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Urban Holiday

Urban Holiday

Hanukkah is here and Christmas is just around the corner. No matter how you celebrate the season—and even if you don’t celebrate a specific tradition—holiday decorating can sometimes be the last thing on your mind this time of year. For me, I’m the son who still helps his mom with her holiday decorating and some years the effort that takes makes me decide to skip my own holiday décor. Plus, sometimes being in an urban environment during the holidays takes its toll on a person’s energy level. Whatever the reason, there are years when I don’t feel much like decorating for the season.

But when it’s one of those times and I’m not going to put in the time on my own décor at home for the holidays, there’s still a simple and elegant way to bring in some spirit—in a completely urban holiday way: hanging a strand or two of lights.

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9 Festive New Year’s Eve Décor Ideas

9 Festive New Year’s Eve Décor Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I pay so much attention to Christmas décor that I don’t think much about New Year’s. I prefer something easy and quick. One of my favorite tricks is to stick with a simple color palette and go from there. In this instance I go for a metallic theme: gold or silver. Here are some easy and quick décor ideas in silver and gold!

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10 Best Monogrammed Gifts for the Holidays

10 Best Monogrammed Gifts for the Holidays

One of my favorite gifts to give is one with a monogram. It automatically creates a personalized, thoughtful gesture that will always fit in with the décor of any home. And who doesn’t love receiving something with their name on it?! Here are some of my favorite home products that are easy to get monogrammed.

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8 Non-Traditional Christmas Trees

8 Non-Traditional Christmas Trees

To me part of the thrill of decorating for the holidays is the chance to do something different. If I can find a way to make traditional décor new, then I consider my work done. The Christmas tree is one of those traditional elements that when it is refreshed, it can bring a new sense of style and design to your home. Here are some non-traditional tree ideas to get your decorating juices flowing.

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7 Unique Shelving Ideas

7 Unique Shelving Ideas

The way you organize a room can greatly affect the mood and efficiency of a space. Though any type of shelving unit can greatly organize a space, there are some that can add an elevated feel and become a statement piece more than a simple tool for stacking books. Here are some unique shelving units to create allure in your space.

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Faux Marbled Accents

Faux Marbled Accents

I’ve been a big fan of the “marbled” look since I worked at a paper store years ago. We sold gorgeous sheets of painted marbled paper. I used one to cover the inside of a glass lamp and years later lined my daughter’s dresser drawers with similar sheets.

Real marble is just gorgeous, of course, but the faux stuff can be beautiful and eye-catching too. I’ve rounded up a few examples (and even a few links to simple DIYs to get the look yourself!).

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9 Natural Holiday Décor Ideas

9 Natural Holiday Décor Ideas

My style can be characterized as fun, colorful, and whimsical, and holiday decorating is no exception. That said, I love the idea of doing an all-natural color palette using nature as the décor provider. There’s something so lovely about the beauty of the earth, no? Here are some natural décor ideas to inspire your holiday decorating.

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6 Inspiring Fall Tablescapes

6 Inspiring Fall Tablescapes

This time of the year allows for many get-togethers with those we love. It’s the perfect opportunity to set a beautiful table; one that inspires the simplicity of the seasons. Think gorgeous natural elements like those from the harvest: fruits, vegetables, and pumpkins. There’s so much to work with! Here are some of my favorite tablescapes and how you can get the look for your next gathering.

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Partitions

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I have a new obsession, which means you get to learn all about it. Lucky you. No, really—I mean, lucky both of us actually. I get to learn about stuff and then write about it so you can decide if it’s of use to you. I’m sure this will be interesting and useful because who doesn’t need to partition off a space from time to time? And who couldn’t use a few new ideas about attractive ways to do that?

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7 Clever Ways To Use Reclaimed Wood

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I love the look of reclaimed wood. It has a rough, rustic look that creates a homey yet raw feel in a space. The best part about reclaimed wood though is that it’s…reclaimed! Any time you can re-use materials rather than send them to the dump, you’re doing a massive favor to the earth. But even then, I would use it whether it was good for the earth or not—I love it that much! There are a variety of ways to use it. Let’s take a look!

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