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Beautiful Guest Bedroom Ideas

Picture the main rooms in your home. Your design. Look around — what makes you feel most at home in these rooms? It may not be a beautiful design element. Sometimes it’s that practical detail or touch that anticipates your needs throughout the day.

Now picture yourself as a guest in someone’s home. When you arrive there, and everything you could have wanted has already been anticipated before you even asked, don’t your shoulders just drop in relief at the thought of it?

You can approach the design of your guest room with the same goal in mind. When you go that extra mile of thoughtfulness by anticipating your guests’ needs throughout their stay, your guests will engage more deeply in enjoyment and rest while they are in your home.

Read on to discover ways to design your guest room space with thoughtfulness, practicality, and sustainable, relaxing beauty.

USE RESTFUL COLORS

One of the most important first steps to designing your space is considering the color palette. Color impacts our minds, bodies, and emotions. Each color carries its own symbolic significance. You can be inspired, calmed, soothed, or energized simply by the colors that surround you.

Learn more about the psychology of colors as you design the perfect guest space. Color makes any space feel intentionally designed. Your guests will feel that much more welcome when they walk in.

At The Little Market, we have designed a way for you to search and shop by color on our website. You can search for products in natural, blue, gray, pink, or more.

EXPERIMENT WITH WALLPAPERS

Wallpaper has officially made its way back on the design scene. Textures, patterns, and arrays of color can all be achieved in the room with a simple wallpapered accent wall.

So how can you go about choosing the right wallpaper for your guest space? Firstly, when you look at a wallpaper sample, pay attention to your initial reaction.

Does anything get stirred up in you? Are you breathing more deeply? Does it have that “yes” about it even if you can’t quite find the words to describe why?

Think deeply about the patterns and colors and imagine them in repetition on your wall. How about something earthy and floral? Or bourgeois and vintage? What about something mild and dreamy?

Don’t be afraid to go bold. Your guests will love the uniqueness of your design.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT HAMPERS

Hampers can add the perfect, intentional touch to a guest bedroom. Our natural woven hampers are one of our most versatile products. You can use them in different ways throughout the seasons.

All of our hampers are made from sustainable materials by weavers preserving age-old traditions.

You can use our lidded hampers in your guest space to store blankets, towels, or extra pillows while your guests are cozied up and dreaming.

You can also take that extra mile of thought and offer it as a place for your guests to keep their used clothes during their stay. Make the room a home-away-from-home where they can feel fresh and organized all week.

 

STORE CLUTTER IN WOVEN BINS

Some guest bedrooms work as multifunctional spaces in the home. We need to make room for those extra storage areas that we need access to but can’t integrate into other areas of our home.

Create a clean, organized look with a bookshelf designed to hold woven storage baskets. Hide away cords, paperwork, electronics, or extra linens in our handmade woven baskets. You’ll have easy access to your practical items without cluttering your guest space.

Go big with a floor-to-ceiling bookcase full of baskets for an eye-catching design. Maybe even keep a few baskets on the shelf empty. This will allow your guests to store their toiletries or travel necessities during their stay.

If you need even more storage options, order a bed frame with drawers underneath it. This often-overlooked nook is a great way for you to store your odds and ends while leaving the wardrobe or dresser open for company.

 

PILE ON THE PILLOWS

The more throw pillows, the better! But how can you live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle without sacrificing your love of design?

We have curated a line of interchangeable pillow covers so that you don’t have to commit to one set of throw pillows. You can purchase one set of plain throw pillows and rotate out the covers.

Swap them out to mark the changing seasons or to create a different mood in the room. Go bold by mixing and matching textiles. Create a cozy mood with multiple of the same pillow covers. Small pops of color send vibrancy vibes all over.

ACCESSORIZE WITH PATTERNED QUILTS

Nothing makes a room feel homier than a beautiful quilt casually draped across the foot of the bed. Our quilts hold even more special significance.

Each of our one-of-a-kind kantha quilts is hand-stitched from sustainably repurposed vintage cotton saris. You can choose from small-, medium-, or large-sized quilts, and we have included how many hours it took for the artisans to stitch each one.

Our hand-stitched quilts are made in Bangladesh by artisan women who have survived human trafficking and abuse. Your purchase makes a difference both in the beauty of your guest bedroom and in the lives of these strong women.

GET COZY WITH THROWS

The best throw blankets beg you to reach out and touch. They wrap you up for afternoon naps and join you for an evening of watching your favorite show.

Our handwoven Fringe Throws create the perfect modern touch. Choose from Desert Rose, Natural, and Dusty Blue to give your guest room a subtle, inviting accent. The soft, woven fabrics add both texture and a hint of minimalism to your space.

A good throw tells your guests that this room isn’t just for sleeping, but it’s for lingering too. For the ultimate seating area, toss an extra blanket over the couch. Try your hand at intentional design by matching the throw to the rugs and curtains.

STOCK YOUR NIGHTSTANDS (WITH GLASS JARS)

Subtle practical accents will welcome your guests throughout their stay. The bedside table décor should be minimal, practical, and beautiful. Next to the tabletop lamp, accentuate the surface with one of our Lidded Glass Jars.

You can offer small storage space options for your guests to keep their small travel items. Allowing enough room for your guests to unpack their suitcases will ease their burdens and maximize relaxation.

Our jars come with hand-painted ceramic lids made by Moroccan artisans. They will make for the perfect subtle touch on your guest’s nightstand.

FIND A THEME

Themes create cohesion in a space.

Do you enjoy spaces that feel bright, airy, open, and intentional?

Meditate on a minimalist design for your guest bedroom.

Are you more drawn to mismatched textiles, indoor greenery, and textured fabric?

A bohemian design may work best for you.

What about clean lines, bold colors, geometric patterns, and new technologies?

You will enjoy designing a modern space for your guests.

Both theme and color act as the scaffolding for your design. Deciding ahead of time will help you determine which décor will suit the space best.

HAVE FUN WITH HOLIDAYS

You can decorate for the holidays without overdoing it! Subtle hints at the season will intensify your guests’ excitement for the celebration ahead.

If you have guests arriving for Thanksgiving, consider autumn colors, accents, or one of our many deliciously scented fall candles made with natural essential oils. Our Gratitude Garland in Oatmeal hanging above the guest bed headboard will set the tone for joy and thanksgiving.

If you have guests arriving for Christmas, muted reds and greens do well to hint at the season without overpowering your room’s design. Let your guests take in the festive aromas from one of our woodsy candles.

Our Star Felt Garland sets the tone for brightness and joy as you gather in your home for the holidays.

FIND FLOWERS AND PLANTS

When you bring the natural world into your home, you’re inviting your guests to slow down and breathe deeply. There are scientifically proven health benefits to decorating with indoor plants.

Set down some fresh flowers in a stunning vase from the market just before they arrive. Our glass vases and ceramic pitchers add a gentle touch of nature to your space. Our tray and baskets can hold succulents or other low water plants to create a small landscape of greenery in the room.

HOSTS AND GUESTS: ULTIMATE INSPIRATION

We know the extra bedroom in the house doesn’t come as high on the decorative priority list as the living room, master bedroom, or kitchen.

But every inch of a beautiful house deserves attention and special detail. With the right accents, colors, and textures, you can create a warm, welcoming space that your visitors will adore.

When you design the space by engaging all five senses, the room will cease being simply a room. It will become a place where dynamic, restful living begins.

By the time you add those final thoughtful touches, you may want to move in yourself.

 

  Creating a beautiful kitchen is an excellent way to make your home warm and welcoming. For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place they enjoy cooking, baking, making coffee, and getting midnight snacks. It’s essential to make this space inviting, cozy, and full...

10 Beautiful Kitchen Décor Ideas You Need To Do Right Now

 

Creating a beautiful kitchen is an excellent way to make your home warm and welcoming. For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place they enjoy cooking, baking, making coffee, and getting midnight snacks. It’s essential to make this space inviting, cozy, and full of warmth.

The décor you choose for your kitchen is important. It’s essential to know which colors to include, what textures and materials to use, and where to display your high-quality cookware and fine China. It’s also helpful to know how to use patterns and different hues to complement your kitchen.  

Our comprehensive guide on kitchen décor can help you figure out how to decorate your kitchen without needing to do a full remodel.

Continue reading below for some kitchen décor inspiration:

1. POPS OF COLOR

Incorporating pops of color throughout your kitchen is a great place to start. No matter what theme or look you’re going for, start by choosing your accent color and incorporating these in your kitchen décor.

The general rule of thumb is to use neutrals as a base and accent colors throughout your décor. This helps you avoid colors that are too overpowering or saturated. This also helps keep areas bright. Consider lighter neutral tones on the walls or the tile backsplash and darker pops in the decorations.

There are many ways you can add pops of color to your kitchen décor. Our Etched Stemless Wine Glass is available in a beautiful aqua color and a darker French blue. You can display these wine glasses on open shelves, countertops, or your at-home bar area, complete with vintage stools.

The hand-etched design creates a pop of color and texture. Sip your favorite wine or iced beverage from this handcrafted cup in style.

2. STATEMENT PILLOWS

You can also incorporate statement pillows into your kitchen décor. A statement pillow is a pillow that has a pop of color and a beautiful pattern on it. You can choose whatever color or pattern you like, as well as texture.

These are designed to stand out from your other kitchen décor, so don’t be afraid to go bold. Plus, one of the benefits of using statement pillows is that they’re easy to reuse anywhere in your home.

Our Tenango Embroidered Pillow covers are available in a range of colors. These include lavender, pink, hot pink, red, yellow, coral, green, mint, turquoise, blue, magenta, gray, and white. Each pillow is handmade in Mexico and supports women in Hidalgo.

Wondering where to include a pillow in your kitchen? Start with a farmhouse bench or window seat. If you have a cushioned bench area or cushioned bistro chairs, use pillows to brighten the space and add color.

Have a back porch you can access from the kitchen? Add a pillow or two to your patio furniture for a unique dash of charm.

 

3. SHADES OF WOOD

Wood tones are a beautiful, creative way to complement your kitchen. Wood tones offer a warm feel and fascinating dimensions to your kitchen. This trend especially complements white kitchens or kitchens with cooler color stories.

There are tons of ways to incorporate wood tones into your kitchen décor. Start by looking at fixtures like wooden serving trays. You can use these to display baked goods, bread, snacks, and appetizers or make them centerpieces for your dining room table.

You can also take a look at our Acacia Wood Heart Bowls. Each bowl is handmade in the Philippines by dedicated local artisans. You can display candies, baked goods, or fruit or use this bowl to hold tea bags or hot cocoa packets. Alternate out these items for Valentine's Day or your anniversary, or keep them out all year long.

4. OPEN SHELF DISPLAYS

One of the more popular trends in kitchen décor is open shelving. Open shelf displays are ways to store your regular cups, plates, and kitchenware without the cabinet doors. Typically, these displays are made of floating shelves, and extra decorations are added. This can include plants, baskets, and picture frames.

If you’re considering adding an open shelf display to your kitchen, there are a few things to note:

First, it can be helpful to use both an open shelf technique and have regular cabinetry that closes. This way, you can still stash your holiday-themed napkins away and keep your summer plates on display. This also relieves the pressure of always having organized shelving.

Open shelving is a unique addition to kitchen décor. You can complement these shelves in many ways and store a variety of items on them. Get creative with it, and don’t be afraid to add greenery to your shelves.

5. WARM NEUTRAL TONES

If you’re wondering what direction to go in as far as the tone for your kitchen décor, warm and neutral is an excellent choice. Creating a neutral foundation for your kitchen décor is important. This way, you can change up your accent colors without changing the kitchen basics.

Using woven items in beige and tan tones is a great place to lay a neutral, warm foundation. Our Banana Bark Placemat is a beautiful piece of kitchen décor for your dining table. It’s made from banana bark, which is environmentally conscious and sustainably sourced.

Each purchase helps your kitchen look warm and beautiful and supports artisans in India.

 

6. COLOR-ORGANIZED DISHWARE

Another unique way to use kitchen décor to spice up your home is to look for color-organized dishware. We offer a range of patterns and color options to help you spice up your cups, plates, bowls, and more.

Our Moroccan Ceramic Cup in our Blush Stripe Pattern is a beautiful, handmade ceramic made by artisans in Morocco. This exquisite piece of ceramic ware is a fun addition to your kitchen décor. Sip your favorite beverage from it, or use it as a holder for utensils. Get a set of four or mix and match with different patterns and color options.

7. PATTERN MIXING

A bolder look for kitchen décor is pattern mixing. You may have been taught growing up never to mix patterns. However, you can create a beautiful kitchen décor with a bold, mixed pattern look with a few key principles.

When mixing patterns in your home or kitchen, use similar colors. While the prints and patterns themselves can be different, it’s important to use colors that match well with each other. It’s also important to only use a few patterns when mixing. Too many can be too busy for the eyes. Lastly, it may take some DIY trial and error before you find a pattern mixing style you like.

Knowing which pieces to use when mixing patterns is important. Our Block Print Floral Tablecloth is an excellent place to start when pattern mixing. Lay it over your table and add other patterned dinnerware or decorations to complement it. This tablecloth pairs excellently with hand-etched glassware and hand-painted ceramic plates.

Each purchase of this table linen supports artisans in India who handcraft each tablecloth on hand-operated looms. They have access to training and earn a sustainable income. These beautiful textiles are a great piece to use in your kitchen to give to a loved one.

8. WOVEN BASKET STORAGE

An easy way to spice up your kitchen décor is with woven basket storage. Woven pieces provide neutral tones, warm colors, and a beautiful texture to your home. They’re versatile and can be used to hold fruit, spices, napkins, and anything else you can think of.

In addition to the beauty woven baskets provide to your kitchen, there are benefits to decluttering your counter space, particularly in a small kitchen. Research demonstrates that having an organized space benefits mental health and psychological wellness.

Our Colorblock Sisal Basket in White is a staple piece for your home. Made with sisal and natural dyes by artisans in Kenya, this piece will do wonders for your kitchen. Use one of these as a place to store your placemats or a planter for your favorite indoor plants.

9. DARK HUES

Even if your overall kitchen décor is on the brighter side, having dark hues can complement these tones. The same concept goes for salty and sweet or the sun and the sand. Light decorations pair excellently with dark accents.

Adding dark hues into your kitchen décor is easy. Simply use our Black Ceramic Tray to serve food on, display, or use as a centerpiece for your dining table.  

10. STONE ACCENTS

Stone accents are another great idea for spicing up your kitchen décor. Our Heart Marble Coaster in White is a unique addition to your dining table or lounge area. Display these hand-carved, chic coasters in your home.  

CREATING A SPACE YOU LOVE

The kitchen is a space you likely spend a lot of time in, so investing in your décor is essential. It’s a fun way to express yourself throughout your home. It also helps your guests feel welcome and at ease. Use the tips in this guide to spice up your kitchen décor and transform this space into one you love.

  If you’re throwing a dinner party, welcoming friends and family into your home, preparing a meal for the holidays, or just making finger foods for a birthday celebration or get-together, a properly set table can set the whole mood for the affair. Whether you host meals in your home...

How To Set a Table: Casually, Formally, and More

 

If you’re throwing a dinner party, welcoming friends and family into your home, preparing a meal for the holidays, or just making finger foods for a birthday celebration or get-together, a properly set table can set the whole mood for the affair.

Whether you host meals in your home often or are preparing to set a table for the first time, this guide breaks down everything you need to know about how to put together a lovely table.

Read on to learn the various occasions and how to set a theme.

 

WHY DO I NEED A PROPER TABLE SETTING?

Depending on the occasion, you may be wondering why you need a proper table setting in the first place. Having a well-decorated table is one of just many ways to show your guests that you prioritize their comfort and experience in your home.

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of investing in a stunning table setting.

ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE

If you’re throwing a dinner, the meal itself is the most important aspect, but the table décor takes a close second. Here’s why: Knowing how to set up a table for your meal enhances the experience for your guests. While having a delicious meal is essential, having beautiful silverware and dishes takes your meal to a whole new level.

Enhance the experience for your guests by choosing table essentials and kitchenware that complement the theme of the evening and the meal itself. If you’re having a fun barbeque with sandwiches and salads, choose light and beachy items. This event can call for light ceramic colors and woven tones.

Consider darker tones and metal accents if you’re serving a more formal meal like meat, potatoes, and freshly steamed vegetables or seafood pasta. This will enhance the eating experience for your friends and family, illuminating their meal with dramatic décor.

SETTING THE TONE

Your table design is the first impression your guests receive for how the meal and the rest of the evening are going to go. Depending on what kind of occasion and event you’re throwing and what kind of meal you’re preparing, the table sets the tone.

The theme of your table also helps develop an atmosphere for how your guests should feel. If you want to create a warm feeling, having warm, earthy tones and texture in your place settings and positioning them close together will create a casual, intimate affair. Your table décor choices can help determine the tone of the meal, evening, and conversation.  

SHOWING HOW MUCH YOU CARE

Taking the time and effort to learn how to prepare a table and then choosing the perfect place settings for the evening shows your friends and family that you care. You care about their experience, about how they feel, and about making them feel welcome and at home. You care about serving them and showing them a good time.

If you’re welcoming friends from out of town, throwing a holiday celebration, or hosting your extended family over the holidays, setting your table is one of the best ways to show that you care.

ACCENTING YOUR FOOD

Having an artful table layout also helps accent your food. Depending on the theme, colors, and flavors in your food, having the perfect table settings can make a big difference.

If you’re not sure what meals go with which settings, think about how certain meals make you feel; eating burgers feels different than dining on caviar. Try to use your table décor to accent the food you’re serving.

HOW SHOULD I SET MY TABLE?

There are so many options when it comes to creating a perfectly designed table. Below are our top recommendations for how to set a table:

 

BASIC

When it comes to everyday meals for you and your family to enjoy, you don’t always have to pull out all the stops. This is where a simple tablescape comes in handy.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the space practical, comfortable, and simple:

First, you need the right Dinnerware Plates. Choose from Ceramic Plates with various textures and designs and Wooden Plates. If you're serving noodles, salads, or soups, consider using Bowls. Stunning Bowls can be made from glass, ceramic, and wooden tones. Keep in mind that some meals will call for specific dinnerware like salad plates, salad bowls, and soup bowls.

Next, you need silverware. Be sure to procure all the silverware you’ll need for any occasion. Silverware has multitudes of choices and uses. You might need a dinner fork, salad fork, dessert fork, spoon, butter knife, fish knife, an oyster fork, dinner knife, dessert spoon, soup spoon, and salad fork for each person.

Helpful tip: The salad fork and the dinner fork go to the left of the plate, and the soup spoon and the knife go to the right of the plate. Place the spoon to the right of the knife with the blade facing the plate.

You’ll also need to have simple, everyday Glassware. Choose from a Bubbled Short Glass, a Tall Glass, or a variety of Short Tumblers. These items support artisans in Mexico, providing livable wages and sustainable income for them and their families.

 

CASUAL

When it comes to throwing casual meals for friends and family, you can add a little bit of spice while still keeping it minimal. These Serving Utensils are the perfect touch for a casual tablescape.  

If your casual meal with family or friends includes a cocktail hour, consider looking at our Cocktail Glassware. With short stems, longer stems, Shot Glasses, Snifters, Martini Glasses, Margarita Glasses, and Lowball Glasses, you’ll have everything you need to open up the bar for your guests.

 

FORMAL

Now that we’ve taken a look at how to set a table for casual and basic meals, let’s break down how to decorate a table for formal meals. Throwing a formal meal involves a certain type of table décor. You want to design a formal table setting that is both practical and pleasing to the eye.

Tablecloths and Runners are a great place to start. These can help make your table seem a bit more formal. With simple linen designs, this adds a formal tone to your meal and is a great place to build on with dining placemats.

Dining placemats are also a key table accessory to help make your space feel decorated and warm. For formal place settings, consider placing each dining essential on handmade Dining Placemats.  

 

MODERN

A modern meal is both simple and classic. Aim to keep your color scheme and texture to a minimum with a simple glass theme or ceramic dinnerware. Our collection of handmade Glass from Egypt, Guatemala, Morocco, and Mexico can add a modern, classic touch to your table.  

WHAT ABOUT SPECIAL TOUCHES?

No matter what kind of meal you’re planning, whether it’s casual, formal, basic, or modern, adding special touches can be fun.

Here are a few ways to add a special touch to your table landscape:

 

NAPKINS

Napkins are a must at any table, but they often go overlooked. Disposable napkins are convenient, but they can look plain and create a lot of extra waste.

Instead, consider handmade Dining Napkins. They’re casual and perfect for a family gathering or backyard barbecue. With a range of fun patterns like stripes and natural tie-dyed linens, these Napkins are eco-conscious and reusable. Fold these in fun designs or use napkin rings and place them on top of each dinner plate or to the left of the dinner plate.

WINE GLASSES

Now that you have the dining table layout, it’s time to add the Wine Glasses. Whether you’re looking for a Red Wine Glass, White Wine Glasses, a Champagne Glass, or Glasses for another drink of your choice, consider beautiful handmade Glassware.

Each hand-blown Glass supports artisans across the globe, like artisans in Cantel, Guatemala. Through their dedication to their craft, they earn livable wages, health insurance, and sustainable income.

You can also chill your bottle of champagne with our handmade Ice Bucket. This is a great way to enhance your décor or even take date night from a casual dinner and turn it into a fancy meal.

CENTERPIECES

Lastly, creating a captivating centerpiece can add a special touch to your table. Consider using one of our handmade Vases and creating a flower arrangement for the center of your table. These are not only lovely, but they can also be reused elsewhere in your home throughout the year.

A PLACE AT THE TABLE

When you’re setting a table, there are a few important things to remember. Choose the place settings that feel the most welcoming and warm to you and your personality.

While matching the theme of the night and the environment of your meal is nice, it’s also essential that you enjoy your kitchen and table decorations. At The Little Market, we want to help you express yourself and your individual style.

It’s also important to remember to enjoy your company! Once your table is set and you serve the food, relax. Eat with your guests. Laugh and tell stories with one another. There’s a place at the table for everyone, so enjoy your company and let the place settings work for themselves.

From doing our regular grocery store pickup each week to browsing during the holidays for gifts, shopping is a regular activity for us. These errands are a great way to bond with family and friends and enjoy your free time. These errands are a great way to bond with family,...

Reusable Shopping Bags: An Eco-Conscious Guide

From doing our regular grocery store pickup each week to browsing during the holidays for gifts, shopping is a regular activity for us. These errands are a great way to bond with family and friends and enjoy your free time. These errands are a great way to bond with family, friends, and enjoy your free time. However, did you know you can make a positive environmental impact while you shop?

In most cases, when you buy something from a store, it’s placed in a shopping bag. Depending on the type of product you buy, this bag may be paper or plastic. Paper and plastic bags offer convenience at first but have a negative impact on the planet.

So, how can you support the environment through how you shop? Reusable shopping bags are an excellent place to start. This guide examines how reusable shopping bags support environmental health and how you can take a step to help the planet.

 

WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A SHOPPING BAG?

When choosing between different styles of shopping bags, there are a few important factors to take into account.

Let’s take a closer look at what you should consider when buying a shopping bag.  

ITS LIFECYCLE

Another thing to consider when choosing the best kind of shopping bag is its lifecycle. In other words, take a look at the bulk of materials used to make bags, how these are collected and processed, how the bags are made, and their end of life.

For example, the lifecycle of paper bags looks different than that of canvas or jute bags. Paper bags require water, fuel, trees, and a lot of effort, whereas some fabric tote bags don’t rely on nonrenewable resources and save on water.

The lifecycle includes production, transport, use, and recycling. A shopping bag's lifecycle is a large influence on the economic impact of that bag. From when the assembling of the seams to placing the set of bags in your shopping cart to bringing them home, these items last longer than we often consider at the checkout counter.

 

ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

One of the most critical factors to consider when buying a shopping bag is its environmental impact.

Plastic shopping bags, commonly associated with supermarkets, are lightweight and compact but can do plenty of damage. All in all, plastic bags have the worst environmental impact. They are made with nonrenewable resources and clutter up our landfills. They also can drift into the ocean and may look like a pod of jellyfish to sea turtles looking for a meal.

 

ITS RECYCLING PERFORMANCE

Various shopping bag materials also have different recycling outcomes. When it comes to choosing the best shopping bag, it's important to look at how your shopping bag can be recycled.

Even if a material is sustainably sourced, it doesn’t mean it’s recyclable or efficient to recycle. Some materials cost a lot of money, resources, and effort to recycle. Even after all of this, some parts of the bag may still end up in landfills. It’s important to make sure the bags you buy are 100% recyclable.

WHAT IT'S MADE OF

There are many different types of reusable shopping bags available, so it can be difficult to choose. One of the most important factors to look for when choosing a shopping bag is what it’s made of. There are three common shopping bag materials to choose from. These include plastic, paper, and fabric.

Let’s look at the differences between plastic, paper, and fabric shopping bags.

 

PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS

Plastic shopping bags are the least eco-conscious choice for reusable bags. They fill up landfills, clog bodies of water, and harm animals and wildlife. In addition to the immediate harm of plastic shopping bags, they can also do long-term damage.

Plastic shopping bags take years to decades to decompose. Even when they’ve finally decomposed, they release toxins and chemical substances back into the soil. This harms the Earth and contributes to air pollution.

It’s common for animals to get tangled in plastic bags, try to eat them, or ingest plastic’s harmful chemicals. Plastic bags harm animals, humans, and the planet and can release carcinogens and toxins back into the environment.

Plastic bag build-up also contributes to stormwater management obstruction. A very low rate of plastic bags is recycled. This leads to build-up and makes it difficult for sewers and drainage systems to work in an effective way.

PAPER SHOPPING BAGS

Paper shopping bags are another popular reusable option. While they’re a large step in the right direction, they still present a few problems. First, producing paper bags requires a lot of water, trees, and fuel to create. These resources should be used carefully on essentials.

Paper bags are not durable and tear easily, especially the handle when these bags are used to transport heavy loads of food items or weighty products like glass bottles. This reduces how often they can be reused.

In order for them to be considered environmentally conscious, you must use a paper bag at least 43 times. Even in this case, some paper materials aren’t completely recyclable.

FABRIC SHOPPING BAGS

Fabric shopping bags are the most sustainable option when it comes to shopping bag materials. While paper bags are much better than single-use plastics, they wear down quickly and often can’t be reused more than a few times.

WHICH FABRICS ARE THE BEST

Fabric shopping bags are the most environmentally conscious option. However, within the realm of fabric shopping bags, there are many options to choose from. Which fabrics are best?

Here’s what you need to know:

DURABLE CANVAS

Durable canvas is one of the best fabric options to look for in reusable shopping bags. Canvas is woven differently than regular cotton we associate with T-shirts. Canvas is designed to support more weight and has a sturdier texture, making it more durable.

You can reuse canvas shopping bags more than regular cotton bags. This allows canvas tote bags to have a smaller environmental impact than other types of fabric. Canvas is also biodegradable, compostable, and reusable for other purposes. They often have simple care instructions and can be washed by hand or by machine.

JUTE FABRIC

Jute is a natural crop that’s sustainable, has an incredibly small impact on the environment, and is excellent for reusable shopping bags. When it comes to choosing a material, jute is the most environmentally conscious choice.

Jute is more durable and sustainable than canvas totes and can be used for a variety of other household items too. For instance, you can use jute for clothing, furniture covers, tapestries, or rope. It is also ideal for fashion accessories like a wallet, backpack, or purse.

The advantages to using jute are abundant. To start with, jute is renewable. Because it’s a crop, we can plant more and grow as much as we need. This reduces the need to use nonrenewable sources like fuel to make paper bags. Jute is also compostable and biodegradable.

As a raw material, jute is very affordable and is durable through wear and tear. This fabric is by far the best choice for eco-conscious totes.

HOW DO I KNOW MY TOTE IS ECO-CONSCIOUS?

Not all fabric shopping bags are made the same. For this reason, it’s essential to know what qualities to look for when choosing eco-conscious shopping totes.

There are three important qualities to look for. These include shopping bags that are handmade, materials that are sustainably sourced, and organizations that give to charitable causes.

HANDMADE

There are many benefits to choosing handmade items over mass-produced items. First, handmade items support individual artisans earning dignified, living wages.

Handmade items also pay closer attention to detail and often use reusable, renewable, and recyclable materials.

 

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED

The materials used to make a shopping tote determine how environmentally conscious it is. So, finding sustainably sourced materials is key. When you source materials sustainably, you choose materials that have a low impact on the environment throughout their whole lifecycle.  

 

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS

It’s also important to examine the retailers you’re purchasing your shopping tote from. Organizations that support charitable causes, artisans, and sustainability are excellent places to buy from.

Here at The Little Market, our mission is to support artisans across the globe. All of our items are handcrafted, sustainably sourced, and support those in need. From helping women across the globe receive fair wages and job skills training to supporting artisans in underprivileged communities, there are many ways our organization helps others.  

A REUSABLE PACK THROUGH YEARS OF USE

Now that we’ve discussed how to find the best reusable shopping bags on the market, it’s important to know where you can get them. There are tons of reusable shopping bags available. They are made with canvas and jute materials that are sustainably sourced.

Each purchase of a shopping tote supports women in Bangladesh to earn fair wages, skill training, and safety while working in rural communities. Grab a shopping tote for yourself or give one as a gift for the holidays! Our reusable shopping bags are an excellent way to support the environment and carry everything you need.

  While there have been amazing steps to overcoming inequalities in the workplace and public life for women, gender inequality is still present. Even in the United States, there are still barriers to women's equal access to opportunities. From a local level all the way to global, we have a...

8 Ways To Empower Women and Support Small Businesses 2022

 

While there have been amazing steps to overcoming inequalities in the workplace and public life for women, gender inequality is still present. Even in the United States, there are still barriers to women's equal access to opportunities.

From a local level all the way to global, we have a world of work to do.

There are many forms of discrimination women face every day due to just their gender alone (not to mention other factors). Many women receive unequal pay, have difficulty accessing education, and face obstacles in obtaining reproductive healthcare.

The empowerment of women is part of our world vision for a stronger and more successful society. No matter how you identify, lifting up all women and feminine-presenting individuals helps the world as a whole.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TRULY EMPOWER WOMEN?

Let’s take a look at what it really means to empower women.  

In essence, empowering women gives all women the rights they deserve. This includes the right to education and literacy, universal access to political and economic spheres, the right to safety, and the right to earn equal pay.

Discrimination against women has been a constant throughout global history. Entire systems have been constructed that hinder their rights and success. Collaboration among local community members, small businesses, and world leaders can help level the playing field.

 

HOW CAN I EMPOWER WOMEN?

Big changes first start with small steps. So, how can you empower women?

There are a variety of ways:

SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES

One of the primary ways to empower women is to address systemic poverty. Discriminatory laws set against women’s rights can make it almost impossible for women to secure economic empowerment for themselves and future generations.  

By supporting small businesses, you can help empower women.

Here’s what to look for:

First, look for small businesses that are women-owned. While shopping, look for businesses with women in leadership roles that carry the products or services you need.

You can also look for organizations that specifically pair with underprivileged women across the globe, which is what drives us here at The Little Market. Each purchase supports artisans from all across the globe including the United States, Kenya, Bolivia, India, South Africa, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Our products support community initiatives to provide access to education, fair wages, safety, health insurance, and skills training.

Shopping at women-owned businesses creates a positive ripple effect all through the supply chain and labor market.

DONATE YOUR TIME

Another way you can help empower women is to donate your time. Look for programs serving underprivileged communities asking for volunteers. Helping those around you who need it is an excellent way to empower women and help break the cycle of poverty.

There are many other ways you can donate your time as well. For instance, use your time to inform yourself on how you can help empower women. Read up on current events. Use your platform to speak out when you can.

BECOME A MENTOR

Women may not always have access to help. One way you can help empower women is to become a mentor for another woman. You can offer encouragement, advice, stories of your failures and successes, honesty, and help.  

Representation matters. The more younger generations see women working in fields like STEM or women leading others, the more likely they are to follow their dreams.

 

USE YOUR NETWORK

Those who are in high-level corporate leadership roles or successful and passionate in their careers and lives can use their platform to bring other women up. Using your networking skills with intention can help secure economic resources for women who might otherwise have difficulty accessing them.

ENCOURAGE SECONDARY EDUCATION

Access to education is critical to social development and professional development.

You can help by providing volunteer tutoring, mentoring, and working with local and global legislators. Another key aspect to helping women succeed academically is to ensure everyone has access to safe and reliable menstrual products.

CONNECT WITH THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE

Making a difference across the globe may feel overwhelming and impossible. So, start with the women already in your life, like your mother, sisters, friends, colleagues, boss, neighbors, or people you see on your regular routine throughout the week.

Making an effort to connect with women, encourage them, be kind, share love, and help them is one of the best ways to empower women in your life.

LIFT WOMEN'S VOICES

Women in underprivileged countries often lack access to the resources to bring their voices to the global stage. One way you can help these women achieve brighter futures for themselves and for their families is to speak out for them.  

This involves taking a stand against social injustice, discriminatory behavior, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Speak out with your voice to help lift women’s voices across the world.

SUPPORT NEW MOMS

New mothers face physical, mental, and societal pressures that are wholly unique. Mothers are called to balance their new lives and self-perception with a sometimes unfriendly world.

Parenthood is a stressful time financially. A great way to help new and young mothers is by providing the means they need to take care of their families comfortably.

For instance, consider our handmade Stuffed Animals made of soft, high-quality materials. Our Parrot Stuffed Animal and our Clown Fish Stuffed Animal are thoughtfully handmade and help empower artisan women in Peru.

Empowering women by supporting new and young mothers is excellent, but these gifts go beyond this. Each purchase helps empower artisan women across the globe, supporting a way for them to make a livelihood, earn fair wages, and achieve sustainable development goals.

SHARE WORDS OF KINDNESS AND GRATITUDE WITH WOMEN

It’s no secret that words of kindness and gratitude can be few and far between. Harmful discourse has always existed, but since the creation of the Internet and social media, it’s spread faster than ever.

One of the best ways that you can empower women each day is to choose kindness. See a mother with her children in the store? Share a word of kindness with her and encourage her. See a woman working hard for her financial stability? Choose to encourage her and share gratitude for women like her.

If you’re looking to buy clothing, goods, or services, find a women-owned business and choose to give them your support.  

Words have a far greater impact than we realize. So, take every opportunity you can to tell the women in your life how much you love them and how much you support them!

This is an easy activity for everyone to practice. Whether you’re a husband, boyfriend, son, daughter, wife, girlfriend, or friend, seek out the women in your life and be intentional about how you support them.

CELEBRATE WHAT IT MEANS TO IDENTIFY AS A WOMAN

Another excellent way to empower women across the globe is to celebrate what it means to be a woman. It’s no secret that women encounter a lot of obstacles in life. From lower wages and lack of gender equality to judgment and pressure, there are many societal norms and standards about what being a woman means that harm women.

To counteract this harm, speak out and celebrate what it means to identify as a woman. Share your experiences, hardships, successes, and joys. Share what you love about being a woman and how being a woman makes you stronger than you could have imagined.

Use your voice and speak out to demonstrate the power, wisdom, and strength that comes with womanhood.  

RAISE AWARENESS FOR GENDER EQUALITY

Gender equality is a critical human right. It’s also important for supporting women across the globe. Without gender equality, girls are forced to marry young, aren't allowed to receive education, and are mistreated. Raising awareness about gender equality is a powerful way to speak up for women’s rights and empower women.

STAY INFORMED ON CURRENT EVENTS IMPACTING WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Ignorance is not bliss. Staying informed on current events is one of the most important steps to empowering all people, including all women. This is the first step to taking a stand for social justice and change. By being aware of what’s going on in the world, you can make a difference.  

Information and knowledge are powerful. When we wield it together, we can make change happen.

EMPOWER WOMEN, EMPOWER THE WORLD

Empowering women is vital to the health of the economy and the world. So, when you take measures to lift women up, you’re helping so much more.  

Our marketplace is designed to empower women and underprivileged artisans in communities across the globe. By building relationships with artisan and producer groups, we’ve worked to support human rights for those in underserved communities. In other words, each purchase you make helps empower women and change the world.

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Bar Glassware: How To Stock Your Bar

 

When you invite guests over to entertain them, carefully crafted drinks can brighten any party. Plus, having your very own bar helps you save money in the long run. You can make your own mixed drinks from the comfort of your own home and entertain both yourself and your guests at the same time.

To properly entertain your guests with your home bar, it’s critical to know what you need. How do you stock your bar? What bar glassware do you need? What liquor should you stock up on? With so many options, there is a perfect setup for everyone.

This guide breaks down everything you need to know about how to stock your bar, from selecting bar glassware to choosing the perfect selection of drinks.

 

WHAT MAKES BAR GLASSWARE UNIQUE?

If this is your first time making your own at-home bar, you may be wondering what makes bar glassware so unique. Why do you need separate bar glassware from your dinner glassware?

There is something special about having bar glassware ready for your drinks, not to mention they're practical and designed for specific categories of drinks.

The glassware world is complex. In fact, it’s almost as complex as the alcohol world itself. Serving wine, beer, and mixed drinks in a glass is the correct way to serve alcohol. There’s something about receiving your drink in a pre-poured, high-quality glass that sets the tone for a refined but enjoyable evening.

Having bar glassware elevates your home bar and takes it to the next level. Your bar glassware needs will change depending on what kinds of drinks you want to serve at your home bar.

For instance, if you only want to serve simple wine, beer, and a few mixed drinks, you won’t need as many containers. If you want to serve a variety of shots, cocktails, and more, you may need a larger variety.

 

WHAT ARE MY GLASSWARE MUST-HAVES?

The best way to decide what glassware for you to stock up on for your home bar is to start with simple glasses and work your way up.

So, what kinds of bar glassware are absolutely essential for your at-home bar? What are the bar glassware must-haves?

Let’s take a look at cocktail glasses, beer glasses, flutes, collins glasses, pilsner glasses, champagne glasses, snifters, primary glass sizes, and more to get started.

COCKTAIL GLASSES

Cocktail glasses are a staple in a home bar. From serving piña coladas, mojitos, and martinis to cosmopolitans and old-fashioned cocktails, this is a must-have glassware piece for your bar.  

Our Hand-blown Cocktail Glass makes the perfect addition to your bar. Serve drinks in style with handmade, high-quality glassware that is made from recycled glass, and enjoy sipping classic drinks from timeless-looking glasses. Each glass holds up to 20 ounces of liquid in your favorite drink.

Every piece is handmade in Cantel, Guatemala by artisans working in a safe environment that supports livable wages and financial security. This work not only offers fair pay, but it also provides access to health insurance, job training, and life-changing educational opportunities.

SNIFTERS

Another essential piece of bar glassware that belongs in your home bar is a snifter. A snifter is most commonly used for brandy and similar drinks. Its short-stemmed design allows for the hand to warm the drink while the aromas become trapped in the wide bowl of the glass. Snifters are shaped to have a wide bottom and tapered top with a short stem.

Use snifters to hold aromatic drinks like brandy, ales, including Belgian ales and India pale ales, wheat wines, and other drinks like cognac.

Looking for the perfect snifter addition to your home bar? Look no further than our Bubbled Glass Snifter in Clear. This piece is handmade in Egypt from locally sourced, recycled glass. Each purchase empowers artisans living in underprivileged parts of Egypt to earn a sustainable income and access a creative outlet in safety.

Whether you or your guests love spirits and want to sip on aromatic beverages in beautiful glassware, there’s no better way to do it. Enjoy the unique, one-of-a-kind texture and design as well as the beautiful glass bubbling.

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas or holiday gifts for your friends and family, you can purchase a snifter by itself or in a set of four. Add this to your wishlist or a registry, or gift it to a friend today.

 

SHOT GLASSES

When you’re hosting a party or celebration, sometimes shots are a great way to truly enjoy the night. Shot glasses typically hold around two ounces of your liquor of choice.

Shot glasses are multiuse tools in the bar world. They’re essential glassware for your guests to drink from, and you can repurpose them as measuring cups for mixed drinks or cocktails. With two ounces of drink to hold, this is an excellent way to measure liquor.

Our Etched Shot Glass is a beautiful way to enjoy your evening at home. With etched flowers, leaves, and a whimsical, enchanting texture, this Hand-Blown Shot Glass is made with recycled glass and supports artisans in Mexico.

Available in clear, aqua, and French blue colors, this timeless Glassware helps complete any home bar.

SHORT GLASSES

Enjoy the same beautiful design in our Etched Short Glass with Clear Flowers. Also available in shades of aqua and French blue, this piece of Glassware is a must-have to hold any drink you enjoy, alcoholic or not. Elevating even a casual snack on the patio with these Glasses can add a touch of elegance and joy to any meal.

This is also an excellent Glass to use for the drinks you like to enjoy at the dinner table, with your family, or by yourself. Sip on your morning iced coffee or evening iced tea in style. These Glasses support artisans in Mexico with fair wages and a sustainable income.

MARGARITA GLASSES

When it comes to stocking your own at-home bar, it’s vital to have the best margarita glasses. Margaritas are an excellent drink to enjoy during girls’ night, dinner with friends, game night, or any celebration.

The classic margarita calls for a dash of liquor. However, if your guests prefer not to drink, you can serve delicious alcohol-free margaritas in these glasses as well.

Consider our Etched Margarita Glass available in aqua and French blue as well as the classic clear color. Each piece is handcrafted with flower and leaf designs for texture and dimension. Serve margaritas on the rocks, blended, salt, or sugar, and give your guests an experience they won’t forget.

WHICH GLASSES SHOULD I USE FOR MY FAVORITE DRINKS?

When you’re considering building your very own at-home bar, it’s essential to know what drinks and bar glassware you need to make your bar the perfect party destination. The basics of bar glassware include shot glasses, red wine glasses, white wine glasses, short and tall glasses, and cocktail glassware. However, there are many different types of glasses beyond just the essentials.

It’s also important to consider what drinks you enjoy the most. Which drinks do you sip on most often? What drinks are your favorite? What kind of glasses should you use for your favorite drinks?

Read on to find out.

WHISKEY DRINKS

For all the whiskey lovers in your life, it’s important to have whiskey glasses available in your home bar. What glasses should you use for whiskey? There are a few options.

Let’s take a closer look below.

There are many whiskey glasses to choose from that complement different types of whiskeys. The shape is designed to enhance the drinking and nosing of whiskey, so you can enjoy aromatic drinks. Whether you’re serving drinks to your guests or just enjoying your favorite kind of whiskey by yourself, having the proper glass can make a big difference.

Here’s what you need to know:

A tulip-shaped glass is excellent for single malt whiskey.

The Glencairn glass is short and solid and excellent for swirling whiskey.

A whiskey tumbler or lowball glass is great for whiskeys you don’t need to nose.

Highball glasses are excellent for scotch and sodas or Irish coffees.

Snifters are great for aromatic whiskeys.

A neat whiskey glass has a wide rim and is an excellent way to enjoy whiskeys with harsh vapors.

 

 

VODKA DRINKS

When it comes to vodka, whether you’re serving it to your guests or enjoying it by yourself, you’ll want to use a tumbler glass. This allows guests to pour the exact quantity of vodka they desire. You can also use other glasses, like shot glasses or martini glasses, to sip on vodka.

TEQUILA DRINKS

Drinks with tequila are savory and delicious, so if you’re looking to find the perfect bar glassware for tequila drinks, here is what you need to know.

A tulip glass is best for savoring tequila. This is because the shape allows the aroma to build inside the glass. You can also use shot glasses to enjoy tequila and choose from various shapes and sizes. To spice up your shots, use pink Himalayan salt glasses and save yourself from salting the rim.

RUM DRINKS

Both snifters and tulip-shaped glasses are excellent options when it comes to rum drinks. You can also use a highball glass to serve rum in, especially if you’re making a mixed drink with rum like a rum with a cola.

 

GIN DRINKS

If you love a gin and tonic, an old fashioned, a gin fizz, Tom Collins, or cocktails with gin in them, you need to know what glassware to serve gin with. Copa glasses, or balloon glasses, work really well for gin drinks. Lowball glasses and highball glasses also work excellently for serving and enjoying gin.

 

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I HAVE IN MY HOME BAR?

Stocking your home bar involves finding the perfect, classy bar glassware for you and your guests to enjoy. After all, your glassware is the first impression for your bar. Before your guests even taste the drinks you make, they encounter the glasses, hold them, and examine them. From an elegant get-together to a fun party, glassware matters.

However, there are also a few other essentials you need to stock your home bar up with. You’ll need to have the perfect variety of liquors, mixers, cocktail ingredients, and other tools that will level up your bar.

Here’s everything else you’ll need to have in your home bar:

A VARIETY OF LIQUORS

Now that you’ve picked out the bar glassware you want for your home bar, it’s time to choose the variety of liquors to stock it with. There are a few basic types of liquor every bar needs.

First, you’ll need vodka. This liquor is versatile, makes for excellent cocktails, and is a home bar classic. You’ll also need to stock up on gin, which is a staple spirit used in many different types of cocktails, like the classic gin and tonic.

Whiskey is another essential for your personal bar. From serving your guests Manhattans and old fashioneds, this is a necessity. Plus, many enjoy whiskey all by itself. In addition to whiskey, consider adding rum to your stock.

Tequila and mezcal are two spirits based on agave and perfect for classic margaritas and more. Be sure to have this in stock in your bar. In addition to this, keep brandy, cognac, bitters, and classic beers and wines available.

MIXERS AND COCKTAIL INGREDIENTS

In addition to liquors and drinks, you’ll need some essential mixers and cocktail ingredients.

Here’s what to grab:

Dark colas

Ginger ale

Tonic water

Lemons, limes, and other sours

Dry vermouth

Club soda

Oranges

 

AN ICE BUCKET

No matter what types of glasses you have stocked in your home, you can level up your drinking experience with an ice bucket. Set out fresh ice so your guests can make drinks on the rocks or keep your bottle of wine cool in a beautiful glassware piece.

Our Etched Ice Bucket is the perfect way to make a casual date night turn into a five-star experience. Plus, the beautiful flower and leaf designs are perfect for any season. Whether you’re planning a winter, spring, summer, or fall celebration with the ones you love, put it on ice.

Each purchase supports artisans at a social enterprise in Mexico that gives them a safe space to express their creativity, craft what they love, and earn fair, livable wages.

Elevate your at-home bar with this stunning Glassware piece and throw a party like no other.

 

 

A COCKTAIL SHAKER

If you’re planning on making any mixed drinks or cocktails, you’ll need to have a cocktail shaker. This is what helps chill drinks and mix them before pouring them into the bar glassware you’ll end up serving to your guests. You don’t have to be a professional bartender to use a cocktail shaker well.

Here’s a basic rundown of what you need to know:

First, you can use the tumbler side of the mixer as a mixing cup or glass to make stirred drinks. How do you know when to mix and when to shake cocktails? You’ll want to shake your cocktails when you have ingredients like juice, alcohol, dairy, eggs, or cream.

In other cases, when your cocktail only has spirits like gin, vodka, vermouth, or whiskey, you can simply stir them. This is similar for drinks with sparkling ingredients.

To use your cocktail shaker properly, you’ll need a measuring device. While your two-ounce shot glass is a great backup, you’ll want a proper jigger. This has two sides that measure ½ ounces, single ounces, and more. After you’ve made a few cocktails, you’ll get familiar with measurements, and using a jigger will be second nature.

A cocktail shaker helps elevate even the most novice at-home bartender into a professional at their craft.

 

TO RAISE THE BAR

Having your own bar at home is a great way to entertain friends and family, as well as save money. This guide breaks down what bar glassware to consider as well as everything else you need to make your home bar the go-to place in town.

Choose your favorite Bar Glassware pieces to support artisans all across the globe and serve your guests beverages in glasses that delight and inspire. Plus, with classic designs and a timeless theme, this glassware will last you years to come. Pull out your favorite pieces during the holidays, for parties and birthdays, or for social occasions and practice making your favorite cocktails!  

 

Serving tray sets are an excellent way to tie in your kitchen table décor and elevate the dinners, lunches, and appetizers you serve. Whether you’re getting ready for a family dinner or a birthday or just want to add a bit of spice and flavor to your meals, a serving...

Serving Tray Sets: A Brief Overview

Serving tray sets are an excellent way to tie in your kitchen table décor and elevate the dinners, lunches, and appetizers you serve. Whether you’re getting ready for a family dinner or a birthday or just want to add a bit of spice and flavor to your meals, a serving tray set makes a difference.

There are many different serving tray styles, options, and themes to choose from. For instance, there are modern serving platters, rustic serving platters, and timeless ceramic serving platters that never seem to go out of style.

 

 

 

How can you find the best serving trays? Look no further than our collection of high-quality, handcrafted Serveware Sets.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to find the best serving trays for your table:

WHAT IS A SERVING TRAY SET?

A serving tray set is a wonderful way to treat family and friends to a beautiful meal at the dinner table. There are many ways you can use a serving tray set. First, you can set the trays directly on the table for easy access to foods, appetizers, sides, or main dishes.

You can also use serving tray sets to bring food to guests personally. If you’re hosting a party with friends, employees, or family members, a serving tray with handles allows you to bring appetizers and finger foods around to your guests while they mingle.

No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, a serving tray helps level up your kitchen serveware. Not only does a serving tray set include matching pieces that tie in the look of your décor, but it helps to complement the theme of your event or party as well. They can add texture, dimension, color, and pattern to your spread.

WHICH ITEMS SHOULD MY SERVING TRAY SET INCLUDE?

When you think of serving trays by themselves, you likely think of a simple platter that sits on your dining room table. However, a serving tray set includes so much more.

Here are the items your serving tray set should include:

 

 

SALAD BOWLS

Salad bowls are one of the most important parts of your serving tray set. The salad is the starter for your meal — the first taste your guests get of the dinner you’ve planned. From fruity summer salads to salads with Italian dressing and spices, delight your guests with the presentation by using a beautiful handcrafted Salad Bowl.

Our Acacia Wood Salad Bowl adds a beautiful wooden tone to your meal and is an excellent way to add earthy tones that complement the mixture of greenery. Choose from our Extra Large Bowl or our Rounded Salad Bowl for easy mixing.

Each purchase of our Acacia Wood Salad Bowl supports artisans who live in the Philippines. These artisans work at an organization that provides safe employment options, financial security, livable wages, and community as well as a way to express creativity while accessing job training.

We also carry a variety of handcrafted Ceramic Salad Bowls. Choose from a range of patterns, colors, designs, and textures.

Our Blush Ceramic Salad Bowl is handmade by artisans in Morocco and is the perfect container for fresh greens from your garden. For a timeless look, consider our Ceramic Salad Bowl in White.

 

WOVEN BOWLS

A serving tray set should also include a variety of woven bowls, which adds a warm texture to your kitchen décor. Our Woven Bowls come in lighter colors and darker colors as well as a range of patterns and shapes.

The best way to use a woven bowl to serve or display food is to use a linen cloth on the bottom. You can use this for charcuterie, appetizers, snacks, and more. Get creative and enjoy the woven dimension these pieces add to your table.

CERAMIC TRAYS

Ceramic Trays should also be included in your collection of serving trays. Ceramic trays add a cool, inviting feel as well as brightness to your table spread. Our collection comes in a range of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. Choose from gray stripes, black floral patterns, a blush stripe, or a classic white color or mix and match different color schemes.

Larger serving trays can be used for an appetizer spread or food while smaller trays can be used for displaying jewelry, trinkets, and more. These ceramic pieces are handmade in Morocco, and each purchase empowers the artisans with fair wages while preserving techniques that have been passed down through generations.

SERVING TRAYS

In addition to ceramic trays, woven bowls, and salad bowls, the most essential item in any serving tray set is the Serving Trays themselves. There are a number of different types of serving trays. For instance, woven trays add eye-catching dimensions as well as a beachy, light feel.

Our Oval Woven Serving Tray is perfect for breakfast items like bagels, muffins, doughnuts, or fruit as well as dessert items like cookies or breads. Each purchase of our Woven Trays empowers women weavers in Tanzania.

UTENSILS

Lastly, you’ll need the perfect utensils to use for serving and eating the delicious food items you’ve prepared. With salad servers, large serving forks and spoons, miniature spice spoons, measuring teaspoons, coffee scoopers, heart-shaped spoons, and wooden spatula sets, we have everything you need to find the perfect handmade Utensils for your meal.

Each purchase of a handmade Serving Utensil helps support the wood carvers and artisans in Kenya, supporting them with livable wages and a sustainable income.

WHEN CAN I USE MY SERVING TRAYS?

Having the perfect serving tray sets can take your get-together to a whole new level. Use your serving trays to serve food directly to guests who are mingling, display food on the counters or coffee table, or even keep food directly on the table for easy access during dinner.

When can you use your serving trays? The answer is simple: whenever you want.

Here are a few occasions you may want to consider using your serving trays:

 

DINNER PARTIES

When you host a dinner party or bring food to a dinner party, there can be a lot of pressure. Not only does your dish have to impress, but the presentation needs to be perfect. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or bringing a dish for a holiday dinner event or family gathering, you need the perfect serving trays to display your food.

You can also use your serving trays to display cocktails during cocktail hour. Pull out your favorite glassware and make your favorite martinis, margaritas, or mixed beverages and display them on a beautiful wooden tray with handles to pass around to guests and enjoy yourself.

If you’re displaying cheese, breads, hors d'oeuvres, and appetizers on a serving tray, this allows the dinner party guests to grab their own food when they’re hungry. You can also serve fruit, finger sandwiches, vegetables, breads, and more from a serving tray. Consider bringing a serving tray to the next dinner party you attend to level up your dish and impress your friends and family.

 

CASUAL GATHERINGS

Are you hosting a more casual gathering at your place? Your serving trays are an excellent way to keep it casual.

Here’s why:

Fancier get-togethers often have a precise method for how you can get food. Whether the dishes are lined up in a specific order or there are people bringing food to you, you may not be able to just grab food when you want to. However, at a casual gathering, you can.

Whether the casual gathering you’re hosting is a game night, a birthday party, or a book club meeting, it won’t be complete without snacks. Set your serving trays on the counter or around the room to allow your guests the opportunity to grab food whenever they like.

This is a great way to keep it casual and relaxed. You can also set bowls, woven baskets, and more around the room with various food items and appetizers inside to keep your guests happy.

 

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS

Spending time with family is important. It helps you bond together, enjoy fun activities, and learn more about one another. Spending time with family can support mental health, boost self-confidence, and lower the risk of behavioral issues.

One of the best ways to do this is with a movie night. Find your favorite films and gather around the living room to enjoy a fun night with the ones you love. No family movie night is complete without popcorn and snacks, and our Serving Trays and Bowls are an excellent way to share the popcorn. Now, just sit back, relax, and enjoy watching a movie with the ones you love.

Game nights are also an excellent way to connect with those you love. Enjoy snacks displayed on beautiful dishware while you enjoy friendly, healthy competition! 

SET TO GO

Having the perfect handmade serving tray sets is one of the best ways to elevate your dinner party, casual gathering, holiday meal, birthday celebration, or movie night. And, if you’re bringing your own dish to someone else, display it on one of our beautiful handmade Serving Trays.

At The Little Market, our Serving Tray Sets help dishes stand out from the crowd while supporting artisans from all across the globe. No matter what kind of party you’re hosting, it won’t be complete without beautiful kitchen décor and serveware items.

  What you put on your body matters. So, when it comes to soap, it’s important to know which is best for your body. If you’re exploring the aisles of the grocery store or local convenience store near you, you likely encounter many mass-produced soaps. It’s no secret that mass-manufactured...

6 Reasons You Should Make the Switch To Small-Batch, Handmade Soap

 

What you put on your body matters. So, when it comes to soap, it’s important to know which is best for your body. If you’re exploring the aisles of the grocery store or local convenience store near you, you likely encounter many mass-produced soaps.

It’s no secret that mass-manufactured soaps are convenient. In fact, because they’re produced in such large batches, they’re often more accessible and less expensive. However, mass-produced soaps may not be the best option for your skin.

When it comes to the difference between handmade soap and other types of soaps, there are a few distinct qualities that set the handcrafted options apart. If you’re considering making the switch from conventional soaps to handmade soap, this guide is for you.

Let’s take a closer look at the top reasons to make the switch to handmade soap.

WHAT IS HANDMADE SOAP?

What is handmade soap? What’s the difference between handmade soap and conventional soap?

Handmade soaps are soaps made by individual artisans. These soaps are handcrafted as opposed to being mass-produced by machines. Handmade soaps tend to be made in smaller batches, use real ingredients, and avoid harmful chemicals. Handmade soaps are also good for the skin and the body.

 

WHAT IS SMALL-BATCH SOAP?

You may also hear the term “small-batch soap” when learning about handmade soaps and other handmade bath products. Small-batch soap is simply soap produced in smaller quantities.

There are many benefits to small-batch soap. Soap made in smaller batches receives individual attention from the artisans crafting it. Instead of buying soap that’s run through a machine, you can buy soap made by an attentive person. The time, attention, and detail devoted to the handmade soaps are a significant benefit.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SOAP BY HAND?

Handmade soap can be made in a few different ways. Three of the most common ways to make handmade soaps are with the melt and pour technique, cold pressing, and hot pressing. Each of these processes has been used for years to perfect the art of soap making. These methods have been passed down through generations, with each new generation honoring the past tradition while adding to the present technique.

 

MELT AND POUR

The melt and pour method of soap making is just like the name sounds. You begin by melting the soap base, which contains the hydrating product glycerin. Once melted, add other nourishing ingredients to the mixture. This can contain essential oils for fragrance, coconut oil for skin, and much more.

Once you complete your soap mixture, you can pour this into soap molds. Artisans will have handcrafted molds, but if you’re making handmade soap at home, you can use any container you have.

Allow your soap to cool and harden completely before removing it from the mold and packaging it or using it. You can cut your soap molds from here and decorate them however you like.  

 

COLD PROCESSING

Cold processing is another popular method for making handmade soap. Cold processing involves the use of lye, oils, and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients cause a reaction known as saponification, which helps liquefy the soap materials.  

You’ll start by melting lye and mixing this with water. Once this mixture cools completely, you can weigh and prepare the oils and moisturizing butters. Melt these and combine the lye and oils. Add all other ingredients and pour the soap mixture into a mold of your choice. Cover the mold with paper and a towel to keep the heat in.

Wait a few days or until your soap is completely cool and solid. After this, you can slice your soap into the shape you want and let the bars sit in the open air for at least one month before using them.

 

HOT PROCESSING

Hot processing is similar to cold processing, but it uses external heat to liquefy soap, whereas cold processing relies on saponification. In other words, this process is almost exactly the same as cold processing but relies on melting the oils first. Hot processing also doesn’t require a long cure time.

WHY IS SMALL-BATCH, HANDMADE SOAP SO GREAT?

Why make the switch to handmade soap? What makes small-batch, handmade soap such an excellent option? Handmade options are often much better than their mass-produced counterparts for a variety of reasons.

In a broad category, handmade products receive much more attention than products that are mass-produced. What about handmade soap?

The benefits of small-batch soap are numerous, but here are the top reasons why handmade soap is so great:

 

1. IT'S TRUE SOAP

One of the most significant benefits of handmade, small-batch soap is that it’s real.

Many mass-produced products and soaps are altered in ways that take away their soap-like qualities. For instance, commercial soaps may include artificial or synthetic ingredients that make them less like soap than their handmade counterparts.

The artificial ingredients in mass-produced soaps leave plenty to be desired; there is a reason that creating authentic soap is a highly prized practice.

2. IT'S EFFECTIVE

Another benefit of choosing handmade soap over conventional or commercial soaps is that they’re effective! Handmade soap contains a few key differences in effectiveness compared to commercial soap. First, it’s better for your skin and more moisturizing due to its glycerin content. It also contains real ingredients that tend to be more effective (and kinder) toward skin than artificial ingredients.

3. IT SMELLS GREAT

Soap not only smell great, but are also gentle on our skin. Depending on what kind of soap you use, you’ll be able to enjoy different fragrances. For instance, our handmade soaps are made with 100% essential oils that not only smell great but are gentle on our skin.

Choose from a variety of fragrances like chamomile, citrus, coconut, lavender, peppermint, rose, and vanilla. Each is made with essential oils and ingredients that are designed for sensitive skin.

When you choose handmade soap, you can feel great and smell great.

 

4. IT DOESN'T HAVE HIDDEN INGREDIENTS

It’s critical to understand what’s in a product before you use it. We practice this with food and other products, so why not practice it with our soaps too?

Mass-produced soap can contain hidden ingredients that are harmful to the planet and to the body. These include harsh chemicals, toxins, artificial ingredients, fragrances, parabens, and more. If you have trouble reading and understanding the ingredients in a label, that may be cause for concern.

Handmade soap, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any hidden ingredients. When you buy handmade, you know exactly what you’re getting. And, when you know what you’re getting, you can use handmade soap with peace of mind knowing your body is safe.

 

5. IT HELPS YOUR SKIN

Below are a few of the most significant reasons why handmade soap supports your skin:

Glycerin:

Many mass-produced soaps undergo a process that removes glycerin from them. Glycerin is an ingredient that helps hydrate and moisturizes the skin. In other words, using commercial soaps may actually dry your skin rather than moisturize it.

Keeping your hands smooth and hydrated is important. Luckily, handmade soaps retain their glycerin content and can help keep your hands smooth, moisturized, and feeling good.

Ceramides:

In addition, ceramides and hyaluronic acid are also common ingredients in handmade soaps that can support skin health. Ceramides are epidermal lipids that support the skin barrier’s proper functioning. These compounds are excellent ingredients in skincare products and soaps as they support overall skin health.

Hyaluronic Acid:

Hyaluronic acid is known to help the skin retain moisture and nutrients and even keep the skin looking and feeling youthful and refreshed. Together, the glycerin, ceramide, and hyaluronic acid content of handmade soap make it an excellent skincare option.

Other Helpful Ingredients:

A few other nourishing ingredients found in handmade soaps include the following:

Sorbitol: Known for its hydrating and moisturizing properties for skin, sorbitol is an excellent, safe ingredient in handmade soap.

Vitamin E Oil

Palm Oil

Coconut Oil

Honey

Mango Butter

Sodium chloride: This is another beneficial ingredient in handmade soap that promotes exfoliation, naturally preserves soap, and offers hydrating properties.

Not only do most commercial soaps lack these nourishing ingredients, but they can contain harsh chemicals. For example, mass-produced soaps may contain irritating ingredients like fragrance, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, and cocamidopropyl betaine.

These can cause your skin to dry out when washing and lead to irritation.

6. IT'S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Finding eco-conscious products is an easy way to support the environment and take care of the planet we live on.

How does handmade soap support environmental health? Natural, handmade soaps have a smaller environmental impact because they are made with natural, clean ingredients, like essential oils, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and glycerin.

Soap washes off the body and reenters the environment. So, the ingredients used ultimately find their way back to the ecosystem. Natural ingredients have a much smaller impact on animals, wildlife, and the environment than harmful chemicals in commercial soaps do. This is an excellent reason to choose handmade soaps over commercial options.

A CLEANER WORLD AND A CLEANER YOU

Using handmade soaps is an excellent way to support artisans across the globe, take care of the planet, and take care of your skin. With nourishing ingredients, our soaps are made in small batches and made with attention to detail.

Find a handmade soap today or give handmade soap as a gift this holiday season, like our Peppermint Soap or Vanilla Soap!

Witnessing the seasons change one after the other is one of the most beautiful testaments to the beauty of nature and the willingness of the human spirit to begin again. With new seasons come fresh starts and all the joys that accompany new times of life. Being able to decorate...

Fall Color Palette and Schemes To Celebrate The Season

Witnessing the seasons change one after the other is one of the most beautiful testaments to the beauty of nature and the willingness of the human spirit to begin again. With new seasons come fresh starts and all the joys that accompany new times of life.

Being able to decorate your home to match the seasons is one of these joys. To do this, you need the right color palette. No two tastes are exactly alike.

While you may prefer saturated colors, another may prefer neutrals or pastels. The perfect fall color palette looks different in each home, so don't be afraid to get creative and let your personal style stand out.

This guide explores the best colors for a fall color palette and how you can incorporate these into your space with our home décor pieces.

Continue reading below to learn more.

BURNT ORANGE, RED, AND CORAL

When you think of fall, what are the first colors that come to mind? If you said orange and red, you’re not alone! Because of how the leaves change from a bright, lively green to a red, yellow, orange, or burgundy color, it’s common to associate these colors with the season of fall altogether.

These colors feel warm and comfortable and like you could cozy up next to them on your couch. These colors remind us of home-cooked meals and apple cider and having friends and family over on the weekends. Decorating your home with these colors during the fall season is one of the best ways to turn a house into a home.

Here are a few décor tips for incorporating these options on your fall color palette into your home:

Consider a Kantha Quilt as the perfect addition to your bed, couch, or sitting area. With a range of designs and color options, you can find various styles that incorporate burnt orange, red, coral, and other warm, earthy tones.  

For less saturated fall color palette options, take a look at our Petite Glass Pitcher in Blush. Use it to serve fresh apple cider or lemonade, or fill it with flowers or greenery. Or simply put it on display on your dining room table, counter, or mantel.

When you purchase our glass pitcher, you support artisans in Morocco who handcraft each piece by carefully molding and painting each piece themselves. Enjoy high-quality pieces that match your fall color palette and make a difference.

EMERALD GREEN AND CREAM

Two colors that may also come to mind when you think of a fall color palette are emerald green and cream. Emerald green is rich in beautiful, deep hues that reflect a warm feel. This color is bold yet subtle in its beauty, making it the perfect pair with cream.

Cream has become a popular color, both in home décor and fashion. Cream is neutral enough to match with a variety of colors and helps brighten up spaces in your home and wardrobe. Consider pairing cream with more saturated colors, like emerald or burnt orange and red.

Here’s how you can style these colors in your home:

Find one of our kantha quilts or throws, like our Kantha Quilt. With intricate, hand-sewn patterns made from vintage cotton saris and a Traditional Kantha Stitch, this piece is an excellent addition to your home.

Made by artisan women in Bangladesh, your purchase of this quilt goes directly to supporting people who have survived human trafficking and abuse, one of the largest industries coercing women into forced labor.

When summer fades to autumn, many start keeping their doors open. If you love to welcome people into your home for meals, quality time, or games, consider adding our Textured Stripe Table Runner in Ivory to your home décor.

This beautiful cream piece will help brighten your space, draw your table together, and add warmth and comfort to the hard surface of your table. This product supports artisans in India who create eco-conscious, ethically crafted textiles.

GRAY, GOLD, AND PUMPKIN ORANGE

For a more neutral variety of hues, you may also consider using gray, gold, and pumpkin orange for your fall color palette. Choose a lighter gray color to pair with a darker pumpkin orange, or choose a darker gray to pair with a lighter pumpkin orange.

Our Striped Sisal Basket comes in white and gray color options and is a functional way to add texture and dimension to your home décor. Keep your blankets, pillows, towels, kids’ toys, other decorations, and more in this basket.

Finding functional home décor pieces is a practical way to decorate your home without losing valuable places to put your stuff. Cute containers that fall in your fall color palette can turn your décor into storage this autumn.

Take a look at our Ceramic Keepsake Box in Gray. Artisans in Morocco hand-molded the earthenware and lightweight ceramic material to make a delicate, light piece that's ethically produced.

Continuing with the theme of gray and white together, our Gray Blanket with White Pom Poms is the perfect way to snuggle up this fall. Grab your favorite person, book, or snack and enjoy relaxation with this soft, handmade blanket.

OLIVE GREEN, MOSS GREEN, AND BRASS

Another popular fall color palette includes olive green, moss green, and brass. These colors are smooth, warm, and lively colors that bring freshness to the traditional orange colors associated with fall. To make your home feel more lively, happy, and whimsical, aim for unique designs and patterns.

Our Kantha Quilt is a beautiful blanket to cozy up with. Made in Bangladesh and purchased to support women who are survivors of human trafficking and abuse, this blanket is double-sided, so you get two patterns in one blanket.

Bring the fall color palette to your tableware as well. With accent designs of gold and brass on the ceramic surface of these plates, this is an excellent way to spice up your seasonal tableware.

Plus, the purchase of Berber Ceramic Plate - No. 4 gives artisans in Morocco the opportunity to earn a fair income and livable wages and make a sustainable living for their families.

INDIGO AND WOOD

Wood tones and indigo are two deep, rich ways to bring out warmth and beauty in your home. Add a dark wood tone to your fall color palette by displaying one of our Acacia Wood Heart Bowls or our Ikat Table Runner. Pair the two together for the perfect dining room setup.

The heart-shaped bowls are made by artisans in the Philippines. Your purchase helps them obtain the opportunity and resources they need to thrive. Your purchase of the table runner helps support women weavers in Guatemala to receive fair wages and help them support their families.

Grab your very own Etched Round Pitcher in French Blue and serve your guests and family a pot of your favorite beverage. Made in Mexico, this pitcher helps support artisans and help them make a livelihood.

TAN, TAUPE, OR CARAMEL

While greens, blues, emeralds, and oranges are beautiful color options that help embody the fall color palette and bring warmth to your home, you may prefer to mix a number of other colors or opt for a more neutral color palette instead.

If you prefer neutral colors over the more saturated ones, you may want tan, taupe, and caramel as part of your fall color palette.

Discover how to bring these colors into your home:

Our Woven Basket in White is handmade in Tanzania and supports weavers in the area, mainly women, many of whom have traveled to seek refuge. Every purchase helps women support themselves and their businesses. This basket not only advocates for social change, but it adds the perfect amount of texture and dimension to your home while still blending in with your fall décor.

When you’re making your weekly trip to the market or grocery store, don’t forget your tote bag! Our Cotton Produce Bags are handmade in Bangladesh and store all the essentials along with your groceries and produce. They come in a set of four so that you’ll have plenty of room to store all your necessary food items.

Plus, these bags help reduce waste and promote fair wages, access to education, and opportunities for skills training for women in Bangladesh.

Décor TO FALL FOR

By choosing home décor from The Little Market that matches your fall color palette and advocates for social justice, you can make a difference in the world. The difference starts in your home. When you decorate your dwelling with intentional, beautiful ethical goods, you are not only bringing light into your space, but sharing it with others across the globe.

We believe your home should be a place you can relax. It should be a cozy space that makes you feel happy and comfortable. After all, this is where you spend most of your time. And there’s no better way to welcome the new seasons than with a few changes...

How To Decorate a Mantel For Each Season

We believe your home should be a place you can relax. It should be a cozy space that makes you feel happy and comfortable. After all, this is where you spend most of your time. And there’s no better way to welcome the new seasons than with a few changes in home décor.

 

Decorating your home doesn’t mean you have to start from square one. There are simple ways to add just what your home needs without having to redo your entire house. By simply decorating your mantel, the focal point of most homes, you can add just enough spice to make your home perfect for the season.

 

Continue reading below to learn how to decorate a mantel for each and every season.

WINTER

Winter makes us want to cozy up with our favorite blanket, crack open a book, and sip hot cocoa. Having a cozy space can help ring in the winter season and make your home feel warm, light, and welcoming if you invite family over for the holidays.

 

If you’re wondering how to decorate a mantel for the winter season, here are a few easy tips:

CREATIVE GARLANDS

Garlands are a great way to get creative with your mantel décor. Our Gratitude Felt Garland is a great way to fill your home with mindfulness and thankfulness throughout the winter season. Not to mention, it’s a pretty cute addition to any room.

Our Heart Felt Garlands in dusty blue, serenity blue, gray, and white are excellent décor pieces for the winter season too.

Looking for the perfect décor to ring in the new year? Look no further than our Star Felt Garland in white. This is the perfect, festive touch to your New Year’s Eve party, even if it’s a virtual gathering this year.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with our garlands!

HOLIDAY CANDLES

It doesn’t surprise us that smell is one of the most powerful senses when it comes to associating positive memories with seasons. That’s why, when you think of winter, you may think of the fragrance of gingerbread cookies, spices, pine trees, or even pie.

There are tons of winter candles to choose from. For instance, flavors like holiday spice, gingerbread cookies, pie crust, fig, pine tree, and pumpkin spice are excellent décor pieces with fragrance benefits on the side. Your Christmas mantel will be ready to go.

ORNAMENT BASKETS

When winter rolls around, many get ready to set up their Christmas trees. Whether you buy a real tree, set up the same artificial tree, or prefer other winter décor instead, there are other ways to set aside your favorite, more delicate ornaments. Consider our Woven Ornament basket in white and natural tones to display your ornaments. Use this to feature specific handmade ornaments or to keep fragile ornaments out of reach of pets or kids. You can also use this as a way to display the ornaments that go with your color schemes. These baskets were woven by expert weavers in Tanzania, bringing economic opportunities and empowerment to artisan women there.

SPRING

When spring comes around, mantel styling with color, texture, and plants can help brighten up your space and make your home feel welcoming. Our spring décor pieces can help you take your mantel from ordinary to the focal point of your home.

 

You can take this opportunity to make your space pop with an accent color. Here’s what you need to know:

FLOWER-FILLED VASES

During the spring season, decorate your mantel with a handmade vase. You can fill your vase with flowers, pampas grass, or artificial greenery. You can also leave your vase empty, as it still provides color and dimension to your space. Our Hand-Blown Round Pitcher is a great statement piece as its shape is unique and offers dimension. Our Moroccan Glass Vase in blush is a great option for anyone wanting a pop of color. Alternate with various sizes of vases, using a tall vase and a short vase next to each another.

 

A special note: If you don’t have any flowers on hand, cut some fresh greenery or sprigs from a nearby tree, fern, or bush and arrange this in your vase.

WOVEN Décor

Woven décor is an excellent way to add some texture and dimension to your space. This kind of décor is also extremely versatile and can be displayed and used in a variety of different ways. For instance, baskets can be used to store toys, blankets, and more while woven placemats or serving trays are a great way to display decor on a mantel, counter, or dining room table. Use your Oval Woven Serving Tray for food too. Whip up a batch of your favorite cookies and display them over colorful linens.

FLORAL CANDLES

Spring is an exciting time of growth, life, and newness. Whether you like to see the green return to the grass and trees, watch the insects and wildlife come out of hiding, or observe the flowers as they start to grow and blossom, there’s no better time for a fresh start.

 

Just like we associate holiday smells with winter, we tend to associate floral smells with spring. Fill your home with the smell of fresh flowers by decorating your mantel with a floral-scented candle from our spring collection. Choose from flavors like blossom, garden, jasmine, meadow, eucalyptus, gardenia, peony, lavender, and rose. These candles are made in small batches by women who resettled as refugees in the United States. These candles help teach valuable skills while providing a dignified living wage.

SUMMER

When summer rolls around, it’s time to kick back, relax, and head to the beach. Decorating your mantel for summer is easy with these tips and tricks:

DELICATE WALL HANGINGS

Start with a delicate wall hanging, like our Macrame Wall Hanging. This statement piece offers texture, art, and variety to the space above your mantel and is an excellent way to decorate for summer. In various sizes, this handmade piece offers boho vibes that remind you and everyone who visits your home of the beach. Add a carefree, delicate piece of art like this one to your mantel. You can also use other types of wall décor, like minimalist artwork, large pieces of art, wreaths, and more.

 

STYLISH STACKED BOOKS

You’ve heard of coffee table books before, but what about books to display on your mantel? Add a pop of color and artistic freedom to your space by stacking a few of your favorite books in a small tower on your mantel.

A special note: If you’re going for neutral décor or want to display books on your mantel without the titles showing, simply turn them around. Display the page-side for a neutral look and add pops of color elsewhere.

With the Cookbook Bundle, you can show off beautiful colors and images. Open the book to craft delicious recipes from all around the globe while supporting artisans in local communities.

As a bonus, each purchase supports human rights, social justice advocacy, and artisans in underserved communities. Supporting art in your community and in communities around the globe is important. Now that’s what we call décor for a cause.

COASTAL CANDLES

COASTAL CANDLES

Summer has its own collection of scents, so choosing a candle from our Coastal Collection is the last step to decorating your mantel for this season.

 

Take a look at our fragrance options like coconut milk, laguna beach, lime, malibu, peppermint, and surf. Light your candle and enjoy a home filled with the fragrances of a summer spent meditating by the seashore.

FALL

When fall comes around, it’s finally time to cozy up with your favorite seasonal

latte and pull out your sweaters. How can you get your mantel décor to match

your fall outfits? Here’s what you need to know:

PETITE PUMPKINS

It’s time to grab all the pumpkins you can find; the

smaller, the better. Find some white pumpkins and pair them with two orange

pumpkins. Maybe look for a gourd or two as well. Find small ones and medium ones

to differ in sizes, and pair these together for added dimension and texture.

FESTIVE FRAMES

Your mantel is one of the most important parts of your home. Those in your

living room look directly at your mantel, whether it’s a fireplace mantel or a

regular one. So, what better place for all your favorite family photos?

 

Take a look at our festive frames and find the perfect way to display your family

for all to see. Our Scallop Frame, Triangles Frame, and Herringbone Frame all offer

texture and neutral color tones for your space. Use these to display framed art or

even tickets from your latest trip to the museum.

SWEET CANDLES

Add the finishing touch to your fall decorating by picking the perfect Seasonal Candle to your mantel. Our apple cider, fig, gingerbread, holiday spice, and pumpkin pie candles are a perfect way to bring in the fall season and transform your home into a cozy, restful, fall-like space.

A HEARTH MAKES A HOME

Whether your favorite season is winter, spring, summer, or fall, we have the perfect décor pieces to transform your home, adding life, textures, and color. For homeowners, renters, and residents alike, decorating your mantel can make any space feel like a home.

Fall is the season that’s most imbued with memory. With spring, there’s renewal and beginning. With summer, it’s the vibrancy of the present. Winter, there’s stillness and waiting. But fall — during fall, the whole earth begins its slow wind down. And our minds and bodies long to join in....

Fall Candles: 9 Candles to Welcome Autumn

Fall is the season that’s most imbued with memory. With spring, there’s renewal and beginning. With summer, it’s the vibrancy of the present. Winter, there’s stillness and waiting.

But fall — during fall, the whole earth begins its slow wind down. And our minds and bodies long to join in. Our inner systems can begin to sync up when we ease them into a steadier pace. If we take our cues from Mother Nature, our ordinarily busy minds can make room for rest and remembering.

You can begin by looking up and looking around.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are especially breathtaking this time of year. The whole mountainside warms over with rich depths of color — burgundy, gold, emerald. If the trees could speak, they’d be humming something ancient and folkloric.

The season’s shift begins in them from inside to out. Nature is always challenging us and giving us lessons on living and breathing in this world.

But not all of us can forego our routines for a meditative hike in the mountains. However, even a micro-trip to the forest can do wonders for the spirit. Nonetheless, our full schedules are so often out of our control.

THE SCENTS OF THE SEASON

So we have to find and experience autumn’s abundance where we can.

So many of us are in our homes. It’s become not only a place to begin and end our days, but a place where almost all our existence unfolds.

It’s where we eat our acai bowls and drink our favorite batch of Single-origin coffee in Handmade mugs. It’s where we water our monstera deliciosa while listening to a moody fall playlist. It’s where we get behind on laundry and emails and make time to bake from scratch on Sundays. It’s a place where excitement and the mundane intermingle.

Here at The Little Market, we want to bring autumn in. Going out to spend the days in nature’s autumn is a bit ad hoc for many of us, so we want to make your life that much easier, that much sweeter, with our specially curated Fall Candles Collection.

 

OUR CANDLES SMELL GOOD AND DO GOOD

Our selection of fall fragrances will create a truly authentic experience of autumn in your home. For some of us, that means a scent reminiscent of our hometown apple orchard at sundown.

For others, it’s rolling out the homemade crust from your great-grandmother’s pecan pie recipe. For most of us, it’s s’mores and firepits and smoke rising up to stars.

Each of our fall candles evokes a different facet of the season. Some have amber and leather aromas. Some evoke spicy masala chai or notes of musk. But the candles at The Little Market carry more than lovely scents.

All our candles are made in small batches from a coconut-soy wax blend and are hand-poured by women who resettled as refugees in the United States. Our ingredients are vegan, phthalate-free, and never tested on animals. All this multifaceted goodness makes our candles both fragrant and safe for your home this season. Read on for our fall candle recommendations.

ANISE

Our limited-time Anise candle will transport you to an exotic market where fresh spices fill the streets with their intoxicating aroma. Fragrant with smoky sweetness and a hint of black licorice, it’s the kind of candle that brings back memories of that fall backpacking trip where you slept on trains and dreamed in other languages. You will love its mysterious warmth.

Best lit when listening to Indie Folk music.

APPLE CIDER

Have you ever felt homesick for a place that only exists in your soul?Our Apple Cider candle evokes that very feeling. It is aromatically sweet and spiced and smells just like a small town apple orchard.

Imagine yourself, on a Friday evening, walking casually down the rows, picking Pink Lady and Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples with your childhood best friend. The sun is pure gold through the trees.  

Best lit when drinking homemade wassail.

CINNAMON

Picture the kitchen inside the coziest cabin in the woods. As soon as you enter, you know just from the smell that something delicious is baking. And not just delicious, but something tried-and-true, a recipe that’s decades old.

That happiness you feel inside your chest, that is the way our Cinnamon candle makes you feel. When this candle fills your home with its aroma, it will remind you of generational gifts and pastries to share.

Best lit when flipping through your favorite cookbook.

 

EUCALYPTUS

We all know it well: The sun is going down after a long, taxing day. You feel muscle-stiff, throat-parched, and in need of a healthy boost. When lit, our Eucalyptus candle enhances the desire for health and wellness.

Eucalyptus essential oil contains significant health benefits, including aiding in respiratory health. Our candle’s fragrance can stir up your senses and deepen your relaxation.

Best lit when drawing an evening bath under mood lighting.

FIG

Figs are an incredibly mysterious fruit. For centuries, they have been symbolic in arts and ancient cultures. If you love forest walks, foraging, and delighting in nature’s honeyed goodness, our Fig candle is just right for you.

Carrying aromas of black currant, leafy greens, and musk, this candle will make your guests feel vibrant and energized as you sit down together for a homemade dinner.

Best lit when hosting a dinner party with smooth jazz playing in the background.

HONEY AND SPICE

Do people often tell you you are indecisive? We like to think of it instead as being a person of “both.” You like both this and that. Both hot coffee and iced. Both salty and sweet. Both Honey and Spice!

Our newest candle is the perfect, all-encompassing aroma so that you don’t have to choose. This Honey + Spice candle makes your busy life that much easier. It is fragranced with honey, tonka, and a special blend of spices.

Best lit when experiencing decision fatigue.

PALO SANTO

Our Palo Santo candle is one of our favorite scents this season. Inspired by the wild trees of South America, this candle carries an earthy fragrance of patchouli and brings the world’s wildness into your home.

Spanish for “holy wood,” Palo Santo wood, resin, and essential oil have many uses and health benefits, including repelling mosquitoes and improving your stress response.

Best lit when sipping chai tea under moonlight.

PIE CRUST

There is nothing like fresh, homemade pastry dough in the oven. It’s flaky, fragrant, and filling. Made-from-scratch pie crust is always made for sharing. Our Pie Crust candle smells just like a timeless recipe. It feels like you’re getting the gift of a delicious dessert every time you light it.

When this candle starts carrying through your home, your mouth will start watering. You may even start rummaging through your pantry for baking ingredients on hand.

Best lit when catching up on the phone with an old friend.

PUMPKIN PIE

Some baking is tedious and time-consuming. And some baking invites a flour-scattered countertop mess. Pumpkin pie is definitely a mess-loving bake and is the perfect art to share with the kids in your life.

Our Pumpkin Pie candle smells like an afternoon of toddler hands holding whisks, kid fingers stealing licks from the bowl, and echoes of generational laughter filling up the house.

Fragranced with a blend of spices, nutmeg, clove, and ginger, and warm buttery vanilla, this candle will encourage you to make new, delicious memories with the littles you love.

Best lit when cozied up in a knit blanket after the house has quieted down.

 

VANILLA

Last but certainly not least is our best-selling Vanilla candle. Classically fragranced with vanilla bean and cream, this candle will bring back memories of your favorite childhood confectionery.

In baking, vanilla is used as an enhancer of flavor. Likewise, our candle is an enhancer of your home’s atmosphere. Make your days cozy and your evenings sweet with this delicious maple aroma.  

Best lit when you’re feeling a sense of contentment.

 

COZY UP WITH THE PERFECT CANDLE

When you light the perfect candle, you invite an atmosphere into your home. Our Fall Candle Collection will transform your space into a world of dreamy nostalgia.

As the weather is beginning to bring in expectations of autumn, we want you to be able to access memories and moments that warm your spirit. Fragrances hold a power that can deepen our experiences. This season, let our fall candles enhance your home and enrich your already-profound love of autumn.

  Putting thought behind a gift is one of the most important aspects of holiday gift-giving. There is no feeling quite like the excitement when you find the perfect gift for that special someone. With the holiday season and the New Year coming up, now is a great time to...

12 Best Customized Gifts For the Holidays 2021

 

Putting thought behind a gift is one of the most important aspects of holiday gift-giving. There is no feeling quite like the excitement when you find the perfect gift for that special someone. With the holiday season and the New Year coming up, now is a great time to start shopping for those special occasions.

Finding unique gifts is the key to wrapping up the perfect celebration: Valentine’s Day, college graduation, and especially the holiday season. In most cases, the perfect gift is one that’s customized to fit their personality, taste, or favorite hobby.

Custom gifts are an excellent way to show your family, friends, and loved ones you care. Here at The Little Market, we create custom gifts that honor life's most meaningful moments (and all the days in between).  

Read on for more.

 

Cloth and Paper Goods

When it comes to custom gifts, cloth and paper goods are a great place to start.

Here are a few of our handmade cloth and paper items that your friends and family will enjoy this holiday season.

 

JOURNALS

Journaling is an excellent way to relieve feelings of stress, promote memory and cognitive function, and express emotions in a healthy outlet. Whether you want to give your best friend or family members an opportunity to support their mental health or even record famous family recipes, this is a wonderful custom gift.

It is also a great way to welcome a new baby. Customize a Journal with the baby’s name, and their parents can write memories or paste their favorite photos of their little one's birthdays, first holiday season, and more.

Choose from indigo, blush, black, and white colors and Customize a Journal for your loved one by adding their name, a special message, or a design on the cover. With a variety of size options and customization outlets, this makes for a thoughtful gift.

Plus, our Custom Journals support artisans in India who implement innovative, eco-conscious practices and preserve time-honored techniques such as papermaking that help the planet. Shop our Custom Journals here.

STATIONERY

If you have a special someone in mind who loves writing to others and sending cards or notes, consider the special gift of Custom Stationery. From the cards and envelopes themselves to the logo, words, or design on the front of each card, you can add a personal touch to each letter they send.

These can even be lovely gifts for children so they can write unique letters to Santa.