Two vintage club chairs are upholstered in a bright blue fabric to break up the dark, moody colors in this living room designed by HGTV's Property Brothers. The blue curtains and rattan window treatment add texture.
Framed photos of old Hollywood movie stars and historic icons line the Venetian plastered walls in this art deco cigar lounge. An ebony coffee table sits atop the exotic lion rug, while club chairs covered in royal blue velvet finish off the sultry gathering space.
The curve of green upholstered club chairs adds to the airy and calm aesthetic of this living room, utilizing a neutral color palette to create a comfortable and quiet space. A modern, gold c-shaped side table adds a bit of reflective spark to the muted pastels.
Whether you want to cozy up and read a book by the fireplace or play a game with family and friends, this cozy living room offers the best of both worlds. A pair of club chairs sit fireside around the game table, while built-in bookshelves behind offer a wide selection of books to choose from.
When you have a TV above a mantel, your decor space is limited. But you can warm up the spot with greenery. Use preserved boxwood globes, which are sold by many retailers for $50-$75, for a lush look that's long-lasting. The size of the boxwood topiaries also provide a contrast with the tall mantel, says Michelle Mentzer, owner of Miles Design Group in metro Atlanta.
If you have a lidded ceramic jar, fill it for free with natural reeds or branches from nearby pond or lake. Then use the lid as part of your decor, by simply leaning it against a small stack of books. You won't have to buy another accessory to fill that space. This rustic mantle is in a home on north Georgia's Lake Burton, in the Waterfall Club community.
Trunk Club's Maggie Mee has three tips to business travelers to consider when packing for a work trip. "1. Don't wear your jacket or third piece while in flight. Gently fold and place on the top of your carry on. 2. Wear lightweight layers to help hide wrinkles and make sure that you're comfortable while in flight. Patterned fabrics also hide the look of wrinkles. 3. Bring a small bottle of wrinkle release spray in your carry on to remove any wrinkles that might have developed on the plane. If you'll have time to check into your hotel, you might also think about bringing a small steamer to freshen up your look." In addition, if you want to be comfortable and fresh for arrival, Mee recommends a change of costume during the travel portion of your trip. "I'd also encourage you to switch up your footwear from flight to meeting. A pair of flats or sneakers are perfect for getting through airport security and keeping you comfortable and can be quickly swapped out for a pair of heels, boots or dress shoes when you arrive at your final destination."
Always keep changes of weather in mind when packing, especially if you have long days outdoors planned. When packing for Memorial Day weekend, Trunk Club's Maggie Mee recommends some key pieces that are stylish and multi-functional. "For women, wide leg cropped pants serve as a trendy versatile base. You can pair them with a cami or knit tee. Fitted tops complement the wide pant leg. You might also think about swapping out dresses for jumpsuits this Memorial Day weekend. They're perfect for moving around a picnic and leave you feeling comfortable and carefree."
According to a Trunk Club survey, 21% of travelers have to purchase an item while on their trip because of "feeling out of place in the clothing they packed." Look at dress codes at the restaurants where you plan on dining and pack at least one dressier outfit for unexpected invitations. Remember that many religious sites require more coverage than most tourists are used to, especially in the summer, so also take those sorts of strictures into consideration.
Maggie Mee, head of merchandising at Nordstrom's Trunk Club, a personalized styling service, has some solid advice when it comes to packing for business travel. "When traveling for business, items that don't easily wrinkle and that you feel comfortable and confident wearing should all be considerations," says Mee. "Wool and bamboo are great fabric choices as both are temperature regulating, dry quickly, wrinkle less and are lightweight. A knit sport coat stands up well to travel and gives a polished look, while layering a lightweight merino wool sweater over a dress shirt can hide wrinkles. Choosing complementary colors and textures is helpful, too, should you need to accommodate for weather or a last-minute wardrobe emergency. Consider also bringing at least one bold pattern—it can help you stand out, initiate conversation and may even hide some stains."
Updating your kitchen doesn’t always have to cost a fortune or involve weeks of construction. In some cases, it’s the small changes that make the biggest impact. Let this well-designed model home serve as an inspiration for a weekend cabinet redo. You can add decorative molding to your existing cabinets, by following this tutorial by HGTV designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
The $19.5-million Elk Horn Ranch boasts stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The luxurious main house has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, large living spaces with vaulted ceilings and an entertaining-ready kitchen and bar. For guests that love to have their own getaway, the Wrangler cabin is a perfect one-room cabin complete with a bathroom and kitchenette. And, of course, don't forget the horses, who have a spacious four-stall barn to return to after exploring the ranch's 160 acres.
Fifty percent of travelers have to buy something new because of unexpected weather. Pack a light rain jacket for the inclement weather that can pop up and turn well-laid plans suddenly soggy. Mee suggests, "when bringing outerwear or other bulky items, wear it on the plane so you can save your suitcase space for other valuable layers." And don't worry about packing an umbrella says Mee. "Most hotel lobbies have umbrellas you can borrow."