Our Halloween Movie Picks for a Spooky Fun Night

Halloween is days away now! What are you planning for your spooky night? If you are planning a night in or a creepy movie night with friends try some of our favorites:

(Movie Posters via IMBD)

(Movie Posters via IMBD)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986) PG-13, Zombieland (2009) R, Ghostbusters (1984) PG, Hocus Pocus (1993) PG, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) G, Halloween (1978) R, Children of the Corn (1984) R, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) PG

(These movies range from G – R rated so please consider clicking the links to each movie before viewing with your family to get movie details.)

Get your home ready for some spooky movie viewing with a TV-friendly furniture piece to add to the experience:

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Repurpose to Make New!

When you are in the mood for something new, repurpose the pieces you already own or items you find for a great price. Furniture and home decor shopping is more fun when you can imagine the changes you can make to what you find.

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Above, you can see how the newest member of the Nadeau marketing team, Dana, has turned a home knickknack into a beautiful and succulent garden to keep his home lively all year round. Dressers or other storage pieces can easily be transformed into homemade planters in as little as 30 minutes. Don’t be afraid to take risks! You might be surprised on what you come up with. For directions and tips on how to repot plants visit this link.

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Try give your home a little life as winter approaches with these Nadeau pieces:

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Soup of the Season – Lasagna Soup Recipe

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(Image via IHeartNaptime.com)

With the weather getting cooler, it is time to whip up some delicious and easy soups to warm you up! Try this appetizing Lasagna Soup Recipe from the IHeartNaptime.com blog.

Ingredients: 1 lb. Italian sausage, 3 cups of chopped onion, 4 minced garlic cloves, 2 tsp. of dried oregano, 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, 2 tbsp. tomato paste, 2 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, 2 bay leaves, 7 cups of water, 7 cups of chicken stock, 10 oz. whole grain egg noodles, 1/2 cup basil leaves, 1 cup of ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan, 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Time:  Around 60 minutes

Instructions:

#1 In a large stock pot, sprayed with cooking spray, over medium heat- add sausage, onions, and garlic. Stirring regularly to break up sausage. Brown 7-8 minutes until sausage is cooked and onions are transparent.

#2 Add oregano, red pepper flakes, and tomato paste stir well, continue cooking 3-4 minutes until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

#3 Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, water, and bouillon. Stir and bring to boil over high heat. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 30 minutes.

#4 Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook soup at this point. If you expect leftovers cook the noodles separate and add noodles to each bowl and then ladle broth on top. The noodles will soak up the broth when stored.

#5  Right before serving add in fresh basil, sea salt and pepper to taste and finish with a dollop of the cheese mixture. Enjoy!

#6 Cheese Mixture: In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Keep refrigerated until serving. Add a dollop on top of each bowl of Lasagna Soup before serving.

Try serving this up to your family with a new table setting or furniture:

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Our Top Halloween Costume Picks & Safety Tips

Halloween is only a few weeks away. Get your costumes ready! We are loving these 25 DIY Halloween Costumes from HowDoesShe.com that are easy to make and super creative! We picked our top 5 favorites from the list:

After you have the costume checked off your list don’t forget to prepare a few things before leaving the house for Trick or Treating. Try these tips:

#1 It is always good to plan out your candy route before leaving the house for the night. Try driving the route you want to take the night before so you know where sidewalks and construction are.

#2 Know the weather! Check what temperature it will be for Trick or Treating so you can add layers to you and your child’s costume if needed.

#3 Add some type of lighting to your child’s costume like glow sticks or a light up toy so cars can spot your children as you collect candy.

For more great tips read “Trick of Treating Time! Halloween Safety for Your Ghosts and Goblins.”

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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. Forest 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

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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.

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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.

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Step 4

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

Metal is saved!

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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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