My DIY Holiday Table Setting

Tamera Mowry Table Setting DIY

Rosemary Table Setting

We are officially into the holiday season, and this year I decided that I wanted to step up my table setting game, and get a little bit more creative. I generally like to keep my holiday décor classic, because I love the look of classic and clean table — I also don’t have a ton of time to devote to creating that perfect Pinterest-worthy table, so I find that simple is often the best way to go!

I wanted to share with you guys exactly what I put together for place settings because they were so easy to do, and they turned out really well! I started out by getting these amazing wood chargers from World Market — They look absolutely stunning on the table, and are an easy and inexpensive way to build your tablescape. Next, I simply rolled my silverware in white buffet napkins, and tied them shut with some twine.

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Rosemary Table Setting Idea

Finally, I headed out to my garden and cut a bunch of fresh rosemary and placed it under the twine on each napkin (store bought is fine too). To finish of each setting, I attached a gift tag to write the name of my guest on.

Not only is this table setting simple and beautiful, it smells amazing! Seriously, my whole house was flooded with the amazing aroma or rosemary. Some other fun ideas would be to get creative with the tags and write something on the back of each one that you are thankful for, or write something that you really appreciate about each guest — Both make for good table conversation starters!

Hopefully this helps some of you other busy hostesses out there with setting your table this year! Let me know if you guys have other chic table ideas. I would love to know!

Xx
Tamera  

 

DIY Painted Pumpkin Vases

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I love to try different DIY home décor projects … Especially ones that are seasonal or holiday related. There is something so fun about being festive, and getting into the spirit of each season. Little home DIY projects are a great way to subtly make your home feel like it is decorated and embracing the time of year, without adding a bunch of expensive new décor.

That’s why I got so excited about this pumpkin flower vase! This simple project only takes about an hour to make from start to finish, and the final result looks adorable both indoors or outdoors! I used my vase as a table centerpiece, and then moved it outside to decorate my front porch.

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The steps are very easy, and totally customizable!

Simply start by cutting off the top of your pumpkin, and cleaning out the inside (exactly like you would if you were going to carve a Jack-O-Lantern). Next, you can paint the outside of your pumpkin however you would like to! I suggest that you use an acrylic based paint, so that it will adhere well to the outside of the pumpkin. There are literally endless possibilities on how you could paint and decorate — I went with a metallic paint, but pure white would look nice, or even a bright and bold color.

For my pumpkin, I chose to spray paint the outside with a metallic finish silver spray paint. Once the silver paint had dried (about 20 minutes), I then used a metallic rose gold paint marker to add little polka dots to the pumpkin. It was as quick and easy as that! The end result was an adorable pumpkin that doubles as a lovely flower vase.

Please let me know if you guys try this DIY, and how your pumpkin vase turns out! I would love to see your different artistic spins on this project!  

Xx
Tamera

Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall At Home

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Interior design is a big passion of mine, and I especially love to take on new design projects around my home. One of my projects that seems to keep evolving is my gallery wall. When my husband Adam gave me an amazing wood plaque that was engraved with dates, names and places that were special to us, I knew that I had to do something other than just hang it on the wall. Instead, I decided to make it the focal point of my gallery wall!

Hanging a gallery wall can be challenging, but with a little planning, you can get an amazing result that looks very polished. After my own trial and error, I wanted to share with you guys the tips and tricks that I learned to create this beautiful look at home.

  1. Choose the right location: Pick a wall that is large enough, and where the gallery will be the focal point in the room. I have mine on a big wall at the top of my stairs so it’s the first thing you see as you walk up.
  2. Pick a look: I like a clean white look for my gallery walls — Don’t get me wrong, eclectic gallery walls look lovely too, but I prefer simple and neutral tones in my home.
  3. Go for frames that have a matte: Frames that have nice big mattes give much more of a polished vibe.
  4. Make sure each side of the wall is balanced: You don’t want one side to be more frame intense than the other side. However, in design there is what they call ‘the rule of thirds’ that applies very well when you are  hanging art. Apartment Therapy has a great explanation on how to decorate using this rule.
  5. Repeat each frame size at least once: To create a cohesive feel with your gallery wall, make sure that you use each frame size at least once to create some consistency.
  6. Make sure your frames are evenly spaced: Even if you decide to have a misshapen gallery wall (which also looks awesome), ensure that your frames are all a relatively equal distance apart.
  7. Select photos that are hold meaningful memories: I personally like to have every photo on my gallery wall be a special memory. That way, each picture has its own little story.
  8. Add in something personal: I chose to make the amazing wood plaque the focal point of my gallery wall. I love the idea of the wall being very unique and personal to my family.
  9. Use paper to plan out your wall: If you aren’t totally sure where you want each frame to go, try using pieces of paper first to map out exactly where you will place everything. This also prevents making unnecessary holes in your wall.
  10. Use Pinterest for ideas: Pinterest is one of the best resources for getting ideas for designing a gallery wall, you can find a ton of different tips for layouts (like in the graphic below).

What are your design tips for creating an at-home gallery wall? Let me know in the comments below!

Xx
Tamera

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DIY Face Masks to Prep Skin for Winter

It seems like just yesterday I was talking about preparing your skin for fall after a long summer of keeping it pretty simple – yet here we are with winter on the brain. Don’t worry, it’s not winter quite yet for most of us, but when it comes to skincare preventative measures are everything. Combat your usual winter skin woes, such as dryness, redness and irritation early by whipping up one of these 3 DIY face masks using what you probably already have in your kitchen.

DIY Face Masks for Winter - Tamera Mowry

Oatmeal Face Mask
While winter skin is most often known for being dry and cracking, that doesn’t mean you should skip the exfoliants. The trick is to be gentle. For this exfoliating mask, cook up a cup of oatmeal with milk. Let cool. Mix in a spoonful of organic raw honey (antibacterial and healing), and if you’d like, a drop of almond oil (rich in vitamin E and antioxidants). Make sure it’s not too thick, but will actually stick to your face! Gently apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Mask
Got a can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving? Mix it up (about a cup) with a couple tablespoons each of plain yogurt, honey and brown sugar. Apply evenly to skin and rinse off after about 15 minutes. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and C, the brown sugar adds a gentle exfoliation but can be left out if you aren’t in to it, and the yogurt fights bacteria and unclogs pores. And once again, the healing power of honey will soothe the skin.

Avocado Face Mask
Ah, a classic! For this all you do is mash up an avocado (save some for guac, if you’ve got chips! Lol) and combine it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Oils help extract toxins from the skin, and since avocados are loaded with skin-loving vitamin E, which reduces inflammation, skin will feel ultra-moisturized and refreshed afterward. Apply a thin layer to skin, leave for about 15 minutes, and rinse.

Make sure to cleanse beforehand and rinse thoroughly after each mask, and of course, only use ingredients you know your skin isn’t irritated by.

Want more DIY skincare ideas? Check out these one-ingredient wonders.

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Trivet

Summer is flying by, but there are still some home décor projects and crafts I’ve been trying out when I get a few extra minutes. This trivet DIY is surprisingly simple, and you end up with something cute to set your pots and bowls on when entertaining.

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The marbled blue on white clay goes with my beach chic home décor. Here’s what you do…

All you need are a couple blocks of Sculpey clay. This will vary depending on the size of your trivet, but if you like the marbled look, you’ll want to have an accent color.

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Using the main color, roll the clay like above. Then, take small rounds of the accent color and stick them to the piece.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Twist to distribute the color.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Roll out the clay with a rolling pin until it’s the size you want and the rough shape. Before baking, cut it into a circle and smooth out the edges.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Bake at 275 for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to let it cool completely, which is when it will harden. You can sand down the edges a bit to make it more smooth if needed. Lastly, adhere some felt to the bottom.

That’s it! An easy marbled trivet for cooking and entertaining.

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Felt Wall Art

While I love to craft as a family, it’s also nice to have some “just me” time to get creative and make meaningful décor for the home or even gifts… When I have the time that is. If you are a crafter you probably have all the materials on hand, but even if not, you can pick felt, hot glue and cardstock up at any local craft store. Here’s the finished product…

DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry
Isn’t this saying so cute for a kid’s room?

Here’s what you do…
DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry

Supplies
Different colored felt
Hot glue + gun
1 piece of cardstock
Photo frame

DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry

Instructions
1. Cut out letters. Test a few to make sure they’ll fit within the frame. Use the first letter as a template for the size of all the others.
2. Arrange the letters on your piece of cardstock to test how they’ll look.
3. Get gluing. Hot glue can easily seep through the felt so keep it as minimal as possible. If it’s going in a frame, you won’t have a problem with letters falling off or anything.

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Let dry and frame!

Where would you display this print?