Well, maybe not. Either way, the holiday are fast approaching! And by fast approaching, I mean Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I mean who doesn’t love shoving their face with yummy food? But it always makes me sad when Halloween is over and people instantly jump to Christmas. There’s almost a full month between each holiday, give credit where it’s due!
Thanksgiving is not just celebrated here in the good old US of A, it’s celebrated all over the world! Now clearly different countries celebrate at different times based on their own traditions, but here, it’s the last Thursday of November. Other countries that celebrate Thanksgiving include Canada, Germany, Japan, and Norfolk Island whose Thanksgiving celebrations are today!
When most American’s think of Thanksgiving, we think of turkey and stuffing and that horribly documented celebration at Plymouth in Massachusetts in 1821 where the settlers supposedly invited the Native American’s to eat with them because of a good harvest. It is also believed that the Native Americans taught the settlers how to plant snd harvest these crops. Probably true.
Now if you’re like my family, today is the day where you deep clean and get the whole house ready for the relatives to come over and then you aren’t allowed to do or touch anything until after they leave. Even breathing is dangerous. Lucky me, I’m here at work with you wonderful people so I got out of it. Yay me! Anyway. If you’re acting like my family and still trying to get everything situated and are struggling with decorations, fear not. The great and powerful Oz is here to help.
The key to make decorating simple and easy is to get good transitional pieces. These are the piece that you can use time and time again for multiple occasions. The best way to start off your decorating is to pick a color scheme. Seeing as how it is the middle of the fall/winter season, reds, browns, and golds are about as hard to find as an elephant in a house, so that is always a good color scheme to start with. It’s good for every holiday from Halloween all the way through to Valentine’s Day!
Now that you have picked a color scheme, whether it’s the one I stated or not, it’s time to look for good accent pieces. Blankets, candles, rugs, and throw pillows make perfect accent pieces. When the right ones are picked, they can transition effortlessly into every holiday.
This is a great example of a transitional accent piece. It features multiple shades of one of your colors in your color scheme, it has a simple design, and it can work in a wide variety of homes. Once you have your accent pieces picked, purchased, and placed, all you need is your holiday pieces.
Accent your home with pieces that work directly with the scheme and colors of your home. Grab some wreaths for Christmas, pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving, things like that to help differenciate which holiday you’re family is looking forward to. Add some candles or potpourri or bake some yummy cookies to give your home a warm and inviting feeling and smell that will make your guests feel warm and cozy.
And that’s all she wrote, folks. These simple things will help make your home feel warm and inviting and will help you save some cash for these times of the year where you find yourself spending more than your bank account enjoys!
Joseph Abboud, menswear fashion designer, was born in May of 1950. Abboud expanded his designs from just menswear to home decor when his line of home area rugs was officially launched in Fall of 2011. Pairing his designs with an established rug manufacturer, like Nourison, gave him all the help he needed to help his line branch out into a different aspect of fashion.
Abboud has already established a more than memorable career. He is a famous designer, author, and devoted father to two girls, Lila and Ari. On a trip to Australia, Abboud discovered that his great-grandfather owned the largest men’s tailored-clothing company in Australia. Between his great-grandfather and seamstress mother, you could say that fashion runs in the family.
Abboud got his start when he began working part time at 16 at Louis Boston. He joined Ralph Lauren in 1981 but left a few short years later when he started his own label in 1986 named JA Apparel. He later sold the line in 2000 for a cool $65 million. He left JA apparel in 2005 but launched a new line called Jaz in 2007 followed by Black Brown 1826 for Lord &Taylor in 2008. He also has many famous clients such as news anchor, Tom Browkaw, and Boston Red Sox short stop, Nomar Garciaparra.
Joseph has also been the recipient of many fashion awards. In 1989 and 1990 he was honored with being nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) for an award. He was lucky enough to win the award both years making him the first menswear fashion designer to win it two years in a row.
Abboud has also dabbled in writing, authoring the book Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-stakes World of Fashion. In the book, he describes the fashion industry, talking about everything from designing and selling to naming colors. He also talks about the racial profiling he experienced after the attacks on September 11, 2002 and the court battle over legal rights to his name.
Joseph Abboud is also a very involved breast cancer activist. He even had the honor of being named one of five GQ magazine and General Motors’ “Men for the Cure”. His passion for breast cancer developed at home, losing both his mother and sister to the disease. He has done a good chunk of his charity work for Concept:Cure. Abboud has been quoted saying “Concept:Cure is a very special program for me. My mother and sister died from breast cancer. It’s a disease we really have to find a cure for. I know I speak for my colleagues when I say (Concept:Cure) is not about monetary or PR opportunity for us, it’s about doing something really good.”
Aside from his awards in fashion, and notability from Concept:Cure and being an author, Abboud has also made special appearances in the media. He was the first fashion designer to throw out the opening pitch at Boston’s Fenway Park for a Red Sox game in 2002. He has been referenced in TV shows such as Seinfeld and The Wire. He was also referenced in the books American Psycho, Tell No One, and Just One Look. Abboud was even given the honor of making an appearance in Robert B. Parker’s novel, The Professional.
Now that Abboud has dipped his toes in a little bit of everything , he turned his attention to home furnishings with a line of specially designed rugs from Nourison, one the of the nation’s leading rug manufacturers. He has three beautiful collections: Joseph Abboud Chicago, Joseph Abboud Modelo, and Joseph Abboud Monterey.
Abboud starts off his collections with the Chicago rugs. These rugs are made of beautiful cowhide leather and cotton chenille. The texture, patterns, and colors mix together to give the collection a simple sophistication that Abboud shows in all of his work.
**Consumer note: This is an all natural animal skin product that with regular wear will change in look over time. This product is not recommended for high traffic areas such as dining rooms, and special care should be exercised when moving furniture.
Next is Abboud’s Modelo collections. With cool, dark colors, these rugs have a sleek modern look that fits in well with a variety of decors. Hand tufted with a soft wool blend, these rugs will prove to be a great conversation starter.
Abboud rounds off his collections with the Monterey rugs. These rug feature a soft hand tufted wool blend in a variety of colors from reds to blues to browns to whites. The understated patterns and simplistic colors create a classic look that is sure to be timeless.
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