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How To: Setting Your Summer Table

It’s that time of year to pour yourself a cold drink and invite guests for delectable summer dining experience. We all love to host, but often times it's difficult to come up with a clever (and simple) way to set your table. Whether it be an indoor or outdoor gathering, the following designer tips will help you throw your best soirée of the season!

Choose a Color Scheme

A great place to begin is deciding the color scheme you'd like to showcase. Our designers chose a vibrant yellow paired with cool blue and lush, natural greens with wooden pieces. They'd added color by including accent pillows and colorful chairs to complement the table setting.

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Mix & Match 

One way to spice up your table setting is to mix textures and patterns to achieve a setting that is as casual or elegant as you’d like. Our designers used rattan placemats to contrast with a smooth white ceramic plates. They also included blue & white Chinoiserie plates with yellow gingham napkins to for a sophisticated, yet fun take on pattern mixing.

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Add Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a delightful addition to any table setting. The arrangement can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Place single tulips into glass vases for a minimalistic feel, or go above and beyond with a colorful mixture of hydrangeas, gerber daisies, and garden roses. (If your table setting is lacking vibrancy, flowers are a great and simple way to add pops of color.)

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Select Chic Storage

Another great tip to limit the clutter on your summer table is to have a bar cart or console set up nearby for easy access to additional dining needs. Place your colorful glasses with your favorite beverages on rattan trays and add in fresh flowers to set up the perfect spot to grab a quick drink without having to escape to the kitchen.

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5 Summer Styles to Update Your Entryway

Though one of the last rooms in the home one thinks of, the entryway or foyer is one of the most important in terms of design and style. It’s the first impression when a guest enters, the first space you might see before a day at the office, and one of the most trafficked areas in your home, so it’s worth putting extra thought and consideration into your entryway. One of the wonderful things about this space is the great potential there is to do fun and unique things—you can even make a few quick updates every season to keep it fresh.

With the summer season just on the horizon (and our new summer collection in full swing), we’re introducing five of our favorite entryway looks from the summer catalog. We think there’s a style for just about everyone, each with a twist of summer elements to make it updated for the season. Try getting one of these looks in your home or, if you’re really daring, go for different ones to see which suit your style best.

1. Natural Coastal

Coastal gets an unexpected look in this space. Instead of tonal blues and watery sleekness, think neutral naturals and raw textures. This Teak Root Console has the look of washed driftwood and the textural, photographic art lends a dramatic element.

Get the Look: Natural elements, sandy neutrals, beachy finds

2. Island Eclectic

This look is rich with our Indonesian Summer inspiration. The pairing of this Hand-Carved Bone Mirror and Vintage Dowry Chest is a match made in heaven with interest and charm for days. To provide harmony in the space, simple white tones and dark woods form the palette.

Get the Look: Exotic silhouettes, lush greenery, harmonious palette

3. Exotic Travels

The initial feel of this one is a wild summer safari, but take it all in and you see the elegance behind the bold patterns. Our Kuba Cloth Panel makes a beautiful backdrop for the Moroccan-inspired mirror and these exotic Indonesian necklaces add a bit of fun and interest.

Get the Look: Bold textures, traveled accents, weathered materials

4. Airy Modern

Minimalism goes a long way in this handsome combination of modern art and sleek polish. The wall art—a Wisteria favorite for years—presides over our grand Alton Media Console to create a look that’s simple, refined, and extraordinary.

Get the Look: Modern fixtures, colorful art, minimal accents

5. Tropical Vibrance

The brilliance of color in exotic flora and metallic shine give the illusion of a tropical getaway. The acrylic and glass console is nice and clear, so the look isn’t too weighted, and the natural wood accents ground the space with organic subtlety.

Get the Look: Vibrant pops, metallic shine, organic elements

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How To: Fill That Pesky Empty Space

Do you have a space that you just don't know what to do with? Your whole home could be perfectly coordinated, and there can still be that one pesky space that you just don't know quite how to decorate. Well, have no fear! We're here with tips on how to outfit that extra space just like the professionals.

With a Console

If you're looking for furniture that won't take up a lot of space but will give you the room you need to arrange a display, then the console is your best bet. With a large enough surface to arrange a variety of pots, books, or flowers, and as the perfect base for an artistic vignette, a console is the quick answer to your empty space needs.

With a Bar Cart (or Cabinet)

Another space saving choice is the bar cart! Not only does this help add interest to a dead space, but it stores your supplies for easy entertaining. Plus, glassware and a decanter look just as stylish as any arrangement of decor.

With a Chest

Chests are the best way to fill a space and give yourself extra space for storage. You can still arrange a decorative display, hang some wall art, and also hide away any materials that you don't quite have room for somewhere else.

With Shelving

Shelves are likely the most obvious choice, and they're a great and easy way to make an open space more interesting and stylish, accentuating and displaying all of your most prized possessions.

With Wall Art

A wall space is immediately transformed with a bright piece of wall art or a unique collage. Amp up your empty space with gorgeous, textured artwork that everyone can admire.

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5 Ways to Create An Eggcellent Easter Tablescape

Easter is right around the corner, and we love hosting a large gathering with family and friends. If you're wondering how to come up with the perfect tablescape to truly capture the joy and color of Easter, then look no further. We've scoured the web to gather festive ways to create a sweet Easter tablescape!

THE TABLE RUNNER

We love this cute and fluffy table runner from Kelly Elko! Simple, rustic, and easy to make, it sets the perfect foundation for an Easter spread.

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THE CENTERPIECE

While some tablescapes focus on lots of vibrant, bright colors, we like the natural beauty of this centerpiece. From 10 Minute Decorating, this piece combines eggs with light earth tones and lovely blossoms, making a stunning, DIY centerpiece.

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THE NAPKINS

We can't get enough of this precious Easter bunny napkin design from Martha Stewart! Complete with step-by-step folding instructions, these bring oodles of cuteness to a place setting.

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THE PLACE CARDS

Natural with pops of color, these Easter basket place cards from The House That Lars Built give a bright and personal touch to your place settings. Make guests feel warmed and welcomed at your table, and give them a sweet Easter decoration to take home with them!

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THE TAKEAWAY TREAT

This just might be our favorite tip of all. We love these adorable Oreo treats from See Vanessa Craft! They are cute, fun, and bring out the child in all of us. Plus, they are easy to make and are great takeaway gifts!

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Give Your Home A Facelift for Spring

After the dreary days of winter, it's nice to spruce up your home for spring! We looked to our Inwood Village store for inspiration on the best (and easiest) ways to refresh your interior.


1. Go for faux floral

Long lasting and never out of style, faux flowers are a quick way to instantly brighten up a space. It brings the freshness of nature and the liveliness of spring right into your living room!

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2. Have a gilt trip

Just like the sunshine warms our hearts, warm up your space this spring with a touch of glamorous gold. Gilded accents make all the difference in preparing a home for brighter days.

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3. Pop out the color

Nothing says spring like bright colors! Whether you use pillows, flowers, wall art, or some popping upholstery, having an array of vibrant colors really brings out the best in springtime decor.

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