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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Luxury Vinyl Flooring Market Comprehensive Study with Key Trends, Major Drivers and Challenges 2018-2023

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Global Luxury Vinyl Flooring Market is Projected to grow at moderate CAGR during the period 2015-2023. Luxury Vinyl Flooring research report also provides granular analysis of the market share, Size, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market.

LVT is an acronym for “luxury vinyl tile.” It is a marketing term used by numerous companies to describe their vinyl flooring that is decoratively patterned to emulate the look of natural wood, granite or other types of flooring. There is no exact definition of the term, only generalities. It is not actually a separate category of tiling, simply a way of describing standard vinyl tiling that has been designed to match natural flooring.

Globally acclaimed to be one of the most lucrative business verticals of today, the overall Luxury Vinyl Flooring market is forecast to procure commendable returns by the end of (final year). This report has been specifically formulated with respect to the regional landscape of Luxury Vinyl Flooring market in addition to incorporating extensive details about the application and type spectrums of this business space.

The report holds intricate details about the contribution by pivotal contenders and the opportunities that the industry can offer them over (forecast period). The competitive landscape of global Luxury Vinyl Flooring market, inclusive of companies such as Armstrong, Mannington Mills, Tarkett, NOX Corporation, LG Hausys, Congoleum, Mohawk, Gerflor, Forbo, Beaulieu, RiL, Metroflor, Milliken, Polyflor, Karndean, Parterre, Snmo LVT, Hailide New Material and Taide Plastic Flooring has been extensively outlined in the report. Individually analyzed, the report presents details regarding the basic information of every industry magnate, their prominent rivals in the business, manufacturing base, and the business overview. Substantial information about the company revenue, production, price, as well as gross margins have been provided.

The report enumerates the regional spectrum of Luxury Vinyl Flooring market is appreciable detail. Spanning the belts of North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa , the report explains the contribution of every region toward the global Luxury Vinyl Flooring market share. The geographies have been individually analyzed in terms of the parameters such as production, market share in terms of the manufacturers as well as with regards to application and type.

The report elucidates humongous details about the application and type landscapes in terms of the factors such as individual revenue, market share, and growth rate. In addition, a detailed analysis of the market drivers and the emerging regional markets have also been segmented separately in the report.

Luxury Vinyl Flooring market report is inclusive of other pivotal parameters such as competitive insights pertaining to the business space as well as the industry chain analysis, that have been enumerated in excruciating detail. Furthermore, a macroeconomic analysis has been provided in the report, categorized into informative segments elucidating the global macroeconomic environment analysis and the global macroeconomic environment development trends.

Browse key industry insights spread across pppp pages with market data tables, figures & charts from the report, “ Luxury Vinyl Flooring market size by Application, By Types, Top Players, Regional Outlook, Global and regional Trends, Forecast – 2018 to 2023” in detail along with the table of contents:

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Key questions answered in the  Luxury Vinyl Flooring Market report:

  • What will the Luxury Vinyl Flooring  market size and the growth rate to be in 2023?
  • What are the latest market trends impacting the growth of the Luxury Vinyl Flooring market?
  • Who are the global topmost manufacturers of Luxury Vinyl Flooring industry?
  • What are the types and applications of Luxury Vinyl Flooring ? What is the market share of each type and application?
  • What are the Luxury Vinyl Flooring market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the Luxury Vinyl Flooring Industry

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Bellingham teacher charged with recording student in bathroom

BELLINGHAM, Mass. (WPRI/AP) — A Bellingham middle School Teacher is accused of secretly taking photos of a young boy in a bathroom.

Scott McDonald, 38, was arraigned in court Monday on two felony charges for possessing illicit images of a minor.

Mcdonald was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 9 after a student reported his suspicions to the school.

Police said a 14-year-old boy told a school resource officer earlier this month that when McDonald told him he could use the faculty bathroom, the boy found a box with a hole and a cellphone recording inside.

Bellingham Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said McDonald was immediately removed from the classroom once the allegations were made.

“As an educator and a parent I am absolutely appalled anytime a teacher violates the awesome trust and responsibility given to teachers by the parents of the children placed in our care on a daily basis,”  Marano said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of the staff or faculty of our school district that violates that trust.”

McDonald was released following his arraignment on the condition he wears a gps monitor bracelet. He is also not allowed contact with anyone younger than 18 years old or have access to devices with a camera or internet.

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Teacher charged with recording student in bathroom put on GPS monitoring

A Bellingham middle school teacher charged with secretly recording a student in a bathroom appeared in court Monday.

Scott McDonald, 38, a teacher and baseball coach at Bellingham Memorial Middle School was arraigned on felony charges for possessing illicit images of a minor. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 9 after the student reported the incident

Police say a 14-year-old boy told a school resource officer earlier this month that when McDonald told him he could use the faculty bathroom, the boy found a box with a hole and a cellphone recording inside.

Bellingham Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said McDonald was immediately removed from the classroom once the allegation was made.

“As an educator and a parent I am absolutely appalled anytime a teacher violates the awesome trust and responsibility given to teachers by the parents of the children placed in our care on a daily basis,” Marano said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of the staff or faculty of our school district that violates that trust.

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McDonald was released on $1,000 bail and will be staying with family while the case is pending. He has been ordered to be on GPS monitoring.

A meeting for parents and students is set for Monday night.

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Impress your guests with a curated, vintage-inspired dining room

Zeke Ruelas

Cold weather is here, and for many of us, that means a lot of quality time spent around the dining room table. It’s the perfect place to share good meals and conversation with friends and family.

Interior designer and stylist Ginny Macdonald’s cozy, Old World-inspired dining room caught our eye on Instagram. The standout space looks warm and inviting — a perfect place to swap stories, jokes and laughs with guests around the holidays.

“My main inspiration for this room, and the house in general, was heavily taken from having grown up in the U.K.,” Macdonald, of Ginny Macdonald Design, wrote in an email.

The designer, who now lives in Los Angeles, incorporated a mix of vintage furnishings and contemporary accents to create a curated look.

While the dining table and Eames chairs are new and speak to a midcentury era, most of the other pieces of furniture are flea market finds,” she said.

The centerpiece of the room — the oversize vintage map of England — was scouted by Macdonald at an antique mall in California. “It’s probably my favorite vintage find in the house,” she wrote.

For a similar feel, she suggests searching on Etsy for vintage maps and art (she likes the shop Reclaimer), and mounting the work in simple and modern frames. You can also scour your flea markets, antique stores or eBay.

Want to achieve this look? Try these tips and products.

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Eames armchairs; Crate and Barrel’s beechwood Vienna dining chair in walnut Handout courtesy of Design Within Reach; Crate and Barrel

• For dining room chairs, don’t be afraid to mix and match styles. “Start off by selecting the main pieces, whether it be the dining table or the chairs,” Macdonald advised. “If you choose a modern dining table, then look for vintage chairs, and vice versa.” To “add a layer of eclecticism,” she mixed two modern Eames armchairs ($595, dwr.com ), above left, with her beloved vintage bentwood dining chairs, above right. That iconic bentwood design can be found in Crate and Barrel’s beechwood Vienna dining chairs in walnut ($149 each, crateandbarrel.com).

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Turkish furniture producer Alfemo enters Romania with a showroom in Pipera

Turkish manufacturer Alfemo, specialized in the production of furniture and accessories, a brand present in over 200 shops in Turkey and about 40 shopping centers in 18 countries on 5 continents, is entering Romania through a showroom to be opened in Pipera, Bucharest.

The company, based in Izmir, plans to open more than 100 of its own stores by 2023.

The showroom Alfemo will open in Romania will have an area of ​​about 1,300 sqm. The Turkish brand reaches consumers with nearly 150 Alfemo dealers and 31 concept stores and 105 sales points spread over more than 60 countries in 5 continents.

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Recreate classic charm with wood

Light wooden flooring can brighten  up your home

 Light wooden flooring can brighten up your home

Be it any season or any occasion, one element that never fails to impress décor lovers is classic wood. Adding different textures of wood to your abode gives both, drama and uniqueness with a touch of tranquility.

Combining the right colour and patterns accentuates the décor so use it to your advantage. Colours like camel, tan and beige work beautifully with light; while dark shades of wood, light blue tints with subtle grey undertones go well with medium-toned walnut hues. Similarly, grey and brown can be mixed and matched together as grey complements soft, blonde, weathered and distressed wood tones. Parul Mittal, director of Greenlam Industries Ltd. says, “Add hints of colourful elements such as turquoise blues with different wood tones, a hint of mustard with sterling grey or a striking black shade for a contrasting view. Metallic accents emphasise the beauty of wood furniture — rose gold, brass, copper are all perfect combinations for your wooden accessories.”

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Considering the growing trend of statement pieces, wooden stairs are quite popular this year. Dark wooden stairs leading up to the gallery or to your door are a subtle way to add a cheerful vibe to your house. With a backdrop of classic distressed veneers for your decor that will provide a natural look, pair an antique wall clock and metallic showpieces, add that vintage persona to your home. Dark engineered wood floors always add sophistication and stability to the décor of the room. Pair it with magnificent brass side tables to make the room look a little more diverse and alluring. Satinder Chawla, MD of Span Floors, suggests that wood being a natural material has an inherent warmth and sense of comfort. “Wooden floors give a timeless and classy elegance to any interior. If the interior is predominant with wooden accessories and furniture, choose a colour tone which complements the furniture to give a rich and classy appeal. A contrasting wood colour can help create an eclectic look of combined intelligently,” says Chawla.

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Lately, the industry has seen a surge of adding patterns and textures which give respite from monotonous and dull interiors. Creative patterns, eye-catching textures, accent pieces are not only easy to integrate but add an elegant look and feel to your home. The top three trends are herringbone, chevron and geometric patterns. “With autumn, it’s all about adding that subtle oomph but also maintaining a definite serenity in your house. The criss-cross chevron pattern on your floors with the Herringbone adds sophistication to your setting and really helps raise the luxe factor of your home. Whereas, geometric patterns create a subtle contrast and make the space incredibly modern and chic. Experiment these patterns with other elements of your space, such as a collage of rectangular and square frames with monochrome pictures and pairing it with hints of green plants would give your home a fresh and natural look. Chevron patterns on throw pillows, a coffee table with herringbone pattern or royal geometric patterned rugs are some ways to apply these trends to your house with minimal effort,” explains Mittal.

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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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Bellingham teacher charged with recording student in bathroom to appear in court

A Bellingham middle school teacher charged with secretly recording a student in a bathroom will appear in court Monday.

Scott McDonald, 38, a teacher and baseball coach at Bellingham Memorial Middle School is set to be arraigned on felony charges for possessing illicit images of a minor. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 9 after the student reported the incident

Police say a 14-year-old boy told a school resource officer earlier this month that when McDonald told him he could use the faculty bathroom, the boy found a box with a hole and a cellphone recording inside.

Bellingham Superintendent of Schools Peter Marano said McDonald was immediately removed from the classroom once the allegation was made.

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“As an educator and a parent I am absolutely appalled anytime a teacher violates the awesome trust and responsibility given to teachers by the parents of the children placed in our care on a daily basis,” Marano said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of the staff or faculty of our school district that violates that trust.

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