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  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    1 day 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...

  • How to set-up a guest room for out-of-town visitors

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 weeks ago

    With the holidays just around the corner, some of us are getting ready to welcome out-of-town guests coming in to join the festivities. Having guests stay at your house can be fun, but it can also be stressful for both parties. Whether your guests will sleep in a spare bedroom or...

  • How to season and care for your cast-iron skillet

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 28, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Earlier this year, in a column about what every home should have, I listed a cast-iron skillet as one of my household essentials. For those unfamiliar with cast-iron cookware, it is known for its black coating that develops over time as oils are polymerized on its surface. 


  • 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: 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...

  • 8 Easy ways to conserve water right now

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 5, 2015 | 4:38 pm

    As you probably know, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory water-use reduction of 25 percent across California back in April because of our state’s historic drought. It has been up to the individual cities and communities to implement the reduction efforts, so you may have received...

  • 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? ...

  • Professional tips on clearing clutter and getting organized

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 2, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    There’s a post that’s going around Facebook right now about how creative people have messier workspaces. That certainly fits me. I would show you a picture of the desk I’m typing at right now, but it would ruin your image of me as the consummate style guru. (OK, that may not be...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Is an IKEA Sofa for You?

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 4, 2015 | 11:08 am

    I have a confession to make. I own an IKEA sofa. 

    When I disclose this little tidbit of information, people think I’m kidding. IKEA is great for bookcases and office furniture, but there is still a stigma attached to IKEA’s more substantial furniture pieces, like beds and sofas....

  • Decorating to improve your love life

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 12, 2015 | 11:01 am

    Admit it. The first time you visit the home of someone you’ve just started dating, don’t you love to snoop around the place to get some clue about this potential mate? You might look at the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, maybe the style of furniture to get an idea...

  • Is beauty a Jewish value?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2013 | 11:01 am

    When we talk about Jewish values, we usually refer to things like justice, compassion, generosity, humility, honesty, faith, wisdom and so on. We rarely talk about beauty.

    Beauty is vain and superficial, we’re so often told.

    And yet, the word “beautiful” is prominent on this...