Kayla Kitts

"In a world full of beige, I'm not afraid to be neon."

Kayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at the local farmer’s market, spending quality time with her adopted cat, D’Artagnan, watching the most random movies available on Netflix, or exploring her brand-new downtown neighborhood. Every piece of furniture she owns is proudly secondhand. Her favorite design style is vintage modern with splashes of unexpected color.

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The holidays may be over, but we still have months of harsh winter weather left to endure (unless you’re one of those fortunate people that live in a nice, warm climate). Don’t let freezing temperatures get you down! Check out these eight winter decorating and entertaining ideas you can enjoy throughout the season.

Bundle Up Your Bedroom With Texture + Metallics

Winter Bedroom Design

See the Photos: A Sophisticated Bedroom Fit for Winter Guests >>

Throw an Unexpected Outdoor Party

Host a Winter Party

See the Photos: Host a Wintertime Picnic in the Park >>

More Fresh Winter Design Trends

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Happy New Year’s Eve Eve, friends! I hope you have your most sparkly attire and champagne flutes ready to ring in 2014. Me? I’ll be surrounded by my closest friends when the clock strikes midnight and decked out in sequins. What are your plans for the big night and day?

Mood Board Monday: SequinsDress | Champagne | Flowers | Bow | Sequins | Skirt | Table | New Year

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Name that movie: “Well, I see it still smells like pine needles around here.” Hint: It’s a classic holiday movie released on Christmas Day in 1946.

Mood Board Monday: Pine NeedlesTree | Cocktail | Necklace | Tassels | Print | It’s a Wonderful Life | Tea | Napkin Ring | Embroidery

It’s a Wonderful Life is my all-time favorite holiday movie. Every year, I watch it on the big screen at our local historic theater. That’s definitely one of my favorite traditions of the season. Share yours!

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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On Christmas Eve/Christmas morning I’m typically tapping my toes waiting on water to boil while trying to time one dish with another, then fitting in a sitcom while waiting on my oven to preheat (ridiculous!). My ancient appliances take all the fun out of holiday cooking. If you’ve seen our Holiday House kitchen remodel, then you know a modern update can make a huge difference, especially during the busiest time of the year.

Modern Gray Kitchen Makeover

Designer Laurie March outfitted the once contractor-grade kitchen into a cost-saving yet custom masterpiece with brand-new appliances just in time for holiday cooking. To create a more space-saving solution, she chose a microwave range above the induction cook top. This frees up countertop space and is more cost-efficient, too.

Modern Gray Kitchen Makeover

So, what do you do with all that extra countertop space? Set up a sweet and savory holiday brunch buffet, of course! Laurie’s efficient kitchen layout is perfect for holiday entertaining. The remodel’s biggest splurge, a storage-packed, concrete-topped island, is the ideal spot for setting up a Christmas morning spread. Plus, it’s right beside the oven for a quick warm-up.

Holiday Brunch Ideas

Get your home in tip-top shape before the holidays with our must-try projects from HGTV’s Holiday House.

Frigidaire Gallery Freestanding Induction Range helps you get your holiday meals to the table faster. The induction cook top has a Quick Boil feature that brings water to a boil in less than 2 minutes. The oven also has a 6-minute preheat, so you get all of your dishes in faster. Since induction heats the pan and not the cook top, spills can’t burn to the surface, reducing overall cleaning time. Induction cooking uses the pan as a heat source rather than the cook top, creating more versatile, efficient and responsive results. You will also be able to keep all of your side dishes warm in the Keep Warm Zone that keeps food warm until everything — and everyone — is ready.

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Just like pumpkin in the fall, I flavor everything with gingerbread during the holiday season. Traditional gingerbread cookies are great, but why not spice up cocoa, pies and cakes with this classic flavor? Try out some of our favorite ideas just in time for Christmas guests.

Mood Board Monday: GingerbreadMini Houses | Sweater | Cookies | Skirt | House | Cocoa | Cheesecakes | Cake Pops | Ornament

Our favorite ways to use gingerbread:

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Home for the HolidaysWhen it comes to hosting, I’m all about making the party look like a million bucks without putting a significant amount of effort into it. Your company is likely coming because of you and those around you, so the food and drinks are just a bonus. Hence, today’s post: dressing up a store-bought bottle of champagne with tasty garnishes … in seconds. I’m serious. I prepped most of these the night before, then popped them in the glass right before our holiday party shoot. Voila! You’ll basically have five fun drink options for your guests right from one bottle.

Home for the Holidays: Champagne Garnishes

Our Five Garnishes:

Star Fruit
Gold Sugar Sprinkles
Candied Cranberries, Raspberries + Blueberries on Skewers
Rosemary Sprigs + Pomegranate Seeds
Rock Candy

Home for the Holidays: Champagne Garnishes

Keri sips on champagne garnished with rosemary and pomegranate, while Kristen drinks the party’s signature cocktail.

For the Star Fruit Garnish: Slice the star fruit while on its side into 1/2-inch thick slices, and then cut a slit halfway down the middle so the star can sit on the rim of the champagne glass.

For the Gold Sugar Sprinkles: Sprinkle gold sugar onto a plate. Wet the rim of each champagne glass, then dip into the sprinkles so the rim is entirely covered.

For the Candied Fruit Skewers: Skewer assorted fresh fruits (cranberries, blueberries, raspberries) on a small wooden stick. Rinse with water, then generously sprinkle with sugar. Freeze until ready to use.

Home for the Holidays: Champagne Garnishes

Marianne drinks champagne flavored with orange rock candy.

For the Rosemary and Pomegranate: Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds into the champagne, then top with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

For the Rock Candy: Put a rock candy stick or rock candy crystals (any flavor you desire) into a champagne glass. Pour champagne over the rock candy in the glass. Watch the drink fizzle and the color change. Soon, the drink will take on a sweet, candy-like taste.

Get more ideas from our holiday bar:

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Did you know that December 24th is not only Christmas Eve but National Eggnog Day, too? In 1826, U.S. soldiers smuggled inexpensive whiskey into the barracks at the United States Military Academy to make eggnog for Christmas Day, an event now known as the Eggnog Riot. Originally crafted in Europe centuries ago, eggnog eventually crossed the Atlantic and made its way into our hearts, becoming a holiday staple across the country.

Keeping the holiday tradition alive, the mixologists at Mulberry Project in New York combined classic family recipes with their expertise to create a delicious adult eggnog recipe.

Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Eggnog Cocktail

Ingredients

1 ounce white port wine
2 ounces white rum
1 whole egg
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
3/4 cup milk
dash vanilla extract
cinnamon, for garnish

Instructions

Dry shake for 2 minutes, and then shake with ice for 1 minute. Lastly, sprinkle the edges of the glass with cinnamon. Drink up and enjoy!

Eggnog Cocktail Recipe

Photos by Monica Muller of Mulberry Project

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If you’ve been following our holiday party coverage, then you’ve seen everything from how to prepare a cheese plate to how to hang a branch chandelier. We’re not just showcasing holiday food and decor over here, though. We’ve got festive party attire that’s perfect for upcoming shindigs. As a matter of fact, my sister borrowed the handmade glitter shoes I debuted last week to wear to a holiday party.

Walk in the door sparkling from head to toe with an easy-to-make, ’20s-inspired headband. You may even have everything you need on hand for this project.

Home for the Holidays: '20s Headband

Photo by Jeff Romaniuk

DIY '20s Headband

Here’s what you’ll need:

one yard neutral grosgrain ribbon
assorted ribbon trim
feathers (optional)
brooch (optional)
hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
scissors

First, measure the grosgrain base ribbon around your head and make sure you leave enough excess to tie. Cut the ribbon’s ends at a neat diagonal. After your headband ribbon is measured, you can apply your assorted ribbon trim as freely and creatively as you like. I glued my three favorite pieces of metallic trim onto the ribbon and allowed them to dry before applying the brooch embellishment. Since our party hues included plum and mixed metallics, I thought this brooch was a perfect fit. Pin on your embellishment, tie on your headband and that’s it!

More holiday attire you can make:

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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I. Love. Plaid. It brings a classic holiday touch to modern spaces and instantly warms up any space. And let’s face it, as much as we tried to forget about plaid years ago, it’s a cold-weather staple that will truly never go out of style.

Mood Board Monday: Tartan PlaidScarf | Deer Print | Throw | Table Setting | Pants | Gifts | Blazer | Table Setting | Cat

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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I’ve been wanting to glitter shoes for a while now, but I didn’t have a pair I was willing to transform just yet. It wasn’t until that last toe-stubbing moment I couldn’t shine out that I decided these heeled loafers were ready to be beautified.

I decided to go for a wintry, metallic color scheme that would look perfect with my cream holiday dresses, plum accents (like those tights) and even black. They made their debut at our uber-festive holiday party a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to wear them again! The best part? I’m a perfectionist and I was done with this project in less than an hour.

Home for the Holidays: DIY Glitter ShoesPhoto by Jeff Romaniuk

Here’s what you’ll need:

shoes
Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre Finish
ultra-fine glitter (in desired color)
painter’s tape
paintbrush with synthetic bristles
polyurethane spray
plastic container (for mixing glitter + glue)
drop cloth
ribbon for laces (optional)
spray paint (optional)

Get the complete step-by-step instructions here >>

Check back next week for more holiday party fashion you can make before your upcoming soiree.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Welcome to December, friends! From festive string lights lining the city streets to holiday tunes jazzing up local shops, this month couldn’t get any better. What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? Eggnog? Gingerbread?

Mood Board Monday: Christmas HollyHair Clip | Vintage Cat Card | Vintage Kid Card | Holly | Cake | Cupcake| Cocktail | Garland

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, because I have the most wonderful family to spend it with. Plus, there are some recipes my grandmother and mother only pull out once a year. Annual traditions are what make the holiday so special to me. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? What are some you hope to start this year?

Mood Board Monday: Thanksgiving InspirationCider | Natural Decor | Apple Pie | Centerpiece | Cake | Chain of Thanks | Friends | Cranberry Jelly | Table

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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Home for the HolidaysI hope you’ve enjoyed following along as we share our holiday entertaining ideas straight from our own festive gathering with the DIYNetwork.com Made + Remade team. Each week we’ve focused on a particular area, from the fireplace to the table and now to the bar. You saw the inspiration behind the bar — lots of sparkle, a magnolia garland and an assortment of cocktail ingredients and garnishes within reach. Now, take a look at how the bar came together.

Home for the Holidays: Bar

Made + Remade contributor Hannah prepares our signature drink, the Pleasant Evening cocktail.

Home for the Holidays: Evergreen Swag

We framed some of our childhood Christmas photos (I’m third from the right in the gift box), attached velvet ribbon to the frame and hung each from twine behind the evergreen garland. This served as a perfect backdrop for our bar area. Learn how to make the magnolia garland at Made + Remade >>

Home for the Holidays: Bar

We stocked the bar with a variety of liquors, spirits and garnishes, something every hostess should keep in mind when prepping for an event.

Home for the Holidays: Champagne Garnishes

We wanted to separate the wine and champagne by setting up a bar cart. Here, we set out fun garnishes like candied cranberries, rock candy and starfruit to dress up champagne coupes.

Check back for more ideas on setting up a bar for your upcoming holiday parties.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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This week’s mood board is purely inspired by our Design Happens and Made + Remade holiday party that you’ve been reading all about. For our party, I made several champagne garnishes (which you’ll soon see!) that were so festive and tasty. One garnish I used was rosemary and pomegranate seeds. It’s the perfect way to dress up champagne while adding a colorful, holiday touch. What’s your favorite way to use this fragrant evergreen?

Mood Board Monday: RosemaryCookies | Whipped Cream | Vintage Dress | Rosemary Trim | Holding Rosemary | Rosemary Sprigs | Velvet Jacket | Wreath | Tree Cookie | Cocktail

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

More rosemary recipes and ideas to enjoy:

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A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, interior designer Brian McCarthy is a member of Elle Decor’s “A-List” of designers and is known for creating personal and distinctive interiors for an elite and very private clientele. Brian’s clients’ desire to keep under the radar means that he doesn’t often publish his projects, but in his first book, Luminous Interiors, he’s pulling back the curtains on nine luxury residences from all over the country.

Luminous Interiors by Brian McCarthy

Left: Luminous Interiors Cover | Right: Brian McCarthy photo by Peter Murdock

Inside, Brian showcases the refined eclecticism that defines his work. He’s passionate about collecting art and furniture, and for one project shown in the book, he took his clients on a grand tour throughout Western Europe — a total of 35 trips in five years! — to scout for the perfect pieces to fill their home.

Take a sneak peek at some of the luxurious and opulent homes Brian has designed for his anonymous clientele:

The Grand Tour

Luminous Interiors - Elegant Guest Bedroom

Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg

This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.

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Late autumn is the best time to plant delightfully-delicious rhubarb so it’s ready to enjoy in early spring. In just a few short months, you’ll be baking rhubarb pies, crumbles and shortcakes — guaranteed; just make it through the winter, friends.

Mood Board Monday: RhubarbRhubarb | Living Room | Dress | Rhubarb Crumble | Pattern | Centerpiece | Wall Color | Waffle Topping | Shortcake | Soup

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

Rhubarb recipes to enjoy:

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The Knit Parade by Rebecca Rymsza showcases 12 original knitting patterns for motif sweaters from the creative team behind the Wheres Me Jumper brand. These patterns make a bold statement and encourage knitters to personalize their sweaters as much as they like. Each pattern is inspired by a song, ranging from musical notes (“On Repeat” by LCD Soundsystem), to a leopard print (“Me Jane” by PJ Harvey) and dripping paint (“Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones).

The additional six customizable graphic swatches are practically begging to be played with. “Use one or use them all, however you like. You might be a polka-dot prince, or princess, and choose to stick to one pattern … or you might want to channel the Fresh Prince, circa 1991, in which case, we salute you,” Rebecca says in The Knit Parade.

Take a peek into the funky patterns you can expect. (Hello, handmade Christmas gifts!)

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Bad Girls
Inspiration: “Bad Girls” is a song from alternative electronic hip-hop artist M.I.A’s fourth studio album, Matangi, in 2013.

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Weather Experience
Inspiration: “Weather Experience” is a song from English electronic band The Prodigy’s debut studio album, Experience, in 1992.

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Inspiration: The song “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” is by English new wave band Tubeway Army from the 1979 album Replicas.

Who’s ready to get out their knitting needles and speakers?!

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By now, you’ve seen the inspiration for our overall holiday party, the eye-catching fireplace, plus the food and dessert tables. Instead of putting the food and drinks together, we wanted the signature cocktail and champagne to have a space all to themselves. I mean, sparkling swizzle sticks and trays of skewered cranberries and rock candy garnishes deserve to be showcased, amiright?

We also wanted to make sure holiday entertaining is seamless for you this year, so we paired quick and easy cocktails with beautiful handmade decor you can prepare in only hours. Take a look at our vision for the bar setup for our holiday party. Who’s ready to pop open a bottle of champagne?

Home for the Holidays Bar Inspiration

1. Bunches of sleigh bells tied to natural rope as the bar’s backdrop
2. Sketches of evergreen garland (above the bar) by Hannah B. Slaughter
3. Gold cocktail shaker for the signature cocktail
4. A mobile bar cart with a vintage feel
5. Picture-frame ornaments hung from an evergreen garland
6. A metallic console table to accompany the bar cart
7. + 8.  Fun champagne garnishes like rosemary, pomegranate and rock candy
9. Sparkly swizzle sticks for the signature cocktail

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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So, what do you think of our holiday party hues? Plum, deep turquoise, cream and copper pair well together and helped inspire a slew of ideas to plan each area of our holiday party. Starting today, we’re going to share a collection of mood boards, from the fireplace to the food tables, that went from Pinterest pins and sketches to a festive reality.

The fireplace, mantel and built-in bookshelves in our shoot location were covered in a gorgeous natural stone, so we wanted to showcase that rusticity with organic materials and warm metallic hues. A cozy sitting area with pillows and throws would allow partygoers to mingle yet relax while sipping cocktails and snacking on hors d’oeuvres.

Take a look at the ideas that inspired our eye-catching fireplace design (coming soon!).

Home for the Holidays Fireplace Inspiration

1. Tea lights and pillar candles to brighten up a non-burning fireplace
2. String lights wrapped around logs for a festive feel
3. Paint-dipped pinecones placed throughout an evergreen garland on the mantel
4. Gifts wrapped in kraft paper and decorated in metallics
5. Handmade fringe trees on the mantel
6. Lots and lots of copper
7. Layers of throws and pillows on chairs by the fireplace
8. Layered area rugs in a bold pattern
9. Sitting area with champagne + cranberries nearby
10. A vintage-inspired light-up star as the mantel’s centerpiece (coming soon to Weekday Crafternoon!)

Check out the mood board that inspired our entire holiday party >>

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited! Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Made By Hand, the newest book by Lena Corwin, is a collection of projects based on the classes held in her studio. Her first book, Printing By Hand, showcases a modern guide to handmade printing with stamps, stencils and more. In her newest book, she decided to expand her curriculum and even invited some of her talented friends to teach classes on everything from dyeing and sewing to weaving and jewelry making. In 26 studio classes, Made By Hand introduces readers to ageless crafting techniques with modern projects. Take a look at some of my favorites straight from the book:

Lena Corwin's Made by Hand - Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins

Project by Lena Corwin

Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins: ”While planning this book, I spent time experimenting with printing techniques that were new to me, and I have become especially interested in the concept of rotary printing,” Lena says in Made By Hand. “When manufacturers produce rotary-printed fabric, a large cylinder is carved with impressions and is used to print on long, continuous rolls of fabric.”

To make a smaller rotating stamp, Lena attached pieces of foam to a rolling pin. The foam pieces soak up the ink, allowing the design to easily transfer to the fabric. Here, she chose a fun polka-dot design in neon hues to create napkins.

Lena Corwin's Made By Hand - Crocheted Garland

Project by Erin Weckerle

Crocheted Garland: To create this garland, Erin used three different doily patterns and chose muted, vintage colors. You can hang the garland anywhere around your home — on a mantel, headboard, window, etc.

Lena Corwin's Made By Hand - Crocheted Rugs

Project by Cal Patch | Braided rug, top; Crocheted rug, bottom

Crocheted or Braided Rugs: “For this project, Cal and I decided to show two great rug-making methods — braided and crocheted. Both methods use the same fabric but produce distinctively different looks,” Lena says in Made By Hand. “Braided rugs … have a classic, old-fashioned appearance, while crocheted rugs … look more modern.”

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