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