Perfect Autumn Colors

Fall is in full swing! For the few of us holding on to summer – discover new colors for your life!

The colors of autumn are synonymous with the colors of the changing leaves. This is where we get the beautiful shades of yellows, oranges, reds, and even browns. These colors together can give you and your home a calming feeling of energy that will help you welcome the change of the season. As the holidays approach, your family will love the relaxing and warm feel your home gives to family gatherings too!

Try working these fall pieces into your current look:

If you want to plan an adventure to see the changing leaves around the country, check out this link from the U.S. Forrest Service on color progression around the country!

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Happy Columbus Day!

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue! Today marks the day Christopher Columbus, the explorer, landed in the Americas. Even though recent archaeological discoveries have now proven Columbus may not have discovered the Americas, he paved the way for many future explorers. Today, Columbus Day is celebrated in many countries around the world under different names.

For the history of Columbus’ great voyage click here for a quick and enlightening video!

Ready to set sail? Become an explorer in your own home by discovering these nautical pieces:

 

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Fix It Friday – How to Save Rusty Metal

If you’ve ever left a metal piece in the rain, or stored it under a previously-undiscovered leak, you know the sinking feeling of discovering rust on your beloved furniture. In this Fix It Friday we show you how to save your rusty metal furniture in 4 quick steps thanks to our very own Shay Collazo, the manager of our New York City location. (For a guide to New York City from Shay click here.)

Materials: WD-40, Steel Wool, Rags, and a Clear Acrylic Spray

Where: Best completed outdoors

Time: 45-60 minutes

Materials

Materials

Step 1: Spray the WD-40 on inside the outside of the piece. Do not be afraid to use too much!

Step 2: Scrub the rusty metal with steel wool.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3: Wipe the area with a rag, and let the piece dry for at least 15 minutes.

Step 4: Spray two coats of your clear acrylic spray. Allow for dry time between coats.

Step 4

Step 4

After your acrylic dries for the second time, all finished. Your metal piece has been saved!

Metal is saved!

Finished Piece

Tip: If you have no outside access for this project, try following steps on small portions of the piece instead of completing the whole piece at one time.

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City Guides: New York

1932 New York City

1932 New York City

There are plenty of guides out there to tell you what to do in New York City, but we got the local lowdown from our store manager (and native New Yorker), Shay Collazo. If you want to avoid the tourist track, check out her recommendations below.

Best Restaurant For A Nice Dinner:  “Our choices in NYC are so awesome, but we can’t live without Wo Hop in Chinatown. Or Eataly. Or Thai Market in uptown–try the daikon cakes! And Hundred Acres is a great locavore restaurant. For drinks, Please Don’t Tell is a fun experience and it starts online.”

Favorite Place to Satisfy a Sugar Craving: “Gunz, around the corner from Nadeau, offers European treats for reasonable prices. I also love the tea shoppes in Chinatown; the pastries are fresh and fit any budget.”

Favorite Coffee Shop: “The Bean. You have to get the Nutella Fitzgerald–hot or cold, it’s amazing. Also, the owner is very community oriented, and just may have a few of our pieces in his shops!”

Best Cultural Experience: “C’mon, this Is NYC! There’s BAM in Brooklyn for music, The Native American Museum is free, plus there’s Central Park and The 911 Memorial. Fun Fact: In summer you can see free quality entertainment every single night in the city, whether you prefer movies or music.

Best summer Outdoor Activity: High Line is a must see! Plus free yoga in the park, hiking upstate, and The Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens.

You can’t leave NYC until you: Ride the subway, eat a dirty water dog, see Shakespeare or a concert in Central Park, people watch, take a ferry to Staten Island just to ride the ferry, take a selfie on every bridge in Central Park, and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and back.

You are not a local unless you: Curse a lot, have tattoos, go right home after work unless you can crash an event with free liquor, get photographed by the Humans of NY guy, get really pissed very loudly, avoid delivery charges by taking everything and anything home on the subway, make a lucrative living as a dog walker, meet someone famous or live near them, walk against the light while facebooking, yell at /get yelled at by a stranger, help/get helped by a stranger.

One thing you won’t find anywhere else: Albert Einstein’s Eyeballs are in a safety deposit box in NYC. And there is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Final Word: Remember, in New York walking is a contact sport, not a leisure activity.

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Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Guest rooms tend to be a place where you throw extra blankets or pillows. A room where nothing matches, including lamps, wall decor and side tables. Turn your “junk” guest room into a home-away-from-home oasis for your visitors with these key steps.

Step #1: Pick a look. Start thinking of your non-bedroom as your bedroom. Design a space that you would want to stay in. Choose colors and designs that make you feel relaxed.

Step #2: Get rid of the things that don’t fit. Take a long moment to consider throwing out things that don’t fit in your place. If you have a collection you want to keep, work them into your design or build a design around them. If a side table doesn’t seem to be working, consider changing it with a new coat of paint–or maybe it is time to say goodbye.

Step #3: Buy the essentials. Get your hands on some soft sheets and bed set. Most of your guest’s time in the room will likely be spent in the bed, so take as much time picking out the perfect set for this bed as you would your own.

Step #4: Make sure you have extras. Everyone has different preferences to their morning routine or even sleeping. Make sure you have extra towels, pillows, and blankets stored away in your guest bedroom that are easily accessible. Also, consider keeping an extra toothbrush or facial wash on hand as well.

Step #5: Add extra touches to make your guest room feel like a homey bed and breakfast. If you have the space, add a small bistro table and chair if your guest is an early riser who doesn’t want to impose by leaving their room. Or try adding a comfortable chair with a side table and lamp to make for easy reading for your visiting night owl.

Try these Nadeau pieces to make a new guest room look easy!

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Creative Pumpkin Decorating

No matter what your style is, pumpkins make great fall decor. You can make pumpkins into great center pieces at Thanksgiving or spooky for Halloween. Options are endless–and painting in lieu of carving means the pumpkin won’t rot nearly as fast, giving you weeks of DIY decoration instead of just days! Once again Pinterest has answered our call for fun, easy, and creative decorating ideas. We picked out a few of our favorites to help inspire you.

For more great ideas take a look at “23 Pumpkin-Decorating Ideas That are Actually Doable”.

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Easy Home Bars

Starting a home bar can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Become a home mixologist with the perfect blend of these easy tips and ideas.

Pick what you enjoy.

Do not pick spirits with the only goal of impressing your friends. If that is your focus you’ll end up spending a fortune. While a home bar is for entertaining, the key is to remember that the main customer is you!

Start small.

Alcohol is not cheap so start small when building your home bar. Remember you do not need a full bar to have a good time. Keep the essentials on hand but make it your own. To create a bar like feel and help save you a few bucks, make a list of what you are offering at that time.

Keep it simple.

You don’t need to know how to mix a fancy cocktail. Your job is not to be the best bartender in the world but just to be a great host. Consider what your friends like but except most people will want something easy like a beer or a simple cocktail.

Try putting your own home bar together with the help of these Pinterest ideas and Nadeau pieces!

Try these other pieces for your home bar!

 

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Fix It Friday – From Broken to Chalkboard

Adding chalkboard to your home is a popular trend right now. And why not love it?! This DIY is quick, easy, and fun for the whole family.

Materials: Chalkboard paint, Paint brush, Damp rag, Cardboard box, Work Gloves

Time: Very Quick – depends on dry time

photo 1

Before

Step 1: (When revamping a broken pieces, be careful when removing glass or other pieces that could harm you or a little one’s hands.) Remove glass and dispose of properly. Try putting the pieces in a cardboard box and taping it shut.

Step 1

Step 1

Step 2: Wipe away extra pieces behind the mirror before continuing.

Step 2

Step 2

Step 3: Paint 2 coats of chalkboard paint in the area you want covered. Allow for dry time between coats.

Step 3

Step 3

Then – Voila! You just avoided 7 years of bad luck with this DIY!

After

After

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Seasonal Lantern Decorating

Lanterns are great home decor for any season, but we like how they add an extra antique touch to fall and winter. We dug through Pinterest to find you the easiest #DIY decor ideas for lantern decorating as the seasons change.

Fall

Then a quick change as it starts to snow.

Winter

Try these ideas out with a few of our lanterns!

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Setting a Dining Table Made Easy

Formal dining can leave even the most educated confused much like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Most of us probably don’t even use formal dining every day so you may even be asking yourself, “Why do I need to know this?” Most likely, there will come a time where you do need to take part in formal dining (like at a wedding) where you don’t want to be the one looking around for direction. It will also be fun to show your friends how classy you are at your next dinner party. Use these tips to help make it easy to remember:

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Image via Style Me Pretty

Formal Set Up: With a formal set up always remember to start working your way from the outer utensils in towards your plates. Knife and spoons go on the right side and forks on the left. Desert and coffee utensils are set above the plates. The plates are stacked in the order of appetizer plate on top, then entree plate, and finally the “charger” which is the largest of the plates. The bread plate and butter knife are set on at the top left corner of the setting. On the opposite side, at the right corner,  steam ware is set from wines glasses at top, then champagne or water glass, followed lastly by a coffee cup.

Image via Style Me Pretty

Image via Style Me Pretty

Casual Set Up: A casual setting is great for holidays and family dinners. Also great for a more relaxed look. The rules that work for a formal set up also apply to a casual setting. Still work your way in with the utensils. Steam ware goes in the upper right hand corner. You will probably have a lot less plates and utensils so don’t be afraid to make the setting your own. Give your casual setting a sprinkle of personality to show off your style!

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