Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category

12/08/14

Tips for Giving Awesome Gifts During the Holidays

Holiday gift giving really isn’t as hard as it may seem. But I totally understand that it can be stressful to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

So I partnered with Lindt to share my tips for perfect holiday gift giving and have some specific gift ideas to share, as well, for anyone who may be especially stuck.

So let’s jump into my four tips for giving the perfect gift…

1. Remember Who You’re Buying For: This sounds like a silly one, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who forget this. Example: We all have our own personal style. Right? But, your style is not necessarily everyone else’s style.

SO, when you’re buying a gift for someone that practically lives in pink flowy bohemian skirts and dresses, you probably shouldn’t get her a black t-shirt with biker studs running down the sides. Sure, you may like it, but she may not.

2. Think Hobbies + Interests: Does your mom love to cook? Is your husband obsessed with brewing his own beer? These hobbies and interest will lead you to a perfect gift idea. Just make sure to think back to number one, remembering the particular style that the giftee gravitates toward as well, and you’re golden.

3. Listen Up: You know that notoriously hard to buy for person on your list? Well, they’re probably not as difficult to buy for as you think. You just have to listen. Pretty much everyone mentions things that they want to buy or things they’ve really been liking lately at some point or another. You just have to pay attention when you hear them speak of an idea that would be gift-worthy. I learned this one from my mom. Thanks Mom!

And if said person legitimately never talks about that kind of thing, you can easily work it into the conversation casually. “Have you seen XYZ that just came out? Man, I want one… Have you seen anything cool lately that I should check out?”

4. Go Undercover: When I’m searching for gifts for friends and even some of my family members, I troll their Pinterest boards to see items that they’ve most recently pinned. I did that recently with a friend of mine and it turned out great. The giftee gets exactly what he or she wants, and is completely surprised at the same time. Win-win!

You can do this with wish lists on sites like Amazon and Giftry as well, if Pinterest isn’t your thing.

And if those 4 tips don’t get your gift-giving juices flowing, here are 6 specific + thoughtful gift ideas to get you started…

Awesome Holiday Gift Ideas for the Cook

1. Gift for the Cook: Know someone that likes to cook? Put together a little care package with cool kitchen items they’ll love, like a giant handmade spoon or a colorful mini strainer.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

2. Gift for your Neighbor: Not sure what to gift your neighbor this year? How about a box of premium chocolates, like a box of Lindt LINDOR truffles. Chocolates are always a hit! And when they’re packaged with a cool wrapping paper, like this shibori print gift wrap, it makes it all the more special.

Add a holiday ornament gift topper for a two in one gift idea.

Awesome Gift Ideas for the Crafter

3. Gift for the Creative: Creative people can always use another notebook. Sure, they have plenty of notepads stacked up already, but a new one is always better, right?

Add a few other supplies, like decorative washi tape, tiny transparent envelopes, and a fun pair of scissors, and you have a really great gift package to give.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Hip Friend

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Hip Friend

4. Gift for your Hip Friend: Plants never go out of style, especially succulents, air plants, and cacti. They’re pretty affordable, so you won’t break the bank with this gift idea. Just make sure to snag an interesting vessel, and you’re good to go.

I bought this planter separately from the succulents and then arranged them myself in the new container to make the gift a little more special.

Awesome Gift Ideas for your Neighbor

5. Gift for the Coffee Lover: A bag of coffee may seem like a pretty typical gift. But what if it’s a bag of coffee from the recipient’s hometown or a city that they love? Now, that’s thoughtful!

I checked a few specialty shops in my area before finding a coffee made in Savannah, for my friend who went to SCAD and misses Savannah now that she’s moved to Michigan.

Feel like that’s not enough? Include a cool coffee mug that suits the personality of whomever you’re giving the gift to, and you’re in business.

Holiday Bouquet Idea with Pink Ranunculus

DIY Hostess Gift // Tea Towel Wrapped Holiday Bouquet

6. Gift for the Cool Hostess: If you’re headed to any holiday parties this year, be sure to try this DIY gift idea. A small bouquet of flowers, like ranunculus mixed with evergreen branches, looks great and is pretty inexpensive. Plus, you can make it yourself, which adds more thought and care to the gift.

Wrap the finished bouquet in a uniquely printed tea towel and this gift pulls double-duty as two gifts in one.

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This post is sponsored by Lindt and originally appeared on Momtastic. Be sure to check out Lindt Chocolate on Facebook  and Lindt.com for more amazing holiday gifts.

12/03/14

DIY // Modern Hanging Holiday Decor

Now that we're settled into our new place, I've started doing some (minimal) holiday decorating around the house. And the first thing I put up was this dip dyed hanging decor piece. It's ombre, it's neon, it's everything the holidays should be. Amiright?

And if you want to make one of your own, I've got you covered. Here's how to make a DIY dip dyed hanging holiday sculpture...

DIY // Dip Dyed Modern Hanging Holiday Decor

Supplies:

paper ornaments (from West Elm) // a bowl // water // black acrylic paint // popsicle stick for stirring // neon string (mine is from Amazon)

How To:

1. This project is really easy. Start by gently pulling the paper, so that the ends come back around to each other and the magnets lock together. Now your paper ornaments are ready for dipping.

2. Mix black acrylic paint with a little bit of water, using a popsicle stick to stir the two together. The more water you add the lighter the dip dye effect will be.

3. Dip each ornament into the mixture and then remove and wait for each one to dry.

4. Once dry, tie a large grouping of ornaments together (I used about 20 ornaments for mine, but you can make yours smaller or larger depending on how you like it). Each ornament has a string attached to it already, so they should be really easy to tie together in a cluster.

5. Then attached several long pieces of neon string to the cluster and it's ready to hang.

Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday DIY

I hung mine over my desk to make things feel more festive in my workspace, but it would also look great hanging by the fireplace or in an entryway.

OR if you don't have a place to hang something like this, you can always create a long (non-hanging) version for the mantle instead.

DIY // Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday Decor

DIY // Modern Hanging Holiday Decor

And if you're in the mood for some experimenting, I'm thinking this would look really cool with some globe string lights attached somehow too, to make it more functional.

Just make sure not to leave it unattended when it's plugged into the wall.

DIY // Modern Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday Decor

DIY // Modern Dip Dyed Hanging Holiday Decor

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this modern DIY a try for the holidays?

11/12/14

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

I recently tried my hand at an iron on project and I have to tell you, I am soooo addicted to this technique. I may even be turning into a completely crazy iron on queen.

I've started adding designs to t-shirts, blankets, tea towels...pretty much anything I can get my hands on. It's a problem really. But I can't help it because its so SO easy.

The project that actually kicked off my new obsession was a diy kit I put together for Darby Smart that just launched a couple of days ago: iron on patterned pillows.

Want to give iron on transferring a go? Here's how to make your own pillows in a pinch...

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

Materials:

All you need are the items that come in the Darby Smart DIY kit that I designed. Plus an iron, a pair of scissors, and a pillow insert.

You can choose either gold or black iron on vinyl as a part of the kit. And you'll also receive 2 pillow covers.

Iron On Transfer Pillow DIY Kit

How To

1. Start by cutting out a freehand design or tracing something onto the back of the iron on vinyl, if you prefer. Just remember if you're writing letters on the back of the vinyl, be sure to write them backwards, so when you cut it out and flip it over, it reads correctly.

2.  Next, iron over the entire pillow case for about 30 seconds, then quickly arrange the pattern or cut out design onto pillow cover.

3. Then iron over top of the design, staying focused on one 6-8 inch area at a time. You'll notice that it begins to stick almost immediately. Be sure to apply the iron to each area for at least 30 seconds to a minute, before moving onto the next section.

4. Once the entire pillow case has been ironed and the vinyl is attached, flip the pillow case over and iron the inside of the pillow case as well (where the design is).

5. Then, flip the cover back over and peel off the protective cover from the vinyl.

6. Add the pillow insert and enjoy.

DIY // Iron On Transfer Pillow Design

In addition to the linear pattern, I also created an easy heart pattern. You could also create a message pillow, if you wanted to go that route. So many possibilities.

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

DIY Patterned Pillow Project with Iron On Vinyl

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff 

You can check out my new Darby Smart DIY kit here, if you’re interested.

This post is in partnership with Darby Smart. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.