Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas Part Three: Moms Who Love Decorating

In our Mother's Day series, so far we've covered how to have a great brunch, some beautiful jewelry gift ideas, and some great gifts for the Mom who loves to garden and spend time out on the patio in the summer. Now we'll turn our attention to all of the Moms who have a flair for home decor and design. Some Moms just have that knack for creating spaces in the home that are inviting, comfortable, pretty...and, well, just pleasant to be in. Why not let Mom know that you've noticed the amazing environment she's worked on creating by following her lead, and getting her something that might add even more to the home vibe she's got going already. Now, I'm not talking about reinventing her design style....Mother's Day is not the time to hint that Mom needs a new style. But with some simple gifts, you can help to accent any style that Mom has going on at her house.

I think just about everyone loves the ambiance that candles add to a space. Something about that soft flickering light is relaxing and welcoming at the same time. Now there are so many wonderful scented candles available...they don't just add style, they add a beautiful fragrance to the environment. Even if Mom already has candles, she can always use more, especially if she burns them every day like I do! It might be a nice idea to get her some candles in fresh, spring and summer fragrances. My favorite candles, hands down, are the three wick jar candles from Bath and Body Works. The pack a lot of fragrance punch, and they are really affordable. There may be better candles out there, but I haven't tried them, because I don't have a spare $150 laying around for a candle!  Bath and Body has so many amazing fragrances to choose from, it may be hard selecting. We've got a few ideas for great fresh scents to try for summer.

With the fresh scent of the sandy beach, beach grasses and the salt air, Oceanside is sure to remind everyone of fun summer vacations.

While Oceanside is lovely, my absolute favorite candle scent of all time is Island Waters.

There is just something about this smells fresh, clean and if smells had a color, this one would be the exact color of the candle!

If Mom likes a tried and true fragrance that can really be used year round, you can't go wrong with French Lavender.

The timeless fragrance of lavender is instantly relaxing and homey. This one would be great in the bathroom near a soaking tub.

Candle Holders - Rustic Antler Hurricanes - Set of Three

Once you've got these fabulous smelling candles, you may want something pretty to display them in. I love the look of candles in a tall glass hurricane candle holder. This one has a great rustic feel with metal antlers holding up a faceted glass holder. Imagine how beautiful the three flickering lights on the jar candle will look as they bounce reflections off of the glass! And, it comes in a set of three, which is perfect for lining up along a table, or putting them in different areas of the home.

For even more versatility, you may want to give these Footed Hurricanes a try. They look great even with nothing in them, but look how pretty they make this collection of river rocks mixed with a rustic popourri.

Glass Decor - Footed Hurricanes
Elegant Footed Glass Hurricanes

Simple in design, they would be perfect for holding your scented candles, but Mom could also use them as a vase, or to display a collection of sea shells, or really just about anything. So this would be a gift that keeps on giving...and every time Mom pulled them out or changed how they were displayed, she would remember how thoughtful you were this Mother's Day! Check out some of these ideas!

Versatility in a Hurricane!

One other super cool way to display those beautifully fragrant candles is to keep them covered with glass bell jars when they aren't in use. Obviously, you can't burn a candle that is covered completely with a glass cloche, but keeping the candle covered when it's not burning is a great way to keep dust off the candle, conserve the fragrance and make an elegant design statement at the same time. Plus, when Mom blows out the candle, she can cover it immediately with the domed cloche to prevent smoke and soot from permeating the room.

Elegant Bell Jar Cloches as Candle Covers
Bell jars are perfect candle covers!

Alright, so we've got brunch covered, and a few ideas for gifts. We'll see what else we can dig up for you to help you make this Mother's Day the best ever for that special Mom in your life!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day Part Two: Yard & Garden Decor

Ahhhhh.....Spring is in full swing in May!

May is one of my favorite months of the year - Spring is really settled in, and most  years, the sun is out just about every day, the temperatures are warm, but not too hot yet, flowers are in bloom, and all of the trees have fresh, new and vibrant green leaves. The weather in May just makes me want to spend as much time as possible outside.

My guess is that there are many people (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway!) that feel the same way about this magical month, including most Moms! Why not capitalize on this time of year by getting the special Mom in your life something to help her enjoy time in her own backyard, on her patio, front porch or balcony as a Mother's Day gift?

These yards are missing any decor items
What's missing here?

Check out these back yards...
Beautiful right? Manicured grass, stunning patios, natural looking stone walls....but what's missing? None of these back yards have any kind of decor items. It would be like walking into a home that only had stunning architecture, but only a couple of utilitarian chairs, and maybe a table in the rooms - no artwork hung on the walls, not personal mementos anywhere. We would notice how strange that was right away. Why should our back yard be any different?

Bird Baths are a great way to attract nature to your yard
What bird wouldn't love to take a bath here?

I'm sure any Mom would love to hang out in one of these back yards, but why not make these beautiful back yards even better? I love that each of these yards has landscaping with trees and bushes that will attract birds. Adding in a bird bath or a bird feeder could make these yards even more inviting to all types of feathered friends. One summer day, I looked out in my back yard and saw no fewer than 20 robins taking turns playing and cleaning themselves in the bird bath I had recently put out. I spent about ten minutes watching them, wondering how they all communicated to each other that my yard was the place to be on a hot summer day? Does your Mom enjoy bird watching? If so, then a sweet bird bath might be the perfect Mother's Day gift for her!

Frog Butler Bird Feeder
This adorable bird feeder doubles as a side table!
Bird feeders are also tons of fun....It's always interesting to see what kinds of birds show up to eat what kinds of food. If the important mom in your life really enjoys the birds in the backyard, it might be worth considering getting her a book like this one, National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America (National Geographic Backyard Guides). She could sit out in the backyard watching all of the birds come in to bathe or eat, and enjoy learning more about them. Plus, if you get that book ahead of time, you can always use it to help you figure out what kind of food goes with the types of birds that frequent your backyard!

Singing in the Rain Frog Lantern for Back YardWhile it's always lovely to sit outside on a warm spring day, I always enjoy it when it gets warm enough to be out on the patio in the evening. That time of day, after work, when twilight is approaching, and the world slows down a bit. If this sounds like something your Mom would enjoy, some back yard lanterns might be the perfect gift for her!
Lanterns can be used with traditional candles, or even better, with LED candles that can be put on a timer. I'm betting that Mom would love to look out into her backyard and see a beautiful yard lantern with a glowing candle, without having to go and actually light the candle!

A lovely chiminea like this one is another great gift idea for the Mom who likes to hang out on the patio in the evenings. I love the rubbed bronze finish on this one, as well as the screened lid that can be laid on top to help keep sparks from flying about.                

                                               Just imagine roasting marshmallows over the fire and enjoying smores as a family, or Mom having some down time out by the fire, relaxing all on her own. Sounds like Mom Heaven!

If none of this sounds like it is up your Mom's alley, but she still loves the outdoors....that is, the wilderness of her own back yard, then maybe some decorative planters for herbs, annuals and other plants would make a great Mother's Day gift for her.

Frog Patio Planter
Another Adorable Frog!
Precarious Planter with Bird and 6 pots
A Cool Asymmetrical Planter

Moms who enjoy gardening would surely appreciate a gift like this! You might also get a few lovely plants to fill the planter you choose and have it all set up for Mom on her special day. The plants will brighten the yard all through the summer, and the planter will last a lifetime of summers!

Be sure to tune in for the next post in the Display Days Mother's Day series where we'll help you find the perfect gift for the Mom who loves decorating!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day Part One: Jewelry

Fine Home Displays is doing a series on Mother's Day. Our first post was about creating the perfect brunch for the Moms in your life. Now that you've got a great Mother's Day Brunch planned, it's time to think about the perfect gift for the Moms in your life. We've got a few recommendations for you to help get the ideas flowing, and we're starting with jewelry....circa1910 jewelry, that is.

While many Moms care for their families, nurture their loved ones, and oversee the household, each Mom has her own unique spin on her "job". So when you're thinking about Mother's Day gifts, we think it's good to take that individuality into account. That's one of the reasons we LOVE circa1910 Jewelry. Kayla Derrick, the founder of and designer at circa1910 has a motto, "Our designs are one of a kind; you are unique, shouldn't your jewelry be too?" What could be more fitting for the one of a kind Mom in your life than a one of a kind piece of circa1910 vintage jewelry? 

Circa 1910 Jewelry - Key to My Heart Mid Length Necklace
Can you find the hidden seed pearl?
Circa 1910 Jewelry - Key to My Heart Mid Length Necklace

This Key to My Heart Necklace features African brass beads with larger moonstone stations with charms that include vintage chandelier crystals, antique buttons from the 1800's and of course, that vintage brass key. And every single piece of c1910 Jewelry has a hidden seed pearl tucked into the beadwork, and features a handmade circa1910 tag. Just like with this necklace, each piece is hand-crafted from vintage beads, crystals, buttons, keys...many of which are true antiques. Kayla Derrick mixes the vintage with new precious stones like aquamarine and labradorite to make incredibly unique boho-chic jewelry.

Circa 1910 Seascape Dreams Necklace
         Beautiful aquamarines!
Circa 1910 Victorian Crystal Long Necklace
Vintage chandelier crystal!

Fine Home Displays has many of Kayla's one-of-a-kind pieces to choose from, so you're sure to find that perfect piece for that special Mom!

If beautifully stylish statement necklaces are not just the thing for the Mom in your life, we've got more ideas for you! Tune in for our next post, featuring some ideas for the outdoors!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Easy Brunch to Celebrate Mom
on Mother's Day!

Pastries displayed under glass bell jar cloches
Don't these beautiful pastries under bell jars
remind you of Mom?

Mother's Day is coming up soon, and it's never too early to plan a special day for that special Mom! We've got some great ideas to help you let the Mom in your life know how much you love her...We've got so many ideas that we thought we'd post a Mother's Day Series on Display Days during the month of April, so you have plenty of time to prepare.

First off, it's always great to start Mother's Day off right with a nice breakfast or brunch...not made by Mom! We thought posting this Mother's Day Gift Idea early might be helpful, because it does involve planning a meal and inviting guests! When planning your guest list, it's a great idea to consider whether you'd like to celebrate by inviting people who you think your Mom would like to celebrate with or maybe instead, you'd like to involve and celebrate many mothers together in one room! Whatever your idea, Mother's Day plans fill up quickly, so send out an email invite, and if you're feeling really ambitious, follow up with a paper invite. Everyone loves to get a nice card in the mail!

Invitations to Mother's Day Brunch with Fine Home Displays
Send paper invites to make Mom feel even more special!

Now....on to the most important part of any brunch...THE FOOD!! Some of my favorite brunch items are egg casseroles, french toast, and fruit salad. We found a few recipes to help you get started!

Check out this delicious looking Broccoli, Mushroom, Egg and Cheese Brunch Casserole from The Perfect Pantry. This one is even vegetarian and gluten-free!

Broccoli, mushroom, egg and cheese casserole, for breakfast or worknight dinner.
A Cheesy, Vegetarian Brunch Casserole!

If your Mom is more of a meat and potatoes kind of gal, you may want to take a look at this Tater Tot Sausage Brunch Casserole from Plain Chicken.

Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole - great make ahead recipe!  Sausage, cheddar cheese, tater tots, eggs, milk, garlic, onion and black pepper. Can refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for breakfast. lunch or dinner. Everyone loves this easy breakfast casserole!!
Mmmmm.....Cheesy Goodness!

If your Mom is a foodie, you may want to try this slightly elevated version of the same type of recipe from The New York Times Cooking section. This recipe for a buttery baked breakfast casserole includes toasted croissants, Gruyere cheese, sweet Italian sausage, scallions, and herbs in combination with standard ingredients like eggs and cream that truly make it a high class dish. For more ideas on how to kick it up even more, check out this write up on the recipe, which suggests adding smoked salmon and cream cheese - Yum!

Buttery Brunch Casserole with Croissants and Sausage
Fancy Breakfast Casserole - Perfect for the Foodie Mom!

All of these recipes are wonderful because they are both tasty, and very easy to prepare. You can even prepare them ahead of time and bake them off the morning of Mother's Day.

It's always nice to have something sweet and bready at the brunch table pick is French Toast! Keeping with the theme of tasty and easy, I found a recipe that can be mostly prepared ahead of time, to keep things simple on the actual day. This Overnight French Toast from Tablespoon looks absolutely DIVINE!

Overnight French Toast -- looks way better than my other breakfast casserole recipes.  Must try it.:
Sweet and Delicious French Toast!

This would be great with challah, brioche or even crusty baguette! Ooooooooooh - How about making it with buttery croissants?!

Moms like to make sure you eat healthfully, so we thought that her Mother's Day Brunch ought to include a healthy dose of fruit. You don't need a recipe for fruit salad...just head to the supermarket and pick out the most colorful fruits you can find, paired with some staples like apples and pineapples. Cut everything into bite size chunks (this is wear a mix of berries comes in handy...minimal cutting!), and toss together in a bowl, or arrange artfully if that's what your Mom likes. That's it! So easy, and so delicious!

Sunburst Fruit Salad
Artfully Arranged, Healthy Fruit!

If cooking is absolutely not your thing, an arrangement of bagels, cream cheese, donuts and pastries is a wonderful idea! Fine Home Designs & Displays has some beautiful glass cloche domes that are perfect for making your store bought brunch look like a million bucks!

Glass Bell Jar with Pedestal - Short
Just Add a Food Safe Liner, and Display those Bagels and Pastry!
Glass Dome - Bell Jar Cloche - Various Sizes
What Mom could resist pastry, bagels and tea under these elegant bell jars?

We'd love to hear your ideas for a Mother's Day Brunch! Have you got any special family recipes that are tried and true? Let us know how you plan to make the Mom in your life feel special and loved.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

And...We're Back!

After quite a long hiatus, Display Days is back! Since our last post, our business, FHD Unlimited, Inc., has undergone quite a transformation. We thought we'd give you a quick update about what we've been up to and what's kept us away from Display Days.

We are still family owned and operated, but now, just by the original two women who started it all, back in 2002, with Fine Home Designs. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with a number of different people as partners in our business and as staff. But it became evident to us that our original partnership was the best for our business. So after some serious talks, we made the move to bring the company back to the beginning. It is one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Speaking of Fine Home Designs, we have also phased that site out and melded it with our flagship site, Fine Home Displays. So our new flagship is now Fine Home Designs & Displays.

Fine Home Displays, Fine Home Designs
Our new headline!

Merging these two webstores has been an exciting process of making new product lines available to our customers. Some of the new items you may notice are elegant candle holders, wall mirrors for decorating, LED lighted trees, beautiful vintage jewelry, and accent furniture...and there's more to come including more new fashion accessories and yard and patio decor. This has been a sort of rebirth for us, and we've had a great time finding and working with new vendors, most of whom are entrepreneurs who are running their own small businesses with great success.

vintage necklaces, leather cuffs with vintage rhinestones, antique jewelry
A sneak peek at some of the new lines of vintage inspired jewelry that we have at Fine Home Displays

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Just some of the new items available from Fine Home Displays

Along the way of all that change, we've updated our website so that it is more user friendly and secure. We have a refreshed look, and you can easily see more product on each page that you visit. And it's easy to get more information about any item by clicking on the photo, or on the words "More Details>". One of the most important updates is one that you may not notice when you are browsing our store. If you look closely at the browser bar, you will see that the little "lock" is displayed in green, indicating that your entire stay on our site is encrypted, private, and secure. This means that no third parties can track what you are looking at in our store. This may seem like a small thing, but we take our customers' privacy seriously, and want you to be able to shop on our site knowing that you are not being observed by marketing or advertising companies.

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All pages on Fine Home Designs & Displays are secure!

Another exciting innovation on our website is the ability to review products! With our new update, customers can now offer their input on the products they buy. This will not only help us to refine our product offerings, but these reviews will help all of you as you try to decide which plate rack or glass dome will suit your needs best! We are so excited to hear from all of you!

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Customer Reviews!

So that's a little about what's been happening with us. How about you? What are the new things you are looking to display in your home or retail setting? How have your collections changed since our last post? We'd love to hear from you!