Nov. 24

 

Thanksgiving Cooks, Where are You Cooking?

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. I am not cooking in this kitchen, but, hey a girl can dream.  Swooning over the brass detailing on the range and cabinetry by La Cornue.

Where are you cooking?  I would love to see.  If you blog and cook, why don’t you post about it and leave a link in comments.

Here is where I am cooking.  This photo was taken shortly after we moved into our post-fire, rebuilt house.  Look how shiny the copper hood is!  It is quite a bit messier at the moment. 

Kitchen photo by Joshua McHugh via New York Spaces.

Nov. 23

 

Try this Festive and Easy Mantel Decoration Idea

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Loyal readers know that I don’t do much DIY.  That is because I stink at DIY.  Heck, most of the time, I even misspell it.

So if I do feature a project it is guaranteed to be easy and cute. This project happens to be green and inexpensive too.

I spotted the project in this month’s December InStyle magazine.  The ingenious David Stark thought it up.

(To read more about David’s unbelievable creativity, click here and here.)

To get the look above, gather some clean recycled glass bottles and wrap metallic tape around them.  (Tapes available for $8/36-yard roll at dickblick.com).  David says to vary the distance between the rows of tape so each bottle looks different.  Then add flowers.  Since the bottle openings will generally be small, you won’t need a lot of flowers.  Mix in some votives and greenery and you are good to go.

The photo above (which appeared in InStyle) isn’t especially holiday, but you could certainly tweak that by adding holly and boxwood, with some red and white flowers.  If you want to do a Hanukkah thing, how about getting some blue decorative tape (a google search turned up lots of vendors) along with silver and gold and sticking with white flowers and greenery?

Even I can do this one.

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