I don't know if you know this about me but I can be a little obsessed with decorating. Yes it is so. I hope you didn't fall of your chair from that little bit of fact.
That infatuation is what has rooted me in a deep attraction for Pottery Barn. My favorite part of fanning through a catalog of theirs is looking at the rooms and all the fine details from the crown moldings to the fancy window panes. Of course the merchandise catches my eye too but looking beyond it and into the design and layout of an individual room is fun for me.
When I saw this picture from Pottery Barn's winter catalog, I fell in love.
Here's what I loved about it:
- The White siding-so clean and simple
- The dark shutters-beautiful contrast to the white
- The extra little detail at the bottom of each window
- And the red door. Mike would love that part too.
I went to a craft store (Michael's to be exact), bought two wreaths at 50% off, which came up to $10 per wreath.
Then found an assortment of red and silver ornaments at Walmart:
A package of 32 various styles of red ornaments for $15.
And two packages of 18 silver ornaments for $2.50.
Bringing my total cost in ornaments to $20.
Then I wire tied the ornaments onto the wreath using green wire so it would blend in. This was a little more time consuming than I thought it would be but I took extra care to make sure each ornament was secure because these will be hanging outside on our windows. And just in case they do blow off I made sure the package of the ornaments declared them to be "shatter proof". Have I ever mentioned that in addition to decorating I also like to plan ahead? :)
My total spent on my two wreaths was $40...$20 per wreath, compared to Pottery Barn's $79 per wreath.
And I am certain this project could be duplicated for even less than what I did. The wreaths I bought were the largest ones (about 30 inches in diameter). So a smaller wreath would cost less. And if you already have extra ornaments then that cuts that part of the cost.
And they are Oh-So-Pretty.
The next step is figuring out the best way to hang them over the windows. I know I want to loop them with an extra wide velvet ribbon. It's just determinig the best way to secure the ribbon to the brick siding. If you have any suggestions, please share.
Because I have a belief that if I post another blog without a photo of Cayman I will hear about it. So here is that precious little girl who rolled over to the couch and leveraged herself to this sitting position all by herself. She hasn't done it again since that first time and I'm not even certain how she did it. And by the look of happy surprise on her face I am guessing she was just as shocked as I was as to how she got there.