How to Set a Table

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There comes a time in our life when we need to know how to set a table- we decide to host a family gathering on a Holiday, or a dinner party with friends. After days of planning the menu, organizing and decorating your home, it hits you: how the heck do you set a table? It looks intimidating, but it is really quite easy. Check out these how to set a table tips!

Place setting basics – First you have to learn where everything is supposed to go. There are two ways in which you can set a table: formal and informal. When serving a formal dinner, there are usually more courses, which require more utensils and dinnerware.

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Forks will be on the left, knives and spoons will be on the right. Everything is put in order from what you will use first to what you will use last. That way when you finish a course, the plate is simply taken into the kitchen and the next plate is ready to use. For example, your salad plate goes above your service plate because you will eat your salad before the main course. Utensils are used from outside going in.

Take a look at the diagram and imagine yourself experiencing the dinner. As each meal passes, the outer utensils will disappear one by one, as will the dinnerware.

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Drapery Tips

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So you’ve bought some new drapes and you’ve got them hanging by your windows, adding that extra oomph to your space.  Now what? You have to keep them looking great- try these drapery tips! At times we forget that drapes need some love too. Take these few extra tips in taking care of them and they will be sure to last you for years! Continue reading

Unique Curtain Ideas For More Drama and Less Hassle

As I’m roaming through Pinterest, I quickly noticed curtains and drapes were being used for more than just window treatments.  Take a look these wonderful, unique curtain ideas and get inspired!

unique-curtain-ideasThe first unique curtain idea is for the bedroom! The drapes in this room give the illusion of height with their vertical lines extending from floor to roof. Changing the color of the drapes behind the bed also acts as a focal point to draw your eyes to that area.

unique-curtain-ideasUsing drapes in an entry way is another unique idea for curtains. Walking through that door and seeing that view would take my breath away. This entry screams chic! These drapes seem light and airy because of their white color and the way they fall to the floor from heaven—well, in this case, the ceiling. It creates an intimate, unique entryway with curtains to the bedroom, and in a sense, guides your eyes to look forward.

unique curtain ideasGot a cramped space? No problem, we have a curtain idea for you! In this case, they used drapery to hide the bunk beds from the living area when guests are present. This allows for an inexpensive and functional way to use a limited amount of area. Because the drapes and surroundings are white, it creates the idea of a bigger room.

Try creating your own unique twist with curtains in your home.  Use these ideas and explore the possibilities with our Window Treatments.