While DIY projects are meant to evoke a simpler time, let's face it, they take up a lot of time. And so they sit, in the graveyard of good intentions otherwise know as Pinterest.
Abby Larson understands the struggle (even if her picture-perfect, DIY-filled website, , indicates otherwise). "I have three little kids, an incredibly busy business, playdates, soccer practice and holiday parties squeezed in for good measure," she says. "Life is absurdly busy."
But Larson still believes pretty, personal touches are a must, especially when it comes to holiday decor. So she's adopting a new approach to the traditional DIY — DIQ, or do it quick.
"Not many of us have the time to conquer full blown DIY projects, particularly around the holidays when the crazy kicks up a notch, so around here, we stick to fast, easy ideas that can be executed while the cookies are baking or the little one is stealing a nap," she explains. Think wrapping a ribbon around a napkin or spray painting clippings from your garden. Here, Larson shows us how to do it:
Preparation is critical to mastering both the DIY and the DIQ. For the latter, Larson suggests keeping lots of neutral staples on hand, like the table linens she used to create this fall-themed tablescape for .
"Invest in neutrals. Linens, tablecloths, chargers, white plates," she says. "I promise you will use these elements over and over again, and can layer on whatever theme or season you are hoping to capture."
Larson's other DIQ tip: Use pretty ribbon as a part of your decor. "It's inexpensive and makes such a romantic design statement. We used ours to wrap the silverware, but you can also puddle it down the center for an effortless 'runner' effect."
"Chair garland is very popular. But it doesn't have to be a big deal," Larson says. Use wire to connect 3 to 4 stems of magnolia or other greenery together and secure to the chair using ribbon. "If you're feeling glam, spray paint it in a fabulous shade of gold!"
Bowls of fruit are a really great way to add warmth and color to your table, but ditch the notion of bananas and oranges and go for gorgeous stone fruits like peaches, plums, and pomegranates, Larson says. "Even apothecary jars filled with veggies like artichokes or brussels sprouts look gorgeous."