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A Diva's Year: Best of 2013 Part II

</p> <p>Part II includes the last seven of the 13 features that round out our "best of" list.  From Holiday Centerpieces, Designer Profiles, and Dear Diva Q&A to Design Guides, Entertaining with Style, and Interior Inspirations, we hope these articles inspire your next Home Decor Purchase, DIY, and Home Improvement Project.

Part 2 of our Spring Forward Series details how to make a fabulous, yet multi-use centerpiece for Easter and Spring.  Centerpieces really bring a table to life, particularly if you do not plan to completely dress it with placemats, napkins, place settings, etc.  Holiday centerpieces are extra fun, especially if they can be easily altered to work throughout the season.  Here’s how I created a lovely centerpiece for the dining room.  Continue reading here…

<span style="font-size: medium;">Designer, Author, Talk Show Host, Expert…Nate Berkus wears many hats and wears them well. I fell in love with Nate back in college when I saw him on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Never before had I witnessed interior design be so accessible yet chic for any size space, at any budget. His attention to detail as he transformed his client’s space left me in awe because of its beauty, function, and true reflection of the client’s needs. Nate’s design tips made me feel like my small, dark dorm room could be as fabulous as I could imagine it. Plus, he was GORGEOUS!!! ;-)  <a href="http://www.divadesigndiaries.com/Nate-Berkus-Collection-Target-30769439" target="_blank">Continue reading here…

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Dear Diva:  What Everyday Items Can I Use to Clean My House?
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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.  Continue reading here…</p> <p></p> <p>

New Host Alert:  Soleil Moon Frye to Host "Home Made Simple" on OWN
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Mention 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 joining Season 3 of Home Made Simple on the OWN Network as its new host.  Continue reading here...

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Design Guide:  Turquoise Home Decor
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Blue is my favorite color, always has been. Over the years, my love of Blue has expanded to include every shade of Blue, fromcerulean-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.  Continue reading here...</p> <p>


Interior Inspiration:  Easy Tweaks to Update Your Home
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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.  Continue reading here...</p> <p></p>

Entertaining With Style:  Threshold Dinnerware & Serveware
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From the time I was a little girl, I have such great memories of my mother hosting meetings with her sorority sisters or community leaders at our home. The grace, elegance, and pride she took in not only preparing the food for her meetings, but also in presenting them to her guest, really had a major impact on me and inspired me to do the same.  Continue reading here…</p> <p>
Until Next Time…
</p> <p>Ready, Set, Journey On!!!
Posted by cristialyse on January 03, 2014 at 9:09PM | Permalink | 0 Comments


Entertaining With Style: Threshold Dinnerware & Serveware


From the time I was a little girl, I have such great memories of my mother hosting meetings with her sorority sisters or community leaders at our home. The grace, elegance, and pride she took in not only preparing the food for her meetings, but also in presenting them to her guest, really had a major impact on me and inspired me to do the same. </p>

Entertaining in my home has always been a passion of mine. Lending itself to this passion is my obsession for stylish serveware and dinnerware that is functional as well as fabulous. Eating good food is great for the palate; however, eating great food on stylish dinnerware is great for creating an engaging and entertaining experience for your guests. In my quest to decorate on a dime and entertain on a budget, I frequently visit my local Target to see what new and exciting home décor and kitchen products I can find. On one such visit, I came across a brand that has come to be a “go-to” for outfitting my home and kitchen: Threshold!!!

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Posted by cristialyse on December 04, 2013 at 9:15AM | 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


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


September "Gotta~Get Picks" Gallery

Posted by cristialyse on September 05, 2013 at 6:45PM | Permalink | 0 Comments


September "Gotta~Get Picks"

Check out my September "Gotta~Get Picks"!!! From the Kitchen to the Porch, these items excite and break me out of my Summer haze, while helping me Fall back into the groove of things...

Click here for details on where you can scoop these up...

Posted by cristialyse on September 05, 2013 at 6:40PM | Permalink | 0 Comments


Summer Entertaining Made Easy via the “Today Show”

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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

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


Nate Berkus: Chic, Sophisticated, & Comfortable

 
Designer, Author, Talk Show Host, Expert...Nate Berkus wears many hats and wears them well. I fell in love with Nate back in college when I saw him on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Never before had I witnessed interior design be so accessible yet chic for any size space, at any budget. His attention to detail as he transformed his client’s space left me in awe because of its beauty, function, and true reflection of the client’s needs. Nate’s design tips made me feel like my small, dark dorm room could be as fabulous as I could imagine it. Plus, he was GORGEOUS!!! ;-)</p> <p>

<span style="font-size: medium; color: #0000ff;">Many moons later, that love affair has continued as Nate’s talent spread to a home decor line, books, and his syndicated talk show, The Nate Berkus Show. His line at Target (The Nate Berkus Collection) is fantastic and I always take away something from watching reruns of his talk show on OWN. Additionally, Nate’s talent for making a room look sophisticated and expensive, yet comfortable is a skill I greatly admire.

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Posted by cristialyse on June 10, 2013 at 9:50PM | Permalink | 0 Comments