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Believe it or not, Easter is the second highest candy-consuming holiday in America — right behind Halloween, of course. It’s no wonder, with several popular candy brands featuring Easter editions every year. Who wouldn’t love egg-shaped chocolates covered in pastel-colored candy coating? If you aren’t quite sure which candy to fill your kids’ (or your own) baskets with this year, we’ve listed our favorites you can buy — or if you’re feeling ambitious — DIY!

DIY: Chocolate Coconut Candy

These white- and dark-chocolate covered coconut balls have a delicious filling made with real raspberries. Place them in your kid’s Easter basket, or wrap them in cellophane for guests to enjoy after Easter brunch.

Chocolate Coconut Candy

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MORE CANDY TO BUY OR DIY

The recent arrival of spring can mean only one thing: Easter with all its colored-egg-and-chocolate-bunny-awesomeness is right around the corner. And, what do you need to hold said eggs and candy? A cute Easter bucket, of course!

Handmade Feathered Chick Easter Bucket

Make your own with our step-by-step instructions >>

Yes, I said “bucket” not “basket.” Readily available at your local hardware or craft store, a bucket is a great stand-in for a traditional Easter basket because its smooth sides allow for all kinds of crafty creativity. Plus, it’s just the right size for stashing your kid’s stuff — like small toys or art supplies — the other 364 days of the year.

Easy and inexpensive (you just need a bucket and a few craft-store materials), this is one project you can tackle while watching a favorite show. Get crafting with these step-by-step instructions:

Handmade Feathered Chick Easter Bucket

Looking for more original Easter ideas? From recipes to egg-dyeing tips to easy decorating ideas, we’ve got you covered. Just hop on over to HGTV’s Easter Central, then be sure to share your Easter ideas and tips with us in the comments below.

Something must be in the water around these parts. Between Marianne’s nightstand and Liz’s upcoming dresser project, it seems like everyone around here has caught the DIY furniture bug. Our readers are no exception.

Since Liz is still deciding how to transform her own bedroom dresser, we rounded up some favorites from the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Instagram to keep the creative juices flowing.

We’re loving the trend of colorful custom furniture to add fun and personality to a room. I feel like we all have a piece like this one from @Heather_Hill5 taking up space in a garage. Her finished gray dresser is another example of how far a coat of paint and new knobs can go in reviving a piece of furniture that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @heather_hill5

Logan from @thestylishpeach shares the details of this mid-century modern makeover on her blog. In her case, the original dresser had too many scratches and stains for it to work as-is. A few smart and trendy choices make this piece look like it came straight from a fancy furniture show room.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @thestylishpeach

Ombre is a trend that’s still making the rounds on window treatments, decorative art and focal walls. We especially love it on the drawers of a dresser, seen below in a lovely blue-gray hue by @beautymark_furniture.  Want to make your own ombre dresser? We’ll show you how.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @beautymark_furniture

More DIY Dressers We Love

I absolutely love gardening. But because I live in an apartment, my “garden” is just an assortment of containers that I refresh each spring. So, instead of spending money on new pots this year, I decided to search for creative ways to revamp my basic terra cotta containers. I found out there’s so much you can do with them, from paint and fabric to materials like rope. Check out these easy and creative planter projects I’m dying to try this spring.

ModPodge + Fabric

These adorable fabric-wrapped pots are super simple and make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. Although they aren’t intended for outside use, they’re great for potting orchids, indoor succulents or as decorative catchalls. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Add more color with these glow-in-the-dark planters >>

Milk Paint

If you’re going for a French Country look this year, these milk-painted pots are perfect. Use them as centerpieces, gifts or for a weathered feel in the garden. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Rustic Rope

Terra cotta pots wrapped in rope on HGTV.com

Photo via DIY Show Off

Create these French Country-inspired planters with terra cotta pots, sisal rope and metallic spray paint. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

More DIY Ideas to Try

I’ve been following blogger Victoria Hudgins for a while. Her craft blog, A Subtle Revelry, is a place you can get lost in for hours. Pinning, bookmarking — it’s dangerous (in a good way.) Then, I got her newest book in my mailbox and I knew I’d be spending my summer painting, gluing and molding clay on the patio.

Materially Crafted on HGTV

By Victoria Hudgins; STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book

Materially Crafted: A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed is the perfect DIY guide for the design-savvy, including 35 easy projects organized by the materials used. (I love this part!) From spray paint and concrete to thread and clay, you can try materials you’ve never used or make projects using materials you know well. To me, this is the perfect time to try something new. Why not give wood burning or embroidery a shot? This DIY primer is perfect for anyone embracing their crafty side for the first time (or those who just want to keep developing their design chops), like spray painting a chair, making wax bud vases, plaster monograms, French knot artwork, a plywood game table and much more.

3 EASY CRAFTS TO CREATE OUTDOOR AMBIANCE

To celebrate the start of spring (!!!), Victoria is sharing one of her wax projects from Materially Crafted to prep for outdoor entertaining. She’s quick to mention in her material primer that “wax is one of the strangest materials to craft with.” She writes, “It has been around forever and has been used to sustain life, give light, propel many modern technologies forward and depict creepy lifeless celebrity figures in museums. Yet, it is such a basic material — heat it up, and it becomes pliable and can be manipulated into a multitude of projects.” Translation: Wax crafts galore!

DIY Beeswax Tea Lights - Materially Crafted

More Candle Crafts + Victoria’s Outdoor Lighting Tips

While you might immediately think of Pinterest as the first social media site to hit up when you’re looking for new DIY projects, I’m here to say: don’t forget about Instagram! On days I’m feeling particularly crafty, I’ll type #diy or #diyproject into that snazzy little search box and my brain will explode with all of the DIY fabulousness that’s oozing from the minds of the most creative Instagrammers.

Here’s a list of my top four DIY Instagram superstars who make me want grab my glue gun and double-tap my heart out:

Sarah Khandjian Instagram

@SarahHearts: Sarah Khandjian‘s Instagram feed is filled with lots of pink and her sweet hound, Daisy, but most of all, there are endless ideas for simple DIY projects. I’m obsessed with these gorgeous painted bangles, and I’m dying to plaster my dining room table with a dozen of these colorful painted placemats.

tellloveandchocolate Instagram

@TellLoveAndChocolate: I’m constantly undecided about whether I’m more obsessed with tassels or pom poms, but blogger Sara Walk has put me firmly in the tassel camp after seeing her fab handmade tassel blanket. She also features some fantastic entertaining ideas that would liven up any party, like this sweet banner.

Mandi Gubler Instagram

@VintageRevivals: If handmade home decor is your thing, then you need to follow Mandi Gubler right this second because her feed is the DIY jackpot of all time. Looking to create a painted diamond focal wall or faux wallpaper? No problemo. You can even follow her adventures as she restores and decorates a vintage trailer that she fondly calls “The Nugget.”

Liz Marie Galvan Instagram

@LizMarieGalvan: If you’re looking for ideas for more substantial home decor pieces with a rustic bent, this feed will rock your world. Interior designer and blogger Liz Marie Galvan manages to put a creative DIY spin on just about everything in her home. Here’s the va-va-voom floor mirror project she whipped up one weekend, and this drool-worthy DIY coat rack I can’t stop staring at.

Who are your favorite DIY Instagrammers? Who did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

With spring comes ample opportunity to garden, barbecue and just relax outside. But if you’re operating on a budget, a lavish outdoor space may not seem like an option. Cue repurposed shipping pallets! With a little creativity, plain shipping pallets can be transformed into gorgeous outdoor pieces at little to no cost. So break out the circular saw and bring the farmhouse style home this spring with these 7 DIY shipping pallet projects.

Tip: You can get free or almost free shipping pallets at recycling centers, small businesses and more! Just make sure you ask before you take.

Outdoor Pallet Seating
This project takes a little time, but it’s so worth it! Just imagine relaxing this spring on a stylish and comfortable bench that you made by hand. Learn how to make this rustic, repurposed outdoor seating >>>

Need more seating? Make adirondack chairs out of shipping pallets >>>

Succulent Garden Made out of Wood Pallets

Versatile Reclaimed-Wood Wall Shelves
This is one I’ve made for my own home! What’s great about these reclaimed-wood wall shelves is that they can be used for so many different purposes. I turned mine into an outdoor succulent planter and am making another to store all my handheld gardening tools. They’re perfect for indoors or out! Get the instructions from designer Ana White >>>

5 More Pallet Projects

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, party people! I couldn’t pass up this holiday without sharing some downright mouthwatering cocktails that just happen to be — you guessed it — green. (Or, topped with green sprinkles at least!)

SOMETHING DECADENT

Irish Root Beer Float Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Elegant Affairs

  • 1 ounce Root Beer Schnapps
  • 1 bottle root beer soda
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ice
  • whipped cream, for garnish
  • green sugar crystals, for garnish

1. Mix all of the ingredients in a blender, except for the soda.

2. Pour into a frosted beer mug or an Irish coffee mug, then pour in the soda.

3. Top with whipped cream and green sugar crystals for a sweet and festive touch.

SOMETHING REFRESHING

Lucky Leprechaun Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of SVEDKA Vodka

  • 2 ounces SVEDKA Vodka
  • 3/4 part fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 part simple syrup
  • 4 mint sprigs
  • green sugar crystals, for garnish

1. Create a simple syrup by adding water and sugar to a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves, then remove pan from heat.

2. Muddle mint at the bottom of a Pilsner glass and build your drink on top over crushed ice (except for bitters, mint and sugar crystals).

3. Agitate with a spoon (or swizzle), making sure not to disturb the mint at the bottom.

4. Top with ice, rim with green sugar crystals and garnish with mint.

SOMETHING HEALTHY

Green Leprechaun Kale Cocktail Recipe

Photo and recipe courtesy of Sakara Life

  • 4 ounces tequila (or any spirit you prefer)
  • 1 ounce ginger juice
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup kale juice
  • 1/2 lime
  • ice, for shaking
  • frozen pomegranate seeds, for garnish

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, liquor, ginger juice, pineapple juice, kale juice and lime.

2. Shake until all ingredients are mixed together and drink is chilled from the ice.

3. Strain and pour into a cocktail glass.

4. Top with frozen pomegranate seeds and an extra squeeze of lime.

What festive recipes are you whipping up today? Let us kn0w (aka share your yummy secrets!).

So, I’m with Marianne. I don’t love St. Patrick’s Day. I do, however, adore the color green and love a good party, so cheers! With only a few days until the BIG day, you’re probably looking for ways to celebrate. Luckily, everything we have is green and filled with Irish charm.

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

1. Wear This: Felt Shamrocks. As I’ve gotten older, my fear of being pinched on March 17 has dissolved. However, I love sporting at least a little bit of green for the sake of tradition. These felt shamrocks are simple to make and you can rock them in your hair, on your shirt or any other way you can think of. Seriously, once you make one, you won’t be able to stop.

2. Listen to This: The Irish Rovers. I don’t reserve Irish and Celtic folk music just for St. Patrick’s Day. These traditional Irish songs will have you on your feet and clinking mugs in no time.

3. Sip This: The “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” Cocktail. I said it last year and I’ll say it again: no green beer. It just doesn’t look right. But green cocktails? Now that’s something I’ll always nod to.

4. Decorate With This: Cute Dessert Toppers. Everything looks better with a little embellishment, even double-chocolate cupcakes (I know, right?). Download these (free!) printable toppers and add that extra touch to your dessert setup.

5. Eat This: Naked Rainbow Cake. I’m not sure what to say other than: make and devour this NOW. I mean, there are six (SIX!) layers of vanilla cake with six layers of vanilla buttercream frosting in rainbow hues. Glorious.

6. Make This: Lucky Party Banner. In reality, your party guests care about two things: booze and bites. If you want to add some festive flair to your digs, this banner is perfect. Download our (free!) printable banner template, cut out, add some twine and you’re all set.

More St. Patrick’s Day Inspo:

What are your St. Paddy’s Day party plans? Do you take part in any Irish traditions? Let us know in the comments below.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. And, what could be more scream-worthy than an ooey-gooey ice cream sundae that tastes just like a favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktail?

Seriously, with a decadently delicious whiskey-infused hot fudge sauce, coffee ice cream and a healthy dose of Bailey’s, this cocktail-meets-dessert recipe is one you gotta try. Bonus: You can start with store-bought ingredients and add as little or as much alcohol as you’d like to whip up these tipsy sundaes in a snap.

St Patrick's Day Boozy Irish Coffee Sundae
Ready to enjoy a rich and creamy taste of the Emerald Isle? Get the recipe –>

Let us know in the comments below: What’s your go-to St. Patrick’s Day recipe?

Wallpaper has made a huge comeback recently. With new trends and styles, the look has far surpassed the country kitchens of yesteryear and is now one of the most sought after design elements on the market. My dilemma is this: I love wallpaper, but I’m a renter. Also, I change my mind constantly, so I tend to stick with flexible and inexpensive decor that I can move around or replace on the reg. So wallpaper is not an option for me, right? Wrong.

I’m sure you already know that temporary wallpaper is a thing, but lately it has become a very popular thing. Because of this, companies are exploding onto the scene with peel-and-stick products that look and feel like the real, stylish stuff you pin and pine over. But if installing temporary wallpaper still seems daunting, some pretty creative folks at HGTV.com have come up with other gorgeous and easy faux-paper methods to try as well. Check out 5 ways to bring the most beautiful and unique wallpaper trends home, sans glue…and commitment!

Peony Perfection

Left: Photo from HGTV | Right: Photo from Tempaper

Can you guess which one is permanent? If you chose the gorgeous green peony wallpaper on the left, you would be correct. Lucky for us, Tempaper, a temporary wallpaper company, makes a gold-leaf peony paper that is self-adhesive, repositionable and totally removable!

See other gorgeous designs from Tempaper.com >>>

Custom Wall Mural

Left: Photo by Erica Riggio, Design by Peter Krsko | Right: Photo by Chelsea Costa

The chic custom mural installation on the left  by D.C. artist, Peter Krsko, is an eye-catching focal point. On the right, designer Chelsea Costa created a similar, yet temporary look with just a computer, poster paper and double-sided tape! Follow Chelsea’s simple instructions on HGTV.com to create your own custom wall mural >>>

Quick tip: To achieve the framed look of the room on the left, frame your temporary mural with trim molding and attach to your wall using large picture hanging adhesive strips.

Learn how to frame with trim molding on DIYNetwork.com >>>

3 More Temporary Wallpaper Ideas to Try

We’re always interested to learn what our fans love, which is why we wrap up each year with a gallery of HGTV’s most popular photos on Pinterest. Last year, you guys repinned the heck out of this eclectic green living room, and it’s easy to see why. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn created this space for a New York couple trying to make the most of a petite New York apartment. Though it’s small, the room is comfortable, functional and packed with personality. If you’d like to pull off a similar look to this pin-worthy space in your own home, here are some tips and products to inspire you:

Copy the Look of This Earthy Green Living Room

1. Pier 1 / 2. Sherwin-Williams / 3. Crate and Barrel / 4. Pottery Barn / 5. Target
6. Etsy: JenniferBarrineauArt (Tree Print), ClaireBCurley (Wall Hanging), CheeseBeforeBedtime (Hoop Art) / 7. Wayfair

Read More: 7 Tips for an Eclectic + Comfortable Living Room

Ah, April—the name alone sounds like spring doesn’t it? Get excited for the new season with a new issue of HGTV Magazine, on sale tomorrow. Inside you’ll find kitchens that excite, homes that look better than ever, and furniture and decor that helps you make your home magazine-worthy, too.

April 2015 Cover

Pick up your April issue tomorrow

Here’s a look at just some of what you can find this month! There’s lots more where this came from.

From the crafty (wink, wink) editors who gave you awesome ways to use felt and gold paint, now comes five faux-leather DIYs you’ll want to make ASAP.

leather DIYS

It’s all about faux leather this month

Head over to hgtv.com/clipboards for the web-exclusive templates we used to create the faux-leather clipboards below.

clipboards

Download the templates for DIY faux-leather clipboards

BONUS LOOK: Anthony Carrino let us in to his one-of-a-kind loft in Jersey City, NJ. You’ll need to pick up a copy to see the entire tour, but we’re sharing some behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot over at I Heart HGTV.

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Did you see my coworkers’ nightstands yesterday? Talk about eye candy! I love getting a peek into people’s homes. And it was PERFECT timing for me, because it just so happens that my video this week is all about my own nightstand makeover.

This week on the HGTV Handmade YouTube channel (you ARE subscribed, right?), we are all participating in a thrift store challenge. Adding to the challenge was the ice storm that hit our area—I’ve been stuck on our hill for over a week! Luckily I had the perfect entry for our challenge already in my garage: A beat-up piece of mid-century office furniture that I planned to spruce up with chalk paint and gold leaf. Watch the video to see how I did it.

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I’ve used it for a couple of projects, but I’m still just as smitten with chalk paint! Not having to sand or prime is such a time saver, and the finish with a couple of coats of wax is lovely. I also can’t get over the difference a little Rub & Buff made on the handles and legs! It’s like a brand new piece, and it makes the perfect nightstand. I added a Jonathan Adler tray to corral my must-haves, a vase with the first Lenten Roses of spring, my favorite books and a delicious smelling candle. Perfect.

Chalk Paint Nightstand With Gold Details

The Finished Navy-and-Gold Nightstand

What thrift store scores have you made recently? Tune in to HGTV Handmade every day this week to see what my partners in crime make with their thrift store finds.

On this week’s episode of Ellen’s Design Challenge we watched as the four remaining contestants battled to create the reigning champ of sofas. And create, they did! Seeing the awesome finished products put me in the mood to build a couch of my own! But then I remembered I’m not a furniture designer and have no carpenter friends.

So I decided to do the next best thing: upholster. Below I’ve put together some easy DIY upholstering projects that any newbie (like me) could do with relative ease in a weekend or two. Yay! New furniture! (Sorta).

Design by Gaspar de Jesus | Ellen’s Furniture Design Challenge

See the other incredible designs from Episode 4 >>>

First, learn the basics.

Before starting your project, familiarize yourself with the language of upholstery. Batting? Welt chord? Huh? Learn the ins and outs of upholstery here >>>

The tools of the trade. 

Prepare like a Pro. 

Before tackling any DIY project, it is essential to prepare, prepare, prepare. To get your furniture ready for upholstery, strip away the old fabric and start over with a fresh, clean slate. Learn how strip your old furniture here >>>

How to Strip Furniture for Reupholstery - HGTV Design Happens

Upholster your little heart out! 

This arm chair upholstery project looks like fun! Next weekend’s project? I think yes. Learn how to reupholster your own arm chair here >>>

Blue and White Reupholstered Armchair

Reupholstering this bench looks pretty simple, too! Try it at home >>>

Reupholster a Run-Down Bench - HGTV Design Happens

Can’t sew? No problem! Learn how to make this gorgeous no-sew headboard >>> Quick tip: if you aren’t very good at working with wood, consider buying a pre-made wooden frame for this project.

Make Your Own Upholstered Headboard - HGTV Design Happens

I can’t wait to reupholster my old worn-out couch! Let me know what weekend upholstery projects you plan to tackle in the comments below.

Can’t get enough of Ellen’s Furniture Design Challenge? Don’t miss Episode 5 “From Trash to Treasure,” airing February 23rd at 9/8c.

One year I’m dressed up, sipping cocktails and crying during acceptance speeches, and the next year I’m eating popcorn in my PJs like, “Who is that? What are these movies?” In 2014 I was an avid moviegoer, so I can’t wait to see who goes home with that golden statuette in hand. If you ever needed an excuse for throwing a party (and dressing up!), the Oscars is it. Here are our essentials for ending award show season in style.

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1. Wear This: Dancer’s Delight Dress. This LBD is perfect for holding champagne flutes and twirling for no reason. Plus, it’s the ideal outfit for judging all the designer ensembles strutting down the red carpet. Hey, if you can’t be there in Vera Wang, you might as well be the Fashion Police, amiright?

2. Listen to This: Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack. Star-Lord has incredible taste in music. If I were defending the universe, I’d probably keep some nice background tunes going, too. If you haven’t popped this mix in, it’s filled with the unique 1970s tracks that are featured throughout the film as part of the plot line. Good luck not dancing.

3. Sip This: Fizzy Lizzy Cocktail. Champagne is essential on Oscar night. The celebs will be drinking it, so you should, too. Transform your basic bottle of Champagne by mixing in homemade margarita mix. Rim the glass with raspberry sugar and drop in some raspberries. Pop! Fizz! Clink!

4. Decorate With This: Oscar Party Elements. Gold, glitter, tinsel, confetti and sparkle say “Hollywood Glamour.” We say, go glitter crazy.

5. Eat This: Feta, Mint & Watermelon Bites. Keep it simple. Fresh watermelon and feta appetizers flavored with red wine vinegar and mint pair well with your champagne cocktail. Plus, they look gorgeous, too.

6. Make This: DIY Glitter Nails. Who has time to hit the salon these days? (Maybe my priorities are all wrong. Lookin’ at you, Netflix.) Give your nails a chic, salon look without the cost by using materials you likely have in your craft drawer. Paint your nails with clear polish, and while they’re still wet, cover liberally with fine glitter. Once dry, shake off to remove any excess glitter, then apply a top coat of clear polish to seal in the glitter. Lastly, show off throughout the night.

More Oscar Inspo:

Guys sometimes get a bad wrap for buying Valentine’s Day gifts at the last-minute, but hey, ladies are procrastinators, too. (Read: me.) If you’re scrambling for the perfect gift, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 thoughtful gifts you can make or buy just in time.

Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys

01. Whiskey Stones. Perfect for the scotch or bourbon enthusiast in your life, these rocks let him chill his drink without watering it down. Bonus points if you throw in rocks glasses or a bottle of his favorite brand.

02. “Attracted to You” Printable Card. Maybe your dude is lovably nerdy. Appeal to his punny nature with this scientific explanation for your magnetic attraction. Buy the design online, then print the template on cardstock.

03. Framed Album Covers. For the audiophile, look no further than these framed vinyl album covers. Search vintage store shelves for quirky or classic album covers, then frame in a basic black craft-store frame. Or, scan one of his favorites and print on cardstock.

04. Top Hat & Mustache Cufflinks. Does your guy love wearing vintage three piece suits? Is there a monocle on his dresser? These vintage-inspired cuff links are for him.

05. Breakfast Pizza. Okay, really, what guy wouldn’t love pizza for breakfast? Use store-bought or homemade pizza dough, then top with sauce and his favorite toppings and a sunny-side up egg. Done and done. See how Marianne makes her own.

Have a go-to last minute gift? Tell us in the comments below.

We all have that Pinterest board. The one with the flea market upcycling projects and furniture hacks that we dream of. We collect ideas and wait for the day when we find the perfect free-on-the-curb piece that needs some TLC. How does the old saying go? One person’s trash is another person’s Pinterest gold?

We thought it would be fun to see how these projects come to life in the real world. That’s where you come in.

DIY nightstand before-and-afters

Use the #HGTVmakeover hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to show us your DIY projects!

We want to show off your handy work. We’re looking to you, lovely readers, to share your prized projects with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Tag your tweets and photos using the hashtag #HGTVmakeover by next Friday we’ll share our favorites in an upcoming blog post. This month, we want to see your DIY bedside tables. Did you add custom drawer pulls? Paint it a bright color? Add fabric or grasscloth? Show us –  we can’t wait to see your transformations!

 

Valentine's Day Gifts for Guys

For every dude that loves design, there’s one that considers a plastic basketball hoop designer decor. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to get your space into tip-top shape if you really want love to be swirling around like an air freshener. Follow these quick design tips to help make sure your date wants to seal the whole shebang with a kiss.

1. Threshold Woven Napkins. Snazz up your dinner table with some napkins that aren’t paper towels or leftovers from your last takeout order. These machine-washable numbers will up your class factor immediately.

2. Faux Fur Throw. Whether you drop this sucker over the back of your couch or put it at the end of your bed, there’s nothing that says “I’m design-savvy, now let’s snuggle” better than a fab faux fur throw.

3. Turkish Bath Towels. Yes, you can shut the door of your bathroom and hope no one goes in there, but you should probably just face the facts: someone will. To soften the blow, make sure they have some pretty towels to dry their hands.

4. Sonos Speakers. Play songs from your iTunes library, Pandora, Spotify or anywhere else you house your music. You can control it all with your iPhone or iPad, and the sound quality is ah-mazing.

5. Acrylic Frame. Sure, you could simply put a photo of you and your sweetheart in there … but you could also get creative. Write down an inside joke between the two of you, or include a picture of some place that the two of you have talked about going on vacation. Casually leave the frame out and wait for the magic to happen.

Make us proud, guys!

Still looking for that perfect gift?

I may be gaga over my guy but I’ll be quick to mention that I need QT with my ladies. Whether you’re single, married or otherwise taken, we can all agree that there’s nothing like a best friend or lots of best friends. So, set aside some time before February 14 to celebrate those special gals in your life who have been there through it all — break ups, make ups, moves, graduations and job promotions. Then, take a cue from our favorite TV bestie, Leslie Knope, with these Galentine’s Day party ideas and our own ways to cook up a yummy breakfast for your favorites.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Friends

1. ban.do 2. Kate Spade 3. ModCloth 4. Moorea Seal 5. Shopbop

1. Sweet Talk Pens. Your BFF has a high-stress job with stacked meetings every day. These pens offer an instant ego boost, all over good vibes and a rock-star mentality. (My fave: You’re better than unicorns.)

2. “Happy Hour” Flask. Is your friend the gal who likes to be ready to mix her favorite drink at a moment’s notice? This flask is perfect for her. Plus, it’s small enough to fit in a wristlet.

3. Cat Mugs. Keep one for yourself and gift the other to a friend. When side by side, they make the perfect set. (This is ideal for cat lovers, tea drinkers and coffee addicts.)

4. Floral iPhone Case. This isn’t your typical iPhone case, people. This is a gorgeous metallic cover with an arrangement of real, dried roses and daises, symbolizing innocent beauty and love. (Only your BFF would appreciate this!)

5. Best Friend Bracelet. Who didn’t have best friend jewelry? I thought so. If it wasn’t a broken heart necklace, it was handmade beaded bracelets. As adults, we can proudly showcase our friendship with these bangle bracelets. Love.

Feeling crafty? Test your DIY skills with these handmade Valentine’s Day gifts.

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