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?

 

Decorating With Evergreens

Dealing with the post-storm mess outside? If your yard looks like mine, it’s covered with sticks, branches, leaves, and maybe the neighbor’s BBQ cover? That was quite a windstorm we experienced here in the Pacific Northwest this past week! I hope all of you are safe and your electricity has been restored. (shout-out to PUD – thank you!)

Charles was out of town on business during all the excitement, so the boys and I headed out to clean up some of the wreckage and find our driveway once again. But in my typical distracted style, I found myself finding all kinds of great uses for all of the beautiful evergreens! “Wait! that’s a good one, put it on the pile!” Soon the boys were holding up each branch for a thumbs up or down before it headed for the yard waste or my “holiday evergreen stash”.

So before you get too hasty in your clean up, be sure and save a little stash of your own. The possibilities are endless, but here are just a few I came across to get you inspired!

The timing couldn’t be more perfect to swap out sad looking remains of your summer annuals. Easiest project ever! Just stuff and tuck a variety of evergreens, sticks and pinecones! This beautiful arrangement and step by step instructions can be found on the beautiful blog The Art of Doing Stuff 

Outdoor Planter

Add a little winter touch to your front door by filling a basket or any container with greens. This birch basket would be lovely on a porch or right by the fireplace. Spotted this one on Lush Home

Evergreen Basket

Adding evergreens can be as simple as popping in a few sprigs in a votive or surrounding a pillar candle or lantern for extra texture and color.

candle greens collagePhotos via Pinterest

I love this idea of just a touch on the top of photo frames from Remodelaholic.com

Evergreen Photo Collage

And of course, don’t forget the evergreen wreath!

Small Evergreen Wreath

Photo by BHG.com

Now get out there and clean up! 🙂

 

 

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 🙂

 

just a little more glitter…

Whew! I just arrived home late Sunday night from my whirlwind remodel project in Mesa, Arizona…and was hit pretty hard on Monday morning by the fact it was December 17th! Crap!! I have soooo much left to do to get ready for Christmas!  I had a custom paint project dropped off yesterday, so somehow between my last minute holiday shopping,  I need to squeeze in painting a dining room table and EIGHT chairs before Christmas! <deep breath>

So if you run into me at the grocery store or the mall looking a little crazy with paint in my hair,  pretend you don’t see me when I dive into a nearby clothes rack to hide instead of saying hello.  🙂

But for now it’s about the glitter…

In an earlier post (you can see it again here) I made glittered letters with the german glass glitter I ordered online from Meyer Imports. Well, I couldn’t leave all that glittery goodness alone!   I picked up a variety of pinecones from the craft store and went to work on creating a little more sparkle around the house.  It’s about as easy of a project as it comes (I said easy, but I might mention messy)  but the results are worth the clean up.  Just apply glue to the areas on the pine cone you want to highlight with a small paint brush or sponge brush and sprinkle with glitter. That’s it!

Here are the large pinecones I added to the tray on my coffee table to add a little winter glitz:

Pine cones & starfish

And many more I added in clusters in our upstairs Christmas tree:

tree pinecones 2

tree closeup

christmas tree full

You may not hear from me much this week…but I’ll check in and let you know how it’s going.  Maybe I’ll see you at the mall 🙂

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