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Monday, December 15, 2014

Fun DIY Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break The Budget

Like many of us, with Christmas quickly approaching, it can become a flurry of stress shopping for family and friends. Most of us have family to shop for, extended family to shop for, Christmas exchanges to shop for and a handful of friends to shop for as well. With so many people on the list, it’s overwhelming trying to pick out a unique gift for everyone without spending copious amounts of time and money.

So slow down this Christmas and get creative with tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses for some simple, inexpensive and fun do-it-yourself gifts everyone is sure to love! DIY gifts are a great technique to get the kids involved and can be a fun way to get together with friends and share some ideas while putting together your gifts. Read on for some ideas:

Mason jar treats: Pinterest provides a plethora of terrific ideas for Mason jar gifts. But the idea is simple, buy half a dozen mason jars, and fill them with goodies (when filling with food or ingredients, layer them nicely to add an element of beauty)! Some terrific ideas include layered cookie mix, hot chocolate mix with marshmallows and chocolate chips, trail mix or fancy nuts. Some personalized Mason jar gifts even include grooming kits for men or women where you fill the Mason jar with clippers, a razor or a small pack of deodorant. The ideas are unlimited but the idea and concept is simple and easy to put together.

Christmas wreath: A Christmas wreath is a fun, crafty idea and the recipient can enjoy its radiant beauty on their front door or inside their home. To get started, head on down to a craft store and buy a wire wreath frame, some garland, and any other nice touches you want to add, like bows, bells, holly etc … When you get home, wrap the garland around your wire frame and add the accessories to make a beautiful decorative wreath.

Personalized ornaments: If you have kids, making ornaments can be a fun treat to pass several hours and make some beautiful personalized gifts. The easiest way to accomplish this is by buying some paintable plastic round ornaments from the dollar store, a little paint and other decorations such as glitter, glue and beads. Paint your ornaments in Christmas colors or even a beautiful dark blue, sprinkle your glitter onto the wet paint and glue the beads on when dry. And make the ornaments a joyous gift to be remembered by writing, “Baby’s First Christmas”, or write a personalized message to a newlywed couple spending their first Christmas together.

Some other great ideas include framing a nice picture collage of your family, or ordering personalized picture magnets, key chains mugs and more! Whatever your DIY gift is, enjoy the time spent making it with family and friends, and reflect on the joy it will give to its recipient.

From all of us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress and Mt. Vernon and Newark, we’re wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Color is Key

Without a doubt, color is perhaps the most important decorating element. And even though it may seem like a daunting task, choosing a color scheme to tie your entire home together doesn’t have to be chore. Simply choose some colors you love as a starting point, and read on for some tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses to make your favorite colors work together throughout your entire home.

How to pick your colors

Find an object (which we’ll refer to as an inspiration piece) with a color scheme you enjoy. Your inspiration piece should generally be something multicolored like a rug, throw or even a picture. Use your inspiration pieces to select the hues that work well together throughout your entire home.

Applying your colors to different rooms

Give each room its own color and personality. As you repeat your color scheme throughout your house in different rooms, it will tie your rooms together to create a feeling of comfort and cohesion.

How do I decide what color to use in a certain room?

Start with the rooms where you spend a good chunk of your time. Decide what kind of feel or mood you want to create in those rooms, and then ask yourself what colors will help you achieve that mood. Use that color for the walls and/or ceiling. For furniture, look for fabrics that combine your inspiration piece colors in varying amounts and shades.

Never feel like you have to match colors perfectly. Remember, you love the colors in your home and the feel and comfort they give to your rooms. And if you believe the color just isn’t right, try a darker or lighter shade. Always choose the colors you like best for decorating success!

Choosing a color for a certain feel

  • Red: Red can be common in dining rooms, bedrooms and studies. Red expresses passion, zeal, and can help with appetite.
  • Orange: Orange is a very warm color and hard to tone down. Consider using this only as an accent color.
  • Yellow: Pale yellow creates a bright, crisp pleasing environment, while sharp yellow can create deterrence.
  • Green: Green is a peaceful color that blends well in any room and will compliment your existing color scheme.
  • Blue: Blue is also a peaceful color. Light blues make a room refreshing, while a dark blue can be somber.
  • Violet: Violet can communicate romance, but it’s being used more commonly in living rooms or bedrooms to create a feel of serenity.

Whatever color combination you choose, come to Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon and Newark for friendly advice and a great selection of quality furniture sure to create a beautiful color combination for your entire home.