Let's Winterize Your Home

With the sparkling lights down and holiday decor stored away — your home might feel like a refreshing and minimal slate, but also a bit stark. As the temps drop and the days are wintry and gray (and while we’re dreaming of sunshine and warmth!), you can craft an indoor and wintry oasis. Here’s our guide to doing so!

1. Layer Up!

Whether it’s your bedroom, living room or a favorite reading nook, winter is the perfect time to grab a new throw pillow or two — and think TEXTURE. Sheepskins add a pop of white (or pink), add some texture and are big on the warmth. Whether you go for a faux sheepskin — or real, you can throw them over the edge of a chair, piano bench, arm of the sofa and they add big style impact. We love the playful texture this pink pillow adds to this nook in a girl’s room we designed this year (check out our website for more from her space!).

Grab a basket and pull out your favorite blankets. Keep them stored next to the couch, fold them on the end of your bed or a guest bed.

2. Buy Some Plants

Live plants not only purify your air, promoting wellness in your wintry home but greenery has this incredible power in design we weave into every project. It’s hard to emphasize enough the massive impact of live plants!

If you’re nervous about trying to care for your plants and keep them alive, start with a snake plant or some cacti. They’re easy to care for (rarely even need water!) and hard to kill! If in the Charlotte area, check out our friends at Malones Greenhouse of Suculent Plants — you can’t beat their prices, they are willing to pot the plants for you and provide all the information you need to keep your plants thriving.

3. Create an Indoor Garden

Every week or two, grab some fresh flowers (Trader Joe’s is our go-to spot!) and a couple bunches of greenery. It’s amazing what some fresh blooms can do for a space. We’ve been drawn to tulips lately and never leave without some eucalyptus! Check out this Domino Mag article on the go-to flowers to grab in the winter!

4. String Up Some Lights

Plan ahead for spring and grab two or three strings of patio lights — and set them up inside! Set them on a timer so they come on before the winter blues set in for the day. They provide a sense of wintry festivity, cozy ambience for nights-in and are just plain fun. We’re always up for fun in our designs!

5. Buy a new piece of art — and a candle.

Pick one small house project to accomplish thiw winter. Whether it’s picking a paint color and tackling that space — or buying a new piece of art, it’s refreshing to see some traction inside your home these first few weeks of the new year. We love this organic collection of art — and we’re also loving work by Angie the Rose these days, a Greensboro artist who plays beutifully with color. Check her out!

Candles are another way to add ambiance and cozy-up a room. One of our current favorites are Sunday Morning (available at the charming Elisabeth Rose shop in Davidson) and Anthropologie’s Baltic Amber.

Here’s to enjoying every wintry day until spring! Cheers!

3 Don't-Miss Trends from the Atlanta Market

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Here we are reporting live from the AmericasMart Market in Atlanta after three days of inspiration galore, meeting the best of the best designers and reps — and stocking up on the most beautiful decor for our House of Nomad SHOP! Stay tuned for when all the market decor hits the shop!

The inspiration at AmericasMart Market is endless, room after room of things we saw and wanted to bring back — but here are the three trends we settled on as our favorite.

1. Cane Is Back

No longer just a style of the past, cane-style chairs, accesories and even tables are showstoppers in many of the design showrooms.

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2. Less Glam: More Natural

From rattan and glass beads to hand-woven textiles and baskets to leather chandeliers, all things NATURAL was everywhere in Atlanta. We’re huge fans of this organic look!

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3. Black and White is Here to Stay!

And we aren’t one bit upset about that!

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The Best Rooms of 2018!

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Happy New Year!!! Here's a glimpse into some of the rooms House of Nomad designed and are really proud of: Our Best of 2019! It was the year of blue, teal, layered and textured spaces -- and we're on to amazing new palettes and moods for 2019, including laquered cabinets and modern house renovations. We can't wait!

1. Davidson: Girl’s Bedroom

2: Davidson: Living Room

For more, check out the My Domaine tour of this home!

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3. Dilworth: Dining Room

Check out the Rue Mag feature on this space!

4: NoDA: Master Bedroom (Kelley’s Home!)

To see more, check out the Domino Mag feature on Kells’ home!

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Winterizing Your Bar Cart

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It’s time for our bar carts to lose the summery drink umbrellas and get prepped for New Year’s Eve festivities! Here’s a few tips for creating a beautiful cart ready to host family and friends — and to craft delicious drinks all winter long.

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1. Freshen up Your Herbs

Swap out your mint for thyme and rosemary! Not only are these the perfect flavors for wintry drinks but both herbs are easy to find and add texture and a pop of green to your cart.

2. Add in Metallics

For a look that lasts all winter, add in some metallic tones to your cart. You could go with a gilded cart in the first place, mix up your favorite drink in this pitcher, serve them in a set of copper mugs (Moscow Mules anyone?!), a cheese knife set, or the perfect wintry shaker.

3. Winterize Your Ingredients

Bring in champagne and wintry liquors — such as a HON favorite, chambord. Just in time for your New Year’s Eve party — we tried out a sparkling cocktail recipe at our team Christmas party that was a hit! It’s not only beautiful but light and delicious. Making simple syrup is key to this drink — as well as fresh thyme. Here’s some shots from our team party!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Plums

  • 6 Thyme Sprigs

  • Juice from one Lemon

  • 4 Tbsp. Thyme Simple Syrup (1/2 Cup of Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Water, bring to a boil, remove from heat, add thyme sprigs, stir, and let cool.  Chill until ready to use.)

  • 1 Bottle of Prosecco or your favorite bubbly 

Directions:

  • Peel and chop 2 plums.  

  • Muddle the plums with the thyme simple syrup and lemon juice until all of the plum juices have been released.  (You can also muddle right in the glass if you prefer to have bits of fruit in your cocktail!)

  • Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker.

  • Pour over crushed ice evenly between two glasses.

  • Top off with prosecco and garnish with extra plum slices and thyme sprigs. 

  • Serve immediately.

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Cheers to a festive New Year, and to a well-designed space to mix up drinks until spring!

A Very House of Nomad Christmas!

Berkeley kept her front porch simple and festive with fresh garland, a touch of ribbon and a strand of white lights!

Berkeley kept her front porch simple and festive with fresh garland, a touch of ribbon and a strand of white lights!

FIVE days to Christmas! For those of you who (like us) are still getting your holiday decor up, here’s our best tips for creating a design that is festive, timeless and will last into January. Think minimal, which keeps the festive feeling without creating a sense of total craziness!! Go for a wintry look (not Christmasy) and most of all, have fun! It’s not about perfection but crafting a look that you love and one your family can gather around.

1. Go Green

Start with a green, neutral base! This means stopping by a tree stand and asking for their (free) clippings — or colleting natural greenery from your own yard. Big plus here: your home will smell delicious and festive before you’ve barely started!

2. Go Monochromatic

This year, we’ve been drawn over and over to white — and monochromatic color palettes. It’s clean and fresh and gives you the perfect base to add in your own personality.

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3. Pick a Focal Point

When in doubt, always pick a focal point — and don't over think it. KEEP IT SIMPLE! This could be a set of candlesticks, lanterns on the mantle or a lit wreath on the door.

4. Add in pops of color

We are all about the fun in design, but pick your color carefully. If you’re going to have a green and white base, pick one color to pull in. It could be gold or silver for a classy, timeless look — or a bright pink for a more playful take on Christmas. Whatever your preference, try to stick to a color (or two max) for a clean look.

5. Keep Your Lights White

We are all about the lights. Lights instantly add festivity to any space and bring warmth, whether it’s a tree, front porch, tablescape or even bathroom. But please, white lights only.

Here’s a (clickable) collection of our favorite decor items we’ve seen this year! Happy decorating!!