Posts Tagged ‘holiday design’

Holiday Hospitality: Mood Lighting

Life is a whirl-wind right now and our little office is so busy! We had good intentions with this series of hospitality helps but the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is rapidly disappearing. Sometimes even among the buzz of holidays and crowds a small change, a flick of the switch even, can make all of the difference. Today we want to talk lighting.

Planning a party involves so many things; the menu, the guest list, the right mix of music, in all of the bustle don’t forget to make a plan for your lighting! Lighting can make the biggest difference at your party and there are a few things to think through. When you stop and consider your lighting, think through how you want people to feel as well as how your party will function. Different types of lighting have different purposes and should be considered in your overall lighting plan. You have indirect/overhead lighting (think chandeliers and ceiling lights), task lighting (this would be pendant lighting over counters and bar areas) and accent lighting (decorative lamps and wall sconces) to work with. Having your lights on dimmers can be quite helpful but if that is not the case you can still play with what you have to find the right mix for your shin-dig.

Below are some fun and festive lighting fixtures that show examples of each type of lighting.

Overhead Indirect Lighting:

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Task Lighting:

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Accent Lighting:

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As always, if you are ready for a fresh look and need a hand, give us a call!

Ready for the Holidays: The Bar Cart

Tis the season for all things holiday hosting related! Whether you play host to family or friends (not that these groups are mutually exclusive), in-town or out of town guests, a house full of kids or an evening full of cocktails, hospitality is the name of the game. For the next few weeks we will provide you with helpful hostess tips so you can pull off the perfect party and maintain your sanity. To start off we present the bar cart!

The bar cart is making a come back! It is a great way to gather drinks in one area and (literally) cart them to an area where your guests can help themselves. Keeping it well stocked ensures a carefree party so that you can concentrate on other things, like you guests! With the variety of carts available, there is certainly one out there to fit your style and party needs. Between parties the cart can stay stocked for the random holiday cocktail visit or decorated with family photos and cozy memorabilia. Here are some of our favs!


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Do you need help finding just the right bar cart? Give us a call!

Peace Within Your Home

There is no doubt about it — Christmas time and the holiday season is exceedingly busy. If you’re like most people, your days are packed to the brim. Holiday shopping, Christmas parties, school programs, preparing for upcoming travels,and many other commitments fill your time. Sleep is a luxury, and your house reflects a sense of stress. It seems impossible — and yet, imperative — to turn the currently harried place you call home into a stress free place of relaxation and peace during this joyous time of here. What are some practical ways to create a peace and joy-filled oasis in the midst of the holiday intensity? Today, we would like to offer you a few practical tips.

Tips for Maintaining a Peaceful Home

A peaceful home this time of year may seem like a distant dream, but today, you can take steps to make that dream into a reality. Here are a few tips from the team at Decorating Den:

1. Schedule and take the time to de-clutter. You have parties, your child’s school Christmas party, and your family gatherings on the calendar. Why not schedule time to organize and clean? As you make this activity a daily priority, it will eventually become second nature. Imagine walking into a clutter free home after a long, busy day filled with holiday activities. What a joy that would be!

2. Be careful not to over decorate. Sure, you may have boxes upon boxes of holiday decor filled with special items dating back to your childhood. That does not necessarily mean every single item needs to go out this year. If necessary, save a few items for next year, and place them around your home on a rotating basis.

3. Carve out a special place within your home in which you can go, sit, and enjoy several minutes’ peace and quiet. This may mean a comfortable, high quality chair in your walk-in closet. It may mean a wicker bench outdoors. Take the time to carve out this place, and perhaps more importantly, take five minutes per day to actually enjoy this space.

Create and maintain a peaceful and joy-filled home. It does not need to take long. Make this pursuit a priority this holiday season, and as always, if you need help, simply give us a call! We would love to assist you.

Decorating Your Home for the Holidays!

“There’s no place like home for the holidays!” We have all heard this opening line from the popular Christmas song. How is that line reflected in your home? As you run around town, busy as busy can be, what is it like to come home to your own house right now? Is your house ready for the holidays?

Maybe you are throwing a party in the next few days, maybe you are having family in on Christmas Eve, maybe your children are coming home from college for two or three weeks. Whatever the case might be, we want to be there for you! Here is how we can help you at Decorating Den:

1. Full-service design and installation. We offer full service design and decorating for Christmas. Have your lights installed, your tree up, and your entire home ready to go in a matter of a few hours or several days (depending upon the size of your home). No matter where you are in life or what your needs might be, we want to partner together to get you and your family ready for the holidays.

2. Design consultation. We come to you and help you set up your home in the best way possible. Do you want to make sure your 9 foot tree is seen and enjoyed in the best light possible? Are you throwing a party and considering the flow of the rooms that contain holiday decor? Let us come to you for an afternoon to consult with you and create an even lovelier home.

3. Tips tips tips. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for design tips and tricks this holiday season. We want to keep you informed, up to date, and aware of everything we are doing and trends we see pop up in the interior design realm. Connect with us, ask us questions, and share your conundrums when it comes to holiday decor. We will be there for YOU!

Reasonable Last minute requests are no problem — we will do our best to fit you into our schedule. And sometimes we can work Elf-Magic…

Give us a call. We would love to hear from you! Happy Holidays!

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109


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