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How-To: Turn Resolutions into Art

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Looking for a few good words to get you on the right track for 2013? You’re certainly not alone. Typographical art is all the rage, and for good reason. Beautifully designed and inspiring in sentiment, these posters are a great way to add new art — and motivation — in this new year. We’ve found a variety of great posters that, with proper matting and framing, would create the perfect new artwork on your gallery wall.

We’re not the only fan of Francesca Ramos‘s reinterpretation of Gandhi’s 10 fundamental principals — Oprah has also featured the poster on her blog, The Life List. This design is available for free download courtesy of the artist. Hang it above your desk or on your foyer wall to remind yourself to be your best self in 2013.

 

Artist Emily McDowell designed this intentions poster for 2013 from her original illustration. She notes that “Intentions are stronger than resolutions. They say to your subconscious, ‘This is how things are gonna go around here from now on.'” The Declaration of Intentions for the New Year poster is large, at 13 by 19 inches,  and Emily sees it as a collaboration between the artist and the recipient: write in your personal details  before framing your poster.

Another personalized resolution poster that caught our eye is this Custom Resolution Poster from Etsy seller Porcini Button. The poster can be customised to show your own goals, resolutions and ambitions with up to 15 lines of text between 2-5 words long, along with your custom color scheme. 

We also love the look of this 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Typographical Poster. It seems like the perfect addition to your cubicle wall or office space in 2013! Follow this link to learn how you can get a file of this poster free from the artist, Jake Huhn.

 

Of course, you can also make your own custom resolution posters for 2013 if you have skills in InDesign. Or perhaps, learning that program is a great goal for the new year — and in the process, you can create a lovely piece of art for 2013.

An Easy Way to Add More Plants to Your Home in 2013

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If one of your new year resolutions is adding more plants to your home, you’re not alone. Whether seen in the form of succulents, air plants, terrariums or fiddle leaf figs, plants are a stylish — and healthy — home design trend that’s here to stay. Why are they so healthy? According to a NASA study, houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours if they have a high transpiration capability. And even a small addition of a plant or two will help with indoor air quality. Besides the health benefits, plants also provide a calming presence in a home as well as a lovely focal point.

We worked with Crimson Horticultural Rarities to show you just how easy it is to add a terrarium to your home. It’s the perfect way to introduce a grouping of pretty houseplants to your living room or foyer. Check out our tips below for getting the look.

To start, select a variety of houseplants that you find visually interesting that have similar water and sunlight needs.

 

Add an even layer of activated charcoal to the tray inside your terrarium. Activated charcoal helps to filter the air in a closed terrarium such as the Wooden Conservatory Terrarium we used.

 

Remove the plants from their plastic containers and spread out the roots with your hand. You can also remove any extra soil from the bottom of the pot if you like. Then, carefully place each plant into the terrarium. Cluster your plants together, but don’t overcrowd them.

 

Add moss around the base of each plant. This will help to  preserve moisture and also creates a finished look.

 

To finish the look, add fun touches such as giant lotus pods, pine cones, rocks, or crystals to your arrangment. Display it in an area of your home that matches the sunlight requirements of your plants, and don’t forget to water them regularly.

 

An Entirely New Take on Classic Garland

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Looking for something different for your holiday garland this year? We’re favoring this absolutely charming mini bunting from Jennifer Rizzo, which would be a fun update to your standard tinsel or cranberry and popcorn garland.

We think it would look lovely on a tree or circling a wreath. Try it on a mantel, too, especially if you’re part of a musical household. You could customize the mini bunting by using paper that reflects you and your family’s interests. Choose floral paper if you’re a passionate home gardener, or an avian design if you’re a bird watcher.

Want to try it? Get the full DIY here.

Source: Photos by Jennifer Rizzo

A Rustic-Chic DIY Advent Calendar

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Source: Photos via The Marion House Book

How-To: Create a Custom Chalkboard Thanksgiving Menu

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If you’ve put a lot of thought into your Thanksgiving menu, it makes sense to celebrate it. Our favorite way to spread the word is by creating a large-scale menu using our Framed Chalkboard. For our menu this year, we enlisted the help of designer and calligraphy artist Diva Pyari of Linea-Carta, who created a beautiful Thanksgiving menu for us. Even if you don’t have a calligraphy artist in your circle of friends, you can get the look of Diva’s gorgeous handwriting thanks to her Calligraphy Starter Kit. Keep reading to learn the steps and get started on your own Thanksgiving menu.

 

To try this at home, Diva recommends the following:

  1. Use a t-square ruler to create straight guide lines for the menu.
  2. Then, mark the lines lightly with a pencil. You can also very lightly write in the menu items on each line.
  3. Instead of using chalk, use a chalk pen or chalk marker. Pens or markers give you more control over your writing.

 

Since the menu is the main star on this chalkboard, use florals or styling that accent but do not obscure the writing on the chalkboard. We chose a mixture of wheat and amaranth that was laid flat on two console tables. We also wrapped a pomegranate and orange winterberry swag in brown ribbon to hang from the edge of the menu.

Have you tried making your own blackboard menu before? Would you try it this year?

Special thanks to Diva Pyari for her incredible work on the menu! Make sure to check out her site and shop for more inspirational ideas.
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How-To: Create Silhouette Pumpkins For Thanksgiving Decorating

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If you have some uncarved pumpkins lingering around your home, you’re probably looking for a way to transition them from spooky October holidays to more family-oriented November gatherings. Luckily, today we’re sharing a fun and easy way to decorate with them for Thanksgiving.

Silhouette pumpkins have been all the rage for the past few years, but we think this wildlife adaptation on the traditional silhouette provides a seasonal twist to the trend. You could go even more Thanksgiving-themed by using turkey silhouettes on your pumpkins, too.

This DIY project is quite simple. (So simple, in fact, that you can do this DIY in front of a favorite movie if you prefer.) To get started, here’s what you’ll need:

 Pumpkins. We used Cinderella pumpkins for their unusual coloring. Use one pumpkin per silhouette.
 Silhouette patterns.  We used the animal silhouettes from Karen’s Whimsy.
 Scissors
 Tape
 Pen
 Paint (acrylic or house paint works fine)
Paintbrushes. At least a larger brush and a very fine point brush are needed.

After you find and print the stencils you like, cut around the silhouette. Use your tape to tape the silhouette pattern onto your pumpkin, positioning it as you like best. Then, carefully trace around the pattern with your pen.

Remove the stencil, and then use your brushes and paint to fill in the silhouette. You will likely have to use two to three coats of paint to create your silhouette.

The pumpkins could easily be incorporated into a Thanksgiving centerpiece. To save room on the Thanksgiving table, try painting mini-silhouettes on miniature pumpkins. We also love the idea of using mini-pumpkin silhouettes as a placecard for Thanksgiving dinner guests. Of course, you could also feature your vignette on an entry table or console, or your fireplace mantel.
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Thanksgiving Centerpieces Inspired by Nature

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For a tablescape that’s custom-built for Thanksgiving, we recommend heading outside. Check out three of our top ideas for creating unusual centerpieces this year.

Gather acorns to line the base of a hurricane, and then carefully nestle a candle around your nature finds. (Use one of our Flameless Wax Candles to avoid a fire hazard.) Stack crisp apples in a vertically oriented vase or hurricane, or try miniature pumpkins or gourds. Colorful fall foliage is also the perfect addition to a bouquet of flowers. Look for florals that complement the color of your leaves: amaranth for maroon leaves, or light-colored ranunculus for yellow leaves.

 

Still have some pumpkins around your home? Hollow them out and use them as an alternative vase. We used geraniums here. For a very autumnal centerpiece, choose scented geraniums such as cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger. (Yes! These types of geraniums  do exist. Find them at your neighborhood greenouse.) Place a small jar or highball glass inside the pumpkin for cut stems. As an alternative, place small pots of geraniums in the pumpkins if you want to plant the flowers after your gathering. Disguise the top of the container with moss.

If persimmons are local to your area, we also recommend layering a tall vase with persimmon branches that are laden with fruit. They create an unexpected sculptural element to a bouquet. These fruits could easily pair with flowers, though the addition of autumn leaves and green figs to this arrangement is certainly inspired.