The Perfect Rug For Summer

After a long winter, summer is the time to lighten up on the layers and freshen up your home! When it comes to home decor, that means storing away heavier wool and knotted rugs in order to make way for lighter, more breathable fabrics. As stated on My Domaine, lightweight rugs are “a great way to maintain an inviting atmosphere in your home during the summer months when warm temperatures make the thought of stepping on plush wool unbearable.”

That’s where Dhurrie comes in: the hand-woven rugs by Avocado Decor are 100% cotton and the perfect lightweight rug for summer; Yet they're versatile enough that they work in colder months too, if you don’t want to switch your rugs out when the temperature drops. Best of all, they’re machine washable, so they’re a breeze to clean in those busy summer months when your home is getting a lot of foot traffic.

Amanda’s House Of Elegance has tons of beautiful, warm-weather friendly Dhurrie rug options. Read on to see some of our favourites below…

Dhurrie Arrow Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 2x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Arrow Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 2x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Bev Dusty Pink (Available Sizes: 2x3, 2x8, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Bev Dusty Pink (Available Sizes: 2x3, 2x8, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Bev Sailor Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 2x8, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Bev Sailor Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 2x8, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Fusion Ice Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 7x9, 4x6, 2x8, 3x5, 5x8), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($27.95 – $189.95)

Dhurrie Fusion Ice Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 7x9, 4x6, 2x8, 3x5, 5x8), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($27.95 – $189.95)

Dhurrie Bliss Blue 7x9, Amanda’s House Of Elegance    (Special Order Only)   ($286.95)

Dhurrie Bliss Blue 7x9, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only) ($286.95)

Dhurrie Geo Aqua (Available Sizes: 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($68.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Geo Aqua (Available Sizes: 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($68.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Geo Black (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Geo Black (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Lozenge Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only)   ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Lozenge Blue (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only) ($27.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Lozenge Grey (Available Sizes: 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($110.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Lozenge Grey (Available Sizes: 4x6, 5x8, 7x9), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($110.95 – $286.95)

Dhurrie Saddle Stitch Ivory (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only)   ($27.95 – $189.95)

Dhurrie Saddle Stitch Ivory (Available Sizes: 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x8), Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only) ($27.95 – $189.95)

Trend Alert: 4 Ways To Decorate With Macrame

Image via  The Glitter Guide

As stated on Country Living, “macramé may be best known for its bohemian run in the '60s and '70s, but the textile art form of knotting and hitching is believed to have originated in the 13th century and was all the rage in the Victorian era.”

The fringe trend, originally popular among hippy and grunge folk is now making a major comeback. You will find macrame dominating social media—especially Pinterest—in the form of macrame plant hangers, macrame wall hangings, macrame pillows, and more. Macrame’s “hippy” origins cause a polarizing split in opinions within the interior decorating community—you either love it or hate it—but we believe that there are ways to incorporate the fringe trend into your decor in small doses; So you can add a bohemian touch to your home decor no matter what your style (more on that below!)

With all the buzz surrounding macrame, you may feel inclined to find yourself some DIY macrame tutorials. But for those of you who would rather save on supplies (and time!) and/or those who are not natural DIY-ers, there are still plenty of beautiful, pre-made macrame products that you can use to decorate your home ASAP (no crafting required!) See below for a list of some of the macrame offerings here at Amanda’s House Of Elegance, and learn how you can incorporate them into your home decor…

Image via  Matchbook Mag

Image via Matchbook Mag

4 Macrame Decorating Ideas

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1. Macrame Hanging Planters

Love it or hate it, macrame hanging planters are a classic example of 70’s decorating. These versatile planters can be hung in windows or in corners to add a little greenery to your space with a bohemian touch.

Bonus: Many interior decorators have begun opting for faux plants in their interior designs—so feel free to decorate your hanging planters sans commitment with a faux plant option! You can find tons of faux, bontaically correct plants here at Amanda’s House Of Elegance (see below for suggestions!)

43” Macrame Plant Hanger by Canfloyd, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($47.95)

43” Macrame Plant Hanger by Canfloyd, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($47.95)

Macrame Hanging Planter w/ Beads in Natural, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($22.95)

Macrame Hanging Planter w/ Beads in Natural, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($22.95)

Macrame Hanging Planter w/ Beads in Grey, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($22.95)

Macrame Hanging Planter w/ Beads in Grey, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($22.95)

Macrame Hanging Planter w/ Beads in Black, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($22.95)

Macrame Hanging Planter w/ Beads in Black, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($22.95)

13” Potted Lavender, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($21.95)

13” Potted Lavender, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($21.95)

5” Ceramic Vase in Blush, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($16.95)

5” Ceramic Vase in Blush, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($16.95)

5” Ceramic Vase in Brown, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($16.95)

5” Ceramic Vase in Brown, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($16.95)

Beaded Hanging Macrame w/ Planter (Blue), Amanda’s House Of Elegance,  ($20.95)

Beaded Hanging Macrame w/ Planter (Blue), Amanda’s House Of Elegance, ($20.95)

Beaded Hanging Macrame w/ Planter (Green), Amanda’s House Of Elegance,  ($20.95)

Beaded Hanging Macrame w/ Planter (Green), Amanda’s House Of Elegance, ($20.95)

Assorted Herb Picks, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($9.95/ea)

Assorted Herb Picks, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($9.95/ea)

Wisteria Mini Vine, Amand’s House Of Elegance  ($20.95)

Wisteria Mini Vine, Amand’s House Of Elegance ($20.95)

Fern Pick, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($9.95)

Fern Pick, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($9.95)

Eucalyptus Plant, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($9.95)

Eucalyptus Plant, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($9.95)

Senecio Pick, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($8.95)

Senecio Pick, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($8.95)

Lavender Bundle, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($12.95)

Lavender Bundle, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($12.95)

Image via  Domino

Image via Domino

2. Macrame Wall Hangings

Macrame wall hangings are a great way to dip your toes in the macrame trend while staying true to your own personal style, since there are lots of design variations to choose from; Some are all macrame, while others mix in metal elements and geometric shapes for a more modern look.

Macrame Wall Decor w/ Ball, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($25.95)

Macrame Wall Decor w/ Ball, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($25.95)

Macrame Wall Decor in Black and Beige, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($45.95)

Macrame Wall Decor in Black and Beige, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($45.95)

Cotton Macrame Wall Hanging in Natural, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only)   ($50.95)

Cotton Macrame Wall Hanging in Natural, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only) ($50.95)

Wool Macrame Wall Hanging in Natural, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only)   ($86.95)

Wool Macrame Wall Hanging in Natural, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only) ($86.95)

Wool Macrame Wall Hanging in Grey, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only)   ($86.95)

Wool Macrame Wall Hanging in Grey, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only) ($86.95)

Macrame Dreamcatcher, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($63.95)

Macrame Dreamcatcher, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($63.95)

Image via  Kembali Home

Image via Kembali Home

3. Macrame Pillows

Macrame throw pillows are another great way to test the fringe trend in your home without committing to a macrame hanging planter. They add a carefree, bohemian vibe to any bed styling.

Moreover, natural (read: cream/off-white) macrame pillows are a great decorating option for minimalists: For those of who stick to decorating in monochromatic, light tones (think black and white and shades of grey) in their home, the texture of macrame adds depth and warmth to a space to help avoid it looking too flat or cold.

See below for some macrame-inspired pillow picks…

17x17 Macrame Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)   ($55.95 each)

17x17 Macrame Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2) ($55.95 each)

24x24 Fringe/Bubble Beige Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)   ($88.95 each)

24x24 Fringe/Bubble Beige Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2) ($88.95 each)

18x18 Cream/Natural Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)   ($57.95 each)

18x18 Cream/Natural Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2) ($57.95 each)

17x17 Black/Natural Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)   ($46.95 each)

17x17 Black/Natural Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2) ($46.95 each)

26x26 Gold Knot Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($80.95)

26x26 Gold Knot Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($80.95)

20x20 Soft Lines Natural Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($50.95)

20x20 Soft Lines Natural Pillow, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($50.95)

4. Macrame Candle Holders

Macrame candle holders are a subtle way to inject a bohemian vibe into your table styling—especially for your summer entertaining! Alternatively, you can use these in an interior vignette to add a natural element to your existing home decor.

Glass Hurricane with Natural Macrame Cover, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($28.95)

Glass Hurricane with Natural Macrame Cover, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($28.95)

Recap

Bottom line: Macrame is back and better than ever thanks to innovative artisans and designers who are marrying the old and the new, using time-honoured techniques in inventive ways. So if you haven’t jumped onto the modern-day macrame train, now is the time! Come into Amanda’s House Of Elegance today and find the perfect macrame piece to compliment your decor!

How To Host A Stylish Summer Party

Image via  Camille Styles

Image via Camille Styles

There really is nothing better than an al fresco dinner party, and we at Amanda’s House of Elegance are thankful that warmer weather has finally graced us. In the spirit of the summer entertaining season, we have complied a list of tips for hosting a stylish summer party from the cocktails, to the meals, right down to the decor (of course!)

Read on to find out how you can effortlessly host a summer soiree that is as equally stylish as it is entertaining!

Summer Entertaining: Rules To Live By

  1. Keep It Relaxed: Stay true to the carefree spirit of summer and keep your parties intimate and relaxed, rather than over-the-top spectacles.

  2. Let People Sit Where They Want To: In keeping with the above point, assigned seating is the antithesis of relaxed and casual dining. Ensure a welcoming, laidback vibe by allowing your guests to sit wherever they please.

  3. Don’t Be Afraid Of Eclectic Decor: We’re not saying to throw your personal decor style out the window, but don’t be afraid to incorporate a bold, summer colour palette or eclectic accents into your summer entertaining, which are on-point for the season. We especially love Bohemian-style pieces (think Moroccan lanterns) and tropical-inspired accents. Tip: Make sure your colour story is cohesive across all of your outdoor decor.

  4. Serve Seasonal Food: Think homemade dishes that you can serve “family style” with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Try one of these 30 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes from Country Living (check out Cookie and Kate for summer recipes if you will be having any vegetarians at your table!) Tip: Stick to one “theme” or style of cuisine for your menu to elevate your gathering.

  5. Remember these 3 Words: Streamlined, Stocked, Self-Serve: As stated on Martha Stewart, “The ideal drinks setup is streamlined, well stocked, and self-serve. Case in point: A batch of freshly squeezed lemonade* will please practically everyone. Ice it down in a four-gallon stainless-steel dispenser and no one will get stuck manning the bar. Kids can help themselves; adults can punch theirs up with vodka and citrus and herb garnishes, which double as decor.” Tip: Don't forget to update your cooler: “an oversize resin Champagne bucket has all the appeal of a galvanized steel one” as said on Martha Stewart, but it will look much more chic!

    *Editor’s Note: …or any fresh juice!

Image via  Camille Styles

Image via Camille Styles

Metal Flamingo, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($67.95)

Metal Flamingo, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($67.95)

Distressed Metal Wall Flowers, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($25.95 Each)

Distressed Metal Wall Flowers, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($25.95 Each)

Tips For Hosting A Stylish Summer Party

Make A Statement With Your Table Decor

Summer entertaining al fresco calls for durable serveware and linens, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style. Look for ceramic plates and flatware, hefty (read: unbreakable) glassware, and colourful tablecloths and napkins that are easy to clean.

Want an simple outdoor table decor hack? Summertime offers such a colourful bounty of stone fruit, garden vegetables, and berries; So let the menu double as décor: show off fruits and veggies in beautiful serveware pieces — think tiered stands and hand-crafted bowls — to make your food display-worthy. Guests will love the edible centerpiece!

For bonus style points: Echo the natural surroundings with organic-shaped decor, wooden accents, floral prints, and statement-making centerpieces. Our picks for centrepieces that won’t wilt in the heat are palm leaves and dessert blooms like succulents and cacti. But don’t think you are limited to real plants when it comes to decorating! Many interior decorators have begun opting for faux plants in both their interior and exterior designs — so you can enjoy tropical botanicals in your dining decor sans commitment with a faux option! You can find tons of faux, bontaically correct plants here at Amanda’s House Of Elegance.

Tip: Serving trays are your best friend when it comes to outdoor entertaining. You can fit a serving tray with tasty hors d'oeuvre (or even bubbling flutes for toasts) and disperse them amongst your guests. Alternatively, you can corral pretty drinkware or other serveware in trays (which double as decor).

13x19 Placemat by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - With Purchase of (1) Pair of Matching Pillows, Below)    ($22.95 - Set of 2)

13x19 Placemat by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - With Purchase of (1) Pair of Matching Pillows, Below)
($22.95 - Set of 2)

13x19 Placemat by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - With Purchase of any (1) Pair of Matching Pillows, Below)    ($22.95 - Set of 2)

13x19 Placemat by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - With Purchase of any (1) Pair of Matching Pillows, Below)
($22.95 - Set of 2)

13x19 Placemat by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - With Purchase of any (1) Pair of Matching Pillows, Below)    ($22.95 - Set of 2)

13x19 Placemat by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - With Purchase of any (1) Pair of Matching Pillows, Below)
($22.95 - Set of 2)

White Leaf Plate (14x20) by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($30.95)

White Leaf Plate (14x20) by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($30.95)

White Leaf Plate (6x15) by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($30.95)

White Leaf Plate (6x15) by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($30.95)

Capiz Shell Tray, Set Of 4 (Food Safe for Nuts, Candies) by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($20.95)

Capiz Shell Tray, Set Of 4 (Food Safe for Nuts, Candies) by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($20.95)

Split Leaf Philodendron Stem, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($8.95)

Split Leaf Philodendron Stem, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($8.95)

Potted Cacti Garden, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($56.95)

Potted Cacti Garden, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($56.95)

Lavender Bundle, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($21.95)

Lavender Bundle, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($21.95)

5” Brass Plated Metal Planter, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($20.95)

5” Brass Plated Metal Planter, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($20.95)

Seating Is Key

Dinner outdoors can and should be just as accommodating and comfortable as one you’d host indoors. Opt for comfy outdoor dining chairs with cushioned seating whenever possible (make sure they’re clean and presentable!); Or if your aesthetic is more rustic than there is nothing wrong with classic wooden chairs or even metal dining chairs if industrial chic is more your style. Whatever your aesthetic, outdoor-friendly throw cushions go a long way to make your dining seating both inviting and comfortable (ditto for outdoor benches). Moreover, throw cushions are a great way to add character and depth to your outdoor decor, so feel free to play around with texture and colour.

Tip: Use throw cushions as an opportunity to establish continuity in your decorating scheme by carrying over the colour palette from your dining table through the rest of your outdoor space. For optimal effect don’t be too matchy-matchy and try pattern mixing for a laidback, Bohemian vibe (just make sure to stick to the same colour palette and create contrast by pairing large-scale patterns with smaller-scale patterns to avoid visual busy-ness!)

20x20* Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)    ($44.95 each)   *Also available in 14x20 and 11x20

20x20* Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)
($44.95 each)
*Also available in 14x20 and 11x20

20x6.5 Bolster Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)    ($42.95 each)

20x6.5 Bolster Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)
($42.95 each)

14x20* Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)    ($33.95 each)    *Also available in 20x20

14x20* Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)
($33.95 each)
*Also available in 20x20

20x20 Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)    ($46.95 each)

20x20 Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)
($46.95 each)

11x20 Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)    ($29.95 each)

11x20 Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)
($29.95 each)

20x20* Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)    ($44.95 each)   *Also available in 14x20, 11x20 and 20x6.5 bolster

20x20* Outdoor Pillow by Ninety-Five & Co, Amanda’s House Of Elegance (Special Order Only - Minimum Qty 2)
($44.95 each)
*Also available in 14x20, 11x20 and 20x6.5 bolster

Use Lighting To Set The Mood

When it comes to outdoor entertaining in the summer, it goes without saying that when the sun goes down lighting is king in setting the tone of your gathering and your decor. Not to mention you will need ample lighting for safety reasons (nobody wants a twisted ankle!) so don’t forget to generously factor in well-placed lights into your decorating scheme.

  • Lanterns do double-duty as stylish tabletop lighting and can also illuminate any path that needs brightening (we strongly recomend using LED candles for lanterns!)

  • Don’t forget a backyard classic: hang string lights between trees for extra coziness (we recommend using battery-powered, outdoor-safe bistro string lights for illumination sans outlet).

  • Of course, you can use candles or even torches to create a warm and inviting environment for your guests (just keep a close eye on them!)

Cobi Style Fabric Lantern in Pink, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($34.95)

Cobi Style Fabric Lantern in Pink, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($34.95)

Stainless Steel & Glass Lantern with Wood Handle by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($178.95)

Stainless Steel & Glass Lantern with Wood Handle by S&C, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($178.95)

Lantern in Mint, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($13.95)

Lantern in Mint, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($13.95)

Metallic Lantern with Jute, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($22.95)

Metallic Lantern with Jute, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($22.95)

Glass Hurricane with Natural Macrame Cover, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($28.95)

Glass Hurricane with Natural Macrame Cover, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($28.95)

Seeded Cream Colour Glass Hurricane, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($74.95)

Seeded Cream Colour Glass Hurricane, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($74.95)

Start With A Signature Cocktail

As Amanda S. Gluck behind Fashionable Hostess says, “the party starts with ‘a signature cocktail or wine that complements the meal. Whether its a light white wine to compliment the fish or something bubbly to welcome and toast guests, I like to have something special selected for the gathering.’ She says that whether your drink of choice is wine, whiskey, or a punchy sangria, there are two hostess must-haves for any home bar: pro-level tools and a set of gorgeous glassware.”

Tip: Hydration is so important, particularly on warm summer days and when drinking alcohol. Always make sure that there is plenty of fresh water available for your guests! You can spruce up your basic H20 by adding sprigs of rosemary, orange slices, or cucumber slivers.

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Ward Off Pests

Remember to cover food with mesh domes to keep bugs away. There are also tons of devices out there that are designed to keep the pests at bay — try running an electric fan or using this surprisingly stylish “anti-fly sphere” by Delao (below).

Photo: Kate Mathis

Photo: Kate Mathis

Don’t Forget The Tunes

Connect a few Bluetooth speakers via wifi, and voilà! Anyone with a smartphone can DJ. Queue up a few songs, or use a handy app like Spotify to find the perfect playlist to fit your summer soiree.

Recap

The key thing to remember when hosting a summer party is to keep it laid back! Have fun with it, and experiment with your decor in bold ways that summer calls for.

A thoughtfully selected menu, great drinks, and good friends are all you need! For the rest, come visit Amanda’s House Of Elegance today and find the perfect decorations for your summer soiree.

Faux Plant Life

Image via  West Elm

Image via West Elm

Why You Should Decorate With Synthetic Botanicals

In the interior decorating world we are seeing faux plants embraced more and more by interior decorators and consumers alike. Gone are the days when synthetic plants were considered tacky; Today thanks to high quality materials and design, we are now blessed with “botanically correct” plant dupes that look just like the real thing — and may be even more beautiful than their live counterparts!

Read on to learn why artificial plants are making a comeback, and how to incorporate them into your own interior decor to make your space more beautiful with less work (win-win!)

Botanically Correct = Realistic Appearance

Put simply, “botanically correct” plants are faux botanicals that have been designed, shaped, and painted to replicate the real thing so they are almost indistinguishable from the plants they are imitating. These lifelike artificial plants will blend seamlessly with your live plants and we promise you and your guests won’t be able to tell the difference!

Tip: Make sure to tease out the stems or branches to give the plant “life” and movement for optimum effect.

Low Maintenance

Faux plants will keep their shape and beauty forever with minimal effort on your part, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature in your home with zero commitment. To state the obvious, synthetic plants need substantially less care than real plants — no sunlight, watering, or pruning required. You also don’t have to worry about insect or pest attacks that will spoil the perfection and growth of your plant.

Tip: Remember to dust your faux plants to keep them in tip-top condition.

No Seasonal Changes

As mentioned above, we love artificial plants for their eternal beauty. Unlike real plants, faux plants don’t grow or change their appearance over time. Real botanicals go through seasonal changes where they shed flowers and leaves, which is not favourable when it comes to maintaining your desired look for your interior decor. This is a non-issue with faux plants! They will always stay as beautiful as the day you got them.

Image via  CB2

Image via CB2

More Durable

No disrespect to Mother Nature, but the synthetic materials used in making faux plants are high-quality and durable enough to outlast any real plant! So you can enjoy them for years to come without fear of withering, root-rot, or pest damage.

Cheaper To Maintain

Although faux botanicals may be more of an investment upfront, they are far less costly in the long run. We’re sure many of you are familiar with the trials and tribulations of keeping an expensive, exotic plant alive when you are cursed with a brown thumb. Synthetic materials look good and cost less to take care of because they don’t require any kind of plant food or pesticides. Artificial plants are guaranteed low-maintenance and won’t die and bring you heartbreak — no green thumb required.

Easy To Decorate With

Since faux plants don’t rely on natural factors to live you can move them anywhere in your home regardless of sunlight, and repot them whenever you please. This gives you creative freedom in your decorating since you can move them from room to room to change up the look of your space on a whim without fear of killing your precious plant.

Where To Buy Faux Plants

With the growing popularity of faux botanicals, decor stores have risen to the occasion and now offer tons of beautiful and realistic artificial options.

Here at Amanda’s House Of Elegance, we have an impressive collection of faux plants and florals to get you started — from the famous fiddle leaf fig, to cacti and succulents, to palm leaves and aloe plants. See below to find your favourite and come visit Amanda’s House Of Elegance to take one home today!

6'2” Fiddle Leaf Tree, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($299.95)

6'2” Fiddle Leaf Tree, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($299.95)

5’ Fiddle Leaf Tree, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($179.95)

5’ Fiddle Leaf Tree, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($179.95)

4'2" Fig Tree, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($138.95)

4'2" Fig Tree, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($138.95)

4' New Baby Schefflera, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($66.95)

4' New Baby Schefflera, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($66.95)

36” Grass Gladious w/Pot, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($114.95)

36” Grass Gladious w/Pot, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($114.95)

Split Leaf Philodendron Stem, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($8.95)

Split Leaf Philodendron Stem, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($8.95)

Potted Fern, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($62.95)

Potted Fern, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($62.95)

41" Potted Fern, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($84.95)

41" Potted Fern, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($84.95)

39" Bird Of Paradise, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($138.95)

39" Bird Of Paradise, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($138.95)

Potted Cacti Garden, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($56.95)

Potted Cacti Garden, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($56.95)

Potted Succulents (2 Sizes), Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($19.95 small, $26.95 large)

Potted Succulents (2 Sizes), Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($19.95 small, $26.95 large)

Philodendron & Anthurium in Cement Planters, Amanda’s House Of Elegance  ($23.95 /ea)

Philodendron & Anthurium in Cement Planters, Amanda’s House Of Elegance ($23.95 /ea)

Your Guide To Adding Art to your life

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This is your guide to artwork and how magical it can be in the world of interior design! At Amanda’s House of Elegance we love art in all its forms and want to help you curate an art collection that elevates your home from ordinary to magical. Imagine your artwork as the icing on the cake, once you have a good base you can add your personality and express yourself through decor and artwork. Wall art draws the eye, pulls a space together and makes your home inviting; and we are ready to tell you how! 

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Part One: Decisions, Decisions 

  1. Select what you like! This is the biggest tip we could give to anyone buying art, you have to live with it and therefore you should love it! There are no rules for what art you should like, art should foster positive feelings of enjoyment, curiosity or relaxation. Pick what speaks to you!

  2. Use your walls for expression! Maybe you are in a bit of a decor rut, or you played in safe in your furnishing when initially decorating;  Now you can choose art to express your personality and style. Art can be an investment, but their are great budget friendly options for every budget. So don’t be afraid to switch things up and get something new.

  3. Act fast, most artwork is one of a kind for a reason! If you love something, take the leap!

  4. Find a starting point! Whether its the artwork itself that you are designing a room around or you are trying to pick a piece for an existing room design, you need to find a starting point! This can be a style, colour, theme, or inspiration. So pick a point and start investigating your options. 

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Part Two: The Logistics

  1. Scale, Scale, Scale! The size of your piece is one of the most important aspects to choosing art. You need to find a something that not only works style wise, but also in terms of dimensions and placement. A huge style mistake is leaving a small piece of art floating in the middle of a giant wall with nothing to ground it If a piece is too small, try pairing it with other art or photographs to bring a more cohesive look to your space.

  2. To go solo or to pair? Like indicated above, if something is too small a great way to remedy the situation is to pair it with other things. These things can be alike or in completely different genres. Try to find a common connection flowing through all pieces, try a colour or style.

  3. Negative space can be your friend! Use blank walls to your advantage, because they can turn into something beautiful. If you have large areas of blank space, invest in larger piece. A large piece of artwork that fills a space can be truly captivating

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All the artwork in this post can currently be purchased at Amanda’s House of Elegance! We hope you find the perfect piece that fosters positive feelings and adds joy to your life. We love elegant and beautiful things at House of Elegance and would love for you to fall in love with something here!

Your Guide To The Biggest Trends of 2019

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Keeping up with the newest design trends can be a hefty task to accomplish. Things are always changing and the trends seem almost too large to achieve in your home. To help you out, here is your guide to the biggest trends of 2019. This is an inside look into what the design world is morphing into this year and how you can get your hands onto whats hot!

Pattern Play

Mixing pattern of any and all kinds is the new way to go! Rugs, fabrics and tiles in all styles and patterns are all approved and appreciated. This trend is all about being confident, don’t be afraid to test different items until you find a good mix. An easy way to ease into this trend is by incorporating different pillows into your space. At Amanda’s House of Elegance, we have a ton of styles that could easily be mixed and matches to create a beautiful aesthetic. Try pairing a large striped pillow and a pillow with a smaller floral or ikat print. This will create the effect without overwhelming you all at once.

Colour Theory

In 2019 we are going back to the primary’s, primary colours that is. Thats right, 2019 is all about blue, red and yellow! While these colours are certainly bold, they can be incorporated into any space with ease with these simple tips.

  1. Don’t forget about your hallways: Hallways can be a great place to infuse some serious colour. This is because they can stand almost on their own, you can treat them with their own identity!

  2. Don’t force a colour into a room where it obviously doesn’t belong. If you already have a room with a set colour scheme, this may not be the place for this trend. Add some bolder primary colours into room where the colour maybe already exists or if the room is already generally neutral.

  3. If you are a nervous Nancy about colour, try sticking to small accents at first versus a larger piece. This way if you decide its not for you you can change it out again!

  4. The front door way be a great place to start this colourful journey! A navy blue or bright red would be lovely door colours that truly make a pop.

Masculine vs Feminine

This trend is all about how to mix the feminine side of style and the masculine side. The masculine being leathers, dark metals, dark colours, and dark woods. The feminine being white and creams, linen, floral patterns and curvier shapes. While leather couches and dark wood furniture are nothing new, this trend is about finding the perfect balance between them to appeal to all preferences.

Organic Shapes

Bring on all things curvy! Straight and streamlines are on the decline and 2019 is seeing lots of curvy furniture and more organic shapes. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they offer a manipulated perception of spatial awareness. Using this correctly means that there will appear to be a lot more space than there actually is, allowing for your home to feel larger! Let’s be honest, no one has ever wished for less space. Look for rounded accents to bring this trend to your home in 2019.

Daring Direction

Minimalism in on its way out and in the process is making room for maximalism! The phrase “more is more” is going to be in full swing and 2019 is bringing a surge of creativity in these busier room designs. Maximalism doesn’t just mean more stuff, because stuff is never the answer. This trend is about not being afraid to fill your space with patterns, texture, meaningful belongings, and life! Your space should feel lived in and welcoming compared to the clean lines and starkness of minimalism.

Mixed Texture

Texture has been in style for the last couple of design seasons but it is gaining even more momentum in 2019. Mixed texture means combining many different materials and fabrics to create and overall fuller and warmer space. This means combining the rich (velvets, leathers), with the cozy (wool, linen, fur) and throwing in some highlights (mirror, glass, metals). Don’t be afraid to combine many different materials to create the depth that your space deserves.

Bold Rugs

At Amanda’s House of Elegance we love a great rug! Bold rugs are on trend and we want to help you bring a beautiful rug into your home. The rug is not only a necessity, but it is also an easy way to update your space. There are three ways you can go with this trend, you can bring in a bold colour, or a bold pattern, or something that has a bit of both! At House of Elegance we can custom order a rug that will fill all your desires!

Stocking Stuffers Galore, and All Under $30!

Crazy to think about how quickly we are approaching Christmas. Only 14 days to go and we are excited. At Amanda's House of Elegance we definitely have you covered for all your gift giving needs. We have a plethora of amazing stocking stuffers for every person on your list, including yourself :) Make your way downtown and come visit us, you are sure to find something to add a bit of elegance to your life and those you are gifting to! All of these stocking stuffers ideas are under $30 and are waiting to be purchased by you!

  1. Medium WoodWick Candles

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With scents such as Vanilla and Sea Salt, Warm Wool and Bergamot and Basil, you are sure to find a scent to suit anyone on your list! These medium candles ($22.95) have a burn time of 28 hours, though we also have larger sizes that range from 50 to 85 hours of a lovely crackling fire sound around your home. You have to hear these candles in action to believe it, but they truly sound like your own little personal fireplace.

2. Mittens

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We have a few different styles and colours of mittens and gloves in the store and you won’t believe how warm and comfortable they are. A pair of mittens is always a great stocking stuffer because no one likes being cold; and like sock, one mitten always seems to be missing when the winter clothes get brought out each year making these the perfect necessity.

3. Earrings and other Jewelry

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We are so proud to carry two different jewelry lines! The first is Glee Jewelry; they are based out of Vancouver and are influenced by nature and designed for beauty. The also have natural elements reflected in every piece. Glee uses a variety of high quality platings such as gold, rose gold and silver and they are all coated with an anti-tarnish polish to ensure a long life. All of the metals Glee uses are completely hypoallergenic as they are nickel and lead free. All of their pieces are stunning and a store favourite.

The other jewelry line at Amanda’s House of Elegance is Jacqueline Kent Jewelry. This line is from Toronto and boasts unique and “one of a kind” designs. Each piece of jewellery is hand crafted with unique gemstones such as pearls, abalone shell, Swarovski zirconia, garnets, cubic zirconia, hematite and cut crystals. The metals used in Kent’s line are high quality base metals which include sterling silver, brass, steel and others. All pieces are nickel, cadium and lead compliant meeting North American safety standards and they are all hypoallergenic. If you love a stunning statement necklace this will be your new go to line.

4. Bath Bombs

These bath bombs by Bomb Cosmetics are the real deal, as you can see by the video below. As soon as they are dropped into warm water they begin to fizz and release essential oils and perfumes into the water. Now all you have to do it relax, the rest is taken care of! We have many different scents available here at Amanda’s House of Elegance and all bath bombs are $8.95.

5. LAMA Soap Company

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We love the LAMA Soap Company and are so proud to carry this soap line at Amanda’s House of Elegance. We stand behind their natural approach to skincare and love how environmentally friendly they are. LAMA uses 100% pure coconut oil and only therapeutic grade essential oils for both its scent and holistic properties. The labels are all made with recycled materials and embedded with wildflower seeds so they be planted to feed the bees. Trust us when we say that these soaps are all luxury, and all natural! Each soap is priced at 10.95.

6. Lip Balm

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Bee By The Sea is a Canadian natural skincare company. The entire company is based around the Sea Buckthorn berry because of its healing benefits to the skin. It is the combination of this superfood, along with unpasteurized honey that make Bee By The Sea one of a kind. They promote the benefits of their products to combat eczema, sunburn, dry skin, scars and many more. Their lip balm’s are nourishing and have the healing properties of the ingredients within leaving lips soft and moisturized. At 3.95 per tube, this lip balm makes the perfect stocking stuffer! Come into the store to check out our other Bee By The Sea products.

7. Tea Light Candle Holders

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The candle holders are purely pretty! The glass is cut in a way to allow light to be reflected off of the sides which make these an eye catcher. These are more elegant then your average tea light holder and are sure to impress the receiver. They are 13.95 each and are the perfect gift.

8. Mugs

We have such a lovely collection of mugs at Amanda’s House of Elegance and we think they would make the perfect stocking stuffer. With many styles available, you are sure to find a new favourite mug for someone on your list. There is nothing better then curling up over the holiday season with a hot drink and a good book!

Amanda's Top Christmas Decorating Tips and Tricks

Decorating for Christmas can be a little bit daunting but also very exciting. It’s a chance to change up some decor in your home and bring out some old holiday favourites. Plus everything looks more festive with some Christmas lights! So, whether you are a seasoned pro or still getting the hang of things, we hope these tips and tricks make your decorating adventure much more enjoyable.

  1. Don’t Forget the Front Entrance

This goes for both inside and outside. The entrance or foyer is great real estate for expressing your style and bringing out all the stops. It’s the first impression of Christmas that your home makes on your guests and it can be the most fun to play around with because of the amount of space. Don’t be afraid to invest in some larger pieces to make a big impact. A great purchase from Amanda’s House of Elegance would be one of our large nutcrackers. For $798.95 each, these nutcrackers would be a great investment to be the showstopper at your door.

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2. Think Outside of the Box

This can really mean many things. Not only can you use a variety of materials around your home, but you can use different colours and themes to add interest and something a little unexpected. An all white theme in the home is lovely, but why not throw in some champagne to jazz things up a bit. Besides, a little sparkle never hurt anyone around the Christmas season. Do you have lots of greenery leftover from trimming your tree? Put extra tree boughs down the centre of your table to create a unique centrepiece.

3. Keep It Simple

I don’t mean keep your decor simple, because as I’ve said before it is great to pull out all the stops around the holidays. Though there are ways you can make your life easier and less cluttered when decorating. For example, when purchasing lights, if you know the lights will be in an inconvenient location it may be smart to purchase battery powered lights to avoid cords hanging or being brought across a room to an outlet.

4. Decorate Your Dining Table

Though you must keep in mind that people had have to eat there! The dining room is a great space to enhance because it creates a lovely environment for one of the biggest meals of the year. While we encourage you to decorate to your hearts content, if people will be eating at the table regularly maybe keep it simpler so that nothing needs to be moved when setting the table.

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5. The Fireplace

Again such great real estate for decor. Remember to decorate both the mantle and the ground in front of the fireplace, as the fireplace is often the focal point of a room it’s important to dress it up. Candles and floral sprays are a great way to achieve this.

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6. Don’t Take Away Too Much

There is really no need to take away your everyday decor for the holidays. To simplify your life, just add decor to add Christmas spirt to your home. Adding red fruit like cranberries and pomegranates to your fruit bowl instead of the usual bananas and oranges, or adding some twinkly lights to your staircase are easy ways to add and not have to subtract any decor making it easier for you in the long run.

Mix and Match Ornaments

One of the biggest debates around Christmas time is when to start pulling out the Christmas decor. Here at Amanda’s House of Elegance, while we don’t expect you to de decorating too early, we are not ashamed to admit that its never to early! If you have been into the store recently you will know that we have already brung in the Christmas spirit with beautiful sprays, Christmas decor and an abundance of Christmas ornaments. We love the look of mixing in a variety of ornaments into your tree during the holidays, though style points go to those who can mix and match and making it all blend together beautifully. Here are our favourite combinations currently in the store! Come on in and check them out for yourself! Currently our ornaments are on SALE! Buy 4, get one FREE. Your tree will be the most stylish on the block.

White and Whimsical

Such whimsical shapes to connect these ornaments. Don’t be afraid to connect different colours and genres to create a unique set.

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Rose Gold and Glam

So many pretty pinks and rose golds this season, we love how these match but aren’t all the same colour.

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Play With Shape and Colour

I love how the shapes of these three play together. While all very different, they all have elongated shapes which bring them all together!

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Winter Whites

White is such a versatile colour. These ornaments look beautiful together and will really pop off the tree.

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Silver Snow

These ornaments will truly shine against all the lights on your tree. While subtle in colour, the different shapes will catch everyones eye.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Decorating For Christmas

If you haven’t been into Amanda’s House of Elegance recently, you must head in. It is a full on Christmas wonderland and is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. We are sure many of you are starting to think about decorating for Christmas and we are here to help! Not only do we have a plethora of elegant Christmas options for every room in your home, we have lots of tips and tricks to turn your space into a Christmas wonderland as well. Here are our favourite do’s and don’ts for the season.

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Do’s:

  1. Do you hate clutter? Stick to decorating the mantel and banisters on your stairwell to get a huge impact without cluttering your home. These locations add instant Christmas appeal without making your home feel crowded or cluttered. If you have small children or pets, these locations also are out of reach for the smaller occupants of the home.

  2. Use seasonal elements to allow your decor to last longer! By incorporating decor that is winter themed versus Christmas themed, you can start decorating earlier and leave your decor up longer. We all love Christmas decor, and are not telling you to skip the Christmas theme, but having a mixture of both will do you better in the long run.

  3. Be thoughtful an deliberate. By putting thought into all the spaces in your home, you will end up loving your decor for the happiest season of the year. Start thinking about your decor early and give yourself some time to wrap your head around colours and styles you like.

  4. Use lots of lights! Lights are the easiest way to get big impact on Christmas. Incorporate twinkly lights and candles into your decor and you are sure to end up with a beautiful Christmas display.

  5. Personalize your space. Don’t feel pressured to stick to one idea of Christmas, Decorate with whatever speaks to you. We love seeing personalized Christmas displays, this is also a great way to incorporate some of your kids and loved ones pieces into the home.

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Don’ts

  1. Don’t limit yourself to red and green. Christmas is a time for lots of colour to be incorporated and we want you to get inventive. We love seeing blues, golds, whites and silvers in all kinds of Christmas decor but truly any colour can be incorporated into your home. Your current home decor can be a great jumping off point for your holiday decor.

  2. Don’t expect things to be perfect. Perfection is not possible, and this is a don’t for all things holiday related, not just decor. Give yourself some time to relax and enjoy the holidays!

  3. Don’t shy away from the classics. Who doesn’t love a garland and some poinsettias? While Christmas is a great season for experimenting with decorations, we love the tested and true classics that fill your home with those warm and fuzzy feelings.

  4. Don’t overcrowd. Sometimes the simpler, the better. Take your time deciding what areas of your home should be busier than others, but don’t feel the need to add space filling decor to all areas.

We have so much more holiday content to come in the next couple of months! Happy Holidays and let the fun begin.