Make your mantel meaningful by displaying cherished letters and mementos. You won't have to buy artwork and don't need heavy expensive frames. Designer Thea Quillian helped Atlanta homeowners Karen Goeckel and Bill Goodman use high/low decorating ideas for their home, which was built in 1911 and has seven fireplaces. The black-and-white bride of Frankenstein photo also was a gift.
Encourage little ones to interact with one another with playing card place holders. First, pick up a kid’s card game and read the instructions before the soiree. Next, place a card on each child’s napkin to assign them a character, number, letter or activity.
Let your kids become part of your great room's art collection by engaging in family crafts. For a playful touch, spell out a child's name along with a family-friendly message using wooden game letters, then display them inside a shadowbox.
From the pretty pottery on top all the way down to the record collection, this bookcase looks colorful and carefully curated. Our favorite part? The letter board, flamingo and palm trees, which bring a small taste of Palm Springs to this home in New Jersey.
Bold yellow letters add a whimsical touch in this beach house kitchen, popping against the clean, white wall and shelf. Because the home focuses on fun and play, beverages are kept out on the counter, ready to be enjoyed, rather than stashed out of sight.
For kids who like playing with letters and numbers on the fridge, why not take the fun on the road? Buy a mini magnetic board, pack some letters and numbers in a plastic baggie and, voila, you have some educational (and non-digital!) entertainment for the car. You can also use the board as a play surface for magnetic toys like Magna-Tiles.
This asymmetrical mantel display has a lively vibe and message. You can find affordable letters at arts and crafts stores to create a word, such as "Joy," or phrase that's meaningful to you and paint the letters in a metallic or any color you wish. This room was designed by Julie Montgomery of Julie Montgomery Interiors as part of home makeovers for families by the nonprofit Dwell with Dignity Atlanta. The mantel previously held a mishmash of books and frames.
Cedar topiaries and a peace banner made from glittered cardboard letters make the mantelscape great for the holidays, but the display isn't so holiday-themed that it can't stick around all season. Mercury glass vases and candle holders are a sparkling accent to the natural elements
In the nursery, bookshelves are hung low so that they are easily accessible to the homeowners' small children. They display a great collection of colorful books that draws the eye and beckons kids to open their minds to adventure. To top off the space, the word "Book Worm", made of wooden letters covered in pages to an old children's book, makes this area of the nursery a little more fun.
Help tiny guests gather their culinary crafts with unique party bags. Find letters and fonts online, and then print them directly onto paper bags by running them through a basic color printer. Prior to the end of the party, keep the bags displayed nearby as tree decor, encouraging kids to take them down and fill them up before they leave.
Take Halloween to a whole new level this year by setting up an outdoor candy station for your trick-or-treaters. Kids will go crazy when they see a big display of sweet and salty treats. Add a handmade "BEWARE" banner to your front door for the perfect finishing touch; our free printable letters plus a few basic craft supplies make putting your own banner together a snap. Learn how to make the banner plus download templates.