Monday, December 17, 2012

Colour Crush: Red

With the holidays approaching, I've been crushing on red.  Not so much bold, vibrant red, but rather, soft, subtle red that feels warm and cozy, or pops of cheery red in small doses, especially in stripes.

Image 1 and 6, House Beautiful; Image 2, HGTV; Image 3 and 7, Pottery Barn; Image 4, Coastal Living; Image 5, Caccoma Interiors via Decor Pad. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Sangria

I made a lovely sangria using some of the season's best - organic pomegranate cranberry juice, a few juicy orange slices, fresh cranberries, and the subtle spice of cinnamon sticks.


2 cups red wine (I used Cupcake Red Velvet)
2 cups cran/pom juice
1-2 oz simple syrup (use more or less, depending on how sweet you like your sangria)
2 oz triple sec
garnish with sliced oranges, fresh cranberries and cinnamon sticks

Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Coastal Christmas Decorations

I made these pretty coastal decorations with inexpensive clear plastic ornaments from Michaels craft store and I filled them with some sand from the beach. I used iridescent bronze, pearl and gold acrylic paint to add palmetto trees, hibiscus flowers, starfish and anchors to the ornaments.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Coastal Christmas Decorating Inspiration

Happy December! Does anyone else have about eleventeen different projects on the go? I am both super eager and non-committal all at once. So many projects. All exciting. None finished. I can't help but laugh at myself while I enjoy my creative scatter. A collection of my holiday decorating inspiration is below.

A coastal wreath adorns the back of a chair.  I love using decorative items in unique and unexpected places.

Red wool scarves folded over the backs of dining room chairs add colour and warmth. 

Christmas tree decorations inspired by the sea.

Sea glass filled hurricanes and fresh garland brighten this stairway and banister. Can you imagine the incredible aroma every time you walked the stairs? Mmmmm!

Branches embellished with hanging ornaments. Simple and beautiful.

Images 3, 5 and 6 from All others from Coastal Living

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