Interior design blogs, just like fashion blogs perplex me. Where do they find all of these good images all the time? But a great interior design blog has more than good images. It has a flare, a style of its own only best expressed through an interesting blogger. Therefore, it may not be fair to call Escapade simply an interior design blog, because it hits, fashion, DIY ideas, and Esty finds all done in a stylish way. Clearly Sharalee Mushore, the blogger,
has more interests and points of view she has to express. Express she does, in an interesting way. I’ve spent hours at a time on this blog getting inspired and motivated. This leads me to the best part, Ms. Mushore’s Inspiration for the week. They are good thoughtful quotes that propel the dullest of spirits upward. Here is my favorite. If you want to be inspired visually and emotionally I think it best to take an Escapade. It is only during these times that our thoughts and dreams collide turning into action.
I love crafts. I also like to think of myself as a real Do-It-Yourself(er). At times I am, but mostly I like to plan all the things I’m going to do, with minimal follow-up (I hate to say). Nonetheless, if you are like me or not like me, and you have more “do” to your “I’m going to…” than How About Orange is perfect for all of us. Jessica Jones has created a blog with more crafts, downloads and “Time Wasters” than any one blog should have which is appealable to everyone. In fact, I believe that How About Orange is a perfect Sunday (and weekend) blog to get your creative juices, and hands going. I always associated the color orange with juice and Halloween, but now I associate it with creativity.
DIY Holiday Centerpiece: created by Michael George from Epicurious
Chances are for the holidays you have family coming over, and/or friends. Even on Christmas sometimes tensions run high (hopefully not between friends, but rather family). So if great Uncle William is hammered, and Sister Eliza is fuming because Mother Dearest was critical again while at dinner, why not have the festivities surround a gorgeous centerpiece. This do-it-yourself(er) is from Epicurious.com and it’s creator is Michael George (the Artistic Director of FlowerSchool of New York. It’s quite easy to do (for the know how click the picture) and a real room and table brightener. Even in the midst of calm, chaos, anger, annoyance, or drunkenness (disguised as holiday cheer) beauty is always appreciated.
DIY Christmas Crackers
In many parts of Europe, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Christmas Crackers are a enduring holiday tradition. Not so much in the United States, but I have brought them to our family for this Christmas. If the allure of the “Crack” ing sound and the goodies inside (small trinkets or sweets) prove to put smiles on everyone’s faces, then they will probably be an on-going tradition at my home. Now I purchased my Crackers. You can get them anywhere. But for those of you who want to really put the personal touch on Christmas, click the picture for the DIY Crackers you see here posted on Our Big Earth. This is great project to get kids involved in too. The point is, is that not EVERY THING has to be the same, and that includes Christmas. Inject at least one new thing, for my family it’s the Christmas Cracker…and see if everyone’s reaction warrants a new holiday tradition.
Musical Gift Wrap Paper
This may be presumptuous of me, but I’m assuming you’re not done gift wrapping presents (or purchasing them for that matter). Or is that just me? Instead of running to Target to get manufactured wrap, why don’t you show off your creativity? Country Living has come up with one of many great ideas for custom gift wrap, like above. To find the how-to just click the picture. However, the above gift wrap is sheet music that has been enlarged on a copier (Jingle Bells to be exact, but any Christmas song will do) onto thick paper. Presto!!! This is the result. I love it! Think creatively this Christmas, we all have that capability within us.
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Recycled Ribbon Garland Chain
People always say that Christmas is for children. I agree. I also think that Christmas is for adults too. It’s easy for adults if you keep that child-like spirit about you. One of my favorite things to do when I was a young girl was to make paper chains. I have no idea why. Maybe it was because I could create something colorful with my own two hands that did not take that much time to complete. My child-like spirit was aroused when I saw this Martha Stewart recycled ribbon chain (and I like the whole recycling idea). The easy to do, how-to is at the link above, and at the click of the picture. This is great easy Christmas idea for the whole family, or just you alone, because we should never lose our child-like spirit…especially in the world we’re living in now.
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Wine Cork Wreath
As most of us know the holidays involve a lot of alcohol. What we also know, is that the other days of the year involve (in accumulation) a lot of alcohol too. If you’re a wine drinker and a wreath lover…like I am, this may be the project for you. I introduce the Wine Cork Wreath. I don’t think Curbly’s Wine Cork Wreath is just for the holidays. I see it hanging in a home’s cocktail area or outside the wine cellar door all year long. The how-to is at the link, but for your ease I’ve attached the accompanying video too. Enjoy!!! Salud!!
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Seating in our home is always an issue when the holidays come. We usually invite more people than we have formal chairs in our home. While our basic chair design is nice, I never thought about taking a cue from the brides for a holiday. Then I found this. How simple and elegant. A nice fabric slip cover + red satin ribbon+faux greenery and pine cones (or real if you like) + possibly some wire (or other adhesive) to adhere the greenery into the knot of the ribbon = the beginning of a beautiful formal holiday table design. With ideas like these, what’s not to love about Christmas.
BTW: Is there anyone who has been doing this in your home for the holidays? If so…what has been the response from your family and guests?
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Sweet Savannah DIY Ornament, a real score
Part of having holiday decor that stands out to not only your guest, but your family, friends & most importantly…you, is originality. I have to say I stumbled upon the most unique and cutest DIY ornament idea from Sweet Savannah. If you have a Scrabble set that has been sitting around due to your limited immediate vernacular that yield only three to four letter words, or you have quite the disposable income, give this a try. These ornaments are sweet, simple, and creative (click the link or the picture to be taken directly to the directions). Heck, maybe if you have enough time you’ll be able to put together longer words that personify Christmas.
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If you’ve been reading the blog for long, you know my love for Eddie Ross. He can do no decorating, collecting wrong in my world. I just wish he would come to my home and decorate for the holiday (or any day). But he does offer something just as good, his blog Eddie Ross and the above video. If you want that magazine look on the outside of your home, this video will help add that impossibly gorgeous look to your home. My neighbors (with the 10 life-size inflatable Christmas characters and loud reoccurring recording of carols) could so use this video. So don’t be shy, especially if you’re my neighbor or like them, and learn how to get that Traditional Home look (and your inflicted upon neighbors friendship).
DIY Sugar Coated Fruit Wreath from Good Housekeeping
In keeping with the DIY theme for Blog Revue’s Christmas countdown (because we know all bloggers are at their core about doing it themselves), I could not resist this sugar-coated wreath. Sugared fruit is a mild obsession of mine during the holidays (it has a little to do with M. Stewart). I simply love the look. Therefore, when I came across this easy to make wreath from Good Housekeeping I had to let you know about it. For the “how-to” click the link or the image above. Sugared fruit can add elegance to any household. If you do it once, and properly…you’ll have a wreath to hang for many winters to come.
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