18. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

The country style isn’t usually my favorite in decor but it’s what I gravitate towards when it comes to the actual holidays. It is just so traditional and I like to collect heirloom pieces. A lot of the styles that you saw in 2011, and 2012 will still be popular in 2013 & 2014. It uses classic color palettes like red, green, and ivory. If you like to hold onto your decorations for awhile this is a good style for you. Here is a roundup of some ideas with pictures on how to set the perfect holiday table and find the perfect tree.

Rustic Woodland Holiday Christmas Floral Pinecone Tree By Collections Etc
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Set of 3 Rustic Colored Tin Barn Star Folk Decoration or Christmas Ornaments
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Rustic Christmas Holiday Apple & Pinecone Wreath - 23
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Vintage European Grain Sack Stocking
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Country Style Burlap Natural Tree Skirt 48
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Aspen Pinecone Garland Strung Pinecones
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Rustic Decorating Ideas for Stockings and Tree Skirts

This is the mot masculine of the country look and the color palette is a little different too. Instead of a bright white it uses more of a taupe or natural color. It also uses a muted burgundy and a darker green instead of brighter white, reds, and greens.

The more modern take on this uses a lot of burlap and sack cloth. This is the most popular material for 2013 in any style.

There are a lot of natural elements in this style too. Typically this would be moose and elk appliques on everything. However, a more elegant approach is with an actual element from nature like pinecones or faux apples for an understated look.

Rusty tree ornaments or stars are also an essential motif. You could even buy a large version for your wall that you can use year round.

The Xmas Mantel

This style usually has lots of accessories and the mantel is really the focal point of the entire room. Mantle scarves can showcase lace or burlap. Look for unusual rustic garlands like jingle bells or fabric scraps. If you do use artificial greenery go for a frosted look and spend a little bit more money so it’s as realistic looking as possible with longer needles and pine cone accents.

Traditionally this would have a Christmas village on it and this is a fun tradition where you can collect a new piece every single year the way that my family does. This can be a sentimental craft project (we paint ours). If buying it new look then for a complete set and almost any style will work with this theme.

Country Christmas Stockings and Tree Skirts

Burlap Natural Holiday Christmas Stocking
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Candy Cane Stocking Holder - 4 Pack
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Silk Christmas Stocking with Green body and Venetian Style Cuff
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Gold Poinsettia Tree Shirt
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Burgundy Scroll Christmas Tree Skirt By Collections Etc
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These are the items you may own the longest so I like to see more traditional versions here. The most obvious idea would be a quilted or an applique version but I like to see slightly fancier fabrics. A burlap is still rustic. Velvet is so traditional that it will last for years. You can always use a more whimsical hanger like a candy cane although these can be dangerous around kids.

For the tree skirt look for more elegant items. It can still be quilted but it may not have a lot of different pieces to it and it may focus on texture. You could also be inspired by a natural element such as a poinsettia.

For Outside

The outdoor holiday decor for this style is usually the cheapest and the simplest to install. Plus, most aspects of it look just as great during the daytime as at night. If you hate putting up holiday lights then consider this style. If you do use them it should just be a basic white version or a vintage style string light.

Of course, you will still need some illumination at night so try mesh deer that can even be solar powered. Also decorate with lots of pine boughs. One of my favorite lighting tricks is to hang a matching wreath or snowflake in each interior window although check for safety if you close your curtains and blinds over this. If you like primitive decor like flags and pine boughs this is a fun decorating choice. However, instead of making a lot of small statements, use the same element over and over like several of the same flags lining a walkway. Add in larger pieces like a topiary too.

For the Table

For the perfect holiday table look for traditional tree motif china. While this is expensive and a pain to store it really sets the stage. The rest of the decorations can be more neutral which is easier for your wallet and for storage. You can use some of them year round like a burlap runner, toile napkins, and an iron centerpiece. The rustic style to me has so much warmth in it and will work with almost any style of architecture.

Spode Christmas Tree 12-Piece Dinnerware Set Service for 4
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Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles 12-Piece Holiday Dinnerware Set Service for 4
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Rachael Ray Dinnerware Seasons Changing 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
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Burlap Table Runner 13 Inches X 90 Inches.
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Napkin/Guest Towel by Caspari - Romantic Toile - Gold/Cream
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Gifts & Decor Tuscan Candle Holder Wrought Iron Wedding Centerpiece
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18. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

I was in Big Lots the first time i saw an electric fireplace media center. It solved a lot of my design problems and I was so happy that it even existed that I may have clapped my hands in joy. By “may have” I mean that I definitely did.

White and Ivory Furniture

SEI Antebellum Media Console with Electric Fireplace
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SEI Claremont Media Console with Electric Fireplace
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Sonax F-612-BWT West Lake 60-Inch Fireplace Bench Warm White
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TVLiftCabinet Brand Remington White TV console with lift
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Holly & Martin Fenton Media Electric Fireplace
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New Layout Solutions

I had been in the market for both a fireplace and a new entertainment center but I didn’t know that a TV could be that close to a faux fireplace. Instead of buying two units and having the room look awkward I could now go for one piece. A few years ago there wouldn’t have even been six different choices but it’s much trendier for 2013 & 2014.

5. White Corner Fireplaces

A corner fireplace can feel more like a built in; especially if it matches your wall color. The corner style would work best in an apartment and small spaces. However, I also find that it’s the most enjoyable for TV viewing which is something you rarely have to think about with your other regular fireplace choices.

4. Modern Sonax

The other styles are all supposed to look like built-in’s. However, with both the electric feature and the fact that it doesn’t have a hearth it’s pretty easy to tell that it’s a fake. However, the Holland style really embraces this with a fire box look. It’s contemporary to match the style of most flat screens. It even has legs on it instead of being flush on the floor and comes with glass doors. I usually describe the modern style as being “too cold” so this literally warms it up.

3. Dimplex Chesire

Dimplex is a name that is known a lot for electric fireplaces so I was happy that they finally participated in this trend. They have some of the more lifelike flames. Plus some of the panels open up for storage. I like the ember bed compared to most faux logs too.

2. Real Flame Fresno

This has some of the most storage options of any of the other furniture consoles. However, it’s also the most expensive too. The MDF material didn’t excite most of the reviewers who found that it looked cheap but the reviewers were really divided into people who loved it and people who hated it.

1. SEI Cartwright Convertible

The TV makes it feel more like a built-in but a slate effect also helps. Also, look for adjustable brightness so it won’t distract from your TV watching if you need to heat the room. This is a very traditional style of fireplace with a rustic edge. It also has over 40 reviews on Amazon.com and comes in several different wood tones.

Low and High Prices

You’ll need to make sure that whatever piece you buy can handle the weight of your TV and also the width. This style is made almost exclusively for flat screens. I also like pieces with shelves for gaming consoles. I look for bookshelves on the side too.

Here are some of the runners up:

Black and Wood Consoles

SEI Narita Media Console with Electric Fireplace
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ChimneyFree Lynwood Electric Fireplace Entertainment Center in Vintage Cherry - 18MM4105-C233
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Dimplex Symphony Media Langley TV Stand with Electric Fireplace in Espresso
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SEI Carrington Convertible Electric Fireplace
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Real Flame Hawthorne Electric Fireplace TV Stand in Dark Espresso
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SEI Kingsbury Media Black Electric Fireplace
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13. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Paisley duvet covers are one of the few patterns that I actually like. I prefer solid colors of bedding just because they are more classic. However, a paisley print never really goes out of style. There are a lot of different colors that will match most styles of beds that you may find.

Paisley Print Duvet Covers

Try a more farmhouse inspired feel. The shabby chic look can use this style as well. Usually the farmhouse look uses stripes which can be masculine and the shabby chic style just uses a lot of different floral prints which can be too feminine. If you get a gray or blue color palette this style can be more gender neutral in either design style. I also like to add it to white painted furniture; which tends to always remind me of a kids’ bed set but a more sophisticated duvet cover helps to change this.

Subtle Color Palettes

One of my favorite styles uses a more muted color palette. This Calvin Klein oxidized paisley duvet uses deep olives, aquas, and rust tones. It uses more of a dot outline design style.

Echo Jaipur Duvet Cover

This is one of the better selling duvets that I’ve found at Amazon. The paisley print is a little bit more of a looser interpretation. Sometimes this pattern tends to feel dowdy and even seems to work with a lot of heavy formal mahogany furniture. Instead, the brighter colors and bolder print gives this a popular global inspired feel. It adds tons of potential wall colors to your room. It also takes a lot of colors that would otherwise feel juvenile, but just feels fresh and modern with this pattern.

Mod Prints

Usually wild color combinations like oranges, greens, brown, and white would just seem like a disastrous color scheme or like its right out of your grandma’s house in the 1970s. The paisley print makes these color schemes all work together and it’s a contemporary way to get this very untraditional color scheme.

The Tuscan Style

This is a pattern that uses paisley prints often. Go for warmer spice colors. This is usually one of the most expensive bedding themes but you can save a ton of money by getting a duvet and you might even be able to put it in the machine this way. However, it’s a more formal style so instead you may want to try it with a sleigh bed or a poster bed. Don’t draw your wall colors directly from this because it’s too bold as a wall color.