Its November! DIY Thanksgiving

Even if you only use your dining room table for special occasions, get ready, because Thanksgiving is just around the corner! There is nothing quite like having friends and family gathered for Thanksgiving dinner, so this year make it extra special with a DIY centerpiece.

We looked through Better Home and Gardens’ list of beautiful table displays and picked our favorites:

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Try using an unusual storage piece as the focal point of your table. It adds a rustic-chic touch and leaves plenty of room to stage grasses or gourds. Plus, with this look you can’t help but brag about your do-it-yourself skills!

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Image via Better Home and Gardens

If you prefer a more colorful look, try pairing flowers with the earthy hues of fruits and vegetables. Not only does it look stunning for your guests, but it really provides a sense of abundance that we associate with the November holiday. Decorated candle holders always provide that extra detail that takes your setting to the next level.

Then there is our all-time favorite holiday centerpiece, FOOD.

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Of course what good is a centerpiece if you don’t have a table to put it on? At Nadeau, we have a wide variety of dining tables, even if it means you have to accommodate an odd aunt or two.

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From Halloween to Thanksgiving: A Transformation

If you aren’t sure how to decorate for Thanksgiving, or if you feel guilty throwing away fifty pounds of pumpkins – don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

If you didn’t carve your pumpkins then you are in luck because their uses are just about endless. A quick coat of metallic paint is all you need to change up the holiday. Stage your Thanksgiving table with your Halloween leftovers, no one will ever know!

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Image via Better Home and Gardens

Even if you don’t want to keep pumpkins on display you can easily turn them into our favorite Thanksgiving treat, pumpkin pie!

Check out this recipe from The Food Network which utilizes real pumpkin, just remember that prepping it takes a little longer than using canned.

Image via The Food Network

Image via The Food Network

As long as you’re at it you can start changing out some autumn pieces for a more wintry look. Utilize white and pale blue washes to accentuate that snowy feel:

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Get The Look – A Designer’s Sophisticated New Orleans Style

Capture Interior Designer, Christina Graci’s sophisticated and timeless look. Located in the lively and artistic Warehouse District of New Orleans, LA, Graci strives to bring her own love for collecting to her space and her clients’ with enduring designs, pieces, and colors.

Her 1,000 square feet home is created into a classic haven with 14 foot ceilings and brick walls from an older building which the Warehouse District is known for. See inside her space:

Just like Graci, we strive to provide pieces and looks everyone will love. Loving Graci’s style? Steal a similar look with pieces from Nadeau:

Like the left? Try the right! (AB802) $47 (KA312) $187

Like the left? Try the right!
(AB802) $47, (KA312) $187

Like the left? Try the right! (NT066) $86 (AB802) $47 (AB829) $62 (WS050) $47 (IS031) $36

Like the left? Try the right!
(NT066) $86, (AB802) $47, (AB829) $62, (WS050) $47, (IS031) $36

Like the Left? Try The right! (PC5028) $497 (AB658) $42

Like the left? Try The right!
(PC5028) $497, (AB658) $42

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Like the left? Try the right! (AB620) $35, (A310) $726, (AB691) $54, (KA502) $912

Christina Graci is a licensed Interior Designer From New Orleans, LA. Together, with her brother, Chad Graci, their sister-brother team works to bring their clients classic and timeless interiors for them to continue to love as years pass and trends change. Look for them in Houston, TX as well! Learn more about their designs by visiting Graci Interiors.

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Fix it Friday – Same Bookshelf, New Life

If you simply can’t resist getting a new bookcase from Nadeau, it’s okay, we understand. But just because you are redecorating doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your old furniture. Revamp and add! Instead of tossing an older piece consider utilizing it in a new way. We have picked some of our favorite repurposed bookshelves to give you some DIY inspiration.

If you have young children, chances are you aren’t reading as much as you used to, but that doesn’t mean you should toss a bookcase. See how to transform it into a one-of-a-kind dollhouse here.

Image via Land of Nod

Image via Land of Nod

As your kids age, simply turn it back upright and voila, they have their first desk to do homework at.

Image via At the Picket Fence

Image via At the Picket Fence

If your bookshelf is getting a little worn in at this point, try re-staining it, or better yet, take it outside and use it as a vegetable garden.

Image via Backyard Diva

Image via Backyard Diva

Try out these projects, or come up with your own using these unique bookcases (or whatever they become) from Nadeau!

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Guest Blog Post – Fireplace Remodel

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With the weather getting cooler, it’s time to start lighting those fireplaces! The focal point of any living room, fireplaces need to be carefully considered. Selecting the right style and decor is key.

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With our home remodel, one of the first things to go was the fireplace. As you can see, it was very large, outdated, and took up unnecessary space in the living room. Since space was a challenge, we wanted to create the illusion of a bigger area. Constructing a built-in aspect from floor to ceiling to help the room look larger was our solution.

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We started the demo by using a sledge hammer and other tools to remove the rock. Following the clean-up, we started on the built-in entertainment center surrounding the fireplace. Starting with the cabinet boxes on each side of the fireplace, we then built the face frames.

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Once the cabinets were in place, the top was finished with three different trim pieces. The crown molding was the last piece of the puzzle to give a more built-in look. We ran PVC-pipe into the left side of the cabinets to hide the TV’s cords.

Finally, We designed the mantel above the fireplace by stacking two pieces of crown molding on top of one another to create a sense of depth and grandeur. We filled the joint gaps and spray-painted it all white using Cedar Key paint. Once it was all painted we started on the stone for the fireplace.

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To break up the all- white built-in and add some character, we decided on a classic, natural slate with multiple stone depths and colors.

This post was written by Morgan Molitor and Jamie Molitor of Construction2Style. Together, they blog about home renovations, remodels, and home decor. 

 

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“Revenge”: Take Home the Hamptons

Excited that “Revenge” is back on your Sunday night schedule? We are too!

If Emily Thorne’s Hamptons beach house is your dream home, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You can bring home that Hamptons look just in time for the holidays!

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Neighbors acting a little suspicious? Put them out of style by redoing a room in your home. Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the Hamptons!

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Show Image via HookedOnHouses

For even more obsessive coverage, and the real life house visit the “hooked on houses” blog here.

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Happy Halloween!

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Halloween is finally here! This yearly celebration is observed by many countries throughout the world in different ways. History tells us the holiday originated in Celtic culture as a way to mark the end of the harvest season and mark the beginning of winter. This transition was thought to be a bridge between our world and the world of the dead. (Spooky, we know!)

Nowadays, for many Americans this means costumes, candy and fun! In fact, more than 35 million pounds of candy corn, a Halloween candy favorite, is sold per year. This equals around 9 billion pieces, which could circle the moon nearly 21 times when laid end-to-end. Since 90% of parents sneak candy from their children’s trick-or-treat stash, this means it is sure to be a great holiday for everyone!

For more fun facts about Halloween, the history and it’s traditions, check out this link from the History Channel!

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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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