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How to Throw the Sweetest Cookie Decorating Party

by M.E. Gray

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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How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

by M.E. Gray
Apartment Christmas Decorations
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Decorating an apartment for the holidays differs from trimming a home you own and have free reign over. In a rental, you can't haphazardly nail stuff to the wall. You're probably dealing with a smaller space or odd physical obstacles (like no mantel, or too many mantels!). And your landlord might even have restrictions on real trees or lighting candles. All these hurdles just means that the earned end result is far more satisfying. Personally, I think apartment Christmas decorations are the coziest of all, because you can really play into the quirkiness of a smaller space and the coziness of the season. So grab a hot drink, take notes, and get ready to transform your rental into a holiday wonderland.         

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Giant Chunky Knit Blankets to Buy or DIY for Your Coziest Winter Yet

by Rachel Jacks

A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I've been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I'm even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. But also because I'm really not sure you can have too many of these luscious chunky knit throws. Ready to test that hypothesis? Here are a variety of options for buying or making your own chunky knit blanket. 

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Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

by Faith Provencher
Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List | By Curbly #holiday #christmas #gifts #diy
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Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you'll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that's cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We've got it all covered. Take a look!          

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IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor

by Holly Wade
IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor
Photo via IKEAHackers.net

We all go through that "IKEA phase" in life, and to be honest, I have no intention of leaving that phase! Thanks to the amount of IKEA hacks out there and newer, unique pieces of IKEA furniture, it's easier than ever to achieve a sophisticated look on a budget. If you're in the market for IKEA entertainment center ideas to upgrade an IKEA sideboard, cabinet, buffet or TV unit into a chic centerpiece in your living room, you can hack it SO many different ways!          

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Everything You Need to Know About Scandinavian Design

by Marlene Sauer

 

Scandinavian design 101
Image bia Bellevue

There is something about bright and airy Scandinavian design that just calls to the senses.

The soothing use of color and light; the negative space that allows the gaze to wander and breathe; the layers of cozy, natural textures that invite you to curl up with a good book; it's no surprise that Nordic style is so popular. If you're thinking about a Scandinavian-inspired room makeover, want to know what the heck "hygge" is all about, or are curious about where Scandinavian design comes from, this is the post for you!

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Vintage Eye Candy: 70s Interiors That'll Make You Say, "Groovy, Baby!"

by Amber Dickson
1970s interior design
Photo: Unknown

The distinct colors, shapes, and textures of the 1970s give interiors from that era a unique energy. Currently, the decade's distinct vibe is coming back, and influencing current trends in a big way. Yes, 70s style might be considered over-the-top now, but comb through examples from that era and you will find pieces and inspiration that will bring new liveliness to your space all while fitting in to your current decor. Keep scrolling for some rad eye candy!           

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Renter-Friendly Backsplash Ideas that Look like a Million Bucks

by Marlene Sauer

Hunting for a rental apartment is just about the worst thing about modern urban life. Not only do you have to contend with application fees and sketchy brokers, compete with other prospective tenants, and traipse through one messy, half-packed living room after another; but once you finally find a place that you can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls --- you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income.

Unless, of course, you are a DIYer. 

The only thing we DIYers have to live with is our penchant for hoarding supplies (politely known as "being prepared").

So roll up your sleeves, guys, because today we are going to tackle one often-ignored rental eyesore: the kitchen backsplash. Keep reading to see how these temporary and removable backsplash ideas will make you love your apartment kitchen, without sacrificing your security deposit.          

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

by M.E. Gray

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. Asking yourself, "What should I be for Halloween?" Look no further. Happy Halloween!        

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Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room

by Faith Provencher
Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: New Darlings

September is a transitional time of year... the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture - so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.   

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20 Ways to Elegantly Decorate Around and Disguise Your TV

When we moved into our current apartment, we decided to mount our TV on the wall. Mainly, this was because our cats liked to stand in front of it, but we also just liked the look! Now, it's over a year later and there's nothing on that wall except a TV, which is the eyesore of the room. I'm a BIG TV fan, but I don't like the look of a giant black screen singled out on my wall. Because I was in need of some eye candy myself, I rounded up my favorite ways to decorate around  your TV to incorporate it into your decor, or completely transform it into a hidden TV. Now I can't wait to finally decorate around my TV to make the room look a million times better!          

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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Curb The Clutter: Genius Ways to Store and Organize Cookware

Pots and Pans Organizer Ideas
Photo: Scott Clark

It's not an easy task to organize pots and pans in the kitchen... the varied shapes and sizes of the different pieces often end up occupying more space than they should. And let's not even get into trying to close a drawer full of utensils in disarray! But don't give up - there are plenty of ways to tame the mess. Here are twenty-two clever ideas and do-it-yourself projects to get everything under control once and for all.      

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Eye Candy: Beautiful Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Mosaic tile backsplash
Photo: ToppsTiles

Searching for the perfect mosaic tile backsplash for your kitchen be overwhelming. The sheer number of options is mind-boggling, which means that figuring out a unique style that fits your personality can be difficult. So today we're sharing some inspiring mosaic tile backsplash ideas that will help you pin down the look you're going for. Bits of china and tile have never looked so beautiful. Here are a few mosaic back splashes that just might make you start breaking dishes. Opa!          

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10 Must-See Movies For Design Lovers

by Faith Provencher
10 Must-See Movies For Design Lovers
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Sometimes you need to sit down on the couch and relax with a good movie. But perhaps you're not in the mood for the latest thriller... well you're in luck, because today we're sharing ten of our favorite must-see movies for design lovers. So grab a bowl of popcorn and settle in for a movie marathon that is sure to get your creative wheels turning.     

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