President’s Day: First Lady Style

It may be President’s Day, but our First Ladies deserve some attention, too. In addition to working on issues that affect our country, they’re great role models for their strong sense of personal style. From our current administration to the past few leaders in office, we’ve seen a bold change in politics as well as design taste.


Here are the accent chairs we feel are fitting of some of our most recent First Ladies:

Melania Trump

First Lady Melania Trump is known for her striking sense of fashion. Chic and modern, she adds her own twist to a variety of looks to make them her own. Since the Trumps’ New York penthouse is adorned in gold, we felt our Gramercy Wing Chair would complement her style. A traditional wingback chair gets a modern twist with gold velvet upholstery finished in croc pattern. Adorned with hand-applied gold nail head trim, the chair also features stylish Lucite legs that give it an air of extravagance, which is signature Trump.

Michelle Obama

As First Lady, Michelle Obama led the effort to get kids moving. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the garden or try something different. Her bright and bold personality would be a great fit for our Ethan Chair. Its glamorous green velvet upholstery highlights the curved silhouette, while the gold legs let you know it’s meant for someone unique.

Laura Bush

When Laura Bush was First Lady, she brought a sense of Southern elegance to the White House, looking as confident at important dinners as she did relaxing outdoors. Her Texas home is rich with traditional style as well as rustic touches. Our Palmer Wing Chair would suit her well, with its warm check plaid in gray and marigold, as well as its modified wing style that provides a relaxed twist to classic form.

Trends: More Holiday Color Palettes

The holiday season is the time for surprises, so why not extend the excitement to your décor? While red and green, and silver and gold are traditional color combinations, HGTV recently shared some unexpected holiday palettes that could shake up your festivities. Which is your favorite?


White + Gold

Give gold accents a contemporary twist when you pair them with white. “The juxtaposition of gold’s warm undertones and white’s coolness strikes the perfect balance,” says HGTV.


Hot Pink + Lime Green + White + Red

Bright colors make a big statement. Combine hot pink, lime green, white and a pop of red for a whimsical, playful twist to the holidays.


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Robin’s Egg Blue + Red + White

Give your holiday a retro twist by combining Robin’s egg blue, red and white. This color combo is a natural if you love midcentury modern style.

Trends: Holiday Color Palettes

Traditional holiday color combinations are well loved, but sometimes the season can feel more festive if you choose unexpected shades instead. HGTV recently offered ideas for holiday palettes, and we’re sharing two more. Which one is your favorite?


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Kelly Green + Baby Blue + White

Combine Kelly green, baby blue and white for a fresh take on the holidays. The key is using lots of white, says HGTV. Give it a festive slant by adding whimsical patterns, such as polka dots or snowflakes.


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Violet + Brown + Bronze + White

For a more masculine holiday, combine violet, brown, bronze and white. The key is to use brown and bronze as the dominant colors with violet as the festive accent, says HGTV.


Look Alike Holiday Garland

It’s time to start decking the halls … but why spend too much? These two holiday garlands would be the perfect way to dress up your mantel or front door. One is from Frontgate, and sells for $469 for a five-foot piece, and the other is the nine-foot home garland from Art Van Furniture, which sells for $119 plus free shipping.


Both have beautiful red ribbons and faux flowers, but the Art Van version also includes clear lights. Click here to grab the better deal. We’ve got the look (for a lot less!)

Your Guide for Shopping Sales

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re planning to brave the evening or early morning crowds to score some Black Friday deals, there are a few things to do to prepare:

Review the flyers.With crowds at all-time highs, Black Friday isn’t the time to be a browser. Instead, peruse the flyers and websites and know what you want before your alarm goes off that morning. Skipping this step can mean missing out on the best deals.

Consider your budget.It can be easy to get caught up in the frenzy and overspend. Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. Also do a quick Google search to see if coupons or promotions are available above and beyond the sale prices.

Make a plan.Timing is everything on Black Friday. Create a plan based on the hours of the stores you want to hit and their geographical location. If you want one of the best deals, you’ll have to be there when they open. If you shop with friends, make a plan to divide and conquer.

Get there early.The early bird gets the worm. The best deals go quickly, and you don’t want to miss out on your chance to bring them home.

Pack some refreshments.Black Friday shopping requires stamina and energy. Pack healthy snacks and drinks that keep you filled up and hydrated. Good choices are nuts, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, water and juice. Bringing your own food means you’ll avoid the temporary spike and big crash that high-fat, high-sugar fast foods can bring.

Don’t wait.If you love it, buy it. If you decide to think about it, you risk that it will be gone when you return.