Monday, December 22, 2014

Animal Print Christmas Tree

Happy Monday and Merry soon to be Christmas. Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I haven't started yet. So today I will be making a mad dash to the store, to get it done. Any who, I didn't do a lot of decorating this year, so I figured I would share a Christmas tree from a few years ago. I had purchased several spools of ribbon that I loved. I wanted to use the ribbon, but I didn't know how or where. At the time I purchased the ribbon decorating trees with poly mesh was BIG business. I liked the look of the poly mesh trees, but I didn't have any on hand. So I decided to decorate the tree with the ribbon......

 
Animal print ribbon....
  I am slowly easing you into the finished tree, so be patient. I used not one, not two, but three different ribbons. What can I say about the tree topper? I like it because it's everywhere, sort of like my hair! lol. You like?
 
 
 The addition of the ornaments and poinsettias add depth, dimension and sparkle. Gotta have that sparkle! Did I mention animal prints are my fave?
 
 
Even the tree skirt is trimmed in animal print! Are you still with me? Almost there....
Drum roll please....
 
 

Here's the decorated tree. So what do you think?

 


I used the remaining peacock ribbon to make the doors in the entry look festive, and to coordinate with the tree. Have you ever used any animal prints in your Christmas decorating?
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Lory

 




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Designer's Tale on Hometalk

Happy Tuesday, I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed, and your Black Friday prosperous. A lot has been going on in my neck of the woods, and I have been a very busy little Bee. First up, a few weeks ago I took the plunge and started excepting interior decorating clients, and I am currently in the process of helping my new client create her dream home. I will post pics of the progress later. Later that week I was contacted by Liz a community manager at Hometalk, concerning a post I did last year.  "No More Clutter". Below are a few pics from the posts. No More Clutter is a 3 part post.
 
 
BEFORE
 
 
BEFORE
 
 
DURING.....
 
 
AFTER
 
Any who, Liz really liked the post and wanted to know if I would curate a board on easy closet organizing tips, and I said "Yes". Below is a pic of the board.



That's it for now! Because I have a long list of things to do. I will be back next week with Christmas, Christmas, and more Christmas. Have a Great week.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lory

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Not so Traditional Thanksgiving Table Setting

Hi All, and Happy Thanksgiving. Just wanted to pop in an share my easy, no cost Thanksgiving table setting. I had BIG plans of how I wanted my table to look, but the pocket book said, "NO"! Instead I used what I already had. And below is the table setting I created on a ZERO budget. Enjoy the pics.

The table cloth is 3 yards of upholstery fabric I purchased at Walmart years ago. I am waiting for the perfect piece of furniture to put it on.



I really, really, really, like these plates. They were purchased at one of Dillards awesome clearance sales!


The center piece consist of fresh onions, lemons, bell peppers, carrots and red potatoes from my kitchen.




The artificial foliage adds interest to the center piece.


I think this fabric makes a BOLD statement. You like?


Happy Thanksgiving!

Lory

Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Floral Arrangement

Happy Monday All! Fall is officially here, but it's still hot in Florida. I found myself daydreaming over the weekend about what it would be like to see the seasons change. And how neat is would be to pick Fall flowers from the garden, and make beautiful DIY arrangements. Since I live in Central Florida, the likely hood of seeing the seasons change and picking fall flowers is slim to none. Oh well, so much for daydreaming. Any who I decided I wanted to create a floral arrangement using flowers that were blooming in my own yard. So I grabbed my sneakers and a pair of shears and headed outside.


And here's what I came up with. Pine Cone Ginger, Tricolor Ginger, Asparagus Fern and  Palm Fronds. Since floral design is not one of my strengths I decided to keep the arrangement simple.

 
I started out by placing the Tricolor Ginger in each corner of the vase, but I immediately came up with what I thought was a better idea. So.....


I took the Pine Cone Ginger from the vase, and wrapped the inside with the Tricolor Ginger. Once that was done, I placed the Pine Cone Ginger back in the vase as before.
 

 
Next, I added more Tricolor Ginger, Palm Fronds and Asparagus Fern to complete the arrangement.
 
 
 So what do you think?  
 

Have you created any floral arrangements lately?
 
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here comes Fall!

Hello all, it has been several weeks since my last post. But what can I say, "life happens"! I could give a lengthy synopsis of everything that has happened since my last post, but I won't. Instead, I am going to share a previous post, of a fall table setting I shared; when I started blogging two years ago. This table setting is super simple except for one thing, but I'll talk about that later on in the post. By the way, you can see the other fall table settings here and here. So let's get started.....




I wanted to try something that was kinda different so I came up with this look. All white with just a splash of orange. Hmmmmm! Delightful!
 


I needed a white table cloth, but I didn't have one, so here's what I did. I used a pair of lace curtain panels. Do you see the white band in the center of the table? That's where I joined the two panels together. I think the band adds a nice touch.
 
 

Next, I brought out the dishes. If you look closely the place settings aren't the same in fact, I used three different sets of dishes. It's okay to mix and match it adds interest. 
 

The leaf placed on the plate is a clear indicator that this is a Fall Table Setting. Small detail, big impact!!!
 
 
Remember when I said that everything was simple except for one thing? Well this is the one thing, the napkins. All I have to say is, DON"T TRY THIS AT HOME!!! LOL. It really wasn't that bad but it took several tries until I got the look I wanted.
 

The center piece is a platter filled with pumpkins sitting on top of a decorative box. Easy,easy,easy.
 

I switched out the decorative box for a punch bowl filled with white tissue paper. Don't know which one I like best, but they both work. You like?
 

 
 

Since the table is so sparsely decorated and mostly white I brought attention to it by placing the sunflowers in acrylic boxes, artfully displaying the napkins in the wine glasses and by adding a splash of color with the use of napkins and florals. What do you think?  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
2 Your Home,

Lory
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Simple Summer Spruce Up

Hi all, summer is officially here and it's hot in Florida. I have been enjoying lazy days in the pool, even though I have several projects that I would like to complete, before school starts back in the Fall. A few weeks ago I took inventory of all the mini outside projects I could accomplish in a few hours or less. So my first Simple Summer Spruce Up project was the exterior wall lanterns. ( instant gratification baby! )They were extremely faded and in need of a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. So, I got to work. For this project I used a teeny weeny paint brush and 1 quart of RUST-OLEUM Ultra Cover Premium Metallic Paint, in oil rubbed bronze. Try saying that three times fast. I really like this paint, because it got the job done with just one coat.

 Before
This lantern is outback beside the patio door. Did I mention it was rusty, dirty, and faded?
 

After
WOW! Improvement or not? You decide.


Before
I really like these pineapple wall lanterns and getting rid of them was not an option! The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, and these lanterns welcome friends and family every time the door bell rings. 
 
After
The lanterns cast a lovely glow at night upon the entry doors and picture window.
I think I like the darker paint color better, because it makes the silver accents more noticeable. What about you?


 Before
Finally, these lanterns flank either side of the garage door. They had lost their luster but.....

After
Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do? It took approximately three hours to repaint all the lanterns. I saved several hundred dollars by opting to repaint, and I'm glad I did. The lanterns look like NEW!
 
Do you have any summer projects on your to do list?
 
 
2 Your Home,
 
Lory


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bromeliad Wall Sconce

Happy Summer Everyone, we are six months deep into 2014, and Summer is finally here! My to do list seemingly never shrinks, and there is always something going on around these parts. As I mentioned in the last post, I hosted a Luau and it turned out pretty okay. (no post for the luau yet) But I do want to share an oh so simple, easy breezy summer idea. To make a long story short, I wanted to hang wall sconces/lanterns for the Luau. I searched high and low, but to know avail the sconces were too pricey. I thought about hanging mason jars and adding tea lights for some ambiance, but I decided not too. Reason being, I wanted to do something different.  Since Bromeliads are plentiful  in my front yard, I decided I could do something with them. But what?  So I put my thinking cap on and came up with an idea for a sconce, a Bromeliad Sconce that is! KEEP READING......


This is how the Bromeliads look when they aren't in bloom. I had the Hubs to pull several of the plants from their bed and afterward, he rinsed the plants off and placed them in a shady spot to dry. Didn't want any uninvited guests at the party.

 

 After the Bromeliads dried, (6 total) I simply stapled them to the post/wall. Unfortunately, there was only one flower that had a bloom, so I did the next best thing. I filled the flower with artificial stems. Drum Roll Please.......

 VOILA!  
Enjoy the pics!
 







So what do you think? I absolutely love the sconces. They were a big hit with the guests as well.

 Happy Summer Y'all!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Fab Foyer Rug Revamped

Hi all, can you believe it's almost summer? This year is passing by in record speed. Any who, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, I sure did. Saturday night we hosted a Luau and it was great. I will  do a post on it later on. As I mentioned earlier summer is almost here, and I have been doing a few home improvement projects like painting, organizing, and rearranging before it gets too hot. The rug in my fab foyer was on my summer to do list as well. And while my daughter is here visiting she agreed to repaint the rug for me. I feel so special.


This is how the rug looked before it was repainted. It had lost it's luster but.....


My daughter breathed new life into this rug with......
 
we used the 2oz and 8oz sizes.
 several bottles of apple barrel craft paint, time and patience.
 
my daughter hard at work. 
It took about 8 hours to complete this work of art and.....
 
 me and my daughter.
   I was able to get in on the action at the very end. I was responsible for painting the border. tahehehe! 
 
 
See, that's me painting on the border.
 

After all of the hard work, the rug was signed by the artist ( my daughter) and left to dry overnight. The next day it received a few coats of Scotchgard and then it was put back into place.


Here's the finished product. What do you think? I absolutely love it and I couldn't be more pleased. A great big "Thank You" to my daughter for taking the time to revamp this rug.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lory