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

By Michaela Strathman

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.
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Cyber Monday Deals!

By Michaela Strathman

cyber-monday.jpgOur 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!

Stacks and Stacks of Black Friday Deals!

By Michaela Strathman

Give the gifts you, your friends and family will love!
We've made it easy on you with these smart selections:*

24 Bottle Dakota Wine Rack with Display Top
24 Bottle Dakota Wine Rack with Display Top- $168 with free shipping!
Shop Wooden Mallet Sale.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

By Michaela Strathman

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Happy Thanksgiving from All of Us at StacksAndStacks.com! Wishing you a joyful day with friends and family!

Great Gifts for Everyone - Sales Start Now!

By Michaela Strathman

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

iTouchless Robotic Vacuum PRO
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
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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations

By Michaela Strathman

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.
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Up your Entertaining Game with these Five Party Pieces

By Michaela Strathman

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!
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Wooden Advent Calendars SALE

By Michaela Strathman

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.

Santa And Tree Advent Calendar
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".
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Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup!

By Michaela Strathman

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

    By Michaela Strathman

    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:

    1. Wine Glass Charms -
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    Holiday Storage from Honey Can Do - On Sale for Five Days Only!

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.

    40
    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.
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    Christmas Decorations, Old and New… from Tag

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.
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    Go the Extra Mile for Guests this Holiday Season

    By Michaela Strathman

    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).
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    Wine Glass Storage for the Holidays

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.
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    Turkey Day Serveware

    By Michaela Strathman

    Liven up your Thanksgiving table with these beautiful dishes by Tag. Your guests will thank you!

    Pumpkin Soup Tureen
    Whether you fill it with pumpkin soup or chili, this Pumpkin Soup Tureen has an updated, elegant tan finish. Made of ironstone.
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    Copper Kitchen Accessories for a Festive Touch

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.
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    Dining Room Steals to Get You through Thanksgiving…

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.
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    Kalorik Slow Cookers on Sale Thru Nov 3

    By Michaela Strathman

    Kalorik Slow Cooker SaleGet 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!

    BOO!

    By Michaela Strathman

    pumpkin-richard-kelly-via.jpgHappy Halloween! Have fun and stay safe out there tonight!

    Image courtesy of Richard Kelly via Flickr, Creative Commons.

    Fall Fun with Stacks on Pinterest

    By Michaela Strathman

    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

    By Michaela Strathman

    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?"
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    Space Saving Solutions for Your Small Bathroom

    By Michaela Strathman

    Bathroom - Lauren Powell-Smothers via flickrGuest 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.
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    Battery Operated Candles for the Holidays

    By Michaela Strathman

    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!

    How to Revamp the Bedroom for Winter

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.

    Purple Bedroom
    Image courtesy of MAZZALIARMADI.IT via Flickr (CC by 2.0)
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    Wine Collections…Under Control and On Display

    By Michaela Strathman

    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:

    Small Room in a Small Home

    By Michaela Strathman

    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:

    Paris Convertible Ottoman Sleeper
    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.
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    The Organized Bedroom for Better Sleep

    By Michaela Strathman

    Bed Butler 16The bedroom should be a place of calm and peace. A spot where you can go at the end of the day to relax and unwind for the best deep-sleep experience. Similarly, the bedroom is the first thing you see when you wake up each day, so keeping it tidy (or cluttered) can set the mood for the rest of the day.

    Here are some great tips for gaining control of clutter in the bedroom:

  • Bedside Caddy - In the past these were made of canvas or mesh, although a new product on the market, the Bed Butler 16" Pro Bedside Caddy boasts a clear plastic design
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  • Affordable, Fun Lighting for Every Room!

    By Michaela Strathman

    An easy way to give any room a new look is by switching up the lighting scheme. Lamps are well known in the designing world for their ability to breathe new life into a space, so demand for different looks in lighting has been on the rise for some time. Thankfully, lighting designers are stepping up to the challenge with multiple releases every year of the newest and best in lighting.

    Here are our favorite picks that don't break the budget this fall:

    Simple Designs Glass Diamond Shaped Table Lamp
    Elegant with a hint of retro style, the Simple Designs Glass Diamond Shaped Table Lamp is available in six different colors ranging from White to Aqua, allowing you to choose between a pop of color and a simple splash of style.
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    We're Ready for Fall… Are You?

    By Michaela Strathman

    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.)
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    In the Mood for Fall Decor?

    By Michaela Strathman

    It is fall, not January, that marks the beginning of a new year for many of us. Often it is this time of year that we are inspired to do something new in our homes, whether it be to start an organizing project we have been putting off or simply freshen up our decor.

    Here are five beautiful fall-inspired home accents to give any room an updated look:

    Trio Collection Rug
    The Trio Collection Rug is a crowd favorite collection, thanks its affordable and high quality attitude. The >Full Leaf Design Trio Collection Rug features creams, beiges and rusty reds to mimic autumn's natural hues.
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