Blogs for October 2013

8 delicious recipes to make with your pumpkins after Halloween

You have some lovely pumpkins to decorate your home for Halloween. Super! But what can you do with them when the holiday is over? Instead of throwing them out, here are 8 simple (and delicious) recipes you can make with your pumpkins.

Pumpkin puree recipe

You can’t decide on a pumpkin recipe? Make a nice puree. You can then use it in crepes, pies, oatmeal, and even smoothies!

An antidote to the “autumn blues”

Fall has arrived: Vacation is over, the days are getting colder, we’re seeing more rain, and the skies turn dark earlier in the evening. Let’s face it: Once the leaves start to fall, our spirits also tend to flag.

In an ideal world, we should all be able to enjoy a few days in the shade of a palm tree – but these plans, unfortunately, are often blocked by budget concerns and no more vacation time.

To mitigate the effects of this seasonal depression, why not use this opportunity to bring a little sunshine back into your everyday ambiance?! Here are a few ideas that will brighten up your fall days a little:

  1. Flowers: When it’s raining out, bring some flowers into your home and arrange them so they’re prominent in your décor. Nothing works better than a beautiful colored bouquet to create a bucolic ambiance that exudes the scents of summer.

  2. A bright, sunny corner: Choose a window for yourself, and create a small light therapy nook in which you can lounge with a good book, making the most of the daylight.

  3.  Touches of color: Restore some joie de vivre in your décor. Use some fun accessories of various colors.

Convert your desk into a make-up table

I’m probably no different than most of you in that I love changing the décor in my home. And what I like even more is changing it without having to spend a lot. The furniture we have often presents more potential than we think. For example, a night stand can be made into a mini-range for your little ones, or, as I’ll show you in this post, a simple desk can become a make-up table that you could customize to suit your teenager’s or your own personal taste.



Axess Desk

Axess Desk


This particular project doesn’t call for any required equipment – you can use what you have on hand! Ribbons, appliqués, paint, stencils, sequins, little storage boxes, etc.

1. You can start by changing the ambiance (for example, the wall colors) of the room where the desk is. This will give it a whole new look.









2. Next, you could add appliqués, ribbons or paint to some areas of your desk. In this case, I chose to place a ribbon on the hutch. I also painted a zigzag pattern on the drawer front, using acrylic paint and a stencil (see our blog post on how to paint laminated furniture).