Have a Sparkling New Year 2015

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As cliché as it sounds, this year has gone unbelievably fast. It feels like just yesterday when I was writing my last post at the end of the last December which was about my top 10 DIY projects. This year I was not able to engage myself in plenty of DIY’s, however, I was more involved in space planning, color scheme consultation, room makeovers, kitchen planing and design, furniture placement and design, drapery design etc. I was happy to get involved in such projects for some of my family members and a friend and, since each project turned amazing, they are encouraging me to start thinking of starting an interior decor business, something I am about to seriously consider.

Starting from January next year I will be sharing with you the finished projects as well as the ongoing ones, so stay tuned to see what I have been up to; and, until then I wish to all my friends, followers and readers of this blog a fresh start and infinite possibilities in New Year 2015.

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Cheers to a New Year 2015

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

Photography: BESA GM
Styling: BESA GM
Tray: JYSK, redesigned by BESA GM
Black Throw: Cashmere by Lord and Taylor, NY
Accent Pillows: DIY, using a thrift store wool scarf
Champagne Glasses: Crate and Barrel
Bowl: IKEA

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Luxe Gift Wrapping

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The easiest way to score big with holiday gift giving is by adding a little bit of shine. Metallics feel festive and happy… just how I want to make someone feel when I’m giving him or her a gift!

Shimmer and shine is a key trend for Christmas decor this year, with bright metallic shades being matched with traditional silver or gold to achieve that elegant luxe style.

I decided to follow the trend so my gifts are all “gold” this year.
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As this look is all about quality and extravagance, I have replaced the wrapping paper with metallic stretch fabric and for the bows I chose a two sided sateen ribbon that has silver strips on both sides.
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To achieve that tidy and sleek look, I hand made and hand stitched the bows to the wrapping fabric.
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To create this look ( for three medium boxes) you need 60 cm of metallic stretch fabric, 5 meters of two sided black sateen ribbon, self adhesive tape, scissors, thread and a needle.
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The overall look turned quite extravagant, but yet elegant and luxurious.
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Have you wrapped your gifts yet? Hope you were not as late as I was.

Happy Holidays.

Besa

Outdoor Holiday Decoration

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This year my holiday decor is minimalistic. I was focusing more on other things that were requiring my attention at this time, and I completely neglected the holiday decor.

Despite being busy with other things, luckily I managed to do some DIY-ing and put a few things together for my outdoor holiday decor.

I started with decorations of lamp posts in our small neighborhood, because I think that there is something truly iconic about a lamp post adorned with decorations around the holidays.
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I wanted to create something pretty, elegant and sturdy at the same time, because It is rainy and quite windy out here so I wanted my decoration to get through the holidays.

For this project I used several yards of thick wire, a plaid water resistant tablecloth 140 cmX180 cm) cut into 15 cm strips, glue gun, florist wire, and gold ornaments for decor.
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Using the glue gun I run a thin layer of glue on every 15 cm distance on the plaid tablecloth, and then I proceeded with cutting. Applying a thin layer of hot glue onto the fabric before cutting, prevents fraying of the fabric after it is cut. Next I cut several pieces of wire in 1 meter lengths, and attached them length wise at one side of the fabric strip. I waited for a few minutes for the glue to settle and then curved the wired fabric strip into a giant bow, secured the center with a piece of florist wire, and decorated it with ornaments. Lastly, using a piece of thick wire, I made a small hanger and attached it to the bow. In less than 2 hours I ended up with a dozen of beautiful gigantic beautiful bows to be hung onto the lamp posts of our neighborhood.
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The next day, applying the same technique, and using different type of fabric, I made some more decorations for the lamp posts and those all turned beautiful.
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I am loving the festive look of our neighborhood with these cute and easy to make decorations, and I hope I have inspired someone to start making them too.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa