Dec
15

you’re invited to: Christmas Brunch

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A few years ago my family switched to having a Christmas Day brunch in place of dinner. While I miss the big dinner with all of the trimmings, this seems to suit us all just fine. It’s always at my Grandma’s house, but if it were at mine it might go a little something like this. Lots of brights and metallics and an air of fun about it all. Lots of carbs to pick at while each person opens their gifts. And of course dessert and some alcohol to lighten the mood. Wanna come over? (Imaginary Christmas 2013, Imaginary Holiday Appetizer Party)

 

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Adorn Wooden Ornaments // Christmas Scent // Decorative Sisal Trees // DIY Fancy Paper Chain //
Flaneur’s Pocket Geometric Wooden Ornaments // DIY Paint Chip Wreath // DIY Paper Pinecones //
Tinsel Tree Wall Decoration // DIY Paper Mistletoe Kissing Ball

 

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Fig and Black Pepper Lattes // Nutella Hot Chocolate // Pear Nectar & Thyme Mimosas

 

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Herbed Cocktail Meatballs with Honey Mustard Sauce // Miso Deviled Eggs //
Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

 

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Blomster // Branch & Twig Cocktail Picks // Cloched Greenery // Confetti Platter //
DIY Dip-Dyed Placecards // French Wine Glass // Glittered Cocktail Stirrers //
Pearl Place Hi-Ball Set // Red Birds Plate

 

Christmas-Brunch-The-Food-Design-Crush

Earl Grey Orange and Medjool Date Scones // Easy Breakfast Roll Ups //
Easy Fluffy Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls // Eggnog Steel Cut Oatmeal // Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes //
King’s Hawaiian Waffles with Pumpkin Syrup // Maple Molasses Muffins //
Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad // Vanilla Maple Baked Stuffed Apple Parfaits

 

Christmas-Brunch-The-Desserts-Design-Crush

Apple Cake // Carrot Gingerbread Cake with Cardamom Frosting and Ginger Fries //
Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

Dec
11

20 Holiday DIYs

How in the world is it already December 11th?! This month is flying by at the speed of light, and to be quite honest I’m lucky my tree is up and a few fresh wreaths are on the windows. I’m dreadfully behind on my holiday shopping and haven’t had time to so much as think about creating any seasonal DIYs. Which is why it’s nice to have creative friends and an RSS feed full of projects to bookmark with the hopes of adding hours to each day next December.

 

MODERN-HANGING-HOLIDAY-DECOR-Paper-&-Stitch-Design-Crush

 

TINSEL-TASSELS-Mighty-Girl-Design-Crush

 

SEQUIN-LETTER-GARLAND-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

ROASTED-SPICED-ORANGE-POTPOURRI-Sweet-Paul-Design-Crush

 

PAPER-WREATH-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

 

PAPER-MISTLETOE-KISSING-BALL-Lia-Griffith-Design-Crush

 

PAPER-BERRY-AND-HOLLY-GARLAND-The-House-that-Lars-Built-Design-Crush

 

NO-SEW-MOROCCAN-WEDDING-BLANKET-TREE-SKIRT-Almost-Makes-Perfect-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-PAPER-TREE-GARLAND-Julep-Design-Crush

 

MINI-WOODEN-CHRISTMAS-TREES-Sugar-&-Cloth-Design-Crush

 

METALLIC-WREATH-Martha-Stewart-Design-Crush

 

MERRY-&-BRIGHT-PRINTABLE-A-Pair-of-Pears-Design-Crush

 

MASON-JAR-SNOWGLOBE-Classy-Clutter-Design-Crush

 

HONEYCOMB-WREATH-Oh-Happy-Day-Design-Crush

 

GLITTERED-DEER-NAPKIN-RINGS-Oleandor-+-Palm-Design-Crush

 

GINGERBREAD-TERRARIUMS-My-Name-is-Yeh-Design-Crush

 

GIANT-PINECONE-GARLAND-Lovely-Indeed-Design-Crush

 

CHRISTMAS-TREE-My-Attic-Design-Crush

 

ACRYLIC-GIFT-TAGS-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

 

3D-BRIGHT-PAPER-STARS-A-Subtle-Revelry-Design-Crush

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Dec
09

12 December DIYs

CHUNKY-WOODEN-BEAD-NECKLACE-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

COLORFUL-CLAY-COASTERS-Oh-Joy-Design-Crush

 

COPPER-AND-WOOD-LIGHT-FIXTURE-Vintage-Revivals-Design-Crush

 

COPPER-CANDLES-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

COPPER-PIPE-ICOSAHEDRON-LIGHT-FIXTURE-The-Gathered-Home-Design-Crush

 

DANISH-MODERN-COFFEE-TABLE-francois-et-moi-Design-Crush

 

PET-NAME-TAGS-Design-Sponge-Design-Crush

 

SLATWOOD-BENCH-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

WATERCOLOR-WALL-ART-Sugar-&-Cloth-Design-Crush

 

WOODEN-JAR-LIDS-Fall-for-DIY-Design-Crush

 

ZIPPERED-DOPP-KIT-The-Purl-Bee-Design-Crush

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Nov
26

Repaired + Reimagined: My Dad’s Coat Rack

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This coat rack? It’s seen a lot. I’ve had it since graduating high school, before that it held robes and belts in my parents’ room, and before that who knows. It was my Dad’s and I have no idea how long he had it in his possession. The bottom line – it sorely needed an update if there was going to be any place for it in my home.

 

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Case in point.

It had seen better days and was showing some serious wear and tear in the form of several deep nicks and a loss of stability. (I’d already repaired that part here with a bit of wood filler, toothpicks, and elbow grease.)

 

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So when ScotchBlue™ Painters Tape and The Home Depot reached out about doing a project with Behr® and Wooster® I knew which piece was begging for my attention. I’d hoped to use the coat rack in the nook of my staircase which has white walls and light wood floors, so I also knew that I wanted it to be an interesting piece to look at with at least a little bit of color.

Supplies:
• drop cloth
• sanding block
Behr® Marquee™ Dawn Gray #MQ5-28
Behr® Marquee™ Manhattan Blue #MQ5-9
Wooster® Pro 2″ Nylon Thin Angle Slash Brush
• ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL

 

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I started out by deciding I wanted to leave the top ten inches or so naked before taping it off with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape at that spot and sanding everything south of that mark. I made sure to smooth the edges of the tape really well to avoid any paint bleed.

 

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Then I sort of eyeballed how large of an area I wanted the semi-gloss Dawn Gray to cover in my colorblocked scheme – about a foot. I left the bottom edge ragged knowing that I’d be taping it off for my second color.

 

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After taping off, I painted the rest of the rack with semi-gloss Manhattan Blue. After it dried (the Behr® Marquee™ covered in one beautiful coat) I flipped it over and painted the underside as well.

 

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See that clean straight line? That’s the stuff painting dreams are made of. It’s always best to remove painter’s tape when the paint itself isn’t completely dry, and to pull at an angle. This helps keep that line super straight.

 

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I’m so happy with the end result! My once ragged hand-me-down coat rack has fresh life just in time for being hung full of winter coats, hats, and scarves.

I am proud to be a 3M, Behr®, and Wooster® – sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

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Nov
17

12 Advent Calendars

Advent calendars are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. My mom started the tradition with me early and I’ve rarely missed a year. The paper variety that have the little door flaps that open to reveal a bit of a larger image or have a tiny piece of chocolate have always been my favorite, but I also love the idea of something more grand. Most of the ones I’ve included here are DIYs with a few for purchase thrown in for good measure. If you’d like to peek at roundups from years past – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

ADVENT-CALENDAR-JAR-Design-Crush

 

CHRISTMAS-CANDLE-Design-Crush

 

DIP-DYED-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

DIY-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

DIY-ADVENT-CALENDAR-TREAT-BAGS-Design-Crush

 

DIY-FOREST-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

LUNCH-BAG-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

PAPER-BAG-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

PAPER-CUBE-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

VILLAGE-TREE-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

 

WOODEN-TREE-ADVENT-CALENDAR-Design-Crush

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Nov
12

you’re invited to: Thanksgiving

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Pulling together our daydream Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s get togethers is one of my favorite sets of recurring posts all year. It’s so much fun to imagine the ideal holiday, food, and festivities surrounding each. This November I’m imagining lots of natural elements – wood, clay, DIYs, etc – and a few touches of metallic to add some interest to the Thanksgiving decor. Take a look at our version of the holiday from warm welcomes to full-bellied goodbyes, and let us know what you’re planning for your table too! (If you’d like to see our Thanksgivings past, here’s 2012 and 2013.)

 

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Fallen Feathers Wreath //  Homemade Simmering Spices // DIY Pumpkin Lantern //
Basket of Birch Logs // DIY Menu Pumpkin // Linen Fabric Bunting Banner

 

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Cranberry Cider Smash // Salted Lemon Sage Cocktail // Slow Cooker Apple Cider

 

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Cranberry Baked Brie Puffed Pastry Bites // Crispy Brussels Sprout Chips //
Sea Salt, Lavender & Caramel Popcorn

 

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Sparkle Trimmed Tumbler // Macedonia Trivet // Corso Flatware // Etched Metal Vase //
Ceramic Salt Cellar and Gold Spoon Set // DIY Dyed Napkins // Farmhouse Pottery Turkey Platter //
Copper Plated Mixing Bowls // Metallic Taper Candleholders // Stockholm Serving Bowl //
Wheat Sprig Place Card // DIY Apple Stamp Table Runner

 

Thanksgiving14-2-Design-Crush

Sage Butter Roasted Turkey // Roasted Red Pepper + Gouda Soup // Chopped Brussels Sprout,
Kale + Chard Salad
// Zucchini Rice // Wild Rice + Butternut Squash Salad // Popovers with
Gruyere and Thyme
// Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes // Salt and Vinegar Roasted Cauliflower //
Mini Sweet Potato Gratins // Sweet + Spicy Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

 

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Grapefruit Pie // Earl Grey Chocolate Truffle Tart // Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Layer Cake

Nov
10

12 November DIYs

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COLORBLOCK-TRIVETS-Sugar-&-Cloth-Design-Crush

 

DIPPED-CREPE-PAPER-CHAIR-GARLANDS-Love-My-Dress-Design-Crush

 

LEATHER-STAMPED-CHEESE-MARKERS-Paper-&-Stitch-Design-Crush

 

NO-SEW-HOT-PADS-Paper-&-Stitch-Design-Crush

 

REVERSE-SHIBORI-TIE-DYE-Fall-for-DIY-Design-Crush

 

BIRTHDAY-CROWNS-Small-for-Big-Design-Crush

 

DECORATIVE-CLAY-BELLS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

GIANT-GEM-RINGS-Studio-DIY-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-HOUSE-NUMBERS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

POUR-OVER-COFFEE-STAND-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

WOODEN-EARRINGS-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

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Oct
13

12 October DIYs

WIRE-UTENSIL-RACK-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

TUBE-BEAD-NECKLACE-The-Lovely-Drawer-Design-Crush

 

NOTEROLL-BOARD-a-pair-&-a-spare-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-CUBE-PLANT-STAND-Remodelaholic-Design-Crush

 

HAND-TOWEL-RING-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

DIPPED-KITCHEN-JARS-The-Little-Street-Design-Crush

 

WATERCOLOR-CANVAS-LUNCH-BAGS-Paper-and-Stitch-Design-Crush

 

TRIPOD-FLOOR-LAMP-The-Merrythought-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-RAISED-DOG-BOWL-Curbly-Design-Crush

 

MARBLE-DIPPED-VASE-Poppytalk-Design-Crush

 

HAND-PRINTED-RUG-Poppytalk-Design-Crush

 

CAKE-DOME-+-CLOCHE-JARS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

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Sep
17

10 September DIYs

ANTLER-HOSE-RACK-Going-Home-to-Roost-Design-Crush

 

COLORBLOCK-GUITAR-STRAP-The-House-That-Lars-Built-DESIGN-CRUSH

 

CREPE-PAPER-PETAL-WALL-HANGING-Oh-Happy-Day-Design-Crush

 

GEMSTONE-PICTURE-FRAME-Poppytalk-Design-Crush

 

GEOMETRIC-ART-HEADBOARD-PANELS-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

GEOMETRIC-CUBE-PAINTED-FLOOR-Little-Green-Notebook-Design-Crush

 

INK–DYED-CLUTCH-The-House-That-Lars-Built-Design-Crush

 

MODERN-COOLER-Almost-Makes-Perfect-Design-Crush

 

WATERCOLOUR-CLOCK-The-Makers-Society-Design-Crush

 

WRAPPED-BASKET-Tell-Love-and-Chocolate-Design-Crush

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Aug
27

Trending: Embroidery

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Black Geometric Art Deco Hand Embroidered Pendant //
Embroidered Totem Chiffon Pleated Dress // Fruit Embroidered DIY Coasters

Embroidery is one of those trends that ebbs and flows, but never truly goes away in entirety. I think that has more to do with the style than the technique, because it can be everything from intricate and Victorian in nature to geometric and modern. We’e all seen it play out this summer on light and airy sundresses, so I’m interested in seeing how (and if) it translates to fall’s fashions!

 

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DIY Embroidered Postcards // DIY Hand Embroidered Peter Pan Collar //
Geometric Gem Brooch Set

 

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Personalized Wedding Keepsake // Little White Lies Embroidered Shift Dress //
Embroidered Sing Dress