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If your home is your haven, your bedroom should be your sanctuary. Reflecting not only your personal sense of style, the master bedroom should also represent your dreams, your desires and your priorities. Designing this room should not be left to chance. Instead, purposefully incorporate all of the elements that will transform a bedroom into a personal retreat.

 

While the style is up to you, here are five things every bedroom needs:

 

Serena Rug
1. A rug. You don’t want to get out of bed to a cold floor. While carpet is welcoming, a rug adds another layer of comfort and provides a chance to express your style. Choose something plush to make your entry into the day as inviting as possible.

 

contempo lamp
2. Layered lighting. While overhead lighting is helpful for getting dressed, the bedroom needs other kinds of task lighting. A table lamp on each nightstand will offer a way to read in bed. A floor lamp near a sitting area illuminates a spot to unwind. And candles here and there add a romantic touch.

 

bell haven chair
3. A place to sit. While your bed is a comfortable place to read at night, your bedroom should include an accent chair that can be enjoyed during the day. Use it to put on your shoes. You can also sit here to read or catch up with a loved one. Include a side table and you’ll find yourself enjoying the privacy of this room even more.

 

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4. A great mattress. A restful night’s sleep isn’t a luxury; it’s a vital element for good health. Art Van PureSleep is the only store in Michigan that scientifically fits you for the right mattress. Choices include specialty, such as foam, memory foam and gel memory foam beds; innerspring, which have the traditional coils, and hybrids, which are a combination of innerspring and foam.

 

cameron nightstand
5. A nightstand. Drift off into peaceful sleep by assembling all of the night’s necessities on your nightstand. Tissues, a glass of water, a good book or magazine, a lamp and maybe a sleep mask can be conveniently stored right where you need it. When you keep creature comforts nearby, you can stay tucked in beneath the covers.


glow in the dark mummy

 

Michael’s Arts and Crafts’ Mummy Pumpkin

Glue two large wiggle eyes to the pumpkin. Decoupage cheesecloth in random strips until the entire pumpkin is covered, working around the eyes. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours.

 

ribbon pumpkin

 

Kraft’s Ribbon Pumpkin

Preserve your pumpkin for Thanksgiving recipes by decorating it with ribbon instead of carving or painting. Choose fabrics and trims that you like, and attach them with dots from a glue gun.

 

spiderweb pumpkin

 

Better Homes & Gardens’ Spider Web Pumpkin

Forego orange and purchase a white pumpkin this year. Then attach silver sequins in a web design using glue. Add a silver spider, and you’ve got a glamorous Halloween decoration.


When Gone With the Wind was released 75 years ago, moviegoers got a glimpse into some of the most opulent home fashions of its time. A breathtaking backdrop with luxurious finishes and furnishings, Tara was a reflection of Scarlett O’Hara’s dreams and style.

 

If Scarlett were furnishing Tara today, she might go a little lighter on the details but we’re sure the glamour would be there. Here are five furnishings she, quite frankly, would give a damn about:

 

scarlett ohara sofa

Scarlett was big on drama, and so is the Whitney Sofa. With curved lines, it makes a statement in elegance and refinement. Nailhead trim outlines its shape, and the fringed skirt and assorted toss pillows offer traditional flair. This sofa is a masterpiece.

 

scarlett ohara chaise
Always the diva, Scarlett liked to demonstrate her emotions by fainting. Our Broadway Chaise provides the perfect landing. Its neutral body fabric is outlined in chocolate brown welting for a sharp contrast. And the rich toss pillows make it all the more striking!

 

scarlett ohara bed
Tara offered a luxurious master retreat fit for a queen. Today’s Scarlett can find the same feeling with the simple addition of the Cotswald Collection Sleigh Bed. The tufted linen upholstery on the headboard and footboard give the elegant shape a sumptuous feel. And the bun feet ground the piece in traditional style.

 

scarlett ohara chest
The gorgeous Gwenyth Accent Chest provides a stunning space for storage. Looking like an antique, the hand-painted fruit and floral design is accented by decorative pulls and a scalloped base. Imagine this piece in a foyer, dining room or living room. It would also be the perfect piece for a Scarlett-worthy dressing room.

 

scarlett ohara desk
Finally, every modern woman needs a writing desk. Imagine today’s Scarlett sitting at the Brookview Desk to update her Facebook status. Its center drawer drops down for keyboard storage and two pencil side drawers hold supplies when she prefers old-fashioned correspondence. Antique brass hardware complements the scrolled design of the legs for a look that’s timeless.

 


Give your home a fresh look by mixing antiques or reproductions with contemporary furnishings. The interplay will surprise and delight and offer a bold new way of living. Take a minimalist approach to put the focus on special pieces.


Give mealtime a pop of color by updating your current dining room table with bright new chairs. Hues like orange, plum, red and teal give a fresh look to your wooden or glass table. And a bold shade provides plenty of personality as well as a starting point for choosing your centerpiece, rug and art.

 Antonio Table

Take a look at our Antonio Dining Table. Its thick wooden top and base bring a sense of substance to a dining room, and it provides the perfect blank slate for an array of colorful chairs.

antonio table teal chairs

Add teal and you’ve got a striking arrangement. The Warner Parsons Dining Chair features nail-head trim and quilted design for a gorgeous transitional look. The wood legs coordinate well with the table, and the white accents create a modern feel. The Warner Parsons Dining Chairs are also available in plum, orange and red.

 

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antonio table red chairs

 

Try red and the room instantly looks rich and traditional. Our Baker Parsons Chairs in blended leather have a high-back design that is as comfortable as it is formal. Perfect for a leisurely family dinner or special evening with friends, the Baker Parsons Chairs are also available in teal, orange and plum.

 

teal parsons chair orange baker chair plum baker chair

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antonio table plum chairs

 

Or choose plum and you’ve got an elegant setting for six. Our beautiful Roland Parsons Chairs have a rolled top for a feminine feel and a wide-back design that invites relaxing conversation. Upholstered in an easy-to-clean polyurethane, you won’t worry about family dinners with children. Roland Parsons Chairs are also available in red, teal and orange.
 

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Halloween is the season for making caramel apples, but making them can be messy. Here are four tricks for this favorite fall treat:

 

  1. Forget about unwrapping dozens of caramels; Kraft has special caramel balls available this time of year for this purpose, or look for caramel wraps that are even easier.
  2. Thoroughly wash and dry your apples before you dip them. Caramel will adhere better to a dry surface.
  3. Chill your apples for at least 30 minutes before you dip; it will help the caramel to stay put and not pool at the bottom.
  4. Refrigerate your dipped apples for an hour to set the caramel. Remove and let sit for 15 minutes before you enjoy.

 


When a new design emerges, it’s often in response to the trend that came before it, and this was the case with the Neoclassical movement. Coinciding with the 18th Century Age of Enlightenment, Neoclassical design was formed after craftsmen and artists tired of the overly ornate Rococo style. Turning to classic European art and architecture for inspiration, the look features straight lines and a more subdued ornamentation. Gaining popularity in the mid-1700s and early 1800s, the style was also referred to as “Late Georgian” in England, “Louis XVI” in France, and “Federal” or “Empire” style in the U.S.

 

Whatever you decide to call it, this style is graceful, elegant and forever relevant. If you’d like to incorporate Neoclassical Style into your home, here are five of its signature characteristics:
riviera sofa neoclassical 1. Straight lines. Moving away from the ornate carvings of the Baroque and Rococo periods that preceded it, Neoclassical furniture offers a more streamlined style. While fluted details can still be found on things like chairs and sofas, design elements center around simpler features such as tapered legs, scrolls and medallions. Fabrics and upholstery are rich but subtle, with colors like moss green, dusty blue and pink, and crisp, classic white. Patterns include stripes and toile. Our Thread & Feather’s Riviera Sofa is a great example of Neoclassical design. Its modern take on classic elements, such as high rolled back and arms, is updated with the use of crisp white linen, nail-head trim, and deep purple velvet toss pillows.

 

neoclassical table urn
2. Urns. Urns were an important part of Neoclassical design. Flanking the walkways of front porches and placed on fireplace mantels, their curved shape provided a dramatic vessel for plants and flowers. Today’s Neoclassical homes incorporate urn-shaped details in pieces such as lamps and table bases. Our beautiful Glass Top Table features a rich urn-shaped pedestal base in mahogany finish. The look gets a contemporary twist with its 54” glass top that features a beveled edge.

 

neoclasical rug
3. Greek key motif. The Greek key pattern looks as current today as it did when it was used in ancient times to embellish temples and pottery. The simple geometric pattern that resembles an intricate maze is a classic style that works well on upholstered pieces as well as rugs. Our Infinity Citron Rug features a neutral background with a splash of citron color on its timeless Greek Key design. Contemporary and traditional, it’s a transitional piece that would work well in any home.

 

neoclassical mirror
4. Ornate mirrors. The Neoclassically styled home includes lots of elegant touches throughout such as ornate mirrors. From gilded frames to mirrored furniture, reflective pieces glam up all rooms. Our 80” Philippe Wall Mirror makes a statement leaned up on a living room wall or at the end of a hallway. Its frame includes intricate carvings on top and an arched detail on the mirror.

 

neoclassical lamp
5. Columns. Finally, Neoclassic interior décor found inspiration from the architecture of Greece and Rome. Columns can be found outside and in, with fluted trim and moldings used as a classic feature of this style. If your home doesn’t have this kind of built-in detail, add the look of columns with floor lamps. Our three-column Euro Torchiere Floor Lamp is a statement piece with its majestic lion accents and gold and bronze tones.


suzanne accent chest
Instead of choosing pieces for utility alone, look for substance and beauty. It’s the little things that can make a piece come alive. Our Suzanne Accent Chest, for example, has depth with its gorgeous wild bird detail. Whether it’s an unexpected design, special trim or over-the-top hardware, the perfect piece can serve a purpose and underscore your style.

 


Unusual End Tables

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The main reason you buy furniture is to have it serve a purpose. You use it to sit, dine, sleep and organize … but you can also choose pieces to surprise. Always attractive, furniture can also bring a sense of drama, whimsy, history and culture. Here are five end tables that will add unexpected flair in addition to function:

 

black stone end table
The Black Stone Chairside Table looks like it was mined from a quarry or uncovered during an archeological dig. The galvanized metal base holds and highlights its petrified stone top, and each table is unique due to natural variations in the stone. The Black Stone Table would be a welcome addition to a contemporary, rustic or urban style home.

 

helix end table
All eyes will be on the legs of the Helix Chairside Table. Its black inset glass top is supported by gorgeous corkscrew, spiral legs that feature a galvanized finished metal. The contemporary look is unique and will definitely inspire comments from your guests.

 

ilena end table
The whimsical Lena Chairside Table looks like it was plucked from a garden, featuring a decorative scroll design down one side in a gold finish with inset glass top. Feminine and flirty, this table would brighten up a traditional-style home, with its elegant lines and light scale.

 

argos end table
The gold box shape of the Argos Chairside Table will add a bit of mystery and intrigue to your room. The patina finish of the metal clad piece is highlighted with riveted trim and hardware. The Argos Table looks like you brought it home from your latest adventure abroad.

 

woody branches end table
Finally, the Woody Branches Cube made from reclaimed teak wood provides an unexpected rustic touch to any style home. Evoking the scent of an autumn campfire, the piece will give a casual touch to a family room and provide a unique element of texture.


Farmer’s markets are winding down this month, but some of the best flavors have been saved for last. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables to put in your basket during October.

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Tangerines

 

Vegetables

  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Winter squash