31 Days of Idea House Giveaways: Day 29, Curio Table Lamps

August 29, 2015 | By and | Comments (49)

Love the 2015 Southern Living Idea House? Every day in August, we are giving away the items you need to make the look your own.  Check back daily to see the product and enter to win!

Courtesy of Currey & Co

Courtesy of Currey & Co

Currey & Co’s Curio Table Lamp (Quantity 2, $880) has a stacked crystal and brass base and comes with an off white shade and brass finial.

How to Enter: What’s your final touch when decorating your home for guests? Comment your answer below, and we’ll pick our favorite.

The contest begins today at 12:01 a.m. CST and ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. CST. Official rules here.


  1. Vicki

    My final touch is to make sure everything is clean and fresh. Plump the pillows on the couch, make sure there is a nice comfy blanket folded and draped over the couch and love seat for anyone who wants to snuggle in comfort. Then I would add a nice room spray in addition to popping some home baked cookies in the oven. Mmmm…cookies!

    March 31, 2016 at 11:06 am
  2. Stuart Short

    Like most folks, step one is to clear away the clutter of daily life! (2) Because we are seniors, we like lots of light from lamps so that we can see clearer. (3) As others have mentioned, I also like to add fresh seasonal flowers or greens such as holly and magnolia leaves. We do not use scented candles because many people are allergic to both scents from candles and perfume. (4) Prepare a simple meal or snacks and beverages. (5) Welcome our guests with a hug and smile and a cheerful hello as a reminder of how much their company means to us.

    October 22, 2015 at 12:08 pm
  3. Kara Meckley

    For an evening with family and friends arriving, I would turn overhead lights off and switch to lamp lighting for a softer ambiance.

    October 13, 2015 at 10:16 am
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    September 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm
  5. Tracy

    Fresh flowers!

    August 31, 2015 at 10:13 am
  6. KaAnn Bartels

    Make sure the house is clean, de-clutter, seating spaces, and smells fresh.

    August 31, 2015 at 4:06 am
  7. Cgodfrey@kywimax.com

    One more glance around the room , pretending to be my guess, then a special flower arrangement !

    August 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm
  8. Kelly E.

    Fresh flowers, a freshly made baked good, and a little gift bag with something special for them. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive, but it should be person-appropriate…with thought put into it!

    August 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm
  9. Danielle

    My Southern hospitality comes out when guests come over. Aside from making sure, my guests feel like they’re at home. I love to shower my guests with Southern dishes. I cook up a storm and mix up my award winning peach cobbler.

    August 29, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  10. Nancy Beaird

    Fresh flowers! Always the crowning touch when special times are on hand. And subtle scent from candles. Appeal to all the senses, right?

    August 29, 2015 at 10:06 pm
  11. Holly Moon

    I make sure there are several cozy, comfy blankets out for guests to grab for chilly mornings or afternoon naps. That and baking something yummy in the oven to make the house smell great!

    August 29, 2015 at 10:04 pm
  12. Mary Z

    A smile on my face and in my eyes to welcome my guests and let them know I’m glad that they have made the effort to come and see me and be with me for whatever the occasion that I’ve invited them for or reason they have dropped in for. The tone of my voice when I say hello that conveys that I’m glad to see them whether it’s been days weeks or years. One can have the nicest house with the best furnishings but if guests don’t truly feel cared for and welcomed, what’s the point? Smile, be gracious and be thankful that one has friends and family that you care to see and spend time with. Enjoy life, celebrate and make every day and every opportunity special.

    August 29, 2015 at 9:28 pm
  13. Nancy L

    I always tell my guests to act like my home is their home, I want them to really make themselves at home. When I have overnight guests I make sure the bedding is freshly washed and enough blankets and pillows are on hand. Room temperature is also important and I instruct my guests to change the temperature to suit their preference.
    Being relaxed and welcoming is the best final touch to provide for your guests!

    August 29, 2015 at 9:20 pm
  14. Beth

    I like to add fresh flowers in the room!

    August 29, 2015 at 9:17 pm
  15. Deb

    My final decorating touch for our guests would be fresh flowers from our garden in their room, guest bath, and entry hall….and also some chocolates in a small bowl on their bedside table. I also like to put my favorite magazines (which definitely includes Southern Living!) in a handmade country basket (that my 87-year old mom made) at the foot of their bed to welcome them!

    August 29, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  16. Barbara DeMeuse

    I use a remote to turn on my Luminara flameless wax candles – ultra safe, so realistic and such an ambience.

    August 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm
  17. susitravl

    I decorate my table with good food and drinks!

    August 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm
  18. floridagld

    Today’s question has me stumped as I don’t add any special decorating for guests. I decorate my home for us seasonally, and always have fresh flowers, music and candles, special lighting for our day to day lives. The quest rooms and baths are ready for guests at any time. If dinner quests are arriving I always do a last minute check of the bar/appetizer table. If over night quests I do add fresh flowers and chocolates in the quest rooms. Tend to my fur babies. Maybe it would be to put out the tableware for the event. I have amassed a large collection as dinnerware, especially plates and bowls as they are my favorite items to collect.

    August 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm
  19. Alice Compton

    This is a beautiful lamp! My daughter would love it!

    August 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm
  20. Karen Sherman

    The coup de gras of our hospitality in the End of the Rainbow Valley are frango mints on the pillows of the the turned down bed… Wishes for sweet dreams.

    August 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm
  21. Rita Milam

    My final touch when decorating my home for guests is making sure everything is in place including fresh flowers, carefully prepared food, and most importantly, attitude check with a great, warm smile and hugs for the guests as they arrive at my front (or back) door!

    August 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm
  22. Vicki Hopper

    Cleaning up and hiding the clutter

    August 29, 2015 at 6:48 pm
  23. Dolores

    After making sure the house is clean and tidy, I would be sure that there was a nice aroma like some freshly baked cookies or pie to greet my guests.

    August 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm
  24. Tana McCraw

    Home should be clean and welcoming with baked goods & a hot meal. Guest bedroom and bathroom include a basket of toiletries & a couple of magazines & books.

    August 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm
  25. Heather De Luna

    I suppose just having the house clean to the level I want is a special “decoration” for me. Our home is small and at times hard to keep clean due to the weekly clutter. But aside from that, my final decoration is kind of a complementary three items: lighting, scent and life.

    First, we have worked to create some ambient, subtle lighting that we can have one that makes the rooms feel more intimate. They can be colored or dimmed for something like a movie or just to encourage a long, casual conversation.

    Second, I really want to have a pleasant, inviting home smell. My boyfriend came up with the idea of using a few drops of essential oils mixed with baking soda sprinkled on the carpet before vacuuming. It leaves a light scent in the air can really help add atmosphere of the home.

    And finally, life (aside from our engaging cats) is using some fresh flower clippings for the garden. I’m a rose fiend, so most likely it with be roses and daisies that we can strategically place in vases around the main rooms to make the rooms a bit more inviting.

    August 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm
  26. gatormomx2

    My final touch when decorating my home for guests is to take one last look, spray a little fragrance, take a deep breath and relax. The guests are at the door and anything else that needs to be done will just have to wait.

    August 29, 2015 at 3:29 pm
  27. Kim

    The final touch for our guests is a basket on the nightstand filled with a few toiletries in case they didn’t pack something. Scented lotions, handmade soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and a recent copy of Southern Living for them to read prior to turning in for the night.

    August 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm
  28. ginicraven

    Fresh flowers, candlelight and the perfect background music are a must

    August 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  29. Brenda Kula-Pruitt

    Fresh flowers either from my garden or the super market, arranged casually around my home.

    August 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm
  30. Joan

    A Wow clean and neat and beautiful front yard and entrance that sets the tone from the beginning. A welcome front door mat and a wreath on the door. Upon entry into house a sweet fragrance from a freshly made teapot or baked goodies or smells of food prepared for a hot meal. All seasonal if possible. Clean smelling house always. Guest bedroom and bathroom that says we are glad you could visit. Always tell your guests to make themselves comfortable, and let’s all relax and enjoy our time together. Then we talk and eat and drink and make merry, and always hope that our visits will always be remembered and cherished.

    August 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm
  31. Barbara

    Genetic – Last Rule Of Cleaning & General Preparation – Run The Sweeper. Best Thing To Do Would Be To Disinfect All Door Handles Through Out The House. More Realistic And Wise Advice.

    August 29, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  32. Becky J

    When decorating my home for guests I declutter some of the everyday “necessities ” we usually have handy. I make sure to keep out for display some of our unusual family antiques and these are often the start of interesting conversations.

    August 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm
  33. karen s

    My final touches while decorating my home for guests includes filling baskets with clean throws and blankets and filling the candy dishes with goodies. I have several large wicker baskets that sit on the floors near seating areas/couches. I keep them full of cozy throws and blankets for use year round. I switch them out depending on the season. And while they are functional, they are also decorative, adding coziness and texture to rooms. Sometimes even offering a much needed pop of color. I have been the guest in homes where my teeth chatter and my lips turn blue due to the a/c temp or lack of heat and although I might be enjoying myself, I can’t wait to run out of the door. That is not at all what I want for my guests. My company’s comfort is of utmost importance to me, whether it is snowing or sweltering outside. And the candy, well, I happen to think that their sweet tooth is just as important too!

    August 29, 2015 at 11:41 am
  34. duchick

    After thoroughly cleaning the guest room, and guest bathroom, setting out fresh towels and toiletries, I add a hand-written note on the night stand. I welcome our guest(s) to our home and wish them an enjoyable stay. I let them know that this home is their home during their visit and they are welcome to turn on the TV, music, sit outside on the porch, whatever makes them comfortable! I also have a pad of paper and pen inside the top drawer of the bedside table, with the local phone book.

    August 29, 2015 at 11:18 am
  35. Griffin Nelson

    I try to ALWAYS have flowers on the table and if they’re spending the night, in the guest bedroom and bathroom! It always brightens up a room no matter how drab it may be!

    August 29, 2015 at 11:05 am
  36. jene davis

    The wreath on the door says welcome like nothing else can. curb appeal also says I have been expecting you! I always send a note saying thank you for coming!

    August 29, 2015 at 11:00 am
  37. Victoria Seideberger

    I want my guests to feel at home and enable them to help themselves, so these are the last items to be checked off: At bedside, the remote to the TV, reading materials of interest, at least 100 w of lighting to read by, and fresh water w/ a glass. In the guest bath, fresh soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, travel size grooming products, sanitary products, analgesics and antacids. In the kitchen, snacks and fruit in a beautiful bowl, cereal, tea bags, instant coffee or coffee pods, and milk (according to dietary needs).

    August 29, 2015 at 10:53 am
  38. Lizana

    The final touch just before guests arrive is to light candles – lots of them – AND to make sure that all the lighting is adjusted to comfortable, flattering levels.

    August 29, 2015 at 10:50 am
  39. Connie Crabb

    I like to have something to make that particular guest feel special. It may be their favorite flower or a book or magazine I know they would enjoy.

    August 29, 2015 at 10:26 am
  40. Steven Talerico

    Fresh flowers in the house and especially the guest being sensitive to any allergies my guests migght have. Also, of course clean and fresh towels and bed linens.

    August 29, 2015 at 10:18 am
  41. Lynda

    I’ve got the house spic and span, freshly hung towels & new roll of toilet paper in the bathroom, entry walk swept, glass backdoor windexed, lamps on, fluff the den pillows and the last thing done….make sure the house temperature is comfortable. (No candles or flowers though guests might have allergies)

    August 29, 2015 at 10:11 am
  42. Priscilla Gooodwin

    Doing an attitude check to make sure I move out of the prep mode and into the so excited to see you mode so my guests feel warmly welcomed.

    August 29, 2015 at 10:08 am
  43. Martha DeMarco

    Fresh flowers, and nice scents throughout the house…clean fresh towels and soaps.

    August 29, 2015 at 10:02 am
  44. Wanda Mullins

    Final touch when decorating the guest room….. Nice linens!!! Nice lamps! A decorative soft down comforter and pillows!! The end result….. An inviting comfortable room!

    August 29, 2015 at 9:44 am
  45. Leslie

    Fresh flowers from my yard! If I don’t have fresh flowers then I light the candelabra that I have in my fireplace.

    August 29, 2015 at 9:41 am
  46. Lynn Welch

    I switch on all the lamps, add fresh flowers, and light seasonal candles. I use unscented candles in the dining room so that fragrance doesn’t interfere with the taste of food.

    August 29, 2015 at 9:23 am
  47. Pam Eiltss

    It sounds a little odd but I try to recreate the feeling I got when my father took me to a Hotel in NYC and we stayed in the VP Suite. Fresh flowers, a mint on the pillow, the toilet paper cornered. I even have a basket of toiletries. As a kid of divorced parents my mom could not afford to barely feed us. Dad shows up and takes me on this first class trip. I remember feeling so special and rich. Like I was a princess in a castle. I want my guests to have that feeling of being special.

    August 29, 2015 at 9:15 am
  48. Wanda Zorn

    I would love to be able to display this beautiful lamp and let everyone know that I won it from Southern Living . Since i’m 75, soon to be 76, I don!t get out to shop for things like I did before my husband passed away.

    August 29, 2015 at 9:14 am
  49. clmdukes

    Fresh flowers always.

    August 29, 2015 at 9:06 am

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