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.

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Inspiring handicraft items for home decor

A few years after a first encounter at Cafe Milano, Rebecca Grunfeld, an attorney, and Ryan Samuel, a real-estate developer, bumped into one another at a Wizards game (her dad is team general manager Ernie Grunfeld). A few weeks later, Ryan called Rebecca to ask her out for coffee, which turned into watching the US men’s soccer team in a World Cup game at Logan Tavern, followed by an early bite at Le Diplomate. On Rebecca’s grandparents’ wedding anniversary a few years later, Ryan proposed in the home he and Rebecca had bought and renovated.

They married in an intimate ceremony at Rebecca’s parents’ house, where Rebecca’s sister-in-law officiated and Ryan’s two children (Rebecca’s “bonus babies”) read a book they made for the bride entitled Ten Things We Love About Becky. In the pool, inflatable swans adorned with floral wreaths added a whimsical touch, and reception decor included embroidered napkins, Chinese statues representing good health and happiness, and Rebecca’s mother’s china. For dinner: a family recipe for Caesar salad, beef tenderloin, penne alla vodka, and mushroom risotto. Dessert included mini cupcakes, Rice Krispie treats, and brownies à la mode, plus a vanilla funfetti wedding cake with strawberry buttercream.

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Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more

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Black Friday is over, but savings for the home continue to roll in as part of Cyber Monday (and beyond).

Many retailers have simply extended their Black Friday offers through Monday while others are throwing in something extra. Dormify, for example, has upped its discount from 25 percent to 30 percent off, while Snowe will hand out gift cards starting at purchases of over $250. We’ll also be highlighting specific Cyber Monday deal picks at Amazon and Wayfair.

Need some more inspiration to nail down gifts for everyone on your list? Check out Curbed’s holiday gift guide and foolproof book roundup.

Here’s a closer look at Cyber Monday sales worth shopping—we’ll be updating the list so keep checking back.


Furniture and decor

abc carpet & home: Save 20 percent on select furniture, lighting, decor, and more with code gratitude2018.

AHAlife: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code KARMA—$5 from every purchase will be donated to the California Fire Foundation to benefit victims of wildfire in California.

AllModern: Take an extra 20 percent off select items with code ACTNOW through 11/26. Look out for 6-hour flash sales through 11/27.

Article: The furniture retailer is offering discounts of up to 60 percent off over 300 items through 12/2.

Campaign: Take $100 off seating with code BLACKOUT through 11/27 at 3:00 am ET.

Clare: The new paint startup is offering 10 percent off paint and supplies through 11/26 with code THANKS10.

Coral & Tusk: Take 20 percent off sitewide and free domestic ground shipping through 11/26.

Dormify: Take 30 percent off on 11/26 with code CYBERMONDAY2018.

Etsy: Take up to 60 percent off decor, accessories, gifts, and more.

Houzz: Save up to 75 percent at the Cyber Week Sale through 12/2.

Ikea: Take $25 off $100 purchase or more through 11/26 with code bzkhwP5H. Ikea Family members can look out for deals like up to 25 percent off Poäng chairs, Grusblad and Rödtoppa comforters, and up to 20 percent off Kivik and Bestå (through 12/2) series.

Interior Define: Get 10 percent off 1 item, 15 percent off 2 items, or 20 percent off 3 items across I/D’s range of customizable sofa, chaise, accent chair, bed frame, and recently launched dining set through 11/26.

Joss & Main: Take 25 percent off select items with code EXTRA25 through 11/26 and get free shipping from 11/27 through 12/1.

Kelly Wearstler: Take 30 perfect off sitewide through 11/28 with code CYBER2018

Lamps Plus: Shop sales of up to 70% percent beginning 11/19.

Lulu & Georgia: Take 20 percent off $400+, 25 percent off $800+, 30 percent off $1200+ percent off on 11/26 (shop these discounts at the 1-day encore sale on 11/27 with codes CYBER20, CYBER25, and CYBER30).

Maison Numen: Take 30 percent off select handcrafted home decor from around the world through 11/30.

Modsy: Take 30 percent of all interior design packages with code HOLIDAY30 through 11/26.

Society6: Take 50 percent off posters and 40 percent off tapestries and art prints.

Tempaper: Shop a variety of removable wallpaper collections at 40 percent off through 11/27.

Mattress and bedding

Bear Mattress: Save $125 off any purchase $500 and over, or $225 off any purchase $1,200 and over. Each order that includes a mattress will receive two free Cloud Pillows. Runs through 11/27.

Brooklinen: Take 10 percent off $250, 15 percent off $350, and 20 percent off $450 across the brand’s selection of comforters, sheets, pillows, and more through 11/26.

Casper: Get 10 percent off any order with a mattress in stores and online through 11/26.

Crane & Canopy: Take 20 percent off sitewide with code CHEER through 11/26.

Eight: Take $100 off your smart mattress purchase and get a free Amazon Echo Dot through 11/26.

Kassatex: Take 25 percent off and get free U.S. shipping from 11/26 through 11/27.

Nectar Sleep: Save $125 on a Nectar mattress plus two free Nectar pillows. Save $200 on Nectar’s hybrid mattress, DreamCloud Sleep.

Nest Bedding: Take $150 to $200 off select mattresses, a free sheet set, and buy one pillow, get one 25 percent off for select pillows through 11/26 or 15 percent off sitewide.

Parachute: Take 20 percent off everything with code SALE18 through 11/26.

Purple Mattress: Take up to $100 off the Original Purple Mattress and get a free Purple Blanket through 11/26.

Rebecca Atwood: Take 20 percent off sitewide on orders over $100 (wallpaper excluded); newsletter subscribers get 30 percent off $100 through 11/27.

Riley Home: This purveyor of “affordable luxury” in bedding and bath is offering 30 percent off $200+ with code HOLIDAY30 through 11/26.

Serta: Save up to $400 on iComfort mattresses and up to $500 on select adjustable foundations through 11/27.

Snowe: Get 20 percent off all orders $75+ through 11/26 (plus gift cards starting at $250+). May we recommend Curbed staffers’ favorite percale sheet set? Besides bedding, the home essentials brand also offers for elevated basics for dining and bathing.

tulo: Get up to 30 percent the Comfort Series (e.g. a Queen mattress for $499) through 11/28.

Kitchen

Canvas Home: Get up to 25 percent off site wide through 11/26.

Food52: Take 20 percent off everything with code YAYMONDAY on 11/26.

William Sonoma: Shop discounts across popular brands, including up to 40 percent off KitchenAid, up to 50 percent off Nespresso, $150 off Vitamix blenders, and 75 percent off a 4-quart Staub Dutch Oven.

Art

Absolut Art: Get 20 percent off on all art with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/26 11:59 PM ET

Art.com: Take 50 percent off sitewide from 11/26 through 11/27.

Framebridge: Get 20 percent off all black frames with code BLACK20.

Gray Malin: Take 30 percent all photography through 11/27.

Saatchi Art: Get 20 percent off original art of $5000+ with code JOYFUL20 and 15 percent off all other originals with code JOYFUL15X. Save on limited edition art prints too, use code JOLLY20X to get 20 percent off all framed limited edition art prints.

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These Are the Best Cyber Monday Deals in Tech

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With Thanksgiving over, Black Friday come and gone, and you filling up on the last of your leftovers, the last thing you want to do is walk through a store on Monday and do some early holiday shopping, even with all the deep discounts on offer.

If you forgot to nab a deal or two on Friday, there’s always Cyber Monday, when online retailers slash prices on items so you can purchase them from the comfort of your smartphone. Be sure to check your favorite retailers for site-specific deals, too. Retailers like Target are offering a blanket percentage off a variety of products, while Amazon is offering a rotating stable of deals all week.

Here are some of the most eye-catching gadget deals you can snag before the day’s done.

Cyber Monday Smartphone Deals

Google Pixel 3

Looking to get Google’s latest smartphone? If you buy a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL from the company, you’ll also receive a Google Home Hub for free, along with a $50 Google Store credit.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Walmart is selling the $839 unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9+ for $639, making it easy to switch carriers whether you’re home or traveling using the high-end smartphone.

Cyber Monday Video Games Deals

Nintendo Switch eShop Bundle

You can get yourself a Nintendo Switch along with a $35 Nintendo eShop gift card today for $299, perfect for snagging some quality titles already on sale and ready for instant downloading.

Cyber Monday Laptops & Tablets Deals

Apple iPad

Apple’s latest $329 iPad is down to $249 on Best Buy’s site, saving you a cool $80 on what is a pretty quality tablet that supports the art-friendly Apple Pencil.

HP Chromebook X360

Best Buy is taking $200 off the HP Chromebook X360, meaning you can get a device with a 1080p display, plenty of RAM, and enough battery life to get you through a long flight for $449.

Dell XPS 13 Laptop

If you need more power than a Chromebook provides, you could get a Windows 10 laptop. Originally $999, Dell’s XPS 13 is now $300 off, and features eighth-generation Intel Core processors, a Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting and powering other devices, and a 128GB SSD hard drive for storing your files.

Cyber Monday TV & Home Theater Deals

Samsung 75” NU8000 4K UHD TV

Want a discount on a huge TV? Save $702 on Samsung’s 4K NU8000 UHD TV with HDR. At $1,597, you’ll be getting a good deal on a huge smart TV perfect for replacing your aging model.

LG 4.1 Channel Soundbar System

Originally $400, the $189 LG soundbar system features a 4.1 channel sound system and a wireless subwoofer perfect for that new TV you just got.

TCL 43” 4 Series 4K UHD TV

Getting extras in a cheap television is a rarity, but TCL’s 43-inch 4K TV with HDR for $249 is a pretty good deal. It also includes built-in Roku TV service, so you don’t even need some extra dongle to get your favorite shows and films.

Cyber Monday Smart Home Deals

Google Home Bundle

To get a jumpstart on your smart home lifestyle, Google’s offering a bundle for $130 off that includes the Google Home Hub, a Google Home voice assistant, and a three-pack of its Google Wifi mesh network router.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon’s $200 Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available for $139, a $60 discount. You can get a free Echo Dot with your purchase, too.

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Get into connected home tech with LIFX’s smart light bulbs, discounted to $40

Creating a connected home doesn’t have to mean expensive 4K security cameras and elaborate alarm systems. I’ve long argued that smart lighting is the easiest, most accessible way to tech out your house, and LIFX’s bulbs, which I’ve been using for years, are seeing some pretty great discounts for Black Friday.

They might sound superfluous at first, and smart bulbs are energy-efficient and let you cycle through different colors and brightness levels throughout the day. Maybe you want your lights to come on automatically in the mornings, set to a dimmed level, and go off at a certain time every night. Maybe you’re just bored of regular white or yellow lighting and want to make the house look purple or green.

You can control your smart bulbs through the LIFX app or with your voice assistant on either your phone or a smart speaker, and LIFX integrates with services like IFTTT to create automated actions — I have the kitchen lights set to turn on automatically if I come home after 8 PM, but there are all sorts of cause-and-effect recipes you can create depending on what other connected devices you have sitting around.

Smart bulbs are a great gateway into building out a smarter, more convenient home.

LIFX offers its smart bulbs in different sizes and made for different mounts to accommodate as many people as possible, but most buyers will do best with the A19 multi-color bulb. It’s discounted from $60 to $40 for Black Friday, and while that sounds pricey for a light bulb, it’s rated to last for up to a whopping 22.8 years — half of the bulbs in my house are LIFX A19s, and none of them have shown any signs of aging or degrading. If you prefer the BR30 shape, you can grab that for the same discounted price.

I also have a few LIFX Minis for the kitchen and bathroom, where I don’t necessarily need the full 1100 lumens of the A19. They work in exactly the same ways, but come in a smaller, slightly dimmer (800 lumens) bulb that works well for small lighting fixtures like desk lamps. While they’re usually $45, you can pick them up right now for $30.

I love LIFX, but a lot of my friends and colleagues are equally happy with Philips Hue’s smart bulbs, and as luck would have it, their selection is pretty heavily discounted for Black Friday, too. Whichever bulbs you get, smart lights are fun, convenient, and more practical than you might think. This is as good a time as ever to buy a bulb or two — or to refit your entire house, your choice.

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Virginia Tech students enter futuristic solar home into competition as only U.S. team

 

DUBAI – A team from Virginia Tech is currently in Dubai, building a home for the future in an international competition, and they need your help to win.

The group of Hokies is the only American team, and is building and designing a futuristic smart home — FutureHAUS Dubai — in the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition. The project will allow for a home building process so efficient it can be built in a single day.

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This foundation is giving disabled vets independence via smart home tech

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, based in Staten Island, New York, is working with general contractors and architects to design and build smart homes that are specifically designed to meet the needs of disabled veterans. Thus far, the foundation has spent over $60 million on more than 75 smart homes toward a goal of building 200 smart homes for wounded and injured service members. It’s similar to what award-winning actor Gary Sinise is doing with his own foundation to help veterans.

The smart home technology that the foundation employs in these smart homes for veterans is not only, well, smart but also clever and purposeful. Among a variety of smart features, the homes employ a multi-zone audio system for the treatment of post-traumatic stress injury, motorized entry and exit doors, and a centralized phone system with room-to-room intercom and front door communications.

To make veterans feel secure, the smart homes come with a day and night surveillance system that covers the entire outside perimeter while all doors and windows are wired into a fully monitored security system. Modern touches like intelligent thermostats, automatic door locks, and automatic toilet bowls add another layer of comfort while the entire house can be controlled via smartphone, iPad or voice. The joint even has a backup generator in case the power goes out.

“Our mission is to show our gratitude for the sacrifices and service of the U.S. Armed Services returning from war who have been catastrophically injured by building smart technology homes so they can regain their independence,” the foundation says of its purposeful endeavors. “Smart homes technology has a myriad of features designed to accommodate wheelchairs and give our catastrophically injured service members independence and safety at home.”

The program is restricted to members of the U.S. Armed Forces whose combat experience or training for deployment have resulted in serious injuries including paraplegia, quadriplegia, and multiple amputations. However, the Smart Home Program is only one part of a multi-pronged approach to supporting veterans that includes paying off mortgages for service members and first responders who have been injured or killed, supporting Gold Star families, and educating citizens via a traveling exhibit about 9/11 as well as a National Run, Walk and Climb series of public events. The foundation was formed to honor firefighter Stephen Siller of Brooklyn’s Squad 1, who lost his life responding to the events of 9/11.

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Ex-Ambulance Makes Perfect RV For These Tiny House Pros

The practicality of an ambulance makes it a perfect choice for these design junkies.

When looking for the perfect trailer for their tiny house projects, the people behind Living Big In A Tiny House, never thought that an ex-ambulance would be a perfect fit. But it definitely is, and there’s a handful of reasons for that.

If it isn’t obvious, tiny houses are not aerodynamic, bulky, and most of the times heavy. The perfect RV to move these architectural works of art should be equally hulking, and an ambulance couldn’t be any more perfect.

“Our ambulance camper (or campulance) makes for an incredible home on the road! We never set out to purchase an ambulance but when we found this one, it was love at first sight. Ambulances are well maintained, have plenty of space in the back and often come kitted out with all kinds of cabinetry and storage so they can be some of the very best vehicles to convert into campers after their service,” said Bryce in Living Big In A Tiny House.

And we couldn’t agree more. True enough, ambulances are made to be comfortable for patients while the vehicle moves swiftly on the road. It also has a lot of storage spaces for medical equipment, which could be re-purposed into cloth cabinets and cupboards, perfect for a rolling camper.

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