How to give your home a soft opening this Christmas

How to give your home a soft opening this Christmas
Posted by Alicia Andrews  in Seasons & Trends

Instead of laboring for hours on end transitioning your home into a sudden celebration of the season, step into Christmas gradually by adding touches to your decor each week until Christmas.

Christmas decorating in a flash

Christmas decorating in a flash
Posted by Alicia Andrews  in Tips & Tricks

Kitchen cushions: Custom banquette & chair cushions add trendy style

Kitchen cushions: Custom banquette & chair cushions add trendy style
Posted by Alicia Andrews  in Design Ideas

Before family visits from across town or across the country for Christmas, add kitchen cushions to redecorate your dining area for your individual style.

Sneaky, sneaky: A step-by-step guide to buying custom gifts this Christmas

Sneaky, sneaky: A step-by-step guide to buying custom gifts this Christmas
Posted by Alicia Andrews  in Tips & Tricks

We all have at least one person in our lives who leaves us drawing a blank when it comes to giving them gifts. Maybe it’s a friend who seems to already have everything, or a relative who has very discriminating tastes. Every Christmas and birthday we brainstorm, searching catalogs, stores and websites for a gift that will be meaningful, appreciated and actually used.

This year, save yourself some trouble and get your friend or family member custom cushions for Christmas! Delight her sense of style by providing high-quality cushions made in America with trendy fabrics. She’ll love the unique quality of your gift, and she’ll think of you all year long as she lounges on her beautiful cushions.

In order to surprise your friend, you’ll have to be sneaky, but it’ll be fun — and worth it! However, it’s best to choose a simple piece of furniture to outfit with a new cushion, such as an entryway bench, a rectangular window seat, dining chairs or patio furniture.