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, 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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The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

If you happen to know me in real life, you probably know all about my love for sweet treats and coffee. This is a love that runs deep and seems to have come straight down the line, directly from my mom and her mom before her. When we are home for the holidays and together, there is nothing better than having amazing coffee shop style lattes alongside my pie. Last week I got a fancy new coffee machine and being able to make my own lattes just the way I like them, has essentially rocked my world.

I like my coffee drinks sweet, like most everything else, so naturally I immediately set out to create a really simple recipe for making the perfect holiday latte that doesn't require much effort, can be made on the fly and in bulk, and tastes like it was made by a specialty coffee shop!

Coffee Capsules in the Nespresso VertuoLine The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Nespresso VertuoLine has 12 capsule varieties - 8 large cup coffee flavors and 4 espresso varieties, and in truth any of these will work beautifully for this recipe, though I definitely play favorites to the hazelnut and vanilla. This smart little machine can tell which capsule you insert and will serve accordingly, so if you choose one of the espresso capsules, for instance, you will have quite a bit more room left in your coffee cup than if you choose a coffee capsule, so consider this when you choose your capsule and when you choose your cup. In other words... you will need a larger cup to accommodate a coffee capsule and the remaining ingredients for this recipe.

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Serves 4 - Double or Halve as needed.

// Coffee or Espresso

// 16 oz of Eggnog

// 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Pie Puree

// 4 oz of Spiced Rum - optional

Begin by brewing your capsule of choice. The beauty of the Nespresso VertuoLine is that each person can choose the variety they prefer so those who like decaf or maybe an extra kick, can have precisely that.

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie Puree for Nespresso VertuoLine by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Start by adding the pumpkin pie puree to the eggnog in a large shaker or carafe with a lid. Add spiced rum if you prefer the boozy version of this after dinner treat, and mix well by shaking.

Frothy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog using the Aeroccino+ by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Pour about 4 - 5 oz of the eggnog mixture into the Aeroccino+ and set for warm froth. If you want an iced coffee drink, choose the cool froth option of course... that would be amazing as well! Once it is finished frothing, pour the contents into the brewed coffee or espresso, that is likely to have finished it's pour, and stir with a spoon. Serve with a dash of cinnamon or a bit of whipped cream and you will be the hostess with the mostess for many a holiday party to come.

This project was created in partnership with Nespresso, but my love for sweet treats, coffee and their VertuoLine is all my own! Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who allow me to create exciting and tasty new content like this. I heart you guys!

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.  

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'// 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.

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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)

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Rustic Thankful Trees were a big craft hit this Fall season, and I for one love the idea... but alas, we live in a relatively newly developed suburban area surrounded by moo cows. That means there aren't any fabulous cut or fallen branches to be had...unless of course you want to behead your lovely backyard specimens (not likely). 

When I found the perfect solution and a most fabulous bit of inspiration at The Home Depot, I pretty much did a little happy dance... There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to create something, that you simply can't find the ingredients for. 

So for those of you who are in the same boat I am, or just want to take things up a notch and move your rustic trees to the next level... I give you my LED Rustic Holiday Tree, perfect for thankful thoughts, holiday wishes, and just general all around wondrousness (ya pretty sure that's a word, innit?).

Before I dive right in to how I made this beauty, I would like to share a bit about The Home Depot Fall Style Guide, since I'm an official member of their blogger network, and this project was brought to you by those kind and fabulously stylish folks.. yahoo

To check out fabulous fall (and now holiday) inspiration and generally amazing room decor ideas, visit the The Home Depot Fall Style Guide

  • The Home Depot Style Guides give you a dose of seasonal inspiration and know-how. Check out the best projects, trends and colors year round.
  • Download the latest Style Guide to enter your best Holiday Décor for the chance to win $1,000 GC to The Home Depot
  • Sarah Fishburne, The Home Depot’s Director of Trend and Design, highlights ways to incorporate seasonal trends into your home in The Home Depot Fall Style Guide.
  • Subscribe to the Style Guide and get updates each time a new edition is released. Plus, you'll get exclusive Home Depot savings, offers, how-to project ideas and much more.
  • Make the fall season your own with The Home Depot Style Guide app. Find the latest home improvement projects, design ideas, décor trends, budget-friendly updates and more. Easily browse, share and shop this magazine so you can start enjoying your space faster.
  • Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas anymore. They’re finding their way from the front door to practically every room of the house. And when you’re creating a wreath to celebrate the season or a special occasion, you’re only limited by your imagination. Find wreath ideas in The Home Depot Fall Style Guideto welcome the harvest season.
  • Create your home’s oasis with the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom décor by using muted, natural hues that sing to warm, cozy spaces, or metal finishes that make your home sparkle. You don’t have to leave summer behind when blending in fall’s best colors.
  • The Home Depot Fall Style Guide shows how optical illusions can make any room seem just the right size while adding a festive touch to your décor inside, and preparing the space outside.

​But first let me share a bit of my project with you before you go skipping away...

...And now back to our previously scheduled programming and a bit about how I made this fab specimen! It was oh so easy!

I began this project with 4 items: an urn, a package of yard decorations, assorted zip ties (see my wreath project for details on those), and a bag of small gravel. I could have used sand as well but I have a sandbox loving monster mash kiddo so that was a no go...can you imagine the mess, eek!  

I you see this face? It has trouble written all over it. 

I added a bit of gravel to the urn, just enough to give my 'tree' a leg to stand on and allow it to stand up a bit.

To create my 'tree' I simply bundled all three yard picks together in varying heights and zip ties them in 3 spots. Easy peasy...

I separated out the cord that links the picks together from the cord that plugs in and simply wrapped the cord that links around the bundled tree picks to keep things under wrap.

Then I stuck my bundle into the gravel and filled it the rest of the way up, making sure to keep the cord that plugs in, running out the back of the urn.

That's it folks... super easy and extra all quick like... don't you adore a fast craft? I do!

Disclosure Language:

The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their Fall Style Guide Blog Network. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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While the temps here in N. California are still relatively mild, I am longing for those cool crisp mornings and the changing of the leaves to take over. There is truly no more beautiful season than fall with the variety of colors that nature brings about. Are you already experiencing fall temps? If so I'm jealous... I thought I would set the tone for some fabulous fall decor and celebration! Enjoy...

All Original Sources can be found Here along with a few other fabulous goodies that I may share at a later date...shhh don't tell!

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Thanksgiving is sneaking up on me, to be sure. What a better way to spend the weekend than with a few festive crafts and home decor projects accompanied by a some rather sweet treats.

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