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The 5 Key Elements to a Wildly Successful Housewarming Party

You finally did it: You bought that new house you’ve been dreaming of. After you close escrow and settle in, celebrate this new beginning with your nearest and dearest by hosting a housewarming party. Make it a memorable fête by following some of these tried-and-true tips:


Set the tone of your party with a unique invitation that clearly lists the party details. Include the formality of the event, as well as what type of food and drink will be served. While emailed invitations through websites like Evite and Paperless Post are popular, a custom-printed invite mailed the old-fashioned way is sure to get guests’ attention.


Cater to the design of your home and choose a theme that showcases your favorite details. If it’s all about the backyard, choose an afternoon BBQ or garden party for the theme. If the kitchen is to die for, host a more intimate affair like a wine and cheese tasting party held in the kitchen.


Skip the run-of-the-mill party store decorations and let your interior design shine. The idea is to show off your home in its pure form. Make sure to put the finishing touches on each room well in advance to avoid rushing crucial design decisions. Hang artwork and framed photos and add personal touches with keepsakes and monogrammed accents. Enhance the ambiance of each room by strategically placing flameless LED candles inside. Create your own fresh floral arrangements to match each room for an affordable indulgence.

Hang strings of lights outside to illuminate the backyard and help the party flow outdoors when the sun goes down. Set up a living area in the backyard for guests to relax. Create the ultimate indoor/outdoor living setup by adding an outdoor TV and surround sound speakers. Splurge on a new outdoor couch and plush chairs topped with plenty of pillows.


Create a playlist on iTunes or Spotify that’s appropriate for the theme of your party. If throwing a classy cocktail party, make a classic jazz vocal blend. If planning an afternoon BBQ, feature an all-American playlist complete with Hank Williams Jr. If you run out of time to make a playlist, the genre-specific music channels on cable TV are an effortless option with just enough variety.

Food & Drink

Catering is the ideal option so you can socialize with your guests without stressing about the food. But if catering is out of the question, plan ahead and choose hors d’oeuvres that can be prepared a few hours ahead of time so you have plenty of time to clean up before the guests arrive. Put a family member in charge of keeping the serving platters stocked so you don’t have to be interrupted during your tours and mingling. Spread food on tables throughout the gathering areas — a tray of grilled scallops wrapped in prosciutto on the breakfast room table and taleggio flatbread on the sofa table. This will have guests covering all grounds and happily mingling.

When it comes to drinks, consider the preferences of your guests. Provide wine, beer, tea and water, as well as a specialty cocktail like a mojito or a margarita. If hosting a early affair, like a weekend brunch, a mimosa or Bloody Mary bar are great DIY options.

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Best in Show- CW&I Wins 2014 Tulip Award at Mansion in May

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Deco-in-Bloom-3Well, the crowds have dispersed, and the results are in! At the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center’s “Mansion in May” fundraiser for the Morristown Medical Center,  the throngs of visitors choose the best designs to receive the showcase’s prestigious Tulip Award for “Best in Show”. This year, the votes were counted and Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors came out on top, with our “Deco in Bloom” design of a bedroom in the Blairsden Mansion in Peapack-Gladstone, NJ.

This is our second Tulip Award in the years we’ve been participating in “Mansion in May”, our first being in 2006 (our first year participating) for a nursery room design. This room  in the attic of the historic Ross Family Farm(the site of the 2006 Mansion in May showcase) could have been cramped and dark, but it was transformed into a cozy nursery combining child-like fun and classic elegance.


Our award-winning room this year was a bedroom inspired by American Art Deco design. “Deco in Bloom” is both glamorous and understated, and the more traditional lines of the room are contrasted with blooms of modern color, and broken up by curved ornamental elements. The various shades of grey provide a tranquil canvas from which the pink accent blossoms can really pop. To us, this juxtaposition represents the awakening of growth in design, especially in 2014, without forgetting the traditions and essentials of design that provide the foundation for further experimentation.

This year’s other winners were landscape designers Anthny Sblendorio (of Back to Nature of Oldwick) and William Welch (of BLDG 39 of Pottersville) for their collaborative transformation of Blairsden’s “Walled Garden” into a simple yet elegant outdoor retreat. Sculptural elements, combined with a central turf, broad walkways, and tidy flower planters, emphasize clean geometric principles while paying homage to the memory of the grand Victorian past of the landscape. We are honored to be in such good company with our fellow Tulip Award winners!Deco-in-Bloom-4

Our collaborating designers this year were Rachel Kapner, Lois Darling, Mary LaVecchia, and Virginia Liberato. We are looking forward to see what we can come up with next year!


Left to Right: Mary La Vecchia, Lois Darling, Rachel Kapner, Virginia Liberato

Photo Credits

Wing Wong
Mansion in May

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CWI And The Mansion In May

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2012 will mark the 4th consecutive time that we’ve been selected to participate in New Jersey’s Premier Designer Show House and Garden Event – Mansion In May.

While each renewal presents its own set of unique challenges – 2012 just might be our most ambitious to date. The home (Glynallyn) on showcase is the epitomy of design history and importance. It is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places. Most of the 60+ rooms were designed with a Shakespearian Theme. Most of the rooms are oversized, with incredible detailing right down to the often whimsical beautiful stained glass and the unbelievably detailed wood, flooring and stone fireplaces.

One room is a total exception to that all. There is only one word that can adequately describe the look, size, shape and detail of this room. The word is BLAH.

The challenge? Turn Blah to Aah. Windows that have no character, a room with a color that no pallete has ever seen, a room the size of a small walk-in closet. Not only do we need to turn it into an AAH experience. We need to have it appear as if it was part of the original design and flow of the palace that Glynallyn was.

Stay tuned for before, during and after photos and thoughts.

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