Christmas is coming

 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.

Organic Christmas 2014-Circa Dee

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.

live succulent wreath

Preserved boxwood topiaries add a bit of formality as they anchor the ends of the mantel plus they will last for  years.

Christmas mantelscape with cotton & candles

I continue to obsess over cotton stems.  I simply laid them on their side to create a nice, full garland across the mantel.

cotton garland

Fresh holly from the yard nestles amongst the cotton.

cotton & holly Christmas garland

Firewood is accompanied by a nearly blooming Christmas cactus.

Christmas firewood

The firewood tea light candle holder adds just a bit of warmth to the holiday display.

firewood log candle holder

How are you decorating your mantel this holiday season?

Natural Christmas 2014-Circa Dee

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!

from the garden to the dining room

I know the Home Show was like weeks ago and you are probably so sick of hearing me talk about it and addressing the event as a proper noun but guess what, so many projects went into that little upcycled room.  So many hours.  I am going to talk about them until, well until, I can’t talk about them anymore and they fade into the dark night of the blogosphere.

Actually, until spring really when there is something new and fresh and worthwhile to talk about.  Or until we get married.  Yeah, the wedding will trump the Home Show for sure.

Anyway, what do you do with a garden trellis that you aren’t using in the garden?

Home Show - Milk painted dresser and trellis mirror

Turn it into a mirror of course!

Home Show - Garden Trellis Mirror

My neighbor is always finding little treasures along the way, much like me.  He handed this garden trellis over to me months ago and it sat in my garage ever since.  Until the aha moment came.  The moment I know you all wait for.  The moment Ryan cringes because I enlist him for yet another project.  As always, I promise him it is simple and will only take a few minutes…

garde trellis mirror

So the trellis got turned on it’s side.  Then we just sawed the ends off of the whole piece so it would be symmetrical.  And by “we” of course you know by now that I mean Ryan.

The great debate of January 2013 was whether or not the garden trellis should have 2 mirrors or one large mirror behind the entire trellis.  Hmmm…

Obviously we decided on 2 mirrors which gave a floating effect.  Still though, I ponder how 1 would have looked.

I speed dialed my old friends at the glass store and had 2 mirrors cut in a matter of days.  We removed the 3 middle bars from the back  of the trellis.  The mirrors rested on the bars in front.  Then we attached mirror hanging hardware in the back to those front pieces.  Finally, Ryan and I strategically screwed the back bars into place while keeping the mirrors centered.  You definitely need 2 sets of hands with this project to keep the mirrors centered and level.

how to make a garden trellis mirror

Yes, this was a team effort constructed right on the dining room table because as I recall it was like 12 degrees in the garage that day.  And you can also see how all of the projects in the dining room were evolving at that very moment.  Note the dangling new drapes over the old ones.  Hot mess.


But of course, the dining room looks like this now with the mirror starring on one wall and reflecting light from the large window across the room.


Which reminds me, when I posted our new and improved dining room on Monday I don’t believe I shared this angle with you which shows both the new mirror and Ryan’s vintage ball jar sketch that he made as a child.  Quite the gardeny feel this space has now.

dining room

I love how the artwork looks in the new room.  It is a perfect fit.

ball jar artwork

What do you have planned for the weekend?  Stop by the ol’ brick & mortar shop on Saturday from 10-5!

last pick of the year

Wow!  What a Christmas I had.  We moved non-stop from home to home and saw many of our friends and family members.  It was delightful…and exhausting.  I have to admit that I was obviously a very good girl this year.  That was evident by all of the great gifts I received including a new bike!  My first sewing machine.  And a projector (more about that later).  I am so thankful for my family’s generosity.  I hope you enjoyed an equally nice holiday with your loved ones.  Did you give or receive any fabulous gifts this year?

Speaking of this year, it is rapidly winding down.  Only a few days left in 2011.  With that said, I have my final treasure post of the year to share.  You may recall from last week’s junking post, that I connected with someone who had additional items for me to go back to pick up.  I got them up just before the holiday and snapped a few pics to share with you.  They’re pretty grimy so bear with me and I promise I will post something pretty tomorrow…

This large cabinet is falling apart in a few places

…but has great details so I think I am going to take it apart and salvage the wood for future projects.

While we’re talking salvage, let me show you some great architectural pieces I scored. This little wooden bracket thingy.  Future bookend…

This gingerbread detail will make a cool shelf bracket.

And I just love this ornate piece of wood. I think it must’ve been part of an old headboard. I plan to make a sign out of it.

Whenever I spy a wooden oar, I can never leave it behind. This one is a coastal blue.

Onto the mirror section…I picked up a small Edwardian mirror with beveled glass. The back is stamped 1905.  That is Wilson’s profile.  He is not camera shy.  As if you didn’t already know that. 

This is a full length mirror. It is very old and very heavy. It’s going to be re-homed in our master bedroom just as soon as we figure out the best way to support its weight.  (Don’t judge the mess behind me.)

Gorgeous old details.  Perfectly distressed.

That’s it for 2011 finds. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!