Holidays 217 Stories

It's that time of year again, when dried leaves crunch under the soles of your boots, the evening air is crisp and it's time to gather with family and friends for food and drink. I recently asked some experts — including a stylist, a florist and a chef — to share their insights and...
Houzzers' Tablescapes Capture the Thanksgiving Spirit
We put out the call, and Houzzers answered, sharing their Thanksgiving tablescape traditions and twists. Here's a smattering of what these clever table setters are up to.
Your Guide to Stress-Free Thanksgiving Prep
Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? With so many details to coordinate, guests to host and dishes to cook, having a plan will save headaches and pave the way for a beautiful feast you can really feel grateful for. This breakdown of just what...
A Thanksgiving Tradition to Last the Whole Year
Every November for years, I have planned to make a “gratitude tree.” I’m sure you’ve seen one: tall branches in a container hung with paper leaves labeled by friends and family with things for which they are grateful.
Gift Giving the Simple-ish Way
Every year in the weeks preceding Christmas, I say, “This year we’re keeping things simple!” and every year there are places where I do that. Also, every year, as anyone who has seen my tree covered with hundreds of ornaments could tell...
A Place for Everything: Beautiful Ways to Style Your Table
For ages we have been coming together around a table to eat, drink and be merry. As our culture has evolved, so has the art of setting the table for entertaining. In the medieval times of kings, queens and knights, where someone sat in relation...
11 Survival Lessons From Thanksgiving
Whew! Well, the last of the guests have left the Harris household, and Thanksgiving 2013 has come to a close. We had 10 people staying here at my parents’ house in Hingham, Massachusetts, age 6 to somewhere between 70 and 80. There were a few challenges...
Make a Long-Lasting Eucalyptus Holiday Wreath
Fragrant and textured, this wild eucalyptus and juniper wreath can be a pleasant addition to a front door or a wall above a fireplace mantel. Tracy Goldman of Sabellico’s Florist breaks down the steps.
Your Easiest Fall Decorating Ever
Fill a basket with a range of pumpkins and gourds from the market or pumpkin patch, and you'll have everything you need to welcome fall holidays with style. Then, when Thanksgiving rolls around, you can turn any edibles among your decorations into pumpkin...
A Contractor's Secrets to Hanging Holiday Decor
Whether you're looking for a spot to put up your Christmas wreath for a week or need something more permanent, hanging decor on the exterior or interior of your home can be tricky sometimes. Where you're hanging it makes all the difference. Here are a...
A Peek at 2 Prettily Dressed Fall Porches
Good friends Charlene Miller and Merry Munk enjoy sharing and showing off their salvage style on their central Ohio porches. These two can often be found scouring flea markets, auctions and garage sales in search of their next treasures. Their finds all...
One Table, Two Holiday Settings
Make setting your holiday table fun, simple and inexpensive by transforming one set of basic centerpiece items for both fall and winter feasts. The trick is to keep things natural, using fresh herbs, branches, seasonal fruits and other pretty items you...
2 Beautifully Natural Tablescapes for Holiday Dining
The holidays are a time for gatherings with family and other loved ones. If you’re like our family, you have one set of everything for the dinner table, which sometimes forces you to get creative when decorating. By simply swapping out...
The Latest Designer Pumpkins to Haunt Your Halloween
Come autumn, the days grow shorter, the nights grow longer, and on All Hallow’s Eve, the lowly squash transforms into a thing of eerie beauty: the jack-o’-lantern. A lone candle in a plain orange pumpkin not spooky enough for you? Try mixing in a...
My Houzz: A Home Comes Alive With Day of the Dead Decor
Melissa Love Tristan and her family go all out for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. At the end of each October, their Dallas home is awash in paper flowers, skulls, skeletons, sugared treats and Halloween decor. Melissa was introduced...
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