Merry Christmas from JZID

A happy holidays to you and yours from JZID!

To celebrate, have some fun with these modern DIY project: 

  1. Marij Hessel talks us through fab DIY baubles. You'll just have to use Google Translate on your browser to translate it from Dutch.
  2. I know I'm late for Chanukah this year, but this would be a great one for next year! Josef Frank Inspired Menorah by David Stark Design from Design Sponge.
  3. Wow your guests with a festive and bubbly champagne punch from Design Love Fest.
  4.  Create a modern wreath out of foliage and wooden beads from Homey Oh My. This wreath is peaceful enough that it looks great for the holidays, but could also work all year round. 

Have fun and safe travels to all of our readers. 

5 Easy DIY Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Are you starting to feel the pressure of hosting Thanksgiving this week? You most likely have your menu all planned out and most ingredients piling in your refrigerator, but what about your table presentation? Creating a festive tablescape that will wow your guests doesn't have to be time consuming or a drain on your resources. I've compiled 5 fast and easy table decor DIY ideas for you to knock out this week before guests flood in for your delicious food.


1. 5-Minute Fall Centerpiece 

This centerpiece idea from Julie Blanner is food-inspired and only involves 4 ingredients - a cheesecloth, apples, pillar candles and bunches of seeded eucalyptus. The pop of red against the earthy eucalyptus screams fall and will instantly make your table a standout piece without being overbearing. 

Here's what you'll do: 

1. Gather all of your ingredients (buy the eucalyptus branches or other dried/fresh branches if you don't have this around the house). 

2. Place your cheesecloth where you want it on the table.

3. Arrange the branches, starting at the ends and then filling in the middle.

4. Place your tallest pillar in the middle and then scatter the shorter candles throughout the branches. 

5. Place the apples where any holes need filled and voile! 

See step-by-step instructions here >>



2. Hand Printed Table Runner 

If you are serving your Thanksgiving meal family-style or if you are fitting more people around the table then would otherwise fit, then a large centerpiece may not be right for you. This DIY table runner from A Beautiful Mess can either be done as shown in it's tribal black or be altered slightly to include more fall-inspired colors. Create your own printed runner using burlap, paint, paintbrush, cardboard, cork, scissors and glue. The basics of this DIY are that you'll create a stamp using the cardboard and cork, paint the stamp then apply it to the fabric. 

See step-by-step instructions here >> A Beautiful Mess


3. Gold Dipped Pear Placecards 

Let's be honest, some families need assigned seating to avoid any family holiday drama; so, why not make the placards stylish? I love this color-blocked DIY project from Almost Makes Perfect. These fake pears are cheap (you can find them at any dollar store or craft store), easy to make and will last for years. I would even use them for any fall or winter dinner party, not just Thanksgiving! 

Here's what you'll need: craft pears, white spray paint, gold acrylic paint, blank labels, string, a plastic tub for dipping and fixative spray. 

1. Take your pears outside and spray them with fixative to prep them for paint.

2. Spray paint the pears white and let them full dry outside.

3. Pour the gold paint into a plastic tub and set out paper plates for drying.

4. Dip each pear in the gold paid while keeping the tub tipped to one side.

5. Let the pears dry then attach the name cards using string. 

See the full tutorial here >> Almost Makes Perfect



4. Scented Napkin Holders

How many times a year do you dig out your cloth napkins - once or twice a year, maybe? Such a special occasion item deserves a little love every once in a while. Leave it up to a Swedish blog, Vintage House, to  elevate plain white cotton napkins into a rustic and earthy showstopper. What I love about these napkins is that they not only look great, but they smell amazing. You can leave those scented candles alone this holiday and instead have the fragrance of fall emanate up from the table. The blog doesn't have a step-by-step tutorial for you to do this at home, but it looks pretty self-explanatory. Here's what I'd do: 

1. Gather long cinnamon sticks, twine, greenery from your yard (like fern leaves) and your linen napkins. 

2. Roll up your silverware in the napkins like you'd normally do. 

3. Grab 1 bunch of greenery and 1 cinnamon stick and place them on your napkin rolls. 

4. Cut about 2 feet of twine and wrap it around your napkins several times. 

5. Tie the twine in a loose, easy to undo knot and set your table. 

You can see more images of this beautiful tablescape here >> Vintage House



5. Sliced Log Trivet

A typical Thanksgiving meal will require you to be in the kitchen most of the day, so if you want your food to shine rather than decor items then that is perfectly understandable. This simple DIY from the DIY Network will literally put your food on a pedestal. Using fallen branches, cut your logs into even heights and bundle them on your table to create an elevated serving method. 

I particularly love this project since I can't tell you how many times I've run out of hot plates and trivets during dinner parties. This DIY is both functional and stylish!

See more information on this DIY here >> DIY Network

Have wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels everyone!  

Custom Marble Headboard

My Glendale, WI clients wanted a master bedroom design that was unique, yet elegant. Here is a sneak peak at one element that satisfies both of their requirements - a marble triptych headboard. I created this using three 2'x'3 sheets of OSB/plywood, Mod Podge and decorative craft paper I found at Dick Blick.  I'm waiting on a few other furniture items to be delivered, but once we are ready for install, I'll hang the triptych using French cleat picture hangers so the pieces of wood seamlessly flow together. I'll then pair this graphic headboard with rich fabrics and metallic accents to create a luxe bedroom oasis. I can't wait to show you the final product! 

5 Simple Projects for Your Memorial Day Weekend

I'm very excited for this long Memorial Day weekend! It's going to be a bit rainy in Milwaukee, so cookouts and poolside lounging may not be in the cards. If we have to stay inside, then we might as well do a bit of fun home-improvement, right?! 

Check out 5 simple projects that you can do in an afternoon this weekend -

1. Hang new house numbers

One of the easiest things you can do to improve your curb appeal is to hang new house numbers. My favorite numbers are from Modernist architect icon, Richard Neutra. His numbers are classic and unobstrusive and it's no wonder that Neutra numbers run about $50 per number. If you have a jigsaw and a little bit of woodworking skills, then you can make your own for around $20 and 90 minutes a set. Check out for a full tutorial. 

2. Reorganize your home office

Every room in your home has a purpose, but your home office may be the nerve center of your entire house. If you have a home-based business like I do, then you need a well-functioning space to keep your files organized and you sanity intact. This weekend, take a minute to take inventory of your office and make sure you're set up properly to enable organization. 

A well-set up office should have:

  • An inbox you can use to put bills, contracts and other paperwork on your to-do list. This doesn't have to be a traditional tray. Try setting up a bulletin board or metal grid to clip paperwork to.
  • Filing to hold current projects. You probably have different folders on your computer to separate projects. Why not do this for hard copies? 
  • A filing cabinet is the best way to keep your project folders organized. You don't have to have the classic grey metal cabinet. IKEA and CB2 both make uniquely-styled cabinets that would give your office a polished, modern touch. 
  • And a trash can, recycling container and shredder so you don't keep accumulating paper waste that will only stress you out and take up space. 

3. Update your entry rug

We all have utility or flat woven mats in our entryway. These mats work great for wiping off your shoes, but are not always the cutest. This weekend, tape off a pattern on your rug and use acrylic paint to create your graphic. You can do a tribal pattern, something abstract or use typography to create your statement - the possibilities are endless.

4. Swap out your knobs

One easy way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity or dresser drawers is to take off your old knobs and bring in something a bit more unexpected. All you have to do is unscrew the old knobs and replace them. My favorite place right now to get unique, quirky knobs is Anthropology

5. Paint your doorways

Painting doorways is an easy way to add unexpected color to your home. This works great if you are a bit color shy and don't want to commit to a color for your entire room. Choose a color that you absolutely love and matches the color scheme  that is used in your furniture and decor. Not only will painting your doorway give your room a sense of destination, but the color can be easily swapped out over the years. 

Have a great Memorial Day!

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5 DIY Projects for your Spring Parties

I'm looking forward to the increase in barbecues and dinner parties this season! Here are 5 DIY projects to help boost your table aesthetics for your get-togethers. 

Brush Stroke Napkins from Make and Tell - Give some plain white napkins a bit of a makeover. All you need is fabric paint, a brush and white napkins. This technique makes a statement when used against white backdrops.

Pressed Rose Petal Tray from Say Yes - This food safe platter can easily be updated for spring by using pressed flowers as they start blooming. 

Paper Ranunculus from Design Sponge - These beautiful tissue paper flowers are time consuming, but totally beautiful!   

Gold Leaf Brush Strokes Vase from Little Green Notebook - I'm always looking for a glass vase DIY. With a little spray paint, glue and gold leaf, you can turn a thrift store glass vase into a stunning showpiece. 

Balloon centerpiece from Design Sponge -  Create a festive tabletop centerpiece for dinner with friends and family using inexpensive, readily available balloons. I love the greyscale palette, but don't be scared to throw in some color. A few pastels mixed with white balloons would be great for Easter dinner.   


Marble Tray DIY

Here is a quick idea to add some stylish romance to your Valentine's Day morning - Serve your honey (or treat yourself) breakfast/coffee in bed on a luxurious marble tray. I know that I said that the Ombre Vase was the easiest DIY project I've ever done, but this actually even easier!

I adapted the DIY directions from Almost Makes Perfect blog. See the directions below: 



>> Marble tile
>> 4 felt sticky pads
>> Epoxy or industrial-strength adhesive
>> 2 drawer handles
>> ruler and pencil for measuring

Note: The drawer handles are optional. You won't be able to carry heavy items on the tray by just holding the handles anyway, unless you screw them in. A handle-less tray is equally as stylish.


1. Flip your marble tray upside-down and stick a felt pad on each corner. The bottom of the tray is rough and would scratch your surfaces without them. 

2. Measure equal distance from the edges to determine where to attach the handles. Mark the spot with a pencil.

3. Put glue on the bottom on one of your handles and stick it onto the tray. Hold the handle in place for a couple minutes.

4. Be careful not to put too much glue so it doesn't spill out the edges. If some glue does seep onto the tray then just wipe away with a cloth or Q-tip.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the second handle. 

6. Let dry overnight before serving.  

7. Assemble the food items on the tray and serve.

8. Enjoy!

Ombre Vase DIY

After I moved into a new house in October last year, I realized something about myself: I'm a glass bottle hoarder. I've saved every interesting shaped wine bottle, canning jar, candle holder and Valentine's Day bouquet vase since college. I haven't done much with them other than just storing them in my limited kitchen cabinet space, but I recently stumbled across an interesting DIY that elevates the standard glass container to a beautiful showpiece.

The best thing is that this is the easiest DIY project I've ever done. Once you have the materials, the execution of the project only takes about 5 minutes.I'll never buy another expensive designer vase again!  

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>> Vase, jar or bottle
>> Spray paint in the color of your choice (I like to use Rust-Oleum)
>> If using a bottle with a label on it then you want to use warm water and rubbing alcohol to remove it


1. If your bottle still has the label on, then soak the container in warm water for about 20 minutes or until the label starts to detach from the surface. Peel the label off and touch up any residue by rubbing the area with rubbing alcohol. If the residue is particular difficult to get off, then you can apply some Goo-Gone.

2.Once the bottle is prepared, move to a well-ventilated area. Flip you container so the bottom is facing up. Grab your spray paint and spray the bottom of the vase, moving in a circular pattern at a fairly close distance so the paint doesn't get on the sides of the vase yet.

3. After the bottom is complete covered with the paint, start moving your hand in a circular motion spiraling up so your hand gets farther from the vase. This motion will naturally cause speckling on the sides of the vase creating the ombre effect.

4. Wait about 20-30 minutes until the vase is dry.

5. Style with flowers or a candle and enjoy!

You can even try to upcylce an old planter, table lamp base, candle stick holder or bowl using this method. The possibilities are endless! 

DIY Beaded Candle Holder

With less than 1 week until Christmas, I'm squeezing in a quick DIY project for those of us that still need to finish holiday shopping and decorating. I stumbled across a very stylish DIY candle holder on Nalle's House. Nalle positions the candle holder as an advent candle, but this holder could work as a table centerpiece that could survive past the holiday season. 

All you need are some wooden beads, leather string and a drill. I like the raw wood of the beads, but you can always paint them or buy extra beads and paint them so you can swap them in and out. See the full tutorial here: DIY Beaded Candle Holder


Image Source:  Nalle's House

Image Source: Nalle's House