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Christmas Traditions – What Are Your Favourites?

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Do you have a favourite holiday film? What about a holiday tradition? Maybe watching certain films IS your holiday tradition, alongside a couple of cups of eggnog and your favourite naughty treats. Do you curl up under a blanket on Christmas Eve with your favourite people for your annual flick? Which is it? Do you have more than one? Or maybe you all sit around and daydream about what it would be like to be inside your favourite Christmas flick. Which one would you pick?

Home Alone 1 and 2

These two are the quintessential Christmas flick (as well as just any other time of year). Who doesn’t like watching Kevin Mcallister thwart the botched and bungled robberies of Harry and Marv? Filled with just enough comedic drama to entertain viewers of all ages, these two in the Home Alone franchise are particularly endearing to many around the world. With part one happening in his hometown of Chicago, and part two taking place in New York City, little Kevin finds himself time and again trying to come up with genius ways to stop the relatively dimwitted robbers. With other celebrities such as John Candy in Home Alone and Tim Curry in Home Alone 2, both films are littered with interesting cameos by famous faces. Be sure to watch for Donald Trump in Home Alone 2 – you won’t want to miss it.

Speaking Of Home Alone….

Have you ever lusted after that great big, beautiful house the Mcallister’s have? Who hasn’t, right? Not only that, but to own a house of that calibre AND be able to afford to take the family to Paris for Christmas? It sounds like the perfect life, doesn’t it? Did you know that the house which is actually located in Winnetka, Illinois last sold for over 1.3 million dollars? You’d have to have one heck of a job to be able to afford all that at Christmas, not to mention the fact their tree is frequently loaded with presents in both films! How much do you spend at Christmas? Does it differ year after year or do you stick to a pretty strict budget? Chill Money have released a great infographic all about Christmas films, and the price it would cost to redo the Mcallister house after Kevin’s adventures – you might be surprised at what you learn from it!

Spending Habits During The Holidays

Do you have certain things you can’t be without during the holidays? A special treat that just makes the season or something that is definitely a tradition for you and your family? Do you put money aside specifically for these special treats every year? Many people do, and in fact some of the tradition can include heading out to the store to pick out these treats and snacks to watch your favourite movies with. So what traditions do your family enjoy during the holidays?

So whether you are a fan of daydreaming over your favourite Christmas flicks or you’re on the hunt for the perfect snacks to eat while you partake in your annual movie traditions, one thing is for certain – Christmas is a time of year that continues to be magical year after year regardless of how you spend it or who you spend it with!

Christmas At The Office – The Benefit To Decorating Your Work Space

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With Christmas almost literally around the corner now, people all over the world are beginning to bust out those dusty boxes filled with old Christmas decorations to decorate the office and bring a bit of holiday cheer into work. This time of year it’s impossible to escape the Christmas buzz what with the songs playing on music systems in retail shops, your local coffee shop breaking out the holiday syrups and Santa Claus ringing his bell on street corners for charity money. But what about office Christmas? How does it benefit or hinder work performance? Read ahead to learn more.

Happy Employees = Productive Employees

It’s no secret that happy employees make productive employees and part of cultivating an environment that encourages happy employees is to allow things like decorating the office for Christmas. Did you know that Furniture at Work has started a competition for the best decorated office that comes with a cash prize? What better way to encourage team building than to get your team to band together to compete in their #DeckYourDesk competition for a chance to win a juicy £500! Not only that, but you will have a truly festive office to enjoy for the month of December! Win-win, right?

Don’t Be A Scrooge

If a happy employee is a productive employee then an unhappy employee is the opposite, right? Right! Not decorating for Christmas in the office can be detrimental to overall team morale, thinking of themselves just another human cog in the corporate chain and undervalued by management. This can actually cause employees to feel taken advantage of as well as potentially sow seeds of discord that can fester and cause huge issues later. We’re not saying this can all come as a result of not decorating for Christmas, but that can definitely be another nail in the coffin for an already precarious team dynamic, so why take risks? Just break out the garland!

Happiness In The Workplace Is Key To Longevity

Teams who decorate together, stay together. Okay, not always but creating a team environment by getting everyone on board with decorating can really bring the team together. Take it one level further and organise an office Secret Santa. Celebrating as a team is a great way to build relationships in the team and create your own little community that rely on each other and are willing to help one another when needed. Ultimately by doing simple things like getting in the spirit of various holidays throughout the year, whether it’s Christmas, Halloween, Easter or more can help keep employees happy and happy to remain with your firm for longer, ultimately reducing costs associated with retraining new employees when disgruntled existing ones leave.  

So if you’re looking to create an awesome, fun-filled atmosphere in your office, start by getting everyone to decorate. It doesn’t have to take away from the day and it doesn’t have to take forever, but by setting aside even one hour from your week you could be setting your team up for a great foundation of happiness and collective teamwork that will serve you well for years to come!

Warm Winter Interior Design – Warm Up Those Rooms With Decor

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Now that winter’s set in for the long haul and everyone seems to be moping around about the fact, it might be a great time to consider upgrading your house or taking on a decorating project for those long winter months. Even just doing a small job like painting walls a more warming colour can go a long way to creating a warm, hearty atmosphere that keeps you cosy during the cold months ahead. So what are some ways you can do up the house to make it more welcoming for winter? Read ahead and get your thinking cap on. You might be surprised what a small undertaking can change in terms of cosiness.

Colours For Days

If you want to create a seriously cosy atmosphere for the winter, consider painting your rooms more warm colours such as deep aubergine, beige, or sage colours. Warm colours will help “warm up” the room and will keep you feeling snug as a bug in a rug through the cold months ahead. This even works for feature walls, so consider a nice deep colour that feels like a hug when you look at it and then take to the walls and create the perfect atmosphere in your home. Accentuate it by bringing in a bit of nature and put things like pine cones, sprigs of pine branches and the like in baskets or floral arrangements to give your home a woodsy feel.

Twinkle Twinkle Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are the perfect accompaniment to winter drab. They cheer a room instantly, especially when used in unique, fun ways and not just strung on walls or across mantle pieces – although you can do that too. If you are a fan of woodsy or country styled homes, consider collecting branches from the outdoors – especially longer ones, and then intertwine the fairy lights with the branches and prop up in a corner. You can accentuate it even more by adding a lovely looking country style ribbon to hold it all together, and voila – an impromptu corner light. For another country touch, get various sizes of mason jars, cut a small hole in the top of each and dump fairy lights inside, any which way. Thread the lights out of the hole, and leave a bit in between each jar for a cute messy look before threading it into the next jar and so forth. This makes for a great warm light that will keep any room protected from the chill outside.

Throw Rugs For Laminate/Tile/Wood

It goes without saying, but finding a great rug for the laminate, wood or tile flooring is a great way to warm up a room during the winter. Especially if you find a faux sheepskin rug to put underfoot of commonly walked on surfaces or right next to the bed for an extra bit of plush in the mornings when you have to pull yourself from your cosy bed. If you want other suggestions, check out Chill.ie and their recent ebook about decorating your home against the cold!

So if you’re looking for great ways to do up a space without needing much in the way of tools or time, these are some great ways anyone can get a cosier space today with minimal effort. Which one will you try?

 

 

A Home Full of Joy: Decorating Everywhere

In certain things in life there is an accepted way, a common wisdom that most people accept and absorb and follow more or less unconsciously, instinctively if you will. You see this in the way people dress, act, and most importantly for today’s discussion, the way we design and decorate.

To an extent, this is a good thing. Society wouldn’t function if everyone was an iconoclast all the time, inventing new ways to make coffee in the morning. Language in itself would not exist at all, being working example of acceptance of community definitions in entirety. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to choose your own path and make things totally, 100% personal. Decorating your home is one of those times.

The Traditional Way

Decorating your home usually involves a few simple principles, which are all sound:

  • Select a colour palette
  • Choose a basic style
  • Find flooring and furniture that fit your look
  • Paint the walls
  • Add wall art like canvas prints and other items to complement everything.

And that’s fine for specific rooms around your house. But this room-centric approach often leads to different visual experiences in each room, which can make them feel like islands of isolated design work, disconnected from each other and the rest of the house. This feeling can be exacerbated if the rooms are redecorated at different times.

Applying Design Everywhere

A way to conquer this problem is to forget some of the ‘rules’ of traditional home design and start thinking in terms of decorating everywhere. Don’t think of your rooms as isolated spots within the house, think of them as interconnected areas that flow into each other. In other words, consider the journey guests take through your home: From the entryway, they go to the living room for cocktails. Then to the dining room for dinner. They’ll visit the bathroom and the kitchen, and finish the evening in the lounge or family room, possibly even spending the night in the spare bedroom.

Then, look for opportunities to design and add decoration in less-than obvious places. The entryway is a good start – some canvas art or other design elements can turn a perfunctory space for shedding jackets and umbrellas into a pleasing first experience for guests.

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Staircase landings are another spot often forgotten when you design room by room, and an ideal place for a vibrant print or other art.

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Another unusual place where a bit of wall art or other design can have a real moment of impact? Wardrobes, especially walk-in-robes, actually, are places where design usually goes to die, becoming congested with clothes and clutter. Think twice and open them up with something pleasant to look at – on the wall, the door, even the floor!

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Finally, when painting your newly-designed home, consider your rooms as a whole and think about transitions. When stepping out of one room to go to another, the hall should pick up the colour palette of both and serve as a visual link between them – you could even use a gradient plan to slowly go from one shade outside of one area to another outside the next.

Whatever you decide to do to open up your home’s design, never stop thinking of new ways to have some fun with it. Once you start thinking beyond rooms the possibilities – just like the forgotten areas – are endless.