The Wachs Mix: Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of light with something unexpected. Stepping outside of the gift box with a table lamp will bring a surprise like no other. I have fallen in love with this gilded iron bracelet lamp by Visual Comfort & Co.

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Inspiration is priceless. A coffee table book is always a good idea when it comes to gifting – your special someone will be unwrapping hours of inspiration and a timeless addition to their coffee table decor. Christian Lemieux’s fabulous book, The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details, will make the perfect gift for those design aficionado’s in your life!

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For that rockstar hostess in your life, unique barware never gets old. One of my favorites is a coaster set, a functional home accessory that can be left out as part of the decor. These black agate coasters from Aerin are perfection!

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There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to gift a stylish throw! Who doesn’t want to be wrapped up in chic threads while binge watching Christmas movies and sipping a favorite cocktail? This hand-loomed alpaca throw by Jonathan Adler is available in a variety of colors, but the orange had me at hello!

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For the collector, or storer, box up a box! A decorative storage container is the perfect addition to a book shelf or vanity table. Go with something that will make a lasting impression and surely stand out. Mapleton Drive’s decorative sea urchin box is giving me heart eyes!

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Gifting 101: You simply can’t go wrong with a candle! I have shared the beloved Emily McCarthy Cocktail Candle in a previous post, but it just had to be shared again. I recommend gifting two, once the candle has seen its last flame, your friend will be left with two super chic tumblers.

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A decorative tray can be used to serve delicious treats from the kitchen, as a center piece in the dining room, as a catchall in the living room or even hold hand towels in a powder bathroom. Go the extra mile when gifting and include some treats in your tray! Ralph Lauren Home’s Wyatt Bowl/Tray is the perfect choice for the refined equestrian lover.

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Wine – a gift that will bring nothing but cheer! The Williams Sonoma Wine Club offers subscriptions of front door vino delivery – once a month, or every second or third month. Surprise your special person with a membership filled with spirit and you will be the season’s finest gifter, hands down. Williams Sonoma also offers gift sets with selected wines, or the option to purchase bottles separately. And, add to cart!

Happy Gifting!

xoA

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5 Tips For Selecting the Right Rug

There are many different things to take into consideration when shopping for a rug for your home – what size will work best, what , is it worth spending the money? The right rug can pull a room together and act as the perfect finishing touch, while the wrong one can make a room feel awkward or look like an after thought. We don’t want the latter! So, here are some tips to take into consideration when you’re ready to start shopping for that perfect rug.

 

1. Size – First and foremost, don’t skimp on size. Choosing a rug that is too small for the space will just make your room look smaller. In a Living Room, your rug lays the foundation for the conversation area, you want it to support the furniture around it. No floating carpets here!

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2. Rug Pad – Don’t let this be an afterthought.  A rug pad not only offers protection against slipping and damaging your floors, but also adds a layer of comfort underfoot – especially to flat weave rugs.

3. Statement – A rug is so much more than a space filler or sound embracer, take this as an opportunity add a pop of color or punch of pattern to your room. Function can be fun too! (Bonus Tip: The pattern need not match everything in the room, focus on the color tones in the design and coordinate those with the colors in your artwork, accessories or fabrics.) 

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4. Texture – When it comes to choosing a rug, the role of texture can play just as big of a part as color and design. If you want to keep it simple by avoiding bold colors and patterns but you still want your rug to stand out, choose a contrasting texture your flooring and other finishes. Leather sofa? Think fuller and thicker pile. Soft and warm upholstered seating? Consider a sisal or flat weave.

 

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5. Investment – Your rug is undoubtedly going to be receiving a lot of foot traffic, so make sure you choose one that will stand the test of time. Don’t forget to include this vital addition into your overall budget – it’s worth a little investment!

xoA

Toning into Fall

Summer 2017 has been fulfilling and one to remember, but I am ready to greet Fall with open arms, and in 15 days I will be doing just that! I’m feeling ready for a reason to wrap a scarf around my neck, fill up on lattes and pumpkin spice aromas, and all things in warm tones. Who’s with me!? The color experts at Pantone released their Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report for New York Fashion Week, and they are cozy. 

 

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So, for a little seasonal inspiration, I’ve put together a few of my favorite finds influenced by these trending shades. 

 

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1. Teal Table Lamp / 2. Metallic Decorative Pillow / 3. Coral Sculpture / 4. Quartz Obelisks / 5. Wall Art / 6. Embroidered Decorative Pillow / 7. Rug / 8. Copper Table Lamp / 9. Ceramic Garden Stool

Artist/Designer Spotlight: Zoe Pawlak

Welcome to Wachs This Ways’ new feature, Artist/Designer Spotlight. There are so many wonderful and talented humans out there and I believe they need a shout out, so I’m here to do just that.

After some serious creative soul surfing on the web recently I discovered Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak. Her contemporary artwork is so refreshing and moody – in all of the right ways. She makes contemporary take on such a diversity – figurative, floral and landscapes – each with its own flair of personality. From canvas to floor, I love it all! Yup, you heard me correctly, floor – her rug collection is a show stopper!

Top of my list, if I must choose one, Rising

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I couldn’t stand to not share both of these beauties! Oh! The floors I can envision them on.

Over Oceans Collection-Coastal Shift

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Red Dust Collection-Shift

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If you’re still stuck on the commitment process when it comes to purchasing art, head back to my Designers Tips post ‘Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art‘.

xoA

Trends: From the Sky

There are so many fun (and daring) trends swirling around this year but there is one in particular that has really got me seeing stars (pun so intended!) – celestial inspired everything, from stars and constellations to galaxies and orbs. Some trends are expected, but this one came out of nowhere and I’m loving it.

What do you think about this dreamy trend? Hot or not? I’m completely on board with hot and speaking of boards… Here are my discoveries.

Untitled-41. Sunbeam Wallpaper by JAB / 2. As Collective, Sun print from One Kings Lane / 3. Vintage Brass Wall Sculpture by Curtis Jere on 1st Dibs / 4. Bronze Sculpture of Nike, Goddess of Victory from 1st Dibs / 5. Wool/Jute Blend rug from One Kings Lane / 6. Constellation Matches from Jayson Home / 7. Star Map on One Kings Lane / 8. Moon and Star bracelet by Hermes / 9. Universe Dome Paper Weight from Jayson Home / 10. Wallpaper by Stark / 11. Three Drawer Cabinet by Global Views / 12. Halo Steel and Acrylic Chandelier by Paul Loebach

xoA

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