HOSTING TIPS FOR STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY PARTIES

 

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Hello friends!  Can you believe it’s December?!  What an incredible year this has been and I can’t wait to start celebrating the Holidays with our families.  The celebration actually started in our home with Friendsgiving.  It’s quickly become one of my favorites because it kicks off a month full of celebrations.  My husband and I are both December babies so the gatherings don’t stop until after New Year’s. (*pops Champagne here*)

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STYLING NOVEMBER

 

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And just like that… it’s November.  How did we get here so fast?  It feels like yesterday was April and flowers were blooming.  Now all the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder by the second.  Time really does fly when you’re over 30.  I mean, 20.  😉

This month is super exciting because we get to host Friendsgiving (yearly tradish) for the first time in our new home!  It’s the only reason I don’t decorate for Christmas until after.  But how do you decorate for that time between Halloween and Christmas?  Easy… leave the pumpkins and fall décor, and take out the Halloween accessories.  Violà!  Scroll down to check out some small changes I made, including adding that beautiful wool throw we picked up while in Iceland.  Enjoy!

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HOW TO DO A DATE NIGHT IN

 

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When it comes to relationships, one of the biggest misconceptions is that you must leave the house in order to have a date.  Well my friends I’m here to tell you that you’ve been lied to.  When your partner travels a lot, anything can count as a date and we’ve been doing this since the beginning of our relationship!

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SIMPLE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS

 

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There are three stages to decorating for fall in our house: pre-October, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Pre-October—the days between the beginning of autumn and October 1st—and Thanksgiving have similar décor, with just a few minor changes.  And then there’s Halloween, my favorite holiday!

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INCORPORATE FALL TOUCHES TO YOUR HOME

 

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Ladies and gentlemen, autumn has officially begun!  For us here at the Poiesz household, September marks the beginning of “Decorating Season” and I couldn’t be more excited.  There’s just something about this time of year that makes my heart happy.  Maybe it’s how the season brings everyone together or the fact that it’s no longer burning hot outside.  Whatever the case is, it’s a magical time that comes with its own set of traditions.

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BATHROOM MAKEOVER IN 5 EASY STEPS

 

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Bathrooms are by far the easiest rooms to decorate.  Even though some may disagree (which is more than OK), the reason why they’re easy to decorate is because you always think of accessibility first and then the design.  You want to make sure that everything you need in the morning before you leave the house is front and center, and whether you realize it or not, you always decorate around that.

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HOW TO STYLE A GENDER-NEUTRAL MANTLE: PART 2

 

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I guess by now it’s safe to say that I am very into gender-neutral everything.  For me it is as simple as I live with a man and want our home to look like us, and not me.  Meaning, I want our home to look like both a man and a woman live there.  This is something that most people really don’t think about when decorating their spaces.  Let’s face itwhen you live with a man, it’s the woman who mostly does the shopping and decorating, and this is where girly everything starts.

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HOW TO STYLE A GENDER-NEUTRAL MANTLE: PART 1

 

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Today we are working once again with our talented friend Lauren Ross, an amazing Nashville artist we’ve collaborated with before using her oh so awesome art (she was just featured on Good Housekeeping!!!).  When Lauren sent me this really cool painting of Karl Lagerfeld & models, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with ita “how to” on gender-neutral styling!

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SECRET TO WATERING A FIDDLE LEAF FIG TREE & PERUVIAN CACTUS

 

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Styling weapon number one: plants.  All decorators, stylists and interior designers rely on plants to bring life to a space.  We all love them—real or fake—but some can’t manage to keep them alive!  Let me tell you a little secret…there isn’t one rule for keeping plants alive.  Sure, there are several things that are basic knowledge, like water and sunlight, but it also depends on the environment the plant is in.

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HOW WE CHOSE THE RIGHT SIZE RUG FOR OUR LIVING ROOM

 

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I’m not a rule-follower by any means.  If you know me well enough, you’ll quickly find out that I’m just not a fan of them.  There are many rules when it comes to decorating, styling and interior design that people follow religiously.  Even though they’re there to make things generally look good, some I believe can be adjusted to fit your needs and the needs of your home—finding the right size rug for your living room is one of them.

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