Happy new year, friends! Happy Monday.
All of the holiday decorations are put away. The paperwhites are almost spent. Christmas is behind us and 360 days of 2015 are spread out in front of us full of so much potential. A blank canvas waiting to be painted.
I love this feeling of a new year, new intentions, goals and projects. Of course, many projects. I’ve been editing our to-do lists which encompass both business goals and home improvements. Over the holidays, a few pieces of furniture were completed too which I’ll post in the coming days as we get them on the sales floor. Stay tuned!
Note that our first milk paint demonstration of the year will be held on Sunday, January 25th at 1 pm at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown. You won’t want to miss it as we’ll be rolling out the new European Color Line which boasts six beautiful new colors! Be sure to follow along on facebook & instagram for sneak peeks!
What do you have planned for 2015?
Well, let’s get to it. Back to the grind! Some of us have less of a grind than others…
In just a few short hours we will be celebrating the arrival of 2015. It sounds completely surreal: 2015! We certainly live in the future. The age of hashtags, selfies and admittedly more social media acronyms than I can keep up with. True confession, I thought #MCM stood for mid-century modern. Who knew man crush Monday was a thing?
I am happy to celebrate the past everyday surrounded by pretty and practical vintage things. I thought that it would be fun to close out 2014 with some of my favorite displays from our window at The West End Garage.
We took up residence in this space in March and started off with an Easter themed window.
Spring came with a walk in the garden.
Summer arrived along with our busy season and the omission of a few fun windows. I have resolved to take more photos with an actual camera in 2015 to capture all of our displays!
Fast forward to fall…my favorite season and perhaps my favorite window of the year.
We closed out the year with the magical Victorian dollhouse. A mini version of Christmas in Cape May when historical homes are decked out from eaves to gingerbread trim.
Fun fact: The West End Garage is a very old building that was originally a Ford Model T dealer. I believe this front space was the showroom hence the beautiful tin walls and ceilings that are still in tact. Then it became an auto shop called, none other than, The West End Garage. We’re so lucky to be part of such a unique space. If you haven’t been in before, you have to put it on your list for 2015.
If you’re lucky enough to celebrate the New Year in Cape May, be sure to stop by. Everything is on sale today and tomorrow. Thanks for a great year and Happy 2015!
Serendipity Shops of Doylestown is paying it forward to all of our local patrons with a huge One Day Sale! Today, December 26th.
33 S. Main St. Doylestown, PA
Small businesses wouldn’t succeed without the support of the local community. Enjoy discounts throughout the store including a rare opportunity to purchase Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint at a discounted rate. Sale does not apply to online purchases. Stock up for your 2015 projects today!
Thanks for a great year! Happy holidays to you and your family.
Our holiday decorating is a wrap at this point. We’re enjoying the warm glow of the tree every night and we’re watching the pile of wrapped presents slowly grow. We went with a smaller than usual tree this year but propped it up on my favorite vintage card catalog table. As for the ornaments, we kept fairly traditional. I’ve been known to go all one color or theme in the past but not this year.
The only big curve ball I threw on the tree were arrows. I guess I should say I “shot” at the tree.
Since we had no specific color scheme, I thought these bright vintage arrows were a fun addition around the top of the tree. What do you think?
You may remember the arrows and antlers from my fall mantel. Yep, they easily transitioned to the next season…along with the cotton stems too.
Both have been a hit in the shop along with some other outdoorsy and almost season-less ornaments like the vintage style chairs, acorns & lanterns.
For garland this year, I simply used chenille ribbon. I love this stuff! It can go around your gifts or on the tree. We still have some available to trim your own tree with!
Tonight is Serendipity of Doylestown’s open house from 6-9. Check out all of these ornaments and more!
Last week I shared our front door decor for the holidays which is relatively simple and traditional. Less seems to be more this year…
I’ve been utilizing what nature has to offer as winter approaches. We’re seeing beautiful holly, dried marsh grasses and bushy cedar beginning to take center stage. A brisk walk in the woods will provide you with enough supplies to make your very own mixed greens tree.
If you’ve read the December issue of Better Homes & Gardens, you may know where I am going with this project…
There are two very important tools that you’ll need to construct this tree: Florist wire and a tomato cage. An upside down tomato cage creates the perfect cone shape! You’ll need to find some sort of base for your tree. I used a vintage enamel pot. The handles were perfect for the tomato cage to sit on. Wire the 3 “legs” together on top to create the point of the tree form.
I started creating the tree with cedar cuttings first and followed the lateral lines of the cage, wiring each piece on as I went. Besides the top point, I wired all greens facing down (stems up) so it looked natural.
After all lateral lines are wired, it looked kind of hairy. Perseverance pays off. Keep going! I wired greens on the horizontal lines starting with the bottom first, making sure to overlap the enamel pot. Each subsequent layer covers the stems and mechanics of the previous layer.
Finally, fill in your cage so it looks like a nice, full tree. I stuck holly branches in without even wiring them. I also “decorated” the tree with dried grasses and a burlap ribbon remnant.
My DIY mixed greens tree is a little bit wild but it was fun and free to make! It took about 30 minutes to complete. And what else was I going to do with my tomato cage in December?
I have been back at milk painting holiday themed signs and boards as well…
Aside from tree ornaments, there are very few things we pulled out of storage to create a warm, seasonal home. Instead we opted to use everyday and season-less items with just a hint of Christmas ambiance in a relatively traditional color palette.
Our decor this year is very organic with the exception of the vintage chippy mirror and salvaged pillars. The blooming paperwhites whimsically frame a live succulent wreath. Why go for evergreens when you can have succulents? You must ask yourself.
Preserved boxwood topiaries add a bit of formality as they anchor the ends of the mantel plus they will last for years.
I continue to obsess over cotton stems. I simply laid them on their side to create a nice, full garland across the mantel.
Fresh holly from the yard nestles amongst the cotton.
Firewood is accompanied by a nearly blooming Christmas cactus.
The firewood tea light candle holder adds just a bit of warmth to the holiday display.
How are you decorating your mantel this holiday season?
Many of these items and similar ones are available at The West End Garage.
Bonus: they can easily transition into the new year with the omission of the holly and ornaments!