Like a few people I know, I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day or many of the gifts that one would normally get on that day. I don’t love chocolate and none of my favorite flowers are available in February. But this year I found a real soft and sweet treat that would make any V-day scrooge (who happens […]
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Looking for an easy way to update your decor? Try painting your staircase, specifically the stair risers. This little change can reinvigorate your home without a lot of effort (or mess). Just tread lightly while the paint dries. Is this something you’d try in your home? See more easy paint makeovers here.
Elegant table settings are a quick and easy way to dress up your Christmas decor. Start with a theme or color palate, and incorporate it into everything from the tablecloth and napkins to the place card. Adding a personalized touch like individually wrapped gifts at each place takes a holiday table to new festive heights and is sure to be a winner among […]
When coming up with Christmas decorating ideas, I often focus on the tree and the mantle, but flower-filled vases can also have tremendous visual impact. For a truly captivating display, think beyond the traditional holiday plants like poinsettias and holly. Arrange a centerpiece of in-season flowers in one bold (and festive) color. Photo Credit: Steve Giralt What do you use […]
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 […]
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 […]