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3 Chic Plant Projects to Make + Give

The holidays are coming around the corner, and I am on a mission to make them as stress-free and simply beautiful this year as possible. One of my favorite ways to keep the holidays feeling less hectic and more harmonious is by choosing to forgo the big shopping malls in favor of thoughtfully handmade gifts for my loved ones, and simple decorations inspired by nature. These 3 beautiful plant projects are at the very top of my to-make-and-give list this year.

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1. Potted amaryllis bulb. My sweet mother in-law plants about a dozen amaryllis bulbs in little pots each winter, so she always has something on hand to bring as a hostess gift to parties. This is so simple, and makes a wonderfully heartfelt gift for literally anyone on your list. When you’re ready to gift one, tuck a few sprigs of greenery inside the pot, wrap it in ribbon or garden twine, and affix a simple gift tag.
2. Simple fresh cedar branch wreath. I love that this project uses an embroidery hoop (widely available at craft stores) as a base instead of the more expected wreath form. And the side-swooped greenery and ultra-fine wire of lights makes this wreath look fresh and modern. Hang one on your wall above the bar cart, suspend in front of a mirror, or, of course, place one on the door.
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3. DIY jasmine kokedama. Kokedama is a planting technique that hails from Japan, and is simply a plant with the root ball covered in moss…which allows you to forgo a pot! This DIY kokedama project is gorgeous, and thanks to the fragrant jasmine, smells delicious, to boot.

Bonus idea: botanical art. And while I wouldn’t say that a green thumb is required for any of these projects (really!), if gardening is not your cup of tea, why not pick up a few botanical art prints, instead? Botanical art can please even those with fussy tastes, and it brings a welcome dose of greenery to the winter home.

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Art shopping guide: (clockwise from top left) Audubon’s Vireo; Woodland Ferns VI; Woodland Ferns VII; Crimson Botanical IV.
For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Inviting Fireplaces

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With winter only a few weeks away for most us, now is the time to focus on the fireplace. (If you have one in your home it’s also the time to have it serviced for the year to make sure you won’t burn the place down.) There’s something exceptionally cozy and relaxing about lighting a fire, layering on a blanket or two, and letting the rest of life fade into the background even if it’s just for a bit.

Melissa Oholendt

I’m endlessly fascinated by the variety of fireplaces there are these days, and I appreciate every last one. I love the way this traditional Craftsman style mixes with the pieces around it. The similarity in wood tones really ties everything together so nicely and the metal coffee table is a punch of unexpected shine.

Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors

You can always build a room around a fireplace, but in this case I think you could probably build the entire house! This monolithic beauty is the focal point of the whole home it seems. I love how there’s an attached space to store wood nearby, because when it’s cold out who wants to run out to the back porch to get more?

Adrienne Breaux

Who said a standard brick fireplace needs to be boring? NO ONE. Add a coat of paint for a bright pop of unexpected color and keep mantel decor to a minimum for the best impact. All of the natural materials in this particular room – leather, wood, metal – make the fireplace feel like art.

Mikkel Adsbol

This is the epitome of a rustic fireplace in my opinion, clean with a slab mantel and hearth. Sigh. That plush, shaggy rug just makes the space all the more welcoming. Who needs furniture when you have a cozy floor rug and a pile of pillows?

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Marble Mania: Marble in the Home

Marble as a home decor trend has only continued to gain steam in recent years, and it’s now showing up on everything from floors and walls to smaller accessories. The perfect blend of classic and current, you really can’t beat including a bit of marble (or marble pattern!) in your home.

Some innovative designers are taking marbling to new levels – like the technicolor-marbled wood flooring shown above. Wow, right!?
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Images (clockwise from top left): The Blondilocks, Only Deco Love, Domino, Martha Stewart via Elements of Style.
Who doesn’t love the look of classic Carrara marble in the kitchen? Whether you use a small slab as a cheese board (or prop for your foodie photos) or go full-on marble with a waterfall counter, marble is a look that will never be out of fashion.
But what if the wall-to-wall look is a little…out of the budget? Enter the new marble contact papers and wall coverings! Use these realistic (and really affordable) finds to cover a small side table, backsplash, or an entire accent wall.
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And of course, an easy and high-impact way to add a splash of marble style to your home is with a marbled rug – go for colorful marbling for a playful look, or choose elegant charcoal if you’re going for cool, modern, and chic.
For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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