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Cristi Alyse, Diva Designer & Decorator

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July 2015

Interior Inspiration: Easy Tweaks to Update Your Home

Every so often, mostly as the seasons change, I like to make small changes around my home.  Some of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to boost my mood, is to update things around my house.  Whether it's changing out the pillows on my sofa from Navy Blue and Peacock prints and to my Missoni for Target Pillows I lovingly dubbed "Missoni Madness" or swapping out my placemats and center piece on my breakfast table, little changes around the home can increase your sense of accomplishment and break up some of the routine of life that we all fall in too from time to time.  

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Posted by cristialyse on October 04, 2013 at 7:40AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Home Design Tricks that Won’t Break the Bank via the “Today Show”

Chassie Post of invites cameras into her own home to reveal how she decorated her apartment without spending a lot. She also demonstrates two ways to turn carnations into floral works of art.” "You Can Do This”
Segment on June 24, 2013.

Posted by cristialyse on October 02, 2013 at 9:09AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

New Host Alert: Soleil Moon Frye to Host “Home Made Simple” on OWN

Punky Brewster to any child of the 80’s and a fun, mischievous, exciting wave of nostalgia twinkles in their eyes and sweeps across their faces into the biggest smile.  Well, Punky’s all grown up and joiningSeason 3 of Home Made Simple on the OWN Network as its new host. 

"Need help tackling a long list of to-dos? Home Made Simple has quick and easy solutions to help you create a home that’s clean, fresh and completely your own. And now you can watch the clever projects and handy tips you love from Home Made Simple come to life on OWN! Join host Soleil Moon Frye, known to millions for her role as TV’s iconic “Punky Brewster,” and her team of experts as they show real-world families and friends how to simplify their homes and lives… Tune in Saturdays at 9am/8c on OWN, with all new episodes beginning November 3rd at 9a/8c! Be sure to visit for more information about the creative projects and easy tips you see on the show!"

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Posted by cristialyse on October 01, 2013 at 9:25AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from Dwell, House Beautiful, HGTV, Oprah, Apartment Therapy, and Martha Stewart.  From Modern Chair Selections and Video Game Inspired Interior Paint Palettes, to Creative Inspiration Boards, and Secrets to Cooking Fish at Home, this week’s offering is a potpourri of Interior Design Furnishings, DIY Projects, Cooking Tips, and Design Inspiration to keep you engaged and entertained as you revamp your home decor and lifestyle.

Posted by cristialyse on September 27, 2013 at 10:45AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Design Guide: Turquoise Home Decor

Blue is my favorite color, always has been. Over the years, my love of Blue has expanded to include every shade of Blue, from cerulean-to-teal-to-cobalt-to-navy. One of my favorite shades of Blue is Turquoise. This light blue with a tinge of green color reminds me of the cool waters of a tropical ocean, serene and peaceful. Lovely on its own or with complimentary shades, turquoise is a very versatile and beautiful color to decorate your home with, whether it’s in your bathroom, kitchen, or den. Personally, I have it all over my house in an arrangement of lamps, art work, candles, pillows, throws, serve-ware, etc. Below are just a few delightful and fabulous items I’ve found in turquoise that will surely had a little dazzle dazzle to your home. </p>

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Posted by cristialyse on September 26, 2013 at 8:51AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

5 Tips for Throwing a Great Garage Sale via the “Today Show”

Rebecca Dolgin from The Nest explains how you can make your summer garage sale stand out by advertising, serving drinks and snacks, and offering some of the proceeds to your favorite charity.” "Garage Sale Guide: How to Sell Your Stuff Wisely” Segment on July 24, 2013.
Posted by cristialyse on September 25, 2013 at 10:44AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from
A Beautiful Mess, House Beautiful, HGTV, W Magazine, PopSugar Home, and Design Sponge.  Featuring Upcycling Project How-To’s, Seaside Home Decor Ideas, Travel Journals, Small Space Decorating Tips, Hand-Woven Jewelry, and Unique Kitchen Ideas, this week’s selection is a compilation of Home Decor and Improvement ideas combined with DIY Tips that will inspire your next project.  

Posted by cristialyse on September 21, 2013 at 4:40PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Sabrina Soto on "Interior Design"

A fresh perspective and a well-thought-out plan are the seeds of any successful interior design.

<p>Home Design: A Layer-by-Layer Approach to Turning Your Ideas into the Home of Your Dreams
Posted by cristialyse on September 21, 2013 at 1:25PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Newest Kitchen Gadgets Put to the Test via the “Today Show”

Sarah Humphreys, of Real Simple, shares the magazine’s new list of the handiest, sturdiest, and snazziest kitchen tools you won’t want to cook without, including a lightweight can opener and a highly efficient citrus juicer.” "Cooking Contraptions: The Ultimate Kitchen Gadget Road Test” Segment on July 8, 2013.

Posted by cristialyse on September 18, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Latest Decor Deal: Threshold Candle Holders @ Target

During a recent trip to one of my favorite stores, Target, I ran across a deal I just had to share. As I perused the home section, waiting on the end of an aisle, was none other than these fabulous Candle Holders by Threshold. Made of ceramic, the larger of the two sizes measured in at 5.125” in height by 6.5” in diameter. The smaller candle holder measured in at 4.25” in height and diameter. Additionally, with its wide, flat tops, these candle holders can serve multiple purposes such as displaying food, perfume, vases, makeup, flowers, jewelry, nail polish, etc. </p>

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Posted by cristialyse on September 16, 2013 at 9:58AM | Permalink | 0 Comments