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Popular Home Décor Trends for 2018

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2017 isn’t over yet, but as the year winds down and we gear up for 2018, it’s a great time to take a look at the home décor trends that will be popular in the upcoming year. As always, some trends will stick around, but you might be surprised at what’s coming in and what’s coming back.

Typography – Typography has been gaining popularity and it’s not going anywhere soon. Everything from names to quotes to giant letters have been all over Pinterest, taking the interior decorating world by storm. If something catches your eye, give it a try! Incorporate it into your decorating. Typography is here to stay.

Brass – Brass has been a thing of the past since it went out of style quite some years ago, but it’s making its way back! Not in the same way as before, though. Instead of the 80’s brass bright, shiny, and cheap appearance, 2018’s brass is richer, smoother, and more modern looking.

Black and white – Black and white have always been classic, neutral colors that are perfect to compliment and contrast the other colors you have in the room, but 2018 is going classic with black and white paired together.

Beige and brown – Like black and white, beige and brown pieces are perfect neutrals to accent the colors you want to show off in any given room, but things are toning down in 2018 and getting back to neutral, relaxing vibes.

Gallery walls – Whether it be a gallery wall filled with classic works of art or a modern gallery wall with typography and photos of friends and family, it’s sure to be a hit with friends, family, and 2018’s home décor trends.

Ready to start redecorating? Browse our unique home décor now and start getting ready for 2018. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Preparing for Emergencies

Flashlight, batteries, lantern, and first aid kit - emergency preparedness

What comes to mind when you think of emergency preparedness? If you live on the west coast of the United States, you probably think of preparing for an earthquake. If you live on the southern coast, perhaps you think of preparing for tropical storms. If you live in the mid-west, you probably think of preparing for tornadoes. No matter where you live, though, it’s important to be prepared for any type of emergency that may come your way.

Although flash floods, blizzards, and other such emergencies seem to be most common, emergencies aren’t limited to “acts of God”. Other types of emergencies may include:

  • Food poisoning or food disease
  • Fire or explosion in a public place
  • Major power outage
  • Toxic chemical spills
  • Nuclear power plant emergency

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other local organizations and governments have put out fliers, pamphlets, and dedicated entire websites to help you and your family prepare for the worst. Families are strongly encouraged to make emergency preparations including:

  • Emergency training. Your entire family should be taught what to do in certain situations. For example, children should know that electrical wires should always be considered live. Your family should also be taught what to do if their clothes are on fire or if they see someone drowning. They also need to know the safest place to stand in case of an earthquake and so on.
  • An emergency plan. Take one night a month to discuss with your family what you will do in case of an emergency. The discussion should include an evacuation plan and set place that you will meet. Every month, review the plan and discuss any updates.
  • An emergency supplies kit. Your family should have an emergency supplies kit containing multiple changes of clothes, non-perishable food items, toilet paper, water, hygiene products, feminine hygiene product, blankets, and much more in order to help you be prepared for an emergency. The supplies kit should be kept in an accessible location for a quick grab if necessary.

These and other elements are extremely important in order to be prepared for an emergency, but it’s also important to think about the long term. If the power were to go out for an extended period of time, how would you cook your food?

Thanks to technological innovations, there are a lot of tools and gadgets that can help make our lives more comfortable, even in the event of a disaster. Solar ovens and dishes are a great way for families to enjoy warm food, even in a situation where they have no electricity. Collecting dishes including a Fissler solar pressure skillet, Fissler solar casserole dish, Fissler solar stew pot, Fissler solar wok, and others to be able to use in case of an emergency is a great way to prepare for the long term.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Shop solar and standard cookware or browse our other home products.

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Wedding Registry Tips

When it comes time to register for wedding gifts, many couples feel overwhelmed by the task. Maybe they aren’t sure exactly what they need or are afraid of looking greedy if they register for too much. If you’re in a similar situation, here are some tips about how to put together a wedding registry that your guests will find helpful.

  • Register early. Some people will want to send gifts as soon as you announce your engagement, so having a registry from the get-go is helpful.
  • Register at two or three locations, but no more. Your family and friends will appreciate being able to have options, but you don’t want to overwhelm them either. If you register at an online store, you don’t have to worry about whether there’s a location near your guests.
  • Speaking of options, make sure to register for things at various price points so that guests can shop within the budget that they are comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to put some more expensive items on the registry, but have other things to choose from as well.
  • It’s up to you whether you want to completely update your whole kitchen, but even if you choose not to, consider upgrading any dated or worn kitchen items that you already have, especially if you know you’ll use them a lot in the coming years.
  • Don’t be afraid to add some “wish list” items. It’s not always about being 100% practical. If you’ve been dreaming of something for your home, let people know. If something doesn’t seem “traditional,” but represents something you enjoy doing as a couple, it’s definitely still appropriate for your registry.
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