond to the occasion – cut out birthday hats for a birthday party, or Christmas trees for a holiday dinner! Mix and match colors to create contrast, and use simple shapes that will be easy to glue in place.
  2. Add Pressed Flowers. By pressing a pretty flower between the pages of a book, you can create a simple, personalized appeal to your candle holder. Try pressing posies, daisies, or a peony, then glue it to the side of the holder. The result will be a bright pop of color on the side of the glass!
  3. Lace Up. Another way to add a little bit of flair to your glass holders is to cut a strip of lace and glue it around the perimeter. Choose any color and thickness you like. You can further embellish the lace by adding beads, gems, or even another layer of lace to create layers of elegant and romantic trimmings.
  4. Use a Wine Glass as a Holder. This works perfectly for floating candles or other delicate votives. Fill the glass with water and sprinkle in some rose petals. Then add in your candles and watch how the light plays off the water and shape of the glass. These makeshift tealight holders will be sure to dazzle your guests with its simple, romantic appeal.
  5. Utilize Mother Nature’s Gifts. There are plenty of inspirational pieces you can pluck right from your own backyard. You can line the perimeter with leaves, or fill the inside of the glass with sand. Place your candle in the sand and voila – you have a beautiful statement piece for your home.

Think Right- Think Light!

The video below shows how wide the range of light appliances is these days- from traditional standard lamps to flexible pull down ceiling lights, to desk spotlight lamps for your close reading work. In days of yore, the aim was simple, try to get each room as bright as possible to emulate daytime and be able to see each other! As lighting became more efficient, and people’s homes began to be designed with an integrated look- curtains, furnishings, carpet all to complement each other- then a new term began to creep in- mood lighting. Creating a lighting “experience” in a room which plays to its function and strengths.
Whether you are thinking of giving your home a lighting winter lift, and perhaps changing those nasty old inefficient incandescent bulbs for LEDs, you need to have a think before you rush to an online store and start clicking away.
Each room in the home has its own role to play in your and your family’s daily life. You should take this into account when planning lighting. Walk the tightrope between practicality and ambience. Between functionality and personality. Oh yes, and flexibility. You may have the best mixed colour low-light bedroom arrangement, but if you need to dust and hoover when you get in from work on these dark evenings, you’ll be cursing for not having a bright light arrangement so you can see the dust etc.
Today, the available choice of modern lighting fixtures is almost as limitless as the imaginations of the designers who create them. Look at the BHS video: form and function is very much at the forefront of innovative designers’ thinking. You are totally spoilt for choice, and therefore it can be all too easy to get distracted and diverted and buy something that will be a spare part and not fulfil your requirements.
First things first. Get a sheet of paper for each room in your home. Include utility room (if you have one) and hall/passage. Write down how much natural light the room gets in winter. Obviously this can be affected by the size of windows and their compass-point facing. A North facing room in winter will get little light after 2pm.
Then list what are your main activities in each room. Your study and kitchen will probably want a lot of light, and for that light to be directed at key areas, such as desk, bookshelf, work surface, hob etc. However your lounge and bedroom will probably want more ambient/mood lighting. Lower brightness and perhaps some colours other than white.
Then there’s flexibility to consider. If you have fixed lighting in a ceiling or walls, then are they dimmable? Some LED lights are not and you probably don’t just want a choice between on and very bright, or off and dark. Having a number of separate sources of light is a good idea. Table lamps and a multi-purpose standard lamp can be good for a lounge: You can have a strong, directed reading light if you want to sit in the armchair and read the evening paper, and then have just the low wattage peach bulb giving you background illumination when you’re watching the television or a film on dvd. A constant colour changing little effect can be good as a sole source of light if you are relaxing, eyes shut and listening to music or an audiobook on the headphones.
Take your time and discuss it with a friend of someone from your family. Two (or more) heads tend to be better than one!
Here’s the video:

Chezmoi Collection Green Leaf Duvet Cover Set Review

Green Leaf Duvet Cover Set 1Bed accessories, like covers and pillow shams, can quickly add up in price when you are buying them separately. But sets can often provide an entire bedding set for more reasonable price. A duvet set is an excellent choice if you are looking to purchase a bedding set without breaking your bank account. They can also be the perfect choice if you are looking to update your room or your bedding without spending too much money. A quality duvet cover set willinclude at least the following items: a duvet color, at least one pillow sham, at least one type of sheeting.

The Chezmoi Collection Green Leaf Duvet Cover set is a high quality, reasonably priced choice for anyone who needs a bedding set. The Chezmoi set comes with a four-piece sheet set, one bed skirt, two pillow shams, and one duvet cover. The Chezmoi Green Leaf duvet cover is white with a modern, green leafy pattern, while the pillow shams and other bed accessories feature matching green and white colors to complete the overall look of the set. All materials are made from 100% high quality polyester, which is convenientlymachine washable. This particular set is a great way to outfit a bed with matching pieces without having to buy multiple items separately. It is an especially great choice if your bedroom features natural colors, like wood brown or leafy green.Green Leaf Duvet Cover Set 2

The Chezmoi Collection Green Leaf Duvet Cover Set is not only high quality, but aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. The soft green color makes it perfect for most modern bedrooms, and the comfortable material makes it perfect for sleeping on—or sleeping under!

The Chezmoi Collection Green Leaf Duvet Cover set currently retails for $89.99.

A guide to getting furniture on a budget

furniture on a budget 2There is nothing quite like a new set of furniture to breathe life into a property. Similar to how giving a room a lick of paint, replacing an old, shabby carpet with some ceramic tiles, or ripping down the old-fashioned wallpaper and substituting it with a more stylish choice, decking a home out with new furniture can make the property look and feel like a full restoration has taken place.

Unlike a restoration project which can mean re-mortgaging a home to drum up the funds, furniture can be bought relatively inexpensively. Take a look at the following guide on how to buy furniture on a budget.

Second hand shops

Musing through second hand shops can be an interesting and relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon. From books to bric a brac, clothes to coffee tables and cushions to chest of drawers, charity shops are laden with many great second hand goods. Apart from being able to pick up a bargain, what’s especially appealing about buying furniture from second hand shops is that the kind of items people often take to a charity shops are high quality, such as solid oak furniture or furnishings in solid pine.

Restore existing furniture

Of course you don’t have to go racing off to a second hand shop or your nearest furniture store in order to create a compelling new look in your home. Restoring existing furniture can be as effective, not to mention much more fun, than buying new furnishings and fittings.

Restoring furniture need not be complicated or time-consuming and typically involves a few simple steps. For example, if you have a chest of drawers that have been in the family for several generations and although they are well past their sell by date, you are loathe to throw out, with some creativity and TLC this family air loon can look like a stylish new feature that’s guaranteed to spark conversation.furniture on a budget 1

Simply sand down your chest of drawers with some sandpaper, mend any wobbly handles, missing feet or support blocks, replace loose knobs with some brass ones and paint it in a funky colour that’s in-keeping with the rest of the room – There you have it a completely transformed chest of drawers without discarding the family air loom or spending a fortune.

 Public auctions

Every week auctions up and down the country receive thousands of items that people no longer require and would like to exchange for some quick money. From antique furnishings to solid oak furniture, from battered, old chest of drawers with plenty of potential to renovate to a stylish coffee table that looks as good as new, you can pick up many a bargain piece of furniture at an auction, particularly if nobody else bids on it.

House clearances

House clearances can be a great place to pick up furniture cheaply. Simply look in the newspaper, in your local shop windows or online to find if there is a house clearance taking place near you, where you might be able to buy some fantastic, high quality furniture for a bargain price.

Book Cases with Cabinets

Book cases are viewed as a boring piece of furniture by many people. They often imagine they can only be boring shelving like the book cases their family had when they were growing up. However, nowadays book shelves can be functional and a point of interest in any home, in any room, with any style.

Added Functionality

We offer several book cases that have the added benefit of built in cabinets. Having a door as part of a section of your book case is a great way to hide electronics or other odds and ends that need a place, but may look like clutter if they are placed on an open shelf. We offer a corner cabinet that would be perfect for displaying a candle collection or even a small fish tank or family photos. The top acts as a display table, the shelves below are a great place to store books or display other knick knacks and the cabinet below can be used to store supplies. Do you have children? If so, a cabinet on the bottom of your new book case may be the solution to storing children’s items that may otherwise look out of place. Because they are easily accessible, you can store things such as children’s craft supplies in them. The child has access to them on their own, making them feel independent, but they are still hidden from view while you are hosting a dinner party. It could also offer a place for the child to store his own books, which may not be as visually appealing as your book collection sitting on a shelf because children’s books are often various shapes and sizes.

A Polished Look

Book Cases that have cabinets also tend to look more polished than book cases that are strictly open shelves. Open shelves can be difficult to keep tidy on the lower shelves and can also be more difficult to keep clean. Adding a cabinet on the bottom helps protect the lower portion from dust and dirt, protecting the contents and reducing the amount of cleaning you have to do.

We are positive you will find something to meet your needs at Chest of Drawers whether you are looking for a traditional book case, a modern or nontraditional book case, or a book shelf with a storage cabinet included. We offer free s hipping on qualifying purchases and offer a product guarantee that simply can’t be beat.

Non Traditional Book Cases

Tired of the standard, old fashioned book cases that everyone seems to have in their homes? Sometimes traditional and simple is the best way forwards, other times traditional styles leave a space feeling old fashioned, un-styled, and just out right boring. At Chest of Drawers, we understand that one style does not fit all. Every home and space is as unique as the person living there and we have something that will work for everyone.

Break Free of the Floor

One of our most modern designs is a free floating wall book case. This book shelf is designed to resemble the skyline of a city, making it an excellent choice for city apartments that overlook a city skyline. It is also a great point of interest in country homes, bringing a touch of the city to a rural setting.

Modern Style

Our Nordick Oak low Rack offers a great solution for entry ways, hallways, and many other rooms. It acts as a table, a shelf, and a cabinet, making it one of our most versatile pieces. It offers closed areas in conjunction with open areas, making it ideal as a function piece as well as an excellent piece to display antiques. Our 96 degree shelf unit is another great option for individuals that prefer a more modern style. It is edgy and futuristic but is still able to work well in a variety of settings.  It would be excellent in a home office, as a media stand in a living room, or even in a child’s bedroom to add some extra flare.  Some of our book cases offer asymmetric styling to make them more appealing and interesting to the eye. They can be dressed up if you want them to be a focal point in a room or dressed down if you are looking for something a bit interesting but that blends seamlessly as well.

Book Cases are a great way to update any room in your home and it can be done on a budget. With Chest of Drawers you can not only find a piece that fits your home and your budget, but you can feel confident with our life time guarantee to replace anything or give you a refund if the product is defective as long as there are no extenuating circumstances surrounding the damage to our product. If you have any questions or would like to browse our selection, visit our website for more information.

The Right Bedroom Lighting Can Make or Break the Mood

When you think of the bedroom you should be thinking about a place to rest and relax, and in addition to that it is a place that you dream.  For this reason it is very important that you are able to create your environment in a way that is lovely as well as relaxing.  There are many different kinds of lighting which are available and will let you design your own experience.  If you are looking for something with an exotic look you can always use Japanese lanterns to decorate your space which will give you a flair for the dramatic as well as give you a lovely direction to enjoy in the new Eastern flair to your environment,

Another fun bedroom lighting trick might be to find colored light bulbs which you are a fan of and adding them to your favorite lamps so that your rooms will glow with the colors of your imagination.  Whether you are interested in blue, or green, or purple you will be able to feel all of the emotions from your environment as well as feel inspired by your surroundings from the colors and from the beauty of the glow.

If you are looking for something a little more personal candles may be the way to go whether you are interested in candles which are carved in your favorite characters or animals.  Perhaps even the candles may represent regions around the world where you would like to go and this bedroom lighting can also represent experiences you want to have.  All of the candles which are surrounding you and are a part of your surrounding can in fact be an antique from a location, it can instead also be a source of imagination and dreaming helping you slumber into a realm where you are able to envision and think about all of the dreams you have in the future.

Bedroom lighting is one of the ways that you can personalize your environment as well as spice up your love life if there is something that you are looking to add there.  For this reason there is a beautiful amount of things to learn and enjoy from playing with and also experimenting with the lighting to find what it is to be able to create your own environment and decide what it is you want in your life.

Choosing Designer Lighting

Nothing can set the tone of a room like stylish designer lighting. Finding the best lamps for your room or kitchen is simple once you know the important things to look for when out shopping. Having good light in a room is important to style and eye health. So why not make your lighting pleasing to the eye? Choosing gorgeous designer lighting for your room will show your guests your personal touch and creativity. Don’t give up great lighting and personal expression for lower cost. What are some things to look for when shopping for designer lighting?

Choose Designer, Choose Quality

Designer lighting offers excellent quality and will last a long time. It can be chosen to adapt to any changes in your room’s furniture. Choose designer light with a style that you will love for its visual appeal and its sturdy construction. Also consider the size and shape of the light fixture that will accent your room best. Perhaps floor lamps or your room really needs a new table lamp. Whatever style or shape that you choose, just be sure that you are getting the best quality for your money. Good quality lighting can change the whole dynamic of a room. Taking the time to pick out the best lighting will keep you from having to make the same decisions every time you change the theme of a room. Cheap, low quality lighting from discount stores can break and come apart after it ages.

Style That Doesn’t Fade

Finding that perfect style of lighting is important to your satisfaction with your entire room and can help create a certain feel. Whether you like elegant and sleek lighting designs or something more conventional, there is something for everyone. Making sure there is enough light in the room is also important. Try different light bulbs and pick a larger light for a larger room. The styling of a light can carry on through your ever-changing style desires.

Whatever your style is, there is bound to be something that suits your room and your taste. Try out different sizes and types of designer lighting to find one that suits your room. Be sure to keep in mind the coloring of the other furniture in the room so that you can get the perfect fit. Once you have honed in your style and selected a light fixture that is of high quality, all that is left is to install it and let the light shine. You will rest easy knowing that you have made an informed choice on your latest lighting purchase.

Buying Eco Friendly Furniture in the UK

One of the common responses I hear to the idea of making sustainable choices in day to day life is that people just don’t have the time to research and identify the facts about every purchase they make, but in fact it doesn’t have to be difficult at all to keep the environment in mind whenever you make a purchase. The eco friendly furniture UK retailers have in store for you is almost without limitation, and you will find that by choosing a store which makes the environment a priority you will be able to trust them not only for their practices, but the standard of quality that is inherent to a company which would make these types of things central to their own decision making.

At the end of the day it should not be tremendously difficult to find a company which is environmentally responsible. There are a few things you can look for to be able to tell right away that the eco friendly furniture UK retailers have available for you is sourced responsibly. One important label to be on the lookout for is FSC certification, which lets you know that the wood itself comes from a sustainable practice. When it comes to fabrics and the like, labels like Fair Trade and even simply Organic are often enough to tell the tale.

If you think that this may limit your options somewhat, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that the range of selection available to you is quite vast. In fact, as an increasing number of companies catch up with our modern green culture, you might just find that you have an even greater selection this way and you should almost certainly be seeing products of better quality. The types of eco friendly furniture UK shops and online retailers make available should speak to their higher standards, while companies who opt out of responsibility are more likely to make simple and cheap knockoffs and things of that nature. You really get the best of both worlds when you make a responsible choice with your purchases.

Finally, in my opinion the best way to take advantage of these great benefits without having to think very much about it is to choose a retailer you can trust and build a relationship with them over the years. You will be able to go back to this source time and again, and that means trust and certainty without a tremendous amount of effort on your part. More often than not these stores value returning customers greatly and will go out of their way to make sure you remain happy, which is another great advantage to have on your side.