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online frames

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess

For me, the more I can do on the internet, the happier I am. Grocery deliveries…I’m in. Arranging pick-ups to my storage facility…yes and yes. Getting myself some new prescription glasses…sign. me. up. So when it comes to framing art, I was happy to dive head first into the world wide web in order to find the best and easiest online solutions.

Last week I shared with you my favorite abstract artists, so I’m guessing by now you’ve each gone out and purchased some kick-ass art that you’re ready to frame.  So buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride as I spill my secrets of 3 of my favorite online framing sources.

1. Framed & Matted

This site is nice because they offer you two options: DIY framing (where they send all the materials to you and you put it together on your own with fool-proof, easy-to-understand instructions), or full-service framing where they take care of the whole shebang. You can choose your own frame and your own matte, and their prices are up to 70% less than you would pay retail. Score! If you choose the full-service option, they send you a tube for your artwork, you send it off, and a week or so later, your professionally framed artwork is on its way back to you.

2. Instantly Framed

If you’re obsessed with Instagram like I am, you will love Instantly Framed. While this service does not offer much variety in their frames (black walnut is pretty much where it’s at), the fun thing is that you can upload photos from Instagram or Facebook directly from an app on your phone. You can choose to have your photos printed in 4 different sizes (and their system will not let you choose a photo size that is too big as it’s able to recognize the pixel ration of all of your photos), and a short time later they’ll arrive on your doorstep all framed up. Order up a few, and these would work great on a gallery wall.

3.  Simply Framed

This site is a great combo of online convenience and a professional framing shop, as each frame is built specifically for your piece of artwork. They also offer special options such as “floating” your artwork on your matte, stretching canvases and larger frames (up to 40×60). They even have an option for framing scarves and textiles, which almost made me squeal. I also got sucked into their awesome blog where they share tips on hanging artwork and interesting stories about their team and customers.

Ok, so I’m hooked on online framing sites but what about you guys? Have you ever tried it before?

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persimmon pomegranate salad

Disrupting a traditional Thanksgiving menu with new recipes can be a tricky proposal. This year, make an effort to slip in a few non-traditional sides to perk up the table and bring your holiday meal into the modern era. Using savory flavors and seasonal produce such as persimmon, pomegranate, and blueberries will help usher in dishes that compliment the classics with ease. Don’t believe me? Take on this simple Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Herb Salad and refreshingly different Farro Salad with Pickled Blueberries and Fennel. The tastes will match your holiday favorites and make just enough to fill up the extra corner of space left on the plate after helpings casseroles and such have been dished.

Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Herb Salad

Makes 6 servings

  • 1 ½ lb.Fuyu persimmons (about 5 medium size)
  • ¾ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup loosely packed parsley leaves, torn
  • ¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves, torn
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Remove stems from persimmons and cut into ¼-inch thick slices. Arrange slices on a platter and top with pomegranate seeds, parsley, and mint. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste just before serving.

Norm’s Note: Sideboard Boost

Pickled Blueberries and Fennel are also great nestled along side turkey in lieu of cranberry sauce. The mixture offers a combination of crisp, sweet, and tart flavors that cleanse the palate in between forkfuls just as well as the favorite American chutney. To serve the quick pickled bounty, simply drain both the blueberries and fennel from the brine and combine in a small bowl. Reserve a couple tablespoons of the brine and stir in a tablespoon of olive oil. Toss the brine mixture with the blueberries and fennel and season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Pickled Blueberries and Fennel

Makes about 1 ½ cups blueberries and 1 ½ cups fennel

  •  1 ½ cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar*
  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 medium-size fennel bulb, thinly sliced

 

1. Bring vinegar and next 6 ingredients to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan.

2. Place blueberries and fennel in separate bowls and divide vinegar mixture evenly among the two bowls. Let stand a minimum of 1 hour before serving or cover and chill up to 1 week.

*Light brown sugar may be substituted.

farro salad with pickled blueberries

When farro’s tender yet hearty grains are paired with tangy pickled blueberries, sticky sweet dried cranberries, and fresh herbs a festive treat emerges.

Farro Salad with Pickled Blueberries and Fennel

Note: Cooking farro is very simple. All that is required is a lengthy simmer in water or flavorful broth over low heat until tender. However, if you are a farro novice the quick cooking variety, although little hard to find, truly saves you time and is almost as foolproof as minute rice.

Makes 6 servings

  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (8.8-oz) package quick cooking farro (such as Trade Joe’s 10 Minute Farro)*
  • 3 Tbsp. pickling brine, reserved from Pickled Blueberries or Fennel
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup drained Pickled Blueberries
  • ½ cup drained Pickled Fennel
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted salted pecans
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

1. Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and keep hot. Cook dry farro in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2 to 4 minutes until toasted and fragrant.

2. Add hot broth to farro and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until tender. [Note: if using regular farro increase cooking time to 20 minutes.] Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in reserved pickling brine and olive oil; let cool.

3. Toss cooked farro, Pickled Blueberries, Pickled Fennel, and next 4 ingredients together in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*1 cup regular farro may be substituted.

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My enthusiasm for the ultimate chowdown that is Thanksgiving is overshadowed by one thing: my enthusiasm for Christmas. I always end up wishing Thanksgiving away so I can finally cover every flat surface of my home with trees, garland, lights and oodles of fake snow.

Because I’m just too excited to wait, I’ve already marked the hours on my calendar (usually set aside to sleep off my food coma) for decorating. As soon as the maple-crusted roast turkey is done and I’ve inhaled my pumpkin pie (and just a smidge of apple pie), I’ll begin my annual pilgrimage to the attic to take down every box, bin, bag and cart labeled “Christmas”.

This year, however, I’ve been inspired to do something just a little different. I’ve been scouring HGTV’s Holiday House and handmade holiday collection for a few exciting — and easy — DIYs. Check out some of the projects I’m itching to try.

Holday Decor Collage

Marianne’s monogram string art project is an HGTV favorite, but this festive holiday version will fit in well with my home’s rustic accents. I’ve actually had this wooden chandelier on my list for a while. It will make a big impact hanging above my dining table and give me something to brag about.

Ah, trees. I’m always looking for trees, but I hate buying them at the store. But with some Styrofoam cones from the craft store, I can make these upcycled sheet music trees on the cheap. The stocking advent calendar will give my banister (or mantel, I can’t decide) that homey, handmade look I love. But I really can’t wait to hang that vintage light-bulb wreath for a huge dose of my favorite color — bright red.

Finally, for the exterior. We already professed our love for over-the-top displays with Briana’s Defend the Trend. But just like Farima, I’m partial to single-color displays (I’m a warm white kind of guy). I’m forever trying to add twinkle lights to my outdoor display. Those Moravian stars will add such a romantic nighttime glow alongside a reclaimed wood tree and votive candle walkway.

As always, be sure to tell me about your holiday DIY projects and plans!

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I came across this cozy cable knit blanket and life was never the same. (That’s going on my “Desperately Want” list.) If I must deal with winter each year, then chic knit throws and chunky sweaters are my keys to survival. 

Sweater and Cable Knit DecorTop, L to R: Sweater, Throws, Lamp | Middle, L to R: Bedding, Pendant, Rug | Bottom, L to R: Napkin Ring, Chair, Socks

Sweater-inspired crafts we love:

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abstract artists

While I’m obsessed with collage and mixed media art, and I love photography more than a  kid loves cake, I still have a very special place in my heart hole for abstract art.

Putting together an art collection for your home is no easy task. Choosing colors, mediums, and mixing them all together takes some effort, but the payoff is gigantic. Art is truly one of the easiest way to pull together the overall look of your space.

If abstract art is your jam, I have nine amazing abstract artists that you need to check out pronto:

1. Susan Skelley Fine Art

This artist favors bold colors with lots of detail, and works primarily with acrylic paints and pastels on canvas. This piece, “Celebrity Crush” could work really well in an entryway, or on a wall where it could really stand out as the centerpiece. I also think it would make a fun and unexpected piece for a kids room.

2. Jenny Andrews Anderson

Hilarious blogger Jenny Andrews Anderson from the design/TV/lifestyle blog My Favorite and My Best, started showcasing her work a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked on phonics ever since. What I love most about Jenny’s style is that it’s shifted and grown as she grown as an artist. My favorite pieces of hers are the simple, brightly colored paintings that basically say, “KAPOW!”

3. Jaime Derringer

Jaime is the Founder and Executive Editor of two of the most fab design blogs online: Design Milk and Dog Milk, but she’s also a wonderfully talented abstract artist. She does a great mix of black and white line drawings light and airy paintings, and even some chunky black and white abstract paintings. There’s a great variety in her work, so you cold use several pieces in different spots in your home.

4. Claire Desjardins

A former graphic designer, Claire gave up her career in 2011 to pursue her love of art and painting full-time. You can see many of her designs under the Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters banner on various items including sheets, rugs, and shower curtains as well as some of her original works. But you can still purchase her original art or prints online, which are wonderfully whimsical and each seem to contain their own stories.

5. Aleksandra Bouquillon

Aleksandra is a Polish artist who creates what she calls “abstract landscapes.” Her works have a bit of an edge to them and can even feel futuristic. Her work would look amazingly chic in a clean modern space or in an unexpected spot such as a kitchen.

6. Jonni Cheatwood

Jonni’s works are an attention grabbing combination of abstract meets reality, and he achieves this through the mediums of both painting and photography. There’s an element of deconstruction to his work, and somehow–even when someone’s face is melting–they always make me smile.

7. Lisa Kowalski

Broad brushstroke black and white abstracts are a fave sub-genre of mine. These are sometimes paintings that *look* like they would be easy to do yourself, but if you’ve ever tried it, Newsflash: not so easy. Lisa’s works seem to effortlessly embody this look, and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. These paintings are “quiet” enough to work really well as the centerpiece in a dining room or a living room.

8. Owen Schmit

First of all, Owen Schmit is a woman, not a dude. Second of all, her work feels super modern and almost fashionable–like a beautiful outfit put together from top to bottom. She has a talent for merging colors together in a way that you’re not sure where one begins and the other one stops. I think a few of her pieces right next to one another on a big wall would look kind of amazeballs.

9. Lola Donoghue

Lola is a painter living in Ireland, whose work I’ve been seeing pop-up all over the interwebs. Her pieces have a subtle, soothing quality to them, perhaps because she tends to feature a lot of white and lighter colors. I think these paintings would look super duper charming in a little girl or boy’s room or a bedroom.

So those are my very favorite-est abstract painters, is there anyone I missed? Who are some of your favorite abstract artists?

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I’m always searching for Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, and it’s nice to see something different pop up. The moment I saw how easy it was to make these festive, no-sew table runners, I knew I had to share them with you all.

Rustic Twig Runner*

Twig Table runner

It’s difficult to get place mats to play nice with table runners. This runner is the perfect solution because it allows you to drape two table runners horizontally over the table, replacing traditional place mats, while still having a visual focus running the length of the table. Make your own with these instructions >>

*This one is my absolute favorite!

Upholstery Webbing Runner

Webbing Table runner

Doesn’t this tablecloth just feel like fall? I’m usually not a huge fan of burlap, but the weave technique and the black-notch details give it a unique look. The best part about this cloth is that you can easily adapt the size and shape to fit whatever table it will cover. See just what you need to make this one here >>

Monogrammed Runner

Monogrammed Table Runner

Everyone loves a good monogram. This no-sew sew table runner with black accents is perfect for more modern holiday decor. You can customize your monogram to be more embellished or more clean and sleek — the style is up to you. Swap out the black for your favorite color, or keep it the same for more drama. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Snowflake-Embellished Runner

Snowflake Table Runner

I love how this feels whimsical and light and can last all season long, not just for Christmas. Dress it up with pinecones and evergreen earlier in the season, then swap in glass ornaments and faux snow when Christmas approaches. Make your own with these instructions >>

Share your holiday projects and ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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It goes without saying that I’m pretty jealous of the facial fur Zac Efron, Damian Lewis, Daniel Craig and even Kate Upton have sported to raise awareness for men’s health issues.

Celebrities Support MovemberPhotos via List25

Even Pusheen, that adorable cat you’ve seen all over Instagram, is in on the action.

Pusheen the catPhoto via Imgur

I love how the Movember movement started with just 30 guys in Australia and is now a global effort for men’s health. They have raised almost $600 million since 2003 and have more then 4 million members, affectionately termed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. It’s also sparked an entire genre of furry home goods; Kayla has already talked about those, and Briana has been splitting hairs on the trend.

While I would give anything to celebrate Movember with a Tom Selleck-level ‘stache, I’m not quite there. So, what can those of us who lack the gift of enviable scruff do for Movember? Throw a party of course!

Last year, our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog put together this mustache photo booth soiree with tons of printable mustache templates and accessories. (For full effect, cover everything in glitter.)

We found some scrumptious #noms to serve at your party, too. I mean, you can’t throw a m0-down without mo-munchies.

Mustache Drink toppers

HGTV.com shared this tutorial for making mustache drink toppers, perfect for adding a bit of flair to your handmade cocktails.

Etsy cookies

And these LaPetite cookies from Etsy are a great party favor, or use them for photo ops and mobile munching.

Mustache Cake Hack

Savvymom shared this mustache cake hack; it’s such an easy trick to turn a basic round cake into a fun and trendy party treat.

So, don’t worry if you’re not growing the Monopoly Man‘s whiskers; you can still have tons of fun supporting a good cause — and you don’t even have to worry about all that grooming. The Movember foundation even has 5K races and huge gala parties so everyone can get involved in the fun.

It may be mid-November but Movember is just now starting to get hairy, so glitter your mustache templates and throw a party to support men’s health!

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We’ve received entries from all over the country from architects, interior designers, builders, and remodelers who think that they have what it takes to win the 2014 Fresh Faces of Design Awards. Voting is now open and we need you to tell us which design reigns supreme. Take a look at some of the gorgeous projects we’ve received and then head on over to vote and enter for a chance to win $10,000! VOTE HERE>>>

fresh faces kitchens

Best Kitchens entry from Katy Lyons

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fresh faces best use of color

Best Use of Color entry from Red Egg Design Group

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fresh faces best use of pattern

Best Use of Pattern or Texture entry from SuzAnn Kletzien

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fresh faces serene retreat

Best Serene Retreat entry from Sarah Barnard

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Check out the rooms in all the categories including the ones above and lots more, then vote for your favorite project in each.

 

Let’s make room for good company, together. Explore fantastic ideas to create a home that’s welcoming for all.  Explore IKEA’s guide for a guest-ready home.

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All right friends, last week we tackled a huge design dilemma: pattern mixing. In the comments, some of you requested tips on something else I’m routinely asked about here at HGTV: The elusive gallery wall. Learn how to take your wall from ho-hum to “Holla!” with our quick, easy upgrades.

Easy Gallery Wall Upgrades From HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens

A little tape, a new mat, fabric scraps, a wreath?? Watch and see how to use these tools to create a designer-worthy gallery wall.

See How to Dress Up Your Gallery Wall

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Congratulations to this giveaway’s winner, Stacie! Check back later this week for another great giveaway.

It happens more often than I can count: Someone finds out I’m a stylist at HGTV and anxiety flashes across their face. Turns out people get a little stressed out by everyday design questions. One of the big ones? The basics on mixing and matching patterns like designers do.

Whether it’s bed linens or upholstery, choosing patterns that complement each other can seem daunting, but anyone can achieve a trendy, professional result with just a few tips. We’re using some of our favorite throw pillows to show you just how easy it is to get your pattern on. Here’s a cheat sheet:

How to Mix and Match Throw PIllows - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens
Watch the full pattern-mixing video to get more easy-to-use tips.

Simple Ways to Make Pattern-Mixing Easy

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Easy Kitchen ProjectsPhotos: 1. How to Decorate | 2. Elle Decor | 3. Plaza Interior | 4. House Beautiful | 5. From the Right Bank

More and more, I’m finding that my favorite kitchens are spaces that feel more like rooms in your home rather than a typical boring kitchen. Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you try to make your kitchen look like your bedroom or your backyard, BUT there are some easy, unexpected things you can do to warm up your kitchens to feel more homey and chic.

1. Lamps

This is one of my favorite tricks of all time. I’m not quite sure why, but lamps in a kitchen are like a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies for me: always desirable, always good and never get old. The trick here is finding the right spot for your lamp as you want to try to avoid the cord showing too much. I especially love the muted light the lamp will give off in your space at night.

2. Art

I believe there’s really no excuse for not having art in your kitchen…unless you’re allergic to canvas, and paint, and photography. Ok, I guess there’s no way to actually be allergic to photography, but you catch my drift. You have ultimate flexibility here: you can hang things in spots where you have empty wall space, lean art up against the counter or place art higher up above kitchen cabinets. Art brings a ton of personality and interest to a space that can sometimes feel antiseptic or boring.

3. Rugs

A rug in your kitchen can bring color, texture and again, a great warmth to the space. Yes, food gets on rugs, and yes, vacuuming is annoying, but you have to vacuum the rest of your house anyway, so it’s really no big thang. And when I say “rug” I don’t mean one of those weirdo “kitchen rugs” that goes in front of your sink. I mean an actual, genuine, real rug in a great color or a cool pattern. If you’re truly worried about staining and cleaning, you can go for an outdoor rug, which tends to be much more durable.

4. Big Mirror

When was the last time you saw a giant mirror in a kitchen? EXACTLY MY POINT! Not sure if it’s the stainless steel or the reflective surfaces, but mirrors generally look super rad in a kitchen. Keep in mind if you put one over your burners you might be cleaning it a bit more, but if you’re like me and order out most of the time, it won’t really matter.

5. Wallpaper

Though a bit more of a bold choice, wallpaper can be a fantastic addition to your kitchen decor. If you’re short on wall space, you could even wallpaper a single wall (perhaps in a kitchen nook area). It is, again, an amazing way to bring in some texture and interest to the typical kitchen space.

What do you guys think? Are you ready to mix things up in the kitchen?

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My fall DIY to-do list will definitely consist of glitter, gold leaf, felt and LOTS of acorns. Just imagine the possibilities! First up, chocolate peanut butter acorn bites for crafting sessions. That seems like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Mood Board Monday: AcornsTop, L to R: Cake, Place Setting, Treats | Medium, L to R: Gold-Leaf Acorns, Sweater | Bottom, L to R: Cookies, Pillow, Garland

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With all this talk about social media and who to follow, I’ve been thinking about which Insta-designers’ photos I’ve been double tapping lately. Only one name comes to mind right now and that’s Scout Design Studio. The 15,000-square-foot studio in Dallas has not only made a name for itself  by beautifully refinishing furniture from days past, but also for sourcing and carrying some of the most unusual — and downright groovy — pieces.

I’ve collected a few of my favorites from their Instagram account to share with you.

scout- brass table

Scout- Brasspendants

scout- Stools

Scout- Pendants

Scout will refinish, reupholster or just totally redo any piece from their showroom as well as pieces that you already own or have purchased elsewhere. So if you’re in the Dallas area, or just need an excuse to travel, check out some of their American Hustle-worthy furnishings.

As for the rest of us, I guess we’ll have to settle for drooling over our phone screens and looking through Scout’s incredible photos.

All photos via Scout Design Studios Instagram / @scoutdesignstudio

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britney spears inspirational art
I usually like to run all of my DIY projects through the following filter: can a cranky six-year-old with bad hand/eye coordination do this? If the answer is yes: I’m all in.

Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by all of the rad quotes I keep seeing on Pinterest and Instagram, and I’ve been on the lookout for some dead easy projects that can help me create some original quote art of my own.  If you’re looking to up your art game, and want to create some original quote-age of your own, here are 3 projects that you (or your six-year-old) should try pronto:

1. Make Quote Art on Your Phone

There are so many great “word apps” out there that this one is truly a snap. Many of these apps allow you to add text over photos, but I like to use them against solid color backgrounds (TIP: if the app doesn’t have any solid color backgrounds to choose from, take a screenshot of a plain white block on your screen, send it to yourself, and boom: you’re in business).  A few of my faves for the iPhone are: Word Swag, Over and Notegraphy.

Choose a quote, type it up on your app, save to your phone’s photo album and post that puppy on Instagram (you may as well share all the quote-y fun with your friends!). You can then easily make yourself a custom canvas of your quote art with Canvas Pop. They’ll send you a wrapped canvas ready to be hung (no frame required) that’s either 12×12 or 20×20.

I made the above image with Notegraphy, and every time I’m having a bad day, I remind myself that I need to suck it up like Brit Brit.

magazine canvas word art

Photo credit: Six2eleven.com

2. DIY Magazine Quotes on Canvas

True confessions: I still read actual magazines. And for some reason, it feels like someone is stabbing me in the eyeballs every time I have to throw one out, so this project was perfect for me.

Basically you have to find an old canvas (whenever I see these at a thrift store, I stock up), and then just cover it with all sorts of colorful images from all of the mags you have laying around. Maxi-pad ads, Viagra ads–nothing is off limits here as it will all be covered up. Just choose the brightest colors you can find, and use some mod podge or spray adhesive to glue everything down. Then use some vinyl letters to spell out your special quote, and paint over the whole darn thing in whatever color you’d like.

Once it’s all dry you can pull off the letters and then all the colorful magazine scraps will be shining through like the light in your freezer at 3am when you are trying to find that pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Just me?

clipboard wall typography

Photo credit: Madigan Made

3. Clipboard Wall Art

Even I feel a little silly calling this a DIY project, cause well: it’s basically just buying clipboards and then hanging them on a wall, but whatever! They look super cute! I suck at DIY! Leave me alone!

Anyway, I love this project because it’s great if you’re the type that likes to change things up all the time. You can purchase some oil board stencils of all letters in the alphabet at an art or craft supply store, or even blow up individual letter in the font of your choosing and then print them out on your home computer. You can, of course, easily change the letters up to mix up your quotes, or if you are printing your own letters you can do more than one letter for each clipboard. You could even put one word on each clipboard. Yes: I always like to give you the guys the ultimate in flexibility. You’re welcome.

 

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With Halloween days away, I’m sure your candy corn supply is only growing. Forget simply nibbling on this classic American candy as is; crafters and bakers are using our favorite Halloween treat in a number of creative ways. (For those that love nostalgia (and intermediate recipes), try whipping up homemade candy corn.) Whether inspired by its warm palette or its sweet honey flavors, discover seasonal ways to incorporate this fall confection into your decor and party fare.

Candy Corn Crafts and RecipesTop, L to R: Cake, Pinata, Patties | Middle, L to R: Treat Bags, Necklace, Popcorn | Bottom, L to R: Costume, Candles, Brownies

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When it comes to fall pumpkin decor, do you favor real or fake? I love the look of a real-life decorative gourd for an outdoor display, but if I’m putting in serious crafting time, I’m all about the foam pumpkin. Why? I can decorate once and have a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for years to come.

This week, I present three faux pumpkin crafts that pull double duty. These look as good on your front porch come trick-or-treating time as they do as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape. To get started, you’ll need two things: A foam pumpkin and a big box of dressmakers’ pins. (Glitter optional, but highly recommended.) Take a look at this simple-yet-stunning technique:

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Check out all three finished versions:

Pumpkin Stack

Are you a real or faux pumpkin fan? Tell me in the comments below. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.

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My infatuation with rose gold began about 2 years ago when I received my very first Miansai bracelet as a Christmas gift. It was heavy and masculine with a warm rose gold hue. It seems to go with everything that I wear, unlike regular yellow gold, and provides a bit more excitement than silver (nothing wrong with silver!). Now, rose gold is popping up everywhere with designers and brands using it in unexpected ways. It was a huge design trend for a while, but I believe the warm metallic is here to stay, at least in small accents.

Rose Gold Grid

 

Top L to R: Cartier rose gold Entrelacés ring, Set of 4 Old Dutch copper canisters, Studiomake gold-plated bowls, Waggo dog bowls
Middle: Samsung gear smart watch in rose
Bottom L to R: Fossil rose gold Boyfriend watch, Miansai fish hook cuff, Mark and Graham monogrammed copper mugs

The Cartier ring is by far my favorite, but the Samsung watch is actually converting me into a wearable-tech guy. The copper pot set from One Kings Lane is a steal: you get 4 different sizes from a great quality brand. With the holidays creeping up on us, I think the dog bowls and monogrammed mugs will make perfect gifts, they are so unusual!

What do you guys think about rose gold? Is it too much — or just enough? Let me know what you think and share with me your favorite finds.

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Some people are really, really tired of pumpkin spice lattes. Me? Not so much. If you love pumpkin but can’t stomach the #PSL, then this Mood Board Monday is for you. Cookies, doughnuts, punch — the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to adding pumpkin pie spice. And if you’re not a pumpkin fan at all? Well, #sorrynotsorry.

Mood Board Monday: Pumpkin SpiceTop, L to R: Scarf, Print, Mug | Middle, L to R: Doughnuts, Stitching, Cookies | Bottom, L to R: Spice, Cocktail, Cake

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Have you immersed yourself in the season yet? Get ready for peaking foliage, alfresco entertaining and perfect fall fare as we head into the most beautiful time of year.

MORE: Fresh Fall Design Trends

Mood Board Monday: Fall Decorating IdeasTop, L to R: Squash Planters, Pumpkin Cake, Leaf Streamers | Middle, L to R: Foliage, Living Room | Bottom, L to R: Decor, Cocktail, Wall

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Tomorrow is the first day of fall, which means it’s time to close summer’s doors and embrace the upcoming season. To celebrate, here’s one of my favorite seasonal veggies — beets. I’ll admit, I love beets mostly for their rich, luscious hue. (They taste nice too, though.) What’s your cool-weather produce pick?

Mood Board Monday: BeetsTop, L to R: Print, Cake, Entryway | Middle, L to R: Pattern, Fashion | Bottom, L to R: Sofa, Salad, DIY Blush

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And the beet goes on:

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