Traditional And Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

iStock 000028461860Small Traditional And Non Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes Thanksgiving is only two weeks away and it’s time to start planning the feast! It might seem a little early but those turkeys go fast, at least the good ones do. We’ve pulled together the traditional recipes but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous this season, try some of these non-traditional food recipes to switch up the food table.

TRADITIONAL RECIPES
Sweet Potato Casserole (from My Recipes)
Ingredients
4 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes at 400 for 1 hour or until tender. Let stand until cool to touch (about 20 minutes); peel and mash sweet potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350.
2. Beat mashed sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, and next 5 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish.
3. Combine cornflakes cereal and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole in diagonal rows 2 inches apart.
4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle marshmallows in alternate rows between cornflake mixture; bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Cream Corn (from All Recipes)
Ingredients
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
1. In a skillet over medium heat, combine the corn, cream, salt, sugar, pepper and butter. 2. Whisk together the milk and flour, and stir into the corn mixture.
3. Cook stirring over medium heat until the mixture is thickened, and corn is cooked through.
4. Remove from heat, and stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted. Serve hot.

Cornbread Stuffing (from Food Network)
Ingredients
2 large onions, chopped
4 ribs celery, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
2 cups chopped pecans
2 (16-ounce) bags dried corn bread stuffing mix
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 stick butter

Directions
1. Saute onions and celery until tender in a heavy skillet, about 6 minutes.
2. Add the thyme and sage and saute until fragrant. Stir in pecans.

3. In a large bowl, add the cornbread mix, bacon and vegetables, and stir in the chicken broth.
4. Add to a 13 by 9 by 2-inch casserole dish.
5. Add butter slices to the top of the casserole and cover with foil.
6. Bake for 30 minutes then remove foil and cook until top is crisp, about 15 more minutes.

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Pear Salad with Raspberry Cream (from My Recipes)
Ingredients
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup raspberry preserves
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 firm, ripe pears
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 head Bibb lettuce, torn
1 small head romaine lettuce, torn
1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Directions
1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients. Set dressing aside.
2. Peel pears, if desired; quarter pears. Brush with lemon juice.
3. Arrange lettuce on 4 plates. Arrange pear quarters over lettuce. Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with cheese, bacon, and raspberries.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Mustard and Walnut Vinaigrette (from Cooking Channel)
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardoons
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 shallots, sliced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon grainy mustard

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons of the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Spread the Brussels sprouts out on the baking sheet and roast, stirring once or twice during the cooking process, until tender and charred in spots, 35 to 40 minutes.
4. Add the bacon to a medium saute pan and render over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, the walnuts, garlic, shallots and a pinch of salt.
6. Cook until the bacon is crispy, being careful not to burn the walnuts.
7. Stir in the vinegar, honey and mustard with a fork.
8. Whisk into the bacon fat until emulsified. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
9. Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a large mixing bowl, add the bacon mixture and toss well. Serve.

Roasted Acorn Squash (from Cooking Channel)
Ingredients?
2 acorn or dumpling squash, about 1 pound each
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, optional
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons amaretto
8 fresh sage leaves
1/2 pound crushed pignoli cookies, almond biscotti, or vanilla wafers

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Split the squash in half through the equator and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Set the squash halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, if desired. If squash are very large, cut lengthwise into quarters.
4. In a bowl, cream the butter with the sugar, and almond liqueur.
5. With a brush or a spoon coat the cut sides of each squash half with the butter mixture and put 2 sage leaves on top of each.
6. Sprinkle with the crushed
cookies. Bake until tender, 30 to 35 minutes, basting every 15 minutes with any remaining butter.

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How To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

iStock 000039061984Small How To Make Your Home Look More ExpensiveBefore inviting all your family and friends over for Thanksgiving, update your home with these quick and easy DIYs. They will give your home a fresh new look without having to do all that construction work!

Painted Vinyl Floors
Some older homes still have vinyl floors, especially in the bathroom and laundry room. It’s not the greatest look and those who do have them typically want them gone but don’t have the time to do much about it. Well stop procrastinating and do this quick DIY to hide the vinyl. Simply paint the floor! Okay maybe it’s not that simple. You need to sand the floor first, then use a deglosser to get the rest of the vinyl gloss off, and prime the floor. Now you can paint the floor! The most important details is that you need to use porch and floor paint. If you’re feeling adventurous, paint a patter: strips, gingham, polka dots. Anything that can bring the small room back to life.

Garage Organizer
The garage is usually a helpless space that won’t ever look nice or organized because people don’t have the time to put effort into it. However, we’ve found an easy way to organize the clutter while giving it an aesthetic appeal. Buy two or three wire shelves along with some plastic containers that will fit on them. Begin organizing the various amounts of things you have in your garage and label the outside of the container to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Next comes the artistic touch. Slip on a shower curtain of your choice (the fabric ones that go in front of the plastic curtain are better) onto a preferably light weight curtain rod and zip-tie it to the edge of the top shelf.

Kitchen Backsplash
That’s right you’re going to give your kitchen a much needed face lift. Pick out a fun blacksplash that you like and would enjoy looking at every time you do the dishes. Some popular ones are herringbone, subway tile, and glass brick. To avoid the traditional work of removing any tile that is already there and sanding, use peel and stick. It’s easy to apply and eliminates the hassle of dealing with grout!

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Upcycled DIYs To Organize And Decorate Your Home

iStock 000006217997 Small Upcycled DIYs To Organize And Decorate Your HomeWe all have old, unused items lying around the house collecting dust. Well now is the time to bring those oldies out of the cupboard and put them to work. Here are six?upcycled DIYs that will make you feel better about keeping containers, PVC pipes, and old sheets.
Magnet Organizer
Gather the metal spice containers and tea containers. Glue gun on a powerful magnet strip to the back of the cans and simply stick them on the refrigerator. These are great for holding pens and scrap paper for when you need to make a grocery list.
Hair Tool Organizer
This will be a little more work than the previous DIY. Saw the pipe in several sections, the number of sections is dependent on the number of hair tools you have. Four sections if you have four hair tools etc. Once you’ve sawed your pipe to the correct amount, use a metal pipe holder ring to secure the PVC to the cabinet, wall, or wherever you’d like to place your pipes. Simply insert your hair tools into the pipes and there you go! Your own homemade hair tool organizer.
Pillowcase Garment Bag
Another quite easy DIY. Find some old pillowcases that you no longer use and make a slit in the closed end of the pillowcase. Then slip a hanger through that cut to make it a garment bag. It’s an effective and affordable way to keep your most precious clothing items clean.
Globe Bowl
Most people don’t have excess globes laying around their house but you happen to be that person who does, this one’s for you. Simply detach the metal turning handle from the globe and saw the globe in half. It makes for a perfectly cute holder or some fun decorative balls.
Cork Pot Holder
If you’re an avid wine drinker, you probably have a nice collection of corks. So instead of them taking up space in your drawer, glue gun them together to form a pot holder. You can cut the corks in half if you want the pot holder to be shorter, just make sure they’re all the same size.
Scarf Organizer
Dig out those old shower curtain rings and grab a sturdy plastic hanger from your closet. Alight them so they form an upside down pyramid from the bottom of the hanger. Glue gun all the rings together then the ring pyramid to the hanger. This will create an scarf organizer that will easily fit in any closet and keep your scarves from getting tangled up.
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5 Functional Thanksgiving DIYs

iStock 000027434332Large  1415023182 129.130.163.69 5 Functional Thanksgiving DIYsNovember has hit your calendars and now it’s time to panic over what you’re going to cook and how you’re going to decorate for America’s favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. You don’t have to panic though because we have put together a list that highlights some wonderful Thanksgiving DIYs. Now go outside, pick up supplies, and begin crafting!

Marked Leaves
Many people enjoy having a way to share each other’s blessings on the big day. Instead of doing the boring paper thing, go outside and pick up some decent sized fall leaves. You’ll want to grab as many as the number of people you will be having over on Thanksgiving. Make sure the leaves are big and smooth enough to write on. Put them in a basket along with a white paint pen and leave it by the front door. As soon as a guest walks in the door, have them write down something their thankful for. Once everyone has arrived and written down their blessings, use string to attach them all together by looping the string around the stem and going on to the next. Hang it from the fireplace mantel so your family and friends can learn what each and every person is thankful for.

Potted Thanks
The word “Thankful” needs to be displayed somewhere or else it’s just not Thanksgiving. You’ll what to find a decently sized pot for this DIY. Grab some baby pumpkins, small leaves, eight toothpicks, and wooden letters that make up “Thankful”. The pot should be filled with dirt of course. Glue the wooden letters to the toothpick in a way that it looks like a stem coming out of the bottom of the letter. Scatter the leaves over the dirt, arrange the pumpkins in a pretty manner, and place “Thankful” in the pot. It’s makes a nice center piece depending on the size of you pot and your table.

Turkey Napkin Holders
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkeys. Impress your guests with these cute and functional DIY turkey napkin holders. You’ll need fall patterned paper, scissors, clothespins, brown paper, and a glue gun. Simply fold the paper in accordion style and round the edges with scissors. Fold it in half and glue gun the long side onto the clothespin. Glue the two halves together and make them fan out so they look life the turkey feathers. Cut a bowling pin shape out of the brown paper and glue it onto the patterned side forming the turkey’s body. Once everything is dry, simply clip the clothespin to the napkin to hold it together.

Written Plates
There are some classic Thanksgiving phrases out there: “Be Thankful”, “Gobble, Globble”, and “#blessed”. So why not have those make an appearance on the famous Thursday. You can either use solid colored plates or go thrifting and find some fun fall colored ones with a pattern! Depending on what color you end up having, you”ll need to adjust the paint marker color so it shows up enough. Simply write on the plate a word of phrase that you attribute to Thanksgiving and stick it in the oven for 30 mins at 350 degrees.

Photo Display
Recall that framed photo display from an early post? This is where it comes into play. Contact your guests a week or so before Thanksgiving and ask them to bring a photo of someone their thankful for. Once they’ve arrived at your home, have them clip on their photo to the photo display for everyone to see. Make sure the display is in a central locations so it’s easily visible. This is a great way for people to share their appreciation for others while having a cute DIY on display.

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DIY Your Daughter’s Room

There comes a time when your daughter will decide she doesn’t want her toddler looking bedroom anymore. She’s a big kid, she needs a big kid room! We’ve brought together some of the most popular DIYs for your daughter’s room that you AND her will love.

Twine Painted Wall
What you need:
- Roll of twine
- Paint (two colors of choice)
- Glue gun
- Two roller paint brushes
- Scissors

DIY on:
Now the first thing you need to do and decide what colors you daughter would like on her walls. You want to choose two colors: one that’s a couple shades lighter than the other. For instance, lime green and forest green, lavender and purple, baby blue and royal blue etc. Once you’ve picked the colors, begin painting the walls with the lighter shade first. You made need to do a base coat depending on the original colors of the walls to begin with. While the paint is drying, sparsely wrap the twine around the roller brush in such a way that when you paint there will be an abstract pattern left behind. Next, glue gun the ends of the twine to the roller brush so it doesn’t come off while you paint. Once the first paint color has dried, paint over with the twine roller brush and the dark colored paint. It will paint an awesome pattern that all your daughter’s friends will envy.

Paper Heart Curtain
What you need:
- Long, somewhat sturdy stick
- String
- Colored paper (all kinds of colors)
- Scissors
- Glue gun

DIY on:
This one is quite easy and extremely cute! The sizes, number of paper hearts, and spacing will vary depending on how long of a stick you have and whether you want this curtain as a door curtain, window curtain, or simply a wall piece. The basics of it are as follows. Simply cut the string according to how long you want the curtain and however many strands you want. Cut out paper hearts from the paper, make sure to alternate colors so it’s more fun. Glue gun the paper hearts to the strands and the strands to the stick. Our suggestion is that you glue paper hearts on either side of the string if you’re planning on hanging it in the doorway.

Family Picture Canvas
No materials or craft gene necessary! Select one of your favorite family photos or a photo of just you and your daughter. Blow it up on a canvas and hang it above her bed, desk, or dresser. It will remind her that even though she’s growing up, you’ll always be there watching over her.

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Fall Flower Decor

iStock 000014350912Large 1024x682 Fall Flower DecorFall is in full swing but that doesn’t mean it’s out with the flowers. We’ve compiled for you a list of popular and blooming fall flowers to use in DIYs along with a couple of home decor ideas as well.

Fall Flowers:
- Aster (light pink)
- Perennial Sunflower (yellow)
- Helenium (orange)
- Sedum (cranberry)
- Japanese Anemone (fuchsia)
- Fall Crocus (purple)
- Leadplant (periwinkle)
- Mexican Sage (hot pink)

These are all beautiful flowers, full of color, and that will look amazing paired with the following DIYs. Some of these will require a preservation technique and you’ll need to decide which one you’d like to use: Air-dry, freeze-dry, pressing etc

Flower Frame
Use that boring old wooden frame you have to transform your home from country rustic to country chic! The Japanese Anemone, Fall Crocus, and Leadplant would make a beautiful arrangement of purples. Add some Baby’s Breath to give a little angelic edge.

Single Flower Display
Remember those mason jar DIYs from a ways back? Time to put those to even better use and throw in some long stemmed single flowers! Asters are great for this because of their wide open petals. Display them on a fireplace mantel or put one on each step leading up to your front door. It’s a great way to add decorations without overwhelming the room with flowers.

Hanging Flower Balls
You know those foam balls that people glue paper flower to? This is the same concept except with real flowers, which makes it better. Using Sedums for this DIY will make it look like a ball of flower if you use the cranberry and red colored ones. Make three or four of these and hang them in your daughters room in thecorner at different heights. It will decorate the room some more without taking up any space!

Wreath Up Your Door
As mentioned in an earlier post, wreaths are currently abig decor item. You can either buy a twig wreath or make your own! Make a burlap bow to glue onto it and add some Perennial Sunflowers. Hang it on your front door or anywhere it your home to make it feel like fall.

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Three DIYs To Scare Trick-Or-Treaters

Halloween is almost upon us which means it’s time to bring out the hairy spiders and white sheets. However, you’re probably bored of the same old decorations that you reuse every year and that the kids aren’t even afraid of anymore. Scare their costumes off with these three DIYs and they’ll barely remember why they knocked on your door in the first place.

Front-Yard Ghosts
What you’ll need:
- Large amounts of chicken wire
- Wire cutters
- White see-through fabric

Haunt on:
This DIY is really up to your imagination. The point is to form a shape out of the chicken wire and place the fabric over it to create a ghost like figure. You can cut and form the wire into a headless figure, a typical ghost, or (our favorite) the outline of a dress. There’s nothing scarier than a human-less piece of clothing standing on a lawn.

Bat Cave
What you’ll need:
- Black paper
- Tape
- Scissors

Haunt on:
Bats are the most Halloween decoration you could have next to ghosts so why not put them all over your house, inside AND out! Make a basic bat template and proceed to cut out millions of bats out of the black paper. Just kidding, you don’t need to make millions but definitely make a sufficient amount so that there’s a cloud of them. Once you’ve cut them out, fold them in half so that it creates a crease and begin taping the backs of them to the walls. Place them in a way they look like they’re flying across the wall or the door. If you turn all the lights off and light some candles, the bats will create a shadow and make them more realistic looking.

Botched Burial
What you’ll need:
- Wheelbarrow
- Shovel
- Dirt
- Toy skeleton

Haunt on:
This DIY is quite easy. All you need to do is fill your wheelbarrow two or three inches from the top with dirt. Dismember the skeleton so that you have the arms, legs, and head in separate pieces. Stick the bones in the dirt so that they’re sticking out. Place the skull on top of the dirt, pressing it in a little bit. Position the wheelbarrow in your front yard and lay the shovel against it. The kids will be terrified to knock on that front door, for fear of ending up in a wheelbarrow!

How do you plan on decorating your haunted house this Halloween season?

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What To Do When You’ve Finished The Wine

Everyone enjoys a nice wine night but most people don’t realize there’s still plenty to do with that bottle once it’s empty. Put on your crafting gloves and get read to do some damage! This is the perfect excuse to have a ladies night. Chalkboard vase, twinkle lights holder, tumblers and yarn wrapped bottles, there’s just so much you can do! Here are a couple of our favorites that don’t require too much craftiness if that’s a difficult area for you.

Wine Tumblers
What you’ll need:
- Wine bottle
- Bottle cutter
- Towel
- One large pot
- Candle
- Sandpaper

Craft on:
First, remove the label. Unless you think it’s an awesome label and you’d like to keep then that’s fine! Just know that it’ll probably peel off when you run it through the dishwasher. Before moving on, fill the pot with ice cold water so that it’s ready when you need it. Next, use the bottle cutter to trace a firm line around the bottle. Light the candle and heat the line but make sure to not touch the glass. Once the line is hot, immediately place the bottle in the ice cold water and you’ll here a pop. Lift the bottle out and check that the crack is all the way around the bottle then wiggle the two parts and the bottle should give you a nice clean break. Sand down the surface of the tumbler edges to avoid being cut when you drink. Every now and then, wipe the top with a damp rag and continue sanding. This will allow it to sand more evenly. Sand on the inner and outer edges to make it round and more comfortable. Lastly, fill that tumbler up! Actually, you might want to wash it first… then fill it up!

Book Nerd Bottle
What you’ll need:
- Bottle
- Modge Podge
- Old, unwanted book
- Scissors
- Paint brush
- Paint (color of choice)

Craft on:
First things first, remove the label from the bottle. Next, paint the bottle whichever color you decided on. Make sure to cover the whole bottle so that it’s a solid color. You might need to paint multiple coats, letting it dry in between. Once the paint is dry and a satisfying color, pick a page in the book and trace an outline of a shape. It can be a butterfly, a wine glass (ironic because it’s a wine bottle… get it?), giraffe, house, anything you like! Now that you have your shape traced, cut it out and Modge Podge it onto the bottle. Make sure to cover the whole shape and Modge Podge enough onto the bottle so that it sticks. If you have several bottles, make a couple more with different shapes!

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DIY Your Way To Your Dream Office

There are times when you just need to go to your office and work on whatever you need to work on and not get distracted. However, the issue with that is most of the time your office is a mess and papers are everywhere, you don’t know when your meetings are, or what you’re even supposed to be working on. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. That’s why you should immediately tackle these easy DIYs to improve your productivity.

Over-sized Calendar
The KEY to having an organized life is having an organized calendar. The easiest way to achieve this is to have an over-sized one to hang on your wall so you can just quickly glance at it and know what’s going on next in your day.

What you’ll need:
- Frame (however big you’d like your calendar to be; back of frame included)
- 42 paint chips (whatever colors you’d like)
- Glue
- Expo marker and eraser
- White paper (enough to use as background)

Craft on:
Cut the white paper so that it fills the background of the frame and glue it to the background. Cut 35 of the paint chips into equal sized squares to align them into 5 rows of 7 then glue them starting from the bottom of the frame up. Cut the remaining 7 paint chips so that they’re half the size of the squares, these will be your days, and glue them above all the squares. You want to make sure there’s enough room at the very top of the frame so you can write down the month. Place it all back in the frame and write down the days of the week, the corresponding numbers for that particular month and you’ve got yourself a calendar!

Message Frame
This is a great way to make your daily to-do list and be able to erase your dos once they’re done. Depending on your preference, you can DIY a big one to hang on your wall or a small one to keep on your desk.

What you’ll need:
- Frame (whatever size you’d like)
- Colored paper (whatever color you’d like)
- Expo marker and eraser

Craft on:
Simply cut the colored paper so that it fits and fills the the frame then make your to-do list!

Inspiration Board
Sometimes you just need a place to put all the little creative things you comes across. This is where the inspiration board comes in. It’s the ideal way to visual things you want to create, hang up pictures you love, or for others to leave you notes.

What you’ll need:
- Bulletin board
- Fabric (enough to cover the board and then some; whatever fabric you like)
- Staple gun
- Push pins

Craft on:
Iron out the fabric so that it’s nice and smooth. Lay out the fabric, backside up and lay the the board, right side down on top of the fabric. Fold the excess fabric over the back of the board, make sure you stretch it across and staple gun every side down so that it lays perfectly on the board. Flip it back over and voila! Your own inspiration board to push pin things to.

DIY Mug
A mug adds the perfect finishing touch to your now organizing office. Most people need their coffee or tea in the morning so take 20 minutes and make your own mug!

What you’ll need:
- Black permanent marker
- White mug
- Oven

Craft on:
Simply draw a design that you like on the mug then bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. THESE ARE NOT DISHWASHER SAFE! Make sure you hand wash only.

What are ways you organize your office with DIYs?

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Popular Patterns And What To Do With Them

There’s always going to be patterns that are timeless and look marvelous no matter where they are. But what about the ones that are just fads? How do you use them in your home decor without feeling outdated three months from now? Well, after doing a little bit of research we’ve compiled a list of popular patterns for you and how to incorporate them into your home.

Floral
The floral pattern has been around for centuries but in the past few years it’s become popular again through clothing. You can often find shorts, skirts, and dresses featuring this pattern but what about your home? We’ve seen a lot of homes with this pattern as an accent wall. If you don’t think you could handle that then opt for some floor-to-ceiling curtains.

Lattice
Lattice has typically been for outdoor uses in the garden has a way to grow vines or use as a barrier on your porch. However, it’s made its way into the home through various ways. A popular use of the pattern is as a back splash in your kitchen. If you’re feeling a little more daring, use it as your mudroom’s floor design. They usually aren’t the prettiest rooms so the lattice will make it seem like you care about every room in your home.

Houndstooth
Houndstooth is another classic pattern that made a comeback. Make your own throw pillows with a bright color to throw (no pun intended) on top of your boring couch. If you don’t feel like making them then simply buy some! Another simple DIY for you front door is covering one of those giant letters in houndstooth as the first letter of your last name. It’ll spice up the facade and your friends will know which house is yours!

Quatrefoil
This is one of our favorites! The pattern looks amazing on basically anything but popular ways to use it are as wallpaper. If you would rather DIY, there’s plenty of stencils you can buy to paint it on a wall. You can also refurbish a dresser and paint this pattern on the top of it. It’ll add a little something extra without overwhelming you.

Ikat
This one is extremely popular on a canvas. You can DIY for an afternoon art piece or simply buy a new comforter to make your bed the center of attention. There’s an excessive amount of rugs and carpets out there with ikat on them that are just begging for a home. If you’re not sure you’d want this kind of pattern lining your entry floor, spread one out in your bathroom or as an easy way to decorate your closet.

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