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Here’s How to Give Your Christmas Tree a Modern Twist

The base of a Christmas tree presents a bit of a design conundrum. The traditional kind of tree, which one finds in the wild, is anchored into the ground by roots, and ends in a trunk, a very elegant design. A Christmas tree, whether real or artificial, must be held upright by supports at the base, which are effective but unsightly. How do you keep from exposing this structure to the world, and ruining the illusion that a tree has somehow sprouted unbidden in your living room? Traditionally the solution was a tree skirt, but lately I’ve been seeing more and more people choose another alternative that is equally elegant, and less expected: the tree basket.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

Deck The Halls With Avocado Toast: These Holiday Decorations Are Peak 2017

It has been quite the year. If you want to memorialize this particular trip around the sun in the most festive way possible, let us present to you: our guide to holiday decorations that are peak 2017. Whether you pick up a single houseplant ornament or go for all of the below, know that you’ll have marked the passing of time in the most extra way possible.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

13 Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

If you love decorating for the holidays, but the idea of fitting an 8-foot tree in your tiny apartment seems more fantastic than a visit from Santa, these ideas for holiday decorations with a small footprint might be just the thing.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

5 Creative Holiday Cards that Won’t End Up in the Landfill

Do you cringe at the thought of how many holiday cards are tossed in the recycling (or worse, the trash bin) come January 1st? If you’re trying to be more waste-conscious, or have friends and family who are, you might want to consider alternatives to traditional greeting cards. After all, you’re not a grinch. But the struggle to maintain your waste-conscious lifestyle during the holidays and still join in the generous spirit of the season is real.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Science Makes the Case For Putting Up Holiday Decorations Early

To my fellow grinches, we might be too quick to judge our holiday loving brethren. According to a new study, those who bust out the winter wonderland decor early might have something to teach us Christmas cranks.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

7 Things You Need to Clean Before You Leave Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and that means you’re probably excitedly gearing up for your holiday travels—whether you’re off to spend quality time with your family, or you’re taking a much-needed vacation somewhere warm. But before you head out the door suitcase in hand, there are a few things at home you should take care of.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

The 10 Best Holiday Decorating Ideas from the IKEA Catalog

Every year, IKEA puts out a holiday catalog that not only showcases its new products for the season, but also features innovative (and affordable!) ways to dress up your home for the season. We’ve scoured this year’s press materials for ideas you can easily replicate at home. Some are unusual, some are beautiful, and some are just plain smart. Here are 10 of our favorites.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

How to Infuse a Little Swedish “Lagom” Into the Holidays This Year

If you weren’t already hip to the Swedish lifestyle trend known as “lagom,” then now’s a great time to smarten up. Defined loosely as “everything in moderation” or “not too much and not too little,” the concept of lagom (pronounced lah-gom) is all about finding a balance — whether at home or in life — that works for you.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Quick & Lovely: Last-Minute Host & Hostess Gifts you can Grab at the Grocery Store

Lets face it: The days and hours leading up to a gathering like Thanksgiving or Christmas are usually a little hectic. So if you don’t have time to shop for the perfect gift for your holiday host this year, don’t fret. Here are 20 small gifts that can be picked up at your local supermarket—on the way to the party—for around $20 or less. Plus a few tips to make your gift a little more thoughtful.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Nine Ways To Take Paper Snowflakes To The Next Level

The thought of making paper snowflakes may remind you of childhood memories of cutting out wonky, misshapen snowflakes only a mother could love. While the concept remains the same, this time around, the look is much more sophisticated— and your improved motor skills will come in handy. Armed with a quick tutorial, some project inspiration and a pair of scissors, you’re ready to snip your way to a winter wonderland.

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