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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

How to Merge Newlywed Home Decor Preferneces

You’ve said “Yes!” to an ever-after with your spouse. Now, it’s time to say “I do” to living together. New Tradition Homes gifts to you these helpful hints for how to merge style preferences when newlyweds move in.


Some say that the first ingredient in a healthy marriage is compromise. However you settle disagreements, from a lengthy discussion to a round of Ro Sham Bo, there are likely differences of opinion when it comes to style.

Whether you’re moving into a place one of you occupied before the marriage or are setting off into your first home together, there may be property duplications and emotional attachments on the line. Who doesn’t remember that wagon wheel coffee table in When Harry Met Sally? While that table may have not have made the cut, there are plenty of ways to avoid the curbside solution.


Throughout your process, be sure you and your new spouse are talking and taking in this building block together. As you evaluate which of your respective furnishings and accessories are making the move, open the dialogue further to discuss what you each picture in your happy home.

Grab a magazine or hit ‘pause’ during a favorite show. Be sure to review the overall aesthetic and break down the full room that one or both of you liked – was it the color? The shapes? The patterns? Minimalist or an eclectic blend?

Once you can see the triggers that incited excitement, evaluate your respective belongings to see which pieces may be on the path to a happy honeymoon.


Vancouverites pride themselves on the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. And yes, a first step for preparing to cohabitate should be taking a strong inventory of what you each have and reducing before the move.

But there is another just as essential R when it comes to home d├ęcor – Repurpose! A great way to merge style is to look at the ‘questionable’ pieces from both a structural and aesthetic perspective.

Do you love the pattern on that couch, or is it the shape, the comfort, or the history of the piece? Chairs, couches, and pillows can be reupholstered to update the look and achieve a common ground. Your floral shabby-chic sofa and the velvet plaid pillow can co-habitat when they’re refreshed to complementing colors as part of a new contrast.

Likewise, resurfacing can bring a piece to life all over again. Cabinets can balance style with a fresh coat of paint or stain. Hard surfaces from coffee and side tables to headstands can be tiled, marble-coated, or layered with other materials. Take a risk together and the best parts of your respective styles can shine through.


As opposites attract, so may your personal styles. It is possible to blend even the most polar opposite styles. Use subtle touches to bring them together, such as color and accessories. For instance a modern acrylic chair and a tufted sofa can share the same space with elements tying them together. A rug, pillow, and frame can go a long way in reshaping a room. Colors or textures from the new accessories can bring it all together.

Working with the experts at a Design Center can offer you a further solution to the marriage of your furnishings. They can meet with you to select paint that will ground the look tying it all together in a perfect love knot. The professionals are looking at each piece, but also beyond to see the room as a whole, and how your furnishings reflect the structure of the room. Lighting can be anything from an accent lamp to an overhead canister, but let this be a part of how you merge your styles, create new focal points, and start your new life together.

Uniform Accent Pieces

Life can be a story told in photographs so often when blending the looks of newlyweds, these portraits are a part of the integration challenge. One way to merge style preferences is create a collage wall of your respective memories. Frames here can be of contrasting styles, colors, or sizes. The “yours” and “mine” here can really spark the flow of creativity and showcase your union. No rules truly apply so look at your respective frames and consider how you both feel they look best grouped by shape, shade, size or event.

As styles further merge you can also look at how other accent pieces can balance a room. Your respective youth trophies on either sides of a bookshelf can tell a great story and complement your design choices. Just remember that this doesn’t mean that everything you each own should be on display! But core selections that bring together your personalities and passions will make your new home together that much sweeter.

The Couple That Shops Together . . .

You’ve found where you’re going to live together as newlyweds and as you blend your belongings, it can be fun to shop together to get the what you’ll buy and build together.

Go in to each store with an open mind knowing that you may have very different style preferences. From the natural wood shops to industrial furnishings, don’t be afraid of each of your tastes. Consider how just such a piece can tie together your respective personalities.

The same can be said for color matching. There doesn’t have to be matching at all! Sure, you can agree that you’d like a shade of grey in a room. But then you have your grandmother’s plates in the china cabinet with those orange birds on them. Pull the colors into the room you want to pull and look for ways to balance together. Ying/yang. Yours/theirs. Now, ours. The Design Center can show you the many shades of grey (no pun intended) and the accents that will highlight your respective belongings, personality as a couple, and new style.

A custom home design center is there for you when the decisions have been made and you’re ready to settle in together.


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