Archive | August 2012

Welcome a New Season with Fall Home Decor

The late August trees trade their summer attire for fiery threads. The plump face of a pumpkin transforms from a blank stare to a jagged-toothed grin. The seasons are changing and with them the landscape. During this mid-season metamorphosis, don’t let your home decor fall behind!

With Halloween and Thanksgiving ghosting along on autumn’s breath, your guest bedroom should be poised for family and friends. Often visitors will notice their bed before all other accommodations. Color Classics is a sleek, tidy bedspread of polyester fabric quilted in neat, diamond loop patterns. Choose Ember Glow or Golden Bronze bedding to capture the radiant colors that rollick through the trees.

Chocolates, tans, greens, and siennas make for a more involved but beautiful color scheme with the Deer Valley Comforter Bedding by Croscill. Stags and doe, majestic and solemn, peer from fall landscapes against a backdrop of a crisp sky. Pine cone motifs and woodland images tie in the natural world that is so pervasive in autumn themes.

For a home accent as versatile as the seasons, the Seasons Area Rug comes in shades of Autumn, Summer, and Winter. The Autumn rug is like a freshly-raked mound of leaves carpeting your floor, pigmented with sienna, moss, butternut, forest, and taupe. Veins forking through the leaves add tendrils of realism.

The leaves may be falling, but the trees are not yet bare—your walls should be no different! The Autumn’s Passage Wall Art, like an arrangement of leaves, features free-form shapes fitting beautifully together. Pressed metal patterns and openwork leaves dapple tiles of brown, russet, and gold. A double-curved frame, finished in brown, lovingly encircles this artwork.

The Pumpkin Garden Wall Tapestry features a fall harvest spilling onto the earth. White pumpkins harbor a spectral glow like harvest moons against deep green shadows; the orange pumpkins contrast smartly with these. Dried flowers in fiery crimsons frame gourds and pumpkins in this jacquard-woven tapestry.

Though there may be a chill in the air, your home will remain as inviting as ever with fall themed decor. Whether they are for the guest room or the dining area, fall accents bring warmth into any area. Blazing colors and earth tones reflect nature’s glorious transformation, while leaf and pumpkin motifs bring the sights of autumn right into your home. Look to fall bedding to spruce up your bedroom, colorful area rugs to enliven floors, and home accents to add spice to tables and walls. Fall home decor is a wonderful way to welcome and celebrate the rich beauty of the season before you.

Rounding up Western Ranch Decor

Western Ranch Style Decor calls to mind rowdy bonfire silhouettes under a sprawling night sky or horses pawing the canyon dirt, raring for their next adventure. This style, although far from disheveled, is every bit as unpolished as the rugged vaqueros that roamed the West. Round up a little Western flair in one room, or let it gallop unbridled throughout the home.

Think rough-hewn saloon doors and tired leather when utilizing texture; decor should appear timeworn but not run-down. The Open Range Western Accent Table is a fine example of good texture: this drawer and shelf feature a tidy plank design bolstered by sturdy metal legs. Wagon wheel motifs are a subtle callback to the days of arduous travel. Most importantly, the planks appear naturally worn, and the drawer handle resembles a segment of rope. The metal frame is finished in aged brown, bordering on rusty without any of the deterioration rust entails.

And where would Western ranch decor be without cowboy boot accents? Cowboy boots, and other accessories like hats, sheriff stars, or spurs, are nods to the wrangler way of life. The Southwest Cowboy Boot Wall Art is handpainted with the colors of scorched canyons and ripe straw, with a detailed spur and stitching designs.

Another accessory that incorporates cowboy boots is the Spur Western Wine Bottle Holder. Bull’s heads embellish the holder, which has a leather-like finish. A spur unites the ornamentation and gives it a rugged look.

When the evening rolls around, you’ll be ready to tumble right into bed, like a sleepy cowpoke after a hard day’s work on the range. Perfect for the cowboy or cowgirl at heart, the rustic Saddle Ridge Western Bedding will have you dreaming of pulling on your boots and climbing atop your trusted horse. Get spruced up and put a playful kick into your routine with Western bath decor. Rugged bath accessories capture the flavor of the West, sure to be appreciated by cowhands and city dwellers alike.

Western ranch decor has a way of injecting a little spirit into any living space; keeping texture, material, and accessories in mind can go a long way in recreating that lovely wildness in your own home.

Grape and Wine Decor: Always in Good Taste

Whether your inspiration is a forgotten vineyard nestled in Grecian columns or vintage bottles gleaming in an Old World pub, grape and wine decor can fulfill any decorating whimsy. Wine has been praised throughout history: in ancient Greece, a cult was formed to worship the deity Dionysus, god of wine. Grapes and wine are entwined with many cultures, so they are highly versatile in any home.

Nearly every home could benefit from a sprawling rug. The Beaujolais Grapes Area Rug accommodates grape and wine decor as well as vintage themes. Deep burgundy clusters of grapes form the decorative border. In the center, vines curl intricately around grapes in a tonal design, a romantic idealization of the importance of wine throughout the ages.

The Antique Grapes Kitchen Slice Mat also provides an Old World flair but on a smaller scale. Brushstrokes are visible in the red grape clusters, and the creamy background is texturized with sprays of brown. Like a painting meant for your floor, it is stain-resistant and anti-fatigue, even beneath the kitchen sink or front door.

The Wine Cellar Canister Set features more of that distinct marble color associated with Old World themes. This set also works as fruit-themed decor, with grape finials neatly topping the canisters. Meanwhile, the faux brickwork evokes the rustic charm of an Italian or Tuscan theme. Each carries the name of a wine scrawled in a classic font.

Indulge in actual wine with the Vina Bella Serving Cart. Vines heavy with grapes creep along the sides of this bronze-finished cart, with even the spokes resembling vines. This cart has a capacity of three bottles with stemware storage under the top shelf. Serving carts do wonders for Victorian or otherwise vintage themes but will not look out-of-place with more modern decor.

Grape and wine pieces are sophisticated additions to the home that will never go out of style!

Sheer Personality

Sheer window treatments are where the home and the outside world intersect, where the rose dollops of morning first enter. But the sun and the sky are not the only aspects sheer curtains emit; your personality, too, is an aspect. The decor your personality naturally selects will channel your individuality, and curtains are no exception.

If yours is an elemental psyche and you find yourself wading placidly through life, seek sheer simplicity. Your sheer curtains are woven wafers of sun alighting gently upon your window. They twine contentedly around a single rod and require no further ornamentation. Neutrals like taupe, espresso, and ivory imply an agreeable outlook, unfettered by rigid color schemes. Seek the Montauk Sheer Grommet Curtain Panels.

Your spirit might crackle with a raw vitality that whisks you to all corners of the globe. Your voile curtains are emblazoned with unexpected prints like leopard or ocelot; they might just pounce from their curtain rod perches to prowl the floor. A sleek scarf valance lounges over the entire ensemble, its ends sweeping the ground like spotted tails dangling from Serengeti trees. Seek sheer excitement. Seize the Leopard Stripe Voile Window Panels.

Perhaps you are laid-back but not fulfilled simply “being.” You crave ornamentation without being too flashy. Seek sheer finesse. Faux silk is unpretentious but lavish, with rich colors like crimson, onyx, and espresso. A sheer ivory panel provides a subtle halo of sun. Seek the Tribeca Grommet Curtain Panels and the coordinating Soho Sheer Curtain Panels.

   

Maybe you are an old soul. You feel you belong to another time, and your notion of beauty seems old-fashioned to others. Pastel colors such as pearl, celadon, and light amethyst delicately skim the floors. Fan valances drip like confectionary bells from beneath a scarf valance, while the swag valance pair is reminiscent of butterfly wings. If you desire layer upon layer of luxury, seek sheer elegance with the Emelia Sheer Window Treatment.

     

Create the Ideal Dorm

For the wandering college student, a storage tote is essential. August arrives without warning, and suddenly on-campus dwellers must make the pilgrimage back to their dorms. Cardboard boxes are ferried from car trunks, leaving old sweatshirts and expensive textbooks in their wake. Avoid scrambling the floorboards five minutes before class with the Fold N’ Store Tote and Crate. The storage tote has handles to easily transport clothes. The crate, on the other hand, is ideal for protecting those books you forfeited an arm and a leg for—and for protecting you from damage fees. With four color options, this tote and crate will match any room as a fixed storage unit—or fold them flat and stow them away until the next migration home!

Fold N Store Tote

Fold N Store Crate

Dorms aren’t known to be incredibly roomy; the Camden Hollywood Daybed Cover provides both seating and sleeping space. Available in an Extra Long Twin size, this compact and sleek cover conserves living space for more pressing matters—like sprawling video game systems. A wide selection of colors will complement any space. Most importantly—it’s washable! Finally, eating potato chips in bed is possible!

The 300 T.C. Horizon Sheet Set, with its watercolor motif, is more interesting than plain sheets yet still affordable. In a world where cheap pizza is the standard fare, don’t sacrifice more time or money than is necessary for the ideal dorm!

Horizon Sheet Set