Party for the Fourth!

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Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.

 The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.

Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting. 

Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.

Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.

8 Creative Ways To Use Your Fireplace During Warm Months

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If you’re fortunate enough to have real, working fireplace in your home we say bravo! They are rare occurrences in newly built homes. But many older homes feature traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves. During cold months the fireplace is often the central gathering point in the home, but once it goes defunct in the warmer months it seems like an out-of-place element that distracts from the harmony of a room. Rather than let it sit empty and looking a bit forlorn, we suggest trying a creative way to use it as an architectural feature. If you want to get especially creative with it, try more than one of these ideas at different times. For example, try #1 during Spring and Fall, and try #8 in the months between!

  1. Multi tier expanse of pillar candles
  2. For a special event arrange dozens of symmetrically aligned tea light candles
  3. A large, ornate flower arrangement that fills the majority of the space, both laterally and vertically
  4. Install a temporary curtain rod and hang a pretty curtain to cover the opening; opt for a solid color which will then serve as a backdrop for anything you’d like to set in front of it
  5. Using the wood that will go unused until it’s time to light fires again, create an interesting sculptural formation; refer to the game Jenga for inspiration
  6. A focal point piece of artwork on an easel
  7. Print a favorite photo on a stretch canvas frame that is slightly larger than the opening of the fireplace, then simply set it in front of the opening
  8. If you have a glass walled wood burning fireplace insert a tray the size of the base and plant a terrarium – when it’s time to use the fireplace again you can easily slide it out and display it elsewhere

Join Us At NeoCon

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Join us at NeoCon today!  

This is the commercial interior industry’s most important event!  The best new ideas and products come together with all the right people — an amazing gathering!

NeoCon will be held June 15-17 in Chicago.  Come see us at booth 7-8094.  

For more information, visit our site or learn more about NeoCon.

 

 

35 Things To Add To Your Porch

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Have you ever arrived at someone’s home and found the porch so beautiful that you didn’t even want to go inside? Some people have just the right touch for a creating an outdoor living space that makes you say WOW! In many cases this is a professional interior designer so if you have access to one, make good use of their advice. If you’re doing the job on your own, though, we have one main point of advice. Layer and accessorize the same as you would inside your house. Treat the porch like a room and it will be awesome! Here’s our huge list of 35 items that you can add to the porch.  Have fun!

  1. Rocking chairs
  2. Topiaries
  3. America Flag
  4. Ceiling Fan
  5. Drapes or sheers
  6. Flowering pots
  7. Couch and/or loveseat designed for outdoor use
  8. Hanging baskets of flowers
  9. Porch swing / Couch swing
  10. Hanging chairs
  11. Throw pillows
  12. Lanterns
  13. Decorative stools
  14. Bench with seating cushion
  15. Outdoor area rug
  16. Paint the ceiling if it’s covered
  17. Blue tooth sound system
  18. Coffee table
  19. Side tables
  20. Tray and serving set
  21. Fire pit
  22. Grill
  23. Baker’s rack
  24. Smoker
  25. Table and chairs for dining
  26. String lights
  27. Rope lights
  28. Roll down sun shade
  29. Border of natural mosquito and bug repelling herbs and flowers
  30. Large box with lid for delivery man to leave packages when you’re not home
  31. Dog kennel or crate so Fido can take a rest while guests dine
  32. Decorative magazine holder
  33. Coat stand with rain gear and protective head wear
  34. Shelf for outdoor shoes so they stay outdoors
  35. Extra flashlight in case you get locked out of your house at night

Man Cave Ideas For Father’s Day

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He’s been asking, and asking, and asking for that man cave. Truly they are daunting spaces since the décor can vary so widely from the rest of the home. But, if you’re ready to relent, go about it the smart way and buy him things that he’ll love. If you choose the stuff but he loves it, the man cave can come about as being lovely! Here are our top suggestions for Father’s Day:

  • If he’s a gamer, old school stand-up video games. Think Pac-Man and Donkey Kong!
  • If he’s a musician, a small wooden stage on which he and his buddies can jam.
  • If he’s sports fan, have his favorite players’ jerseys professionally framed.
  • If he’s a golfer, a really large screen and a golf video game so he can practice his swing.
  • If he’s into comics, such as Batman, think Gotham City and hang a gothic style chandelier.
  • If he’s into hunting, a very well designed decorative gun rack.
  • If he’s into kayaking, a hang handmade one upside down from the ceiling.
  • If he’s into hockey use pucks to create a wall border, rather than wallpaper.
  • If he’s into watching multiple games at a time (something many men love) hang more than one TV. He will have no complaint when he can watch three or four events at once.

Get the idea? There are so many ways to put a huge smile on his face while preventing him from covering an entire wall in baseball cards! The more unique the idea, the cooler the man cave. If you’re on a budget, allow him to install the items himself. Put a big bow on everything and leave it in the center of the room. He’ll have the time of his life putting it all up himself. When he’s done he’ll also have HUGE bragging rights!

This Year At NeoCon!

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Join us at the commercial interior industry’s most important event!  The best new ideas and products come together with all the right people — an amazing gathering!

NeoCon will be held June 15-17 in Chicago.  Come see us at booth 7-8094.  

For more information, visit our site or learn more about NeoCon!