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July 2015

Find Trendy Outdoor Furniture Items for Less via the “Today Show”

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<span style="font-size: medium; color: #ff00ff;">"There is still plenty of time to host a big bash this summer, so why not do it for less? Sabrina Soto of HGTV shows how you can score some of the season's hottest items for budget prices." "A Backyard Bargain" Segment on July 19, 2013.


Posted by cristialyse on July 21, 2014 at 8:19PM | 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

Happy Halloween from The Diva Design Diaries!

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Diva Life~Design Links: Halloween Entertaining Guide!

How are you Celebrating Halloween this year?

Until Next Time....

Ready, Set, Be Scary!!!

Posted by cristialyse on October 31, 2013 at 10:48AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life ~ Design Links: Halloween Entertaining Guide

This week, we’re offering an extra spooky selection of the
Diva Life ~ Design Links:  Halloween Entertaining Guide.  Halloween is my favorite holiday and to help you with your festivities, this week we’ve featured articles from House Beautiful, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, and Marie Claire.  This Halloween Entertaining Guide includes: a Monster List of Halloween Décor & DIY Ideas, an inside look at the American Horror Story House, an ultimate Spooky Drinks & Treats List, Bewitching Home Décor under $50, Movie – Inspired Pumpkin Carving Techniques, and Crime-Scene Front Door & Window Decorations.  So eat, drink, and be scary this Halloween with not only your costumes but entertaining.

Posted by cristialyse on October 31, 2013 at 10:11AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

20 Hostess Gifts for Every Occasion via the “Today Show”

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Lifestyle Expert Lucy Segal spotlights great hostess gifts for occasions such as a barbecue or weekend brunch, including outdoor pool toys, candles, photo frames and monogrammed jewelry.” "Gracious Gifts: Hostess Presents for Every Occasion” Segment on July 18, 2013.
Posted by cristialyse on September 11, 2013 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’re offering a double dose of the Diva Life ~ Design Links.  We’ve featured articles from House Beautiful, Design Sponge, PopSugar Home, Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Consumer Reports, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Nest.  Highlighting Decorating Ideas for Over the Bed, Rattan Home Accessories, DIY Projects with PVC Pipe, Monogrammed Dinner Napkins, DIY Beach-Inspired Projects, Home and Patio Improvement Ideas, and Makeup Organizational Tips, this week’s selection is a potpourri of many DIY, Decorating, Cleaning, Organization, and Entertaining Tips that will jazz up the remainder of your summer and unleash a new breath of creativity and inspiration.

Posted by cristialyse on August 25, 2013 at 3:23PM | Permalink | 0 Comments

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

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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

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


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

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from
Dering Hall, House Beautiful, Style at Home, HGTV, Design Sponge, PopSugar Home, and A Bulls Eye View – Target Behind the Scenes Blog.  From Handcrafted and Modern Wallpaper Trends, DIY Studded Makeup Holders, and Cleaning Products Worth Splurging On, to Switching Your Home Decor for Summer, Colorful Rugs and Blankets, and Celebrating the Summer Solstice, this week’s selections offer Tips, Trends, and Terrific Ideas to refresh your Summer Home Decor while celebrating the season with new and interesting activities to keep you entertained and engaged.

Posted by cristialyse on June 28, 2013 at 6:40AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Diva Life~Design Links

This week we’ve featured articles from Elle Décor, PopSugar Home, Huffington Post Home, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, and HGTVFrom A – List Designers and Light Switch Art, to Saving Money by Hiring an Interior Designer, Obtaining the Perfect Laundry, and Entertaining Outdoors this Summer, this week’s selection provides Expert Advice, DIY Ideas, and to Fun Tips to enhance not only your design aesthetic, but your life.

Posted by cristialyse on June 14, 2013 at 1:55PM | Permalink | 0 Comments