A simple home decor to start 2015

Dec 29, 2014

I love moving things around in my home, I believe this helps keeps the energy flowing. And now that a 2015 is about to begin, a new look and new energies are more than welcome. So after having Christmas decor for more than 2 months, it was time to stir things in my house.
For me taking the tree and all the decorations down before January was a big "no-no". But after what seems to be a loooong period of time in my head, I was ready for a new start. Having most of my old accessories out and a good mood helped me with the transformation.

Needless to say the furniture was the fist thing I had to move a re-accommodate. After that, it was all a matter of styling and adding new items to this living room. To try something different, I placed my tow accent chairs (from Home Decorators Collection) in a corner to make of them a chatting spot. The fresh sunlight that comes in the morning is perfect for this area. Between them I placed my small side table from Target to served as base for the bronze table lamp (from HomeGoods) you might remember from this post.

Eventually I'm planning to do some sort of magic trick in the wall behind those chairs since it is the only spot that looks and feels empty (thank you to all the lovely followers from my Instagram account for all you ingenious ideas).
Having this corner "almost" ready, I moved my sofa to the other side of the fireplace framing this area. In the center, the coffee table (that never existed) have been replaced by a big rattan chest from Ikea which is perfect to hide my kids' toys. Don't let them know this but I intentionally placed a glass bottle over this basket so they don't open it (they know it will break!!!).

Over my mantel I like to keep thing simple, so a couple of rustic accessories were enough. I bought two Moroccan lanterns at World Market and a glass and bronze star that match perfectly my style.

Over at the sideboard table I placed my lovely wood letters from HomeGoods and the industrial style lamp (also from HomeGoods). The test tubes were a great find from Anthropologie from a couple of years ago.
I love the look this area is taking. I know some other details are needed, but I'm getting there. What are your decor ideas for this new year? Share with me some of your resolutions.

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Winter Wonderland rustic gift wrapping ideas

Dec 19, 2014

Gift wrapping is one of the many fun instances of Christmas. When time allows, I love preparing packages for my love ones to make them feel extra special. Is my personal way of expressing how important they are in my life.
Since we are one week away from that special and very anticipated day, today I'm sharing my Winter Woodlands gift wrapping ideas with a rustic touch. The accessories used were all from Jo-Ann and I'm joining them this year for the #MakeItGiveIt campaign.
Before I started packing, I bought some rolls of Kraft Gift Wrapping paper and started stamping them with a set of (similar) pine cones rubber stamps. You can mix the stamps or use them separately, the final outcome will be great either way.

After this part was done and the ink dry, I started wrapping the boxes. Now that I had them finished it was time to start with the decorative accents.
One of these accents was a twig bird nest which I filled with moss, saw dust and mini pine cones. At the end I sprayed some glitter for that special Winter touch.

Another of the accents was a snowman cookie cutter wrapped in burlap strips. At the end I placed a piece of ivory colored moss and a tiny pine cone from Idea-ology.

On other gifts I use a silk leaf, similar to dusty miller, to make either a wreath or to adorn a pine cone.

I love how these gifts ended up looking and I'm sure everyone will enjoy their special little Winter Wonderland adorn. Don't forget to post your #MakeItGiveIt craft project on Instagram (before December 25, 2014) for a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store gift cards. Visit their #MakeItGiveIt page for more information.

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Lamp Christmas wreath

Dec 12, 2014

Finally I finished this wreath for my dining table lamp! Since I did mine from some remaining branches of my natural Christmas tree, it took me a bit more time than I expected but all worthwhile.
I love my lamp from School House Electric and Supply Co. because its minimalist look goes great with my dinning table. It brings great illumination to this space and everyone that comes to our home always compliment about the beauty of it.
During the Holiday seasons, I love hanging little accents form it to make it stand out even more. But this Christmas I was determined to make a focal point out of it. So in comes the wreath.

All I used were some leftover branches from my Christmas tree, galvanized wire and some ornaments and ribbons to hang. I first placed four branches over the floor in a circular form. Using the wire, I join the branches everywhere they met each other.

Having this as the skeleton of my wreath, I place it over the lamp securing it over its arms using more wire. To make it look plumper, I placed more branches everywhere I saw a space. Each time a branch was added, I made sure it was fasten with wire.

The finishing touches of my wreath were some ornaments I had at hand from the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge and others that I made.

To hang these beautiful ornaments I use a green ribbon and a cork one I found at Michaels.

The plastic transparent ornament in this wreath are from JoAnn and I just place some tiny pine cones inside of them. I also used smaller ones but instead I used sawdust for an added rustic look. 
I love how beautiful this looks during the day and at night the three light bulbs on the lamp brings a very special color to this wreath. Although I know this accent is near electricity, I'll try to keep this lamp off just in case. We don't want to bring the house down!
Keep enjoying the Holidays!!!!

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Recycled wood Christmas tree

I'm a strong believer of the phrase "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle". So when my dear cousin send me these beautiful set of recycle wood Christmas trees, I knew I had to do something special to show how easy one can transform a simple item into a powerful and merry statement to reinforce such an important movement.
These trees measure around 8" each, but Eco•shapes has them in many different sizes (Including a big one measuring 4'). You can order your own through this page.

For my little tree I just wrapped around a Eucalyptus branch (from Hobby Lobby) and a small metallic garland from Martha Stewart I bought a few months back. After securing each part on the back of the tree with staples and tape, I proceeded to make the base using wood disks with a strong glue.
While I waited for that base to dry, I cut some smaller pieces of wood disks that will turned to be tiny bases to put some small ornaments.

To do so I use the Black and Decker jigsaw to cut these pieces in half. Since these are small disks, I fasten them to a bigger board with a clamp so I didn't cut myself. A sandpaper help me to level and soften the part I just cut.

After gluing these pieces to the mini•tree, and placing some mini pine cones as ornaments, I had myself the most beautiful Recycled wood Christmas tree EVER!

You can find Eco•shapes trees on Facebook, Instagram and on Brands of Puerto Rico. Hope you enjoy this easy tutorial and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
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