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Create something lovely! Special Easter Eggs Easy, Fun, and Beautiful Photograph by Gentl & Hyers These exquisite eggs are simple to create! Fill up a beautiful bowl, basket, or nest to adorn your Easter table or home decorations. Materials needed Gold leaf sheets (available at any hobby store) Eggs (boiled or blown out shells) Easter egg dye School glue Brush Credit: theinspiredroom.net How to: Boil or blow out eggs. If boiled, let dry and cool completely. Dye as normal with egg dying kit. Once completely dry, lightly brush school glue on egg. Gently wrap the egg with the gold or... Continue reading
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Hoppin' Your Way! Easter is April 20th ~ don't say we didn't remind you! Relax! There's plenty of time! Jester Chick and Rabbit Decorations and niceties ~ for family and friends to celebrate this very special time. Tasteful treasures ~ meaningful treasures ~ future family heirlooms. Love them now, love them forever. You won't forget the glorious, serious side of Easter, the reason for the season. And don't forget the sunny fun stuff! And of course it's about chocolate too! Bunny In A Basket Bunnies, chicks. More bunnies, more chicks! Why eggs? Why bunnies? Why chicks? What do they have... Continue reading
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Design Principles 101 A Refresher The basic interior design principles can transform any space to look fabulous. That feeling when you walk into a well-designed room ~ everything feels cohesive and put together. It just feels right. You can achieve that effect in your own home or office with a little knowledge of basic design principles. Practice, experiment, be bold ~ and you’re on your way to creating a beautiful home. Notes Balance Armanio Chair Pair A feeling of equilibrium. Equalizing, approximating the visual weight of elements in the space. Balance can be created through shape, color, pattern, and texture.... Continue reading
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Catch a Leprechaun! All Things Green For March 17 Aye, it's the Irish green, lads and lassies ~ and a lovely nod it is to Spring. Does Ireland really have forty shades of green? Though nobody has actually counted them, this would be a good guess - green is the dominant color in Ireland's landscape. The simple reason for this is the Irish weather. While generally described as eternally changing, it is only changing within certain parameters. The influence of the gulf stream and the general climate combine to make Ireland well-balanced. Fresh Color Squares Green! ~ we know it's... Continue reading
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Roll Out The Red Carpet And the Winner this Year is! ..... Camera! Action! ... Lights! It's that time of year again, The Oscars! Always fun for a serious movie buff. Seems like a bit of the Hollywood glamour seeps into American living rooms right through the TV, and you never have to leave home! No longer a Hollywood-only party, it's the red carpet for the stars of the lighting world as well. Sunflower Candle Sconces Supporting actors ~ stunning sconces can make a dramatic splash! Mount them at least five feet above the floor. If you’re installing them over... Continue reading
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Art Display ~ How To By size? By subject? By color? Randomly? Art can dress a room up or down, change its tone, be a place to display precious, pricey treasures, or a sentimental apple by your favorite budding artist. Yet hanging art can be completely overwhelming, if not intimidating, for the average dweller. While creating and hanging art groupings, or clusters, can be a little tricky, a few pointers and hints may clear a creative path for you. Before you start hammering nails into a wall, take some time to plan your grouping. You can lay it out on... Continue reading
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Longing For Beach It's February. I don't even have to look at a calendar. How do I know? I'm longing for the beach, that's how I know. The Christmas holidays are over, all decorations put away. The gym is practically standing room only. New Year's resolutions ... what were they again? Valentine's Day ... that delicious time of year we endeavor to scientifically sample an ample cross section of the many chocolate strains that occur in nature ... for health food purposes, of course. But, baby, it's cold outside! How to fight the winter blahs? Lose yourself in plans and... Continue reading
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Refresher: Some Helpful Tips and Thoughts on Choosing Paint Color Radiant Orchid Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Remember from other posts here at RSH, that Pantone is the world-wide trend setter for color. Its panel dictates a color of the year, annually. That color will apply to fashion, house & home decorating & design, art, architecture ... you name it. This is not to say you'll use these particular colors, but you just might. Varaitions on these colors, use of these colors as accents, accessories, occasional furniture...the fun is limited only by your creativity! Let it flow. Thinking about... Continue reading
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Console-ing Thoughts for Occasional Design and Decoration Lydia Console Table What's a more agreeable furnishing than the very versatile console table? For lighting behind a sofa, for entryway welcome, for hallway lighting. Subltly divide a space, both visually and functionally, with a special console table. And newsflash ~ a console table is the perfect inconpicuous space for under-storage. Baskets, bowls ~ anything that might hold that ... thing ... you can't seem to find a place for ... to display, or to easily remember. Think keys, reading glasses, remote controls, cell phones. But rather than clutter, a little effort here... Continue reading
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Valentine's Day, Let Me Count The Ways (Not another heart-shaped box of chocolates!) February 14, Valentine's Day A festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal, or otherwise show appreciation for the people they love. Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid. Some choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day. ... yawn! How about a gift that is unique,... Continue reading
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Out With The Old and In With The New YOU! Before we get down to the business of 2014 ~ From RSH, a few items here to surround yourself with ~ lovely items that might sweeten life just a bit. After the hustle-bustle and stress of holidays, take an extra measure of comfort to start the next trip around the sun! Enjoy. And here's a great, more serious thought for the new year: Famed author Peter Drucker writes and speaks about self-motivation among other things. Instead of resolutions for a change, he has a great question for us to ask... Continue reading
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Welcome, New Year! 2014 Resolution: a formal expression of opinion or intention made. A decision or determination; a resolve: to make a firm resolution todo something. the act determining upon an action or course of action, method,procedure. firmness of purpose. Some resolution ideas for the New Year and Some Christmas sale items from RSH ~ now's the time to stock up! http://www.rshcatalog.com Twelve Days Reindeer Collection Sleep more, live longer More Fresh Air Ribbon Rack Remove the unhealthy from your life; add the healthy! Take time to breathe. And smell the roses. Cookies For Santa Try something new Choose a... Continue reading
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A Baby Changes the World And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to... Continue reading
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O Holy Night Begin the tradition ~ celebrate Ephipany in your home. Jan 6, the day the 3 Wise Men visited The Christ Child Three Wise Men Set of 3 What does "the 12 days of Christmas" mean? Epiphany, also known as "Three Kings Day" and "Twelfth Day," is a Christian holiday commemorated on January 6. It falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and for some denominations signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season. Though many different cultural and denominational customs are practiced, in general, the feast celebrates the manifestation of God in the form... Continue reading
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And the winner is ... The Color of the Year! 2014 Pantone's Radiant Orchid What is a 'color of the year'? How is it chosen? Who chooses it? What does it mean? And who is Panatone? In this complex and information-laden world, there are loads of resources that inform color and design directions. Be aware of future color and design trends, seek distinctive styling and substance. Most important, colors and combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and “on-target”. Did you know ... someone in the industry sets all of design, decoration, fashion, and trends ... and this includes color. This... Continue reading
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RSH has The Elf on the Shelf Who is The Elf on the Shelf? (from the authors, Carol Aebersold & Chanda Bell) http://www.rshcatalog.com/product/Elf-on-the-Shelf/Seasonal The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day's adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch... Continue reading
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November already! Warm Thanksgiving wishes from our RSH Family to Yours Turkey Drop Bisquits Corn bread dressing Cranberry sauce Sweet potaotes Mashed potatoes Greens/salad Carrots Butter Beans Wine Pies Cakes Candy Don't forget the whipped cream! Intersting reading of early Thanksgivings: http://www.plimoth.org/learn/thanksgiving-history/partakers-our-plenty Notice anything new in the second image? Norman Rockwell would surely love the revision! Keep the conversation happy, friendly, positive, and for goodness sake ~ don't push any buttons! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Continue reading
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A Coastal Christmas Collection Seaside Santas ~ Exclusively for RSH! This year and every year! The artist: Lynn Haney, a true Texas original! With studios in Lubbock, Texas, Lynn began his craft in 1987. His teaching, ceramics, and sculpture background were and are the foundation for his unique art. Lynn creates various pieces for many retailers and outlets, but for RSH exclusively, each year he creates the most endearing Santa ~ with a beach, ocean, or seaside theme ~ our absolute favorite! And yours! Coastal Santa Each RSH-exclusive Santa starts with an overall "seaside" design concept. Lynn sculpts the original... Continue reading
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Jolly Old St. Nicholas! A Look Back Every family has beloved Christmas traditions. My 3 daughters, all college-aged now, have loved all their lives, that as we clean up after Thanksgiving dinner, we take out our Christmas dinnerware. We use only this dinnerware till Epiphany, January 6. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas, born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all... Continue reading
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The Guests Are Coming! The Guests Are Coming! Make Their Stay Most Memorable Comfort & Convenience ~ The Name of This Game What a challenge, guests for the holiday seasons! Whether for one night or for several, one one in the party or several, the key is hospitality. Special touches will make your guest feel not welcome, but special. Think what you miss about home when you're away. Every comfort of home ~ and then some ~ is your answer. Some things to think about for the guest suite, and for their stay: Crisp, clean bed and bath linens Fresh... Continue reading
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Cozy Up! Pillows and Throws Throw pillows will serve more than just a decorative purpose. A layer of plump cushions instantly corrects the problem of a too-deep sofa, for instance. But avoid overaccessorizing a shallow sofa, and keep in mind that people need reasonable space to sit. Consider a "horizon line"of various pillows around the room to soften the space, and to add spots of vibrant or subdued color, depending on the look you're trying to achieve. Texture is very important. Size is key. Color matters. Hayley Rose Pillow Considerations when decorating with pillows: Contemporary, Traditional, or Eclectic? Size ~... Continue reading
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All That Glitters Square Sunburst Mirror Is anything more glamorous than gold? The stunning metallic color has recently made a shimmering resurgence, appearing not only in decorative objects and picture frames, but also in large-scale furnishings and wall treatments. It's as gleaming and reflective as chrome and silver, but gold also has the advantage that it acn boast the warm color of the sun. Additionally, chrome can rarely work into anything but a very contemporary decor, whereas silver and gold can do triple duty ~ past, present, and future. Clear and Gold Server and Plates Unexpected, timeless gold ~ a... Continue reading
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Over The Hills and Through The Woods ~ It's Another Family Holiday Season on its Way! Happy gatherings or not, you can't control everything. Family squabbles, talk of politics, religion, and sex ... but there is one thing you can control. It's your dinner, i'ts your time to shine. For any dinner party, ensure an impressive spark that sets your soiree apart from any your guests have ever attended. What might have been ordinary becomes extraordinary! ~ a legend! ~ with some attention to detail and some dazzling appointments. Cross every t, and dot every i ~ with the utmost... Continue reading
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That Time of Year! Football Season, of Course! Be Prepared to Party Seasonal gatherings, Halloween, Thanksgiving and ... Christmas is just around the corner. But for now ... football! Entertaining Ideas The fun and passion of the big game, or the little game. High fives, cheers, boos, howls ~ just like at the stadium! Hosting a football party is not for the faint of heart. If the party is a success, it is likely to be filled with bawdy jokes, rowdy laughter with a few shouts of joy thrown in, depending on how well your team performs. The correct decorations,... Continue reading