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Impress Everyone On Your List With These Stylish Decor Gifts

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There’s one category of gifts that will satisfy everyone on your list. Whether it’s for bosses, your best friend, babies or even those people you don’t know too well, a home accessory is a bold and meaningful choice. Here are the most stylish decor gifts to give (and also to receive) this holiday season.

Samsung “The Frame” Television

This tv isn't art, but it's close enough.

This tv isn’t art, but it’s close enough.Evine

Is it a work of art or a television? It’s both! Samsung’s “The Frame” television is designed with style in mind. It’s a 4k UHD SmartTv that’s an even smarter gift.

Petrossian Ecume Caviar Presentoir

Upgrade your caviar.

Present caviar with class.Petrossian

Caviar is the ultimate foodie gift. So why not upgrade and include this luxurious presentoir from Petrossian? Available in white, gold or platinum, each presentoir comes with a choice of various caviar tins. Luckily, it’s impossible to pick the wrong one.

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2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decor

Image result for 2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decorTwo Minneapolis police officers were placed on paid leave Friday after their apparent involvement in Christmas tree decorations that the city’s mayor called “despicable.”

The Christmas tree at a precinct station on the city’s North Side was decorated with items such as Newport cigarettes, police crime tape, a can of malt liquor, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen cup, and other things that Mayor Jacob Frey said amounted to a “racist display.” A picture of the tree circulated online before the items were removed.

Frey initially called for the officer involved to be fired by day’s end, but later recognized that a process has to be followed. Instead, two officers were placed on paid leave while the department investigates.

“This behavior is racist, despicable, and is well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis,” Frey said in a statement early Friday. “Shifting the culture of the police department requires swift and decisive action. Termination is necessary — both to discipline the officer and to send a clear message: Chief (Medaria) Arradondo and I will not tolerate conduct that departs from our values.”

Arradondo called the display “racially insensitive” and said it was removed. He said he has started a full investigation into the incident.

“I am ashamed and appalled by the behavior of those who would feel comfortable to act in such a manner that goes against our core department values of trust, accountability and professional service,” Arradondo said in a statement.

The head of the police officer’s union did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The tree is in the police station on the city’s North Side, which has a fractured relationship with police. The precinct was the site of more than two weeks of protests after the 2015 fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man. While Arradondo said the police department has made positive changes, “this recent incident shows we still have much work ahead.”

Longtime civil rights activist Ron Edwards told the Star Tribune , that the items on the tree were a “wink wink” to racial stereotypes against black people.

“It’s a modern day version of a dog whistle, tainted with racism, specifically against the African-American community,” he said.

The Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar, a group formed after Clark’s shooting, sent out a statement saying they were “outraged and disgusted” by the display. The group also called for the immediate termination of those involved.

Also Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted to reduce the mayor’s proposed police budget for 2019 by more than $1 million.

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Say goodbye to these five decor trends before they’re gone

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The year 2018 has been a great one for home design, giving us a renewed focus on wellness and timeless choices. But not every style choice was made to last. Christina Birtcher, a top-rated interior designer with Three Roses Interiors in Portland, Ore., predicts we’ll leave these five up-to-the-minute trends behind in 2019.

1. Mid-century modern minimalism

Clean lines and decluttered spaces were popular in 2018. But Birtcher believes we will soon tire of the totally streamlined look and throw in a dash of nature.

“I am seeing more influences from Morocco and reduction of the mid-century modern minimalist for more vintage, organic and layered textures incorporating bespoke pieces,” she says.

Birtcher also predicts a new take on the all-white colour palette.

“All-white kitchens and baths will remain popular, but I think homeowners will incorporate organic texture within them,” she says. “I think marble and lighter wood tones will continue into 2019.”

2. The no-wallpaper rule

Design trends have encouraged a complete rejection of wallpaper since the 1980s. And people have been replacing busy, old-fashioned wallpaper in favour of beige and white walls ever since. But Birtcher is confident that new styles of wallpaper will be all the rage in 2019.

“My favourite new trend is the re-emergence of wallpaper,” Birtcher says. “It appears that it’s making a comeback, and I am loving this new trend! I believe it will be with us for a while. There is so much creativity, texture and art that we are seeing being transformed into beautiful papers.”

3. “Blush”

When to open a bottle: aging wine without the…

The Pantone Color Institute selected Rose Quartz as its Colour of the Year in 2016, alongside a dusty blue called Serenity. This launched blush and rose gold into mainstream home design — popularly paired with creamy whites and marble finishes.

Birtcher predicts that in 2019, interest in these shades will be exhausted.

“I don’t believe the blush pink and rose golds will continue,” she says. “I believe they are difficult for most people to incorporate into their homes. I think metallics will replace this look.”

It seems Pantone would agree. The institute released a 200-colour collection of metallics called Pantone Metallic Shimmers in October 2018, and it’s certain to inspire fashion and product designers into the coming year.

4. Accent walls

Bold accent walls have been a popular design choice for many years. But Birtcher thinks that 2018 is the last year this look will trend for a while, as we lean toward more calm, neutral looks.

Birtcher is prepping her clients for the change.

“If my clients really want that look, I try to incorporate it with just a hint of a darker hue, but not anything that is a huge contrast,” she says.

5. Offset horizontal tiles

Style options for tile expand with every year, given enhanced manufacturing technology, new designs and easy peel-and-stick products. But as with anything that presents near-limitless possibilities, some experiments stick, and some get tired quick.

Birtcher thinks horizontal mosaics are tired.

“Tiny, offset horizontal tiles in contrasting colours on a backsplash for the kitchen and in bathrooms are so busy, and I think this product dates the home,” she says. “Using a softer pattern tile, co-ordinating granite splash or subway tile is a much better alternative. It will retain a time-honoured element in the space without dating it and making your eyes blur.”

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Northside Cellar offering furniture, home décor, local art

Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St., shown above, offers a wide variety of new and gently used clothing, furniture, art and more.
Shown above are some of the items available at the store.
Photos courtesy of Northside Cellar

DOWNTOWN AKRON — New and gently used clothing, as well as furniture, home décor and local art, are available at Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St.

According to owners Jodie Oates and Wendy Geonis, the five-month-old retail and consignment shop started with an effort to reduce the contents of their closets and quickly expanded into a shop.

Oates added the store carries a wide variety of garments, goods and art.

“Northside Cellar offers artistic style for you and your home,” said Oates.

Oates said the clothing items include contemporary women’s fashions, with plenty of holiday wear, and items ranging from gowns to vintage furs, as well as casual wear. Also available are accessories such as shoes, both contemporary and vintage handbags and jewelry. The clothing is both from consignment and items hand-selected from visits to national markets, Oates added.

“We have something for women of all ages, from college age to seniors,” she added. “Shoppers are guaranteed to find something to fit every decade of their lives, whether they are an urban millennial or an octogenarian.”

Oates said Northside Cellar is currently offering a large selection of clothing items on sale for 40 percent off.

The shop also has unique curated art created by local artists. Oates said this selection includes oils, photography, framed prints, original paper collages by Helen Wilson, Linda Radek sculptures, handmade greeting cards, A Vintage Bee hand-poured candles and more. She added the store is one of only a few in the area that carries Tokyo Milk candles and perfumes.

“We have a great selection of gift ideas for the holidays,” said Oates.

Northside Cellar also has rugs, coffee tables, sofa and love seats, end tables, chairs and other pieces.

“We are hoping to open a lower level with more furniture and art, as well as books, in December,” said Oates.

Through November, the store is presenting a 50/50 raffle. Visitors can make a donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The proceeds will be split evenly between the winner and the agency. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 1.

Also, on Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m., the store will present a Holiday Hop, with raffles, prizes, refreshments and more.

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Northside Cellar offering furniture, home décor, local art

Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St., shown above, offers a wide variety of new and gently used clothing, furniture, art and more.
Shown above are some of the items available at the store.
Photos courtesy of Northside Cellar

DOWNTOWN AKRON — New and gently used clothing, as well as furniture, home décor and local art, are available at Northside Cellar, located at 106 N. Main St.

According to owners Jodie Oates and Wendy Geonis, the five-month-old retail and consignment shop started with an effort to reduce the contents of their closets and quickly expanded into a shop.

Oates added the store carries a wide variety of garments, goods and art.

“Northside Cellar offers artistic style for you and your home,” said Oates.

Oates said the clothing items include contemporary women’s fashions, with plenty of holiday wear, and items ranging from gowns to vintage furs, as well as casual wear. Also available are accessories such as shoes, both contemporary and vintage handbags and jewelry. The clothing is both from consignment and items hand-selected from visits to national markets, Oates added.

“We have something for women of all ages, from college age to seniors,” she added. “Shoppers are guaranteed to find something to fit every decade of their lives, whether they are an urban millennial or an octogenarian.”

Oates said Northside Cellar is currently offering a large selection of clothing items on sale for 40 percent off.

The shop also has unique curated art created by local artists. Oates said this selection includes oils, photography, framed prints, original paper collages by Helen Wilson, Linda Radek sculptures, handmade greeting cards, A Vintage Bee hand-poured candles and more. She added the store is one of only a few in the area that carries Tokyo Milk candles and perfumes.

“We have a great selection of gift ideas for the holidays,” said Oates.

Northside Cellar also has rugs, coffee tables, sofa and love seats, end tables, chairs and other pieces.

“We are hoping to open a lower level with more furniture and art, as well as books, in December,” said Oates.

Through November, the store is presenting a 50/50 raffle. Visitors can make a donation to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The proceeds will be split evenly between the winner and the agency. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 1.

Also, on Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m., the store will present a Holiday Hop, with raffles, prizes, refreshments and more.

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Elevate Your Home With These Holiday Decor Trends

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.Brittany Avila

The holiday season isn’t just a time for gifts. It’s also a time for re-decorating. In recent years, traditional holiday decor has stayed in storage and been replaced with more contemporary styles. While social media has influenced this trend, it’s not the only reason. Laurence Carr who is the CEO and Founder of Laurence Carr Design explains why. “The traditional holiday style has not kept pace with modern lives and families living far away from each other. People are looking for a feeling of comfort and warmth with personalized holiday decor, such as unique, simple touches or small takeaways like candles. They are also embracing simplicity as a way of distressing from this hectic time of the year.”

It’s time to say goodbye to green and white and consider these holiday decorating ideas instead.

Santa Claus Isn’t Real And Your Tree Doesn’t Have To Be Either

A faux tree is a real gift to yourself.Getty

To end the debate once and for all, creating the perfect holiday ambiance does not require a real Christmas tree. The holiday season is stressful enough, so why create additional hassle? Would it make sense to transport any other large, cumbersome item by tying it down to the roof of a car? Does anyone have time to constantly clean an endless mess of falling needles? Real trees can also create safety concerns for pets and trigger allergies. Artificial trees are less problematic, more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. They also look full year after year.

Miss the real tree smell? A Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine reed diffuser on your mantle is the next best thing.

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Say goodbye to these five decor trends before they’re gone

pantone 2016

The year 2018 has been a great one for home design, giving us a renewed focus on wellness and timeless choices. But not every style choice was made to last. Christina Birtcher, a top-rated interior designer with Three Roses Interiors in Portland, Ore., predicts we’ll leave these five up-to-the-minute trends behind in 2019.

1. Mid-century modern minimalism

Clean lines and decluttered spaces were popular in 2018. But Birtcher believes we will soon tire of the totally streamlined look and throw in a dash of nature.

“I am seeing more influences from Morocco and reduction of the mid-century modern minimalist for more vintage, organic and layered textures incorporating bespoke pieces,” she says.

Birtcher also predicts a new take on the all-white colour palette.

“All-white kitchens and baths will remain popular, but I think homeowners will incorporate organic texture within them,” she says. “I think marble and lighter wood tones will continue into 2019.”

2. The no-wallpaper rule

Design trends have encouraged a complete rejection of wallpaper since the 1980s. And people have been replacing busy, old-fashioned wallpaper in favour of beige and white walls ever since. But Birtcher is confident that new styles of wallpaper will be all the rage in 2019.

“My favourite new trend is the re-emergence of wallpaper,” Birtcher says. “It appears that it’s making a comeback, and I am loving this new trend! I believe it will be with us for a while. There is so much creativity, texture and art that we are seeing being transformed into beautiful papers.”

3. “Blush”

When to open a bottle: aging wine without the…

The Pantone Color Institute selected Rose Quartz as its Colour of the Year in 2016, alongside a dusty blue called Serenity. This launched blush and rose gold into mainstream home design — popularly paired with creamy whites and marble finishes.

Birtcher predicts that in 2019, interest in these shades will be exhausted.

“I don’t believe the blush pink and rose golds will continue,” she says. “I believe they are difficult for most people to incorporate into their homes. I think metallics will replace this look.”

It seems Pantone would agree. The institute released a 200-colour collection of metallics called Pantone Metallic Shimmers in October 2018, and it’s certain to inspire fashion and product designers into the coming year.

4. Accent walls

Bold accent walls have been a popular design choice for many years. But Birtcher thinks that 2018 is the last year this look will trend for a while, as we lean toward more calm, neutral looks.

Birtcher is prepping her clients for the change.

“If my clients really want that look, I try to incorporate it with just a hint of a darker hue, but not anything that is a huge contrast,” she says.

5. Offset horizontal tiles

Style options for tile expand with every year, given enhanced manufacturing technology, new designs and easy peel-and-stick products. But as with anything that presents near-limitless possibilities, some experiments stick, and some get tired quick.

Birtcher thinks horizontal mosaics are tired.

“Tiny, offset horizontal tiles in contrasting colours on a backsplash for the kitchen and in bathrooms are so busy, and I think this product dates the home,” she says. “Using a softer pattern tile, co-ordinating granite splash or subway tile is a much better alternative. It will retain a time-honoured element in the space without dating it and making your eyes blur.”

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Elevate Your Home With These Holiday Decor Trends

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.Brittany Avila

The holiday season isn’t just a time for gifts. It’s also a time for re-decorating. In recent years, traditional holiday decor has stayed in storage and been replaced with more contemporary styles. While social media has influenced this trend, it’s not the only reason. Laurence Carr who is the CEO and Founder of Laurence Carr Design explains why. “The traditional holiday style has not kept pace with modern lives and families living far away from each other. People are looking for a feeling of comfort and warmth with personalized holiday decor, such as unique, simple touches or small takeaways like candles. They are also embracing simplicity as a way of distressing from this hectic time of the year.”

It’s time to say goodbye to green and white and consider these holiday decorating ideas instead.

Santa Claus Isn’t Real And Your Tree Doesn’t Have To Be Either

A faux tree is a real gift to yourself.Getty

To end the debate once and for all, creating the perfect holiday ambiance does not require a real Christmas tree. The holiday season is stressful enough, so why create additional hassle? Would it make sense to transport any other large, cumbersome item by tying it down to the roof of a car? Does anyone have time to constantly clean an endless mess of falling needles? Real trees can also create safety concerns for pets and trigger allergies. Artificial trees are less problematic, more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. They also look full year after year.

Miss the real tree smell? A Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine reed diffuser on your mantle is the next best thing.

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White Christmas Is Just A Movie

Black is the new black.

Black is the new black.Wayfair

Artificial trees also allow for experimentation with color. While white trees trended in 2017, according to Wayfair, the number of site searches for black trees has increased this year. It’s easy to understand why. A black tree is a true statement piece. The contrast of color against the ornaments makes them pop. For extra wow factor, keep the lights and ornaments monochromic. If black isn’t bold enough, consider a millennial pink or even a red tree this year.

Take A Hint From Chip And Joanna Gaines

The modern farmhouse look perfected.

The modern farmhouse look perfected.Brittany Avila

Popular with bloggers and influencers like Brittany Avila of Southernly Bliss, the modern farmhouse look has been a major interior design trend for several years. In fact, starter homes renovated in this style have proven to garner higher sales numbers.

But, Carr doesn’t think the attraction to a modern farmhouse look is about being trendy. “Modern Farmhouse holiday decor simultaneously reflects warmth and a rustic mood. Its popularity stems from the inherently cozy feel of the scheme.”

She suggests pairing farmhouse styles with vintage holiday decor like those heirloom ornaments passed down from generation to generation. Mixing raw textures and hard finishes like rough wood and hammered metal is another way to make farmhouse chic blend with a more contemporary style home.

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Plaid is classic, but never dated.

Plaid is classic, but never dated.Mark and Graham

Carr also says plaid, which was a big trend in fall fashion this year, will add greater warmth and richness. “To me, the feelings of nostalgia this trend evokes are irresistible.”

But don’t overdo it. Limit plaids to one or two pieces like a tartan throw blanket or etched windowpane glassware from Mark & Graham.

Go Boho Chic

Skip the tinsel and go for the pom pom.

Skip the tinsel and go for the pompom.Anthropologie

In 2018, Etsy saw a 67% increase in searches related to the term “boho holiday.” But doing Boho right requires planning. “It can be harder to get right because it ends up looking cluttered if you don’t know when to stop,” says Carr.

She suggests sticking to a neutral palette while adding pops of gemstone colors. “For example, strings of feathers, ferns, or even white cotton pompoms mix well with hanging geodes or hand-painted blown egg ornaments, creating a surprising, yet chic look.”

Another example of this is Anthropologie’s pink Sugarplum garland, which is a stylish alternative to tinsel and can easily be cleaned and reused.

Invest In Chic Holiday Décor You Can Use All Year Round

Rudolph has nothing on this reindeer.

Rudolph has nothing on this reindeer.Perigold

Most people use their holiday decor for a few months at a time. But there is a way to keep the holiday spirit alive all year round without being judged by friends and neighbors. Skip the holiday-specific items like snowman salad plates. Instead, choose festive pieces like this reindeer head from Perigold.

Nicole Andrew of Perigold Editorial explained, “There are so many items that can double as year-round favorites and still feel special for the holidays. They elevate everyday décor and work seamlessly with those extra special touches during this time of year.”

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