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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.

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Design Hack: Plywood Plank Flooring

Wide plank flooring is a hot look, and luckily it’s possible to fake it with inexpensive plywood planks (a sheet of plywood can yield 12 planks of “hardwood”), glued to a wood subfloor. Have a sheet of plywood cut into 8″-wide planks, and then halve them to make 12 8″-wide planks:…

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DIY: Mini Display Bowls

Interiors Director Meg Crossley creates mini display bowls using cotton rope and colorful thread.

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Design Hack: Baseboard Molding Boost

Skip the cost of extra-deep baseboards (and the labor to install them) with a clever paint fake out. Space a bevelled base cap about 1″ or 2″ above your existing quarter round and base and then paint the wall space between to get the appearance of a single tall baseboard.

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Easy DIY: Tasseled Bench

Elaborate trim is an easy way to add a flourish to a plain upholstered bench. Choose trim in the same colors as the bench’s fabric. While details like tassels and embroidery might look over-the-top on another piece, the linen and brown palette here keeps the look toned-down. Attach the trim…