Friday, October 20, 2017

5 Helpful Holiday Tips

5 Tips to Make Your Holiday Season Less Stressful

October is here and that means the start of my favorite things. I love to cook, craft, relax and spend time with family. When the leaves start falling on our 20 acre patch of woods, I know that fall is in the air and Christmas is just around the corner. It can be the best time of year or the most stressful time of year. It really is what you make it. I have compiled some of my favorite tips to help you make the most of this time of year.

1. Take a few minutes for you, every morning!

      If you are busy, taking time for yourself is easier said then done. Trust me, this tip is worth it. You don't have to do much to feel better. Getting up 5-10 minutes before everyone else can make a world of difference for your mental health. While making that nice cup of coffee or hot tea, stretch it out. Stretching can make you feel more energized in just a few seconds. If you have more time, I love to pop in a yoga DVD, stretch, and take the last few minutes of quite time to say my prayers before starting my day. Trust me, it makes a world of difference.

2. Start Holiday Meal Prep Early!

         I have the reputation for being the baker in both my families. I also cook and I love to do it. I figured out a long time ago that by cooking, I was showing love. I get most of my traits from my sweet mom and this is no exception. I love to make things from scratch and nothing tastes better. I have found a few short cuts by using some store bought items but I really try to stick to my family's good ole recipes. To get a jump on things I make pie crusts and cookie dough early. It is very easy to freeze and thaws quickly. I also know that if times are going to be crazy, I meal prep a few meals and toss them in the freezer. I make an effort to buy my staple items all during the year so it does not add to my already mounting grocery bill during the holiday season. Flour, sugar, and spices are on the top of my list. It takes a long time for them to go bad, if you stock up now, you could save big at the checkout later. 

3. Budget Early!

      Once again, easier said than done. With family meals, gift buying, company parties, and regular everyday life; this time of year can get expensive. Saving ten to twenty dollars a week out of your paycheck starting January first can really add up and keep you away from the stress train come Black Friday. Pinterest is full of ideas on how to get a jump on saving. It's never to late to start.

4. Take Family Time!

        I am a family girl, five minutes with me and I've already bragged about my kids and shown you their picture. Those two are so busy and we don't get to spend as much time with them as we would like, but we try and make the most of our time between their busy schedule by not planning a thing. My favorite memories are the four of us curled up under blankets on the sofa just talking about life or watching cheesy movies. When they were younger we would grab them between activities for a quick family dinner. It slowed the pace down for just a little bit and brought us back to reality. Try and take one day out of the week for a planned family dinner or just to sit down and check on how everyone is doing. It will help you slow down and remember why we celebrate during this time of year.

5. Be Thankful!

     This is the most important tip I can give for making this time of year less stressful. Our lives move at such a rapid pace that we sometimes forget to stop, enjoy it, and be thankful we have this life. 
If you are elbow deep in laundry, a baby crying, the phone ringing, and dishes over-flowing; be thankful. The laundry is there because your family has clothes, a crying baby and a phone ringing is because people love and need you, and the dishes because your family is well fed. Sometimes stopping in the midst of complete and total chaos to realize all of this is amazing and temporary is a beautiful thing.

Remember, this time of year is great. Allow yourself to slow down and relax. By taking the time now and putting into practice these tips, you will have a great holiday season.


Friday, October 6, 2017

World Smile Day

World Smile Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of October.  A day dedicated to "good cheer and good works". The national celebration was initiated by commercial artist Harvey Ball. The catch phrase for the day is "Do an act of kindness - help one person smile". He is recognized for creating our beloved smiley face icon.  Where would we be without our smileys? An authentic Harvey Ball smiley face can always be identified by three distinguishing features: Narrow oval eyes, with the right one larger than the left, bright sunny yellow, and a slightly off center mouth, which has been attributed to being similar to a "Mona Lisa Mouth".[

We wish you a happy day and encourage you to pass the good cheer to your neighbor.

Photo By Garchy - Photograph, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Legend of Kanati - TrueTimber Camo

From the TrueTimber website: 
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In Native American tradition, legend told of a great hunter.
The first hunter who taught all others.
He never missed, and so his people never went hungry.
The whole world was his hunting ground.
Seeing all. Seen by none.

In ancient times, there was only one village and at the top
of their sacred mountain was a cave blocked by stone. Inside
the cave you could hear every type of growl, grunt and bark.
Every day the huntsman would hike to the mountain cave and pull the stone aside to release a lone creature from the den. Upon closing the cave mouth, he hunted the animal, and went home carrying it on his shoulders.
One day the hunters two sons quietly left to visit the cave. The boys struggled to push back the stone but to their surprise it tumbled away and animals of all types came thundering out. Their paws, hooves, and feet pounded the earth as the boys struggled to close off the cave. All the animals fled into the woods until the cave was vacant. Their father, keeper of the animals heard the sound of thunder and ran along the trail to the cave mouth. His two sons stood next to the empty cave with their heads hung anticipating their fathers rage.
The Huntsman said nothing at first but then spoke to his sons, “Never before has our life been harsh. Now the animals are free and we will have to hunt the rest of our lives. With our spears, tomahawks, and bows we will work to eat. We will wander the forest hunting. Some days we will come up empty handed and some nights we will go hungry all because you were careless and thoughtless. But we will endure.”
And so it is that hunting has been hard work
and a labor of great skill among all people ever since.
The Huntsman went on to teach his people
to hunt, to sustain, and to conserve.
He was a teacher, a warrior, and his story is legend.
His name...was KANATI.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Today's Traverse Rods

When I started working at, I did not know what a traverse rod was - well, what you called it anyway.  My Mamaw always had them in her living room so I knew there were drapes that could be opened and closed with a cord.  Now, after many years of selling all types of curtain rods, my knowledge has increased exponentially.  Just in case you don't know what to call those curtain rods that allow you to open and close them by pulling a string/cord or using a baton, they are traverse rods, traversing curtain rods, curtain rod track or ceiling track.  There are probably more names, but those are the main ones.

This week I just finished adding a new, budget friendly line of traverse rods by Aria.  These modern traversing rods are baton drawn - which just means you pull them open with a baton - think hotel curtains.  The Aria H-Rail traverse rods are sold in kits with everything you need to hang your drapes.  With six beautiful finishes like Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Matte Black, Brushed Bronze, Antique Brass and Satin Nickel, you are sure to be able to match your current decor.
The kits come with end caps for a modern and sleek look, however, there are several finials (decorative end pieces) that are available as well.

Please give us a call if you have questions, we can help.  1-800-590-5844
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun Friday: Houzz Decorating Style Quiz

Check out this quiz on Houzz - What's Your Decorating Style Quiz

Just for the record - I got Transitional which is what I thought I was.
Your style is … Transitional!
Transitional: You’re not too modern but not too traditional, either. You’re a gracious host, and you love to break out the fine china even when you’re just eating pizza. You prefer a home full of beige and other neutrals. You like simply framed artwork that doesn’t cause too much of a fuss. Serenity is your goal at home. You are transitional.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 10 Interior Decorator Tips

#1 Know Your Value - your time and ideas are just as valuable as the tangible items you sell.
#2 Don't Skimp on the Sofa - choose well-made and comfortable so it will last a long time.
#3 Drapery Panels Must Go All the Way - if you are going to the floor, go all the way.
#4 Gold and Silver - they really can go together.
#5 Hang Artwork Correctly - 3 to 8 inches above the furniture.
#6 Practice Your People Skills - you have to be able to work well with people.
#7 It's Not About You - you may have a great sense of style but you have to follow your clients wishes.
#8 Know Your Local Laws - as a designer you must know the city and state building codes.
#9 Comfortable - remember that a space should be comfortable not just pretty.
#10 Be Prepared for Problems - items don't come in on time, your measurements were off, the client changes their mind, and so on...

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Let's Talk About Drapes

Window treatments can completely change the look and feel of any room. If you have gone from bare bones windows to adding at least a valance you know what window treatments can do. Just like a vehicle, there are so many "makes and models" it can be overwhelming figuring out what all the different types look like and what will ultimately suit your needs best. I have pulled together some of today's most popular drapery panel styles in the hopes that it will enlighten you and make your decision making easier.
First let's look at the most common types....

Tab Top drapes are stylish and clean. They remove the need for drapery rings thereby keeping the look simple, yet attractive. Tab tops are a very modern look.
Rod Pocket drapes are the most common drapery type. They are simple, traditional and for those sewers out there are relatively easy to make.
Grommet Top drapes like tab tops are stylish, modern, clean and minimalistic. Grommet tops are growing exponentially in popularity and many drapery hardware companies are beginning to manufacture designer grommets to add that special touch.
Pinch Pleat drapes give your window a luxurious, designer look and feel. These are typically used with drapery pins, curtain rings that use gator clips or traverse rods.
Inverted Pinch Pleat drapes works great if you are wanting your panels to stay stationary. Inverted pinch pleat drapes bring a fullness to your window and your room.
Goblet Pleat drapes are considered to be among the more luxurious designs for window treatments. They are better suited for curtains that are both long enough to graze the floor and are fully lined to maintain their unique shape.
Cartridge Pleat drapes  are tailored and sculptural with smooth unbroken folds, this treatment gives a sleek, streamlined look that works well in just about any setting.

No matter the style you choose you can't go wrong with drapery panels. You will absolutely love what they will do for your room.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trend Fabrics

Trend Fabrics are sophisticated yet affordable.  You will find designs by Vern Yip and Jaclyn Smith.  Decorators and designers know that you will find the look you want with coordinated fabrics, trim, wall coverings and window treatment hardware.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Perfect Wedding Gift

Is there such a thing as the perfect wedding gift?  Probably not.  However, we carry a line of beautiful and exquisite jeweled picture frames and other gift items made by Olivia Riegel.  Each piece is crafted beautifully using Austrian crystals, sleek metals and enamels.  Give the glamorous life to someone you love with a beautiful bejeweled box, umbrella, vanity mirror or picture frame.  They also offer wedding accessories like ring bearer pillows, serving sets and flute sets for the wedding toasts.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Jacobean Floral Fabrics

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Old is new again. We see it all the time. As I regularly add new fabrics to our website,, I get a glimpse of what is popular in fabrics today. One of those fabric designs is Jacobean Florals. These fabrics have a distinct design pattern. You will probably recognize the design style, but don't know what to call it.

Jacobean florals are based on popular embroidery styles from the era of King James I of England in the first quarter of the 17th century. The florals have a distinct and exaggerated whimsical look. Characterized by a scrolling vine with stylized flowers, these beautiful fabrics provide a rich and sophisticated look.  Shop Jacobean Fabrics >>

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