A rug’s a one-and-done way to fill a wall, and a good conversation piece. Lightweight kilims and dhurries are best for hanging. The Velcro method is sturdy: Attach a strip of the hook side of Velcro to a piece of wood the width of the rug. Sew the looped side of the Velcro strip to the rug. Mount the wood to the wall; stick on the rug. This rug is vintage. Find great flat-weave rugs at Revival Rugs and Etsy stores Atelier Boheme Maroc and Moroccan Tribal. (Room design by Chelsea Hing Interior Design)
Dry winter air causes houseplants to dry out quickly. At the very least, check plants weekly to assess soil moisture. Sticking a finger onto—or even into—soil is an easy way to determine if plants need a drink. With small plants, lifting the pot is another good way to figure out how moist soil is. Dry soil is light; wet soil is heavier. Soil color also changes as moisture evaporates. Wet soil is dark; dry soil is lighter in color.
Pot up your coleus before the first frost to overwinter them as colorful, showy houseplants. Coleus grow nicely in an eastern exposure, and if they start to look leggy and stretched, simply prune them back. Stick the cuttings into a glass of water or a small container filled with potting mix, and roots will soon form, increasing your windowsill garden. Shown here: Coleus 'Sun Rose To Lime Magic'
In a living room where space is at a premium, there may not be enough tabletop surface to add framed photos or treasured objects. To inject personality into a living room without taking up valuable tabletop space, consider a gallery wall grouping. Here, a tall wall features nine oversized black-and-white prints of the family with a steel console placed below to anchor the space. When adding a console table to a living room, stick with a maximum depth of 18 inches to keep from impeding traffic flow.
Experts will tell you that roses and other deciduous shrubs, rooted from cuttings taken in fall or winter (unlike evergreens which root best in the summer), should be dipped in special hormone treatments and covered with plastic tents. But old hands know you can just stick pencil-size or smaller cuttings in good, well-drained garden soil or in pots, without the rooting stimulants.
Everyone loves cupcakes. Bake your favorite recipe at home or buy from the store and dress them up with paper cupcake toppers and wrappers. Print the cupcake topper template and use a craft punch or scissors to cut them into rounds. Then, attach the paper shape to a four-inch lollipop stick using tape or a one-inch white circle label. Cupcake wrappers are easy to make from decorative paper to match the theme. Displayed on a pretty cake stand, these cupcakes are hard to resist.
Benches have a more informal and inviting vibe than the usual set of chairs, plus you can fit extra guests. It’s OK if the wood finishes don’t match—they’ll blend just fine. If you want to pair an upholstered bench with upholstered chairs, stick with equally rich shades, like these yellow and blue jewel tones. Find upholstered kinds with turned legs from Wisteria or get them secondhand. The diamond-print fabric on this one is by Perennials. (Room design by Jenn Feldman Designs)
The 16-foot-wide dining space in HGTV's Dream Home 2014 feels voluminous thanks to 10-foot-high walls and a steeply-pitched ceiling featuring exposed structural beams. A wall of windows overlooks the front yard and floods the room with natural light. As interior designer Linda Woodrum chose fabrics for this room with a view, she was careful to stick with subtle patterns and solids that didn't compete with the outdoors. The flowy white draperies are mounted at the top of the wall in order to draw the eye up. A traverse rod operates on a pulley system to allow for easy adjustment.
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!
Arrange your gifts with a variation of heights and widths to achieve the best visual appearance. Keep large, bulky boxes sitting directly on the floor, then build temporary gift towers by piling smaller gifts on top. As each temporary gift tower is created, be sure that each one stands approximately 5 to 8 inches lower or higher than the one next to it. If you stick with this rule, by the time you stand back to take a look at your decked-out Christmas tree, the variation of heights will be perfectly balanced.
Be creative as you design a trellis for your pea plants. Traditionally gardeners use fruit tree and shrub trimmings to craft a twig trellis. You can do the same thing with twigs that winter has tossed onto your lawn. Simply stick pencil-thick twigs into soil beside peas as you plant them. Another option is to string netting between stakes. This easy trellis (above) supports pea plants with a double row of twine that runs alongside plants. Insert stakes at either end of your pea plant (or every 4 to 5 feet for long rows), and wrap the twine around stakes to create a tight support. The plants will grab one another and the twine for support.
The maker community knows how much we love our pets, so this is a golden age for handmade dog tuxedos, dog dresses, dog bow ties and flower-ringed dog collars for your fur kid to wear to the wedding. The cuteness is blinding. Be sure you pick something your pet will actually keep on without freaking out. If your pup’s cooperative about clothing, doll her up. If your pet thinks dog clothes are for pups who’ve surrendered to their human’s silliest wishes, stick with a simple bow tie or floral collar.
Tomatillos are relatively trouble-free in terms of pests, but the plants are not self-pollinating. You need at least two tomatillo plants for the yellow blooms to form fruit. Grow just one, and you’ll only have a plant with yellow flowers. Also, the pollen tends to clump at high humidity, sticking to the inside of the flower so it can’t be transferred to another flower—and that means no fruit. The last challenge with tomatillos is finding seedlings. This is one veggie you may need to grow from seed yourself.
Create tabletop trees from newspaper and cardboard boxes. To make these, you’ll need discarded cardboard, a utility knife, scissors, hot glue sticks and glue gun. Cut the cardboard boxes down into flat sheets and then roll each sheet into a conical. Next, cut the uneven cardboard along the bottom of the conical and keep both ends of the cardboard fastened together with hot glue. Next, cut newspaper into 4-inch strips and then fray the newspaper with scissors. Wrap each conical with the layers of frayed newspaper and then secure them in place with hot glue.
Make an old-fashioned cuppa by steeping apple peels in boiling water. For one cup of tea, add a cinnamon stick, a few cloves and, if you want a little zing, the zest of one lemon to 8 ounces of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or your favorite sweetener. This is a delicious cup of tea that’s rich in nutrients, thanks to the peel’s Vitamins A, K and C (peels contain half an apple’s Vitamin C content), folate and quercetin (helpful in lung and brain function). Vary the spices to shift the flavor to hit other notes, like exotic five-spice, allspice or pumpkin pie spice.
To make this bouquet you'll need a large glass beer stein, a Collins glass, thin wood craft dowels, floral leaf ribbon and a selection of fresh fruits, veggies and flowers (listed in previous slide). Place the Collins glass inside the beer stein and fill the space between glasses with thin lime slices. With remaining limes and apples, remove produce stickers and insert the sharp end of the wood dowels at an angle into the bottom of the fruit. Line the Collins glass with leaf ribbon, fill with fresh water and arrange flowers and produce as desired. Tip: Cut stems at an angle and place immediately into water for long-lasting results.
Step up your gifting game with this sweet jar topped with a silver ballerina and snowflake jewels by Hostess with the Mostess. To make this darling jar, spray paint a small plastic ballerina silver (a cake topper works perfectly!). Paint her dress with glue, and then sprinkle with a fine craft glitter in your favorite hue. Use hot glue to attach both parts of the jar lid. Next, glue on your ballerina and add a bit of quilt batting for the snow. Embellish your jar with stickers and a tag for an even cuter look!
You don't have to spend a fortune on a custom fire pit. Wade recommends a simple fire pit surface of stone, crushed gravel or other non-flammable material of at least 6-7 feet wide. It doesn't have to be complicated or constructed, just big enough to serve as a safe buffer between the fire and your yard. Wade's fire pit does double duty as a yard tool and a place he can burn fallen debris, sticks and other yard waste. And make sure your fire pit has proper drainage so it doesn't become a haven for mosquitoes, advises Wade.