Christmas Tree Detail1

When I haven’t been decorating for clients I’ve been busy getting crafty and decking the halls at my home.  This year I made a few handmade ornaments from things I already had stashed away.  These ornaments were so simple they should be in the Holiday Decor for Dummies Book.

First up are tinsel filled ornaments.  I bought these clear ornaments two years ago I think and had plans to paint them.  While unpacking my decor this year I came across them and decided to turn them into tinsel ornaments.

All is took was some tinsel garland (mine purchased at Ikea), scissors and something long to push the tinsel into the ornament.  I removed the ornament cap, cut my garland into 4 inch long pieces and used a chop stick to push it into the ornament.

Tinsel Ornament3

Next I decided to take a stash of holiday coasters I purchased at a Crate and Barrel after Christmas sale and turn them into ornaments. I punched a hole in one corner so the coaster would hang on the diagonal and easy peasy, I had ornaments.

Coaster Ornaments1

Both of these ornaments add something different to my tree–the tinsel ornaments add sparkle and shine and the coaster ornaments layer in a different shape and dimension.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share my fully decorated Christmas tree in part one of Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.

Have you crafted any of your Christmas decor this year?  




There’s nothing like entertaining during the holidays. From sit down dinners to causal cocktail parties, creating a festive setting for a holiday soirée takes only takes a few special pieces.  Here are my gift picks for entertaining-ware that will make you the star of the party!


Holiday Gift Guide--Entertaining.002

No. 1  A fun twist of traditional Christmas plates– Dapper Animal Plates
No. 2 A beautiful tray with a festive message–Plated Brass Tray
No. 3 A fun accent on the dinner table–Reindeer Salt-n-Pepper Shaker
No. 4 Tilt Bowls are perfect for serving up any type of holiday finger food {available in red and clear}
No. 5 A sweet little tiered stand to sever up sweets–Gilded Petit Four Stand
No. 6 Dots & stripes to glam up the buffet–Metallic 3-piece Cheese Knife Set



Holiday Gift Guide--Entertaining.001

No. 1 Because cooper mugs are cool–Copper Mugs
No. 2 No matter how you say it, say Cheers to the season! Cheers Champagne Flutes
No. 3 A chic way to serve wine, water or just about anything–Bird’s Beak Glass Carafe
No. 4 Personalize a party with these Acrylic Stemware Glasses {set of 4}
No. 5 Hot toddies call for classic Santa Mugs
No. 6 Why not serve custom martinis in festive martini glasses–Set of 2 Stag Martini Glasses


Holiday Gift Guide--Entertaining.003

No. 1 Indulge their sweet tooth with a fun Deer Candy Jar
No. 2 Gift your favorite cookies in this classic Winter Cottage Cookie Jar
No. 3 Whoever gets theses Santa Hat Lidded Bowls will be Ho, Ho, Happy!
No. 4 A personalized platter makes a great gift–Melamine Holiday Tray




Mix and Match Holiday Giftwrap.001.jpeg.001.jpeg.003

Since I love to wrap gifts, I thought it would be fun to share my easy formula for creating stylishly wrapped gifts.  Even though it’s a pretty simple formula involving paper, ribbon, tags and a fun accent, it’s what I do with these items that turns my wrapping into an art.

Continue Reading »

Merry and Bright FINAL

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving.  We spent the day at my brothers where we ate too much, lounged a lot, watched our share of movies and even hit up a few stores for some Christmas shopping–the makings for a perfect Thanksgiving.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get in full-blown Christmas mode!

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve slowly been decorating for Christmas and it’s not because I’m trying to rush the season but for another great reason.  This year I’m participating in the Merry & Bright Holiday Home tour with 8 other amazing bloggers.  Over the course of three weeks, starting Dec. 2nd,  we’ll be sharing our Christmas decor and how we’ve made our homes Merry & Bright for the holidays.  Each of us will also be sharing a DIY project we’ve made featuring a holiday decal from Candi’s Etsy shop Welcoming Walls. I can’t wait to show you what I’m crafting.

I’m so excited about the holiday home tour and hope you’ll follow me and the other fantastic bloggers on the tour:

Kellie from Design Asylum Blog
Elaine from OMG Lifestyle Blog
Debbie from Refresh ReStyle
Tamyra from Positively Southern
Kate from Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
Amy from Amy Howard Social
Yuni from Love Your Abode
Marsha from M Jones Style

Rd Merry and Bright Plaque

 Here’s a little more detail about what’s to come from each blogger on the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour…

On Dec. 2nd we’ll be sharing the highlights of our holiday decor from our front door to our Christmas tree designs.

Dec. 9th is all about celebrating & entertaining where we’ll share how we’ve decked out our dining rooms and entertaining areas for holiday festivities.

And on Dec. 16th there will be even more holiday cheer featuring diy projects, special details of our decor and the other ways we’ve decorated for the season.

All blog post will be live at 7:00 am eastern so you’ll be able to blog hop for the ultimate holiday decorating inspiration.

And you can also check out the tour on Instagram by following the hashtag #merryandbrightholidayhome!

Now I’m off to do some more decorating.

‘Tis the season!


I just wanted to pop in today and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to share a throwback Thursday post just in case you’ve got Christmas decorating on your to-do list this weekend.

I’m thankful for each and every one of you that reads and supports the blog. Have a fantastic day!




Creative Ways To Decorate For Christmas.001

Better Homes and Gardens

Continue Reading »


Clothing is one of the most gifted items at Christmas but that doesn’t mean you have to gift a basic sweater, a simple pair of gloves or a bundle of basic socks.  Why not gift fashion with ultimate style.  Here’s my His & Her Fashion Gift Guide and every item is $50 or less!

Holiday Gift Guide--Fashion Gifts for Him and Her.002.jpeg.001

Plaid and Ponchos are two of the hottest fashion trends this winter and this Plaid Poncho is chic in every way. $38.00
These Stone Drop Hoop Earrings are definitely a one for them, one for me gift items.  Available in 5 stone colors $46.80
This Reversible Faux Leather Tote w/Wristlet may just be the perfect handbag and it’s available in 6 color options. $48.00
Need a great gift under $10 then this Giant Birds Hill Tribe Clutch is a winner!  Only $6.99 and available in a ton of pattern/color options.
Layered or along, with jeans or slacks, this Jacquard Check Pullover Sweater is red-hot. $29.99
I adore this Pearl Snowdrop Keychain and think it would make a beautiful bag charm too!  $48.00
This Faux Fur Hand Warmer is such a chic way to keep your hands warm. $29.00  available in 6 fur colors
Because every girl needs a few statement necklaces in their wardrobe.  This Tribal Inspired Layered Necklace is such a fabulous look at it’s only $13.90.
Holiday Gift Guide--Fashion Gifts for Him and Her.002.jpeg.002
Help him keep warm and cozy with this Luxury Plush Robe. $49.00
The perfect gift for all the men in your life Leather iPhone Slip Wallet $39-$42 available in 4 colors
The perfect go with anything Plaid Woven Scarf.  $35.00
You may want to get him one in every colors–1/4 Zip Sweater Vest. $29.70 available in 7 colors
For those times when a baseball hat is just too casual–Flecked Tweed Fedora $35.00
He’ll love this classic Silver Plate Personalized Pocket Watch for years to come. $45.00
Put a little pep in his step with Happy Socks. $12.00 per pair

Happy gifting!



It’s the first day of my 30 Days of Holidays series.  Over the next 30 days,  thru Dec. 23rd, I’ll be sharing all things holiday with you.  From holiday decor and entertaining inspiration to gift giving and gift wrap ideas, I hope to inspire you in new and creative ways to celebrate the season.

What I’m sharing today is the first of several holiday gift guides and it’s all about great Gifts For The Home!  I think this round-up of items is so great you just might want to buy one of each of yourself.  Happy gifting!


2015 Gifts for the Home.001.jpeg.001

Pamper your friends and family with a box of  Monogrammed Soap. They will feel like their visiting a luxury hotel overtime they use it.  $49.00
Candles don’t get much more stylish than this Pineapple Jar Candle and the scent will make a cold winter night more comfy.  $26.00-$38.00 available in two scents
This Cutting Board Set is the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook or entertain and the cooper details will enhance the style of their kitchen. $59.99 for three boards and the stand
Mix and match or buy all one color when gifting these beautiful Helianthus Goblets.  Their morning glass of OJ will taste so much better. $10.00
Add a little flair to family game night with these Dice Motif Appetizer Plates. $24.95 set of 6
A beautiful Gold and Glass Lantern like this will be a year round gift for anyone you give it to. $29.99

2015 Gifts for the Home.001.jpeg.002

This Gold  Mirrored Tray is the perfect piece to accent any room in a home.  $34.99
I love the look of this Wall Mount Vase and so will the person you gift this to. $69.00
Keep your family and friends warm this winter with a luxurious Faux Fur Throw. This is one of my favorites on the market. $90-$139
Pair this Wing Bowl with their favorite holiday candy and you’ve got the perfect gift.  $24.99 (extra 10% off with code TurkeyDay)
This Mother of Pearl Clock is the perfect accent for a bookshelf, tabletop or bedside table. $79.00

Have you started your gift list and if so, is there a really great item on it that I need to know about?  Do tell!


Hello friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  After spending the end of last week decorating for a client, I was happy to see the weekend come.  I did some Christmas decor shopping for a another client, hung out with my brother and got all of my holiday linens pressed.  Anyone else out there hate ironing as much as I do?  All in all, it was a good weekend and I was able to squeeze in some of my own Christmas decorating.

Speaking of decorating, today’s post is all about decorating your mantel for Christmas.  It’s part tips & techniques and part inspiration.  Enjoy!

Decorating Your Mantel For Christmas.001.jpeg.001.jpeg.001.jpeg.001

One of the exciting parts of my design business is decorating homes for Christmas. Just about every home I decorate has a mantel or two and even though every one of them has a different style and design, I use the same techniques when decorating them for Christmas.

Here are my tips for decorating your mantel like a pro:

Continue Reading »