Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's Christmas

For unto a child is born,
unto us a Son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor...




Isaiah Chapter 9 Verse 6


 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From all of us @ A Designer's Tale


I'll return on January (7th) with more creative ideas and inspirations to help you create the home you want to live in!

2 your Home

Lory
 
 
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Photography Credits: REO Photography

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Home Tour Finale

Hello all, today is the grand finale of the Bok Tower Christmas Home Tour (Pinewood Estates).  I know I stated earlier that this would be a 4 part series, but I changed my mind. Lots of pics this time, so let's get started.....





 There was lots of prep work involved before the decorating process could take place. I spent several weeks planning and preparing to bring in my rendition of "Out of Africa". As I mentioned in my first post, I had to make curtains, chair covers, and a table runner. I also needed to come up with several creative but budget friendly ideas to give this space the WOW factor. Read on....








These are the curtains, did I mention that sewing is not on my list of favorite things to do. I would rather be tied to an ant bed!!!! lol.  The chair covers and the table runner can be seen later on in the post. Enjoy the pics!




















 This is one of my creative but budget friendly ideas. All I did was attach the wreath to the picture frame with floral wire.By doing this it gave the picture more oomph. Easy, easy, easy. The total cost for this project was  about $15. A lot of bang for the BUCK!














Ah the chandelier it looks complicated but it's not. Hubby constructed a frame with 1x2's which were then painted black. Next, the glazed fruit garland was attached to the frame with floral wire. Lastly, the icicles were added. The hardest part of the chandelier was attaching it to the ceiling. We used ribbon to connect the chandelier to the overhead beams. We were not allowed to use nails, but the 3m adhesive hooks worked great!















Take a close look at the centerpiece, it's a boat filled with red ornaments and gold garland draped around the top.  Pretty crafty huh?














 In all the excitement of creating this post I failed to mention that the guest touring the home could vote on the room design they liked most. I betcha can't guess in a million years the room design that was chosen. Drum roll please. The winning design for Bok Tower Home Tour 2011 was "Out of Africa"
I received the email below from one of the guest that toured the home. Read her reaction to the space. 



Lory,
Your “Out of Africa” dining room at Pinewood Estate is outstanding! We voted for your display as “The Best”! The room simply transported us to another place in one fell swoop. The fabrics were just right; the table appointments, the chairs, china, chandelier, sideboard and windows were carefully done; the figurines and various decorative touches were superb. In a word: Magnifique!
Take a bow! Merry Christmas!
Monique
2 your Home,
Lory 





Photography Credits: REO Photography
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Home Tour Bok Tower Gardens 2011 (Part 1)

Hello all, I am excited to bring you this 4 part series on the Christmas Home Tour I participated in last year. (2011)  For the past several years Bok Tower Gardens has opened up the Pinewood Estates Mansion to host their Holiday Home Tour. Last year I was invited to participate in the tour, and I was responsible for designing the dining room.The theme for last year was " Picture Perfect" and designers were asked to pick a movie and decorate a room around that movie. I betcha can't guess in a million years what movie I chose, DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The movie I chose was "Out of Africa".  
 
 


 
 
 
 

 
This is the dining room. It's fairly large and in order to transform it without spending a fortune I had to go into my bag of  design tricks. I had a long list of things that I wanted to accomplish, like hang a chandelier over the table.....

 

 
 

I would also need to make curtains, chair covers and a table runner just to name a few.
 
 



 
The fireplace had to be incorporated into the design, I had a few ideas but nothing concrete. I knew right off the bat that the plates over the doors needed to be removed and replaced, but with what? 

 

 
 The buffet area would need some really tall lamps and lots of drama. I KNOW DRAMA, but lamps hmmmm.

 


I searched high and low for some reasonably priced lamps, but I couldn't find any. So here's what I did. I had a piece of bamboo that was about 4' long, hubby cut it in half to serve as the column. Next, I needed a base and a lampshade. Hubby found some old cedar from a previous project for the base and you want believe what I used for the lampshades. It's a plate cover, a pretty stylish one I might add. I found it at Dillard's for around $5. Finally, the light kits were installed and  the lamps were assembled.
 Dowels were cut and used as feet to stabilize the base. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?


 

 
 VOILA!!!!! 
For about $17 each I designed some one of a kind lamps for the buffet. Are these cool or what?
 
 


The buffet's main decor consisted of glazed fruit pine cones and ornaments. The candle holders were filled with existing pine cones and ornaments as well.

 
 
 

 

 
  I love the juxtaposition of the gold framed mirror and the natural elements of the lamp. Sweet!  

 
 
 
The bust screams Africa and it adds just the right touch to the buffet.  Enjoy the rest of the pics!
  
 







 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The African image was hung on the existing mirror to add more drama. I know this piece looks pricey, but it is actually a piece of fabric that was mounted and framed. I think the buffet area turned out GREAT! Come back next week for Part 2. You don't want to miss it. Thanks for stopping by.
 
 
2 your Home,
 
Lory
 
 
 
 
Photography Credits: REO Photography

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Ideas for a Guest Bedroom

Hello all, and happy Monday to you. I had a great day on Thanksgiving spending time with family and friends. I hope you did too. The Christmas season is in full swing, and boy am I excited!
This week I have a guest bedroom makeover that will make your holiday guest want to extend their stay. Read on....... 
 
 
 
 
Each year I try to incorporate touches of Christmas in every room. This is how I decorated my orange and brown room and it's been a big hit with my holiday guest.
 
 
 
 
Touches of Christmas were added to the curtains and the curio.
 
 
 
 
Here, bows were used as an inexpensive alternative for tiebacks.
 
 
 
 
This bow used as a tieback is a simple but elegant touch you can use in any room of your home. Be creative it doesn't have to be a bow, you could use ornaments, florals, lollipops,candy canes, or whatever you like.
 
 
 
 
The curio displays one of my favorite ornaments, and gifts that I have been given over the years. It is also used to store towels and much needed items for guest.
 
 
 
 
 Believe it or not,this tabletop tree is really a tomato cage in disguise. Here's how I assembled it. First, I wrapped the cage with garland and strung the lights. I used floral wire to keep the garland and lights in place. Next, I added the gold ribbon and the ornaments and lastly, the bow was used as the topper. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The bow serves two purposes, as a topper and a cover to hide the wire of the tomato cage. If you look closely in the center of the bow you can see the wire from the cage. When doing your tree make sure the wire is out of sight. (oops)
 
 
 
 
I really love how this room turned out. A word of caution when your guests arrive make sure they know when it's time to CHECK OUT or they may never want to leave!!! (lol)
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
2 your home, 
 
Lory
 
 
Photography Credits: REO Photography

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Winter Wonderland

Hello and happy Monday. I know that this week is going to be a very busy week for most of us, because Thanksgiving is just a few days away. And Friday will quick off  the Christmas season and boy am I excited!.....
Today I have a transformation that I think you are going to love.
 
 
 
 
 
This is a picture of my office and I can describe it in to words HOT MESS, but take a look at how I transformed it (office) into a Winter Wonderland. ENJOY!
 
 
 
 
The first thing I did was wrapped the door. I enjoy doing this because it's quick and oh so simple.
 
 
 
 
Next, I brought in lots of gold and white fabric and bows. The wreath is several floral sprays that were formed into a circle. The bow was added to cover where the sprays were connected. I love how it turned out.
 
 
 
 
 
I found this gold and white fabric at Walmart several years ago it is one of my favorite fabrics to use during the Holiday Season.
 

 
 
Can you believe that this cute little angel ornament came form the Dollar Tree? I purchased several of them to be used on and around the Christmas Tree. Enjoy the pics!
 
 

 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!

2 your home,

Lory 
 
 
 
Photography Credits: REO Photography

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