Labor Day – It is Time to Relax!

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It is Labor Day weekend! People across America are taking advantage of the three day weekend to go on a relaxing vacation with families and friends. Unfortunately, these people only make up 9% of the population. Most Americans spend their Labor Day weekend doing house and yard work while over 20% go into work like any normal day. 

So why is it so hard for us, as Americans, to take a day to relax? Goal setting has become an important part of our lives and achieving those goals is the one of the highest priorities. Sadly, this can take away from relaxation which can result in physical and mental health issues so take some time this weekend to sit back, worry free!

For the history of Labor Day, watch this short video from the History Channel:

History Channel’s History of Labor Day

 

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Decorating Windowless Rooms

Some of us are stuck with dark and drab windowless rooms, especially those living in city apartments. These rooms can be a challenge when decorating, and it can be hard to find inspiration for such spaces. Luckily, there are little things you can do to brighten up that room and make it feel welcoming.

Plants are always a good way to go when adding life to a room. For a windowless room in particular, pick plants that love shade and don’t need much light to survive and thrive. If the room is small, think smaller plants. This little trick will instantly add a breath of fresh air to the room!

Show off your collection of candles and lamps to give any room lacking a window some light. The more light, the better! If you are running out of space, no worries! Mount your lamps or invest in floating shelves.

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(AB029) $5

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(AB662) $82

Mirrors are great for adding a window-type feel. Not only will it make your room look bigger, but also make visitors feel like they are looking right through a window! Pick a large mirror for the best effect or many small ones.

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(AB538) $100

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(V100) $170

To open up the space, pick color palette that are brighter and more cheerful. This will brighten up your space right away and create a better mood for you and your guests.

These simple, little tricks will help you bring life to any windowless room. Here are a few more great pieces from Nadeau to help create the perfect look:

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(A137) $164

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(AB005) $31

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(AB793) $19

 

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Nursery Top Picks & Tips

We put together our top nursery picks to go with our favorite design tips for parents-to-be when it comes to creating your little one’s space!

Our Top Picks

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Our Top Tips
1. Make the styles flow. If you’re worried about how your nursery will look in your home, draw inspiration for decor from the styles in your home. This will make everything flow together smoothly.

2. Keep it simple. If you’re lost on what you want or haven’t found out the gender yet, go with neutral, clean colors like different shades of white. This will allow you to find a theme through baby gifts or after the baby is born.

3. Choose adaptability. Picking pieces that can change as your child grows will make it easier on you in the long run. No one wants keep moving things around and it will allow your wallet to relax.

4. Storage is key. You can never have enough when it comes to having a baby. Remember to pick pieces that go with your theme as well are function friendly when organizing all the different toy, clothes, etc.

5. Safety first. Consider what your child will be able to reach and get on at different ages when choosing furniture.

Most Importantly: Make it your own! The Internet is full of ideas, thousands of them. Take a moment away from all the different designs to figure out what is really important to you when designing the perfect nursery for your new bundle of joy. Find a style you will enjoy.

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Fix it Friday – From Broken to Earring Rack

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In a past Fix it Friday, we removed a door from a cabinet because the glass was broken. With the left over door we created a whole new home decor piece! This erring rack is creative, easy, and functional!

Materials: Twine, Staple Gun, Measuring Tape, Marker, and Scissors

Time: Under 30 minutes

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1. Measure and mark where you want to twine to be wrapped around. For easy measuring, take a pieces of paper/cardboard to draw the design out first.

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2. Cut twine to the length you want.

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3. Staple the twine in your marked places.

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This is a quick and easy DIY that you can use on many different left over pieces from broken furniture. Also, don’t be afraid to go outside the box and try different designs to fit your own personal style!

You can do designs too!

You can do designs too!

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City Guides: Birmingham

Nestled firmly in the Deep South, Birmingham is a charming mix of Southern hospitality and growing industrial city. Our store manager, Jessica Brasfield, offered up some of her favorite places to eat, drink and relax. Won’t y’all come sit a spell?

Favorite Restaurant for a Nice Dinner: Veranda, an old home turned into a farm-to-table restaurant
Favorite Place To Satisfy a Sugar Craving: Savage’s, a long-time tradition of downtown Homewood
Best Shopping: Over the Mountain, where you’ll find The Summit, the main street shopping district of Homewood, and a familiar furniture store
Favorite Coffee Shop: O’Henrys
Best Cultural Experience: Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Favorite Outdoor/Summer Activity: A Barons Baseball Game at Regions Field
Favorite Indoor/Winter Activity: A show at Iron City
You Can’t Leave Until You: Eat at a Frank Stitt restaurant
You’re Not A Local Unless You: See an Iron Bowl football game
One Thing You Won’t Find Anywhere Else: Vulcan, the Roman god who watches over Birmingham
Best Way to Kill an Afternoon: Railroad Park

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How To: A Shabby Chic Wedding

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Image via Pinterest

Shabby chic is all the rage right now when it comes to wedding decor. And who wouldn’t love a wedding with the perfect mix of elegance and age with a hint of countryside bliss?

We wanted to make it easy for you to get your dream of shabby chic, so we went straight to the perfect source for all things wedding: Pinterest. We picked out our favorite shabby chic wedding looks and found furniture to match. (Don’t worry! No more antique hunting!)

The Ceremony

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Mixed seating will give your ceremony a homier feel. Your guests will relax as soon as they sit down!

The Cocktail Hour

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For the perfect shabby chic garden party wedding, use white french style furniture. This will add class to any outdoor cocktail hour!

The Reception

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Shabby chic decor tends to lean more in the direction of neutrals, but adding a pop of color will give your design a fresh, fun look that will keep your guests excited all night long!

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Try to relax and have fun! Picking furniture for your wedding is exciting and allows for you to show your favorite style. Remember: If you love it, your guests will love it too!

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Must-Do Home Hacks

Part of making a living space “your own” is keeping every room and everything picturesque. Figuring out how to do it is the tricky part, so we scoured the internet for the best home hacks for each room in your house!

Hack 1: Home Office

Hide wires with a curtain behind a piece of furniture to give your office a clean, put-together look.

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Hack 2: Living Room

Camouflage your wireless router like a vintage book to give your living room a relaxed, unconnected feel.

Image via Buzzfeed

Image via Buzzfeed

Hack 3: Garage

Door dings are a pain. Prevent them by using old pool noodles to keep your walls and your car door ding free!

Image via Buzzfeed

Image via Buzzfeed

Hack 4: Anywhere!

Hide pet bowls and litter boxes inside furniture so when guests visit it looks like you have the cleanest pet in the world! All your friends will be jealous.

Image via Design Home

Image via Design Home

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Hack 5: Anywhere!

Make changing home decor easy – Keep nails and metal handy by adding a magnet to the bottom of your hammer.

Image via Buzzfeed

Image via Buzzfeed

There you have it! Five home hacks everyone can do to make their living space picture perfect! Try one today!

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Famous Desks

It is that time of year that children dread. Summer is dwindling and fall is approaching. With the changing of the seasons, many of our young people will be going back to school for another year of learning. Take a moment to find inspiration for your home study spots in these famous work spaces:

John Lennon & Yoko Ono at work in their home (Image via Fromyourdesk.com)

John Lennon & Yoko Ono at work in their home (Image via Fromyourdesk.com)

The famous food write, Nigella Lawson's office space (Image via Buzzfeed)

Famous food writer Nigella Lawson’s office space (Image via Buzzfeed)

Novelist, Virginia  Woolf's desk (Image via Guardian.co.uk)

Novelist Virginia Woolf’s desk (Image via Guardian.co.uk)

Jenna Lyon's office at J. Crew (Image via Fast Company)

Jenna Lyon’s office at J. Crew (Image via Fast Company)

Steve Job's home office is 2004 (Image via Time)

Steve Jobs’ home office in 2004 (Image via Time)

For more creative offices and work spaces, check out “40 Inspiring Workspaces of the Famously Creative“.

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National Book Lovers Day

BöckerThis Saturday marks the most important personal holiday for hundreds of bookworms across the country. That’s right – Tomorrow is National Book Lovers Day.

This day celebrating the written word comes only once a year on August 9th. For those of us who recognize the holiday, it is a time to bond with fellow book fans over struggles like when a movie version of a book is completely wrong or how you cry a little inside when someone tells you they don’t like to read. We all know, as book lovers, that we need to stick together.

In celebration, some of our home office employees shared their favorite reads:

Take a moment or an hour or a day this weekend to crack open one of your favorite reads, because we all know once you start a good book there is no stopping. So let that book take you on a journey, and in the words of “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

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Small Home Decorating Tips

Our home is our castle–even if it’s a teeny tiny castle. Many of us do not have the amount of space we would like when it comes to our home, but this doesn’t mean we have to give up style. There are many ways to decorate an apartment or house with less-than-desired square footage.

Tip 1: Designer Thomas Jayne says, “Take the focus off the architecture and beam it on an astonishing object — it can be anything from a specimen plant to a Da Vinci cartoon to a nude portrait.”

Tip 2: Add decorations to the wall to draw viewer’s eyes from the small space. Incorporate mirrors into this plan to help reflect the other walls of the room. This will give the room the illusion of being bigger.

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Tip 3: Pick seating that can be easily stored to help open up space. Folding chairs and stackable bar stools are great options.

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Tip 4: Use seating that is multipurpose. The more you can utilize your furniture the better and the more space you’ll have free! This runged chair is great for a vanity; you could easily string scarves or belts through the openings.

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Tip 5: In small bathrooms or entry ways, use large patterns to make the space feel more open, says designer Kim Alexandriuk. “Do something overscale and daring. In a small powder room, I used a large-scale David Hicks wallpaper with Chinese urns all over it. Paradoxically, it helped the room feel bigger. But it can’t be a small, busy pattern. It has to be an open, graphic pattern that breathes, with space between the repeats.”

Tip 6: In limited space throughout your home, use taller but narrow furniture with lots of storage to help keep the space organized.

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