Happy holidays and Merry Christmas decor stealers! As we are getting ready for the holidays, all of us in the office are coming together to talk about our holiday traditions. From very traditional to slightly funny, we have a wide range of fun traditions! One […]
Hey friends! With Thanksgiving just one week away, all of us at Decor Steals are taking a step back to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for. As we all look around at all the blessings in our lives we have so much to be grateful for! We are especially grateful for the community of stealers that have become family! It’s such an incredible feeling to have such an amazing group of people working together to create homes that house our deepest and truest memories.
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Practicing gratitude can mean something completely different for each and every one of you. You can show gratitude to both yourself and others. Whether you are getting together with friends, family, or co-workers, it’s good to take the time to really enjoy the time you get to spend with those you love! All of you are such a bright light and an important part of the Decor Steals team! Your talent, love, and ongoing encouragement are endlessly inspiring to us and this community of decorators. The way you all lift each other up and inspire each other is pure magic.
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We’ve put together five simple ways to show gratitude in the next week leading up to Thanksgiving! Remember the smallest thing could mean the world to someone else!
- Love note! – Sometime before Thanksgiving write a note to someone. Doesn’t matter who…just pick someone you’d like to know just how much they mean to you. Or if you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, how about writing a short note to everyone invited? Something as simple as getting little pumpkin spice candles and attaching a note to everyone who came. Your family and friends will appreciate it so much!
- Compliments Every Day! – If you like someone’s new decor set up, their positive attitude, their outfit, or their smile, tell them! Tell your best friend her new paint color or her new sweater is fabulous! You can also do a little random feature on your IG story about them…never know when someone needs a good compliment to brighten their day!
- Coffee – okay let’s be real…most of us need coffee to get our day going and sometimes your daily routine of coffee can get a little boring. If it’s that peppermint latte you really want, get it! And if you’ve noticed that your coworkers or someone in your friend circle is having a stressful week, pick them up a cup of coffee and write on the side of their cup something to pick them up. It will make their day!
- Sweet Texts – Send a random text right now to 5 people or more in your life and let them know how much you appreciate them. Think of the times that you’ve gotten those random texts from someone and how happy they made you feel. It’s the simple things in life that truly mean the most.
- Shop – Go ahead and buy something for yourself. Whether it’s those throw pillows you’ve been wanting to get or that dress you’ve been looking at in the store window. It’s okay to treat yourself now and again. Especially when you’ve been treating others we can sometimes forget to do things for ourselves. It’s good to keep a strong balance between these in life and never lose sight of either.
Gratitude has the power to shift everything! We want to know what you’re grateful for today…share with us in the comments below! And remember to always be thankful for YOU!
Did you know that decorating for the holidays can actually make you happier and having your home decorated early may help relieve stress! Since it’s so important to keep a healthy environment, it’s never too early to start decorating for Christmas! We are gearing up […]
With the weather changing and the leaves turning those beautiful Fall hues, it’s the perfect time to bring the wonders of the season into your home. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and whether your hosting this year not, creating a cozy space to eat […]
Mandy just celebrated her 1 year work anniversary with Decor Steals and she’s been an amazing addition to the Decor Steals family from the start! Here is a look inside what a typical 9-5 looks like for a Decor Steals Maestro.
What is your role at Decor Steals?
My title is Décor Steals Maestro. My job is basically a catch-all. I work every day to make sure that our steals get delivered to you all. I do everything from consulting on customer service issues to helping set up the deals!
What’s the highlight of your work day?
I LOVE seeing how people react on social media! I take so much pride in making sure our steals measure up to our stealer’s expectations! We are a team of about 17 people (which feels more like a family) so when I get on social media and see all the interaction and the same level of excitement it makes me feel as though our family of 17 has grown into a family of thousands! That’s the best part of my day realizing that I am a part of something bigger!
What are your top five home decor must-haves?
1) Anything that will keep me organized! I love using the unexpected: teacups as jewelry holders, old crates as a place to store records, and tea tins as planters!
2) Lighting, Lighting, Lighting! I LOVE bright spaces during the day my blinds are pulled back ALWAYS but at night I use a lot of lights, seriously a lot! In my room alone I have 6 different sources of light ranging from LED candles to pendant lights hung from the ceiling.
3) Wicker: As a little girl my mom always had wicker in the house. EVERYTHING was wicker. Honestly, I hated it but we can chalk that up to childhood rebellion. Now as an adult I have such an appreciation for it. It is one of those materials that adds depth to a home. I have mine painted white for a cleaner look! The chippy-ness of the way the paints adheres to it and the intricate detail of the woven pattern… gets my soul every time!
4) Plants: I am a HUGE plant person and even that sounds like an understatement. I truly believe that every home should have one plant, one REAL plant. I have quite a few. The only one I have that flowers is my lavender which I keep next to my bed! The rest are leafy but their different shades of green add so much detail to my space! Plus they help purify the air which is a HUGE plus!
5) Framed Memories:
I am a memory hoarder. Sounds made up now doesn’t it. Essentially I keep everything that could possibly be sentimental… cards, concert stubs, plane tickets etc. I use to throw them into a memory box until I realized that our memories both physically and metaphorically are ART! Now I buy plain white frames and use scrapbook paper as a backing and voila! I have a WHOLE gallery wall of memories! I love looking at it, it is both beautiful and comforting. It reminds me each day that life is a journey and you never know what your next one will be!
What does a typical day look like for you?
Above I mentioned that my job is a bit of a catch-all. I think that must be one of the things I LOVE about my job the most, no two days are the same, there just isn’t a typical day for me. This job and you stealers are constantly keeping me on my toes! There is always something to plan or a problem to troubleshoot. I guess my typical day is much like my gallery wall… vast, constantly growing and full of surprises!
We couldn’t let national chocolate cupcake day go by without giving you a recipe to bake your own batch! We found this amazing recipe from Sallys Baking Addiction and we are obsessed!! Cupcakes come in all shapes and sizes and what is so great about […]
It’s officially Fall and officially time to switch over from your summer interior decor to the crispt warm tones of autumn! Fall just brings all the feels…and it doesn’t have to be a daunting task to think about switching out your decor or adding to it to get ready for the season.
We’ve got some easy ways to update your home that won’t break the bank while easing your stress of knowing where to start.
1. Start with your front door! Add a decorative wreath that already sets the tone for how you want the inside to feel. Try a magnolia wreath, cotton wreath, or even the more festive curly vine magnolia wreath.
2. Add a scented candle like vanilla bean, caramel apple spice, or even harvest. There are literally endless possibilities for sents and not to be biased, but fall sents may be our favorite for making a house feel like a cozy oasis.
3. Overindulge on pumpkins and guards. These are THE best and most cost-effective way to fill your home with touches of the season. Plus they are extremely versatile and great for those who want some simple DIY projects. If DIY isn’t your thing though, we’ve come across these incredibly unique repurposed propane tank pumpkins!
4. Garland, garland, GARLAND! Garland is always a good idea and what’s so amazing about it is that you can literally add it anywhere! It’s the perfect final touch to your tablescapes, an effortless centrepiece, and a simple way to tie everything together. We are loving this magnolia leaf garland because it’s perfect for keeping out all year round. You can add cotton stems to it in the fall or even holy during the holidays. If you are looking for more of those warm fall tones, then this pumpkin leaves garland is the ONLY way to go!
5. Fresh baked goods! Let’s face it, once the fall season rolls around a part of those diets from the summer seem to fade away. It’s okay to indulge in your favorite fall dishes as long as you don’t eat the whole thing…or do LOL no judgements here! The aroma you get in your home from homemade dishes just doesn’t compare to anything else. Try this recipe for Cinnamon- Sugar Pull Apart Pumpkin Bread that we are drooling over!
- 2 tablespoons browned butter* see note
- ½ cup milk
- 1 package active dry yeast
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons browned butter
- 2 tablespoons browned butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1½ tablespoons milk
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Brown the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently and being careful not to burn it. About 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and leave 2 tablespoons in the pan and add milk; heat over medium one minute until the liquid is warm but not hot.
Pour the milk and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer or bowl and add the yeast and sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the pumpkin, salt and 1 cup of flour and mix until combined. Add the rest of the flour ½ cup at a time until it’s all combined and mix on medium for 6 minutes or by hand until the dough is smooth and elastic and just slightly sticky.
Transfer to an oiled bowl and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 hour.
While the dough rises, mix 2 more tablespoons of the butter with the sugar, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice; mix well and set aside.
When the dough is doubled, turn it out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 1-2 minutes. Allow to rest 5 minutes before rolling or it will snap back.
Roll to a 20×12 inch rectangle and cover with the butter-sugar filling; pressing down with your hands so the filling sticks somewhat.
Cut the rectangle into six strips, then lay strips on top of each other and cut into 6 even squares.
Stack squares vertically in a greased loaf pan. Cover with a clean towel and rise 45 minutes.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven 35-40 minutes. Glaze while warm.
For the glaze: mix remaining butter with brown sugar, vanilla and powdered sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute, then remove from heat. Drizzle over bread.
Allow bread to sit in the pan 5 minutes, then loosen with a knife and turn out to cool.