Celebrate Cinco de Mayo In style

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Instyle
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Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration for people with or without Mexican roots.  It’s a day that excitement fills the air as millions enjoy parades, dancing and savoring the many tastes of Mexico. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with some of the ideas below

Start by decorating your home with bright festive colors.
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Welcome guests to a fiesta table with bright hued settings.
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You can’t have a fiesta without a pinata?  We love these Pinata cookies with a surprise filling
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Wow your guests by hanging these beautiful paper flowers, not as hard to make as you think.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with great Mexican food

As we read through the many decorating ideas we ran across more delicious recipes and wanted to share a few with you to try this Cinco de Mayo.
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Healthey Mexican food is easy to make like these easy bake Taquitos.
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We are all trying to eat lighter and healthier.  Try this Lighter Chicken Enchiladas recipe, delicious and perfect for your health conscious guests. Celebrate Cinco de mayo in style
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Celebrate Cico de Mayo at breakfast with delicious breakfast tacos and burritos
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Try any or all of these easy decorating ideas and delicious recipes.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style and enjoy the holiday a little more this year.

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Searching for perfect gift ideas?  Here is a selection of some of our top sellers.  Table lamps, picture frames, beautiful throw pillows and blankets for cozy winter evenings.  Need more help, contact us on the phone or by email.
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1.Elk Driftwood Diamond Table Lamp
2.Hexagon Embroidered Pillow
3.Linen Silver Stitched Ginkgo Votive
4.Madison’s Garden Dragonfly Needlepoint Pillow
5.Bone Block Frame by Lazy Susan
6.Tristen Decorative Throw Pillow
7.White Alabster Vanity Tray by Lazy Susan
8.Bone Rod Pattern Decoraive Box by Lazy Susan
9.Aluminum Bark Frame by Lazy Susan
10.Tristen Decorative Throw Blanket
11.Gold Mercury Glass Bullet Lamp
12. Fluted Crystal Votives

 

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you find the perfect gifts at Carmel Decor.

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Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

October is time for pumpkin season recipes and decoration ideas. Pumpkin season requires at least one shopping trip to the pumpkin patch.  Pick up as many pumpkins as you can.  You can cook with or carve them to decorate your home.

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You don’t have to carve scary images on pumpkins, try carving a pattern on your pumpkin like diamonds or this year light the pumpkin with a battery operated candle
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If you don’t like to carve pumpkin than try decorating one.  You can use paint, decoupage or studs and rhinestones to decorate your pumpkins.
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Pumpkin Season Recipes

After decorating your pumpkins it’s time to start cooking.  Pumpkin is not just for making pie, here are a few recipes that will make you take a second look at pumpkin.
Try this great vegan recipe for delicious pumpkin and black bean patties, served over a kale salad it is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy this seasonal favorite.
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Try making this simple soup of pumpkin and rice.  It’s silky texture and bright orange color is delightfully delicious and easy to make.
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Share this pumpkin spice coffee cake with a friend over tea or coffee during a beautiful and chilly Autumn afternoon
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Who doesn’t love creme brulee it’s even better with brown sugar and pumpkin.
Pumpkin Season Recipes And Decoration Ideas

Try any and all of these pumpkin season recipes and decoration ideas and enjoy the harvest. We would love to hear from you how do you decorate and cook with pumpkin?

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you organize your home at Carmel Decor.

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Tips for Setting A Romantic Table

How about spending Valentine’s Day at home this year and celebrating with the family including the kids, it’s a day to let everyone in your life know how much you love and appreciate them; why not do a simple and elegant dinner at home. We love a feminine and romantic table setting for Valentine’s dinner. It’s not that difficult to pull together a memorable table.


Remember it is Valentine’s Day and roses are a classic; try a few small arrangements on the table instead of a large one.


Pick a color; we love a soft romantic pastel like lavender, so soft yet commands attention.


Candles are a must; we love to place them on holders with sparkle and shine.


We also love an eclectic mix of china, flatware and stemware; bring out the good stuff and use it to celebrate your love.

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Tartan: A Classic Design Trend For The Home

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Today is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, I love the winter months, it’s the time of year that i like to welcome my family and friends to a warm, inviting place I call home.  Making our home feel warm and cozy for the winter months is a task I take seriously, a task I like to include my kids in, a task that is fun and satisfying, it actually isn’t a task I love putting it all together.
In the late fall when the leaves start to fall and the temperature goes down, I clean up all the accessories in the back yard, and I turn my attention to the indoors, I turn on the fire place and take out the throw blankets, I replace my  flip flops and sandals for boots and warm furry slippers.  I take out my sweaters, hats and gloves; I put away the bathing suits, shorts and tee shirts.  I basically want to spend my time in a cozy, warm home.  Tis’ the time of year that I my love for Tartan reappear, and it seems every year all the fashion and shelter magazines report that Tartan is making a comeback, I never knew it left, did you?
For me Tartan is a classic design trend for the home, especially in the winter.
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Of course no one does Tartan design for the home better than Ralph Lauren, he is a master at mixing tartan, floral, solids and geometric patterns skillfully and making it all look so chic and sophisticated.
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Getting back to creating a cozy home, I certainly incorporate Tartan in my winter scheme, using throw pillows, blankets, dishes, table cloth, basically as many tartan accessories as I can get my hands on.
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I even love to wear it!
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I better get busy and finish up accessorizing for the long winter ahead.  I hope I’ve inspired you to cozy up your home for the holidays and beyond.
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Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
Carmel Decor

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How to Reduce Holiday Stress


The holidays are the most wonderful time of year, for those of us who can manage the stress and pressure of the season. For others who allow the unwanted company of stress and depression to join them for the month of December, the Holiday season is the most horrible time of the year. Let’s face it; this time of year is filled with an array of parties, shopping, baking, and entertaining. Traffic is bad, shops are crowded and there is a deadline for getting it all done! There are ways to reduce the inevitable stress of the Holidays with a few of these tips.

1. Be realistic: Don’t overdo it; it’s important to stay connected but not over committed. Rituals and traditions are to be enjoyed, not stressed about; so if you “should” bake cookies every year it’s ok to pick some up at the bakery this year: remember don’t “should” on yourself.


2. Practice the art of Gratitude!
Instead of making a list of all the things you need to do, and concentrating on what you haven’t done make a list of things you have accomplished.

Count your blessings, and let the people you love know how important they are to you.


3. Keep Holiday decorations simple and minimal, maybe this year you’ll only decorate the family room?


4. Set aside differences for another time and lower your own expectations.


5. Set a budget for gifts; the best presents are the ones with thought behind them, not money.

Handmade gifts are the most thoughtful and cherished. Give to your favorite charity and gift the receipt to a colleague instead of having to rush to the mall to buy them a gift they’ll never use. Magazine subscriptions will remind your loved ones of your gift every time they receive one in the mail.


6. Learn to say No! Saying yes when you don’t want to can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.


7. Don’t abandon healthy habits, a bad diet can make you feel tiered, cranky and extra weigh can quickly pile on. So stick to a healthy diet and avoid excess sugar so you can make it through the holidays. Remember this month’s bad diet, is next month’s bad body.


9. Take time out for yourself. Even if it’s ten minutes by yourself with a cup of tea or coffee, take time to do something you enjoy every day.

The holidays are a time to relax, and renew, spend time with family and friends; a time to find new friends, to find a new sense of purpose and give what we have from our heart and soul, not just our pockets. If the holidays make you sad reach out to your community, your place of worship, and help bring joy to someone else.

Wishing you a fabulous holiday season, full of laughter, and good wishes

Happy decorating,
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How To Set Up The Perfect Home Bar

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Now that the holidays are upon us, it’s time to dress up the home. Although most hostesses plan a delicious meal, and spend days on holiday decor, and the table setting, don’t forget most guests hang out by the bar. A well stocked home bar is a must for a fabulous party; make sure yours is as appetizing as possible.


Stock up on some basic liquor, there’s no need to buy 6 different brands of Scotch or Vodka, all you need is maybe 5 different spirits and a few mixers. Buy good quality spirits, liquor keeps for a long time, especially if stored in a cool and dark place. To set up the perfect home bar you will need these basic spirits, Vodka, Gin, Scotch, Tequila, White Rum and Cognac, and a few mixers like Cointreau, red and white vermouth, and bitters. Don’t forget to have supplies for non-alcoholic drinks as well, a selection of sodas, juices, and fresh fruit, along with sweetened concentrates. Also a few pieces of equipment such as bar spoon, jigger, cocktail shaker and strainer. You’ll also need glassware, a short glass, a tall glass, and a stem. If you will be serving wine invest in a basic wine glass, six of each is all you need for an everyday bar, but for a party, plan on an average of 3 glasses per person.

Now that we have basic supplies let’s get down to the fun part of decorating and the set up of the perfect home bar. If you have a bar area or a bar cart use it; if you don’t maybe you have a chest, buffet or console table that you can use; if not try a fold up table, and cover it with a simple white table cloth to the floor.
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Like any other area of the home, the bar area can be accessorized with beautiful dishes and containers and must be as appealing as the dinner table. Start with your larger items, like the ice container, or you might want to use a large decorative bowl to store the champagne and wine bottles. If you are using a console table of buffet try placing all the spirits on a large tray. Use a variety of dishes and tabletop accessories with different colors, materials and styles, that always makes for a more interesting and eclectic setting. Varying the height of dishes and trays brings attention to small items.

Don’t skimp on the bar accessories, find beautiful tools and equipment to serve your guests, pay attention to the details, it’s what people remember most from your party. After setting up these items step back and see if you need extra light,

Maybe you need to bring in some tall items to balance the bar like tall candle sticks. Flowers and greenery bring color and the outdoors in.


By now you will have set up the perfect home bar; welcoming, functional, and beautiful.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a beautiful home at Carmel Décor.

Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Vintage Inspired Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, have you started planning? Are you going to be hosting at your home? This year we’re going to my in-laws for the Thanksgiving feast, but I will be setting the table. I love the fall season and each year I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving around the table with my family. This year’s decorations will be eclectic and whimsical using my vintage collection of tableware. During the past week I’ve been researching and found some vintage inspired Thanksgiving decoration ideas.

Remember, when assembling anything that’s vintage inspired, don’t be fussy or a perfectionist. In order to pull a tablescape or vintage room together you need to allow your personality and charm to come through. Pick your favorite color, pattern, and get creative.

Here are some ideas, look through your home and find objects that can be recycled and re-purposed. Remember the turkey dishes you picked up at the flea market in July? It’s time to take them out. Find coordinating glasses, stemware, tablecloth, and arrange a unique eclectic place setting that reflects your style and shows off your collections. Remember Vintage inspired Thanksgiving decoration means nothing has to match.

Don’t forget to bring the bounty of fall indoor, seasonal flowers, branches with fall colors, all can be arranged to help celebrate the season. Candles are always necessary and cast a beautiful light, select candle sticks that are all the same color like silver or crystal, or maybe even colored glass.

Try to assemble all the decorative elements in groups of three or odd numbers. Gold chargers, beautiful napkins and candles are great ideas for adding sparkle and a festive vibe to the vintage inspired table.

Remember to keep things simple and seasonal, pine cones, and ornaments, make beautiful arrangements.

Twig charger and a collection of mismatched plates are charming and certainly have the vintage idea.

Think out side the box, put away the idea of a traditional table cloth and find new ways to dress the table.

I have a collection of amber glass, the only thing they have in common is the amber color, I think I’ll use them at the desert table.

Make a display of serving pieces. Display items that have one thing in common, like color, style or manufacturer.

However you dress your table on Thanksgiving; we wish you a wonderful holiday season.
And remember to:

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Happy decorating,
by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Red, White & Blue

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You can find beautiful decorative pillows, wall decor, area rugs and home accents  to help celebrate the 4th of July at Carmel Decor.

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Flag Day – How To Decorate Using Red White and Blue


Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th, and it commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. The official start of the summer season is Memorial Day, closing on Labor Day, with the 4th of July and Flag Day in the middle. The stars and stripes is a popular theme used in interiors and home accessory. Sometimes in its full glory and sometimes very abstract.



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With a few accessories you can celebrate the American Flag.
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With a few accessories you can celebrate the American Flag.
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The summer months are a great time to display the American Flag. Do you display the American Flag in your home? Have you used red, white and blue to decorate any room in your home?

I hope you can use these ideas to create the room you’ve been dreaming of. You can find beautiful decorative throw pillows, wall decor and rugs to decorate in the patriotic theme at Carmel Decor. Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us?

by Firoozeh Khorrami
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