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Create and decorate a tiered centerpiece for your table

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Entertaining, Home | Comments Off

I love to create festive tables for entertaining.  A nice way to add interest is to raise the center of the table (or the back of a buffet) by using paint cans (or upside-down pots, soup cans, etc).  Place a tablecloth over the cans to hide them and you can spotlight a cake, floral arrangement, or any decor that adds to the event.

I spray painted wine bottles different colors to create an inexpensive and colorful table for a fiesta.

I had used 3 paint cans and a round tray to display a baby shower cake (that was in the shape of a stroller).

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Create a swanky and romantic feel with a wall of candles

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Design & Decorating | 6 comments

I love the glow of color and warmth that candles create.  I don’t, however, have the luxury of placing many candles around my home (fire and 1 year olds don’t mix very well).   By placing them on the wall I am able to enjoy candlelight and create a focal point on a wall that was very plain before.  I have framed art and mirrors on the rest of the walls in my living room and wanted to have something different on this space, especially since there are quite a few objects on the sofa table a few feet in front of this wall.

 

 

I purchased these votive holders at CB2, which is a sister company of Crate & Barrel; it has a more modern approach and less expensive merchandise.  I bought a few extra of the glass votive holders, to replace any that may break.  The votives I get at JoAnn Fabrics, but you can find them fairly easily other places.  The key with this is to get votives that have clear plastic that holds the wax, instead of metal.  This gives a cleaner look and when the candles are lit and the wax melts clear it gives a great see-through effect.

And this is where you get to practice those math skills you never thought you would use!  Figure out how many rows of votives you want across and high.  Then calculate how much space you want in between the rows and add that up.   If you want the candle display centered, measure the distance of the whole wall and subtract the total width of the rows.  Divide that by 2 and that is how far in from 1 side of the wall you will want to start your candle display.  Figure out how far from the ceiling you want the top of your votives.

I used painter’s tape (I use it for everything, even to reclose food packaging…it’s my duct tape).  Tape around the perimeter of your planned candle display.  Then mark how far in between you want the rows and place the tape accordingly.

Figure out the distance where nail holes from one votive to the votive above or below it will be and mark the tape.  Use small finishing nails and make sure they are angled up – with the same angle and distance sticking out from the wall.

This makes a great look day:

….or night:

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Decorating with Found Items

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in Design & Decorating | Comments Off

I love mixing old and new pieces to decorate my home; I think it adds a bit of interest. I appreciate antiques, but generally don’t use them to decorate my house.  I do, however, enjoy looking through an antique store, consignment shop, and even rummage sales occasionally for something that jumps out at me.  Below are a few items that I have found this way.

-I found these letters at an antique shop and are old newspaper press letters.  I looked through the variety of letters that were for sale to find mismatched fonts – to add a little interest.  They are sitting on our mantel and spell out our last name.

Use old paperpress letters to spell your name or other words

-This doorknob plate and key I found at 2 different consignment shops.  I bought the knob plate about a year ago and then stumbled upon the key recently.  They are placed on a small wall in between 2 doors in our hallway.

-There are 2 of these sconces- one flanking each side of a window in our guest room.  They were cheap and fake gold and at a garage sale, but I liked the shape of them.  I painted them with a little spray paint and I think they look fairly modern and cool now.

 -I was in a clothing consignment shop and I saw this piece of art hanging in the dressing room.  I had been looking for something that was this size to fit in a small rectangular space above our headboard.  The size and colors were perfect.  The traditional feel of this piece balances out the modern print that it is on our bedding.

 -I found this side table at an antique store.  It was damaged with chipped and scratched red paint.  I sanded it and put a couple coats of white enamel on it (leftover paint from painting the trim in our home).  It fits perfectly next to the rocking chair in my daughter’s nursery.

 -This wood vase was found at a garage sale.

 

-These canvases and frames I found at an antique store (going out of business and I got all 3 for super cheap).  To buy this size of canvas and frames new you would normally spend quite a bit of money. They originally had crazy jellyfish painted on them, but I took some acrylic paints and made three simple swirl paintings.  They are over our sofa in the basement family room.

 -I found this clock at a consignment store.  It was like new and from Pottery Barn, but I got it for about 1/4 the cost.  It’s on a shelf in our guest room.

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How to make tissue paper poms / tissue flowers

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 in DIY & Crafts | Comments Off

I love tissue poms.  They are such an inexpensive and easy way to decorate and really make a room festive.  The nice thing about using tissue flowers as decoration is that tissue paper comes in a ton of colors and it goes a long way.  You can glue them onto sticks and make arrangements in vases, you can string them up across a room or tree, or you can tape or tie them to almost any surface.

You will need:

  • Tissue paper, a scissor, floral wire, and a wire cutter

1.Depending on the size you want the tissue flowers to be you will vary how small you cut the tissue paper (if you cut it at all).  For small to medium size poms I recommend 9-12 sheets of paper.  For larger poms I recommend more sheets of tissue in order to keep them looking full.

2. Fold the tissue, accordion style (you don’t need to put a hard crease on the fold) and cut a piece of wire (about 5 inches seems to work well).

3. Twist the wire around the middle of the folded paper

4. Cut the ends of the tissue.  Cutting the ends in various ways will change the look of the finished tissue flowers.

5. Carefully pull apart the tissue.  To prevent and reduce tearing, I recommend separating by a few sheets at a time and then pull apart individual pieces.

*You can save the scraps that you cut from the ends of the poms to use as confetti or to fill glass votives or jars for extra decorations.

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