Cinnamon and the holidays are a perfect pairing. There’s something about the spicy scent that calls to mind cozy meals with family and delectable holiday treats. This year, try putting this delicious holiday scent at the center of your festivities by infusing your tree with baked cinnamon Christmas ornaments. Continue reading
A GRITS (girl raised in the South) who loves decorating and thrifting, Rhoda began her blog, Southern Hospitality, in early 2007. What started out as something ‘for fun’ became Rhoda’s personal journal as she faced drastic changes in her life, from a failed marriage to financial breakdown. In her journey, Rhoda shares her life’s ups and downs and her ideas on how to make a house into a home. A collector who loves giving old objects a new lease on life, she hopes to inspire others through her adventures in establishing a beautiful home without spending a fortune by unleashing inner creativity. Read on and learn about this steel magnolia and her heartwarming passions.
Q: You chronicle your home renovation journeys so well in your blog. Readers are involved with your step-by-step narration and the helpful advice that comes with it. Do tell us what it is about home decorating that triggers you to share your experiences with your readers.
A: I have loved decorating ever since I moved in my first house back in 1985. The decorating process is so personal and such a big part of my life that sharing online became a natural outpouring of that creativity. I’ve been online since the internet began and loved hanging out on decorating boards way before blogs began. Blogging was the next step and sharing with my readers has changed my life in so many ways. I’m so blessed that I have such a loyal following of readers who love to watch my home renovation and enjoy seeing all the decorating shared too. I love keeping up with new ideas and staying fresh with my home decor too.
Since July 2007, Melissa has been inspiring thousands of readers by sharing her ideas on how to create an authentic life and home. A pastor’s wife and a mom of three, she has extended her personal journey and embarked on a mission to motivate women to do the same. In just five years, her home decorating and interior design blog, The Inspired Room, has earned a readership of 300,000 unique readers each month. Read on and find out more about Melissa and her passion about stress-free and budget-friendly DIY decorating that leaves time to appreciate life’s little wonders.
Q: When did your interest in DIY decorating begin, and how do you think your taste has evolved since then?
A: I’ve been interested in DIY decorating since I was very little. I used to decorate cardboard boxes for houses for my Barbies, so it was definitely an interest from an early age. My style has always evolved with the times and yet my taste has always tended to be a mix of old and new.
Stroll down any street during the holidays, and you’re sure to be inspired by the wide variety of lighting arrangements you will see. Creating a beautiful light spectacle using your home and landscape as your canvas isn’t as difficult as it may seem – it just takes some vision, planning and lights – plenty of lights.
Say “Merry Christmas” by decorating your space with holiday greenery from Tree Classics. These stylish holiday pieces won’t evoke allergens or require a car to tote fresh greenery back home. In addition, artificial Christmas wreaths can be customized to fit any décor or theme. Continue reading
New Christmas Traditions for 2012
Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas tree trends of 2012. Continue reading
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…” The song’s on loop in our minds and the following images of holiday love are making us more and more excited for the Christmas season. From merry-go-rounds to gumdrops, these delightful pictures are sure to put anyone in the mood for Christmas.
Flock Your Christmas Tree
“Flocking” is a relatively new technique that gives your Christmas tree that sparkling winter wonderland glow. As a general term, to flock means to apply a downy, raised texture to something. However, when applying the term to Christmas trees, it means to apply a certain compound designed specifically to resemble snow. The result is a more natural look that gives your home an extra artistic edge. If you have an artificial Christmas tree, flocking can be a great activity for creating an even more realistic look. To add this gorgeous touch, simply apply the following steps.
1. Mix Together Ingredients
To create the light, airy look of snow, you can mix together starch and snowflakes for a bright white, frosty accent that really captures the essence of a fresh winter snowfall. You’ll need to combine 2/3 cup of starch with two cups of soap flakes and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl. This will add the perfect balance of soft, powdery texture with delicate flakes. Mix in 2-4 tablespoons of water one tablespoon at a time. Stop when the mixture begins to develop a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in a drop of blue food coloring at a time until the mixture features a glistening hue of light blue with the white.
Holiday Decorating Tips – 10 Easy DIY Projects
The holidays can be a major strain on your wallet, which only adds to the stress of an endless to-do list. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will allow you to check more things off of your to-do list, save money, and even bring you closer together with friends and family. The following list of do-it-yourself projects provides all of this and more, so you can have a more creative Christmas this year.
1. Ornament Wreath
Want a shiny new wreath that lasts longer than a single season? You can complement your artificial Christmas tree with an artificial wreath or you can make your own ornament wreath for a fun and festive touch. First, collect different colors and sizes of ornaments and purchase a Styrofoam wreath. Remove all of the hangers from the ornaments and then use a hot glue gun to apply them in a style that suits you. Continue reading