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Get Your Home Holiday Ready in 5 Days!

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 2:28pm

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Cleaning before the holidays is often a harrowing experience- but it doesn’t have to be! You just gotta take things one day at a time, folks. With this easy step-by-step, day-by-day system, you’ll have your entire place spic-and-span in 5 just days! No sweat! (Well, maybe a little.) 😅 To make it even easier, we recommend the tried-and-true technique of bribery. There’s no need to suffer alone when you can assign tasks to family members and offer pizza or cookie rewards later. 🍪 Let’s go!



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Today you’ll get the ball rolling with tidying up the areas your guests will see first. This includes the porch, foyer, entryway, and entry closets.

Step 1: Cut the crap – we mean clutter! Clear away and organize any clutter. Evaluate the entry points of your home for ease of guest entry and access to any storage they might need.

Step 2: Dust and wipe down the doors, windows, light fixtures, and doorknobs to sanitize and remove any scuffs. You can use a soft cloth, Swiffer Duster, and/or Magic Eraser.

Step 3: Vacuum, sweep, and mop. We’re a huge proponent of Swiffer Sweepers – Wet and Dry.



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Today is all about guest bedrooms! Rotate the mattresses (if needed). Remove and launder your mattress covers. Rely on the vacuum hose and attachments to clean the top and sides of the mattresses. This is also the perfect time for removing any dust between the mattress and frame, as well as reaching behind and underneath the bed.

Step 1: Dust-bust. Before you run the vacuum, grab your dusting cloth and clean up all those nasty particles. Dust the ceiling fans from top to bottom, light fixtures, grody vents (come on, you know they are), and baseboards. Pay attention to anything that’s easily overlooked, like that offbeat collection of porcelain cat figurines. Better yet, put the cat figurines in a box and label it “donate.” 

Step 2: Time to wipe out and dust-bust some more. Take a cloth and wipe down doorways including the trim, furniture, and the lil knickety-knacks that are still left. Make ’em really shine!

Step 3: Vroom vroom! Vacuum that floor, especially under the bed and around the baseboards and wipe them down. 

Step 4: Add softness. Launder all bedding, including guest rooms (if applicable.) Breathe in that Gain Scent; just don’t let them catch you sniffing. 😳 If you’re having overnight guests, then this is a MUST Read in the The Library: Prep the Perfect Guest Room.



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There’s no way to sugar-coat this, kiddos. It’s bathroom day. Gross, but it’s a requirement. Plan a treat for yourself afterward, like a cocktail, mocktail, or better yet- a bubble bath with a cocktail. 🛀🍸

The first tip I’ll offer is a hands-off way to clean the toilet. Just plop-plop, fizz-fizz by adding two denture-cleaning tablets to the toilet. They do the stain-removing for you with their fabulously fizzy power.

Step 1: Easy-peasy. Grab all the towels and get a load of laundry going in the washer. 

Step 2: De-dustify. Dust the light fixtures, surfaces, and vents. Don’t forget the ceiling vent!

Step 3: Disinfect and forget. Clorox the toilet, tub, shower, tile, handles, and other hard surfaces. When you have hard water stains on your tub or in your sink, make a home remedy to scrub away that stubborn-as-unwanted-hair buildup. Here’s how you do it: fill equal parts white vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle. Spray it on and let it set. (If you have extra-stubborn spots, soak a paper towel in the solution and then place it on the buildup). Make sure you keep the area well-ventilated. Continue on to steps 4-8 and come back and rinse. 

Step 4: Wipe out! Wipe down the cabinets and doors (including the trim.)

Step 5: See the good. Clean the mirror. Bye-bye spots, hello gorgeous! For an alternative to Windex, you can use a homemade solution- simply mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and 2 cups of water. Spray it on and wipe down the mirror. Also, wipe down the inside of your trash can (if you don’t use liner bags.) 

Step 6: Suck it up. Use a handheld vacuum hose to quickly suck up hair or debris in the corners or near baseboards. Use a wet mop or Swiffer Wet Jet for added sparkle.

Step 7: Line up. Replace the shower liner with a clean or brand new liner. No soap scum here! 

Step 8: Replace and refresh. Return freshly laundered towels to their original positions.



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Today is all about the gathering areas – the living and dining room. It’s a no-go until guests arrive, so either make these areas off-limits or at least food and shoe-free zones, so nothing gets messed up.

Step 1: Clutter-be-gone! Free up the space so that guests have room to move around. This is an excellent opportunity to really edit and donate!

Step 2: Dust-bust. You know the drill by now. Dust the tops and bottoms of ceiling fans, light fixtures, and vents.

Step 3: Wipe out. Wipe down the doorways, mantle, furniture, and any cabinet exteriors.

Step 4: Vacuum the floor, baseboards, and furniture. Don’t forget underneath!

Pro tip: Go over any fabric surfaces with a dryer sheet. This prevents static cling and keeps dust from collecting.



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Kitchen-Zone. You’re in the final stretch! You made it! I saved it for last because it’s the most used and most challenging to keep clean.

Step 1: Dust dust, baby! The same old same old – ceiling fan, light fixtures, and vents.

Step 2: Clean all the obvious appliances like the coffee maker, toaster, pressure cooker, and anything else you have that we’ve forgotten. Don’t neglect the stove, oven door, burners, microwave, and fridge (including the top and inside!) Stainless steel wipes are excellent for wiping off smudges and fingerprints.

Step 3: Ah, the garbage disposal. The main source of stinky kitchen syndrome, the disposal collects food and unfortunately marinates smells. Quick fix: cut up a couple lemons into small pieces and run the pieces through the disposal with water. Don’t forget to wipe down the rubber piece attached to your sink.

Step 4: Wipe down the countertop, sink, and cabinets.

Step 5: Have you ever wondered how to clean your garbage can? It’s less intimidating than you might think. Simply take it outside, add a dash of dishwashing soap, and let your hose spray it clean with a power wash. Dry with a towel, and it’s bye-bye stinky! Don’t have an outdoor hose? Then it’s bath time for the bin! Your shower will work here as well. 

Step 6: Vacuum and mop the floor. Maybe use them as your dance partner like in those old kitchen commercials. The floor is yours!



Fridge: Line the shelves of your newly scrubbed refrigerator with cling wrap. It makes for easy after-party clean-up because you can just remove the cling wrap instead of spending time scrubbing spills.

Oven: Line the bottom of your oven with aluminum foil to prevent spills.

Microwave: A glass bowl filled with diluted white vinegar can be placed in the microwave on high heat for 2-3 minutes. The steam loosens stuck-on food particles you can simply wipe away with a damp, warm cloth.

Silverware: If you’ve got tarnished silverware, you can easily clean it hands-free. We know – hands-FREE! Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, mix together 1 tbsp baking soda and 2 cups of water. Add the mixture to the cookie sheet until it nears the top. Add a layer of silverware to the pan. Place in the oven preheated to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the silverware every five minutes until the tarnish is gone. Do NOT touch the silverware upon removal from the oven. Use tongs instead because they’re going to be as hot as chicken nuggets.

Glass/Barware: Don’t forget to clean any open display shelves, glass front cabinets, bar cart, and all glassware. This is not something you’re going to want to do while you’re guests are there, so do it ahead of time. 

PHEW! You did it! Do you even remember the last time your home was this clean?! Feels great, huh? 🥰 Now that you’re all done with the chores, it’s time to break out those dancing shoes and host to your heart’s delight. Remember to have fun, relax and enjoy the company of friends, family, and even that one weird neighbor you’ve accidentally invited into your home. Mi casa es su casa!

Since you’re a host/hostess with the mostess, you should definitely take this quiz: Which Tabletop is Totally You?

You put in so much hard work; we think you deserve a little treat, don’t you? Why not pop into the DezignClub Store and see what delights you? 

How a Designer Does It: Gift Wrapping Edition

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 3:01pm

If you’re going to give a gift, why not gift gorgeously? Get ready to hear a lot of “oohs” and ahhs” this holiday season because we’re about to show you how to create Pinterest-worthy presents! Sound good? Let’s get our inspo on! 😉


Wearable Gift Wrap

Beautiful bangles make a great gift on their own, but they make even better package decorations! 





-Scotch Tape

-Gift Box



Cut two pieces of (wide) ribbon long enough to wrap around the gift box. 

Take the bracelet and thread one piece of ribbon through it. 

Gather the ends, and place the bangle in the center of the gift box top. 

Flip it over and secure the ends on the bottom of the gift box with tape. Repeat this with the other side, pulling the ribbon tight, so the bracelet stays in place.



Winter Scene Gift Toppers

Make each gift a literal work of art! This is a perfect (and very easy) gift wrap idea! In fact, you likely will already have all the supplies you need. 😉


-Photo paper



-Craft knife


-Cutting mat



Download and print your favorite winter scene paintings from the Rijks Studio. You can resize for your packages by adjusting the % scale in the print dialogue box.

Trim each picture, leaving a 1/4″ white border.

Cut slits slightly wider than your satin ribbon in the center-top and bottom of each picture.

Slip the ribbon through the slits and then wrap it around your packages.



Natural Greenery Gift Wrap

Talk about green AND gorgeous! This chic gift wrapping idea makes use of fresh plant cuttings to create a delightfully organic vibe. 🌿



-Fresh cuttings from evergreen trees and shrubs such as cedar, juniper, boxwood, rosemary, eucalyptus, etc. 

-Hot glue gun

-Craft paper: you can also use the inside of paper grocery bags as an eco-friendly option. 

-Clear scotch tape

-Strings: (optional) hemp twine, baker twine, jute twine, or yarn. 



Take a small piece of cutting, and trim it to fit the gift package. 

Use a hot glue gun to secure it in place. 

Wrap decorative strings around the package and attach a gift tag (if desired.) 





Dip Dyed Delight

This pretty wrapping paper is a gift in and of itself! A very chic and budget-friendly DIY!



-Craft paper

-Dye in the color of your choice (EXCEPT for red, guys, trust us.)



Dip the corners or edges of white craft paper into diluted dye, leaving it for a few seconds (or up to a minute.)

Lay on a flat, protected surface to dry. 

When completely dry, wrap your gifts.

(Optional) Tie with matching ribbon and embellish with an ornament, jingle bells, or greenery. Easy peasy! 





Graphic Gift Wrap

This modern gift wrap is as fun to create as it is to receive! 



-Washi tape in colors and/or metallics

-Gift box or gift wrap (white or black tends to look best.)





Cut washi tape into desired shapes.

Stick cut pieces of tape onto a wrapped gift or gift box.

Wrap around with string and tie into a bow. 

Attach gift tag (optional.)

There you go! So, which gift wrap style are you going to try this year? Let us know in the comments!

And don’t forget to post your creations in the Clubhouse– we want to see! 🤩

Last Minute Gift Inspo for Everyone on Your List!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 3:00pm

The holiday shopping countdown has officially begun! Have you checked off everyone that’s on your ‘nice’ list? ✔️ No? There’s no need to panic because we’ve rounded up the BEST last-minute gifts that are guaranteed to dazzle and delight! 🤩 Looking for a fresh find for your fashionista friend? Or how about a treat for the traveler? We got you covered…


For the Fashionista:


Soko Sabi Cuff


The adjustable Sabi Cuff characteristically exudes a strong yet minimal aesthetic. Crafted with recycled brass that has been perfected using a sand mold, the effortless half-moon stunner can be worn alone or in multiples.



Monogrammed Italian Suede Handbag

Handmade in Turkey, this relaxed tote is crafted from beautifully soft vegetable-tanned Italian suede that elevates this classic carryall design into a daily essential that is effortlessly stylish. The tote features an adjustable crossbody strap, a magnetic snap closure, and two interior pockets. The adjustable crossbody strap can be swapped out for over 15 different colorful straps to match your mood, your outfit, or the seasons. Add a foil monogram to make it yours.


Cristina Cashmere Cardigan

Layer on the natural, lightweight warmth of a cashmere cardigan this season—and every season after. This versatile staple pairs with practically everything!


Senella Wool-Cashmere Scarf

Air-spun warmth. A gauzy, soft-weave wool-cashmere makes a classic scarf feel like a luxury.



For the Host(ess) with the Mostess:


3-Tier Marble Tower

Honed white Arabascato marble is imported from Italy and hand-carved into a party tower designed by Jennifer Fisher. Two tiers are topped off with a small, round serving bowl because, as Jennifer puts it, “I hate having loose nut bowls, so I added it to the top of this party tower. It’s chic and works for both casual and formal entertaining.” Beautiful, light to dark grey veining will vary in intensity from piece to piece.


Monogrammed Wine Glasses

Perfect for casual entertaining and durable enough for everyday use, this set of four stemless wine glasses is made from Tritan, a dishwasher-safe and BPA-free shatter-proof plastic. These glasses are virtually unbreakable and have a low center of gravity, which makes them ideal for avoiding accidental spills, especially on uneven surfaces such as grass. The transparent design is available in a range of colors and can be laser engraved with a monogram or personalized with a name or message for a thoughtful gift.


The Essential Cocktail Book

Once you’ve got all your tools and you’ve built your beautiful bar, you do still have to make the drinks! Learn to do it properly with this easy-to-follow, accessible guide. Whether you’re an old hand or you’re new to the art of the cocktail, there’s something for you in this fantastic tome. Drinking your way through this book will be a grand old time – just make sure to pace yourself, of course.


Acacia Charcuterie Board

Handcrafted of acacia, this charcuterie collection is inspired by European antiques. The grain serves up major style points, adding a touch of natural beauty to everything from meat-and-cheese spreads to table settings.


Block 4-Piece Marble Bar Tool Set

This groovy, elevated bar tools set looks like a work of art – I love it! I’m always so delighted by functional items that really help you make your design statement. This would be so fabulous in a Modern home, but it could also fit right into a more eclectic apartment. Versatile, gorgeous, functional – yummy as a well-made Old Fashioned.



For the Kid at Heart:


Raffia Backgammon Game

A coastal style take on the classic game set, this portable backgammon board is wrapped in a durable raffia-inspired material with pastel-toned details and checkers. With two latches for secure carrying, it’s ready to take along on a seaside escape or to use as a décor accent between game nights. Add a monogram to the case to make it one-of-a-kind.


Lacquer Bean Bag Toss

Whether you’re tailgating, having a backyard barbeque or want a fun game to play at an outdoor wedding, this Bean Bag Toss Set is the perfect way to bring family and friends together. These portable boards are designed for easy transport with integrated handles and foldable legs.


Acrylic Chess Set

Clear and smoke grey acrylic level up this classic board game that dates from before the 7th century to modern times. Clear board with matte white grid sets the stage for healthy competition while rectangular smoke grey and clear kings, queens, rooks, bishops, knights and pawns battle it out for victory.


Tutti-Frutti 500 Piece Puzzle

What happens when a still life goes on holiday and comes back with a new, tropical personality? Tutti-frutti! This is the puzzle for anyone looking for a mini mind vacation. All aboard: we’re checking into paradise.



For the Design Enthusiast:



Terra Cotta Bowls

A catchall that creates instant style, our handcrafted terra cotta bowls can be used anytime, anywhere. Try one in the entryway for keys, wallets, and other essentials, or a few with succulents and faux fruit you switch out with the seasons.


Bull Door Stop

By the horns. The decorative gold door stopper holds steady—no bull. Press flat side with horns up against the door for full support; equally sharp as a bookend.



Grecian Bust Pot

Add a Grecian-inspired touch to your greenery with this lovely bust planter — it complements both indoor and outdoor plantings with sophistication, and invites a classic accent to your décor.



For the Well-Traveled:


Personalized Travel Jewelry Case

With a stunning shadow-printed monogram, this square zippered case makes the perfect travel gift for her. Made from a durable textured vegan leather with a soft linen lining, our best-selling travel jewelry case features multiple compartments to organize earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.


Jet Lag Mask

What it is:  An enhanced, fragrance-free formula that nourishes, hydrates, and calms your skin with niacinamide, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants.



Dual Travel Organizer

A design so brilliant that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Crafted from soft vegan leather, this two-part organizer has a zippered pocket on top for cosmetics and toiletries and a bottom compartment for jewelry. Add a foil-debossed monogram for a personal touch.

Did you just add a few things to your own personal gift list? We don’t blame you! We may have one or two (or ten!) of these items in our shopping cart right now! 😜

If you still feel like making it rain, we suggest you take a peek at the DezignClub Store for LEGIT yummy gift goodies! 😋

Have you taken the Which Christmas Tree Style Are You quiz yet?? It’s so freakin’ fun, you have to check it out!

And in case you missed it, you should definitely hop on over to our post on Decked Out Holiday Decor– we think you’ll dig it! 😉

Best Gifts on a Budget – All Under $100!

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:37pm

It may be the most wonderful time of year, but honestly, finding the right gift is much easier said than done- so we’re here to make it super easy for you! Here’s a list of the absolute hottest (budget-friendly!) gifts under $100! 🤑

Let’s get our shop on:


Terra Cotta Bowls

A catchall that creates instant style, our handcrafted terra cotta bowls can be used anytime, anywhere. Try one in the entryway for keys, wallets, and other essentials, or a few with succulents and faux fruit you switch out with the seasons.


Monique Lhuillier Coffee Table Book

Monique Lhuillier’s debut book celebrates romance, femininity, and unparalleled glamour. See why Lhuillier has influenced women worldwide as one of fashion’s foremost designers, from bridal gowns to red-carpet splendor. It’s the evolution of a global luxury lifestyle brand encompassing apparel, accessories, and home decor 25 years in the making.


Slip Silk Pillowcase

What it is: An anti-bedhead, anti-sleep-crease standard queen-size pillowcase made of the highest-grade mulberry silk for the ultimate beauty sleep and less-visible signs of aging.


Porcelain Pitcher

Just “pitcher” it. This beautiful Threshold Porcelain Pitcher doubles as a stylish centerpiece filled with pink peonies. Or striking a comfortable balance between formality and hospitality when it’s filled with water. The gentle curves and soft lines make this pitcher oh-so delightful.


Bull Door Stop

By the horns. This decorative gold door stopper holds steady—no bull. Press flat side with horns up against the door for full support; equally sharp as a bookend.


Quartz Stone Catchall

A symbol of balance and harmony, quartz brings those very same qualities to the home with its calm-inducing beauty. This square catchall provides a distinguished spot in the entry for keys and a wallet, at the bedside for jewelry and reading glasses, or on the desk for office accessories. (Bonus: You can even use it as a soap dish.)


Brass Spiral Sculpture

Antique brass loops and spirals curve over each other in an artful form. Sculpture adds interest and a bit of drama to the coffee table, bookshelf, or mantle.


Lip Sleeping Mask

(A MUST give for you or a friend!) A leave-on overnight lip mask that soothes and moisturizes for smoother, more supple lips.


Crystal Taper Holders

Clear cut. K9 crystal is hand-cut to surface faceted texture that bounces light in all directions. Real, shiny brass adds a chic accent on top.


Jet Lag Mask

What it is:  An enhanced, fragrance-free formula that nourishes, hydrates, and calms your skin with niacinamide, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants.


Mini Clay Cachepots

This sweet assortment of little white cachepots makes a charming display whether grouped together or used separately around the home. In a range of traditional forms, they make perfect vessels for miniature faux succulents or ferns.


Antique Brass Log Holder

Antique brass-finished log holder adds flare as fireplace sidekick. Vintage styling offers instant warmth with or without a fire. Pairs nicely with our antique brass fireplace screen.


Bronze Horse and Marble Bookends

Bring a touch of the English countryside to your reading room with these sculptural horse head bookends, which are cast of bronze and set upon white marble. Decorative and functional, they securely hold favorite tomes while exuding equestrian style.

3-Tier Marble Party Tower

Honed white Arabascato marble is imported from Italy and hand-carved into a party tower designed by Jennifer Fisher. Two tiers are topped off with a small, round serving bowl because, as Jennifer puts it, “I hate having loose nut bowls, so I added it to the top of this party tower. It’s chic and works for both casual and formal entertaining.” Beautiful, light to dark grey veining will vary in intensity from piece to piece. 


Modern Porcelain Vase

Porcelain pot. Modern Italian curves take a 3-D turn in a porcelain vase. Each rib is applied by hand to the cylindrical base. Watertight for blooms.


Infinity Knot Sculpture

In plain sight. A neverending tangle of black textured aluminum feels like a gallery find. Perfect for the mantle, bookshelves, or tabletop. Wherever you want to make a statement.


So, which of these products just made it to the top of your gift list? 🎁 Let us know in the comments!

Still in the holiday mood? Then you will LOVE these:

7 Designer Tips for Decked Out Holiday Decor

How to Style a Christmas Tree

Get Your Home Holiday Ready in 5 Days!

Quiz: Which Christmas Tree Style Are You?

7 Designer Tips for Decked Out Holiday Decor

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 2:57pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and for so many of us, that means pulling out those giant storage bins full of holiday decor and letting Christmas explode all over the place. If your idea of “decked out for the holidays” includes multiple layers of flashing Christmas lights and Santas in every corner- KEEP READING. We get it, though, it’s tough not to over-decorate. The more, the merrier, right? Yeah…NO, at least not in this case. Trust us, you can still be decked out to the nines while keeping the decor well-edited.

Follow these 7 designer tips for festive (and fabulous) holiday decor:


Tip #1

KISS – Keep it Simple, Santa (’s helper)! 🎅 Keeping the holiday decor simple and clean is a guaranteed design win. Sophisticated and storage-friendly, applying a less-is-more approach won’t overwhelm your home with Christmas chaos. Go for a few larger, statement-making pieces: they will look striking and purposeful while keeping your space clutter-free.

Tip #2

Repetition is key. The 5 Principles of Design are Balance, Scale, Rhythm, Harmony, and Proportion. The Rhythm of holiday decorating is rooted in repeating the same pieces in a space to create a rhythmic pattern. For instance, you can line up the same shaped pillar candle in various sizes or create a wall vignette of similarly sized wreaths in various textures. It’s an effortless way to create a clean yet eye-catching effect. 


Tip #3

Focus on one color. Exclusively using a single dominant color for your holiday decor makes a major statement. You could try monochromatic shades of green like emerald, sage, and mint, or opt for a metallic like classic silver and weave it into your home with accents. No matter which color you choose, keep the background simple for balance. Starting to get it? Simplify!


Tip #4

Need some color inspo? You can’t go wrong with a classic red, just one caveat- you want to avoid the heavy red and green combo. Try decorating with a single bright tone like holly or candy cane red, or keep it toned down with shades of cranberry and burgundy. If you’re less of a traditionalist, try mixing different shades for an unexpected and sophisticated take.


Tip #5

Simple and inexpensive, ribbon is a beautiful and budget-friendly way to decorate! Get a pretty fabric and use it to create cohesive accents throughout your home- both indoors and out. You can tie individual bows on the backs of chairs or use them to adorn wreaths and tree branches. Wrap it around the banister and finish with a bow, or tie it around candle holders – really, the options are practically endless!


Tip #6

Go big, bold, and better than ever! As previously mentioned (but worth repeating!), larger-scale holiday items will have a bigger effect than many smaller details in one room. Think quality over quantity, and keep your groupings to odd numbers (3’s, 5’s, etc.) The proportion of decor can make your space feel warm and cozy or more dramatic and impressive. Just a few sizable and purposeful pieces will go a long way in achieving that festive focal point.


Tip #7

Get lit! Light up your tree with as many lights as you can- don’t be stingy here! 💡💡💡 A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for each foot. If you have a 5ft tree, for example, you might get 5 strands of 100, or 10 strands of 50, and so on. When hanging the lights on your tree, make sure you start at the back of each limb while wrapping and work forward and back. This will create an evenly lit background for all your favorite ornaments. And don’t be shy with the outdoor lights either; really go all out with classic white light strands wrapped around the branches or lining your home for a truly magical holiday atmosphere.

Are you all filled up with holiday cheer? 🎄 Us too! Now, go trim that tree! Jingle those bells! Hang that holly! And don’t you dare forget to share! Post your holiday decor pics in The Clubhouse– we all want to see and get inspired! 

Have you been a naughty little elf 🧝 and procrastinated on your holiday gift list? No worries, cuz the DezignClub Store has your back!

How to Style a Christmas Tree

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12:31pm

Ever wonder how department stores create such STUNNING Christmas trees? A tree is a design composition unto itself, so all the design principles apply, like color, balance, line, form, etc. Sound a little complicated? 😬 Don’t worry; we’re about to break it all down for you step-by-step and show you how to create a FAB Christmas tree design that works with your style.

It’s tree trimmin’ time! 🎄


1. The Tree

The first thing you need to figure out is what’s your situation- can you put a big tree in your entry hall, or are you in a small space and have to think outside the classic tree box? (More on that later.) Also, instead of getting a cut tree, purchase one that you can replant or get an artificial tree because there are some great ones out there!

You want to make sure the type of tree is right for your style statement. If your style statement is traditional or transitional, you want to buy something full and has really long needles, like a Scotch Pine. Trees with shorter needles, like a Norwegian Fir, work better for contemporary styles. If it’s a live tree, make sure it has a really nice pot. If it’s not live, you still want to do a cover for the base- FORGET the fake snow; you are fooling NO ONE. Do something that looks like a wool throw or ties in with the scheme of the tree. Baskets are a perfect look as well. 


The 411 on Flocking

Let us start by saying this- if you’re going to flock the tree within an inch of its life, just buy a white tree! It will be much, MUCH easier and WAY less messy. Typically, you only flock traditional or transitional trees, and we prefer flocking that looks like snow just lightly coats the branches. And never choose any other color than WHITE. Seriously. 


2. Lighting

When you’re looking at building your tree, your lights are the most essential first step and the single most important element to get right. If you have a beautifully lit tree, you don’t even have to put a single ornament on it. The lights should be white (NEVER multicolor and no flashing, unless it’s a kid’s tree!) When shopping for a pre-lit artificial tree, make sure you like the pattern of lights and that there are enough (there usually aren’t, so you’ll have to add extra strands.)

If you’re getting a real tree, you’ll need to get A LOT of light strands! Period. The end. The tradition behind a tree in the first place was to shed light into the long darkness of the winter, so go ahead and get lit! You want to build out the lights on each and every branch- and this takes time! To give you an idea, it can take up to an ENTIRE DAY to light a tree! It isn’t so bad with a holiday cocktail (or two!) 🍸🍸


3. Style Statement

After you have the lights established, you need to decide how your tree will blend with your space. Are you going to do garlands, florals, and/or ornaments? If so, what types will work with your style statement? Remember, you want it to feel festive, but mainly, it is a reflection of your design style. 



Are you more of a classic Traditional Tuscan? Or perhaps a Grandmillenial? 



Are you Farmhouse or more of a Rustic cottage core style? Or maybe you’re Glam?



Maybe you’re Desert Modern, Japandi, Scandi, or Minimalist? 


4. Ornaments

Always build larger ornaments inside the tree near a lit branch so they can look like they are part of the tree itself, and as you move out towards the end of the branch, you want to look at your smaller scale or your reflective ornaments. This will help the composition look balanced. Never hang anything on the very end of the branch- you don’t want to see the hanging hook! You should instead wrap it around the branch so it simply looks like it’s attached to the branch and hangs beautifully.

As a design principle, you want to layer similar ornaments in a “z” formation, so make sure you place the same color/shape ornament at each point of the “z”- like a zig-zag ladder. However, I have also seen beautiful trees that chromatically shift in an ombre as you go up – super fabulous!

You want to make sure the tree reads as a whole design, so don’t include an ornament that is one off-color. What gives the eye movement is changes in color, texture, and pattern that get repeated. You want to repeat the elements that you’re using throughout the tree so that your eye visually moves around it to read the whole design “story.”


Pro Tip: Garlands and faux florals (which we will talk about next) should be applied after placing the LARGE ornaments but before your SMALL ornaments.


5. Garlands and Faux Florals

Garlands should be tied in with the theme in terms of what they are made of. For example, if your theme is Traditional, you can work with ribbons and bows. If it’s a larger-scale ribbon, don’t take it all the way to the top of the tree because it will look unbalanced. If you’re Transitional, you can do ribbon as well, but you can also do big knitted garlands or a strand of wooden beads. Either way, keep your garlands simple so it doesn’t overtake the tree. 

If you’re going to make a floral statement in the tree, make sure it’s something that blooms in the winter, like chrysanthemums. Faux florals and berries are placed in the middle of the branch as they are medium-sized. 

Also, skip the tinsel- it’s terrible for the planet, and it’s a nightmare to clean up. You don’t need it! Once you have your garlands in place, you can layer on your smaller ornaments.


6. Tree topper

The topper was originally meant to look like a star landing on the top of the tree, so basically, think of it as something that reflects your style statement but looks like it finishes the tree. It shouldn’t be overwrought. If the topper becomes a focal point, it’s too much- the tree itself should be a focal point. It’s just meant to be a light beacon, so keep it simple.


Small Spaces

If you’re Contemporary or in a small space situation, you can think way outside the box.

Tabletop trees are a great option- we like live or small-scale ones like a holiday greenery branch in a white pot or paperbark birch trees.

If you have absolutely no space- just do some greenery on the wall in the shape of a tree. So fun and creative!  

Pro Tip: If you’re going to do a tree, make it your focal point, and don’t go too nuts in the rest of the space. Also, when you think you’re done with the tree- take a step back, leave the room, go get a drink, take a walk, etc., and come back in and reevaluate. You will likely need to move, adjust, or remove something. Every designer uses this technique in the final stages of decor arrangement. 

So there you have it! By the way, we KNOW you’re going to LOVE this quiz: Which Christmas Tree Style Are You? 

Ooh! And check this out: Get Your Home Holiday Ready in 5 Days!

And don’t forget to check out the GORGEOUS holiday items in the DezignClub Store!

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: Our Favorite Products

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 12:31pm

We always believe that you should get something that people don’t typically buy for themselves, and of course, that can be a broad range of gifts. We love giving gifts that are unexpected and something that ties into who they are. For example, if they are a nester and a design enthusiast, you should get them something personalized for the home. Or perhaps they are a fashionista- then they might get something out of Lisa’s Closet.

For people who don’t fall into either of those two categories but would still be delighted by an unusual gift, consider a chic-looking game or a gorgeous coffee table book on a topic of their interest. We also love gifts that do good, like the Little Words Project, 8 Billion Trees, or decor pieces that are locally sourced. If there is a gift option that will delight AND make a difference- definitely go with that. 👍

To help give you a little inspo, here’s a list of our absolute FAVORITE gifts of the season! You just might find a little something for yourself…


Little Words Project 

Tell your unique story with a custom Little Word! Pick out your beads, then choose a special word, a hashtag, your name, or a meaningful date. The options are endless!


8 Billion Trees Bracelet

A beautiful bracelet company that plants trees for every purchase?! Sign me up. We’re a fan of all of 8 Billion Trees’ missions to SERIOUSLY take action on combating deforestation, and their recycled glass bracelets are my absolute fave. Not only are these bracelets a go-with-anything outfit upgrade, but they’re also a great way to help heal the planet. Win-win!


Monogramed Serving Board

Serve charcuterie and crudités with a personal touch on this stunning monogrammed serving board. Composed of white marble and renewable mango wood from trees no longer producing fruit, the board boldly spells out an oversized letter with gleaming inlaid brass in a crisp, modern font. Talented artisans carve, inlay, and finish each board by hand, creating an extra-special gift. 


Alura Porcelain Vases

Textured lines enliven the surface of this graceful vase, finishing the vessel with an artisanal look. Crafted of glazed porcelain, the vase accommodates full, lush arrangements and grounds tall single stems.


Onyx Reed Diffuser

Utterly modern in monochromatic black. This gorgeous reed diffuser infuses the air with the invigorating scents of cypress, eucalyptus and thyme grounded by the richness of rose, myrrh and sandalwood. It’s black reeds absorb the oil and release the aroma gradually for the ideal level of scent.


Tepi Natural Throw Blanket

Wrap yourself in the irresistible softness of the Tepi blanket. Whether spread at the foot of your bed, draped over the arm of your sofa or tucked around your legs, the two-toned blanket offers serious warmth plus graphic appeal in soft taupe and cream bands.


Smeg Matte White Toaster

Enameled in modern matte white and accented with a charming ball lever knob, this retro toaster browns bread at six levels with three convenient pre-set programs. Extra-wide slots accommodate different slice widths, and self-centering racks ensure even toasting.


Tea Set

Delight the tea lover on your list with an assortment of these favorite teatime essentials. Finished in modern matte black with a sculptural walnut handle, the Fellow EKG Pro Electric Kettle graces countertops with timeless style and impeccable function. The Carter Move Mug reimagines the to-go tumbler as a beautifully simple matte white vessel designed to optimize the tea-drinking experience, with a ceramic-clad interior for optimal flavor and double-wall stainless steel vacuum insulation to keep warm tea hot for 12 hours and iced tea cold for a full day.


Ombre Tipped Robe

This robe is SO luxurious and fab; it’s an absolute must. It would make a fantastic gift for anyone who deserves some extra pampering – which might very well be you! Enjoy all the glam and warmth of fur in this machine-washable faux fur beauty. There’s also an option to monogram it to make the robe extra-bespoke.


Amalfi Coast Coffee Table Book

The Amalfi Coast is the pinnacle of the Italian dream. Tucked amongst the lemon blossoms and the bougainvillea is a line of thirteen towns that comprise the Amalfi Coast. Known for its vertical landscape, the villages are only accessible via the Strada Statale 163 — a narrow, winding, cliffside route that, while unsettling to traverse, offers unparalleled views. This magical strip joins the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea below, and aesthetes from around the world flock here year after year to enjoy its quaint pebbled beaches, scenic hikes, perfect climate, and legendary establishments, which are not limited to storied hotels and restaurants.


Essential Suede Tote


This time of year, your handbag just isn’t going to cut it. You’ve got presents and lovely bottles of wine to schlep all over town, and this oversized tote is just the carry-all you need. Crafted from beautiful high-quality suede, the Essential Suede Tote features a spacious, open-tote design with leather carry handles and an adjustable leather crossbody strap that can be swapped out for one of our colorful straps to create your own style. Add a foil-debossed monogram to add a personal touch to your new everyday tote. Need I say more?


Faux Fur Ombre Slippers


Don’t let your sofa corner the market on cozy this season. Pamper your feet and keep them snug, even on the coldest days, with these irresistibly soft slippers trimmed with plush faux fur. Consider adding a matching robe.


Marble Jewelry Tray

White floral marble is carved into two sections atop a small, plinth-like base to create an incredibly versatile jewelry tray. Designed by Jennifer Fisher, the tray works on a dresser, in the bathroom, or as a catchall to hold keys, etc. 


Diptique Roses Candle

Rose bushes brimming with flowers one day in May. Some are just opening, others are in full bloom, their petals beaded with dew. Their fragrance fills the air with fresh, floral notes. 

Do you still have more shopping to do? You should pop on into The Store and see all the NEW items we just added! 🤩

Did we get you in the holiday mood? Awesome! You should check out this quiz: Which Christmas Tree Style Are You?

The Ultimate Holiday Home Bar: Your Guide to the Essentials

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 2:29pm

Holiday cheers indeed! 🥂Holidays are the most festive (and some say the most necessary) times for all the lovely little libations, so your home bar needs to be on point! Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. 😉 Go ahead, grab your gin, and grin as we take a little tour through all the makings of the ultimate holiday home bar. 🍸



Everything from pints to punch mugs should be stocked and ready to help you and your guests see the glass as half-full. 

Here’s what you’ll need…



Tall, straight, and thin in design, the highball is a sure-fire winner for drinks with more mixer than liquor. Bloody Marys, anyone? 🙂

These are Perfect:


The Collins

Not necessarily Phil or Lily, but maybe they’ll come to your soiree if you “Phil” the Collins glass with 14 ounces of liquor and mixer. Although gin and tonic, vodka soda, and mojitos are popular drinks for this narrow-rimmed glass, it was actually named for the Tom Collins concoction of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. Delish! 😋

You’ll Dig These:


Old Fashioned

These wide-brimmed short tumblers serve strong spirits over ice in 6 to 10-ounce pours.

Love This:


Double Old Fashioned

This familiar staple looks a lot like a glass your dad told you was for “juice” when it was really his after-work whiskey. While the double old-fashioned can hold up to 10 ounces of deliciousness, you can fill it a little (or a lot!) If you have to choose between this and the Old Fashioned, go ahead and get the double because you really don’t need both. A single large round or square ice cube with your spirit of choice will make for quite the evening when finished with a festive garnish.

Check Out a Couple of our Faves:



Rocks Glass

Whiskey on the rocks – order up! This stemless glass offers the benefits of a snifter without having to purchase one separately. This is the perfect glass for those who enjoy their spirits straight up. 👍

We like this one:



If you’re more of a traditionalist, then you’ll want a classic brandy snifter. This short-stemmed glass gets its name from the ease of sniffing the aroma of the beverage. The wide bowl allows some of the aroma molecules to release with movement, while the narrow top traps the aroma for your tasting pleasure.

These are fantastic:

Pint Glass

A perfect pint is poured into a cone-shaped glass that originated in Great Britain. It holds 16 ounces here in the US, but overseas, it’s actually 20 ounces! From a dark stout to a sweet cider, any variety of beer is satisfying in this perfectly angled glass.

Check This One Out:



Champagne Flute

The epitome of celebration, this long, narrow glass has a smaller rim to contain the thousands of bubbles poured per glass. With or without a stem, the champagne flute is 6-8 ounces of success.

Hello Beautiful:


The Coupe

This shallow, wide-rimmed stemmed champagne glass originated in 17th century England. The Champagne Coupe was rumored to be modeled after Marie Antoinette’s – ahem – bosom. 😳 Traditionally used for champagne, it’s actually perfect for the Three M’s – Martinis, Manhattans, and Margaritas. The bowl is best for fewer bubbles and no ice.



Martini Glass

Yet another cone-head to waft the ideal amount of scent and fizz to the recipient. Perfectly iconic, the cocktail glass serves the classic pink Cosmo drink by the case full. They’re usually stemmed, ultra-modern, and hold 4.5 ounces.

Look No Further:



There are all types of mugs – ceramic, glass, pewter, and copper. They all keep beverages hot and have a handy handle for comfortable enjoyment. A copper mug is incredibly on-trend for Moscow Mules- and for good reason. It keeps your drink nice and frosty when filled with ice. On the flip side, a Hot Toddy stays just as hot in this perfect vessel.

Perfect For Gifting:


Punch Bowl Mug

Somebody spiked the punch (and I couldn’t be happier about it!) Punch bowls themselves hold up to 32 ounces and often come as a set. When bundled with punch bowl mugs, these sets come in virtually any design you wish. The mugs will hold 6-8 ounces. Pinkies up!

This One is Fantastic:


Cordial Glass

Limoncello, anyone? Mmmm, yes, please! Cordial glasses are itty bitty stemmed glasses used for serving petite pours of liqueurs, often served with dessert.

So Gorgeous!


White Wine Glass

A white wine glass is smaller and more U-shaped than a round red wine glass, which helps to maintain a cool temperature.

Classically Cool:


Red Wine Glass

A red wine glass has a wide, rounded bowl, which exposes the surface area of the wine to more oxygen. This helps smooth out the tannins and complex flavors.

This is a Winner:


Pinot Glass

With its small top and wider bowl, this glass is perfect for your lighter-weight reds.

Here’s a Beauty:


Stemless Wine Glass

Ideal for warming those comforting red wines in the palm of your hand. You and your guests are less likely to break a wine glass when there’s no stem, so let’s prevent those “party fouls,” shall we? 🤭 Tumblers come in a variety of sizes to emphasize different wine notes.

Fabulous Option:


Port Glass

Essentially a mini wine glass, a port glass is designed to highlight the complex flavors of a digestif.

Here’s What You Need:


Bar Tools

Now that we know what you’re serving these glorious drinks in, it’s time to talk tools. Corkscrews, bottle openers, and shakers are pretty obvious necessities, but we’re going past that to show you the full caliber of your holiday home bar station. Let’s get locked and loaded! 😉


Mixing Glass

With its larger size, pour spout, and sturdy frame, a mixing glass is precisely what you want when you need to mix multiple cocktails simultaneously and not have them spill out or slosh over.


    Boston Shaker

    A two-part metallic shaker glass that perfectly mixes ice with the ingredients. Make sure to put ice in the smaller half and the ingredients in the larger. Click them together so nothing shakes out. Shake shake shake, shake shake, shake, shake your cocktail, shake your cocktail, yeah! 💃


    Bar Spoon

    Many cocktail recipes call for a bar spoon of an ingredient, so you’ll like having this size spoon at hand to measure it out. The extra-long, narrow handle is ideal for gently stirring drinks in a smooth, circular motion that won’t break down the ice.



    A jigger is a double-sided metal measurement cup that resembles a shot-glass. It comes in sizes from .5 ounces – 2 ounces. Just the right amount of liquor and mixers make for a well-balanced drink. Bottom’s up!



    This cute tool looks like it has curly hair and a face, but it’s actually a coily wire strainer that’s been around since the late 1800s. A strainer fits right on top of your shaker for the perfect transfer to your glass by keeping muddled ingredients from sinking to the bottom. When you want a cocktail chilled but without the ice, place the strainer over the shaker and pour.


    Cutting Board and Paring Knife

    You’ll need these to cut garnish slices and wedges for your beverages. Cutting boards help keep knives from getting dull, keep things sanitary, and protect countertops from scratches.

    This Will Do Nicely:



    The wooden version of a muddler kind of looks like a wooden rolling pin with only one side. Its anti-slip handle helps you muddle and extract juices from fruit and herbs with the blunt edge. Perfect for minty Mojitos every time!




    A zester is a hand-held grater to add a bit of pizazz to top off a cocktail with bits of lemon, lime, or orange zest.



    A peeler is another hand-held beauty to easily peel the rind off of fruit. Add garnish for a Manhattan cocktail with the rind of an orange, for example. Nothing beats that fresh scent and twisty appeal.



    Hand-held or standing-press, a juicer gives that fresh-squeezed taste without the time and mess it takes to hand- squeeze lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, and more.



    Fill these large saucers with salt, sugar, or spice mix. Wet the rim of your glass and dip prior to pouring that delicious margarita in there. Prepare to watch your guests salivate! 🤤 

    These are Yummy:


    Cocktail Picks

    Sharp, handy little sticks perfect for skewering olives, onions and fruit slices. Remember- great design is all about the details!


    These are Adorable:




    Ice Mold

    Get a little crafty with it! Fill fun-shaped silicone trays with water to freeze and drop them into signature cocktails. Butterflies, roses, and fruit wedges are all sweet themes to drop into your guests’ glasses. Large spheres are a classy touch for rounded stemless glasses with whiskey or bourbon; plus, they melt super slowly and won’t water down the drink. They come in a kit of six or singles and evenly chill any spirit poured over them.



    This multifaceted tool cuts through foil wrappers and pops the cork on your favorite wine. For you wine aficionados- spring for the counter-mounted option, but for the rest of us everyday schmoes, a basic corkscrew will do just fine. I love the Laguiole corkscrew! It’s an investment, but you’ll never buy another one!



    Bottle Opener

    Wall-mounted openers are amazing for easy access and a self-serve beer bottle-opening experience. Plus, they never get lost! Of course, your average pocket-sized bottle opener is always a classic necessity.



    Cocktail Pourer

    These attachable nozzles measure out consistent servings of alcohol for you when you tip the bottle upside down.



    Bottle Stoppers

    These are a much prettier (and easier) way to cork your open bottles.

    Who’s ready to par-tay?! With this oh-so-happening holiday home bar, you’ll be ready to mix, mingle and jingle with masterfully mixed bevvies that are dressed to impress! Cheers! 🥂

    -You should snag this book to help you craft those killer cocktails! The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

    -Ooh! Don’t forget to take this SUPER fun quiz: Which Tabletop is Totally You?  

    -I know you’ll also LOVE this video: How to Design Your Home Bar