Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Decorating Trends For 2014

Last year, when decorating for the holidays, I was all about the burlap, the peacock blue, and much more natural elements.  This year there seems to be a trend toward bold color, chains, and feathers, among other fun elements.  


This year its emeral green, hot pink, and all of this: 


FEATHERS


Holiday decorating can be a bit more soft and realistic with the use of lifelike feathers.  They are so versatile and simple to use; just push them into any tabletop display, door wreath, or your xmas tree branches!  You can easily find them in a craft store.


I found this cute DIY indoor feather wreath idea made of paper from blogger Lia Griffith!  Check it out HERE!  Looks real from far away.
 

CHAINS



I have been seeing chains used as holiday decor in homes all over the place!  This Hot Pink Acrylic Chain Trim from Hobby Lobby can be added to tablescapes, stair railing decor, and of course the Xmas tree!




METALLIC DEER



This year metallic is very hot in home decorating, so OF COURSE it finds its way into holiday decorating.  AND the deer, along with its antlers, are also trending.  Add metallic antlers to your mantel this season.   Place a faux deer head on a wall and hang metallic chains from it!  'Tis the seeason to get funky!


West Elm has a bunch of metallic deer related decor including this Papier Mache Deer Head in Gold!

CHALKBOARD 


Even for the holidays, the chalkboard has made it into the ‘holiday decorating’ trend for 2014!  The kids will get excited counting down to the holidays using the board. You can also buy chalkboard ornaments and have family and friends write something sweet, then hang it on your tree! 

These chalkboard ornaments from Grandin Road are perfectly on trend!!

MORE IDEAS AND TRENDS:


Vintage is still popular: 
You can find vintage looking decorations everywhere!  From a fun holiday sign to hang on a wall, to ornaments that look old.

Don’t be afraid to mix these trends together!   
Try filling an antique looking bread bowl from a store like Pottery Barn, with  metallic ornaments.  Place it on your table for an instant holiday feel.

Great color combinations:
Traditional red and green has gone - It's now Emerald and Vibrant Pink!  

As always, I say pour YOUR unique style into your decorating d├ęcor.  When shopping for decorations keep this list of trends in mind, but make sure you buy what catches your eye even if it is not 'trending'.  





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DIY Light Bulb Jar Hanukkah Menorah

This project is a unique take on sand art.  I only used purple sand but you can add many layers of different colored sand for an even more striking work of art!  


Hanukkah traditions that are practiced everywhere include lighting the Hanukkah menorah, spinning the dreidel, and eating fried foods.

I love this holiday because we celebrate it with family.  It is fun lighting the Hanukkah menorah and watching the candles flicker in the evening light. This year I wanted to create a little more festive fun thru this glass light bulb DIY Hanukkah Menorah project.  It makes a very unique statement and will look great in my bay window!

*Hanukkah begins Tuesday December 16 and ends the night of Wednesday December 24.


PROJECT SUPPLIES


1.  Glass light bulb jars - 8 small ones and 1 larger one (I bought mine from Hobby Lobby)
2. Jar of sand -pick any color(s) you want (any craft store has this)
3. Tall Hanukkah candles 

STEP 1

unscrew the tops off 
(do not throw away the tops because you can re-use them to hold the sand in the jar for future years)

STEP 2

Add the sand to each jar filling them up as high as you want 
(Use a funnel; I made one out of paper.)


STEP 3


Place a candle in each jar.

NEXT, place them somewhere special, spread them out or clutter them together, and enjoy the look and flickering of the lights!

Where to place your glass light bulb Hanukkah Menorah:

-Fireplace mantel
-Wall shelf
-Table top

Happy Hanukkah!!





Sunday, November 16, 2014

Local Gym Gets A Face Lift

We all need the right push to get us in the mood to work out.  Positive signs, along with the right music and color palette can drive us to sweat!  Recently we had the true pleasure of adding some encouragement to this popular local gym. After a major paint change we went to work creating signs to inspire and assist their members.  We are still working on this but here is a peek into the progress!

STEP 1: New Paint


STEP 2: Install Day Of New Signs And Artwork

Entrance To The Group Classes



AFTER


Entrance to The Weight Room


BEFORE


AFTER


Gym Entrance


BEFORE


AFTER



Gym Main Hallway


BEFORE



AFTER


AFTER


Here I am after a long day up and down a ladder!








Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Boo Centerpiece

Halloween is almost here!  And its the perfect time to create a Halloween Pumpkin Boo centerpiece!  It is super easy!  I love how the ghosts blow around when any one walks past mine!  Make one for yourself; get the kids involved!


For this project you will need:
  • pumpkin
  • scissors
  • sharp knife
  • thick white paper
  • hole puncher
  • white thread and needle
  • twigs from outside
  • black spray paint
  • Mason jar (or you can use a plastic cup!)


STEP 1
Cut off the top (hole needs to be as large as the mason jar or cup you are using to place inside it) and scoop out the guts and seeds.  (I cut my pumpkin top then my daughter scooped out everything)
Also clean out the outside of it and let dry.

STEP 2
Go outside and on a flat surface (I used a piece of cardboard), spray paint your pumpkin black. (I sprayed 2 coats on)
THEN spray paint your twigs black also!  (I sprayed one side, then when dry, sprayed the other side)

STEP 3
Place your jar (or plastic cup) in your pumpkin along with the sprayed twigs.

EXTRA STEP 
(you do not need to do this but it does cover the top of the jar nicely!)

Once the jar of twigs was in the pumpkin, I made a little 'collar' by cutting a band of thick white paper about an inch high (enough to wrap around the glass jar).  Then, using scissors, I cut a scalloped edge on one side.  I also punched a hole in every scallop using using a hole puncher. Finally, I fit the paper around the jar and used double sided tape to hold it in place.

STEP 4
To create the ghosts, simply cut out 10 or so ghostly shapes 2-3inches high like these out of the white paper:

Then using the hole puncher, punch out the eyes!

Finally, thread your needle, push the needle through each ghost, and tie it to form a circle.  

Place your ghosts all over the twigs and enjoy!




DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece For Fall

As seen on TV today, here is how to make a pumpkin centerpiece for fall!


These pumpkin centerpieces glam up any table top,  and is the perfect addition to a fall dinner party decor, AND your thanksgiving table!

For this project you will need:

  • A pumpkin 
  • glass vase that fits inside your pumpkin
  • sharp knife
  • Painters tape 
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint (I chose gold for this project but you can choose any color you want!)

*KEEP IN MIND THAT PUMPKINS THAT ARE CUT AND SPRAYPAINTED HAVE A SHORT TERM LIFE SPAN 

STEP 1
On a durable surface, using a sharp knife, cut a hole on the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the guts and seeds.

STEP 2
Clean the outside of the pumpkin and let dry.

STEP 3
Using the painters tape, create a design.
*for this design, I used scissors and cut out random 'dips' and formed it around the pumpkin.  I then added more tape below the design to make sure the spray paint did not touch the lower part of the pumpkin.


STEP 4
Go outside and place the pumpkin on a flat surface (I used a piece of a large box).  Spray the paint onto the pumpkin.  Two coats might be needed.



Your pumpkin will look like this!

STEP 5
Now for the fun part!  Once the paint dries SLOWELY peel the tape off.

STEP 6
Now you are ready to add your vase full of flowers!


ENJOY THE PUMPKINS ON A TABLE TOP OR FRONT PORCH!

And a friend will love one as a gift!


*to create the stripe on the pumpkin to the left, I spray painted it black, then when dry, holding the gold spray paint, I created vertical lines until I had the width I wanted.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Simple Home Decorating Projects

DECORATE FOR FALL!

CLICK ON ANY OF THESE LINKS TO SEE QUICK AND EASY PROJECTS TO DRESS UP YOUR HOME -



"5 minute projects that will add instant festive fall appeal!"


"Its back!  This DIY project has remained very popular year after year (even on Houzz!) and I love it!"


"A Fine Idea For Yarn Use!"


"Bring nature in for Fall insantly!"


"As seen on TV, so great to do with the kids too!"


Tomorrow On TV: A DIY Pumpkin Floral Centerpiece




Tomorrow morning at 8:50 am on WFMZ 69 News at Sunrise I will show viewers how easy it is to turn a pumpkin into a floral centerpiece, including one perfect for Halloween!  

Show off your fall spirit by adding one to your table top, front porch, or bring one to a friend as a gift!  If you miss it I will have it here after the show tomorrow!  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall 2014 Decorating Trends TV Segment

If you missed me on TV yesterday talking TOP 4 FALL 2014 HOME DECORATING trends, see the short fun video here!  




PS - They didn't show the entire orange accent table so I am sharing the piece with you here!


This table works well as end tables next to your sofa, as a side table pulled up to a chair, or by your bed!