There is something special about trees decked with all sorts of family mementos and ornaments from Christmases past, but sometimes a mishmash of ornaments can get overwhelming. So instead, think about coming up with a theme for your tree. Whether it be a particular color, pattern, or something sentimental, focusing on one element can keep tree-trimming simplified. For example, this […]
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There is a museum fairly close to my house—the Bartow-Pell Museum—that always does fun kid stuff for Christmas. Last year our youngest and I went to see a puppet show; this year there was a storyteller dressed in period costume and (even better because there were gumdrops involved) make-your-own gingerbread men. But I had another reason to visit: Real Simple […]
There’s a whole subset of scientists out there who study how the environment around us influences how much we eat. From the color of the walls at a restaurant (red and orange boost hunger) to the size of bowls and plates (bigger ones lead to overeating) to whether or not more variety or less variety causes you to consume more […]
The Confetti System has been around for a few years now but they still are producing inspiring installations. I loved these Christmas ornaments they made from last year. They are so modern and fun. See their blog for their latest work and loads of inspiration.
No mantle? No problem. There are plenty of other places to hang your Christmas stockings this year. One idea, place your stocking hanger on top of a bookshelf and let Santa fill them there. You can also hang them on a branch hung on the wall, or on a decorative wall hook. Check out Curbly’s roundup on 10 New Places […]
I love the holiday season, but I prefer to keep decorations subtle and traditional. In fact, my parents once assembled a sparkly, hot pink Christmas tree in my room just to laugh at my look of disapproval. Over the last few weeks I’ve been admiring the gorgeous holiday decorating ideas circulating the web, and I finally purchased a little something […]
When my husband and I remodeled our kitchen, we made one major change that my kids are still upset about – we removed the fireplace. It’s really only in December that they complain because, you guessed it, we removed Santa’s entrance into our house. (Fortunately “magic,” and a showing of Tim Allen’s The Santa Clause, are enough to satisfy their […]
Next time you’re lighting up the candles for a dinner party (or just a weeknight meal), try freezing them first. Doing so will make them burn more slowly, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy them longer. For the best results pop them in the freezer the night before. Get the full details on Apartment Therapy.
Sometimes I need a little bit of inspiration to come up with the perfect color scheme for a party (or even redecorating my room!) and, luckily, I recently discovered The Perfect Palette.
Pumpkin decorating is one of the best (if not messiest) parts of Halloween. But if scraping out soggy seeds, or wielding a carving knife isn’t your forte, try this trick for endless pumpkin decorating fun. Simply paint your pumpkin with chalkboard spray paint, and then draw on your spooky faces. Not quite the look you were going for? Get more […]