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DIY: Pompom Garland

Senior design editor Stacey Smithers shares step-by-step instructions for jolly woolen pompom garlands.

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10 Simple Tricks To Elevate Your Holiday Style

We love the idea of traditional Christmas decor, but shaking things up can bring a fresh, exciting look to your home this season. These 10 clever ideas will elevate your holiday style — plus, they’re as easy as one-two-wreath! 1. Decorate With DIY Ornaments: Make fabric-wrapped ornaments with organic appeal.

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DIY: Buffalo Check Statement Wall

See how Reiko Caron brings a white wall to life with the bold pattern, which is perfect for a cabin or rustic mudroom.

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How To Wrap Presents Like A Gift Stylist

Get tips from UK-based gift wrap guru Jane Means, who has wrapped presents for the Queen!

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DIY: Holiday Gift Tree

Corral lightweight branches in a tall glass vase to make a holiday gift tree. We used wee kraft paper envelopes sealed with washi tape and hung by grosgrain ribbon. Here are three ways to make this clever idea work for you. 1. Chic Advent Calendar: Fill 24 envelopes with little…

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Advice From A Florist: 3 Fresh Holiday Bouquet Ideas

Get florist Becky DeOliveira's tips to create loose, sculptural bouquets that offer an exciting take on holiday florals.

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Holiday DIY: Personalized Ornaments

Make your own Christmas tree ornaments with treasured photos of family and friends! This easy DIY project doubles as a personalized gift tag. Watch our how-to video above and then enter for your chance to win a Canon PIXMA MG7720 printer.

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DIY: Faux-Clay Half Wall

Bring color and character to plain white walls with this simple paint project. You’ll need: two paint colors in a matte finish (we used Red Earth (64) by Farrow & Ball for the wainscotting and Nancy’s Blushes (278) by Farrow & Ball for the accent stripe) painter’s tape, drop cloth, brushes, rollers.

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DIY: Decorative Wall Panel

A decorative wall panel makes a dramatic focal point in an entryway. Cut a 1⁄2″ sheet of foam insulation into an elongated octagon shape and trim your fabric to fit, making sure to leave a little overhang on all sides. Apply spray adhesive to the front of the board, then carefully…

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DIY: Fabric Catchalls

These trays are a stylish place to stash keys or change. You’ll need a 1′ x 2′ sheet of leather or felt to make both fabric catchalls. Attach a sheet of iron-on adhesive to the unfinished side of the leather or felt. Peel off the backing, apply your fabric (print side…

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DIY: Ornate Door Moldings

Assistant design editor Jennifer Koper upgrades bifold doors with foam ceiling medallions and trim.

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DIY: Patterned Dresser

Covering the drawer fronts of a dresser is a chic way to add impact and looks even more dramatic than painting them. Choose a fabric with a large-scale print that runs across all of the drawers for a sophisticated statement. Remove the drawers from the dresser and take off the knobs.

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Easy DIY: Colorful Glass Vases

Inexpensive glass paint in vibrant hues turns simple vessels into pretty vases — especially when displayed against a stained-glass window. Add playful hits of bright color using this simple DIY. 1. Brush paint onto bottle exteriors, using long, even strokes. We stopped at one coat for a translucent effect. 2. For more…

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9 Dorm Room Decorating Hacks

Consider the dorm room as a perfect blank canvas for test-driving a fledgling decor sensibility. It’s pretty democratic since everyone is given the same raw materials, and it can be freeing to convey personality without permanence. Here are quick, inexpensive ways to customize a space and carve out a signature look…

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DIY: Striped Wax Candles

Design editor Lauren Petroff transforms basic white candles into a playful decorating element using wax dye.