Holiday DIY Quick Fixes with HGTV’s Kelly Edwards

With the holidays fast approaching and out of town guests stopping by for celebrations with family and friends, you may be looking to make some quick DIY updates to your home! Author and HGTV host, Kelly Edwards joined me recently to dish on the must haves we all need to get our homes ready for company this holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

Candace Rose: How do we get our homes ready for company this holiday season?

Kelly Edwards: “Well, I first want to talk about obviously decorating because that is my all time favorite thing to do, especially around the holidays. I tell everybody that’s into decorating that you certainly need to be equipped with the right tools, and the right things that you need to actually make your life easier.

One of those things that I tell everyone that they need to have on hand when doing holiday decorations is the Command Clear Mini Hooks. These are definitely essential, and I love them because they really can transform your walls and other spaces. For instance, behind me (please see video for details) I made a wreath – super easy – I used eight hooks and I wrapped some boxes. It’s an easy project that anyone can do at home. You hang it with clear hooks and you don’t even see them.

You can hang ornaments, you can hang other festive holiday decorations, you can hang the wreath on the front door, you can do the lights on the outside of the house. What’s perfect is that this actually has a unique stretch release technology. What that means is that it holds things strongly, but it removes them cleanly. Basically, at the end of the season, when you take everything down…it won’t leave behind any damage on your walls or any residue…which is perfect. We all know that when we take down the holiday decorations, it’s the holes that we have to patch. When you use this, you don’t have to do that.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any creative yet simple decorating ideas?

Kelly Edwards: “I tell everybody that when they’re designing for the holidays to really think about the rooms that people gather in, and one of those places obvious with the guests is the kitchen. Everybody loves the kitchen, so I always say focus on a couple of the kitchen elements that you want to update. One thing is, if you’re going to be doing a lot of the holiday cooking, you certainly want to make sure you have a lot of the right tools there as well. One of the things that may need to be replaced is your kitchen faucet. The one I have with me is the MOEN Walden Pull-Out kitchen faucet. It’s great because it looks beautiful in your kitchen, but it’s also the first faucet that is at Home Depot to feature MOEN’s innovative reflex system. What that means is it has a self retracting wand, exceptional range of motion, generous reach and of course secure docking…so that when you pull the faucet out, it comes right back in and it secures itself which is important. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve actually gone to faucets and the faucet is kind of dangling, which isn’t very attractive. So if you’re going to have people over, this might be something that you would want to invest in.

The other thing to think about of course when talking about guests is your overnight guests. One area of your home that you should focus on for the overnight guests is the bathroom. An easy, inexpensive thing to change is your shower curtain rod. This one (please see video for details) is also from MOEN, it is their Tension Curved Shower Rod, it’s perfect because it actually adds five and a half inches of elbow room in your shower. It’s a tension rod, so it literally installs in minutes and it of course doesn’t require any drilling tools or assembly, which is perfect for those people who want to do those DIY projects but don’t want to make them too complicated. I can’t tell you how many times people tell me ‘I’m going to tile my whole bathroom.’ You don’t have to do that, you actually just need to do the simple things for your guests, and one is obviously just changing this out.

Last but not least, I tell everybody as a designer, that the most important thing in your home that you need to do is make sure your lighting looks great. When you have all your friends and family gather for the holidays, you’re going to be using a lot of lighting, and you want to make sure it looks amazing. If you kind of prefer that warm and cozy glow of the incandescent light bulb, there’s actually good news- the classic incandescent isn’t gone, it’s actually just gotten better. GE has their light bulb here (please see video for details), it’s their energy efficient soft white light bulb that actually uses 28% less energy, which means you’re going to save money and in a typical home with 40 light sockets, you can save over $80 a year. If you think about it, your home is going to look amazing and so is your wallet.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?

Kelly Edwards: “One last thing of course, which is my personal biased is gifts. I wrote a new book ‘The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home’, it’s a perfect holiday gift, but it’s also important for yourself if you’re thinking of sprucing up your home for the holidays. I have small projects, I have bigger room projects, and of course I have DIY’s for just about anybody. You can get the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and you can also go to my website: KellyEdwardsInc.com.”

Images: Iconic Fashion Designer Betsey Johnson and NYFW Founder Fern Mallis at 92nd Street Y

Renowned fashion designer, Betsey Johnson best known for her bright, feminine, eclectic yet whimsical designs, spoke with fashion industry leader and award-winning creator of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis at the Fashion Icons Talks with Betsey Johnson (hosted by MARTINI Sparkling Wines) which was held at the iconic 92nd Street Y in New York.

With over 500 people in attendance, the vibrant 70 year old designer dished on everything from her bankruptcy, her time at Mademoiselle, her early years as a designer – which included hard work and partying with the likes of Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol, and Lou Reed; her battle with breast cancer, upcoming reality show and feelings on the industry as a whole.

Betsey gushed when asked about her family and if it was her idea to do the reality show- “I’m the luckiest grandma in the world!”  explains Betsey.  According to Betsey, it was Lulu’s idea to do the reality show.  So what network gets to work with what Betsey calls “a comedy”?  Well in the words of Betsey, “I can’t cook and I can’t be a housewife, so I hoped the Style network comes through!”

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

 	NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

 	NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson and Fern Mallis attend the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 16: Betsey Johnson attends the Fashion Icons In-Depth Interview with Fern Mallis and Betsey Johnson Hosted By 92nd Street Y And MARTINI at 92nd Street Y on January 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for MARTINI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Sneak Peek: Male Models Star in Style Network’s New Reality Docu-Series “Built”

Looking to add a little eye candy to your Monday nights? Or shall I say male model eye candy? The Style Network is premiering their new docu-series Built which stars male models who also happen to be skilled handymen on Monday, January 28th! We have a sneak peek clip to share with you!!!

 

The handsome men of Manhattan's Hott and Handy service tackle home makeover projects with interior designer Kim Gieske on the docu-series Built. Image courtesy of Facebook.com/BuiltShow

The handsome men of Manhattan’s Hott and Handy service tackle home makeover projects with interior designer Kim Gieske on the docu-series Built. Image courtesy of Facebook.com/BuiltShow

 

 

 

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Check out Style’s new home makeover series where the houses aren’t the only pieces of eye candy! On each episode, the five-man crew from Manhattan’s “Hott and Handy” service tackles a home-makeover project while interior designer Kim Gieske lends her insight and expertise. With their different personalities and skill sets, the Built guys sometimes struggle to find common ground, but their dizzying good looks always ensure a handsome ending.  Tune in for the premiere, January 28th at 9/8c.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Sneak peek of Style Network’s Hot New Show “Big Rich Atlanta”

Looking to add a little southern drama to your Wednesday nights? If you’re one of the many who couldn’t get enough of “Big Rich Texas”, then you won’t want to miss out on the Style network’s hot new reality drama “Big Rich Atlanta“, which premieres on Wednesday, January 23rd. We have a sneak peek clip to share with ya!

 

From left: Anandi, Sabrina, Marcia, Meagan of Big Rich Atlanta. Image courtesy of Facebook.com/bigrichatl

From left: Anandi, Sabrina, Marcia, Meagan of Big Rich Atlanta. Image courtesy of Facebook.com/bigrichatl

 

 

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Big Rich Atlanta Series Peek Clip
Welcome to the exclusive world of Atlanta’s Buckhead Country Club, where outrageously wealthy mothers and daughters do whatever it takes to stay on top of the social scene and in control of the action. It’s hot, it’s humid, and it’s full of drama. Georgia’s mother-daughter duos are nothing but peaches–but are they peachy keen on each other? See the premiere January 23rd at 8/7c.

 


 

VIDEOS: Daytime & Evening Makeup Tutorials from Made In Chelsea’s Resident Makeup Artist, Millie!

The Style Network’s newly acquired British reality show “Made In Chelsea” is not only notorious in the UK, but gaining popularity with U.S. viewers as well. Today, I’m happy to share “Made In Chelsea” star and makeup artist, Millie’s video tutorials on creating daytime and evening makeup looks! If you’re looking to create a great look for a lunch date with friends or an evening out this holiday season, you’ll definitely love these fabulous video tutorials!!! ENJOY!!!

Made In Chelsea's star and makeup artist Millie Mackintosh. Image courtesy of GraziaDaily.Co.UK.

“Made In Chelsea” star and makeup artist Millie Mackintosh. Image courtesy of GraziaDaily.Co.UK.

 

 

Millie’s Daytime Make-up Tips:

 

 

 

Millie’s Evening Makeup Tips: