Deck the Halls with Paper Flowers!

 

Our Christmas tree is finally up and  accessorized! I really surprised myself this year by going in a TOTALLY different direction with my decor. I have never been one to go the traditional red and green route…. In fact, before I got married, I wrapped my tree in feather boas and adorned the branches with these fun little black and white numbers… Bustiers, High heels, Hand Bags, Beads, Crystals, Rhinestones….you name it! If it was black and white and feminine, I was making room for it on the tree!

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These whimsical ornaments were perfect when I lived in my black and white “Bachelorette Pad” high in the sky above downtown Dallas! But my taste has changed. And while I still love the idea of a non-traditional tree, I wanted something different.

I’m sure you’ll remember the post I wrote a few weeks ago about my trip to Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home in Canton, TX…. Well the vintage inspiration that I found in her store must still be with me! I started decorating my tree on Sunday with no real vision in mind….all I knew was that I wanted to create a whimsical look with soft colors. What I ended up with is this vintage-esque creation...

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The flowers were a DIY project...I made them out of craft paper and tissue paper dusted with gold spray paint. (there are 40 of them!)

I glued small glass ornaments in colors of bronze, gold and silver to the center of the flowers.

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Luckily, I was able to use several silver and white ornaments that I already had.

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I purchased several of these rusted crosses at Laurie Anna's...

The framed ornament was an engagement picture and a wedding gift from our friend and photographer Karey Roe with Rink Photo.

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The mantle....

Flanked with trees made of branches from Laurie Anna's, glittered garland, an apothecary jar filled with ornaments and of course, more paper flowers.

I found the mirror at Home Goods earlier this year. It was a bright, brassy gold which I did not care for, so I spray painted it this taupy-gold color.

I love our fireplace screen! I found it at Garden Ridge for only $79.00!

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To create a bit of contrast, I dressed the back of the book shelves in wrapping paper that I found in the wedding section at Target. I secured it with only 4 pieces of double stick tape so that it can be easily removed after the Holidays.

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I picked up the pearl embellished mercury glass votive at Michael's for only $2!

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Now comes the real work! Shopping for all of the gifts to put under the tree! (wrapped in coordinating papers of course - I've already stocked up!)

 

Dazzling Holiday Windows in NYC!

 

Well, we are back from a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation to NYC! A great big thanks to my brother, Brad, for hosting us, making restaurant reservations and finding show tickets! (there...I mentioned you in one of my blog posts! Are you happy now?! :-))

We did a lot in 4 days! Had dinner at a few restaurants with great food and FABULOUS decor (which I will share more on later)...

Dinner at Quality Meats
Dinner at Quality Meats

Toured the Guggenheim....

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Guggenheim

Enjoyed a few beers at McSorley's...New York City's oldest continuously operating saloon...

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McSorleys

McSorleys

Went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade....

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

And last but not least, shopped 5th Ave, where I got to take in some of the most beautiful holiday windows!

My favorite by far, was once again Bergdorf Goodman! I was lucky enough to observe their holiday windows last year as well, and I was absolutely blown away! This window was my favorite from last year...everything was made from some sort of reflective surface! Glass, mirror, sequence, etc...absolutely stunning!!

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Bergdorf Window 2009 via idowindows.wordpress.com

This year seemed to have a sort of travel/nautical theme, which I adored as I LOVE to travel....and my favorite vacations are beach vacations, so this theme was right up my alley!

Here are just a few of Bergdorf's 2010 holiday windows...I borrowed a few of my images from HabituallyChic.blogspot.com as I seemed to get quite a bit of glare in my pics.

Window #1:

Ummm, who sets sail in a navy and white full sequence pant suit? This girl does!

Check out those industrial pendants....I'd love to use those over an island!

Window #2:

Forget a coach seat on American Airlines....this girl reaches her vacation destination via a winged horse!

Window #3:

My ABSOLUTE favorite! This window represents such a fantasy land for me! I love the ocean...I love to scuba dive to observe how these fabulous creatures live under the surface...and, need I even mention, I love anything that sparkles! I just wanted to jump inside this fabulous abode and call it my own!

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Check out this octopus made of pearls and crystals!

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Have you ever seen a tortoise shell covered in beads and pearls?!

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Now that is one crocodile I would not mind encountering! Diamonds for eyes and teeth?! Amazing!

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Check out that treasure chest!!

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Another close up of the octopus. The coral next to him is adorned in diamond and pearl stud earrings!

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Ahhh...this mermaid has the life....

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