Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year to You!!

Here's to a fun celebration...and a happy & prosperous new year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How To Make Gold Leafed Candlesticks

If you are like me, your taking this week kind of slow and enjoying some down time. But, if down time for you just happens to include a little DIY'ing, here's a fun way to update worn or old candlesticks with a little sheen!

Materials Needed:

  • collection of candlesticks in varying heights
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • tack cloth
  • gold-leaf sheets
  • liquid adhesive
  • gold-leaf sealer
  • gold-leaf antiquing
  • 2 foam brushes

Gather Supplies

Find a collection of old or worn candlestick holders and collect needed supplies.

Sand Surfaces

Lightly sand candlestick holder surfaces to remove any existing finish.

Wipe Clean

Wipe away dust with tack cloth.

Apply Adhesive

Brush all surfaces with gold-leaf liquid adhesive. Let set approximately 30 minutes until tacky.

Apply Gold Leaf

Lay sheets of gold leaf over candlestick surfaces and press into place with foam brush. Repeat until entire surface is covered.

Wipe Away Excess Leafing

Brush away loose particles with foam brush.

Apply Sealer

Brush on layer of gold-leaf sealer. Let dry 30 minutes.

Apply Antiquing Finish

Brush on layer of gold-leaf antiquing finish.

Rub In and Wipe Away

Rub antiquing finish into cracks and ridges. Wipe away any excess with rag.

To see this and other ideas for decorating DIY style, visit

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays From Frosty Oregon!

We haven't seen snow, yet. But a layer of frost coating everything in sight, paired with foggy skies, has created an atmosphere nearly as pretty!

These pictures are taken in a nature preserve behind our house...
I feel lucky to have such a wonderful place just steps away!

Happiest of Holidays to you and your family!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

How to Make A Votive Candle Runway For Santa!

Whether you live in a home with young children who are excitedly awaiting the arrival of Santa, or merely want to create a festive welcome for guests arriving during a party, here is a simple way to light the way!

Side note: Looking at these pictures I just have to smile! This is a tutorial I was asked to write last winter for, and I wasn't certain I'd actually be able to pull it off. I mean, we don't have snow every year in the NW. However, I gathered my supplies, took the "steps" photos and then set everything by the front door to wait for snow to capture the "beauty shoot." Perhaps I'd get lucky before the article deadline and snow would magically appear at my front door. Well what do you know, one night the weather report claimed snow might just arrive early the next morning. So I set my alarm for a crazy hour and amazingly snow was falling! I quickly moved out the glass cylinders, lit the candles and started capturing photos. This brief snowfall ended up being the only snow we saw all winter, talk about luck.

A few minutes later I heard screams of delight. The kids had awaken and wanted to get out and play in the snow a few minutes past six! I blew out the candles, bundled them up and off we went to make snowmen! What fun, I hope we are as lucky this year.

Materials Needed:

  • several glass cylinders or mason jars
  • rock salt
  • votives
  • length of garland
  • matches

Gather Supplies

Select glass cylinders or jars and gather votives and rock salt.

Fill Containers

Pour rock salt into each container, filling approximately 1/5 full.

Place Votives

Arrange votive in each container, pushing votive down into salt to secure in place.

Light Candles

Light candles, arrange along steps and enhance with a length of garland.

Wait for Santa to Arrive

Enjoy your handiwork, set out some milk and cookies and get ready for the man in the red suit to make an appearance.

To read this and other holiday decorating ideas visit

Monday, December 19, 2011

What Will Be In Your Stocking?

Stockings hung on the fireplace, what a magical tradition for children.
And for adults as well, if you were to awake on Christmas morning to a few of these treasures!

From the Holiday issue of House of Fifty

Enjoy the Season!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Best Holiday Ideas Spied!

DIY Peppermint Wreath on Turquoise Door via Dreamy Whites

Greenier in Boots, Adding a Bit of Holiday to an Entry, via the Nester.

Bright Ornaments Attached to Branches Set in a Silver Vase, via Mrs. Limestone.

The holidays certainly are a pretty time of year!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Mix & Match Fashion

Heading off to fun Holiday Festivities? Here are some mix & match fashion ideas!

Via Laurie Moulton of House of LoLo for House of Fifty

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cute Vintage Cars Piled High With Presents: It's A Trend!

How can you not smile looking at these photos, fun and ridiculously unrealistic. I can just image how far one of these would get, headed down the street, before it became a gifting "free for all" to anyone nearby. 

But regardless, fun. Which reminds me! 
Both of these cars have a resemblance to my first car...

Ha! The places that little thing took me. Wish I had thought of piling a big stack of presents on its roof...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Joss & Main

The final Sponsor of the Holiday issue of House of Fifty we are featuring is Joss & Main. With daily sales events featuring a wide range of products, at discounted prices, this is a site to keep your eye on!

House of Fifty readers can receive $15 off their first order of $50 or more, and sign up to receive emails notifying you of upcoming events. Click here.

Two curated events I have my eyes on are these!

Beth Dotolo of Pulp Design Studio

And Kate of the Centsational Girl
Both should feature some lovely and interesting finds!

Another sales event I see on the calendar is Modern Bird Studios. Oh, I'm a big fan! One of our favorite pieces of art in our home is the "French Fred" piece they created from a favorite photo of my son Max.

The photo I sent to Modern Bird Studios...

...and the crazy fun piece of art that arrived at our house a few weeks later!

If you're still looking for any gift ideas, you are sure to find a few at Joss & Main.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Inspired Design: A Book Which Makes A Great Gift!

The book 'Inspired Design' will make a truly wonderful gift 
for those looking for ideas to create a warm and welcoming home.

Written by Roxanne and her daughter Hannah, sharing stories of the importance 
of creating traditions and celebrating family... of the special benefits of giving this book as a gift or purchasing a copy for yourself 
is that the proceeds of the sale go to
Heart of Hope International and other select charities.

Purchase 'Inspired Design' at these sites:

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

With Just A Couple Weeks Until Christmas...

With just a couple weeks to complete the gift finding, make sure to visit the Sponsors of the Holiday issue of House of Fifty, on page 91. Click on any of their logos to go to their shop!

I've got just a few more to find, now it's time to start the wrapping!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Talents of Christina Fluegge

Today I'm featuring Christina Fluegge of Greige Design, who is a talented designer, blogger and shop owner.
{and a Sponsor of the Holiday issue of House of Fifty, thank you!}

Christina provides both event design styling and interior design...

 ...and has some of the most beautiful finds at her shop Greige.

And a striking Hand Beaded Chandelier...among dozens of other items.

Visit Greige for some simply fabulous gift ideas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Books Make Great Gifts!

How is your holiday shopping coming along?
 If you need a few more gift ideas, check out the House of Fifty Book Gift Guide...

Books do make great gifts!

Studio Ten 25

Another Sponsor of the Holiday issue of House of Fifty is Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25, and what a talent she is! And busy too, running a shop carrying a wonderful selection of accessories and furniture, an interior design business as well as writing for her blog.

Beautiful rooms & beautifully unique items in the shop.

Additionally, Abbe has recently launched Home away from Home, an online design service.

Visit Abbe here!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stylish Swedes

Who doesn't adore Jill's work seen on her blog and wonderful shop Live.Like.You.! And Monika too! She writes the most stylish blog and runs the shop Splendid Willow Avenue which is full of fabulous finds. Two Stylish Swedes indeed.

Both Live.Like.You. & Splendid Willow Avenue are sponsors of the holiday issue of House of Fifty, and for just 6 more days enjoy 15 % off both of their sites...just in time for your holiday shopping.

Give them a visit!

{p.s. vintage items excluded at Live.Like.You.}

Friday, December 2, 2011

Kassapanola Pillows: Great for Gifts & Here's a Discount!

Looking for gift ideas to put under the tree...who doesn't love a beautiful pillow, or two or three?!

Kassapanola is offering House of Fifty readers a wonderful 25% off discount:
Simply use the code HOFHOLIDAY at checkout.

Here are few of my favorite styles currently in the shop!

Oh so fun for a child's room!

In a master...

...or in a den or living room.

Visit Kassapanola here to see more!