Samsung’s Galaxy S9 ₹ 44,690 and Galaxy S9+ ₹ 51,900 have finally started receiving the latest Android 9.0 Pie beta software update in South Korea and the US. Android Pie beta arrives as part of the latest One UI update, which Samsung announced as a successor to its Samsung Experience UI that would be optimised for one-handed operation. The latest software brings plenty of changes including a design overhaul. Apart from that, reports coming in suggest that Samsung’s One UI will now allow free themes to be applied on your handset for only 14 days after which they will be automatically removed.
Tipster Ice Universe took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal the changelog of the Android 9.0 Pie beta-based One UI update rolling out to Galaxy S9 units in South Korea. This was soon followed by the same update rolling out to customers in the US, as reported by Sammobile. The changelog reveals a file size of about 1.9GB and an update to the latest November 2018 Android security patch.
The beta update is reportedly available for T-Mobile, Sprint, and unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users in the US. To register, open the Samsung+ app and click on the link with “One UI with Android 9.0 on Galaxy S9/S9+” text mentioned, on the home page. The beta update can then be downloaded by going into Settings > Software update > Download updates manually.
One UI brings a lot of new features such as a redesigned interface, redesigned notifications with the ability to reply directly from the notification panel, new Unicode 11.0 emojis, adaptive themes, Device Care and power saving features, new clock styles for the Always On display, improved Bixby search, redesigned Phone app, and more. You will be able to use Samsung DeX with supported HDMI adapters, without the need for a DeX station.
To recall, Samsung had previously confirmed that the stable Android Pie-based One UI update will roll out to the Galaxy S9 lineup sometime in January. The open beta is expected to soon go live in other markets of Europe and Asia as well.
While this update brings a lot of functionality and new features to the Galaxy S9 range, it also has a frustrating time limit for free themes. Android Pie, with One UI on top, restricts the usage of free themes on your Galaxy S9 to just 14 days, reports Sammobile. After this time limit, the theme will forcefully automatically reset to the stock theme.
A notice is reportedly being sent by Samsung to users on the latest update. Samsung clarifies the change by saying that it has “changed the policy in order to help our designers continue to create high quality products and also to provide stable and satisfactory services for you.” Samsung will notify users 10 minutes before the theme reverts to the original one. It is not known yet as to whether the previously applied theme will be rendered unusable or can be used again at a later stage
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is now all set to launch in India a week from today, on November 22. Xiaomi has shared launch invites with the media, and while the invite doesn’t clearly mention which phone will be launching on that date, it does say “The New Note Rises” – leaving no doubt as to which series will be launched in the country. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the highly anticipated successor to the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro handset, and was only recently unveiled in Thailand.
In the meanwhile, Xiaomi Global VP and Managing Director Xiaomi India Manu Kumar Jain in a tweet confirmed that the Redmi Note 6 Pro is indeed launching in India on November 22, and has shared a countdown page.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India (expected)
To recall, the Redmi Note 6 Pro was launched in Thailand back in September in only a single variant – 4GB RAM/ 64GB of inbuilt storage. We can expect the company to launch more variants in India. The Redmi Note 6 Pro price in India can be expected to be similar to the Thailand launch price of THB 6,990 (roughly Rs. 15,300). The company on its countdown page has also revealed when the first Redmi Note 6 Pro sale in India will be – 12pm IST (Noon), on November 23.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro runs MIUI on top of Android, and sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD full screen panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 86 percent screen-to-body ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is powered by a 14nm octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, coupled with an Adreno 509 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage. There could be other configurations as well, but they haven’t been revealed yet.
In the camera department, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 1.4-micron pixels, and AI portrait 2.0. On the front, the mid-range smartphone bears another dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor, coupled with with 4-in-1 super pixel and AI face unlock capabilities. Like before, there is a 4,000mAh battery under the hood that is claimed to last up to 2 days on single full charge.
It’s been a little over two years since Apple unveiled the AirPods, which marked the company’s foray into the personal wireless audio space (not counting the Beats products). The AirPods design felt totally weird at the time, as if someone had snipped the wires of Apple’s EarPods and left them to dangle from your ears, like two spoons without the handles.
The Internet of course showed no mercy and the inevitable jokes and memes came flooding in. To make matters worst, Apple’s shiny white ear hooks faced production delays and they finally went on sale in the US only in December 2016, three months after they were announced.
Fast forward to 2018 and it’s very clear that Apple is having the last laugh as the AirPods have been a huge hit, despite their relatively high price tag of $159 in the US and Rs. 12,900 in India. In a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook — echoing his earlier comments — said that the AirPods have been a “runaway hit”. That’s no surprise given it’s now commonplace to see people trotting around the city with AirPods in their ears in the US, and this trend is catching up in India too.
AirPods have become an integral part of our lives here are Gadgets 360, so much so that after our smartphones, this is the next piece of tech many of us don’t leave our homes without. We’ve been using them for a long time now and we feel it’s a good time to take a closer look at what makes them so special.
AirPods design and features
The design of the AirPods might have been the butt of many jokes when they debuted, but it’s safe to say now that they are easily one of the best — if not the best — designed truly wireless earphones around. The fact that the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer only recently announced a blatant copy of the AirPods — with another Chinese company following as well — is testament to the design’s success. This success hinges on a couple of things.
First, is the form factor. AirPods are incredibly light thanks to the all-plastic construction, but this doesn’t make them any less durable. Our AirPods have survived multiple drops over the years and surprisingly, they haven’t picked up many noticeable scratches or scuffs marks either. The capsule-like charging case they ship with is also minuscule and easily fits into your pockets without creating an unsightly bulge.
The plastic case is equally durable and has survived many drops too, though it does pick up scratches rather easily. To avoid this, you can dress up you AirPods case with a skin or a little rubber jacket to keep it shiny and scuff-free, though it’s definitely not something you need to do.
The AirPods rest along the crest of your ear canal, which makes them very comfortable even for long durations
The case has a Lightning port at the bottom, which is used to charge the AirPods as well as the case’s own battery. Apple claims the AirPods can last for up to five hours, and with the charging case you can expect more than 24 hours of listening time, which sounds impressive for this form factor — we will get to our real world experience in a bit. The case has a magnetic flap which snaps in place with a reassuring click and the metal hinge for this feels just as solid today as it was the day we first started using the AirPods. There’s a discretely hidden button at the back of the case which is used during the initial pairing process.
Second, is the way the AirPods sit in your ears. Most wireless earphones stick to the in-ear formula, which involves a silicone ear tip that goes into your ear canal. The general advantage of this design is good bass response, lesser distractions from ambient sounds, and a snug fit. On the flip side, such earphones also cause quite a bit of fatigue after a couple of hours of continuous use.
Apple’s AirPods, on the other hand, have a design similar to its EarPods wired headphones that ship with the iPhone. This means the ear buds sit just outside you ear canal, which makes them more comfortable. But what really amazes us is how well they stay put, even with vigorous use. We’ve used them during workouts at the gym and even when running and we’ve never found them budging even the slightest. Yes, we’ve all heard about people who’ve had issues with the in-ear fit of the AirPods, but none of us at Gadgets 360 — we have nearly half-a-dozen AirPods between us — have faced that problem.
The AirPods might look very simple, but they are packed to the gills with tech, including Apple’s custom W1 chip which is the brains behind the operations and manages everything from the Bluetooth connection, battery consumption, handling gestures, and the audio processing. Each AirPod also has optical and motion sensors, which, in conjunction with the W1 chip, can do things like automatically pause/ resume audio as you take out/ put back the AirPods.
Each earphone also has a pair of beam-forming microphones that help filter out external noise when you’re on a call. This means you can use either of the earbuds — and of course, both — to answer a phone call. This is an improvement on most of the competition that restrict calling functionally to just one of the earbuds.
The earphones snap into place in the case with the help of magnets so they don’t accidentally fall out if the lid is open. There’s a single LED inside the case, which glows white when in pairing mode. When the AirPods are in the case, the LED indicates the battery status of the earphones, otherwise it shows the status of the case — green means charged, while amber means less than one full charge remains.
‘This room was all shades of beige and brown,’ says the owner of this five-bed Edwardian house in North London. ‘I had been contemplating grey walls for this room, but got tired of seeing the colour everywhere.’ After spotting the gold cabinet from Swoon, she planned a luxe look with dark walls and pink accents, instead.
She chose Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue. ‘I was definitely the right choice, but everyone else was doubtful!’ she admits. ‘As soon as I saw the first coat go on, I knew we’d made the right choice. I don’t know how painting a room darker can make it brighter, but it has!’
‘At first, we weren’t planning that pink would be part of our scheme,’ says the owner. ‘I was toying with the idea of adding emerald green. However, a velvet sofa had been on my wish list before we even moved in.
‘So when I found this one, I knew it would add opulence along with the gold cabinet and dark walls. The blush hue just ticked all the boxes in terms of the look we were after.’
‘I ended up painting the fire surround white, but leaving the rest – picture rail and skirting included – dark blue. Our decorators suggested picking out the picture rail in white, but I politely declined. I’m so pleased that I stuck to my guns, because the walls are a great backdrop for our furniture and accessories.’
‘Before, cabinets and shelves cluttered the alcoves, which made the room feel much smaller than it is, says the owner. ‘We are self-confessed hoarders and didn’t want to fall into the trap of having too many places to stash things we don’t need!’
‘We decided not to rush into buying furniture and accessories that might not suit until we’d let the colour settle. It was a pain not to have it all ready immediately, but it saved money in the long run.’
Love them or hate them, dramatic walls do make spaces cosy – and they’ll never overwhelm in a big, bright room. Honey oak flooring cosies up all the cool blue, grey and pink tones, and brass and gold details have given the room a luxe feel.
Read more at https://www.idealhome.co.uk/living-room/living-room-makeover-with-dark-blue-walls-pink-sofa-and-gold-accessories-
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Soon it will be easier to make your home look irresistibly Scandinavian. Hay—the Danish manufacturer of modern furniture, punchy housewares, and vibrant textiles from a roster of contemporary design’s most exciting practitioners—opens its first retail store in the United States in Portland, Oregon, November 15. Its second will debut in Costa Mesa, California, later in the month, and four more brick-and-mortar locations in the United States are planned for 2019. Plus, an e-commerce site launched early November, so fans of the brands are now only a few clicks away from shopping their favorites. Hay is laying the groundwork to become the next hit international design brand in America.
Hay was founded in 2002 by Mette and Rolf Hay, a married couple, and businessman Troels Holch Povlsen. The brand sought to introduce attainable and stylish products for midrange shoppers to the design market. Think playful cat-shaped sponges ($5); prismatic organizational trays (starting at $20 each); Memphis-y coffee pots ($95); plush towels (from $20); and gilded coffee tables ($695).
“It’s not about turning a toothbrush into an art object to display in your living room,” Mette Hay told the Wall Street Journal in 2016 about the brand’s sensibility, “but about making quiet, ordinary moments a bit nicer—that’s the backbone of what we do.”
Hay’s first collection debuted in 2003 with 13 products. Today, after making a number of partnerships that have sustained steady growth, the company’s total equity is valued at around $200 million, based on Herman Miller’s recent purchase of a third of Hay’s equity for $66 million (Hay declined to comment on its total valuation); it has 38 stores in Europe, Asia, and North America (including the forthcoming Portland store); and collaborates with a who’s-who list of designers including Nathalie Du Pasquier, Inga Sempe, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, and Pierre Charpin, among others. Instead of going the typical startup route—launching a brand, quickly taking on investors, and eventually scaling too fast—the company has adopted a watch-and-wait approach.
Rather than create its own digital e-commerce infrastructure, it sold a 33 percent stake to Herman Miller (which owns Design Within Reach) to take advantage of its established retail and distribution infrastructure. Instead of spending millions on marketing campaigns to get customers in a new market to know its brand, Hay partnered with MoMA Store, one of the most respected and prolific design retailers in the world. And instead of trying to reinvent mass manufacturing completely on its own, Hay collaborated with Ikea on a collection, augmenting its own expertise with the Swedish retailer’s cost-saving manufacturing techniques.
Rolf and Mette Hay oversee the brand’s creative direction and the two worked in the furniture industry prior to founding Hay. The brand’s products don’t follow a formula, but they do share similar traits, namely striking silhouettes, like the Dapper lounge chair by Doshi Levien, and vivid colors, like the Glass jug by Jochen Holtz and tea towels by Scholten & Baijings. They’re essentially ultra-Instagrammable modern pieces an increasingly design-aware culture will gobble up.
Because of this assortment, price, and strong design sense, the brand believes it will take off in the United States. “We think our designs will resonate with America’s diverse and discerning consumer base,” Rolf Hay tells Curbed. “A younger American design buff with limited budget may not be looking to outfit their entire space, but perhaps they are looking to purchase one or two items at a time that are durable, functional and made to last.”
Emmanuel Plat, MoMA Store’s director of merchandising, agrees. He believes Hay’s uniqueness in the market—there are few midlevel brands with a strong point of view—will lead to success stateside.
“You have the usual suspects [in the design market]—Vitra, Herman Miller, Knoll, Cassina—but Hay fits a different niche,” Plat says. “While Hay shares the same aesthetics and same designers, its pricing is competitive compared to these brands. It’s definitely going to play favorably and will be well received.”
Three years ago, Hay introduced itself to the U.S. market with a pop-up shop in MoMA Store’s Soho location. (Smaller, local boutiques may have stocked a product or two of Hay’s here and there prior.) The Hay Mini Market was supposed to be a three-month installation, but customers kept flooding the store and MoMA Store kept extending the partnership, which continues today. The shop began selling smaller items from the brand’s repertoire—think pens, notebooks, cups, decor items, pillows, and linens—and over the years increased its inventory to include lighting and furniture, meanwhile testing the shopping habits and desires of American consumers.
Plat points out that Hay doesn’t follow the typical pattern for retail collections. In his experience, about 20 percent of products from a brand usually account for 80 percent of sales. For Hay, all product categories sell strongly, though it’s usually small items that move the quickest. Pens and trays are among the most popular. This fall MoMA Store put Hay’s water bottles, designed by George Sowden, on its catalog cover, which has a circulation of about 1 million, and those have been selling well, too.
“When you visit the Hay Mini Market, it’s hard not to leave with something,” Plat says.
Now, it seems, Hay has cemented enough of a following in the United States to stand on its own.
With its retail strategy, Hay is following a similar trajectory to Muji. The Japanese retailer of design-minded furniture, housewares, clothing, and more also began as a MoMA Store pop-up before mounting its expansion in the United States. While the two brands reflect different aesthetic philosophies—Muji is timeless Japanese minimalism, Hay has a more fashion-forward approach—and have different price points—Hay is a bit more expensive—they both speak to audiences that care about design.
While Muji has been able to succeed in the United States, that’s not guaranteed for Hay. Promising midrange home-design brands have faced challenges in a market saturated by Ikea, CB2, and West Elm. However, Hay is does have a few factors working in its favor.
One is Herman Miller’s 33 percent stake in Hay, worth about $66 million, citing the brand’s appeal to a “younger more aspirational demographic,” more affordable price point than its current offerings, and strong design sensibilities. Meanwhile, consumers’ desire for highly Instagrammable products and spaces align with Hay’s eye-grabbing offerings and its retail design strategy. Hay House, its flagship store in Copenhagen, is the anti-showroom experience: products are arranged in photogenic vignettes that make you feel like you’re walking into the home you wish you had.
Each of Hay’s stores is different, but expect a similar experience in the 3,400-square-foot Portland location, which is in the Pearl District adjacent to Design Within Reach. The open-plan store will sell furniture, textiles, kitchenware, tabletop accessories, and more and will be divided into areas dedicated to each room in the home, including the kitchen, living room, dining area, and office, to create a “seamless shopping experience,” in the words of Rolf Hay.
While Portland seems like an unlikely city for a major design launch, Rolf points out that it shares a lot of similarities with Hay’s home base.
“There’s an appreciation for heritage, craftsmanship, and collaboration in Portland that we identify with,” he tells Curbed. “Portland’s inclement climate is also similar to Copenhagen’s, and because of this, we understand there’s a greater emphasis on making one’s home feel warm and inviting. … Ultimately, we hope our visitors take home a piece of Hay and make it their own.”
Hay’s retail store opens November 15 at 825 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Close to the festive season, weekends are as precious as gold. With limited time at hand, the task of giving your space a much-needed facelift tops the priority list. Though it sounds daunting, the process can be a smooth ride if planned properly. So sit back and let this be your guide to a festive-ready home.
As guests would spend most of their time in the living room, you need to make sure that space is nothing less than impressive. An entertainment unit with multi-storage options makes a great buy. Look for smart entertainment units in great shades and finishes. At Royaloak Furniture, you could pick from a glossy or matte finish, depending on the colour scheme of your living room. Add a bit a glamour to the space by bringing in a smart wine cabinet.
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Seating a number of people can get awkward sometimes. If you are fortunate enough to have a huge living room, it makes sense to invest in a Royaloak Ludo Sofa Cum Bed. This comfortable and fashionable sofa cum bed comes with exceptional contemporary design that blends perfect with the decor of your space. Or simply look for stylish and comfortable recliners as a smarter alternative in a more compact room. Royaloak Falcon Single Seater Manual Recliner in Air Leather that lends an elegant look to your living room is definitely worth a look.
Consider introducing a dining table into your living room. Something like the Royaloak Crystal 6 Seater Dining Set with Bench would work just fine. Looking to ring the changes? Substitute the dining chairs with long benches – they are extremely light to move and can accomodate more people compared to single chairs. Buy Royaloak dining tables here.
And, lastly, the bedroom. A lot people, especially the elderly, prefer to have some alone time after meals. Make sure your guest bedroom is ready to cater to their requirements. Invest in beds that are spacious and comfortable, something like the stylish, strong and durable Royaloak Daffodil King Size Bed With Hydraulic Storage and Reflective High Gloss Finish.
It is always a great idea to have bookshelves with some great books for people who would love to read their afternoons away. Smart dressing tables, full-sized mirrors and other accessories will make their stay in the bedroom a memorable experience. Buy Royaloak beds here.
You’ll find guests scrutinising your kitchen as they walk in and out of it in search of food and wine. Make sure it has cabinets dedicated to cater to the various needs of your guests. It is important that these cabinets are installed at a decent height which makes access to crockery, glasses, food and other utilities extremely easy. Avoid cluttering your kitchen with furniture, gadgets, and accessories, as moving around might get extremely difficult.
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The festive season means entertaining a lot of guests, and often over a long period of time, so organising the entrance of your home is crucial. Invest in a well-sized shoe rack, like this one from Royaloak Furniture. You wouldn’t like a heap of shoes at the door when you welcome your guests, would you? You could even add a few smart furniture pieces like the Royaloak Ebony Chair 2S for a classic minimalistic look to your outdoor space.
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Are you looking for fresh home improvement or holiday decorating ideas? The 40th Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique on Friday, Dec. 7, is your chance to see inside seven private residences, newly improved and adorn in festive decor.
The Southeast Portland houses range in ages and styles, and have plenty of original features. You’ll see upgraded kitchens with the latest finishes and vintage lighting (two even have cherished old stoves), as well as luxury master suites and cozy nooks.
Check out how much-needed storage was cleverly added to a 1914 Arts and Crafts house. And don’t miss a discreet pass-through between bedrooms and a tunnel to a garage with an elevated office.
— Janet Eastman
Duniway Holiday Home Tour
Ticket are $35, or $30 in advance at www.duniwayhometour.org.
The self-paced tour, held in two sessions from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m., supports art and technology programs, classroom grants, library books, cultural arts and other academic enrichments for Duniway Elementary School students.
The tour begins at Duniway Elementary School, 7700 S.E. Reed College Place. Attendees can pick up their tour booklet at the Holiday Boutique in the Duniway gym. The boutique, from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., is free and open to everyone.
Duniway Holiday Home Tour
Here are highlights of the Eastmoreland houses on the 2018 Duniway Holiday Home Tour:
1914 Arts and Crafts: Original oak floors, wainscoting, plate rails and glass windows were carefully preserved during a redesign by architect Joe Karman and remodel by Riverland Homes.
The new kitchen includes a vaulted breakfast nook with built-ins and an adjacent mud room with custom cabinets and storage. There’s a hidden room behind the top floor bookcase and a new dormer added needed space for the master suite closet.
For convenience, there’s a laundry chute and beverage bar on every floor. The master suite has a coffee station, mini fridge and dishwasher. A pass-through play space connects the children’s bedrooms.
The lower level is a separate living unit with a bedroom, bathroom and entertainment area with a drop-down movie screen. Outside, there’s a dog run, fire pit, hot tub and metal fabricated raised garden beds designed by Blessings Landscape.
Duniway Holiday Home Tour
1925 Colonial Revival: Architect R. M. Hopkins designed this brick house that serves as an exemplar of the nationwide Better Homes movement to spotlight home ownership, maintenance, improvement and decoration.
Walk under the round top front door and see a piano that sets the tone in the sun porch, which has a fireplace and paneled windows with original hardware.
Another fireplace in the master suite is framed in pink tile and original millwork. The bathroom was remodeled by Hawthorne Tile.
The small kitchen was updated by Heyworth Development and Remodel with custom cabinets topped with soapstone. Modern Pratt & Larson tiles pair well with the vintage gas stove.
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West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table
This multi-tasking coffee table is perfect for a small space storage solution. To the naked eye this coffee table is just a chic mix of dark wood and marble and is purely decorative, but it can do so much more. The dark stained eucalyptus wood table top pops open to reveal storage space to conceal everything from remotes to magazines. The pop-up also doubles as a table top so your couch can transform into a workstation or counter in seconds. The marble slab on the opposite side is the perfect surface for testing out your coffee table decorating skills, and the open shelf underneath is great for showing off your latest reads.
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West Elm Drum Storage Coffee Table
For the perfect balance of functional and fabulous look no further than this coffee table. The metal basin’s antique brass and bronze finish instantly create a glamorous centerpiece for your living room. Its contrast with the mango wood top makes it perfect for any design style whether it be formal or casual. The drum’s metallic finish can inform your tabletop decor choices. Brass candle holders and vases will pop on the wood top. Beyond being a visual point in the room, this coffee table is full of storage space. Using the finger cutouts, remove the tabletop to reveal storage for all your throws and pillows.
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West Elm Box Frame Storage Coffee Table
Keep all of your favorite items on display with this coffee table. Use the glass top as a display case to show off your expert-level coffee table styling skills. You can create a story with different books and trinkets all under the tabletop while keeping the surface free and clear to use. The contrast of the glass top, raw mango wood, and metal frame is a perfect combination for a contemporary living room. This table also allows you to have all the glamour on top, and some functionality at the bottom as the wood base has two drawers for storage.
The holiday season isn’t just a time for gifts. It’s also a time for re-decorating. In recent years, traditional holiday decor has stayed in storage and been replaced with more contemporary styles. While social media has influenced this trend, it’s not the only reason. Laurence Carr who is the CEO and Founder of Laurence Carr Design explains why. “The traditional holiday style has not kept pace with modern lives and families living far away from each other. People are looking for a feeling of comfort and warmth with personalized holiday decor, such as unique, simple touches or small takeaways like candles. They are also embracing simplicity as a way of distressing from this hectic time of the year.”
It’s time to say goodbye to green and white and consider these holiday decorating ideas instead.
Santa Claus Isn’t Real And Your Tree Doesn’t Have To Be Either
A faux tree is a real gift to yourself.Getty
To end the debate once and for all, creating the perfect holiday ambiance does not require a real Christmas tree. The holiday season is stressful enough, so why create additional hassle? Would it make sense to transport any other large, cumbersome item by tying it down to the roof of a car? Does anyone have time to constantly clean an endless mess of falling needles? Real trees can also create safety concerns for pets and trigger allergies. Artificial trees are less problematic, more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. They also look full year after year.
Miss the real tree smell? A Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine reed diffuser on your mantle is the next best thing.
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Black is the new black.Wayfair
Artificial trees also allow for experimentation with color. While white trees trended in 2017, according to Wayfair, the number of site searches for black trees has increased this year. It’s easy to understand why. A black tree is a true statement piece. The contrast of color against the ornaments makes them pop. For extra wow factor, keep the lights and ornaments monochromic. If black isn’t bold enough, consider a millennial pink or even a red tree this year.
Take A Hint From Chip And Joanna Gaines
The modern farmhouse look perfected.Brittany Avila
Popular with bloggers and influencers like Brittany Avila of Southernly Bliss, the modern farmhouse look has been a major interior design trend for several years. In fact, starter homes renovated in this style have proven to garner higher sales numbers.
But, Carr doesn’t think the attraction to a modern farmhouse look is about being trendy. “Modern Farmhouse holiday decor simultaneously reflects warmth and a rustic mood. Its popularity stems from the inherently cozy feel of the scheme.”
She suggests pairing farmhouse styles with vintage holiday decor like those heirloom ornaments passed down from generation to generation. Mixing raw textures and hard finishes like rough wood and hammered metal is another way to make farmhouse chic blend with a more contemporary style home..