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I honestly thought spring would never come. I mean lets be real, it was pretty dicey there for a while. But spring is finally here and I’m ready to welcome it to our house, starting with my front door. Can you believe I still have my Christmas wreath hanging? Insert embarrassed face emoji.

But have no fear, my front door has sprung forward with the help of this simple chalkboard door hanging. Here’s what it looks like now:

Rustic Chalkboard Door Decor - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens

Want to brighten up your door for the new season? Click through to watch my video and learn to make your own.

MAKE THIS CHALKBOARD DOOR HANGING

With the enormous financial success of their live-action Alice in Wonderland, Disney is rebooting the classic fairy tales for a new generation with its latest, Cinderella, the kind of little girl catnip already making serious bank with a $70.1 million haul over opening weekend (though it can’t top Alice in Wonderland’s impressive $116.3 opening).

Lily James in Disney's Cinderella in theaters March 13, 2015

Image Courtesy of Disney

Disney is capturing the little girl market with its Cinderella gowns and bedazzled slippers, and M.A.C. Cosmetics is featuring a whole Cinderella line of lipsticks and eyeshadows for their starry-eyed big sisters and mothers.

But we think big girls and boys may find their own design inspiration in Cinderella’s gorgeous French country-meets-English-garden scenery and the film’s over-the-top costumes, many of them inspired by classic 1940s Hollywood women’s pictures starring take-no-prisoners fashionistas like Joan Crawford and Greer Garson.

Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother in Disney's Cinderella

Image Courtesy of Disney

From her ruby red lips to her emerald couture and statement necklaces, Cate Blanchett, as envisioned by Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, is one fashion plate wicked stepmother we can get behind. If you’re longing to see some of the inspiration for Blanchett’s look, check out one of Hollywood’s fiercest fashion plates, Joan Crawford, in the classic 1945 film noir Mildred Pierce.

Joan Crawford in 1945 film noir, Mildred Pierce

Image Courtesy of Warner Home Video

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Photo: Shade, Ikea; Gold Scotch Tape, Paper Source

When I told you all about my winter break clean and purge the other week, I mentioned small changes that make your home feel more designed and loved. I needed a few of those myself. My poor bedroom often gets the least love because, honestly, I can close the door on it. I’ve had roller shades up for quite a while just to keep the early morning sun out and to give privacy. They were not my favorite, but they did in a pinch. Besides, they were supposed to just be up until I decided what to do for window treatments.

Turns out that I didn’t decide on anything and have been living with bland shades for too long. I wanted to give the shades a quick makeover without spending too much money just in case I actually do get around to buying nice curtains. We’ve done lots of washi tape tutorials and thinking of those, I began scouring my tape collection. Luckily, I had this great gold tape left over from Christmas and in five minutes I had embellished shades for exactly $0. I made a very simple double-stripe that looks polished and fun. You could make as many stripes as you like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Decorative tape (I used a non-transparent gold but there are loads of options here)
  • Roller shade
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Measure up about an inch from the bottom of your shade. Make small pencil mark at the inch mark at 4 or 5 spots across the shade. Start applying the tape following your marks, letting the tape hang over the edge of the blind a bit. Once it’s in place, carefully trim the ends off so that they’re flush with the blind. Measure again from the top of your tape at a height that you like (I chose another inch) and  make pencil marks across the shade again. Apply your next tape stripe and trim. I  stopped here, but if you want more stripes, just repeat until you get the look you like.

And voila! You have better looking shades than you did five minutes before. The best part is if you change your mind — or find a tape you like better — you can change up your look in a cinch.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day tends to be a week of recovery from the hectic holiday season. But if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner party or New Year’s Day brunch, it’s a time for one final push. That’s why these geometric plate chargers are the perfect decorating solution: They’re a snap to make while you catch up on the best shows of 2014, and they make a huge visual impact.

Make Your Own Painted Geometric Chargers

To make these simple table accents, just tape off different sizes of triangles on a wooden charger plate (available at your local craft store.) We used bright hues of acrylic paint to create this fun design, but black and gold would be an elegant twist for New Year’s Eve. Add two coats of paint, then peel off the tape. Place under dishes at each place setting or underneath plain appetizer plates for a more casual party.

Geometric Chargers on Table

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How do you keep it simple when decorating for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Tell us your tips in the comments below.

New Year’s Eve is the last of the winter holidays, so it may take the back burner to Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. The holiday season may have sucked your wallet dry, but you can still throw a dazzling New Year’s Eve party. I have one word for you: upcycling. Save all your glittery Christmas decor to spruce up your NYE party with our easy tips below. It’s all in the details!

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

Wrapping Paper Tablecloth

Skip the fancy tablecloth this year, and use leftover Christmas wrapping paper instead. If you don’t have any wrapping paper left, stores have big discounts on Christmas items this time of year.

Learn More Ways to Upcycle

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Have you ever wished you could sneak behind the curtain at the White House and snoop around? Wish granted! Genevieve Gorder was given exclusive access to tour the White House while it is all dressed up for Christmas. We took tons of pictures to share with you, but don’t ask us to pick a favorite! It’s too hard. Pour a cup of hot cocoa, lean back and have a look at these stunning shots of the president and first family’s home.

michelle obama decorating cookies

First Lady Michelle Obama decorating cookies with special guests.

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The Red Room

state dining room

State Dining Room decor

I admit — I haven’t even started holiday shopping yet. I’m so bad, I know. But that’s what overnight shipping is for, right? With less than a week until the big day, you probably need some quick yet thoughtful gifts to pack up for your Christmas road trips. Crafty or not, we’ve got you covered.

For Anyone: Personalized Gift Baskets

Holiday Gift Baskets

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For Her: Vintage Hair Comb

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For the Chef: Rustic Bread Board

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Cranberry!

Can you guess which holiday decor belongs in this foyer?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a ceramic travel mug with a fabric cozy from HGTV HOME. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.

Type A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on December 17, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 18, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $30. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

happy hanukkah

Ceramic Dachshund Menorah: Jonathan Adler

 

Hanukkah is coming! Hanukkah is coming!

While those of us who celebrate the festival of lights don’t have elves on shelves or themed frothy alcoholic beverages, we’ve still got some pretty fab ideas on how you can make your 8-day holiday extravaganza totally rockin.’

1. Listen to SiriusXM Radio Hanukkah

From December 16-24, you can tune into channel 68 on SiriusXM for more Hanukkah tunes than you’ll know what to do with. You can keep Radio Hanukkah on in the background while you’re whipping up some sweet potato latkes with feta and leeks #ifyouknowhowtocook #idont

hanukkah manicure

Photo credit: Flight of Whimsy

2. Get a Hanukkah Manicure

We all know that you can decorate your home to get more into the Hanukkah spirit, but why not decorate your nails? Nothing says “Happy Hanukkah” like a custom nail art glittered menorah on your nails. Amirite??

3. Play Connect Four or Checkers with Hanukkah Gelt

You know those surprisingly delish little gold coins you buy to get the kids all hopped up on sugar? Well they’re also the perfect size game playing pieces! Here’s a great tutorial on how you can get the kiddos into the holiday spirit by using their gelt as playing pieces in some of their favorite games.

4. Embrace the “Mensch on a Bench”

Ok, I know I already said us Hanukkah folk don’t have an elf on the shelf option, BUT, we do have a “mensch on a bench!” This handy alternative was invented by a Jewish father who felt bad telling his son that they couldn’t get onto the elf on a shelf train with the rest of his Christmas-celebrating friends. So voila: he invented the mensch on a bench! (a “mensch” is a Yiddish term that means a really good, kind person). After raising some money on Kickstarter, the mensch was ready to hit the streets.

dreidel surprise cookies

Photo credit: Tablespoon

5. Make Dreidel Surprise Cookies

What’s better than a cookie? A COOKIE FILLED WITH CANDY! These dreidel surprise cookies are kind of like a Hanukkah piñata for your mouth. I would make as many as you can fit into your oven…and then make some more.

dreidel garland

Photo credit: Scrumdilly-do

6. Make a Dreidel Garland

If cookies aren’t your thang, than this adorable dreidel garland should be on your to-do list. It’s made with old ties that you might have laying around (and if you don’t have any, a quick trip to Goodwill or any thrift store could hook you up with everything you need). There’s no sewing involved either! The whole thing can be whipped up with scissors and glue.

Dr. Dre-del

Photo credit: Sillyreggie

7. Send out Some Funny Hanukkah Cards

Bring a smile to your kids’ faces, or any of your Hanukkah celebrating friends with some hilarious cards like these that offer a”Dr. Dre del” or “Happy Challah Day” options. Who says hip hop and Hanukkah don’t go hand in hand?

Happy, happy Hanukkah everyone!

You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn combined the graphic pattern on the pillow with quatrefoil window treatments for a bold statement. A cube-shaped end table serves dual purpose as a dog bed.

Decorate This Space

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Elaine is the winner of handmade wacky stockings, a KONG brand pet bed from PetSmart and a monogrammed jewelry dish from Silhouette Boutique. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

My sweet tooth is unstoppable, and there’s nothing I love more than creamy, chocolate-based holiday cocktails. Calories might as well be unicorns from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. I let myself indulge in foods I won’t see for another 12 months, like most of these lovely bevvies. So, get out all the garnishes and warm up with a decadent dessert cocktail this season.

Peppermint Mocha Toddy

Peppermocha Toddy Recipe

Photo + recipe courtesy of Old Forge Distillery

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce Old Forge Coffee Moonshine
  • 3/4 ounce Old Forge Chocolate Moonshine
  • 1/2 ounce white creme de menthe
  • hot coffee
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • peppermint candy, crumbled, for garnish

 

Pour coffee moonshine, chocolate moonshine and creme de menthe into an Irish coffee mug. Top with hot coffee. Garnish with whipped cream and crumbled peppermint candy.

Uncle Billy’s Holiday Treat

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Elaine!

Can you guess which pattern belongs on this throw pillow?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win handmade wacky stockings, a KONG brand pet bed from PetSmart and a monogrammed jewelry dish from Silhouette Boutique. You don’t have to answer correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on December 10, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 11, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $90. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

The holiday season is upon us whether you’re ready or not. If you’re hosting a holiday party this year — casual or formal — our easy tips will help you get party-ready in no time.

Cookie Exchange

Around-the-World Cookie Exchange

Take this traditional holiday party to the next level with an around-the-world theme. Ask guests to use international cookie recipes, serve hot chocolate to accompany the cookies and offer to-go boxes so guests can easily take their favorites home with them.

Easy Tips:

  • Keep the decor to a minimum, such as a pinecone garland and other natural elements.
  • Arrange guests’ cookies buffet style to keep hosting duties to a minimum.
  • Ask guests for their cookie recipes in advance, so you can set out recipe cards the day of your party for guests to take home.

Get Cookie Recipes + More Party Tips>>

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Holiday decor is typically dominated by the classic seasonal colors: Think red, green, royal blue, silver and gold. (Cue the Burl Ives Christmas classic.) But for this year’s HGTV Holiday House, our designers wanted to create an unexpected color palette that was still evocative of the season. The colorful anchor in this season’s design? Cool, crisp lavender.

Christmas Tree

We loved it so much, we also chose lavender as our December Color of the Month. See how this color shines when paired with plum and silver on a white Christmas tree? It also brightens up a holiday door in this ADORABLE yarn-ball wreath. Since the tone-on-tone design uses non-traditional holiday color, you can leave it up until the first signs of spring!

Yarn Ball Wreath DIY on HGTV.com

Though lavender is typically thought of as a spring color, it has lots to offer year-round. The Holiday House designers chose a hue with a gray undertone to pair with weathered barn wood siding, a sleek stainless-steel mantel and gray furnishings.

Lavender Painting on Barn Wood Siding

Lavender also offers a fresh alternative to traditional holiday table and party decor. Whip up a batch of our dollar-store napkin rings, then bring them back out for your late-winter or spring bash.

Or, use up leftover holiday baking cups to create an unexpected, ombre wall installation:

HGTV.com DIy Baking Cups Art With Lavender

Do you try new holiday color schemes, or stick with traditional hues? Tell us in the comments below.

Hollies are my favorite traditional holiday plants. Nothing feels like Christmas more than bright red holly berries and green leaves contrasted against a blanket of snow. And if you love the look of classic holiday decor, then holly branches are the perfect touch to a mantel or tablescape. (You can even embellish dining chairs with fresh holly sprigs.)

Mood Board Monday: Holly Jolly ChristmasTop: Bride With Holly, Boots, Place Settings | Middle: Dessert Table, Vintage Card | Bottom: Wreath, Gift Wrap

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You guessed correctly if you chose option BStephenie Atkins mixes different textural elements, including a wreath made of old sweaters, vintage bottles and a basket of antique fabric balls to create a sophisticated, wintery theme.

Winter-Themed Mantel

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Joy is the winner of handmade wacky stockings and PetSmart holiday items including a Santa collar, Hello Kitty squeak toy, a rawhide treat bag and more. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Joy!

Can you guess what decor belongs on this mantel?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win handmade wacky stockings and PetSmart holiday items including a Santa collar, Hello Kitty squeak toy, a rawhide treat bag and more.

Choose A, B or C

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win.  All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on December 3, 2014 and 12:00 p.m. ET on December 4, 2014. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $70. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932. 

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