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Decorating Your Home for Lilac Time in Lombard, IL

In Holiday Decorating, Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

Lilac Time is a special time in Lombard, Illinois. A longtime tradition, Lilac Time takes place each May and celebrates the Village of Lombard which is famous for its numerous lilacs. I like to observe Lilac Time by decorating the interior and exterior of my home with lilac flowers. Here in the Midwest, Mother Nature is still temperamental and inconsistent this time of year which makes it challenging to start planting and potting flowers. So to tame my Spring Fever, I like to incorporate faux lilac flowers outside. I dig my hanging baskets and some of my large flower pots out of storage and fill them with lilacs. Once the lilac bushes start to bloom, the faux flowers start to look genuine. I also add wreaths adorned with lilac flowers to my back and front doors. This allows me to add some color to the exterior of my home and emerging landscape.

On the inside of my home, I like to include a floral lilac centerpiece in my dinning room and decorate the place settings at the table with lilac placemats and complementary floral-print cloth napkins. Other rooms like the kitchen, guest room and powder rooms get accessorized for this special time of year with other lilac effects like lilac printed plates, framed lilac photos and postcards, lilac colored votive holders and lilac smelling candles. I also like to include fresh-cut lilacs throughout my home as well. This tradition of decorating my home this time of year is a reminder to me and my family that spring is in the air!

For other decorating ideas and gift ideas, including lilac merchandise, visit Highland House Gifts & Décor at: http://www.HighlandHouseGifts.com. Highland House Gifts & Décor is an online boutique that specializes in unique finds and handcrafted items. We offer unique and distinctive gifts and home décor including one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, holiday furnishings, antiques, vintage and handmade jewelry, and custom artwork.

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Amber Hogan
Highland House Gifts & Décor
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Vintage Jewelry Adds a Unique and Glamorous Touch to Prom and Evening Wear

In Vintage Jewelry on April 17, 2010 at 12:34 pm

If you are looking to accessorize your Prom gown or little black dress with a unique touch, vintage jewelry is the way to go. Vintage jewelry allows you to complete your already gorgeous ensemble in an affordable and glamorous way. Vintage jewelry typically dates back between the 1920s and 1970s, although with the 1980s now becoming 30 years old, pieces from that era are sometimes considered to be “vintage” too. (Jewelry that dates prior to circa 1920, I consider to be “antique.”) Here are a few ideas to complete your evening look using vintage jewelry:

Chandelier Earrings: Chandelier earrings have been brought back to mainstream thanks to some of our favorite actresses in Hollywood. When picking out a pair of vintage chandelier earrings, they shouldn’t be longer than your neck, and though they look great with up do hairstyles, if you have a short hair style or your hair is pulled back, the earrings shouldn’t fall below your jaw line. If an earring is too long, it will make hair style look out of proportion with the rest of your look.

Go for the Gold: While silver-colored jewelry and white gold has typically been the preferred metal for youthful jewelry, yellow gold and rose gold jewelry is on the rise and making a bold statement. Vintage gold-colored jewelry looks great and is very complementary with richer, jewel-tone colored dresses.

Multi-strand Necklaces: More strands are better than one as multi-strand necklaces are not only popular but are especially great for gowns that are low cut or strapless. Necklaces and accessories are no longer shy as multi-stand necklaces satisfy today’s current fashion trends leaning toward the eclectic and layered looks.

Broach the Subject: Broaches have been more visible the last few seasons and offer many ways to add glam to your ensemble. Broaches can be added to your outfit by pinning them to your handbag, a satin belt or a cloth bracelet. They can also be used to secure a scarf or pashmina. Broaches can also add sparkle to your hairdo. A broach can be pinned to a plain black ponytail elastic, attached to a hair comb or large clip with jewelry wire, or added to the side of an elastic or cloth headband.

Put a Ring on it: Elaborate cocktail rings are back in a big way. Traditionally cocktail rings are over sized, worn on the fourth finger of the right hand and designed to bring attention to the wearer. Vintage cocktail rings come in a many bold colors and styles and make a bold statement by adding confidence to any outfit.

For additional information on vintage jewelry, including available vintage jewelry merchandise, visit Highland House Gifts & Décor at: www.HighlandHouseGifts.com.    Highland House Gifts & Décor is an online boutique that specializes in unique finds and handcrafted items. We offer unique and distinctive gifts and home décor including one-of-a-kind floral arrangements, holiday furnishings, antiques, vintage and handmade jewelry, and custom artwork.

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Amber Hogan

Highland House Gifts & Décor

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Decorating with Vintage Trays

In Decorating with Vintage Items on February 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

 I’ve been running into, and collecting more and more, vintage, tole-style trays these days and as I do so, I’ve had people ask me what am I going to do with them.  Here are a few suggestions on how to use these trays around your home:

  • When purchased in multiples, I think that vintage trays look great displayed on a wall. The display looks bold when you use multiple trays made up of the same pattern, but multiple patterns can also look great grouped together as long as they have the same theme or color story.

 

  • Vintage trays are a unique way to organize small items in a bathroom, bedroom or on a vanity. They are perfect for corralling items like jewelry, pins, loose buttons, makeup and other small trinket items.

 

  • An entry way is a great place to house a vintage tray. A tray can be used to collect keys, mail and even change.

 

  • A large vintage metal tray or set of trays can be used as a magnetic bulletin board to keep track of lists, notes and messages. The tray/s can be affixed to a wall with something as simple as adhesive strips. Just add some decorative magnets and your message center is all ready to go.

Vintage trays are usually printed or painted with fun patterns such as flowers, birds, fruits or scrolls. Though I’ve been collecting tin and metalware trays, ceramic trays are poplar too. Many of these trays are still in existence and can be found at flea markets, estate sales, thrift shops, as well as on online auction sites and antique stores. When purchasing vintage trays, their overall condition is the most important factor. Look for scratches, dents, rust spots and fades colors.  Since the trays are old, they will show some character. When shopping for trays, I don’t mind if there are some scratches or worn spots but I do  try to avoid rust spots. 

Once purchased, vintage trays are easy to care for. Once I bring my trays home, I clean them with some mild soap and water and then dry them thoroughly. I also sometimes apply a think coat of varnish or wax on them to preserve them.

Amber Hogan, Owner

Highland House Gifts & Décor

http://www.highlandhousegifts.com/

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St. Paddy’s Day Outdoor Urns

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2010 at 10:56 am

I recently updated my urns to reflect St. Patrick’s Day. Again, I spent less than $3 each in materials.

Valentines Day Decorating Doesn’t Have to be Complicated or Expensive

In Holiday Decorating on February 1, 2010 at 12:46 am

This time of year can feel “blah” to most of us since the holidays are behind us and most of us are either knee deep in snow, or hibernating and waiting for winter’s deep freeze to past. Once all of our holiday decorations are down, our homes inside and out start to feel blah and bland to most of us too. A great way to add some color to the exterior of your home is to bring a couple of your flower pots or flower urns out of hibernation and jazz them up for the Valentine’s Day and even St. Patrick’s Day holidays. Recently I took my urns out of the shed and created some simple “Valentine bouquets” using inexpensive items that I found at my local retail store. I probably spent no more than $7.00 total to complete both of my urns.

I first weighted down my urns with rocks, since Mother Nature can become quite windy in the Midwest during the winter months. I then added some floral foam on top of the rocks and covered the opening of my urns with a handled plastic bag. Next, to the plastic bag, I affixed metallic tissue paper and then shred, as if to create a pillow or nest on top of each urn.

I weighted my “nest” down with a metallic centerpiece, sort of like something you would use as a centerpiece at a party or something you would use as a balloon weight. I then placed some heart picks around my urns, piercing my metallic nest and going all of the way down to the floral foam. I then finished off my urns with a big red bow.

Before placing my urns outside in the elements, I sprayed them really well with an all purpose adhesive, paying close attending to the metallic shreds. I gave the urns a couple of good coats and then placed them outside. Believe it or not, my urns have been outside on my front porch for nearly a month now, (they went outside as soon as the Christmas decorations came down), and everything is still intact!

Amber Hogan, Owner

Highland House Gifts & Décor

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