Friday, 23 November 2012

Homes for the Holidays DIY Projects
As promised, here is a list of some of the great do-it-yourself projects that were used on the Winter Wonderland House at 1990 Woodlawn Terrace:
Snowy village globe:
Use any glass jar (something tall works well if it is at eye level) but make sure the mouth is wide enough to fit your house.  Add a bit of white rocks to the bottom for the a base, add fake snow, add a small house.  I repainted mine with Golden spray paint and repainted the white snow with craft paint on top.  I also notice little houses that you can turn the lights on with a switch from the bottom - Kind of like a flameless candle.  Then add a couple trees and you have created your own snow globe!  You could also use balls like seen in the kitchen.  Reindeer, church, snow birds, etc. to make it your own idea.
Christmas Balls Candle holder:
The four tall candles on the dining room table were from Pier 1.  I added balls in different sizes and texture to create interest and continue the color theme of the room.  However, any large glass vase with a round top could work and you could try adding a saucer or bottom of a plant pot to the top, then putting a candle on it.  Don't be afraid to paint the saucer to match.
Outdoor white Light Globes:
At the top flower bed there was three white globes lite up as you left the property.  This were simply the 70's style light fixtures turned upside down and lights added up inside.  You could use this idea year round!
Hot Chocolate Mugs:
For the fake hot chocolate on the table I simply sprayed a spray insulation foam in a clear plastic cup.  Once it dried, I picked off pieces to keep it fluffy looking and set it inside a regular coffee mug.
Outdoor Table centerpiece:
On the middle of the table, I cut logs into three different sizes, added small wreaths and flameless candles to create an outdoor inspired centerpiece
Mason Jar Candles:
Along the top wall, I used a cut log into a disc and set a mason jar on top. I used small plastic crystals from the dollar store inside, but you could also use epsom salts here as well.  Then I added a flameless candles and some red sparkle.  You could also add holly or cut up a string of red beads so that it looks like holly.  For rainy days I would put the lid on.

Some folks were asking if I had to secure the items on the mantel in any way.  No, but I wouldn't want to bump into it!  Start your mantel with the basic greenery cut to size.  Then add your lights.  Place the any major accent pieces like the extra large poinsettia swags on the sides.  Add your focal point like my reindeer and sleigh (could be candles, trees, ornaments, etc.) and make sure you are please with the spot.  Then work in extra greenery, picks, or swags accordingly to create balance and texture.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Homes for the Holidays event.  It was a wonderful experience that I will remember for many Christmas' to come!  Thanks to all my vendors and volunteers.  And the very supportive Homeowners! 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


Where does the time go?  Here we are into November with Christmas just around the corner.  Some people are saying "no, not yet....I can't even think about Christmas yet!"  Well folks, I have been thinking Christmas since last June!

Yes, June was when I viewed the home I would be decorating for The Junior League of Halifax's Home for the Holidays event for the first time.  It has been two years since this popular event has taken place and there is much excitment to see it's return.  The home I have the pleasure of decorating is located off Quinpool Road at 1990 Woodlawn Terrace.

The ladies of the Junior League have been excellent at organizing this event and the vendors I am working with (Bowring, Pier 1 Imports, Dean's Flowers, and Munden's Moving) have been so accomadating and generous.  It is so heartwarming to see all these businesses come together to support the Junior League in their many charities.  As successful businesses in this community, these vendors are always running at a hectic pace, but taking time to share our talents is what giving is all about.

Here are the links to these very generous business:

And of course, yours truly:

 The Website has been recently updated so if you have not been on it in a while, please check it out!

Spread the Word and come on out to see some lovely homes and get into the spirit!

Friday, November 23 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday, November 25 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Ticket retailers will be selling tickets the weeks leading up to and including the event weekend. Tickets will also be available at each door during the event.
No Admittance to children under the age of 8 years.

Ticket Retailer


Phone Number


Pete's FrootiqueDresden Row, Halifax
Sunnyside Mall, Bedford
Bib ‘n Tucker6423 Quinpool Road, Halifax423-0168
Sweet Jane’s5431 Doyle Street, Halifax425-0168
Thornbloom – The Inspired HomeThe Trillium, 1459 South Park Street, Halifax425-8005
Two if by Sea Cafe 66 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

1869 Upper Water Street
(Historic Properties)


Junior League
Scotia Bank - Quinpool Location6169 Quinpool Rd, Halifax
Scotia Bank - Coburg Location6005 Coburg Road, Halifax