Interior Decorating by Elaine Burns

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My New Favorite DIY Home Project Tool

About 6 months ago when my mom, of Early Bird Designs, was pitching her ceramics line with Etsy Wholesale, we were invited to a partnering event with HGTV.

Being the DIY-aficionados that we are, we were thrilled to see a Cricut demo booth at the event and jumped into the DIY activity being presented. The team was showcasing the iron-on decals that the Cricut can print to then be used to create professional screen printed designs on fabric. Once I saw this technique, my mind immediately jumped to different fabric and printing ideas; it could be simple to design and print my own unique fabric patterns.

A Cricut is any DIY maven’s dream tool. It is a small scale precision cutting and printing machine. It can cut and print on over 100 different types of materials - something as simple as cardstock for intricate card making to vinyl for decal creation, even leather!

Most people seem to associate Cricut with scrapbooking, but it has evolved to be a tool that makes it easy to customize home decor projects.

I’ve been brainstorming projects - and I’m excited to share my first examples soon! In the meantime, I’ve been busy pinning some ideas - anyone have tips/recommendations to share?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Makerie & Design Boards with Matthew Robbins

A few weeks ago, my Mom and I made our way down to Philadelphia for the Sweet Paul Makerie retreat weekend.

We had done another Makerie trip a few years ago in Boulder, CO and were blown away by the event. So when the workshops were announced for the retreat weekend this year, hosted at the URBN corporate campus, we signed up immediately.

The retreat is a 2 day event of workshops in a variety of creative disciplines. Workshops are sandwiched between amazing meals and visits from notable guests (I was honored to meet Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge!). It really is an amazing opportunity to revive your creative energy and get inspired by the talent and ideas from other creatives.

My favorite workshop was hosted by designer Matthew Robbins. He has created the most beautiful weddings and events. In his class we discussed and practiced building design boards as a foundation for the color, texture, and overall mood of a design – whether for an interior space, tablescape, or larger event. 

The exercise was so useful and inspirational for future projects, that I already put my skills into use for an upcoming project with Taproot Flowers – more details on that to come soon!

PS - Check out these posts of the weekend as well!
Link 1 / Link 2 / Link 3

It’s 5 O’Clock in Brooklyn

Spring cleaning time has arrived to my little apartment, and a major focus this year was purging the kitchen: unused tools, expired pantry items, and the items of my bar cart.
Throughout the fall/winter, my cart has started to accumulate lots of new liquors, mixers, and cocktail supplies, so I aimed to create a less cluttered, fresh feeling display (and stored some of the less pretty items).
In sticking with the springtime-refresh theme, I aimed to feature plenty of natural elements.

I wanted to feature some of my favorite shapes and colors on the top shelf of the cart, so went for smaller, more unique bottles. The cart needed height, so I used pink tulips in a favorite vase and some books with pastel spines. A floral vintage card tray complemented the fresh flowers and held my favorite flea market glasses. The embroidered tea towels (a fun weekend project) and the bear paw bookend made the display feel a little more whimsical.

The final touch - the vintage clock - is actually non-functioning, so is forever stuck on 5 o’clock. Just a little reminder that there is always something worth celebrating.

Photography by Erin Fikentscher

Mrs. Meyer's HomeMaker - Semi Finalist!

Remember way back in October when I shared this post detailing my entry into the first round of the Mrs. Meyer’s HomeMaker contest?

I had a TON of fun shooting a short (:15 second) video clip of a tablescape I made while visiting Vermont over Columbus Day weekend.

Well, I was lucky enough to make it to the semi-finals (!!!) of the contest and as part of my round 2 submission, I submitted a longer video and a new DIY.

Visit this link below to watch the video and VOTE (you can vote daily through February 15th) for me to become the next Mrs. Meyer’s HomeMaker!


Bookshelf Refresh

The dreary January weather (soon to be even dreary-er February weather) has me craving more color in my space. My apartment is tiny and while I usually would add small colorful accents to my coffee table or switch out some prints in my gallery wall to brighten the space, I think the best way to tackle this need for color will involve one of my favorite parts of my home: the built-in bookshelves in my living room.

I contemplated painting these shelves when I first moved in, but the stress of moving (not to mention the countless other projects that needed to get done) got the better of me and it didn’t happen. Plus...I hate getting too messy.

Solution: removable wallpaper!
Besides the fact that these built in shelves are a dreamy architectural aspect of my home, whenever guests visit, they are immediately drawn to this nook to check out (read: judge) my book collection. Because of this, I want to use a wallpaper that has some special details to it - details that someone wouldn’t notice from far away, but guests will appreciate when getting a closer look.

Below is a roundup of some considerations and my favorites.
Check back soon for the final pick!

Sites where I had the most success:



Vintage Cornucopia

It’s already mid November, so that means Black Friday ads, premature Christmas carols on the radio, and holiday decorations being hung on the streets.
Kidding...sort of.

Next week marks one of my favorite holidays of the year - Thanksgiving. I’ve been dog-earring my magazines for months; saving recipes that might make the cut for the big meal. I’ve also been pinning away possible floral arrangements for the table and jotting down inspiration for my family’s tablescape this year. The theme is still up in the air, but the tradition of outfitting the Thanksgiving table has been important in our house for as long as I can remember.

Years ago my mom bought a cut and sew project with all of the components to make a cloth cornucopia. She used batting to shape the vegetables and horn of plenty.

Vintage Cut and Sew 

Vintage Cut and Sew 

Just as a side note - you can buy these cut and sew “kits” in a variety of patterns on Spoonflower here!

While I have taken to making our tablescape a little more elaborate, this vintage craft makes its way into our decor every year.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite choices for statement-worthy tabletop items for the holiday season; pieces that are timeless, elegant, and special enough to make an appearance on the table year after year.

Centerpiece Worthy



Mrs. Meyers Home Maker

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day is sponsoring a hunt to find the first ever Mrs. Meyers homemaker.
How. Awesome. Is. That!?

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that while I was up in VT for Columbus Day weekend (see previous post!), I filmed a short video as my entry.

I designed a whimsical fall tablescape; the farmhouse and barn that we stayed in was the perfect rustic backdrop for filming. Wanting to keep the table casual, I used brown craft paper as a runner and hand-lettered everyone’s name in place of name cards.

Early Bird Designs generously loaned some pieces - woodland animal plates and faux bois vases that I combined with some vintage tinware we found in the house (score!). My sister helped collect some ferns and foliage from the yard to use a part of the centerpiece and place settings.

In addition to my actual entry - watch here & be sure to like the post on Instagram [pistachiobyelaine] here, I have a few extra videos to share of the table coming together.
Fingers Crossed!

Me and my videographer (thanks, Laura!)

Me and my videographer (thanks, Laura!)