Back to Reality: Getting Your House Together After the Holidays

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Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me, the magic of the holidays quickly leads to the anxiety of cleaning it all up. Which then leads to either a total purge where you get caught up in the moment and throw away too much, or more likely, you haphazardly throw a few things away to make yourself feel better while shoving a bunch of junk into a closet, where you can deal with it later. Not this year! It may not be the most fun, but adulting rarely is. And once done, I promise, you will feel so much better!

Organize those Ornaments

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I dislike taking apart the Christmas tree almost as much I enjoy putting it up. One thing that makes decorating easier is wrapping and storing your decor in an organized manner. While not fun in the moment, your future self will certainly appreciate the effort when next year rolls around. Also, protecting your holiday treasures ensures your family will continue to enjoy them for many Christmases to come.

Tangled, messy Christmas lights are a huge pain. Avoid that completely by storing your lights tightly wrapped around a piece of cardboard. We like this idea because you can leave yourself notes if necessary and it’s free. You can use cardboard leftover from the holidays. However, you can use paper towel tubes, coffee cans, etc.
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Different ornaments require different storage methods. More fragile ornaments may have to be wrapped multiple times, or if small enough, can be stored in egg cartons. Oddly shaped ornaments might need special attention as well. Regardless, see-through bins always make finding what you’re looking for so much easier.
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Get Rid of the Garbage

It’s easy to get attached to holiday decor. Memories are automatically attached to a lot of holiday stuff. I get it. There are family heirlooms, or crafts made by your children. The things you will treasure forever. But that random creepy Santa you bought on a whim over a decade ago, with the torn pants and missing hat? Throw that stuff away! Anything that doesn’t work, or is excessively tattered, get rid of! If it’s condition isn’t too bad, consider donating. Just get it out of your house.

We’re all for everyone doing what makes them happy. If you like the creepy,Nightmare Before Christmas vibe, by all means, do you! Otherwise, send that Santa on his merry way. creepy-santaPhoto: Jezebel

Deal With Unwanted Gifts

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It might sound bad, but you know what I’m talking about. Every year there are the random presents you really don’t want. And while you might feel guilty, it’s silly to shove that stuff in some closet, just to pull out or wear the next time you see the gift giver. Stop the madness. If there are items you think you can easily regift, put those somewhere. A cabinet or closet you can go to if you ever need a present quickly can be a lifesaver. Otherwise, donate. It is a good idea to make a note of who gave you what. Though we all regift, if would be a definite faux pas to regift an item to the person who originally gave it you.2e0a4d5d172b6577c502f56c45eb2d76--funny-christmas-merry-christmas

Keep 1, Toss 2

For those of us trying to keep the general clutter level in our home to a minimum, this is an easy way to start the new year off with a bang. For every gift you keep (stuff that goes to the regift closet, obviously doesn’t count) you get rid of two like items. If you don’t have anything that qualifies as similar, just get rid of any two things. This is a good trick to remember around birthday time too.

It’s great to get the whole family involved and this is a really easy way to start introducing your children to the idea of charitable giving and thinking of others, especially the less fortunate.little-boys-helping-with-donations-1.jpgPhoto: Simple Living Country Gal

If your present to yourself this year are new kitchen counters, or if you want to start the new year with a new bathroom,  Prestige Marble & Granite has got you covered. We are always here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tis the Season for Holiday Parties!

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If you enjoy entertaining friends and family in your home, this is definitely your season to shine. Whether you love throwing cookie baking parties, gift wrapping get-togethers, or hosting your family’s big holiday soiree, there are a number of ways to ensure your kitchen maximizes it’s party potential!

Open Concept Layout

While there may be only so much you can do about the layout and design of your space, if you are building or remodeling there are certain options that are better for entertaining than others. An open kitchen/living area design is often considered the pinnacle of designing to entertain. The open layout allows host and guests to intermingle easily and keeps everyone from getting separated from the group, or isolated in small rooms.

This L-shaped island with the 2 level countertop and bar create a beautiful space for guests to congregate away from the ample work space on the opposite wall. The built-in wine fridge further maximizes the efficiency of the space and is considered a must-have for the avid entertainer.
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Ample counter space and seating are key elements when designing to entertain. This kitchen has space for multiple food and drink service stations. The large island, located slightly off-center, will help avoid possible traffic jams in busy areas. Modern Gray Kitchen Features Dark Gray Flat Front CabinetsPhoto: Donco Designs

Surface Potential

You go to a lot of effort decorating and prepping for your holiday events. You don’t want that all to go to waste because all anyone can see are dirty or damaged counters. Check out our post on the pros and cons of different countertop materials to see what will work best for you.

Granite is a great countertop choice if you plan on doing a lot of entertaining. It’s beautiful, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also naturally heat and water resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about guests inadvertently damaging your counters.christmas-home-tour-2015-10-e1513701873820.pngPhoto: What Rose Knows
If space allows, having dual islands is ideal for the entertainers home. This kitchen has one island obviously designated as a work space with a sink and another large island perfect for a large food spread or beverage station.101860761.jpgPhoto: Traditional Home

Decking the Halls

One of the most fun parts of the holiday season is decorating the house! Whether you plan on hosting people in your home or not, holiday decorations always make you feel more festive.

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However you celebrate,  Prestige Marble & Granite wishes you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. And we are always here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!

 

O Christmas Tree!

Have you ever found yourself in a Christmas tree decorating rut? Not that anything is wrong with same tree you have put up for years. And years. That tree probably has a lot of special sentiment – in that case you certainly don’t want to replace it. But maybe it’s time for a new tree, not necessarily a replacement tree, but perhaps an additional one – just to shake things up a bit?

Here’s a look at some groovy Christmas tree ideas that run the gamut from glamorous and sophisticated to fun, funky, and cool.

This whimsical tree totally fun and funky, but it’s also perfectly posh in this chic pink and black living room.

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This tree in yummy confectionary hues gives off a Candyland vibe, while at the same time  exuding elegance and sophistication.

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 A tropical fruit medley adorning this tree gives new definition to the word festive!
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An asymmetrical arrangement of traditional red and green puts a modern spin on this tree, and is a perfect fit for the comtempoary living room.
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 Definitely a minimalist tree, yet charming in its simplicity!
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Turqouise and gold accented with shells and starfish create the perfect beachy vibe for this South Florida home.
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Just totally glamorous!
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Sometimes, less is more!
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Blue and lime green decorations (plus feathers!) create a fun, edgy twist.
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 Completely and totally charming.
Scandinavian style on a budget in a small city apartment
Chic black and white with a Parisian theme – ooh la la!
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You can count on Prestige Marble & Granite when it comes to selecting natural stone countertops that will integrate with your decor, no matter what your style.  Stop by our showroom and speak with our knowledgable staff anytime. Designers, builders, and homeowners are all welcome!