three different vases that have been painted creating more elegant, expensive looking, upcycled vase

Easy DIY Ideas: Jazz Up a Plain Vase

After you’ve been fortunate enough to receive a few floral bouquets, those generic vessels tend to pile up. Or maybe you want to give a glass jar a…

Cabin dining room

Vintage Living: Cabin Comforts

Inspired by his cabin’s rustic architecture and its hilltop setting, a Missouri designer decorates with natural imagery, cherished heirlooms, and primitive pieces that tell tales aplenty.   Beauty…

Pallet sofa daybed

Easy DIY Ideas: Pallet and Crate Furnishings

Looking for a DIY furniture project that won’t require a big investment? Work with recycled wooden pallets or crates instead of new building materials. A Pallet can be…

Valentine heart teacup

Love It or Leave It: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Let’s be real, not all of us are always on top of the next holiday, or birthday, or anniversary. Valentine’s Day is usually one that sneaks up on…

Detail of painted projects

DIY Paint Makeovers: Easy Accent Ideas

From sunny chevrons to sassy stenciled blooms, these decor accent paint projects are guaranteed to make you pattern happy.   Bright without going neon, the fresh juicy colors…

Painted accents and furniture

DIY Paint Makeovers: Furniture Fix-ups

Got some spare time? Upgrade dated furniture with fresh, fun colors of paint.   Stencils, stamps, stripes, and sunny colors turn plain pieces into pretty patterned ones.  …

Plate of goulash

Entertaining Ideas: Heartwarming Entrees

A spread of soups or pastas is an easy entertaining option on a cold winter night. Offer your guests two or more entrees to provide something delicious for…

Homemade Chili

Entertaining Ideas: Comfort Food

Baby, it’s cold outside. And when the temperature drops, nothing tastes as good as warm and wonderful comfort food. Gather your friends for a cozy evening of potluck…

Standing desktop

Easy DIY Ideas: Make a Mobile Office

Mobility works! This easy weekend project lets you create a standing station that you can move to any room or area where you want to work. We’re very…

Sewing machine with hankies

Easy DIY Ideas: Bandanas and Hankies

Cotton hankies and bandanas are inexpensive and charming pieces of fabric that quickly add a cottage, farmhouse, or vintage vibe to your decor.   Bandanas, or kerchiefs, are…

Stack of vintage handkerchiefs

Easy DIY Ideas: Vintage Handkerchief Projects

From backcountry bandanas to delicate hankies, these small scraps of fabric pack a big decorative punch. Match your handkerchief style to your decor. Use bandanas in country designs…

Painted dining room table

DIY Paint Makeovers: Dining Room Redo

A few rescued pieces of furniture, several pots of paint, and some creative stenciling add up to a jazzy redo for a lackluster dining room.   If your…

Stenciled dining room in green, blue and yellow

DIY Paint Makeovers: A Color Happy Dining Room

Color blocking, floral motifs, accent hues. and vintage silhouettes bring life to a formerly uninspired dining room.   Dining rooms often end up being pass-throughs between the living…

Color of the Year Greenery

Easy DIY Ideas: Color of the Year Room Refresh

In my home, every January after the holiday decorations come down, the rooms look a little flat and barren. This year, I’m injecting a fresh vibe with a…

Mom and Daughter team trying on top hats

A Year in Review: Five Things We Learned in 2016

Last August we celebrated our first anniversary of the Caruth Studio blog—a milestone we weren’t sure we’d see with all the work that regular posting entails. But now…

Gift wrap drawer detail

Simple Storage Solutions: Organize A Drawer

If you’re feeling a little mid holiday season slump or early winter cabin fever, give yourself a sense of purpose by resolving to bring a bit of organization…

Modern English with cinnamon stick in coup glass with gin

Entertaining Ideas: Holiday cocktails

Whether you’re hosting a holiday bash or just snuggling with your sweetie, these flavor-filled cocktails are the ideal way to warm your winter evenings.   The Modern English…

Condiments and sauces on butch block with assorted crackers

Entertaining Ideas: Top-Tier Toppings

Add color and flavor to your holiday charcuterie or cheese board with these tasty spreads and toppings. Bonus: many of these recipes are large enough to share. They…

Antipasto with crackers, cheese and olives on wooden cheese board

Entertaining Ideas: Top Shelf Salsas

Salsas are always a hit on an appetizer buffet or antipasto tray. This holiday season, try a fresh alternative to the jarred stuff that’s loaded with sodium and…

Tubside bath cabinet

Gracious Hosting: A Holiday-Ready Bathroom

With guests arriving for the holidays, it’s a good idea to kit out your bathroom or guest bath with them in mind. Keep everything tubside within arm’s length…

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Easy DIY Ideas: A Very Vintage Guestroom

Give a plain-Jane guestroom some vintage character with linens, accents, and repurposed furnishings—just in time for holiday visitors. Our antique quilt has inspired us again (you may remember…

Country style dining room detail

Designer Secrets: Mix Pattern Like a Pro

Pattern is the easiest way to add character to a room. The important thing is to ensure a visual rhythm.   It’s always easiest to start with one…

Blue, Yellow and Neutral living room detail

Decorating Makeover: Add Color in Three Easy Stages

Decorating shouldn’t be intimidating, but it can seem overwhelming if you’re contemplating a whole-room redo all at once. Give yourself a break and the permission to go about…

Bedroom after project

Easy DIY Ideas: A Budget-Friendly Bedroom Makeover

Wake up a boring room with this super simple removable wall treatment made with wallpaper and decorative trim and get a bedroom makeover into the bargain. Deciding what to…

Gift Ideas: Commuting and Lazy Sundays

For every Yin there’s a Yang. In this gift ideas round-up we bring you presents for Commuters: here are some ideas that might make getting to and from…