Make Your Home Cozy for Fall

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Fall is the time of year to turn your attention from the outdoors to the indoors. This read will give some ideas about how to increase the cozy level of your interior!

Decide what particular focal points you would like to emphasize. Do this instead of sprinkling fall décor throughout your other décor. Having several different fall focal points throughout the home is certainly fine. We suggest decorating our mantel, dining room table, book cases and entry ways. Choosing focal points to decorate within a room, allows to showcase fall décor and decorations.

When selecting items to decorate with, consider using natural items. Real pumpkins and gourds are a wonderful way to add bright colors from nature. There are many different ways you can treat these items easily, in order to keep them from rotting during the season. We suggest finding a method that is right for you via the internet. Type in a simple search like “preserving pumpkins during the fall season”. Chances are there will be several different options for you, using items that you already have in your pantry!

White candles are one of our favorite ways to warm up a space for fall. Candles also provide a warm accent light to highlight seasonal fall vignettes. Of course you can use whatever kind of candles, but we love white. White candles provide a classic crisp look to any seasonal decorating. Keep white candles on hand year round for all types of seasonal decorating.

Gnarly branches are a neat way to add a natural fall touch to any area. Use these in floral arrangements or incorporate them into table setting décor. If you decide to gather branches, instead of buying them, make sure to spray some cleaner on them. This will kill any insects that may be living on the branches. Do this before bringing branches inside.

We also like adding a little moss to the base of indoor potted plants. This adds a fall whimsy that makes you think of crisp, foggy fall mornings.

Get creative and select items that are warm and brightly colored for your seasonal fall vignette!

Living in the Living Room

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Our living rooms are often more than just a place to watch television and entertain guests.  For many of us, we do most of our living at home in the living room. These rooms become a media room, home office, dining room and sometimes even a guest room.  While we might not admit it, many Americans eat dinner while watching TV in the living room or family room.  The design trend to open concept spaces that incorporate kitchen, dining and living spaces means more and more of us are spending most of our time at home in one room.

 

Creating a décor that can work with all these different activities is key.  Furniture arrangements, flooring and materials should all be selected to stand up to the heavy use and high traffic of today’s living rooms. Sectional sofas allow seating for many in a single piece of furniture. Coffee tables that are also ottomans can multi-task as game tables, dining tables and extra seating.

 

Wireless routers and laptops mean we can telecommute from any room in the home. More than one family member can be online at a time… so the sofa can become a home office, socializing center and homework space.

 

Living room flooring should be durable to stand up to all the demands we place on the room.  Stain resistant and stain repellant options are key for carpets in high traffic areas.  Hardwoods and other hard surfaces are durable but it is nice to have something softer for impromptu lounging on the floor. 

 

Selecting the perfect floor with all of these challenges in mind can be a daunting task.  The team at Ambassador Floor is always ready to answer any questions you might have.  Tell us if we can help!

Plan Your Thanksgiving Meal

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15963609_SIn order to survive the last minute dash to the grocery store and the frantic meal planning, table setting, wine choosing moments that sometimes define our Thanksgiving holidays, why not sit down now and plan your meal. Then perhaps you can actually enjoy the cooking and still have time to talk to your friends and family.

Start with how many people you will have over for dinner. Are you going to have everyone bring a dish or are you going to cook everything yourself?

What time are you going to serve your meal? This will determine how early you have to get up, what time you need to start your turkey and how much you can possibly get done the night before.

Are you going to have turkey, ham or something untraditional? Order your ham and turkey now from your butcher. Possibly you have an old family recipe that you always use, but if not scour food magazines and online sites for different preparations. One note of caution, please don’t try anything too complicated. You don’t want to try out a new recipe only to have it flop.

Determine the number of sides you want to have. Do you want mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, green beans and rolls? Make your list and then plan your oven time. Your turkey or ham will take up the oven so be sure your sides can be done on the stovetop or made the night before and warmed in the microwave.

Make dessert the night before. If you are planning on making homemade pies, make your piecrust the day before you finish the pies. By splitting up the work you will avoid getting overwhelmed.

Set the table the night before as well. Clean your main floor paying particular attention to the guest bathroom. Set out extra tables for guests to rest their drinks on. Make sure your front porch looks inviting.

Now pour yourself a glass of wine and count your blessings.

Fall Entertaining

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22360248_SWhether you want to gather around the dining room table for a formal sit down dinner, eat one last time in the garden or huddle in front of the TV to watch a football game, entertaining in your home during this wonderful season should be a celebration of the bounty of the harvest and hard worker of the farmers who selflessly worked to bring all of those fabulous fall vegetables to your kitchen.

Sweet potatoes, apples, pears, fennel, garlic and cauliflower are all great seasonal choices. For a more formal dinner roast apples and onions with pork for a main dish. A cauliflower gratin is a great side. Poach pears in sweet wine for dessert.

For a more informal dinner for a tailgate make ham and pear sandwiches. Bake up some sweet potato fries for a side and make caramel apples for dessert. You can also make roasted pears with walnuts and blue cheese or a frisee salad with pears and hazelnuts.

To drink you can’t go wrong with spiced apple cider. Spike it with champagne for the adults.

Since weather during this season can be unpredictable, if you plan to eat outside make sure you have a backup plan if things go south.

To make your table fall perfect, choose a fall color and use it everywhere. Get grocery store flowers; add feathers and stalks of dried wheat for a themed centerpiece. Hurricane lanterns are another nice touch. Make the entrance to your home look ready for fall by adding gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks or wreaths of fall colored leaves.

But most of all enjoy your time with your friends and family as you entertain. There is nothing as satisfying as a good meal with good friends.

Let it Snow!

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16293188_SHow are you spending the holidays?  We hope you’re surrounded with people you care about and are enjoying the season!

If you’re on a holiday break with the kids and need to figure out activities to keep them busy, take a look at the five ideas for this winter.  There are options for whether you’re enjoying the weather outside or trying stay warm inside:

  1. Snowflakes: Create a craft table in the kitchen and cut out snowflakes with the kids that you hang around the house.  They can decorate them however they want; like adding glitter or drawing pictures.
  2. Sledding: Make it a family affair and find a hill nearby that you can go sledding down.
  3. Build a snowman: Grab an old scarf, a carrot, and some coal.  If you don’t have coal lying around the house, you can try using spare buttons or use Oreo cookies.
  4. Craft a snowman: If you can’t go outside and build a snowman from snow, make it into a craft for the kids.  They can cut out the snowman and accessories to create their very own, special snowman!
  5. Snow fort: If you’re outside, help the kids make their very own snow fort and/or house.  If you’re inside, make a fort with blankets and chairs.  You can read holiday stories and they can play with their new toys inside.

Living in the Living Room

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Our living rooms are often more than just a place to watch television and entertain guests.  For many of us, we do most of our living at home in the living room. These rooms become a media room, home office, dining room and sometimes even a guest room.  While we might not admit it, many Americans eat dinner while watching TV in the living room or family room.  The design trend to open concept spaces that incorporate kitchen, dining and living spaces means more and more of us are spending most of our time at home in one room.

Creating a décor that can work with all these different activities is key.  Furniture arrangements, flooring and materials should all be selected to stand up to the heavy use and high traffic of today’s living rooms. Sectional sofas allow seating for many in a single piece of furniture. Coffee tables that are also ottomans can multi-task as game tables, dining tables and extra seating.

Wireless routers and laptops mean we can telecommute from any room in the home. And more than one family member can be online at a time… so the sofa can become a home office, socializing center and homework space.

Living room flooring should be durable to stand up to all the demands we place on the room.  Stain resistant and stain repellant are key for carpets in high traffic areas.  Hardwood and other hard surfaces are durable but it is nice to have something softer for impromptu lounging on the floor. If you do have hard surfaced flooring, try adding an area rug.

Creating Family Traditions

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Creating traditions is important for a family, especially in today’s busy go-go-go lifestyle. Simple things like a movie or game night can bring the family together in the same room at the same time.  Weekly family nights are great for checking in and creating memories.  Another wonderful suggestion for a family focused activity is cooking together.

Even if you are not a chef, making a meal together is a great way to bring the family together.  Making something in the kitchen can be cooking a full meal or baking cookies. Coming together and doing an activity is what is most important.  Sharing recipes that have been handed down in your family makes these moments even more special.  Making grandma’s lasagna or an aunt’s famous oatmeal cookies is a nice way to keep memories alive.

Today’s kitchen designs are great for family cooking nights.  The kitchen countertops–the island–can be a great prep area as well as a place to sit and watch the action.  Gathering everyone together in the kitchen to eat the meal or sweets extends the togetherness.

For little kids, they can help with prep or dough making.  If you are making something messy, you might want to put down something like a drop cloth or plastic to protect the kitchen floor. If messes do occur, wipe them up before they set to avoid stains.

Once a week or once a month, a family cooking night can a shared event that everyone looks forward to. Making your own tacos or pizzas is a good place to start for the non-chefs.