Monday, November 30, 2009

Deck the Halls!

We are knee-deep in Christmas decorations, how about you?
Here's some eye candy to serve as inspiration if you haven't started your decorating just yet.

Aren't these carnation wreaths beautiful and different? A very modern twist to holiday decorating!
How gorgeous is this? This look would be amazing for New Year's as well. I wonder if I could duplicate this look, but on a much smaller scale.
We have a surplus of pine cones in our yard, (thanks to a neighboring tree) so we have been making a ton of pine cone crafts this year. Maybe I'll give the pine cone ball below a shot.
This photo is so inspiring to me!
We too have a tree in our dining room this year (a total of 3 in our house) so the photo below gives me the warm and fuzzies.
How about you? Do you try something new every year or do you stick to tradition?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Baby Time!

Dear friends of ours recently transformed their guest room into a nursery. Take a look at what they did to a plain, pine wardrobe.

After coating the entire piece with primer, they painted the whole piece white.


Then they "antiqued" the corners and edges with sandpaper.

And of course, replaced the old hardware with beautiful crystal knobs. So cute!

Perfect for a baby girl!

After being inspired by what they did, we have a very similar wardrobe in our guest room. We'll share pics very soon.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Return of Nook Madness

A while back we blogged about nooks. Our nook is finally complete and we are ready to share it with you. First, we need to show you the ugly state the nook what in before it was ours.

Yup, when we bought our house, this is what it looked like. The entire house was in complete disarray. Nobody had loved it in quite sometime.
After some much needed love, our nook now serves a purpose. It houses our wine!


Those hanging candles are from CB2 and we love them!

The black cabinet previously looked like this. After some black paint and new hardware, it was ready to hold our wine.

What have you done with a space that was previously unloved? I'd love to hear stories about changes that you've made to a home or piece of furniture that needed a little bit of extra attention.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Autumn Flower Arrangements

Fresh flowers are mandatory when throwing a party, so when we began planning our housewarming party I knew that we would have to do something special. I wanted to make sure that our flower arrangements were appropriate for the season. But most importantly, I wanted the arrangements to be easy to make! This idea would be perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Take a look.

We bought pumpkins at a farmers market for just a few bucks. Joe carved the top of the pumpkins and scooped out all of the seeds and other gunk. (I didn't want pumpkin guts under my nails for our big party).
Then I took a bunch of small branches from our maple trees and began to assemble a bouquet of carnations, pom poms and astromerias that I purchased from the store.

Then I put a small vase filled with water inside my pumpkins. (A small candle holder will work well in pumpkins that are tiny).
Then I plopped a bouquet in each pumpkin and was finished. How easy was that?!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Housewarming

We have been so busy preparing our home for it's big reveal! Tomorrow is our housewarming party which will be the first time many of our family and friend have seen our new home.

Next week we will have tons of "before & after" pics to show you. It's so hard to believe that this is the same home that we purchased just months ago. It's amazing what a little love and creativity can do to transform a space!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What's your personal home style?

Deborah Needleman (the former editor of Domino) recently teamed up with HomeGoods to create StyleScope, an online quiz to help you get a better sense of your personal home style. After taking the quiz, I discovered that I'm an Elegant Classic. What are you?




Go here to take the HomeGoods StyleScope quiz.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Got Candy?

We have a TON of leftover Halloween candy. How about you? Well, I certainly don't want to eat it. So, I think I'll make a topiary centerpiece for our next dinner party.




Monday, November 2, 2009

FA LA LA LA . . . Huh? What? Already?

Wine Cork Ornaments




MATERIALS:

Wine corks

Thin ribbon

Tassels

Decorative beads (with large holes)

Long darning needle

Scissors

Drill

Glue


INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Carefully drill a hole through the center of the cork lengthwise using a small bit drill.
2. Slide one or more decorative beads over the loop of the tassel.
3. Cut approximately 1 foot of ribbon and slip one end into the tassel loop (above the beads) then bring ends of ribbon together.
4. Thread the ribbon (now attached to the tassel) through the darning needle and bring up through the center of the cork then pull till the beads and tassel are in contact with the cork.
5. Slip one or more decorative beads over the ribbon then knot the ribbon several inches up leaving a loop to hang from Christmas tree branch.
6. Cut excess ribbon above the knot and use Fray Check (available at Joann.com) to prevent ribbon from fraying. You may also carefully use a lighter or match to slightly singe the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.
7. Glue the beads to the top and bottom of the cork to ensure they remain centered and in place.

NOTE: This craft also makes a lovely decoration to hang on the neck of a bottle of wine. Follow the instructions as above, except use 2 feet of ribbon so the ornament will hang nicely on the bottle of wine.


I came across this idea quite some time ago. I wish I could take credit for it, but I can't. If you know where this idea came from, please let me know. I'd love to give credit to the person who came up with this fabulous idea!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Paper Lanters + Our Sad Patio = Pretty Housewarming Party?

We're back from our vacation and ready to get back into the swing of things. It's hard to believe that it's already November! With our housewarming party sneaking up on us, we are trying to come up with ways to brighten up our patio. Maybe some paper lanterns?