Staging our House Part I – How to Make a Door Wreath

wreath10After painting my door a bright Sherwin Williams white, I decided to hang a wreath to add a dash of color and personality.

I opted for a white door instead of a wild color, because it brought out the white trim of my house. Black or a dark color would have made my doorway (visually) recede, a bright green could turn off potential buyers, and red would have clashed with the lovely bricks. Besides, I had quite a bit of white paint left over from our painters.

So off I go to the stores to find a suitable and un-cheesy wreath that doesn’t look like it belongs on a tombstone in a forgotten graveyard, somewhere.

But, gasp! they cost, like, $69!!

What a budget-buster!

That’s when I gathered up supplies and made my own, and here is how I did it…

Supplies:

  • Twig wreath ($4.99 — Hobby Lobby)
  • Brown bead wire ($1.47 — Hobby Lobby)
  • Spanish moss ($1 — The Dollar Tree)
  • Random floral stems ($1 per stem — The Dollar Tree)
  • Ribbon or embellishment ($1 — The Dollar Tree)
  • Needle-nose pliers/wire-cutters (Free! — Borrowed from Lefty’s tool box)
  • Command Strips to hang wreath ($5.99 — Hobby Lobby)
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    Instructions:

    1. Use wire cutters to remove flowers from the main stems. Keep the each flower’s stem long enough to weave into wreath.
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    3. Arrange flowers around wreath as desired (before permanently attaching them.)
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    5. Weave each flower’s stem into the wreath.
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    7. Cut a small piece of brown bead wire into about 2″ pieces and wrap each wire around flower stem and wreath to hold stem into place. (Here is where the needle-nose pliers really come in handy. They are good at holding on to the little bitty wires and twisting it into place.)
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    9. Repeat steps until entire wreath is complete.
    10. Embellish with Spanish Moss, if desired.

    Hints:

    I used brown wire because it’s the same color as the twigs. Floral wire is fine to use.

    To protect the paint on your door or walls, ensure that the sharp end of the wire is safely tucked or bent away from the back of the wreath.

    Total Cost: $17.47!! (Not including tax or the 40%-off Hobby Lobby coupon that I probably used!) Beats $69, doesn’t it!

    Let me know how yours turns out! 🙂

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    The Light Touch…

    Chandeliers galore!

    Chandeliers galore!

    Really, how often do you think of lighting when considering home decorating?

    I didn’t, but our realtor asked us to place lights above our bathroom sinks to lighten the room. So after years of procrastinating, Lefty (my left-handed, left-brained husband) and I drove to a local home-improvement store to find wall sconces for our bathrooms.

    We didn’t find what we were looking for since the stores didn’t carry many in stock, and we’re in a dashing hurry to put our home on the market.

    So I drove into Huntsville and tried Richard’s Lighting, a home-owned and operated store that has been around since the 1960’s. Our realtor told us that they are having a h-u-g-e sale, with savings up to 80% off.

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    I opened their door and was in awe at the huge selection of merchandise. Fortunately, Brad Lapidus was on hand to help me quickly wade through the large volume of lights to find the perfect choice. Not only did he help me to select the best design for our bathrooms, he also helped me to stay well below my budget.

    Although the store was incredibly busy last Saturday and I hated to take him away from higher-paying customers, Brad assured me that all of their customers are important. Brad very nice and helpful, and I found out that he attended the University of Alabama back when I was there. Roll Tide! RTR_lamp_finial

    The sale goes on for two more weeks. Be sure to tell them that I sent you!

    ***
    Note: I did not receive compensation for this blog…I just guessed, however, that you all would enjoy the photos and this little piece of life in our state.glittering_design2

    Lamp finials.

    Lamp finials.

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    Chandeliers galore!

    Chandeliers galore!

    How cute is this tea pot lamp?!

    How cute is this tea pot lamp?!

    Can you guess what these are???

    Can you guess what these are???

    Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale 2015

    Lavender in cute pots.

    Lavender in cute pots.

    This past weekend, we all braved the rain and chill and headed to the 2015 Huntsville Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale.

    The sale is the gardening event of the year in North Alabama. You can find the most unique varieties and a huge selection of nursery-grade herbs, house plants, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, hanging baskets, native wild flowers, succulents…and anything else you can think of!

    We’re getting our house ready to list, and I bought 3 lush hanging baskets of English ivy for only $12! I also bought annuals to help stage the curb appeal for our place.

    There were several food trucks on hand. I tried a couple of pulled chicken sliders from the Food Fighters Bustaurant (Check them out on Facebook!), the “School Bus turned Food Truck,” owned and run by Jason Lafferty. I chose a huge assortment of toppings such as pico de gallo and mouth-watering queso. Yummmmmm!

    Food Fighters and my sliders.

    Food Fighters and my sliders.

    I hope you enjoy the photos! I can’t even remember the names of some of the plants, so please give me a shout if you can identify them!

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    Wild Blue Flox

    Wild Blue Flox

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    Can anyone identify these plants?

    Can anyone identify these plants?

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    Robin Plantain

    Robin Plantain

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    I bought one of these...love me some bearded irises!

    I bought one of these…love me some bearded irises!

    Harvey Cotton is the garden's horticulturist and Huntsville's go-to gardening expert.

    Harvey Cotton is the garden's horticulturist and Huntsville’s go-to gardening expert.

    The HBG spring plant sale has about 5 or more of these giant circus tents staked over the products.

    The HBG spring plant sale has about 5 or more of these giant circus tents staked over the products.

    Will be back soon…

    It’s been nuts around here!  We had painters to come and do our home’s interior, and all of our time was tied up with that.  They did an a-m-a-z-i-n-g job, so let me know if you live in the north Alabama area and need good painters.

    Anyway, I’m still kind of busy with mom-wife-life, but I hope to post again soon.

    Thanks for hanging in there with me!

    Best regards,

    Stephanie