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Simple Valentine’s Day Mantel Ideas

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Do you dress your home in hearts and flowers in preparation for Valentine’s Day? Do you add a little red and pink to your current decor on February 14th, and then take it away on the 15th? Either way, these simple Valentine’s Day inspired ideas will help you add a romantic look to your fireplace mantel (bookshelf, kitchen counter) in time for the holiday.

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Paper hearts are quick and easy to make, and whether they are unframed, framed, in multiples, or displayed as an individual, they add an appealing pop of color and a welcoming look to the room.

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Flowers and decorative vases offer fresh and often vintage charm, even when the blooms you display are not from a garden. Select pink and red varieties, and add in white or purple for extra glamour.

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Candles are perfect for setting warm, welcoming and romantic moods, and for Valentine’s Day they can make any meal or gathering more special. Experiment with different sizes, styles and numbers to achieve the best look on your mantel.

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If this was the mantel in your home, how would you decorate it? Would you try a heart-themed garland, or use antiqued candlesticks for a romantic look? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

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Get the Look: Winter Centerpiece Basics

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Here are some basic tips for creating a simple yet charming winter centerpiece or tablescape. We have included a look from the tables in our break room that perfectly exemplifies how easy it is to create a seasonal atmosphere on any table.

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Snowflakes - The least you can do is throw some snowy accents onto a table. These snowflakes are made of lace, but you could also get crafty and make snowflakes out of high quality or decorative paper. Use less if you’re going big, and many more if the flakes are small.

Glass jar - With a glass jar (or many) there is so much you can do. To keep it simple, we added a pine sprig to this handled glass jar – a little greenery can go a long way! If you don’t have any specialty jars or Mason jars, employ an empty vase or use a clean and de-labeled wine bottle and fill with greenery, sparkly beads or fake snow.

Collectible or Sculpture - These can be easily switched out as you celebrate specific holidays or occasions (like switching out Santa for a snowman after Christmas), and put an additional seasonal spin on the overall look. A figurine also gives you more of a chance to personalize the centerpiece, and maybe even act as a conversation starter (decorative salt and pepper shakers are great for this, too!).

Lighting – During the winter, extra lighting adds more warmth to your decor and, since the days are short, more light! We used a flameless candle in the jar for worry-free lighting. We also placed a small string of lights inside of this metal star to give the centerpiece more illumination (below you can see the star without the lights).

Check off these four centerpiece basics and celebrate winter more beautifully. Share your centerpieces with us on Facebook or Twitter, and tell us if we’ve missed any tablescape must-haves!

Snowman Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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What You Need for a Festive Fall Centerpiece

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Fall is in the air and our apple pies will soon be in the oven as we start entertaining and gathering for the autumn season. Something that makes your home a little warmer for guests, family and friends is seasonal decor, and more specifically, a beautiful centerpiece (or centerpieces!) on the dining room table. Here are a few items that will always turn your display into a work of wonder.

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  • Pumpkins

Of course, right? Whether they are real, faux, made of glass or wicker, bright orange or different colors, incorporating pumpkins into your centerpiece is a must. You could even set out just three or four pumpkins and have an instant fall look.

  • Candles

We recommend using flameless candles for safety and everlasting effect, but real and scented candles are just as decorative. Place them in lanterns with mini leafy wreaths, or opt for colorful candles in yellow, orange, red and white to create an appealing presentation.

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  • Leaves and Flowers

Speaking of leaves, scattering a few throughout your centerpiece is a simple way to add natural charm to a table, and golden hued flowers coordinate beautifully, especially when placed in decorative vases.

While your centerpiece may have many other decoratives within it – collectibles, linens, trugs filled with ornaments and baubles – the above can help you get started if you’re not sure where to begin, or want a simple look with not a lot of fuss. You certainly cannot go wrong with pumpkins, candles, leaves and flowers, so get decorating and welcome your guests with an inviting centerpiece this fall.

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