The Masserall's new brealfast nook was completely transformed on HGTV's Fixer Upper with bench seating, shiplap walls and a large wooden table. A metal basket containing glass mason jars and flowers creates the perfect table centerpiece for the country style design. Wood plate holders and textured throw pillows add the finishing touches.
If you have a lidded ceramic jar, fill it for free with natural reeds or branches from nearby pond or lake. Then use the lid as part of your decor, by simply leaning it against a small stack of books. You won't have to buy another accessory to fill that space. This rustic mantle is in a home on north Georgia's Lake Burton, in the Waterfall Club community.
Try adding a few of these weatherproof lanterns to small crooks along the walkway. To make, coat the inside of a canning jelly jar with mod podge and cover with glitter. Allow it to dry. Add a small strand of battery powered lights, then tuck ribbon under the lid and screw the lid on tight.
With the idea of a Parisian houseguest in mind, Peter Pennoyer of Peter Pennoyer Architects, totally transformed this space. The walls went from yellow to draped in gray and blue Schumacher coverings, while a combination of bejeweled pillows, layered textures and hints of marigold pull the entire look together. The finishing touch: A ceramic turtle whose shell opens to reveal an ink jar (placed on the back desk).
Coordinate small extras with your existing black and gold palette. Interior designer Jade Joyner, co-owner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., placed matches with black tips into small apothecary jars, and arranged them on a gold bar cart. She selected other entertaining essentials, such as straws, in gold as well. Even the champagne bottle’s gold seal fits into the look, and pops against the black and white modern art backdrop.
A deep blue built in unit and matching molding is brightened by the white walls and ceiling of the room and complemented by pops of raspberry pink decorative details. Linen baskets create an organized storage system while the remaining shelves are beautifully decorated with personal touches. A button wall canvas and jar-base lamp bring subtle touches of texture to the room.
Keep your arts and crafts supplies within arm’s reach and neatly displayed by arranging them on a tiered cake stand. Dedicate the lower stand to glass jars for housing buttons, tacks and other embellishments which get lost easily. Keep spools of ribbon or thread in the center and then use the top tier for things you’ll need easy access to such as pens and paints.
This gumball party wouldn't be vintage-inspired without some soda. "I used Mason jars with stamped lids for drinking glasses," says Kara Allen. "The straws were made out of paper—a perfect vintage-inspired touch." To add to the theme, Kara made "gumball" ice cubes by freezing red punch in a ball-shaped ice tray found at a bargain price online. Aside from the decor, Kara suggests including a theme-oriented activity for guests. "I thought that ribbon wands would be so fun for little guests to play with and they were also easy to make," she says. She attached colorful polka-dot ribbons to the tops of painted wooden dowel rods and placed them in a large mason jar filled with gumballs to fit in with the theme. Photo by Lyndsey Fagerlund Imagery
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.
As cupcakes, cake pops and s'mores continue to dominate the dessert world, why not make your own creation with one-of-a-kind ice cream cookies? Create a gourmet basket packed with ice-cream essentials and air-tight jars filled with sprinkles, nuts, caramel and hot fudge. When it's time for your friend to entertain, they can set up a self-serve ice cream cookie station.
One spot in the house that's often neglected when decorating for the holidays is the kitchen. Why not add just a few Christmas touches to make it look and feel more welcoming? Hang the same wreaths used in other rooms on the kitchen windows to keep the look cohesive. Add red dish towels, red napkins and stock your cookie jars with treats for guests to take the festive feel a step further.
Draft a classic autumn icon as a vase for the last of your garden gleanings. A small pumpkin, turban squash or gourd easily hosts a blend of blooms. This display features boldly tinted coleus leaves with a pop of lantana blooms. To create a pumpkin vase, start with a flat-bottomed fruit that rests evenly on a surface. Remove the stem end and seeds. Insert a saturated block of floral foam or a water-filled jar and add fresh stems.
“I’ve always imagined spending a snow-filled Christmas in a cozy mountain cabin, so I decided to pretend that’s where we were hanging out when I created this tablescape,” says Katie Nathey of Mountain Modern Life.
“Most of the table decor came from shopping our home,” Nathey says, “such as the vintage Mason jars and candle holders.” The napkins were made out of leftover fabric, and she added liquid gold leaf to glam up thrifted glasses.
Echibeckia combines the winter hardiness of purple coneflower (Echinacea) with the fast growth and sunny flower colors of black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia). The result is a stunning beauty that makes the most humble jar vase beam with good looks. Flowers stand atop sturdy stems and appear all summer long—without deadheading. Rabbit- and deer-resistant plants grow 20 to 24 inches tall and 16 to 18 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 6-10. Good vase companions for echibeckia: bee balm, mints, ninebark and purple verbena.
For a holiday breakfast kit, wrap three cooled biscuits in waxed paper. Tuck inside the white pastry box with a jar of flavored fruit butter. Tuck a cinnamon stick or two inside, if desired, to add to the aroma of your gift. Cut one-inch-wide strips of burlap and tie on top of the closed box. Attach the faux greenery to the burlap knot with the raffia ribbon. Now, you're ready to present the gift!
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if it's a DIY project. This black-and-white piece is inspired by the pattern of an Ikea pillow and uses plywood and paint, by Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Another affordable idea for a holiday mantel is to place extra ornaments in a glass jar. She also repainted the chair (an estate sale find) in front of the fireplace gold and recovered the cushion.
These Rudolph-inspired cake pops are sure to delight your little guests. To make, form balls of any baked cake mixture with your hands and chill for about 1 hour, then insert a lollipop stick into each ball and dip in melted chocolate. Chill until set, then decorate with marshmallows, cherries and pretzels. To finish off, insert a striped straw into each stick and decorate with a piece of ribbon. Display them upright in a white container filled with a block of floral foam. Top the container with fake snow and a printable candy jar label.