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ajewel Thank you for stopping here.‭ ‬A Jewel is dedicated to inspiring you,‭ ‬sparking your inner creativity and becoming your own personal designer.‭ ‬Browse our website at your leisure‭ & ‬communicate with us.‭ ‬We love sharing decorating ideas.‭

A Jewel is all about family.‭ ‬Our mission is to get families back around the dinner table and make your house the home of your dreams.‭ ‬We all need that safe haven,‭ ‬a relaxing,‭ ‬comfortable,‭ ‬stylish environment the whole family wants to come home to.‭ ‬Let’s start now and together,‭ ‬accomplish it affordably‭!

A Jewel Home Décor and so much more‭!

Maureen O’Hare
Owner,‭ ‬Home Stylist

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 12:23

Mirror, Mirror

Are you looking to add something new to your home? Have you seen the oversized floor length mirrors? The width is usually twice the size of a typical floor length mirror. I'm noticing them everywhere and it's my new obsession. I bet you've noticed that I have many decorating obsessions! We all know that mirrors make a room appear larger, but when you add a show stopper like one of these mega mirrors, they really open up a room. The frame can be simple to very ornate. Every color is optional from black, bronze, beige, silver and gold. They also come in metal, wood or plastic coated. The natural wood framed mirrors are amazing. This bad boy needs the perfect spot in your home.

My first love would be the dining room. It's the ideal room for an oversized mirror, if you have the wall space.  If you want your dining room to really stand out, prop an oversized mirror up against a wall where you're sure it won't get bumped into. Now imagine the holiday season with a festive tablescape with candles, glass and silver. Top that with the reflection from the monster mirror. The whole room will glisten and shine! Due to the large scale, nestle one of these mirrors behind your living room sofa. We all seem to struggle with the over-the-sofa dilemma. Wouldn't the natural wood mirror look fantastic in a family room or at the end of a hallway? I sure think so.

Do you have a tiny foyer or does your foyer need a magic weapon? This may be exactly what you've been looking for to enlarge the space. Braced to a wall with brackets, it will set a firm foundation to showcase your entry table and a tiffany table lamp. If you angle the mirror just right, it will showcase your foyer light fixture. Do you have an amazing chandelier that you want guests to notice? It will make a tiny space sparkle.

I haven't figured out the ideal spot in my own home yet. Once I do, I'll measure the wall before I go shopping. My master bedroom is out. I think it's a bit tricky to add an oversized mirror in a master bedroom. We tend to fill our bedrooms with oversized furniture as it is. I know I do. My preference is to scale down the size of the mirror for the bedroom and concentrate more on the frame of the mirror. I would suggest you go with something more ornate or something with a unique frame for over your bureau. The bedroom should be comfortable and relaxing. Too many overscale pieces may hinder the warmth of the space.

The cost for an oversized mirror will range anywhere from $200 to thousands, depending on the quality and material. Barnwood mirrors are more in demand, hence they will carry a heftier price tag. Yes, it's an investment piece, just like a piece of furniture. It's an investment that you'll have for years. If you're budget conscious, do some research. Shop flea markets, closeout sales, furniture liquidations, auctions or go online for furniture store coupons.  Don't forget to measure the space first and take your tape measure with you!

Happy Home Decorating!

~Maureen

 

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 13:20

Autumn Decorating

I get super excited when it's time to decorate for autumn! I'm not one who cares for cooler weather, but I wholeheartedly embrace the change in seasons, just so I can decorate. So, as the weather turns cooler outside, you'll find me indoors mostly. I'm styling, decorating and decorating some more. I'm in my element now! This is my busy time of the year and I embrace it. My home is starting to come alive with bursts of autumn color. Are you ready to decorate? Seriously, I'm even itching to put a Christmas tree up. I'd have one up now if I thought I could get away with it. I know, I know, hold your horses. One season at a time, right? With that, let's decorate for autumn.

Just think about the abundance of color during fall. The colors of the leaves are what you want to bring inside. Those hearty, rich colors of golden mustard, persimmon, garnet, and evergreen bring your home alive. While chocolate brown and shades of green are huge fashion colors this fall, they are just as appealing in your home decor. Bring the outdoors in, I say! Mix and match those rich colors in throw pillows, floral, linens and wherever you need a burst of autumn. Invest in some pumpkin or apple aromatic candles. Guests will appreciate visualizing fall and smelling all of the scents of the season. Ozark Country Candles has an enormous variety of soy scented candles. It's hard to pick a favorite, but if you twisted my arm and said only one, it would have to be Apple. If you're like me, you will probably want more than one. You really can't go wrong with a candle that smells like cookies or a pie baking.

It's time to check your closet or storage and storage area for all those goodies that are hidden away. Bring out those heavier textures in your throw pillows and blankets. Mix and match the textiles for a more cozy environment. From faux fur to chenille, your throws and pillows will make guests want to sit and enjoy a cozy visit. Consider corduroy, leather, suede and plaids for a more masculine look. You'll always find something plaid/tartan in my home from fall through winter. I even tote around a plaid throw in my car during the cooler months. I adore red and black plaid. I guess I should have been a lumberjack! Oh yeah, I don't like the cold!

Set the stage for your home outside with some impressive curb appeal. Let your guests experience a sampling of what to expect inside. Load the path and porch with mums, pumpkins, gourds and indian corn.  Don't forget pathway lights. Light it up! Color is the name of the game though. I always like to add a little something unexpected. You might find a witch tucked in an urn or possibly an angel or two. Kids prefer the witch or a skull! Let's embellish that front door. Do you prefer the front door to have a simple trio of indian corn or does your personality scream, showstopper wreath? Unless you decorate full blown Halloween, your fall decor will take you through Thanksgiving. It's no fuss decorating and with our busy lives, who doesn't love that! Decorate now and you're done until it's time for your traditional Christmas decorations to go up. Don't you love how we have such a variety of pumpkin sizes and colors today in the marketplace? My love is white pumpkins! I can't resist them. I also love to mix an assortment of gourds in my arrangements. My go-to is a variety of shapes in shades of green.  It makes decorating much more exciting to mix and match things. It's fun to get creative!

There's no better time to get your children involved in decorating than fall. Especially closer to Halloween, when it comes time for pumpkin picking and carving. Those are the times memories are made. Just add some laughter, hot cocoa or apple cider and some treats, of course! Nothing beats pumpkins crafted by children. Their imagination comes alive at Halloween. I always thought it would be exciting to buy a bunch of mini pumpkins and take them to daycares or schools for children to design. Then have the children go on a field trip to a local nursing home and distribute them. It's a gift that keeps on giving!

I am always on the lookout for creative decorating ideas. That's why I enjoy traveling so much. Everywhere I go, I am in search of ideas and decorative accents for the outside and inside of my home. Some people brake for garage sales. I brake for amazing curb appeal and home decor! I can't wait to see all of the fall decorations around town and in my travels. I hope you will share your fall and Halloween decorating designs with me. I'm anticipating imaginative and exciting creations! Decorating isn't meant to be a chore. Relax and enjoy yourself. 

Happy Autumn Decorating!

~Maureen

Monday, 29 August 2016 10:13

Stunning Silver Top 3

I love sterling silver and silver plated accent pieces and I will admit to having both. I always find it hard to pass up a piece of silver. Although, I will confess I'm not a fan of polishing sterling silver, it always catches my eye. Antique stores, thrift shops and estate sales always fascinatie me as I try to imagine where the silver came from. What is the story of the piece? Were they family heirlooms or a wedding gift? When I spy with my little eye a silver candelabra, unless the price is outrageous, consider it sold! I'm not encouraging you to go out and start a collection, but I want you to explore the idea of incorporating a few pieces of silver into your home decor.

Today, it seems these pieces that make my heart pound faster when I see them, are considered traditional and a generational intrigue. I've helped clients sort through their belongings as we begin the home staging process. More often than not, these wonderful silver treasures are tucked away in a buffet or a box, sight unseen. I have to gasp! How do I could encourage more people to use them and encourage the upcoming generations to embrace silver, the old and the new? My mission is to promote the return of silver!

I am recommending that you bring some bling into your home this holiday season. Invest in some pieces that will decorate your home every season and will never go out of style. I'm challenging you now that as you're out and about shopping, stop and look at the silver. Silver plated items you won't have to polish and sterling silver, you will. Do some comparison shopping. When you're ready to take the plunge, here are the top three silver pieces you shouldn't pass up:

1) Serving Tray

Nothing will impress your guests more than a silver plated serving tray. During the holidays, it will take your decor to a whole new level of elegance. Whether you are actually serving cocktails on it or displaying it as a centerpiece with bright colored ornaments, it's a show stoppper. On an average day, it serves duty as a dining room centerpiece or a kitchen counter accent piece. Just add some clear vases of fresh flowers or white battery-operated pillar candles or better yet, use it as a coffee bar.

2) Pitcher

Serve your water at dinner in a silver pitcher. It will keep the water cold and it will let your family know they are important to you. It's like getting out the fine china! If it's an antique and maybe not fit to use as a drinking pitcher, use it as a vase. From silk flowers to fresh flowers, it will become a conversation piece and fit anywhere in your home.

3) Candlesticks

Every home should have a few silver candlesticks! In my case, maybe a few dozen. In my opinion, a romantic dinner for two isn't complete without silver candlesticks. During the holidays, all of the lights from the tree and lighted garlands will reflect off of the silver. Silver candlesticks give your home the "WOW" factor you've been searching for. Start with two candlesticks and go from there.  Although colored tapers look great during the holidays, I'm a stickler for white tapers for everyday beauty and pure elegance. Did you know most high end home decor shops carry battery-operating taper candles that appear real, flame included? No worry of fire with these!

Fall is upon us and ready or not, it's time to think about holiday decorating. Start with a few items. Decorating for every holiday can be expensive. Shop smart and your home can be a showstopper without spending a fortune. It will just look like you spent a fortune. Stick with me for more creative and cost effective ideas that will give you the most bang for your buck. I hope you find the time to browse for some silver and let our decorating adventure begin.  

~Maureen

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