Waltham, MA (PRWEB) November 23, 2004
Preparing a home for holiday entertaining neednÂt require an entire season Â or budget. You can easily put your house in order in just one weekend with the right approach, advises Carl Prindle of Furniture.com (http://www.furniture.com). He offers these tips to ready any home for festive gatherings of friends and family:
Â· Start Fresh: Before beginning, take a fresh look. Have you outgrown your dÃ©cor from 5, 10, or 20 years ago? Ask a trusted friend for the honest truth. Then, take action.
Â· Go with the Flow: Re-arrange furniture to increase floor space and allow guests freer movement. Continue your partyÂs theme from room to room for an uninterrupted flow to the ambiance. Use Furniture.comÂs free interactive Room Planner (go to: http://www.furniture.com/Common/roomplanner) to experiment with layouts.
Â· Make Small Nooks for Small Talk: Create cozy conversation areas by arranging nesting tables to hold guestsÂ food and drinks. And after the festivities, these space-saving tables will serve a million more uses, for snacks, games, craft projects, and more.
Â· DonÂt Crowd: Face the facts: Ten guests wonÂt fit around a dining table made to seat four, no matter how you try. Either upgrade to a larger table, or spread out with a more casual buffet. Or, consider a bistro-style dining set to evoke a social atmosphere. The taller-than-standard table height makes it easy for guests to serve themselves drinks, buffet dinner, or even make their own desserts!
Â· Mix & Mix: Matching all the furnishings within a room is design passÃ©. Experiment. Mix sizes, scales and textures to give your rooms a unique Â rather than a retail showroom Â style.
Â· Create Walls of Inspiration: Give the walls a fresh new color, border, or mix of textures for visual interest. Express who you are with a new piece of artwork that encourages conversation. The most harmonious arrangements take cues from the room. For instance, try hanging pictures in a rolling up and down grouping over a camelback sofa.
Â· Light Up Your Life: Bring a new look to a room by updating the lighting. Coordinate the look by making sure lamp heights are equal throughout, and all have the same color shade.
Â· Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize: Arrange accessories symmetrically for a formal look, or asymmetrically to get creative. Highlight a special item by placing it against a contrasting surface. Reflect the seasons and bring nature indoors with arrangements of leaves, stones and fresh flowers.
Â· DonÂt Stress: Forget perfection. Anything Âout of placeÂ makes a home more cozy and charming. Go for what feels right. ItÂs your house Â above all else, enjoy the party.
Furniture.com (http://www.furniture.com) offers consumers the best of Internet shopping by merging the convenience, accessibility and ease of online shopping with the proven infrastructure of the nationÂs largest retail furniture chains. At Furniture.com, consumers quickly browse, compare and buy brand-name furniture and accessories, find decorating advice and product information, and utilize interactive design tools. To complete the experience, SeamanÂs, Levitz and Harlem Furniture provide customer service and fast, in-home delivery. Furniture.com, a privately-held company, backed by a private equity firm with over $1.0 billion in committed capital, is a member of BBBOnline, TRUSTe, and VeriSign.
Notes to Editors:
Â· Carl Prindle, president of Furniture.com, is available for interviews
Â· High resolution images for publication are available upon request
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