Creating a Space for Him


What's on TV tonight?Women are usually the ones to make a house a home (although not always the case!). They put the finishing touches – often feminine in nature – throughout the home, from furniture to décor to seasonal accents. In the process, the man of the house may not feel comfortable relaxing unless they know they have a dedicated space where they can just be themselves. In other words, a man cave!

Here are some tips to creating a comfortable space for the man in your life to hang out with buddies, relax, read, and of course watch the big game.

Entertainment Systems

Every guy wants a place to be able to kick back and watch movies or the football game in comfort. If you have the space for it, dedicate one part of the room to a home theater complete with leather chairs and a 120″ movie screen. Better than that though: Three smaller screens so your guy and all his friends can watch multiple sports games at once. Because guys like to keep a certain distance between themselves, forgo the usual long couch or sectional and try four connecting chairs that recline with remote and cup holders in between each for plenty of personal space.

Recreation and Gaming

A billiards table adds a whimsical touch to any man cave, a gathering spot of sorts for those who love to shoot pool. Instead of the standard green felt, go with a gold colored pool table atop a light colored cork tile floor that’s easy on the feet, suggests HGTV. Hang sports memorabilia on the walls to bring the whole look together. You may even want to add a poker table, air hockey table, ping-pong table, darts, or even shuffle board so no one is ever at a loss for something to do.

Bar Area

A well-stocked bar is essential to any great man cave. Make sure you have the essential alcohols and liquors, plus mixers, wine, and beer. You’ll also need glasses, an ice bucket and garnishes that make a bar complete. Place a full length mirror behind your bar to give the optical illusion of more space. Put your bar on wheels to make it mobile, or re-purpose an old bookshelf or table to cut costs.


Keeping everything in one room goes a long way toward making everyone feel relaxed, including the host. By incorporating a wet bar, sink, refrigerator and dishwasher all in one room, there’s no need to head up and down stairs just to wash out glasses and use the sink. Add plenty of comfy chairs and throws, even a bean bag or two, with a gas fireplace nearby for added ambiance.



Wednesdays, November 30, December 7, 14, 21
6 to 9 PM
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Gaily decorated shops, twinkling tree lights, wine & cheese, cocoa & cookies,
carolers, roasted chestnuts, brass quartets and lots of holiday merriment.

Saturday, December 10
11 am to 3 pmholidayparade_phillyfunguide-300x2252xEnjoy photos with Santa, arts & crafts, elves bearing gifts, storytelling, gingerbread workshops, cookie decorating, treats and more. Festive family fun!

Sundays, December 4, 11, and 18
Noon to 3:00

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Learn about more Holiday Events in Chestnut Hill!

Thanksgiving Décor: Bringing Beauty and Creativity to Your Holiday Table


Thanksgiving dinner decoration.From centerpieces and place settings to place cards and napkin rings, you can bring your own brand of creativity and whimsy to the Thanksgiving table. Impress your guests with your crafty side while enhancing the beauty and functionality of your holiday dinner. Check out these decorations you need to make Thanksgiving a success this year!

The Centerpiece

The center of your table is the focal point of the whole meal. Here is where you can truly shine in your creativity. HGTV recommends looking to nature for easy, elegant ways to incorporate the colors of fall through the use of gourds, pumpkins, and even pears. Simply scatter these elements throughout the center line of the table. Or, if you prefer to keep everything in one spot, create a floral centerpiece in a large vase or bowl filled with berries, mini pumpkins, pine cones and blooms of red, orange and yellow flowers. Strike a contrast by using ice blue place mats for unexpected emphasis.

Candles are always a great way to add ambiance and warmth to a room. Place thick candles in deep reds and oranges at varying heights in the center of the table. If using bunches of mini pumpkins, consider weaving faux ivy garland in between them all, or curl wire vines around all the pumpkin stems. A bowl of pears in the center of the table makes a bold statement, especially when you attach paper leaves listing each thing your family is thankful for, suggests Good Housekeeping.

To make a homemade pumpkin vase, hollow out a pumpkin, place a water-filled vase inside, and fill with seasonal blooms. Give it an extra touch by adding small gold tacks up and down the ridged lines of the pumpkin. If a messy project is not on your to-do list, simply drill small holes in your pumpkins and gourds, placing berry sprigs inside each hole.

Place Cards

Instead of the standard folded card with the guest’s name on it, get creative with mini pumpkins. Add a personal touch by stringing handmade name cards on bookmarks using twine around the stem. Another idea is to use crystal candle holders as pedestals for tiny pumpkins.

Napkins and Holders

Another bold contrast is to use simple white dishes topped with crimson napkins tied with gauzy ribbon and dotted with a sprig of greens and berries. Do the opposite if you have festive plates in bold, seasonal colors by incorporating simple white napkins held together by a strip of burlap for a touch of rustic elegance.


Chairs are often overlooked as a critical element to the Thanksgiving theme. Try dressing your chairs with large bronze bows for a luxurious seasonal twist.

Easy Decor Tips for Your Porch This Fall

Rustic Decorations for Fall

With autumn in full swing, you may be looking to spruce up your front porch to welcome your Thanksgiving guests later this month. While you may usually just plop out a pumpkin as your sole decoration, you may want to kick it up a notch this year. Make a first impression that will last with these creative porch decorating tips.

Creating a Focal Point

For many homes, the focal point is the front porch. Consider yourself lucky if you have a spacious one. However, you don’t need much space to make an impact. Instead of buying new things, head to your shed or garage and see if you have an old wagon, wheelbarrow or bushel basket sitting around. If so, place it on your porch and fill it with fall colors: from different colored mums to Indian corn, with various sizes of pumpkins and gourds spread around for good measure, says DIY Network. Use hay bales to stagger the height of your display, adding an extra touch of color to orange pumpkins by painting them bright colors of your choosing. You can make just as much of a statement by sticking with one color or shade, such as white. Sprinkle cinnamon sticks, pine cones, and acorns around your display for an extra wow factor.

Another way to add focus to your front porch is to use planters to display pumpkins, or even a terrarium made up of a bell jar and a shallow terra-cotta bulb dish. Incorporating natural elements like miniature pumpkins, pine cones, Spanish moss and leaves, you can really make your display stand out.

Add Pops of Color

Looking to mix autumn with relaxation? If your front porch is big enough, add some dark wicker furniture complemented with rust-colored padding and brown fall-inspired throw blankets and pillows. Add some whimsy to the look by stringing orange outdoor lights for an added accent. Don’t assume twinkling lights are only for Christmas. Give your yard a little illumination while showing off your fun side at the same time.

Create Symmetry

The haphazard look is so 2015. This year, it’s all about symmetry. Flank your front door with equal décor on either side. Symmetrical displays even out the look, drawing the eye toward the focal point, which is the porch itself or even the front door. Speaking of front doors, instead of the standard cranberry and pine cone wreathe, try a potato sack filled with brilliant yellow seasonal flowers, as seen here in Good Housekeeping.

If you need help incorporating more fall ideas for your front porch,  call Judd Builders, where we specialize in building high-quality homes with the best materials.

Helpful Decorating Tips for Bedrooms















Bedrooms are a very important area that you want to reflect yourself and your style! Here are some helpful bedroom decor tricks to help you get started on decorating a sanctuary that is just right for you:

1. Pillows are never a bad idea for your bedroom. Pile on pillows of different colors and patterns to make your room unique and extra comfy. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns of different sizes, floral designs and geometric shapes.

2. A printed bedspread does a lot with bedroom decor. If you use a printed bedspread, the rest of the room can come together with matching accents of color on the walls or floor.

3. You could also use printed patterns as your accent instead. Using similar solid colors for bedspreads and walls with accented lamps, rugs and artwork can bring a room together nicely.

4. Use pops of color if you want color without a full time commitment of painting the walls or buying furniture by putting hints of it in your accessories.

5. A light source on your wall beside the bed can reduce clutter on your night stand and you wont have to worry about knocking it over. This could also be useful with a fine tune bulb for night time reading and relaxing.

Creating the Perfect Home Bar for the Holidays


glasses of beer, Draught BeerLove to entertain? The holidays are a perfect time for showing off your hostess skills as you offer the latest culinary treats for your guests. Nothing goes better with appetizers and signature dishes than creative cocktails, beer, mixes, and liquor to help your guests relax. Having a bar in your home offers a gathering spot for guests and makes a great conversation piece as well. Here’s our guide to the furniture and accessories you need to create the perfect bar area in your home.

The Basics

First off, you need all the basics to make your bar a great one. Here is a look at what you’ll need to cover:

  • The bar: Find a spot designated specifically for the bar area, out of the way of traffic, preferably in a corner of a living room, game room or great room. Bookshelves can be re-purposed for bars, and you can even use carts to create a mobile bar on wheels.
  • Alcohol: Stock your bar with all the basics to make a drink, such as vodka, whiskey and gin. If you have these three, you can make pretty much any cocktail. You may also want to add some tequila, rum, bourbon, and vermouth, along with at least one bottle each of both red and white wine. Champagne is perfect for toasting happy occasions, and beer is a mainstay of any football gathering.
  • Mixers: To complement the liquor, you’ll need some mixers such as cranberry and orange juice, tonic water and soda, and maybe some margarita mix.
  • Garnish: Lemons, limes, celery sticks, salt, cherries…don’t forget these staples of the home-made cocktail.
  • Gadgets: From martini shakers to corkscrew bottle openers, you need a small arsenal of tools to ensure your evening goes off without a hitch. Other items include an ice bucket, strainer, muddler, and shot glasses for measuring.
  • Glassware: Sets of tumblers, wine glasses, champagne flutes and martini glasses are nice to have, but if you don’t have the storage for them all, choose just a couple of each or go with one type to save space.

Use What You Have

No need to go out and buy expensive accents for your home bar. Take a look around your house to see what would work to define the space. For example, if you have an old decorative mirror gathering dust in a corner, hang or lean it against the wall behind your bar. Mirrors enlarge the space and make the area seem bigger than it is. Bonus: this also makes it seem as though you have much more alcohol in your bar than you actually do! You can also use framed artwork to beautify the area and class it up. Abstract prints and modern frames work well.

Choose an Accent Color

Dressing up your bar is as simple as sticking with a color theme. This will bring any mismatched items together for a uniformity of design that is aesthetically pleasing. Take one color and thread it throughout your design in different shades and complementary hues. For the holidays, go with reds, greens and metallics, dressing it all up with sprigs of holly and berries in glass jars and vases. Weave twinkle lights around your display for an extra dose of Christmas cheer.