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Where to Use Flameless Candles in Your Home

At the end of a hard day, the dancing flame of a fragrant candle will surely aid in relaxation. But if you have children or pets running about, or you’re simply concerned you’ll forget to extinguish the flame, a flameless candle is a great alternative. (Just make sure the candle plate doesn’t have a spike.) And you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite features of real candles, either. Many LED candles have a flickering flame that emulates candlelight, some with the added bonus of a timer. Scented flameless candles are perfect if you’re still craving a unique aroma, while LED drip candles have the look of melted wax.

Flameless candles are available in many colors and sizes, so you can find just the right candle or flameless candle set to accent your decor. Click here to view a variety of flameless candles.

Here are just a few places to use LED candles in your home:

1. Tabletop candleholders
Place flameless pillar candles in your prettiest candlesticks for a lovely display.

2. Wall sconces
Lend gentle flickering light to your sconces with LED candles—old-fashioned ambience with modern technology!

Summer Florals Candleholder Pair Acanthus Mirrored Wall Sconce Set

3. Candle ring
Nestle a flameless candle in a floral or foliage candle ring for an effortless and charming centerpiece.

4. Tabletop candelabra
Make an elegant statement by pairing a grand candelabra with an LED candle set.

Butterfly Oasis Candle Ring Georgiana Tabletop Candelabra

5. Tealight centerpiece
Yes, even tealight candles are available in flameless form! Add these dainty LED candles to create a worry-free arrangement.

6. Wine bottle topper
Turn an empty wine bottle into beautiful decor with a scrolling topper and a few LED tealight candles.

Spring Romance Tabletop Candelabra with Tealight Candles Wine Topper Candelabra with Tealight Candles

7. Decorative birdcage
Give a glimmer of light to a decorative birdcage with flameless candles.

8. Candelabra wall art
Let your LED tealights give a soft romantic glow to a wall candelabra.

Songbird Decorative Birdcage Tealight Holder Fluttering Beauties Tealight Candelabra Wall Art

9. Table sculpture display
Accentuate a piece of table art with a small LED candle.

10. Decorative lantern
Place a flameless pillar inside for a no-mess lantern display in your home.

Warm Hands Warm Heart Table Sculpture with Tealight Coach Lantern Candleholder

Ten Simple Ways to Decorate in the Farmhouse Charm Style

Stroll along the weathered wooden fence, letting your fingers graze the jubilant wildflowers, until your quaint farmhouse comes into view. Then sit a spell on the front porch in your favorite rocking chair or while away a relaxing afternoon indoors among the charm of country decor. Sound like a dream? If you’ve long-admired the rustic farmhouse style, here are ten simple ways to imbue your home with the same laid-back, down-home ambience.

Click here to view a variety of home decor in the farmhouse charm style, including the items below.

1. Antique-inspired serveware and crockery
Your off-white plates and platters will be at home in the farmhouse style. Mix and match dinnerware from different sets, and gather a few pieces just for display. For your table or island, place utensils or artificial flowers in a vintage-looking crock.

2. Open shelving
To give your kitchen an airy, casual feel, select furnishings with open storage or glass-front doors. For a touch of yesteryear, display glass milk bottles, Mason jars, wooden crates, or metal canisters.

Antique Rooster Kitchen Utensil Crock West Albany Wine Cabinet

3. Cutout wall decor
Wall items spelling out “kitchen” or “eat” will look darling in your farmhouse kitchen. A wall hook rack like this one is both decorative and functional, keeping your oven mitt, potholder, and towel at hand.

4. Table linens with simple patterns
Simple patterns and primary colors keep your table from looking too fussy and formal. Buffalo checks, gingham squares, and stripes work well.

Kitchen Wall Hook Rack Red Buffalo Check Table Linens

5. Burlap-look fabrics
To capture the bucolic appeal of prairie life, choose window treatments and throw pillows with the look of burlap. The neutral color and texture will call to mind burlap feed sacks.

6. Woven items
Woven storage baskets have a rustic quality that suits the farmhouse style. Look for woven floor baskets and wall pockets to store throws, magazines, beauty essentials, towels, or toilet paper rolls.

Burlap Tier Window Treatment Woven Storage Baskets

7. Rustic accent lighting
Lantern-style candleholders with LED candles are a safe alternative to lanterns with wax candles. Accent your rustic farmhouse decor with copper-finished metal and distressed wood holders.

8. Galvanized metal decor
Home accents with the look of galvanized metal will remind you of old wash buckets and pails. This topiary-style wall art has rustic and galvanized finishes as well as plenty of floral charm.

Copper Metal LED Candleholder Floral Topiary Metal Wall Art

9. Cozy patchwork quilts
A pretty patchwork quilt will set the foundation for a rustic farmhouse bedroom. Warm earth tones and subdued floral palettes keep bedrooms from looking too stark or modern.

10. Slatted and wood-pallet wall art
Wooden wall art with a vintage appearance will adorn your home with a sweet message and antique charm. These decorative plaques also make great gifts for those who love the farmhouse style.

Irish Chain Quilt Happily Ever After Wall Art

10 Stylish (and Easy) Ways to Decorate with Orbs

Have you long-admired a particular orb set but were never quite sure how you were supposed to decorate with it? Decorative orbs are surprisingly versatile, and they’ll look stunning in a variety of tabletop displays. Below are 10 simple yet stylish ideas for unique arrangements with decorative orbs.

Click here to view the items featured below.

Orbs on Tray Orbs in Flower Bowl

1. Mirrored charger with trim

A mirrored charger plate will reflect your favorite gleaming decorative orbs; just be sure to choose one with raised trim that will keep the orbs from rolling off its surface.

2. Flower-shaped centerpiece bowl

A blossom-shaped bowl brings extra drama to an orb arrangement. The orbs will look striking nestled inside a bowl with contoured edges splaying out from every angle.

Orbs on Mirrored Tray Orbs on Tray with Accessories

3. Round mirrored tray with openwork border

The decorative openwork border of the tray will add interest to your display, while still allowing full view of the orbs on the mirrored surface.

4. Round display tray with bath accessories

Enhance the third display even further with your favorite bath accessories or other accents tucked in beside the orbs.

Orbs with Candleholders Decorative Orbs in Basket

5. Rectangular tray with candleholders and greenery

Select a complementary tray and candleholders, then position a couple orbs in contrasting colors inside the tray. Embellish the display with faux greenery to keep the orbs in place.

6. Basket-style centerpiece

A bouquet of faux flowers or greenery might be your first thought for filling a basket-style centerpiece, but orbs work just as well! Cluster three together to add height to the display.

Orbs in Magnolia Bowl Orbs on Peacock Tray

7. Pedestal bowl

A pedestal bowl has an elevated base, ensuring a prominent perch for your decorative orbs. Consider orbs in a neutral shade if your centerpiece has a soft, flowery appearance like the one we’ve chosen.

8. Openwork tray with wall mirror

If you have several orbs, a large openwork tray may be the answer. The openwork bottom gives an airy quality to the arrangement; we love placing it beside an elegant wall mirror to reflect the display.

Edeline Peacock Centerpiece Bowl Bronze Orbs in Candleholders

9. Wide centerpiece bowl

Do you have an assortment of small, varied orbs? Opt for a wide centerpiece bowl with decorative flourishes at the ends. Leave a little space around the orbs, or fill the entire bowl!

10. Unique candleholders

Swap out those candles for orbs, and your candleholders now have a new purpose. The orbs shown here are especially suited to this type of display because they are flat on the bottom.

Exclusive Tropical Bedding Sets and Home Decor

After a weary day, wouldn’t you love to escape to a tropical bungalow for rest and relaxation? To tumble into your bed and be lulled to sleep by the gentle sound of the island breeze rustling the palms outside your window? This Tropical Haven is yours for the taking, whether your realm is the shore or the city; simply furnish your abode with these beautiful tropical bedding sets and home accents, and kick back in the rich island ambience. Click here to view all the coordinating pieces in this stunning collection, available exclusively from Touch of Class®.

Dappled with verdant foliage and exotic blooms, the Tropical Haven Comforter Set invites you to dream in island splendor. Slubbed golden grounds and loden green details give this bedding a look that is both laid-back and sophisticated. Some of the coordinating accessories are decoratively embellished with delightful palm leaf buttons. A five-piece daybed set is also available in a similar design.

Tropical Haven Comforter Set Multi Warm Tropical Haven Daybed Set Multi Warm Daybed

Likewise, the complementary area rugs and bath accents feature fanning leaf and floral motifs. The Tropical Haven Area Rugs have grounds in beige or black, surrounded by vibrant border designs. The Tropical Haven Toilet Seat and Bath Accessories have raised designs and bronze-finished sections.

Tropical Haven Rectangle Rug Tropical Haven Round Rug
Tropical Haven Elongated Toilet Seat Light Cream Tropical Haven Bath Accessories

 

Let Lovely Magnolia Decor Flower in Your Home

Named after French botanist Pierre Magnol, the magnolia is a flower of great beauty and elegance. This showy yet sophisticated blossom is recognized as a symbol of the South; in fact, it’s the state flower of both Louisiana and Mississippi. Though its meaning varies around the world, common associations include nobility, strength, perseverance, dignity, purity, and love of nature. If you’ve always admired this graceful flower but felt that its bloom was too short-lived, consider sprinkling magnolia decor throughout your home to enjoy all year round.

Remind yourself every day of the qualities to keep with the Magnolia Wall Accent. Nestled between magnolia blossoms, an ornamental resin banner spells out three inspirational words: faith, hope, and love. If you don’t have a flowering magnolia tree outside your window, the off-white blossoms on the Magnolia Wall Sconce Pair may be the next best thing. This pair of indoor wall accents is ready and waiting to hold your pillar candles.

Magnolia Faith Hope Love Wall Accent Magnolia Wall Sconce Pair Multi Earth Pair

The Magnolia Charm Candleholder Set uses a swooping scroll design to showcase dimensional floral blooms. Place your pillar candles in the leaf-like holders at the top to complete the extravagant display. The Magnolia Elegante II Wall Art Set puts a unique twist on wall decor with one concave and one convex panel. Covered in a protective lacquer finish, the curved surfaces feature detailed magnolia blooms in full splendor.

Click here to view our entire selection of magnolia home decor, including floral bedding, area rugs, wall art, and much more.

Magnolia Charm Candleholders Ivory Set of Two Magnolia Elegante II Wall Art Set Cypress Set of Two

Learn Your Prints and Patterns: Names and Descriptions for Home Decor Fabrics

Are you obsessed with fabric pattern names and designs, or do you feel lost among gingham, houndstooth, and paisley? Brush up with these home decor swatches and corresponding pattern descriptions (scroll toward the bottom).

Pattern Names

Basket Weave
A pattern inspired by the appearance of a woven basket.

Buffalo Check
A check pattern with stripes of equal size; larger than a gingham check.

Chevron
Strictly speaking, a chevron is a “V” or inverted “V” shape. A zigzag pattern, often with stripes of equal thickness, is commonly referred to as a chevron design.

Damask
Damask (derived from the Syrian capital city of Damascus) originally referred to a luxurious fabric with unique woven designs. As a pattern name, damask usually indicates an elaborate design with flourishing acanthus leaves, though many variations exist, from cats to chandeliers.

Fleur-de-Lis
A stylized lily design; historically, it was a symbol of French nobility, though its origin can be traced back to ancient times.

Fret
A complicated ornamental pattern that is often geometric.

Gingham
Typically, a small check pattern with stripes of equal size; smaller than a buffalo check.

Greek Key
A type of fret design characterized by right angles and often used as a decorative border. Also called a meander, the Greek key design is thought to symbolize infinity and unity.

Honeycomb
A pattern with hexagonal shapes.

Houndstooth
A duotone, broken check pattern, originally from Scotland.

Ikat
A complex dye technique used to pattern textiles, with roots in many cultures around the world; ikat prints inspired by this technique can be simple or intricate, often with a hazy or blurred effect.

Jacobean Floral
A fanciful, stylized floral design that harks back to the reign of King James I of England in the 17th century.

Lattice
A crisscross design that can be simple or ornately embellished.

Moroccan
A tile pattern with lantern-like shapes.

Ogee
A design inspired by the ogee arch in Middle Eastern and English Gothic architecture; ogee patterns may consist of mirrored arch designs or more stylized, onion-like shapes.

Paisley
A curved droplet shape with origins in ancient Iran. The name paisley draws from the Scottish town of the same name that produced textiles and shawls with this pattern.

Plaid
In the United States, plaid refers to patterns featuring crisscrossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors.

Quatrefoil
A stylized design resembling a clover with four rounded “leaves.” The design may vary to include pointed embellishments (a “barbed quatrefoil”).

Suzani
A pattern with elaborate medallions inspired by those featured on hand-embroidered textiles from central Asia.

Toile
As a pattern name, toile refers to a scenic, monochromatic print that often depicts vignettes of pastoral life. Originally known as “toile de Jouy,” meaning “cloth from Juoy,” toile was popularized by a textile factory in the French town of Jouy-en-Josas in the late 1700s.

No Joking… We Love Pineapple Home Decor

What’s not to love about pineapple decor? Thanks to its spiky surface and leafy crown, the pineapple is instantly recognizable. A symbol of hospitality, the pineapple can be used to extend a warm and inviting welcome to guests. Or, you can display it to perk up your decor with a tropical splash. With warmer temperatures on the way, now is a great time to embrace this decorating icon. Click here to view our entire collection of pineapple home decor, including the items shown below.

Cool breezes never seemed so sweet! The Mosaic Pineapple Table Fan has a cute, green glass pineapple at its heart, coupled with an included nightlight. The indoor fan oscillates and has three speeds to keep you feeling refreshed. The Pineapple Decorative Covered Bowl is another island-inspired piece that you’ll enjoy. The lid removes via the leaf finial, so you can place small articles inside.

Pineapple Table Fan Pineapple Covered Bowl Harvest Gold
Be hospitable with the charming Pineapple Welcome Sign Wall Art. This handcrafted, indoor wall plaque has a vintage appearance and natural characteristics for a touch of yesteryear. The Haina Pineapple Table Lamp fuses tropical and traditional style for a lighting accent that suits many settings. An amber-toned pineapple forms the font, topped by a champagne gold shade.

Pineapple Vintage Welcome Sign Wall Art Gold Haina Pineapple Table Lamp Amber
For more fruity fun, decorate with the Pineapple Grove Shaped Valance and Chair Cushion. These two darling pieces are dappled with pineapples and handcrafted in the USA by skilled sewers.

Pineapple Grove Shaped Valance Golden Yellow 52 x 21 Pineapple Grove Chair Cushion Golden Yellow 17 x 15