Housewarming Gifts Your Friends Will Love

Friends having a housewarming party
Friends having a housewarming party

Moving into a new home is a big event. If you had the experience yourself, you know how important celebrating this joyous event can be to a homeowner. It represents a start of a new chapter in one’s life. If you have friends planning to move into a new place, check out our list of housewarming gifts your friends will love. Housewarming gifts should show the support and love you feel towards your friends. Some may opt for funny and amusing gifts, while others choose to be original and invest in creative handwork. These show how thoughtful you were when choosing the perfect gift.

You want your friends to feel cozy in their new home, don’t you?

If you want to give your friends something luxurious yet practical, you should consider bedding. Considering that we spend a lot of time in our beds and linen tends to wear out, new bedding can be a perfect gift. Opt for quality bed linens like coverlets or a duvet in combination with some pillowcases. If you want to make a statement and make your gift customized to the preferences of your friends, have the coverlets embroidered. In terms of fabric, always choose quality cotton, and you will not make a mistake.

Bed linen among housewarming gifts your friends will love
To make a statement gift select a luxurious set of bed linen and match it with a simple but elegant pajama set

For an extra dose of coziness, you can combine your bed linen with matching pajamas. Choose a simple but effective cotton two-piece pajama to make a statement. Selecting such sleepwear will ensure your friends feel comfortable in a new home. If you know your friends well, you will choose a design that best suits their sensibility.

There is no better gift than self-care

Shopping for a perfect gift for your friends should be a fun adventure. You get to explore your friend’s preferences, likes, and dislikes and show your personal touch of creativity. One of the possibly best housewarming gifts out here are spa packages your friends can use to relax in their new home. Combine their favorite beauty products, some scented candles, and some bath accessories to make a perfect bundle of pure comfort. We are entirely sure that your friends will love your thoughtful idea of giving them an incentive to find time to relax. With such a care package, you will show you care for their well-being.

Embroidered bathroom accessories
Bathroom décor and accessories can be among gifts your friends will love

If your friends have been working hard to move into this new place, they deserve to relax and unwind. Moving is an overwhelming event in one’s life. Whether you are moving down the street or cross country, the bitter-sweet feeling of leaving your current home is always present. When you count in the endless list of tasks to complete before, during, and after the move, you get to a point where stress only builds up. In such a situation, don’t hesitate to give a friendly hand and help your friends make a successful transition into the new house or apartment. It may not be a lot for you but will come as quite a gesture for your friends in need.

You can always decide to go the traditional way

The moment your friends hold the keys to their new house for the first time is a special one. They will be starting a new chapter in this new home and are probably all about décor and how to make the place feel like their own. You can help by giving them a gift that they will use for years to come. If you are more traditional, you can always choose a nice bottle of wine and combine it with some extra details. Choose an elegant flatware set or a classic tableware set and mix it up with some carefully selected dinner napkins. Such a package can be something your friends will cherish for years and a way for you to keep true to your love for traditional gifting ideas.

Dinner napkins
Choose a tabletop set to complement your friends’ new dining room decor

If your friends like throwing fabulous parties, you can opt for cocktail napkins combined with some glassware. Let the anticipation of their housewarming party be an inspiration for your gift. In the meantime, your friends might need help with the preparations, so you better be ready to jump in. Organizing a housewarming party amidst moving to a new house can pose quite a challenge. We are sure your friends could use your assistance with this one.

There is a long list of other housewarming gifts your friends will love

Some other neat ideas for housewarming gifts include a soft blanket they can use when watching their favorite TV show or a personalized cheese board as a statement piece for their next party. If they are coffee-lovers, you can’t go wrong with a coffee machine or blend some quality imported coffee beans. For a touch of personal, you can always add a beautifully framed photo of you and your friends. Choose a moment you shared that captured the essence of your friendship. Indeed, they will appreciate it.

When you think you have gone through all the ideas of housewarming gifts, a new fresh idea will come to mind. Be open-minded and think out of the box. From the moment you receive the invitation to your friends’ place, start thinking of the perfect gift you will bring. Invest some thought and time in selecting something that will appeal to them. In a pool of housewarming gifts your friends will love, try to choose the most creative one that speaks to your heart. We are sure it will speak to your friends’ as well.

Why Cover a Tissue Box?

You might not realize how a tissue box cover can really make any room in your home pop and look that much more luxurious. We’re used to buying tissues in unattractive boxes that nobody likes. Luckily, you can cover a tissue box and make it unique and beautiful.

Nice tissue box cover
Here we have our Napoleon Bee Wreath (Blue), Fleur de France (Pewter) and Amalfi Scroll (Blue) Tissue Box Covers.

The tissue manufacturers usually put their products in simple, unattractive, poorly designed boxes that people don’t like. Luckily, you can cover a tissue box and make it unique and beautiful. Tissue boxes are a practical necessity, but they don’t need to be ugly or old-fashioned anymore. With the right tissue box covers, you can make them a part of your decoration.

Plain tissue box without a cover
An uncovered (and ugly) tissue box.

Complement the design of any room

Tissue box covers are made to complement the design of any space and even elevate it. If you cover a tissue box, you can transform an eyesore into a chic little piece of décor.

how to cover a tissue box
Click on this photo to watch a video that shows you how quick & easy it is to cover a tissue box.

Bathroom and vanity

Tissue boxes are usually located in the bathroom, with other essential bath accessories. They should match your bathroom’s décor and complement the space. However, they are convenient to have in other rooms as well. For example, they will make your vanity look more sophisticated.

Various tissue boxes
People don’t like poorly designed boxes, and that’s the main reason they decide to cover a tissue box.

Living room

It’s a good idea to have a box of tissues within arm’s reach almost anywhere in our home. Ladies watching a romantic movie on Netflix just can’t imagine not having a few tissues around (just in case some tears come running down their cheeks).

An uncovered tissue box would totally ruin the aesthetics of a living room which is known to represent your style more than anything else. Buying one elegant tissue box cover will add a special touch to your space. They have a similar purpose as decorative pillows on your sofa or other room accessories – they can be beautiful and elegant, but they are also functional.

blue potted primrose pillow and tissue box cover
During allergy or flu season, having a tissue box in every room of your home may be a necessity.

Bedroom

It’s also common to put one tissue box in your bedroom, on the bedside table – especially for those occasions when you catch a cold or the flu. Also, whenever you’re muddling through allergy season, tissues are your life-saver.

You realize that there’s no point in making your bedside table look stylish and beautiful and then plonk a rainbow-colored tissue box on it. So, be creative and find a cover that will make a statement in your bedroom. If you share a double bed with your partner, you can have a simple yet modern covered tissue box on one side and one more elegant and feminine on the other side. Beautifully embroidered linen/cotton tissue box covers will make all the difference.

Various advantages of having a tissue box cover

Tissue box covers are not only meant to improve the aesthetics of your space. They come with other advantages as well. For example, with the slight added weight of a cover, you won’t need two hands to grab a quick tissue anymore. It may be annoying to use one hand to pull the tissue and another one to hold the box down, so it doesn’t fly up in the air. Covers solve that issue almost entirely. The little things are those that make our life easier.

Since covers look delightfully decorative, they become a necessity once you start to use them. Just be sure to find those which are easy to utilize and refill. There is a wide variety of styles and designs available, so there’s something for everybody’s taste and preferences. Some may want the cover to be unique and personalized – monogrammed, and that’s totally fine; as long as you like it, enjoy it, and it fits your room’s design.

Two women wearing Jacaranda Living face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
Those relocating during the pandemic should always have their mask, hand-disinfectant solution, and tissues with them.

 

Few tips in case you’re moving during the pandemic

If you are moving during the pandemic, you are in for a ride. We can all agree that relocating during the pandemic is not easy. You’ll need to pay special attention to everything you touch. Thus, it would be best if you had tissues, hand sanitizers, and disinfectants for surfaces all the time close at hand. You’ll also need to respect social distancing protocols and do everything you can to put yourself through the minimum possible risks.

Cleaning and disinfecting everything before packing your items in boxes or containers is crucial to protect all the people who’ll be handling them. In all the rush before, on, and after the moving day, remember to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Wearing a mask goes without saying, and it’s already become the routine.

Final thoughts

When you dive into the glorious world of tissue box covers, you might just realize that you could really use tissues in every room of your home, or maybe even multiple boxes per room (if you have ample space and a big family). To cover a tissue box is becoming so popular because the covers are a perfect canvas for personalization. They can become a great gift as well. It’s not too early to think about Mother’s Day or pick a random date and make your loved ones happy with a simple yet unique gift, especially if you already know how convenient it’s to have something like that these days. Whether you’re looking to refresh your current home with new details or you’re thinking about how to decorate your brand-new home, make the most out of space, and always choose items that are both functional and appealing.

bathroom embroidered linen display
Shell Collection bath linen display with terry guest & bath towels, cosmetic bags and a tissue box cover.

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Nautical Items You’ll Love for Hot Summer Days

Let’s face it, the weather is scorching, so, turn the AC all the way up, and dress your home up with our favorite beach themed items. Also, wear nothing but flowy cotton dresses around your house. Our nightgowns are where it’s at because they are comfortable, loose, and breezy. Other than these gorgeous nightgowns, we also have other ideas to keep you busy this summer like gifting friends and neighbors gorgeous nautical embroidered towels, pillows, and tissue box covers. Check out our roundup below and let us know what’s your favorite!

Beach Life 

Let’s get nautical! We’re into the end of July – have you dressed up your home with some fun beachy designs? Start with our Siesta lady….

Soak in the rays like our Siesta Lady… nothing like beach days and taking dips in between naps.

and our gorgeous coral embroidery….

Can’t get enough of our coral embroidery! Who is looking for new gift ideas this summer?

Coral Embroidered Items

Host in style with our beautiful coral embroidered cocktail napkins and tissue box cover for the bathroom.
Sand Dollar embroidery or Coral? What’s your favorite?!

School of Fishies are divine in summertime or for your beach house. Gift it to a friend who loves to fish, snorkel or scuba dive!

For Children

I’m sure your little girls and boys are complaining about this heatwave too so put them in cool cotton pant sets and English girl’s dresses. Some of our favorites (including pillow designs) for summer below:

sweet cheeks wearing our sweet pea little girl’s dress 💗💗💗. Order one today for your little girl! #JacarandaLiving
childrens pillow
Meet Freddie the Fish 🐠 children’s boudoir pillows available to shop online 💗
Beach days in our Ava cotton dress with rosebud embroidery is a great choice for your little one.
Snack time! Little Caroline wearing our Wendy Whale dress and looking adorable in her pink bow.

 

For Ladies

The smocked Lisa nightgown will keep you cool during this #heatwave. Order one for you and a friend today.
Cool Cotton Nightgowns are the BEST for hot summer days.
Smocked detail of the Lisa Cotton Nightgown for ladies…. keep cool out there!

Heading to the beach? There’s nothing quite like our new one-size fits all floral embroidered caftans for carefree caftan days. A great cover up and 100% cotton, easy to wash and dry and most convenient to pull over a bikini or wear while pottering around the house trying to keep cool.

Beautiful floral embroidered cotton caftan for carefree summer days! The perfect beach cover-up with drawstring ties at the waist and butterfly sleeves, shop it now online🦋

Sealife Cosmetic Bags

To keep all your small possessions organized like sun screen, make up, car keys, sunglasses and more.
Gift ideas (cosmetic bag and terry towel) that will bring good beach vibes this summer 😎

Have a wonderful time choosing from our roundup. We can’t get enough of some of these gift ideas for friends. Also if you’re looking for a comfortable night’s sleep during summer, we recommend not only wearing one of our breezy nighties but sleeping on a CBD infused pillow from pilozzz – every pillow is made of hypoallergenic down alternative fibre and a superior double knit cover. It is the most luxurious cooling pillow you will ever own! A new company that seems to please a lot of our customers.

Have a great rest of your week! We’ll leave you with these happy new mermaid designs because…. we all want to be a mermaid in summer, don’t we?

We’ve been so excited about these new mermaid embroideries, custom ordered for a sweet shop in Bermuda! Now available online for you and your girlfriends. 🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏽‍♀️🧜🏾‍♀️🧜🏿‍♀️

New Year’s Resolutions – Renew You with a Home Spa

A Home Spa – Incentive to Stick to Those Resolutions

The big new year’s celebration is over, and for some those resolutions have already been forgotten, but for many a resolution to get healthier is a very real, and very attainable goal. If you’ve vowed to run more, walk regularly or renew that gym membership and really use it, read on! Consider creating a home spa to relax and rejuvenate after your workout. It’s a definite motivator, and It’s easy with these 4 simple steps!

Create a Home Spa Environment

When you go to the spa, what do you notice first? The scent of eucalyptus? The soothing music? The soft, fluffy towels? These are easy to recreate in your home spa!

create a home spa
Create a home spa you’ll look forward to coming home to

Spa Scents Made Easy

From aromatherapy candles, to essential oils and room sprays, the scent of a spa is an immediate signal to your brain that its time to relax and revitalize. ScratchMommy recommends the following to ease you into a relaxed state of mind:

  • Jasmine, rose, chamomile, or ylang-ylang for frustrations with loved ones
  • Citrus, lavender, sandalwood or sage if dark days have you feeling down.
  • Oregano, peppermint, eucalyptus, pine or rosemary can help with a stuffy head
scented candles for relaxation
Scented candles bring a relaxing glow

ScratchMommy also has a great candle recipe using beeswax or soy to create a soothing scent to turn your bath into a sweet space to rediscover your sanity.

Music to Relax and Inspire

Relaxing in a warm bath with soft music in the background is a great way to end a busy day, or soak away tightness in tired muscles. Kohler has some great tips for adding music to your bathroom to help create that spa environment. The Moxie Showerhead and wireless speaker is an easy addition to make your favorite music a part of your Home Spa. The speaker just pops into the showerhead, and is interchangeable so each family member can have their own.

Or if you’re into a bit more immersive experience, consider the VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy system which works with your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to send vibrations pulsing above and below the waterline!

Look for appropriate spa music on iTunes, Pandora, or even your Amazon Echo Dot and you’ll be ready to sit back and relax.

Fluffy Towels, Robes, and Slippers Complete the Sensory Experience of a Home Spa

We can’t forget the luxurious feeling of fluffy towels for drying, slipping your feet into linen slippers and wrapping yourself in a luxurious robe after your home spa experience. Quality cotton like that used in products offered by Jacaranda Living can give you that spa at home feeling every day!

Generous bath sheets – 35” x 70” are large enough to wrap you up after a hot shower, or a warm bubble bath. Choose from white or ivory to give that clean, uncluttered spa look to a bathroom. If you want to give your home spa a personal touch, why not choose embroidered designs drawn from the sea, or our popular Bee Wreath design.

Sweet Accessories Amp Up the Home Spa Feeling

Looking to really transform your bath to give it that home spa feeling? Consider adding a fluffy terry robe, an elegant shower curtain, and even slippers and a shower cap all embroidered with the same design. With 100% cotton, you’ll have the soft, super absorbent accessories you love at the spa, right in your own home! What a great way to reward yourself after a long run, or a yoga class. It’ll keep you on track and be an incentive to continue to treat yourself throughout the year. Why not? You deserve it!

Pure cotton, embroidery and fine details make your home spa an oasis
Quality cotton, delicate embroidery and attention to detail create the perfect home spa

A Few Additional Touches

With just a few more simple touches, your bath will really stand out as a home spa! Add fresh cut flowers in a pretty vase to a small table in the bath. Consider adding a dimmer switch to your bathroom lighting. Add a small table for candles, a favorite book, hand-made sugar scrubs, or a glass of wine. With just a few simple steps your family bathroom becomes a home spa you’ll look forward to using every day!

Resources

www.popsugar.com

www.scratchmommy.com

ideas.kohler.com

Enjoy your Home Spa and Happy New Year from Jacaranda Living!

Celebrating 1,000+ Saves on Houzz.com

In August, Jacaranda Living was thrilled to receive notification that over 1,000 photos of our products had been saved to ideabooks in the Houzz.com community. We are honored that so many people see us as inspiration for so many dreams, ideas, and remodeling/interior design plans. Not sure what Houzz.com is? If you’re into remodeling, interior design, or just decorating the home you have, (or even dreaming of a future home), Houzz.com and many other sites can be inspirational.

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Inspirational Home Décor Sites You Need to See

While we love Houzz.com, there are many other sites that are similar in nature, whether you need full step-by-step articles on decorating, photos to inspire, or blogs and communities of like-minded people to connect with online and get your design habit satisfied. moreofit.com suggests the following sites:

Dragonfly bath accessories
Inspired by dragonflies? Use them as a theme in your bathroom.
  • Remodelista – From storage ideas to fabrics, and garden design trends, this is a great site to shop, dream and explore
  • Apartment Therapy – House tours, design ideas, and great tips for organizing and cleaning
  • Design Milk – Architecture, art, technology, and some great regularly columns on all of it
  • The Style Files – A daily weblog from Danielle de Lange with a bit of design, craft and interiors to inspire
  • Trendir – The latest trends in modern house design and decorating

And those are just five of the many sites out there with endless ideas to help you create the home you and your family will love. While Houzz.com is a favorite of ours, we’d love to hear about your favorites. Feel free to share in the comments.

How to Start an Interior Design Dream Book

When it comes to interior design, we know doing it yourself can take time. Whether you’ve purchased a fixer upper, have an apartment that needs refreshing, or you want to give your new home a personal touch, its a process for some and a hobby for others. To get started, set up an online file of websites, images, and ideas that inspire. Not sure of your style? Consider taking an online quiz on decorating like the decorating style quiz offered at Houzz.com. Once you know what style you’re most attracted to, start visiting blogs, decorating sites, Houzz.com, and some of those listed above to find items and looks you’d love to include in your newly designed home.

Not sure how to start? Take a look around your home. Select one or two items that you really love or feel drawn to; maybe a beautiful antique vase from a relative, or a child’s drawing that holds special memories, and don’t overlook that collection of seaglass from a favorite vacation. Whatever it is, use that as your inspiration, for color, for mood, for style. Then build your palette around that item. You may find the rooms design themselves once you’ve found the right piece that really speaks to you.

Cotton pillow case embroidered with images from the sea
Pillowcases inspired by a summer vacation or a dream destination

Start with Home Decor Designs from Jacaranda Living

We’d love to be a part of your home’s décor. At Jacaranda Living, we can help personalize your bedroom, or bath. Our beautiful cotton sheets and pillowcases feature 200 or 400 thread count options. We also have euro, boudoir, and bolster pillow cases, all of which can be custom embroidered with your choice of over 25 different designs.  Sheets can also be embroidered to match. For the bath we offer towels, shower curtains, and even embroidered tissue box covers to give your home a clean, pure cotton look of elegance. Shower curtains come in a choice of cotton percale, or pure cotton diamond pique, and you can order them with or without embroidery.

You'll love our Turkish Towels
Thick terry bath towels make any bath seem more inviting.

The Important Thing in Decorating Is to Get Started

Dreaming about a beautiful home is nice, but actually having that home is even better. Don’t put off having the house or apartment of your dreams, but don’t feel bad about starting small. For most of us, taking that first step is the important part. If budget is tight, take one room at a time. Select one or two items for inspiration and design around those. One beautiful change can make such a difference. A new shower curtain in the bath can brighten up the room and get you thinking about the next step. Fresh cotton sheets on a bed can give you a better night’s sleep and maybe get you thinking about a bold new paint color or moving some furniture around to free up some space.

Create an idea book today and get started on redecorating your home. It’s invigorating, and fun. We’re happy that we’ve been a part of so many people’s dreams on Houzz.com. Hope to see you there!

Sources

  • Remodelista
  • Apartment Therapy
  • Design Milk
  • The Style Files
  • Trendir
  • Houzz.com!