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Coffee & Conversation with Local Artist: Linda Nevin

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

You're invited for Coffee and Conversation with Linda Nevin on Saturday, Sept. 18th from 10 am - 2 pm.  Linda has been one of our best selling artists since October of 2019, and she has created several more masterpieces.  Come see all of her newest paintings. She has really branched out with new blue herons,

Linda Nevin Canvasas

cattails, new pumpkins with succulents, new sunflowers, and Blue Water Birds. We're so excited for you to meet one of our best selling watercolor artists.  Linda has talked about perusing portraits in the future, and with her talent, we anticipate many more years of great art coming from this Local Artist.  Be sure to show her some of your support by stopping by the Treehouse, Saturday, Sept 18th from 10 am - 2 pm.

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Coffee & Conversation with Local Artist: Linda Nevin

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

You're invited for Coffee and Conversation with Linda Nevin on Saturday, Sept. 18th from 10 am - 2 pm.  Linda has been one of our best selling artists since October of 2019, and she has created several more masterpieces.  Come see all of her newest paintings. She has really branched out with new blue herons,

Linda Nevin Canvasas

cattails, new pumpkins with succulents, new sunflowers, and Blue Water Birds. We're so excited for you to meet one of our best selling watercolor artists.  Linda has talked about perusing portraits in the future, and with her talent, we anticipate many more years of great art coming from this Local Artist.  Be sure to show her some of your support by stopping by the Treehouse, Saturday, Sept 18th from 10 am - 2 pm.

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3 Factors to Help You Choose the Perfect Throw Pillows

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

The right home decor can make a house feel like it's truly yours. One of the simplest and most effective ways to transform your space into a reflection of your tastes and personality is by using throw pillows. The following guide offers some tips to help you select the right options to instantly revamp any room. 

A Guide to Including Throw Pillows in Your Home Decorating

1. Color

To begin, pick a "color narrative" to guide your cushion choices. Use three different colors that come from different parts of the space, such as the wall, rug, bedding, or curtains. Ideally, the colors already featured in your space will belong to the same color family (for example, neutrals like taupe, tan, and cream) or the same style family (industrial style can include brown, gray, and black). 

home decor

2. Pattern

You can also mix and match patterns as long as each one involves at least one of the colors from your three-color narrative. It's usually easier to start with your "lead" pattern, which is typically the largest and contains all three colors in your narrative. The secondary designs you choose can then only comprise one or two of the colors. Working backward and selecting a lead design from pillows you already own is much more challenging.

3. Fill

Think about the fill of each pillow and how it will affect the overall look. For example, a feather-and-down fill has greater "give" and a softer squish. Foam and other synthetic fillers are more rigid and, in general, less expensive. These pillows will keep their shape better, but they do not have the same luxury appearance.

 

If you're looking for beautiful, one-of-a-kind throw pillows to transform your space, visit Treehouse Gift & Home in Onalaska, WI. For almost 25 years, this local home decor and gift shop has offered residents throughout the area over 10,000 square feet of gifts and home decor, with everything from rugs and lanterns to candles and artwork. Call (608) 433-7896 to speak with a team member today.

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3 Factors to Help You Choose the Perfect Throw Pillows

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

The right home decor can make a house feel like it's truly yours. One of the simplest and most effective ways to transform your space into a reflection of your tastes and personality is by using throw pillows. The following guide offers some tips to help you select the right options to instantly revamp any room. 

A Guide to Including Throw Pillows in Your Home Decorating

1. Color

To begin, pick a "color narrative" to guide your cushion choices. Use three different colors that come from different parts of the space, such as the wall, rug, bedding, or curtains. Ideally, the colors already featured in your space will belong to the same color family (for example, neutrals like taupe, tan, and cream) or the same style family (industrial style can include brown, gray, and black). 

home decor

2. Pattern

You can also mix and match patterns as long as each one involves at least one of the colors from your three-color narrative. It's usually easier to start with your "lead" pattern, which is typically the largest and contains all three colors in your narrative. The secondary designs you choose can then only comprise one or two of the colors. Working backward and selecting a lead design from pillows you already own is much more challenging.

3. Fill

Think about the fill of each pillow and how it will affect the overall look. For example, a feather-and-down fill has greater "give" and a softer squish. Foam and other synthetic fillers are more rigid and, in general, less expensive. These pillows will keep their shape better, but they do not have the same luxury appearance.

 

If you're looking for beautiful, one-of-a-kind throw pillows to transform your space, visit Treehouse Gift & Home in Onalaska, WI. For almost 25 years, this local home decor and gift shop has offered residents throughout the area over 10,000 square feet of gifts and home decor, with everything from rugs and lanterns to candles and artwork. Call (608) 433-7896 to speak with a team member today.

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Textured Leaf Demo by Scott Archer

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Come learn a new technique for creating texture when canvas painting leaves by Local Artist, Scott Archer. If you've ever tried your hand at painting, you'll find it sometimes isn't as easy as artists make it look.  Scott loves to paint seasonal art that you can enjoy in your home on the wall, or even on a bookshelf.  You'll find everything from fall bird canvases, fall leaves, acorns, and more.

Learning a new technique or two can make experimenting with a new skill and appreciating the talent in our Coulee Region fun. Come see more of Scott's art from Painted Terra Cotta Pots to beautiful Fall Canvases, original art was never easier to gift. You'll find painted fall boards as well gingerbread birdhouses by Scott Archer only at Treehouse Gift & Home.

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Textured Leaf Demo by Scott Archer

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

Come learn a new technique for creating texture when canvas painting leaves by Local Artist, Scott Archer. If you've ever tried your hand at painting, you'll find it sometimes isn't as easy as artists make it look.  Scott loves to paint seasonal art that you can enjoy in your home on the wall, or even on a bookshelf.  You'll find everything from fall bird canvases, fall leaves, acorns, and more.

Learning a new technique or two can make experimenting with a new skill and appreciating the talent in our Coulee Region fun. Come see more of Scott's art from Painted Terra Cotta Pots to beautiful Fall Canvases, original art was never easier to gift. You'll find painted fall boards as well gingerbread birdhouses by Scott Archer only at Treehouse Gift & Home.

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Breaking Bread with Chris: Bucket of Bread Friday, July 23rd

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We're excited to break bread with Chris Wysong of La Crosse, WI and his company Bucket of Bread! Join us in store to meet Chris in person Friday, July 23rd from 10 am - 2 pm. Chris has literally dreamt up a brand new way to bring you fresh breads.
Cinnamon Buns
Order a bucket filled with all the dry ingredients to make fresh cinnamon rolls, pizzas, homemade calzones, dinner rolls, bagels and more! Fresh bread is made easy with Bucket of Bread! Simply add 3 cups of water, cover and let the dough rise for 2-3 hrs, and you'll enjoy fresh dough for making bread for up to two weeks! Come buy a bucket when Chris is here, or special order one for free local home delivery or in-store pick up. We also ship everywhere in the US.
We have options in Traditional White Bread, Hearty Wheat, and Seven Grain.  Get creative and make fresh donuts for the family.  Anything you can dream up with dough is made possible no matter what your skill level with baking!

Cinnamon Buns Recipe: 

By Bucket of Bread

After having these treats, you won't think they're just for breakfast anymore. Grab lots of napkins because you're going to want to lick your fingers. This is going to be a rich and sweet experience for your taste buds.

Cinnamon Buns

Serving Size:

8

Time Needed:

40 Minutes

Preparations:

Items Needed:

  • Mixer

  • Baking dish

  • Spatula

  • Rolling pin

  • Parchment paper or non-stick foil

For the Buns and Filling:

  • Traditional White Bucket (risen)

  • 1 stick of softened butter

  • 4 tablespoons of cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream (lukewarm)

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick softened butter

  • 1 8-ounce pack of softened cream cheese

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Start Making Cinnamon Buns:

  1. After your dough is risen and cooled in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour, reach in and grab a handful of dough weighing around 1 pound.

  2. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough evenly.  Don't press too hard as this may force the dough to stick to the surface.  If it sticks, just gently lift it off the surface and flip it while continuing to roll it out.  If you're looking for fluffy, bread-like cinnamon rolls, you want it about 3/4-inch thick. If you want softer more gooey, chewy cinnamon rolls, get it to about 1/4-inch thick. 

  3. Cut temperature appropriate parchment paper to match the shape of your baking dish and place it inside.

  4. Get out the mixer and add the really soft butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar.  Mix this until everything appears moist and spreadable.

  5. Spread the filling evenly onto your rolled out dough.

  6. Roll the dough up into a tube shape.

  7. Cut the tube into about 2 inch pieces wide and place them onto the parchment paper in the baking dish.

  8. Gently and slowly pour lukewarm heavy whipping cream over each of the buns letting it fill all the nooks and crannies of the sweet spirals.  Dipping a brush into the liquid and basting these is also an effective means to get these to soak up all the cream.  

  9. While the soon to be buns are bathing in cream, preheat the oven to 450 F.  

  10. Clean up the mixing bowl and utensil for the frosting to be made later.

  11. Once the oven is ready, place the baking dish into the oven and set a timer for 18-20 minutes (ovens vary so use your best judgement).

While Baking, Prepare the Frosting.  

  1. Add the softened (almost melted) butter and cream cheese to the mixing bowl.  

  2. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.

  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar.

  4. Mix until everything is smooth and silky.

When the Buns are Done:

  1. BE VERY CAREFUL.  The filling will have melted a little bit and if you get this on your skin, it will burn you really badly.  It is sticky and EXTREMELY hot.

  2. Carefully, removing the baking dish from the oven.

  3. Let cool.

  4. Cover the buns in frosting.

 

Want to add nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, or anything else–and/or other extras to the filling. What about adding chopped nuts or dark chocolate chunks (or both)? Make this recipe yours by adding your own special touch and share!

Hear more about Bucket of Bread from chef and developer Chris Wysong:

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Breaking Bread with Chris: Bucket of Bread Friday, July 23rd

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

We're excited to break bread with Chris Wysong of La Crosse, WI and his company Bucket of Bread! Join us in store to meet Chris in person Friday, July 23rd from 10 am - 2 pm. Chris has literally dreamt up a brand new way to bring you fresh breads.
Cinnamon Buns
Order a bucket filled with all the dry ingredients to make fresh cinnamon rolls, pizzas, homemade calzones, dinner rolls, bagels and more! Fresh bread is made easy with Bucket of Bread! Simply add 3 cups of water, cover and let the dough rise for 2-3 hrs, and you'll enjoy fresh dough for making bread for up to two weeks! Come buy a bucket when Chris is here, or special order one for free local home delivery or in-store pick up. We also ship everywhere in the US.
We have options in Traditional White Bread, Hearty Wheat, and Seven Grain.  Get creative and make fresh donuts for the family.  Anything you can dream up with dough is made possible no matter what your skill level with baking!

Cinnamon Buns Recipe: 

By Bucket of Bread

After having these treats, you won't think they're just for breakfast anymore. Grab lots of napkins because you're going to want to lick your fingers. This is going to be a rich and sweet experience for your taste buds.

Cinnamon Buns

Serving Size:

8

Time Needed:

40 Minutes

Preparations:

Items Needed:

  • Mixer

  • Baking dish

  • Spatula

  • Rolling pin

  • Parchment paper or non-stick foil

For the Buns and Filling:

  • Traditional White Bucket (risen)

  • 1 stick of softened butter

  • 4 tablespoons of cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream (lukewarm)

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

For the Frosting:

  • 1 stick softened butter

  • 1 8-ounce pack of softened cream cheese

  • 2 cups of powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Start Making Cinnamon Buns:

  1. After your dough is risen and cooled in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour, reach in and grab a handful of dough weighing around 1 pound.

  2. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough evenly.  Don't press too hard as this may force the dough to stick to the surface.  If it sticks, just gently lift it off the surface and flip it while continuing to roll it out.  If you're looking for fluffy, bread-like cinnamon rolls, you want it about 3/4-inch thick. If you want softer more gooey, chewy cinnamon rolls, get it to about 1/4-inch thick. 

  3. Cut temperature appropriate parchment paper to match the shape of your baking dish and place it inside.

  4. Get out the mixer and add the really soft butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar.  Mix this until everything appears moist and spreadable.

  5. Spread the filling evenly onto your rolled out dough.

  6. Roll the dough up into a tube shape.

  7. Cut the tube into about 2 inch pieces wide and place them onto the parchment paper in the baking dish.

  8. Gently and slowly pour lukewarm heavy whipping cream over each of the buns letting it fill all the nooks and crannies of the sweet spirals.  Dipping a brush into the liquid and basting these is also an effective means to get these to soak up all the cream.  

  9. While the soon to be buns are bathing in cream, preheat the oven to 450 F.  

  10. Clean up the mixing bowl and utensil for the frosting to be made later.

  11. Once the oven is ready, place the baking dish into the oven and set a timer for 18-20 minutes (ovens vary so use your best judgement).

While Baking, Prepare the Frosting.  

  1. Add the softened (almost melted) butter and cream cheese to the mixing bowl.  

  2. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.

  3. Slowly add the powdered sugar.

  4. Mix until everything is smooth and silky.

When the Buns are Done:

  1. BE VERY CAREFUL.  The filling will have melted a little bit and if you get this on your skin, it will burn you really badly.  It is sticky and EXTREMELY hot.

  2. Carefully, removing the baking dish from the oven.

  3. Let cool.

  4. Cover the buns in frosting.

 

Want to add nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, or anything else–and/or other extras to the filling. What about adding chopped nuts or dark chocolate chunks (or both)? Make this recipe yours by adding your own special touch and share!

Hear more about Bucket of Bread from chef and developer Chris Wysong:

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3 Tips for Choosing Candle & Room Spray Scents

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

The right candles, room sprays, and diffusers can enhance the atmosphere of any room. When selecting a fragrance, aim to select a scent that pleases your nose and suits a certain purpose in the room. This helps guests and family members enjoy the smell and connect it with certain ideas and feelings. Below are several strategies to help you determine the best scents.

How Can You Find the Right Scents for Your Home?

1. Consider the Room

The first consideration should be which room you plan to place the candles, room sprays, or diffusers in. For example, strong scents, such as citrus and peppermint, may be too overpowering for guest bathrooms and walk-in closets because they are enclosed. However, these fragrances are well-suited to open and lively areas, like hallways and living rooms. Smaller rooms can be elevated with fresh, subtle scents, like spring rain, cashmere, and floral aromas.

Also, consider the type of room. Kitchens have a variety of smells because of the food you cook, so floral or perfume-like fragrances tend to clash. Food-related scents, such as spices, herbs, fruits, vanilla, and honey, blend well with existing aromas.

2. Think About the Mood

candle

Next, think about the type of atmosphere you want to create, as fragrances are excellent for setting moods. Lavender, eucalyptus, and lilac create a relaxing ambiance for a bath, while rose and jasmine are perfect for a romantic dinner. For more energizing scents, go with cinnamon, citrus, and ginger. If your goal is to mask odors, lemon and cedarwood are strong scents that can transform the smell of a room.

3. Select the Category

After picking the room and reason for your candle or spray, select the scents. There are four main fragrance types to choose from: floral, woody, fresh, and exotic. Most people have their own preferences and gravitate toward one or two of these categories.

Floral scents tend to be soft, clean, and calming, and they include gardenia, rose, and peony. Fragrances in the woody category, such as balsam and pine, are warm, earthy, and cozy. Fresh scents like bergamot and citronella are bright and energizing. The exotic scents, including vanilla and nutmeg, bring to mind luxury, comfort, and indulgence.

 

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3 Tips for Choosing Candle & Room Spray Scents

Posted by Cassandra Birdd on

The right candles, room sprays, and diffusers can enhance the atmosphere of any room. When selecting a fragrance, aim to select a scent that pleases your nose and suits a certain purpose in the room. This helps guests and family members enjoy the smell and connect it with certain ideas and feelings. Below are several strategies to help you determine the best scents.

How Can You Find the Right Scents for Your Home?

1. Consider the Room

The first consideration should be which room you plan to place the candles, room sprays, or diffusers in. For example, strong scents, such as citrus and peppermint, may be too overpowering for guest bathrooms and walk-in closets because they are enclosed. However, these fragrances are well-suited to open and lively areas, like hallways and living rooms. Smaller rooms can be elevated with fresh, subtle scents, like spring rain, cashmere, and floral aromas.

Also, consider the type of room. Kitchens have a variety of smells because of the food you cook, so floral or perfume-like fragrances tend to clash. Food-related scents, such as spices, herbs, fruits, vanilla, and honey, blend well with existing aromas.

2. Think About the Mood

candle

Next, think about the type of atmosphere you want to create, as fragrances are excellent for setting moods. Lavender, eucalyptus, and lilac create a relaxing ambiance for a bath, while rose and jasmine are perfect for a romantic dinner. For more energizing scents, go with cinnamon, citrus, and ginger. If your goal is to mask odors, lemon and cedarwood are strong scents that can transform the smell of a room.

3. Select the Category

After picking the room and reason for your candle or spray, select the scents. There are four main fragrance types to choose from: floral, woody, fresh, and exotic. Most people have their own preferences and gravitate toward one or two of these categories.

Floral scents tend to be soft, clean, and calming, and they include gardenia, rose, and peony. Fragrances in the woody category, such as balsam and pine, are warm, earthy, and cozy. Fresh scents like bergamot and citronella are bright and energizing. The exotic scents, including vanilla and nutmeg, bring to mind luxury, comfort, and indulgence.

 

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