Though temps are still soaring into the 70s, the transition from summer to autumn begins with the official start of football season. Make your home the gathering spot for friends and family to watch the big game with deluxe seats and delicious treats! The Seating || Not all sectionals are created equal. Sure they all provide a high level of comfort, but now there are sectionals that recline, have built-in trays, and cup holders that will keep your drink hot or cold! Not enough space? Most sectionals can be configured to fit smaller spaces, but the same bells and whistles can also be found on recliners. The Nachos || This game day classic has been reimagined into a bite-sized treat exploding with flavor! Nacho Bites Ingredients 3/4 pound ground beef 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 medium red pepper, finely chopped 1 envelope taco seasoning 1 can diced tomatoes 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, cubed 4 ounces cream cheese, softened, cubed 1 package tortilla chip scoops 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend Sour cream and pickled jalapeno slices   Directions In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, and red pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the pepper jack and cream cheese until melted. Place 4 dozen scoops on an ungreased baking sheet. Add a rounded teaspoon of beef mixture to each. Sprinkle with Mexican cheese blend. Bake at 375° for about 5 minutes or until heated through. Garnish each with a dollop of sour cream and a jalapeno pepper slice. Repeat with remaining tortilla chip scoops.
Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
Who says most people today have shorter attention spans than goldfish? When it comes to favorite TV shows, this couldn't be further from the truth. With the advent of online streaming services comes more choices than ever for bingeing TV series and movies. Whether it's an epic fantasy, big-screen blockbuster, teen drama or vintage comedy series, your ever-expanding queue is probably as full and varied as your music library. Some of us binge watch on electronic devices, but why not make the experience more comfortable and create a viewing space complete with a cozy sofa or sectional, entertainment center, and a fully stocked bar?   Go Big & Stay Home || The main benefits of binge watching include no tickets to buy, no lines to wait in, no big heads or talkers to sit behind, and no set time to watch (fewer true cliffhangers, too). In addition, you can set an intermission time that's as long, short or frequent as you choose, and you usually don't need to go far to replenish snacks and refreshments. To ensure you always have the best seats in the house, invest in a plush recliner with room to stretch out. If you have space, make it a sectional with recliners, tilt headrests, and cup holders for your favorite beverages. Optimize Screen Size || If you watch frequently and your friends and family often join you, make sure you have an adequate entertainment center to house your flat-screen TV and accompanying accessories like DVDs, remotes and more. Make your viewing space even cozier with an electric fireplace console, which generates a warm ambiance that's especially inviting during the winter months. Treat Yourself || Dinner and a movie doesn't have to mean using up your entertainment budget for the week when you binge-watch at home. You can set up a home bar area with a classic bar cabinet or go high tech with a coffee table that functions as a mini fridge with a drawer for cold drinks, plus power outlets, USB ports and more. If you're short on space, a trolley bar cart is perfect for creating your own movable concession stand. Pass the popcorn and hit "Play."
The industry’s top home furnishing designers gathered in High Point, NC to showcase their latest collection to prospecting retail buyers and interior designers for the biannual High Point Market. High Point Market is the equivalent to Fashion Week in the fashion world – it is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, providing insight to new products and the latest trends in home décor… Mixed Media || Unique materials like concrete, metal, and stone are paired with more traditional elements like glass and wood to create an unexpected twist on classic silhouettes. Highlights include pieces like a writing desk or sofa table that feature metal bases topped with stone. Va Va Velvet || What once was a textile we only saw in the fall and winter months is now making an appearance in spring and summer! Slightly lighter in texture for the season, this fabric is being shown in both airy pastels and bold brights from pillows to ottomans to add a fun punch of color to your home. Flora & Fauna || While it’s not out of the ordinary to see an abundance of floral patterns for the warmer months, this design staple was spiced up with a dash of fauna this season! Birds and blooms mingle with leafy vines on poufs, bedding, and accent chairs. Nature's Neutrals || Bring the outdoors inside with textural raffia, rattan, or wicker. Furniture constructed of these natural elements provide a lighter look for the season while maintaining a refined look. Go coastal with the addition of shiplap or rope elements. Perfectly Imperfect || The Japanese design aesthetic known as wabi sabi – the art of living with imperfection, was prominent at this market. The trend highlights the inherent beauty of asymmetry and furniture pieces that are designed to purposefully look unfinished.