Mason jars really are one of the most versatile items out there – and great fun to play with around the holidays. Any holiday, really, but we’re concentrating on Christmas today. A little ingenuity and scavenging around what you’ve already got – and you can probably make something pretty special for the center of the table. From elegant lights to whimsical dioramas, the only limit is your imagination. Fill those Mason Jars with Holiday Cheer and when December 26 rolls around, start thinking about how … (read more)
Split Table and Nerd Chairs Create Cozy Dining Zone
Almost a trestle table – but not, the Split Table is the perfect addition to a modernist décor with touches of a mid-century aesthetic. The splayed legs, while referencing the 50s style, are made more 21st century with their chunky and angular profile as well as by the split and bent craftsmanship at the top of the legs. The chunkier split legs makes this table a perfect foil for the oversized dining pendants above and the overall pale … (read more)
Sneak peek at this holiday season’s hot gift ideas
Things don’t seem to change a lot year to year when it comes to holiday shopping. Americans will spend a lot on holiday gifts—an average of $ 537, down a bit from last year. And the list of most desired gifts remains pretty much the same: Gift cards, clothing, electronics, CDs, DVDs, video games, and books have topped wish lists for the 10th year in a row, according to the National Retail Federation.
And, of course, budget-conscious … (read more)
Moooi is the Dutch word for beautiful (with an extra “O” for extra value) and that is exactly what their furnishings are. Here a selection of their furnishings and accessories are arranged in a captivating setting of charcoals and yellow. The Bart Sofa and Armchair are rubenesque in their silhouette with a lower texture of grid work that adds visual intrigue; this low line of texture is carried through to the two coffee tables, Elements 005 and 006 respectively. The two coffee tables both take their muse … (read more)
Bright ideas that save energy and money
Forget the media room and the whirlpool tub. Energy efficiency tops the list of home features that today’s savvy consumers want. And they’re willing to pay for it—an extra $ 7,100 for a home that will reduce annual energy costs by $ 1,000, according to a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders.
But you don’t have to buy a new house to reap the latest energy savings. Our expert tips could cut your energy bills in half. Simply screwing in … (read more)
10 Mother’s Day gift ideas today’s moms will love
There are just a few things to know about Mother’s Day. First, remember the holiday. This year Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday, May 12, so you don’t have many shopping days left. Second, book a table. Restaurants are packed on Mother’s Day, so if you’re going out to celebrate, get on Yelp, OpenTable, or some other dining site now. And third, don’t limit yourself to the classics and the clichéd. When choosing a Mother’s Day present, the sky’s the … (read more)
The five brightest ideas from this year’s Lightfair
Lightfair in Philadelphia this week bills itself as the world’s largest commercial and architectural lighting trade show. But for the Consumer Reports staffers who test and report on energy-saving lightbulbs, Lightfair is our geeky go-to for the latest in lighting. As competition for the growing LED market heats up, manufacturers are promising lightbulbs that do more and cost less. Here are five developments from the show that turned us on.
Cree: Warm light at the right price
Consumers want … (read more)
Christmas is synonymous with festivities, feasts, and full bellies! This is the time for indulgences and as they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So whip up something extra special on Christmas morning and make a marvelous meal that’s really worth waking up for! Here are 40 Christmas breakfast ideas inspired by traditional Christmas-time fare. Add elements of gingerbread, cinnamon and spice, eggnog and candy canes to your pancakes, waffles, donuts, fresh fruit, cinnamon rolls and French toast, and wash it all down with a winter-themed drink. These mouth-watering meal … (read more)