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!)

 

Timeless Vintage Inspiration...

 

For years now my Mother has been talking about one of her favorite stores, "Laurie Anna's Vintage Home," in Canton, TX. She has tried several times to get me to make a trip out there with her, but I have always passed on the offer because the store offers only vintage pieces and accessories. And while I do love vintage style, I just never thought I would find anything out there that would fit my style of mixing mostly modern with a touch of vintage. However, last week I was informed that Laurie Anna's Vintage Home was holding her first annual "Vintage Farmhouse Christmas;" and when my Mom found out, she insisted that I go with her. This time I agreed, as I am currently hard at work on the most amazing master bedroom makeover for a friend that loves ALL things vintage! I knew that at the very least I would find some amazing inspiration! Little did I know, I would be blown away by the over-the-top tablescapes and designs that I was about to encounter!

Here are just a few of my favorite pictures that I snapped (with my iPhone) while perusing through her store............

Don't you just loooove this old vintage rocking horse?! And the oversized flowers....aren't they stunning?! They are made of craft paper that she sells in her store, so I purchased a couple of rolls to try a hand at it myself! I'll let you know how that turns out :-)

If you look closely, you will see the paper chain draped on top of the shutters...like the kind you made out of red and green construction paper as a kid to count down the days until Christmas. Only these are made from old vintage book pages....I loved that idea!

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Laurie Anna's 6

I loved how these dog treats were displayed on the iron stands...and how the pine cone wreaths serve as chargers! Who would have thought?!

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Laurie Anna's 4

The porcelain dish was filled with vintage buttons...

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Ivories, grays and dusty pinks.......sooooo vintage.....

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Stay tuned for the vintage inspired master bedroom makeover I'm currently working on....I hope to have pictures posted within the next week or two....you won't believe the transformation!!