Archive for December, 2009

GoRapids.com Home Design & Trends: Some Christmas gifts don’t change.

December 14, 2009

If you aren’t purchasing clothes or electronics this Holiday Season (such as the popular Wii and Nintendo DS), you might be thinking about a piece of furniture for your home.  Cheval mirror’s, blanket chests, gun cabinets, jewelry chests and coat racks are always top of the list this time of year.

When I started in the furniture industry 10 years ago, I was told that those are the items that get more popular around the Holidays.  I’m not quite sure why that is, but it is still true today.  Again this year, around Thanksgiving, we had customers asking for gun cabinets, coat racks and a cheval mirror!

This is a cheval mirror in a plantation cherry finish.  Beautiful for any room.  Below is a picture of what you might expect to see for an iron coat rack (instead of a traditional wood one), but the other is actually a Jewelry CHEST, but it’s disguised as a floor mirror!  Not your traditional furniture piece!

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GoRapids.com Home Design & Trends: Ornaments of the Season

December 1, 2009

Beautiful. Classic. Elegant. Graceful.
This glass drop ornament is what I would call the favorite ornament of the season.  Barely in the store a week and ladies were searching the store to collect as many as they could find!  You could hear them discussing all the different ways to use these, places they could be hung, other than on a tree.

Snowflakes a close second…

A holiday decoration that doesn’t need to be taken down right after the Holidays!

Pearl beads to go around candles or anything else you can think of.

Holiday decorating tip: Put some of your ornaments in large glass container or on a bowl on the counter for a new twist.