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10 Thoughtful DIY Gifts For Mother’s Day

DIY coconut lime body scrub

With Mother’s Day at the end of this week, now is the time to finalize gift plans to honor that special mom in your life. Sometimes the best way to give a memorable token of love and appreciation is to craft one yourself. Handmade gifts are unique, and they show a level of thoughtfulness that tugs at the heart. Today we feature a collection of…

Make Your Own Modern DIY Hanging Planter

Aqua DIY hanging planter

Today I’m sharing my latest DIY project with Decoist readers: a modern hanging planter. Just in time for spring, this easy-to-assemble creation celebrates clean lines and affordable design. Not to mention, purchasing a few supplies can allow you to craft several planters–hanging them in a group makes a big impact. Read on for all the design details… Before listing the supplies and steps, I want…

Make a Dramatic First Impression: 15 Painted Front Doors

yellow-front-door-designs-7

There’s a lot that can be said about first impressions, right? A firm handshake, a warm smile, and even what you’re wearing allow people you’re meeting for the first time to see something about you that stands out. The same is true of your home, of course. Though your house can’t give a handshake or smile at your guests, it makes a first impression when…

Give Your Feline Friend Safe Access To The Outdoors With A Catio

Screened in patio

My cat LOVES spending time outdoors. But when a stray climbed over our fence and engaged our Little Mister in a feline fight, we started pondering building a catio–it’s a screened-in patio (baloncy, porch, enclosure) for cats, in case you haven’t heard. Often there are special features inside the catio, such as scratching posts and ledges for lounging. [from catiodesigns.com] Catios are on the wish lists…

How To Turn A Collection Of Natural Wonders Into Design Gold

Plant terrarium with black and white stones

Today something wonderful happened. While searching for a drill bit in the garage, I stumbled upon my husband’s collection of shells and rocks. Amassed throughout his childhood, this assortment of natural wonders contains everything from coral to agate. When I opened the lid to the glass jar, I was astounded by the number of treasures inside. I thought I had a great rock collection, but his…

Dreamy and Classic Boxwood Gardens

boxwood backyard landscape

Springtime is such a beautiful and wonderful time, isn’t it? We start to see all kinds of blooms, beautiful flowers, and color finally makes a comeback after a long winter. Though I am a huge fan of flowers, when it comes to large-scale landscaping, I prefer classic, lush greens. Boxwood is, in my opinion, a perfect candidate for getting this look, regardless of the size…

Celebrating Clementine Pautrot’s MyBed™-Inspired Sleeping Universe

Clementine Pautrot - Sofitel Munich

Sofitel Luxury Hotels and Wallpaper*  magazine invited Decoist to take part in celebrating a young French designer’s view on their coveted MyBed™ universe this April. There was an awe-inspiring installation surrounded by design enthusiasts – some discussing the concept, others toasting champagne to the winning design and its creator – and an overwhelming feeling of relaxation. And then there was me, my camera and what…

10 Unique Decorative Accents That Make A Big Difference

Wallpapered wall in a bright apartment

Today’s post is dedicated to the little things…those knockout design details that elevate your space to the next level. Curating a truly unique interior is as easy as creating a few small statements that make a big impact. Below I’ll show you some of my favorite images featuring decorative accents that have inspired me to try a bit of redecorating at home. I spy some future…

The Art Of Building A Tiny House On A Budget

A tiny house next to a cedar fence

When creativity meets budget-friendly design, the result is pure magic. And there’s nothing like watching it all unfold, which I’ve been fortunate to do over the last few months. That’s because the builder of the tiny house you see below is none other than my brother, Andy Pluta. He was determined to build this house on a budget, so in addition to selecting cost-effective plans,…

Renovated Israeli Home Uses Recycled Decor To Usher In Rustic Chic

Dining area and kitchen of the renovated home

How often are we tempted to bring home a shiny new furnishing because we just made an impulse buy? When we think of renovations and restoration projects, our mind is often filled with thoughts of converting an old hub into a glossy, contemporary space filled with the most modern decor. But not Lior Danzig, who revamped this old house in Even Yehuda, Israel into an…




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