Nov
01
2015
The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

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I don’t know about you guys, but once fall is upon us, we begin a fairly intense season of entertaining. With both holidays and a massive number of birthdays that all happen in a four month period, I am always in need of simple yet gorgeous ideas for gifts and that add a bit of that something special to my décor when I am playing host! This is just one of those projects that would be a fabulous hostess gift, a much appreciated gift for new homeowners or newlyweds, and would add that holiday sparkle to your table in a snap.

Psst… Painters is having a monthly contest between now and December where you can make your own amazing creations using Painters. They are giving each monthly winner a prize valued at $500! Yahoo! There will be five different themes for the Style by Aisle with Painters Contest (through December) based on store “aisles.” You can submit photos of your homemade creations on elmers.com/painters, and while you are at it, download a coupon and go crazy with colors or tips. Go to the website to learn more!

November’s theme is Kitchen + Dining so get crafting and share your creations on social media with #StyleByAisle and #PaintersStyle. This contest officially launches Nov. 2 so start dreaming up something good!

The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

While this particular tutorial walks through the steps for making napkins, just know that this method will work for most fabric based projects, so grab your painters and let’s get to it.

I decided to use linen because it is the epitome of casual luxury, which is my preference for pretty much everything. It also happens to be really easy to tear, which for me, is a much more reliable way to get straight edges. Dinner napkins are typically 20-22 inch squares for an informal setting so I went with 20 and marked off the dimensions by giving each corner a little cut with my scissors. That cut then worked as my starting point to rip the fabric into cute little squares. Depending on the amount of fabric you have, you can very likely rip a strip that is 20 inches wide, then rip that into 20 inch sections for a bit of mass production on this step. 

I chose a metallic gold Painter with a medium round tip for my napkins in white linen and a silver metallic for those on the darker linen.

The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

If you are working on a pattern that is location specific with rows or columns, start by folding your napkin as you would for a place setting. That would be in half, and then in fourths by folding the sides inward to the half way point and then in half again. This will create a nice guide for making sure your design is sitting pretty when it is folded and set out.

I wanted coordinating patterns that are each different and yet all work well together and would dress things up without shouting ‘Christmas’ or ‘fall’ specifically. A retro star, abstract plaid, and dotty confetti pattern are a fabulous trio and there are dozens of possibilities here. Think monograms or hand lettered words like ‘cheers’ and ‘celebrate’… I’m essentially ready to decorate all the things everywhere! This project is actually simple enough that you can even get personal and use this as a sweet little take away that also plays the role of place cards for your dinner party guests with their names decoratively written on their very own napkin. If you make those napkins slightly larger, they can double as a tea towel and you will essentially blow their minds!

The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

For a more abstract pattern that doesn’t involve written words or monograms, you don’t need the fold guides, but you should add your design to both ends of your napkin so that it looks good regardless of how it is folded.

TIP // Keep your tip wet by replacing the lid and giving your painter a bit of a shake or by pressing it onto a piece of paper. Once you reload the paint, be sure to give it a bit of use on a paper or scrap fabric so you don’t end up with bleed from an overflowing marker.

The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

There are no less than one million color options available in the Painters (fairly certain that is an accurate number, but don’t quote me on it) and several tip styles to choose from including chisel style and fine point, so you can create anything your heart desires.

The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

Once you finish your designs, you will want to heat set them with a household iron. I chose my heat setting based on the type of fabric and made sure to keep my iron moving in a circular motion for about 30 seconds for all areas of my design.

Start to finish this project took no more than twenty minutes and a decent portion of that was spent contemplating my design so this has definitely become a major fave in my list of creations. I have big plans for these in the coming months, so hopefully my family isn’t reading right now – fingers crossed!

The Design Confidential Home for the Holidays // Dress it Up DIY Linen + Metallic Napkins

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Nov
14
2014
The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.

 

Life is chaotic during the holiday season even for the well prepared, but making special holiday cocktail doesn't have to be. This recipe is simple to make in bulk or as an individual serving and can easily be a made as a mocktail for those who prefer a nonalcoholic beverage.  

Shake Well and Garnish with Cyrstalized Sugar and Pumpking Spice for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

PUMPKIN SPICE EGGNOG HORCHATA

'// SERVES TWO - simply double or triple or halve as needed

1/3 Cup of Pumpkin Pie Puree

2 Cups of Eggnog

2 Ounces of Spiced Rum (optional)

1/3 Cup of Horchata (optional)

Shake well with ice and pour into glasses through the strainer portion of your shaker.

Garnish with a touch of pumpkin spice and metallic sugar crystals.

Shake Well and Garnish with Cyrstalized Sugar and Pumpking Spice for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

This holiday cocktail pairs well with cinnamon or nutmeg covered chocolate truffles, but really any chocolate treat will do. Serve these tasty treats in mixed metallics and coordinate with white and natural for holiday style that spans both the fall and winter seasons - it's all about simplifying. This year my goal is to make the holidays all about enjoying the little moments and this means fussy and over the top decor that requires a lot of work and a big investment, simply won't do. Target is generally my first and last stop for adding a few fresh new pieces to my collection each year. It's just so easy and they knock it out of the park each season with on trend and modern decor that is perfectly suited to incorporate into my existing seasonal decor - how convenient for this holiday shopping addicted mama.

Serve with Truffles for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

I prefer not to have to start from scratch with my decorating and entertaining pieces each year, but I like to keep my holiday decor feeling exciting and new! A few new affordable pieces seem to do the trick and because they are affordable, they also happen to alleviate any potential guilt I might have for adding to an already insane amount of holiday decor. Easy seemingly homemade cocktails, a slower pace and gorgeous affordable statement pieces are a winning recipe for my holiday entertaining and general sanity this time of year!

What are your secrets for holiday success? Do you have any tricks up your sleeves to make things special without a lot of effort? Do tell...

// Mercury Glass Bowl / Mercury Glass Charger / Gold Snowflake Porcelain Dipping Bowl / Gray Glitzy Napkins / White Stainless Steel Shaker + Pitcher / Gold Ice Bucket (similar) / Snowflake Tumblers (suggested because they are fabulous)

Jan
01
2013
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Happy New Year my friends! I hope you all had a fabulous night and celebrated the new year like rockstars, on my behalf. I am fairly certain I fell asleep well before midnight, BUT I was awake for the turning of the clock for EST (east coast time)... Too bad I live in the PST, but in truth I am still on NBT (newborn baby time) and will probably stay that way for several more months! Eek! I can't believe it's 2013, but I am super duper excited to see what this coming year has to offer. I feel so blessed for what 2012 brought, with a new baby and a crazy 5 year old, 2 dogs who finally like each other and a hubster who is adored by everyone (except me, I'm cranky when sleepless, grr).

In true DIY blogger fashion I had to at least try and cram in one crafty project with sparkle. I used Martha's tinsel New Year's Banner for 2011 as my inspiration, and just made my own number 3. Heck I even whipped out the old glue gun for this one (that baby had cobwebs on it, I swear it)

Celebrate 
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Dec
30
2011
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I don't happen to be having a shindig, but I have plenty of belated Holiday Cards to send... and these are just perfect for the occasion! 

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Your place cards and food will sing out with glee from having these adorable tags along for the ride! DOWNLOAD HERE

Dec
29
2011
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A little glitz and glam for your New Year's Eve! Everyone needs a bit of sparkle now and then, these 4 inspirational ideas are sure to help!

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Dec
28
2011
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Dine in Style this year, with these drop dead gorgeous Celebration Menus!

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Wow your guests and Decorate with this adorable bunting printable! 

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