Wednesday, December 31, 2008
One of the first things my mom did when she started renovating her little old house, was to remove all the mirrors the previous owner had put up. I think that person was trying to use the old decorator's trick of making a
room house look bigger by adding mirrors. It was simply not working in this place. They even had a mirrored backsplash in the kitchen....
Anyhow, afterwards there was only one large one, that still in really good shape- but she had no use for it. So she called me up, asking if I still wanted that large mirror from Ikea. I did, and said yeah, but didn't really have space for it right now, so wasn't going to buy it. She asked if I wanted her to make me one instead.
I was a little skeptical at how it was going to look. Especially since my mom's style is pretty traditional, and the mirror - the Mogstad from Ikea, is NOT. But she really wanted to do it, so I let her go to town.
Last week, when she came for Christmas, she showed up with this:
Boy, was I impressed. It turned out great, even though it doesn't show so well in the photo... I need to work on my photography skills for sure!! I wasn't sure if we had a place to put it, but after a little brainstorming and some picture moving, the wall in our bedroom was the perfect place for this full-length stunner.
**Mom put 4 coats of this ebony stain on it, and it was still pretty light. She left me the can and I will probably add a few more to get it a little closer in color to the rest of the furniture!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
At first I thought it was just cause I was lazy and hadn't had photos printed since I got a digital camera.... Then I realized that I didn't have any nice frames... Plus coupled with the fact that I don't have any pictures of the two of us, that I absolutely LOVE......I realized it wasn't that far-fetched!
(This one turned out awesome.. but I couldn't take a nice picture of it, to save my life lol)
Here is how everything looks on my dresser, with the addition of the three new frames.
The last frame contains a picture that I absolutely love. We look incredibly happy. Unfortunately, the angle it was shot at, makes Cory look HUGE. So I am respecting his request to not post it. :)
The stockings ( well ours at least) were hung from the
thing masquerading as a mantle fireplace mantel from gorgeous hangers found at Walmart. Thankfully, they were the last two silver ones left!
I've had this pretty silver sleigh for a couple years. I didn't have a plan for it this year, so I simply loaded it up with some Holiday stuffies and they rode the sleigh all over the island counter!
The dining room sideboard is a nice place for a little Holiday vignette. The snowman guy is from the Dollar store. That large white bowl holds pinecones and holiday berry sprigs. I also believe one of our poinsettias ( we have a white and a red one), ended up finding a home here as well.
There were little knick-knacks everywhere... but I did't get photos of everything. I did however, get photos of my favorite part: THE TABLE!!!
I wanted something really Dramatic, and whimsical this year so red, white and silver was the theme!
The beautiful red tablecloth and napkins were found randomly at Save-On-Foods on a grocery shopping trip. The bright color really helped to make my Holiday dishes POP! These white dishes with silver band and stars were in a Superstore flyer years ago, when I fell in love with them and my mom surprised me.
The matching etched-star drinking glasses paired nicely with Ikea wine glasses and the Hampton House flatware in brushed stainless steel, is our everyday stuff.
Since it was a big "meat and potatoes" crowd, I opted to forgo the charger plates, and went only with dinner and bread plates. But to add another layer, I placed the napkins, complete with Silver Snowflake napkins rings, found at Canadian Tire many years ago.
Since the table was really long, I really wanted to fill it out, and make every part of it, visually stimulating. I'm not really a red person, and it was a lot for me, so I added some interest by using my Martha Stewart Limitied Edition Snowflake punch and some white cardstock to punch out snowflakes, and I just let them lay as they fell.
I knew the centerpiece had to be something unexpected, and something silver and sparkly. So I set off early that morning with a vision in my head. What I found were 2 of these reindeer candelabras!! I didn't want anything taller, and was worried about the stability of taper candles in those large cups, so I opted for silver, LED tealights instead. I think they look amazing!!
There was a lot of space to fill still, so I threw the sleigh and snowman in the middle as well. Silver-foil wrapped mini-presents, glittery white snowflake ornaments, and white tealight holders lined with gold leaf added extra sparkle!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I think this might be one of my favorites!!! My favorite colors!!! I think I would add a bit more turquoise though... like in the trees and christmas balls!!
Now, this one didn't say Christmas at all to me, but essentially, would love amazing if your place was all blue. Plus, sub the blue for red or green, and it's perfect!!
I love the idea of a placecard, and I think these curtain clips are such an easy, inexpensive way to tackle two items: napking rings and placecards!!
A little cutesy, and a lot more traditional this would also be very well received at a Kid's table!!
This has a very Country-traditional vibe but still very cute!
This is another one of my faves and goes to show you, you don't have to use conventional "Christmas-themed" items...
These napkins were made using an iron-on transfer from a regular printer, and the napkin rings are vintage forks, bent into shape!!
if glitsz is your thing, try this Gold-decked affair!!!
Posts in the works:
~ Christmas Gift DIY - Mrs. Thibault-style! What did my mom give me, and what Big-box store item did she knock-off??
~ Under the tree - What we asked for; what we got; how we're using them!
~ Decoration Re-vamp : Making those traditional decoration suit your personal style
~New Addition: we're working on two pieces of furniture right now...Including step-by-step tutorials on how to re-create them!
~Goodbye Christmas! - see how we store our Holiday decorations - it's surprisingly orderly!
~Cleaning up and Clearing out: In the process of cleaning up, and trying to find space for all our new stuff, I clear out old stuff and mentally prepare for our new house.
That's just a few of the pieces I am working on right now, but I promise the next couple days will be chalk-full of new stuff we're doing.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
How about you? What graces the top of your tree? An Angel? A Star? A Snowflake?? Maybe even a beer can?? Let me know the story behind your choice!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
The front entrance is beautiful, and very old-school elegant.
Brightly colored fabrics really make this room feel fresh with all the bright white paint.
I think this might be the most modern room in the house. Love the zebra rug. Love the glass table. (It's actually a rectangular table with two additional demi-lune tables as leaves.)
Talk about Dramatic! This birdcage bed, combined with the full-on floral wallpaper reminds me of something out of Domino!
The bathroom is very English Country.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Photo from: Pottery Barn
Friday, December 12, 2008
1. My Mom - who is forwarding us some money towards our downpayment. We love you very much, and appreciate this, more than you will ever know!!! Also, she has offered up her assistance with helping to prepare dinner if we need it.
2. My Dad - who has offered to pay for the Turkey and all the trimmings, as we are hosting once again this year. This is very generous. Especially since there will be 8 of us.
3. Cory's mom & dad - He would like to provide a gigantic Hutterite turkey. They're organically grown, and so fresh!!! She really wants to cook it. Cory has taken her up on her offer, and is going to have her over early to cook it, so that he can work until noon that day.
4. Cory's work - Baker Hughes - who have very graciously provided all their employees with a $50.00 gift card towards their Christmas dinners.
We have been amazed by the amount of assistance that everyone is willing to give this year!! Both financially and service-wise. I'm thinking that we will be able to provide a very lovely Christmas for all, at a very cost-effective price point.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This is really all there is when you come in... you can go up or down (excuse the pic it's from Construction) ** I will note, that we did add a painting by Cory's uncle on that wall heading downstairs.
This is the front door, from the angle Cory and I see it from, as we come up from the basement. I've kept it pretty basic, but still pretty. The black framed mirror is a Debbie Travis score from Canadian Tire that I got for my birthday a couple years back.
I originally wanted to hang some beautiful black, Gothic, wrought-iron hooks under the mirror for guests to hang their coats, but Cory was worried that anything protruding into this area would be a bad idea.
See, as there are so many stairs coming up, and with us often carrying things, he didn't want anyone to get hurt. Which is also the same reason we don't have a nice, big potted plant in this space.
There are coat closets on both the lower level entry, and upstairs at the main floor, so we have no need for a console table. Plus the stairs serve as seating for putting on/taking off shoes.
Friday, December 5, 2008
2. Lay down newspaper or drop cloth, to protect your work area from getting dirty.
3. Create proper drainage in your glass container. This is essential in a terrarium as they are very humid. Add a solid layer of gravel to the bottom of your container (this keeps the roots from sitting in water) Next, add a 1/4" layer of charcoal, then a layer of potting soil that should reach less than half the container's height.
4. Prepare your plants for transplant. Holding the soil, wiggle the pot off. Carefully remove the remaining soil from the plant, and separate the roots.
5. Use the pencil to create a small hole for the plant, in the potting soil. Insert the plant, and gently cover the area with surrounding soil to ensure it is securely in place. Do not crowd your plants, they need room to grow!
6. Pretty it up! If you're using a bell jar-style terrarium, you can pot your plant in a plastic take out container, and then cover it in moss, so that it looks pretty.
7. Take care. If your terrarium is enclosed, then it only needs a light misting every 6 weeks - even less if it has any cacti inside. For ones with lids - remove the lid for one day a month for proper air circulation. As with any plants, remove dead leaves and prune back, if needed to keep your plants healthy!!
**All instructions and photos from Domino>