Holiday console decor

Nov 25, 2014


Since the month of October, I've been updating and re-decorating different parts of our new home. The entryway is a special spot since this is the welcoming area and the one who speaks the most about my style. I love changing this area according to the seasons since it gives me an opportunity to make this place feel special.



Today I've updated this console following the Holiday spirit that's been running around our place for a while now. This time I went for a simple vignette, adding a small dose of color to make this area pop.
Red is not on my favorite list of colors but this entryway needed the punch to make it feel more active. The small aluminum houses (from last year Target collection) are the perfect accent over the console. A mercury glass vase (from HomeGoods) with eucalyptus (from Hobby Lobby) created a visual balance.


The small wreath hanging over the mirror is what's remaining from a mailbox wreath whose branches I've been using on a lot of other projects. I think that sometimes the simpler the decor, the better it ends up looking. Wouldn't you agree? Let me know about your entryway. Do you prefer to keep it simple, or do you go all out? Would love to read your thoughts.


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Light up your patio for the Holidays

Nov 23, 2014


Being  new on this whole patio matter, we haven't decided yet on what types of plants or distribution we would like for this big space. The only thing we know for sure is that we love to come out here at nights and take time for us to contemplate what we've achieved so far and talk about our plans for the future. So far we've had one hot chocolate night and another S'mores night; Yum! We had so much fun doing new things we've never done before as a family.


But we've noticed that although at nights this patio has an exquisite atmosphere, it needed to be lighted-up. We have a mango tree that sits on a corner and is in the perfect spot to be decorated. Several of the lamps I saw while doing my research, needed to be connected to an electrical outlet. Since this tree is placed far from any, the only option I had were solar lamps.



On Amazon I found these globe lanterns that are the perfect stylish addition to my tree. These are from Idea Works and I have to say that they are just beautiful. The globe measures around 3" and the top is in a perfect copper color.
For the trunk of the tree I also found a Solar Powered LED String Light in warm white. A set of 100 bulbs did the trick for our mango.


Next on my list is a shooting star from Grandin Road that hasn't arrived yet. Can't wait to place this on my patio too so I can share it in here. Are you decorating your patio for the Holidays? What are you using to light it up?


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40 minutes grapevine Holiday wreath

Nov 20, 2014


In the day to day, sometimes making time to sit and create can become a difficult task. I'm one of those people that wishes that days will last longer, but in the hopes of using those extra minutes to make, create and then rest some. But in real life we only get 24 hours and from those, more than half are spend in real jobs and/or daily responsibilities. 


Because of this today I'm sharing a quick way to make and create a front door wreath that will only take you around 40 minutes to make. For this I used a roll off grapevine (14") from +Hobby Lobby, floral wire (bread twist ties can also help), pine cones (these are from BHG at Walmart) and snow spray.


Opening the grapevine ties, start untangling and stretching it. I divided my grapevine in two sections and spread and stretch each side individually. With the floral wire I joined some areas that I wanted to remain together. When I felt like each side had the circular uncompressed form, I placed the circles one on top of the other making sure that it looked balanced.



Now that my wreath was completed, it was time to place the pine cones which I distributed around the circle and attached using wire also. To add a seasonal touch, I used small eucalyptus branches and  the snow spray.


I love the way this wreath added a dose of Holiday spirit and also its minimalist decor influence on my front door. Have you started decorating for Christmas yet, or will you be waiting until after Thanksgiving day? 

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Nature inspired Thanksgiving tablescape

Nov 12, 2014

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

A Thanksgiving table setting doesn't have to be such a difficult task to accomplish. With your basic dinnerware (no fancy one here), some wine glasses and a couple of accents you'll be more than set for a gathering. Today I'll show you how to mix and match these elements to achieve an inviting tablescape.
Let's start with the center of the table. I have had those recycled glass vases forever. They were a great find from my nearest +HomeGoods a couple of years ago and been traveling around different spots in my home. Now I wanted them to be the focal point of my table and because of their lovely amber color and size, these will help set the tone for the rest of the decor. Underneath the vases, I placed a large rustic cutting board (also from HomeGoods) that centered all the main elements of the table.

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

If you've followed me for a while now, you'll notice that I've used most of my accessories in other vignettes and that is the case of my dry wheat bunch. Here I used it on one of the vases besides the mango tree branches to help create a visual balance on sizes. All the green you see here came from my patio, so no need to buy expensive flower arrangements. With a couple of leaves, (dry ones will also look good) you'll bring some life into your setting. Scattered mini pumpkins (real and faux) were also another recycled element I loved using here.

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

Instead of place cards, I use a piece of cork ribbon (from +Michaels Stores) with "Thank you" handwritten words that added to the rusticity of the table. 

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

I believe that the rustic/relaxed/organic look of this arrangement will be a hit on our Thanksgiving dinner. What do you think? Are you planning to do a tablescape; and if so, what elements are you adding this year? I would love to hear your take on table settings.

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic

Thanksgiving, table setting, tablescape, Fall, Autumn, Rustic



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