Archive | December 2014

Insulate Your Windows for Winter with Thermal Curtains and Panels

For all its frosty beauty and captivating snowfalls, winter can be quite the challenging season for your home. Are you dreading drafts and high utility bills this winter? Insulating your window is key when it comes to combating the winter weather. These thermal window solutions will help you get started, whether you want to change your entire window treatment or insulate your existing curtains.

The Ultimate Blackout Thermal Curtain Panel features a three-layer construction, with a tight weave of colored yarns on the front and back sandwiched around an inner layer of black yarns. The thick fabric and density will block drafts and help to maintain room temperature. This grommet-top, insulated panel is available in three curtain lengths, as well as a patio panel size.

Ultimate Blackout Grommet Panel  56 x 84 Ultimate Blackout Grommet Patio Panel  112 x 84

Available in both pinch-pleat and tab-top styles, the Crosby Thermal Curtains have an acrylic foam backing that has insulating qualities. Use your clip rings to hang the pinch-pleat curtains or patio panel.

Crosby Pinch Pleat Curtain Pair Crosby Tab Top Curtain Pair

If you prefer a bold pattern, consider the Trellis Thermalogic™ Insulated Curtains. These grommet-top, energy-efficient curtains make a splash with their trellis design. These Thermalogic™ curtains have a Weathermate thermal shade backing that keeps out the cold in the winter. These versatile, insulated curtains can be paired with the Weathermate Solid Color Curtains for a coordinating look.

Trellis Grommet Curtain Pair Trellis Grommet Curtain Pair

Fond of your existing curtains? Keep them up! – but consider making an update or two. A thermal curtain liner placed behind your current curtains will make your window more energy-efficient. The Ultimate Thermalogic™ Blackout Curtain Panel Liner can be used with tab-top, pole-top, grommet-top, and pinch pleat curtains. This white liner has an acrylic suede backing.

Ultimate Blackout Curtain Panel Liner

Are you dealing with drafts at the sides of your curtains? The Blockaide Wrap Around Curtain Rod is a wonderful solution. This metal curtain rod has a clever design that allows your curtains to wrap around the sides. This rod is adjustable from side to side and can be used with tab-top, grommet-top, and rod pocket curtains.

Blockaide Wrap Around Curtain Rod Blockaide Wrap Around Curtain Rod

Draft guards are also convenient protectors against cool-air currents. Use draft blockers at the bottom of a door (or possibly on a wide windowsill) to provide insulation. The cute Kitten and Puppy Doorstopper Draft Guards are 36”W and will appeal to pet lovers with their rows of sweet animals.

Kittens in a Row Doorstop Draft Guard Linen Puppies in a Row Doorstop Draft Guard Linen

Keep Cozy with Warm Winter Bedding

Winter is on its way! The merciless wind blasts you with cold air, and a shiver snakes down your spine, ushering you indoors. Brr! Now that you’re safely home, what comforts await you? Put on your favorite pajamas, and let this cozy winter bedding envelop you in warmth as it lulls you sweetly to sleep.

Heated bedding gives you control over the warmth of your bed, whether you’re expecting an evening chill or one of winter’s most frigid nights. The Simmons Beautyrest™ Heated Mattress Pad provides you with a toasty foundation, radiating heat upwards for bedtime bliss. This quilted mattress pad has five heat settings and a 10-hour auto shutoff. If you prefer a heated cover, snuggle beneath the knitted microfleece Beautyrest™ Electric Blanket, which has an ultra-soft feel, 20 temperature settings, and a 10-hour automatic shutoff. This bed-ready blanket is available in Twin through King sizes.

Simmons Beautyrest(TM) Heated Mattress Pad White Beautyrest Electric Heated Channel Blanket

Whether you’re updating your own bed or preparing the guest room, a comfy sheet set is a necessity during brutal winter months. Flannel sheets are a cold-weather staple for many bedrooms, providing welcome relief for cold piggies and limbs. Available in a rainbow of colors, the Micro Flannel® Sheet Set is luxuriously soft, colorfast, pill-resistant, and wrinkle-free. Outfitting your deep mattress for the winter ahead? No problem! Made of triple-brushed cotton, the Solid Color Flannel Sheet Set provides toasty warmth while also accommodating mattresses up to 24” deep.

Micro Flannel(R) Sheet Set Solid Flannel Sheet Set

Searching for alternatives to flannel? Nestle in for a night of warmth and sublime comfort with the Soloft Microplush Sheet Set. Thick and cozy, these dreamy sheets banish the wintertime blues with their brushed surfaces and plush fabrication. Another cozy alternative to flannel, the soft and warm Micro Fleece Sheet Set is brushed on both sides with an anti-pill surface on one side.

Soloft Microplush Sheet Se Micro Fleece Sheet Set

With this warm winter bedding, you can enjoy a respite from the biting weather and sleep soundly in comfort.

Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

St. Nick won’t be the only one finding his way to your fireplace this year. You and your family members will be gathering to read the paper, shop on your phones, wrap presents, or sip hot chocolate. Make your mantel a sight to behold with these holiday decorations.

Stocking Holders

Hang those Christmas stockings by the chimney with care – but put the plain hooks aside in favor of something more festive. Create a lovely line-up this Yuletide season by displaying decorative stocking holders that complement your favorite stockings. If you’re drawn to elegant mantel decorations, choose stocking holders classically adorned with scrolls and seasonal wishes. For a whimsical display, let these cheeky Clauses dangle their lists and beards from your mantel top.

Merry Greeting Stocking Holders Gold Set of Two Checking Twice Stocking Holder Set

Shelf Sitters

Your mantel is also the perfect perch for cute holiday visitors who need a little rest, like this gingerbread couple. Adorable Christmas shelf sitters can survey their surroundings from the mantel ledge, and they’ll be ready to brighten the faces of those who see them. Tuck in frosted greenery behind them or sprinkle in some ornaments to make them feel at home.

Gingerbread Plush Shelf Sitter Set Beige Set of Two

Electric Candle Strands

After you’ve shoveled the driveway and trudged through the snow, it’s all-too-tempting to curl up on the couch and doze off. Replace real candles with an electric candle strand, and you’ll feel comfortable catching your forty winks. These pillars softly (and safely) illuminate your mantel top. Nestle the candle strand in among your winter garland and pine cones.

Gold Pillar Candle Strand

Mantel Scarves

If you’re looking for a mantel decoration that doesn’t stifle your creativity, a holiday mantel scarf should be at the top of your list. This beautiful decoration will drape over your mantel in elegant holiday fashion – but it still allows for whatever festive display you choose to add.

Tannenbaum Holiday Mantel Scarf White

Festive Figures

Whether they’re deer prancing in splendor across your mantel or nutcrackers keeping (glittery) guard, decorative figurines embody the lore of the season. Let these figurines remind you of cherished holiday stories each time you see them. Position a garland behind them for a backdrop of greenery, and complete the display with a goblet-style hurricane and lighted strand.

Arietta Winter Deer Figures Ivory Set of Two