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Innovative Interior Inspiration for a Happier Home during the Holidays

Your home should be bursting with Christmas cheer and holiday spirit by this point in the year. Whether you’re putting up your Christmas tree or having a good clear out before all of the presents arrive, there are so many preparations you can make right now. You might want to start by brightening up your home interior or changing up your overall color scheme within your home. There are an abundance of exciting things you can do in order to create a happier home during the holidays. If you’re not quite sure where to start then consider some of the following ideas to get you started on your innovative journey. Make sure you do everything possible to create a vibrant, festive, safe and practical space within your awesome abode this holiday season.

Savvy Security

Not everybody chooses to stay at home during the festive season; in fact it is becoming more and more popular to spend the holidays abroad or with distant family. If you’re worried about leaving your house for long periods of time, you might want to update your home security systems. You should click here and find out how you can watch your home from anywhere, no matter where you may be. In the future it will also come in really handy as you can check in on your pets whilst you’re out. With this high tech security system you will be able to have ultimate peace of mind that your home is safe and sound.

Declutter and Cleanse

Before Christmas comes around it is so important to get rid of all the unwanted clutter in your home before you are inundated with presents! Clear out your closets, empty overflowing drawers and throw out any useless items you no longer need in your house. You could even sell some of your unwanted items online just to get a little head start with your holiday cash. Starting the holidays with a fresh and decluttered home is the ultimate way to begin the festivities. You won’t have to worry about making room for guests, food and presents throughout your home if you take the time to have a much needed clear out.

Deep Clean

If you haven’t put up your Christmas tree yet, then now would be the perfect time to give your home the deep clean it needs. Even if you have decorated already, there is no better way to prepare for the holidays than a good old fashioned cleaning session. When it comes to deep cleaning your home, it really couldn’t be easier. Just focus on the finer details that you might usually brush over and you will have peace of mind that you have carried out a very thorough clean throughout your home. You could hire a carpet steam cleaner if you’re really ready to get into the deep cleaning spirit!

Furniture Rearranging

If you are the happy host for Christmas day, then you might need to make some practical rearrangements to cater for your guests. It can often be a problem finding enough seating to allow your guests to sit down, so think about this before the big day rolls around. If you have got little ones visiting you might want to tidy away your breakables so that your precious items aren’t in any danger. Count up how many guests you might be expecting in your home and bring down some extra seating from upstairs if you need to. Getting all of these preparations sorted beforehand will help to reduce your stresses hugely on the day.

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Festive Touches

It’s time to think about the fun and enjoyable elements of organizing your home for Christmas day and family parties. Adding your own festive touches to your dreamy dwelling will bring out the festive cheer by the bucket load. Whether you’re dressing a delicate and demure tree or you’re draping twinkling fairy lights over your mantelpiece, there are so many special touches you can make to your home right now. Choose a theme for your decorations, whether it’s red and gold, pastel pinks or deep green and silver; you are bound to put your own special touches on your Christmas décor this year.

Cool Color Schemes

Experiment with an array of festive palettes this Christmas and change up the entire décor of your home if you fancy a big change. Some people see the holidays as the perfect chance to redecorate your entire home as it symbolizes a fresh start for the New Year. Repaint your living room or invest in new sparkling accessories to suit the winter season. Changing up your color scheme can be the greatest indicator of the festive season so embrace the changes and enjoy trying out new palettes.

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Stunning Scents

One of the most exciting finishing touches you can make to your festive home this year involves choosing your signature winter scent. When your guests walk through the door they need to be hit with an amazing aroma that represents Christmas time through and through. Head out to your local candle or incense store and discover some of the most delicious tastes you will ever come across. Whether you’ve got a soft spot for sweet gingerbread or you absolutely love the smell of cinnamon, there are so many stunning scents to choose from. Enjoy the process of selecting your festive aroma and spread the smell throughout your entire home; your guests won’t want to leave!

So however you choose to spruce up your home this festive season, make sure it is practical, stylish and fun. If you’re going away, you might find it useful to boost your security; if you’re staying at home you could rearrange your furniture to make everything much more practical for your guests. Changing up the décor, style and special features in your home is just perfect for this time of year, as it makes you feel like you’re starting afresh.  Hopefully you will have been able to grab some innovative interior inspiration for a happier home during the holidays.

 

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Step into Christmas: Is Your Home Ready For Festive Guests?

One of the best things about being an adult, is having your own home that you can entertain your loved ones in and make memories. There’s nothing better than getting everyone together and enjoying good food, drink and conversation- and at Christmas you have every excuse to do so. When you know you’re going to have guests visiting, chances are you’ll want your home in order and looking its best, and so there are a few jobs you could tackle before the 1st December. Here are some ideas!

Finish any repairs and unfinished jobs

We’ve all got those little jobs around the home that we mean to get around to, but somehow never do. Scuffed paintwork that needs touching up, a wobbly toilet seat or a lightbulb that needs replacing. They’re not a huge deal but they are annoying, and most of the time don’t take a lot of effort to put right. Over Christmas you’ll have guests in your home, and will want to make sure everything is up to scratch. Write a list of everything that needs doing, and work your way through it ticking things off as you go. Hit the DIY store for any supplies you’ll need, and spend the day getting these annoying jobs out of the way. You’ll feel far better for it once it’s all done!

Have your heating system tested

The really cold weather has well and truly set in, and chances are you’ve been enjoying cranking up your heating and enjoying getting cozy in the evenings. So imagine what a nightmare it would be if something went wrong and you were stuck with no hot water or heat.  The best way to avoid this is by having an annual boiler service, where an engineer can check everything over and make sure it’s running the way it should. If you haven’t already, sign up for boiler insurance so you don’t end up out of pocket if something goes wrong. If your home is heated using another source, make sure you have enough fuel. Firewood for your wood burning stove for example can be stockpiled, and companies like Quarles propane and oil heat can refill your tank if you use either of these as your fuel source. Get organized so that you don’t run out unexpectedly.

Have a deep clean

Before putting up your Christmas decorations, it’s worth giving the house a good deep clean first. Again, it gets it looking nice in time for guests, but it’s also easier to do when you don’t have a Christmas tree and decorations dominating the room. You could refresh carpets and rugs by hiring a Rug Doctor and get the whole home feeling and smelling fresh. You could go through cupboards, drawers and wardrobes getting rid of things you don’t need. This clears space for new things coming into the house at Christmas, and if you donate to charity then you can help those in need too. Not only can those on a lower income buy the items, but the money made goes towards helping a charity too- everyone wins.

Kit out your guest room

If you’re having guests stay with you at Christmas (or there’s a chance people might stay over unexpectedly) then you’ll need a place for them to stay. If your spare room is usually full of boxes and junk, now would be a good time to work through it and get it all in order. Give it a clean, empty the wardrobe so guests have somewhere to hang their clothes and put fresh sheets and bedding on. You could go a step further and add a wireless phone charger (these are suitable for all newer models, regardless of the brand) and a card with the code to the wifi written on. You’ll want to make your guests stay as comfortable as possible!

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Put up the decorations and make it cozy

Once the house is in order, you can get busy putting up the decorations! If you want to keep it simple, go with a tree (that’s the right size for your room) and one or two smaller decorations. It’s tempting to want to go crazy, but you can always add festive ambience in other ways. Purchase some Christmas scented candles, and replace your cushion covers and bedding with festive variations. Invest in a couple of cozy blankets which are perfect for sitting together with loved ones and watching movies throughout December. Things like draught excluders can make all the difference, until you’re in a position to upgrade your windows and doors! If your heating system works with smart home, this can be a great way to keep your home cozy. You can easily adjust the temperature for different times of day, and can always turn it up or down if needed using your phone or voice activated speaker. For example, if you have it set to twenty one degrees during the evening, but you’re out one evening you’re not wasting fuel as you can turn it off from your phone even when you’re away from the house.

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Stock up on food and drinks

Having friends over means keeping them fed and watered, and so it’s worth having a few drinks and snacks on hand just in case. If you invest in a couple of bottles of spirits and mixers you can make a range of different cocktails. And then some wines, beers and cider will ensure that everyone has something to drink. You might already have a backlog of wines and prosecco, if you host regular dinner parties people tend to bring these over and they don’t always get used. You could bring them out and utilize them over the festive period. Having a tin of nice biscuits or chocolates that you can offer to guests is a smart move too, keep these for when visitors drop by. If they’re stored properly they’ll stay good for over the festive period.

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Why Off The Shelf Purchases Will Never Be Perfect For Your Home

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When you get a new home, there’s a temptation to transform the space the moment you arrive. You want it to look good, and you want it now. There’s no time to waste making your accessories or ordering your decor to custom. You’re just going to have to bite the bullet and head out to your local store. All the better for getting the space the way you want it, right?

Wrong! In reality, there are a few reasons why off the shelf purchases will never be the perfect fit for your home. There’s no denying that there are some fantastic shop bought pieces on the market. You may even buy some things which you swear complete that room in just the right way.

But, when you look at them in a few months, you may well start to question what you saw in them in the first place. It’s a common occurrence, and it’s part of the reason that so many of us feel the need to redecorate often. By comparison, home crafted or custom additions are sure to stand the test of time. But, why is it that shop-bought stuff doesn’t meet the cut?

It’s not made to fit

The chances are that you measured your windows before heading out for those blinds. Even so, it’s unlikely that you were able to find a pair which was an exact fit. Ahh, what’s half an inch between friends? The trouble is, you can bet that small overhang will soon start to irritate you in a big way. Before you know, you’re back out looking for a better fit. You know what would solve that? Biting the bullet and ordering custom options from companies like Montgomery’s, of course. And, the same rules apply to everything from your carpets to your bedding. Remember; you don’t get convenience without compromise. So, are those quick fixes worth your money?

It doesn’t reflect you


That dog ornament may have looked adorable in the shop, but doesn’t it seems lifeless on your shelf? It certainly doesn’t seem to reflect your personality, and isn’t that what decor should do? But, do you know why it doesn’t reflect you? Because it wasn’t made for you! It’s one of millions made in a factory someplace. By comparison, an ornament which you’ve handcrafted is sure to say a whole load more about who you are and what matters to you.

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It doesn’t have any real meaning

When you make or commission something for your house, it becomes meaningful. It’s a one-of-a-kind product just for you and your rooms. Every time you look at it, it reminds you of a time or experience. By comparison, shop-bought home stuff is pretty meaningless. No matter how much you like it, there’s a chance you won’t think twice about chucking it when the new season rolls around. If you operate that way, though, you could soon look at spending a fortune. Not to mention that you’ll struggle ever really to feel at home.

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re:Craft & Relic Show Sneak Peek

It shouldn’t be a surprise by now that I have a great love for the arts and supporting artists and their small businesses. In this new world of technology and conveniences I’ve noticed a great resurgence of art, craftsmanship and an over all appreciation for relics from the past. An amazing thing to celebrate and get excited about!

This “art and relic” resurgence is celebrated by a local Wisconsin show, re:Craft & Relic. The curated show is put on a three times a year and includes 150+ artists, junkers and makers who are selling their wares and treasures. This coming weekend (Nov 10 & 11, 2018), I have the privilege to hangout at the show, meet with local artists and shop for some wonderful treasures myself.

Show Information

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Milwaukee County Sports Complex
6000 W Ryan Rd
Franklin, WI 53132

Saturday, Nov. 10th  – 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
(9 a.m. for VIP ticket holders)

Sunday, Nov. 11th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you are within driving distance to the greater Milwaukee area, I highly recommend coming out and seeing the re:Craft and Relic show for yourself! It’s an artist and junker’s paradise! Need some convincing? We’ll look no further! I have an exclusive sneak peak for you of some of the vendors that will be selling this weekend.

Check out these wonderful makers and we’ll see you there!!

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3 Wren Street

Business location: Racine, WI

Our family sells vintage and antiques as 3 Wren Street at flea markets, antique malls, vintage pop up events, and even out of our garage! We also sell online and have an Etsy shop.  Our booth spaces are a mix of everything we love – industrial pieces, primitive items, shabby chic finds, classic antiques, and more! We try to bring unique items to each show we sell at, but also bring the “staples” that our repeat customers expect to find. We are in the process of moving from Racine, WI to Door County, WI so we’ll be doing a lot more shows in that area starting next year. People can also find us on Facebook. We post pictures of new finds, links to items listed in our Etsy shop, and our upcoming shows on Facebook.
www.etsy.com/shop/3WrenStreet


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A Happy Thought Indeed

Business location: West Allis, WI

A Happy Thought Indeed is a mix of handmade jewelry, apparel, home decor and vintage finds all inspired by nature, literature and a bit of whimsy.  (large space @ The Bees Knees Homestead in Brookfield, WI)
https://www.facebook.com/AHappyThought/


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Ava Grace Clothing

Business location: Mukwonago, WI

We sell quality, handmade clothing for Women and Children.
 avagraceclothing.etsy.com


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Bird’s Tail Designs

Business location: Milwaukee, WI

Meaningful, minimalist jewelry made by women, for women to empower women. www.birdstail.com


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The Fancy Farmhouse

Business location: Hubertus, WI

Wisconsin-built quality handcrafted furniture with a farmhouse style! Message me for custom order requests!
www.facebook.com/thefancyfarmhousewi/


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Green Beetle Shop

Business location: Wheatfield, IN

We create handmade, one-of-a-kind insect displays using exotic specimens from around the world. Ethically & sustainably sourced. {No, we don’t kill them…that would be sad}
greenbeetleshop.com


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Hattie & Elsie

Business location: Janesville, WI

A wide variety of home decor, gifts, and vintage. Hattie & Elsie is best known for their signs made from antique ceiling tin.
hattieandelsie.com 

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Hello Lavender

Business location: Woodstock, IL

I’m the owner and maker behind Hello Lavender. I’m a knitter, crocheter, indie yarn dyer, and fiber jewelry designer draped in mustard yellow and running off a steady intake of coffee (and/or wine, chocolate, donuts and pizza) to bring you modern knitwear & fashion accessories.
www.hellolavender.com 


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Inspired Scribe
Business location: Mukwonago, WI

Delight, inspire and encourage with Inspired Scribe’s fabulous word art on luxe paper and wood. Choose from a great selection of designs printed with love on greeting cards, t shirts, gift items, mugs, keychains, magnets and flour sack towels. Find something for everyone on your gift list!
www.inspiredscribe.etsy.com


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The Fancy Farmhouse GIVEAWAY!

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Win this beautiful Christmas tree stand box from The Fancy Farmhouse WI (valued at $100)! and 2 VIP tickets to re:Craft and Relic this Saturday and Sunday.

ENTER HERE >

 

 

 

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Learning to Love a New Home

Are you worried that you haven’t made the right decision with your move? It might be too late to turn back the clock now, but you most likely wouldn’t need to. It’s only natural to start doubting such a major decision, even if you’re worrying over nothing. Here, we’re going to look at how you can start to put those doubts behind you and to love your new home as soon as possible.

Plan for its weaknesses

When you’re uncertain about something, it becomes much easier to pick up flaws and to really start fixating on them. Is there an issue with your new home? Start planning for how you’re going to address it now. If there isn’t a lot of physical room, start planning on how to create a sensation of more space. If there’s less natural light, then think about how you’re going to change the window treatments to allow more sunlight in or how you’re going to add new light fixtures to make up for it. Obsess over the solutions, not the problems.

Give yourself time to acclimate (and unpack)

If you spend all the moving day packing, cleaning, and unpacking, you might end up spending your first night in a home that’s almost entirely empty. Make sure you arrange for movers to help you get your stuff there and unpacked all the sooner. That way, you can start adding your own design touches and enjoy your first night getting used to the home. Otherwise, you will be arriving in the dark, stressed out, and with few luxuries to keep you company.

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Engage the senses

Decor isn’t the only way to make your home your own. All the senses can play a vital role in helping to engage you emotionally and to make you feel at home. More and more people are finding that aromatherapy has a profound effect on their mood. Finding your favorite scent and lighting a candle or incense to help spread it through the home can give you something familiar to ground yourself with. What’s more, it’s a great stress buster. Once you shrug off that stress, you can free your mind to see the positive in your situation.

Surround yourself in what you love

Familiarity can be key, but there are new ways to engage yourself in familiarity, as oxymoronic as that sounds. You don’t have to decorate your new place exactly like the old one. For instance, you can look at ways to incorporate your hobby into your décor. Hang some of your favorite record covers on the wall or get your favorite movie posters framed. It helps you establish your personality and identity on the home but without feeling like you have to try and replicate the home you left behind. Doing that can only make you miss it more, especially if all your old stuff doesn’t fit the new space in the same way.

Moving into a new home is a naturally alienating experience for those who love their status quo. Hopefully, the tips above help you acclimate to it a little more quickly, so you can start to really love it.