Monday, December 30, 2013

Donuts and Decor

Glittered Pinecones for the Holidays
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! New Year’s is just around the corner, so there’s still some time to enjoy the festive decorations and lazy days ahead.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Dripping with Merriness

Christmas-Chandelier-with-Pinecones

Merry Christmas Eve!

Traditionally, my family has always had a Christmas feast on the night before Christmas, so tonight, the dining table must be merry and bright. For my Christmas

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Gift Wrap: Natural-Glam Style

Natural-Glam-Gift-WrappingAs with most things in Nora's Nest, I'm always searching for nature-inspired, glamorous ways of approaching decor and lifestyle. Christmas gift wrapping is no different! This

How To Wrap the Perfect Gift

Natural-Pinecone-Giftwrap
If I've spent the time to find the perfect gift, I want to give that gift the perfect wrapping. And it all starts with the wrapping paper! For a blank slate, I love to use brown

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Ornaments

blue-vintage-ornament
I'll be honest: When it comes to vintage Christmas ornaments, I've been both naughty and nice this year. My obsession with these ornaments coaxed me into buying them

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Star Garland

Star Garland for Christmas
I love making beautiful Christmas decorations that can be used year after year. This year, I made glittered star garlands that adorn my antique mirrors, trying to replicate the

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pinecones for the Holidays

Christmas and Holiday Mantle
Four years ago today, I married my husband in a winter wonderland wedding. My family, husband-to-be, and I worked for months to glitter five-thousand pinecones,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Thanksgiving Table

Decorating the Thanksgiving Table
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my family and friends for a Thanksgiving feast -- and decorating for it, of course! Since the turkey is the star of the table show, I like to

Friday, November 22, 2013

Making Paper Mache Mushrooms

Paper Mache Mushrooms - DIY
If you enjoyed the handmade paper mache (or papier-mâché) mushrooms featured in my

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pumpkins for the Holidays

Marblize Pumpkins for the Holidays
Even after Halloween is long over, I cannot bear to throw away my beloved pumpkins. Here, I've repurposed them for the holidays. By marbleizing the pumpkins with silver

Friday, November 8, 2013

Autumn Leaf Arrangements

Autumn Leaf Bouquet

This time of year, autumn leaves and branches are bountiful on sidewalks and in parks. And

Monday, November 4, 2013

Autumn Decor -- Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves from My Chandelier
When I saw autumnal leaves fluttering and falling to earth at a nearby park, I knew that some of them must be brought back with me for a home decor project. I decided to hang

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Enter if you Dare...Continued

Spooky Glam Halloween Party - Skull in Manzanita

Continue on my haunted house tour, and you'll see the brave souls who dared to enter...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Enter if You Dare

Welcome to my Spooky Glam Halloween Party

Welcome to my Spooky-Glam Halloween Party!


Join me for a tour of my haunted house before the guests arrive...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hauntify Your House

Coffee Table for Halloween; Hauntify Your House

Everyday household items can become gloriously spooky with a little Halloween imagination. A fireplace screen can turn into a haunted gate using swags of Spanish Moss.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Here Come the Skeletons

Glowing Skeleton Head; Here Come the Skeletons
Halloween is drawing near, and what's Halloween without a few skeletons? You can find beautiful paper mache skeletons in arts and crafts markets, clay skeleton heads glowing

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Jack-o-Lantern Galaxy

Sun Carving; Jack-o-Lantern Galaxy

A jack-o-lantern galaxy is as magical and beautiful as Halloween can get. These gorgeous carved pumpkins were created by Linda Riddle, an amazingly talented artist who lives in

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bats: The Bold and The Beautiful

Paper Bats on my Mantle for Halloween; DIY

Creating your own paper bats for Halloween isn't only a fun craft project; it's a personal touch to your home that can be used for many Halloweens to come. I love all sorts of

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Ghostly White

Ghostly White Pumpkins
Want to try something a little different this Halloween? Neutralizing your autumnal color palette can be very refreshing and quite magical. In this vignette, I’ve taken away the

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Pumpkin Perfect

Pumpkins for October and Halloween
Fall doesn’t feel like fall until the pumpkins arrive! From a trip to the pumpkin patch to pumpkin decor, pumpkins bring fun and beauty to any home this time of year. I love

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Special Vessel

Beautiful Vases
A floral arrangement can freshen any room and brighten anyone’s day, but the uniqueness of its vessel can turn an ordinary arrangement into an extraordinary one. A unique vase can

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mirror Magic

Mirrors of Country Garden Antiques

 

The Mirrors of Country Garden Antiques

Mirrors are magic for home decor: they brighten, enlarge, and beautify spaces in the home. Country Garden Antiques, in Dallas, Texas, is one of my favorite antique stores I’ve ever

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pitcher This

Beautiful Pitchers for the Home

Summer may be waning, but enjoying the outdoors isn’t over yet. To make the most of these final summer afternoons, bring a pitcher of your favorite cool beverage outside and

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Friendly Frogs You'll Want to Kiss

Vintage Garden Frogs Who doesn’t love a friendly frog in their garden? Tucked away in greenery, vintage frogs bring humor and magic into the garden in an unexpected way. Their muted greens, grays,

Monday, September 9, 2013

Photography for Your Nest: Bold Nature

Colorful and Bold Flower Photography
Nature photography is a lovely way to let the outdoors in to your home — without the dirt or bugs! Although I like to keep neutral color photographs in my home for most of the year,

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Photography for Your Nest: Neutral Nature

Nature Photography for the Home
Because of my passion for nature and bringing the outdoors indoors, I love to photograph a variety of natural items to display throughout the home. Photographing and enlarging images of small objects, such as leaves, shells, flowers, and nests, can give a modern,

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Sweet Success of Succulents

Planting Succulents for the Home and Garden

What’s not to love about succulents? They range in color from dusty blue to glossy black, have an unearthly aesthetic, and are impossibly easy to care for. Not only are

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Garden Tour: Lake Como, Italy

Italian Garden with Wisteria; Lake Como

Wisteria, ivy, and agave are what make this Italian garden in Lake Como so spectacular — oh, and let’s not forget the view. On a recent trip to Italy, we walked around this garden all

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Transforming Spaces: The Dining Room

Transform the Living Room; Before and AfterLast year, my husband and I purchased and began renovating our house. There was so much we loved when we first saw the house: it sat atop a hill, had beautiful views, was

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Natural Elements

Natural Elements for the Home

Bring the Outside In – Natural Elements Found In Your Own Backyard

Finding natural elements to decorate your home is one of the most rewarding ways to make your home beautiful. Some natural elements are easily found in a park, on a nature hike, or

Friday, August 23, 2013

Creating a Vignette

Creating a Vignette

To me, a vignette is a grouping of items that create a beautiful composition together. A single room could have several vignettes: on the walls, in corners, on tables, on mantles,

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Home is Where the Hearth Is

My Everyday Mantle

When designing a mantle, I think of it as a small stage. A mantle sits up high, displays a collection of beloved items, and demands your attention. It is the focal point of any living

Friday, August 16, 2013

Welcome to Nora's Nest!

Hi, I'm Nora. Welcome to Nora's Nest!


Since I can remember, I have loved all things home decor and design. When I was a young girl growing up in Texas, I would steal my mother's home decor catalogs and stay up all night circling the items that I longed to collect for my future home. In 2012, I purchased and began renovating my first home in Los Angeles with my husband, so my dreams are coming true.

Nora's Nest is a collection of ideas from my home, travels, painting, photography, and all design ideas that inspire me to make the home more beautiful.

I hope you enjoy the blog, and I welcome any questions and inspiration you may have. Thank you for visiting!

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