Whether your "Game Room" is a room all of its own, or simply a time slot in your family room, there are many ways to bring sanity and civility back to that space. It all starts with a game center, which works to keep games and equipment neat and tidy. Video game organizers make great gifts for kids and teens (while benefiting the grown-ups in the house at the same time).
Read on for our best picks to help you take back your family room!
If you are lucky enough to have a space just for gaming, you will need a place to put the TV (or monitor) as well! Choose from a wall mounted TV contraption or an all in one Centipede Game Storage and TV Stand like this – perfect for the corner of the basement or the kids room. Read more
These adorable Christmassy birdhouses and feeders from Home Bazaar make wonderful gifts for friends and family! Starting at $39.99 with free shipping! On Sale thru Monday, 12/9.
Break out the China, the Holidays are here! And while you have it out give it a swipe with the Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for China and Crystal (shown). In addition to that, this is a great time of year to assess what you need in terms of China storage. Right now, our entire China Storage line is on sale!
Let's face it: Most of us don't have an entire room in our home to devote just to a home office. In fact, many of us would settle for a desk tucked into the corner of the bedroom just to get a quiet workspace. If this sounds familiar to you, then a wall-mount desk just might be the right tool for your office-at-home. These handy, space efficient desks come in a variety of sizes and with varying accessories so you can choose the amount of storage that suits your needs. From the Evo Wall Mount Desk (shown) to the almost full size Designer Floating Desk, there is something for everyone.
The former features a slim, modern design that includes shelves for printers and even an iPad mount. Read more
With black Friday behind us, those presents are starting to pile up in closets, bedrooms and home offices across the country! Get a jump start on wrapping to ease holiday stress just before Christmas. Gift Wrap Organizers are inexpensive and a must-have for year-round organization in the home.
Here are five of the best:
This Holiday Red With Green Trim Underbed Gift Wrap Organizer takes first prize for its budget-friendly design! Unzip this organizer to store rolls of paper, bows and more in various pockets and divided sections. Read more
Our Black Friday Deals are STILL LIVE! Last chance on some of these great Cyber Monday Deals! Don't miss out on great gifts such as the Boomchair Bluetooth Game Chair, Holly Princess Welcome Mat and More!
Give the gifts you, your friends and family will love!
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24 Bottle Dakota Wine Rack with Display Top- $168 with free shipping! Shop Wooden Mallet Sale. Read more
Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at StacksAndStacks.com! Wishing you a joyful day with friends and family!
Black Friday Deals are rolling out as we speak!
Here are today's best deals*, found at StacksAndStacks.com:
iTouchless Hands-Free Sale
Lumisource Video Game Chair Sale
The iTouchless Robotic Vacuum PRO is a pro at cleaning floors without any help from you! Treat mom to this handy helper this year! $149 with free shipping Read more
Thanksgiving is probably the easiest of all holidays when it comes to decorating. No purchase necessary, simply gather things you have around the home, inside and out, for a natural, beautiful display. No need to go overboard like you might on Christmas, just a few touches on the mantel, entryway table and in the dining room are all you need for a cozy, homey feel.
To make, simply gather any of the materials below or substitute your own. Read more
Every year around this time I like to upgrade one piece in my entertaining arsenal. With all of the holiday parties coming up, it's a great time to take stock of what you as a hostess have, need, or simply need to upgrade.
Here are our top five, most important serveware helpers, from appliances to furniture, and even something for a little over-the-top fun:
A wine rack is a must, but a wine rack with built in glass holders and casters? That's a bonus. Thankfully the Wine Cart with Stemware Rack has a slim profile and is inexpensive, a great choice for rolling from kitchen to dining room to living room, depending on where you want the guests to flock! Read more
Now thru Monday, Wooden Advent Calendars from Home Bazaar are ON SALE, starting at $45.99 with Free Shipping, just in time for December! These are beautiful, classic, keepsake Christmas decorations your family will enjoy for years to come.
The Santa And Tree Advent Calendar features hanging ornaments, one for each day leading up to Christmas for the kids to place on the "tree". Read more
Only seven days to go! Get your home in party-ready shape by following our guide below. We have split up the cleaning over seven days so that you can focus on all things fun when the big day comes: family and turkey! The only thing we don't mention is when to shop as everyone has different ideas about this. My personal favorite is to send my husband to the store with a very detailed list.
Finalize the Menu
Confirm with Guests what they are bringing
Make the official shopping list
Planning a party this season? Setting up a bar in your home is a quick and easy way to make guests feel at home and comfortable. And most importantly, it allows them to serve themselves which in turn allows you to enjoy yourself! There is no need to go to a lot of trouble or spend a lot of money, simply clear off a surface or add a folding table with cloth, look around the kitchen for items you already have that can be used as serveware for an eclectic vibe, add the beverages and voila! You are ready to entertain!
Here are our top ten must-haves at your bar this holiday season:
1. Wine Glass Charms – Read more
There are just four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year instead of five. Many of us will start setting up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. Take this opportunity to take stock of your holiday storage needs so that you are ready for a quick and easy take-down come January 1st.
Right now, our complete collection of Honey Can Do home storage (including Christmas decor storage) is on sale! Sale ends November 24th, 2013.
If you purchase just one thing this Christmas that is storage related, let it be the 40" Canvas Gift Wrap Organizer. Inexpensive and featuring a sleek underbed-friendly design, this gift wrap organizer has a spot for everything. Read more
This year, have fun with your Christmas decorations by quietly mixing old pieces in with new. People always ask me "Is your Christmas decor more traditional or more modern?" To that, I say "Both!" Incorporating classics like the Magical Christmas Beverage Server and more modern pieces like the Woodland Reindeer (both shown below) gives your home a cozy feel with a new edge and room to grow every year.
To make it easy, these new collections from Tag offer both classic and contemporary pieces, an easy way to set up your holiday decor scheme with little effort.
Serve up cookies or savory appetizers on the beautiful Snowflakes 3-Tier Glass Stand. Classic snowflakes and colored backgrounds show through the glass plates for an elegant buffet. Read more
Your holiday guests are traveling miles and miles to see you, why not meet them halfway? That is, with some extra TLC crafted out of things you might just have around your house.
Here are some great tips for stress-free hosting of holiday guests this year:
Scented Candles: A quick, easy update to your decor with a few scented candles placed on the kitchen island or in the bathroom goes a long way toward enhancing the holiday mood for all in the home to enjoy. (Shown: Teton Oak Leaf Wreath with Berries – Copper and Gold, candles not included). Read more
Every year, we bring out our best wine glasses and champagne flutes to use multiple times throughout the holidays. And, almost every year, we break one of those glasses. At least the damage is a friendly reminder to properly store those pieces after the start of the New Year to help them make it through to another year.
Here are some of the best stemware storage cases for short and long term storage of your precious (or semi-precious) glasses:
Perfect for goblets up to 4" wide, the Quilted Microfiber Stemware Storage Holds 12 Wine Glasses of almost any size! The dark brown finish has a Thanksgiving vibe which is perfect since that is usually the first time of the season we pull out our special glassware. Each compartment measures approximately 3.9"W x 4.1"D x 9.75"H. Read more
Liven up your Thanksgiving table with these beautiful dishes by Tag. Your guests will thank you!
Whether you fill it with pumpkin soup or chili, this Pumpkin Soup Tureen has an updated, elegant tan finish. Made of ironstone. Read more
Accenting the kitchen with copper lends an unexpected festive touch to the space just in time for the holidays. Whether you use copper pieces for decoration or as functional elements in the kitchen and dining room, you will be surprised that this beautiful medium almost became the forgotten metal! Luckily copper is back in style, ready to dress up the modern, contemporary, country or transitional kitchen with just a little shine. Right now, all of our copper kitchenware from Old Dutch is on sale thru November 24th!
Here are some of our favorites:
This Double Wine Chiller features a chrome finished interior and copper finished exterior with subtle hammering on its texture. Extra sturdy handles allow you to carry this tub from the bar to the dining table when dinner starts. Read more
Whether you are in charge of the big bird this year or simply plan on hosting a few friends for holiday cocktails, we've gathered the best dining room deals to get your home entertaining-ready and still have money left over for gift shopping. From serving carts to dining chair sets ($139 or $159 with free shipping!!), we've got you covered.
Luxurious yet budget-conscious, this set of 2 Spain Dark Brown Modern Dining Chairs is covered in microfiber on both the seat and back for comfort. Brown tones on the wood and upholstery make for an elegant contrast. Perfect for the transitionally styled dining room. Read more
Get your fall cozy on with a crock pot or other great appliance from kitchen appliance experts Kalorik! Select items are on sale now thru Sunday, November 3rd!
Happy Halloween! Have fun and stay safe out there tonight!
Image courtesy of Richard Kelly via Flickr, Creative Commons.
The unofficial holiday season, although at the end of the year, always seems to inspire all things new and fresh. It's the time of year when you find yourself saying "Oh, I'd better get on that!" over and over again. And we all know that there's nothing quite like spending some time to gather new ideas, recipes and inspirations. Pinterest is a great holding tank for all of the things that you want to try. If you are in the mood for fall like we are, check out our Stacks pinterest boards, all of which we have organized and reshuffled, bringing the most seasonally relevant boards to the top: Fall Colors, Fall Decorating, Getting Cozy for Fall and Fall Cooking. It's a great place to start when forming your own boards as we have already collected some of the season's best offerings for you!
Image: Autumn Mist Wall Decor by Yosemite Home Decor
Holidays…Full Steam Ahead! With Halloween less than a week away, it's time to start preparing for the feeding frenzy that is the holiday season! No matter what holiday we are talking about, most people agree that the kitchen is the center of all the action. What can I say… people love to eat cozy comfort food this time of year whether they are entertaining or not. Throw Christmas cookies into the mix and you've got a recipe for clutter in the kitchen for the next few months.
We've collected our best kitchen organizers and tools that will help make this season a little less chaotic, and a little more cheerful:
Words cannot describe how elegant an Under Cabinet Stemware Holder looks in the kitchen, or mounted under the buffet in the dining room. It gives off a warm, welcoming feel when guests arrive and keeps them from having to ask "Where are your wine glasses?" Read more
Guest post by Elena Meadowcroft
Image courtesy of Lauren Powell-Smothers via flickr.
The bathroom is one of the rooms in your home that tends to get cluttered no matter how hard you try to keep things organized. Many older homes don’t even have what we traditionally call a master bath – instead, you are greeted with a modest tub, toilet and vanity setup cramped into a small, often linear space. Read more
This week's featured product has safety and cozyness in mind, perfect for this time of year! As we head into the holidays at full steam, with Halloween kicking off the season less than two weeks from now, we are reminded of the soft glow of candle light. Many of us have switched over to battery operated tealight candles in our jack-o-lanterns for safety and ease of use. But battery operated candles aren't just for pumpkins, they are also an important part of your decor throughout the home during the holiday season, providing you with the glow that you want but letting you rest assured that you're not going to burn the house down if you forget to put them out! This Remote LED Candle Set is beautiful with a creamy off white wax like finish and, yes, a remote control for operation. Also available is the Battery LED Candle Set (sorry, NO remote), with a classic white look. The flames are realistic, flickering just like a real flame but instead they are LED light bulbs.
Enjoy this holiday season with a safe and beautiful home!
Guest Post by Tiffany Faming
Winter is a great time to revamp your bedroom. Traditionally in the winter you want to go with darker colors and heavier fabrics as opposed to the lighter designs you would use in the summer. Pick out your favorite color or pick a favorite painting and plan your entire room from there. You may want to paint, but you can get by without painting if your room has a neutral color base. As you plan out your room, it helps to have an overall design in mind or at least a basic color you want to go with. Some people will go with traditional deep reds or greens, but a dark purple or grey can also make great colors for your bedroom in the winter.
Image courtesy of MAZZALIARMADI.IT via Flickr (CC by 2.0) Read more
With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to get that wine collection under control once and for all! If you are an entertainer by nature and plan on having friends and family over multiple times during this holiday season, a medium sized wine rack is the way to go! This week's featured product, the 8 Bottle Dakota Wine Rack with Display Top is my favorite pick of the season, brand new. This wine storage rack combines the best of storage and appearance capabilities, ideal for leaving out in plain view of guests.
The eight bottle capacity allows you to put out your "party wines" and not risk accidental opening of the expensive stuff, which can remain safely stowed away in your permanent wine storage area. The top stores the bottles face up, just like you would see in a store, so that you can easily read the labels without even picking up the bottle! And it comes in beautiful finishes, including an unfinished wood that can be stained or painted to match your decor! Enjoy!
Have another size in mind? The Dakota Wine Racks are available in a variety of sizes, capacities and finishes:
Looking for storage and functional living space is naturally a challenge in small homes. But with the right furniture pieces, you can achieve both, whether you are living solo in a studio apartment or cozying up with a growing family in a small house.
These innovative convertible furniture pieces go from morning to night, play to work and from storage time to mealtime in a jiffy to make the best use of every space in your home:
This unique ottoman, the Paris Convertible Ottoman Sleeper, folds out into a bed for overnight guests. Perfect for the living room, or the home office that doubles duty as a guest room at night. Read more