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  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    10 hours ago

    While the lighting of the Chanukah candles has been a tradition for centuries, menorahs themselves are constantly being reinvented. Do an online search for “menorahs” and you’ll find literally hundreds of styles, from traditional to novelty. (One that’s getting a lot of attention...

  • How to make a floral turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving

    By Jonathan Fong

    6 days ago

    For me, decorating the table is the best part of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner celebration. I love arranging the dishes, the sparkling glasses, the starched napkins — and, of course, making the centerpieces. 

    Centerpieces are a great way to set the mood, a way to tell your guests...

  • Is your house ready for El Niño?

    By Jonathan Fong

    3 weeks ago

    The rain is coming. Rain — you remember what that is, right? After one of the longest stretches of drought in California’s recorded history, meteorologists are predicting a strong El Niño weather system this fall and winter, which, if it materializes, will batter us with storms....

  • HOME: Tips for designing a home office

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 15, 2015 | 11:51 am

    A show of hands: Who works at home? Probably everyone reading this. The reality is, almost everyone does some kind of work from home, whether catching up on work emails, telecommuting or actually running a home-based business. 

    Because we work so much at home, it’s more important...

  • Home: How to make a throw pillow from an old shirt

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 8, 2015 | 11:53 am

    I have trouble donating old clothes to charitable thrift shops because I always want to up-cycle the pieces and use them in crafting and decorating projects. All those fun fabrics are just too good to give away. No wonder I have cabinets full of clothing castoffs waiting for a new...

  • Home: Tips for decorating your mantel

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 30, 2015 | 9:19 am

    One design dilemma that frequently stumps home decorators is how to arrange art and accessories on their fireplace mantels. The mantel is a focal point of a living room, often the first place someone looks when they enter the room. If you’re not sure how best to decorate your...

  • HOME: Eco-friendly disposable tableware for Sukkot

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 24, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    When you’re dining under the stars in your sukkah, the last thing you want to think about is washing dishes. Fortunately, an array of stylish, eco-friendly, disposable plates and cutlery is available to dress up your table while making cleanup a breeze. 

    Because Sukkot is a...

  • Home: New decorating trends for the new year

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 9, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Rosh Hashanah is all about new beginnings, so what better time to look at our homes in a fresh way? Whether you’re considering a new paint color for the wall, updating furniture or just buying new cabinet pulls, check out these hot decorating trends and make 5776 your most stylish...

  • Home: 10 Common decorating mistakes and how to fix them

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 2, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Decorating your home is a very personal thing — we all have different tastes. There are some common design mistakes, however, that many of us make. The good news is that even if you’re guilty of one or more of these faux pas, they’re easy to fix.

    Pushing all the furniture against...

  • Home: How to make your own French memo board

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 27, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Maybe because it’s back-to-school season, or because people are in fall organizing mode, but I’ve been getting requests about ideas for bulletin boards. Well, when it comes to bulletin boards, nothing combines style and practicality like a French memo board. Covered in decorative...

  • Home: Five ways to trick out your backpack for school

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 19, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    For me, one of the perks of going back to school every fall was getting to start the year with a brand spanking new backpack. The thing about backpacks, though, is that most are not too exciting to look at. They’re usually plain or utilitarian or they have cartoon characters...

  • Home: Back-to-school floral arrangement with pencils

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 12, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    Throughout my high-school years, I was a straight-A student. My only B was in driver’s ed (and that was a miracle, given my car accident the first day of driver’s training). Letting your teachers know you appreciate them can help your standing, too, and starting the year off with a...

  • How I created America’s most hated kitchen

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 15, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    You have not lived until you have been called “tacky and tasteless,” or been labeled as someone who has created “the ugliest thing I have ever seen.” But those are the sort of comments I get every time my Warhol-inspired kitchen appears on a decorating website. 

    The first time it...

  • Getting the hang of it: Helpful hints for displaying artwork

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 8, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    People love having art on their walls, but they’re often not so keen on hanging it. I understand. It can be intimidating just to get started. How do you decide what goes where? How high do you hang it? What if you put a hole in the wall then want to change where the picture goes? ...

  • How to make rose ice cubes

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 25, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Could this be the coolest idea ever? Ice cubes with roses frozen inside will add a glamorous and festive touch to any summer party. They’re also ideal for bridal and baby showers or a romantic dinner for two. Place them in an ice bucket for chilling wine, champagne or sodas, and...

  • Picture this: DIY photo books

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    We love taking photographs, don’t we? According to Yahoo, 880 billion photos were taken in 2014. Sadly, most of the photos we take remain on our smartphones or SD cards, never to see the light of day. My mother, who witnesses her five children busily snapping photos like paparazzi...

  • Up-cycle cereal boxes to make picture frames

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 27, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    I love eco-friendly crafts that allow me to up-cycle objects that would normally go in the trash. A few weeks ago, I transformed a used matzah box into a scrapbook album. That project was so popular that this week, I am turning old cereal boxes into picture frames. In fact, you can...

  • 10 tips for summer outdoor entertaining

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 21, 2015 | 5:06 pm

    This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer party season. And although Southern California enjoys warm weather year-round, the longer days can make summer parties even more enjoyable. But if the thought of planning a gathering stresses you out, here are some tips to help you...

  • Customize your home decor with digital printing

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 15, 2015 | 11:44 am

    Seven years ago, when I designed a room at the Greystone Mansion Designer Showcase in Beverly Hills, I upholstered the walls with fabric I’d had custom printed with giant photographs of magnolias. The ability to easily custom print fabric with digital images was relatively new at...

  • Up-cycle a matzah box into a mini photo album

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 10, 2015 | 12:34 pm

    I hate to throw away boxes. Cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes, gift boxes — you name it. It’s not that I’m a hoarder, just that the cardboard used in packaging can be a valuable crafting resource. It’s thick, durable and can be used for myriad DIY projects. I pay good money in paper...

  • How to make a fresh herb wreath for Passover

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 11, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    As you welcome friends and family to your home this Passover season, decorate your front door with this beautiful and fragrant herb wreath. Although some people associate wreaths with Christmas, wreaths actually predate Christianity, and the Mishnah even mentions wreaths made from...

  • Wild Parrot Wolf Whistles Wood Deck Refinished by The Handy Hazzan and Roxy

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    November 3, 2013 | 3:40 pm

    For the first time since 1888, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day, November 28 this year, and it won’t happen again for some 7000 years to come!  For many of our non-Jewish friends, Christmas arrives less than a month later.  With all the festivities planned, and...

  • Clothing redux: T-shirt to tank top

    By Julie Bien

    October 16, 2013 | 10:33 am

    No matter how little money I had in my bank account at my poorest post-grad school point (I was very, very broke) I always found myself with an abundance of oversized t-shirts. Out of a mix of necessity, craftiness, and caffeine-induced mania, I decided to teach myself how to...

  • I am buying homeless signs for Sukkot this year

    By Rob Eshman

    August 15, 2013 | 9:57 am

    I started building my sukkah in December. To those of you who are sukkah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds.

    A sukkah is the ritual hut that Jews build each year on the holiday of Sukkot, which begins this year on the evening of Sept. 18. You set it up after Yom Kippur,...