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

 

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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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5 Ways to Revive Your Home for Summer

Start the season off on the right foot and adapt your surroundings to the sunnier months ahead (oh, the anticipation!) In other words, it’s good for your mind, body and soul. We’re taking a look at some simple tips and tricks that will help your summertime home décor gorgeously come into bloom.

 

1. Out with the Old

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The first step in the process is parting with things that – as Marie Kondo would say – no longer bring you joy. Those winter sweaters you never wore? Donate them to charity. That tube of mascara that just expired? Toss it out and buy a new one. Sort through your closet, beauty products, office paperwork, home décor, the fridge… everything! Once your current belongings are organized, you can comfortably (and intelligently) bring some fresh ones in.

 

2. In with the New

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And now… the fun part! Adding some new decorations is a great way to give your house a summer-infused makeover. Before you go wild with colorful prints and patterns galore, take an honest look at what you need as well as what you want. Walk through your home and imagine different color palettes within each room. Would a pastel blanket or embellished pillow revive that muted loveseat? Would new linens take your bedding from dull to revived? Look for opportunities to add color, but also consider subtle changes like favoring clean neutrals or simply opening up windows for some fresh air. Keep in mind that out-of-sight storage solutions can greatly impact your home environment, as well.

 

3. Add Color

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Color truly does make a difference in the way your home looks and feels. All too often, people tend to shy away from color pops. A periwinkle accent wall? Orange and yellow printed wallpaper? We understand that bright hues are intimidating… but they’re incredibly striking and powerful when used appropriately. Don’t be afraid to paint a room in a shade that’s outside your comfort zone. You may discover that it’s exactly what you want. After all, taking a risk can lead to colorful rewards. And if the results are not exactly what you had in mind, no worries! It’s just paint. Relax, and take a walk on the bright side.

 

4. Weave a Message

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One of the easiest ways to transition your home for summer is through earthy textures. We’re talking wicker baskets, weathered finishes and gauzy linens. Think of the items you might find on an outdoor patio, and go from there. Rattan furnishings, wooden palettes, tin garden tubs… simply bring these outdoor elements inside.

 

5. Meet your Greens

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Speaking of bringing the great outdoors inside for a change, don’t forget to incorporate your green thumb talents inside your home, as well. Spruce up your apartment or home interior with potted plants, vibrant flowers and desert-inspired succulents. Basically, add as much plant life as you like. From plant stands to hanging rope planters, nothing says summer like garden greenery, so style your home accordingly.

 

 

How do you plan on decorating your home for summer? Share your pearls of interior design wisdom in the comments section below!

 

 

Happy (and inspired) summer decorating!

 

XOXO,

 

The Chan Luu Team

 

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