Thursday, September 30, 2010

Home Decor in 2010 is a Personal Choice

After years of what some designers and experts call the "decade of fear" (in fashion and home design), a new trend is starting to emerge. People are settling into their own groove in decorating and choosing items they like, rather than what they are told to like. At least that is what Janette Ewen, from Inside the Box, and other fashion elites said at the International Home Show recently.

This has opened up a whole new area for design and home decor. People are combining different styles together, like art deco and rustic, or classic and modern to get just the right look in their rooms.

It's a little more personal and unique this decade. Where as everything had to match in the 80's, now people mix and match their home decor.

That leaves more room for your own tastes to come through. And it also gives you the ability to pair two items you may not "think" go together.

For instance, an antique bar and a leather rug might be two things you could get away with in your rooms now, but not 15 years ago.

Shop for leather rugs and Authentic Models furniture

That's great decorating news for anyone whose tastes are not defined by styles or eras, and that is most of us.

There are so many great items to choose from online, it seems a waste of time to try and match them based on vague styles. You'll might even find that special Authentic Models piece of furniture, art and print, really does go with that metal desk or end table after all. As long as the room fits your liking, it's an excellent home decorating job.

It's really up to you to decide. Click here to shop now.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Wine Console Offers Convenience, Decor

We have added a new metal wine console that combines both convenience and a decorative look. This is a sturdy, all-steel welded metal wine console with spiral wine bottle and glass holders that are very artistic.

It's for the upscale home and it delivers function, durability and versatility along with a penchant for style. If you enjoy high quality wine furniture and entertain often, this is an excellent choice. It's made by hand, assembled to your order, so each is also individual.

These wine consoles come from one of our premium manufacturers. They offer artist designed home furnishings that include handcrafted, steel tables, chairs and racks. So, you won't come across these items online or in stores. Price wise, they compare to the furniture you might find in those big box discount stores, but the quality is so much better.

While those other wine consoles are made with laminates, and wood pegs, these consoles are welded together and with an all-steel or iron wrought construction, they'll last forever. You can even use them outdoors.

The selection includes both tea carts, hanging wine racks, wall mounted wine racks and consoles plus many more exclusive items click here. Go ahead and add a decorative piece of metal art and a functional piece of wine furniture to your home. Stores and organizes your belongings, and it last forever.

Take a look at this wine console and other furniture.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Metal Shelves, Bookshelves, Racks and Consoles

If you haven't noticed, we've been expanding our line of furniture and home decor to include new handmade, metal shelves, book shelves, consoles and wine racks. You'll find these original pieces are one of a kind. Each one has a theme like cats, dancing, even electricity.

If you want something unique and hand crafted, don't miss these fine new metal shelves, bookshelves and consoles. They are from one of our favorite manufacturers and each one is hand made to your order.

The corner shelves are very versatile and install right in the wall in a corner. Store nick knacks, books or other small items here. They will add space to your apartment be getting things up off the ground and reducing clutter. They'll also add a decorative element your home is missing. See this metal corner shelf now.

If you want the best in metal furniture, shelving units and bookcases, this is now the place to be. We'll be adding more pieces to this collection as time goes on. Be sure to check back with us often and bookmark us to compare prices. We dare you to find one lower.

Take a quick look at our new metal shelving units.

Monday, September 27, 2010

We've Added Handmade Metal Furniture

We've been busy adding new products to our store. First and foremost, our real handmade metal furniture is worth a look. It's designed by Artists and these pieces include some pretty interesting themes, like Cats and Tesla. Those are two things you don't see side by side too often.

Each one of these handmade metal pieces of furniture is assembled to your order, so you get a real handcrafted item that is unique and distinct in style and design. They're functional too. You'll find uses for each one of the common household items. There are coat racks, coffee tables, bookshelves and metal shelving units to decorate your home.

Most notably is the copper wash coffee table, and Mission Coat Rack. They are already proving to be very popular.

If you love wine, you'll find the selection of consoles and wine racks to more than meet your standards. These are highly functional but artistic and uniquely designed. They make perfect wine gifts for any get-together or social occasion. If you want something unique and decorative, these metal furniture pieces are just what you need.

Keep checking back with us for more exciting and hard-to-find furniture pieces and home decor items. Our selection is always growing.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Top Genuine Leather Accessories

If you are a professional, or just want a long-lasting accessory for carrying photos, papers and everything else, leather is the way to go.

Not only is it functional and durable (it lasts forever and just gets better with wear and age) but it won't tear, rip, gouge or become too flimsy to work for your anymore. It's long been the choice of businessmen and travelers, going way back to days pre-stagecoach.

It's not a mistake or coincidence that this handy, rugged, versatile and stylish material has been around so long, either. Not only are they durable, but leather has an air of style other fabrics are probably envious of. Plain and simple, leather accessories are one of the best ways to carry, collate and organize just about anything.

If you haven't noticed, finding good, real genuine leather accessories in the mall, or department stores is not easy (and forget about the big box stores). Try to find a leather portfolio for instance. You'll see that a leather accessory is expensive and some outlets like to charge you double or triple what you'd pay for a similar item in say, polyester.

That's just because leather is going to last longer and it has history on its side. It's always been the preferred method of carrying your vitals. But if you want a deal on leather accessories, there are places online to find them.

For instance, Photoframesplus.com has assorted leather accessories including photo albums, briefcases, eyeglass cases and even travel wallets. Take a minute to browse them today. They are even personalized and customized. They come in different patterns and colors. It's the best way to tote everything around.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Where to Get Real Crystal Awards

Crystal awards are often used by corporations and businesses as awards for achievements and milestones. They might be salesmen of the year, or a record sales year, or even an outstanding manager or associate award. Whatever the case may be, crystal, with it's refractive nature and sparkling exterior is usually the choice.

If you are in charge of buying this year's Salesmen of the Year award, you'll find an impressive collection of designer, high quality crystal awards to choose from. It will probably be easier to find them, then it will be to pick the right one.

Here is a way to narrow down your choices. First, pick out something that looks like it represents your business. If you are progressive and forward thinking, don't choose a bowl or oval object. Get a dynamic pyramid or spire shaped award. Click here to see a progressive employee service award.

If your company is traditional, find something classic like a cup trophy, or a plaque for your award.

Another option is to buy the trophy head and base separately that way you are able to mix and match items to build something that's totally yours alone.

You will find a big selection of crystal awards, trophies and plaques along with a few crystal globes and paperweights that may also be used as second place or runner-up awards at Photoframesplus. Just click here to see these crystal awards.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Great Gift Ideas for the Office

Let's face it, the office isn't exactly the best environment to be giving gifts. So, what happens when you are faced with the proposition of exchanging gifts with office co-workers over the holidays or during special occasions (like someone gets a promotion or award)? You'll have to find the right type of gift ideas for the office.

There are some classic stand-bys that will always fit the bill, and if you don't want to step outside the box with your office gifts, I recommend you buy these and personalize them for the recipient. It's perfectly acceptable and it'll save you time and money.

Here's a few ideas to get started down that road. A real, high quality optical crystal paperweight if probably the best place to start. Paperweights are great office gifts because they will be used and they are functional. They are also classy and upscale. Getting them engraved is fairly simple as well. Just add personalization and you are set to go.

A few crystal paperweights to consider are the crystal globe paperweight, and the star crystal paperweight. There are also crystal clock paperweights which are a little different and even more functional.

Anything you choose will definitely be well-received as long as it is a high quality and well-made item.

Check out this selection of crystal paperweights. It includes stars, diamonds, egg shaped pendants and simple oval or round shaped gift ideas. Each one is the perfect office gift idea for any occasion. They even make the perfect award or motivational gift.

See more crystal paperweights here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gifts for Her Under $50

It's a challenge to find gifts for her that she'll love, and even more difficult to find them for under $50. But we've put together a little list of ideas just for her that won't break your budget.

She'll think these are wonderful and you'll be glad you decided to get great gifts for her.

Wood Chest Photo Album is an elegant wooden photo box that looks like a chest of drawers. It has two opening, windowed doors and room for all her favorite pictures.

Wooden journals are popular even today's age of computers and social networking. It's something she'll be able to write in an keep without the fear of the power going out! This is a high quality wood journal just for those that keep diaries or want to track the life of their children. It's one of those special gifts for her and well under $50.

The Silver heart gift box holds jewelery and personal affects. It is a real chrome finish item shaped like a heart. One of our most personal and romantic gifts for her.

Of course, there are many more gifts she'll love right here. Just take a look and decide what she'll want and then have it engraved if you like. Our shipping is fast and we have a great return policy.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Top 5 50th Birthday Gift Ideas

Is someone you know turning fifty? If so, give them one of these great 50th birthday gifts. These are original ideas for those with hobbies and favorite pass times, and a few things you might not have thought of.

Spirit of St. Louis model airplane by Authentic Models. It is a detailed replica of the plane flown across country by Charles Lindberg. Great 50th birthday gift for aviation buffs.

The Captains Wheel Compass and Nautical Decoration is another excellent choice. It's a decorative captain's wheel made of Jade Stone and has a working compass. It can be engraved as well.

Crystal Liquor Decanters and wine glasses are another great idea, especially for wine lovers. Any type of bar tools or wine gift box is going to be a hit with almost anyone. Click here to see the crystal liquor decanter.

Model wooden antique boats are another great gift idea for someone turning 50. Take a look at Authentic Models 1930's Runabout Wooden Model Boat.

Airplane Propeller clocks are another great idea, especially for WW1 buffs and history lovers.

The Valet Tray is a classic gift idea for anyone. It's a good idea for kids to give to grandparents. Also, consider a watch, nautical themed decorations and Authentic Models items.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Looking for Distinctive Antique Home Decor?

If you like historical antiques and period pieces for your home decor you probably have already learned that finding these items is quite difficult. It involves trudging around the antique stores or flea markets and hoping you find a decorative piece for your home.

Well, if you like period furniture and classic antiques there is one other alternative. Antique reproductions or replicas are very popular pieces of home decor today. They are very similar to the original objects, except they are brand new and in better condition.

Furthermore, they are not as expensive and easily accessible.

Authentic Models is one of the top companies in this area. Their antique reproductions are almost exactly like the originals. They even go so far as to use the same wood from the same plantations for their WWI propeller decorations. See the WWI wooden airplane propeller decoration.

All of their antique replicas have striking details right down to the mast rigging on their model boats. That's because everything is made from originals. They buy antique items at auctions and make reproductions carefully. For their WWI airplane models they study design plans and skip no details.

Each one of their reproductions is like owning the real thing. And the pieces are functional.

They feature popular bureaus and footlockers used by British Generals called British Campaign furniture along with many more nautical and wartime inspired antique reproductions.

Take a look at Authentic Models reproductions and replicas today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Planning a Florida Beach Wedding

Waves rolling up on shore, the sound of sea gulls and perfect white sand... if you want a really beautiful wedding, plan a Florida beach wedding. They're one of the most enjoyable and scenically perfect weddings you can imagine.

Where to Hold the Beach Wedding in Florida

There are several "free" spots to host a beachside Florida wedding. On the west coast around the Tampa Bay area, Sand Key Park, just south of Clearwater beach, is an excellent choice. It is on the Gulf of Mexico and the beach area is enormous. There is ample parking too inside the state park.

Other beaches around St. Petersburg are ideal for the beach wedding including Upham Beach, Madeira Beach and St. Pete Beach, however parking will be an issue for large parties.

On the east coast, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm beach are all ideal locations.

Planning the Ceremony

To plan a successful beach wedding it is best to scout out the location first. Then make sure the area is near several great hotels so guests won't have to travel far on the morning or night of the ceremony. Beaches should have free or paid parking, but it is essential that everyone can park right near the sand.

Finally, call the beach state park and inquire about their rentals or policies for beach weddings. Then contact a pastor or Justice of the Peace to perform the ceremony.

The other preparations include catering, set up (handled by one of the many beach wedding companies in Florida) and of course the reception. Contact caterers or wedding companies in the area you plan on having the wedding for these two steps.

The last step is to buy your beach wedding favors and wedding invitations.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Top 50th Birthday Decorations

It might seem difficult to find 50th birthday candles and decorations, but there are lots of them out there. They also double as 50th wedding anniversary favors and decor. Today, there are many people turning the big 5-0, and fewer hitting their 50th wedding anniversary but you can use anniversary themed favors for the birthday. Without further ado, let's introduce a few top choices.

The 50th Golden Anniversary Candles are one of our stores most popular. They are made of real glass with a poured candle for convenience and they have a glitter gold 50 on the front.

50th Anniversary Gold Star Candles are another top pick. A little more decorative, they feature a Golden star onto of the glass candle holder. These also come in a gift box so they are both favors, and decorations.

Book Lovers 50th Bookmark Favors are yet another fun favor idea for the 50th wedding anniversary or birthday. Since people love to read, these are classic gifts and fun decorations to have at your tables.

See more anniversary favors and gifts here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Buy a Crystal Gift for a Wedding

One type of gift is often overlooked by those shopping for that perfect wedding present. The crystal gift is a unique, and special idea that may be out of the box, but is bound to be appreciated.

Shop for wedding gifts right now.

Since it can be engraved this is a personal memento that couples will hold on to. There are also several different types of crystal gifts to choose from including crystal figurines, crystal paperweights, and one of the best choices... crystal globes.

These items are very special and unique. And since they are real crystal, they will be even more fondly remembered.

We feature hundreds of unique and decorative crystal gifts for the wedding. They include clocks, figurines even golf related ideas like the golf ball paperweight. It's just one more thing to consider before you purchase that blender, or toaster.

There are other unique wedding gifts to choose from as well like the guest book platter, one of the many quality brass or gold frames, or a wooden wedding album.

Each will be memorable because there are few like these available in stores. If you want something that no one else is buying, consider them right now.

See which crystal gifts we have for weddings, office parties, and as awards.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Finding the Perfect Corporate Gift


Getting a gift for your boss, or anyone in the corporate setting isn't easy. In fact, it requires some real planning and a little outside of the box thinking, if you want to do it right. Here are a few ways to generate some ideas and get the perfect corporate gift.

Get a jump start on what is going to be hot this year and some new and interesting corporate gifts.

Try something fun and hobby related that people like. Poker chip sets are a great idea for those execs that like to throw the dice, or play a game of cards every once in while. Though being a good executive means not taking too many gambles, chances are you'll find a few high rollers on your list. Poker is very popular today.

Gemstone globes or crystal globes are always a great gift idea especially for those executives that enjoy decorative items. These gift ideas are also excellent awards for employees near the holidays. Have them engraved with your company logo, and your employee gifts will become more important. These items are also promotional gift ideas for clients. They may even place them on their mantel or desktop. With your company name on the base, they'll have something to remember your business by.

Wine gifts are always popular and probably the safest, most widely acceptable gifts for executives and corporate types. It shows refinement, culture and great taste. Everyone loves a glass of wine, so presenting someone with a detailed, engraved wine box or a new set of wine tools is a wonderful gesture. These corporate gifts are perfect for the holidays when people start thinking about celebrations.

To gather more ideas for your upcoming corporate gifts start making a list. Search through the corporate gifts on photoframesplus.com and bookmark the item pages you want to come back to. Remember that it is better to buy early, giving yourself a chance to return the item if you find something else, or the option to engrave it with a personalized quote or message.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Setting the Wedding Reception Table with Heart Shaped Plates

Thee are several great wedding table plates for a reception or banquet wedding. Along with other accessories and decorations, these plates are just a few of the ways to make your tables look special.

The Heart Shaped Plates are a romantic choice when it comes time to set the table. These plates are shaped like hearts, and they will make an immediate impression on your guests. They are white ceramic plates with a modern styled heart shape that has a slightly curved point. They are used for serving main courses, deserts or salads.

When setting you reception table another decoration makes the table come to life. Water activated lights or water pearls in your vases add color and dimension. These are simple to use as well, they can just be placed inside of the vase before they are filled with water. Request them from your decorator, or add them to your list if you are decorating your reception tables yourself. They are very easy to use and give you great results for the effort.

Another idea is to add a cake topper or bride and groom figurines to the tables as a centerpiece. There are several to choose from including bridal forms (very inexpensive and therefore easy to use on any table), dove cake toppers, funny cake tops and more. Bride and groom varieties are available in any theme from sports to ballroom.

The idea is to set your tables apart and make your reception one of a kind. It should fit your theme and personality, whatever you choose.

For more ideas and to see these products visit Photoframesplus.com

Friday, September 3, 2010

Comparing Prices Between Brick and Mortar and Online Stores

If you are a frequent online shopper you know you are saving money. The prices online are almost always better than in brick and mortar stores. That's due to the cost of storing and shipping items to and from the stores. It also has to do with the cost of stocking inventory, paying rent, employees, building maintenance and so on... in short, overhead tacks on dollars to the price you pay in the store.

Every now and then you will find a bargain that is better than the one you find online. However, the savings is probably very small, even after shipping is factored in and it is most likely eaten away by time and transportation expenses to the store. Furthermore, that savings is probably on an item that is or is going to be out of stock or replaced by something else very soon. And, had you waited it would have been even cheaper online than in the store very soon.

But there are ways to compare prices in brick and mortar stores to online outlets. First, always add in the shipping price for the online store, and factor in your time and gas expenses to get to the brick and mortar store.

Secondly, take into account the quality of the item. A picture frame at a big retail outlet might cost less than a nicer one online. Many in-store items are made differently than the items you find in niche online stores. They lack durable metals, some parts are plastic or non-existent, and they don't last as long. So, your savings might be subtractive in this case.

Furthermore, selection is important. Most brick and mortar stores won't have hard-to-find items, which means you'll spend time and gas getting to the store in order to get a first hand look at merchandise only to find out they don't have what you want.

Taking an hour to browse the online stores, ones that offer easy returns, will prove to be valuable in this case. This is especially true for items like sculptures, trophies and crystal awards. There are few outlets that have a selection which matches an online store, simply due to the cost to carry so many items.

When searching for these types of products, always go to the online store first, bookmark it and then come back after calling the other stores in your area.

When you get price quotes be sure they include engraving and fees to ship the trophy to an engraver as well.

Online shopping is usually going to save money based on strict cost comparisons, but it will also improve your final results with better selections and fewer hassles.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Generating Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas gifts are probably one of the most difficult things to buy. There are so many choices out there it is overwhelming. It helps to start your search by finding a few good Christmas gift ideas.

There are a few ways to generate good Christmas Gift ideas for relatives, kids, parents and even your boss or coworkers.

First, ask them and then write down what they say. As your recipient's get older, this might become more difficult. So, ask a few questions about their hobbies, special interests and other things they like and enjoy. This will produce a few Christmas gift ideas and you can start to get creative.

For instance, if Grandpa likes to fly, or is taking flying lessons now, browse a few Aviation gifts. There are other related items that fit this interest as well like time zone clocks, model airplanes and even antique decor from aviation history.

Perhaps your boss just went to Spain, or travels a great deal. An imported office accessory from Spain by El Casco is a great choice.

The point is, let their interests decide which Christmas gifts to get, and you will have more success when planning your Christmas list.

See our Christmas gifts here. Find gifts for him and here.