April 2017 City of the Month Charleston South Carolina April 01 2017

Historic Charleston is bursting with Southern charm and hospitality and is the oldest and second-largest city in South Carolina. The city feels a bit like it’s suspended in time, with its antebellum architecture and surrounding plantation landscapes visitors can get a true feeling of what the South feels like. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline in the inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Incredible views are everywhere in this historic town. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston has received a large number of accolades, including "America's Most Friendly City" by Travel + Leisure in 2011 and in 2013 and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveler, and also "the most polite and hospitable city in America" by Southern Living magazine. In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of March 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.






March 2017: Adding More Luck to your Home March 15 2017

With the luck of the Irish on your side here are a few more tips to give you just a little bit of extra luck.
Decorate with White Lights
You can outline your front door with a string of lights or twine them around your entryway's columns or railing. If your interior entryway or foyer is dark, you may want to use the lights inside instead. According to feng shui principles, decorating with white lights attracts opportunity to your home and helps you recognize it when it arrives.
Hang Soft landscape paintings featuring sunrises, blossoming flowers and shining lakes and green hills to give some extra prosperity to your home.
 Wooden Floor:
According to Feng Shui, it can protect the house from disasters and bring health and good luck to dwellers.
 Furniture Arrangement
Arrange your living furniture in a circular formation will help the flow of energy. There's also the belief that good energy will come if you place your bed diagonally from the bedroom door.
 Pot Plants:
They should be luxuriant, placed at least two in living room or study room.  Colors specific, the eastern side of a room should be in red: flowers like roses and peonies, especially for knowledge workers such as student the western side in yellow: plants like kumquat.









March 2017: City of the Month Hong Kong March 01 2017

Hong Kong is full of unique features and surprises around every corner. Form one-of-a-kind skyline views, floating islands, and delicious food there is something to do every minute. Get an eyeful of traditional Chinese architecture in Ngong Ping village, and take the tram to the top of Victoria Peak for unparalleled views of the city. The city is one of the world's leading financial, banking and trading centers. It is also the center of economy, politics, entertainment and shopping with its southern part noted for seashores and bays. The city has a population of about 6,970,000 and most people (about 97% of the population) are Chinese and speak Cantonese and English. There are few language barriers, but many tourists find themselves through the native lands fairly easily.  Nevertheless, residents of Hong Kong (sometimes referred to as “Hongkongers”) enjoy one of the longest life expectancies in the world.
In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of March 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.








February 2017: Tips for Designing a More Romantic Bedroom February 15 2017

  1. Replace dirty laundry, stacks of bills, coupons with and all those pictures, candlesticks, decorations, and children's painting that don’t already have a place. Or if you dot have much stuff in your room just by simply straightening up the room you can feel more collected and relaxed.
  1. Draperies or curtains are a great way to add depth and a soft feel to a room. Think of unexpected places to use them like adding a canopy to your bed frame. Soft linen sheets catch the wind and flow can give the space an added romantic appeal
  1. Pick bedding that will give you a relaxed comfortable bed, making it cozy. Color is a great way to give the room the feel you are looking for. Gold or bronze as they are known to create an environment of romance into your bed. Red, black, white, blue and green are also some of the few popular colors that can be used. Also try adding more pillows, yea you might not use them every night but even just making your bed and having a nice clean slate can change the look of a whole room. .
  1. The color scheme you choose for your bedroom is as important as the decorations. You want to choose colors that complement your goals and what you would like to do in the space. "Decorate your home with the colors you and your family love. It doesn't matter what the latest trends are or what the fashion gurus think. What doesmatter is that you love your home and that your choices make sense for you and your family." 
  1. Lastly, Take out the television.Spending time in front of the television keeps the attention off of your lives and onto shadows of life. Before you know it, your time together before bed slips away through the world of media. Just by the simple act of removing the TV, you open up free time to reconnect with your spouse in a special way without distractions.  






February 2017 City of the Month Paris, France February 01 2017

Paris is the city of love, inspiration, art and fashion.  Paris can be seen as the most interesting city of Europe and probably even as one of the most amazing city’s worldwide. If you are on you way to the wonderful city, the perfect Paris experience combines leisure and liveliness with enough time to savor both an exquisite meal and exhibits at the Louvre. People from all over the world travel to Paris to discover and experience this fairy-like city.Take time to visit all of the local tourist attractions, but don't forget to explore the maze of city side streets and small sidewalk vendors!  One weekend or a couple of days in Paris will be enough to make you feel one with the city and forget about the daily routine back home. Wander around, experience the arty culture, shop until you drop, visit the highlights, just relax in a city park and enjoy the stunning view from the Eiffel tower. In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of February 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.
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January 2017 City of the Month New York, New York January 01 2017

Today more than 8 million "New Yorkers" live in the five boroughs of the large island city. The city’s diversity and vibrant intellectual life, makes the vast city our nations cultural capital. Many of the tourist that come and visit the city hit all the must-sees – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art – very few then explore off the beaten path with visits to The Cloisters or one of the city’s libraries. I encourage anyone to indulge in the bohemian shops of the West Village or the fine dining of the Upper West Side. The bustling marketplace inside of Grand Central Station gives you a literal taste of the best the city has to offer! All of which give an interesting out look on the life of a "New Yorker".In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of January 2017! Use code 5OFF at check out.

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Top 5 New Years Resolutions for Your Home January 01 2017

Here are some helpful tips and ideas for your new years resolution plans that aren’t just only for your home, but for your life style as well!
  1. Minimize and De-clutter
Probably the best and most profitable way to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Either that means selling, donating, or throwing out unwanted and unused items. See our previous articles for better advise and more detailed tips. But think of this a purging all the bad and making room for the new and fun things in your life to come! Go room-by-room and think twice about what you bring in.
  1. Save money
Shrink your bills, that is, by reducing your carbon footprint you not only help the environment but your wallet as well. It can be as simple as remembering your mom's advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room. Or turning off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night. Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them. Also, as much of a pain that it is, but you can turn off your power strips and unplug any unused appliance that don’t need to be running 24/7. You will be surprised at how quickly all these little things add up and end up saving you a TON of cash!
  1. Learn something new (DIY)
Learning even just one new thing is great for your health and to help get those projects done around the house. We recommend starting off simple for the first year, and only tackling 2-4 projects. Be sure you don’t start something new until you have finished the last project. I promise it is much more rewarding to finish something than it is to have a long list of to-do’s.
  1. Be less stressed
Install Low-maintenance materials in your home everywhere you can. At first the cost might be over bearing, but once you realize the time and effort you will save just by spending a few extra bucks you will wonder why you didn’t do this before Fiber-cement siding lasts for 50 years or more. It’s weather-proof, and resists dents, fire, insects, and rot. But something on the easier side is LED bulbs which last a phenomenal 20,000 to 50,000 hours between changes, or about 18 to 46 years when used for 3 hours each day. Although the initial cost is high (about $40 per bulb), LED bulbs pay for themselves in energy savings in about 10 years. Or you can skip the fake hardwood floors and use a classic ceramic tile. It’s incredibly tough, stain-resistant, and impervious to moisture. You can count on ceramic tile’s good looks to last for decades on floors and walls without needing repair or replacement. Plus as an added perk you (usually) get a much better quality product and service from these items.
















December 2016: Travel Gifts Ideas December 15 2016

Gift giving is always one of the hardest things to do around this time of the year. Weather it be for a close loved one or a distant friend, you always want to find the perfect gift. Here are some ideas to help you find something for the traveler in your life! 

1.Scratchable World Map ($29)


2. Travel Candle (FREE)

Here is a how to page: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Mint-Tin-Travel-Candle-32299327

3. A poster of their favorite trip from http://www.loosepetals.com/


4.Some Sassy Luggage Tags ($13)


5. Colorful Passport Holder ($27)


6.Ollo Clip 4-in-1 Lens ($80)


7.Tiny Mail Kit ($28.95)


8.CB2 Cork Globe ($129)


9.Champagne Carry-On Cocktail Kit ($24)


10.Linus Everyday Sac ($72)


11. Travel Stubs Diary ($12)


12.Kammok Camping Hammock ($100)





December 2016 City of the Month: Innsbruck, Austria December 01 2016

Coveted by empires and republics throughout its history, Innsbruck was the seat of the imperial court of Maximilian I by the end of the 15th century. Trams make getting around the city quick, efficient and cheap. Explore the City and dont miss a thing! Below are a list of the top spots to hit on your trip! 

Explore the old town and Maria Theresien Street: the Golden Roof, Kaufhaus Tyrol shopping centre, the Imperial Gardens, etc.

City Tower (viewpoint)

The Imperial Palace & Court Church

Lunch on the Nordkette mountain range

Alpine Zoo visit on the way back into town

Herzog Friedrich Street in the center of Innsbruck is the ideal starting point for exciting adventures in the Capital of the Alps. Admire Innsbruck’s famous shining landmark, the Golden Roof , surrounded by colorful facades, bay windows and charming arcades. Plus the magnificent Nordkette mountain range  towers over the city with stunning peaks that reach over 2,000 metres above sea level. Just “around the corner” you’ll find the Imperial Palace with Court Church  – one of Innsbruck’s most impressive attractions. Alternatively, the new Kaufhaus Tyrol shopping centre  on Maria Theresien Street, opposite the lovely St. Anne’s Column, is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to let their shopping desires run wild: here numerous shops with top brands come together in an architecturally impressive building. If you want to experience Innsbruck from above, take a trip to the Seegrube or Hafelekar on the Nordkette mountain range.  In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of December 2016! Use code 5OFF at check out.




November 2016: Decorating for Holidays November 15 2016

Season’s Greetings
 As the holiday season approaches you can start filling your home with a more festive look by following these few tips and tricks from us here at Loose Petals! 
Happy Holidays! 
1. Find creative ways to hang up all of the holiday cards that are sent to you by using clips or clothespins to string them along the staircase or tape them around the edge of a window sill to create a nice boarder and personal wall display! 
2.Put a unique center piece in the middle of your kitchen island or use a creative bowl to put brightly colored ornaments to give your table a little extra sparkle! try mixing in elements you wouldn't expect like clementines or oranges and peppermint balls in addition to a variety of things.
3. If red and green aren't part of your decorating color scheme, lean on tones that complement your existing décor. Silver, gold, and bronze look right at home complementing any color pallet that is already in your home. Add a soft subtle hints of the Christmas colors by draping sprigs of evergreen garland embellished with berries and ornaments.
4. Speaking of garland, dont forget to decorate your fire place and mantle! Aside from hanging the stockings and putting out the cookies, use a festive candle arrangement garnished with flakes of snow and berries to give your home a well rounded look. 
5. Make your own Advent calendar using lined envelopes and stick-on-numbers to transform a large bulletin board. Fill each envelope with treats the kids will love counting down the days to December 25.
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