Wednesday, December 8, 2010

FINALLY!!! My Home...Completed Christmas Decor....

HEY-O New visitors!  Be SURE to Click that Google FOLLOW button For the UPCOMING SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!!!!! This is different than the Custom Floral GIVEAWAY listed below!!

Great Balls of Fire!!!  I OVERSLEPT!!!!  Im BEHIND!  Im going to post these pics and start working on my Tutorial!!!   EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!
Come Back!!! 
Enjoy the pics in the meantime.......

ENTER Custom Floral GIVEAWAY!!!

Here it is!  FINISHED!
Can I get a "HOLLA"!!!!!!

Im going to give you a few shots of everything...But today, its ALL ABOUT the STAIRCASE!
The rest is just an "Amuse Bush".... Thats TEXAN for (Pronounced Amoos Boosh)  LOL!  Got NO IDEA how to spell that, but its 'Fancy' for an APPETISER! (wait, is THAT spelled right?)
Got that phrase from one of our FAV reality shows, Top Chef!

Heres the staircase QUITE NAKED!!!  The BEFORE...
Its CRYING OUT for some Pretties!!!
LOOOOVE the Pretty towel and Dr Pepper...IGNORE PLEASE!!!

Its Lit upand ready to get DRESSED....
And in case you were wondering...YEEEEEEESSS!  It had "Lights Out Disease"...What tha hey is going on in KaraVille with all my LIGHTS!!!!!!!!!

Not quite finished.....
Do you see WHY?  Its that DANG Designer OCD kickin in...
Looks like 4 clusters of florals...WE CANT have even numbers!  I MUST make it 3!!!

WHEW!  Better...


Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!  Now I can breathe!!!
Its 3!!!

This is my Dining room tree....YEP!  Its that Designer OCD....Gotta have a Tree viewable from the STREET!
What is that????
Why is that NECESSARY???
  Anyone?  Bueller, Bueller...anyone...Bueller?

Ok!  TRACI!  This ones for YOU sweet girl!
Yours are actually A LOT prettier!  Wanna Trade?????
:0 )

My Dining room table and Chandie...
Needs a WARDROBE change!

And HERE it is!   Dressed for Christmas! 

Bigger Shot...BUT...WHAT is goin on with the COLORS on my camera?!?
This looks ORANGE...It is SOOOOOO  NOT Orange!!!

Another View!   And Look at Chandie, shes NAKED still...

And heres the MUNCHKIN tree!
Wwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaa!  I want my 10 foot!!!

Now with the Living room lights on....
See that LARGE SKIRT around the base...HOBBY LOBBY!  But they NEVER make the tree skirts BIG enough, Right!
This is a Chocolate velvet, with A Button enclosure....SOOOOOOO!
I bought 4 and buttoned 4 together to get it BIG enough!

Mantel BEFORE...(Which Includes the DUSTBUSTER!)


A Custom Floral i made to balance off the Hearth....


Wanted yall to see the Crown of Thorns that hangs above our Portrait...Just a DAILY Reminder of who we should live our life for.....

AFTER!

I wanted to do something DIFFERENT than Monogram our names on...
So, I bought these tiny frames at Hobby Lobby 50% off and Printed our names, framed em, and attached to each stocking!   FUN!  Right?   DIFFERENT!

These are the 4 legged family members, "stockings"....


Cant see very well, but in the upper right hand corner,  Ive used Nametags from Petsmart, Engraved with their names...turned out CAAAAAAUUUUTE!

Our Front Porch....I kept it Simple...sometimes Less is More....
LOOOOOOOOOOOVE how it turned out!

LOVE IT!

This is the View that TOM will have...you KNOW, That person that I find it VERY IMPORTANT to have a tree to see!
TOM!  Peeping Tom!
I think he LOOOOVE it!
:0 )

Now....the staircase Tutorial!


Again...Semi NAKED!

FINISHED!!!
How did I get there????
HA!  NOT Quickly!!!

Started out with a few bushes...bought at 50% off at Michaels...

This is where "Clip & Tuck" Begins...

Bend the bush stems all the way out so you have a LONG stem to tuck into the garland

Position...Aaaaand, TUCK!


Use the Garland stems to hold into place...ne need to even use Floral wire...
Unless you dont want it to come out when you take down...I freehand mine each year...In case I want to change it up...

AND...Clip!

Position and TUCK!
I sound like im making a WORKOUT video!
Clip and TUCK...CLIP and TUCK...CLIIIIIP and TUCK!!!
Let me go look at my tooshie in the mirror....NOPE!   Looks just like it did before i started this !


Semi Complete....


Time for ribbon!
HEY!  Savvy Liz girlfriend...Recognize this?????

Heres the trick with ribbon...Make your ODD NUMBER LOOPED BOW, and Pinch together...then push it into place and use the Garland wire to hold it in place....
SO SIMPLE!

Give your Ribbon some LOOOONG runners to trail down the Garland...

FLUFF that Ribbon GUUUURLZ!!!!  A MOST important step!
In Texas, we dont LEAVE the house without FLUFFIN our HAIR!  So...dont leave your Ribbon without FLUFFIN its Bows!
:0 )

Needs More!  This is why I LOOOOOVE to freehand ( Means no Hot Glue & no Floral wire...So you can take something out and Tweek it all if needed)


Time for ribbon color #2...
I like to mix 3 ribbons together to pull all the ELEMENTS together!

Place...AND Fluff!

PLACE..............

Aaawwww!   Gettin there.....with this ONE CLUSTER!


Oop!  I SPY Sizzors...Sumpins abou to get CUT!
And it aint gonna be my FLUFFED TEXAS Haaaair!


These Sheer poinsettias are GORGEOUS in person....uuhhh, to thing?

I see a TUCK comin on!!!



Cant they make CORDLESS lights???  I mean, COME ON!
Hate cords...This is where a pretty cord cover comes in!!!

One down...and 3 to go....
HOWEVER, 1 + 3 = 4.....as i step back in a bit and REALIZE, i gotta make that 3 into a 2 so that we have 1 + 2 =3
OCD!!!!!!!!!!!!  Anybody follow...did ya feel like you were in 1st grade again???

I will be sootin some close ups....like you know I ALWAYS do so you can see detail and color!



GORGEOUS!!!!





Cluster 2....


NOW!!!  I gotta make those 2 = 1
Good Googly Moogly!!!

Uuuuhhh!  4!!!!   Im STRESSIN.............

Aaahhh!  WHEW!  3.....YAAAAAAAAAY!

WARNING! 
Now begins the "How many billions of angles can you take pics of??????????
Lets see.....

There...

And There.............

OHH!  And HERE!!!!!

And heres one!!!!!

OH!  And DONT forget this one!!!!!!!

Oh MY!  Get THIS ONE!

And CLOOOOOSER!


OH!  AAAAND, Back it up.............

And, SUPER ZOOM!

And Anutha!!!


Good Lawdy KARA!   Seriously????????

Dont FORGET to the Left...To the Left!!!!
Isnt that a LINE DANCE?!

And ZOOOOM OUT! 

And for the LOVE of PETE!!! 
Fineally...DUNZO!!!!


I hope this HELPED a LITTLE!
Like i said...A Clip and Tuck!!!

Tomorrow....More pics of Before and afters in My Personal Home Christmas Decor!
Please come back!
:0 )

Have a SUPER BLESSED day!
xoxokara

ENTER Custom Floral GIVEAWAY!!!

35 comments:

Life with L said...

Oh My goodness Kara. Your house is gorgeous. I don't know where you get the energy. Love, Love all of your decor and Christmas spirit. Hopefully, you can sit back and take a long breath and enjoy your master pieces. Time to rejoice. Happy Holidays! xo Linda

Kim said...

Hi Kara! Wow - your Christmas decor is spectacular! And you've got your Etsy store is up and running now. Good for you. I'm gonna go take a look.
xoxo,
Kim

LaurenFaythe said...

Somehow I found your blog-I'm glad I did! Your home is so pretty - it makes me want to hang some more lights!!

Liz said...

Kara...OH MY GOSH...your home is AMAZING!! I had a ball looking at all your beautiful pictures. I am so inspired right now that I want to go create a beautiful garland too! Oh, and yes, I do recognize that ribbon. I have that in my family room tree. I bought it because I love to add a little "bling" here and there. I must say, that ribbon looks so elegant in the garland. I LOVE IT!! What a fabulous tutorial. It's people like you that help us make our homes brighter and better than before, thank you! Your trees are so grand and sparkly.

Aside from the Christmas decorations, I am IN LOVE with your home and style. Your home looks like a Tuscan Villa...my kind of home.

Your mantle is so pretty and I love the family photo (beautiful family) and the crown of throws as a daily reminder...what a great idea!

I really enjoyed this post!! Get some rest, you've been working hard and it shows...FABULOUS home! =) XOXO ~Liz

Traci said...

YAY!! So happy to see all this!! It turned out great. I don't know about a line dance, that's not really my thing, but those are the words to "Da Dip", you know "to the left, to the left, now dip baby dip, dip baby dip" HAHA. I think I was a rapper in a former life. Love Snoop Dog. Hmmm, seems I've gotten off track. Love the fleur de lis! I can never pass one up! The sheer poinsettias are GORGEOUS!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!! Can't wait to see what else you've done!

Denise said...

Girl , your home is STUNNING!! I love the staircase, goodness I thought the first picture was the 'after' it looks so pretty, then you go and add all the flowers and ribbon and I just about swooned ;) Love your mantel and yes I put a little tree in my dining room for Tom too, it's just small so I'm thinking the one in the living room will go there next year cos I'm gettin a new one.... and guess why? half the lights are out on it too and I had to add strings of new lights!!!
Thanks for doing all the tutorial I will have to stock up on poinsettias for next year so I can bling my staircase out ;)
xxxxx

Jenna @ SAS Interiors - Simple. Affordable. Stylish. said...

Kara-

WOW, is all I have to say....just beautiful. From the banister to the tree to the fireplace, you went all out and it looks gorgeous!!

~Jenna, SAS Interiors
www.sasinteriors.blogspot.com

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Clip and tuck, clip and tuck...yep, I feel the "burn"!!! Gorgeous!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

And people think I get a lot done!!! Girl! You leave me in the DUST! How do you ever get everything you do, well...done? Absolutely, Positively, GORGEOUS!
I really love the staircase! I do good just to get garland and lights on mine! And that doesn't happen every year!
You are one super talented lady!

kelli said...

I Looove your home and your awesome talent!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with everyone. I know it is alot of hard work and I appreciate your willingness to share. Your decorations are gorgeous!! Have a great Holiday and a Merry Christmas:)

Becca said...

Well, check you out, Miss Thang! This is incredible! No wonder you weigh 80 lbs ... you never stop! I'm so impressed with your skills. And, that garland is ah-mazing! I'm taking notes. Your mantel is also stunning ... I'll buy you a ticket to Myrtle Beach if you'll come play in my house! Hugs, Becca

LC said...

Wow. Evertyhing looks so festive and beautiful. The staircase, the mantel, the trees..amazing!
What is the trick to hiding the cords from the lighted garland on the dining table? Very cool idea! The mantel is fabulous and you have a beautiful family. Thank you, for sharing the tutorial on how to dress a staircase for Christmas!
Oooh..I spy a glass dome on your kitchen island. Love that! It is gorgeous. Is it a Gracious Goods piece?
thanks again. Happy Holidays~

Tete said...

Kara, you are so funny! I clip and tuck all the time and everything has to be in odd numbers. I hate obvious semetry. It has to balance but not the same thing on each side! Too boring.
I love you house and all your ideas, but the most fun part for me is your supplies that you use. I can't get out and shop anymore, and it's been years since I have, I am amazed at the products out there now!
Thanks for post- it's so fun coming here!
Hugs- Tete

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is really stunning! I've had your post up on my computer all day and thought it was time to leave you a message on how fabulous your stairway looks :D Thank you for the tute!

LuLu said...

stunning!!
xo,
LuLu

NanaDiana said...

Kara- I am sending up a prayer of praise to Jesus tonight because I have finally met someone crazier than me! Thank you, Jesus! Amen!

You did a great job on your house, girlie! I LOVE it...you got that big ole' Texas thing going on and I still got the big ole' Southern hair thing going on...we could be friends, indeed!

I like your front porch too. It is lovely and just a hint at what is to come inside.

I'll say it again- You did good, girl..you done good! Hugs- Diana

Dolores said...

You're amazing....clever, very talented,....and a little crazy too.lol!

Everything looks absolutely gorgeous! Wish you were here to finish off my decorating.
Hugs,

Vanessa said...

Oh, my friend you are so sweet in your comments and I totally appreciate you comin' over and linking up your drool-worthy decorating to my party! I want to tell you too that it isn't only your home that keeps folks coming over to your blog...you, yourself, are so warm and welcoming and we feel like we are just sitting in your incredible home with a cup of coffee chatting up a storm. :-)
Blessings,
Vanessa

Andrea said...

My staircase is sooo in need of a fluff and tuck! I go overboard with my Christmas decor, but my staircase is seriously lacking. I LOVE your staircase, and would so appreciate it if you would make a quick jaunt accross your country, to mine and whip me up a good ole Texan fluffed up staircase. You have an incredible knack for the fluff and tuck! Glad to have found your fun and gorgeous blog!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Following you back and loving your blog too. Gorgeous home!! I love the photo of you w/ the ornament earrings!! Looks like you have fun w/ the decor. I'm glad I don't have designer OCD, it takes me long enough as it is! :)

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