Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Reveal...How I Decorated My Christmas Tree/Foyer For Less Than $30


Today I am back to share the reveal of my Christmas Tree/Foyer. As I stated in my last post, this design was inspired by a promise I made to my grand baby. By the way, they came to visit last week and my oldest grand baby absolutely loved the tree/foyer. My plan was to video her expression but I dropped the ball, maybe next time.  If you recall my goal was to create a tree that my grand baby would love, but it had to be done on a shoestring budget. I think it's safe to say, I accomplished both. I was able to decorate the tree/foyer for less than $30. You heard me right!!! But I won't be sharing the final cost until the end of this post, so keep reading. OK, I've kept you waiting long enough. DRUM ROLL PLEASE! Here's the decorated Christmas Tree/Foyer.



Does this look like a space that was decorated for less than $30?  The only things I used to decorate this entire foyer for the most part, were Fairy Wings and tissue paper. 


This tree was super simple to create. I simply placed the Fairy Wings strategically around the tree. Afterward, I filled in the spaces/gaps with tissue paper. I also used gift bags with yellow tissue paper to fill the space from the floor to the underside of the tree. Tissue paper was also used to fill the space between the boxes and the bags. Not to shabby huh?


Honestly, the pictures really don't do this tree any justice. I struggled trying to capture the beauty of this tree. I/we took like a gazillion pictures. Where is Better Homes and Gardens when you need them? Lol!


I used the same technique for the garland as I did on the tree. I took the tissue paper pinched it in the center and ran my hand up the entire sheet of paper. By doing this it gave the paper a crinkled appearance. Lastly, I taped the pinched ends of the tissue paper to the stair rail. I kept doing this until the tissue paper garland was complete.


Instead of removing items from the console table I decided to make my Christmas decor work with what was already there.


I used more tissue paper in the seashell. Then I added the silver box to give the arrangement some sparkle and pizzazz. The silver box picks up the silver in the Fairy Wings, and my African bust is holding her own. It all works!!! Who knew?


The mirror received Fairy wings and a tad of tissue paper also. The Fairy wings add a touch of whimsy to the mirror.




The foyer chair was gussied up with a pillow, a purple/fuchsia bow, a white fur throw, and a Fairy Wing of course.




I added the lanterns because I think they look good and they work well with the space. I also like the texture. On Christmas Eve I will add the rest of the candles and light the lanterns. 


before
Do you remember the wreath from my last post? This is what it looked like then.

after
You guessed it, more tissue paper. Same technique just smaller pieces of paper.


I used the packaging from the tissue paper to cover the base of the tree. Pretty clever huh?






I truly enjoyed decorating the tree/foyer for my grand baby. It is absolutely amazing what you can accomplish when you are motivated by love. Love really does conquer all!!!



I promised earlier that I would share the total cost of this project with you. So without any further ado the grand total to decorate this space was a whopping $21.00. Is that total a jaw dropper or what? I used 14 Fairy Wings and 7 packages of tissue paper that I purchased from the Dollar Tree. Did I mention I used every single sheet of tissue paper? So what do you think of the space? We absolutely love it and the best part of all my grand baby does too. Now that's a win, win! 


Have A GREAT week!

Lory

Thursday, December 8, 2016

How I decorated my Christmas Tree/Foyer for less than $30

 I am over the super excited to bring you one of several posts revealing how I decorated my Christmas Tree/Foyer for less than $30.Yes,you heard me right. And I must say it looks quite fabulous, but before the reveal can take place, we have to go through the process. Sorry!!! So, keep reading to find out how I transformed the space for so little. Each year I try to incorporate creative ways to decorate my home on an extremely tight budget, and this year was no exception. But in order to get the ball rolling on this project, I needed some inspiration. Well, my inspiration came via a promise I made to my grand baby. I promised her that Zsa Zsa(that's me) would decorate a Christmas tree she would love. However, with that being said, I also knew the design/decor had to be whimsical and playful enough for her. But it also had to appeal to the adults in the family as well.(mainly me) So, I put my design thinking cap on and came up with a plan, that I thought would appeal to both parties.


My next bit of inspiration came from the "African Girl's" print, that's hanging in my foyer. The colors are amazing and I decided to take my cues from it. The Christmas Tree/Foyer would be brought to life by the use of color. Colors of red, yellow, blue, green, purple and pink would make for a bold but festive play on Christmas. I know, I know these are not your traditional Christmas colors. But who cares? So off to shop the house I went.

Via
Several years ago I purchased the 6.5' pre-lit Madison Pine Tree with multicolored lights, from Walmart. Normally for this space, I would use the traditional green tree, but I decided to switch things up a bit this year. I figured all the bold colors would pair nicely with the white tree. I was completely sold on using this tree because of the multi-colored lights. For me this was a win, win. The next order of business, I needed items with all the colors mentioned before to fill the tree.


I struck pay dirt when I stumbled upon some of my Husband's photography props, Fairy wings, they would be perfect to use on the tree! But there was one major problem, there we're only four. Uh oh!!! The Hubby had purchased the wings a few months ago. So, I grabbed my keys and headed to the Dollar Tree praying all the way. To my surprise they had several of the fairy wings in stock. So to be on the safe side I purchased all 23 of them. Now all I needed was something that I could use as filler between the wings. I found just the thing and it had all the colors I needed. 



 TISSUE PAPER!!!! I purchased 7 packages of  the multi-colored tissue paper, and I left the Dollar Tree with a sense of accomplishment. Did I mention that I was whistling Dixie all the way home? Once home I gathered the remaining items I felt I would need to transform the space.



I figured I could gussie up this pre-made wreath I purchased at an after Christmas sale several years ago. I wasn't for sure how, but this wreath would be used in the decor. Below are the remaining items I used for the space.
1. Tape
2. Floral wire/FloraCraft (26 gauge) 
3. Ribbon (not shown)
I already had these items on hand so I didn't have to purchase them. Below are a few pics of how he space looked last year,



As you can see I didn't even put a tree up last year. Bah Humbug!!!


Basically all I did was add garland to the stairs and place a few Christmas bulbs in a decorative bowl. And that was it. Ebenezer Scrooge didn't have anything on me last year!


So, this is where I end the post. I know I've left you in suspense. But in order to see this space decked out for Christmas, in all the colors of  the rainbow and some; you gotta come back for the REVEAL. This space is going to WOW!!! 


See you soon!!!


Lory







Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bathroom Vanity Reveal

Several weeks ago I shared the demolition and tiling of our upstairs bathroom. So today, I am back to reveal the vanity that we chose for the space. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted something super simple and no fuss. Plus, I wanted the vanity to be open concept.



So the Hubs drew up something to fit the bill. I also decided that I didn't want any shelves. Instead I would use decorative baskets to house all of our everyday items. So, with plans in tow we headed to our neighborhood home improvement store. There we picked out and purchased the items needed for the vanity.



The construction was super simple, and once the vanity was complete a couple coats of espresso stain was added to give the vanity a somewhat rustic patina.



Next a solid surface counter top as well as a drawer pull was added to complete the vanity.



I will do a post on the sources later.




This counter top was chosen for it's versatility, and I think it would pair well with most decor styles.  


Here's the finished vanity. So what do you think? I think the Hubby did an AWESOME job, and I absolutely love the finished product!!!


Here's to your home,

Lory








Friday, November 18, 2016

An Easy Craft Project For Kids...

Happy Friday, today I am popping in to share a cute little craft project that you can do with your kiddos over the Thanksgiving holiday. It's super easy inexpensive and oh so adorable. For this project you will need, a terracotta pot, craft paint and paint brushes. You will also need whatever it is you/kids would like to put inside the pot. The pot below was used to plant pansies but you can do what ever you like.






Next, carve out a space for the project and don't forget to protect the areas where the kids will be working. We set up an area outback for my grand baby, and she went to work creating not one but two masterpieces. One pot received a pumpkin and the other a turkey.




Is that the cutest turkey you've ever seen or what? Wow, talk about a budding artist! Grand babies are the best!!!!

Once the paint dried, the budding artist went to work filling her pots with potting soil. Then she added Pansies to each pot.


My daughter got in on the pot painting as well. She used her pots to plant some of her favorite herbs. Cute, cute, cute!



This is a project the whole family can do, and also a great way to keep the kids busy during the holiday. It's also a fun way to spend some quality time together with the ones you love.
Enjoy your weekend!

Lory

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Easy Last Minute Ideas For Fall

The count down has begun! Can you believe there are only 8 days left until the turkey is carved? So, today I figured I would share some easy last minute ideas to get you through Fall/Thanksgiving Holiday. So let's get started!


These diy wreaths may look quite intimidating but on the contrary they aren't at all. To get this look you will need a grapevine wreath, garland of your choice, floral wire and ribbon. Simply take the garland and place it around the wreath. Once the garland is in place attach it to the wreath using floral wire. Next, add the bow and hang the wreath. Project complete! Your family and friends will be impressed. For best results make sure that the garland is long enough to cover the entire circumference of the wreath.


If the wreath above is still a bit much, why not give this wreath a try? The only things needed are a grapevine wreath and ribbon of your choice. Now make a big bow and attach it to the wreath. Voila! I used a pipe cleaner/chenille stem to attach the bow above.


 If creating a wreath is not an option you can purchase a ready made wreath instead. Just hang it and you're done. How's that for instant gratification?


To add a touch of fall to your entry or any room in your home, simply place beautiful potpourri in your favorite bowl, dish or container. Not only does the potpourri make for a delightful display, it smells good too!
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No time for potpourri, let a scented plugin do the trick. Simply plug it in and in no time, your house will be filled with the scents of the season.


Don't know what to do with those pumpkins? Try grouping them together to create interest and impact. This idea can work with whatever extra Fall stuff you may have. Just be sure to group like objects together.


Have an empty vase available? If so, you can create this easy floral arrangement. Fill a vase half full with plastic bags. The bags will be used to hold the floral stems in place. Next, stick the stems/bushes of your choice into the vase and arrange them however you like. Then find the perfect place to display your arrangement.


To make your guest feel super special nix the plain white paper towels. and display beautiful napkins in your powder bath that relay a message, quote, or scripture. Need more ideas? Keep scrolling!!!

cell phone pic 
For just $2 each, you can add a splash of Fall to your kitchen with these lovely dish towels.(Walmart) Just hang them over your cabinet door/doors and you're done!


Pressed for time, instead of an elaborate table setting like the one pictured above try doing something a lot simpler like the table setting below.


The only thing needed to add a pop of Fall to this table setting was a fall leaf. It doesn't get much easier than that. You like?


Need a quick and easy centerpiece? Fill your favorite accessory with pine cones, pumpkins. acorns or whatever you have on hand. You will be amazed at how good it actually looks.




 

Lastly, to make your over night guest/guests feel loved, place a scented candle inside of a gift box. Then add a bow. Your guest will always remember this kind gesture.
So, there you have it. My easy last minute ideas for Fall. If you found any of these ideas to be useful, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.



Happy Fall,

Lory