Holiday Special, Behinds The Scenes

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).


Viola.

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:

 

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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:

@LandsEndPR

 @LEPRMolly

@LEPRMichele

@LandsEndPRAdam 

@LEPRMariella

 @LandsEnd

And of course me @em_henderson AND always use the hashtag #landsend to follow the feed.

GOOD LUCK!!!!

 

 

 

  1. Lisa F.

    Please tell us where the yellow (green?) striped curtains came from. I love them! Also, this is pretty much the best holiday decorating I have ever seen!

  2. Emily

    Looking great! I am in love with those curtains too, please share!

  3. Alice

    I just watched your holiday special and loved it, especially the Snow Globe family! What great holiday ideas from the middle of summer.

  4. Laura K

    Oh wow! Loving this color palette! I've been pinning several of these images as inspiration and didn't realize they were all from your shoot! Making much more sense now…

  5. deb tucke

    Loved this room, can't wait to see the 'how-tos' for the handmade decorations.

  6. I watched the special on Saturday thanks to the heads up from your blog. So thanks! I am so in love with the peacock palette right now too. Absolutely LOVED the "Joy to the World" stenciled map. I can't say I am a fan of the globe snowman family. Sorry. I am so looking forward to your posts on the tree topper, ornaments, and your outfits.

  7. Jessica

    I need to know where you find all these brass figurines (the big deer or others) I don't know why but they beckon to me – Thanks

  8. max

    I love the colour palette you put toether, and the gold ship diorama thingy is aboslute magic. I think we'll see a million map makovers like that (I'm defo going to do one!). The globe snowmen are, erm, 'interesting'!

  9. Hayley

    Emily! I am so excited.. After reading your blog Forever, we finally got your first episode here in western Australia on foxtel. FINALLY!!! You did fabulously and I was stoked to finally 'see' you in action.
    Xxx

  10. Mary

    Hi Emily,
    You out did yourself on this episode. Loved it! I want to know how the peace sign was made with the ornaments. So cute!
    And I loved the snowmen. Looking forward to more details.

  11. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  12. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  13. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  14. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  15. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  16. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  17. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  18. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  19. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  20. Emily and Orlando,

    That map is seriously bringing joy to MY world. I have to recreate it for the holidays. Loved your modern/crafty special…it definitely will inspire my seasonal decor. Now if only I could figure out how to get Ryan Gosling to stand in the corner of my living room whilst wearing fairy lights…sigh.

  21. The globies and the map were fan-frigging-tastic. The whole damn thing was. Those curtains made me pee myself with glee. Seriously. You, sir, ROCK.

    merci,
    Shannan

  22. I am absolutely addicted to stripes, so I loooovvve the curtains. I also wanted to steal the brass deer from the dining room. So adorable and I am obsessed with deer this year for some reason.

    Oh – and your dress in the pre-Christmasifaction home reveal? I want that too. Where did you get it???

  23. Barbara

    As always, ridiculously great work!

  24. Lo

    Loved it all! The globe snowpeople were genius. I got so many great ideas from the show. Also thrilled to hear you were picked up for 2 more seasons!

  25. Julia

    I loved the episode – especially the bird houses in the tree, so much that I went to Micheal's to buy some and recreate that feel. Brilliant idea.

  26. Dawn

    I loved your holiday special and want to watch it again. I have had no luck on HGTV's website or on my cable Look Back capabilities. Can you tell me when it will air again OR how to watch it again?

  27. Rebecca

    So many great things here. The colors are wonderful, and you brought them to life through so many great ideas. I especially LOVE the curtains. My husband and I were drooling over them when the episode aired. Please share where you bought them or if they were made especially for this project.

  28. Just watched the holiday episode and it was so inspiring. Definitely going to make some ornaments for gifts. And by the way, love your outfits – I think we are style soul mates!

  29. elz

    The snow globe family are insane. I want to try something smaller for a tabletop. Too cute!

  30. Stacy

    Love the globe peeps! Also, NEED to know about the striped curtains please, please, please.

  31. Pinky

    Wow, we both want the same thing for Christmas……..must be a popular gift this year. :)

    I loved all the brass deer. I don't think I could hold back from 5 brass deer, or was it 6? Either way they would all be coming home with me.

    Great inspiring decorations for the non-traditional out there.

  32. Brianne

    I would also love a source post! Could you include the paint colors you used on the walls too? That peacock blue is so pretty! And of course, please source your outfits too, they are super cute!

  33. Jan

    Just saw half of your show! Loved it all. However, getting a bit frustrated that nothing new has been posted since Sunday! Guess I am spoiled with other bloggers that write everyday! LOL!
    Already making globemen !

    Jan

  34. Carrie

    This is my favorite color palette for Christmas! In fact, my tree is also white, with white, blue & green lights. It came pre-lit with just white lights and I went through and replaced 2/3 of the bulbs with blue & green ones (took forever, but it was totally worth it!) For ornaments, I use vintage and new glass ornaments (like Shiny Brite type).

    Loved the globe family and the map! And I want a brass deer so bad!

  35. This was by far the best Christmas decor I've ever seen. Simply inspirational. Can't wait to hear where those striped curtains are from when you finish the pre-holiday room post.

  36. Molly

    I'd love to know where you got the dining room chairs. Thanks!

  37. What an awesome post! First visit and I am already in love with your blog! Loving the Snow Globe Family (how creative !!) and the map! Great Post! Cant wait for the rest!

  38. angie

    Ryan Gosling……

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  40. katie

    Because my DVR hates me and feels like Top Gear is more important than your show (what the french toast? See, I don't know why I pay for it. it doesn't know me at all.) I missed this episode – so I love this behind the scenes! And I'm totally making that map. Well, not the map itself – that would be comical with my geography knowledge. But the stenciling. That I can do.

  41. Gintoki

    I’m really amazed and puzzled at the same time as why you need pattern your snowman out of globes. I get the whole idea of using Styrofoam balls as the focal point of your design, but I cannot really grasp the concept behind the stacked globes. Well, we run on different creativity fuels, so I don’t really have the right to criticize your approach.

  42. Sarah

    The globe snowmen are genius!!! I just wanted to say, I love the green and white drapes!! I made drapes just like this last year after Christmas when the decorations came down and the house was feeling sterile. If anyone is looking for a simple DIY tuturial on how to make them, I would love to share mine…

    http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/2011/01/bold-striped-diy-drapes.html

    Love your show, Emily! You have a wonderful, unique, young style.

    Merry Christmas,
    Sarah Macklem~Sarah Macklem Interiors
    theyellowcapecod.com

  43. I'd love to know where you got those curtains as well! I'm doing a similar color scheme in our new family room and I'm completely stoked. I also have a thing for maps so this post was right up my alley. Thank you for all of your wonderful inspiration!

  44. Tiffany

    I am in love with this episode. I would love to know where the ornaments are from. My living room has similar colors so this is right up my alley. I love the Joy to the World poster. I plan to recreate it for my foyer. Hey everyone, I believe those curtains are West Elm.

  45. EMILY!! those globe snowmen!! how on earth do you deal with your own amazingness?!

  46. Love, love, love the globe snowmen. The "Joy to the World" on a world map is also fantastic. Just recommended the snowman idea to a friend who does map projections a themed office decoration and I'm so hoping it works out. Thanks for the inspiration.

  47. Love, love, love the globe snowmen. Also quite impressed with the Joy to the World map.

    Went to make an itty bitty globe snowmen with the pickings at Cost Plus/World Market, then realized I could make a giant snowman with paper lanterns and LED lights for less than half the price of an 18" globe snowman. But definitely was inspired by the globes. Thanks so much!

  48. Maha

    Everything is absolutely amazing, I am so inspired. Will you be posting pictures of the chandelier and the table? Any chance Dan can give DIY steps?
    Keep up the great work!!!!

  49. This is such a stunning and unique use of color and design. It’s a really fabulous holiday decor concept for the non-traditionalist, or even a more secular house at Christmastime. The globe snowmen are so inventive, and fun all winter long!

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