Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fashionable Home Decor

Our beautiful new decorative throws, called Pashmina Shawls, have a dual purpose. Made from the fine, downy wool of the Kashmir goat, these shawls are luxuriously soft and warm. Their soft texture makes it easy to fold them into almost any shape. They make an excellent bedding throw or can be elegantly draped over a sofa or chair for an extra splash of color and texture.

Kashmir goats are indigenous to the Himalayan region. Their soft, silky fleece acts as a protective layer against the extreme cold. Tribal artisans practice the age old tradition of weaving these shawls, which have become a sign of style, luxury and elegance throughout the world. They are vibrantly colored textiles with rich, vivid motifs woven in them. These wool shawls are thin, finely woven, lightweight yet still warm. These unique, handmade items are shipped directly from South Asia.

More than just a home accessory, Pashmina Shawls can also be worn as a fashionable wardrobe accessory. Perfect for a stroll on a brisk day or as a cozy wrap on cool evenings, these versatile shawls make a great accessory for you and your home.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Affordable Livingroom Make Overs

If you want a new look in your livingroom but can’t afford to replace your existing furniture, there are some easy and affordable alternatives to update your living space.

Painting the walls with a new color is always a great place to start. However, if this is not an option, there are other ways to enhance your walls with color and texture. Three dimensional metal wall art is a great way of adding depth and texture to your wall. There are many different designs and colors to choose from, including the very popular contemporary look of copper tiles and copper panels. Wall sconces that hold candles are perfect for adding subtle light and a cozy atmosphere to the room. Mirrors are another way to add light and dimension. A fabric wall tapestry can help add color and texture to a plain wall.

For sofas, loveseats and over stuffed chairs, slipcovers can give you a great new look for a lot less than new furniture. If you like the upholstery on your livingroom furniture and just want to enhance it, try adding some decorative pillows and throws. These accessories come in so many different designs, textures and colors that the possibilities are endless. There are different techniques for arranging and displaying decorative pillows and throws. Have fun experimenting with different looks.

Of course there are many other kinds of home accents and accessories that can help you achieve a new look in your livingroom. Area rugs add color and texture to the floors. A new floor lamp can be decorative as well as functional. Living plants are a natural way to add color and texture while helping the air quality of the room. An indoor fountain gives the calm, soothing sound of running water. Blown art glass makes an excellent conversation piece for a table, shelf or mantel. Candles and decorative candle holders are great for accent lighting, aroma therapy, and for contrasting color.

Updating your livingroom can be affordable and can be done over time if necessary. You can also rotate your home decor and accessories to achieve multiple looks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Affordable Home Decor Gifts

During these challenging economic times, finding a unique and affordable home decor gift is a good idea. Here are some holiday home decor gift ideas that are under $50.00.
Handmade rustic decor makes a unique and heartwarming gift. Custom or handmade rustic decor can get very expensive but you can also find this type of decor at very reasonable prices if you know where to look. The following rustic gift ideas are from rustic artist Kendal VonFeldt.
Kendal hand picks the raw materials she uses to make her rustic decor such as Pine, Aspen, driftwood, moss and feathers from the rugged Rocky mountain forests. She collects standing dead wood, which helps promote the growth of living trees.

Driftwood Log Cabin– These adorable little log cabins are handmade out of pine and driftwood.

Rustic Leather Canoe Ornament– A great addition for a rustic style Christmas tree, these cool little canoes can be hung just about anywhere! Available in three different designs.

3 Bottle Specialty Aspen Wine Rack– Handcrafted and Hand Selected Apsen Wine Bottle Holder. Beautiful Markings. Holds up to 3 bottles. Each one is unique. Natural art at its best. Makes a great table centerpiece.

Barbed Wire Cedar Fence Post Candle Holder--Rustic candle holder hand made from antique cedar fence posts, wrapped with a strand of antique barbed wire. These unique candle holders are made using reclaimed materials found on old farms and ranches.

Hand blown art glass is another unique home decor gift idea. These amazing works of art are created by talented glass blowers and make a great conversation piece.

Handblown Art Glass Vase– This fabulous art glass vase measures approximately 10'' tall x 6'' wide. The bottom of this piece is polished flat to stand beautifully.

Purple & Blue Hand Cut & Polished Art Glass Sommerso Vase– This elegant art glass multifaceted cut sommerso vase measures approximately 7'' tall and 4.5'' wide. Sommerso- a stunning technique where the individual colors are overlapping each other in different layers, framed with the clear crystal glass. The bottom of this piece is polished flat to stand beautifully.

Handblown Art Glass Sea Shell Sculpture– This elegantly handcrafted art glass sea shell sculpture measures approximately 8'' tall x 10" wide. The bottom of the piece is polished flat to stand beautifully.

Elegant Handblown Art Glass Red & White Bowl– This lovely red & white art glass bowl measures approximately 10'' wide x 4'' tall. The bottom of this piece is polished flat to stand beautifully.

Touch lamps make a great gift for anyone and are very affordable. Here are some of our newest designs of touch lamps.

Jonas Brothers touch lamp- If you’ve got a tween daughter, this is the gift for her! 24" tall, 3 - 15 watt bulbs, brass base and shade - 1 yr warranty on touch sensor.

Lilies on white glass touch lamp– This is a truly elegant lamp. Polish brass finishedUses 3 candelabra base bulbs, 25 watt max. 24" tall - 3 15 watt bulbs - 1 yr warranty on touch sensor.

Simpsons touch lamp– Young and old alike, any Simpsons fan would love this lamp! Polished brass, chrome or brushed finish.

Open Rose-Red touch lamp– This unique rose-shaped lamp makes a beautiful and unusual gift. These lamps have a 3-way touch sensors. They use a regular 1-way light bulb. Lamps are brass plated with glass shades.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas Part IV–Asian Decor & Gifts

Asian decor is a popular design theme. Asia covers a large area of the world and includes many different countries and cultures. Asian decor comes in a wide variety of exotic and unique schemes, including oriental, middle Eastern and East Indian designs.

Oriental style gifts and decor have influences from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. If you’re not able to travel abroad to find these treasures, many can be found imported in boutiques and online. Here are some great items imported from China that would make excellent gifts.

Hand Crafted Chinese Bamboo Fans–These beautiful and exotic large oriental fans are hand painted with watercolors and have bamboo frames. Opening up to 60 inches, they make a great display on any wall in your home.

Rosewood Jade Decorated Wall Hangings–Made from elegant rosewood, these wall hangings feature four Asian flowers, Mum, Orchid, Cherry Blossom and Bamboo. They look great individually or displayed together in a group. Save when you buy all four.

Calligraphy Dinnerware Set–Rounded triangular ceramic plates embellished with Chinese characters in two sizes, 10.5 inches and 8 inches. Also included is a 5.75 inch ceramic bowl. Available in black or white. A unique, very affordable gift.

Square Bamboo Wood Wall Hangings–Another very affordable gift, these bamboo wall hangings add just the Oriental touch your home is looking for. Carved with raised lettering and measuring 10 inches by 10 inches, these decorative pieces will fit just about anywhere and come in 4 different styles. The Chinese characters represent Love, Happiness, Wisdom and Blessing.

Oriental Tea Sets–These exotic little tea sets are available in blue or black ceramic floral designs, and the Traditional Set comes with a large steam tray that holds steaming hot water to keep your tea warm. For a truly elegant gift, we have an authentic Jade Tea Set that comes with a beautiful gold and wood base.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas Part III–New Bedding

Some of the most popular selling items during the holiday season are quilts and comforter sets. It’s a great time of year to give your or your kid’s bedroom a new look. Here are some of this year’s most popular designs.

Girl’s Bedding

Annas Ruffle Purple Quilt Set A popular new design for girls of all ages, this quilt set is available in twin and queen sizes with matching shams included. A simple pattern of horizontal striping is accentuated with purple and green ruffles to achieve a look that is feminine and playful. The quilt is 100% cotton face cloth with 100% cotton fill for durability. This quilt is pre-washed for extra softness and comfort. A matching valance is also available.

Dragonfly Butterfly Quilt Set Butterflies and dragonflies adorn this cool new pattern that has a white face and a light green drop with scalloped edges. The quilt is 100% cotton face and fill for durability. It is pre-washed and available in twin and queen sizes with matching pillow shams included. Accessories for this set include sheets, a dust ruffle and matching valance which are sold separately.

My Pony Quilt Set A perfect design for a young horse lover! Pink ponies dance across the face of this classic patchwork and applique quilt. Each pattern is hand crafted and embroidered into the quilt. The matching valance, sold seperately, makes this a great gift set for young girls. Available in twin and queen with matching shams included.

Patch of Flowers Quilt Set Another classic design for girls of any age. Pillow shams included with twin and queen set. Lilac, green and yellow fabric are carefully embroidered into this asymmetrical quilt. The pattern is fun and feminine. A matching valance is sold separately.

Boys Bedding

Cool Skate Quilt Set A popular design for the extreme sport enthusiast, this quilt set has bright, bold colors. The patterns bring skate boarding action to life. This quilt features cotton patchwork face cloths with 100% hypo-allergenic fiber fill. Pillow shams are included with the twin and queen sets. This design also has a matching valance available.

Cadet Navy Quilt Set This versatile quilt is a great choice for teen or college bound young men. Dark navy blue horizontal stripping with a lighter contrasting beige make this quilt an easy match for most pallets. Perfect for a college dorm room. Available in twin and queen sets with matching shams included.

Dino Dave Quilt Set A great new design for younger boys who love dinosaurs! Each dinosaur is sewn into the face cloth with embroidered details and edging. Soft, earth-tone colors of browns and greens give this quilt set a natural look that will coordinate easily with most color schemes. Each twin or queen set comes with matching shams. Dino Dave valance sold seperately.

All State Boys Quilt Set This quilt design is our most popular seller for boys of all ages. A variety of the most popular sports are represented including football, soccer, basketball and baseball. Deep navy, light blue and tan colors give this set a masculine yet fun loving look. Matching shams included with twin and queen sizes. Sheet sets and matching valance sold separately.

Adult Quilt & Comforter Sets

Rhinebeck Quilt Set A classic, beautiful design of country stars, natural earth tones and delicate embroidered flowers. This quilt is pre-washed for a natural worn look and extra softness. Matching shams included in queen and king sets.

Scottsdale Comforter Set A spicy, classic southwestern design with beautiful Arizona desert tones make this comforter set a great choice for rustic or country themes. A velour fabric provides texture with a soft touch. This sturdy comforter will keep you cozy and warm on a cold winter’s night. The matching pillow shams have a tailored flange. Available in queen, this set also includes a bed skirt.

Zeus Comforter Set A modern, contemporary comforter with bold black and white patterns make this a striking set. This four piece set available in queen and king includes matching shams and bed skirt.

Kabini Comforter Set The woven texture of this beautiful natural green comforter gives it a unique look and feel. The shimmery fabric has small earth tone flecks woven into it. A striking ribbon highlight runs from head to foot at the drop, offsetting the solid color texture of the face cloth. This set includes matching shams and a detailed bed skirt. Available in queen and king.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas Part II–Tiffany Holiday Accent Lamps

In part two of my Holiday Gift Ideas series, I will be highlighting a colorful and traditional home decor gift idea. Whether you’re looking for your own holiday decor or a classy gift for someone else, a Tiffany holiday accent lamp makes a beautiful addition to any home.

Tiffany lamps were the invention of master stained glass window designer Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1800's and early 1900's. He created these stunning lamps by soldering individual pieces of colored glass together, forming beautiful and colorful designs. Original Tiffany lamps are worth thousands of dollars and are not easy to come by. Fortunately, there are still some manufacturers that continue to make Tiffany reproduction lamps using the traditional Copper Foil Method that Louis Comfort Tiffany used.

One such company is Meyda Tiffany. Located in Yorkville, New York, Meyda is a family- run business and one of the leading manufacturers of Tiffany lamps in North America. Any of their quality made Tiffany lamps would make an excellent gift, especially their line of holiday Tiffany accent lamps.

My personal favorite is the holiday Gingerbread House Accent Lamp. This festive lamp has pine green and berry red stained glass, candy cane and white winter snow accents on a beautiful amber frame.

If you like snowmen, you’ll love the next two lamps. This frosty pair includes an adorable Snow Woman Accent Lamp. She knows how to accessorise with matching green stocking cap, mittens and stylish red and green scarf. The sharp dressed Snowman Accent Lamp has a black top hat, red and green scarf and red mittens.

Some of the other holiday Tiffany accent lamps include the Christmas Tree Accent lamp, the Sleigh With Presents Accent Lamp, the Santa Accent Lamp and the Mrs. Claus Accent Lamp. All of the holiday Tiffany accent lamps have amazing detail and bright, vivid holiday colors. These lamps are only available for purchase by an authorized Meyda Tiffany dealer such as HomeTreasureCove.

So avoid standing in long lines at the post office and burning up your gas running from store to store. We can ship any of the gifts you buy online from us directly to your friends and family. Happy holidays and happy holiday shopping!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Holiday Gift Ideas Part 1–Kachina Dolls

As the holidays are approaching, now is the time to start your online holiday shopping. In the first post of my Holiday Gift Ideas series, I will highlight a fantastic gift idea for the Native American or Southwestern art lover.

Originally given as educational gifts to Hopi children, an authentic Hopi Kachina doll is my first pick for an amazing and unique gift. This would not, however, be recommended for a child today, these dolls are much too valuable. I would only recommend this as a special gift to a serious collector of Native American or Southwestern art and only if it is within your budget.

Kachina dolls represent the masked male dancers called Kachinas. Kachina dancers represent spirits, often animals or abstract ideas, that carry the prayers of the Hopi people back to the spirit world. The Kachina spirits are believed to live on certain sacred mountain peaks in the Southwest. Ceremonies are held during the Hopi religious calender, from December to mid July. There are five major ceremonies lasting nine days each. The Kachinas dance in the plaza and from Kiva to Kiva, giving the dolls and other gifts to the children. The Hopi people sprinkle corn pollen on the dancers as they pass by, offering prayers and exchanging blessings before the spirits return to their mountain homes.

Traditionally, Kachina dolls are carved from a single piece of cottonwood tree root. These roots are light and sturdy, making them an excellent material for carving. Starting with a rough log of cottonwood root, the artist begins carving out the basic shape of the doll. As the work progresses, finer details begin to appear. When the artist is finished carving, the doll is painted with the appropriate colors of the Kachina it represents. Kachina dolls are believed to posses some of the power of it’s spirit likeness.

There are other Pueblo Native American tribes that make Kachina dolls like the Zuni and Navajo, but these dolls do not have the religious significance or value that authentic Hopi Kachina dolls have. The Zuni make Shalako Kachina dolls as decorative figurines. The Navajo also began carving Kachina dolls, embellishing them with beads, leather, feathers, fur and turquois. If an authentic Hopi Kachina doll is out of your price range, an authentic Zuni or Navajo Kachina doll would also make an excellent gift.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Adding Modern Contemporary Decor To Your Home

There are so many different choices when decorating with a modern or contemporary theme. Just as in the fashion industry, designers of decor and furniture are continuously creating new and unique designs.

Many new designs in home decor mix modern art with home decorating. Texture is popular and important element in creating decor with a unique look and feel. Wall art that has dimension and texture is one of the hottest trends today. A great example of this is 3-D etched metal wall art. There are many designers and artists using metal to create stunning wall art. Copper is a popular element used in metal wall art. Beautiful and unusual designs are achieved by oxidizing copper leaf over powder coated metal.

Sculpture is another popular element in contemporary decorating. There are endless choices in materials, colors and designs in sculpture. Everything from the smooth, sleek lines of glass, ceramic and metal to the rich textures found in natural elements and materials. Blown art glass is an ancient art form that continues to captivate collectors and decorators. Watching a seasoned glass blower create these wondrous works of art is fascinating.

There is also an abundance of choice in contemporary furniture designs. It can range from ultra sophisticated to ultra casual. Sleek lines and cutting edge designs are often found in what’s called modern furniture. Ironically, modern furniture often has a retro design or look. Natural elements that add texture and bring a sense of nature indoors are common in tropical decorating. Tropical themes are very popular in contemporary furniture and a growing trend is eco-friendly or green furniture. This style of furniture is usually made from renewable resources like bamboo, rattan and abaca and gives the room a casual, relaxed atmosphere, much like a tropical resort.

The next best thing to the flexibility of contemporary decorating is the wide range of prices. Contemporary decor has something for every budget. Exploring your creative side has never been more fun, inspiring and exciting.