With so much candy around at Halloween parties, a salty snack will hit the spot. Whip up some homemade kettle-popped corn or one of our popcorn recipes below and place in scallop-edged cups. Embellish with dimensional scrapbooking stickers (found at craft stores) or one of our free printables. If you're sending a cup home with your party guests, wrap it in cellophane and tie with ribbon so the popcorn will stay fresh.
With her son favoring blue ornaments, Aniko Levai of Place of My Taste challenged herself to come up with a creative new palette for her holiday decor. The stunning result incorporates faux flowers with fresh greenery in a Goodwill-found vase, pomegranates and those striking blue ornaments. Runners of thick, black wrapping paper stood in for a more traditional table covering for a modern result.
A new rug took up $110 of the $500 budget. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts found this fleece rug with a geometric pattern on sale and saved more with a 10 percent off coupon. She bought two ikat window panels and got one for 40 percent off. Those savings allowed her to buy discounted fabric for custom pillows and the elephant end table, which cost $40 at a thrift shop. The fiddle-leaf fig adds natural beauty to a corner with no need for wall art.
Founded by three longtime friends from Washington State, Krochet Kids empowers women in Northern Uganda and Peru by teaching a simple skill: crochet. By providing a job, education and mentorship, the company seeks to break the cycle of poverty. Look to them for warm, colorful headwear and accessories for the whole family.
With its focus on functionality and hardwearing materials, the bathroom can be one of the hardest spaces in the home for DIY design. Still, Tamara found a way to put her own stamp on this room over time. “I worked on our house myself over the last few years,” she remembers. “I DIYed open shelves in the bathroom. I also continued my painting venture in the shower, and stenciled the bathroom floors.” The result is a beautiful, spa-type feel from the floor up, accented by lots of bright, leafy green plants.
By removing a wall, what was once a small room feels much larger, offering a comfortable flow between the living room and the dining room. In the process of removing the wall, Chip Gaines found the original fireplace and decided to keep it as a unique design element. Original shiplap paneling was revealed and kept as wainscoting around the house, and natural wood cornices were installed around the windows. A large, Art Deco style light fixture illuminates the room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Finally, one of the easiest and best ways to bring a pop of citron yellow to your space is through art. In this room, the splash of yellow in the painting offers a warm counterpoint to the cool blues and purples found in the sofa and area rug. The unexpected pop of yellow shows that this versatile color can fit into just about any space, and any color palette.
Rayman Boozer is the founder and principal designer of
Apartment 48 Interior Design, a Manhattan-based firm with a varied client list and a deep portfolio of impressive spaces to its credit. With clients ranging from major companies to individual residences, the firm provides Rayman ample opportunity to be creative with interiors. But as a tour of his gorgeous home reveals, he may be keeping some of his most exciting ideas to himself.
“Lighting is so important,” says designer Diane Foreman of Neil Kelly Company. She mentions that undercabinet lighting, faucet lighting and other ambient lighting can boost the overall appearance of a space, like it does in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winner. “I use lighting to my advantage in any space to create drama,” she says. The pendants and undercabinet lighting were from Tech Lighting. These pendants were about $300, but beehive-shaped pendants for task lighting above a bar can be found for about $100 from online and home improvement retailers.
As a shop purveyor, Camille has an eye for detail. No space is complete without floral arrangements which she designs herself in the shop. A mix of pink and blue florals sits atop a silver vintage tray. The tray features a vignette of sweet pieces that can be found in Planning Pretty shop, from appetizer plates to a pale pink Laurel Glass candle.
Add a monogram for a classic touch. A monogrammed antique linen sheet, paired with a contemporary coverlet and new pillows, creates a cozy place reminiscent of a luxury B&B. The detail on the Jenny Lind Spool bed, which can be found in antiques stores or on eBay, combines with the scalloped edge of the sheets for a complete look.
A mix of high end stripes and patterns were used to create a layered pillow plan, and bedding from Overstock.com rounded out the bed's look. A vintage star found the day before install proved to be the perfect accent on the wall! Traditional wall lights added texture and functionality to the space.
Using the clients' existing bed, Jenn Feldman Designs created a nursery that could also function as a guest room when family came to visit, also allowing the youngest brother of three boys to seamlessly grow into his room.
Hosta sieboldiana is a common hosta that’s found in many gardens. It’s produced a host of sports and varieties, including Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans,’ which also goes by the name of Hosta ‘Elegans.’ Hosta sieboldiana is behind many of the common hostas. Chances are, if your garden has a bluish-green, mounding hosta that grows to an impressive size of 24 inches high to over 60 inches wide, it has some Hosta sieboldiana genes in its heritage.
Architect Tara Donnelly of Wolcott Architecture created a series of colorful cat cubes with plenty of compartments and climbing space. Does her own fluffy little tabby (or any other cat) appreciate the colors? Donnelly said she’d researched the subject and found out that while not technically color blind, cats see certain colors and contrasts better than others, so she painted her house accordingly.
With some simple floral design mechanics, you can create a beautiful piece for the table at the roses themed baby shower. All of these blooms and greens are easily found at your local florist or grocery store floral department. If your birdcages aren’t the color you like, give them a quick coat of spray paint to match the party. It will look beautiful on a dessert table or as a centerpiece at a dinner table.
Keep your decor in proportion. In this designer model home, everything in the bathroom is grand, from the oversized spa shower and clawfoot tub to the picture window and adjacent wall. When you have a sizeable wall in a prominent spot, fill it with a massive canvas painting or framed artwork. Whether it’s your own original art, an affordable painting from an undiscovered artist at a local arts festival or a piece found at a thrift shop, flea market or home decor store, you can find large artwork for all budgets.
"Mercury glass is pretty inexpensive. A collection on a mantel looks just as well as doing pairs," says Atlanta interior designer Lance Jackson, co-founder and creative director of Parker Kennedy Living. Mercury glass also works year-round and fits nicely with holiday decor, whether your palette is red and green, or another choice. For your collection of combine mercury glass you pick up from antique stores, estate sales and yard sales with new pieces from home discount stores.
Vintage styles are making a big comeback with the help of companies like Big Chill, which developed its Retro appliance line as a fresh take on the hot colors of the 1950s, according to co-founder Orion Creamer. You can buy Retro fridges, ranges, microwaves and dishwashers in eight standard colors: Beach Blue, Pink Lemonade, Cherry Red, Buttercup Yellow, Jadite Green, Black, White and Orange. (Custom colors are available, too.)