DIY Boxwood Topiary

January 28, 2013

Okay, so this is a recycle project to the max. You all know how much I love topiaries, just not their ridiculous cost. So I either  find them at Goodwill or I make them myself! And you totally can, too. Just look around and "shop" your house and you might be surprised to find that you already have what it takes. You can see a few of my priors HERE and HERE.

This time the project involved two home decor items that had both seen better days. One was a faux red berry topiary I bought at Target almost 10 years ago.It served its purpose well for a number of years collecting dust on the mantel until I just plain got tired of it. So into the basement it went.

The other old decor item was a Colonial Williamsburg above-the-door apple, pineapple, boxwood and magnolia leaf wreath that Mr. CBD had bought for me as a gift.

Longstanding Tradition
Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg

The one in the picture is not exactly like mine but it's close enough. I was in love with it. But  it hung over our front door for almost 9 years and it was time for it to go.I pulled off each apple and boxwood leaf, ending up with 30 faux apples and tons of boxwood. The apples were put away for another day. But I rinsed the dust off the faux boxwood and it ended up looking like this.

Here's the original berry topiary mid-transformation after pulling most of the berries off of it.

And of course they were set aside for another day.

Here it is "naked" waiting for some boxwood and reindeer moss love.

I just pushed the boxwood leaves pretty willy nilly through the openings
 in the grapevine orb and voila.

I think it looks strangely similar to some of these, don't you?

{$49.90 for a 9" diameter ball}

Then I added some Dollar Tree reindeer moss to the base just to finish it off.

So there you have it.Colonial Williamsburg and Target combined to make one Ballard Designs-worthy topiary. What do you have lying around that might just be topiary-worthy?  

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DIY Boxwood Topiary!

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Dining Room Dilemmas and Help from Real Simple Magazine

January 20, 2013

Is there a room in your house that you'd like to "do-over?"  If you're anything like me, your answer is a resounding yes!  Most recently I've been fixated on our dining room.  And lo and behold I found some fabulous inspiration from my Real Simple Weekly Tips Newsletter.

Obviously you need a good table, but it's the accessories and other furniture in the room that I get overwhelmed by.  What kind of lighting?  What color paint?  Curtains?  I give up.

Maybe you love a good toile.
Green and toile dining room
Emerald Beauty

Or a nice crisp white country table.
 Light, open, airy dining room with a whitewashed farm table
Bright on White

I would love to go bold and mix white with a bright color, like this cool blue. 
Don't you just love the chandelier?
White kitchen with blue trimmed windows
The New Blue

Or how about a mix of modern with shabby chic whites and romantic wallpaper?   
Love that tin breadbox on the sideboard!
Traditional damask wallpaper
Subtle Pattern

Right now our dining room table, china cabinet and two sideboards are hand-me-downs from my husband's family that we've used for 18 years.  They've seen a ton of use over the years and I'm really grateful for them.  And truth be told, they're really classic, well-made pieces that I KNOW I just should not paint!  (Even though I want to!  Shhhhh!)  So what's a girl to do?    
For now I'm leaning toward slipcovers for the dining room chairs.

.  Now if I could just figure out where to get cheap  inexpensive slipcovers I'd be set. 

Any ideas?

What's your dining room dilemma?

Have a great week!


{I was not paid by Real Simple Magazine in any way for this post.}

The Antler Project

January 14, 2013

You know I'm on an antler mission.  I told you about my Anthropologie Surroyal antler-y pitcher HERE.  And I even have an "Antler Decor" Pinterest board {HERE}.  And I guess it's time to take it up a notch because I actually bought the real thing at an antique mall recently. I wasn't totally thrilled with it since it wasn't really mounted on anything.  So of course you know I'll have to do that myself!  I'm actually looking forward to that project. Until then, I thought I'd share a recent purchase that couldn't have been more timely, seeing that I'm head. over. heels. in. love. with these things.

Chickadee number three and I were walking through Target recently when I was stopped in my tracks by a "90% Off" all Christmas items clearance sale. I really wasn't looking for any Christmas decor. If anything I should be paring down what I have. But I just couldn't help myself from at least taking a look. The antler fairy must have been watching over me because here's what I found.
Deer Antler Holder Mercury Glass Bowl

I never would have bought this at its original price of $29.99. But at 90% off, well, I kind of had to buy it. I mean, it was $2.99. That's for both the awesome mercury glass bowl AND the antler base.  Woot woot!

How cool is this?

So, yeah, it was a bit of a late purchase for Christmas decor.  But I think I can leave this one out all year.  What do you think?


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World Market Wire Lamp Inspiration

January 10, 2013

A few months ago I was in World Market drooling over some of their furniture and home goods.  While I was looking at the lamp section I stumbled across this.

Pretty cute, right?  There was a time when I wouldn't have looked twice at this because it was made of metal.  Just not my style then. But it's funny how our styles can change over time.  Today you can't turn around without seeing something industrial-like when you shop for furniture.  And I have to say, surprisingly, it's grown on me.  Once we left World Market I just kept thinking about that lamp.  So I went back. This time it looked like this.

  Here we have the same lamp, with a more traditional shade.  The price?  $54.00 for the base.  $12.00 for the shade.

Again, after I left I kept thinking about it.  And lo and behold, a few Goodwill visits later here's what I found.

Surprisingly similar to its World Market counterpart.  

And now for the Price {wait for it}:

God, I love Goodwill.

It took me what seemed like forever to find a shade, but I finally found one at Ikea.  The problem was finding one tall enough to cover the top of the neck.  I found many cute ones, and I even tried World Market's own burlap shade, but it, too, was too short.  I finally ended up with this.

The "embroidered" detail on the shade is so pretty, don't you think?

I'm sure I'll try other shades in the future but for now this one's perfect.  You can see how I made the topiary in the chicken wire cloche HERE.

So to recap: $54.00 (for the base only) vs. less than $10.00 for the base and the shade.  I'm pretty happy with how things turned out.

And that wicker table?  Yet another amazing Goodwill find, for another day.

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How to Transform a Room Using Very Little Money and My Word For 2013

January 4, 2013

Over the past few years I've noticed a trend around New Year's time.  People seem to be getting away from making New Year's resolutions.  I've also noticed the counter-trend, if you will, toward being more introspective and thoughtful as to what we'd like to accomplish/change in the coming year.  I don't know about you, but 2012 brought with it a lot of changes for me and my family, and 2013 promises to bring even more.  It would be very easy for me to become overwhelmed and to feel put upon and sorry for myself when I think of all the work I have ahead of me. And the worry.  And the fear that change can bring along with it.  Or I can focus on a word:


Thankful is my word for 2013.
This is my first year of having a "word," mind you, so I'm not quite sure how it will work.  I am sure though, that I will do my best to remain {as much as possible} in the moment, aware of all the ways in which I am very blessed.  And be truly thankful for it.

To that end, I have a recent project to show you.  I was inspired by Jeannine over at The Concrete CottageTalk about great ideas! Have you ever used a cloth napkin to make a pillow?  Easy, peasy!  And very satisfying, let me tell you.  I ended up really loving it.

Can you read the words? It says thanks, blessings, sharing, grace, gratitude, gathering.  Kinda goes along with my word for 2013, huh?

Besides the fact that I love script fabric, I love even more that this was a Pier 1 napkin!  {They appear to be out of stock online right now. I haven't checked if anyone else sells them.}  I bought four while I was Christmas shopping, knowing full well that I wanted to use them for pillows.  And they were on sale!  I  used some cotton duck fabric that I already had for the back of the pillow and it ended up looking awesome.  {Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the back.  You can buy duck fabric very inexpensively at Wal-Mart.}  You can see how I made the French script burlap foot stool HERE.

As far as instructions for making the pillow go, you can see my monogram pillow tutorial HERE.  It's {almost} NO SEW!  Same idea: just use Stitch Witchery for three sides, fill with a very soft down pillow insert from Ikea {around $6.49 I think, THE absolute cheapest you'll find for a quality down pillow insert} and hand stitch the bottom opening closed.  I use invisible thread so my lack of sewing prowess is not so glaringly obvious!  It's a bit more difficult to work with since it's practically invisible, but the finished product is so worth it!

It amazes me how doing something as inconsequential as switching out your pillows can immediately change the mood and style of a room.  And I have to say that my white slipcovered Parson's chair is a perfect backdrop for my new script pillow, don't you think?
I loved it so much that I sent one to my sister for Christmas!  Now if I can just get the second one made for sister number two!


That's my word.

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Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}'s Top 10 Projects of 2012

January 1, 2013

I swore that I wasn't going to do this, but I've really enjoyed reading everyone's end of year "Best of" blog posts.  It's reminded me of so many of your projects I absolutely loved.  And introduced me to so many other projects that I missed the first time around.  So, just what WAS I up to this past year?

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Romantic Shabby Chic {Dollar Store!} Valentine's Decor

DIY Pottery Barn Bath Storage Ladder

DIY Ruffled Shower Curtain

DIY Pottery Barn Faux Coral

Ball/Mason Jar Palooza

DIY French Burlap Storage Ottoman

All home decor projects, who would have thunk?  It was just one year ago that I added 
"{at Home}"
onto my blog name.  I'm sorry that my jewelry making took a back seat blogging-wise, but I do plan on making, and sharing, more of my creations this year.  There are so many other 2012 projects I really love that didn't even make the list! 

I'm looking forward to 2013 and all the possibilities it brings, along with your continued friendship, inspiration and support. Thank you so much for that.  And know that I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy new year! 



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