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Wood burning fireplaces and space heaters can heat up a house, but the right décor helps create a warm and cozy home. Follow these simple winter home decorating tips and make your interiors more inviting during the dark days of winter.

Accessorize with Warm Colors

Using rich colors in a room creates a soothing perception of warmth. Decorate your sofa and armchairs with pillows in rich colors, such as red and orange, to add interest and evoke feelings of comfort.

Store away cool-colored silver, chrome, and nickel accessories and load up with gold, copper, and bronze décor to instill energy into and to warm up your living spaces.

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It’s 2014 and it’s time to bid adieu to emerald green as color of the year. Pantone has announced its list of the choicest colors for the new year, and designers are hard at work incorporating these decorating color trends to fabulous use. Here are some ways you can apply the year’s most captivating colors in your home.

Radiant Orchid: Delicate and Exotic

Just the name alone conjures up images of romance and a sense of the exotic. A fascinating fusion of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones, this color is complex, yet it is exactly this multifaceted quality that makes radiant orchid so intriguing and attractive. As a reflection of the value that today’s society places on creativity and originality, this shade inspires confidence and encourages imagination.

A color this vibrant is perfect for sprucing up and adding energy to interior spaces. An area rug in radiant orchid instantly livens up a room dominated by neutrals or steel grays, imbuing it with a sassy spirit without overwhelming the surrounding pieces of furniture.

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On a cold winter day, a nice hot and comforting drink really hits the spot. From wholesome hot chocolate to creamy coffee with a kick, these delicious and easy-to-prepare beverages will have you warm and cozy in no time.

1. Vanilla Café au Lait

Dark coffee and heated milk combine to create café au lait, a smooth and mellow pick-me-up enjoyed the world over. This version uses real vanilla beans to add a delicious new dimension of fragrance and flavor to a traditional French favorite.

White cup of frothy coffee on top of a pile of coffee beans

A cup of vanilla cafe au lait is the perfect drink for a cold morning

To prepare, simply combine three cups of whole milk with two tablespoons of sugar and 1 split vanilla bean in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes before removing the vanilla bean. Whisk the milk mixture briskly for a minute then pour over four mugs of strong brewed coffee.

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We’re well into the beginning of a new year and many of us are finishing up the bittersweet task of taking down the Christmas trimmings. Clearing away all your Christmas décor can leave your home looking empty and bare. This presents a great opportunity to makeover your interiors with after Christmas decorating ideas that highlight the things you love about winter.

Embrace Winter with White, Silver, and Gold

Decorate your home with items that echo the enchanting sparkle and immaculate white beauty of fresh fallen snow. No matter what color your walls and furniture are, white and metallic accents give rooms a cool, crisp, and polished look.

A group of silver candlesticks or gold vases on the mantel creates a beautiful winter vignette. For a glittering piece of after Christmas dccor, fill a decorative clear glass bowl with shiny silver and gold ball ornaments left over from the holidays.

Shop around your home for alluring white items. Set out white trays and plates, or display your favorite photos in minimalist white frames. Lay out white hardcover coffee table books or rotate in some white objet d’art from storage.
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Christmas decor, as the popular catchphrase goes, are gifts that keep on giving. Some holiday pieces are so beautiful that it would be a shame to simply keep them in storage. Treetopia lets you in on a few tips on how to reuse Christmas decorations that you can display all year long.

1. Use Christmas lights as decorative lighting

The delicate, comforting glow of Christmas lights look great any time of the year. To make your bedroom feel warmer and cozier, hang strands of Christmas lights on your walls. You can also wrap them around your bed’s metal frame, or arrange them against the wall to form a bright faux headboard. For an even more dazzling touch, use holiday lights to outline your window frames and illuminate your mirror.

If you have a garden, place strings of clear lights on the trees or potted plants that line the path to your front door. Mount clear or multi-colored Christmas lights on window sills and patio covers to keep your home’s façade looking fun and festive.

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After the holidays, it’s important to take the time and effort to properly pack away your Christmas decorations. Maintaining the good condition of your tree ornaments, Christmas lights, and wreaths means you can use them again next year instead of buying new ones. Keep your holiday décor safe and sound with these easy and effective storage tips.

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights have a tendency to get tangled up easily if they’re not stored properly. To avoid messy knots and broken bulbs, try some of these simple organizing ideas.

Tangled and twisted string of Christmas lights

Plastic bag – Wrap a light strand around your hand and elbow to form a circle, then use zip ties to secure the bundle. Place the lights in a large zip top bag, and label the bag according to color, type, or where it’s placed around the house. Store the bags in a sturdy plastic bin.

Cardboard – Take a sheet of strong cardboard, cover it with leftover giftwrapping paper, and cut small slits at both ends. Carefully wrap the light strand around the sheet and use the slits to secure the plugs.

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Your marvelous Christmas tree has been a great source of beauty and inspiration all season long, but now it deserves a well-earned beauty sleep.

To preserve the look and condition of your tree, avoid packing your tree in the original cardboard box it arrived in. Once a tree has been fluffed, squeezing it back into its box is difficult and can damage the its branches, tips, and lights. Also, cardboard boxes deteriorate over time, potentially exposing your tree to pests, dust, and the elements.

If you’re serious about keeping your tree in tip-top shape, consider these top-notch storage solutions.

1. Big Red Tree Storage Bag

If you’re looking for a convenient, high-quality Christmas tree bag at a wallet-friendly price, Treetopia’s Big Red Tree Storage Bag is a great option.

Treetopia's Big Red Tree Storage Bag

Its lightweight construction, durable side handles, and three solid rolling wheels are specifically designed to make moving your tree into storage quick and hassle-free. The roomy interior of this tree bag provides tons of space to pack full-shaped artificial Christmas trees, even those up to 9 feet tall. With its removable ID tag, you’ll know exactly what’s inside the bag without having to open it. Another feature you’ll love is its festive red color, which makes it easy to spot in a crowded storage room or closet.

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It may seem ironic, but feeling stressed after Christmas is not uncommon. After enjoying a fun and exciting vacation, many people dread returning to their usual work routine. Factors such as pressure to become productive again, anxiety over New Year’s resolutions, and other expectations can make it hard to relax and focus. Let’s look at some ways of coping with post-holiday stress.

1. Clear out remnants of the holidays.

Don’t wait too long to take down the Christmas tree and pack away decorations. Seeing these can bring back memories, good or otherwise, and prolong your holiday hangover.

Various Christmas decor scattered on table

Less clutter and distractions allow you to concentrate on more important things. Look at this as a great opportunity to rearrange the furniture and redecorate for the rest of winter. (more…)

The past year has been quite a roller coaster ride and everyone is looking forward to starting 2014 with a bang. Pulling off the perfect New Year’s Eve Party is easy if you follow these simple suggestions.

Décor

A simple way to enhance the festive look of your existing Christmas décor is to add balloons. Get helium ones in white, silver, or a color that matches your holiday palette. Allowing them to float freely on the ceiling instead of tying them to objects creates great visual impact.

A white table cloth helps reflect light to keep your party space bright. Embellish the table with confetti and a bit of glitter to give it a magical sparkle.

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Party favors such as hats, tiaras, carnival masks, feather boas, horns, streamers, and noisemakers double nicely as décor. Get them in a variety of attractive colors and designs, and let guests take them home as parting gifts. (more…)

Christmas is a time for giving, caring, and sharing blessings with those you love most. The best part comes when you all sit down at the dinner table to enjoy a great, home-cooked meal peppered with great conversation. But just as you’re about to dig into your second helping of sweet potato pie, the inevitable happens. You find yourself in the hot seat and the same old embarrassing questions about your weight, job, and love life start to flow like the wine which you suddenly wish you had more of.

This year, deflect uncomfortable questions and steer towards more pleasant topics by impressing your relatives and friends with these fun and fascinating Christmas trivia.

1. Rudolph’s red nose

What’s the real cause of Rudolph’s famous crimson-colored nose? Allergies? Too much peppermint schnapps? In 1986, a Norwegian scientist speculated that a parasitic infection of the respiratory system discolored poor Rudolph’s honker.

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