Spring & Easter Décor

Although it doesn't feel like spring in Richmond, the flowers blooming in our front yard are reminding me that warmer weather is not far behind. daffodil & snow

I love springtime and all of the colors that come with it.  There are so many ways to chase away the winter blues and brighten up the spaces within your home.  I've gathered a few ideas that I hope will give you some inspiration.

I often think about decorating our dining room chandelier around Christmastime, but what about for Easter?  You could use ribbon, greenery, Easter eggs, or whatever else you have on hand to dress up your chandelier.

spring Easter egg chandelier

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If you want to keep your décor on the table try combining pastels and bright colors.  Using a mix of flowers, patterns, and colors will make your table feel fresh and inviting.  Also, don’t forget to add details to other pieces in the room – did you notice the purple ribbon on these chairs?

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I also really like the look of using a monochromatic color scheme when setting a tablescape.  This assortment of yellow tulips and daffodils is simple and sweet, but the tiered arrangement in small containers keeps it interesting.

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Instead of buying new flowers from the store every week, try using what is blooming in your yard.  Forsythia, dogwood, and cherry blossom branches are great to bring inside and use in tall vases.  They also make perfect Easter trees!

Easter egg tree

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Another option is to take branches without any blooms and spray paint them a fun color, or colors.  Place them in a pretty vase and add spring-themed adornments, or leave them as is for an understated accessory.

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If you want something that will last throughout the season, and can even be reused for years to come, try these adorable ribbon topiaries.  Mix and match the colors you want to coordinate perfectly with your décor.

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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your mantel.  I found two ideas for using a picket fence as a focal point on the mantel.  Here, the fence is kept in its wood tone for a natural look.  The paper wreath keeps the natural feel while the flowers add a little bit of color.

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The bright and fun mix of colors on this mantel would carry these decorations into summertime as well.  I love the “Hello, Sunshine!” message too.  How could that not put a smile on your face?

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Another great place to add a touch of spring décor is your front door.  I love this rustic wreath, tied with an oversized burlap bow.

rustic spring wreath
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If you want a colorful wreath, I always love the yarn wreaths.  They can be adorned with flowers, branches, birds, or other ribbon, and the color choices and combinations are endless.

spring yarn wreath

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º What spring decorations are you putting up in your home?

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Fabric Christmas Tree & Other Decorations

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With Christmas only a few days away, I wanted to share the one Christmas craft I created this year. fabric Christmas tree on mantel

Last year, I created three wreaths and used a red and silver color scheme to decorate our mantel.

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This year, I wanted to switch this up, and the idea started with creating a fabric Christmas tree.

For the project, I started with these supplies:

fabric Christmas tree supplies

- a 28” x 22” canvas (spray painted silver) - 6 different green fabrics (I purchased ½ yard of each, but would have been fine with ¼ yard) - a silver star - silver ribbon - red pom pom ribbon

After spray painting the canvas and waiting for it to dry, the first step was to cut strips of the fabric that would form the layers of the Christmas tree.  I cut 4” strips of each of the fabrics.

fabric Christmas tree strips

Once the strips were cut, I was ready to glue them on the canvas.  I left room at the bottom to add the tree ‘trunk’.  I allowed for a 1” overlap of each layer, meaning that you would see 3” of each strip.  I also left room at the top to add the star.  To keep my line of hot glue straight, I measured and marked a straight line with a pencil.

fabric Christmas tree pencil line

I worked in 3”-4” wide sections at a time (so the glue wouldn't dry) and just tried  to scrunch and press the fabric to the glue.  I wanted it to create a sort of ruffle-y, skirt-like feel.

fabric Christmas tree glue step

As I worked my way up the tree, I had to trim some of the excess fabric off of the end of the strips.  I waited until I had glued it down though to make sure I had enough fabric.

trimming fabric

Once all of the layers were glued on to the canvas, I was ready to add a few embellishments.  I used the red and silver ribbon and attached them to the canvas with festive pearlized straight pins I found in my scrapbooking supplies.

fabric Christmas tree embellishments

Before attaching the star to the top of the tree, I decided it needed a darker background (instead of the silver canvas) so that it would stand out.  I cut a small section of one of the fabrics and scrunched and glued that to the top of the tree.  I then added the star (with hot glue) to complete the tree.

fabric Christmas tree star

The last step was to add the ‘trunk’.  I found a piece of brown wood-grain scrapbook paper and cut it to fit under the tree.  The fabric Christmas tree was ready for our mantel!

fabric Christmas tree

Christmas mantelTo complement the tree I added a few decorations we already had and purchased a few new ones to complete the space.  I started with our silver lantern and a green vase.  In the lantern, I changed out our normal green candle and added the red and silver one.  Into the green vase went silver twisty branches.  I also added a sparkly silver tree ornament and a clay nativity scene that my mom gave us a few years ago (from Ten Thousand Villages).  The two new decorations on this side of the mantel are two ornaments I found at Target - the sparkly Santa-gnome and his sparkly polar bear.

Christmas mantel detail

Christmas nativity

On the other side of the mantel I added height with the mountain-man nutcracker (one of Andrew’s favorites!) and the clear vase with red and silver tinsel and more sparkly branches and embellishments.  I then layered in the reindeer, silver pine cones, another sparkly tree ornament, and a small wind-up snowman (a gift from my dad, I’m sure ;) ).  The only new item on this side of the mantel is the silver and white penguin - sparkly, of course!

Christmas mantel detail

The only things I did keep the same as last year are the red pom pom garland and our stockings.

Christmas stockings

Christmas mantel

I love the collected and colorful feel our mantel has this year.  And I’m happy with how the fabric Christmas tree creates a nice focal point.

Fabric Christmas Tree on a mantel

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Christmas tray

I love the plate the nesting Santas are sitting on.  It has four snowmen dressed in different ethic outfits and around the rim of the plate is “Merry Christmas” in different languages.  My mom picked it out for me a few years ago when I was still teaching Spanish.

nesting santas

For next Christmas, two things I would like to add to our decorations are a new bow, or other tree topper, and a new wreath for our front door.

I want to wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season.  We’ll be enjoying time with friends and family and holding everyone extra close this year.  May your Christmas and 2013 be filled with many blessings!

° What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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Cribs {Christmas Edition} ~ Steve & Amy

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My friend Steve and his family love Christmas.  Steve and his wife Amy have been collecting Christmas ornaments and decorations for years.  They each have many family treasures, and they've also collected special pieces together.  Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Steve takes their three kids and two dogs out of town for the weekend while Amy does one of her favorite things – decorate the house for Christmas.Christmas house

She does have a designer help her with a few things, like the garland and the wreaths, but she also has quite the eye herself.  I was not the designer for the project, so I do not take any of the decorating credit.  Their house and decorations are beautiful though, so I wanted to share the photos with you.  Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for your own house!

Christmas front door

A close up of the stunning garland and wreath on the front door:

Christmas garland & wreath

When you walk in the front door, you’re greeted by this adorable reindeer and his red trees.

reindeer & trees

On the chest to the right of the reindeer was one of my favorite things in the house.  These colorful finials really caught my eye.  They were bright and beautiful and sparkly!

Christmas finials

My favorite one out of all of them:

Christmas finials

Also in the foyer, is another beautiful garland strung along the stair railing.  The mixture of colors and textures really makes the garland interesting and unique!

Christmas stair garland

Over and around the doorways leading from the foyer to the kitchen, Amy hangs four garlands.  They are filled with Christopher Radko ornaments – she uses Santas and snowmen only.

Christmas door garland

There are a total of 217 ornaments on the four garlands and it took Amy 2 ½ hours to put them all together!  A few of their favorites:

Santa & snowman

Amy sets up five trees throughout the house, but one of Steve’s favorite things is the ‘main tree’.

Christmas tree

The main tree is filled with special ornaments that Amy thoughtfully hangs in special places.  Amy and Steve both share the same favorite ornament.  Olivia the octopus (on the right) was an ornament that they both, unknowingly, picked out for the other when they were first dating.

Octopus ornament

Another one of the trees is the ‘kids’ tree’.  It is filled with more playful ornaments.

kids Christmas tree

Many of the ornaments on the kids’ tree are still special, like this penguin Steve has from his childhood.  He said it was purchased from the local drug store where he grew up, and up until a few years ago, it still had the 15¢ price sticker on one of his skis.

penguin ornament

In their kitchen area is this tree, decorated with all penguin ornaments.

penguin Christmas tree

This guy was my favorite – a penguin and he’s purple, yes please!

penguin ornament

I loved this tree that Amy sets up in their bedroom.

pastel Christmas tree

The lighter colors coordinated with the feel of their bedroom and the cascading ribbons added softness to the tree.

pastel Christmas tree

The fifth tree is adorned with all silver ornaments.

silver Christmas tree

All of the ornaments on this tree hold extra-special meaning, especially to Amy.  Her mom and sister collected silver ornaments, so many of these are their ornaments that have been passed down to her.  There are bells, balls, and other figures, some of them are engraved with the dates of their children’s first Christmases or other special years.

silver ornaments

The five trees are not the only amazing decorations in the house.  Steve and Amy also love nutcrackers.  During the holiday season, their pool table turns into center stage for their collection.

nutcrackers

Amy’s mom needlepointed her two son's stockings, and Amy said she even learned new stitches in order to make them!  She passed away before having the chance to make their daughter's stocking, so to have them all match, Amy tracked down the needlepoint winner of the state fair of Texas (Amy's home state) to stitch Hunter's.

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One of Amy’s favorite things is their Fontanini nativity scene.  She says that setting it up each year reminds her of being a young girl and playing dolls with her sister.

Christmas nativity village

Christmas nativity

Steve and Amy have several nativity scenes set up throughout the house.  They are all beautiful and have sentimental meaning to the family.

Christmas nativity

crystal Nativity

Christmas nativity

On the chandelier in their kitchen, Amy strings a garland and clay ornaments to create a casual focal point for the room.

kitchen chadelier

The clay ornaments are a mix of ornaments that represent the 12 Days of Christmas, and ones that are labeled with the year and the family’s names.

kitchen chandelier detail

Amy and Steve also collect the Dicken's Villages.

Christmas village

Amy enjoys finding new ways to arrange the scenes each year.

Christmas village skating

I know that my pictures have not done Amy and Steve’s house and decorations justice.  I appreciate them allowing me to come see all of their decorations and share them with you.  They love the spirit of the Christmas season and find great joy in discovering special pieces throughout the year and reminiscing about the memories each one holds.  Their biggest joy, however, is sharing their collection with others and passing along the happiness and love of the season.

I want to leave you with a few more photos from their collection.

Christmas bell players

Christmas clay figurines

nesting Santas

Christmas dining table

snowy Christmas village

Christmas carolers

Thank you so much, Steve and Amy, for opening your Christmas Wonderland to us!

° What is your favorite Christmas ornament?

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Guest Post ~ Holiday Front Doors

Today, I am excited to have a guest post from the lovely Jenny Barber.  Jenny works for Homelink and we met at an industry event a little over a year ago.  With her big smile and warm personality she welcomed me into the industry and has been a wonderful resource and friend! jenny barber

A little bit more about Jenny:

“I was born and raised in Richmond.  I attended JMU where I received my BFA in Interior Design.  I have dealt primarily with residential design during my career over the past 13 years, and I was also a furniture buyer.  I had my own design business while living in Virginia Beach, but I missed Richmond and decided to move back after 5 years.  I love all genres and styles of décor and design, and I jump at the chance to do something ‘out of the box.’ I recently assisted a designer with the Symphony League Designer House, which was a wonderful experience!  I also love of horses and dogs.”

Welcome Jenny, I’m happy to have you share your holiday ideas with us!

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Being a native Richmonder, I certainly appreciate and love the different areas and environs our wonderful city has to offer. Whether it be the Fan, the Far or Near West End, Midlothian, the Museum District, or Mechanicsville, each has their own unique style and characteristics when it comes to exteriors and décor.  I've always loved driving around through the neighborhoods to see how people decorate their front doors and entryways; and no better time than with the holidays right around the corner….or block.

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“Go big or go home” has always been a mantra of mine. And when it comes to front doors, color is key. Painting it a bright or cheerful hue that compliments the exterior can really make a statement and give your house that much needed facelift without breaking the bank.

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Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make a change if you aren't quite ready to knock out all the items on your home remodeling list.  Not sure how daring you want to be? Take a nice stroll down Monument Avenue or through Carytown to see how sapphire blue, coral, and lime green can blend beautifully with an historic building or home of every style.  Even opting for a more subtle color but using a high-gloss lacquer finish can really stand out.

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Not ready to make the paint commitment? Adding a whimsical or seasonal wreath or garland is another great option and you can change it out to your little heart’s delight!

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Check out some of these creative ideas to add some “blizang” to your abode.

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purple wreath

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wood door

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Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, and Krismasi Njema to all!

Much love, Jenny Barber aka…Babs

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Thanks so much, Jenny!  I love all of these ideas for holiday front doors!

º How you do decorate your front door for the holidays?

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