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With the holidays soon approaching, late shoppers are getting busy beating the crowds and trying to find that perfect last minute gift. It’s just your luck that this season we have stocked up on amazing grab-and-go items that will fulfill any need you have for holiday gift items. All these items can be found in our winter wonderland showroom right now.

Holiday plates:

These plates make for a great hostess gift or for someone who loves to bake. They each have a cute design and are the perfect rectangular size for cookies or a loaf of holiday bread. Each plate comes individual wrapped in a fit to size box, but if you have the time make some homemade gingerbread cookies and place them on the plate, wrap clear cellophane around it and tie it with a large festive ribbon! Whoever you give it too will love the thoughtfulness of the baked goods and be excited about the plate every holiday season.

Soaps and Lotions:

I love receiving nice soaps and lotions as gifts. Its something I never buy myself so when someone else does it’s really a treat for me. Before you pick a scent though think about who you are buying for and what their personal preference is. It’s hard not to just get a scent you like, but it can make all the difference in the enjoyment of whom you give it to.


Wine toppers:

I adore these! These wine toppers are perfect for anyone who loves vino and has a fun sense of humor. The red hat looks like Santa, but I just love how the other colors look like wizards or bearded elves. My personal favorite is the twisty green one. Pair this with a nice gift of red or white wine or maybe even champagne! This is sure to get a laugh and could be used all season long.


Throws:
This is another item I would never purchase for myself but go crazy for if I received as a gift. The weather is cold and everyone loves to get cozied up under a new big throw. You can wrap this up in a bow and give it to the one you love with a DVD of one of their favorite movies and some hot chocolate mix. Add a coupon that says “Good for night of cozy cuddles: No expiration date”. This is gift is not only thoughtful but you can make it very personal too.

Candles and Matches:

These two items match perfectly together!  Our decorative matchboxes go perfectly with our Linnea’s Lights Natural Soy candles. The ‘Winter’ scent fills any home with the perfect smell of the holidays, but like the soaps and lotions be aware of what scent your give receiver would like best.

 

Whatever gift you decide on, don't forget to wrap it up nicely! 

Happy Holidays!

-Holland

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The holidays are soon approaching so you know it’s the time to invite out of town family and friends into your home for a few nights. Having extra people in your home can be a little stressful, but it’s always ends up being a fun time. Make sure your guests get the most out of their stay with these helpful tips for guest bedrooms and guest bathrooms. Being prepared will also make it easier on you, the host, because if they need something it will already be set up and ready to go! 

Guest Bathroom:
Nothing can be more obvious than having a nice clean bathroom for guests to use, but having other amenities available will surely impress your guests. Before your guests arrive stock your bathroom with new bars of soap, a box or tissues, toilet paper, some cotton balls, and Q-tips. It’s nice to arrive somewhere after a long day of traveling and not have to bother the host with questions, so just leave all these items in plain view in nice glass jars on the counter or hide them away in the top drawer so your guests can find them easily.

Make a quick stop at Target or a drug store and get travel sized toiletries to store in the bathroom if you have forgetful guests staying with you. I know I always forget toothpaste or some other necessity when I travel and it’s so nice when my thoughtful host is prepared for me. These items in their mini travel sizes are very inexpensive and even if they don’t get used they’ll still be good to go for your next round of house guests! You can even use all those hotel samples you’ve been stealing over the years (come on everyone does it) if you don’t have time to go to the store. These can also be put in a glass jar or simply in a drawer. 

If you have multiple switches on the wall for the light, heater and air vents, it may be nice to take a small piece of tape and label each one so guests don’t have to waste time messing around with them to figure out which one does what.  Handwriting the labels can help make the idea bit of a warmer and welcoming.

Place clean shower and hand towels out for guest too. After being on a plane or in a car for the day, guests want to shower and get the smell of travel off them as soon as they arrive. Also remember to put down a clean bath mat on the floor to avoid a puddle of shower water for you to clean up later. 

 

Guest Bedroom:
The bedroom can be extremely easy to prepare for guest’s arrival. The day before they come put fresh linens on to the bed and add an additional cozy blanket for those chilly holiday nights.

If there is a TV in the room make sure you place the remote somewhere they can find it, like on the nightstand. If you want you can even place magazines and some of your favorite books in the room for some extra entertainment if they’re night owls or early risers. Don’t forget it’s smart to write down your WiFi information and place it somewhere in the room...you know they’re going to ask. Also place water bottles or a water carafe (one of our favorites) on the night stand for each guest, this way they don’t have to fumble in the middle of the night to find which cabinet the cups are in. 

For an even more inviting environment add some fresh seasonal flowers to the room. Just make sure whatever you do, the room is clean and inviting for guests to rest their travel tired bodies in!

Happy Stress-free Entertaining!

-Holland 

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No one likes bringing work home from the office, but if you can make your work space a place you want to be, it can make all the difference. Home offices are very common in homes and making them a place in the house you actually want to spend time in is much easier than you think! 

Clear the clutter: Get organized! Everyone has their own specific way of organizing their thoughts and things, so do what works best for you. Cabinets and shelving work great for storing things that you don’t need on a daily basis. Placing things out of sight makes an office space much cleaner and easier to work in.

Desk top organizers make it easy for keeping clutter at a minimum while also allowing you easy access to things you need to quickly grab. I like having sticky notes, pens, and a stapler on hand. Having them already in plain view saves me time by not riffling through a messy drawer. If you don’t want to purchase a desk top organizer, jars and mugs work great for storing small office supplies. 

Placing a wall calendar in your home office is an easy way to stay organized and on top of all the things you need to do. Also, a classic bulletin board is always good to have for pinning up ideas and reminders. If you want a sleeker look though, try a chalk board or even painting part of your wall with “chalk board paint”. I think the black looks great in any office and it’s a fun way to write down anything you need to!

Make it comfortable: Nothing is worse than working long hours and being uncomfortable. Make the environment of your work space cozy and comfortable. Take time to find the right chair for you and even add a comfy pillow for back support if you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk. Adding a rug under your desk will make the space more inviting too. Having a soft rug underneath your desk will be a relief for your feet. 

Escape: Staring at a computer screen or sitting still at a desk for a long time can drive anyone crazy. Your home office should be a place you don’t mind spending time in. Find a good balance between work and escape for your office. Remember: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? You want to make your office a place you want to be in. Placing your desk near a window will allow for natural lighting which is easier on your eyes but still allows for some day dreaming possibilities. Candles and a great desk lamp also will help with lighting the area. Candles may not scream professional office, but for your home work space they can bring an element of comfortable and relaxation. In addition to that, bringing a plant or some of your favorite flowers to the space will also make your office feel like stiff.                   

Or try something faux like one of these lovely faux orchids.  They won't  take up much space and will add a pop of color to any working environment. Plus they are bright and fresh looking to keep your inspiration flowing. 

Inspire & Personalize: Really make your space your own! Decorate your home office anyway you want to make it most suitable to your tastes. Place fun and inspiring quotes in frames and place them on the wall for a daily pick me up. Family photos on your desk and little knick-knacks will bring some fun to your work area. My work space at home is surrounded by my favorite photos and fun knick-knacks. Don’t be afraid to use colors and patterns either! Whatever you do, make sure that your office space is not only organized and functional but also a place you don’t mind spending a lot of time in. 

 

For more inspriarion check the "Home Offices We Love" board on Pinterest.

-Holland 

 

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