Make This Now: Easter-Ready Edible Nests

Easter’s only a few days away, and if you’re looking for a simple holiday treat or a fun activity for your candy-addled kids, look no further. These edible bird nests are simple to make, look adorable when they’re done, and best of all, taste great. I first made them for a wedding shower a few months ago, and they were a big hit, so I made a batch for the office this week. Margaux has a weird thing about only eating Peeps after they’ve gone stale, but everyone else enjoyed them. Here’s how make them yourself.

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Splurge/Save/Steal: Minimalist Chairs

It’s been a long week, and it’s only Wednesday. You need to take a load off. So where should you park your tired derrière? How about one of these simple-shaped, chrome-legged chairs? I especially like them because they look fit for a dining room or breakfast nook, and both of those places involve eating, which is one of my favorite things. But you could easily use them behind a desk in an office, in a small corner of a living room to provide extra seating, or at a bathroom vanity. I mean, they’re chairs. Just use your imagination.

What you won’t have to use, if you don’t want to, is a lot of cash.

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What We’re Pinning: Not-Your-Average Patio Doors

It’s cold and gray out. Again. But we’re trying to think positive here, people. Spring technically arrived six days ago, and we’re willing the tardy warm weather to hurry up and get here with our brains. And our Pinterest account, apparently.

Without really realizing we were doing it, we’ve been pinning a variety of gorgeous doors that bridge the divide between indoors and outdoors this week.

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Splurge vs. Save: Graphic Gold Accent Tables

I’ve had a style crush on Jonathan Adler’s Nixon tables ever since I spotted the cocktail version on the set of E!’s Fashion Police (which Adler himself designed). Every time I resist the urge to buy a Starbucks iced coffee or I pass on a new pair of shoes, I mentally bank that money toward the purchase of the end table in gold. But at $695, I’m going to have to forgo a loooot of lattes.

…Or maybe not.

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My Space: D Home Managing Editor Jessica Jones’ Guest Room/Office

A few years ago, tired of throwing money away on rent, I bought my own place. I was a twenty-something single girl at the time, but I decided that I didn’t need or want to wait for a man to have a mortgage (let me hear you, Beyoncé). It was the best decision I’ve ever made.

I love having my own home to do with what I please. A place where I can host friends and family comfortably. I’m so glad I gave myself the experience of living alone. It’s something I think everyone should do, at least once in their life.

When Margaux asked us to share our personal favorite spaces, I considered a few different areas within my home, but I finally settled on my guest room/office. It might seem funny that my favorite room is the one that typically gets used least often. I’ll tell you the truth: A big reason for that is it’s simply the project I finished most recently, so we’re still in the honeymoon phase. But honestly, since I gave this room a makeover, I find myself spending more time in here—and not just when I’m working.

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Going for the Gold: Oscar Party Ideas

The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, and if there’s anything I like more than watching the ceremony and critiquing the nominated films (and the nominees’ fashions), it’s hosting an Oscar-watching party for my fellow movie-loving friends. It’s become a tradition of mine. Each year, I plan a party menu based on the Best Picture contenders. Three years ago, for instance, the menu included True Grits and shrimp, Winter’s Bone-less Buffalo Wings, and dream bars (in honor of Inception). Last year, it was Life of (Lemon Meringue) Pi, Zero Dark Birdie (AKA white-meat chicken nuggets), and fudge (for a PG-ified version of the insult Alan Arkin utters in Argo).

I’m keeping my menu for this year’s shindig a secret for now, but for those of you looking for inspiration for an Oscar Party of your own, here are a few of my favorite ideas.

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Good House Keeping: Command Picture Hanging Strips

As any red-blooded woman’s Pinterest page can attest, gallery walls are a beautiful way to display photos and sentimental items. But real talk: They can be suuuuuuch a nightmare to put up. I’ve probably pinned more pins about tricks and tips for hanging gallery wall frames than anything else.

A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to hang a gallery wall in my bedroom, because I am a glutton for punishment. I spent weeks collecting frames and finally amassed a group—and pictures, prints, and collectibles to go in them—that I felt was worth showcasing. The only problem was that one of my frames (the gold metal one in the foreground of the photo above) was meant for a tabletop. The plastic backing provided no way to attach a screw-in hanger of any kind.

So I visited Aaron Brothers and asked the framing experts there what I could do. “The only thing I could suggest would be the 3M hangers,” said the helpful associate/angel from heaven. Only having used 3M’s line of stick-on hooks before, I wasn’t sure what he was talking about, so I asked him to show me these magical little devices he spoke of. If only I’d realized how my life would change that afternoon.

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A Super Snack Mix Recipe for the Big Game

As my friends know, I love to host a party. It’s become an annual tradition, for instance, for me to throw a watch party for the Oscars, which is my most favorite of my favorite events. Unfortunately, the din of party chatter inevitably drowns out some of the presentation, which can be frustrating for a film fanatic like me.

Which is why I think I should host a Super Bowl party. You know why? Because I couldn’t care less about the Super Bowl. Watch grown men hurt each other, gladiator-style, for my “enjoyment?” Blech. No thank you. All the more reason to have friends over to catch up, animatedly discuss current events—heck, they could even perform dramatic readings of their diary entries. I really don’t care to see anything that will be happening on the television that evening.

But I will want to eat.

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