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Updated: 2019-09-09 Views: 53

Our new neighborhood is hit-or-miss for flowers…;come to think of it, our old one was as well. Sometimes, when you REALLY need them to liven up the placesofa pillow covers, there just isn’;t much of a selection. Then we took the word “;liven”; to heart in thinking about alternatives we could use when we couldn’;t find great flowers. It’;s having something alive, and from nature that really works the magic…;flowers just happen to be one of many possibilities. We love these summer apricots in the brass basket a friend recently gave us from The Museum of Arts and Design’;s store in New York City (and available by mail order). Imagine the setting WITHOUT this alt-arrangement and you see what a difference it makes.

We’;ve also taken to picking up leafy, newly fallen branches from the park across the way.

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Arranged in a pretty vase ?–; we used a label-less globe olive oil bottle -…;

photo: sally schneider

leafy branches can do the work of flowers, a lesson we learned from our friend Maria Robledo…;

(We highly recommend Lynn Davis’; book of photographs Monument. It’;s one of the books we prop open to make an instant artwork and decoration.)

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Fans of the George Lucas franchise, get ready to geek out over these creative DIY Star Wars costumes you can make yourself (plus, a few you can buy). You don't need Yoda to become your own Jedi Master of DIY—just these easy tutorials. Use the force to turn your toddler into Chewbacca, or your tween into Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia for Halloween. Go beyond the basics too with recreations of even more intergalactic creatures. Think: everything from a Jawa, Ewok, and DIY Stormtrooper that your little guy or girl will love. There’s even matching Star Wars looks for the whole family, inspired by every film from the collection thus far—because there’s truly no better way to capitalize on that famed Darth Vader “Luke, I am your father” line than with your own kids. You can never go wrong with the original films, but if you feel like giving a nod to the newer numbers, dress as Rey or Poe Dameron. However you choose to honor the sci-fi series, you and your family will look straight out of a galaxy far, far away with these easy homemade costumes. Grab your lightsaber, trick-or-treat bag, and robot sidekick, and may the force be with you this October 31.

Use this list to give yourself inspiration for this Valentine’s Day. Choose his gifts from this lists; yes, they’re over $200 but you can’t put a price on love. Whether he’s into his sports or his food, there’s a gift in here for every man out there and he’s bound to love whatever you choose.

Gone are the days where only matchy-matchy patterns and prints in the home would do. Today, designers and decorators are mixing it up and creating fresh, modern looks using different pieces and prints that play off each other rather than being identical.