Monday, January 26, 2015

~ Heart Pillow for Valentine's Day or Anytime

The Decorated House :: DIY Valentine's Day Pillow
Valentine's Day (or any day) Pillow in Neutrals
with Felt Cut Out Heart and
Fabric, Lace and Felt Flowers

It's just a few short weeks until Valentine's Day! A simple way to add a bit of heart to your decor is changing out your pillows and maybe trying out something like this pretty Heart Pillow.

You can find the complete directions by clicking HERE.

The Decorated House :: How to Make Fabric Flowers

Click HERE and HERE

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, December 29, 2014

~ Happy New Year!

Will there be a long, or short, list of resolutions for you this year? I think the new year will be another good one to just re-focus a bit. The year in review was a productive one for getting  many things done around the house which had to be done. It's always like that when you live in an older house. Like us, they need a bit more upkeep with the passing years, but we're worth it, we think.

This is a close up of that pretty MacKenzie Child's harlequin star that brings out the black and white motif for Christmas decorating, and now for New Year's as well. The shiny silver with the black is a perfect complement to the Mercury glass.

As I promised myself last year, I took a few extra moments to better organize the Christmas decorations this year while putting them away. More should have been given away, but they did get neatly packed and labeled. If they don't get used next year, will they then be given away? We will see.

The little whimsical garland saying Happy New Year is simply printed on white paper and strung with black ribbon. You can see a hole punch was used to put holes on each side at the top so ribbon could be strung through them.

The "clock" was made from a few different graphics and added to a round mirror.

The DIY - Handmade Items in this Post:
  • Antique Books Covered in Simple White Paper (in the center) with a Vintage Rhinestone Pin
  • Happy New Year Garland - Banner Made from White Paper and Black Ribbon, Letter Designs by me, printed on white paper, cut, holes in the top corners, strung on the ribbon.
  • Clock Face Design made from a few graphics, printed on paper, cut out circle and double-face taped to a round mirror. Set for a few minutes to midnight.
To all of you have come by to visit over the years, 
and to those who find their way here 
for the first time as well.
 I wish you
 a very Happy New Year 
filled with Peace - Light - Love - Joy.

See Y'All Soon~

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

~ Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas!

The Decorated House - White Christmas Angel with Mercury Glass
~ Wishing you a very Merry Christmas ~

~ See Y'All Soon ~

Monday, December 22, 2014

~ Tis' the Sunday Before Christmas ... White Christmas Decorating

The Decorated House :: White Christmas - White Angel with Mercury Glass and Silver
Tis' the Sunday before Christmas and all through the house ......
there are still many things to do, but thank goodness no sight of a mouse!

The white angel is sitting on a side table in the living room with lots of Mercury glass 
and silver ornaments along with the pretty Mercury glass Christmas trees. They reflect
light so beautifully. A few fresh greens, pinecones, candles and a vintage silver 
bowl with ornaments and it was simple and lovely.

I'm getting ready to do a little baking! And since it looks like rain for the next 2 days
that makes it the perfect time to do that. Can you smell the cookies? 
You know there will be chocolate chip, and some gingerbread too
for Sweet Daughter and Cody Puppy.

I hope your week ahead is stress free and full of good cheer!

~ See Y'All Soon ~

Friday, December 19, 2014

~ Christmas - Counting the Days

The Decorated House : Christmas White with Black and Lime Green Accents

It becomes a bit of a countdown this time of year, finding the last gifts, wrapping presents, planning meals or trips. Maybe you research charities for a lovely end of the year gift where it is needed.
Whenever I see lots of presents all wrapped up, it makes me think of what a great time of the year it is to remember some of the best charities who depend on us to help them do their work. 

Please consider checking Charity Navigator to see how a particular charity spends the money that is donated. You can check to see how the CEO of the organization is paid and if they are paying a good portion of the donations to professional fundraiser companies. Both are red flags that may make you give you money to a more worthy charity.  Sometimes it might surprise you to see exactly where your money goes. Just because a group calls themselves a charity doesn't mean that they really are doing much charity work at all.

Most people who do the research will also tell you to look in your own home town, maybe first. The cancer centers, or centers for women and children in your area may have more need than the ones you see on TV all the time and may well make better use of your money and gifts. There are homeless shelters, pet rescue groups, charities that take care of those in need everyday, right where we live.

The Decorated House : Christmas Mantel : White with Mercury Glass and Silver

I still had a couple of details shots of the mantel to share with you. You know the Mercury glass crown is an old favorite of mine. I will let you all know if I ever see any again.

I am really enjoying the old antiqued gold frame again this year. Funny how you get tired of something and then sometime later it appeals to you again. Unfortunately, that makes me think what a good idea it is to save things! Which of course can make you into a  pack-rat. I'm working on that.

~ See Y'All Soon ~

Monday, December 15, 2014

~ Oh ... Christmas Tree ~ The Decorated House 2014

The Decorated House :: White and Silver Christmas Tree with Black Accents

For the last few years I've wondered if I can do without the big Christmas tree. You know, maybe a small one on a table so something like that. I've watch how the Christmas tree trimming story played out with the older women in my neighborhood as their kids grew up, or even the grandkids grew up .... and maybe even some moved away. I think by the time I met them only one still had a larger, real Christmas tree that her daughter used to pull in the house on Christmas eve.  Another lady would still put a small artificial tree on a table in her front window and red bows on her outdoor lights, even though she lived alone.  I miss her, and that silly little tree and the red bows.

The Decorated House :: Christmas White and Silver with Black and Green Accents

For this year, there is still a big tree in the living room. Right where it has been for the last 30 years. I like to think my little family would miss seeing one there, but I'll most likely rethink the whole thing once the needles start falling, or I am wrangling the lights off the tree. Sometimes I forget to just let that be a part of the fun as well. 

But I never forget to enjoy the dance of the lights in the evening when all is quiet after a long or busy day. Somehow it brings you back to a peaceful moment and makes it seem worth the work it takes to put it all together. 

The Decorated House - White Christmas with Black and Silver

I hope your Christmas Season is going well and that you are creating beauty and joy all around you. 
~ See Y'All Soon ~

Sunday, December 14, 2014

~ The Decorated House - Christmas 2014

The Decorated House ~ Christmas Mantel 2014

It's that holly jolly time of the year again when you most likely get bitten by a bug ... the Humbug or more hopefully the Christmas Merry Bug! And yes, there seems to be some in between states of mind as well. Or you might flip from one to the other one day to the next. That's OK, just try to take a little time to breath in the beauty of the season and shake off the stress that sometimes comes with it.

Black and white at Christmas? It might seem like an odd color combo for Christmas decorating. But we have been using it for a while, and I still love it! I think it started for us several years ago when we got a Bambi, Radko ornament set with Flower and Thumper being the cutest of the lot. Flower of course is black and white/silver so that one has been displayed the most over the years. But it was the star that came later that really moved the color scheme to black and white.
Then a couple of years after Flower came to Christmas,  I found a pretty MacKenzie Childs star to add to the decorating mix. A few more, including one more star, came along in the next few Christmases. After a couple of tree crashes that destroyed a lot of the overpriced ornaments, I vowed not to get anymore. Out of all those glass ornaments, the stars are the only ones on the tree every year and I still love them!  The amount of lime green varies a bit year to year sometime a little more and sometimes a little less.  Still the Christmas decorating for me is white and silver with touches of black and remains my favorite combination with a touch of lime green.

The Decorated House ~ Christmas Tree and Mantel - White and Silver with Black Accents
Amazing to me, the presents are getting wrapped a bit early this year! Between procrastinating and trying to hide the gifts from my daughter, over the years I always seemed to be playing catch in on Christmas Eve, often everyone was in bed. This year I have a very good start on the packages which are going to be wrapped in white and silver, with black and lime green accents.

~ See Y'All Soon ~

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

~ Christmas Mantel 2014 - The Decorated House - White and Silver

The Decorated House ~ Christmas Mantel 2014 - White and Silver

How is your Christmas decoration coming along? Here is a quick peek at the mantel this year, and I'll post some more pictures when they are downloaded and ready.  I hope you are enjoying this part of Christmas ....  decorating, visiting and sharing your own.

After doing the mantel I remembered telling myself not to use fresh greens because it is such a mess to clean up afterwards. It was too late by then of course.  In this case I don't mind using the faux because I keep it and use it for many years,  and the snow capped greens on the mantel ledge are faux with some real added here and there. But around the frame, real look best right now.

I took fresh greens and wired them together to form a garland around the frame of the Madonna picture. It's such a beautiful painting isn't it? I printed it out on antique paper from the late 1800's which gives it a wonderful aged look.  Although I used the same picture last year, I changed the frame to add some aged gold to decorating this year. 

~ See Y'All Soon ~

Monday, December 1, 2014

~ White Christmas Time

THE DECORATED HOUSE : White Christmas Decorating

It was Christmas tree shopping time this weekend for us,  and this year's tree is awaiting its adornments. The next couple of days will be happily spent listening to Christmas music and deciding what do this year. My guess it will still be the same neutrals of lots of white with silver and Mercury glass with a dash of color. Time to get the boxes in and see what surprises I'll find that I completely forgot about having stored away.  Hope your week is going wonderfully, too!

If you would like to see how the finish was created on this 
vintage frame with the Madonna, click HERE.

~ See Y'All Soon ~

Friday, November 28, 2014

~ Christmas ~ Bless The Animals and The Ones Who Love Them

The Decorated House ~ Bless The Animals. Christmas 2013. Adopt Rescue! Pottery Barn Bottlebrush Dog with Bottlebrush Trees. Christmas Decor 

We were blessed a few years ago with a rescue puppy who found us right after 
Christmas as many of you know. Probably because he came to us so close to this 
beautiful holiday, it is easy to remember to help out some incredible 
dog rescue people this time of year. The work they do day in and day out is amazing.
The world is certainly a better place for them.

Please consider making a donation to one of your local dog or 
animal rescue people, or organizations this time of year. 
You can save a life!

The cute bottle brush - sisal dog came from Pottery Barn last year. Since they are 
wire and sisal, it was easy for me to curl his tail a bit like our Cody Bear's tail is. 
He also got  some dry brushing of white paint to make him a little whiter.
Our lab mix puppy grew up to keep his pretty white color and the 
white paint made this one look more like our pup. 
And he goes perfectly with the bleached bottle brush trees. 

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday
season. Slow down and eat the cookies and 
kiss your loved ones!

~ See Y'All Soon ~