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Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

9 Nov

Holiday decorating can help make the season more special.

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Holiday decorating will help get you and your guests into the spirit of the season, but keep it simple so YOU can enjoy the season without stressing about perfection.holidaydecorating2

There are so many ways you can decorate your home for the holidays, from the smallest candles and accessories to large-scale trees, wreaths and statuary. Typical areas of your home to prioritize for decorating include your living room or great room, dining room table and sideboard, fireplace mantle, front door and outside the house.

Start with a thorough house cleaning and put away other decorative accessories in your home, especially those on tabletops, mantles and furniture. This disciplined step will ensure you have a clean start for holiday trimmings that really pop!

holidaydecorating3 Once you put away extraneous accessories, you may recognize that you need more than just holiday decorating; it could be time to update carpeting, paint, furniture or window treatments, too! Plan your holiday décor for all the senses – to create a festive look, feel and smell. Think about decorations that can create new family traditions and that make you feel good.

This year, consider a new entertaining concept – maybe the first party of the season held before Thanksgiving or the

holidaydecorating4last party of the season a few days after New Years. Red, green, gold, silver, blue and white are traditional holiday colors. Also think outside the box for a refreshing new look with:

  • Transparent glass and earth tones
  • Fuchsia and lime
  • Light pink and forest green
  • Even black and white!

Make your home feel festive and bright this special season with a focus on holiday decorating. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Delux Drapery & Shade Co.

 

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Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

11 Mar

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Did you know that Play-Doh was originally used as a wallpaper cleaner?   In 1933, wallpaper cleaner was a hot commodity as, at the time, coal was the leading way to heat one’s home, being much more efficient and cheaper than wood. This had the negative side effect of leaving soot everywhere, which was difficult WallpaperVSPaint1to clean off of wallpaper as you couldn’t get it wet.

It’s probably not something you think about a whole lot, but wallpaper has been around for a long time. Some of the earliest techniques for it date back before 1700. The design industry hears complaints about wallpaper frequently: wallpaper is outdated; it’s difficult to apply; it’s only for traditional homes; it’s hard to clean. But we are here to tell you that it is anything but outdated and you should consider wallpaper instead of paint in the future for these reasons:

Durability-Wallpaper is great for high traffic areas and can last for years. There are
many different kinds varying from vinyl to grasscloth so that you can choose one best suited for each room. It used to be you wouldn’t wallpaper a kitchen or bathroom because of the adhesive and high humidity. But now you can get vinyl wallpaper that is easy to scrub. It’s also easier to remove than former kinds of wallpaper.

Quick Prep Work-There is little that needs to be done to a wall to get it ready for wallpapering. No spackling has to be done. You can prime beforehand which helps the paper stick to the wall instead of fighting a glossy finish paint, but aside from that you can just put it up. It will hide wall imperfections that paint won’t hide.

WallpaperVSPaint5Design Individuality-Create a unique space for you. You can paper a whole room of course, but also think about using wallpapering as an accent. Wallpaper just one wall as a focal point and then you can either paint the rest of the space or choose a coordinating wallpaper.

Modern Prints and Textures-This isn’t your grandma’s wallpaper. There are thousands of wallpaper options for the modern and contemporary homes out there, including grasscloth and cork. 

 

 

 

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A Breath of Fresh Air

20 Feb

A Breath of Fresh Air

Did you know that Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors?

Whether it’s home, work, or a vehicle, we are stuck inside a lot.  Homes used to be more open to the outdoors.  Now we close up and insulate, which is great for warmth but not for air quality.  It’s like living in a plastic food container, it will only keep fresh for so long.  We go through a lot of work sealing the windows with plastic, FreshAir1investing in honeycomb shades and piling on blankets at night to stay warm and healthy.  However, there is a benefit to opening up your windows for 20 minutes a day, even in winter.

You need clean, fresh air for your lungs.  You don’t always notice how stuffy your home is until you walk in from outside.  Most of the time, you can smell the difference.  Many may argue that they live in the city where the air isn’t fresh or clean.  So they keep their home sealed up and invest in an air purifier.  Which is good, just make sure to change the filter frequently.

But opening a window will help circulate stale air out and bring oxygen in.  In fact, when the house is airtight, there are higher levels of carbon dioxide which can lead to headaches and fatigue.  When you open the window, you let fresh oxygen in, not the FreshAir2rancid oxygen being breathed over and over.  If you’re concerned about wasting money on the thermostat, turn off the heat and open your windows during the late morning so you get the best advantage of the sun to warm the space. You also can turn the ceiling fan to move in reverse, sometimes called the winter setting, which helps circulate warm air down.

Some worry that the cold air will get them sick.  But we have learned that it is not being cold that makes us catch cold.  It’s a virus.  And again, where do we spend almost all of our time?  Inside.  You are harboring more bacteria by keeping the home closed up than opening a window.

With that being said, open your windows!

Decorating For The Winter Blahs

7 Jan

Easy Decorating in Winter

Picture it: the holidays are over, it’s a little gloomy outside, the decorations are all put away and now what? Your home may look a little bare and unexciting so why not do some winter interior decorating? There is always a surge of decorating during spring cleaning but it is good to change things up a few times a year. It will keep your home looking fresh, new and comforting. If you are wanting to change things up a bit, here are some easy tips to get you started:

Quick Change Accents-switch out toss pillows, throws, rugs, draperies. A heavy drapery instead of the lightweight curtain will add warmth to the home.

  • Fabricut PillowsA soft shag rug will keep your feet toasty when the cold creeps into the floor. And having toss pillows and throws to curl up with will keep you comfortable with your hot chocolate in the winter months. Look at lush fabrics like chenilles and velvets for your accessories. Warmth by Color-reds, yellows and oranges are all warm colors; start introducing them into your space with the quick change accents previously mentioned. Just looking at vivid colors will keep your spirits up when it’s dark outside.
  • WinterDecorate1.jpegWinter Light-speaking of dark, let’s add some light! Not everyone has a fireplace so let’s improvise. Candles placed all around the room will help more than you know with light. Also, if you have a good shelf for it, place a full-length mirror behind a row of candles and you have doubled you light output. Find some small, low-watt lamps and place them around the room in dark corners that don’t get as much light
  • Making Nature Welcome-bring the outside in. Bring in some pine cones, or branches and put them in large vases with a string
    WinterDeocrate2of LED lights. Or if you are in need of some green but don’t have the thumb for it, pick up a snake plant-often called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.

They require little light and little water to survive. Perfect for small spaces and the busiest of people.

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