Mega Holiday Card Roundup 2017

1/ Season’s Greetings Wreath
2/ Holiday Stamps Foil Card
3/ Peace to the World Holiday Card
4/Mid-Century Modern Joy! Holiday Card
5/ Festive Foliage
6/ Joyful Holiday
7/ Ding Dong Merrily
8/ Fox Holidays Card
9/ Spirit Lake Holidays Set
10/ Season’s Greetings Holiday Card


11/ Happy Holidays Party Food
12/ Holiday Shapes Card
13/ Peace On Earth
14/ Happy Christmas Time
15/ Embroidered Doves
16/ Santa’s Sleigh
17/ Evergreen Wreath
18/ Winter Wonderland Blind Impression Card
19/ Deck the Halls Card
20/ Merry + Bright Greeting Card


21/ Holiday Centerpiece
22/ Merry Holiday Ribbon Letterpress Greeting Card
23/ Merry Little Holiday Card
24/ Christmas Village Card
25/ Happy Holidays Kraft Card
26/ Oh What Fun Letterpress Greeting Card
27/ Potted Evergreens Holiday Card
28/ Season’s Greetings Holiday Card
29/ Foil Stamped Happy Holidays Card
30/ Cozy Cabin Card


31/ Holiday Santas
32/ Pink Christmas Present Card
33/ Festive Reindeer Card
34/ Love + Peace Holiday Card
35/ Joyful Circles
36/ Give Water
37/ The Big Bauble Note Card
38/ Noel Boat
39/ Enchanted
40/ Penguin


41/ Floral Detail Monogram
42/ Greetings from the North Pole Postcard
43/ Holiday Feast
44/ Have a Very Merry Christmas
45/ Birds of Cheer
46/ 2017 Holiday Cards
47/ Snow Globe Tree
48/ Happy Holiday Hibernation to You
49/ Feline Festive Risograph Card
50/ Christmas in the Village


51/ Frosty Leaves
52/ Tropic
53/ Gold Christmas Jumper Card
54/ Indigo Meowy Christmas Greeting Card
55/ Winter Shibori
56/ Foil-Stamped Gather Good Hearts Near Card
57/ Christmas Feast Greeting Card
58/ Snowy Owls
59/ Holiday Wreath Circle Letterpress Card
60/ Merry Bird Card


DIY Modern Cone Trees


I first made this ridiculously easy project a few years ago and can’t believe it’s taken me so long to share with you! This trio of DIY modern cone trees are a statement maker on their own or pair them with your other decor – I favor plenty of bottlebrush trees. I think they’d also be really pretty in any other color and the glitter would really pop!



paper mache cones (the ones I used are 16-inch and 12-inch)
pearlescent white craft paint
• medium paint brush or craft sponge
clear craft glitter
• newsprint or something similar



Step 1. Spread out the newsprint or something else that will protect the surface of whatever you’re creating your trees on. (It’s the glitter that’s going to get messy, not the paint.)

Step 2. Do one tree at a time, start by painting with long vertical strokes. You can do either one coat of paint for a more textural look – the paper will show through a bit – or two for more coverage, but whichever look you prefer make sure the paint is still wet when we get to the next step.



Step 3. Rather than using glue you’ll be relying on the wetness of the paint to adhere the clear glitter to the cone for a pretty, snowy look. (You could also use regular glitter if that’s your preference, or mix the two together.) With the tree held horizontally over the covered surface, gently sprinkle the glitter as you rotate the cone. I went with about 50% coverage on my trio, so you gauge how much you’d like from that estimate.

Step 4. Allow to dry completely. If you’d like an extra layer of protection/glitter adhesive, you can add a coat of clear spray varnish at this point before allowing it to again dry completely.

Step 5. DONE.



Alcholidays Advent Calendar 2017


My right eyelid has been twitching since last Wednesday which can only mean one thing – the holidays are once again upon us. I put the tree up Saturday and decorated the inside of the house, but somehow only have 1.5 gifts bought. So, in an attempt to keep stress levels low and panic attacks at bay, I decided to put together one of my favorite annual posts a bit earlier than usual. This year’s Alcoholidays post is in the form of an advent calendar, guiding you gently through your liquor cabinet/bar cart/what have you all December long. And hey, if you need to get started a few days early who am I to judge? (past Alcoholidays 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)



























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Happy Thanksgiving

Tallulah Fontaine via Front + Main

I’m taking a moment out of today’s craziness to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving a good one. I hope you’re stuffing yourself silly, reflecting on what it means to be thankful, and surrounded by the most important people in your life. Among so many other things I’m thankful for each and every one of you who stop by Design Crush and support me on this wild and crazy ride. Love to you and yours!


Buy or DIY: Advent Calendars


It’s my favorite holiday tradition – the advent calendar! Whether you’re all in or just need to find one now we’ve got you covered. From free printables to DIY projects to buy it right off the shelf (or the screen). There might even be a few adult versions to help you make through to December 25th mixed in. *wink*



























You’re Invited: Thanksgiving Dinner


If I had a gigantic studio I’d like to think that I could invite you all over for a meal. One that says thank you for hanging around and keeping Design Crush afloat for over ten years, for your kind words and encouragement, and just for being an incredible group of human beings. After all, Thanksgiving is about being grateful and saying it out loud. So go get dressed in your favorite outfit – sparkly dress or sweatpants, there’s no judgement here – and join me for a delicious time. (Thanksgivings past: 2012, 2013, 20142015, 2016)


Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Sour // Basil Fig Vodka Smash // Chilled Spiced Apple Beer Punch // Harvest Berry Sangria // Honey Crisp Spiced Hard Cider // Persimmon Mojito


Easy Goat Cheese + Honey Bites // Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Bacon Aioli // Super Simple Fresh Mozzarella and Basil Bites // Sweet Potato Tahini Crostini // Toasted Red Chili Salsa // White Bean Buffalo Hummus


Eucalyptus Bundle Doormat // Live Olive Eucalyptus Wreath // Modern Brass Candleholders // Various Sticks // Twinkle Leaf Garland // Sheafs of Wheat


Animal Placecard Holder Set // Stoneware Metallic Vase // X Pattern Napkins // Emma Salt & Pepper Shakers // Velvet Table Runner // Farmhouse Trivet // Gold Metal Taper Candleholders // Hipped Glassware // Kaloh Mugs // Neona Flatware // Bistro Dinner Plates // Pink Pampas Grass


Arlo Smoke Glass Ice Bucket // Copper Punch Bowl with Ladle // Curved Handle Pitcher // Dobra Carafe // Hammered Gold 2-Piece Carving Set // Melrose Gold Serving Bowl // Marble & Dark Wood Servers // New England Ash Bread Board // Pie Set // Serving Platter // Tondo 12″ Round Platter // Stoneware Serving Dish


Apple Cider Green Beans // Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad with Pears, Gorgonzola + Vinaigrette // Buttery Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls // Caramelised Onion, Mushroom & Hard Cider Soup // Crispy, Cheesy, Tahini-Roasted Cauliflower // Hasselback Butternut Squash with Bay Leaves // Honey Brined Turkey // Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese // Roasted Potatoes with Thyme // Roasted Sweet Potato Stacks // Rustic Bourbon Spice Applesauce // Turnips with Garlicky Breadcrumbs and Parmesan


Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake // Italian Apple and Fig Polenta Torta // Maple Pumpkin Cake Roll // Orange Cranberry Torte // Pumpkin Flan Cake // Simple Chocolate Mousse


10 Tips for Holiday Guest Room Prep

Soho Home Lombard Matelasse Blanket

Tip #1
An Extra Blanket
This is one of the first things I do when preparing for guests no matter the time of year – lay an extra blanket either across the foot of the bed or over a chair. You never know at what temperature someone prefers sleeping, plus it adds a layer of coziness.


Judy Jackson Stoneware Vases

Tip #2
Bring in Flowers
One of my favorite touches, a few fresh flowers or some greenery. Set a little vase on the bedside table or dresser for a sweet surprise. Or if you know your guest(s) have allergies opt for a few silken stems in their place as a thoughtful touch.


Remark Tufted Armchair (more colors available)

Tip #3
Someplace to Sit
Having someplace to sit other than the bed is something to consider if you have the space – it can be a cozy armchair that can double as a reading nook or something as small as a stool.


Mid-Century Bench

Tip #4
A Place for Luggage
Make sure there’s a spot for luggage to rest. A bench, a stool, or a folding rack all do the trick for when guests need to dig through their bags.


Kim Lucian

Tip #5
Closet Space
If you store your off season clothing (or whatever else) in your guest room closet, make sure to clear out enough space so that your guests’ clothing won’t feel cramped. Add a few wooden hangers to make them feel like more than an afterthought.


Sarah Elliott

Tip #6
Stock Up on Toiletries + Towels
Throughout the year I keep an eye out for sales on these for just this reason. Super soft Turkish towels are my favorite thing to pamper guests with, and all things travel-sized can be stored in a glass jar or box nearby for easy access.


Liv Smoke Glass Carafe

Tip #7
Set Out Bedside Necessities
Besides making guests feel comfortable in your home, the best thing you can do is leave them wanting for nothing. Leave bottles of water and prepackaged snacks and fruit on a tray or bar cart. Water glasses and a favorite candle on the nightstand will make them think they’re at a B&B.


In-Wall Dual AC USB Wall Outlet

Tip #8
An Easy Access Outlet
Our loves involve a lot of charging these days, so make sure no one has to dig behind the bed or dresser in order to find a free outlet. All the better if they’re USB ready!


Rubik’s Nightlight in Brass

Tip #9
The Option of a Nightlight
I can sleep in nothing but near total darkness, however in an unfamiliar place it’s nice to have the option of turning on a nightlight. Have one near the door or bed in case your guests’ would like a little help walking to the bathroom at 3am.


Elise Convertible Mirror

Tip #10
Make Sure There’s a Mirror
Maybe this is vain of me, but I like to have a look in the mirror and adjust as necessary before walking out of any guest room I’m occupying. Hang one over the closet door, set one on the dresser, or use a large one as decor.


Home for the Holidays with Homemade Pet Treats


You simply can’t have a festive holiday season without including your furry friends in the celebrations. It’s not hard to guess what their favorite part of any holiday, from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Yuletide, might be — the treats. All the treats. And conveniently some of the same ingredients you use to create all kinds of holiday goodness are also healthy and delicious for your pets (hint: these yummy ideas share your fruit bowl’s bounty). Check out these three festive treat recipes for your four-pawed pals!



Minty Applesauce Dog Bones

• 1½ C whole wheat flour
• 1 C unbleached all purpose flour
• 1½ C old fashioned rolled oats
• ⅓ C oat bran
• 2 Tbsp milk powder
• 1½ tsp dry baking yeast
• 2 Tbsp chopped spearmint leaves
• 1½ C applesauce
• 2 tsp green food coloring
• ⅞ C water

You can use either your mixer with the bread hook attachment or a bread machine. If using a mixer, combine all ingredients and combine. If using a bread machine, place everything together on the dough cycle. When ready, roll dough out to ¼-inch thick. Cut into shapes using a bone or holiday shaped cookie cutter. Bake at 250ºF for one hour, checking from 50 minutes on to make sure they don’t over bake. Allow treats to dry completely in the oven, overnight is preferable.



Apple-Peanut Butter Cat Treats

• ½ C wheat flour
• ½ C quinoa flour
• ¼ tsp baking soda
• ½ C creamy peanut butter
• ½ C unsweetened applesauce

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Stir together flours and baking soda. Combine peanut butter and applesauce and add to flour mixture. Stir until it becomes difficult, then knead dough to incorporate any remaining flour. Roll dough ¼-inch thick, then transfer to a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes then immediately transfer to cutting board. Slice into small cat-sized treats. Spread cut up treats over the cookie sheet and bake for another two minutes.

Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, freeze any remaining leftovers.



Bacon Cheddar Apple Dog Treats

• 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
• 2 Tbsp olive oil
• 1 egg
• 1 C milk
• 1 peeled and grated apple, cored
• 1½ C whole wheat flour
• 1½ C white flour
• 1½ C shredded cheddar cheese
• ¼ C chopped cooked bacon
• 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together butter, olive oil, and egg. Incorporate milk and grated apple, then mix in flours until just combined. Add in most of the cheddar, bacon, and parsley, leaving some aside to top. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth – for about 30 seconds – the roll into a ½-inch thick 10-inch circle. Sprinkle the rest of the cheddar, bacon, and parsley onto the dough, gently pressing down. Cut out the treats using the shape of your choice, then place them on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until biscuits are a light golden brown.

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Outfit Yourself for the Holidays

Ana Sheer Mesh Dress // Anny Dress // High Neck Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress

There’s no better way to dive into the holidays than just ripping off the bandaid. So here we go! Between all of those get togethers and events on the calendar this month and next you’re probably going to be in need of a few solid wardrobe staples to get you through. Whether you want to go all out in a dress and heels or keep it casual in pants and loafers, we’re here for you with shoes, accessories, dresses, and separates in spades.


High Neck Smock Dress with Shirring // Humbug Stripe Knot Dress // Ruffled Dress


Lace Mini Dress // Shirtdress with Puff Sleeves // Take It Easy Velvet Mini


Brixton Tiller Hat // Convertible Bucket Bag // Circle Hair Clip


Fozi Foldover Clutch // Heart of Gold Velvet Gloves // Morningstar Drop Earrings


Half-Moon Fringe Earrings // Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch // Silk Bow Barrette


Blouse with Contrast Pocket // Caroline Satin Tapered Pants // Multi Layer Pleated Midi Skirt


Glistened Knit Wide-Legs // Deep V-Neck Puff Sleeve Blouse // Jumpsuit


Pleat Front Velour Pants // Satin Skirt // Sequined Trousers


Caro Velvet Loafers // Crocus High Heels // Freesoul Caramel Booties


Geneva Fur Quarter Heel Strap Sandals // Glitter Mary Jane Flats // Branwen Perforated Booties


Laced Up Oxfords // The Ella Pump // Sock Boots