15 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You're Here for More Than the Pictures

by M.E. Russell
15 Instagram accounts to follow if you're in it for more than the pictures
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I love Instagram. It's the app on my phone that I reflexively open when I unlock the screen. I love swiping through stories to see what my friends are up to, and scrolling through my feed to spy and fawn over famous strangers. Instagram has been around for a while, and over time it's morphed from its beginnings as a "photo only" social media platform. From overheard conversations to motivational phrases, there's much more on Instagram to keep me opening the app again and again. Here are some of my favorite accounts that are more about the message and less about the image.       

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10 Drool-Worthy Decor Ideas You Should Borrow from Coffee Shops

by Faith Provencher
Droolworthy Coffee Shop Décor Inspiration
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Coffee shops tend to be well designed... they are trying to draw you in to sit and drink their product, after all. So today we're going to talk about ways to translate those ideas into decor for your own home. Here are photos of ten coffee shops I've visited paired with real world ways to achieve a similar effect in your own home.   

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How to Throw the Sweetest Cookie Decorating Party

by M.E. Russell

Tips on hosting a memorable cookie decorating party!

I love the holidays, because there is a never-ending list of activities you can do to celebrate. You can watch movies, decorate a tree, go caroling (tangent question: does anyone actually carol anymore?), wrap gifts, and bake cookies. Most holiday activities are done in groups, too, so they always have the potential to turn into sweet memories with the people you care about. If you're planning on having a holiday party, why not make it a cookie decorating party? Here are some tips to help you create a holly, jolly, fun time for all.       

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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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Roundup: 16 Other Places to Hang Your Christmas Stockings

by DIY Maven
Roundup: 16 Other Places to Hang Your Christmas Stockings
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Okay, so you have TONS of Christmas stocking tutorials that you could tackle between now and Christmas, but you don't have a mantel on which to hang them. Not to worry! Santa doesn't really care where the stockings are hung (he has an uncanny ability to find them wherever they are). What I've heard is that he actually LIKES to find them hanging in less prosaic places. If true, these 10 ideas will surely please him.       

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How To: Make Standing, Folded Paper Christmas Trees

by DIY Maven

How To: Make Standing, Folded Paper Christmas Trees

Get this...when I was putting together my recent roundup for folded paper Christmas Tree Christmas cards, I happened across this picture :

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Because it didn't include instructions was one of the reasons it didn't make the roundup. However, I couldn't get past the clever cut/fold technique. This led to a quick sketch on a scrap piece of paper, which I used to create three templates of varying sizes. I thought they'd be perfect for some...

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20 Gifts For The Hand Lettering Aficionado

by Faith Provencher
20 Gifts For The Hand Lettering Aficionado
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Hand lettering has grown more and more popular over the last couple of years, and with good reason - it's a creative hobby which is also super functional and useful in daily life. So why not give some hand lettering materials as gifts this holiday season? Here are 20 of our favorite books and supplies for the beginner or intermediate lettering aficionado in your life.   

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81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

by M.E. Russell

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).          

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10 Tips For a Flawless Thanksgiving Day Celebration

by Faith Provencher
10 Tips For a Flawless Thanksgiving Day Celebration
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There's no doubt about it, hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a big undertaking. But there's something so rewarding about creating a big meal for family and friends to enjoy together. So whether it's your first time hosting, or you've done it before and you're looking to streamline the process - here are ten tips for a flawless Thanksgiving celebration.   

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I'm Obsessed: 15 Gorgeous Home Decor Ideas Spotted While Traveling in France

I'm Obsessed: 15 Gorgeous Home Decor Ideas Spotted While Traveling in France

It's easy to focus on design styles that surround you everyday, but sometimes it's important to escape the norm and check out something new. So when my husband and I traveled to France for our honeymoon last month, I came back totally inspired. Here are 15 of my favorite interiors (and a few exteriors) that highlight the trends I noticed along the way.   

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15 Gorgeous Bathroom Light Fixtures Under $100

by Faith Provencher
15 Gorgeous Bathroom Light Fixtures Under $100
Photo: M.E. Russell

It can be difficult to find the perfect light fixture for your bathroom, especially when you're working with a tight budget. Part of the problem is the sheer number of options... it's difficult to cull through everything. So we've done the work for you! Today we're sharing 15 of our favorite affordable bathroom light fixtures in a wide variety of styles.   

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10 Wood DIYs That Don't Require Major Power Tools

10 Wood DIYs That Don't Require Major Power Tools
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DIY projects that are made of wood are daunting to many... talk of table saws and other power tools can be intimidating. Which is why we decided to share some DIYs that don't require multiple power tools and hours and hours of your time. And keep in mind that if you ever do need to have wood cut, your local home improvement store may be able to cut it for you for free. Just ask someone in the lumber section. Here are ten of our favorite easy wood projects for your home.   

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128 Halloween Costume Ideas If You Have No Idea What You're Going to Be Yet

by M.E. Russell

128 Ideas on What to Be for Halloween

As an adult, you've got a lot of important decisions to make every year, but one of the most important is what to be for Halloween! We're only kidding - but sometimes it does seem like an overwhelming responsibility! If you're still scratching your head as to what to be, take a scroll down this list and see if anything tickles your fancy. We have costume ideas for couples, whole families and groups, or for a party-of-one. Happy Halloween!    ...

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