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Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Fresh Decorating Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Please welcome Jennifer Lutz, a home décor stylist and author of Christmas Tree Market Blog. Jennifer has some hints for sprucing up your Valentine’s Day décor tomorrow, without all the usual hearts and doilies. Please take it away Jennifer, and help us get our homes gussied up and festive in a more modern way!

Decorating for the holidays is an opportunity to create a display that’s all your own. However, with a holiday like Valentine’s Day, it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of frills, lace, and paper hearts. Put a more modern, subtle twist to your Valentine’s Day décor this year with these simple yet lovely DIY home decorating ideas.

Photo by Jennifer Lutz

Create a Valentine’s Day Mantel Display

The living room is the perfect place to decorate for Valentine’s Day—there’s enough space that you can create a Valentine’s Day look without overwhelming your family or guests. To create your perfect Valentine’s Day mantel, try using any of these charming home décor ideas.

Photo by Jennifer Lutz

Combine Books and Flowers

Placing books and flowers on your mantel makes for an elegant yet affordable Valentine set-up. Display some of your books with their spines upright on your mantel as you would on your bookshelf. Then, place some tulips inside a mason jar filled with water, and display them next to the books to create a simple Valentine’s Day decoration. For a more traditional but still low-key look, books with red and pink spines, or even stories themed around love, would be a sweet touch. You can also add more visual interest if you place some books lying down and then putting a clock or a photo on top of the stack.

Photo by Jennifer Lutz

Utilize Twigs and Vases

Another Valentine idea is to bring the outside in. Grab a handful of twigs lying around in your yard, and place them in tall hurricane glasses or vases. Fill up the vases with white beads or decorative balls to keep your twigs upright, then place them anywhere on your mantel. For balance, ready two twig vases and place them on both ends of your mantel. This look works not only for Valentine’s Day, but for winter décor as well.

Photo by Jennifer Lutz

Drape a Valentine’s Day-themed Garland

Make your Valentine display even prettier with a DIY garland. Buy some red and white pompoms at your local store, and use baker’s twine to string them together. Simple and adorable, this garland ties the Valentine’s Day theme together.

Make Use of Candles

Round out your Valentine’s Day display with candles. Place candles of various sizes along the length of your mantel to create some more visual texture. You can stick with white candles, or if you prefer to give your display a Valentine boost, use red or pink candles.

Please share your favorite Valentine’s Day decorating in the Comments section!

-Jennifer Lutz

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Merry Christmas!

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Hope everyone’s having a merry and bright day. Happy holidays from all of us at Design Public!

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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Well, nothing like waiting until the last minute, but on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may be so exhausted from cooking that you haven’t had a moment to put the table together. We’ve been scouring Pinterest to find some of our favorite Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to share with you.

These tall cylinders full of gourds work well with the long narrow table. They’ve also alternated vases with just a bloom or two in each with candlesticks. No time to forage at the grocery store for gourds? Go grab what’s left of the fall leaves off the ground and use those instead.

Clearly, you’re not going to have enough time to go saw down a tree, drill holes and fill them with tea lights. However, you can find a nice branch or two to run down the center of the table.

The prettyblog.com, photo by Q Avenue Photo

Yes, we love this rustic table and mix of glassware, but the best and easiest take-away is the thankful jar. All it requires is a jelly jar or mason jar, a tag and some twine or string. The way the kept the arrangements simple by sticking with sprigs of Eucalyptus. Just beware of how sticky your fingers will get when you handle them!

by Christiane Lemieux

DwellStudio’s founder, Christiane Lemieux set up this table several years ago, but it’s still one of our all-time favorites. It shows the way you can play with those vases you may have tucked all over the house and no flowers are required!

via Vitamin-Ha

So simple – Pillars, a few greens, cuties and pinecones. Easy-peasy. If you don’t have a mirror, use a simple runner or a few plain placemats butted together.

Even butcher paper can take on a chic placemat look when you pen a few words and lines down the side.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and wish you safe travels!

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

Enjoy Bright Color Inspired by Easter Eggs

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via PAAS on Pinterest

For lots of folks, this will be a big weekend of hunting for hidden eggs, kids posing with big bunnies, chowing down on peeps and chocolate and brunch with family friends. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s a great time to consider the holiday’s signature color palette. After all (if you’re not currently buried in snow), you may be seeing yellow daffodils, purple crocuses (croci? it’s been awhile since Latin class) and pink tulips emerging from underground bulbs and blooming. Easter egg hues fit right in.

OFFI Tiki Stools

Perhaps some classic PAAS egg dye can inspire the color palette of a playroom? A Tiki Stool in every color around a play table will add vibrance to playroom.

Easter also means lots of Peeps! Get the recipe for this crazy Peep Cake over at marshmallowpeeps.com

OFFI My Pet Lamp Dachshund

These playful pet lamps come in Dachshund, Piggy, Pup, Siamese and TerriBear in yellow, hot pink, blue, orange, green and white.

Jonas Damon Alarm Dock for iPhone 5

Wake up to your favorite tunes and some bold Easter egg color with this stylish alarm clock. It made me do a double-take; check out the way the iPhone fits into the dock and becomes the clock’s face!

Kartell’s La Marie Chairs

Kartells La Marie Chairs have modern lines and are crafted of a contemporary material, but their bright colors are playful and fun.

We love this room full of brightly colored classic mid-century modern furniture from Knoll

Finally, you could go super-literal all year long with the Fauna Bunny Pillow inPink on Natural. This little guy will cheer up any nursery glider, bedscape or sofa.

Happy Easter Everyone!

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Holiday Cheer

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Hey All! We’ve been having fun playing around with all the fun Holiday stuff on Pinterest and finding a range of images for our Holiday Board. My personal favorite is this holiday bouffant, topped with a star that looks like it’s made out of meringue. I wish I knew more about it and the lovely lady who is rocking it but unfortunately as is so often the case on Pinterest,  the links lead to nowhere:

I’m also loving this vintage magazine cover art from the 1950s; it makes me nostalgic for a time … when I wasn’t even alive … whatever, it’s super and I love that font!

I also admired  this sweet gold-dusted pinecone garland from The Sweetest Occasion blog, to make your own, see the full instructions here.

Photo by Alice G. Patterson

This snowy green trailer-scape is one of the cutest holiday pics around the Pin Boards this season. It makes me want to put on my snow pants and plop myself down into that foot of snow on the Adirondack chairs!

For a list of stunning trees, check out Peachy Green’s 15 Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in the World. This one is my favorite:

Finally, if you are feeling more bah humbug, just watch this video of the most powerful bridge in the world, crank up the Rocky tunes in the background, laugh and maybe even start running in place. It will do you good, I promise! I extra love it when the trucks just keep on going, oblivious to the fact that they have just lost their top layer!

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