Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I don't generally decorate in traditional Christmas red & green but in colors that coordinate with my home. Chocolate, grey & cream with accents of green & peacock blue. Lots of velvet, burlap, silver and feathers. My tree is about three feet tall and sitting on one of my pieces of vintage luggage. I didn't like the tree base so I wrapped it with burlap.
I have started wrapping my gifts with packing paper and a collection of ribbon and embellishments I have stashed in my craft cabinet.
I love skeleton keys, this is one from my small collection.
I had four of these Chinese coins set aside for a project. I think they go great on the tree!
A few creamy peacock feathers placed in the tree. The sparkly balls above remind me of champagne. I made the ornaments below with some burlap and a small crystal embellishment.
In my hallway I have a shelf with a little bunch of branches, my Charlie Brown tree and a vase filled with cinnamon sticks. I have a small collection of silver and crystal pieces that I use for my candles.
Above my Charlie Brown Christmas tree and below cinnamon and candles.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
It has taken a total of $250,000 of the owners money to purchase and partially refurbish this old building in Selma. When can I move in?
Percy, the gentleman behind Jersey Ice Cream Co. rehabbed this 1915 house in just a little over 13 months. I absolutely LOVE the simplicity to his design style. The bedroom walls are personal favs of mine.
You can see photos of part 1 and part 2.
Not only that, his blog is dedicated to selling antiques. Go check him out!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I have ordered a few gifts online which is nice, no waiting in line, no crowds, no parking hassles. I have not even gotten my Christmas decorating done. I did cut out our stockings Friday night. Might start sewing them tonight.
All this week after I get home from work I will be going through all of our Christmas decorations and decluttering down to what we need and will use. There are quite a few things that I just don't use anymore.
I am not traditional when it comes to Christmas decor. I tend to decorate to coordinate colors with my interior decor. Because of the lateness of the month I am probably going to be pretty minimal as well.
My big dilemma this year is to get a fake tree, a real one or a tree at all. Home Depot has great selections of 6 foot trees for $20. There is also a lot near my house that has reasonable prices. I am very tempted to buy a prelit fake tree so all I have to do is haul it out of it's bag and place some ornaments on it.
Then I think I should go really non traditional and get something small and set it on top of some old suitcases I have or just forgo a tree completely.
So many decisions, so little time.
For now I leave you with the link to the Holiday Home Link Party for inspiration and perusal. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
- No angled walls
- No shared walls (with other units)
- No HOA's
- Open floor plan for family living spaces (great room - kitchen/living/dining)
- One and a half bathrooms
- One floor (no stairs)
- Fenced back yard
- Lots of natural light
Or a nice copper whirlpool tub.
I would really like an open concept "great room" for my living, dining and kitchen areas. Kind of like these photos from Gerard Butler's New York loft.
Some inspiration for the great room and kitchen (again Greige and Gerard Butler).
I think a minimalist environment can be acheived with using only furniture pieces you need and getting that luxuriousness from things like paneled walls, velvet fabrics and copper ornamentation.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I already had the three picture frames and burlap. All I needed to do was print out the free wall art, place it in the frame, back with burlap, close it all up and hang it.
- Creepy Lighted Halloween Portraits at Heart Tree Home
- Witches Spellbook at Through My Looking Glass
- Dr. Jekyll's Laboratory at Three Pixie Lane
- Bat-iful Party Invitations at My Insanity
- Ghostly Mirror at Flamingo Toes
- Apothecary Jars at The Autocrat
- Black & White Decor at Madigan Made
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Over the weekend we got our dining table sanded and painted with a few coats of glossy black paint. Once I get the final coats on I will show you how it turned out. I am loving it!
I did one more black and white pumpkin in preparation for Halloween. A small white pumpkin with a black fleur di lis.
- Off With Your Head - Black velvet ribbon held in place with pearl topped push pins. The lettering are glitter stickers.
- Paisley - Most of the design is puffy paint as I could just not afford little sticky crystals to do the entire design. Grey and black sticky crystals do add a little sparkle though.
- Fleur di Lis - I just took black craft paint on a Fleur di Lis stamp and stamped it on and then filled in with paint. I think this might need a little bling and I have some sticky crystals left over to may place a few on here.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Here is some detail of the some of the items sitting on the shelf. C made me a casket case filled with potion bottles and some very scary looking wine selections. Like Vampire wine. Truly a good red!
In the dining room you can see my new grey walls too. LOVE! Just ignore the printer in this photo. It's going to live in the credenza below, I just need to get a hole drilled in the back to accomodate the cord. These are the pumpkins I slaved over last month. The photo is actually my grandmother when she was around 3 circa 1920. The lampshade I covered in burlap and added a black gross grain ribbon.
There used to be this great shop called the Salvage Studio in Edmonds. That is where I bought the Scrabble letters that spell out Halloween. Two of the previous owners have their own blogs, check out Beth and Lisa.
Wich apparently this creepy crawley is interestded in tasting.
Conveniently located near a Morgue.
Vampire bats are known to inhabit graveyards. So far we have only found one - but it's BIG!
If you like the effects on my photos. Check out a free site called Picnik.