It seems like staircases only get love during the holidays – little pumpkins for Halloween, garland and bows for Christmas, maybe a few Easter baskets in April. But for the rest of the year they’re just an uninspiring way to get from one floor to another. I’m here to argue in favor of year-round stair decor. Here are 10 simple ways to step up your stair game (mhm, you see what I did there?) without major construction.
1. Create an accent wall: Paint a bold color and construct a gallery of knick-knacks and photos on the wall behind the stairs, like HGTV’s John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino did to these stairs on Cousins Undercover.
2. Wallpaper the risers: Apply a fun wallpaper to the risers to add visual interest to otherwise boring stairs. Go for paper with an interesting pattern in a neutral color palette to avoid going overboard.
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It’s been snowing pretty much every other day here in NYC (or that’s what it feels like!), so I have been thinking a great deal about footwear. I’d been getting by with some cheap wellies and thick socks until one of the wellies sprung a leak. Now I’ve got proper snow boots (thank you, Sorel), but even though my old wellies aren’t made for walking anymore, they’re pretty perfect for fun projects. Take a look at these ideas for old shoes and achieve great crafting feats with things that used to go on your feet. (Oof, sorry. I think cabin fever makes me punnier than usual.)
Now here’s a wonderful way to give some new life to your old galoshes…literally! Grow a strawberry plant in boots with this tutorial on HGTVGardens. Sigh. This is definitely making me long for spring.
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Brrrrr! It’s cold outside, y’all. Stay inside, make a batch of hot cocoa and craft your heart out until spring.
Sisters | Tree | Drink Stirrer | Sweater | Bedroom | Mantel | Mask | Cocoa | Hanging Snowflakes | Cookies | Print
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When Briana asked about the white pumpkin trend in a recent Defend the Trend post, a whopping 81 percent of you said you loved the look. I’m with the majority here — I adore the elegance a white pumpkin brings to the (Thanksgiving) table. Whether you have leftovers from Halloween or are picking up a few just for Thanksgiving, here are 7 of my favorite ways to use these fall gems.
Pint-sized white pumpkins make an adorable vessel for single succulents. Kelly Smith Trimble from DIY’s Made + Remade blog inspired me to use these as take-home place markers at a recent fall dinner party. She used the adorable succulents as part of this modern tablescape filled with assorted pumpkins, squash and sprigs of eucalyptus.
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Put a contemporary twist on traditional fall decorating; easily create a square corn husk wreath for your front door.
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Halloween is officially over. Daylight savings time ends this weekend (set your clocks back an hour this Saturday!). That means it’s time to start bundling up your home for the cooler weather. The bedroom is the perfect place to start, so that’s why we partnered with Blissliving Home to give one lucky reader a luxurious new bedding set.
One lucky winner will receive one of Blissliving’s gorgeous new arrivals: a Birch Duvet set in his or her choice of full/queen or king size. This duvet has a bold, graphic pattern inspired by birch trees, and the 300-thread-count cotton sateen makes this extra soft and cuddly. To round out the new bedding look, the winner will also receive a luxe velvet Addison pillow in vibrant gold and an ultra-soft woven blue throw.
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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.
6 ounces Ruffino Prosecco
1/2 ounce apple brandy
small scoop cranberry puree
cranberry skewer, for garnish
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
6 ounces Ruffino Moscato d’Asti
1/2 ounce black walnut liqueur
dash angostura bitters
orange twist, for garnish
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.
A little creative thinking turns black outdoor trash bags into these dramatic decorations you can reuse year after year.
Happy Halloween! Stay safe out there, tonight!
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?
Bat Decor | Dress | Manicure | Silhouette | Entry | Cake | Sweater | Batman | Cookies | Kitten
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Decorate with bats for Halloween:
Budget-friendly felt, quilt batting and cardboard are all you need to craft this cute pumpkin top. Stitch on a bit of ribbon as a chin strap to create a quick-and-easy costume accessory.
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Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.
Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!
Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.
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BRIANA: Move over, orange – there’s a new color in town. White pumpkins were once novel, but now they threaten to usurp the Halloween pumpkin throne. So, what do you think? Do white pumpkins look smashing or would you like to smash them?
MARIANNE: I love all of the non-traditional pumpkins right now, white included. My mom just made this motley gourd tower and I’m digging it.
HANNAH SLAUGHTER: Kelly Smith Trimble is single-handedly responsible for me embracing the white pumpkins. They just seem so elegant!
If you want a smile from your guests this Halloween, make sure to surprise them with these adorable Googly Goblin Cocktails.
Dribble glue from a hot-glue gun all over a piece of PVC pipe and a foam cup to make what looks like a long-burning candle. Insert a much-safer battery-operated tealight in the middle to make the candle glow. If the candles are placed under a black light, they will glow in the dark – perfect for any haunted house.
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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: Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Ladybug: Get the step-by-step instructions >>
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For the perfect Halloween snack recipe, stuff cremini mushrooms with Italian sausage, garlic, walnuts, cream cheese and fresh herbs for a hearty, savory appetizer that both kids and adults will love.
Halloween’s almost here and it’s time to get carving! We have 22 HGTV-exclusive pumpkin-carving templates designed specifically for beginning pumpkin carvers.
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: Get the recipe >>
Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes: Get the recipe >>
Sweet Potato Hand Pies: Get the recipe >>
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Yes, it’s Halloween — but as you know by now, we work well in advance at HGTV. So with that in mind, we have just launched our Christmas “display” at HGTV.com. Explore HGTV Holiday House 2013! Our designers have created a rustic, wintry escape full of Christmas decorations and holiday entertaining ideas you can try.
Are all you MacGyvers as excited as I am about fall decorating? I’ve already decked out my porch with hay bales, pumpkins and mums. Now I’m ready to finish my indoor decorating. Since last week’s post, I definitely have all my pumpkin crafts down. So, what’s next? Acorns! They’re free, easy to collect and oh-so cute in their little acorn caps. Now start your gathering, and let’s get to crafting!
Think frames are only for pictures? Think again! This 3D acorn display looks amazing and only costs a couple of bucks to make – that’s my kind of art project! Visit Delia at Delia Creates for the full tutorial.
This gorgeous display from BHG takes us back to nature with a fresh autumn feel. It’s true that sometimes the simplest decor has the biggest impact. Add citrus to your vase to hold the branches in place and add a bright punch of color to the look.
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