Red velvet cake, whose namesake hue is provided by food coloring, is a favorite dessert in the South, but its exact origins are unknown. No matter where it comes from, we are celebrating its merits -- deep crimson color and rich, cocoa-tinged taste.
And red velvet, it seems, is not just for eating. Taking inspiration from the old-fashioned dessert, we are also celebrating velvety craft projects and decorative accents in every shade. Now you can have your cake and craft -- and decorate with it, too.
Food historians may differ about the origin of red velvet cake, but one thing is certain: It's gained widespread popularity in recent years in cupcake form.
A group of dishes, compotes, pitchers, or any other small treasures you've acquired over the years needn't be set behind glass panels or hidden behind sideboard and hutch doors. Given an open platform -- such as a bookshelf -- these pretty wares can serve as a decorative focal point in a room. Here, Martha's collection of Paris porcelain is simultaneously shown off and protected by velvet-covered shelves, whose deep color sets off the silhouettes of the pieces.
Refurbished and hung in the bedroom, an old wooden cabinet -- found at a flea market or yard sale -- is just the right size to stash jewelry, perfume, and other accoutrements. We lined this mirror-fronted chest with pink velvet and added dowels and decorative hardware.
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