Other than giving thanks for all that is good, Thanksgiving is about the meal (another reason to show gratitude) and this can put a lot of pressure on the host to deliver. You want to impress your guests, have them leaving with full bellies and raving about the meal you spent so much time preparing; not to mention the lovely table setting that enhanced the beauty of the meal. How did you get the time to do it all?
The work begins well before the day or even the month. Starting your thanksgiving guest list early in September enable you to know how many people you are going to entertain and what kind of dinner you’ll be planning. Will it be formal, intimate or kid-friendly? Ask guests to reply as soon as possible.
If you’re having guests from out of town, a place to stay will be top priority. Will they be staying in a hotel? Then reservations should be made as soon as possible. If you are generously accommodating guests at your home there are a few (or shall I say a lot) of major decisions to be made. Start planning the guest bedrooms early. Do you have enough beds or do you need to purchase one or two? This can be as easy as walking into a store and purchasing one right off the floor or if you choose a custom built, then be prepared to wait up to six weeks or longer for delivery.
Ensure you have enough bedding, towels and toiletry to accommodate your guests comfortably, especially if your guests are bringing along children.
Having fresh linens and towels can give your guest the ultimate experience.
Remember to include a bed and some toys for the furry friends if they are bringing along a pet. This is also a good time to start thinking of activities and games to play.
Part of hosting a dinner is making sure you have enough room around the table for everyone to be seated comfortably. Look around your dining room and determine if you need more chairs or maybe an entire dining room set.
Finding the right dining table can be a daunting task. Dining tables are more than a place to eat. It can be a scene stealer standing out with pride and representing the whole feel of the home. The look of the dining table can make your family and guests feel loved and welcomed.
Make sure you get the right size to fit your dining room and the right style to suit the rest of your home.
Starting these tasks early can save you a lot of mental and financial stress. Most people celebrate the holidays and face the same or similar challenges that you do, so expect retailers and services to be busier closer to the holiday. Ordering customized items whether it’s furniture or baked goods is always a sensible idea to order early. Don’t forget to book your house cleaning services early as well.
Next blog we will discuss the best time to start planning your menu, thanksgiving décor, and how to set the perfect Thanksgiving dinner table.
The knowledgeable sales staff at Knock on Wood Furniture Galleries is expertly trained to help you choose furniture pieces that are the right style and fit for your home; and because they make custom furniture, you can rest assured that you will get the right size, colour and style to meet your needs for your entire home.
During the month of September, Knock on Wood is holding a promotion on ALL Dining Room Sets. Everything for your dining room is now 15% - 25% off.
Please contact your sales consultant at Knock on Wood for more details.
Wood is naturally strong, durable and reliable and with it being such a big trend today, consumers are spending their hard earn dollars purchasing beautiful unique wood pieces. Live edge, bleached and reclaimed wood are a few of the current trend and after you’ve purchased your masterpiece, you are left with the question, “ how do I enjoy this thing of beauty and keep it looking great for years to come?
Dusting: Yes old fashioned dusting works like a charm. Frequent dusting removes those pesky airborne deposits which build up on your furniture. Be careful what you use to dust, using the wrong materials can cause scratches. Opt for using a clean, dry soft cloth, a feather duster or one of those commercial dusters that trap dust. To avoid dust from floating in the air and then landing back on your furniture use a very slightly dampen soft cloth and wipe. Best materials to use as recommended by the experts are a lint-free soft cloth, ostrich feather duster or a lamb’s wool duster.
Cleaning: Never use all-purpose cleaning sprays unless your furniture has a plastic coating like children’s furniture. Avoid cleaning wood with water. If you have a sticky spot use mild soap and water. Dip a cloth and wring almost dray before wiping your furniture piece. Dry immediately with a clean soft cloth. Try not to use any products that contain a high percentage of oil as this tends to smear on the wood and attracts more dust. Typically higher end manufacturers add an application to protect the surface reducing scratches.
Keep cool: Never put your wood furniture in direct sunlight. The temperature of the summer sun coming through the window can fade fine finishes and will eventually destroy your beautiful piece. The wood may eventually dry out and can crack. Placing wood furniture near heating vents and radiators can cause the same problem. If you must have your furniture close to any heat source you can use a humidifier to help bring the moisture up.
Be informed: When purchasing new or old wood furniture always ask for specific care instructions. Many retailers have an extended protection plan, usually for an additional cost, that repairs, scratches and chips. Most consumers purchase this plan as it gives them the peace of mind to enjoy their furniture knowing that there is a higher level of care and maintenance available to them.
Ask your Knock on Wood sales consultant for more information on how to take care of your wood or fabric furniture.
We get asked almost every day about the current trends. While most people come in thinking its grey on grey and more grey, here’s what some expert interior designers had to say.
Bright Green – 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year; Representing refreshment and revitalization. You will soon see this colour in home décor and fashion
Notice we said “Natural tones”. These natural tones create a more rustic controlled look. Colours like olive, terracotta, indigo and purple are all colours to look for. When reflecting neutral natural tones in your decorating palette think of sand dunes, pebble beaches, shells and driftwood. Layer textures and a variety of neutral shades in light medium and dark tones to create interest and depth
A fashion trend that started last year is now making its way to the furniture design world. Elegant and timeless, this cozy yet luxurious fabric speaks to making a home more comfortable. If you’re shying away from living with an entire sofa made of velvet then try adding it to pillows. Deep purple or royal blue pillows can add drama to your light grey sofa. A velvet upholstered headboard can add luxury in any bedroom… utterly gorgeous! Texture You will hear every designer talking about texture and velvet plays right into this. But texture may come in many different ways. From cozy wool throws to a vintage wooden bench as well as a woven basket used as wall art; texture adds interest to your room Like everything else, large bold lighting is what’s trending now. Big gold, stone and crystal lighting adds a luxurious magical element to any home
Whether it’s gold, bleached wood, or black framed, these large pieces add a nice geometric shape and tend to pull any look together. The more basic and the bigger, the better! For more interior design tips and ideas visit Knock on Wood Furniture & Sofas conveniently located off King George Highway, Surrey B.C just behind Costco where our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you to create an elegant yet comfortable home.