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Celebrate Your Everlasting Love This Valentine’s Day with East Olivia’s Valentine’s Day Collection

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Normally, when we think of the ideal Valentine’s Day gift, we think of classic roses. However, live flowers don’t have much of a shelf life. East Olivia has remedied this situation by offering a beautiful selection of preserved roses, each with their own beautiful vase, in their 2020 Valentine’s Collection. We had the chance to catch up with East Olivia founder Kelsea Olivia about her stunning new collection, as well as how the pandemic prompted her to reinvent her business. Check out the Valentine’s Collection HERE!

Cliché: What is it about flowers that speaks to you as an artistic medium?

I believe beauty is a human right, not a luxury, and nature is evidence of that. That belief and that truth is what made me fall in love with flowers. When I began working more with flowers, which started when I worked at Anthropologie and BHLDN in NYC and taking many visits to the NYC flower market, I got exposed to hundreds of varieties of flowers I had never experienced before. That experience helped me realize the connection between the human spirit and our exposure to beauty and how important that relationship is. Even though flowers aren’t the only way to experience beauty, they are the medium that inspires and excites me most. 

Tell us about your company, East Olivia

We are a female founded, women-led creative agency based in NYC who (pre-covid-19) specialized in large scale floral installations. Post-COVID-19, we have shifted gears to launch our direct to consumer online forever floral shop and our fresh-flower therapy boxes in an effort to still bring beauty and blooms to the world while we’re all stuck at home.  

We want to hear all about your new Valentine’s Day collection!

The new Valentine’s Collection is so exciting because we are introducing a brand new ingredient which we have never used before, where our persevered roses are scented! Most other companies that sell preserved roses keep them in boxes – we believe the beauty shouldn’t be kept in a box and these roses should be displayed in an arrangement instead. The roses are 100% bio-degradable and last a year if taken properly and the scent lasts up to a month.

Why did you want to create preserved roses?

Preserved roses have been a trend for a long time, but they are always contained in a box. I have been working with preserved roses for a long time and believe that beauty doesn’t belong in a box. Being a floral designer, I like to take our ingredients and be expressive with them, rather than keep them contained. 

What message did you want to send with your Valentine’s Day collection?

The collection represents everlasting love – how beautiful is it to be able to express your love to somebody with flowers, but with flowers that will last more than a week?! There’s nothing wrong with fresh flowers, however it’s a great medium to be able to express love and admiration for somebody with flowers that last longer. 

What are some Valentine’s Day gifts that you would recommend?   

I would recommend any and all of the gifts in our Valentine’s Collection at shopeastoliva.com. We’ve curated a beautiful collection of not only forever florals with scented roses, but a variety of fun, and on-trend candles and cards to complement our forever florals. 

As a creative agency, what was your process in terms of cultivating a unique floral experience for every event?

Our floral installations have always been bespoke and have always been the result of the narrative of our clients. We partner with our clients to create a unique floral expression of their overall vision. It is always about connecting with the client and being clear about the narrative and purpose of the event and what they want their guest to feel like. It always starts with a story. It’s so fun to bring clients purpose and vision to life with our florals

How has the pandemic impacted your business?

It completely destroyed our events business overnight, cost us millions of dollars in 2020, and wiped out my ability to maintain my staff. It was through launching the forever floral shop and fresh flower therapy boxes that made it possible for us to hang on this long. That being said, the road ahead is still very tough and it’s quite challenging financially for us and millions of other small businesses that relied on events. We hope and pray each day that that part of our business will come back very soon! 

What lessons have you learned thus far by switching to e-commerce?

I’ve learned that customer #1 is our staff and team, meaning that our customers from our e-commerce can’t have a great experience if our team and staff aren’t taken care of. This is extremely challenging amidst a global pandemic when resources are extremely scarce. Also, the creative process is just as fun as events. Myself and my team have a blast creating each collection – coming up with the names for the arrangements and shooting the products. It’s just as fulfilling as the creative work of events – but nothing can replace the in-person connection that we had during events and that part we still greatly miss. Lastly, the finances are far more complicated. Bootstrapping a direct-to-consumer business is very challenging – if you want to scale your business, you have to spend more money in order to make more money. 

Do you have any advice for businesses that are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic and (different degrees of restrictions) but are nervous to make the switch to e-commerce?

My advice would be to begin inward within your own industry. We turned inward towards our industry first for support and also to see how we could support one another. That’s how the flower therapy box came to be. Shifting to an e-commerce platform is something I had been wanting to do for many, many years. I think staying true and authentic to your own brand and offerings is most important and don’t necessarily think that shifting to an e-commerce platform is the right answer for everybody.  

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Celebrate Your Everlasting Love This Valentine’s Day with East Olivia’s Valentine’s Day Collection. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kelsea Olivia.

The 7 Best Flower Combinations for Christmas

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Today we want to share with you the 7 best flower combinations for Christmas.  If you’re like many of the moms searching for ways to keep your kids entertained as the pandemic rages on, you’ve likely taken to frequent outdoor walks.  Perhaps you’ve found that all that time in nature has been uplifting for your little ones (and yourself). That’s no surprise; science has proven time and time again that being outdoors, and more specifically, around plants and flowers, makes you feel better

So with Christmas fast approaching, maybe you’re reconsidering your holiday design this year. Colorful stockings, red and green string lights and Elf on the Shelf might still be your holiday fixtures, but what about incorporating some Christmas floral combinations, too? It might be exactly what everyone needs to muster some celebratory energy after such a hard year. We get the best flowers from Bouqs delivery service for decorating our homes, and these are some of our favorite combinations.

1. Red Roses and Hypericum Berries 

best flower combinations for ChristmasWe like red roses for a floral arrangement because they do double duty: they’re richly-colored and sophisticated enough for the adults to appreciate, and simultaneously cheery and Rudolph’s-nose enough for the kids to get on board with too. We like adding hypericum berries (also known as St. John’s wort) to most of our Christmas arrangements because it reminds us of a vase-friendly version of mistletoe. 

2. White Roses and Hypericum Berries

If your family is more into the color of snow than Santa’s favorite reindeer, then switch out the red roses for white and be prepared for “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” to play in your head on repeat. 

3. Red Tulips and Evergreen Leaves

There’s something about tulips that is so quintessentially sweet. Any floral combination that involves these blooms is bound to make you smile. And though you may think of them as a springtime floral, red ones paired with evergreen leaves make a surprisingly festive combination. 

4. Pine cones and Greenery

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Okay, this one might not be “floral,” but it is fun. A few pine cones combined with greenery (think cedar and myrtle) look surprisingly stunning together. 

5. Red Anthurium and Greenery 

If you live somewhere tropical, or wish you did, get your hands on a combination of red anthurium (sometimes called the flamingo flower) and greenery. You’ll be singing Mele Kalikimaka before you know it. 

6. Sunflowers and Hypericum Berries

Nothing about this year has been traditional, so why should your Christmas bouquet be? Take some vibrant sunflowers and pair them with hypericum berries for a cheery, laid-back holiday look the kids will love. 

7. Wreath with Pine cones

If florals aren’t your thing or you have an accident-prone kid at home, a tall vase of buds may not be your first choice. A wreath is a great, harder to knock down alternative and looks extra cute with pine cones tucked in. 

After such a rough year, make holiday decorating simple for yourself this year. A few artfully-placed Christmas floral combinations can have a surprising impact. And all the time you save on decorating is perfect for lounging with a glass of wine and those cookies left out for Santa. 

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Cliche Mag’s Holiday Gift Guide

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And just like that, we’re wrapping up the year 2020. As we say goodbye to the fallen autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, and hello to gingerbread cookies and Christmas trees, we’re now entering December knowing that the holiday season might be looking a little different this year.

Gathering in smaller groups may not be the ideal way to spend the holiday season, but there are ways to make up for not being all together eating a meal over the dining room table. While we may take the gift-giving season for granted, this year’s gifts should be especially meaningful in order to spread the love while social distancing. 

These last few months have been anything but the ordinary, but one of the upsides to having a Corona-Christmas is that you don’t have to immerse yourself in the holiday chaos! No more shopping in crowded malls for the same old department store deals. This year, we will be shopping in our pj’s from the comfort of our own home. 

We’re spreading lots of joy this year, especially online. If you haven’t thought much about what gifts you need to stock up on, no need to worry— Cliche has got you covered. Read on to check out what the Cliche team is buying this holiday season. 

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Wood, I am Cliche’s Beauty and Lifestyle Writer.

“Not to tip my own hat or anything, but over quarantine I would say I became a pretty savvy baker. All thanks to the love and nurturing of a sourdough starter, I was up at the crack of dawn every morning making homemade bread loafs, different flavored bagels and crisp baguettes with my baguette baker. This holiday season, I am determined to learn how to cook (of course, with the proper chic materials).”

The Always Pan from Our Place is all the rave this holiday season. This non stick pan acts as more than just a pretty piece of kitchenware. For just $95, you’re getting the ultimate all-in-one pan that will replace your fry pan, sauté pan, steamer, skillet, and sauce pan! 


  Per usual, I’ll be decorating the dinner table this season. Setting the ambiance is important, ok? Elevate your holiday decor by freshening up your wine cabinet with these Crate and Barrel glasses. 

I may want to learn how to cook, but hey— I’m still a beauty lover! To add onto the list of reasons why Biossance is one of my favorite skincare brands, they offer a variety of samples for customers to test out. This season I’ll be trying the resurfacing night serum, but I can safely recommend that their rosehip oil is a life saver!

Hi, my name is Pooja Subramanian, I am Cliche’s Music and Entertainment Writer.

“Since this holiday season will be a bit different, I’m really looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday season. I’m hoping to see some fun and beautiful holiday decorations on the houses near me because it’s one of my favorite parts of the season! Also, I’m looking forward to eating good food and watching some classic holiday movies with my family. I hope all of our readers have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!”

This holiday season, I think it would be hysterical to order this custom dog portrait off Etsy. Pets are family, too!

I will be taking all precautions necessary to relax this holiday season. Perhaps with this Amazon paint by numbers kit! 

Weighted blankets are really great, not only do they help maintain anxiety, they also help you get a much deeper sleep. I’ll be Amazon priming this one! 

My name is Madhura and I am interning as an entertainment writer at Cliche.

“This holiday season, I look forward to enjoying some downtime with both my family and myself. I’m looking forward to cozying up on the couch to watch a good family movie. I am most definitely looking forward to continuing to read and write, mostly for myself. We are a family of foodies, so above all, I am excited to try out new recipes and fill up on indulgent meals.”

The Origins Skincare Bestsellers Set is the best of both worlds. It’s on the affordable side, yet totally luxurious. This one’s for the all the skincare lovers in your life.

David’s Chocolate Earl Grey Tea is for all the tea lovers of course. But it’s also for anyone that wants to cozy up with something fragrant and warm on cold holiday mornings or nights… or really any time of the day. Anytime is indeed tea time!

There’s nothing better than a good old book to settle down with during the holidays. December is always family time, but there’s no harm in sparing a moment for yourself with a satisfying, Christmas-themed book! I highly recommend Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot’s Christmas.


My name is Livia Caligor, I am Cliche’s Art & Culture Writer.  

“Born and raised in New York, I remember my mom and I would spend the holiday season visiting the beautiful window installations at 5th Avenue department stores, roaming the Columbus Circle holiday market, and building snowmen in Central Park. I’ve realized that what I cherish about these memories are not just the intricate lights and seasonal treats, but the festive family time it fosters. Things will likely be different this year amidst the pandemic, but I look forward to recreating these experiences within my bubble at home. As a college student, especially amidst the pandemic, time at home is rare, so I am excited to devote the holiday season to going home and spending time with my family.”

I am excited to give this Gingerbread House set, which is allergen-friendly, to my family, and spend the holidays building one together.

I would love to gift my friend a vibrant block-print holiday scarf.

I am loving these Dauphinette quirky, one-of-a-kind fruit earrings.

My name is Erin Watson and I am a lifestyle writer at Cliche.  

 “I’m looking forward to watching Hallmark Christmas movies with my family and eating a ton of badly decorated sugar cookies!” 

Cozy up with this Amazon essential. I couldn’t live without mine! 

 There’s something about a personalized charcuterie board that just sits right with me. I know my mom would love it! Thanks for the idea, Etsy.

A perfect gift for a friend or sibling would be a ring with their birth flower on it. Such a cute idea I saw on Etsy that isn’t your zodiac sign! 

My name is Julie Ham and I’m currently a writing intern.

“Admittedly, this holiday season I’m most looking forward to shopping for holiday gifts. I’ve always loved the process of gift-giving: the thinking of the perfect gift based on someone’s characteristics and person, it’s a psychological puzzle that I love solving. And this year, I have more time than ever to find the perfect gift for my friends and families.”

This Morphe palette will allow me to test out my makeup skills! I’m looking forward to seeing some bold colors. 

There’s nothing better than sitting by the fire with a good book in hand! I recommend this one from Barns and Noble.

I love Baggu! I never go anywhere without my reusable bags. They’re light and chic, what more can you want? 

My name is Quavondo Nguyen, I am Cliches Editor-in-Chief

“To be honest, I’m looking forward to the vaccine. Although I doubt that it will arrive by the holiday season. 2020 has been a year to forget, but luckily I sense an upswing starting with the election. Our country was teetering on a societal collapse.”

To pass time in isolation, I found that these Buffalo puzzle pieces fit well together. Some jigsaw puzzles aren’t cut as well so it leaves you second guessing where the piece goes.

With quarantine, I’ve been working on the house more and find it frustrating when you don’t have the right tools for the job. You can basically fix anything with this Zoopy product in hand!

 

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10 Essential Types of Towels Every Home Needs

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If you a Martha Stewart in the making, or simply serious about homemaking here are 10 essential types of towels every home needs.  Whatever your reason for learning, knowing how to properly stock your home with the right types of towels is essential to running a spick and span household.  You may think “a towel is a towel,” but true masters of home care know there are a variety of towel types and uses for each type.  If you’re ready to up your home-management skills, learn the uses of these 10 essential towel types every home needs.

1. Hair Towel

Hair towels are great for drying hair quickly without having to drape a giant bath towel over your head. They come in multiple sizes to suit different hair lengths.

Hair towels also dry faster themselves so they stay fresh longer and need fewer washes in between uses. This cotton hair towel and others like it exemplify the ideal hair towel.

2. Finger Towel

You may have seen finger towels in a high-end hotel or restaurant. Only the truly classy home-owners understand the value of a nice set of finger towels.  Finger towels are among the smallest towels you can own next to wash cloths. They usually come in sizes somewhere between 11” and 18”. Finger towels are used for delicate drying.

For example, say you had to wet your fingertips to tame a piece of wild hair, a finger towel is the perfect amenity for ultra-quick drying. You may also see certain kinds of finger towels draped over a washing dish.  They are hung on top of a hand towel and often used for decoration. Many finger towels come with embroidery or initials to add personalization to your decor.

3. Face Towel

Face towels are meant for drying your face after washing. Having designated face towels can help protect sensitive skin from exposure to particles that could clog pores or irritate it.

Think about it, when you use the same towel to dry your recently washed hair and then wipe your face, you could be rubbing residue from hair products, soaps, and more onto your face.

10 Essential Types of Towels Every Home Needs

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4. Bath Towel

Bath towels are large enough to wrap around your entire body, drying you off and wrapping you in warmth after a shower or bath.

Bath towels are the largest type of towel, next to beach towels. Usually made of cotton, they tend to be thicker and softer than a beach towel.

They are intended for drying and warming bodies and because of the water content they can absorb, may take longer to dry than smaller towels.

5. Wash Cloth

Wash cloths are often used for scrubbing and cleaning. They are sometimes interchangeable with household rags. Next to finger towels, wash cloths are the smallest towels.

Wash cloths are usually used for wiping counters, cleaning spills, and drying your car among other tasks. Depending on the quality of your wash cloth or how new it is, you can use it for jobs like dusting and window cleaning.

6. Hand Towel

Hand towels are essential for bathrooms and guest bathrooms. These are the smaller towels that hang from the rack above sinks and next to mirrors. They are used for cleaning and drying hands.

Hand towels are of a nicer, thicker material than a kitchen towel as they are meant less for utility and more for luxurious drying.

7. Kitchen Towel

Kitchen towels are those handy little towels you see hanging from oven doors and stove tops. They are helpful for pulling things from the oven, resting pots upon, and wiping counters.

Kitchen towels are sometimes decorative. They can often be purchased with embroidered designs to suit the holiday or kitchen theme of your choice.

You may need to replace kitchen towels more often than other types of towels as they are used for a variety of purposes on a daily basis.

10 Essential Types of Towels Every Home Needs

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8. Beach Towel

Beach towels or “swim” towels are typically longer and more tightly woven than the average bath towel. This is because they are used as seats for sandy beaches as well as a means of drying off swimmers.

Beach towels come in a variety of materials, colors and patterns. Typically, beach towels won’t fit as well in the standard bath towel rack so trying to smash them into one will look sloppy.

9. Gym Towel

If only because you don’t want to get weird stares in the gym for bringing a fluffy pink finger towel to work out, you need a gym towel.

Gym towels can either be long bath towels that you’ve purchased to use in the gym shower, or smaller, longer, hand towels used to wipe sweat.

Indoor cyclists and aerobics fanatics find gym towels especially useful for wicking away sweat during the middle of a heavy workout.

10. Pet Towel

This is a towel you don’t want to mistake for a bath towel. Especially when stocking your guest room. 

If you have dogs, cats, or any kind of pet at home, you need to have a specific set of pet towels. No matter how many wash cycles a towel has been through, no one wants to discover they’ve just dried their hair or face with the same towel old Bruno was washed in last week…

Not only that, but pet towels work well for cleaning pet accidents that may occur around the house. When pet accidents catch you off guard, you’ll be happy you’ve already designated a towel for the pets so you don’t ruin a more costly bath or hand towel.

Various Types of Towels: Choosing Right For You

With all the different types of towels there are, it can seem overwhelming to know how many you really need to purchase. At the end of the day, if your household budget allows for it, each type of towel serves a useful purpose in effective house-keeping.

One rule of thumb is to own at least two full sets of towels for each individual living in a home. This way, even on laundry day, there’s always a complete set available for use.

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Sell Your House Using the Hottest Home Design Trends In 2020

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If you want to know how to sell your house using the hottest home design trends in 2020, keep reading.  Interior design trends ebb and flow with the seasons.  But if you’re thinking of selling your home, you don’t want to invest time and money updating it according to the latest design fad—it will just put buyers off.

Even more so, if you’re struggling to sell a flat with a short lease or a house with an undesirable post-code—you have one chance to impress people viewing your property and how it looks really matters.  The good news is the next decade promises to bring a range of exciting new design trends. But you can also expect themes like sustainability and minimal functionality to remain top favorites. 

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So, here are the hottest home design ideas to help you sell your property in 2020. 

Futuristic Palette 

You can say good-bye to millennial pink and hello to neo mint. Inspired by the fusion of nature and technology, the home color palette is going to reflect macro trends and the wellness movement more. When re-painting your walls, go for off-whites, greyed blues in the kitchen and bathroom. Choose paper browns, bold golds and deep greens to go in the living room and bedroom 

Nostalgia 

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Our fascination with the past continues to inspire home design into 2020. Whether it’s 1920’s art deco, 70’s disco or 80’s decadence—the current trend of mixing and matching the old with the new is expanding to incorporate more eras and themes. So, for example, hot trends will include mid-century retro furniture, Scandinavian homely minimalism, global fusion taking inspiration from around the globe.

Biophilia

The popularity of having plants in the home is a massive trend. Not only do plants bring a touch of beauty and elegance to our homes – they’re also good for us. As we learn more about the benefits of plants and trees both for the planet but also our own well-being and mental health, there’s been a sharp increase in the popularity of bringing the outdoors inside.  And before your protest you’re not green-fingered, there are heaps of plants that requires barely any care—such as succulents, cacti and Yucca trees. 

Geometric Shapes

Finally, the monopoly of carpet design focused on the square is ending. Instead, you can welcome the triangle, hexagon and oblong. Geometric shapes and global patterns are going to be big next year. From flooring to tiling imagine ethnic Nordic meet classic English herringbone.  What’s more, geometric shapes can bring a unique sense of timeless elegance to your home—and will really impress your prospective buyers.

Reuse-reduce-recycle

The modern house-buyer is increasingly environmentally aware and socially conscious. When viewing properties, top of their list is energy-efficiency. For instance, is the house insulated so less energy is required to heat and cool it down?  

Make sure your home sustainable by applying the reuse-reduce-recycle approach. For example:  

Reuse — reuse reclaimed building materials from other projects rather than purchasing new ones such as salvaged wood flooring. 

Reduce — buy locally manufactured items or handcrafted artisan products like natural fabrics

Recycle — use renewable materials, or products with high recycled content as these have a lower environmental impact such as bamboo or cork wall paneling. 

Hybrid homes 

As our work and home life continue to collide, where we live needs to provide a counterpoint to ease our hectic lifestyles. As more people choose to work from home, the popularly of open plan living is a deal breaker for many people. Buyers want to have an integrated space where they can work, socialize, spend time with family, cook and even exercise.  If you have ideas on what the hottest home design trends in 2020 are, please let us know in the comment section.

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Why You Should Check Out Wayfair’s Pop-Up Shops

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We’ve been seriously pampered with the internet.  You have the entire world at your fingertips and everything from a new Tesla car to an entire living room furniture set can be purchased at the tap of a finger.  But is this always a good thing?  How fluffy is that pillow? How much sink does that couch cushion have? Is that armchair big enough for a cuddle session? Just how soft is soft when it comes to those sheets?

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Wayfair has made online furniture and home decor shopping delightfully easy, with tons of photos and user reviews to help you make informed decisions about furnishing your home without having to leave the couch (or lawn chair, if you’re shopping for a couch!)  But there’s still something to be said for seeing, touching, and feeling things in person, especially when it comes to big ticket items like furniture. Many online retailers are investing in brick-and-mortar experiences to engage and learn from their target customers and now Wayfair is one of them.

There is an endless number of questions you might have when buying something online, and now there’s an answer: Wayfair’s pop-up shops!

What Are Wayfair’s Pop-Up Shops?

Wayfair launched their new pop-up shop concept as of late 2018 in time for the holiday season. Their pilot was in two locations, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and drew tons of media attention.

The concept: each pop-up was comprised of “rooms” that were fully decorated with Wayfair furniture and accessories so customers could see things in person. Seeing how furniture and accessories pair and combine with each other is something customers had a need for, as this can be very hard to visualize online.

You’ll also find a home improvement “how-to” station if you’re keen on custom fabrics, or you’re in the middle of a home renovation and need some help with the design.  Wayfair’s pop-up store concept is not only a test to see if the brand wants to experiment with permanent locations, but it’s also a chance for the brand to see what resonates with their customers.  As a customer, the pop-up is a chance to experience a brand you love in real life, and give feedback directly to staff members about what you’d like to see in the future. You can also ask questions and get special discounts.

It gives the opportunity for person-to-person design advice and to experience a small part of a brand with such an enormous online assortment.  What Wayfair learns from your experience at the pop-up will inform how they plan to aim marketing materials and will create an easier online shopping experience for you in the future.  A lot is at stake for an online furniture retailer delving into the physical retail space, and the opportunity to engage directly with the customers and get out from behind the computer screen has been proven to increase customer engagement.

What Can I Expect to Find at a Wayfair Pop-Up?

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You can expect to find a curated brand experience with expertly chosen furniture and decor at any of Wayfair’s pop-ups.  You won’t be able to purchase directly from these pop-ups yet: they’re only 400 square feet and are meant to be more of an inspirational show-room.

However, if you totally fall in love with something there, do not fret. With at least a half-dozen Wayfair staff present at the pop-ups at all times, there’s always someone there who can help you seamlessly order an item to your home address for you.  You can also purchase Wayfair gift cards at the pop-ups if you see something you’d like to gift.

Each of the concept rooms is designed by a Wayfair stylist to help give you ideas and inspiration for how to style your own home within your budget.  You can also find numerous resources for design help and tips. For anyone who has ever tried to pick out a sofa fabric on a computer screen knows, it’s a total gamble what you’re going to end up with. With over 100 fabric swatches available for you to check out in person, you’ll know exactly what you like for future furniture purchases.

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You’ll also find an assortment of outdoor entertaining essentials as the summer season gets into full swing. Wayfair has tons of options for outdoor furniture and accessories so you can maybe finally throw that killer outdoor garden party?  If you can’t make it to a local Wayfair pop-up or missed your chance, shop the entire catalog online with these Wayfair coupon codes!

Why You Should Visit a Wayfair Pop-Up

Even if you don’t have the chance to purchase something directly at Wayfair’s pop-up shops, visiting your favorite online-only retailer in a physical location can be immensely helpful to inform your future purchases.  First, you’ll have a better sense for the dimensions, colors, wood tones, and textures of large furniture items. You can gauge the quality and overall style of smaller decorative accessories and feel the texture of towels and bedding.

You’ll also be able to engage with Wayfair staff members and ask questions that you would otherwise have trouble finding online.  Additionally, you’ll find tons of resources for design help that you can utilize when you’re finally ready to revamp or redecorate your space.  So, what are you waiting for? Keep an eye out for the next Wayfair pop-up store in your area.

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5 Places for Interior Design Inspiration

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Ever since I received the keys to my first home I’ve been on a home decor craze. To be honest, I’ve been reaching for kitchen goods, flowers, vases, wall hangs and more instead of fashion and beauty picks. I know—who is this woman and what have you done with Cliche’s Beauty Director? Trust me, I’m still me, just with a new obsession that you’ll want to join me in after you read this. I get my interior design inspiration from so many outlets, but most specifically from Pinterest and YouTuber Kate Spiers of Katelavie. When decorating, I try to create a balance between an effortless, rustic, artistic and playful living space. I alternate little details throughout the seasons, some of which include adding artificial flower bouquets for spring, warm tones for fall and fairy lights for winter. Now you may be asking what about summer? For this season of sunshine I’m gravitating towards fruit prints, wicker baskets, orange + pink combinations and stripes. Are you feeling the vibes?

With all the decoration updates that can happen within a year, keeping it affordable, while paying those bills, is a must. Over the past year I’ve found spots that let me make the most of my buck with high-quality and cutesy decor. Don’t allow yourself to be duped by expensive ones that are marketed all over social media. If you’re looking to make your summer home decor as hot as can be, without breaking a sweat, take a browse for places + items you’ll want to call home sweet home.

 

HOMEGOODS
My #1 spot for finding an incredible bargain is HomeGoods hands down. Not every HomeGoods is a winner though. You have to check the ones near you all out to see which is the best to go to find a steal. Personally, I have been to probably 5 around me and 2 out of the 5 are sure winners. Visiting during early store hours or on weekdays is better too so you don’t have to deal with so much foot traffic. You want to take your time to peruse every aisle without feeling rushed as you move items to and fro. Some of my favorite finds here include candles, artificial flowers, stationary, baskets, rugs and furniture!

H&M
A recently new spot added to my list that is well deserved. I know, H&M, who would’ve thought? Don’t let your expectations fool you though. H&M has some of the cutest and trendiest pieces at prices that will make you want to add more than 1 of the same item to your cart. +10 please! Being a primarily fashion company makes them stand out. They always know what’s going to be “in style” before it even hits the market. I like to check out everything on their app. It’s way easier to navigate than their site I think, and you can easily see what’s new with just a tap of your nger. I recommend their vases, kitchen items and decor.

TARGET
We all saw this one coming. Target is the suburbs fancy version of a Trader Joe’s meets K-Mart and none of us are mad at it. This spot will never get old, especially since it is always creating new store brands! Wondershop, Threshold, Hearth & Hand and more are exclusively Target owned and certainly keep us visiting every chance us decor-crazers get. One of my own Target secrets (although this may not be much of one if you already know) is to always check out their “dollar section” located near the entrance. It may appear to be a hurricane of mix & match items, but if you look, they include adorable items for so cheap. Think of office supplies, outdoor decor, pottery and even letter boards.

 

MICHAEL’S
Not only can you buy supplies to create what they offer here, but you can purchase eye catching, artsy decor that’s almost always marked down. Michael’s is the bee’s knees for random discounts (i.e. spring black friday, anyone?) and making it known that they have them too (just ask their cashiers during checkout!). Recently, I bought a basket full of artificial flowers at my local Michael’s, all for 40% off. With them I created spring wreaths and added hues of oranges, pinks and yellows all over my living space. My rule of thumb for when visiting: Plan ahead. You don’t want to go here without an idea of what you want/want to create. Things can easily get out of hand and sooner than later you’ll be walking out with pipe cleaners, beads, paint and candy that you don’t know why you have.

 

AMAZON
Amazon has become a go-to for me, especially when I need something in a jiffy. It’s much more than just an e-retailer that you can order toilet paper or cat food from and have it delivered the next day if you’re in a hump. Amazon has a plethora of one-of-a-kind, quirky items that can make your home feel as unique as you. I enjoy constantly searching to find “the one” to add to my home knowing that I can have it at my doorstep same-week. It’s exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time, but that’s what I like to call the thrill of the hunt. Check out their “Amazon Explore” page usually highlighted at the top of their home page. It includes a lot of interesting items gathered from your recent searches you may have never thought to see.

 

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Decorating Ideas to Make the most of Your Floor Space

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It’s no secret, the truth of the matter is that millennials are living small these days so why not take a few moments to check out some decorating ideas to make the most of your floor space.  While some of us might fantasize from time to time about waking up inside of a large super stylish luxury home with his and her closets that only Hollywood could be proud of, most of us live in a more practical world where floor space is a necessity not a luxury.

Decorating Ideas to Make the most of Your Floor Space

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People are buying smaller homes and it’s a trend that more and more price and environmentally conscience home buyers are embracing.  In the past larger was typically considered better when searching for a home but economic, social and environmental issues have people wondering if they really need to pay more for a nice, safe home close to the necessities one needs. Smaller homes cost less with lowered utility and maintenance costs, take up a smaller footprint in the environment and are easier to maintain.  Families can focus on what really matters without the distractions that come with having to maintain a larger home.

With these trends comes the exciting opportunity to decorate in a smaller space where one can add an abundance of personal touches using simple but visually appealing decorations.  There are so many ideas out there for those of you that enjoy a small living space.

In most smaller living spaces the kitchen can often times be seen sharing space with the dining room.  This type of open design focuses more on creating a larger multi-use living space versus than one that is separated by rooms.  Downsize your appliances.  Instead of using a full size over, opt for a smaller counter top oven that can still bake most foods but more importantly takes up less space and electricity.

If you are lucky enough to have a higher ceiling, you can easily take advantage of wall space in the kitchen by adding your cabinets on a single wall or utilizing open shelving for spices and smaller kitchen utensils.

You can also utilize a raised counter top to use like a dining room table and place stools on the opposite side where people can enjoy a compact but convenient eating space.

The next area we’ll focus on is the main living space where people congregate to watch television, entertain guests or relax and read a book.  Here are some ideas that will help you get the most out of your living space and deliver major style.   The most important aspect of any living room is that it exude a warm and cozy feeling.  To accomplish this, keep your seating close together.  Try using these large covers for your floor to instantly add additional seating and style in a small space.

Instead of having a large television stand or entertainment center, leverage the use of your wall.  You can use recessed sections of your wall to place vases, lighting and family photos.  Instead of a television stand, you can mount your TV to the wall to save space.  If you are an avid reader, consider using an empty wall and transforming it into a wall of books.  It will provide ample storage space for all of your books and will look visually stunning.  This could easily become your most favorite room in your home.  You can add keepsakes and valued treasures to some of the shelves to add a nice styling touch and enhance the overall decor.

Keep your living space exciting and alive.  Try adding a tall floor plant or a large mirror behind your sofa.  You can buy a stylish coffee table that has drawers or storage underneath.   If you want to make the room feel and look bigger then it really is, you can try incorporating floor to ceiling curtains ff you are lucky enough to have a high ceiling.  You can also use a large colorful rug to make the room look expansive and all encompassing.

As you can see, we love decorating ideas to make the most of your floor space.  www.simplycushions.com.au has an amazing assortment of stylish and affordable cushions to help with your decorating efforts.  Remember to infuse your own personal style when decorating, especially in a small space where personalization and feeling comfy is super important.  Don’t be afraid to get creative and be sure to experiment.  You just might find a style that you really like.  A style that perhaps you never thought of before.  Let us know how it goes.

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Simple Tips to Brighten Any Room Using Cushions

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As Summer fast approaches us, we know many of you are wondering what are a few simple tips to brighten any room using cushions.  Summer is the perfect time to redecorate a bedroom, living room, bathroom or even an outdoor living space.  Adding new cushions to your redecorating project might not seem like an effort that will make a big difference but new cushions will absolutely have a positive impact on your living space.  Let us show you.

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Let’s be honest, for some of you it’s been forever since you’ve redecorated any part of your home or apartment.  It’s okay, we get it.  Work, kids, school functions, friends and all sorts of important obligations prevent you from even considering it.  Well, now is the perfect time to redecorate.  The best part is that we are going to start with something simple: cushions.  Adding new cushions to your redecorating efforts might not seem like an effort that will make a big difference but believe us, it will.   Lets start with your most favorite room.  Are you ready?  Here are some simple tips to brighten any room using cushions.

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The living room for most people is their sanctuary.  A place the family congregates on the sofa to enjoy a Friday night movie and pizza, where friends come over to relax in your modern wingback chairs to share the latest gossip over a glass of wine.  Your living room should feel comfortable, inviting and project a true feeling of relaxation.

Let’s be honest.  Nowadays when you purchase a new sofa, love seat or sectional you receive free cushions.  Seems only right after spending a lot of money but these cushions are usually the exact color as the sofa and often times feel cheap.  Quality and decorative cushions, like these from simplycushions.co.nz can provide the perfect touch for your living room and really spring it into life.  Keep these simple tips to brighten any room using cushions in mind when searching for the perfect set of cushions for your living room.

  1. Furniture with a darker shade provides the opportunity to find creative ways to use bright colors.
  2. If your furniture color is solid, consider multi-pattern cushions.
  3. Make sure to take notice of the fabric type/texture. Texture can easily accentuate the style and add depth.
  4. Consider your personal taste and style when selecting cushions.  Perhaps it’s art, glam or comfort.
  5. Don’t forget about other elements in the room.  The walls, paintings, the floor, area rugs, tables, etc.
  6. Try be afraid to try different combinations/styles of cushions to exude a more polished and decorative look.

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Let’s next look at redecorating cushions for your outdoor furniture.  Outdoor entertaining is huge during the summer.  Pool parties, family BBQ’s, morning coffee or afternoon tea with colleagues or friends.  and most trends surround transforming your outdoor space with elements of your indoor living space.

simple tips to brighten any room using cushions

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So what’s the most natural and awesome way to bring the indoors out?  Decorative outdoor furniture and beautiful patterned or bright cushions of course.  Colors like orange, lime green or even ocean blue scream that summer is here and it’s time to relax and enjoy the beauty that the summer months bring.  When transforming your outdoor living space, keep these simple tips in mind to make the most of your creative efforts.

  1. First, think about the overall theme or look that you’d like to have.  It’s easy to go with “what’s hot” or what’s trendy but make sure it’s something that you really love.  If you already have a theme for your outdoor living area, focus on how redecorating your cushions will enhance your current theme and the surrounding atmosphere.
  2. Use your surroundings to influence your decision.  Is your backyard in a dry and desert like atmosphere or are you next to a lake, swimming pool or lush garden with bright colorful plants and flowers?  Is your furniture situated on grass, cement or cobbled stone?
  3. Ensure you are using quality cushions.  This will be an area of your home that you will likely use every day throughout the year but certainly every day during the summer.  It should not only look and feel inviting but it should be comfortable and relaxing.  Select cushions that do not fade in direct sunlight.

Please keep in mind that you can use these simple tips to brighten any room using cushions throughout your home including your bedroom, guestroom and even your bathroom.  We want you to have a fabulous summer.  You can start with a small redecorating project that focuses on replacing or purchasing new cushions that are comfy, beautiful and bring your room to life.

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The Savvy Spenders Guide for Home Renovations

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Remodeling your home can be expensive if you’re not careful and finding items on sales or at a discount doesn’t always mean ‘cost effective’ either – you can spend a lot of money without getting much back in return. You’ll want to spend wisely with any renovation work. Keep your spending under control when taking on a home project with our savvy buyers guide for home renovations.

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Plan and prep

You should know exactly what you’re going to do, what materials you want to use and how you want to use them before you commit to remodeling. Planning is vital when it comes to a big project, especially if this is one that may disrupt your lifestyle for a period of time. Do make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete the remodeling, as working under added pressure can cause mistakes. During the planning stages, give yourself a realistic budget to aim for. If you can’t do the job within your budget, wait and save until you can afford it so that you don’t stretch your finances too far. If you’re struggling to come up with the initial costs, there are financial funding options that can help.

Do it yourself

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If you’re feeling up to the challenge, a great way to save on costs when renovating your home is to do as much work as you can yourself. Getting rid of the tradesperson’s fees means that you could massively reduce your outgoings. Obviously, you should only take on work you feel 100% capable of accomplishing. So, if you’re not a trained plumber, stay away from fitting a new sink. Even painting a room, doing the prep work or assembling flat packed furniture can cause a reduction and give you a sense of pride as well. You’d be surprised on what you can get prefabricated these days, leaving you a simple installation job. From steel sheds to boxy storage units; why not give it a go and save money in the process?

Recycle and reuse

For worktops, shelving units and even flooring, get savvy and search in second-hand stores, local yard sales and even scrap yards. Even if the item is unusable in its current state, you could more than likely transform the product into something useful. You just need a bit of imagination. Search thrift stores for fabrics, scrap yards for metal work and flea markets for furniture you can upcycle or repurpose. Old items of indoor furniture could be repurposed as outdoor items, for example, as you get your space summer-ready.

Invest in items that are worthwhile

It can be too easy to opt for the cheapest model on the market, but it’s important not to scrimp on the important details. Invest in the essentials such as good plumbing and lighting. Also, by spending a few more bucks on a trusted, hard-wearing brand will, in most cases, ensure items stand the test of time. So, even though it may have a heavier price tag, it’ll save you on the unexpected maintenance costs in the future.

There you have it.  With this buyers guide for home renovations and excellent tips you’ll be able to keep your spending under control while renovating your home.

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How Social Media can Inspire Your Interior Design

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Social media has introduced us all to a whole new world online and, as part of that, a new window has opened into the world interior design. Now, if we wish, we can have an exclusive domain of designers and influencers filling our news feeds on a daily basis with their beautiful spaces and interior trends. Plus designers are continuing to act as the pioneers for our interior scene, it is bloggers and influencers that our taking everyday products to the people and creating content that inspires people. With that in mind, it is no wonder we are all turning into budding decorators and DIY addicts.

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It is no surprise that Instagram is one of the main social media platforms for influencers. It can offer creative inspiration and is platform driven by visual imagery. With the app becoming the fastest growing social platform, a huge opportunity has presented itself for influencers to build a big following here.

As a marketing tool, Instagram allows an influencer to give their followers an insight to their personal life and for them to explore, see and read all about their beautiful homes. With still and moving images, followers can really ‘get inside’ an influencers home and find inspiration. Whilst doing so, this builds a relationship with the influencer and their audience (as well as promoting lots of different products too).

blog photoHere we have put together a handful of creative and clever social media influencers who you can learn from to enhance your interior design.

Emma’s Designblogg
Instagram: @emfex

A Stockholm based influencer, Emma allows you to get lost in hours of photographs of stunning interiors that are best described as Scandi-rustic. For soft minimalistic styles and functionalist beauty, this is the one for you.

Print & Pattern
Instagram: @printpattern

If you need wallpaper, fabric or wall illustration inspiration you can guarantee you’ll find it here. Combine both the blog and Instagram together and you’ll be overwhelmed with patterns that you can put into your home.

If, while reading this, you feel like these designs and inspirations simply won’t work in your home, maybe you need to consider buying some new furniture to dress up. A great place to start would be with a new bed for a comfortable and great night’s sleep – and to cover in beautiful bedding to make a design centrepiece. Divan Beds Centre has a great selection to choose from. The bedroom is a great starting point before moving on to the rest of the home.

instagram photoHabitually Chic
Instagram: @Habituallychic

Based in New York City, Habitually Chic is all about being modern with an uptown taste. From her Fifth Avenue apartment to her beautiful dressing-room, there’s much to be inspired by here. For all things fabulous, floral and bright, you won’t want to miss this account’s posts in your feed.

Jonathan Adler
Instagram: @jonathanalder

Looking at Jonathan Adler’s feed is like gazing into a fantasy of bright colours and styles from a diverse range of sources. Here you will learn how to mix together colours, prints and art in ways you never even dreamed off.

Apartment Therapy
Instagram: @apartmenttherapy

Keeping up with new trends, this is a small-spaced-focused account showing you everything from industry trade shows to fascinating before and after photos. It’s a great mix and gives you inspiration for your bedroom, office, living room and beyond.

So, whether you are seeking some inspiration to update your space or just fancy some interior escapism, these are the Instagram accounts that you need for inspiration.

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7 Interior Design Trends To Lookout for In 2018

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e’re well into 2018 and it looks like industry experts and designers are taking a leaf out the 70’s book. This year’s designs are dominated by earthy tones, soft color and strong shade pairings, and luxurious textures.  7 Interior Design Trends To Lookout for In 2018.

Imperfection and rustic simplicity

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Also called wabi-sabi, which means to embrace imperfection. This is becoming an increasingly popular wedding décor trend. Wear and tear, chipped wood, cracked walls, and anything that is handmade will work just fine. Since wabi-sabi is anti-consumerism, you can incorporate this trend into your home without having to spend a lot of money.

Indoor plants

Adding plants is one of the best ways to bring in a natural element to your décor. Plants tend to have a calming effect on people and can be used in almost any way, shape, and form. If you have a modern interior, for example, that requires simplicity, you can look at planters with clean lines and plants like succulents that have simple shapes.

Big wall art

This trend allows you to use your creativity, break some of the conventional rules of interior design, and embrace new and exciting proportions. By using big wall art, you can create a prominent focal point that can make your space seem bigger and less cluttered. Big wall art also fills your interior space to the brim with personality. The best part about this trend is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. There are tons of stock images available online that you can buy and print on a canvas or wallpaper at your local printing business.  Big wall art is definitely a part of the Interior Design Trends To Lookout for In 2018.

Tropical and floral patterns

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Another simple way to incorporate nature into your décor is with tropical or floral patterns. This trend is easy to bring into your home with wallpaper or printed stock art containing oversized floral and leaf motifs. The goal is to add a beauty and a serene and calming presence to space. Combining the lines and colors of nature with art can help you achieve this perfectly.

Rugs

Flooring is a prominent consideration during interior design. Your floor is the visual foundation of your interior space and it should complement your design. Flooring is also the component of your interior design that are in constant use and should be of high quality. When considering flooring, practicality goes hand-in-hand with creativity. Rugs are the perfect way to provide your floor with an aesthetic appeal as well as protection. Oriental rugs are becoming popular as they are available in a wide variety of designs and sizes and are compatible with most interior design styles.

 

Dark woods

If you want to give your space a rich and warm element, you may want to look at dark woods. Furniture or boards made from, rosewood, walnut, or teak have been around for a long time, and you can easily incorporate them into any style of interior design, whether it’s modern, minimalist, traditional, or transitional.

Geometric shelves

Geometric shelves come in a wide variety of shapes and forms. It is the perfect way to add a special and angular look to a room. They can be designed and made to fit in a specific way, which is ideal for awkward or empty spaces like under a staircase or the wall above a couch. These shelves can be as small, simple, large, or complex as you like. Not only do they have a unique look, but they are also practical as they allow for the display of other types of décor and accessories like books, art pieces, or plants.

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