7 Tree-Trimming Tips for Holiday Magic

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For many, the Christmas tree-trimming is the center of holiday magic.

Whether you host the holidays or travel, have a large family or small, one theme transcends time and location — the need to rest and relax. This year, don’t let decorating feel like a chore. Be reasonable in what you undertake and choose to focus on what brings you the most joy.

Using one or two colors as a theme for your tree gives an elegant look.

Whether you create a traditional tree full of handmade ornaments collected over the years, or more of a “decorator” tree with careful planning and attention to detail, these 7 tree-trimming tips will help you create your best tree.

Make the top of your tree the focal point

Tip One: Make the top the star. While it’s usually the last thing people decorate, it should be one of the first things you consider. From a traditional angel or star to modern sprigs of colorful decorative branches, be sure to accentuate the top of your tree. 

For a decorator look, limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 1-2 finishes. This tree’s elegant color scheme is cream, chocolate brown and spring green, and the finishes are all gold.

Tip 2: Set the Foundation. The foundation of a tree is its’ shape and color. Make sure all the lights are working and you have enough for the size of the tree. Now, consider your color scheme. For the decorator look, limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 1-2 finishes. In the tree above, the color scheme is elegant and consists of cream, chocolate brown and spring green, with all gold finishes. 

In the tree below, the color scheme is more organic, and features white, natural wood tones and taupe with silver and metal accents (although it looks warmer/more golden when the lights are on).

This tree’s color scheme is organic, featuring white, natural wood tones and taupe with silver and metal accents.

Tip 3: Use ribbon and greenery to fill. Whether your tree is natural or artificial, there will inevitably be gaps in the branches where you can see the trunk. Twisting ribbon and wrapping it in and around those areas helps create a fuller look and set a color theme. I do this before I place ornaments and prefer wired ribbon for its ability to be molded. At the very end, after you’ve placed all your ornaments, go back and fill any empty spaces with decorative picks and/or more loops of ribbon. In this tree, I filled in gaps with floral picks that look like natural cotton branches, as well as pinecones dusted with white sparkles. 

To give your tree balance, use the largest ornaments near the bottom and the smallest ones at the top.

Tip 4: Hang ornaments from the top down, smallest to largest. When you hang the largest ornaments near the bottom and the smallest ones at the top, it makes them easier to see and appreciate. I also tuck some ornaments farther into the tree and pull others out to hang near the end of branches to provide visual depth. I recommend green ornament hooks; they disappear and let the ornament shine.

Choose ornaments that reflect you and your family and bring you joy.

Tip 5: Make it meaningful. Even if you’re creating a decorator tree, choose ornaments that reflect you and your family and that bring you joy. It might be angels, scotty dogs or a favorite college or team — as long as its meaningful to you, the result will be beautiful.

Don’t get so busy shopping, cleaning and cooking that you forget to make time to appreciate your creation.

Tip 6: Sit back and enjoy your tree. Time shared around the Christmas tree are memories in the making. 

If you don’t have an extra-comfy recliner or sofa like the Lavon, it might be time to ask Santa to bring you one.https://barcalounger.com/?s=LAvon

Tip 7: Make sure you have comfortable seating. Today’s recliners come in styles, shapes and sizes to fit everyone. From plush fabric to sumptuous leather, a chair or sofa is a gift that keeps giving all year long. If you or family members find yourself squished in a typical recliner, you’ll love our Big and Tall options.   If you have small children or just find rocking to be relaxing, our Rocker Recliners and Swivel Glider recliners should be on your gift list.

Here’s wishing you both a happy and RELAXING holiday.

Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Home This Season

 Whether it’s an old-fashioned campfire or a modern fire pit, it’s calming to gather around a warm and glowing fire, especially to share a snack like Smores.

Everyone enjoys the fun times of summer, spring has plenty of fans, and winter enthusiasts love skiing and holiday celebrations. Yet, there’s something about fall that makes it extra special. 

Maybe it’s the cooler evenings, football games, pumpkin-spice everything or the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. But it’s easy to love the respite between the warmest and coldest months.

Fall is a chance to relax a bit following summer travels and the busyness of the winter holiday season. Photo: williamssonoma.

Here are a few of our favorite tips for enjoying this season to its fullest:

Create comfy, cozy nights outdoors with the Woodland Fire Pit from Barcalounger Outdoor Living.

The excuse to have a fire is one of the best things about the end of summer. Whether it’s an old-fashioned campfire or a modern fire pit, it’s a calming activity that brings people together to relax. Once gathered, there’s always a need for good snacks. We love traditional smores, but if you have a fire pit, or just don’t want to make a mess, try making your own no-mess version with a deep dish smores dipCheck out this recipe, shown in the opening photo, and try it out at your next outdoor gathering. 

Enjoy a pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider in an outdoor recliner or reclining sofa, like the new Arcadia reclining loveseat from Barcalounger Outdoor Living.

Snuggle In

When the weather eventually sends you indoors, get cozy with seating that’s stylish and comfortable. Add a favorite chenille throw, a cup of cocoa, and light a fire!

We love how the Jefferson Sofa combines soft fabric and rich leather in one stunning look that reclines for amazing comfort. Add a chunky chenille throw, a cup of coffee, and light a fire! Barcalounger.

More Marshmallows, Please

Once you’ve found your favorite seat in the house, it’s time to start talking marshmallows. Whether it’s the little ones you put in your hot cocoa or the color of this sumptuous Seymour Sofa, there’s no such thing as too many. Barcalounger.

The Markley Sectional is offered in the same creamy marshmallow-colored leather as the Seymour, as well as charcoal gray. Markley is the perfect spot for the entire family to connect. Add hot cocoa + you can even charge your electronic devices. Barcalounger 

No matter what your favorite time of year, making time for yourself is always in season. This fall, schedule a little rest and relaxation for yourself and enjoy the restorative benefits of some much-needed downtime.

When it comes to making top-notch cocoa, It’s all about creativity in the kitchen. This truly decadent treat is Frozen Pecan Pie Hot Chocolate, straight from the kitchen of Southern Living. Click the photo for the recipe!   

Back-to-School Family Comfort with Barcalounger

When it’s time to relax, nothing’s more stylishly comfortable than the Brynn 360-degree swivel pedestal chair with matching angled ottoman. Photo: Barcalounger.

Start Back-to-School Off Right by Making Relaxation a Priority

By the time summer comes to a close, most of us are ready for a reprieve from the heat and an opportunity to redirect bored kids. After school shopping is complete and new routines are established, there’s the promise of a little “me” time ahead. Whether it’s in the morning after the kids leave for school, or after work or dinner, seize the opportunity to truly relax.

Relax? But there’s so much to do, right? If relaxing sounds too indulgent, consider the importance of stress reduction in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, in a recent Harvard Health article“Six Relaxation Techniques to Help You Reduce Stress,” relaxation is defined as the opposite of stress.

And when it comes to stress reduction, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a sumptuous recliner, pedestal chair and ottoman or reclining sofa, especially those with power headrest or lumbar support.

A modern swivel glider recliner, the Orion has an adjustable headrest to help you relax after work and the kids relax after school. Photo: Barcalounger

Sit back and allow yourself a few stress-free minutes in a chair that’s so attractive its’ comfort is practically an after-thought.

The Lavon dual-power swivel glider recliner features a power headrest and one-touch memory buttons. Its pub-back design encases a pocketed coil pad-over-chaise seating, while its radius arms are accented with a flat welt trim. Just be warned: it’s destined to become the favorite seat in the house.

When you’re ready to relax, you’re not limited to just recliners. Today’s reclining sofas are both cozy and stylish. 

The Jefferson Sofa Group has a sophisticated menswear look mixing supple top-grain leather and luxurious fabrics. Its power reclining features are complemented by heavily padded arms, wings and footrests accented with nailhead trim.

Love a sectional? Why not choose one like the Markley Sectional that offers all the style and seating of a sectional sofa combined with the deep relaxation of a recliner. Photo: Barcalounger.

The new Markely Sectional offers refined styling and exquisite tailoring. Press the power-recline button and enjoy a few quiet moments to yourself. 

Later on, when the family is gathered, the cup holders and USB plug-ins for electronics on the sectional will make Markley the perfect setting for homework, while you catch up with emails. 

Once it’s cool enough to head outdoors in the evenings, you’ll find relaxation here too. 

The Woodland Fire Pit, coming soon from Barcalounger Outdoor Living, encourages leisurely conversations and limitless entertaining. It’s like getting the benefits for being on vacation without having to leave home. Photo: Barcalounger Outdoor Living

As another summer fades away, it’s time to get excited about new opportunities for everyone in the family. This season, make your health and wellness a priority with a renewed focus on getting some much-needed R & R.

 

How to Master the Art of Relaxation

Spending time outside is more comfortable than ever with the Pacific Shoreline Swivel Rocking Chair Chat Set that brings the comfort of the indoors to outdoor living. Photo: Barcalounger

The Art of Relaxing: This Father’s Day, give dad what he really wants—relaxation.

As the days get warmer and stretch into summer, it’s the time of year to let our dads know how much they mean to us. In your family, it might be your father, your father-in-law, a stepdad, or a man that’s been a father figure to you—but don’t let this Father Day or summertime go by without showing him how much you appreciate him. 

We think rest and relaxation are the perfect gifts.

The crystal waters and sandy beaches of Oahu are the perfect reminder that there’s no better present than the gift of relaxation. Photo: Trisha M. Ferguson.

Not everyone can manage a dream vacation in Hawaii, but you can channel the vibe to create a relaxing “Stay-cation” feeling at home. Here are some of our favorite furnishings designed to make every day Father’s Day.

Every father deserves his own chair–and the Brynn Pedestal Recliner is the epitome of comfort. It’s generously scaled, offers 360 degrees of swivel and features endless positions for back and leg support. Photo: Barcalounger.

For reclining motion with traditional styling, it’s hard to beat the Jefferson Collection. Distinguished by a sophisticated palette of menswear-inspired fabric and supple top grain leather, it adds character to any space. Barcalounger.

If Dad loves contemporary styling and clean lines, he’ll be drawn to the beauty and functionality of Nico and Rico. These dual power swivel glider recliners area as comfortable as they are stylish.

If the man on your shopping list is young at heart, he might enjoy the modern Orion Swivel Glider Recliner featuring a power headrest.

The beauty of today’s recliners is that they no longer have the over-stuffed, outdated look of 1970s sitcoms. Instead, there’s a wide array of silhouettes from which to choose, multiple options and configurations, and a nearly endless selection of fabric and leather choices.

This Father’s Day, help the dad in your life relax and enjoy some time well spent with family. We know he’ll agree. It’s a much better gift than a tie!

Inspiration: Island Living

Tips and Ideas for Bringing the Beauty of the Beach to Your Home

Turquoise waters, golden sand, salty waves and blue skies. Want to recreate the same island vibe in your home? Here’s how!

If you love the calm, laid-back feeling of sand, sunshine and island life, the launch of summer is the perfect time to incorporate that inspiration into your home décor.

Try these tips and ideas to create a space that feels like a vacation from the outside world, year-round.

Accent a blue leather sofa like the Kelso Sofa Group with natural materials and soft neutrals for an island-inspired palette. Photo: Barcalounger

Start with Color

Bringing the beauty of the beach home starts with surrounding yourself with ocean-inspired colors. Combine shades of blue and green with neutrals such as tan, white and gray for an island-inspired color palette. Start with a blue leather sofa, such as the Kelsoand accent it with natural materials and soft neutrals. Artwork is another great way to bring the spirit of the beach into a room, while tying the colors in a space together.

The soft white leather cover on the Cosmo Group provides a neutral backdrop ideal for a modern coastal aesthetic. Photo: Barcalounger

Focus on Relaxation

One of the most appealing parts of island living is the relaxed lifestyle. As you design your space, incorporate furniture and décor that helps create this atmosphere. Recliners and motion sofas make it easy to relax in comfort and style. The Cosmo’s soft white leather cover provides a neutral backdrop ideal for a modern coastal aesthetic.

Capture the Spirit

Island living doesn’t have to mean over-stuffed and excessively casual—it’s more of a feeling than a specific style. If your taste runs more traditional, infuse your space with the island vibe by focusing on your color palette and relaxation theme. The Warrendale Sofa Group has more classic and refined styling, and is available in a stunning Shoreham Blue, the perfect shade for an upscale island design aesthetic.

The 3-position recliners in the Westbrook Sofa and chairs offer the beach vacation-inspired R & R. Photo: Barcalounger

Inside Out

Once you’ve brought the beauty of the outdoors to your interior, consider taking the comforts of indoor living to your outdoor spaces. The Westbrook Reclining Sofa Group  from the Barcalounger Outdoor Living line includes a 3-position recliner that’s perfect for beach vacation-inspired rest and relaxation.

Sometimes, all it takes is a touch of color from a few accent pillows to refresh a space. Accord Jade is a stylish open pattern featuring beach-inspired shades of teal and sand. Photo: Barcalounger

Accent with Style

Sometimes all it takes is a touch of color from a few accent pillows to refresh a space. Check out our new Outdoor Living Pillow Program  offering decorative pillows designed for outdoor living. 

Available in four sizes and with a variety of fabric, pattern and color options, these stylish outdoor accessories in the Outdoor Living Pillow Program make it easy to elevate the look of an outdoor space. 

Here’s to a summer where you bring the relaxation of island living into your everyday life, and the beauty of the beach to your home — inside and out!