Best of 2016: January to April

After taking a few days off to enjoy the holiday I’m doing something new, today through Friday I’ll be sharing my favorite art and design posts from 2016. It’s been amazing to look back at all of the talent we’ve covered over the past twelve months! I’m pumped to get started with 2017 next week as well because we have some fresh columns that I hope you’re going to love as much as I do!

 

42 Pressed // Advice to My 80 Year Old Self // Agata Wierzbicka // Alexandra Valenti

 

Ashley Eliza Williams // Carina Shoshtary // Christina A. West // A Floral Laden Brunch

 

Fox & Ramona // Fundamental Berlin // Henrietta Harris // Ilot

 

Jollypop // Jonas Wood // Julian Meagher // Knot Pillow

 

Larry Mantello // Layer // Layla Holzer // Lee Coren

 

Lisa Smirnova // Liz Orton // Lui Ferreyra // Marta Spendowska

 

Monica Rohan // Nick Knight // Pinch // Richard Keeling

 

Sandra Eterovic // Sarah Tanat Jones // Shore Rugs // Tim Moore

 

Victoria Wagner // Wire Numbers // Zsolt Hlinka // Showdown

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24 Last Minute Holiday Printables

Gift Tags from Oana Befort

Like I’ve mentioned, I’m way behind on just about everything this holiday. Between election madness, the state of the world, and 2016 as a whole I’m just not really feeling the holiday spirit quite like I normally do. I have yet to wrap any gifts other than the ones that have been sent off to faraway friends, zero cookies have been baked, and I still have no clue what to get my 92-year-old Grandma. If you’ve run out of some wrapping supplies or you just like free stuff, download these 24 holiday printables and remember that the season is all about love and togetherness, and it’s the thought that always counts most.

 

Patterned Gift Wrap + Gift Tags from The Beauty Dojo

 

HOHOXO Gift Tags from The Sweetest Occasion

 

Cards + Gift Tags from Free People

 

Gift Tags from Today’s Creative Life

 

Marbled Wrap from The Lovely Drawer

 

Gift Tags from Gather & Feast

 

Treat Labels from Julep

 

Gift Wrap from Craftberry Bush

 

Gift Wrap from Homey Oh My

 

Gift Tags from Julep

 

Holiday Cards from Brit + Co

 

Gift Tags for Handmades from Small + Friendly

 

Gift Tags from Fresh Exchange

 

Gift Tags from Melissa Esplin

 

Gift Tags from The Merrythought

 

Gift Tags from Creative Index

 

Gift Tags from Mandi Nelson

 

Hugs Bags from Oh Happy Day

 

Holiday Stickers from The Merrythought

 

Gift Tags + Stickers from Jessica Keala

 

Gift Wrap from Almost Makes Perfect

 

Gift Tags from The Beauty Dojo

 

Thank You Cards + Envelopes from Melissa Esplin

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Candy Bark 12 Ways

My Grandma’s nut roll, egg custard pie, Hershey Kiss cookies. All of these foods and more remind me of the holidays, including candy bark. What I love about this incredibly easy treat is that it can include everything but the kitchen sink or actually be borderline healthy for you depending on what you add. I’ve rounded up a selection of both, check ’em all out below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweatered Up

 

If the day’s high of 19-degrees is any sign of the winter that’s to come, I’d better stock up on sweaters ASAP. My favorites are the big, chunky knit styles but it’s a good idea to a have a few more formfitting pieces in the mix as well. If you’re already in the middle of this polar vortex with me, take a peek at these twenty sweaters that will hopefully hold you over until… April? More than half are on sale for up to 40% off! (Just click on each image.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You’re Invited: Christmas Brunch

I miss doing big Christmas dinners, but brunches have their own kind of charm. There’s definite appeal in being able to do so much prep work the day before, and it’s nice being able to put out an equally sweet and savory spread that caters to everyone’s tastes. I chose recipes that are easy to grab and eat while you’re catching up around the tree to pair with a selection of cocktails and traditional non-alcoholic options. As far as decorations go, this year I’ve really been drawn to fresh greenery, golds, and glass – you’ll see all three below in decor as well as on the table. (If you’d like even more inspiration check out prior Christmases 2013, 2014, and 2015!)

 

Live Eucalyptus Garland // Boxwood + Myrtle Half Wreath // Glittery Stars Garland // Green and Silver Tinsel Tree // Clear Igloo Globe String Lights // Jewel Votive Holder // Brass Laurel Wreath // Skultana Small Candlestick // Walnut Tree Skirt

 

Boozy Blood Orange Punch // Breakfast Bramble Cocktail // Cardamom Coffee //
Creamy Almond + Cashew Nog // Hot Blender Chocolate // Winter Vanilla Paloma

 

Battuto Serving Bowl // Belgian Flax Linen Table Runner // Dauville Dinner Plate // Instant Karma XL Platter // 5-pc Ivory Flatware Set // Marble Trivet // Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses // Seafoam Enamel Tray // Beaker Glass Tea Light Candle Holders

 

Apple Walnut Strudel with Cardamom // Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups // Butternut Squash Breakfast Muffins // Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Cups // Easy Vegetarian Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole // Easy Twisted Pumpkin Spice Danish // Gingerbread Scones // Mini Cheese Quiche // Mixed Berry Croissant Bread Pudding // Orange, Vanilla & Cardamom Challah Wreath and White Chocolate Glaze // Roasted Rosemary Beets // Spiralized Potato Thyme Casserole

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Plenty of Pajamas

Cozy Crew Lounge Pants

Christmas pajamas were never a thing in my family growing up, I choose to blame it on being an only child, like so many other things. (Joking. Mostly.) A few years ago I started adding pajamas to the wish list my mom inevitably asks for each November, and now I’m happy to report it IS officially a thing.

 

Classic Stripe Woven Tee + Pants Set

 

Navy Stripe Chambray Shirt + Pants Set

 

Cotton PJ Pants

 

Tartan Check Nightshirt

 

Pajama Set

 

Red Stripe Pajama Set

 

Sleep Shirt

 

Thermal Pajamas

 

Tipped Vintage Pajama Set

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Mega Christmas Cookie Roundup

I’m way behind on, well, everything this holiday season. (Very unlike me.) Next weekend I’ll need to cram in any and all baking I plan on doing before Christmas and I haven’t even chosen my recipes! Do you make the same ones every year or search out new? I’ve rounded up 48 cookie recipes that look irresistible for you to consider.

 

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1/ Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths   2/ Coffee and Cream Shortbreads   3/ Gingerbread Cranberry Linzer Cookies   4/ Llama Orange-Spice Cookies   5/ Thin and Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing   6/ Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

 

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7/ Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees   8/ Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies   9/ Chocolate Gingerbread Petit Fours (GF)   10/ Sugar Cookie Bark   11/ Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread   12/ S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

 

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13/ Citrusy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rosemary Salt (GF)   14/ Black and White Brownie Sandwich Cookies   15/ Chocolate Sugar Cutout Cookies   16/ Salted Caramel Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies   17/ Cinnamon Apple Pie Cookies   18/ Spicy Ginger Sandwich Cookies filled with Pumpkin Butter

 

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19/ Matcha Shortbread Men   20/ Swedish Chocolate Cookies   21/ Espresso Caramel Shortbread Bars   22/ Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting   23/ Eggnog Cookies   24/ Brown Butter Shortbread (GF + SF)

 

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25/ Coffee Sables   26/ Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies   27/ Lemon Olive Oil Cookies   28/ Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies   29/ Rhubarb Linzer Cookies   30/ Crispy Spicy Almond Rococo Italian Cookies

 

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31/ Brown Butter Sugar Cookies   32/ Split Second Red Jam Cookies   33/ Chocolate, Orange, and Almond Biscotti   34/ Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread   35/ Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling   36/ Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

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37/ Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies   38/ Chocolate Blackout Cookies   39/ Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies with Pecans + Orange   40/ Cardamom Linzer Cookies with Cinnamon Persimmon Jam   41/ Christmas Spice, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cookies   42/ Intense Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

 

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43/ Decorated Honey Gingerbread Cookies   44/ Mitten Cookies   45/ Festive Italian Pizzelle   46/ Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies   47/ Allsorts Sugar Cookies   48/ Orange Cranberry Cookies

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Holiday Flair to Buy or DIY

So, Christmas is just over two weeks away. TWO. WEEKS. Are you right on schedule? Because I am admittedly running behind. Normally all the gifts are bought by this point, but this year I still have two important ones to find. Earlier this week I finished putting up lights in the big front window of the house and pulling out a few more favorite decorations. If you’re still in decorating mode here thirty pieces of holiday flair to either buy or DIY!

 

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1/ Multi Coloured Berry Lights   2/ DIY Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath   3/ DIY Mini Wood Christmas Trees   4/ DIY Fresh Cranberry Chandelier   5/ Fluro Pink Tinsel   6/ DIY Hand-Dipped Bayberry Candles

 

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7/ Recycled Tire Christmas Tree Base   8/ DIY Mid-Century Inspired Wreath   9/ DIY Felt Ball Garland 10/ DIY Rosemary Wreath   11/ Metal Floral Wreath   12/ Pom Pom Garland

 

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13/ DIY Yarn Wreath   14/ DIY Origami Poinsettias   15/ DIY Pom-Pom Tree Topper   16/ DIY Marble Gift Labels   17/ DIY Life-Sized Folded Paper Christmas Tree   18/ DIY Paper Leaf Garland

 

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19/ Gold Foil-Dipped 3D Paper Tree Centerpieces   20/ DIY Paper Bottlebrush Trees   21/ DIY Oversized Paper Stockings   22/ DIY Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree   23/ DIY Ombre Paper Leaf Wreaths   24/ DIY Felt Garland

 

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25/ DIY Gingerbread Letter Garlands   26/ Spruce Plaid Stocking   27/ Chunky Hand-Knitted Christmas Stocking   28/ Stitched Linen Tree Skirt   29/ DIY No-Sew Christmas Tree Skirt   30/ DIY Magnolia Table Runner

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