Holiday Special aired on Saturday, and YES, i’m finding out when its airing or when its going to be online and i’ll make a big announcement on the blog, so come back.
So the next couple days are going to be behind the scenes of the Holiday Special, with sources and lots of DIY stuff.
It was ridiculously fun, especially considering it was filmed in August in 105 degree heat. No real christmas trees to be found and its actually kinda hard to get inspired to do holiday so early. I pinterested a ton, and went through all my old magazines…thank god for the internet.
But the advantages of doing christmas in August are that you have to be more creative. The stores aren’t doing the work for you, the new holiday magazines aren’t out yet giving you inspiration. So you have to come up with all the ideas and make everything yourself).
ANNOUNCEMENT: I’M GOING TO BLOG ABOUT THE HOME REDESIGN (PRE-HOLIDAY) ‘STAYCATION MODERN’ NEXT WEEK,STILL WAITING ON PHOTOS SO PLEASE SAVE YOUR EMAIL QUESTIONS, I promise i’ll answer them in the blog post.
Lets start with the color palette – i’m into peacock tones right now, they are ‘in’ in a big way, they make me happy and since the house was near the beach in SoCal it made sense to do something less warm and cozy and more bright and airy.
I wasn’t crazy strict about the exact colors, but these were the general tones that i wanted to stay in.
The theme of the holiday was ‘Modern Vintage Craft’ because they love stuff thats handmade and personal, but warm and inviting – all in a modern way. Thank god they were on board and completely agreed with me. The diagnostic is real folks and you just hope that they love what you love. Which they did. Yes. These were the stockings they already owned so it definitely fit our vibe.
My first big idea was the globe snowman. At first i was going to paper mache styrafoam balls with atlas pages but as i was making the prototype i realized that it was just looking like a wanna be globe anyway, so why not use actual globes.
Woah, those colors are cuckoo. Totally playful and bright, like the family. I’m slightly obsessed with this globe family.
So here’s what we did:
took 9 globes – small (head), medium (torso) and large (butt, er, legs).
We built this wooden base:
It’s just a simple block of plywood, with a whole drilled through it for the rod to be threaded through it and secured with an other block of wood (for weight) and two nuts.
And we put little furniture pads on the bottom so it wouldn’t scratch anything and sat more securely.
Then we drilled through the top and bottom on all, with a fairly large drill bit (just make sure it matches your the size of your rod).
All the globes are vintage, the smaller ones were $10-20 and the larger ones $60-75. Yes, not cheap, but ones you make them you can have them forever and they are HUGE impact for $250 bucks.
Super Adorable, if i do say so myself. They are in our color palette, playing on the whole ‘Staycation’ thing totally unique. They say ‘holiday’ but in a totally young, hip, way.
This one was super super easy to do. We just took a huge map and stenciled (with standard letter stencils from Michaels) the letters on it with white acrylic paint.
First you tape the stencils down where you want them:
And then you paint them – we used acrylic paint and no special paintbrush. Be careful with the tape because those vintage maps are fragile so don’t stick them down too hard, they just need to hold them in place. And make sure to brush inward to keep from the paint going under the stencil and spreading on the map.
Bearcat could do this its so easy. And you could do it with any vintage map or even a new map. You could even wash the map with a different color – hot pink or grey or white and stencil/paint with a contrasting color.
Indeed. Joy to the world. I love this and want this. I might reinvent it for myself. Also you could put “Peace on Earth’. Equally clever.
There is A TON more to blog about this coming up this week and next:
1. Tablescape (all the dishes, glassware, etc).
2. Dan’s coffee table and Chandelier (that Orlando dubbed ‘Dandelier’)
3. fireplace redo
4. Sage‘s amazing Treetopper
4. yarn balls, paper circle ornaments, etc.
6. My outfits. Why not?
SO STAY TUNED, COME BACK AND PINTEREST, BLOG AND TWEET ALL YOU WANT (with crediting of course).
PLUS!!! all the regular resources for the regular ‘Staycation Modern’ design.
But for now, all i want for Christmas is this:
Please Santa? I’ve been very good this year.
Also Lands’ End is happily a sponsor of mine during the holiday season and tomorrow they are giving away like a million prizes on Twitter. You win by first following them on twitter, then retweeting them and answer their trivia questions. I’ll be tweeting hardcore from 2-3 PST, so definitely join me then. And then from 6-7PST is power hour where they are giving away four $250 gift certificates to Lands’ End and if #landsend ‘trends’ (meaning if it becomes popular enough tomorrow that it makes it on the ‘trending’ list) then one lucky winner will win $500. Not bad.
So basically follow these people:
And of course me @em_henderson AND always use the hashtag #landsend to follow the feed.