Holiday Place Setting

Step-by-Step Holiday Prep With Our Head of Home

Home_Blog_CourtneyThe days are getting shorter, darker, and cooler, which can only mean one thing: it’s the season for feasting and friends! We asked our in-house design guru and head of our home department, Courtney Hughes, for some tips to help spice up your space – it’s never too early to start prepping for the holidays!

“You don’t need to renovate your entire home to impress your guests – a fresh new area rug or piece of accent furniture can change the dynamic of any entrance or living space, and the right finishing touches can really set the mood.”

Check out her charming décor picks that also double down as excellent gift ideas!

Cozy Holiday Place Setting

Serving Up Style

A posh place setting is oh-so-inviting. Indulge your dinner guests with small elegant touches from candlelabras to tablerunners, stemware, and colorful linen napkins.

Serve it all in style with festive dinnerware, such as this impressive 16-piece set with gorgeous subtle detailing and pair with the perfect set of luxury flatware – this 72-piece Bastille set is perfect for holidays or everyday!

Tasty Treats

Sweeten the Deal

Spice up the table with a sweet treat! Whether you’re whipping up a warm pumpkin pie or a tray of brownies, homemade baked goods are always a hit when company’s coming.

Choose Nordicware & Cake Boss for quality baking essentials that will make all your favorite recipes shine. Serve them up on a charming cake stand for an extra special touch.

For Guests Who Stay Awhile

Flannel Sheets

Beyond Basics

Choose Turkish cotton flannel sheet sets for unmatched comfort. Your guests will love cozying up in style with trending florals and menswear plaids.

Gorgeous Guest RoomGive Them the Royal Treatment

Holiday traveling can be stressful, and a great rest at the end of a journey is worth its weight in gold. Go the extra mile with luxurious guest room bedding, from down duvets to comforters and more.

Stock up on high performance Egyptian cotton towels, as well as bath robes, bath mats and more luxurious touches to pamper your guests.

We’ve got you covered for all your guest essentials – shop these sales today and so much more on BTR Home!


Tricks of the Trade: #MakeoverMonday

It’s Makeover Monday! We treated four lucky employees to a celeb-inspired beauty makeover by hairstylist Ashley Biggs, makeup artist Amy Klein and manicure pro Krystal Jolkowski. Read on for some tips, tricks and insider info on the top tools to achieve the perfect look.

Elise, Customer Service
Inspiration: Blake Lively
Elise_Before_and After
Get the Look
Hair: Starting at ends, use a wide barrel curling iron to wrap 1” sections of hair. Hold for 5 seconds and let go. Tip: The wider the barrel of your curling iron, the looser the finished wave, so feel free to experiment.
Makeup: One of fall’s top trends is a flushed cheek, replacing the harsh contouring of the past few seasons. Apply a warm, rosy pink to the apples of your cheeks and blend it in for a soft and subtle glow. Use the Boxx soft dry palette to define your brows for a punchy finishing touch!

Nikita, Event Receiving
Inspiration: Selena Gomez
Nikita_Before_and After
Get the Look
Hair: Wrap small pieces of hair away from face using a 1” barrel; start at the roots for a truly voluminous look. Hold each curl for 5 seconds. Smaller, tighter curls relax more slowly, so your look can last up to 4 days.
Makeup: The brows make the look! Defined but soft brows are in, and powder brow palettes are a must-have. Use wet liner for corrective purposes and soften with powder. Use the 4-way palette while wet for a structured look, and emphasize with a highlight under the eyebrow to really make your features pop.

Lesley, Copywriter
Inspiration: Taylor Swift
Lesley_Before_and After
Get the Look
Hair: Choose a very small barrel for this look – think less than a 1” barrel. Take random, piecey sections of hair and wrap around the barrel, concentrating on ends for an edgy take on Taylor’s throwback style.
Makeup: We gave Lesley Taylor’s signature cat eye with the 4-way palette dry and wet – simply dampen your brush before applying for a gel-liner effect. A classic bold lip completes the look!

Stephanie, Assistant Buyer
Inspiration: Kendall Jenner
Steph_Before_and After
Get the Look
Hair: Start with a smoothing cream to protect your tresses. Using a wide tooth comb, separate hair into 1” sections and smooth with a hot flat iron. Wider plates covers more surface area – a must-have for ladies blessed with thick hair. Finish with an oil, concentrating on the ends for a sleek ‘do that shines.
Makeup: We highlighted Steph’s gorgeous bone structure with a bit of contouring. To get the look, use two shades – one lighter and one darker than your natural complexion. Apply the highlight shade on the cheekbone, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow, and a darker shade in the hollows of the cheeks and on the sides of the nose. Don’t forget to blend, blend, blend for a natural finish. When you’re all done, grab your selfie stick – this look was practically made for photo-shoots!

Nailed it! The right manicure can really take your style – and confidence – to the next level. Get your best nails yet with DYI gel manicure tips:
Trending Nail Colors
☆SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE – make sure the polish is well mixed before application
☆Polish the base and top coats on the tips to form a sealed-off surface
☆Avoid lifting around the edges by applying the polish just to the cuticles – not over
☆Nail primer is a must to ensure optimal performance by increasing the bonding between natural nails and the gel polish
Trending colors for fall: milky whites, deep wines, electric blues, and delicious caramel nudes

Get your fave look with Boxx Cosmetics and bestselling hair tools – on sale now!

Emmy Awards

Top Trends of the Emmys: 2015 Edition

This year’s star-studded Emmy Awards showcased TV’s finest talent, who rocked some of the hottest designs we’ve seen this season – check out a few of our favorite trends from the red carpet!


Left to right: Amanda Peet, Taraji P. Henson, and Amy Poehler. Image courtesy of Vogue

All-Black With Cut-Outs

Basic black is anything but with unexpected, eye-catching details – we loved the cut-out trends in all three dresses. Amy Poehler makes the look her own with her minimalist halter neckline dress paired with wooden accessories, Taraji P. Henson’s gown featured unexpected contrast with chain and lace detailing, and we loved the classic glamour of Amanda Peet’s subtle pop of tapestry texture.


Left to right: Kerry Washington, Jamie Alexander, and Cat Deeley. Image courtesy of Vogue

Mad for Metallics

You simply can’t go wrong with a whole lotta sparkle and shine when it comes to red carpet events. We loved the understated tonal geometry of Cat Deely’s beaded gown, Kerry Washington’s dazzling mid-calf flapper inspired dress, and Jamie Alexander’s bold multicolored long-sleeve dress.


Left to right: January Jones, Sarah Hyland, and Emma Roberts. Image courtesy of Vogue

Vintage Hollywood Throwback

Retro is back! January Jones looked as cool as her name with her ’70s turquoise jumpsuit with asymmetrical detailing, Sarah Hyland stunned in an on-trend mono-color burgundy gown, and Emma Roberts went old-world glam with a champagne colored gown featuring subtle shimmer and a plunging neckline.

We’d love to hear your favorite red carpet look – leave us a note in the comments!


BTR @ NYFW 2015: Get the Look for Less!

What better place to stay on top of the trends than the catwalks and celeb-sightings of NYFW? We checked out the scene to spot our favorite designer collections for spring 2015, and met up with a few of our favorite celebs at the BTR gift lounge.


Seen at BTR Gift Lounge: Dorinda Medley, Phillip Bloch & Sonja Morgan

Check out the hottest fall trends we saw backstage on some of the best-dressed attendees – and get the look for less with our curated collection of designer finds!

The Leather Jacket
Bold and classic, a great leather jacket can tie together any outfit with a polished, yet casual look. Step out in style with cozy layers – we love this faux leather jacket by Point Zero. Pair with casual denim for a showstopping look that will keep you cozy all throughout the season.

Step Out In Style

Texture Tease
Opt for tonal texture contrast like with cozy separates by Catherine Malandrino. Don’t be shy – mix it up and go wild for an unforgettable fall style. And when temperatures start to dip, layer a cozy pair of tights under your favorite shorts – this fall is really all about breaking the fashion rules!


Black on Black
You can’t beat layered black-on-back for timeless style. We love this menswear-inspired faux leather vest – another top trend from NYFW – paired with textured pants by Insight, statement jewelry, and a killer attitude.


What was your favorite look from NYFW 2015? Let us know in the comments!

Holiday Gift Boutique

100 Days ‘Til Christmas: BTR Holiday Gift Boutiques

With only 100 more days before Christmas, it’s time to get a head start on shopping – check out our Holiday Gift Boutiques for an endless selection of festive steals for all your family and friends!

From cozy accessories, home updates and tech essentials to fun toys and games for all ages, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. These special extended events make it extra convenient for you do get all of your Christmas shopping done – without the hassle of long lines and crowded department stores.

Check out the sales today for an endless selection of holiday inspiration!

Comfy Mornings

Guy’s Room Redo: The Thread Experiment

Looking for bedding that’s more than just pink and lace? Check out The Thread Experiment for on-trend menswear-inspired sheet sets!

Luxuriously soft yet strong in design, The Thread Experiment appeals to the modern man who craves comfort without compromising style. And, it’s a perfect gift if you want to add your personal flair for luxury and style without killing his man-cave vibe.

Coffee + Cuddles

It’s true, a quick look in any department store will bring you the standard florals, pastels, and lacey motifs that look girly and glam, though maybe a little out of place on your boyfriend’s bed. According to the founders of TE:

After some quick research, we realized that about 50% of the population is male with a 100% likelihood that it would remain this way for years to come.

Another reason to get cozy under the sheets? TE is committed to helping people in need – for each bedding set sold, they also generously donate another all-new set to under-privileged families, as well as homeless shelters and other charity organizations.

Thread Experiment

Although designed exclusively for men, there’s absoluetely nothing stopping us ladies from coveting the quality craftsmanship and timeless detailing for our own spaces, along with our boyfriend’s favorite sweater of course.

Wear It Your Way Sweater Dresses

Wear It Your Way: The Sweater Dress

Whether you’re classically chic or ahead of the trends, a great sweater dress is an essential staple for every style. It’s all about the accessories! Pair with your favorite handbag, footwear, and leggings for a personalized look that’s all your own.

Polished vs Edgy

Pair with some sophisticated pumps and leggings for a timeless look, or go edgy with a pair of thigh-high stockings and bold lace-up booties for a contemporary take on the classic fall style.

Cozy Fall Style

Add a luxe scarf for a flash of color, and pair with the right handbag to pull the whole look together with an added touch of practicality.

Check out our sales today for endless ways to update your look!

Nikki Chu

Haute Home Inspiration: Q&A With Nikki Chu

Looking for dazzling home updates? Set the scene with the all-new Nikki Chu Collection for the latest in home décor trends – a collection of elegant details, rich hues, and classic metallics. As the home design and lifestyle expert featured on HGTV, Food Network, and E!, she knows a thing or two about adding classic glamour to any room. We sat with Nikki for some hot tips and trends as well as some inside info on how she stays so on-trend as a busy entrepreneur.

Q. When did you first realize that design was your passion? And in what way has fashion influenced your creative process?

A. I’ve been creating since before I can even remember, and I have the baby pics to prove it! From a young age I was never without a pen and a pair of scissors in my hand, always drawing and crafting. As I got older, I loved rearranging my bedroom furniture, to the frustration of my mother, who had her work cut out for her trying to keep everything in order. As a teen, my love for fashion became integrated with my love of crafting and I started creating my own designs from up-cycled flea market finds – I was always doing something crafty and artistic.

Serving Set

Q. Any tips for a whole-home refresh? What advice would you give to incorporate old standbys (furniture, rugs, heirlooms etc.) with new trends?

A. I love combining old and new trends, and sometimes the smallest adjustment can go a long way in integrating a piece. Try switching some of the handles on an old dresser, for example, or updating a frame on an old mirror. If you are willing to be a bit more experimental, metallic spray paint can really give an object a fresh new look. In fact, I had this old Japanese-style folding screen that I wasn’t sure how to integrate into my collection, so I spray painted it with metallic silver in a really distressed style, so that the raw wood showed through the paint – and now i just love how it blends in perfectly with the rest of my collection!

Q. How do you stay inspired as a busy, time-pressed entrepreneur?

A. Social media is great – through Pinterest and Instagram, I can stay literally up-to-the-minute on the latest trends in home and fashion, in addition to discovering new artists and designers. Additionally, trend shows always offer inspiration, as well as places I come across on my travels, including the distinctive glamour of hotel lobbies.

Q. What was your biggest source of inspiration for the Imax collection? And what do you predict for the future of interior décor trends?

A. Mixing metals. For a while, silver was the go-to trend for home and now that gold has been making a comeback, I thought, why should a person have to choose? In my opinion, the idea that all metallics have to be matchy-matchy is a bit dated. I wanted to see something more fresh and experimental, while incorporating trends that were already in people’s homes.

Glam Accents and Gold Knots

Q. What is your favorite piece from your own personal collection?

A. I’d have to say my gold knots. I love to give them to friends as housewarming gifts. You can use them as a kind of modern centerpiece, or get a few in different sizes, or use them as bookends, etc.

So with that advice in mind, check out the Nikki Chu collection for affordable luxury and one-of-a-kind details to adorn your whole home. All that glitters is all you need!

Classic Glamour

Social Scene: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Glam

Glamming up for a reception or a night on the town is half the fun, giving a girl confidence and unforgettable allure. Steal the show with timeless style featuring unexpected details that flaunt your favorite features.

The Dress

The Dress

A flattering, well-tailored dress is a must-have investment. Choose something timeless for classic glamour that will hold its own for seasons to come, or choose something with more edge to really make a showstopping entrance.

The Shoes

The Shoes

If the shoe fit, flaunt it! Stand tall in a proud pair of pumps, or flats – whatever your preference! While classic pumps have always been a formal shoe staple, the perfect pair of embellished flats can take your look to the next level while keeping your toes in tip-top comfort.

Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

Glam Accessories

More than just a finishing touch, the right jewelry and handbag can make a statement all their own, especially when paired with the understated glamour of an LBD or monotone dress. Personalize your look with a monogrammed clutch in your favorite color – a great look that also makes a great gift idea!

What’s your glam style secret? Leave us a note in the comments!

Champagne and Glamour

Elegant Entertaining With Lisa Vanderpump

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Looking for something that will really impress your guests? Add instant allure to your dining experience with BTR’s newest tabletop décor from Lisa Vanderpump! With her role on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, Lisa is a true businesswoman. We’ve watched her run and creatively design the interiors of successful restaurants such at Villa Blanca, SUR and Pump. From dazzling dinnerware to serving plates and one-of-a-kind glasses, these versatile dining essentials will bring a serene sense of glamour to the table.

Check out the video below for some hot tips from Lisa to help you liven up any tabletop:

Shrimp Cocktail Diamonds, pearls and crystals take the main stage in this season’s sparkling collection. With mix-and-match options, Lisa Vanderpump tabletop décor offers a wide variety of elegance and style for every taste.

The best part about the Vanderpump collection? All of the pieces are meant to be as interchangeable as the occasion calls for! Switch up the chargers and bring on the embellished ice bucket for an upscale reception, or for an intimate gathering, serve your shrimp cocktail, or even your desserts, in a glamorous metallic martini glass – the possibilities are endless!