Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Home Tour 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!
Just a few more shots of our home for the holidays.

The mantle.

I changed out the blue for Christmas with deer and fur pillows.
I picked up the deer pillows at Marshall's. 
I draped fur throws I already had over my ottomans for a quick winter feel.

I hung faux wreaths with burlap ribbon above my family room windows.

Piper likes the fur.

I added crystals and my glass bubbles to some branches.

I used bottle brush trees, Epsom salts, and pearls.

I already showed you how I staged my industrial shelves.

Here is the living room/man cave.

Our entry gate. 

The front door.

Merry Christmas!
We wish you a safe and Happy Christmas and Hanukkah.
                                  Thanks for checking it out.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Day of Silence and Support for the Families of Sandy Hook

If you would like to help the families of Sandy Hook click on the link below.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hostess Gift And A Pinterest Tutorial

I'm off to game night and a gift exchange with my girlfriends.  
I wanted to bring a hostess gift to my friend Beth and this is what I came up with. 

A Winterlicious Terrarium.
To see others I've made go here

I started with a glass container I already had and a bag of Epsom Salts from the grocery store.  
You can find Epsom Salts in the first aid section.

I added a faux tree, a piece of driftwood, green moss, spray painted faux twigs, and a nest with a little bird.

I tried a picture taking technique I saw on Pinterest.  

Go here to see the tutorial from Handmade Spark.

I hope she likes it!

Learn anything new on Pinterest?

Thanks for checking it out.

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's 70 degrees and Christmas in San Diego

Hey there, today I wanted to show you the outside of my house and how it's decorated for Christmas.

I live in San Diego.  
It's going to be 70 degrees today so bringing the "winter" to the outside of the house can be a challenge.
I know, poor me, I have to deal with beautiful warm winter weather.

My husband and I recently ripped out the ten year old Blue Point Junipers on either side of our front door.  
The one on the right side of the door decided to twist crooked and go sun searching.  
The lack of symmetry bugged me. 
As much as we tried to stake it and straighten out, it just wasn't working. 
It happens with landscaping, things periodically need to be ripped out. 

Christmas 2011

This year I moved two of my urns and pedestals to either side of the front door.  
I added faux greenery, sticks, and Christmas balls to the urns.

Symmetry achieved,  
I like it.

I can change out the urns with each season.

I also painted my windows and the entry mirror with a DIY stencil for the third year in a row.
This year I used a simple deer head design.

I used water based craft paint to stencil the windows.
It's easy to scrub off after Christmas.

To see how I did my windows last here click here.

Christmas 2011

I painted the front windows too.

 I added some faux wreaths to the windows and attached them with suction cups.

It may be warm here but we can pretend it's snowing.

Thanks for checking out.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Little More Christmas Decor

The house is ready for Christmas. 
I showed you my mantle in my last post. 
Today I'm showing you the opposite side of the room.
Here is the newly painted wall opposite my fireplace.  
My industrial shelves got a makeover with some giant snow globes.
To see how this side of the room was decorated last year go here.

Here's what the shelves looked like when I first made them, before I painted the wall.

I winterized my shell filled urns with greenery.

For many years I have used a lot more shells and starfish in my Christmas decor.  
I've scaled way back for this year, only using them in a couple of places.

I added greenery, feathers and lights above the mirror.

The chandelier is blinged out with faux greenery and Christmas owls.

 I use jewelry magnets to hand the owls on the metal chandelier.

My winterlicious terrariums sat on the mantle last year.

I added some little houses this year.
I was gone so much last year coaching that I'm really enjoying being home more.  
I've taken a break from coaching to spend more time with my family.

This little house lights up and changes colors.

I picked up the fire starter wood stump at my local grocery store. 

I had to do some rearranging of furniture to accommodate my Christmas tree.  
I moved my vertical pallet faux planter, my desk, and my DIY metal planter hanging light to the wall next to the dining room table.

           More little houses under my DIY glass lamps.  I perched them on a candlestick for added height.

I placed each house on a dessert plate and added some faux snow.

They are sparkly when the light is turned on.

The house is done, but I've got a lot more shopping to do.
Thanks for checking it out.

Merry Christmas

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