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Stylish Easter Eggs with a Patchwork Effect

patchwork effects on easter eggs styled by suzonne stirling

patchwork effects on easter eggs styled by suzonne stirling

Craft stylist Suzonne Stirling made those elegant and creative Easter eggs for Family Circle. She didn’t want to do another story about how to dye Easter eggs. Suzonne turned her attention to the popular washi tapes and textiles. And the effect is superb.

easter eggs decorated with washi tapes by craft stylist suzonne stirling for family circle

Her patchwork effects look fresh and stylish. A craft project that is worth exploring, for sure!

MORE:
+ Gorgeous Easter Eggs and Spring Crafts
+ via Urban Comfort : the blog of Suzanne Stirling
+ photography by David Prince for Family Circle, April 2010 issue

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Exploring More Color Schemes for the Holiday

blue and brown holiday decorations :: better homes and gardens

The Blue and Brown palette first caught my eyes on Better Homes and Gardens. You have to admit that the chocolate table looks inviting. The ball ornament is a do-it-yourself project. You simply dress up plastic foam ornaments with scraps of blue and brown fabric. Add silver ribbons and a few beads for elegance.

romantic pink holiday decorations :: better homes and gardens

If you wish for a girlie holiday decor, you may get inspired by the romantic Pretty in Pink holiday theme. If you are looking for a younger, fresher version, simply use modern dinnerware. This is the right occasion to serve Rosé Champagne to your guests.

MORE:
+ Glamorous Globes
+ Treat Your Sweeties
+ Crystal and Pink
+ In-the-Pink Mantel

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The Making of my Christmas Tree

tips on how to design a christmas holiday tree theme

It has been 6 years since I made a Christmas tree at home. But this year, I was unable to resist the urge to deck my home with a festive tree. It also meant that I needed to come up with a brand new Christmas theme.

The Design

The craftsy animal ornaments were my starting point. Except for the touch of red, they are neutral. I took hints from my home decor, revisited the tree ornaments I already owned to make my own version of the 2009-2010 Christmas trends. I mixed the elements of two trends: comfort and winter. It works because I analyzed what was common to both to design my own theme.

designing my christmas tree theme

To repeat the blue accents on my room, I spread a dozen of night blue Christmas ball ornaments. I did the same by limiting the number of red ornaments. Everything is based on metallic colors, with gold and silver at the center stage. I also use plenty of white and clear glass ornaments. The winter trend calls for lilac, which would not go with my home decor. Therefore, I used copper instead.

pine garland backdrop for my holiday tree

My tree sits next to my airy staircase. Putting a pine garland on the handrail was essential to ground the tree in the space. I kept the garland bare to not compete with the tree. I simply dressed it up with an ornament on which there is a Christmas tree illustration. That is enough to make a statement.

I ordered a few animal ornaments and skating ornaments from Crate and Barrel. This will put the finishing touch. I cannot wait to see it complete.

Being Creative with the Tree Topper

my christmas tree topper

It soon became obvious that the usual Holiday tree topper would look funny on my tree. For a while, I thought of leaving empty the top branch until I rediscovered my red bird ornaments. They added the touch I was looking for. The best part is that they are inexpensive ornaments that I kept over the years. I think they were the first Christmas ornaments I bought after university. I am glad I did.

Things to Know to Select the right Christmas lights

I upgrade to the LED lights. You have the choice between Warm white and Pure white. Think of the color of your walls before purchasing yours. Warm white lights coordinate with the warm tones of my walls. A pure white light will clash with my decor. Instead of going for my usual choice, the mini-lights, I switched to the C6 strawberry lights to compliment my theme.

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DIY Christmas Ornament Wreath by CB2

diy holiday tree ornament wreath by cb2

The sight of the jewel tone Christmas tree ornaments at CB2 is awesome. Their DIY ornament wreath reminds me of the front door decorations I made two years ago. The CB2 stylists made a big wreath. As you know, modern big ornaments are trendy. One advantage with CB2’s holiday ornament wreath is that you do not need to be crafty to make your own.

I wish CB2 had a store in Canada. I really love the non-traditional colors and the classic shapes of these Christmas tree ornaments.

+ photos and tutorial: In the loop by CB2
+ via YourHome.ca

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Simple Sewn Bird Ornaments for a Pink Tree Theme

pink sewn bird ornament by The Purl Bee

I like the idea of a hot pink Christmas tree. Since I want our tree to reflect my taste and the taste of my husband, I went for a modern cottage vibe this year. One thing that I have in common with The Purl Bee is that the inspiration point for my design was handmade ornaments. In our case, they were an owl, a deer and a bird.

If you wish to sew your own bird ornaments, in any color of your choice, get the pattern and step by step instructions here.

photos: The Purl Bee

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DIY Gingerbread Cottage Place Card Holders

diy gingerbread house place card holders by kate\'s paperie

If you have a little time on your hands, consider crafting a gingerbread cottage place cards for each of your guests. The gingerbread house stands on its own.

With the right cut on the card, you can simply deposit the place card on the roof. Whatever technique you used, make sure to not cut the gingerbread cottage. This way, next year you could use them for a village vignette. You could make a few extra cottages and spread them along the table as centerpieces.

Learn how to make a basic gingerbread cottage on Kate’s Paperie. If you feel like it, you can cut and glue holiday decorations to fill the inside of the house.

+ photos: Kate’s Paperie

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Simplest Magnolia and Boxwood Wreaths

magnolia and fresh boxwood wreaths

A simple square wreath is ideal for a modern home. Depending of your preference, Gardens propose three holiday greenery options. First, the classic Magnolia Grandiflora with its dark green leaves on the front side contrasted with a rich velvet copper back side. You can also get and all green magnolia or a fresh boxwood.

The square wreath are available in 16 inch and 24 inch. If you need a bigger wreath, the round wreaths are available in 30, 36 and 48 inches. Gardens has a store in Austin and a store in Dallas. You can order online. Their prices included shipping within the Continental United States.

SOURCING:
+ Square wreaths 16-inch $70, 24-inch $106 USD at Gardens
+ Round wreaths $146 – $316 USD
+ via {frolic!}

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Holiday Greenery 101 by Martha Stewart

19 varieties of traditional holiday greenery :: martha stweart

Leave it to Martha Stewart to explain the dos and don’ts of taking care of 19 varieties of traditional green branches. You will learn that Eastern Juniper won’t survive long indoors. So it is best to use Eastern Juniper for your outdoor garlands. Or greet with guests with a winter arrangement that combines aromatic evergreens.

The general rule is to treat the cuttings with an anti-desiccant spray that is sold at nurseries. The spray seals the pores on the leaves and bark and helps the foliage retain moisture. For indoor arrangements, Martha suggests to display greenery out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. Plus, a quick mist with water daily will prolong the life of your greenery.

For more, check out the Holiday Greenery guide on Martha Stewart.

+ photos: Martha Stweart

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Interview with Elaine Griffin: Decorating your Home for the Holiday

lowe\'s before and after foyer for the holiday

I interviewed last week interior designer and author Elaine Griffin about preparing your home for Christmas. We talked about quick fixes to enhance your home decor and trends in Holiday decorations. We also explored how to decorate without a Christmas tree, how to display the gifts if you do not have a Christmas tree, how to prepare a cozy guest room and decking your front door.

A Cheerful Foyer

As you can see from the before and after pictures, a coat of paint instantly transformed the mood of the foyer. A new rug and new drapes add warmth and sophistication. I often custom the edge of store-bought drapes with a band of fabric and an ornate ribbon. As for the Christmas decorations, you do not need tons of decorations to make an impact. A few well selected items can do the trick. Typically, you get better results when your festive decorations integrate with the style of your home.

Be Ready for a Delightful Stay

Elaine suggested that you become a guest in your guest room for one weekend. As you stay there, take the time to write down what is missing to make your stay comfortable. You may find that you are missing a reading lamp, an extension cord to recharge both your laptop and your cellphone and a few other objects here and there. If you do this before your guests arrive, you will have less things to worry about during their stay. I think it is clever idea.

Grab a cup of tea and watch our 12-minute long interview. It will pass quickly. I would be surprised if you do not find an idea or two that you wish to steal.

If you like Elaine Griffin’s idea, know that she just published a new book titled Design Rules: The Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator.