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The month of September was abuzz with activity as New York, Paris, Milan, and London pulled out all the stops at their respective Fashion Weeks. In honor of this prestigious industry event, we present a two-part series focusing on how you can incorporate the hottest 2014 fall fashion trends into your home decorating. Look to the catwalk for a wealth of colors, fabrics, patterns, and accessories that you can use as a source of inspiration for adding style and excitement to your interiors.

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Photo credit: Welcome to Fall by Josh Kenzer on Flickr

You’ve got everything prepped and ready, and your home is a bastion of autumn décor, but what are you planning to serve your guests? Your magazine spread-worthy pumpkin and pinecone display notwithstanding, a party isn’t a party without some stomach-filling, sweet tooth-satisfying, and thirst-quenching treats. If you’re clueless about what to serve your famished guests, don’t lose heart. Preparing a satisfying and beautiful autumn feast is not as daunting as it sounds.
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Remember the time of year when you and your family happily prep up and decorate the tree for Christmas? Holiday memories are one of the most cherished—and they should be. That’s why it’s important that you spend more time making those memories special instead of fussy. After all, putting up the holiday décor need not be a chore—when they are done early and right.
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Creating a vignette is a wonderful way to make your home more attractive and inviting this fall. A small, endearing display helps create an atmosphere of calm and comfort, which paves the way for more happy moments with family and friends.

A number of decorating magazines and websites feature fall vignettes overflowing with foliage, produce, or other rustic items. Keep in mind that a vignette doesn’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful, and putting one together shouldn’t take up all your time.

Be inspired to fashion your own vignette with these simple and easy arrangements that capture the glorious essence of the season.

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Color is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to interior decorating. It sets the theme, establishes the mood you’re aiming for, and ties a room’s design elements together. A monochromatic palette is the easiest and simplest way to pull off; it’s when the number of colors increase that’s challenging.

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Throwing summer parties, like weekend barbeques, birthday bashes, and dinner parties, are always fun, but let’s face it, these warm-weather months can get too hot for comfort.  When the sun’s scorching heat beats down on your summer celebration, serve ice-cold refreshments to help guests keep cool and in the right merrymaking mood.

From delicious cocktails to kid-friendly drinks, these thoroughly satisfying thirst-quenchers fit perfectly with the Christmas in July party theme we presented in a previous article, and are an exciting addition to any summer party menu.

Iced Eggnog

The signature beverage of the Christmas season, old-fashioned eggnog may be too heavy to enjoy in the summertime. Instead, serve a batch of Iced Eggnog, an easy-to-prepare concoction that originates from the land down under. With their Christmas taking place at the height of summer, our Aussie friends are experts at cooling down while whooping it up. (more…)

Lots of people consider Christmas in July as the perfect excuse to throw parties and have fun. If that’s the case, where do we sign up? People who celebrate this non-holiday do so in traditional Christmas party style—complete with the winter trappings. But if you find heavy sweaters, an open fire, and calorific eggnog way too warm for July, then a summer-friendly Caribbean cruise theme is what you need.

All Aboard

Get your guests on board with the cruise ship theme by sending out paper or email invitations fashioned as “boarding passes.” Choose from dozens of free online templates or create your own with cruise-related images, like anchors, palm trees, or ocean liners.

Casual dining attire on cruise ships can be a simple polo shirt and slacks for men, and a breezy top and skirt for women. For a brighter affair, ask guests to come in colorful tropical shirts, linen pants, and comfortable sundresses. As the host, you get the privilege of wearing a captain’s hat.

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Christmas – the holiday so nice, it has to be celebrated twice. Christmas in July is perfect for those who adore the Yuletide season, and can’t wait to experience the cheerful sights and festive spirit all over again. One of the best parts of this amusing summer event is setting up a Christmas in July tree and decorating it in a suitably tongue-in-cheek manner.

It’s perfectly okay to display a traditional green tree or a colorful, contemporary one for this celebration. But if you really want to make an impression, there’s nothing like Treetopia’s Catalina Breeze Palm Trees to show that you own the occasion!

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Treetopia Catalina Breeze Palm Trees

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Being a dad on Father’s Day can sometimes be rough. According to a consumer survey, over 75% of people feel that moms get more attention than dads on their respective special days. With those figures in mind, it’s time to throw a grand celebration to show your old man just how much you love and appreciate him. To make his party extra fun and meaningful, try incorporating his personality, interests, profession, or favorite hobby into the party’s theme. Here are few Father’s Day party ideas to get you inspired:

All-Star Sports Party

Whether your dad is a weekend warrior or an armchair athlete, a sports-themed party will make him feel like a winner!


Attire

Dad will get a kick out of seeing everyone wearing his favorite team’s uniform or apparel. If finding gear from his favorite team isn’t possible or practical, here’s a simpler option: ask guests to wear the colors of his team. Dressing up in club colors, whether it’s Liverpool FC’s red or the Los Angeles Lakers’ gold and purple, would be an awesome nod to your dad’s fanhood (even if you’re more of a San Antonio Spurs fan).

Décor

Embellish party banners, balloons, and table decoration with the same club colors. Hang pennants and jerseys on the walls, and scatter caps and sports gear around the room. If your dad loves golf, set up a putting mat and encourage his friends to aim for that elusive hole-in-one. Is your dad a sucker for soccer? Borrow or rent a foosball table and stage a Foosball World Cup in his honor!

Dinner

Prepare a dinner fit for champions by serving dad’s signature dishes with tasty stadium-style food. Fill up your Father’s Day menu with spicy chicken wings, hot dogs with toppings, and slices of pizza. Guzzle ice-cold beer in paper cups to wash it all down.
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You can fill a room with stylish furniture, but the place will look unfinished if you leave too many walls bare. An empty wall is full of potential, and decorating such a significant space is a task that can be delightful for some, and daunting for others. Here are some easy wall decorating ideas that add personality and liven any space.

Punch it up with paint

Painting a single wall with a bold color is the easiest way to add excitement and contrast to the room.  This design approach is a great way to accentuate a living space, plus it allows you to experiment with stronger colors that may be overwhelming when used on all available walls.

When picking a color, take your cue from decorative pieces around the room. The orange accent wall pictured below plays off the orange throw pillows on the sofa, and helps complete the look of the space.

If you prefer to keep things more subtle, choose a deeper shade of your existing wall color. This gentle contrast should be enough to break the blandness of a mono-colored room.

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