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From Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1937 lobster dress to Lady Gaga’s iconic meat dress, food has long been a visual treasure trove for designers hungry for inspiration. Lately, fashion shows have been a smorgasbord of culinary-oriented clothing and accessories, with Moschino serving up fast-food styled dresses and Kate Spade models toting bags shaped like Chinese take-out containers.

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Decorating a Christmas tree might seem like a walk in the park, and it might even be, but if you want a tree that will wow everyone who lays eyes on it, there are a few guidelines to be followed. Think of your tree as a blank canvas on which you can create a masterpiece that reflects your personality and aesthetic sensibilities. If you’re just going through the motions, it will show in the way you set up and decorate your tree. Getting an expensive tree is not the be-all and end-all of holiday decorating so it’s important to give YOUR tree YOUR undivided care and attention.

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Welcome to the second half of our series on home decorating and design based on fashion. Just like in our previous article, we’ll discuss how you can translate the hottest trends of Fall Fashion Week 2014 into fresh and fabulous looks for your rooms this fall season.

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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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