Five Minute, $5 Holiday Fix

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating. It is hardly ever cold in LA, so its especially important to make your house feel extra homey so it feels like the holidays.

Other than decorating the tree, I like to put poinsettias everywhere. Usually they just come in the plastic containers or are wrapped in that bright shiny red or green paper that just never seems to be the right color.

Here's what I was working with before... these pots just aren't working.
Here’s what I was working with before… these pots just kill the effect.

Since I have a black thumb, my plants never last much longer than the holidays, so I don’t want to spend a ton of time and money buying pots and transferring the plants. Wandering through the giftwrap aisle, I had a brilliant idea. What if I just wrapped them in ribbon and called it a day?

I set out on a quick search for burlap looking ribbon, and lucked out when I found a roll of extra thick ribbon for $5 at World Market. At home, I just cut the ribbon in sections and wrapped it around the plastic pots, tying a loose knot to secure the ribbon.

I am pretty pleased with the results! The plants look a million times better and there was a minimal amount of work and cost. That’s what I call Roadside Rehab!

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After! I still have to keep them in the little trays to protect the floor, but they really don’t bother me.
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The beginnings of my little holiday nook.

Natural Elements for Fall Decorating

I love decorating around the house using natural elements… especially in the Fall. It is a surefire way to change the whole vibe of your space with minimal effort. There is so much more you can do to get ready for fall than adding an old tired wreath of fake orange and red leaves.

I have been saving so many photos of pretty flowers lately, I just wanted to share a few that I find inspiring.

I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.
I love the idea of a wreath made out of cotton bolls. I found this photo on Pinterest.
This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!
This is just so pretty and not too overdone. I love the idea of fresh flowers above the bed. Unfortunately, I did not save who posted this photo, so if you know, let me know so I can give them credit!
I am obsessed with this wreath from "Finding Home." You can find Laura's tutorial here.
I am obsessed with this wreath from “Finding Home.” You can find Laura’s tutorial here.
I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.
I love this wreath that I found from @mooncanyon on Instagram.
This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical.
This photo of dahlias in a prep bucket from @hedgerow on Instagram is magical. Their arrangements are also magical.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out my inspirations for Fall decor! Don’t forget to check me out on Instagram @Chair_candy to see all the awesome chairs I find!

How Much Time Is Too Much?

How Much Time Is Too Much?

Today I happened across this pillow, which was marked down to $45 from $87. My immediate reaction was, “I wonder if you could use a bleach pen on burlap and make the same thing for a couple of bucks?”
Then I thought, well, once you go buy the burlap, bleach pen, and pillow insert, then stencil the pattern, bleach it, and sew it up, isn’t it worth the $45?
It may be fun to make a bunch of pillows like this for gifts or for party favors (or for a really beachy bed) but if you’re sticking to just one, I’d probably just go ahead and buy the pillow.
Why?
You have to factor in the value of the time and effort that you put into each project. If you’d rather just have something homemade, or if you have a ton of free time, by all means, go for it!
Hey, I still may try my hand at bleach pen designs!