Jan
   02

 

Christmas and the New Year have come and gone. Now it’s time to store your holiday decorations! Here are some great ways to store your Christmas tree and ornaments to start the new year right.
 

Storing Your Ornaments

Clean Them

Various holiday ornaments are made of different materials, so clean each of them appropriately. To clean baubles, dry-dust them instead of using water or detergent, which can remove paint. Take heirloom ornaments made of fabric, like crochet and velvet, to a professional for treatment. Use a gel-based glass cleaner to remove stubborn dirt and grime from some glossy ornaments. When in doubt, use a nice soft cloth to safely clean your décor items.

Place in Storage Boxes

Now that your tree ornaments are clean and shiny, it’s time to keep them in storage containers. There are different ways to store your decorations, depending on their size and shape.

One favorite DIY option is using an egg carton. Because of its built-in compartments, egg cartons are perfect for small pieces that you can easily lose track of in a box full of ornaments. For pieces that are old and delicate, line each section of the egg carton with cotton or tissue for padding.

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  Dec
   30

 

After the Christmas celebrations are over, the New Year celebration starts. With all the things you have to do before the festivities begin, cleaning up the house can take a backseat. Here are some quick and easy cleaning tips to help you keep a fresh-looking home before 2014 arrives!
Here are some quick and easy cleaning tips to help you keep a fresh-looking home before the new year starts!

1. Clear out the Fridge

 

open fridge with plenty of food inside
Clean out your fridge before preparing for the new year

We do a lot of food gifting, as well as a lot of baking, and extra cooking. The fridge can get pretty filled up, and oftentimes I forget what’s in there. I hate for holiday goodies to go to waste, and I also love to start the New Year with a clean slate (or should I say plate).

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  Dec
   29

 

It has been a great year for home décor mashups, whether mixing high with low style, modern with vintage, or metal with wood.  As we move forward to 2014, let us look back on the interesting things that made home décor fun and fabulous! Here are my top 5 decorating trends of 2013.

1. Chalkboard everything

Chalkboards make a space look friendly and welcoming because they offer you the freedom to write or draw anything, making them a great tool for home decor. Now, with chalkboard paints available in the market, homeowners can make any surface look fun and even functional!

Our post about creating a festive entryway saw this gilded chalkboard frame serve as a charming background for a simple green wreath. This is one of my favorites as it easily provides that personal touch instantly by just scribbling your favorite adage or making an illustration. Make the space even more dynamic by changing the writing every now and then! This year, walls, cupboards, and even gift wraps were given a charming touch as they were turned into writing surfaces. (more…)


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  Dec
   26

 

Another Christmas is over and everyone is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the New Year. Kick up the fun and liven up your usual New Year’s celebration by trying out these fresh and festive merrymaking ideas.

1. The operative word in New Year’s Eve is “new”, so now is a great time to try something fresh and different. Try experimenting with a new style of table setting for your party.


If your place settings are usually very formal and traditional, why not try a more eclectic holiday look? Go for mix of rustic elements, such as a burlap table cloth, gold-colored goblets and candle holders, and a simple floral centerpiece. This will be a delightful change of pace.

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  Dec
   25

 

From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Jennifer Lutz and her family in front of their decorated white Christmas tree and holiday mantel


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