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If your home has a mantel, you’ve got a design opportunity just waiting to happen. The best part is that it can be changed out to reflect the season or just your mood. We selected a white fireplace as the perfect way to show off what can happen depending on your selection of accessories. Take a look at these three district holiday looks:

 

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The Magic of Christmas: Create a sense of whimsy when you use bright colors and Seuss-ified shapes. Two tall elves (if there are such a thing!) capture the imagination and provide a playful, childlike feel. Fill in the spaces with a more sophisticated touch, using greenery and white twigs. The result is a fireplace mantel that feels fresh and fun, brightening your home as well as your spirit.

 

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Northern Lights: Decorate your mantel in silver and white for a look that was inspired by the northern lights. The beauty of winter will shine through when you choose embellishments like Christmas trees, owls and ice skates. Put tall candlesticks on one side, and balance the display with a lantern on the other side. The icy cold colors will make your home feel like a haven from the elements.

 

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Woodland Escape: Decorate your mantel with the beauty of nature by choosing handcrafted pieces and organic details. This collection of accents looks like a glimpse into the forest, with a delightful display of deer and owls as well as visit from an Old World Santa. Bring a sense of balance and light with copper lanterns, and enjoy bringing the outside in.


Photo credit: Pinterest / Attagirlsays

Photo credit: Pinterest / Attagirlsays

When the temperatures drop, it can be very tempting to hibernate in your home, but don’t let the season get away without making memories. Create a winter bucket list of fun activities that are best done at this time of year, and start checking things off. Here are 10 ideas to get you going:

 

  • Decorate a gingerbread house
  • Make peppermint bark
  • Hold a snowball fight
  • Go on a horse-drawn carriage ride
  • Participate in a secret Santa gift exchange
  • Go for a drive and look at the Christmas lights
  • Volunteer at a local food bank or shelter
  • Bake cookies
  • Toast marshmallows in your fireplace and make s’mores
  • Go skating on an outdoor rink or pond

 

What are your favorite wintertime activities?

 


Looking for a little holiday inspiration when it comes to your Christmas décor? Why not take some hints from the glitter of Tinsel Town itself. Here are five celebrity trees that might spark your holiday decorating imagination.

 

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Former NFL player and current sports announcer Tiki Barber has his New Jersey home decorated in glamor and glitz. His palette of gold and white is stunning and bright.

 

Photo credit: Pinterest / HGTV

Photo credit: Pinterest / HGTV

Actress Joely Fisher gives her Los Angeles home a warm, woodland feel with traditional green and red, and simple touches like handmade bows and plaid-wrapped packages.

 

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Photo credit: Pinterest

Elvis Presley wasn’t known for his simple taste, and his Graceland estate keeps his spirit alive with original holiday decorations from the King. This room features a white Christmas tree with beautiful red and gold trimming.

 

Photo credit: Instagram

Photo credit: Instagram

Another celebrity who likes a display is Kris Jenner. This tree is decked out in white lights and red ribbons, to coordinate with the garland and bows that drape the staircase.

 

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Photo credit: Instagram

Actress and singer Lucy Hale has her living room all aglow with this pretty little tree dressed in red and gold. An abundance of lights creates a captivating mood, setting the tone for something special.


Whether you’re roasting marshmallows, chatting with friends or waiting for Santa’s arrival, the holiday season and a fireplace go hand in hand. If your home doesn’t include this architectural feature, it’s no sweat. Installing a fireplace used to be something done at the blueprint stage, but today it’s as quick as adding a piece of furniture.

 

Portable and flue-less, freestanding fireplaces are technologically advanced and fashionably wonderful. What’s more, they can be moved around and used in any room of your home. Take a look at these four stylish options:

 

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The Brock Fireplace will give your home the feel of a stylish cabin with its charming wood and stone finish. The surround includes space for your media components, which means the fire and your TV won’t compete for attention. The natural-looking fire is created from LED lights that can be dimmed, and the glass stays cool to the touch, making it a family-friendly choice.

 

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For those who love Contemporary, the Risa Wall Mount Fireplace does not disappoint. With a mirror surround, the minimalist design makes it the perfect piece for your modern space. The cool look is sharply contrasted by the warmth of the flame, and the fan-forced heating helps you save on your energy bills.

 

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The Jackson Media Mantel Fireplace provides the look and feel of a traditional fireplace with its warm chestnut finish and faux slate surround. The unit features a center compartment that opens for storage. And the 26-inch log firebox warms up to 1,000 square feet, making it the perfect addition to any size room.

 

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No space? No worries. The Bradford Stove Heater brings the feel of a wood-burning stove to any size room, perfectly complementing casual or rustic-style homes. The infrared log firebox can be seen from three sides, and the unit can heat a room up to 1,000 square feet. Five flame brightness settings guarantee the perfect ambiance.

 

 

Beautiful indeed, the best part is that you can forget about throwing another log on the fire; these fireplaces are low maintenance with no wood, ashes, or chimney sweep needed. Check out more options by clicking here and then let us know which one sets your heart aglow.


Go Platinum

Author: Art Van

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Relaxation is about to get more exciting. Our new Platinum II Recliner Collection brings you all of the latest innovations in seating so you can recline in style.

 

  • Dual Power features a motorized head-and-shoulder rest and motorized leg rest.
  • Memory Plus offers two memory settings so you can preset your favorite position just like automobile car seats.
  • Chill technology includes gel in the seating to help keep the seat cushion cool and comfortable.
  • The USB port keeps your devices charged at all times.

 

The Platinum II Recliner is an Art Van exclusive and comes in your choice of six colors: burgundy, chocolate, grey, red, taupe and tan. Which one is your favorite?


The holidays are the time to deck the halls. If you were to define your holiday decorating style, what would it be?

Our Creative Director Broc Clark said there are four hot trends when it comes to holiday décor. Take a peek and find the one that speaks to you!

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Opulent Luxe

Rich and luxurious, Opulent Luxe holiday style is a mood that combines plush surfaces with light shiny metallics and heavy embellishment. This style is reminiscent of a Silent Night filled with glitz and glitter.

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Wilderness

This winter wonderland draws its inspiration from the landscape of Northern Michigan. It brings the feeling of nature into your life through materials and shapes. The design includes colors of white, blue, dark green and red.

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Playful and Bright

This holiday style centers on a sense of whimsy with touches that are festive and fun. Unexpected Seuss-ified shapes catch the eye, and colors like apple red, emerald green and crisp white brighten the home.

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Northern Escape

This look brings a sense of serenity to your home with a mood inspired by remote northern landscapes and the natural beauty of winter light. Your home becomes haven against the elements using artisanal touches combined with modern technology for contemporary yet natural mood.


With Thanksgiving over, those who celebrate Christmas will start thinking about their tree. If you get a live tree each year, you’ll want to bring one home that fills your room with not only beauty but a wonderful scent, as well.

Here are some tips for finding the perfect tree from This Old House’s landscape contractor Roger Cook:

1. Before you head out to the tree lot, measure the height of your ceiling so you know what size tree you need. Be sure to consider the height of your stand and tree topper.

2. When you find a tree you like, test the branches. Grab any branch on the tree between your thumb and forefinger, gently clamp down and pull towards yourself. If you end up with a handful of needles, the tree is already past its prime.

3. Crush the needles in your hand and then check the scent. If the tree doesn’t smell enough, don’t buy it.

4. Bounce the tree by holding it a few inches above the ground and dropping it. Needles that fall off from the interior of the tree are normal, but if exterior needles drop it’s a bad tree.

5. Make sure the tree’s trunk fits your stand. Trimming the diameter of the tree by cutting away the bark will strip the tree of its cambium layer, which absorbs water.


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The holiday season puts the spotlight on the dining room, and that makes your chandelier the star of the show. Make sure you don’t spend more money than you have to. This wooden and metal fixture adds rich, rustic elegance to your décor. And these two are nearly identical.

One is the Wine Barrel Chandelier from Restoration Hardware, which sells for $2295. The other is the Edmonton Chandelier Art Van Furniture, and it sells for $419. You could buy one for yourself and one for four of your friends. Or you could simply pocket the $1876. You decide.

Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!)


Thanksgiving is this week, and in the midst of your holiday preparation it is easy to overlook a few details. Here are three quick tips to help you with your last-minute planning:

1. If your turkey isn’t completely defrosted, don’t despair. Immerse the bird in the plastic wrap and put it in ice-cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes to avoid dangerous bacteria from developing, according to Butterball. It will thaw quicker than leaving it in the refrigerator.

2. Double-check your menu. Go over each recipe and make sure you have all of your ingredients. You don’t want to have to run around on Thanksgiving morning looking for a store that’s open because you’re out of flour.

3. Count your place settings. Make sure you have enough plates, forks, knives and napkins for everyone. Don’t forget the settings you’ll use for serving food, and have a couple on hand in case someone brings an unexpected guest. If you’re shy a few settings ask someone to bring extra.


What’s better than Thanksgiving dinner? How about two Thanksgiving dinners!! Family gatherings are important and traditional, but a growing trend is hosting a Friendsgiving, a special Thanksgiving-style dinner with your favorite friends.

Hold it before Thanksgiving to create a trial run for the big day, or after to make the most of leftovers or serve something completely different.

Here are some things to consider before hosting your Friendsgiving:

Consider potluck. Friendsgiving is the perfect time to hold a potluck, making it easier than Thanksgiving because no one person will be in charge of the entire meal. Assign specific dishes or a category, such as veggies or dessert. Or be bold and enjoy whatever dishes show up in hand.

Set a theme. Another dinner-planning idea is to choose a theme and have guests bring something that fits. For example, set a theme of Italian, Chinese farm-to-table or even deep-fried. This could be a nice break from your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Make sure to accommodate special diets. Check in with friends and see if anyone has food allergies or intolerances, or follows a special diet, such as vegan or Paleo. Then make sure you have enough on your menu to fill them up.

Think about drinks. If you are serving alcohol, plan how you’ll stock your bar. You can make it easy and serve just wine or beer. Or create a special cocktail for the day, such as a special martini or mixed drinks. Or set out what guests will need for the most common drinks.

Decide if you want a special décor. Thanksgiving dinner usually includes a special holiday tablescape with a centerpiece, place settings, napkins and place cards. Friendsgiving, however, can be as festive or casual as you wish.

Do you hold Friendsgiving? Share you favorite tips in the comments below!