Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY Spiral Deco Mardi Gras Wreath

32 days until one of my FAVORITE holidays - Mardi Gras!

The picture above is the Mardi Gras wreath I made this year for our front door. This wreath might look complicated to make, but it's actually very easy. It's a bit larger then 3', so it's a huge statement piece for any front door. When I looked online, these wreaths cost $80-100 to buy.  

The instructions below are from 2012 when I made the same wreath for the Fall season. We still put it up, and it still looks the same! Follow the instructions below to make your own wreath for around $25

What you mill need to make your own spiral deco mesh wreath:

2 rolls to deco mesh. They are 21" wide and 10 yards long
Pipe cleaners
18" wire wreath


To make the spirals, cut the mesh into 10" pieces. I didn't measure anything, just guesstimate. Now you can tightly roll the mesh in the center to make a spiral. Make sure it doesn't unravel.

Roll 4 spirals this same way. Collect them all and fan them out, holding center.

Use a pipe cleaner to secure them in the center.

Secure the bunches to the wire wreath. Don't worry if it doesn't look full now, it will by the time you get all the bunches on.

This is what it looks like from the back.

Happy Mardi Gras!!

2014 Color Trend Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color Institute, the world’s leading color authority, recently named Radiant Orchid (which it described as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple”) as the “it” hue for 2014. If you’re eager to add pops of Radiant Orchid or similar hues to your life, I wanted to post some inspirational home decor photos to get you pumped for this year's color!

Mix different shades of purples with golds for a warm look

You can easily add a pop of Radiant Orchid with a blanket or throw.

Vases and flowers are the traditional way to bring in a color

Paint built in cabinets and add touches of bright orange for a bold look

5 Tips to Update your Bedroom

Swap out nightstand hardware

Nkuku Decorative Ceramic Door Knobs

Nkuku Decorative Ceramic Door Knobs
Give your nightstands and dressers more personality and a different look.

Bring in textiles

Bring in a punch of color with decorative throws and pillows

Change out your mirror

If you have a matching furniture set, change out the mirror for a custom feel

Loose the overhead lighting. 

Overhead lighting often gives a room a harsh sterile feel. Instead, opt for floor, table lamps or sconces, which lend a softer, more flattering illumination.

Swap light bulbs 

Swap fluorescent and incandescent bulbs with vintage looking Edison bulbs