Month: November 2015

Just A Reminder

November 29, 2015

I just wanted to let you know that the December issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, December 1st. This issue has Christmas ideas and inspiration and much more!


* This month’s reader question would like to know how to put that ‘Wow” into a room.

* Time for Holiday/Gratitude gift giving! I have listed a few of my favorites design books if you are looking for gift ideas.

The ‘secret’ post this month is Making a Christmas Boxwood Tree.

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Making A Christmas Boxwood Tree

November 26, 2015

I have been wanting to try making a Christmas boxwood tree for years. I am so glad I pushed myself this year because they are not difficult to put together and I am going to show you just how easy it is! boxwood tree 1013 (2) Items you will need:

A container to hold tree.

Floral Tape.

Wet Foam block.

Small decorations.

Floral Picks to insert decorations.

Boxwood branches.

You can make any size tree you wish. I suggest starting with a small to medium tree to learn. The best container I found to use is a small/medium size shallow dish:


Be sure the foam oasis you buy is a wet foam block:


To begin your project,soak your block in water until it fills with water and sinks itself, approximately 5 minutes:

wet oasis

Stand your foam up in your container and cut the top sides down into the shape of a tree:


Then secure with floral tape to keep from tipping over:

tree tape

Your first piece you choose is a pretty topper branch for the tree and stick into the top of oasis:


Then starting at the bottom, make a row all the way around sticking the branches so that they are coming straight out:


Try to keep the branches around the same size:

bottom row

You can pull out pieces or trim your tree anytime you want. A good tip is to remember that you are making a miniature tree. I just used my fingers to break off pieces of the branches if I thought they were too long or thick. Think mini!

branch size

After the bottom row is done, move up to the next level using a bit smaller branches. These will be inserted with a slight angle up:

boxwood tree row

Just like a real tree. Each row up the branches get a little smaller. Continue to place branches in oasis angling upward to the top of tree:

top of tree

Spin the tree around while you are working to make sure it is keeping even all the way around. And the finished tree!:

finished tree

Then it is time to decorate! You are only limited by your imagination on what you can use for ornaments. I always like a simple look so I did not add much to my tree:

boxwood tree decorated

Isn’t it beautiful? I love it. So pretty and easy! Now I can’t stop:

first boxwood tree

boxwood blue (2)

boxwood star (2) boxwood (3) boxwood2 (3) A BIG thank you to my friend Nina for helping me with my first tree! She said that I could do it and I am telling you that you can do it too! Really fun project especially since I love boxwood. Be sure to water the oasis and your tree should stay healthy until mid January.  Give it a try- you will also be hooked!

Happy Thanksgiving My Friends

November 24, 2015

I’d like to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my decorating friends.
Don’t you love this time of year getting together with family and friends? Eating great food?



Whatever you do, I hope you have a healthy, happy and safe Holiday weekend. I appreciate all of you!

Feeling Grateful

November 22, 2015


As I look back, I have had a wonderful year with many things to be thankful for. To me, gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive everyday. Gratitude is being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. I think gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.





I am thankful everyday for so much and I know this feeling of gratitude has made me a happier person.

dear god


Do you believe it is not happy people who are grateful, it is grateful people who are happy? If you have not tried, I promise you that feeling grateful everyday will make you a better and happier person. You will find that the more thankful you are, the more you will have to be thankful for.

Here are a couple good lessons from grateful experts we can all learn from:

45 life lessons




Be grateful = Be Happy! Have a great week everyone!



Mixing Metallics In Home Decor

November 19, 2015

A reader friend recently wrote me asking,

“Hi Kelly,

Hey when you were at market, did they talk about using mixed metals being trendy still?  I know some people think it’s awful; some think it’s OK. Personally, I think if done well, it’ll work.”

Great question! From what I saw at Highpoint here, mixing gold and silver together is still very much on trend!

gold and silver


I think mixing metallics in home decorating will continue for quite a while. It’s fun and a lot less stuffy than all gold or silver in a space!:


mixed metals


With a color palette of neutrals, which was very popular at the Market:



Mixing different finishes is encouraged because it gives the room movement and texture instead of looking flat:

mix metal


So, you were correct my friend! It might not be for everyone, but it is still very much on trend. I think it adds interest and a more layered look in a room, don’t you agree?:



What do you think everyone? Love it or Lose it? If you want to introduce in your home, start with small accessories. Just do not go over the top! Easy with the bling.

Thanks for the great question Connie!

Plan It Out

November 14, 2015

I don’t want to talk about the Holiday Season too early, but…..

Looking ahead, wouldn’t it be fun to create something fabulous that makes you smile every time you walk in the room?



If you want to create a pretty and special Christmas tree or tabletop setting, a decorated mantel, bookshelf, etc. this Season, it is necessary to plan it out:

wrapped gifts


Those beautiful table settings you see in blogs and magazines? Definitely written down and planned out to the last napkin. Same with those gorgeous, original Christmas trees you see. All planned out.



And if I can figure out how to create something out of my normal craft boundaries- you can too! For instance, this year I decided to try something new and I am adding ribbon to my Christmas tree:

ribbon tree


I saved the project here on my Christmas Pinterest board. I printed out the directions and wrote a list of what I will need. Now that I started to plan, I will have time to purchase my ribbon and not be rushing around at the last minute when I put up my tree.

Another project I have always wanted to do is making a Christmas boxwood tree:



boxwood tree


I love them! Just so pretty and sweet.

Shiny_Brite Tree




I am going to try it! It will be fun however it turns out. Now I just have to plan it out…..

Have a great weekend everyone!