2017 Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour–Part 1

Welcome to the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.  I’m so excited for this year’s home tour and all of the fabulous bloggers that are participating. Plus we have two awesome brand sponsors for this year’s tour, Amara and SmithHonig.  I’ll share more about these great brands throughout the home tour series.

p.s. You’ll find links to all of the participating bloggers holiday home tours at the bottom of the blog post.

If you’re coming over from M. Jones Style, welcome!  My friend Marsha is a southern girl at heart so entertaining comes naturally to her.  Her holiday drink station is beautiful and makes me want to sit down and have a hot toddy.  I can’t wait to see more of her holiday decor in the coming weeks.

Every year I start my holiday home tour by sharing the inspiration for my decor.  If you recall, my theme this year was using my favorite colors, pink and red  along with touches of white and green.  I wanted our decor to be classic and playful at the same time and my original vision came to life just as I imagined.

Here’s a look at the inspiration boards I created earlier this year.

ConfettiStyle Christmas 2017--Red and Hot Pink

ConfettiStyle Christmas 2017--Red and Hot Pink

And here’s how it all turned out…

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The foundation of my Christmas decor is always our tree and if I must say so myself, she’s a beauty.

I’ve been so busy these days that when my friend Don offered to help decorate my tree, I squealed with joy.  Don worked for me when I had my store and is one of the most creative people I know.  He came over one afternoon and we got to work adding honeycomb balls, deco mesh and close to 400 ornaments to the tree.

I topped the tree with a big silver star that I purchased over 25 years ago on a buying trip to San Francisco when I worked for Eddie Bauer.

I used a variety of ornaments on the tree including some beautiful blush pink ones from Amara.  Amara is a UK-based home and interiors brand.  The company sells a variety of decor and gift items from over 300 of the world’s more luxurious home fashion brands. And while based in the UK, Amara ships all across the globe making their product available to everyone.

Amara has a great selection of Christmas ornaments and decor and the blush pink set was perfect for my theme.  The set includes 4 styles of round ornaments– shiny solid, solid matt and two glitter styles.  I love the quality of the ornaments, and the variety of styles added to the whimsy of my tree.

My Favorite Colors:  Hot Pink & Red

 In addition to ornaments, I used a red and pink striped deco mesh instead of ribbon and love the wow factor it gave the tree.

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And for even more WOW, check out these paper honeycomb balls that are nestled at the top and throughout the tree.  How fun!

med & large paper honeycomb balls  // small honeycomb ball from Ikea

red mercury glass trees from HomeGoods

Now let’s move over to the fireplace. Since we haven’t had our mantel installed yet, I draped my garland around the fireplace using Command Hooks to hold it in place.   I hug a small wreath in the center and added clusters of ornaments to each corner of the garland.  holiday decorating tip:  clustering ornaments in groups of three is a great way to add impact on a tree or garland.

I also embellished the corners with bows made of pink and red ribbon from PaperMart.

1 1/2″ wide red ribbon // 7/8″ wide pink ribbon 

 I didn’t do much decorating on the bookshelves that flank the fireplace.  I filled a couple of vintage bowls with ornaments and added a small mercury glass tree to one shelf.

You can learn how I made my rolling holiday giftwrap crate here.

blush pink ornaments from Amara

I absolutely love my Christmas decor and wish I could keep it up year round. It’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house but there’s still more to see.  Come back next Wednesday, 12/6 for part 2 of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home tour.  I’ll be sharing my dining room along with more of my holiday decor throughout the house.



Next on the tour is Love Your Abode.  I had the pleasure of finally meeting Yuni a few weeks ago and she is such a doll.  You all are going to love her holiday home…it so fun and festive.  Hop over to Love Your Abode and show Yuni some love.

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And be sure to stop by the other bloggers in the tour for more holiday decor and inspiration.

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour Participants:

Yuni @ Love Your Abode

Kate @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

Melanie @ Rover At Home

Tamyra @ Positively Southern

Meg @ Green With Decor

Marsha @ M. Jones Style

 

disclosure:  I received products from Amara to use in my Christmas Decor.  I am a big fan of the company and only share products and brands that I love. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Oh Christmas Tree–Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour part 1

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I’m back today with another awesome blog hop.  It’s the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour that I host with my blogging buddy Kellie from Design Asylum.  This is the second year for the  tour and we have an amazing line-up of 12 bloggers taking you on a tour of their holiday homes. If you’re coming over from Meg’s blog Green With Decor, welcome!  I ‘m happy you’re here.

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The Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour takes place over next three weeks with today being the first in the series. We’ll be sharing more holiday cheer on Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th so mark your calendars.

Enough with the details…let’s get this party started!

Today I’m showing you my Christmas tree as well as a couple of sneak peeks at some of the other holiday decor that you’ll see next week.

If you remember a few weeks back I shared the inspiration for my holiday decor.  It was this Poinsettia themed wrapping paper from Paper Mart.

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Every year I change my tree decor and this year I decided to go with a theme that is perfect for the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour. The red, pink and green in the paper set the tone for my tree decor with a few additional colors thrown in to spice things up.  I’m calling my tree the Merry & Bright tree.

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During the day the bright colors make me smile and in the evening, all lit up the tree is just as beautiful.

ConfettiStyle Christmas Tree--2016

Since the background of my inspirational wrapping paper is black, I decided to use two different ribbons on the tree.  One is a black and white plaid and the other is a two-sided red and green satin.

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To keep things simple, I used only solid colored ornaments in different colors, sizes and finishes. And I layered the ornaments from the inside out to give the tree a full look.

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ConfettiStyle Christmas Tree--2016

Bar Cart (thrifted) // ‘Tis The Season Sign from HomeGoods (similar here)

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Fun Plaid Ribbon // Ornaments collected over the years

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Here’s a little glimpse of some of the gifts I’ve wrapped so far.  Next week I’ll share all of my wrapped packages with you as well as some fun gift wrapping ideas.

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This green bubble ribbon makes an appearance in several areas of my decor and is so beautiful as a bow. Did I mention that I love making bows!

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Bubble Embossed Satin Ribbon // Disco Ball Ornaments

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Ornament Art

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Next week you’ll also get to see my new blue and white bedroom decor which I’ve decked out for the holidays.

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ConfettiStyle Christmas Tree--2016

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ConfettiStyle Christmas Tree--2016

We’ll friends, that’s my Christmas tree.  I’ve got more decorating to finish up this week and can’t wait to show you more of my holiday home.

Now it’s time to head over to The Home I Create and check out Linda’s beautiful holiday decor.

And be sure to stop by all the participating bloggers to see how they’ve decked out their homes for the holidays…

Design Asylum //  Love Your Abode // Refresh ReStyle // Life and Style At 60 // Positively Southern
 M. Jones Style // Chic On A Shoestring Decorating // My Life Well Loved // Green With Decor 
ConfettiStyle (me) // The Home I Create // Wife In Progress 

I’m also excited that one of my favorite wrap, ribbon and paper goods companies has joined on as a sponsor for this years Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.  Throughout the tour the participating bloggers will be showcasing Paper Mart ribbon and gift wrap products to inspire your holiday decor.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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I’d like to thank Paper Mart who graciously supplied some of the wrapping paper and ribbon featured in this post. As a designer and avid gift wrapper, Paper Mart is one of my go-to source for quality wrap ping paper and paper products. And I love sharing my favorite resources with you.  All images and opinions in this post are mine.

Handcrafted Home–A Creative DIY Blog Hop

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Today I’m joining a few bloggers for the Handcrafted Home DIY Blog Hop hosted by Jamala from Viva LaVintage For Your Home. And because this is a creative + diy themed blog hop, Jamala tasked each of us to transform an item using gold leaf.

Well, what’s a girl to do when the only craft projects on my mind are holiday related?  Transform Christmas ornaments of course.

I dove into my holiday stash and found these two unfinished wood ornaments that I purchased from Hobby Lobby last year. They were the perfect candidates for a little DIY UpStyle.

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After applying my gold leaf and adding a few vintage ornaments to the top of each wood piece, my ornaments went from plain to pizzazz!

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This was a quick an easy DIY project and I love the way my ornaments turned out.  

Tips for working with Gold Leaf:

  1. Gold Leaf is easier to work with on surfaced that don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies.  If you’re working with ornaments similar to mine, you’ll have to spend a little time smoothing the gold leaf on all the edges.
  2. Wear latex gloves or put a few drops of talcum powder on your hands to make handling the gold leaf easier. This stuff is really clingy.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to smooth the gold leaf down.  Smooth bristle will ensure you don’t tear the gold leaf.
  4. Buy a high quality gold leaf paper and adhesive.  I used the Gold Leaf Kit below (affiliate link) and think its one of the best out there.

Gold Leaf Kit

Now it’s time to see the other fabulous DIY projects. Hop over and see how creative they got with their Gold Leaf.

Viva LaVintage For Your Home

M. Jones Style

Linda G. Loving Home

Fox and Finch Antiques

 

 

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Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour–Part 1

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Hello everyone!   Today is the first day of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour that I’m participating in.  I want to give a big virtual hug and shout out to Kellie from Design Asylum  who spearheaded the idea for this tour and created our fabulous graphic.

Now on to the tour! If you are coming from Marsha’s home at M. Jones Style, welcome! Wasn’t Marsha’s decor just beautiful. 

 I’m super excited to reveal my tree and front door decor with you today and even more Christmas decor over the next two weeks.

Way back in August I shared my Christmas decor theme with you. The theme for my tree was built on a foundation of red ornaments with accents of white and personal touches like picture frames and monogrammed ornaments.  I also wanted to add in a few touches of animal print to keep the look interesting.

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Despite a few deviations from the original plan, I love the way my tree turned out.  I decorated it with a mix of red ornaments, red glitter ball garland (an easy DIY that I’ll share on Friday), red and white tinsel filled ornaments (which I shared yesterday) and assorted white ceramic ornaments.  A big red star tops off the tree.

CHRISTMAS TREE DECOR: 

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Notice the Merry & Bright ornaments (from Target).  The perfect nod to our #merryandbrightholidayhome tour~

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FRONT DOOR DECOR:

I carried the red and white theme out to the front door of our townhouse and decorated it to be Merry & Bright!

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The doormat is a DIY project which I’ll share tomorrow.

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So there the first glimpse of my holiday decor. I hope you enjoyed it.

The Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour will be back next Wed., Dec. 9th where we’ll be sharing our entertaining spaces and how we celebrate the season.

The next stop on the tour is Kellie from Design Asylum.  Kellie is the maven behind the amazing paint line Velvet Finishes so you can only imagine the creativity that went into her tree decor…wow!

And be sure to follow the rest of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home crew and see how they are decorating and celebrating the season. And follow our hashtag #merryandbrightholidayhome  on social media for lots more holiday inspiration!

Design Asylum

OMG Lifestyle Blog

Refresh Restyle

Positively Southern

Chic On A Shoestring Decorating

Amy Howard Social

Love Your Abode

M. Jones Style

Merry and Bright FINAL

Shelly

Christmas in July–FIVE Holiday Trends for 2014

One of the fun things about having the Gift Mart here in Atlanta is that any time I need a Christmas fix I can head down there and tour showroom after showroom of Christmas decor.

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When I had my retail store, I loved planning for a buying Christmas product.  I typically has 6 to 8 Christmas trees in the store, each with its own unique theme.  Every January I would head to the mart to see what the latest trends were and plan my themes for that year.  It might sound crazy but most retail stores purchase their Christmas product in January of each year when all the manufacturers make their new product introductions.  So, the themes for 2014 were set over a year ago and were officially introduced this past January.

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Holiday Gift Wrap–Design is in the Details

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This year my holiday gift wrap was all about a classic Christmas colors and fun embellishments. I always add a little something extra to any gift I give but during the holidays I tend to embellish my gifts more.

In my world, giving a gift that is beautifully wrapped is part of the gift giving experience.

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