Summer Parties are in full swing, and before summer’s end you may be hosting a summer soiree. Take these summer tips to heart to host a memorable party without breaking the bank.
- Mix & Match. Instead of going out to purchase new dinnerware and cutlery, open up your cupboards! 9 times out of 10 you’ll have a set of 4-6 of each color or pattern. Mix and match your most colorful plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery for a fun and summery look.
- Forget the Tablecloth. Opt for colorful or patterned table runners to dress up the table without looking too stuffy. Pair the runners with fun beaded or round placemats to set your mix-matched dinnerware on. You will not have to worry about a tablecloth blowing around, and you can add a little weight ambiance through colorful vases full of garden floral arrangements from your own garden.
- Shake it Up. Break out your colorful tumblers, wine glasses, martini glasses and champagne flutes. Set up a small self-serve bar area and let your guests shake up their own cocktails or pour their vino of choice. You won’t need wine charms or markers, as one guest will have the green martini glass, while the other is sipping from a hot pink wine glass.
- Cozy On Up. If you do not have enough chairs for all your guests around the table, mix and match your chairs, and add colorful and patterned cushions to the back of the chairs. Or go super comfy and bring out the settee or love seat filled with plush cushions. If you have a super low table on your hands, set out your patio seat cushions on the ground and pile on the cushions. Your guests will not only be comfortable, they will remember all the effort you put in to ensuring they are happy!
If you love the look of sleek lines and love contemporary style, but find the idea a little bland for your taste, then you may love Geometry. High contrasting Geometric Patterns that is. These black and white or charcoal and white patterns spice up your bathroom floor without going overboard. If you keep the walls and fixtures simplistic such as this bathroom, but repeat the high contrasting colors, a unique Geometric Pattern on the floor will ground and add some flavor to your look!
Opt for black and white, charcoal and white, or go for one pop of color. Ask us how to achieve this High Contrast Geometric Look, and you’ll be able to compliment your contemporary taste, and have that extra flavor you’ve always wanted!
This fun and colorful Euro Pad is nothing short of tres chic! The mixture of vibrant and pastel hues works in harmony on a neutral and bright background. Between traveling mementos, flea market finds, and whimsy sayings, how could you not fall in love with this space? Perfect for a single gal’s loft or the traveling couple, showcase your happy memories on your walls. Replace your coasters with agate slices and photo books of your favorite places. Keep your memories and mind alive with this fun and totally steal-worthy look!
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This dreamy and glamorous kitchen needs no introduction. Classic cues such as White Subways and Golden Accents help accessorize what could be defined as the Little Black Dress for your kitchen. Nothing less, nothing more, this simplistic, yet glamorous design could stand the test of time.
Dressing up an entirely white kitchen offers a fresh spin, while you can still change your mind and season of additional accessories such as floral arrangements, dinnerware, and even paint color. The attention to detail is apparent through the gold touches on the range hood, the light fixtures, and even gold accents on the bar stools. Custom looks always take on some sort of repetition of motif, material, or lines. What does your Dream Kitchen look like? This design is definitely on my Dream List!
Just like a shiny new manicure, these glossy fuschia walls take on their own personality when mixed with rustic brass. This eclectic look is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Whether you opt for fuschia or teal blue, coats of high gloss are IN and here to stay. The Rivet brass medicine cabinet from Restoration Hardware compliments the brushed brass deck-mounted faucet. The Crate & Barrel sconces help tie this rustic look together, but the fuschia lacquered walls are the show stopper.
Choose a wall color that stops you in your tracks. Peacock Blue or Emerald Green would also be an excellent choice paired with the rich look of brushed brass. Add white accents such as our White Subway Tiles in the shower, and wall art such as this flock of birds. Adds a modernized touch, while creating a whimsical escape. Be sure to layer on the lacquer for one slick look this summer!
Explore your town this summer through the eyes of a tourist. Make use of these travel tips for a fun day exploring your own city, and you may be surprised to learn something new. Get your walking shoes on, and be sure to grab your camera!
Hit the Road. Pack up your camera, a bottle of water, and head to a local hotel or motel. Sure you can explore your own city online, but you can ask the Concierge where they recommend visiting. You may also discover the best times of day to visit a certain landmark or location so you can plan your day accordingly.
Try Something New. If the Concierege recommends hiking a trail that leads to an amazing waterfall, Do It. Never been kayaking in the bay or lake, Go For It. Never visited that “haunted mansion”, Get the Wits Scared Out Of You. No matter the challenge or landmark, try it out! Memories are not made sitting around.
Take Cheesy Photos. From selfies in front of 100 year old statues, or standing in a group on a landmark bridge, the whole part of being a tourist is capturing your experience on camera. #touristforaday
Move Along Differently. Rent a bike to tour your city, or get on a tourist bus! Whether by land or by sea, you get to see your town through the eyes of a tourist. You may learn a new tidbit about a specific building, plus you get to explore your city from a different perspective.
Eat Local. Of course you may know they best spots in town for a great meal, but hit up the most touristy restaurant in town. They may claim they have the best tacos, tenderloin, or brisket. You be the judge. This gives you the upper hand when it comes to recommending the most touristy restaurants in town when you are entertaining visitors.
Cheer On Your Local Sports Team. Go ahead and buy tickets for a night baseball game, or hit the field for a local soccer game. There is something about supporting your local teams with peanuts or a cold beer in hand. Relish in your whole day of exploring historical sites, new adventures, and all the incredible #selfies you took throughout the day.