Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Beyond cinnamon and nutmeg

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to take those holiday boxes out of storage and dress-up the house. Every holiday season is the same. Ornaments and decorations collected over the years and displayed in the same way. And while we agree that family tradition and the ever-impressive red and green or blue and silver  are stunning, this holiday season we’re feeling adventurous. The beauty of decorating for the holidays is that it isn’t permanent, so you can be creative and try new things without costly investments in design. You can start with what you’ve already got, or go in a completely new direction. There are so many styles to choose from. Rustic. Simple. Elaborate. Elegant. Traditional. Contemporary. Anything your heart desires. It can be overwhelming, but have no fear, we’ve put together a pin board to help you get going. >> Get your pinners ready in 1, 2, 3… A wonderful and fun way to add to your seasonal decorations is to swap out your everyday artwork in place of seasonal pieces. Vintage prints, DIY crafts, and our personal favorite, all those holiday photos from years gone by, add endless joy to your home for the few weeks they’re on display. >> Seasonal artwork and ideas ahead… And now that we’ve got you thinking beyond the normal cinnamon and nutmeg of holiday decor, have a look at our Creative Holidays pin board for (too) many crafty and creative ideas to jazz up your home this holiday season. >> So many pin-worthy...

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Not your grandmother’s table

Not your grandmother’s table

For decades the holiday table was seen as a formal affair, with a coordinated table-setting for 12 and guests spread uniformly along a rectangular mahogany table. Pa carving the turkey at the head of the table and Ma entertaining her guests at the other end, while the family dog waits ever-so-patiently for the first bits of the holiday feast to fall to the floor.  As lovely as that image seems, it’s not 1975 anymore and home designs, and its inhabitants, have changed. Homes aren’t coming equipped with formal dining spaces any longer and the kitchen is now the hub of excitement and family meals. Open floor plans and multi-use rooms are standard issue. Dining tables come in an eye-boggling variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Non-traditional entertaining styles are common, if not necessary.  So, whether you’re holiday is formal or casual, your table rectangular or round, or your goodies served on China or paper, we’ve gathered pin-boards full of eye-candy to help you pull-together a dining space that showcases your smorgasbord of goodies and encourages long conversations with friends and relatives. >> Dining space eye-candy  Plus, who knows — if the décor is pleasant enough you may not mind spending hours chatting with that long lost relative that seems just a bit too weird to even be a part of your family. { And if you’re feeling a bit DIY’ish and creative this season, pop on over and have a look at what we’ve pinned to help you get your creative juices flowing. }    ...

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Falling for inspiration

Falling for inspiration

We know it may not feel like Fall right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make-believe. Take full advantage of the fun that Autumn brings and enjoy a Florida-style Fall that doesn’t include raking a single leaf or garden-destroying October frosts. Fall color palettes and Autumn decor add warmth to your home and get you in the pre-holiday spirit. Come time for Halloween, nothing is more welcoming than an entryway decorated with freshly-carved Jack ‘O Lanterns, haystacks, FSU colored wreaths, and cinnamon sticks. Our Fall-inspired Pinterest boards are sure to get your creative apple ciders flowing. From Autumnizing your outdoor spaces to incorporating Fall colors into your living spaces, we’ve done the research and pulled together lust-worthy designs for you to enjoy. So, go ahead, make some apple pie, light your cinnamon candle, and get pinning. Click through now to be inspired…                                    ...

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Pre-holiday dining prep

Pre-holiday dining prep

Oh, the stress of the holidays. House guests, preparing lavish meals for twenty, entertaining distant relatives, driving here, there, and everywhere. We’re breaking into a cold sweat just thinking about it. However, this holiday season will not be like the others… We hope. This year we are resolved to keep the anxiety out of the festivities and simply enjoy the time that we’ve got with each other. And since nothing is more stressful, in our opinion, than the BIG dinner, we’ve committed ourselves to prepping our dining spaces a few weeks early. Perhaps we’ll even have a Halloween get-together to give our new space a trial run before the turkey even hits the table. Take a look at what we’ve got in mind and let us know if any of these will work in your spaces. And hey, if you want to have a trial run in your new space, we’ll be glad to accept your invitation. Click through to start the holiday preparations…...

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Converting the recently converted

Converting the recently converted

Remember way back when you were feeling the affects of an empty house and suddenly had an extra space and simply nothing to do with it? We were there for you with tips on how to manage that Empty Nest feeling. But now that summer is here (not technically, of course, but it is Florida), and your college students are home for a few months and your relatives are heading south to enjoy the oppressive heat at our wonderful beaches and theme parks, its time to reconvert those converted spaces to indoor spaces with room to accommodate the flock. We hope that you took our advice and purchased or repurposed pieces that could work double-duty for your space. <crossing our fingers> Now all you have to do is make them work for visitors staying more than just a night or two. Take stock of your space. See what pieces are necessary and temporarily remove the ones that are not (or shuttle them into the closet). Consider moving the bed/futon/sleeper sofa to a position that will make it easy to fold/unfold everyday. Fill your storage pieces with toiletries, stationery, additional bedding, and books. This serves two purposes: It makes your guests comfortable and gives them a bit of freedom to linger and enjoy their own space, and it also keeps them from having to ask you every time they need something extra. Make room. Guests come with stuff and lots of it. Long-term guests are going to have months worth or items that need space and those short-term guests will suitcases full of beach gear and trinkets purchased at every tourist shop. A bedside chest, under bed storage pieces, or open shelving will fit the bill perfectly.   When you’re all set, take some photos for us so we can see how your space worked out for everyone. Enjoy your...

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Last good day of the season?

Last good day of the season?

As the Memorial Day holiday creeps up on us from around the corner, many of us here in the south are already spending more time indoors for fear of melting on our beautiful patio. But in keeping in the spirit of this honorable day, lets spend what might be the last tolerable day of the season outside enjoying our friends and neighbors. Here’s what you’ll need to get your outdoor spaces ready for the fun. First things first. Pop outside and see what you’ve got for seating. Take special care on the spacing of that seating. Nothing is worse than spending your day moving your legs about as though someone is walking in front of you in a movie theatre. Have the seating close enough for natural conversation but not too close that you can share a plate (unless, of course, they got the last piece of cake). If additional seating is necessary, have a BYOC (Bring your own chair) get-together. Keep the seating out of the way of the grill so the crowds awaiting the perfectly cooked burgers aren’t standing on top of your seated guests.     Cleaning and organizing. We know this is the part that is dreaded, but it is certainly necessary for having a fun and successful party. Take a look around and organize side tables, serving areas, and garbage disposal opportunities to make sure that everyone is comfortable, has what they need, and aren’t in and out of the house like bored school kids. Get creative with your pieces as well. Non-traditional items can make excellent side tables and serving areas. See what you’ve got lying around the house and garage. Look at it sideways and upside down. Anything that is sturdy and has a flat surface will make do for a table. If nothing fits the need, come on down and say hello to us and we’ll gladly set you in the right direction. Once everything is sorted and organized, freshen everything up with a nice cleaning. Wipe off the pollen, wash cushion covers, and sweep or spray down the patio flooring (or set your bored school kid to the task).   Accessorize The best designs always come together with the accessories. Just because your outdoor space is, well, outdoors, doesn’t mean that your decor options are limited. Anything with fabric is a great way to add color and coordinate multiple pieces. Throw pillows, table runners, foot stools, and table cloths with like colors, patterns, or themes will bring it all together. Lighting is important as well. Standard lighting options are necessary, particularly for the later crowd, and will need to be placed around the area. Consider purchasing the yellow-tinted bulbs that don’t attract our pesky seasonal bugs. Additional lighting, such as candles and lanterns, not only supplements the traditional sources but adds to the design and ambiance of the area. Finish off your made-over space with fresh flowers and seasonal fruit. Pops of color and grab-and-go foods are excellent additions to any space, especially those outside. When you’re all set up and ready to go, take a few photos and send them...

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