Selecting the Perfect Area Rug

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Area rugs are powerful interior accents. They can transform a room. Use a rug if you need to add warmth to a space since some spaces can feel rather cold. For example, tile and stone can actually cool a room. Add an area rug to add instant warmth and comfort to any room. Rugs can also help to protect your beautiful floors. But how do you decide what type of rug to buy? Consider the following to narrow your search.

Take into account what is on the walls. If you have a patterned wall paper, you will want to select a simple rug. It is probably not the best idea to select a busy patterned rug when there is already a pattern on the wall. In this case choose a solid color, or if you want more depth you can pick a textured weave that is made out of several different colors of yarn.

Area rugs can be beautiful works of art. If you want to showcase your rug then try not to cover it up. Select glass top accent tables that will allow a clear view of the beautiful rug. For a more formal rug, find one with decorative edges. For example tassels are normally found on traditional rugs.

The size of the rug depends on the size of the space, and what will be sitting on top of it. For a dining room table, there should be at least two inches sticking out from the chairs when they are pulled out. The same goes for upholstery such as sofas and chairs.

Acceptable arrangements include the front legs of furniture on the rug, while the back legs rest on the floor (if the furniture backs up to a wall) as well as centering the rug in a seating area without any of the furnishings resting on the rug. When determining the size, consider the shape and proportion of the furnishings on or around where the rug will be placed.

If you have questions about the size, shape or color of rug that is right for your home, stop by one of our locations or fill out a form and we will contact you!  We look forward to helping you with your decision.

Which Do You Prefer?

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7 Creative Winter Wedding Engagement Photo Ideas

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Winter weddings often require slightly more planning than weddings that take place in warmer weather. For example, you have to plan for the theme far in advance to ensure all aspects of the wedding reflect the winter theme. Engagement photos often have the longest lead time so you might want to start with those at the top of your to-do list. Try one of the seven ideas that will wow everyone on your mailing list, and create a wonderful memory in the process!

  1. Stake skis and poles into the snow in a nice arrangement. Sit in the snow between them.
  2. Wear a fairy princess dress with a fur stole and an elaborate crown. Dress your groom in an elegant suit. Take the photos in a rustic, snowy location so that your glamour stands out against the simplicity of the rustic background.
  3. Dress in warm comfy clothes in colors that match. Have an actual snowball fight while the photographer snaps photos of it. When the snowball fight is over lie down in the snow and make snow angels together.
  4. Decorate an outdoor Christmas tree. Find a location with a pretty pine tree and winter surroundings. Try traditional decorations such as popcorn garland. Bring along some wrapped presents to place at the base of the tree. Use wrapping paper that coordinates with the colors of your wedding. It might be a good idea to wear clothes in those colors as well. Include a ladder with the props because it will add interesting options for posing.
  5. Wear a cable knit sweater with a plaid flannel scarf and jeans. Have the groom wear a flannel shirt and jeans. Find a natural colored background in a place in the woods. Take along mistletoe and have your groom hold it over your heads while you hold hands and kiss.
  6. If you winter wedding will be in the mountains try engagement photos captured on a ski lift. Dress in formal wear so it’s clear that it’s an unusual photo of a bride and groom. Ride the lift several times and while the photographer captures the moment, keep the photos interesting by talking, looking out at scenery, kidding, laughing, and so on.
  7. In a snowy mountainous area build a fire. Take along comfy camping chairs and the ingredients for s’mores. Wear fashionable winter gear that includes your wedding colors. Enjoy the fire and each other’s company while the photographer capture photos of you spending time and making s’mores.

Fun Ornament Crafts Your Kids Will Love

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Creating ornaments is an activity that kids love to take part in. They really enjoy feeling involved with decorating the house and tree for Christmas. Ornaments can be easy to make and look great too! Find out how to make fun and easy, craft ornaments that will personalize your family’s Christmas tree.

Icicles can be made with metallic pipe cleaners and beads. Silver or blue metallic pipe cleaners work best. The color of the pipe cleaner is important for the ornament to look like a sparkling icicle.

You can use whatever type of beads you like, as long as they have a hole big enough to allow the pipe cleaner through. Let your kids select the beads they want to use and slide them onto the pipe cleaner. Make sure they leave some space between the beads, to ensure that the pipe cleaner can be malleable. Once the beads have been applied, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil. Then remove and slightly pull either end to stretch the icicle out. This will create a spiral icicle ornament that will shine and sparkle once it is hung on the Christmas tree.

 The string lights will make the metallic pipe cleaner sparkle! You can simply curl the top of the icicle to hook over the tree branch. No hooks required! Your kids will love hanging their icicle ornaments just as much as they liked making them!

Ribbon tree ornaments are super easy. First let your child select a small straight stick that they would like as the trunk of the tree. Next you will need various types of ribbon. Let your kids decide which ribbon they want to use. . Cut the ribbons for your children. Next allow your child to tie the ribbon onto the branch. Make sure they tie it into a simple knot. If your child does not know how to tie a knot yet, help them with this part. This activity is a great way to learn and experiment with patterns. Once they have applied all the ribbon to the branch, trim the ribbon down and cut at an angle so the ribbon will be tapered from shorter to longer, creating a tree shape!

Giving for Christmas

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Christmas is almost here and what better way to celebrate the season than to spend time with your family doing something different, something that will teach your kids the important lessons of the season. We all get swept up in the mayhem that is the holidays but it is important to take a step back and remember the real meaning of this special time of year.

 

While you are about to receive a multitude of gifts as families all share presents on Christmas morning, think about those less fortunate than your family. You’ll have to make room for the new things you’re about to receive anyway, so why not go through your closet, have your children go through their toys, and look around in your kitchen. Find items that you no longer use anymore, and gather them together to donate to your local Good Will or equivalent. This not only teaches your child the importance of kindness, but also gives them a tangible accomplishment to look back on down the road and remember how good it felt to give what they don’t need to someone who might need it more.

 

Another way to share with your children the spirit of Christmas is to create fun activities they can work on with you. They could make collages, poems, stories or songs that demonstrate the things they are most thankful for in their lives. Encourage them to include what makes the holiday so special to them and try coaxing out the more important things, such as thankfulness and giving. Then have them show them off to you and your family. This positive reinforcement will show them the importance of what they’ve created and given thanks for.

 

This time of year there are many out there less fortunate, who cannot afford food and will likely go hungry on Christmas without the help of others. Try finding a soup shelter in your area, or a church or charity that collects food baskets for those who cannot afford to feed their families. Doing this with your child will show them how Christmas isn’t just about getting presents on Christmas morning. It will also show them the importance of giving back to others.

 

These are just a few ways to share the important social lessons that can be lost amidst the glitz and glamour of Christmas. It’s easy to forget what the holiday is really about when your busy decorating your house and gathering presents for your family. Showing your kids what the holiday season is really about is the best gift you can give them.

Fun Christmas Traditions for You and Your Spouse

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Christmas time can come and go as a blur, if we don’t slow down to enjoy it with the people that matter most. It is so easy to make Christmas about your children, letting the holiday go by without making it special as a couple. Start traditions that are enjoyable and simple for you and your spouse to enjoy after the kids are asleep.

Watch your favorite Christmas movies together. One night watch your favorite and the next night watch his. This activity will get you in the mood for Christmas decorating. You two can snuggle on the sofa together and even plan a special holiday snack for the event.

Decorate the tree together! Let’s face it ladies, putting the tree up and stringing the lights is the hardest task. Get your spouse involved. He will feel like strong and masculine while he is helping. After the tree is up, have fun placing memorable ornaments on the tree. Talk about past Christmases and hopes for this year’s holiday!

Each year buy each other a special Christmas ornament that represents the receiver’s personality. Shopping for the perfect ornament is fun and builds a special memory you can share for years to come together.

Sip on a holiday cocktail with your honey. You can decide which drinks to try this year. If you like beer, there are plenty of seasonal holiday brews to try. There are an array of Christmas inspired cocktails that you can make at home. Search on line for mixes you can make with your favorite liquor or liqueur.

Do themed stockings each year. Decide with your spouse on the special theme each year. This is a fun way to shop for your significant other. It is also really exciting seeing what your partner selected for you!

Snuggle by a fire and sip hot cocoa after you have set the presents under the tree. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still sip yummy cocoa. This is a great way to unwind with your partner. Maybe this is the intimate time to exchange gifts; while it is just the two of you.