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You Can Totally Make These: Hand-Painted Scandinavian Stockings

by M.E. Russell

Make These: Hand-painted Scandinavian-inspired stockings

Guess what? Christmas is almost here! I'm super excited, and grateful that I can finally start to decorate my home for the holidays. Last year I went for a Scandinavian-theme with my holiday decor, and this year I'm continuing the motif. I love the care and simplicity of the Nordic patterns that pop up during this season, and I decided I wanted to replicate those patterns on some hand-painted Scandinavian stockings. It was easier than it looks - keep reading to see how it works!               

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How to: Make a Simple Built-In Bench for Extra Storage

by Lidy Dipert

We'd had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

How to: Make a Simple Built-In Bench for Extra Storage

One of the more practical issues we faced with our current kitchen was inadequate storage. Because installing more cabinets was a bit out of our budget, we decided to make a simple built-in bench for a two-for-one punch: a place to sit AND a place to put things. Bonus!

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Do This: Make Cookie Cutter Ice Cubes!

by M.E. Russell

Make These: Holiday cocktail ice cubes!

Sometimes I'll have an idea in my head for something I want to try, and that idea will just never leave. It was last Christmas that I wondered to myself, "Can one make ice cubes in cookie cutters??" The previous holiday season got busy fast, so I never got around to testing that hypothesis out. This go round, as I dusted off my holiday cookie cutters, I decided it was time. I tested my theory. The results? Success! Holiday cocktail ice cubes - oh yeah!           

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Get Ready for Christmas with this DIY Festive Bauble Piñata!

by Stephanie Lee

Get ready for Christmas with this DIY festive bauble piñata!

When it comes to Christmas Day activities, it’s fair to say that the adults in our household could just eat and chat from morning 'til night. After all, there’s a lot to catch up on when the whole gang gets together!

Get ready for Christmas with this DIY festive bauble piñata!

But now that our family is starting to expand with the next generation of littles, having something to keep the kids entertained has become much more of a focus than it was in years past. 

Get ready for Christmas with this festive bauble pinata!

And since piñatas are a...

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How to: Make this No-Sew Scalloped Tree Skirt in 20 Minutes

by Holly Wade

How to: Make this No-Sew Scalloped Tree Skirt in 20 Minutes

During the holidays, it's a miracle to have time for anything, which means time-saving DIYs are a must. I decided it was time to swap out my dated Christmas tree skirt for something new and stylish, and I love how thick felt holds up underneath my tree. In the spirit of quick DIYs, I decided to make myself an upgrade with this simple no-sew scalloped tree skirt that took less than 20 minutes to make.

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11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Add a Cozy Glow to Your Home

by Jesica Versichele

11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Make Your Home Feel Cozy

Scandinavian designers have a distinctive way of lighting their interiors. This unique lighting method emphasizes a sense of warm coziness. They light interiors to create a pleasant atmosphere, not just to be able to see clearly. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. By follow a few of these easy tips, you can recreate that cozy Scandinavian lighting effect in your own home.          

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Bet You Didn't Know Shelf Liner Could Be This Festive!

by M.E. Russell

DIY window decals - These aren't regular paper snowflakes!

Here in the frozen north (a.k.a. Minnesota), no one really likes snow. As soon as those first puffy flakes come tumbling down from the sky, you can almost hear a unanimous groan echoing across the state. We experienced our first snowfall the weekend after Halloween, and no one was happy about it... except for me. I love the snow! Granted, I'm not from here, so maybe it's just a matter of me not being sick of it yet. The snow is still magical, though. I can't get enough of it, and I am more than happy to hang a few DIY window decals in its honor.       

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Affordable Christmas Mantels: A Shopping Guide

by Alicia Lacy

Affordable Christmas Mantels at 3 Pricepoints

In our little corner of the world, winter is here and Christmas is coming. This morning there was a windchill of -1 (what!) and all I want to do is decorate my house for the holidays, eat soup, and listen to Bing Crosby.

To hold myself over, I'm planning our Christmas mantel (and some fictitious ones too) and turning them into shopping guides at three price points - $60, $100, and $200. Build a fire, have a look, and get your shop on!

 

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