Holidays 213 Ideabooks

The day before my house burned down, I was thinking about flags. It was the end of June, and we were in the midst of painting our home's exterior. The front and back and one side were finished, and I was closing in on...
Celebrate Patriotism All Year With Americana Style
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I hope you have some great cookout and fireworks plans. While many Americans are bedecking their front porches with red, white and blue for the day, others enjoy Americana style year-round. The style includes elements like...
16 Creative Ways to Hide Easter Eggs
The countdown is on to Easter, and it’s time to lay down a strategy for the annual egg hunt. Instead of hitting up the usual hiding places — behind the throw pillows, under the couch — have a little fun this year by stashing the eggs in unexpected...
These Homes Say Happy Mardi Gras!
Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! In case you’re wondering how the date of Fat Tuesday is determined, it’s easy — it’s always the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is the last day of the carnival festivities, the last day to whoop it up before starting...
Send Your Sweetie Some Love — Houzz Style
Forgot to order flowers for that special someone this year? Fret not; Houzz has you covered. Aside from helping to solve your latest design dilemmas, we’ve come up with some cards to help...
Dress Your Dining Room With Love
As soon as my Christmas tree comes down, my Valentine’s Day decor goes up. A heart-shaped wreath made from a wine barrel strap goes on the front door, primroses populate my coffee table and valentine hearts — sometimes in the form of iced cookies,...
The Real Importance of Valentine’s Day
Years ago I was shopping with my daughter and being helped by a pleasant young woman. As she and I chatted, a man came into the shop, holding a small bouquet and a card, and stopped at the register. The young woman excused herself. She and the...
Got Hand-Me-Down Dinnerware? Make a Memorable Meal
I’m not one to hang on to everything, but there are certain things that have been passed on to me from loved ones that I can’t let go of. Recently, while organizing our storage room, I came across a box of milk glass dinnerware...
Christmas Cleanup Tips for the Not Naturally Organized
Cleanup? I finally got my feet up! Let’s face it: After all the time and work we’ve put in to making the holidays, the last thing anyone wants to do is clean it all up. If that resonated with you, you are probably Not Naturally Organized and...
Celebrating Kwanzaa: Honor African Heritage All Over the Home
If you feel like extending your holiday festivities beyond Christmas, then consider embracing Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African...
Simple Pleasures: Enjoy a Restful Boxing Day
The day after Christmas is known throughout the U.K., Ireland, and Canada (among other places) as Boxing Day. The origins of the holiday are somewhat mysterious; the most widely believed story is that the day after Christmas was when presents (called...
My Houzz: Soothing Neutrals Calm in an Airy Netherlands Home
A snowy white interior and a calming monochrome palette come together flawlessly in Guido and Aggy Hoogwerf‘s Netherlands home. The interior’s charming update was rolled out in stages, with the owners...
Surviving the Christmas Countdown: A Parent's Guide
Well, it’s almost Christmas. How’s it going? If you tried to answer that and found you could produce only a strange clicking sound and not actual words, I understand and hear you loud and clear. Back...
Make Holiday Tasks Fun With a Dining Table Takeover
Lots of holiday tasks — gift wrapping, card making, cookie decorating — can feel like a chore, or they can feel like a party. It all depends on your mind-set. Part of what makes them feel like a chore is the prep and put-away time. So instead of decorating...
A Magical Tree House Lights Up for Christmas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwwVolkrLas “When I was 14 years old, I wrote myself a letter, which I still have,” says Jeri Wakefield. “It reads, ‘No matter what happens in my life, I pledge to be the best grandmother I can be, so when I...
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