Seasonal Transitioning: Kitchen & Surrounding Area

The hard part of my transformation from Christmas to my every-day decor was finished.  The Staircase DecorFireplace Decor, & Family Room (along with the surrounding corners and shelves) always takes the most time and effort. (I inserted posts that describe those specific spaces).  In this post, I’ll be highlighting the kitchen, kitchen eating area and surrounding area including a couple of cozy corners.  I will not bore you with the “how-to” details in this post.  I will provide you links to my “how to” posts along the way and they will show you how I put together my cozy corners and lantern. 🙂

Here we go…I started by switching out my tablecloth on the kitchen table and then I created a lantern centerpiece…

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Here is a link to my A Lantern Centerpiece For All Seasons post, in that post I describe how I take this same lantern and tray through the Seasons. 🙂

Next, I worked on my kitchen hutch:

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And then a cozy corner that sits to the left of the hutch:

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I have a lovely corner shelf, that is what I worked on next:

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And then I moved into the powder room:

I added a few little things to this grouping that sits on top of the kitchen desk:

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And then I moved on to the kitchen windows:

After I got those windows finished, this side of the house was done!!!

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Yippee Skippee!!  I did the “Happy Dance”!!  It felt so good to get all of that accomplished.  🙂

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Here is that link that I promised to provide y’all to my How To Create Cozy Corners and More post. There is a plethora of info included in that link. 🙂

I still had the living and dining rooms left to do, and I did a little tweaking to the outside of the house as well.  Both of those posts will be coming up in the next couple of days…stay tuned. 🙂

Here is a sneak peek of the living and dining rooms:

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

~Arlynn

Family Room: Cozy Corner & More

Now that the staircase bannister and the fireplace decorations were transitioned over to a more every-day sort of look, I started to work my way around the rest of the family room.  The first project that I took on was this “Cozy Corner” <~~~My name for a grouping of decor that is well thought out and planned to go into a certain space>>>.  I have many such corners in my home but, in this case, this is the corner that I was fixin’ to transform:

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I hated to take that apart as I was really happy with how the Christmas decor turned out (this year was the first time I had decorated that ladder for Christmas).  Anyway, I disassembled this grouping and packed it away for safe keeping and I started to gather the items that would make up my new grouping.

The first thing that I did was to wrap a pip berry garland with a set of 50 deco lights; they are teeny tiny and are so pretty peeking out from the pip berries.

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Let me pause here and provide a link for y’all.  I wrote up an entire blog post describing how I put my Cozy Corners together, here is the link to my Cozy Corners & More post.  I *will* let you know for this project that I did have to glue some pipe cleaners on the backs of those plaques so that I could tie them onto the rungs of the ladder…Note:  I had tried to use Command Strip Velcro, but it just wouldn’t hold.

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That said, I’ll just show you how this turned out in the end. 🙂

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As you can see, I folded a lap quilt nicely and placed it over an old basket, piled some pillows on top, and placed a plaque (that matches a grapevine wreath that I made–I’ll show you that in a minute), and a couple of old Boyd’s Bears.  That sewing basket was my grandmother’s and it serves as a nice little piece with which to add a bit of interest.

In the evening hours, those little lights twinkle so nicely–BTW, those wooden stars are held onto the ladder with velcro…

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So, that little corner was complete and I moved onto the top of the credenza that sits in front of the tv and in between the fireplace and the cozy corner that I highlighted above.  I started by making up a quick little centerpiece…Here is what I came up with:

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As you can see, I gather a bunch of accent pieces but, I don’t always use every single piece, here is the finished centerpiece (I chose not to use one of the plaques and I took the yellow all gerber daisies save for that one fluffy one in the front out of the mix)…

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Here is how that end of the room looks now that it is all transitioned over to a more generic country decor:

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Then I made an arrangement to put on a side table…

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Next I moved on to a table and shelf that separate the kitchen and the family room…IMG_3404

This will give you a bit of perspective as to where these pieces are located:

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And here is that grapevine wreath that I referred to above:

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I absolutely love to decorate and as I have mentioned before, I have no formal training, but gosh, I really do get a feeling of accomplishment when I, little ole me, can actually pull a room together through decor.  I’ve had decades of practice and I’ve spent a ton of time honing my skills; at 50+ years of age, I finally feel as if I’ve found my niche. 🙂

Here is the entire family room completely redecorated for the winter months (and possibly beyond)…the big black blurb close to the fireplace is our Newfie Sophie…haha:

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In my next post, I’ll highlight the kitchen and eating area where I created a new lantern centerpiece for the table…Here is a sneak peek:

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I did a few other things in this area too, so stay tuned…and thanks a bunch for joining me as we transition my home from Christmas to every-day decor. 🙂

Until next time y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤

Fireplace: Mantel & Hearth

The fireplace is usually where I start when I’m transitioning my decor from one Season to the next.  I have to admit though, that I was so happy with how my Christmas decorations turned out that I almost hated to change it.  BUT, in the end, I’m *just* as happy with how it all turned out using my everyday accents pieces.

Here is how I had the fireplace decorated for Christmas:

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The first task was to take all of Christmas decorations down and pack them away, that took 1/2 a day in and of itself…not kidding…:)  This is what I started with  IMG_3331

The first thing that I had replaced was the wreath on the mirror.  Here is a link to show you how I made that wreath, Burlap, Pip Berry, & Rod Iron Wreath

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There it is in place…

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The next thing I tackled was the mantel…

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I started with a pip berry garland that matches the staircase garland and I wrapped a set of 35 white lights around it;  I always purchase my pip berry garland from The Pip Berry Barn.  Then I made two burlap bows that I have on the staircase (here is a link for my Staircase: Lit Pip Berry Garland post). After that I added black wooden candlesticks and topped them with candles with metal stars wrapped around them.

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I got the candlesticks and candles from Piper Classics

Next, I added a couple of Dickens houses, a few electric spool candles with silicone light bulbs, a couple more plain wooden candle sticks (that I tied a bit of the ribbon around), and some pieces from my Willow Tree collection.   I stood back and took a look see and was happy with what I’d created.

Then I moved on to the hearth, the first thing that I did was to recreate a basket decor that I’d had sitting next to the hearth at Christmas; here is a picture of how I had it decorated up for Christmas…

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And here is how I recreated it using more generic accent pieces:

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I found the “Happiness is Homemade” plaque at Hobby Lobby for 40% off, and I already owned the rest of the accents which included an old pip berry garland, metal stars, a little wooden heart, and a country themed towel that I tied to the basket.  I did add a set of lights to the very top.  I found these spiffy sparkl’ies’ at Michaels, they are battery operated and have a timer (although, I will say that my hubby rigged them up with a little transformer and mine are plugged in and never go off).

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After that little project was complete, I moved to the hearth.  As I’ve explained in this How To Create Cozy Corners post, I started to build the decor on either side of the fireplace box.  If we want to have a fire these pieces are easily slid out of the way.

First, I took a moment to put together a quick little lantern centerpiece…

And then I just built the rest of the decor…I ended up with this.

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Then I moved to the other side, here is what I came up with there…

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See that “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck” lit canvas plaque? My cousin Stacey made that for me and gave it to me for Christmas (and yes, I cried like a baby when I opened it…that saying is very special to us because our Grandma used to say it to us all of the time).  If you’d like to see how she made that, here is a link to her Light Up Christmas Canvas blog entry.  Stacey is sweet enough to be a guest blogger for me every now and again. 🙂  I will cherish that piece forever and ever!! ❤

So when all was said and done, here is a look at how everything turned out…

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And how it looks in the evening hours…

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Yes, I can honestly say that I am just as happy with this look as I was with the Christmas look.  And it was so much fun to create, I truly thrive on this sort of thing. 🙂  This fireplace design set the tone for what the rest of the decor would look like. In my next post, I’ll describe how I put together that cozy little corner to the right of the tv…along with a few other little creations…

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

Staircase: Lit Pip Berry Garland

My hubby is awesome! He knew that I was ready to transition from my Christmas decorations to my more multi-Seasonal (generic) decor.  He is always up really early in the morning so before I opened an eye one morning, he had taken this Christmas ornament garland off of the bannister…

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…and replaced it with our pip berry garland.  When he removed it back in November so that I could decorate for Christmas he had put a marker at each swag point so he said it was a pretty easy task.  Regardless, I was SO appreciative of his help and self-motivation to go ahead and do that big job while I was still sleeping.

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So once I was up and moving, the first thing that I needed to do to complete this job was to make new bows to tie to each swag point.  I had found this new burlap berry ribbon online at “The Paper Mart”, here is a link.  It took me quite a little while to create all 9 bows…talk about some hand cramps, yep, I was definitely a hurtin’ pup at the completion of that task.

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Thankfully, our daughter was here to help me when I tied all of the bows onto the garland; she was able to tell be if I needed to angle the bow up or down or if I needed to straighten a tail here or there.  I appreciated that so much as I have bad knees and going up and down stairs multiple times to check to see if I have everything situated just so is not tops on my enjoyable things to do list. 😉

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The next task was to put together a little spray to be placed on the bullnose (bottom of the stairs).  There is really no specific way that I put this together, I just gathered pip berry picks and gerber daisies together in a bunch and arranged it till I liked how it looked, then I tied it all together with tie wraps and added a bow…

The stems snug down into the bullnose nicely and because the lights are plugged into the extension cord below it stays put…

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Here is the completed look…

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I am so happy that this task is complete, the pip berry garland will stay on the bannister until next Christmas (unless I come up with another bright idea before then). I might change out the bows to match whatever season we are going through, but that would be the only change I make.

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I’m so happy that we’ve decided to decorate up this bannister, I feel that since this staircase is such a prominent feature in the house it lends itself nicely to be adorned with prettiness. 🙂  It completes the entire look and brings a warmth and coziness into the space…And as y’all know, I’m all about bringing warmth and coziness into our home.

Next, I’ll be telling you how I transitioned the mantel and hearth from Christmas to my multi-Seasonal decor…Here is a sneak peek:

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

*In decorating there are no mistakes, just unique creations!*

~Arlynn 

 

 

 

Burlap, Pip Berry, & Rod Iron Wreath

I bet the title of this little entry was a bit confusing, who in the world uses rod iron as an accent piece in a wreath? Well, I have found that I do…haha. 😉  Seriously, my three main decor accents in the family room of my home are burlap, pip berries, and rod iron (as in scrolly pieces that I have scattered about on the walls).  I have decided to create a new category entitled “Transitioning Seasonal Decor” and this is my first post in that new category.  That said, I am in the process of transitioning my decor from Christmas to a more neutral decor theme that will take me through the winter months and in some cases beyond. I do this sort of thing a few times a year, so I thought a special category was in order to capture the transitions.

ANYway,  I started taking down all of the Christmas decorations the other day; it takes me quite a while to get everything down and packed away–I will say that I’ve been quite organized in my packing this year taking time to label boxes and bins carefully…go me. 😉  ANYway, I realized that I wanted to make a wreath to replace this wreath that I had hanging on the mirror for Christmas:

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I decided that I wanted to make a large wreath, one that would include some of those accent pieces that I mentioned above.  So here is what I gathered:

  • 24″ Work Wreath
  • 2 Skeins of Burlap Runner (15′ x 18″)
  • Pip Berry Garland (1-6’garland plus a little more)
  • Burlap Ribbon (for a bow)
  • One rod iron circular piece
  • 3 fleur-de-lis pieces
  • Silk daisies in burgundy and dark cream
  • Sparkly butterflies

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If you’d like to see how I put the burlap on the wreath form, check out my post here.

It was time to attach the pip berry garland, so I simply used the wreath’s twist ties…I only attached it to the outer ring.

Next, I added the accent pieces, first I made a bow out of a new burlap ribbon that I found online at The Paper Mart

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Then I attached the fleur-de-lis and the rod iron piece, I used floral wire to attach both things to the wreath form…

Then I hot glued the daisies where I thought they looked nice and called it done. 🙂

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And then the hubby was sweet enough to climb up that huge ladder and hang it on the mirror…

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And there it is in its final resting place, I doubt if I will change it out until next Fall.  The accent pieces will pair nicely with whatever little changes I make in the coming months.

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And check out my poor mantel and hearth, they are quite barren at the moment; it is not often that they are like that, but, as you can see, I change out most of my decor for Christmas.  Whew, I’ve got my work cut out for me in the coming days…stay tuned. 🙂

Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes, just unique creations**

~Arlynn ❤