Showing posts with label Home Decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home Decor. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fall Decor Ideas To Celebrate The Season

We can finally see, and feel, that fall is very much here. With the temperatures beginning to drop, we can begin to see the leaves changing into hues of jewel colored combinations with dazzling yellow, orange, red, purple, green, and brown. This makes a perfect backdrop for fall décor and it’s easier then you think to add the charm of the season to your home.

Of course not only does a fall décor change celebrate the “harvest” season, with slight changes and a little imagination these décor recommendations can easily take you from Halloween to Thanksgiving. For example now that Halloween is over, keep your pumpkin hues but change up the black. And for Thanksgiving, you may want to opt for more natural elements like corn and squash. Fortunately for us, the hues for fall's holidays are in the same décor family.

When it comes to seasonal décor, we always like to begin outside. A fall inspired wreath and topiary, like the ones picture here, set the tone. We also like to change our greeting mat. For us, it’s a nice introduction when friends and family visit. Keep in mind not to overdue it, as a little goes a long way when it comes to the hues of fall.

Moving to the inside of your home, adding a beautiful vase filled with harvest colored gourds, or willow spheres, makes a lovely touch to the foyer table. Begin the backdrop with a jute runner and add a few fall leaves to pull the look together.

We do a lot of entertaining throughout the fall and winter, often opting to host small dinner parties. The dining room table is very simple give a seasonal change. Again using a runner, this one being fall inspired, you begin your backdrop. We found these lanterns and filled the bottom third with miniature pumpkins, changed our hurricane vase and added brass chargers.

For the living room -- where most people spend the majority of their time relaxing -- changing pillows, throws and candles make the room ready for a fall celebration. Taking inspiration from nature, add a few well-chosen pops of color mixed in with the neutrals of the season like apricot and brown. All of the suggested items were found at T.J. Maxx and were a fraction of the price of department stores -- proving that luxury does not need to cost a fortune.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Secrets Of People Who Have Neat and Organized Closets

Happy Spring!!!! Hmmm … day three of the Spring 2019 Cleaning Challenge … and we can happily report that everyone is really working hard to get things organized again. We hope that our tips have been useful and that your Spring 2019 Cleaning projects have been going well. Today, we bring you what has got to be one of the most difficult tasks for those who have super busy lives. Shameful admission … more than one member of Team TME has found in her closet clothes with the tags still on, shoes still in boxes that have never been worn and accessories that have long been forgotten.

While only one TME member has a “floordrobe,” we all can see how easily that this can happen … every woman has dealt with “I have nothing to wear” and torn through the entire closet to find the “perfect” outfit while leaving her wardrobe scattered about on the floor. For the closet we turned to our own editor, Eve who has the best tips for keeping your closet neat and organized, as well as where to begin if you do have a “floordrobe”.

Secret Number One: Some of you may need to clean up the “floordrobe” before you can begin to organize your closet. The first step is to clear an area (like your bed) so that you can separate your clothes into piles of “keep,” “discard,” and “donate”.

Secret Number Two: Deciding what items go into which pile can be a really daunting task if you don’t go in armed with a plan. If you haven’t worn an item of clothing within the past 12-months, it GOES! Keep in mind that there’s a reason that you haven’t worn a particular shirt or slacks and someone else will enjoy those items so place them in the “donate” pile. As for what goes in the “discard” pile that would be items that are torn, completely faded, from the 90s … etcetera.

Secret Number Three: After you’ve decided what you’re going to keep and what you’re going to get rid of, take 20 minutes to vacuum and clean the closet … you’ll be surprised by how dusty and closet can get. After you’re finished tidying up the closet, begin to organize your clothes by color and type. Hang your skirts, dresses, slacks and jeans on one side and your blouses, shirts, cardigans, and sweaters on the other. Within each category of clothing, hang them by color (white, pink, floral) and type (separate business, formal, and casual) all separated in a row so that you can easily find the perfect black top to go with your slacks. Do this for your shoes as well!

Secret Number Four: The easiest and apparently best kept secret for both saving time and keeping your closet clean and organized is to pick out your outfit the night before. Taking ten minutes to chose the next day’s outfit will absolutely save you time in the morning and if you have a little “I have nothing to wear meltdown,” followed by a “floordrobe” incident you will have time to clean up your clothes and keep your closet organized.

Bonus Tip: If you truly want to turn over a "new leaf," stick to the rule of one in and one out. If you buy a new shirt, donate one. It's a really good way to keep your clothes organized, maximize your space, and your wardrobe! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Secrets Of People Who Have Clutter Free Homes

Yesterday, we brought you Secrets Of Organized People with help from Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter. In our week-long series we move on to the next set of tips … Secrets Of People Who Have Clutter Free Homes! Yes, we know that many of you may be thinking that a clutter-free home in absolutely unattainable. Honestly, it isn’t. However, it does take a little bit of discipline and possibly a whole lot of re-working your mindset.

Secret Number One: Save time straightening your house with this simple technique. Grab an empty laundry basket with paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, and a small garbage bag. Work clockwise through each room, wiping down surfaces as you go, and using the laundry basket to hold items that don't belong in that room. Before moving to the next room, check the basket to see if there is anything you picked up from another room that needs to be put away, and then repeat in the next room.

Secret Number Two: Make the most of your kitchen and closet storage by rotating out seasonal items to make more space for the things you use more frequently. Holiday cookie cutters, fondue pot, tamale cooker -- if you only use it during the holidays, it's time to stow it all away to make space for spring and summer items.            

Secret Number Three: Make the most of your cleaning day by hiring service startups to come directly to your door and handle boring tasks while you get your spring cleaning done. Get all your seasonal items safely stored away (and out our your way) by scheduling a storage pick-up with Use STRATIM to get your car washed, gas tank filled and returned to your driveway. Or use Handy to get help with everything from furniture assembly, window washing, to fixing your garbage disposal.

Happy Organizing!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Secrets Of Organized People From Expert Emma Gordon

With Spring 2019 kicking off this Wednesday, March 20, we have been on a major Spring Cleaning kick. It began with cleaning out our products closet and has led to the office and beyond. When you start a major cleaning project we think that most people often ask, “How did things become so disorganized?” At least that was the question that we were all asking.

The answer is that life happens -- we all get busy with work, school and families. But, it is actually possible to have a very busy life and a well organized one too. Turning to Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter, we found out about a few brilliant tips and secrets … Secrets of organized people! So read on and check back all throughout this week as we share tips from our own in-house experts!

Secret Number One: Clutter piles up quickly when you're not paying attention. One of the easiest ways to prevent clutter is to follow a simple rule … when you have an object in your hand (book, jacket, house keys) don't just put it down anywhere, put it away.  When you challenge yourself to put things away in their designated places, not in the most convenient location at the moment, keeping your home organized or office becomes second nature.

Secret Number Two: If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, do it immediately. Small tasks that are allowed to pile up will turn into fodder for procrastination later.

Secret Number Three: It is really easy to schedule away your time and be left with no room for bigger projects that require more concentration. If you're having a hard time making progress on personal projects, a major presentation, or other “deep work,” put it on your calendar as if it’s an appointment. Then treat it like an appointment … don't be late, turn off your phone, don't cancel at the last minute. This is especially helpful if you share your calendar with others to book appointments.

Secret Number Four: Whenever possible, outsource mundane errands. Use on-demand storage like rather than wasting driving your stuff to and from storage. Instead of running to the grocery store, use Instacart or find a tasker on TaskRabbit. Everyday a new service company emerges who can lighten your task list for a small fee.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boston Proper Rose Gold Room Spray Review

As The Makeup Examiner has previously written, scent sets the ambiance for any experience. What would life be without the scent of pumpkin spice in the fall or florals on a warm summer night? Scents entice and invite us to join in or relax and sooth a tired mind. So, as much as I adore perfumes, I too adore luxurious scent everywhere I wander.

Just as all perfumes are not made alike, we find this will room sprays. Admittedly I more apt to light candles than to reach for a room spray, but there’s something quote lovely about Boston Proper Rose Gold Room Spray ($49-6.0oz), which just launched May 1. To start Rose Gold Room Spray is highly scented, with only a spritz needed to create a scent-filled room and the bottle, with a rose blush liquid trimmed with a frosted Boston Proper label, is chic enough to be displayed. 

At first spritz, citrus and cinnamon are immediately evident and gently open into rose and jasmine with a final scent of soft musk and amber. Despite a top note of cinnamon and base notes of musk and amber, that I usually place in the cooler weather scent category, Boston Proper Rose Gold Room Spray is a room scent for all seasons that would be just as inviting in the winter as it would be during summer. 

  • Top Notes: Citrus, Cinnamon
  • Mid Notes: Nutmeg, Rose, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Musk, Amber

Yes, The Makeup Examiner is hooked!Boston Proper Rose Gold Room Spray is available online at Boston Proper and at all Boston Proper locations. Check out more about Boston Proper on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pantone Predicts 2014 Color of the Year

Pantone announced, yesterday December 5, the 2014 Color of The Year! The global color authority pronounced Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Radiant Orchid for Fashion
Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.

Radiant Orchid for Beauty
A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

Radiant Orchid for Interiors
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows. Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.

Cross-Referencing to Other PANTONE Libraries PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries including PANTONE PLUS for graphic design. For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. 

Past colors include:
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

©2013 The Makeup Examiner 

Monday, December 10, 2012

How to Create Swag Bags for Parties

This is such a simple and fabulous idea for any party, but I think that it really adds something extra special for your holiday party.

  • Gift Bags
  • Swag Items

Choose your gift bag. Depending on your party occasion or theme, buy gift bags in a style to match your theme. For example, if you’re throwing a holiday party, choose colors that match the season. You can even opt for a pretty box versus bag and these items can be found in bulk at your local craft store.

Pick your swag items. A couple of awesome swag items are candles or beauty/grooming gift sets. Swag Bags don’t have to break your piggy bank to make an impressive party favor. :)