Encourage conversation and fun and festive food consumption among your guests by adding grape kebobs and flowers inside of a vessel as a centerpiece. First, add floral foam inside of the vessel after soaking it in water. Next, add grapes to kebabs and stick them into the top of the floral foam after all flowers are in place.
Packed with nutrients, carrot tops bring an earthy, carrot-y flavor to dishes. The stems tend to be tough, so stick with the ferny leaves. If those are tough to your palate, blanch them before using. Try carrot tops tossed in salads, cooked in stock, pureed into pesto or mixed with cilantro and pepper into chimichurri.
Clear glass ornaments can be filled with just about anything. But when the weather turns frigid, you'll want to be reminded of nature's sweet scents and beautiful greenery. Trust us. You'll need: clear, fillable glass or plastic ornaments in various shapes; string, yarn, sisal rope or twine; dried fruit; moss; branches; lavender; cinnamon sticks; bark; scissors; push pins.
Give your front porch windows a frosty update with frosted window film applied with a burnisher. All that's needed is a utility knife. For an extra layer of holiday cheer, add a message either by sticking vinyl letters to the front of the glass, or by using a stencil and spray paint to the film before applying it to the inside of the window.
If you like the idea of decorating with natural materials, consider this unusual option: 12-inch “tiles” made from reclaimed coconut shells. “They’re very easy to install,” says designer Kelli Kaufer. “Following the instructions, you apply adhesive to the wall and stick the squares in place.” For simpler maintenance down the road, finish with a clear sealant. “They add great texture, creating an earthy look that fits the relaxed, vintage style of this kitchen perfectly,” she says.
Elaborate window decor is often dreamy but can also take a lot of time to complete. Keep it simple with an extra long strand of garland draped from the top of your windows along with a bare wreath in the center. To keep it all lit up, stick with a strand of frosted globe lights tacked up around the outside edge of the window trim.
To upgrade basic envelopes, download and print the matching rose pattern to use as an envelope liner. Make a stencil for the liner by tracing your envelope with the flap open onto cardstock. Cut it out ¼” inside the line you traced. Put inside the envelope and use double stick table to attach the liner on the inside of the envelope flap.
Decorate and make your house smell like the holidays all at once with little potpourri Christmas trees. Glue or sew two triangles of green felt together to create a Christmas tree. Stuff with your favorite winter scents and glue a little cinnamon stick in the base for a tree trunk. Decorate with felt or cloves and hang these charming Christmas ornaments throughout your home.
As seen on Cousins on Call, this corner use to be a dark crowded space with exposed pipes and a furnace. It is now a new Lego play area for the Tarabokia boys. John and Anthony designed the walls and ceiling to be lined with Lego boards for the boys to make anything imaginable and be able to stick them to the walls and ceiling.
Black and white peel and stick adds new life to the built-in bookshelf in this sitting space. A vintage chair with distressed frame serves as an elegant centerpiece for the design. A contemporary table with a geometric shaped base creates an enticing style contrast to the chair. Blue curtains provide the sole color with the sheen of the fabric keeping with the bright look of the room.
Preparing snacks can be a time suck when you’re in a rush to get somewhere, so Ashley Muir Bruhn preps “grab-and-go” snacks the night before. She sometimes bakes mini berry muffins and tosses them in a zip-top plastic bag. Another tip: Freeze yogurt sticks overnight to make for a sweet little treat the next day.
Home decor blogger Amy Buchanan started with a yard sale table and layered in finds, such as a tobacco stick star, a pinecone garland and a frame from an old dresser. Ticking ribbon and wooden Christmas trees painted to look like old grain sacks are in keeping with the farmhouse theme. "I love collecting vintage items throughout the year, then mixing them together to create rustic and farm-style vignettes," says Buchanan, who blogs at AttaGirlSays.
Give your everyday table a chic transformation with this easy-to-make wood shim table runner. And you need less than 10 materials to make it. You'll need: 3 packs of wood shims per 6-foot-long table; pen; wood stain; paintbrush; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks; measuring tape 2 1/2 yards of canvas per 6-foot-long table; fabric scissors.
Create lacy winter trees with paper doilies, hot glue and a few sturdy twigs or skewers. Cut a wedge out of a round doily and bring the cut edges together to form a cone. The size of your wedge will determine how narrow the cone is. Glue the cone together and slide onto the stick. Glue into place. Add more cones in decreasing sizes to create a layered tree.
The back of this built-in bookcase is lined with Novogratz Constellation removable wallpaper. The off-white peel-and-stick paper with gold foil design creates striking contrast against the deep green walls and dark wood shelves and can easily be removed or replaced. Accessories like a "hello" sign made from wire, astronaut artwork, a moon LED night light and a brontosaurus tillandsia planter add to the whimsy of the display.
The sustainable man-made pond has developed over the years into a rich ecosystem of native plants and animals. The property has come alive through LaGuardia Design Group, providing a home for wildlife and a place where native plants can flourish. In this project, the home does not stick out to the viewer, the property is viewed naturally as a whole; home, land and sea.
Stick to one cocktail or keep it classic with champagne to stay on budget. You can often buy champagne wholesale or in bulk to save. If that’s not an option, visit your local Costco or Sam’s Club. Most people don’t know you don't have to be a member to purchase alcohol (at deep discounts) at these locations.
Kristen was able to give her modest 10-by-12-foot living room a high-energy, sophisticated look by sticking with flea markets for staple pieces, then updating them with color. The walls were painted a dark blue tone from Benjamin Moore called Black Horizon. "I love using dark colors to create backdrops for my pieces," she says. "The canary yellow bamboo chair and the pair of turquoise end tables really pop against the blue. Plus, the navy blue makes my abstract art look even better!"