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Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. You get to dress up, decorate the house, and overall have a blast with lots of candy. Most Halloween decor schemes can be somewhat the same from year to year. To avoid getting stale, check out the different Halloween themes 2016 has to offer. There are plenty of sources of inspiration to draw from that will keep you current and up to date. Try some of these out!
Inflatable Black Cat Lawn Decoration
Inflatable lawn decorations are really popular during Christmas and the winter holidays. You might recall seeing inflatable reindeer, Santas, etc. But they’ve become so popular that they’ve also made their way onto Halloween lawns. In particular, a really popular and trendy piece is the inflatable black cat. These are giant-sized cats that look like they’re ready to pounce on trick-or-treaters.
Some of them are fancy with lights and mechanized movement. While they’re more fun and cartoonish than sinister, be sure you don’t scare off the neighbor’s dogs!
Zombie Mania: ‘Zombify’ Any Costume or Decoration
A continuing trend from the past few years is the zombie costume trend. Zombies have been popular since the 1950s, but they owe a lot of their recent spotlight treatment to the TV show “The Walking Dead.”
One of the best things about the zombie theme is that you can “zombify” any costume or decoration. For instance, you can have a zombie Incredible Hulk or a zombie Captain America theme. Zombie themes work well for yard decor and can replace traditional skeleton decorations. Rather than skeletons, have a zombie hiding behind a bush, emerging from the ground, or sitting on a rocking chair on the porch.
Bonus: We’re pretty sure an election theme will be huge this Halloween as well. Zombie presidential candidates? You betcha!
Super Intricate Pumpkin Carving Art
Jack O’ Lanterns will always and forever be the most iconic Halloween decoration. But this year, the trend appears to be super intricate, delicate, highly detailed pumpkin carving art. These can be traditional themes like faces (more like portraits actually), but they can also involve entire mosaics and abstract designs as well.
Part of this trend appears to stem from more specific tools and carving implements, but really the source of pumpkin art is talent and skill. If you’ve got what it takes, try your hand at some carving art. Your neighbors will love it, and you can snag a picture of it for posterity.
As always, Comic-Con and all things comic and cosplay-related are a year-round thing here in San Diego. As mentioned in a previous post, Comic-Con themes are good not just for costumes, but also for home decor. Kick your interior and exterior Halloween decor up a notch by incorporating your favorite comic theme. Popular themes this year will be Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Avengers, X-Men, Batman, and Superman.
By incorporating some of these concepts, your Halloween setup at your house is sure to keep things interesting (and scary!). If you need more extensive decoration and design upgrades inside your home, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have entire rental packages to choose from as well as individual items, accessories, and more. Save time and resources with furniture rental!
Fall is officially here! It’s that time of year again that so many of us love. Football games, Halloween candy, and Thanksgiving pie — what more could you ask for? As the weather cools off and the leaves change colors, we should also adjust our home decor to reflect on one of the more quiet, contemplative seasons of the year. As you’ll see, all themes are easy to integrate into your decoration or home staging scenes.
You might be familiar with some basic fall themes and decor ideas. Rather than restricting you to specific projects, this week we’ll lay out basic principles and concepts for you to build upon. Have fun with these ideas!
Fall Themes Begin with the Colors
Whether it be a table centerpiece, hallway decor, or a window treatment, the foundation of any fall display is the choice of colors. As can be expected, fall decor themes will basically mimic the changing colors of the falling leaves. You’ll want to use plenty of orange, yellow, and dark red (like bordeaux wine) to signify the autumn seasons.
Other colors also work very well, such brown for a background, or deep purples for accents. Of course, as Halloween approaches, black and orange is a given combination.
Pro-tip: Throwback Padres gear is perfect for fall with the brown, orange, and yellow colors. Hang a banner or shirt for some seamless team spirit decor!
Fall is the Time for Harvest and Abundance
The fall months are dominated by two holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. However, apart from these themes, the main overarching fall theme for most people is that of harvest and abundance. An easy way to decorate your home is to incorporate items that are typically associated with traditional harvesting activities. These can include:
- Garden tools (like pitchforks or rakes — those related to gathering rather than planting)
- Garden boots and other clothing items
- Hay and scarecrows
Use Vegetation to Highlight Your Fall Themes
Along with the theme of abundant harvest, the use of vegetation and plant life can help you to create spectacular fall decorative creations. Again, your choice of items should indicate harvest; also, there are plenty of plant and vegetable items that are associated with fall due to their colors. These can include the following:
- Pumpkins, squashes, and gourds
- Dried corn (especially with the husk still on)
- Cranberries and other berries
- Dried grass, twigs, and branches
For maximum effect, you can combine several different fruits and vegetables to really emphasize the idea of plentifulness.
Outdoor Decor is Very Important
Out of all the seasons, fall is one that is more associated with the outdoors than others. Thus, you’ll want to make sure the outside of your home is decorated appropriately. You can line the porch steps with pumpkins and other harvest items. Use outdoor lighting to set the mood on the lawn and in the backyard.
You can take this a step further and “bring the outdoors inside.” Use leaves and other outdoor pieces to decorate the inside home. In fact, if you look closely, that’s what we’ve been doing all along — bringing the harvest inside for the family!
Overall, fall is the time to slow down, reflect, and prepare ourselves for the upcoming winter months. This can be reflected in your decor and staging style if you opt for an easygoing, relaxed, and warm feel.
Are you looking for more expansive design and decor options? You may wish to explore furniture rental options. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental for top-of-the-line rental packages and items to help you acheive the fall look you’ve always dreamed of!
San Diego’s climate is a unique mixture of humid coastal conditions to the west and drier Southwest climates the more east you go. As a San Diegan, you can take advantage of this in your home decor simply by your selection of indoor plants. For a more breezy, surfer-life feel, you’ll want to include more broad leaf plants and colored flowers and colors; for a more Southwestern feel, you can go for more succulents and hardy, drought-resistant plants.
Here are some of the best-looking indoor plants that will hold up to the San Diego heat while at the same time providing your home with beauty and life:
Aloe (pictured above) is a type of succulent that can range from smaller tabletop sizes to larger pot-bound sizes. They require little care and watering yet can add a surprising depth of color to your home. The leaves are waxy to the touch, but inside the plant holds a surprising treasure: the sap inside has been used for centuries to moisturize the skin and soothe burns (especially sunburns from the San Diego beach life!)
Orchids look good in just about any setting, but they look absolutely gorgeous in San Diego homes. Their natural pastel colors and velvety petals add an almost tropical touch to your home. A line of orchids can create a breezy, summery feeling all year long, and are perfect if your home has a beach/surf motif to it already. For subtle touches, opt for mini-orchid varieties for table settings and windowsills. Peace lilies are another good indoor flower option.
This is another type of succulent like aloe, except that it boasts a very interesting, pinecone-like geometry and shape. Like all succulents, they are easy to care for and will last a super long time. They come in ranges of green shades, but you can also find some stunning specimens in deep purple and blue (hence the term “blue agave”).
This plant was traditionally used for making ropes due to its strong, fibrous leaves. Sansevieria can reach two to four feet in height, and loves indoor temperatures from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a striking appearance with yellow bands along the sides of the leaves, which grow straight up and down.
Caladium (Elephant Ear)
Caladium or Elephant Ear plants are instantly recognizable by their broad, large, heart-shaped leaves. They typically come in a very dark green hue that adds a nice jungle-like coolness to your home. The wide leaves can grow anywhere from half a foot to two feet across. While most of them are green, they can also be other colors, such as blotched red (like below) or white with green veins.
Caladium plants thrive in warm weather, which makes them perfect San Diego indoor plants. If you’re looking for another leafy green with smaller leaf print, California Ivy is an excellent alternative.
These are only a few of the lovely plants that you can use to decorate your San Diego home with little hassle. For even less hassle, artificial plants can also be a viable option, especially for staging purposes or other specific needs. If you need more extensive interior design and decor options, furniture rental might be appropriate for you. Contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental to learn more about the perfect complete rental packages for your beautiful San Diego home!
The dining room is the heart of the home. This is where families gather for dinner, family reunions, homework help, and everyday chatting. Undeniably, there’s something special about the dining room — maybe it has to do with mealtimes, fond memories, and special moments.
No matter how you use your dining area, your room decor speaks volumes about you. In many cases, dining room inspiration overflows into other areas of the house, especially open communal areas like the living room and the hallways .
These themes can help foster specific ambiences in your dining room:
Vintage Feel for Classic Dining Room Inspiration
For more old-fashioned, down-to-earth types, a classic look is always in style. This dining room decor emphasizes that the room is a gathering area for mealtimes. Choose furniture and accessories that employ a balanced feel, and avoid major extremes. Create a timeless sense of contentment by using earth tones and lighter woods — this will instill a feeling of ease and comfort, and create a neutral base for elegant flourishes.
For a classic look, try out the Hyde Park collection, available through Signature Furniture Rental.
Sometimes a simpler, more streamlined look can really open up the dining area. Sleeker decor facilitates a more spacious, comfortable vibe that will encourage socializing, mingling, and chatting — all important aspects for quality bonding time!
To accomplish this look, opt for a less-bulky table, smaller place settings and centerpieces, and open space in the walkways to the kitchen. This allows for free flow of traffic and is great for when you have guests. For this look, try the Camden Picadilly Table or the Soho Pub Table, with matching seating options!
Formal Family-Style Design
For important gatherings and events like holidays, reunions, and other milestones, a sturdier dining table conveys an atmosphere of permanence and rootedness. It says, “This is where we always meet,” reminding diners of the long-lasting bonds of friends and family. Darker colored furniture and accessories channel a more formal vibe, just like a darker suit is often required for a formal dinner.
For special occasions and everyday presentability, the Soho Dining Table makes a lovely centerpiece for the dining room. It features a rich espresso-colored frame and an elegant carmel onyx top. The Knightsbridge chair series complements the Soho table beautifully, creating a sturdy look.
These are just a few themes you can use to express your individuality in the dining room, and renting furniture is a quick, hassle-free way to change up the ambiance in no time.
Contact us now at Signature Furniture Rental if you’re looking for a wide selection of furniture that can be rented for personal use or home staging purposes. We have various rental packages and individual items that you can use to furnish your dining room as you please.
Your environment has a huge emotional and psychological impact on you. From the color on the walls to how you use the space (think: furniture arrangement) our environment influences our thoughts, moods, and perceptions. It also has a direct impact on how we work. Surgeons and accountants, for example, work better in low-ceiling rooms (it promotes focus and concentration), according to feng shui expert Ariel Joseph Towne. Creative people generally work better in large, open spaces with lots of natural light.
Our home interior, in particular, has a great deal of influence on us because of the amount of time we spend there and because it is truly our own space. Not only that, other people see our personal spaces as a reflection of who we are. This is why taking the time to design your space, or rearrange furniture, on a regular basis can actually make you feel better.
San Diego Comic-Con goes down this month on July 21-24. Like a Charger’s or Padre’s game, Comic-Con can cause San Diego to get all riled up in the participation spirit. People flock from all over the country to dress up in their favorite costumes, attend seminars, and meet their favorite actors. What many don’t realize is that this grand event has become an epicenter of artistic creativity and handiwork, as many participants make or build their own costumes, props, and sets.
No matter what the home layout or floor plan, one thing’s for sure- everyone could use some extra space in their home. Whether it’s in the living room, bedrooms, or even the dining room, the feeling of spaciousness is always welcomed. It can help make the place more comfortable, and can help you be more productive and at the same time more relaxed.
There are several easy steps you can take to create more space in your home. Check out these fun and easy ways to increase space inside the house:
Art museums can be a source of inspiration for home decor and design. Even seeing different fabric and clothing patterns alone can provide ideas around the home (for instance, with window treatments). Visiting a museum and viewing some displays is an excellent, out-of-the-box way to receive inspiration and to get into an “artistic state of mind for your next project. There are many San Diego museums to visit in the area—here are 3 of our favorites.
April showers bring May flowers—both outdoors and indoors!
May is the opportune time to put together some awesome flower-themed decorations for your home. As mentioned in our previous blog post, flowers can be a mainstay for spring decor. Get creative with these DIY flower projects that you can put together in no time.
April showers bring May flowers—and along with them, heaps of innovation and inspiration!
Spring is one of the best seasons to get the creative juices flowing and let your imagination run wild. Warmer weather, fresh air, and blossoming flowers provide the inspiration for your own unique spring decor and designs. Read on and learn some tricks for spring decorating this year: