Little Cypress Tree Love

noel table open house

When I decorate the shop I follow many of the same steps as I do with my clients or in my own home. It’s all about layering. So when the products were all out and displayed, I still needed that extra something to provide natural texture and a pop of color. I immediately turned to one my favorite holiday plants, the little green cypress tree.

If you’ve read through my blog, you may remember my post a few years ago about me and poinsettias. (you can read about it here…confessionsofapoinsettiakiller )

Not that I don’t love a beautiful Christmas red poinsettia, but they are temperamental little things!  And let’s be honest, if you do manage to keep them alive with leaves and everything still attached, who wants that thing hanging around in July?

The little green cypress tree rarely fails me…from the teeny tiny to the tall and stately, that gorgeous bright green brings holiday cheer both inside and out. Start with a couple of small ones for your table or mantle, then plant them outside as a great centerpiece for your planter.  I have two that graduated to the planters on each side of my front door and twinkling with little white lights as I type. 🙂

Below are a few favorites uses for cypress trees I found on Pinterest.

How cute are these two wrapped in simple brown kraft paper with a little red star? I love the height they provide to this dessert table.

Cypress Centerpiece BHG

Pure JOY. Love the creativity! Just think of all the possible options that can be used. Cypress JOY

This so simple, yet gorgeous. I particularly like the combination of the metallic shine with the rustic natural texture of the trees.

Cypress Mantle

It doesn’t get any sweeter than these three. Struggling for a centerpiece? Line up three little trees and you will love the way it looks! Add the red for the holidays and change it up after the new year. The bright green will help get you through the grey days of January!Cypress 3 red bows

The little green cypress tree. What’s not to love?


German Glass Glitter is here!

German Glass Glitter, German Glass Glitter…I must have said those three words fifty times at our BEACH GLASS holiday event last week! It’s funny how words come in and out of your life. Right now it’s “NO!” (due to Allie our new puppy) and “German Glass Glitter” because of all of the gorgeous sparkle currently at the shop.

What is German Glass Glitter? Well, it isn’t your finely shredded tinsel my friends! Y’know… the kind that sticks to your face for several days forcing you to defend exactly how you are spending your spare time? German glass glitter is actually crushed glass that give the most beautiful reflective sparkle. Silver coated with actual silver, German glass glitter ages over time to a beautifully aged patina. I can’t get enough of the stuff! Armed with an old paint or sponge brush and some good old fashioned Elmer’s glue, nothing is off limits!

Here are some examples currently at BEACH GLASS by K.Miller Interiors, and why I will continue to say “German Glass Glitter” throughout this holiday season.

Pinecones are one of my favorites…

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

German Glass Glitter Pinecone

Just about anything wood, the B & G on our BEACH GLASS Christmas tree are made from MDF and boy do they shine!

German Glass Glitter Letters

German Glass Glitter Letters

The gorgeous reindeer, twig star garlands, and gift boxes are all hand crafted from Sherri’s Designs using german glass glitter and mica flakes.

Sherri's Designs


By now you have read “German Glass Glitter” more times than you thought you ever would, so you are probably asking, where can I get my hands on this glittery goodness?

No fret my friends, I have bottled some magic just for you! I blended my favorite fine and course grit glitters to create the perfect blend for just about any project. Fine enough to get the coverage you need, but enough of the chunky stuff for that extra sparkle!

BEACH GLASS German Glass Glitter Blend

BEACH GLASS German Glass Glitter Blend

Come on in and get your hands on some while it lasts!

german glass glitter, german glass glitter 🙂



Look out my friends, the german glass glitter I ordered arrived!

JOY - glitter

So as I feared, many of my Christmas decorations pre-remodel were a bust.  Too gold, too burgundy, too formal, too-something…I was able to make a lot of it work, particularly the more whimsical items we use downstairs and on the boys’ tree. But our main floor needed some help. I’m all about the holiday sparkle, but I needed more silver, less gold.

Since I’m still working on decorating our house for the other eleven months out of the year, I couldn’t justify a big holiday decor shopping spree. So a little thriftiness combined with my decorating OCD usually leads to me looking around trying to think of what I can make…which can be dangerous. I’ve been wanting to try german glass glitter for awhile, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Continue reading