Holiday Decor

Glitter Letters + Fabric Trim Trees

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Christmas is different for us this year, it’s the first time we’re spending it away from our home in California and instead in Las Vegas with our extended family. This year I’m focused on simplicity over excess. The holiday season is better when it’s about making memories instead of killing ourselves with all the decorating, only to have to take it down in a few weeks. I’ve decorated my entire home top to bottom in the past because I love this season so much, but I’m taking a break from it this year and it feels really nice.

Before we left Las Vegas on our recent visit I pulled together a simple vignette in the living room with a wreath and two easy-as-can-be crafts to welcome us on our return in a few weeks. I spent maybe an hour on both projects combined! Together they make a fresh and festive vignette for us and our future guests.

merry letters and trim trees


I spray painted 12" paper mache letters (find them here) then sprinkled white glitter on them before the paint dried, the paint acts as an adhesive when wet and holds the glitter to the cardboard when dry.

spray paint


sprinkle glitter


I love their large scale and how they sit independently, spelling out the holiday sentiment.

merry glitter letters up close

The trio of trees are made with a few yards of fabric trim hot glued to cardboard cones, and accented with vase filler "ornaments" from a craft store.

yards of fabric trim

I used ruffled, sequin, and fluffy snow like fabric trims found on Etsy and at Joanns. I didn’t take a picture of the process, but it’s nothing more than spiraling the fabric trim around the cones and using hot glue to secure it every few inches.

fabric trim tree trio


Put on a Christmas movie while you make them; they’ll be done before it’s halfway over, they’re that quick and easy.

merry letters and trees


Today is Cyber Monday! I do half my shopping today to take advantage of all the sales, share any good ones you know about from your favorite stores! .

Holiday Mantel + Lynch Creek Farm Collection

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Black and white is a classic, yet trending again in design, have you noticed? Last year we painted the living room walls Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore and the French doors gloss black and together with the baby grand piano, it feels so sophisticated in here, so black and white inspired this year’s Christmas mantel. 

I picked up two sets of curvy candlesticks last month from Joss & Main and framed some $1 silver sprays from Michaels on black paper together with a favorite birch print.

black and white christmas mantel centsational girl


black and white mantel


centsational girl black and white christmas mantel


christmas mantel centsational girl


How do you like the wreath? Surprise, it’s one of my designs for Lynch Creek Farm! I’ve raved about Lynch Creek Farm for years (here and here) and our relationship began back in 2011 when I needed greenery for a Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot

Earlier this year, they approached me to design a line of unique wreaths and a tabletop mini tree. I was sent a box of goodies filled with faux berries and ornaments and told to add my personal touch!

invite 2


I used mostly what they sent me, but added my own ribbons to the wreaths which they were able to later source. I designed the wreaths and tree at home, photographed them, and sent the photos and list of embellishments to the farm.

kate riley wreath designs

At Lynch Creek farm, they recreated the look then photographed the wreaths for the season. I’m so excited to share the final designs today and let you know they’re currently available for sale for holiday decorating and gift giving!

The City Skyline wreath which hangs above my mantel includes silver and gold ornament clusters, glitter pinecones, gold and silver berries, and looped black & white striped ribbon.

kate riley for lynch creek farm city skyline wreath


I couldn’t resist a teal blue version since it’s my favorite color, the Glacier Bay wreath includes clusters of aqua, teal, and white ornaments, blue berries and looped teal ribbon swaged to the side for a chic presentation. 

kate riley for lynch creek farm glacier bay


The Tartan Tree showcases clusters of red ornaments, silver and red berries, and is topped with a big tartan bow, a classic for any holiday vignette or centerpiece.

tartan tree


A few things to know about Lynch Creek Farm, the Washington state business uses sustainable practices and local farmers and they do not cut down trees! The wreaths and centerpieces are handcrafted with clippings from noble fir, juniper, and cedar. Lynch Creek Farm is serious about preserving the forests and habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Their wreaths are 26” and six pounds so consider a wreath hanger (sold online) to go with. Lynch Creek Farm also crafts centerpieces, garlands, holly, swags, and more.

The collection is elegant and festive and I’m so glad to have this opportunity to partner with my favorite source of holiday greenery on the web! 

centsational girl for lynch creek farm

You can order any of them from Lynch Creek Farm, they are limited in number so if you want one, order it today! All prices include FREE SHIPPING. It’s so amazing to have fresh, fragrant greenery shipped right to your door, when you open your box your home instantly smells like Christmas!