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July 2015

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="" target="_blank">Continue reading here…


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...


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

Spring Forward: Easy DIY Easter Display

is in the air...everywhere you look around!  In addition to setting our clocks forward an hour, if you’re like me, then you’re probably resetting your home decor as well.  After a long, random winter, I’m more than ready to change out my door wreath, floral arrangements, pillows, hand towels, garden, and anything else that needs to reflect the changing season.
Easter was a really big deal in my household growing up.  Between practicing Easter speeches for church, picking out Easter dresses & suits, and helping our mother cook Sunday Dinner, it was definitely an exciting time in our home.  One of my favorite childhood memories, is my mother setting up her annual Easter Displays throughout our home.  She would have Easter Bunnies, dyed eggs, candy-filled eggs, jelly beans, Easter grass...the works!  Now that I am a homeowner, I wanted to continue that tradition and create my own Easter Display.  I had no idea what it would look like, but I knew I wanted all the essentials my mother used to be represented.  Luckily, one of my favorite stores for craft materials, Dollar Tree, provided everything I needed and at a reasonable price.  
Supplies for my Easter Display included:  
    • (2) Floral Support Arranger Green Foam Blocks, 3 ⅞” sq. 
    • (1) 24-Pack Mini Easter Eggs
    • (2) Easter Bunny Chair Covers
    • (4) Floral Garden Assorted Flower Bunch
    • (1) Easter Grass (Multiple colors available.  I chose the bag with green, yellow, and pink grass included)
    • (2) 16” X 16” Pillows (Used pillows I already had.  Pillows up to 18” X 18” will also work)
    • Pink Ruffle Table Runner w/ Pre-Attached Adhesive  (Reclaimed the ones I used from a friend’s recent bridal shower. LOL! Hey, if it’s destined for the trash and you can use it, it doesn’t hurt to ask the host, while cleaning up, if you can have it.  However, if you have to purchase it, it can be found at your local crafts or party store. ;-P )
    • Scotch Tape
    • Craft Scissors (Regular scissors will work to cut flowers if you don’t have craft scissors)
Total time for DIY Project was about 35 minutes and I spent $10.90 on supplies from Dollar Tree.

Continue reading here…
Posted by cristialyse on March 10, 2013 at 11:00PM | Permalink | 0 Comments