Recipe: Crockpot White Bean Chicken Soup

If you are looking for an easy (and delicious) meal to cook, look no further! This white bean chicken soup recipe is here to save the day! Simply throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot and in a few hours, your tastebuds will be thanking you!

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White Bean Chicken Soup Ingredients

  • 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 can of great northern beans
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 cup diced green chilis
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 TBSP flour

For Garnish

  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream

White Bean Chicken Soup Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the milk and flour in your crockpot.
  2. Turn your crockpot on low for 4 hours. After the 4 hours has completed, remove your chicken breasts and place on a cutting board.
  3. While you allow the chicken to cool, whisk the milk and flour together and add to your crockpot. At this point, the chicken breast should easily shred. Place back in the crockpot and turn on high for 30 more minutes.
  4. Serve and garnish to your liking.

*To give this recipe some kick, use hot diced green chilis instead of mild and/or add a jalapeno.

Survive the Winter: Elements of a Hygge Home

“Home is where the heart is,” is a saying valued by most when they think of their ideal dwelling for their family, friends, and guests, but because of the hustle and bustle of the quick-paced lifestyle popular in the United States, sometimes our living spaces become places for eating and sleeping, while socializing with others happens when you’re out and about. It’s easy to come home and relax after a long day at work, but in recent years the American home has become a place of temporary refuge instead of a place to gather with the ones you hold dear.

The small Scandinavian country of Denmark is frequently named the happiest place in the world, but what’s their secret to staying so content? Some might say the answer lies in the Norwegian word “hygge” [HUE-gah]: the feeling or mood that comes with enjoying life’s simple pleasures, loosely translated as “coziness” and also described as the joy that comes from spending time with the ones you love in a warm atmosphere. The Danes have welcomed the word “hygge” into their culture due to long winter months with up to 17 hours of darkness per day and cold temperatures that encourage people to stay indoors.

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The idea of hygge is to relax and to feel as comfortable as possible while letting your worries slip away. Hygge is an attitude, a feeling, an occasion, or a sense of belonging that can’t specifically be translated to English, but according to Danish translator ToveMaren Stakkestad, “Hygge was never meant to be translated—it was meant to be felt.”

So how can incorporate hygge into our homes? Many Scandinavian design trends are currently being adopted into American culture and hygge is being embraced as inspiration for not only interior decorating, but also a new lifestyle choice. The Front Door loves hygge, so here are some tips on how to live cozy like a Dane!

Hygge in the Dining Room

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Create a place to gather.

In Denmark, mealtime might go on for hours! Part of experiencing hygge includes dining with close family and friends and carrying on conversation without worrying about the time. Celebrate the good times and share a home-cooked meal, drink, and forget about other places to be. The best company is already at your table.

To create a welcoming dining space, add a long table with room for all your guests like the simple wooden Montego Dining Table and include Scandinavian-inspired wooden folding chairs like the Wegner Accent Chairs to allow your visitors to sit comfortably.

Keep your room toasty.

If the weather outside is frightful, warm up your space with a fireplace! Electric fireplaces are naturally cozy and give your home a hearth, making them perfect for long winter months. In our hygge dining room, the Jakalyn Fireplace keeps the room feeling warm and glass Seeded Hurricanes with candles inside also provide additional flickering glow for even more toasty ambiance.

Use a soft, neutral palette.

When designing a room with hygge in mind, a warm, neutral palette is best so as not to exhaust the eyes with overly bright colors. Lighter hues of gray, beige, terra cotta, tan, orange, and copper look sweet and snuggly by the fireside and introduce a comfortable and warm aesthetic. Soft pastels in pale yellow, pink, or baby blue can also add a hint of color that’s subtle and not overbearing.

In our hygge dining room, the Lotus Mink Rug features an exquisite pattern in mink brown and cream that matches the cozy beige upholstery of the Laguna Accent Chair for a snuggly result.

Stay tidy.

Scandinavian designers love a clean, clutter-free space, so make sure you stay organized. Part of hygge culture is to feel stress-free, so maintain those messes with the proper storage solutions.

In the dining room, a movable cart with drawer and basket storage like the Tuscan Retreat 4 Drawer and 2 Basket Table will allow you to have the essentials close by while other baskets like the Hatteras Low Storage Basket are perfect for holding items you might need such as blankets and reading materials.

Live in the natural world.

If the cold is keeping you inside, stay one with nature and allow reminders of outdoors to make their way into your space. Hygge is firmly rooted to nature, so animal motifs as well as wooden furniture and accessories are popular in Danish households. The Deer in the Mist Canvas features a magical nature scene while the Teak Root Bowl provides an organic centerpiece on the dining table. To incorporate Danish fishing culture, the Weathered Fish is also a nice accent for the mantel.

Hygge in the Living Room

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Get cozy.

Nothing says hygge like a warm and snuggly atmosphere! Texture is an important component of interior design in Denmark since the purpose of staying indoors is to keep the temperature toastier than the freezing air outside. It’s hard to feel hygge if you’re cold or are uncomfortable, so make sure you have lots of cozy material at hand such as chunky knit cushions, woolen rugs, velvet curtains, and faux fur throws. Comfy couches like the Ventura Sofa are ideal as soft seating for your guests and chairs like the Denmark Sling Chair that offer lumbar support ensure that you can lay back and relax.

And don’t forget about pillows and throws! Fluffy blankets and accent pillows are key to keeping your room warm. In our hygge living room, the Rattan Braided Trim Trunk is perfect for storing the Faux Fur Throw and Pillow, so that your guests have easy access to extra softness. Even your rug can look cuddly! The Emmie Kay Dove Persimmon Rug features a Scandinavian sweater motif that’s sweet and snuggly and also adds a pop of color with the Kantha Stitch Pillow to complement the gray and beige.

Create ambient lighting.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a cozy space. Candles are always dimly aglow in Danish homes when the sun sets in the afternoon, and they are certainly hyggeligt! Candles on the windowsill or on a shelf or table create the perfect ambiance in cozy scents like vanilla, spices or cocoa, so add candleholders like the Bastien Candleholders around your living space to keep them prominently on display.

Simple lamps are also great for ambient lighting. Exposed lightbulb lamps like the Bell Jar Table Lamp boast minimalistic Scandinavian design and ceramic lamps like the Charlotte Cream Jar Lamp are classic, cozy accents. Make sure you choose lamps for their purpose and not only their design. You want to choose low-wattage fixtures that stray away from being harsh and overly bright.

Indulge in the simple things.

Less is a whole lot more when it comes to Scandinavian design, and the culture of hygge is all about enjoying the little things in life. To live hyggeligt, indulge in the things that naturally bring you happiness and work to incorporate them into your home. You don’t need to have much in your room in order to achieve hygge, so skip the embellishment and distracting accessories and stick to the basics.

Simple wooden furniture such as the Chevron Cabinet and Pacific Heights II Coffee Table are streamlined and multi-functional for all your activities spent at home, while the Branch Forest Nesting Tables are small, easily movable surface spaces that enable you to create various atmospheres.

Make your space your own.

Part of living hyggeligt also includes making memories with the ones you love! Your home should feel lived in and include reminders of the times when you have felt joy and contentment. Bookshelves like the Del Norte Bookcase are great for keeping knick-knacks, books, and other personal items on display for all your guests to enjoy. Picture frames like the Vintage Wash Frame and simplistic home accents like the Fog Vases are also great for filling shelf space and helping blend the room together.

Spend time lingering.

Last but not least, live hyggeligt by LINGERING. Stick around to enjoy the company of friends and family, or curl up and read a book by the fireplace. The hygge culture wants us to slow down, unwind, and live in the moment. Your home is where the heart is, so make sure you spend some time enjoying it.

Trend Alert: Rustic Lodge Living Room

You don’t have to be a ski bum to get the warm, cozy style of a cabin! Long winter months might have you nestled by the fireside reading a good book or watching a movie, so make sure your living room is extra snuggly with one of the Front Door’s favorite new trends—a rustic lodge living room! Whether your home is isolated deep in the woods or in a high-rise apartment, these fun design tips will keep you feeling toasty as the temperature drops.

frontdoor-rustic-lodge-livingBring in the wilderness.

Originating in the mountain cabins of Old World Europe, rustic lodge decorating began in remote areas with the use of native materials from the region. Unfinished branches, logs, animal skins, and unpolished stones became natural building supplies since other materials could not be easily transported, so people began to improvise with what they had.

A rustic lodge interior uses what is natural, so choose pieces with unrefined textures like stone. For the Front Door’s rustic lodge living room, both the New Aspen End Table and the New Aspen 4 Pc. Home Theater Wall feature beautiful stone slate inlay for an organic appearance.

For other ways to bring in the wilderness, accessorize a mantel or empty shelf with objects from outside like pinecones, branches, or fresh evergreen branches, or if you don’t live close to the forest, add a beautiful woven basket or tray like the Rattan Tray that instantly adds natural texture and is perfect for easy storage.

Celebrate the beauty of wood.

The best way to add rustic charm to your living room is by getting woodsy! Since rustic furniture is extremely textural, choosing pieces that show the natural shape and grain of the wood are perfect for lodge-inspired decor. Buying furniture made of wood that is local to your area is also a unique way to bring in an element of the outdoors. In our rustic lodge living room, the Montana Coffee Table features a unique teak tree root base below a simple floating glass tabletop for a look that is raw, earthy, and naturally beautiful.

Accent with animal motifs.

Another fun way to decorate your rustic lodge living room is by incorporating animal motifs. Wild animals such as bears, elk, birds, moose, and deer are common creatures found throughout a rustic room, so be sure to decorate with animal skins, antlers, furs, or other accessories that remind you of these forest friends. To keep our rustic lodge living room animal-friendly, our Faux Fur Throw is a cuddly and soft addition while our Woven Moose is made out of rattan. The Sculpted Horn Table Lamp is also a unique way to incorporate antlers easily while providing cozy lighting.

Add cozy lighting.

Nothing says cabin cozy like some toasty lighting! While fireplaces are a common way to get your desired rustic lodge glow, providing lots of floor and table lamps as well as candles are a simple, fast way to add warm ambiance. Our Hammered Urn Floor Lamp features a textured bronze metal base with a cream lampshade for a homey aesthetic, while the ceramic natural-toned Hina Candleholders will light up a cold night with a cozy flickering glow.

Use textures in a warm palette.

Last but not least, and most importantly, make sure you keep your rustic lodge living room warm! Upholstered furniture can be covered in natural fabrics like cotton, linen, hemp, and wool for an organic aesthetic or materials such as suede and leather in warm tones of brown, burgundy, red, or tan. More traditional furniture is also welcomed with embellishments like fringe and nailhead trim. Furniture Row’s Heirloom III Sofa and Loveseat have luxurious lodge-inspired charm with burgundy top-grain leather upholstery and thick nailhead trim adorning their classic curvy shape as well as four fluffy accent pillows. The Colleen II Accent Chair also fits well with our color scheme with its rustic paisley print and traditional wingback silhouette.

Finally, make sure you keep your toes warm! A thick rug in the same warm tones is the perfect finishing touch. The Mohave Path Rug boasts a unique Nomadic pattern in brick red and brown for some cozy, cultural Native American influence.

Wherever you live, stay cozy this winter with rustic lodge style! It’s the trend that will always offer unbridled beauty.

Winter Decor: Before and After Holiday Bedroom

Many people adorn their homes with holiday decor during the winter months, but there is one room of the house that often gets forgotten – the bedroom! Give your resting space a festive makeover this season with inspiration from the pictures of this before and after holiday bedroom and our tips to create the look!

Before Holiday Bedroom Makeover

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How to Create the Holiday Bedroom Look

It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to make your holiday bedroom feel a lot like Christmas. By adding a few decorative accents, you can make your slumber space into a winter wonderland of your own!

Dressed-Up Dresser

On the Chatham Dresser with Mirror, we removed the vases, greenery, and framed photos and replaced them with decorative winter-inspired accessories.

  1. A fluffy faux-fur runner gives the surface of the dresser a cozy touch and matches the lushness of the Faux Fur Throw on the bed.
  2. Fill up a glass vase or bowl with Christmas ornaments to get an easy DIY accent.
  3. Stand up the hand-painted Millie Tray on the corner of the dresser to serve as a backdrop for the ornament decoration as well as an easy-to-reach surface for breakfast in bed.
  4. Metallic deer grace the right side of the dresser, reminding everyone to be good if they want on the nice list this year!

Sparkle-Inspired Chest

On the Chatham Chest, we removed the Segovia Vases boasting white flowers and the small plant, and made the corner of the holiday bedroom shine with a little sparkle.

  1. Wreaths all remind us what really matters this season – gathering around with cherished friends and family. Get an accessory that shines by hanging up a metallic wreath like the gold one pictured here. You can also spray paint a wreath you currently have to make it shine.
  2. The Millie Vases feature a clean snow white bright finish and hand-painted silver accents. A holiday bedroom isn’t complete without metallic accents.
  3. Candles always add a bit of joy to a holiday bedroom, so we simply rearranged the candleholders to create a warm arrangement.

Festive Wall Art

We took down the nature-inspired artwork hanging over the nightstand and gave the wall a festive makeover.

  1. The top print reads, ‘Tis the Season. With gold cursive writing and a simple gray-washed frame, this piece is perfect for the holiday bedroom.
  2. Place the matching wall art below or beside the other print. The phrase “Joy to the World” reminds us of the wonderful winter season.

Elegant Nightstand

The sparkly Mercury Glass Buffet Lamp and other shiny accessories on the table already fit into our holiday bedroom theme, so instead of removing anything, we just added a touch of season’s greetings clad decor to the Chatham Nightstand.

  1. Place a stately golden reindeer bookend atop your bedside furnishing for a dashing hint of the holidays.
  2. Replace the barren branch filler in the vase to the right of the nightstand with decor boasting vibrant gold leaves. This sparkly accessory brings some of the metallic appeal towards the floor and complements the rest of the shiny accessories found in this holiday bedroom.

Overall, there are many directions you can take when decorating your holiday bedroom during the winter. But remember, if you incorporate accessories that sparkle, seasonal accents, and hints of metallic, you can’t go wrong!

Electric Fireplace Guide: Gather Around the Hearth

The weather outside might be frightful, but gather around and get delightfully cozy by the fire this winter with an electric fireplace! While wood burning fireplaces smell good, sometimes we just don’t have the time to maintain them. If your home doesn’t feature a vent or chimney, have no fear! With an electric fireplace you don’t need burning logs or smoke ventilation to the outdoors. Electric fireplaces will cut down on dirt and debris and only need a light cleaning to remove dust, ensuring that you have the luxury of a cozy fire without all the work involved. Furniture Row features a wide variety of electric fireplaces to suit your personal tastes and incoming hot trends, so add some more warmth and take home your very own hearth! Check out these helpful tips on how to take care of your electric fireplace.

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ABOVE: New Durango Fireplace, St. Louis Fireplace, Malibu TV Stand, Plato TV Stand, Presidio TV Stand, Montbello Fireplace


Play it safe with electricity.

Since this fireplace runs on electricity, make sure you practice the same caution with it as you would with any other electronic device. Here are some electricity tips for your fireplace:

  • Most electric fireplaces require light bulbs that need to be replaced at least every two years or so.
  • Electric fireplaces should be plugged directly into a standard three-prong grounded to earth 120-volt outlet.
  • Since most electric fireplace cords are not very long, you may need to use an extension cord, but it is not recommended unless it’s short and heavy-duty at no less than 1875 watts.
  • Make sure you never plug other electrical items into the same wall outlet as the fireplace. This may cause a circuit breaker trip.
  • Always unplug when not in use!
  • Never use a bad outlet or a damaged cord. Make sure all electrical sources are running efficiently and in prime condition before plugging in your fireplace.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix in certain cases. Keep your electric fireplace out of bathrooms, outdoor areas, laundry rooms, or other spaces where there is water unless stated by the manufacturer that is it safe to do so.

Keep it clean.

Although you don’t have to clean out soot or stoke the burning embers, your electric fireplace will still need a proper wash every now and then.

  • Unplug the fireplace before you clean it!
  • For general cleaning, simply use a soft clean duster. DO NOT use glass cleaners as they contain chemicals that are highly flammable. Warm water with soap is ideal.
  • To remove any dust from the logs, the soft brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the grill.
  • Do not use furniture polishes or oils.

Maintain fire safety protocol.

Lastly, make sure you prevent a house fire with regular fire safety procedures! Although your fireplace is electric, accidents do still happen, so make sure your home is safe with these simple steps:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher at the ready, but be sure to buy the right type. Electrical fire extinguishers are different than wood fire extinguishers, so read the label carefully before you buy!
  • Never burn paper or anything else flammable inside the firebox.
  • Keep the air intake or exhaust opening from blockage. Air must move freely at all times.
  • Never store flammable materials near the fireplace such as lighter fluid or paint.
  • Do not have curtains, throw rugs, furniture, or bedding close to fireplace and keep them at a safe distance at least three feet away.
  • The electrical cord or cable should also never be run under a carpet, throw rug, runner, furniture, or any appliances.

Winter is coming, so stay warm and safe this season with your very own electric fireplace. This is a furnishing you won’t want to miss out on. Happy hearth hunting!

Silent Nights: Create a Romantic Winter Bedroom

With Christmas on the way, days are often so busy and tiresome that all you want to do when you come home is lay down and get some rest. During this stressful season, it’s important to get adequate sleep, so why not do it in style? This romantic winter bedroom is the perfect look to keep you at your best during the holidays. Embrace the sweet and calming effects of this luxurious space, designed for silent nights.

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The first way to relieve holiday stress to ensure silent nights is to rid your space of clutter. The Wolf Creek Bedroom Group features the Wolf Creek Queen Bookcase Storage Bed, which has the capacity of an entire bedroom set when two nightstands are combined with it. If you still need more places to store your clothing, accessories and other bedroom essentials, there are several case pieces in the collection such as a dresser, media stand, as well as standard and lingerie chests. For smaller spaces, the extra under-bed and headboard storage space eliminates the need for an extra dresser, allowing you to add a cozy reading space with a chair such as the Broadmoor Accent Chair.

Romantic Winter Bedroom Textiles

Sleep worthy of silent nights starts with bedding. The Magnanime Comforter Set is ideal for the romantic winter bedroom and is shown here with some of Furniture Row’s Choice Sheets in Eggplant. Featuring a comforter and reversible shams donning a shimmery silver French-inspired damask pattern, this set brings together rich burgundy hues together for a whimsical touch. With soft velvet shams and curtains, this romantic winter bedroom looks elegant and sophisticated. Incorporate even more luxurious fabric choices throughout the space with the heavenly Faux Fur Throw to snuggle under with a good book and the Gray Antiquity Rug to keep your toesies cozy.

Romantic Winter Bedroom Decor

The final step to create a romantic winter bedroom is to add the finishing touches with accessories! In this space, we added the Adira Mirror and the Hummingbird Delight Canvas to the walls to add dimension and incorporate more of the gorgeous purple and merlot coloring throughout. We placed the wrought iron Chatham Table Lamp to the nightstand along with a bowl of metallic Christmas ornaments to make the room more festive. The Seeded Hurricanes on the corner chest add a touch of holiday sparkle, and the Segovia Vases on the bookshelf of the headboard bring a little Christmas cheer to the space with a holly berry plant.

January 2016 Calendar Download

Ring in the new year with this January 2016 calendar download. As 2015 comes to close, we celebrate the year behind us, and look forward to the wonderful things the year ahead may bring. No matter how you celebrate this New Year’s Eve, this Front Door calendar is celebrates the new beginnings of this new year, 2016! Download available in Desktop, Mac, and Mobile sizes.

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Holiday Printables

The winter holiday season is in full swing! Twinkle lights, cozy fires, and all things merry and bright can be found around every corner, and in honor of the season, we’re excited to share these holiday printables. Featuring warm winter sayings, and a wish for peace, our three original designs are sure to spread the holiday spirit well. Simply select your download, and print to enjoy.

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Merry And Bright

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Peace On Earth

February 2015 Desktop Calendar

February can get cold, but with Valentine’s Day in the middle, and the celebration of those we love, there is plenty to warm our hearts all month long! Our original desktop calendar design is a colorful companion to the wintery month ahead. We hope this cheery calendar warms up your February! Enjoy. Download available for desktop, Mac, and mobile sizes.

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Style File: From the Winter Runway to the Home

Winter is all about cozy comforts, but that doesn’t mean style goes out of season. We’ve collected three major trends dominating the fashion & design world, and our product picks to bring the winter runway to the home.

We’ve seen these three style statements all over our favorite clothing shops, and are excited to bring you on-trend designs for the home that reflect them!winter_runway_home

1. Perennially-popular plaid is major on winter runways and in shopping centers across the country, and now–in  home design. This season, plaid has gotten a fresh update. Gone is the grunge print of the past; bold hues, and contemporary color pairings make this a runway trend to want.

Love plaid and want to bring some home? Check out the on-trend Graham Duvet Set from Bedroom Expressions. Sharp red, rich blue, and clean lines give this duvet a contemporary yet cozy, comfortable feel.

2. Winter runways suggest that the style world is going a little gothic. Ornate, Old World patterns can be seen on dresses like the one shown, and bring a pop of feminine yet edgy style to any wardrobe.

Gaga for goth? Bring a touch of it home with the the Jackie Accent Chair. The print pops, but is toned down by neutral colors great for most home styles.

3. Who doesn’t love cozy knits? This winter is all about oversized, sumptuous sweaters. Classic neutral colors and knits get updated by going bigger and better with this trend, and we love it!

Have a need for knit? The Ruffled Knit Euro Sham effortlessly brings a touch of luxe knit style to your space.

Holiday Party Playlist

Hosting a holiday party? We’ve got you covered with this holiday party playlist.  It has some Christmas classics, some winter-wonderful tunes, and some familiar favorites to get everyone in the party spirit.

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  1. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  2. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  3. It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
  4. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  5. This Christmas – Mary J. Blige
  6. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
  7. Sleigh Ride – Harry Connick Jr.
  8. Carol of the Bells -Destiny’s Child
  9. Christmas Without You – OneRepublic
  10. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – John Denver
  11. Wonderful Christmastime – The Shins
  12. Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong, The Commanders
  13. Silver Bells – Johnny Mathis, Percy Faith & His Orchestra

Decorating With Winter Textures

Whether it’s how we dress ourselves or how we dress up our homes, winter is the season for layering. Combining rich textures is a winter-wonderful way to add depth to your style. From the fabric selections to the finishes of wood furnishings, each surface in your home is a design opportunity to add layers of texture.

When combining winter textures, consider your color palette and find complementary, but not identical pieces that work together. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Try using seasonally weighted fabrics–like snuggly wool–and mixing in different metals, fabrics, and prints to tie the look together. From wall art to lamps and cozy throw blankets, texture is a sure way to add warmth, and an elevated flare to your space this winter, and year round. The Front Door Winter Textures

1 Park Place Canvas – Sofa Mart
2 Wavelength Comforter Set – Bedroom Expressions
3 Column Table Lamp – Sofa Mart
4 Hudson Side Chair – Oak Express
5 Ivory Urban Shag Rug – Sofa Mart
6 Park Avenue Silver Floor Mirror – Sofa Mart
7 Times Roman Vase – Sofa Mart
8 Jackie Chair – Sofa Mart
9 Vintage Wash Frame – Sofa Mart
10 Gray Copper Sky Canvas – Sofa Mart
11 Covington Gold Tiled Rug – Sofa Mart
12 Dushanbe Pearl Rug – Sofa Mart
13 Wilmington Wall Mirror – Sofa Mart

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday-Gift-Guide-Featured-Image’Tis the season for gift giving–and, with the holidays in full swing we know things can get pretty busy. To help you play elf, we’ve done the finding for you & gathered our top picks in our Holiday Gift Guide. From cozy throw blankets to one-of-a-kind accent pieces, we’ve got the gifts you will be proud to give.

There’s no place like home for the holidays–and these home accents are sure to wow & warm the holiday season for everyone on your list.

 

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1 Little Sparrow – Bedroom Expressions / 2 Twig Lanterns Group – Bedroom Expressions / 3 Kantha Stitch Throw – Sofa Mart / 4 Birds of a Feather Wall Art – Bedroom Expressions / 5 Biscayne Vase – Sofa Mart  / 6 Profile Frame – Sofa Mart / 7 Embroidered Boudoir Pillow Sham – Bedroom Expressions / 8 Shag Throw – Bedroom Expressions / 9 French Wire Candleholders – Bedroom Expressions

Winter Playlist: Winter Wonderful

Inspiration_WinterWonderlandPlaylist_FeaturedImageBrrrr! Winter certainly is here. Warm up with this mix of holiday classics and this season’s biggest hits. Enjoy this Winter Wonderful playlist, and have a happy Holiday season!

  1. Baby, it’s cold outside – Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten
  2. Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice) – Arcade Fire
  3. I’ll Be Around – Bobby Bare Jr.
  4. Low Rising – Swell Season
  5. Last Christmas – Wham!
  6. Team – Lorde
  7. Cold is the Night – The Oh Hello’s
  8. January Hymn – The Decemberists
  9. White Christmas – Bing Crosby

Find more great playlists on Spotify from The Front Door Blog.

December 2013 Desktop Calendar

DecemberCalendarFeaturedImageOur December 2013 Desktop Calendar is inspired by the snow-capped landscape of the Rocky Mountains. With a cozy typeface and wintery colors, this original design is a charming illustration of the season.

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February 2013 Desktop Calendar

February2013CalendarFeaturedImageFrosty weather is fun with this charming ice skate desktop calendar for February. Available for download in various sizes for iPhone, iPad, laptop and desktop computers.

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January 2013 Desktop Calendar

January2013CalendarFeaturedImageFresh starts should be festive! Kick off the new year with this fun January download. Available for download in various sizes for iPhone, iPad, laptop and desktop computers.

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Winter Recipe: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies

DarkChocolatePeppermintBrowniesFeaturedSliderWant to sweeten the season even more? Try this easy recipe for Dark Chocolate Peppermint Brownies. The combination of rich chocolate, and cool peppermint is sure to be a festive addition to any holiday menu.

INGREDIENTS Yields 30 small brownies

  • 8 oz. (2 sticks) butter, cut into chunks
  • 4 oz. good-quality dark chocolate*, chopped
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 12 peppermint candies, unwrapped and crushed into small bits (optional)

* e.g., Callebaut or Ghiradelli

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 360°F. Lightly grease the pan with vegetable oil or butter, then arrange two overlapping pieces of aluminum foil in opposite directions. Each piece of foil should have an overhang of 1″ to 2″; this will make removing the brownies from the pan very easy.

In a large metal or heatproof glass mixing bowl, combine the butter and both chocolates. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water — the bottom of the bowl should just fit into the rim of the pot. Allow the butter and chocolate to slowly melt together, stirring occasionally.

While the chocolates and butter are melting, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder and set aside.

When the chocolate mixture is fully melted and smooth, remove from heat and cool for 1 minute. Whisk the sugar into the chocolate mixture, then whisk in the eggs one at a time. Continue whisking until mixture is smooth and glossy. Whisk in both extracts. Add the dry ingredients and use a spatula to incorporate fully. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. If you are using the crushed peppermint candies, evenly sprinkle them over the top of the batter. Bake the brownies for approximately 40 minutes, or until the top feels firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached — it should not be completely clean but there should be no gooey batter on the toothpick. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan, then lift out using the foil “handles” and cut into squares. Stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature, the brownies will keep for 4 days.

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Seasonal Picks: Merry and Bright

MerryAndBrightFeaturedSliderWinter weather doesn’t have to whiteout your home design. Decorating with rich textures, bold colors, and statement pieces is a great way celebrate the season, and to keep your style warm and inviting. From the classic to this year’s must-haves, you won’t want to miss these merry and bright picks for winter design.

Deck The Mantel
Battle the bleakness of winter, and bring the best of the Christmas season indoors by decorating your mantel with classic seasonal plants like poinsettia and garland.  Plants are a simple way to bring bursts of color and depth to any space. For a touch of winter glam, add specialty candleholders and candles to the mantel to complete the look.

Neutrals Up A Notch
From fashion to home furnishing, metallics are very on-trend this winter. To pump up the personality of a neutral room, add metallic pieces that pop. Silver vases, gold-toned lamps, and metallic mirrors bring polish, sparkle, and shine to your home for a look you’ll love this winter, and year-round.

Shown: Bryant Park Lamp from Bedroom Expressions // Grant Park Wall Mirror from Sofa Mart // Cream Pillow from Bedroom Expressions

Prints Textures

When we think of winter, we think of cozy fabrics and luxurious textures. By mixing complementary prints like stripes and subtle plaid, or by layering textures like wool over leather you can create a warm, welcoming feeling in your space.

Shown: Clara Sofa from Sofa Mart // Cream and Black Floral Pillow from Bedroom Expressions

 

December 2012 Desktop Calendar

Happy holidays! Embrace the season with this month’s free desktop calendar. This December is celebrated with red glitter letters, a snowy background, and handy listed dates to help you count down the days. Available in a multitude of sizes to fit your iPhone, iPad, laptop, or home computer.
December  2012 Desktop Calendar

To download, click on the link to the corresponding size you would like, then in the new window, right click and “Save Image As…”

DOWNLOAD THE 320 x 480 (for the iphone!)

DOWNLOAD THE 1024 x 768 (for the ipad!)

DOWNLOAD THE 1280 x 800

DOWNLOAD THE 1440 x 900

DOWNLOAD THE 1920 x 1080

Winter Playlist: Cozy Up

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Winter blues get this warm playlist.

 

Listen on Spotify: Cozy Up

  1. Winter Song- Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson
  2. The Heartache Can Wait- Brandi Carlile
  3. Cold December- Matt Costa
  4. Give A Little Love- Noah and the Whale
  5. Winter Winds- Mumford & Sons
  6. Ho Hey- The Lumineers
  7. Shake It Out-Florence + The Machine
  8. New Year- Beach House


Find more great playlists on Spotify from The Front Door Blog.

February 2012 Desktop Calendar

Welcome February in with a free downloadable desktop calendar. Valentine’s Day makes this month one of warm, fuzzy feelings despite the lingering cold outside. For those nights when the icy wind cuts right through jackets, this desktop will remind you of that romance to heat you down to your toes. Somewhere in each free desktop there has been a hidden chevron pattern and February’s is extra subtle. Can you spot it?

February 2012 Desktop Calendar

To download, click on the link to the corresponding size you would like, then in the new window, right click and “Save Image As…”

DOWNLOAD THE 1280 x 960

DOWNLOAD THEe 1600 x 1200

DOWNLOAD THE 1920 x 1080

Make Your Own Winter Skin Care Remedies

Winter can be the cruelest month when it comes to your skin. Harsh winds, the lack of moisture, and vents blowing out dry, hot air around the clock leaves skin dry, uneven, and prone to breakouts. So when it comes to the products we want to use on our face to fight that, we tend to lean towards natural, chemical-free solutions to help replenish those lost vitamins and minerals. Plus, these can be made in bulk in order to be frozen and kept in ice trays for a quick mask or scrub all year long.

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CRANBERRY FACE SCRUB
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 6 tablespoons freshly crushed cranberries (takes about ½ cup of fresh ones to equal 6 tbsps when crushed)
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored almond milk
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

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This super-exfoliate removes layers of dead skin to help even out skin tone and prevent breakouts. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, namely ellagic acid, which helps to prevent wrinkles caused by UV rays. Honey and Almond milk both carry natural moisturizers and softeners, for a scrub that will leave your skin soft and happy.

Combine in a medium-sized bowl. Massage onto a freshly cleaned, dampened face and neck for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use once or twice a week.

 

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PUMPKIN HONEY MASK
  • 1¼ cups of canned, mashed pumpkin pulp (should be just about one whole can)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

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According to the Women’s Health interviewed dermatologist, Jessica Wu, pumpkin is one of those super-hero vegetables packed with vitamin a, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antifungal compounds. Those are the powers that soothe sensitive skin, redness, rosacea, and even help fight against wrinkles. Honey and coconut oil are natural moisturizers.

Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until smooth. Apply to freshly washed skin before bed, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry. Skin should feel soft and smoothed, as the mask leaves natural hydrating oils to replenish overnight. Apply weekly or when skin is irritated.

 

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Greg’s DIY: Holiday Decorating Ideas

Our designer, Greg knows better than anyone that you don’t need to sacrifice chic in order to be festive.
He put together a couple of tips to help you decorate your home for the winter holidays that capture the spirit without resorting to holiday decorating kitsch.

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METALLIC NATURE

His first inspiration started with leaf patterns. A metallic palette reminded him of vintage calendar plates, something that carries both the nostalgic and nature themes that holiday festivities carry.

The metallic colors pop by using accents like vintage mercury glass vases, metallic votives in various sizes and colors, tree trunk vases, tiny fake birds, and metallic leaves.

INCORPORATE EVERY DAY ITEMS & MAKE IT REUSABLE

To makeover the mantel without making any permanent changes, Greg used scrap-booking paper attached with sticky tack on the inlaid panels. Glittered snowflake ornaments are attached in the same way along the front of the fireplace. He scattered candlesticks and different sized ornaments intermittently along the mantel to fill the space and add texture.

On a side table, by filling 3 stacked cake pedestals with multiple ornaments while leaving some sitting freely, he was able to make ornaments look fresh and interesting. On the wall, Greg used a vintage Christmas movie poster, snowflakes, and even more ornaments to add an element of nostalgia.

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December 2011 Desktop Calendar

On the first of each month we’ll be offering an official desktop calendar free to download, with our signature chevron pattern snuck somewhere into the design. This month’s download features an appropriately winter-time color palette to help get you in the holiday spirit, without resorting to the Christmas-time clichés. Enjoy!

December 2011 Desktop Calendar

To download, click on the link to the corresponding size you would like, then in the new window, right click and “Save Image As…”

1280 x 960

DOWNLOAD THE 1600 x 1200

DOWNLOAD THE 1920 x 1080

Winter Playlist: For Chill Nights

We put together a short soundtrack to help keep the wind out of the cracks and your guests happy. Whether you’re in the kitchen or lounging on the couch, you can always turn this up for some extra warmth this winter.

 

Winter Playlist

  1. Twin Sister – “Lady Daydream”
  2. Ben Lee – “Catch My Disease”
  3. The Civil Wars – “Birds Of A Feather”
  4. Sky Ferreira – “One”
  5. William Fitzsimmons – “I Don’t Feel It Anymore”
  6. St. Vincent – “Surgeon”

Find more great playlists on Spotify from The Front Door Blog.