Thursday, November 29, 2012

Horizontal and Vertical

Have you been noticing that one wreath is just not enough.  I've been seeing and loving them in groups of threes.  The blue door and the row of wreaths is much more interesting than a single wreath.


The three don't have to match either.


 A different color combo for the holiday---Raspberry + Grey

 This is a clever alternative to a garland on the railing.

This has to be my favorite grouping of three.  Why does a wreath have to be green?  I could have these wreaths/mirrors up all year.

Intersperse three wreaths on you bookshelf.  Easy.

Three ironstone pitchers with trees going up the stairs.  

Three mirrors with garland and a deer in the middle.  Deer always work for me.
 How about three on the mantel?

Nest cake stands and place a wreath on each one.

  Let's go from threes to more horizontal loveliness.  The horizontal images remind me of a trapeze.
Horizontal on the front porch.  Different.


Love the red.

You could create this same look by decorating your chandelier.


It would be so easy--and so out of the box to suspend wreaths horizontally with ribbons.

 Simply suspend above the dining room table.


This next image is so totally unrelated but so totally unique that I had to share.  Burlap and cedar on dress forms.

So horizontal, vertical, or threes---what do you like best?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

18 Christmas Display Ideas

Mixed in with my post about our latest sale, I told about some of my shop display ideas.
 I wanted to do a post just with the ideas because these ideas could easily be used in your homes as well.

My favorite re-purpose was the orchard ladder that I made into a Christmas tree.  I wove garland back and forth between the rungs and stairs and then added some burlap ribbon and ornaments.  It's incredibly stable and might be a solution for those of you with active pets and small children.

Ha!  It's hard to tell it's a ladder.  Here's a side view to prove it.

Architectural fragments fit into any display.  I used this column base as a pedestal for my jar of ornaments.  It could also be a base for a small tree or for an arrangement in a tablescape.

Wooden dough bowls are containers for holiday display too.  I could see it filled with some greenery, pine cones, and candles, or ornaments and used as a centerpiece or on the mantel.

Vintage holiday post cards, Christmas images, or even holiday wrapping paper can be placed in a frame and become part of the Christmas decor.  This is a vintage post card with some snowmen in a very nice gold frame.

Paint an old empty frame silver or gold and add a chalkboard to it.  My frame actually had a mirror in the upper section.  This is perfect for your holiday menu.

You can find alphabet letters in all sizes and made of wood, plastic, or metal.  You can use them on your tree as unique ornaments.  I just punched a hole into this plastic coated letter that originally was used to spell out store signage.  With a ribbon, it's an ornament.

As an alternative to tree stands, you can place a tree into a bucket, a basket, an urn, or what I used--a flower pot.  I held the tree in place with bags of sand.  I covered the bags with a sequined jacket.  I also like to use fur wraps as tree skirts.

You can also put holiday items under glass.
 I placed a large pine cone in the cloche but you could also bundle up mini lights and place them inside, or fill the cloche with ornaments or bottle brush trees.

I also filled some vintage jars with faux snow and added silver branches, ribbon, and some crystal beads.

Create a garland by weaving upholstery webbing through the branches.
You could also use burlap ribbon.

Deer antlers can also display holiday decor.

Hat boxes with ornaments and ribbons become festive.  So do carved swans.

Rhinestone jewelry and sparkling button garlands can be ornaments.  Tie them onto the tree with silver chenille pipe cleaners.

Make stockings from old coverlets or quilts.

Old shutters are good back drops for holiday decor.

If you're having a buffet you could line an old box or drawer with a holiday napkin or some bulap and fill it will your flatware.  This metal drawer has vintage silver plate serving pieces.

Hang some old skates on a sled and place it near your front door.

Or, hang some skates onto a weathered window frame and add a garland of fresh magnolia leaves.

So what are you up to for the holidays?


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.

My Fall Mantel

I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, but this yummy side dish may appear on my Christmas menu.  It's a sweet potato casserole from  Ruths Chris.  Yummm.

Ruths Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

(click on photo or highlighted words to go to recipe)

I hope you'll all follow this advice from Radiant Republic when you begin your holiday shopping.


Enjoy your day with your family.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ballet Ties on Furniture

I recently found this fabulous frenchy iron chair---loved the color and the curves.

I think it needed something.  I found a coffee sack with some green in it and made a cushion for the seat.    I wrapped the legs with jute cord ballet ties.
 Its green color made it perfect for my holiday sale. 

Coffee Sack Seat

It reminds me of some similar chairs I saw in Hudson, New York in the window of an upscale shop.

If you missed the post about the fabulous shop windows, go here to view them all.
The displays were very impressive and inspiring.

I used jute cord because it matched my coffee sack.  You could also make matching cording with some gray linen and create this fabulous European look.


Do you like ballet ties on furniture?


Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Favorite Ten Pins

For a while now I've been wanting to set up an office in one of our bedrooms.  Here are my ten favorite office inspiration pins from Pinterest.

I'm loving the fabric on the wall, the hunter green on the desk, and
that fabulous chair with more of the fabric on the seat.

This next desk is made of one of my favorite materials, lucite, and it's pink.
So girly.  Gray and pink make a nice color combo too.

I don't know if I could pull off rustic, but I like the casual collected look.
It might even allow me to be a little untidy.

Need I say more.  Orange, turquoise, zebra rug, and chinoiserie chairs---what's not to like?

For a while now I've been leaning towards the idea of an office in a closet.
It looks so efficient and what a space saver.

This office in a closet uses every square inch.  Such happy colors.

What about a vintage-inspired space?

You wouldn't have to ask me twice about having a campaign desk in my office.  I also like the yellow/black mix.  What do you think about having a day bed in the room?  It's an alternate place to work and a charming spot for a house guest.

With file drawers on the end I could share the space with a friend, or the desk could do double duty as my sewing/cutting table.

This is my kind of space.  Drafting table, yellow file cabinet for a color pop.

Which one is your favorite?
What have you done for an office space?


To see more of my pins go to my Pinterest board,   Office.