Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Spreading Christmas Cheer!

This year, I was extremely flattered when a wonderful family hired me to decorate their home for the holidays!  They have an absolutely gorgeous home, and, of course, I was a bit worried I wouldn't meet their expectations.  They couldn't have been more hospitable or humble in letting me share my ideas and *play* while they were working hard at their awesome Marine Service Center. 

Their bright and beautiful sunroom is painted in a lovely sage green.  It leads out to a gorgeous, deep backyard which hosts a view of their awesome pool, palm trees and golf course off in the distance.  I took my time decorating, simply because I so enjoyed being there. 

I chose to add a simple tree in this room, highlighting the browns and plums in their loveseat, as well as highlighting their wall color.  I kept the decorations to a minimum (as everyone is budget conscious these days, especially this time of year), but look forward to adding lots more to this tree next year ... that's *IF* they ask me back (feel free to click on any pic to enlarge)! 

The topper consists of pheasant feathers, gold sprays and brown sticks that I found at both a local Christmas shop, as well as Wal-Mart!

And, I added pinecones and gold snowflakes as inexpensive fillers (again, found at good ol' Wally-World):

Moving on to their great room ... this tree was done in traditional reds, greens and golds.  I found the super wide red ribbon at Kirklands ... and used it on my own great room tree as well, LOVE IT!

Kayla already had this beautiful plaid ribbon.  So, I selected two more complimentary ribbons and had two *gigundus* bows made (I'm working on that technique) for the topper.  I found the fun and wild apple green spray at a local Christmas shop and scored the gold and red sprays at, you guessed it, Wal-Mart!

I must admit, I was scared to death decorating this tree because of the beautiful collection of Fitz and Floyd ornaments that their children had been given by their Grandmother over the years.  I was *sooo* afraid I was going to drop one onto their tile floor!  Thankfully, no one or thing was injured during the decorating of this tree!  Whew!

I love how Mr. Snowman is swinging around the tree, socializing:

Onto their dining room ... while we didn't put a tree in there, I did get to play with their table!  I told Kayla I really wanted to add a bit of blue in this room, as there is a rich blue border on their oriental rug.  We found these unique and colorful metal deer at Pier One and simply had to have them.  I knew that they'd be the perfect whimsical, yet elegant, addition to her regal room (especially with that gorgeous shade of blue on them).  I simply scrunched up gold satin fabric in the center of the table and added the reindeer (along with a beautiful amaryllis for height). 

She has the beautiful Lenox "Holiday" china, which pops so well against her gold chargers.  We also spotted these awesome red with gold trim napkins at Pier One and just had to add these in, as well.  I love how "poofy" they are!

And, when I spotted these napkin rings at Pier One, I knew they'd be the perfect pairing to the napkins!  And, hey, they might even be fun worn on one's finger!

Lastly, I'll take you into their "study."  I knew I wanted to add a tree in here, but wasn't sure what theme might work.  After finding out that this room is the "hang out" room, where they watch TV quite a bit (and based on the color scheme of the room), I thought it'd be fun to do a movie-themed tree, which I've never done before!

I spotted big boxes of movie candy at Dollar Tree (even boxes of Christmas JuJy Fruits), so Kayla grabbed up a bunch of those, along with Goobers, Junior Mints and Gumballs.  I then added DVDs (many of them being holiday ones), popcorn garland, ca-ute "admit one" candies (that Kayla found at Hobby Lobby) and finally added red and blue balls to tie in with the color scheme of this room.

As for the topper, while I wanted to add popcorn sprouting out (which I *will* do next year), I simply added the super cute "Elf" movie and, was lucky enough to stumble upon movie film tape (at a party store), which I cut and placed up there, somewhat spilling out of the tree (and, yes, those little popcorn containers will be filled with "faux" popcorn next year, as well). 

Here you can see how I then added the film tape all over the tree, just popping out here and there.

Admittedly, this was such a fun tree to do!  I'm thinking I just might have to add one to our home next year, too!

Well, thanks for stopping by and letting me share how I've invaded someone else's home with my Christmas ADD ... thanks to Kayla and family (and my wonderful friend, Tammy, who referred me)! 
 Mr. Gingerbread Man says "buh-bye" as well.

I'm linking up to these awesome blogs who are hosting fun parties ... come on over:

Savvy Southern Style/BTB

The DIY Showoff/Holiday Highlights

Santa's Gift Shoppe/Blog Hop

TDC/Christmas Tree Party

Southern in My Heart/Inspiration Friday

Happy Holidays,


Designs on 47th Street said... Reply To This Comment

You need not have feared as you did a FABULOUS job with this beautiful home! I am very sure they were more than thrilled with your talents. It does look like they had some great items to work with and you sure pulled it off very, very nicely. Love the table!


Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Your talented girl! You did a wonderful job! Everything looks beautiful, I'm sure you made them very happy!

Laura said... Reply To This Comment

You did an amazing job!
How pleased they must be!

So glad I got to see all of this.
It is inspiring-

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Kathy said... Reply To This Comment

Came over from Kim's and what exciting stuff you do, lots of drama, just love it all

Teri said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous job, Becca! Kayla must be thrilled!

Pamela said... Reply To This Comment

Becca I am loving your trees! Your movie themed tree is too stinking cute!! I doubt The Hubster would let me have one of those in his man cave though!:( Love it though!

Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

WOW! Becca you did so great! It is all just stunning and magical. Love the fun tree. :)

kara@elements-interiors.net said... Reply To This Comment

WOWZERS! Girl, Its all awesome...LOVE it! However, I have to say the "Movie themed" tree is BRILLIANT!!!! IM CRAAAAAAZY about it!!! You are SO Talented!


Rose H (UK) said... Reply To This Comment

What a fabulous job you did! Amazing decorations, well done :o)

debbies said... Reply To This Comment

You did a fabulous job and the movie theme is my favorite. My son has a tree in his room with Hallmark movie ornaments. I'm so going to "borrow" some of these ideas for next year.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

OMG, Becca, you are really really good. Look at you being hired to do their home. I guess these are the same people that you did the tree for in the store. How nice to do a home, too. That movie themed tree is over the top. You should run an add in the paper next year to offer your decorating service. There is a home decor store that offers it here. Thanks again for sharing at the party.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, You did such a wonderful job!! It looks fantastic.


Sailing Simply said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Wow! I think you have found another niche to add to your decorating services..You should do this professionally! I love each of these. I know what you mean about the F&F ornaments. I collect the Lenox ones myself that I use in the dining room. Unfortunately I have had a few casualties over the years. LOL! I love the movie tree, that is just too cute! So much beauty here, thanks for sharing!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said... Reply To This Comment

Alrighty, now didn't I try to get you to come to my house and decorate? You just go ahead and put me at the top of the list for next year. LOL It is all just beautiful!! You are not only talented, you are very creative too. I would have never thought of a movie themed tree.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

You did a fabulous job, Becca! I think you may have found yourself a new career! : ) All the trees look great and the table, too. I'll bet they were thrilled with the results!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! Love all your Christmas Trees. Looks like you put in a lot of work and it really shows. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Denise said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my goodness, I am in Christmas tree heaven :-) That movie tree is AMAZING, I love it. Where did you get the movie tape? Would you string the popcorn on to thin wire to do the topper? That would look great I'm sure.
The lights at the top of my tree have all gone out :( I am ready to buy some new trees for next year!!!! I just added pics of Kristen's bedroom, come see when you get a chance.

Sue said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, Your movie themed tree is adorable and it is a fun creation for your client. Those colorful reindeer from Pier One are again, whimsical. You did a really nice job on her home! I used to do this, but now it is all I can do to get up my own home~ I opted not to put up all eight of my trees this year. I only used three, and they were small.
~ Sue

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

OH MY GOODNESS GIRL!!! Everything is beeeeaaauutiful! How on earth do you find time to do all of this?? And, have your own home look so gorgeous and decked out? I love all of the Wally-World references and I am totally stealing that nickname. :-) In that pic of their sunroom you could see just how you pulled out the colors in the sofa to create the perfect complimentary tree tones and I adore the tree topper in their main tree. I actually have that same plaid ribbon and you gave me an idea of how to repurpose it. But, the main event is that fabulous movie theme tree with Elf at the top! No wonder people hire you! It is classy and fun all at the same time. You are going to need a serious vacation after all of this! :-)

mishebe said... Reply To This Comment

Love the film tape cute cute!

Traci said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, everything looks great. What a wonderful idea for a movie themed tree!

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

You have outdone yourself. You deserve every penny you made and then some! This is gorgeous, creative and unique!! When are you coming to my house??? I will be posting tomorrow or Friday at the latest. I swear!

Honey at 2805 said... Reply To This Comment

You created a stunning look!

Diane said... Reply To This Comment

OMGosh, how gorgeous everything looks. I especially ♥ the movie tree Ÿ

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said... Reply To This Comment

Okay, so why didn't you mention this earlier?..... that your were for hire! I love that movie tree! I would have to leave that up all year round if that was in my home. Seriously, I want those red, white, and blue striped curtains!! They would be perfect in my son's bedroom and I have been look for something like them. Could you find out for me?
PS How to make faux popcorn? Just wondering??? LOL

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said... Reply To This Comment

Great job Becca! I know your clients are thrilled!

rebecca @ older and wisor said... Reply To This Comment

Any tree that has a Will Farrell in tights as a topper is a winner in my book. And that film tape? Gah. It's slaying me. If this tree goes missing, don't come and check my game room....;)

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous trees!! All of your tree toppers are beautiful.

Get Nestled In said... Reply To This Comment

So beautifully decorated! Love it!

Creative Decor by Brooke said... Reply To This Comment

Love all the trees. How creative to do the movie tree.
Are you sure you don't do this for a living? You should!

Designs By Pinky said... Reply To This Comment

Great job, I love all the trees and the table looks beautiful too. I am doing a clients house on Mon. but don't have a big budget, hoping we can add more next year too!!!!!! XO, Pinky

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful but WOW is that movie tree just too cute!!! Love it!! Great job!

Karen said... Reply To This Comment

I love how you decorated all the trees here but the movie tree really catches my attention. It is so unique!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said... Reply To This Comment

I just love the toppers of your trees! They are just gorgeous! The movie tree is pretty cool!

Cricket said... Reply To This Comment

It is all beautiful but the "movie Themed" tree is soooo cute!!! I love it!!!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

All just simply gorgeous, Becca!

FROM MARRIAGE TO MOTHERHOOD said... Reply To This Comment

You never cease to amaze me! You have SERIOUS talent Becca. I especially LOVE the movie tree! How unique and ubber cute!!

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

Hello my lovely friend! Just coming back over to say thanks so much for linking up to the party this week! I seriously cannot wait to see more of your house all decked out! :-)

Liz said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca!!

Wow, so pretty, fun, and unique!! You are rockin' the Christmas trees, Becca!! =) The great room tree is my favorite and I love the tree topper. Great job!!

Have a wonderful weekend! XOXO ~Liz

Tricia - A Rosy Note said... Reply To This Comment

Oh, how fun! I love that movie-themed tree. You sure found a lot of good things to decorate it and if someone gets hungry while watching a show, they know where they can find a treat ;)

Creative Ambitions said... Reply To This Comment

That is the coolest movie tree! I love it! I bet they did, too!

Love all your decor! I had one nutcracker... not old... but I painted it white! Have to find a home for him!

Everything is beautiful Becca!


Marisa said... Reply To This Comment

One of the many . . .but I also love your movie tree. I will have to try something like that next year for downstairs. Where did you get that film strip ribbon?

Theresa said... Reply To This Comment

Hi!, I just found your blog and I have to tell you, I love your style! I am so going to use your ideas for your wonderful "movie theme" tree for next year! we have a movie theme going on downstairs and that will be perfect!