Olympic Fever ~ Gold, Silver, & Bronze

Were you as hooked on the London 2012 Olympics as I was?  Every night, I could not wait to see the prime time coverage! london olympic medals

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If you’re missing the excitement of the games, try adding a few of these accessories to your décor in order to help you bring the gold, silver, and bronze feeling into your home all year long.

This beautiful capiz shell chandelier ($69.99) captures all three hues in one piece.  Hung over a kitchen table it would add a coastal feel to the space, or add it to a tween girl’s bedroom for a touch of sophistication.

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Spruce up your dining room table with this metallic bronze dinnerware ($24 for the set).  They would mix well with all white dishes, or for added interest, include a pop of color - like a purple tablecloth or an orange flower arrangement.

bronze dinnerware

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Another option in the dining room would be to pair the silver Dahlia placemat ($9.95) with a shimmery gold napkin ($1.95).  Add a crisp white tablecloth, and line the middle of the table with the silver and gold votives shown below ($4.95) to complete the Olympic inspired tablescape.

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gold & silver votive

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Bring a touch of elegance to your bedroom with the soft and romantic Vanilla Glacé duvet cover from Saffron Marigold (Queen ~ $159.99).

white & gold duvet

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To compliment the Vanilla Glacé duvet cover, hang this pearl, gold, and silver mirror ($179.95) over the dresser.  Who wouldn’t feel pretty looking into this beautiful and sparkly mirror every morning?

pearl & gold mirror

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The playful dot pattern on this pillow ($32) keeps it from feeling too formal.  You could use it on a sun porch, in a living room, or in a bedroom as a fun accent to the rest of the space.

silver & gold dot pillow

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To create a unique focal point over a kitchen island, choose one of these bronze industrial pendant lights ($129-$145) and use two or three of them to line the island.

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Finally, if you prefer just a small reminder of the Olympics, try this group of three mini mercury glass vases ($49.50).  Keep them empty for a no-fuss accessory, or fill each one with a single stem for a simple arrangement.

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º There are so many to choose from, but what was your favorite London 2012 Olympic moment?

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We Three Wreaths ~ #2

From my trio of wreaths, today I’ll be talking about the center wreath.

Here are the supplies I started with for this wreath:

• 12” Styrofoam wreath (it was curved on the front and flat on the back) • 1 ½” wide wired red ribbon with silver trim • silver sparkly ornament • stapler & staples

To start, I stapled the ribbon to the back of the wreath.

Then, I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath.  I overlapped each strip about half-way.  Here is a picture of the wreath partially wrapped.

And here it is wrapped, but before I added the ornament embellishment.

To add the ornament, I cut a piece of the ribbon so that I could attach the ornament to the smaller piece of ribbon and then add that whole piece to the wreath.  I decided to sew the ornament to the piece of ribbon.

Once the ornament was secure on the ribbon, I stapled the smaller ribbon strip to the wreath.

That’s it!  It was really simple, and it looks cuter than I hoped.  To hang it from the window pane, I used a strand of silver yarn, but you could also use the same ribbon or a coordinating color ribbon.

red & silver ribbon wreath

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Different ribbon – patterns, plain, stripes, etc. – would give this type of wreath many different effects.  One piece of advice too: the Styrofoam sheds, a lot, so be sure to do this project before you vacuum!

º What ribbon would you use for this wreath?

On a side note: º Has anyone seen any fun Christmas lights yet?