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Mother's Day Makeover

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She deserves appreciation year round, but Mother's Day is definitely the time to to pay her back -- if only slightly -- for all of those years of love, encouragement, and support.

Instead of the usual flowers or perfume, why not give her a lasting gift...a simple, chic decorative accent that she can enjoy every day.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for a small but memorable Mother's Day makeover...

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These striking silk-taffeta squares are like a deconstructed quilt. They are also an exploration of color, inspired by the work of Bauhaus designer and 20th-century abstract artist Josef Albers. (marthastewart.com)

1 These striking silk-taffeta squares are like a deconstructed quilt. They are also an exploration of color, inspired by the work of Bauhaus designer and 20th-century abstract artist Josef Albers. (marthastewart.com)

Add a splash of personality to her work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

2 Add a splash of personality to her work space by covering plain floating bookshelves with wallpaper. (marthastewart.com)

Brighten up a simple floral arrangement by using a colorful paper lantern as a sleeve for a vase. (marthastewart.com)

3 Brighten up a simple floral arrangement by using a colorful paper lantern as a sleeve for a vase. (marthastewart.com)

Flowing jasmine vines, with chartreuse gradations and crisp silhouettes, recall richly painted textiles in this folding screen. (marthastewart.com)

4 Flowing jasmine vines, with chartreuse gradations and crisp silhouettes, recall richly painted textiles in this folding screen. (marthastewart.com)

Turn empty gift baskets into stylish household organizers. (Similar receptacles are sold at floral shops and crafts stores if you need to supplement your supply.) Unify the mismatched containers by coating them with a single color of latex paint; dry overnight. (marthastewart.com)

5 Turn empty gift baskets into stylish household organizers. (Similar receptacles are sold at floral shops and crafts stores if you need to supplement your supply.) Unify the mismatched containers by coating them with a single color of latex paint; dry overnight. (marthastewart.com)

Brighten up her plain shades with a pretty lining that comes to life when she flips the switch. (marthastewart.com)

6 Brighten up her plain shades with a pretty lining that comes to life when she flips the switch. (marthastewart.com)

Apply delicate silhouettes such as the cherry branches to colored photo books and albums for a stunning memory keeper. (marthastewart.com)

7 Apply delicate silhouettes such as the cherry branches to colored photo books and albums for a stunning memory keeper. (marthastewart.com)

Black-and-white images of nature form photo cubes, which can also be used as bookends. The photographs aren't glued to the cube. Instead, a special gel is used to transfer the images onto blocks. Transfers last longer than paper photographs, so this decoration can remain a fixture for years. (marthastewart.com)

8 Black-and-white images of nature form photo cubes, which can also be used as bookends. The photographs aren't glued to the cube. Instead, a special gel is used to transfer the images onto blocks. Transfers last longer than paper photographs, so this decoration can remain a fixture for years. (marthastewart.com)

It's a snap to turn your favorite photographs into original home accents for Mom like this gorgeous pillow. (marthastewart.com)

9 It's a snap to turn your favorite photographs into original home accents for Mom like this gorgeous pillow. (marthastewart.com)

Create a lasting bouquet she can display anytime. A bunch of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric flowers makes a striking alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. (marthastewart.com)

10 Create a lasting bouquet she can display anytime. A bunch of branches wrapped in seam binding and bedecked with fabric flowers makes a striking alternative to a traditional floral arrangement. (marthastewart.com)

This mirror -- embellished with a stenciled overlay of glass -- looks like an heirloom. (marthastewart.com)

11 This mirror -- embellished with a stenciled overlay of glass -- looks like an heirloom. (marthastewart.com)

Give her sunroom some beach-house appeal. Nautical stripes in faded blues combine with neutrals and naturals for a room that's modern and inviting. (marthastewart.com)

12 Give her sunroom some beach-house appeal. Nautical stripes in faded blues combine with neutrals and naturals for a room that's modern and inviting. (marthastewart.com)

This sophisticated and dramatic headboard looks like raw linen but in reality required nothing more than a paintbrush and tinted glaze. (marthastewart.com)

13 This sophisticated and dramatic headboard looks like raw linen but in reality required nothing more than a paintbrush and tinted glaze. (marthastewart.com)

Swap the utilitarian look and feel of her office magazine organizers for something more artful using a decorative paper. (marthastewart.com)

14 Swap the utilitarian look and feel of her office magazine organizers for something more artful using a decorative paper. (marthastewart.com)

A length of wallpaper is all it takes to turn a plain roller shade into a work of art -- complete with its own frame. Showcase her special piece, a favorite vintage paper, or a remnant. (marthastewart.com)

15 A length of wallpaper is all it takes to turn a plain roller shade into a work of art -- complete with its own frame. Showcase her special piece, a favorite vintage paper, or a remnant. (marthastewart.com)

Use crisscrossed lengths of twill tape to turn a plain linen shade into a striking graphic one. (marthastewart.com)

16 Use crisscrossed lengths of twill tape to turn a plain linen shade into a striking graphic one. (marthastewart.com)

Bring a natural note to Mom's home office with coordinated wood-grain accessories. All it takes to make a matched set of mouse pads, file boxes, and straight-sided glass jars is self-adhesive shelf liner. (marthastewart.com)

17 Bring a natural note to Mom's home office with coordinated wood-grain accessories. All it takes to make a matched set of mouse pads, file boxes, and straight-sided glass jars is self-adhesive shelf liner. (marthastewart.com)

Give her bar a stylish update. Two disparate pieces -- a cabinet and a desk -- become one, thanks to the clever use of wallpaper. The sophisticated pattern makes a beautiful backdrop for a collection of glasses. To get this look, adhere a wallpaper panel above the desk and mount the cabinet. Remove cabinet shelves, and line the back with wallpaper; be sure to line up the center of the cabinet panel with the center of the wall panel below (marthastewart.com)

18 Give her bar a stylish update. Two disparate pieces -- a cabinet and a desk -- become one, thanks to the clever use of wallpaper. The sophisticated pattern makes a beautiful backdrop for a collection of glasses. To get this look, adhere a wallpaper panel above the desk and mount the cabinet. Remove cabinet shelves, and line the back with wallpaper; be sure to line up the center of the cabinet panel with the center of the wall panel below (marthastewart.com)

Her work will always be more pleasant with flowers on the desk. Place a swath of bloom-themed wallpaper (use double-sided tape if the edges curl) on a desk, and then top it with a piece of custom-cut glass. (marthastewart.com)

19 Her work will always be more pleasant with flowers on the desk. Place a swath of bloom-themed wallpaper (use double-sided tape if the edges curl) on a desk, and then top it with a piece of custom-cut glass. (marthastewart.com)

Personalize Mom's desk with a free-form stone-shaped blotter; it's a great way to protect the surface or to designate a writing area. Plus it takes just minutes to make: Outline the shape you want on the back of the leather, and cut it out with heavy-duty scissors
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20 Personalize Mom's desk with a free-form stone-shaped blotter; it's a great way to protect the surface or to designate a writing area. Plus it takes just minutes to make: Outline the shape you want on the back of the leather, and cut it out with heavy-duty scissors (marthastewart.com)

Create a rainbow of colorful mats is a prime example to bring a bit of zip to a collection of black-and-white images. Try old family photographs or convert color ones to black-and-white, and then unify the group with slender, gallery-style black frames.  (marthastewart.com)

21 Create a rainbow of colorful mats is a prime example to bring a bit of zip to a collection of black-and-white images. Try old family photographs or convert color ones to black-and-white, and then unify the group with slender, gallery-style black frames. (marthastewart.com)

What mom wouldn't appreciate a brand new bedroom? I love the Martha Stewart Collection 24-piece room in a bag kit. Available at Macy's, it gives you everything you need to freshen a bedroom's look. This pattern is called Chantilly.  The color combination of charcoal, aqua and ivory is so calming.

22 What mom wouldn't appreciate a brand new bedroom? I love the Martha Stewart Collection 24-piece room in a bag kit. Available at Macy's, it gives you everything you need to freshen a bedroom's look. This pattern is called Chantilly. The color combination of charcoal, aqua and ivory is so calming.

I also love the color and pattern of Terrace Mosaic, another 24-piece room in a bag set from the Martha Stewart Bedding Collection at Macy's.

23 I also love the color and pattern of Terrace Mosaic, another 24-piece room in a bag set from the Martha Stewart Bedding Collection at Macy's.

Mademoiselle is a six-piece bed in a bag set from our Macy's collection.  This pattern is one of Martha's personal favorites.

24 Mademoiselle is a six-piece bed in a bag set from our Macy's collection. This pattern is one of Martha's personal favorites.

For our Collector's Quilts at Macy's, Martha and I went through her collection of quilts at Skylands, her home in Maine. This pattern, Wedding Rings, was inspired by one of those vintage quilts.

25 For our Collector's Quilts at Macy's, Martha and I went through her collection of quilts at Skylands, her home in Maine. This pattern, Wedding Rings, was inspired by one of those vintage quilts.

The pattern on this Sunflower Medallion quilt was inspired by another one of Martha's own textiles.

26 The pattern on this Sunflower Medallion quilt was inspired by another one of Martha's own textiles.

Mother's Day Makeover How-To Instructions

Framed Quilted Squares

Wallpapered Shelves

Colorful Vase Sleeve

Jasmine Folding Screen

Floral Lampshade Liner

Floral Photo Album Covers

Leaf-Embellished Mirror

Striped Rug Pillows

Raw-Linen Headboard

Wallpapered Magazine Holders

Twill-Taped Lampshade

Wood-Grain Office Set

Stone-Shaped Desk Blotter

Colorful Mats

There's more ideas to be found in our Mother's Day Gift Guide.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and moms-t0-be out there!

Martha and Emeril Kick It Up A Notch

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Martha has formed invaluable relationships with so many incredible individuals and companies throughout the years.

In 2008, we welcomed one of the most creative and influential cooking personalities into the Martha Stewart Living family -- chef Emeril Lagasse.

I can honestly say that I have never met a man nicer than Emeril, and there is not a single one of my colleagues that doesn't agree with me. He is truly a kind man whose generosity and sense of caring knows no bounds.

Emeril nurtured a passion for food at a young age. Though a talented musician in high school, he took a different path and pursued culinary schooling at Johnson and Wales University, then in Paris where he was classically trained in French cuisine.

He continued his rise stateside, working in fine restaurants in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Orleans before opening his own restaurant in 1990.

Emeril has turned a childhood passion into a cooking empire. He owns 12 restaurants in five cities across the U.S., hosts syndicated television shows, and has a retail line of creole foods and cookware.

Martha Stewart Living now features Emeril's recipes, cookbooks, and you can even hear Emeril on Martha Stewart Living Radio.

I couldn't resist including some photos of the interiors of his beautiful restaurants, along with some of his eye-catching recipes.

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With his amazing food sense, Chef Emeril Lagasse is right at home in the Martha Stewart Living family.

1 With his amazing food sense, Chef Emeril Lagasse is right at home in the Martha Stewart Living family.

Emeril's New Orleans opened in 1990 as Lagasse's first restaurant. I particularly love the woven ceilings.

2 Emeril's New Orleans opened in 1990 as Lagasse's first restaurant. I particularly love the woven ceilings.

Emeril's Delmonico in New Orleans. Rich, creamy leathers are a great choice for the bar area.

3 Emeril's Delmonico in New Orleans. Rich, creamy leathers are a great choice for the bar area.

Chef Spencer Minch of Emeril's Delmonico stands among beautiful aged meats and wines.

4 Chef Spencer Minch of Emeril's Delmonico stands among beautiful aged meats and wines.

Burgers and More by Emeril in Pennsylvania. A pop art mosaic of Emeril kicks up the impact of the dining area.

5 Burgers and More by Emeril in Pennsylvania. A pop art mosaic of Emeril kicks up the impact of the dining area.

The primary colors and open kitchen of Burgers and More create a casual and family friendly environment.

6 The primary colors and open kitchen of Burgers and More create a casual and family friendly environment.

Emeril's in Miami Beach. The vibrant interior match the restaurants bright and sunny surroundings.

7 Emeril's in Miami Beach. The vibrant interior match the restaurants bright and sunny surroundings.

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House in Las Vegas. The giant metal fish sculpture is quite the statement piece.

8 Emeril's New Orleans Fish House in Las Vegas. The giant metal fish sculpture is quite the statement piece.

The bar at Table 10. The blue pendant lamps set the bar apart from the warm tones in the dining area.

9 The bar at Table 10. The blue pendant lamps set the bar apart from the warm tones in the dining area.

The food bar at Table 10 in Las Vegas.

10 The food bar at Table 10 in Las Vegas.

Nola in New Orleans. This restaurant has a more rustic atmosphere.

11 Nola in New Orleans. This restaurant has a more rustic atmosphere.

Emeril's Tchoup Chop in Orlando. The water feature in the center of the restaurant is breathtaking.

12 Emeril's Tchoup Chop in Orlando. The water feature in the center of the restaurant is breathtaking.

A dining area at Tchoup Chop in Orlando. The exotic flare is stunning.

13 A dining area at Tchoup Chop in Orlando. The exotic flare is stunning.

20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast is available in the Martha Stewart online shop.

14 20-40-60 Fresh Food Fast is available in the Martha Stewart online shop.

Emeril at the Grill is also available in the Martha Stewart family of cookbooks.

15 Emeril at the Grill is also available in the Martha Stewart family of cookbooks.

Sometimes nothing is better than a classic steak. Speaking of..

16 Sometimes nothing is better than a classic steak. Speaking of..

Emeril recently launched a line of high-quality meats. Red Marble Steaks offers a wide selection of steaks perfect for summer grilling. (redmarblesteaks.com)

17 Emeril recently launched a line of high-quality meats. Red Marble Steaks offers a wide selection of steaks perfect for summer grilling. (redmarblesteaks.com)

I bet this cantaloupe, arugula, and prosciutto salad is just as delicious as it looks.

18 I bet this cantaloupe, arugula, and prosciutto salad is just as delicious as it looks.

Emeril's grilled vegetables are so vibrant in color and flavor.

19 Emeril's grilled vegetables are so vibrant in color and flavor.

Emeril makes a delicious combination of oysters and caviar.

20 Emeril makes a delicious combination of oysters and caviar.

These marinated and grilled shrimp look mouth-watering.

21 These marinated and grilled shrimp look mouth-watering.

Emeril and Martha make a great team.

22 Emeril and Martha make a great team.

Cantaloupe, Arugula, and Prosciutto

Eggplant and Peppers with Feta

Poached Oysters with Spinach Puree

Big T Bone Steaks with Chipotle Butter

Lemon-Herb Grilled Shrimp

Emeril is also featured cooking kid-friendly recipes with his son E.J.and daughter Meril in Everyday Food Magazine, and sometimes the duo make highly entertaining appearances on Martha's show....

Watch Emeril, son E.J., and Martha cook on Martha's show