Friday, December 6, 2013

Fabulous Friday Finds

This week's Fabulous Finds are below. It is not hard to find things I adore on a daily basis let alone during the holiday's when everyone has their halls decked and trees trimmed. 
Hope you enjoy this weeks' eye candy. 

Isn't this kitchen just yummy? I can just imagine it filled with family, friends, food and lots and lots of laughter.

 I love the classic gray and white of this room. The crisp linens of the bed are complimented by the soft curtains and glow of the simple garland.

The minimalist look of this bathroom has a warmth to it due to the natural wood and the wall of windows let let's in mother nature's beauty. I would love to soak in that tub, and I think my whole neighborhood could fit in the shower! Ha ha.

The same furniture, yet very different feel and look. It's amazing what a wall color or pillow can do!

It's so hard to pick a favorite Christmas decoration as I love most all of them! This classic, antique Santa brings heartfelt memories to mind of Christmas' past. Love.

Chevron is everywhere. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming, but I love this rug from One King's Lane. Available in multiple colors...always a bonus!

Sometimes you just need an escape, especially this time of year with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. This space speaks to me. It says, "Grab a cup of coffee, and a good book(or design magazine) curl up by the fireplace and relax."

I love winter because I love boots and sweaters. This look doesn't disappoint. Love the combination of plum, cream and black.

I live by quotes. This one is perfect for this time of year!

What are a few of your favorite things? I'd love to see them!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

DIY $12 Noel Christmas Decor

If you haven't guessed yet, I LOVE Christmas! Everything about it. It's in my blood. I grew up with a Mom who LOVED Christmas as well. So much so she transformed her house every year starting on Halloween. She even changed out the telephone cord, yes, telephones used to have cords. (Am I dating myself?) Needless to say, I tend to go crazy decorating as well...I just can't seem to stop.  Here is this weekend's creation...all for $12 or less, depending on what supplies you may already have on hand.

What you will need:
(1) 1 X 3 board (you can use 2' or longer)
NOEL chip board letters
(1) small grapevine wreath
red, brown, and gold paint
gold glitter
Gorilla Glue

Cut the boards to your desired length using either a hand saw or circular saw.  Using our trusty Gorilla Glue, glue the boards together and clamp until dry.

Sometimes you have to use a shim or two

While your boards are drying, at least an hour, paint your chipboard letters. I used the DecoArt Americana Alizarin Crimson color for my classic Christmas look.

I wanted a pop of color so I opted to paint the O a gold, as red and gold, well they just look beautiful for the Christmas Season. The gold I used it actually more of a Champagne than a true gold. It is the FolkArt Metallic Paint in Sahara Gold. (Truthfully, I am a bit OBSESSED with this color right now!)

After the boards dried, I laid out the letters exactly so and then glued them on, again with my beloved Gorilla Glue. In addition, I decided to not distress the boards for this look, as sometimes I feel I am over distressed...ha ha!

For the finishing touch I used Krylon Adhesive Spray on the wreath followed by a dusting of gold glitter. I just set the wreath in front of the O for display. I opted to not glue it on, so that I can change the design in the future if desired.

So there you have it! Easy afternoon Christmas decor project for less than $12!
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