Upon entry to the multipurpose room, the boys are greeted by a grassy-green dresser (picked up at a flea market, sanded and repainted) which holds their day-to-day school, playground and gym clothes. Although it may seem insignificant at first, proper placement of storage furniture can have a huge impact on keeping a kid's room neat and tidy.
That cute inflatable snowman greeting neighbors from the front lawn can easily become a dangerous projectile if you don't follow the manufacturer's instructions for securing it, says Ken Katz, a property director for Travelers Insurance. It's best to shut off the fan blowers when it's windy, when you're not going to be home for long periods, or at bedtime, he says.
Add the smallest can to the front center, and use it to keep small scissors handy for snipping herbs. Wrap a length of ribbon around all the cans and tie together to secure. Print then cut out the plant labels and tie each around its respective can with twine or string. Finally, slide the printed greeting through the tines of an old fork.
For a put-together look on the top shelf of a bar cart, group small items, such as syrups, succulents and a cocktail shaker, on a charger or tray. Then reuse holiday items, such as a Christmas card holder in the shape of glossy black nutcracker, to list beverage choices or give a seasonal greeting or welcome to guests.
They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and this entrance definitely has a WOW factor. From the dazzling, oversized light fixture to the quirky wall decor collected from all over the world, you are instantly engaged as you walk through the dramatic steel and glass doors. The adorable faux sheep were custom crafted in Paris for the homeowner and set a playful tone as cuddle little greeters for guests coming and going.
Nana Yaa has a way of turning every moment into a showcase. At the top of the stairs, traveling from the first floor to the second, one is greeted with even more small delights in the hallway. Here, a collection of her favorite shoes are fashionably displayed. The most eye-catching—a pair of Nike’s personalized with the designer’s name.
A fun neon sign greets visitors to the Hotel Clermont's in-house restaurant Tiny Lou's, a French-themed bistro with a cocktail-forward program. The menu, as you would except from its French inspiration, is meat-centric, though there are vegetarian options too. Blue Ridge Trout Almondine and Duck Consomme are delicious but don't miss the Pommes Aligot. At $9 for a side, these are some pricey cheesy mashed potatoes, but probably worth the bank.
These easy felt cards come together in a snap and their soft texture and bright colors ensure they'll stand out from the pack. To create, use pinking shears to cut a 5" x 7" dark-gray felt rectangle for each card. Next, cut colorful felt into assorted holiday-themed shapes and glue onto card base. Finish by stitching on holiday greetings which have been printed onto paper. Image courtesy of Melanie Blodgett.
You don't need to wait until the end of the party to give favors to guests. "The guests were greeted with custom water bottles and koozies to take home," says Haley of Little E and Company. For a practical and peach-themed party favor, Haley used her embroidery machine to embroider peaches onto chocolate-brown koozies, and she printed personalized water bottle labels honoring the birthday girl. The koozies came in handy for guests during the party and are useful afterwards.