Deck The Walls

Beautiful Holiday Wreaths

Deck The Walls

Whether it hangs on your front door or temporarily replaces art in your home, a wreath offers an opportunity to introduce nature, your crafty side or a little sparkle. Here is a gorgeous gallery of wreaths to inspire you to deck your walls.

What is your style: natural, crafty or sparkly? I have a crush on the boxwood wreaths on the shelves myself.

Photo credits:
Natural: Country Living, Dub Lane Designs, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Pottery Barn
Crafty: Martha Stewart, Thoughtfully Simple, Good Housekeeping, Blog Elfster
Sparkly: Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart, Pottery Barn, West Elm


Framed Christmas Word Art - Right From Your Printer!

Bring joy to your world by making this holiday word art

Framed Christmas Word Art - Right From Your Printer!

I love decorating for the holidays. The sparkle, the colours and the chance to transform a space all make me happy. I started this year {yes, already} with my dining room. I wanted a simple sophisticated look and I am pretty excited about the results so far.

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Here is what my sideboard looked like before:

Here is what it looks like now:

I love the sparkly silvers and gun metal grays, don’t you?

The JOY collage was really easy to put together and very budget friendly. The Ikea Ribba frames were $12.99 each and the paper, from Michaels, was $5.00 for a total of $50.00. Not bad for one of a kind art made by YOU!

Here’s how you can make your own:

1. Choose a word {JOY, NOEL, HOLLY} to help you plan how many frames and how much paper you will need.

2. Decide on a colour scheme. I recommend keeping it simple: different shades of the same colour or two colours. Use your room or other decorations in the space as inspiration.

3. Choose one pattern for each layer. One bold pattern mixed with two small, simple patterns works well.

4. Use a word program to select a font that you like. Keep in mind that you need to be able to cut it out. Print the letters and use them for tracers.

5. Cut the letters and a rectangle 2” smaller than the background layer {I like to use a paper cutter for this} and glue each layer together. A craft glue stick will work well.

6. Assemble each one in a frame and you are done!


A Good Mantel is Hard to Find

tips for decorating mantels

A Good Mantel is Hard to Find

A fireplace is often the centrepiece of a room, a cosy spot to gather around. It can also be a fantastic opportunity to showcase your design style. I went in search of some inspirational photos of fireplace mantels and it was not an easy task. Looking for pretty mantels was driving me mental. But don’t worry, I am not one to give up; I found some beautifully adorned mantels along with some tips for you to apply to yours.

-group a small collection of similar items

-layer your mantel with items of different heights

-use a mirror to reflect light and the rest of the beauty in the room

-a mantel does not need to be over a real fireplace. I love the rustic look of this one.

-use natural elements to adorn your mantel and change them to suit each season. Beautiful and budget friendly

-think about the scale of your fireplace when choosing your artwork. The art {or mirror} should be about 2/3 the length of the mantel.

-for a peaceful look, keep it simple and airy

I wish every room in my house had a fireplace so I could borrow inspiration from each of these photos. I guess I'll just have to make due with the freshly painted one in my family room which is patiently waiting to be Christmafied. 

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