Showcase Your Favorite Accents with Display Easels and Stands

Ah, that stunning decorative plate or darling little artwork. Did you recently come home with it after a fruitful day out antiquing? Or was it the result of an intense bidding war? Maybe it was something you stumbled across online and “just had to have it.” However you procured it, your treasured find is here now, safe and sound… But what do you do with it next?

If you wish to showcase that special item rather than put it away, a display easel or stand may be just what you need. A display easel unobtrusively holds your favorite home accent for as long as you like. And when you’re ready to change your decor, it provides a multitude of possibilities. Instead of a decorative plate, you might like to display a framed artwork, picture frame, ceramic tile, canvas, plaque, shallow bowl, or tray. If you have a deep serving bowl or platter to exhibit, be sure to check that the display stand is deep enough to accommodate it.

Modern Tripod Display Stand Silver Baldwin Display Stand Oil Rubbed Bronze

Tabletop display easels are perfect for flat surfaces and for small home accents, but if you have a large artwork to present, consider a floor display stand. A floor easel will better support large pieces, and, once it is set up, it requires little fuss or arranging.

Utica Metal Floor Easel Espresso

If your wall space is looking rather drab, try a wall display easel. A wall mount stand will free up tabletop or floor space while elegantly displaying your platter, artwork, or tray. If you have a grouping of plates to display, simply look for a plate rack.

Dawkins Scroll Display Stand Black Regal Plate Rack

How to Decorate with a Vanity Tray

Are you constantly reaching for your favorite beauty necessities, only to find that they’ve rolled off to the side? Or are you tired of rummaging through a drawer for your morning essentials? The vanity tray is a marvelous multitasker that will keep your trusty products at hand, right where you need them – and it will look lovely on your counter top, of course.

A vanity tray can be used to display and store a variety of cosmetic accessories, including makeup, nail polish, small lotion bottles, and brushes. You can also use a vanity tray as the resting spot for your favorite perfume bottle, trinket box, or jewelry pieces. Mirrored vanity trays bring glamour and charm to your dressing area and are ideal for showcasing your primping must-haves. 

Letitia Vanity Tray Antique Silver  Misa Mirrored Vanity Tray Purple

Place a vanity tray wherever you need it – this convenient accent looks splendid on your vanity counter, dresser, nightstand, or commode top. 

Aldabella Satin Gold Vanity Tray

Vanity trays need not be limited to the dressing area, if you have other items you wish to display. Place two or three flameless LED candles of varying heights on a mirrored vanity tray and – voila! – you have an attractive, decorative display that didn’t take hours (or even minutes) of fussing.

Karmye Mercury Glass LED Candle Silver Set of Two

 

Hot Summer Home Decor – Proudly Made in the USA

The Fourth of July will soon be here, and patriotic shoppers will be delighted by these hot home decor finds that are made right here in the USA. These popular items will give your home a decorating boost, and you can feel good knowing that they are American-made.

Keep those kitchen chairs feeling comfy and looking their best with the Sonoma Fruit Chair Cushions. These chair accents are totally in season with their delicious-looking fruit designs. Ties keep the chair cushions in place, while the fruit pattern adds an inviting touch to your kitchen area.

Sonoma Chair Cushion Light Almond 17 x 15

Cater to your feminine side with the Jessica Ninon Ruffled Priscilla Curtains. These sheer curtains allow light to enter your room while adorning your window with pretty ruffles. Coordinating balloon shades and valances are available, so you can create a window treatment that is as graceful as it is delicate.

Jessica Ninon Wide Priscilla Curtain Pair White 250 x 84

If wild animal prints are more your style, take a look at the exotic Safari Banner Valances. These velveteen window valances feature animal prints of iconic safari denizens: giraffes, leopards, or zebras. Each banner valance is embellished with a tassel.

Giraffe Print Banner Valance Multi Warm 13 x 21

Bath Towel Tips: How to Choose and Care for This Bathroom Staple

Have those bath towels hanging on your towel rack seen better days? Replacing worn, faded bath towels may seem like a daunting task, but a few tips can help narrow the options. Before long, you’ll be wrapping yourself in a soft, high-quality towel and bidding adieu to those scratchy substitutes.

Consider three main attributes in the search for your top-notch towel: fabric, construction, and weight.   

Bath Towel Fabric

Cotton towels are the most common choice, but not all cottons are on the same shelf, quality-wise. Some towels are entirely cotton, while others may have other natural fibers added for softness. Bath towels made from Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton feature extra-long fibers. These superior towels are highly absorbent, strong, and durable. Egyptian cotton is, of course, grown in Egypt, while Pima cotton is usually grown in the United States (but can be grown in other locations). Bath towels labeled as Supima® (Superior Pima) cotton are made of 100% American Pima cotton. Be particular with percentages; if you select Egyptian cotton, look for towels labeled “100% Egyptian cotton” to be assured of quality.

Bath Towel Construction

Combed cotton, ringspun, terry… Just what do all these towel terms mean? Combed cotton has been combed to remove impurities and short fibers, resulting in longer, more uniform cotton. Ringspun cotton has a smoother, more refined feel and is made from tightly twisting long and short threads together. Terry cloth bath towels are woven with extra yarn to make absorbent loops. Dense, longer loops create a more absorbent towel.

Bath Towel Density

You know to look for thread count when shopping for sheets, but what about bath towels? Look for the GSM number, which refers to grams per square meter. This number indicates the fabric density of the towel; the higher the number, the better quality the towel. Good-quality cotton bath towels have a GSM of at least 500; for luxury towels, select a GSM of at least 600. Keep in mind that dense, heavy towels may take a longer time to dry.

Bath Towel Care

Now that you’ve found your dream towels, keep them looking their best with proper care. A little kindness goes a long way, so opt for warm water over hot, and select mild, liquid detergents instead of harsh ones. These simple steps from Style at Home can help to preserve those pretty colors and prevent fiber breakdown. Fabric softener might seem like a logical choice, but it can build up a waxy coating on towels that affects their absorbency. If you find yourself tempted to reach for the fabric softener, try some distilled white vinegar instead. Add a quarter cup to half cup to each load to keep your towels soft and snuggly. 

Decorative Towels

These towels are usually embellished with embroidery or trim. Decorative towels may have a lower GSM and are best for light use or display. These towels may require special care, so look to the manufacturer’s label for laundering instructions.

How Sweet! Indulge in the Scents of Ribbonwick Candles

What scents tempt your nose the most? Are you a self-professed “foodie,” drawn to the aromas of sweet, baked concoctions like decadent pink cake? Or do comfort-based, homey fragrances, like those of linen and cotton, make you the happiest?

The Ribbonwick scented candles are available in enough olfactory options to suit any preference. These unique candles have a curving, horizontal wick that is hypnotic to view when lit, coupled with an engaging scent. Decorative holders, some with patterns or special shapes, make these candles ready for display in your home.

For Valentine’s Day, what could be more appropriate than the Love Ribbonwick Candle? This pretty pink candle, with its cake-and-buttercream scent and heart-shaped glass holder, is just the thing to light up the sweetest day of the year. 

Love Ribbonwick Candle Pink

Holiday Decorating Ideas and Styles for 2013

What special Christmas decorations will adorn your home this year? Those quaint caroler figurines stir up holiday nostalgia, but that silly snowman tickles your funny bone. Before you get caught in a flurry of Christmas decorations, it’s a good idea to have a guiding theme to help you along the way. Here are seven holiday decorating styles for the 2013 season. Let these holiday decorating ideas lead you to a festive and cohesive look in your home.

Christmas of Yesteryear

What if the holiday scene from some old-fashioned postcard or ’50s photograph could materialize before your eyes? This holiday style is a nod to the past, featuring Victorian- or retro-inspired decorations. When the seasonal frenzy is in full swing, this traditional holiday decor will feel like a welcome escape to another time.

Jolly Holiday

When Santa sneaks in to drop off gifts and gobble a few cookies, he’ll feel right at home. This festive holiday decor is cheery and lighthearted, just like the Jolly Elf himself. Red and green color bursts and fun Santa decorations are the trademarks of this Christmas style.

Juniper Forest

That rugged trek was worth it. A few more steps, and you’ll come upon Juniper Forest, glittering with frosted greenery. This upscale holiday decorating style is rustic yet polished, woodsy but sophisticated. Fall under the enchanting spell of this woodland holiday decor.

Nature’s Holiday

Not to be outdone by autumn’s brilliance, winter has its own color show with crimson berries, greenery, rustic browns, and bright red cardinals. Follow nature’s lead this winter season, and give your home plenty of color and country charm with this holiday decorating style.

O Holy Night

Keep the first and most important Christmas story ever in mind as you decorate your home. This religious holiday decor has the Holy Family at its heart, surrounded by shimmering gold and beautiful accents of color. Meaningful decorations and angelic figures make your home a haven of tranquility.

Snow Day

“Snow Day.” Ah, those two wonderful words that children everywhere long to hear. This holiday decorating style captures that sense of play and carefree fun, with nary a snowball fight in sight. Who can resist a happy snowman and his winter-loving pals?

Sparkling Snowflakes

No more watching at the window as the snow falls – you can have all the glistening snowflakes you want right in your own home. This elegant holiday decorating style blends, rich sumptuous colors of gold, silver, and white with sparkling snowflake accents.

Autumn Is on the Way! Get Ready with Fall Home Decorating Ideas

Summer still lingers in the air, but hints of autumn emerge with each passing day. Sweltering nights shed their humidity for crisp, autumn air. Leaves drift down without a sound, relieving trees of their summertime burden. Renewal is the mantra of fall, so why not embark on a seasonal transition indoors as well as out? As you search for fall decorating ideas, let nature’s transformation serve as your guide.

Autumn decor merges natural elements and a warm color palette to create eye-catching displays. As the focal point in the coming holiday season, the table is an ideal starting point. First, drape the surface with an earth-toned table runner. On top of this, arrange decorative garlands and miniature faux gourds. An asymmetrical—but balanced—assortment will look natural. Finally, fill small glass vases with twinkling filler; situate these in the center. Here, the Adelasia Glass Candleholder Vases parade coral candles. For the finishing touch, scatter jewel acorns and rounded gems from the Fall Gems and Acorns Vase Filler Mix.

Of course, no amount of baubles will camouflage a drab dinner table. The West Albany Dining Table Set is soaked with autumnal tones and is tiled with Milano inserts. Garnish the table top with fall-themed accents, like the whimsical Fruit Shaped Owls. Here, the Owl Chip and Dip Platter and Plate Sets create a folksy atmosphere, perfect for quaint parties. With its bronze tendrils, the Tosca Flora Wall Sculpture is quietly enchanting behind the whole ensemble.

Finally, a decorative wall display above a console table assures the fall theme does not stop at the table. The Birds Inspirational Canvas Set provides pops of orange, red, brown, and teal. Positioned just below, the Argelia Vase Set will pick up the vivid colors of the canvases. Top it all off with the mocha scrolls of the Bardolino Wall Shelf Set, which will display your accents and faux greenery. For an added touch, add the rustic Lighted Willow Branches.

FallWallDecor

Nature is gradually shifting to a new season, providing the perfect cue for a change in decor. Take this opportunity to revive your home with the spicy tones and inviting motifs of autumn.