Also known as napkin rings, serviette rings were originally created to help housekeepers of the largest households categorize different sets of table napkins. In the old days, they were also considered one of the most popular types of gifts for christenings and weddings, often designed with elaborately carved or engraved initials of the newlyweds or the newly baptized child.
Serviette rings used to be a vital part when preparing for formal meals, but now it is a dying art. It is your choice, of course, if you want to resurrect it with your next formal dinner at home. Treat your guests with a Regency-style celebration by serving them with your finest dining ware and of course, serviette rings for your napkins.
Serviette rings are also ideal if you still have not mastered the art of folding napkins.
Soap-making is also fast becoming a forgotten art or craft. Soaps may be mainly used for cleaning and washing body parts and objects, but that does not mean they do not have to be pretty to look at.
Sometimes, pretty things can make an ordinary experience extraordinary and that kind of sensation is what you could enjoy when you are using pretty-looking soaps. Imagine using colourful soaps in the shape of flowers. When you use them to wash your hands, it will almost feel like you are pampering your hands by washing it with the finest flowers in the land. It almost makes your hands feel twice as softer and ten times more fragrant.
The use of ornamental soaps in your guest bathrooms can also be a delightful surprise for your guests. They make your bathrooms less clinical or functional and instead make them appear more inviting and luxurious.
It is sad that a person’s sense of smell is vastly undervalued by most people. Few people realize how powerful the sense of smell can be and how strongly it can influence one’s moods and personality.
The many studies that have researched about aromatherapy and the uses of essential oils have proven that certain types of scent can bring about certain types of reaction, with most of them positive. There are scents that make you relax, scents that make you happy, and scents that make you inspired to do your best.
Last but not the least, there are scents that make you feel beautiful, sexy, and alive and that is something you can enjoy when you use fragrant cushions. These small but powerful objects can be placed in your jewelry box or clothes drawer to have your belongings or clothes smell as nice as they look.
You can also place them next to your books, toys, and stationery to turn them into scented objects. A mere waft of their delicate or fruity smells can help you enjoy a better reading experience or make your children enjoy their playtime more. Mix stationery and fragrant cushions together and you end up with scented stationery that speak as loudly as words about your affections.
If you consider your clothes works of art as well, then surely they deserve to be hung on something as pretty as they are? If you believe so, then look for coat hangers that will bring out the best from your outfits.
Use multicolour hangers for your most vibrant outfits, from rainbow-coloured bikinis to your most eye-catching cocktail dress. Use clear crystal hangers for your most elegant gowns ? ones that are guaranteed to turn you into a princess for your ball.
Standing mirrors, clocks, boxes, and festival décor ? all these are simple things that can look extraordinary with the right designs. They may cost you a little bit more than usual, but they will make you smile more than usual, too.