Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Birthday America!

Independence Day Mantel Decorating Tips

America’s birthday is July 4th and it’s time to get into the spirit of the holiday. Here are some decorating tips for your ClassicFlame mantel. All the items shown here were purchased at local stores such as Target and HomeGoods.

The American Flag is our inspiration for decorating these mantels. When we think about the American Flag, the first thing that comes to mind is the bold colors red, white & blue and shapes like stars and stripes.

Here are a few tips to help make the process quick and easy.

* Shopping tip: Before you go shopping, search online for decorating ideas on websites like Pinterest, this will help you generate your shopping list.

We took stars of mixed materials, shapes, and sizes then spread them out on the wall in a random pattern.

Tip: We used command strips to create this look without damaging our walls.

To mimic the patterns of the stars and stripes, we took a red tray and put some clear, rectangular glass vases and partially filled them with white sand then topped them off with red and blue candles. A white wood star completes the stars and stripes design while the candles enhance the color scheme.

We continued to build on the theme by adding a distressed signs that display the message of the holiday.

The build on the color scheme, we placed some red, white, and blue candles in varying heights and textures on a white candleholder.

Tip: If you plan on lighting the candles avoid getting candles that have varying scents. By keeping all the candles unscented or only have one scented candle, you don’t have to worry about having the scent overpower the room.

Decorating doesn’t just have to be on the mantel, try bringing the attention down to the hearth. We stuck with the theme and filled a bucket with some more of the decorative white sand and placed some mini flags.

Shopping Tip: You can find decorative sand at your local craft or fabric store.

Then we added this stars and stripes birdhouse to complete the look.


For a more Classic Countryside look, we added some patriotic bears.

Here is a close up of the changed mantel.

Tip: If you want to get the whole family involved in the decorating, find holiday related art projects to do with the kids then proudly display their art on the mantel. Websites like Pinterest are good for finding these types of activities for the kids.


Here we have taken a different mantel and added a few new pieces to create a similar look. We used the same stars from before, but replaced the center star with an all-American bottle cap sign. We then removed the red tray to give this mantel a more contemporary look.

By using old glass soda bottles as vases to display red gerbera daisies, we were able to carry the theme of the bottle cap throughout the design. White carnations in a cobalt blue glass vase complete the look.

* Shopping Tip: Fresh flowers are best, but if you don’t want to use them you can find a variety of silk flowers at your local dollar store or craft store.

Start designing your mantel decorations today! 
Share photos of your decorated mantel with us on Pinterest with @TwinStarIntl then follow us to see your photo on our “Fan Photos” board. We will also be putting these on our Facebook page.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 5 Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Mark your calendar: June 16th is Father's Day so it is a great time to buy something special for dad. We have listed some of our best gift ideas for dad.

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