DIY: Hallowe’en, No-Carve Pumpkins

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DIY: Hallowe’en, No-Carve Pumpkins

When I think about decorating for Halloween, I can’t imagine doing it without pumpkins! But I’m not crazy about the hassle of hollowing them out, carving them and then cleaning up the mess. On an episode of Suite Living, I share three of my favourite no-carve pumpkin looks that are super easy and super chic! Unlike carving a pumpkin, these projects don’t require a knife so they are perfect for crafting with your little trick-or-treaters!   THE PROCESS For each of these projects, I chose to use cream coloured pumpkins. To create a...

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DIY: Thanksgiving Name Cards and Place Settings

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DIY: Thanksgiving Name Cards and Place Settings

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As the hostess, you’ve undoubtedly made up your to-do list in preparation for the big day. Turkey? Check. Potatoes? Check. Cranberry? Double-check. Now, what about your place settings? On an episode of Suite Living, I demonstrate how to make adorable acorn place cards and raw wood chargers that will enhance your beautiful Thanksgiving table. Every hostess wants to impress her guests – putting a little effort into the place settings is bound to do just that!    THE PROCESS The Place Card Place...

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DIY: Thanksgiving Napkins and Rings

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DIY: Thanksgiving Napkins and Rings

It’s that time of year when the air is crisp and the leaves are turning from fresh greens to fiery reds and oranges! That’s right, it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving – a gathering of family and friends and a celebration of the bounty of the harvest. And if you are hosting the event, you’ll want your Thanksgiving table to truly reflect the festive spirit of the occasion! On an episode of Suite Living, I demonstrate two easy DIY projects to give your Thanksgiving place settings a custom look! When it comes to entertaining, the...

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1 Blanket Styled 4 Ways

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1 Blanket Styled 4 Ways

Do you think that a throw can only be used as a blanket? Guess again! On an episode of Suite Living, I show how one blanket can easily be styled in four different ways. The fabulous throw that I used is available through one of my favourite companies, fashionABLE. It features gorgeous woven products that are handmade by women in Ethiopia, creating an ethical and sustainable business. The Throw Styled as a… Headboard This is a really clever way to get the look of a headboard, without the big expense. Simply install an inexpensive...

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DIY: 3 Fun Flower Vase Fillers

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DIY: 3 Fun Flower Vase Fillers

When styling a space – whether it be for a party, a dinner or just everyday living – I love to use gorgeous flower arrangements. Flowers have a way of making any room seem that much more special. However, I feel like vases are often afterthoughts. On an episode of Suite Living, I show three easy and inexpensive DIYs to customize your vases. After all, if you’re putting an effort into making a beautiful floral arrangement, it would be a shame to ignore the vase!   The key to this project is to use two vases that nest...

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Top 5 Flower Care Tips

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Top 5 Flower Care Tips

There’s something about a fresh bundle of flowers that makes everything seem so happy. On an episode of Suite Living, I share my top five tips for making those happy blooms last! Whether they’re from the florist, the grocery store or your very own garden, all cut flowers need some TLC in order to last as long as possible.       THE TIPS 1)    Rehydrate – those blooms may have been out of water for a few hours, so they should be placed in a bucket of lukewarm water for an hour or so.   2)    Sparkling...

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DIY: Back-to-School Message Board

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DIY: Back-to-School Message Board

It’s hard to believe, I know, but Fall is just around the corner. That means it’s the perfect time to start fresh and get organized! On an episode of Suite Living, I show how to create a beautiful message board to display all of your cards, memos and invites. The great thing about this project is that it’s totally customizable. You can choose whatever colours, textures or patterns that you like to match your existing décor!   THE PROCESS For this project, you’ll a large, store-bought picture frame, some batting, fabric, ribbon, a...

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DIY: Back-to-School Desk Accessories

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DIY: Back-to-School Desk Accessories

I know it doesn’t seem possible, but somehow, summer is drawing to an end. Students everywhere know what that means – it’s back to school! On an episode of Suite Living, I show three super easy DIYs to jazz up your work station. Just because a desk is for work doesn’t mean it can’t be playful. I say, ‘out with the boring, in with the vibrant and fun!’   THE PROCESS The Trays These customized trays are a really great way to keep everything neat and tidy on your desk. As my mother always said “ A place for everything, and...

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DIY: Wrapping for Boxes and Gift Cards

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DIY: Wrapping for Boxes and Gift Cards

Wedding season is officially in full swing. If you’re not the lucky bride, that means it’s gift-giving time! On an episode of Suite Living, I show two easy, yet super cute ways to wrap your gifts for the happy couple. Wedding gifts are usually packaged in one of two ways: an object in a box or a gift card in an envelope.   THE PROCESS The Box   First, let’s wrap the box. For this project, you’ll need two types of ribbon – both different colours and different widths, scissors and clear double-sided tape. This gift box is...

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DIY: Watercolour Wedding Napkins

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DIY: Watercolour Wedding Napkins

There’s no doubt about it – watercolours are a huge trend for this year’s wedding season! On an episode of  Suite Living, I demonstrate a super easy way to incorporate the trend into your entertaining tablescapes. Now, I love clean, white table linens just as much as the next girl, but maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit with some colour – and by colour, I mean watercolour.   THE PROCESS For these watercolour napkins, you’ll need plain white cloth napkins, two spray bottles, water and two colours of watercolour paint. If...

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