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Halloween Decor Tricks
That are Too Cute to Spook

October 11, 2017

It’s the season of frights, but scary décor isn’t for everyone. Young kids may find creepy, horror-inspired decorations far from festive as they trek door to door on trick-or-treat night. So, remember to reserve the truly scary stuff for grownup parties or out-of-the-way spaces, and keep cheery décor in sight for the kiddos. After all, the objective is to welcome trick or treaters to your door and not scare them away, right?

Read on for a few kid-friendly décor ideas to inspire Halloween smiles.

 

 

Who’s There?

Step up your Halloween game and welcome trick or treaters and houseguests with a cute doormat. It’s a unexpected, fun addition to your front door, back door or any high-traffic entryway that can help keep your floors clean. Fun and functional? Now that’s a treat!

 

How Sweet!

Décor that does double duty? Nothing scary about that. Deliver soft glows to your front porch or entryway by adding flameless candles to metal pumpkins for a bewitching Halloween scene. Then, on trick-or-treat night, swap out the candles with goodies and you’ve got handy candy dishes for when neighborhood ghosts and goblins come calling.

 

Easy Does It!

With toddlers and pets around the house, breakable Halloween décor finds may not be the best options. No worries. Soft, plush options are readily available to show your Halloween spirit. If they take a tumble, they won’t break. They typically have friendlier appearances too, so there’s little chance of scaring.

 

Hang On!   

Greet young, door-to-door revelers by hanging fun décor on your front door. Pieces with jack-o-lanterns and black cats are great options and wreaths with fall’s finest like leaves, feathers and corn also add a seasonal touch without adding scares. Use your best discretion on Halloween night and your little guests will leave your doorstep with smiles.

 

By The Yard!

Short on time? Decorating your outdoor space with yard stakes is super easy – and sure to get noticed. Pick your places, then grab your stakes and push them into the ground. They’re easily changed, too. Just pull them up, relocate and push. As decorating goes, it doesn’t get much quicker. Note: be sure to place your stakes in spaces that won’t trip or cause accidents for your trick or treaters.

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3 Easy Ways To Spice Up Your Home For Harvest Season

September 27, 2017

At long last, fall is back! The cooler temps, tasty bounty (hello, apples and sweet corn!) and fiery colors inspire feelings of coziness and warmth. It’s also a favorite time of year to decorate – and refreshing your spaces during harvest season can be as simple as it is beautiful.

 

Read on for three easy-to-DIY decorating ideas that are sure to brighten any space.

 

Hang A Wreath

On a door, on a wall and other unexpected places like a table, it’s a snap to set a seasonal tone with a beautiful, ready-made wreath. Go big for high drama or small for a more understated approach, depending on your available space. Today’s styles boast everything from dried leaves and berries to gourds, small pumpkins and feathers. Deck your front door, back door, side door or room doors. They’re easy to put up and even easier to take down.

 

Bonus use: group candles of various colors, sizes and shapes together on a surface such as a dining table or coffee table, then use your wreath as a candle ring to encircle them all. We think you’ll love the result!

 

Add A Tobacco Basket

Tobacco baskets are all the rage and can be easily worked into your fall displays with very little effort. On mantles, console tables or other flat surfaces, use them as eye-catching backdrops for smaller décor items such as candles and decorative pumpkins. Prop them up vertically against walls or other sturdy items or hang them, depending on your space. For extra pop, scatter colorful, dried leaves found in your yard at the base of your display.

 

Bonus idea: place tobacco baskets horizontally on surfaces and place décor in them. Taller items, such as decorative pumpkins and lanterns, tend to look best and have greater impact.

 

Fill A Basket

Baskets come in all shapes and sizes and are made with many different materials, which makes them versatile, smart additions to fall displays. Baskets made with wire, wicker and metal are some of the most popular. Just pick your space, pick your size and pick your basket material, then spruce it up with your fave pieces. Not sure what to include? Long tree twigs mixed with short, decorative pumpkins is one suggested combo. Basket-lining, plush fabric nestled with ears of colorful corn and gourds is another. Remember to keep it colorful – unless your space calls for a more muted color palette!

 

Bonus idea: display your harvest baskets through Thanksgiving, then swap out the fall décor with Christmas décor for a super easy transition to the holiday season.

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Global Chic Home Trend: Create The Look With 10 Easy Decor Pieces

July 18, 2017
Global Chic

Global chic is one of the hottest trends in home decorating and we’re loving Every. Single. Piece. Introduce its exotic beauty to any room – from bathrooms to bedrooms to living rooms – for unsurpassed elegance. Think vibrant hues, dramatic textures and mixed materials like wood, metal and faux fur, then let your decorating adventures begin with 10 easy-to-add home décor ideas below.

All About the Base

To start the global chic trend in your home, we suggest starting big. Choose your base pieces, like furniture, first. Typically, these are the neutral-colored pieces that anchor a space. In this case, a faux fur bean bag chair. Why neutral colors? Most colors and patterns pop against neutral backgrounds – and neutrals complement almost everything. Even neutrals.

Remember functional pieces, too. We suggest a cute side table or two made with metal and etched wood to hold your remotes, books, drinks and more.

Global Chic Room Decor

The Softer Side

Comfort is key, even in global chic spaces. And it’s totally do-able with soft, colorful accents like rugs, pillows and throws. Choose styles with paisley or geometric prints, varying textures and exotic details like sequins that allude to Moroccan getaways and you’re right on trend. Coordinate as much or as little as you like. There’s really no wrong or right way to infuse your space with global chic glamour. Just keep it comfy and it’ll feel right from day one.

Global Chic Throws, Rugs and Pillows

How Bazaar  

If anything can pull your global glam together, it’s small details. Think exotic bazaars as you dot your space with decorative accents. The must-have? Hanging décor is almost a necessity, but don’t forget artificial greenery, shiny ceramics and wood finds to amp up your worldly ambiance.

Global Chic Home Decor

Global Chic CandleIn The Air 

You’ve got the exotic look. Enhance it with an exotic scent. Candles, scented with favorites like jasmine, not only brighten and refresh, their inviting glow adds warmth and comfort. Place a few or several around your space to help soothe away the day’s stresses.

 

 

 

 

 

Got a case of wanderlust? Us, too. The new global chic trend has us thinking about faraway places. Fortunately, it’s possible to get these bazaar-inspired styles without having to travel halfway around the globe. Just head to your nearest Gordmans. No passport required. 

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5 Tips for Planning a Summer Party

June 22, 2017
Planning a Party

Be the hostess with the mostest fun – and the one who thought of everything – at your next summer party. We have more than a few ideas to help you plan and brighten up your space for day-into-night shindigs. From mealtime to splash time to cocktail time, let the good times (and good vibes) roll with new and smart party favors for revelers of all ages.

Keep It Chill

Ice tops the list of necessities you need to keep summer parties chill – and it’s not just for beverages. Veggies, fruit and other goodies need love, too! Use functional serveware from Gordmans to keep it crisp, presentable and lip-smacking good. Made of non-glass material, it’s safe to use. Just add ice and let the chill begin.

Serving Ware

Yard Games

Amp Up The Fun & Games

Lively guests are happy guests. Be sure to have lots of games on hand to spark some fun! Lawn darts, anyone? We suggest racquet games and classic lawn darts to serve up hours of enjoyment. Just a few key pieces, a little space and you’re good to go.

Float Their Boats

For wet and wild fun, pool floats are the perfect party favors! At 5- to 6-feet in length, these floats are big on fun – and large enough to keep up with (most) adults and kids. Pool not in your party plans? We think they’d make amazing, oversized party decorations. Hang ‘em high or place around your party space, they’re sure to delight summer guests!

Pool Rafts

Dinnerware Plate

 

Setting Pretty

You have great taste! Put it on display with dramatic dinnerware to create a table as bright and lively as your guests. Melamine dinnerware is break, scratch and chip resistant, so its a safe option for outdoor dining. With dishes this cheery, you’ll never go back to serving on humdrum paper plates and bowls. Yay!

 
 
 
 
 

String Lights

Lighten Up

With today’s creative take on party lights, nighttime never looked so… delicious! Light the way for guests in colorful, unexpected ways. Doughnuts? Pineapples? When they’re this sweet (and calorie-free!), we’re in. Prefer something more traditional? Vivid, tabletop lanterns shine where needed – on side tables, patios, steps and more.   

Above all, remember to keep party planning stress-free. It’s doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be great. A few essentials here and there, easy-prep meals, fun and games, and friends and family are all you need to make it one to remember. Happy planning!

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Fun Décor Finds For A Memorial Day Celebration

May 23, 2017
Memorial Day

How time flies! Soon we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives to defend our great country. As you gather with family and friends during this special holiday weekend, show your all-American pride and kick off the unofficial start to summer with tried-and-true red, white and blue home décor. Whether your celebration takes you indoors around the dinner table or backyard around the picnic table, Gordmans’ stars and stripes décor will keep the mood fun and festive.

Peek at some of our newest Americana finds below, then hurry to your nearest store and pick up your favorites. Let the entertainment begin!

Throwing A Patio Party?

Welcome guests with Americana décor to set a cheery tone to weekend festivities. We love how photogenic stars and stripes can be and, day or night, they always shine brightly. Choose one focal piece to steal the scene (hello, garden gnome), or group several together for a real wow moment (hello, yard lights). From yard stakes to gazing balls to wind spinners and more – Gordmans has décor to make your soiree one to remember.

Yard Decor

Picks For A Picnic

Nothing defines summer dining quite like gingham – and it’s not just for tablecloths anymore. This bold print packs a punch on summer serveware too, with style that throws back to days gone by. Dare we say ‘old-fashioned?’ Yes, please! Stack your brats and burgers – and all the yummy extras – on new gingham serveware. It’s a snappy (and handy) addition to backyard barbecues and picnics that delivers a nostalgic twist. Let’s eat! 

Gingham Serveware

What’s In For Patriotic Decor

Why let the outdoors have all the glory? Bring the patriotic spirit into your home with tabletop décor that’s easy to place (& move) just about anywhere – on fireplace mantles, dining tables, bathrooms or other spaces needing a touch of red, white and blue. The idea is to think outside the box. Bedside, anyone? Keep your Americana look fresh and festive by rearranging the decor around your home as often as you like. Super easy!    

Table Top Decor

It’s easy to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. So, as you begin your holiday weekend entertainment plans with those you care about, please take a moment to remember those who have died in defense of our great country.  

Memorial Day Decor

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3 Ways to Style Tobacco Baskets

February 15, 2017
3 Ways to Style a Tobacco Basket

The hottest trend within the modern farmhouse look right now is adding a tobacco basket to your home decor. They have a rich history and add a great rustic look to your home.  Tobacco baskets date back to the 1800’s and were used to keep tobacco off the floor when storing the tobacco leaves in the warehouse. They were also used to take tobacco to the local markets. There are many other uses for them other than for storage purposes and they are great versatile piece to add to your home decor.

tobacco basket

Love Letter

Add a personal touch to your tobacco basket by adding a letter that signifies your first or last name, or just your favorite letter. Glue or use wire to secure the letter to the basket. Then all you need in a simple nail to hang the basket on the wall and you are done.

tobaccoo basket

Flower Fancy

Another great way to use multiple sizes of tobacco baskets is to layer then by setting them on a shelf against a wall. Then you can add other personal touches like a metal vase with flowers in a color that coordinates with your room. You can also add other home decor pieces to the mix and really show off your personal style.

tobacco basket 2

Storage Savvy

The easiest way to style a tobacco basket is by simply adding some greenery to fill in the basket. This faux greenery is great because it looks real but you don’t have to worry about keeping it alive and it’s so easy to change out with the holidays and seasons.

tobacco basket 3

You can find tobacco baskets in stores now at Gordmans!

How would you style your tobacco basket? Snap a photo and post to Instagram. Use the hashtag #gordmans so we can see your creations!

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9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

February 14, 2017

9 Sweet Valentine’s Day Treats

A bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates might be the most traditional, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift-giving, there is so much more out there to show your affection for the ones you love. Whether you’re looking for a special surprise for your spouse, child or friend (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!), these options are as sweet as can be.

The hand-made details—a dark denim rosette, metallic heart cut-out and hand lettering—of this wood-grained Love Frame ($11.99) make it an extra-special perch for a favorite photo.

 

 

How cute is this Together Makes Life Beautiful pillow ($9.99)? One side features a heartfelt message, while the other is covered edge to edge with x’s and o’s.

 

With its heathered gray tones, comfy knit fabric and sweet screenprint, this Inspired Hearts Hacci Raglan Hoodie ($19.99) should be required attire for a cozy movie Valentine’s Day date at home.

 

Whether or not it’s sandals season where you live, you can’t help but go googly-eyed after one look at these Emoji Heart Eyes Flip Flops ($3.99).

 

Any modern romantics in the house? If you prefer crisp and clean-cut designs to pink, red and frills, pick up this Derek Heart High Neck Screen Tank ($4.99) with a simple black-and-white motif that nods to Valentine’s Day without seeming overly sappy.

 

With it’s powder pink hue and sugar-sweet message, this Heart String Art ($9.99) is just the right fit for the littlest valentine in your life. Bonus points for adding these utterly adorable Rainbow Heart Sunglasses ($3.99)

 

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this Crystal Bangle with Heart ($7.99). Between the rose gold-tone metal and the twinkly crystal heart and band, it’s right-on for Valentine’s Day.

 

Lapel pins are making a comeback, big-time! Your BFF would really dig the Orion 3 Piece Bff Heart and Donut Pins ($3), which would look super-cute pinned on a jean jacket or backpack.

 

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Homemade Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

February 10, 2017

Homemade Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

As a kid of the 80’s, Valentine’s Day meant making valentines boxes out of whatever you could find at home-most of us getting really creative with a cereal or shoe box, construction paper, tin foil, or any other materials we could find around the house.  It meant buying “valograms” for 25 cents through student council to send to your friends.  It meant exchanging valentine cards and all the excitement in seeing what candy you would get.  It meant a school party, where the afternoon was spent eating unhealthy food and playing games.  It was a day full of sugar and sweetness in so many ways!

These days, my favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is just showing the love to those in our lives! Whether homemade valentines sent in the mail, or fun messages wrote to classmates, just personalizing and actually putting love into whatever you give means a lot to some of us.  My favorite is baking fun and yummy treats to give to neighbors, friends, and even mail to our loved ones miles away!!! It’s just a good feeling to know you are thought of!  So this Valentine’s day, give your hand a try at these Raspberry Valentines Heart Shaped Pop Tarts.  Anyone receiving these is sure to feel the love this Valentine’s Day.

 

Raspberry Valentine Pop Tarts

Pastry Dough:

2 C flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 C butter room temp

2 egg yolks

¼ C milk

 

Filling:

Raspberry jam

 

Egg Wash:

1 egg white

1 Tbsp water

(use fork to beat together) and set aside

 

Icing:

1 C Powder Sugar

1 Tbsp Cream

½ tsp almond flavoring

1 Tbs raspberry jam

(can add some red food coloring if you want icing darker)

 

Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl.   Cut in 1C unsalted butter with pastry blender.  In separate bowl combine 2 egg yolks and 1/4 C milk. Using pastry blender mix with dry ingredients. Refrigerate dough overnight.

Roll dough (on floured surface) 1/8 inch thick (do not roll thicker, they rise).  Cut out heart shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheets. (I use airbake sheets).  Makes about 15 hearts(top and bottoms) of medium sized cookie cutter.  I divided dough in half so I knew how many bottoms I had.

 

Use a small melon baller to place two small drops of raspberry jam as shown.  Use finger to run egg wash around edges of hearts, place another heart on top and gently press around edges being careful not to squeeze jam out.  Then take small chopstick end and press around edges to seal.  Lightly brush with egg white wash and then bake at 350 degrees for 15-18mins, move to cooling rack.  Once completely cooled drizzle with frosting mixture. Let dry before placing in wax paper bags or storage.

 

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DIY Valentine Heart Decor

February 7, 2017
Valentine DIY

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have a quick and easy DIY Valentine heart decor project that will have your home swooning in no time.

Gather Supplies

The supplies are simple. Glue gun, heart punch, scrap paper, sticks and any embellishments you want to use make this super easy creation.  If you don’t have a heart paper punch just cut out one heart and use that as your pattern to trace around for the rest of the hearts.

supplies needed

Punch or cut out as many hearts are you want to put on your tree.  Just keep trusting us on the sticks, it turns out super cute.

punch out paper hearts

Arrange

Arrange the sticks in some sort of container. You could use a vase, bucket, or a glass pitcher. Use the glue gun to carefully glue the hearts onto the sticks. We would suggest you arrange the sticks how you want them in the container and then glue the hearts on based on how the the sticks lay naturally. You can glue as many hearts or as little hearts as you want, it’s YOUR creation! You could also do different size hearts or write cute sayings on each heart.

heart sticks

Embellish

Use embellishments to add your own personal style.  You could add glitter or buttons to the hearts.  You know, crafty things like that.  We added a little black and white bakers twine to give the red mason jar a little extra something.

valentine heart

Admire

Step back and admire your new DIY Valentine heart decor You can place this anywhere that needs a little pop of color for the holiday. An end table, shelving or a buffet would all be really cute with this lovely DIY piece.

diy valentine decor

This simple DIY decoration adds that perfect touch for the holiday. Style it with some other products from Gordmans like we did here.

Share with us your creations on Instagram and use the tag #gordmans so we can see the endless possibilities!

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Holiday Wish List

December 9, 2016

Gift shopping season is upon us, and chances are, loved ones in your life are asking what you’d like to see under the tree this year. From your office Secret Snowman to your family gift exchange, here’s a list of tempting treats to consider for your very own wish list.

Finesse Multi-Row Beaded Necklace and Earrings, $9.99

This statement necklace and understated earrings are just the thing to top off a LBD for New Year’s Eve and beyond.

Keurig K55 Coffee Maker, $119.99

A pod coffeemaker in this snazzy Rhubarb color will spice up your kitchen, big time.

Matte Water Bottle, $14.99

The knock-out colors and sleek design makes this water bottle more a fashion accessory than a hydration necessity.

20-inch Hardside Carry-On Spinner Luggage, $39.99

Think how easy it will be to spot your luggage coming around the baggage claim carousel!

Open Knit Fringe Infinity Scarf, $9.99

The gauzy open knit on this infinity scarf gives it an edge, while the cranberry hue makes it holiday-appropriate.

Holiday Lip Regimen, $9.99

Treat your winter-whipped lips with this quartet of pampering products: sweet cherry lip exfoliator, moisturizing lipstick, long-lasting lip pencil and lip color remover.

Eat Sleep Shop Cosmetics Bag, $5

Here’s hoping your stocking will be stuffed with this cute glitter-covered makeup bag.

Edison Fringe Throw, $14.99

This turquoise throw blanket with elegant fringe is equal parts sophisticated and cozy.

Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer, $329.99

If you’ve been very, very good this year, this top-of-the-line stand mixer is the perfect addition to any aspiring chef’s kitchen. Pick a fun color such as bordeaux or pistachio, or go for the timeless silver finish.