Only nine days until Thanksgiving and Christmas over a month away, chances are you're going to have a house full of relatives and close friends. This is the time of year where we welcome family into our homes. Family can have many connotations, whether through blood or by choice, surrounding ourselves with those we love is at the heart of the holiday season. So this week's top picks have been selected for preparing to have family staying with you.
Home Treasures Ribbons Bath Towels
When you have a house full of guests you want to make sure you have enough towels. If your home is lacking in that department, the Ribbons collection from Home Treasures has everything you need to keep your guests living in comfort with a line of bath towels and washcloths that will fit in with any home bathroom décor. Made from 550 gsm zero-twist 100% Turkish terry cloth and accented with Italian Sateen ribbon piping, these towels are a great way to welcome friends and family into your home.
We love the subtlety in the aesthetic of this collection, these white towels have a hint of color in the ribbon piping, which you can select from a range of options that include Candlelight, Oyster, Brilliance Pink, Lobster, Sion Blue, Slate Blue, Navy, Eucalipto, Piana, Chrome, Grasaglia Gray, Ivory, and White. You also have three sizes available to ensure that all of your guests have the linens they need for a shower, bath, even a dip in the pool in the event you live in a part of the world where taking a swim before opening presents under the tree is not uncommon. Home Treasures offers bath sheets measuring 36”x 75” and bath towels that are somewhat smaller at a size of 30”x52”. Washcloths are also available, measuring 13”x13” and all three sizes are sold in sets of two.
Easy to care for on a gentle cycle in cold or warm water to avoid shrinkage and wrinkling. Tumble dry warm to keep these towels from losing their shape or shrinking. Extra towels on hand will keep you from running the washing machine over and over while your guests are staying with you, leaving more time for having fun instead of doing laundry.
Home Treasures Athens Fitted and Flat Sheets
Now to figure out where everyone is going to sleep. Once the bedroom situation is worked out, clean sheets are in order. Home Treasures makes our top picks of this week again with their Athens line of fitted and flat sheets with sizes to accommodate everything from a Twin to a California King.
The Athens fitted sheets have been manufactured with a 15” pocket. What does that mean exactly? That refers to the depth at which the sheet can fit snugly around the mattress, without the worry of the fitted sheet coming loose and curling up during the night. The variations of the sizes cater correctly to the type of mattress you own, so a Full fitted sheet will fit a Full size mattress. No need to round up to the next size just to be sure. These are size accurate sheets and the 15” pocket is deeper than the standard 12” you'll find on most fitted sheets.
The Athens flat sheets are also available for Twin to California King size beds and come in three options: a Solid color sheet or two pattern choices of Stripes or Dots. The flat and fitted sheets are designed to form a set and both are available in multiple colors including: White, Ivory, Pebble, and Candlelight.
Nutcrackers Assorted Mugs
The nutcracker is one of the most enduring symbols of the holiday season and Christmas in particular, fueled in large part by the book from E.T.A. Hoffman, titled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King as well as the Tchaikovsky ballet (and many other adaptations) based upon it. The story of a young girl who helps a Nutcracker fight off the Mouse King and his mice army on Christmas Eve has become an enduring classic and it's helped make the common nutcracker a Christmastime icon alongside Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, and of course, jolly ol' Saint Nick himself.
Ever wonder why a nutcracker was the hero of that story? The nutcracker was first invented in Germany during the late 17th century and was considered to bring good luck to those who had one in the home and ward off evil spirits, protecting those who lived within. Thus, the story of a nutcracker and a young girl battling a mouse king was born.
Gianluca Fabbro of Vietri has taken this icon of the holidays and created a set of four coffee mugs that pay tribute to this defender of the family. Made from terra bianca earthenware clay, these mugs depict the traditional appearance of the classic nutcracker in blue, gold, green, and red. These 14 oz. coffee mugs are ideal for daily use as they are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Bring good luck into your home and start the morning off right with this set of four coffee mugs that will scare away bad spirits and lingering drowsiness with an early shot of caffeine.
P.L.A.Y. Bamboo Lounge Bed
Pets are family too, so make them feel at home with a pet bed they can call their own. The P.L.A.Y. Bamboo Lounge Bed is a gorgeous and versatile solution for giving your dog or cat a place to relax and sleep. What we love about this bed is that it provides safe and luxurious comfort with an ultra-soft velvet outer shell and a cushion that has been stuffed with filling made from Eco-friendly PlanetFill® filler that offers a firm surface area for your pet to rest. PlanetFill is a filler product made entirely from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles that meet all safety standards. There is nothing toxic here to put you, your pet, or the rest of the family at risk. Even the zipper of the outer lining is made from lead-free materials.
As you may expect from any product in the Belle and June catalog, this lounge bed gets it right in the looks department with multiple different options for aesthetically matching or contrasting with the rest of your home's décor. Simply flip the cushion and the outer frame to get a whole new look, you can even create combinations by flipping one and not the other or vice versa. This gives you four toal looks from which to choose. The bed comes in Mustard and Pebble Gray and Ocean Blue and Gothic Black and don't worry if your pet sheds all over it, just toss both components of the Lounge Bed into your washer and dryer to freshen them up when need be.
Mother of Pearl - Red Revolving Tray
A crowded dinner table is a joyful thing. Surrounded by the ones you cherish enjoying the food that was made with love and care. But let's face it, all those people at one table can get a little crowded where elbow room is at a minimum and everybody is reaching across each other's place-settings to fill their plates. It can be perilous and more than one drink is likely to get knocked over by mistake, not to mention a few choice words exchanged!
But one revolving tray in the center of the table can help prevent unnecessary overreach and avoid a messy situation and this revolving tray made of wood and Mother of Pearl is a perfect solution. Measuring nearly 16” wide and almost two inches of thickness, this tray can hold multiple items that are bound to be popular at your dining table when the family has gathered round for the holidays or any other time of the year. Available in three colors: Red, Green, or Natural, we chose the first color for this week's pick as it fits in with both the autumn and Christmas color palettes. But all three colors will look wonderful on your dinner table.