Glitter Letters + Fabric Trim Trees

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! .

Finished Master Bedroom + Fabric Giveaway

November 26th, 2014

Midweek greetings friends!  This will be my last post this week since the next four days I’ll be focused on food and family! I was able to put the finishing touches on the master bedroom at the Las Vegas house this week, and I’m so happy with the result ~ I think it’s a nice balance of masculine and feminine, traditional and modern, layered neutrals coupled with navy and green accents.  

master bedroom centsational girl

I bought a pair of Oxford writing desks to use as nightstands, they’re higher and wider and offer plenty of room for lamps and reading material. The room is 16 feet wide so they help to fill the space under the windows on each side of the bed. The rug is inherited from Matt’s grandmother, the wall paint color is Quiet Light by Glidden.

master bedroom his side

It’s easy to get dehydrated here in the desert, so I couldn’t resist a pair of his and hers water glasses, they’re from HomeGoods and the tray is too.

 his hers water glasses

The gray linen headboard is a Better Homes & Gardens product at Walmart. The navy sheets are from Bed, Bath and Beyond, the linen tufted bench I found at thrift store for $40, it was a brand new donation from a local furniture store and a total score! (Here’s a similar bench for more.) The navy lumbar pillow is from HomeGoods, the gray border duvet is from Crane & Canopy.

master bedroom cg

I really love this ceiling fan, I prefer fans with three instead of five blades and this one is the Minka Aire Koa Wood fan with a light and three speed settings, necessary for hot summer nights in the desert! I also purchased an 18" downrod to extend the fan lower since the ceiling slopes up higher.

master bedroom koa wood fan


The Oxford writer’s desks come with a half shelf underneath, but I switched them around to provide for a full shelf on the left side and no shelf on the right, leaving room for a desk chair on that side.

It’s a great little spot for myself or a guest to work on a laptop. I painted the trim on the drawers for contrast and substituted brass ring pulls. The white fretwork chair is from Overstock, the gorgeous gold faceted lamps are from Lamps Plus.

medallion window panels writers desk


desktop clock and vase


brass ring pulls on drawer


The fabrics for the accent pillows and the window panels are from Online Fabric Store, with them I sewed basic rod pocket panels and followed these steps for the zippered 24" accent pillow covers.

medallion pattern window panels


accent pillows


Sources if available: gray linen headboard / writer’s desks / gold lamps / gray border duvet + shams / pillow fabric / window panel fabric / bedside clock / ceiling fan


This week Online Fabric Store is giving away two $100 online store credits to their online shop! To be eligible to win one of two $100 shop credits…

1) Visit Online Fabric Store and pick a favorite fabric for your next decorating project, then name it in a comment on this blog post.

Giveaway ends Sunday November 30, 2014 at midnight PST. Two winners chosen at random. By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Online Fabric Store is having a huge Cyber Monday sale, find the details here:


Wishing you all a very


Be back on Monday!