The pouf is popular again, popping up in magazine spreads and blogs for months now. I wasn’t sure where to buy them until the interior design gods shined down upon me and I came across the website for Scandinavian retailer Huset. (Norse gods I assume.) And because of my love for you, our Design Happens’ readers, I knew I had to get a Huset pouf for a Freebie Friday.
Every year since we were born, my parents have given my siblings and me a special Christmas ornament. Unwrapping each hand-picked treasure is one of my favorite holiday traditions. If I was to offer my parents a hint for this year’s ornament, it would be the Courtly Check Owl from the whimsical home decor artisans at MacKenzie-Childs.
The glass ornaments in the Woodland-Inspired Collection are handcrafted and hand-painted by artists in Eastern Europe. Answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Dec. 13 to be entered into the giveaway.
This week’s question: What is your favorite Christmas ornament or holiday decoration given to you by a relative?
To celebrate tonight’s premiere of the show 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas, we’re giving away a little piece of HGTV. Watch the special this evening at 7/6 for a look at hundreds of our favorite Etsy gifts, as well as excellent how-tos for 15 fabulous crafts you can make and give as presents.
I snagged this on-trend and utterly cute birdhouse terrarium by Etsy seller No Place Like Gnome while visiting the set of the 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas shoot.
Take a few seconds to answer this week’s question before 12/11c Monday, Nov. 29 for your chance to win the kit to recreate this whimsical terrarium.
This week’s question: What is the most cherished handmade gift you’ve given or received?
It’s almost Father’s Day — again! Seems like we were just faced with the age-old dilemma: What to give the man who has everything? No worries, we’re here to help with suggestions for dads who are into tools, kicking back, gadgets, the great outdoors, beer (yes, shocking I know, but some dads like their beverages foamy and fermented) grilling and more.
We’d like to know:
Be sure to check out our Father’s Day feature for hundreds of out-of-the box gift ideas sure to please all sorts of dads.
If you’re missing that final gift, find your nearest bookstore and grab one of these fantastic design books. They’ll also make great hostess gifts for the New Years’ Eve party you’re attending or a fabulous addition to your own coffee table.
Behold, installment numero two of the great gardening gifts on the cheap series. Things are getting pretty cute pretty fast with these Gardens in a Bag from Potting Shed Creations. Adorably packaged, these come in a selection of herbs, flowers, fruits & veggies, and greens that can be grown indoors, right in the leak-proof bag. According to the website, “all you need to do is mix in the enclosed packet of seed and add water. Before long, you will have extremely flavorful herbs, tasty tomatoes and strawberries, beautiful and fragrant flowers, and attractive greens.” Try the mini-tomato ($9.75), mini-daffodil ($15), mini-iris ($15) or paperwhites ($15). Green thumb not included.
Got a gardener or outdoor enthusiast on your list? Before you spend your precious pennies hear this: we’ve got great gifts for under $30 right here! All this week, we’ll be presenting an idea (or two — generous aren’t we?) for friends and family who appreciate flora and fauna. Not one to dilly-dally, here are the goods for today:
Robin’s egg soaps ($26) and the Birdseed holiday trio ($24), both from Smith and Hawken.