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3 Preview | November (Holiday) Issue of Inside Out Magazine

Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.
Have you been checking out any of the holiday magazine issues yet? It's one of our favorite past times around these parts, (it's like the children's version of a wish book); and today we've got a lovely preview from the folks at Inside Out Magazine. Their November issue which comes out Thursday is filled with festive ideas with an Australian vibe;  modern, colourful and bright!  Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam fills us in on their holiday issue below:

"Our cover story has some sweet and inspired ideas, such as using a branch for Christmas decorations (good for all the leftover ornaments that you couldn't quite squeeze onto the tree – or if you have a small place, and hauling in a mega-sized tree is definitely out of the question). Sticking up a festive message with cardboard lettering is also a nice idea (and a way to inspire kids to stay on the 'nice' side of the 'naughty or nice' Santa list, hopefully)! Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.

Styling by Heather Nette King. Photography by Armelle Habib.

Our stylists Jessica Hanson and Joseph Gardner take on Christmas wrapping and manage to side-step the red-and-green cliches altogether, with metallics, white on white, and neon brights. Photography by Anna Pogossova.

Photography by Anna Pogossova.

Photography by Anna Pogossova.
Photography by Anna Pogossova.
Our Christmas craft story is by Lulu Lucky, who has come up with lots of cute ideas. I love her take on the advent calendar, but her gift bags, bead garland and banners are cool, too. Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall.

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall
And for another twist on Christmas decorating, we asked a range of creative personalities (such as stylist Lisa Koehler, artist and homewares creator Rachel Castle and our style editor Jessica Hanson) for their one-of-a-kind take on festive style. Rachel's rough-around-the-edges garland from fabric cuts is a lovely DIY idea to try. ("The trick here is to just be free and easy – it's chicken soup for crafty people", she says). Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough.

Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough

Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough
Production by Sharon Misko. Photography by Nigel Lough

And lastly, we have Joseph Gardner's styling picks for festive lights – and there's not a single red-nosed reindeer in sight! These lamps could work any time, too, long after the tree has been packed away. Photography by Guy Bailey."

Thank you Lee Tran!

And a fun fact: They also have one of our workshop stars profiled in the mag this month! Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built is their profiled blogger!

The November issue of Inside Out Magazine is out Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook


1 10 Awesome DIYs to Try

Happy Monday!  We're kicking off the week with a few DIYs we came across over the weekend. So many amazing projects on the radar these days and these shouldn't be missed!  Check them out!

DIY Danish Modern Coffee Table
by Francois et Moi

Drawstring Shoe Bag
by The Purl Bee

DIY Watercolor Wall Art
by Sugar and Cloth

Dalmation Planters
by Fall for DIY

Homemade Vanilla Recipe with Free Printable Labels
by Tasty Yummies

DIY Rock Collection
by Lay Baby Lay

Refinished Dresser with Copper Drawer Pulls
by Upcycled Treasures

Zippered Dopp Kit
by The Purl Bee

DIY Stacked Plywood Bench
by Vintage Revivals

DIY No Frame Photo Display Ideas
from Photojojo


5 Weekend Project | 10 Beautiful Lighting DIYs

TGIF we say! This weekend's cool and damp weather is rather perfect for an indoor weekend project.  Darker nights also are asking for more light in our rooms, so we've been looking at lighting ideas that we could make ourselves.  We've been collecting a few ideas lately, from hanging pendants to cool floor lamps.  Here's 10 we love!  Happy Friday!

DIY Wood and Brass Hanging Light
by Vintage Revivals

Crochet Seashell Lamps
via IKEA Hackers

DIY Copper and Wood Hanging Light
by Vintage Revivals

Industrial Style Desk Lamp
via Ikea Hackers

DIY $10 Light Fixture
via Style Me Pretty Living

DIY Tripod Lamp
by The Merrythought

DIY Paper Geo Pendant
by Tete D'Ange

Fallen Branch Floor Lamp
via Design Sponge

Miffy Lamp Ikea Hack
via Ikea Hackers

Homemade Rope Light
by A Beautiful Mess


1 DIY Pumpkin Crate Display

Contributor post by Emily and Erick of Heidi's Bridge (formerly Hello Home Shoppe)

Now that October is in full swing, we're finding ourselves slowly amassing a pumpkin brood that rivals a pick-your-own nursery. But honestly, how could you not in this day and age of readily-available heirloom pumpkins? Growing up, we only remember one pumpkin option: the classic, bright orange carving pumpkin. Although there's no denying the classic, now there's such a sophisticated pallet of beauties to choose from: the enchanting burnt orange Cinderella pumpkins, smokey blue Jarrahdales, adorable mini white "Baby Boos," and buttery Fairytale pumpkins..we could go on an on. We love pumpkins because of their decorating versatility--there are equally at home as a table centerpiece as they are gracing the porch. This versatility inspired us to create this DIY Pumpkin Crate Display using this new pallet of colors we've found cropping up at local nurseries. Style it on your holiday table for a stunning centerpiece, give as a hostess gift, or display on your porch. Read below for the tutorial!

You Will Need
Wooden Crate--our crate is a 1/2 bushel fruit crate that we got from a grocer. Pick one up a your local craft store or try clementine crates. They look just as great without top and are better for tabletops without them.
Spanish Moss
Green Sheet Moss
Lichen Moss
Assorted Mini Pumpkins, Winter Squash or Gourds in one color scheme--we used blue hubbard squash, mini white pumpkins, and carnival squash.

1. Fill your crate almost the entire way with spanish moss, leaving about an inch or so from the top. Make sure to pull the moss apart with your hands as you go so that the top layers is flat and uniform, instead of clumpy.

2. Arrange your pumpkins on top of the spanish moss as desired, making sure to leave space between them for the moss to show through.

3. Now you're going to add the sheet moss. Cut or rip off pieces and tuck into the negative space between the pumpkins, covering up the spanish moss. Press down with your fingers until the moss blends in and is tucked around each pumpkin.

4. Rip up tiny pieces of lichen moss scatter around the crate to make the scene look more multi-dimensional. Some green should peak through, but the idea is that the lichen moss mimics fallen leaf debris of Autumn.

5. Give as a hostess gift or decorate your porch with the display. If using as a centerpiece and your crate has a top, snip off wires holding top on with a wire cutter and remove lid.


About the contributors:
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are photography and styling duo behind Heidi's Bridge, a lifestyle brand with a focus on food, gatherings, and workshops. When they're not blogging or working as 2/4 of the creative agency Jolly Bureau, you can find them making pies or driving to the mountains. 


3 Round-Up 2015 Calendars

It's that time of year where all of the new calendars are popping up for the new year and it looks like 2015 is going to be another beautiful year.  2014 has flown by and it feels before we know it the holidays soon will be here. Here's a look at a few that have dropped into our radar.

2015 Letterpress Calendar
by Katharine Watson

Honey Bee Wall Calendar
by Rifle Paper Co.

Botanicals Letterpress Calendar
by Linda and Harriett

Energy Wreath Wall Calendar
by Katie Vernon

Gold Foil Calendar
from Leif

Cities by Rooftop 2015 Calendar
by Idle Wild Co.

Appointment Wall Calendar
by Rifle Paper Co.

2015 Tea Towel Calendar
by 1Canoe2

Letterpress Bear Calendar
by Blackbird Letterpress

Universal Spirit 2015 Calendar
by Reverand Michael Alan

2015 Kate Desk Calendar
by Sugar Paper