The New Year is an exciting time as it resonates with everyone differently, for me, it’s time to look at my home with a fresh perspective. I go through the exercise of walking my house, and I consider what I would change and what could I remove? If you go through this process, ask yourself, “What is the thing that bothers me the most?”
There are a few holiday traditions that we hold dear in the Correale household. As a parent of four kids, I saved all of their hand-made ornaments and holiday items and pulled them out each holiday to decorate the Christmas tree. Even though all my children are grown, they love to look at the crafts and remember each one of them.
Do you have friends or family visiting over the upcoming holidays? I always like to come up with some activities to help keep everyone busy and happy. I did a post before Thanksgiving that included things to do in the Philadelphia area including holiday shopping, etc. that are ongoing now, click here to see that article. To help you create your activity calendar, I’ve summarized options that you can plan:
I love all the entertaining, beautiful holiday décor, and visiting with friends and family during the holiday season. It can be challenging to keep the balance of enjoying the holidays and not stressing over things that need to be done. The to-do list seems to double or triple in some cases. This week, I am offering tips that can help reduce the stress that may occur this fun holiday season, or you find yourself over-booked.
Depending on your holiday vacation schedule and if you have family or friends visiting you this week you may want to come up with some activities to keep everyone happy. In other words, to keep you happy! There are the usual choices to go shopping at the King of Prussia Mall on Black Friday, go to the movies (buy your tickets in advance if you wish to get in), or go bowling (which can be fun if family groups become teams and compete.) For additional ideas in the Philadelphia, PA and surrounding areas:
Do you have an old wood-burning fireplace that you never use because of the hassles involved? I want to offer some alternatives so that you can make that space useful and transform it into a used feature in your home. There are various fireplace insert options available that can be fitted into your existing firebox and they include: electric, pellet, and gas.
With the start of September and the start of school, it’s time to come up with a decorative way to display your kid’s artwork. As a parent of four kids, we always encouraged art projects, painting, and clay in our home. We always tried to instill self-expression through some form of art or crafts. When they were little we had a large bulletin board in our laundry room, and each child got to decide which one or two pictures they loved the most, and they hung it proudly. Through the years, I collected folders per year of their best artwork. Even though my children are in their 20’s and early 30’s they still enjoy the extraordinary paintings, papier-mâché and pottery pieces we have saved through the years. Some are beautiful, and some are hysterically bad!
One of my children, Rachel, went on to art school, and I am very blessed to have several large pieces of hers hanging in my home. The featured photo on this post displays one of my favorites!
As a home decorator, I come across many challenges in decorating that we solve along the way. I decided instead of keeping the ideas to myself I would share them in a decorating post for you. I hope you find them useful! If you have a fabulous decorating solution, I would love to hear about it.
In honor of July 4th, I wanted to do something different and offer tidbits of interesting information that you can share with your friends or family over BBQ!
I run into this question all the time in home redesign consultations, “How do I mix styles?” If you have older furniture or furniture that you inherited and want to add a fresh look to a room, and mix styles, you can! Follow these three tips: