Spruce Up Your Garden!

Happy Spring! Preparation for your garden should begin with cleaning up the space, eliminating old leaves and and debris, and checking the soil, then let the planting begin! Once your gardening has begun, here are some ideas to make the rest of this season a little bit easier on you and to make your garden space a little more fun!

 

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What to do with all that Wrap?

This is the time of year when wrapping paper feels a little more like a nuisance and a little less like the symbol of joy it should represent. Whether your wrapping paper storage needs are great or small, we've got you covered with more than a handful of specially designed gift-wrap organizers.

Underbed Storage Container
In the Garage: A plastic storage box, like this Underbed Storage Container by Iris, is the way to go – offering moisture protection for year-round storage. Read more

Packing Up the Party

Plate ProtectorWith Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, and New Year's Eve just a day away, it's time to think about packing up the party. Here are our best tools and tips on storage for all of your party gear:

Keep Linens Wrinkle-Free (and ready to go for your next get-together): For tablecloths that you will be bringing out again at Easter and those summer soirees, mount a tension shower curtain rod at the back of the pantry to hang tablecloths from, thus avoiding wrinkle-issues. Read more

Christmas Dinner Meal Shortcuts

Vintage Flatware SetEnjoy more time with family and keep things simple on Christmas with these meal shortcuts and tips from our kitchens:

  • Go with the casserole: A large casserole dish can feed 9-12 people with a main course. This can include everything from enchiladas and lasagne to your great Aunt's famous chicken recipe.
  • Salads as sides: Not only is salad healthier than, say, mashed potatoes, it's much easier to make, leaving your hands free for fun. To really save yourself some time, purchase a pre-made bagged salad that comes complete with toppings and dressing.
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  • Something for the Hostess…

    128805.jpgWith all of the parties you are attending this time of year, it's important to stock up on great hostess gifts! We all know how much work it takes to host a party, so show your hostess some love with one of these fantastic ideas:

    Good Scents:
    -A beautiful, eco-friendly candle makes a wonderful present for any hostess.
    -Aromatherapy oil warmers, like the one shown here, keep her house smelling heavenly year-round.
    -A nice bottle of lotion or bath oil for those stressful evenings.

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    Cleaning Tips, Shortcuts and Tools for Christmas

    reg-1352936067-200692.jpgWhether you are hosting friends and family at Christmas or not, it's a great time to do a quick refresh on your spring or fall cleaning so that the house is sparkly for the big day and the new year! And with just one week away, it's time to pare down the list to what is necessary and what works fast.

    Here are some important tips, shortcuts and our favorite tools for cleaning the house before Christmas.

    Tips:

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  • Holiday Party Must-Haves

    Planning a shindig sometime this month? Now is the time to stock up on the best party gear, and we're not just talking paper plates here. We have selected five timeless pieces that enhance any party whether your guests gather in the kitchen, living room or dining area!

    Dig in!

    3-Bowl Bamboo Entertaining Set
    The 3-Bowl Bamboo Entertaining Set allows you to get creative with dips, sauces and their "vehicles" (bread, crackers, pita, etc). Set up a mini sandwich bar on this cutting board with mustard, mayonnaise and oil/vinegar in the bowls, and a selection of deli meats and tiny slices of artisan breads on the board itself so guests can play with flavors. Read more

    Don't get Wrapped Up in Gift Wrap this year!

    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:

    Holiday Red With Green Trim Underbed Gift Wrap Organizer
    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

    Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

    dcenterpiece.jpgThanksgiving 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

    Up your Entertaining Game with these Five Party Pieces

    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:

    Wine Cart with Stemware Rack
    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

    Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup!

    Artisan Hand VacuumOnly 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.

    Tonight:

  • Finalize the Menu
  • Confirm with Guests what they are bringing
  • Make the official shopping list
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    Setting Up a Bar – 10 Essentials

    Hotel de Paris Footed Centerpiece BowlPlanning 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:

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    Holiday Storage from Honey Can Do – On Sale for Five Days Only!

    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.

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    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

    Christmas Decorations, Old and New… from Tag

    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.

    Snowflakes 3-Tier Glass Stand
    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

    Go the Extra Mile for Guests this Holiday Season

    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:

    Teton Oak Leaf Wreath with Berries - Copper and Gold
    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

    Wine Glass Storage for the Holidays

    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:

    Quilted Microfiber Stemware Storage - Holds 12 Wine 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

    Copper Kitchen Accessories for a Festive Touch

    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:

    Double Wine Chiller
    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

    Dining Room Steals to Get You through Thanksgiving…

    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.

    Spain Dark Brown Modern Dining Chair - Set of 2
    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

    Fall Fun with Stacks on Pinterest

    Autumn Mist Wall Decor by Yosemite Home DecorThe 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

    Kitchen Organizers to Cope with Holiday Madness

    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:

    Under Cabinet Stemware Holder
    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

    Battery Operated Candles for the Holidays

    Remote LED Candle SetThis 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!

    Wine Collections…Under Control and On Display

    8 Bottle Dakota Wine Rack with Display TopWith 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:

    We're Ready for Fall… Are You?

    Fall ColorsStacks and Stacks is ready for fall living, with great guides and ideas for everything from decorating with fall-colors to winterizing the home, or simply getting cozy.

    Here's What We Love About Fall:

    Cider – Whether you make it yourself or buy it from the store, nothing says autumn like a nice hot mug of cider with a cinnamon stick stirrer, (and the occasional splash of brandy for the grownups.) Read more

    Throwing a Successful Summer BBQ or Potluck

    Deluxe Charcoal GrillSummer has barely begun, and I’m guessing you have already been to a number of barbecues, cookouts and potlucks. We humans sure love summer entertaining! Gathering with family and friends to gobble down good food, share stories, splash in the pool and soak in the sun is what we live for all winter long. But as we know, throwing a successful summer party is no easy task. There’s a lot to prepare, and a lot to handle once it’s over.

    I’m going to address three key issues and offer up some solutions for making your barbeque or potluck easier and better than ever: Read more