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Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

PantoneColorGreenery, the Pantone color of the year, is fresh and vibrant and so easy to work into any home decor with plants, especially succulents  and air plants which are in stores everywhere. Incorporating the greenery color using actual greenery  is super easy even if you don’t have a green thumb because there’s so much really well done faux greenery available this year! Faux succulents available from The Southern Link


These faux succulents  (right) from Melrose look so real. They are easy to group on a table, mantle or windowsill (and they won’t die). I’m seeing these faux gems in various sizes, in stores everywhere. Even those who prefer live plants will find these faux succulents hard to resist because you can group them in low light areas in your house and they won’t die! No watering required!

Below are some other ways to incorporate the Pantone color of the year into decor with some items from our amazing vendors. A grouping of items of this color will make an eye-catching store display.



Add a cozy throw from Park Designs to living room or porch decor.

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Group decorative lanterns from Melrose. Aren’t these green lanterns awesome?

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It’s easy to add the Pantone color of the year to tablescapes with beautiful table linens from Split P.




Melamine tableware by Merritt. Lovin’ that green!



Throw pillows and other greenery-colored goodies  from Melrose.



Accent your outdoor decor with greenery-colored garden decor from Melrose and Regal.

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Take a look below at the Pantone color of the year rooms! Visit Pantone for more information on Greenery and its color pairings. And visit our Pinterest board for more ideas! What do you think? Do you like this year’s color of the year? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Create Mood with Candles


Fall is here and it’s time to break out the cozy throws and stock up on candles! Sure, candles can fill a room with light and fragrance, but, this fall, candles are absolute decorating essentials!
The best way to create mood with candles is to group them. Use quality flameless or wax candles of the same color in various heights and widths and place them together on a heat resistant tray, or on candle holders. The candle holders don’t necessarily need to match. Enjoy playing with the arrangement until it’s aesthetically pleasing. Decorators suggest white or cream colored candles because you can easily add decorative seasonal elements around them for a specific holiday. Grouped arrangements instantly add warmth to a room and a tray of candles can be placed on a table or counter in any room, bathrooms included. Here are several other creative ways to decorate with candles:


Cluster candles on a mantle. A mantle is the perfect place for candles. As the focal point of a room, using candles in the right way can easily set the mood and create ambience. Place them on rustic candle holders for more of a cozy look or put candles in glass hurricanes for sheen and elegance. 


Arrange candles in a tablescape. Create tablescapes for holidays by adding seasonal elements, or dress up a table for an elegant dinner party. It’s so easy to create different looks with candles depending on the season and the occasion.
Group candles in an unused fireplace or on the hearth. When a fireplace is unused or non-working, fill itfireplacecandlescollage with candles of different heights and light up a room with candlelight.
Ask your rep about our great candle selections from Virginia Gift Brands and Melrose. For more candle inspiration, check out our Pinterest board!




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Decorating with Lanterns: A Fall Trend

It’s easy to embrace the decorative lantern trend this fall because lanterns offer many great ways to brighten up any home decor — both inside and out. Plus, who doesn’t like candlelight? Lanterns are available at The Southern Link in a variety of woods, metals, colors and sizes. They are so versatile and can be placed alone or in groups to create beautifully illuminated spaces. Here are three ways to decorate with lanterns.

Create a fall tablescape. Lanterns add height and light to creative fall tablescapes. Depending on the size of the table, either a single lantern or a group of them can be arranged with fall decorative items like pumpkins, gourds, feathers, and colorful dried corn. Partially fill the lanterns with acorns or mini pumpkins and place candles in the centers. The candlelight creates a great ambience for fall gatherings. Add some coordinated plates and cloth napkins and the fall tablescape is complete! And when the seasons change, or a holiday approaches it’s easy to change the decorative components for a fresh look.


Add style to outdoor areas. Fall offers the perfect temperatures for spending time outdoors. Lanterns placed on deck steps create a magical entrance lighting the way to an outdoor party.

Create a cozy corner on a porch by grouping lanterns of various

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Pottery Barn

sizes and avoid using harsh overhead lights and spotlights. Scatter colorful lanterns around a garden area or hang lanterns from branches of various heights to illuminate an outdoor eating area. The possibilities are endless and lanterns are so easy to move around and mix and match to create an ambient effect in many types of outdoor spaces. Many choose to use flameless candles in their lanterns. This effect is just as beautiful and some flameless candles are even available with timers!


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Pottery Barn

Create illuminated spaces in indoor living areas. Lanterns displayed on console tables or grouped on family room floors add style to any decor.

Many prefer the soft light of the lanterns to lamp light and enjoy being able to easily move the lanterns around a room for different looks and effects.

Some like to fill their lanterns with plants or other decorative items that relate to the time of year or they place candles in some lanterns and decorative items and plants in others and group them. There are many creative ways to enhance the style of a room with lanterns and it’s fun to play with various elements to find just the right look! What’s your favorite way to decorate with lanterns? Comment below and let us know! Visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration!


The Southern Link has lanterns, beautiful tablescaping accessories and flameless candles for your store. Call your rep and ask about them and take a look at these catalogs: Melrose InternationalPark Designs, and  VIP International.