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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dazzling Holiday Details

November 22, 2016
Add a shimmering centerpiece to glam up your table!

String the lights and hit the switch, because it’s time to add a little shimmer and shine to your life this holiday season! Whether it’s a swipe of sequined accents, or a layer of lace over the perfect party dress, our Blog Buddy, Cranberry Tantrums helped us show off several ways to make your home and wardrobe sparkle.

Give your living room a quick glamtastic makeover by swapping out everyday pillows for some in metallic shades. Sequined mermaid pillows (that change colors with the swipe of your hand!) transform like magic and look like total luxury for under $15!

Metallic pillows are the perfect way to transform your home for the holidays!

Metallic pillows are the perfect way to transform your home for the holidays!

Do you have party invitations covering up your fridge? Or maybe you’re just planning an extra festive girls night out? Either way, indulge in a fun and feminine dress—let’s be honest, a skirt with a little twirl never hurt anyone—and a great pair of heels and get ready to hit the town!

Add a shimmering centerpiece to glam up your table!

The perfect holiday tablescape

The fireplace mantle is a perfect place to transform with holiday decor. But you can add touches of cheer to other areas of your home too, like putting a shimmering centerpiece on the dining room table, or adding festive accents to a bar cart. Just turn up your favorite Christmas music album, (is it N’Sync? We won’t tell…) and enjoy getting in the sparkling spirit!

Holiday Bar Cart

Holiday Bar Cart

Click here to see more photos of how Cranberry Tantrums got holiday ready with Gordmans! 

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How To Prep Your Guest Room For The Holidays

November 16, 2016

The holidays are always a busy time with family gatherings, dinner parties, and other celebrations. We spend time decorating our homes, hanging festive lights, and of course preparing the food. But oftentimes the guest room gets forgotten. We partnered with Sarah of Life On Virginia Street to share how she preps her home for guests during the holiday season!

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Tip #1: Layers and Texture

Adding extra layers and texture to any room gives it a cozy feeling that everyone will enjoy. It’s also nice to provide ample pillows and blankets so guests can add more, depending on their temperature preference. We like how Sarah added some character to her guest room by furnishing it with lots of textured pillows and a fluffy throw at the foot of the bed. 

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Tip #2: Art for the Walls

Make a focal point in the guest bedroom with a fun gallery wall. Hanging several beautiful picture frames or a statement mirror adds visual interest and makes the space feel more like home.

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Tip #3: Stock the Bathroom

Set a tray on top of your bathroom counter filled with essentials so guests can help themselves without feeling invasive. Add an extra touch by filling glass jars with necessities and travel-sized items in case a guest forgot something. Give it a pop of color with some pretty greenery, set out your coziest towels, and you’re all set!

Tip #4: Little Details 

Add magazines on the bedside table, provide water and snacks for convenience, and make sure to have a reading lamp handy for the perfect lighting.

Click here to see more tips from Sarah on how to prep your home for the holiday season! 

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Everything’s Coming Up Rose Gold

October 21, 2016

Gold is classic and silver is chic, but everything from iPhones to Michelle Obama’s final state dinner gown are turning heads in rose gold and copper these days. Whether it’s gilded onto sunglasses or making an appearance in home decor, this warm metallic couldn’t be cooler.

Here’s how to infuse a little of this trendy tone into both your wardrobe and home.

  1. Make some moves in these super-shiny high-top sneakers by Baby Phat ($29.95).
  2. Flashy personalities will love the TMI Women’s Triple Chrono Roman Numeral watch, which features dazzling rose gold metal links ($14.99).
  3. If softer bands are more your style, go for the TMI Classic Dial watch with a white leather band and delicate rose gold face ($14.99)
  4. For just a touch of rose gold, slip into these ZCo boot-cut jeans with metallic embellishments on the back pockets ($29.99).
  5. Add some quirk to your kitchen with this Copper Metal Utensil Wall Clock ($12.99).
  6. Perk up a console table or armoire with this eye-catching geometric metal sculpture ($25).
  7. Throw some shade with Riviera Glam sunglasses in a timeless aviator style ($12.99).
  8.  Let there be light! This wire pendant lamp would lend a contemporary vibe to any room ($39.99).
  9. A succulent planter? A classy trash can? An ice bucket for your next shindig? The uses for this copper planter bucket are practically endless ($16.99).

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Halloween Party Planning

September 30, 2016

If the usual trick-or-treating just won’t do to celebrate this year, the time is right to host a Halloween party. Whether your guest list is full to the brim with wee little ghosts or full-grown goblins, read on for inspiration on hosting the perfect frightful fete.

FOR THE KIDS

For little ones, keep things more sweet than spooky by decorating with goofy grinning pumpkins, wiley witches or cartoony monsters.

Keep the kiddos busy and take care of dessert in one foul swoop with a decorate-your-own cupcake bar. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination! For example, make jack-o-lantern cupcakes with orange frosting, black licorice strings cut into 1-inch segments and M&Ms for eyes and noses. Or let the creativity fly with a make-your-own-monster bar with brightly colored icing and kooky candy such as gummy worms and rock candy.

Game time! Divide guests into teams of three to four and arm them with rolls of toilet paper for a mummy-dressing contest. Make sure to have your camera ready to capture the process and the finished results!

For a parting gift, send party-goers home with bags of popcorn tossed with Halloween gummies or candy corn.

FOR THE GROWN-UPS

Spooky tunes are a must for spooky soiree. Setting the soundtrack is as simple as hooking up your smartphone to a bluetooth speaker and tuning the channel to Monster Mash Radio. Don’t have a speaker? Put your phone in a bowl for a DIY solution.

To mix up the decor from the usual orange and black, try an offbeat theme such as a mad scientist’s laboratory with brightly-hued cocktails in beakers and test tubes, or evoke a creepy apothecary with mercury glass skull jars, shot glasses  and metallic pumpkins

The best way to encourage guests to dress up is to tempt them with a costume contest! Stuff cool striped trick-or-treat totes with your favorite candies to hand out to the winners.

For a nightcap, brew a pot of pumpkin-flavored coffee and set out spirits such as spiced rum or Irish cream to mix in.

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Skeleton couples = forever love

Day of the Dead decor

Skull cups add a little scare to their sips