Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
They've masterfully created the "garden" look inside in a formal dining environment. I would have never thought to use 80's terracotta pedestals like this!
What a gorgeous feast for the eye! I love the shades of green (chartreuse, apple) combined with persimmon, nectar and fig shades.
Create this look: This look can also be accomplished on a more simple level at home by filling bowls with floral foam in your desired shape, and creating arrangements by using anchoring fruit with bamboo picks. (hint: make sure fruit is not overly juicy- pears, apples, and unripe nectarines work best).
For small dinner parties, coloured glass and runners make beautiful and inexpensive accents to any table. Here I love the combination of fresh fuscia roses, date palms and kumquats or clementines. They've also used an old Indian trough.
Create this Look: Use fruits in their original baskets or crates to create a rustic look, but be sure to line it with plastic containers that are available through florist suppliers.
- Print a matching reminder card and attach it to the outside of your ceremony program
- Post a calligraphed sign on an easel at the church entrance reminding guests
- Have an usher or the officiant announce “Guests of the Bride and Groom, the ceremony is about to begin. We ask that you kindly turn off your cell phones at this time.”
She also notes that the cell phone biggest offenders are bridesmaids and groomsmen who may miss the notices, so designate someone to remind family and the bridal party.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Appliances are always negotiable- even if you're shopping from big box stores. We also noticed that sales people are so keen on selling protection or warranty plans (probably because they get commission), that they're willing to discount the purchase price.
Also, do your research beforehand and come armed with flyers (especially from competing stores). If you or a family member works for a corporation, check for corporate discounts.
Energy Star Appliances
Even though some items are labelled Energy Star, it's the KWH reading inside the appliance that counts (that's how many kilowatts a year the appliance uses). Refrigerators are usually never Energy Star.
Not sure what to take from your old house into the new? Don't fall into the trap of buying all new furniture at once if you can help it. My philosophy is- bring the hand-me-downs with you first, and hold off until you find something you love. Look for ways you can refinish or reupholster old furniture. It definitely saves a bundle!
We also look for damaged or floor models of furniture we loved, and negotiated the price with the stores. For example, we found a great chair at Homesense with scuffs in the wood. We got them to knock off $50, and refinished it with a rag and some shoe polish (works great on dark wood by the way!). We also got a great coffee table (only chipped on the underside) that was a floor model for $200 less.
While shopping for a mattress I discovered a great secret that some people may not know about. To get a really good deal, ask for mismatched mattress and box springs. My fiancé and I purchased a $3200 mattress set for less than half the price at our local mattress chain store, with a slight colour variation (which will be covered by linens anyway). Again, go to stores armed with flyers and deals from competitors.
Pantry & Household Items
Manufacturers coupons are always available and make a huge difference! You can find them online or in your local papers. The biggest cost booster is brand loyalty- my philosophy is buy what's on sale.
TV's and Electronics
We found a great deal on TV's at the local Samsung outlet (though i'm sure other outlets for other brand name exists). Most of the tv's there have deep discounts (hundreds of $ off) because their boxes have been damaged. They do have warranties, but I admit this hint is a little risky.