Category Archives: Design and Decor

Design and Decor for your home inside and out.

It started with a purse…

It started with a purse...

 

If we had the money to buy Dolce & Gabbana, would this be the outfit we start with? Hmmm, definitely the purse.

Here’s to a Happy Life! 👛

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MaryBeth & Sherry

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The Non Wedding Planner

My daughter got married in September. It was a beautiful ceremony in Aspen. Since she and I are both designers, we decided to do a lot of the decor ourselves. She saved a lot of money as we planned and planned, shopped, painted and crafted. Since the colors are all changing in Aspen, she wanted a simple white and green theme for the ceremony. We visited Associated Wholesale Florist in Denver (very nice to work with :)) for a trial run and put the flowers together ourselves. Using some ideas from Pinterest, we made the boutonnières , the girls flowers and the table decor.  I would recommend this as we had a few trial runs before we liked what we made. Yes, it was time-consuming, however, as everyone knows, weddings are very expensive so saving money where you can become important.
We thought they turned out nice and we’re glad we did our trial run because we put them together the day before the wedding,  already having a plan helped things go much smoother.

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In the spirit of saving money, I was the “wedding planner” and set up everything for her wedding day and I have to say, It was a little overwhelming but thanks to great friends and family the wedding was beautiful and fun!

Here is what I learned.

Get a wedding planner for the day of the wedding.  I really wasn’t sure what to do so I missed a few things while trying to make sure everything was running smoothly.

ALSO IMPORTANT!!  find a great photographer and videographer, this is your record of the day and you won’t get it back.  Her video turned out amazing thanks to BTX Productions. http://bethexperience.com

PS. Please know we don’t give out names for bad reviews only good ones.

~ 🌿 Sherry

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Here’s to a Happy Life!!
MaryBeth and Sherry. 🙂

Light Box House

S – My kids are a tad too old for this and my grandson is only 2 months but I am gonna save this idea for when he gets bigger!  So cool, I wish I would have had something like this fun tent when I was young, ok fine, I would like it now….I have issues with white twinkle lights.  Looks so easy to make, a cardboard box and some white lights. Easy smeezy!  You could also draw on it or let the kids do their own art work. Would be a fun thing to do for a sleep over.

MB- I’d love to do this! I can sometimes be a craft overachiever, I’d probably end up building a mansion and then add a small house for the stuffed animals!  Hm, I may have to do just that.
Found It on Pinterest, thank you Life As Mama.

Light(en) up the Holiday Spirit

S and I decided to pump up our Christmas spirit by driving through nearby neighborhoods to see the Christmas light displays. We chose a relatively warm Colorado evening so that we could make Golden’s awesome river-walk and the thousands of lights strung there our starting point.

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Our stroll was relaxing if not a bit brisk. The gentle sounds as the water flowed past, an occasional dog barking, laughter in the distance all while being bathed in the colorful light, made the walk so serene.

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My favorite is and always will be the giant tree in front of the visitors center. I am in awe of the work it must take to deck out that tree.

Visitor Center

A big thank you to the workers that make it so. It is breathtakingly beautiful. This year they decorated the trees in the park too.

Visitor Center Tree

Beautiful!

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After visiting the river-walk, we stopped for appetizers before starting our drive-by viewings. Of course, stopping to eat means an hour or so of girl talk coupled with lots of laughter, which also helps get us in the Christmas mood.

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So often we spend so much time preparing for the Holidays that we forget to stop and enjoy the efforts of others.

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I admit to decorating my house both inside and out, not only for myself but for my neighbors and my visitors. Whether you choose to decorate or not, please feel free to drive-by and enjoy mine. Isn’t that what we are saying when we light up our homes? I have gone almost completely solar for outdoor decorations along with using LED lights inside as I dislike the January power bill if I don’t!  Ha!  Candles work well to create the right ambiance too. I truly hope it makes anyone who sees it happy.

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Some choose a whimsical theme, while others opt for more traditional. It makes no difference to us, they are all uplifting.

Neighbor 3

The meaning behind the holiday is what’s important, where our focus should be. The spirit of giving, sharing, caring. Each of us expresses our interpretation of its definition in our own way, whether it be in our decorations, our greetings or our mood.

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Our evening was a success, we managed to get back into the spirit of things, now we can move forward enjoying laughter, food and libations with friends and family while reminiscing about past memories, and planning new ones.

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We’d be interested in hearing where you go to see Holiday displays, we are always up for a road trip!

 

Deck the Halls!

MB – It’s that time of year, where we all overdo it for the sake of the holiday. The tree is up, ornaments hung, lights brightly glowing. It’s here I’ve screeched to a halt. I have more decorations to put up.

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The village and train that circle the tree,
The garlands that drape so gracefully.

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I simply cannot find the energy, or is it enthusiasm to do so. I know that once I put them up, I’ll appreciate it. My children will be delighted as they love the house at Christmas. The festive look will brighten even the gloomiest winter day and yet I procrastinate.

Santas, Nutcrackers and Snowmen await
For the time they’re removed from their crate.

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Here I sit, typing out my thoughts. Procrastinate, procrastinate.
Oh, enough of this! Here I go, the nativity first, it’s beauty and symbolism mean so much to me.
It’s the perfect start to my home’s holiday transformation.

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This is rather dull scenery.
Time to add some greenery.

Dot Ornament

The beauty and generosity of Christmas make it all worthwhile. The decorations always lift everyone’s mood. Sitting in the quiet glow of the Christmas tree invites conversation and a strong sense of togetherness, family love. With that thought, inspiration strikes, time to finish my decorating.

And after Christmas, as I take each decoration down and carefully pack it in its box, I’ll cherish the wonderful memories they helped inspire in my heart.

Santa's House
S – I hear so many women say how tired they are of decorating because that just means taking it all down in a month or so. I completely understand, with our crazy busy lives the “holidays” are overwhelming.

I used to do the Santas and snowmen and whatever else was in the 4 hundred “Christmas” boxes I unpacked and repacked every year. My kids loved all my decorations and of course I did it for my family.

Santa Face

Now a Christmas tree, real garland, white lights and candles are my idea of decorating. I love Christmas, I love the feeling, snowflakes, lights, smells, gatherings, music and magic.

Glass Ornament

I just don’t like the craziness and the let down feeling that comes the day after Christmas.

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I want to relax, enjoy my family and friends, go to a few nice dinners and invite some people over. I can’t decide if this is getting older with no young kids in the house, realizing how quickly time flies and wanting to spend time enjoying people rather than decorating and running around like a chicken… or just plain laziness.

Elf

Whatever it is, I’m gonna go with my kids are grown now, they are full of energy and I think it is their turn to bring out their 4 hundred boxes.