HOME DECOR IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS!!

It’s the season to be jolly and with Christmas just around the corner, let’s get ready to make our homes look gorgeous and inviting¬†ūüôā Here are some ideas which¬†you can try out¬†for a merry time…

The outside of your home should look as beautiful as the inside…so string lights, garlands, wreaths or greens work amazingly.

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Greens will look good inside your home too…specially it will help create a warm and cozy mood at the dining area. You can simply use them to adorn the table or kitchen island. And if you have pendant lights, it will look lovely if you just entwine garlands around them…

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Clever wall decor can set the mood beautifully. Check out our quaint Christmas themed wall decals to instantly make your home ready to welcome Santa! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-christmas 

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You can never go wrong with flowers…they look enchanting no matter where you keep them. Go for some lovely real or faux arrangements in bright hues and let the magic happen.

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Decorating your doors or windows with wreaths, shiny baubles, toys, streamers or strips of greens will enhance the appeal of your house, manifold.

wreath¬†There’s something exquisitely charming about antique lamps that never ceases to delight! Simply light them for that dreamy ambiance or instead stand out from the crowd by creating a beautiful arrangement of flowers, berries and leaves inside them…

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Tall clear vases or large glass bowls,¬†can act as great mediums to showcase your creativity!! Just fill them up with fun Christmas ornaments or layers of colorful fruits and leaves…

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Christmas is never complete without gifts. Why not get a little innovative while wrapping them? Maybe you can stick Christmas ornaments to the wrapper or the name tags can be paper cut outs in fun shapes!

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Don’t forget the socks if you have kids at home specially…the happy surprise on their faces will be worth it.

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A joyous occasion needs delicious food to keep tummies content. And if you present it gracefully…then¬†nothing can stop you from becoming the perfect host!!

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This is the time to bring out your favorite crockery and cutlery…remember the right colors and accessories can do wonders. And if you¬†are the proud owner of some family silver, get them polished and gleaming and show off happily!

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Last but obviously not the least…let your imagination run wild when it comes to decorating the Christmas tree…glittering ornaments, funky baubles, toys, fake birds, streamers, lights, lace, flowers, the sky is the limit. Don’t shy away from trying out a different theme or color scheme.

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Have a very Merry Christmas ūüôā

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Southern Living, Neon Happy, HGTV, Real Simple, Paper Blog

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PRECIOUS JEWELRY

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Whether you bought that gorgeous pair of earrings yourself, or were gifted that sparkling bracelet by a loved one or were passed on the famous necklace your family has owned over years…jewelry has always been close to a woman’s heart! So it’s good to care for them so that they can be cherished for¬†generations…here’s how:

Tips for wearing jewelry:

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1) Never wear jewelry while performing tasks like house cleaning, cooking, gardening to avoid damage from chemicals, sweat etc.

2) Apply makeup before wearing jewelry to ensure minimum exposure to chemicals in perfume, sprays, lotions and cosmetics

3) Never wear jewelry in swimming pools or spas, to avoid reaction with chlorine water which can cause discoloration or permanent damage.

4) Never wear jewelry during any form of contact sports to prevent physical damage.

Tips for cleaning jewelry:

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1) Remove any ornament before bathing because soap can make it appear dull over time.

2) Professional jewelry polishing cloths or svelte is best for cleaning jewelry. Tissues or paper towels might cause scratches.

3) Regular cleaning is ideal. Remember that alcohol solution can do wonders but bleach is a disaster! Use warm water while cleaning.

4) If jewelry is damaged or broken, don’t clean it before repair…the problem might worsen.

5) Since prevention is always better than cure, regularly check your ornaments for loose stones or any kind of damage.

Tips for jewelry repair: 

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1) Try to prevent any damage as much as possible to keep costly repairs away. Regular inspection helps!

2) Before trusting a jeweler with the repair, check for reviews and referrals of their work.

3) Be careful when the jeweler quotes a price for the repair. They should ideally have a standard price for a particular repair.

4) Learn exactly how the repair is going to be done.The procedure should be explained to you clearly so that you know, it will be done correctly.

5) While picking up a repaired piece, ensure that it has been done as requested and there are no flaws. Also the item should be perfectly cleaned and polished.

Storing and organizing jewelry: 

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1) The best way to keep your jewelry safe is to organize them neatly in a jewelry box. At Uberlyfe we have a host of boxes to suit myriad needs…compact, travel friendly ones, large spacious ones for use at home and even locker sized ones for the bank!! Available in different styles, colors and designs, they are simply awesome for all your “precious” requirements. All boxes are made from premium MDF with leatherette outside and velvet inside.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-jewelrybox 

2)  To prevent tarnishing of ornaments, keep anti-tarnish strips in the organizers to absorb oxidants!

3) Maintaining a detailed description, value and photograph of each jewelry piece is very useful in any unfortunate lost or stolen situation.

4) Always use an organizer while travelling with jewelry to prevent any damage or misplacement.

Photo courtesy: Why of Fashion, Indian Roots, Maipearls

DECOR IDEAS FOR FESTIVE OCCASIONS!!

Festivals are happy and exciting occasions¬†when we get together with family and friends. And the spirit of celebration touches our homes too!! So let’s see how some easy but smart ideas can make your home, gorgeous and welcoming ūüôā

The main door of the house is the first focal point. Whether it’s Christmas or Diwali…adorning the entrance with garlands, wreaths or even tall vases of flowers can look awesome!

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Walls should never be left blank and boring…our amazing wall decals can animate any interior wall in seconds! Simple to apply they¬†don’t damage your walls. You can also use them on glass surfaces, mirrors, lockers, tiles or any smooth, dry surface. Take a look at what we have, here:¬†http://tinyurl.com/p52zal9;¬†http://tinyurl.com/poduvq5

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A great way to make your home come alive is with bright, vibrant furnishing. Colorful, funky cushions can give a stunning makeover to an old sofa! Curtains¬†in bold, vivid colors or prints can do the trick too…

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houzz 23A decorative ceiling is a cool way of adding a feeling of grandeur! Festoons,¬†streamers or fancy baubles can help…

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Don’t ignore what is beneath¬†your feet though! A beautiful, plush rug or runner can be so welcoming…

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Lights can steal the show no matter what the occasion! String lights, paper lanterns, antique lamps, candles, diyas (on Diwali)…can transform the ambiance magically! They can be bright or suffused depending on the mood you want to create.

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 Floating candles or flowers or both in a shallow urn of water look extremely pretty. You can also make it a daily ritual to spread positivism around the house!

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¬†Fragrance is a major charmer when it comes to creating a¬†fabulous memory…use floral, fruity or other delicious smelling incense or candles to make it “feel like heaven”…

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No festival is complete without food! So table presentation is crucial…bring out your best linen, place-mats, napkins, crockery and cutlery to create a memorable eating experience.¬†Flowers in vases or submerged in water or floating aromatic candles can add an extra spark.

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¬†Finally…the delicacies that you have so lovingly prepared will earn many times its worth when presented in a creative and eye-catching manner. So whether it’s a salad or meat or dessert, attractive presentation is always a winner ūüôā

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 Photo credits: Miss Craftsy, Zansaar, Houzz, Prismma