Design Essentials for A Stylish Wine Night

Nothing brings people together quite like good food and great wine. If you’re playing hostess for an upcoming wine night. Entertain like a pro with must have essentials:

 

Corkscrew

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First things first: You have to be able to open the wine in order to get the party properly started! Choose a well-made corkscrew with a decorative handle that matches your design aesthetic. Function is the top priority, but you want your kitchen accessories to look chic, too.

 

Wine Glasses

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Stemmed, fluted, oversized… the choice of glassware is entirely yours to make. You’ll want to select a design, however, based on your overall needs. What type of wine will you be drinking, and how many people will you regularly entertain? If you typically serve cabernet or merlot with dinner, you’ll want a bordeaux glass, while pinot noir fans may prefer a burgundy wine glass instead. White wine is usually served in a U-shaped glass, sparkling drinks like champagne are best served in flutes, and dessert wines call for fortified glassware.

 

A Decanter

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A decanter is a wine-night essential for two reasons. First, it’s a gorgeous addition to any tablescape. Second, its open design allows wine to aerate or breathe. It’s widely believed that this aeration process allows aromatic elements to be released while lessening the harsh tastes of tannins. (Sweet.)

 

Slate Serving Board

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Wine night isn’t complete without some accompanying cheese trays, and a polished presentation makes a world of difference. Choose a serving board for your favorite cheese flavors, and fill it to the brim with all kinds of tasty indulgences. There are four specific types of cheese to include in your lineup: bloomy, hard, blue and fresh. Bloomy cheese is creamy; hard cheese is typically extra salty and aged; blue cheese is pungent; and fresh cheese is soft and spreadable. Use this guide to match them with your wine list.

 

Cheese Markers

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Once you’ve chosen your cheese flavors, you’ll want to sort them accordingly. Group them by the types listed above, and then identify each specific cheese with the help of cheese markers. These handy labels come in a variety of styles to suit your party theme, and they make it easy for guests to decide which ones they’d like to try.

 

Cheese Knives

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You’ll also want to keep some cheese knives on hand for those spreadable cheese varieties. Choose a set of spreaders with colorful or embellished handles to make a style statement, or go the rustic route with a wooden collection.

 

Ice Bucket

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You’ll want to serve white wine chilled, so it helps to have a couple of ice buckets on hand to properly cool these down to your guests’ liking. Red wines, however, are best served at room temperature.

 

Pretty Dishes

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You’ve gone to all the trouble of making your wine and cheese station look party perfect, so don’t skimp on your dishes. Small dessert plates are ideal for rounding up a nice sampling of cheese offerings, and they’re easier to handle than larger designs. If you’re planning to wine and dine, try adding some grape-inspired purple accents to complement your vino.

 

Napkins

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Keep things tidy by making cocktail napkins readily available to your guests. You also may want to stash a bottle of club soda nearby in case a splash of wine results in a (gasp!) fabric stain.

 

Of course, no stylish party is complete without the perfect outfit and accessories. Treat yourself to a pre-layered Chan Luu overlay sweater to go along with this mix-and-match theme, or toss on one of our women’s scarves for an elegant finishing touch.

 

Cheers to a spirited evening!

 

XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team

 

Images courtesy of Pinterest.

 

 

Fall Into the Season

 

Here at Chan Luu, we can hardly contain our excitement over the change of seasons, because it means that new fall clothing has finally arrived. But before you stash away your more summery pieces, you may want to search for some hidden fall gems. We’re taking a look at how to seamlessly transition your summertime wardrobe into fall with a step-by-step style guide.

 

1. Get organized.

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It’s easy to focus your attention on fall/ winter shopping, but you may want to hold off until you’ve taken an inventory of your total wardrobe. Sort through your clothes first to see which items can successfully transition to the cooler months ahead. Those springtime floral dresses are perfect for pairing with cardigans and tights, while shorts look fall-ready when paired with sweaters and boots. You may be pleasantly surprised by how many fall-appropriate styles are hiding in your current closet.

 

2. Get Layering.

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You’ll want to look for opportunities to layer pieces in unique ways that are true to you. What are your summertime essentials? If you regularly rely on graphic-print tank tops and t-shirts, you’ll want to build a fall wardrobe that accommodates those edgy designs. If your go-to look involves floral blouses and breezy sundresses, you may want to complement them with cozy fall accessories in rich autumn hues. You can even fake the layered look with one of our underlay sweaters or a signature wrap bracelet.

 

3. Be Unexpected.

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Your fall wardrobe should represent your personal sense of style, but that doesn’t mean your outfits should be entirely formulaic. Have fun with your wardrobe by looking for exciting new ways to style your clothing and accessories. Is your summer closet filled with off-the-shoulder dresses? Freshen them up by adding a crisp button-down shirt underneath. Were you admittedly obsessed with slip dresses? Wear them over jeans for a modern update to fall layering.

 

4. Utilize color.

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Your spring and summer styles likely include pastel watercolors, bright whites and soft earth tones. Fortunately, most of these shades blend perfectly with rich fall hues. Make a little white dress seasonally appropriate with an olive utility jacket and ankle boots, or add one of our burgundy women’s scarves or garnet accessories to your standard t-shirt and jeans. Just replacing light denim separates with darker washes can yield stylish results.

 

5. Add texture.

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The easiest way to take your look from summer to fall is through texture. Lightweight, gauzy designs are transformed when paired with edgy leather, cashmere scarves, gunmetal jewelry or luxe velvet. Even adding a faux-fur vest to your favorite slip dress can change its look entirely. Color is important, but texture is the single biggest way to reinvent your summer essentials.

 

How do you plan on transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall? Share your styling ideas in the comments, or connect with us via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to show us your favorite fall ensembles instead!

 

Happy fall styling!

 

XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team

 

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How to Use Color to Decorate Your Space for Fall

Autumn has officially arrived, and along with it comes more than just our favorite fall fashions and pumpkin-flavored treats. The season ahead is known for its gorgeous color palette, and we’re so ready to update our home interiors with some dreamy fall hues. Get inspired with us by browsing these fresh takes on colorful fall decor.
 
1. Update orange with a touch of blue.
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There’s no other color more associated with fall than rich orange, and it’s an essential component of any home’s fall atmosphere. The trick to keeping this pumpkin-y shade looking chic is accenting it with a complementary blue hue. Opposites on the color wheel, these two vibrant tones bring out the best in one another with a color pop that’s sure to turn heads. Plus, blue keeps your orange decor looking bold and modern.
 
2. Soften up with neutrals.
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Neutral hues are always in season, but they look especially fresh in the months of fall. (One look at our earth-toned women’s wraps and cashmere scarves, and you’ll see what we mean.) Adopt a rustic approach with your interior design using wooden accents, distressed finishes and cool, muted palettes.
 
3. Start the season with a clean slate.
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Speaking of neutrals, who says fall decor has to revolve around autumn’s favorite jewel tones? Don’t be afraid to trade those fiery seasonal hues in for a fresh coat of white instead. Cream-colored pumpkins and gourds work with any style aesthetic for an upgraded take on autumn themes, while white faux-fur pillows, throws and kitchen ceramics look especially elegant when paired with traditional fall accents.
 
4. Fall hard for heavy metallics.
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Reinvent the warm tones of fall with metallic versatility. Copper, gold, bronze and silver offer a shimmery alternative to basic hues, and these fun accents effortlessly upgrade a bare space and create an eye-catching tablescape for seasonal entertaining. Obsessed with metallics like we are? Try our embellished women’s scarves for edgy shine you can wear.
 
5. Add a touch of fall greenery.
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Prefer a more down-to-earth approach to your fall decor? Green is an excellent choice for transitioning from the dog days of summer to those chilly fall nights, and its versatility gives you plenty of styling options throughout the entire year. Use fresh plants, dried floral accents, emerald glassware and striped table runners as you please to make any space feel fall fresh.
 
6. Embrace traditional autumn hues.
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Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to tradition. The standard fall palette of pumpkin orange, sunflower yellow and apple-inspired reds and greens are always excellent choices for seasonal decorating. Use them in any combinations you choose, and feel free to incorporate plaid prints, rustic centerpieces and floral wreaths into the mix to truly nail this gorgeous aesthetic.
 
 
How are you decorating your space for fall? Share your ideas in the comments below, or connect with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to show off your home’s seasonal style! While you’re at it, browse our Lifestyle by Chan collection for luxury home goods you’re sure to adore.
 
Happy fall decorating!
 
XOXO,
The Chan Luu Team
 
 
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