Folding chairs are essential if you like to entertain, but they are so UGLY. So we found a pair of basic wooden chairs at the flea market and made them fabulous with a bold stenciled paint job. Besides giving you more places to park booties, you’re instantly adding color and pattern to your setup, two of my essential elements for a stylish dinner party. Try painting each in different colors for a mix and match effect.


I love the bohemian appeal of a tassel—they’re sumptuous and a little messy, the sort of thing some wealthy bon vivant would bring back from her travels around the globe. They also happen to be a cinch to make. So naturally I want them as part of my effortlessly chic table. We used jewel-toned embroidery thread in the same color family to make ours, but you can mix as many colors as you like (or keep them monochrome) to suit your décor. Go on, impress everyone with your worldliness!

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You put a person on a pedestal, they might fall down. You put a cupcake on it, and it just looks fantastic! Buying yourself a cute cake stand at the store can run you $50 and up—no, thanks! These were made for mere dollars, using candlesticks and plates from the thrift store. So you go on building the buffet of your dreams, and let your nibbles rise to your high expectations.


Looking to make your Fourth of July Fabulous? I've done all the work for you rounding up projects from some of my favorite bloggers to get your home all decked out for Independence Day. Scroll down for ideas and click through to their websites for full instructions!


After months of picking flowers from the garden, you might be sick of arranging them in the same-old vessels. This easy trick can instantly give white vases nautical flare, it’s crazy-cheap, and it’s removable, too! Just buy electrical tape in the colors of your choice and wrap it around a group of white vases in random stripes. We took inspiration from buoys, but you could do a monochromatic stripe for a preppy look or go crazy with more colors for primary-hued fun.

MORE: 5 Tips to Turn Flowers from your Garden into a Gorgeous Centerpiece


We’re serious about celebrating America. But not so serious we’d spend $90 for a store-bought wreath when we could make an awesome one for under $20. For this project, we used a mix of sisal and braided rope for a nautical-inspired rope wreath that combines all my key elements of style (color, pattern, texture and shine!) in one patriotic package.


Get that sweaty glass off my coffee table! Prevent water stains in style with coasters inspired by an all-American classic, the rag rug. This easy craft has a homespun look that’s perfect for getting color and texture onto a casual table.

Personalized Beer Mugs

If Dad’s got more photo mugs than he has desk space, it’s time to move on to a new Father’s Day gift. Make something you can use together now that you’re a grownup: etched glass beer mugs. Use stencils of his favorite hobbies and some glass etching cream to create these personalized Father’s Day gifts. Gift them with a six-pack of the craft brew of your choice and you’ve got the best Father’s Day ever. Cheers!

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Here’s another good reason to buy Dad some beer: You can turn the six-pack container into a condiment caddy! This easy craft is a great way to reuse the cardboard instead of tossing it into the recycling bin. We covered ours with wipe-clean, water-resistant oil cloth fabric (commonly used as a tablecloth) so that the new caddy has a chance against, well, actual condiments. A rope-wrapped handle makes it extra-sturdy. Tote this cute condiment caddy outside for your next barbeque!


Al fresco entertaining is more popular than ever, so it’s time to give your outdoor dining “room” the same attention as its indoor counterpart. Here are some of my favorite tips for creating a relaxed, elegant table in the fresh air of your own backyard.


Starting plants from seeds is an easy way to trim gardening costs—but not at the expense of junking up your windowsill with those ugly Styrofoam or black plastic planters. Instead, repurpose old mismatched teacups from your cupboard or the flea market, grab some seedlings and decoupage a tray. Everyone will admire your green thumb and great taste, too. How DO you do it?

Clinton Kelly Freakin Fabulous Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in bed is a classic Mother’s Day gift, but a bowl of cereal slopping onto her sheets won’t make her feel fabulous. What will: A gilded tray and napkins with a sweet cross-stitch message. We revamped bargain-store finds to make them as beautiful as the woman who birthed you—just don’t tell her how easy it was to do, or you’ll be hearing about those 36 hours of labor all over again. Love you, Mom!

P.S. Not sure what to make? How about avocado toast or a hash brown frittata? And while you're at it, serve it up on plates from my Effortless Table collection!


Terracotta pots looking a little dingy? Coveting those cool paint-dipped ones you’ve seen at the pricey home décor stores but can’t bring yourself to shell out $50 a pot? Me neither. This easy paint project gives you that look by building on three big trends—metallic, neon and paint-dipped motifs—to give them a thoroughly modern makeover, for cheap. Happy planting!

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