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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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.

Peek Into More Luxurious Interiors

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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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The holiday season is officially here, and now’s the perfect time to prep your home with winter decor, accessories and home essentials (think fresh bed linens!). HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to celebrate the holidays with all the products and inspiration you need to holiday-ify your home. Starting today, November 5 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop the exclusive sale.

Check out our favorite ways to ready your home for fall using pieces straight from the One Kings Lane sale.

Dress Up the House With Holiday Decor

One Kings Lane November Sale - Holiday DecorShop for holiday accessories and decor >>

Add Some Luxe With Metallics

One Kings Lane November Sale - Mercury GlassShop for holiday accessories and metallic decor >>

Add Splashes of Color With Chic Furnishings

One Kings Lane November Sale - Colorful FurnitureShop for beautiful, stylish furniture >>

Set a Memorable Holiday Table

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Prep the Kitchen for the Season

One Kings Lane November Sale - Kitchen EssentialsShop for kitchen essentials and housewares >>

Stock Up the Bathroom + Bedroom for Overnight Guests

One Kings Lane November Sale - Bed LinensShop for bed and bath essentials >>

Don’t Forget About Hostess Gifts!

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Head over to One Kings Lane and start shopping today’s holiday-inspired sale now through November 11.

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With autumn in full swing, you can not only infuse your food but your cocktails with everything from apples and cranberries to pumpkins and pears. Bring the season’s most abundant flavors into your Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings by mixing these fruits with a bottle of bubbly and other yummy ingredients. Troy Sidle, master mixologist from NYC hotspot Pouring Ribbons, shares his favorite seasonal cocktails you’ll want to try, too.

Ruffino Atunno

Fall Cocktail

Ingredients

6 ounces Ruffino Prosecco
1/2 ounce apple brandy
small scoop cranberry puree
cranberry skewer, for garnish

Instructions

Stir the apple brandy and cranberry puree over ice. Strain into a serving glass. Top with Ruffino Prosecco. Serve in a coupe or champagne flute, and garnish with a cranberry skewer.

Ruffino Elisir Magico

Fall Cocktail

Ingredients

6 ounces Ruffino Moscato d’Asti
1/2 ounce black walnut liqueur
dash angostura bitters
orange twist, for garnish

Instructions

Add black walnut liqueur and bitters into a wine glass over ice. Top with Ruffino Moscato d’Asti. Serve in a wine glass with an orange twist.

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I actually experienced my first heartbreak a few years ago when I fell head over heels for a flawless, hand-dyed Chesterfield sofa. Once I discovered the price, I knew it would be years before we would be together. As a lifestyle editor, this kind of heartache is hardly rare; I see beautiful furnishings every single day that I’d love to get my hands on but can’t. Luckily, stylish and budget-savvy gal Sabrina Soto, host of The High/Low Project, has scouted the trendiest pieces of the season and found their lovely — and wallet-friendly — counterparts. From cutting boards and pendant lighting to area rugs and throw pillows, Sabrina has found an affordable match for your favorite designer pieces.

Entryway

High Low Area Rugs

Company C | Rugs USA

Welcome guests this holiday season with a colorful, ornate area rug. The intricate pattern on the companyc.com rug drives the price up to $515 (left). But this similar botanical wool rug from rugsusa.com features less detail, making it a beautiful price of $168 (right).

Living Room

High Low Coffee Tables

DWR | CB2

For those who can’t get enough of marble, here’s a sleek coffee table you’re going to love. Splurge on the Italian marble-top table with a stainless steel frame for $900 at dwr.com (left), or save yourself some dough and opt for gray-veined marble at a third of the cost ($329) from cb2.com (right).

Kitchen

High Low Pot Racks

Cuisinart, Mauviel | Walmart, Calphalon

Culinary pros will love easy access from a hanging pot rack and the stunning copper and stainless-steel pans. The only true difference between the high and low pot racks is the chain links. Splurge on the stainless steel cusinart.com pot rack for $160 (left), or go for the similar buy at walmart.com for just $66 (right). For a 10-piece M’150s copper and stainless steel cookware set from mauviel.com, you’re going to pay $1,985 (left). But, if you go for the Tri-Ply copper and stainless steel 10-piece set from calphalon.com, you’ll save more than $1,500 (right).

More High/Low Ideas

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With Halloween only days away, I felt like spooking up today’s Mood Board Monday with one of the holiday’s favorite creatures. What’s your favorite creepy Halloween character to decorate with? Ghosts? Spiders? Ravens? Mummies?

Mood Board Monday: Halloween BatsBat Decor | Dress | Manicure | Silhouette | Entry | Cake | Sweater | Batman | Cookies | Kitten

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

Decorate with bats for Halloween:

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Halloween is just eight days away! Have you stocked up on sweets? Planned out costumes? Decked out the porch for trick-or-treaters? If not, have no fear. There’s still a weekend in between to get everything done, and we have lots of easy-to-make ideas you can knock out before your Sunday primetime shows (hello, The Walking Dead!). Or, throw in one of your favorite Halloween flicks and craft up your little one’s costume. Check out some of our favorite ideas for kids of all ages:

Baby Bull Costume

Baby Bull: Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Homemade Ladybug Costume

Ladybug: Get the step-by-step instructions >>

More Easy-to-Make Costumes for Kids

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I’m a big fan of both spring and fall cleaning sprees in my home. There’s nothing more refreshing than moving into the harsher seasons (winter and summer) with a crisp, clean space. And doesn’t your mind feel clearer when everything is organized and in its spot? Before you crank on the heat, check out this quick and easy to-do list to improve your home’s design and your feeling of well-being from Susan G. Komen®. Plus, it’s just one more thing to tackle before company arrives for the holidays!

First: Unclutter

Organized Home Office

Organized Home Office

It’s easy to let paper clutter get out of control. Unclutter your home to unclutter your mind. Create a space to keep personal information organized, whether it’s a chic filing system or hidden closet storage.

Second: Add Color

Blue and Yellow Home Office

Green Living Room

Every color affects your mood to some degree; it’s called color psychology. Yellow is often associated with happiness, while a hue like sapphire blue packs a more dramatic and powerful punch. Try a burst of color in an unexpected place — like on an accent wall, bookshelf back or mirror frame — for an emotional lift.

Third: Inspire Conversation

Eclectic Living Room

Cottage Living Room

One of the most important things about a living room is the way the furniture is arranged, especially if you expect to host friends and family regularly or even during the upcoming holiday season. Creating a balanced setup will inspire conversation among guests.

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Halloween may still be more than a week away, but it looks like some are already planning ahead to the next big event: Thanksgiving. According to Yahoo! web trend expert Carolyn Clark, regular potatoes are being outed by their sweeter counterpart. Sweet potatoes are spiking in search, particularly when it comes to all the different ways this nutrient-rich food can be cooked. From sweet after-dinner bites to tasty side dishes, check out our favorite ways to cook with sweet potatoes.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas With Honey

Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas With Honey: Get the recipe >>

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes: Get the recipe >>

Sweet Potato Hand Pies

Sweet Potato Hand Pies: Get the recipe >>

7 More Sweet Potato Recipes

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Usually I’m inspired by food when it comes to Mood Board Monday, but this week’s hue comes straight from my friend’s wardrobe and the runways: the military-style jacket. This certainly isn’t a transitional hue, so if you’re still hanging on tight to last season, well … it’s time to let go and embrace fall with deeper green tones. Tell me, what’s your favorite pairing with olive?

Mood Board Monday: Olive GreenWoman + Dog | Kitchen| Embellishments | Olives | Living Room | Jacket | Entryway | Bruschetta | Books

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

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I feel like I’m a little behind this year (maybe because it still feels like summer here in Knoxville, Tenn.?!), but I just picked up my first pumpkin of the season. It’s a smaller pumpkin since I’m lacking in both square footage and outdoor space and is the perfect colorful addition to my windowsill. Now comes the annual question: do I want to carve, paint or both? I’m prone to picking up a paintbrush and going to town, but I have plenty of friends that enjoy the mess and tradition that comes with carving. What’s your favorite way to decorate pumpkins?

Well, for all you traditionalists out there, we have some modern “carving” ideas, plus beginner and advanced templates you can print right from home for free.

Halloween Decorating, Entertaining + Craft Ideas >>

Cookie-Cutter Pumpkin Carving With Kids

Let tiny crafters create glowing pumpkin patterns with ease. Simply use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve out fun shapes. Get the step-by-step instructions >> 

How to Make a Pretty Fretwork Pumpkin

Still not positive you want to take on traditional pumpkin carving? Give this technique a try. Use two different-sized drill bits to add a modern design to your pumpkin. Get the step-by-step instructions >> 

Dolly Parton Pumpkin-Carving Template

Halloween has gone country over at our sister site, Great American Country (GAC). Ready to show off your skills? Try carving one of 25 singing superstars from Dolly Parton and Elvis to Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton.

Beginner Pumpkin-Carving Templates

Try your hand at one of these 22 templates created specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers. Printable Templates >>

Advanced Pumpkin-Carving Templates

Think you’re ready for something a little more advanced? These patterns are ideal for more skilled carvers. Printable Templates >>

Never carved a pumpkin before? That’s OK! We’re here to help:

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