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Cristi Alyse, Diva Designer & Decorator

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July 2015

Hands-Free Housewares Head to Your Home via the “Today Show”

“Companies like LG and GE are now integrating smartphone technology with household appliances to modernize homes across America. Janice Lieberman reports.”

Posted by cristialyse on August 17, 2013 at 12:50PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Swat! How to Zap Away Pesky Summer Bugs via the “Today Show”

Julie Edelman, the Accidental Housewife, quizzes Hoda Kotb and guest co-host Dean Cain about the best way to repel and get rid of summertime bugs.” "Bug Zapping Game”
Segment on July 19, 2013.

Posted by cristialyse on August 14, 2013 at 10:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from
House Beautiful, PopSugar Home, Martha Stewart, Mac World, and The Nest.  Featuring Decorating Apps, Stylish Traveling Tips, Choosing a Color Palette, and Furniture and Home Accessories, this week’s selection offers many tools, techniques, tips, and tricks to beautify your Home, your Patio, and your Summer Travel.

Posted by cristialyse on August 09, 2013 at 3:00PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Throw An Easy and Elegant Backyard Bash via the “Today Show”

Elaine Griffin, Contributing Design Editor at Better Homes and Gardens, shows must-haves for outdoor entertaining including stylish, weatherproof furniture, beautiful lighting options that repel insects, delicious watermelon-mint coolers, and Trisha Yearwood’s vegetable pie.” "Get Out! Summer Backyard Entertaining” Segment on June 27, 2013.

Posted by cristialyse on August 07, 2013 at 10:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from
Oprah, House Beautiful, Bon Appétit, PopSugar Home, Consumer Reports, and HGTVFeaturing Designer Arts, Travel Advice, Outdoor Grilling and Lighting Tips, Kitchen Storage Ideas, and Money Saving Remodeling Tips, this week’s selection is sure to motivate, educate, and help us save money, time, and frayed nerves on our latest Home Improvement Projects and Summer Entertaining.

Posted by cristialyse on August 02, 2013 at 2:35PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Dear Diva: What Everyday Items Can I Use to Clean My House With?

I’ve received several questions asking me what everyday items I use to clean my house.  With all the expenses and news articles regarding the latest breakthrough cleaning products, a lot of us are looking for alternative products to clean our homes, while saving money at the same time.  I’ve previously shared with you how I clean my electric kettle, below is a few tips I have for cleaning other items in my home with everyday items.

1.   Use coffee filters and window cleaner to clean finger prints and smudges from stainless steel appliances.

2.   Slice a lemon in half, place it in your garbage deposal, and turn it on in order to clean it and remove odors.

3.   Have left over pieces of soap or candle wax in jars?  Place them in the bottom of your trash cans with a little baking soda before you put your trash bag in to keep odor at bay.  Don’t have any leftover soap or candle wax, then coffee beans can also be used as odor absorbers.

4.   To remove rust or food stains from stainless steel sinks, use a dish scrubber brush and a dusting of Ajax Cleansing Powder to clean.

5.   Need to remove a hair clog out of your bathroom sink?  Try mixing a little white vinegar and baking soda, followed by pouring hot water down the drain.  Caution, this causes a chemical reaction so use only a small amount in a well-ventilated area.

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Posted by cristialyse on August 01, 2013 at 3:50PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Interior Inspiration: Design Tips for Small Spaces

Whether it was your college dorm room, your first apartment, or even your room at your parents’ house, we’ve all been faced with the challenges that come with decorating a small space.  My tried and true rule for decorating small spaces is to not overcrowd the room with furniture.  If I must use a large piece of furniture, then I generally limit it to only one piece and make sure it serves a functional as well as stylish purpose. Another decorating rule I design by is to use small accent pieces and large mirrors to make the space look larger.

This month’s
Interior Inspiration centers on the premise that small spaces don’t have to sacrifice style and functionality.  With a few tips and the right pieces, your small space can look stylish and also be a functional space for you to live and work in.

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Posted by cristialyse on July 30, 2013 at 2:30PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

How to Create a Fabulous Door Wreath: Spring-Summer Edition

Nothing makes me happier than creating a new wreath for my front door.  It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home and boost your curb appeal.  Having previously shared with you my Fall/Autumn Wreath, below is how I created my Spring/Summer Wreath.    Made with easy to find materials that won’t break your décor budget, this wreath will make your front door stand out from your neighbors, create a welcoming display for your guest, and hopefully, relax your nerves as you create something fabulous for your home.

Spring/Summer Wreath Supplies:

    • 1-2 Pks of 16-18” Moss Sheets from Michaels $6.99/pk
    • Craft Scissors (7in) ~ Dollar General $2.00 {Regular Scissors will also work; however, the Craft Scissors are more versatile.
    • Hot Melt Glue Gun ~ Dollar General $3.00
    • Glue Sticks 20 Pieces/Pk ~ Dollar Tree $1.00/Pk
    • 18” Green Bevel Ring ~ Hobby Lobby $11.99 {The size of the ring can vary depending on how large you want your wreath to be. Referred to as wreath form below.}
    • 3-4 Oversized Orchid Stems in multiple colors ~ Michaels $4.99 {I used white, green, and magenta orchid stems}
    • Floral Stem Wire - Green 39 Pieces/Pk (35 ga) ~ Michaels $1.99/Pk {Interchangeable with Floral Spool Wire; depends on your preference.  I used this one.}
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Posted by cristialyse on July 29, 2013 at 6:25PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life ~ Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from House Beautiful, Elle Décor, PopSugar Home, Consumer Reports, and HGTV. From Famous Movie Kitchens and Refined American Interiors, to Easy Weekend DIY Projects and Aqua Home Décor, this week’s selection provides beautiful Interior Design Ideas and Inspirations, Summer Must Haves, and DIY Projects to keep you entertained during the long days of summer as well as encourage us all to revamp our homes and design aesthetic.
Posted by cristialyse on July 26, 2013 at 2:55PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Summer Entertaining Made Easy via the “Today Show”

Lifestyle expert and former caterer, Elizabeth Mayhew, shares some of her favorite entertaining secrets, including simple floral centerpieces and good bags filled with candles.” ~ “You Can Do This” Segment on July 1, 2013

Posted by cristialyse on July 24, 2013 at 9:54AM | Permalink | 0 Comments