Sunday, December 7, 2014

Greening Up the Chandy

I love greenery on a chandelier, there's something about the crystals and lights shining through the green branches that just makes me feel festive and brings me one step closer to creating a magical Christmas.

I just cut some hanging branches from our tree in the front yard and fed them through the arms of the chandy.

But it wasn't quite right ....

I needed to add some color, the color red of course.

Now it looks like a magical dreamy Christmas Chandy and the best part was the decor was all provided by the Lord, natural, organic and beautiful.

Isaiah 60:13

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

I also decided to add some red berries to my little reindeer on the mantel  from yesterday's post.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Decorating and RE-Decorating

Ok lets just say it right off the get go, I'm crazy. Yep after all the fussing and primping of the mantel yesterday I started second guessing myself, I do that alot when it comes to decorating. If you missed yesterday's post you can see it HERE
I started thinking hmmmm that garland concoction might look really good somewhere else......hmmm.

So I asked my husband his opinion  and he gave me  his usual, "whatever you like honey" which was  no help whatsoever!
So I disassembled the whole shebang and RE+ decorated the mantel.....

With a couple of lighted topiaries and my little white reindeer.
This pic was before I added some greenery that I cliped off our outside tree.

So what did I do with the garland?
It ended up on the Farmhouse Table.

I added some blue and white cups and saucers.

This coffee pot is from my mother in law, it's very old and I love it.

Signing off now as I'm exhausted from all this redecorating  decorating.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Planked Christmas Mantel

I've been wanting to plank the area above my mantel for a long long time and when do I do it????? Why right smack in the middle of the Christmas season of course. I've always worked better under pressure.

I'll give you the after first.....

Now here's the before....with no planking.

With my past planking projects I've bought  4x8 thin plywood and had Home Depot cut them lengthwise in 6 inch strips but this time I just bought the v groove planks from Lowes.

They went up pretty easily with my nail gun. Then I just framed it out and painted with Martha Stewart Glass of Milk paint.

I plan on adding some posts at on each side of the fireplace area below the mantel to bulk it up a bit. For some reason they wimped out this fireplace in the living room when they built it. I don't really understand why because the two other fireplaces in the bedrooms are way more elaborate. But no worries, I'm gonna fix her up.

Of course I couldn't wait to deck it all out with some Christmas decor, some lights, greenery, a few snowy white bulbs and some burlap bows all half off from Hobby Lobby.

My hubby gave me a 'well done' so I'm feeling good!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wall of Plates and Brightening Up the Dining Room

What a huge difference white paint makes!!

Here's the after, brighter and lighter!

A while back I asked you to critique my dining room. I received lots of great ideas and I've slowly been incorporating them. One idea I especially liked was making a gallery wall of plates  over my antique dresser/buffet. The pic below shows how the room looked looked so dark!

I removed the too large lamp and the pitcher and bowl. I also removed some of the crystals from that chandy and got brighter bulbs for it. I switched out the two bird pictures to another spot and made a wall of white and blue/white plates over the mirror.

There was also way too much brown in my opinion and many of you suggested I break all the brown up by painting the chairs, I agree that was a great idea. So I pulled out my ASCP  in Old White and got to work.

Ii's funny I just looked at the Decor Steals offer today and it's just the look I was going for. If you want to pick up some pretty plates for your wall, here's the pic....just click on the link above and it will take you to it.

I painted the previously dark stained legs in Old White too.

It really lightened up the whole room and the white really pulled the table and chairs together. I also added a little bit of blue in the center piece.

This top of this pretty piece was originally a duck egg blue but I wanted a lighter blue so I went over it with ASCP Louis Blue than used clear and dark wax.

The little bone plates were found at a antique store for only $1 each, what a steal!

I added some more white with the hen and turkey casserole sets.

 I still plan on painting the walls a lighter color and getting some curtains with blue and white. A new rug is also in the works but that's going to have to wait a while.

The addition of some greenery helped bring some life to this room.

I'll be decorating for Christmas in this room after Thanksgiving. Do you decorate for Christmas before of after Thanksgiving?

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