Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:36:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 A Life Changing Gift! http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/fitness-ridge-experience/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/fitness-ridge-experience/#respond Fri, 28 Nov 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=63566 The last time I talked about my weight I had just had Lydia.  I thought I was so out of control, how in the world could I possibly be 190lbs?  But I need to remember to be a little easier and accepting of myself.  I had after all just had two children in two years […]

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The last time I talked about my weight I had just had Lydia.  I thought I was so out of control, how in the world could I possibly be 190lbs?  But I need to remember to be a little easier and accepting of myself.  I had after all just had two children in two years and started my own business, and we took the leap of my husband quitting his job to work for us, finishing our last house, a move half way across the country, to a new remodel and just purchasing the next, biggest project we’ve ever attempted, the truth is, the stress has taken it’s toll.

Lydia is turning 4 soon (I will cry about that more later, why do they grow up so fast…?  WHY?)  Since last writing the a fore mentioned post, while I may have initially lost some weight, I’ve gained more back… Judge me from your perfect size 4 pants, but at the beginning of the month I topped out at 220.  That is 10 pounds more than I was when I was giving birth to Lydia!  UGH!! Are you freaking kidding me?

I have been feeling so overwhelmed by it.  My whole life I have watched my own mother struggle, and never conquer her “weight”.  I literally have some major stumbling blocks in my attitude toward weight that I didn’t even know I had, (more about this later)

So, last fall I committed to start losing weight pretty much at the expense of everything else in my life.  I kept it up for 4 months, I lost inches and about 10 pounds, plateauing at 200, and never getting to 1 freaking 99…, I just wanted to hit 199… the plateau ruined my resolve!  The hard work with no change, and the mounting stress of ignoring my business and basically everything else took over, and I ran out of control and went CRAZY!  Like, I literally I couldn’t stop myself from making bad choices.

We’ve since bought a huge ball of stress, or in other words, I mean, another GINORMOUS remodel.  My biggest down fall is stress, and I’ve got that in abundance.  Working all day and not having a plan for dinner, living between two houses.  We eat out so often that I practically know every employee at my local Kneaders…  Not that knowing the employees is the problem, it is the salted caramel cookies, luckily they are out of season!  Phew, dodged that bullet!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (I recommend it @remodelaholic or my personal account @cassandjustin), you will know that I recently took a trip to Fitness Ridge Resort.  Don’t let the Resort part of the name fool you!  This is not a place to relax and get a tan.  It is a place to change your whole life!

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When the opportunity to go to Fitness Ridge Came up I LITERALLY freaked out!  I have wanted to go there for the last 5 years, but between pregnancies, nursing and demands of a business who has time for yourself?!  Not me and leaving my kids for 7 full days is just not my cup of tea, I know some parents like to leave, I really don’t.

BUT, I decided it would be worth the sacrifice.  I had to go, even though between you and me I almost canceled last minute.  Thank heaven I didn’t.

I was SCARED!

You know those tests you had to take in 6th grade.  How fast you can run a mile, haw many pull-ups can you do, how far can you stretch.  Let’s just say I could do the pull-ups, but the stretching and the running… I have never been able to breathe and run at the same time and touching my toes, my legs are just too long.

I had no real expectation of what we’d actually be doing, other than to be scared.  Did I mention I was scared?

But literally my visit to Fitness Ridge changed my WHOLE life and I wanted to talk a little bit about that with you today.

The biggest thing that this visit did for me was mental clarity and courage to actually delve into the way I think about myself and my weight.  Why I sabotage myself, and always fight back in stupid ways even if it hurts myself.  It is hard to admit, but I learned more about the workings of my inner self talk and actions at fitness ridge than I have in my life.  And I feel like I’ve gained the tools to understand how I can change my life and the proper expectations about how to change.

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Day 1 at Fitness Ridge:

With an early start at 6:00 am for stretch… the sun wasn’t even up, WHY IN THE WORLD was I awake?  I will admit, I liked it (not the awake part, let’s make that clear, the stretch part)…

Breakfast was great, lots of different choices.

Then, on to the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah.  AMAZING!  We were told to kind of just go at our own pace.  I have to admit, I sort of liked being in the middle of two packs of people on my own, made me feel like a lone little island in the middle of the most beautiful place ever.  At the end of the hike I had already burned 2,000 calories… Say What?

Burn baby burn!

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Time for a class, my inner book worm becomes excited!  #ILOVESCHOOL

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And I will say that the classes where one of my very favorite parts.  The reason I feel like I know myself so much better than I have in the past.  Learning about our “belief window” and all that goes along with that.  I have to give a shout out to Sione Fa.  I loved his classes!  And I was so excited to meet him, since I loved watching him on that one unnamed reality TV show!  Thanks Sione!

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More working out.  Working out hard, to clarify.

Start meeting cool people.

Lunch Dinner and even dessert, because heck I am 220.  I want dessert… just sayin’.

 

Day 2 at Fitness Ridge:

Groundhog day of day one.

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Except with lot of emotional-ness.  Is that a word?   Apparently when you are working your body this hard, it is hard to stuff down emotions.  (that and I totally forgot to bring a bag of Oreos to stuff my emotions down with… I kid, I don’t really like Oreos)

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Day 3 at Fitness Ridge:

Weeping Wednesday!

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(this is me turning from a caterpillar to a butterfly in case you are wondering…)

Amazing day good mental break throughs!  This is the day that I feel like I finally began to move forward by leaps and bounds.

Best decision of my life was an hour of counseling with Jen the life coach at Fitness Ridge.  (thanks to Diana of Livy Loves to Run for this inspired advice!!!)  OUT OF THIS PARK!  I learned more about the inner workings of my emotional self in that hour than I have in my life.  I REALLY want a counselor now!  Amazing to get to be the one that gets to unload on someone else.  I LOVE THAT.

Like a super bad student, I skipped out on two work outs that afternoon, it was a conscious decision.  I felt good about my choice, I needed so me time.  I went on a joy ride in my car, singing at the top of my lungs, windows down, crying and ultimately getting a kids meal at Kneaders.  (I know right?  I go to Kneaders?… yes I did.  I thought it through before hand I asked myself if I was emotionally eating?  And If I was was I okay with that?  YES, H*** yes, actually!  NO GUILT.  Sorry did I just swear about a Kneaders kids meal?  Yes, yes I did.  And just to be clear, I chose the chips instead of the grapes.   I was totally gonna make this meal count.  I didn’t eat the cookie, count the little victories guys…

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And I made sure I went to the swimming class that day to make up for it after… because Sione can be sorta brutal in the pool workouts, and I guess I needed the but kicking.

Best lesson I learned:  It is easy to live in an extreme, completely not caring or freak like control.  Balance is what is hard.

Day 4 at Fitness Ridge:

The soreness is gone!  WAHOO!

Probably my favorite hike.  I LOVED my hike leader Deb!  Love to Deb!

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Oh shoot, an entire Tabata class dedicated to squats and lunges… the soreness will return with a vengeance…  I know this… but I have faced it before.  I can handle this.

Best lunch ever today, the food was amazing today, but I LOVE shrimp, just saying.  (Why don’t I live by the ocean so I can eat seafood with every meal?)  Check out their Butternut Squash soup (recipe at the link, I made it this week!  Very good!) and a Shrimp with couscous meal!  AMAZING!

The nutrition classes were golden to.

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Day 5 at Fitness Ridge:

10K say what?

Experience at Fitness Ridge Remodelaholic-1005We all know I don’t run and breathe at the same time…I’ve made that clear right?  The first half of it SUCKS big time up a constant small incline.  UGH!  Running downhill is awesome.  Getting listen to music is Awesome.  Everything is Awesome.

I actually finished, I am happy i did it, I feel like I could do it again.

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Day 6 at Fitness Ridge:

For some masochistic reason, I decided to save the enigma that is called “Stop Sign” for the last day.

Even though, I’m feeling trunky, already planning on packing the second I get back and go home early to surprise my kids.   I still need to focus…  BAD IDEA to not be TOTALLY focused.

So the first few miles of Stop Sign rolling gentle incline.  Totally doable.  I was prancercising along the train rocking out to my music, since we can actually listen to music on this hike.

I make it to “Mini stop sign”, the farthest I’ve been on this road, everything ahead of me is unknown.  No “wisdom” to help me make it through this climb of about 1,000 feet in elevation in the next mile and a half.Experience at Fitness Ridge Remodelaholic-1094

I start slow, no more getting to sing out loud with my music, there is no oxygen left for that.  Which sucks.  I really need the motivation of some good  sing along music.  My legs are burning, this is going on forever, when the crap am I going to make it to the top?

Since I really had no idea where I was along the track, I start thinking about wanting to quit.  No one would know… I could drive up in my car after and take the freaking obligatory picture. (except that I tend to admit all my faults to everyone I know, so everyone would find out- dang it!) I could go back and talk to my kids on the phone… Holy Heck.  NOT LOVING this.

Honestly, I thought I had got all my emotions out on Weeping Wednesday, but like the soreness in my thighs, it is all coming back to me now.

P.S. Don’t start crying when you can’t breathe, it constricts your air pipe. My throat is closing, I start praying, I just need to know when I will reach the top.  SOMEDAY.

Am I only 1/3 of the way?  Have I only made it a ¼ of the way?  My phyche is freaking out- and I am hyperventilating.  How am I going to survive this?  When will it end?  I hate this! I don’t even want to do this, I should be packing to leave.

I start praying harder.  One of the fast walkers is coming toward me from the top, like a messenger from heaven she tells me, it is just around the bend.  Now I really start crying, I was totally ready to give up.  Why do I always do this to myself?  Thank heaven my prayers for help were answered.  I am about to pass out when my cute guide comes jogging, up I really am not in a state to be able to talk… I am sort of hysterical.  It was hard, I hated the last mile.  And now I am done!

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Take my dang picture, okay I took two… and turn around and walk as fast as I can back down hill, (remember I love the downhill part? I still do!) with my music as loud as it can go singing at the top of my lungs.  I realize, I can do hard, unknown things.  I am ready to come back to Fitness Ridge as soon as I can.  It was a good hard experience, this “stop sign thing”.

Graduation.  I didn’t talk much about the friends I made through this,, but that truly was one of the best parts of the time there.  THE PEOPLE!  I’ve made friends that I truly hope to keep up with over the years.  We need to have a Fitness ridge reunion week together again!

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Don’t forget to get as many massages as you can!  My favorite was the Lomi Lomi!  Thanks Marie!

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So sad to leave.

Drive home… lots of thinking.

I come home to welcome home signs, flowers and the most beautiful family I’ve ever seen, a dinner lovingly made per my text request… ½ veggies, ¼ protein and ¼ complex carb.  Grilled, lemon chicken, brown rice, roasted cauliflower and carrots with walnuts and grilled asparagus.  BEST DINNER EVER (Note to self, why doesn’t my husband cook more often?! Most beautiful meal ever!

I’ve already been home for a few weeks, including Thanksgiving, a family trip to Disney and a church potluck.  This is a hard time of year, but I am well armed and so motivated to reate balance. I am still doing well.  I called my old trainer to come and start training us again at home instead of the gym.  I still don’t really love the gym, which is fine.

We eat healthy meals AT HOME.

I use some tips from each class every day.

I really want to sign up for a kick boxing class… (apparently I like to hit things… who knew?)

I feel SO empowered.  I feel motivated and detoxed.

What is my overall opinion.  AMAZING!

I am going back in the spring… I’m not scared anymore!  Thanks to Fitness Ridge for teaching me so MUCH!  I can’t wait to come back! If you are feeling like you could use a good push in the right direction, I whole heartedly suggest going to Fitness Ridge, it will change your life! Call Trevor to set up a trip (888) 870-2639!

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Decorating with Non-Traditional Christmas Colors @Remodeaholic #holidays #decorating #christmas

Christmas is a time for traditions — but it can also be a time to make new traditions and go your own route! Classic Christmas colors like red and green or gold and silver will never go out of style. But if your style is a little more eclectic or you just want to try something new, you can still have a lovely holiday environment while breaking out of the norm and using non-traditional colors in your decorating — especially on your tree!

Creating modern and stylish holiday decor can really be as simple as taking your traditional holiday decor and changing up the colors, either by purchasing new ornaments or by spray painting a bit like Corey demonstrated here. Check out this ombre Christmas tree from David Bromstad over at HGTV:

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And as David says:

“Adding bold colors to your holiday scheme will make your home stand out from the rest. By adding something glass or crystal to your trees, and a neutral touch will allow the tree to stand out on its own.”

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So choose a color you love, and go for it! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Non-Traditional Christmas Color Schemes

For a modern twist on the classic red and green, just travel around the color wheel a bit and find a shade of a warm orange and nice cool greenish blue! This mint and  peach combination on a white tree is stunning – the whole room just makes me want to move in! (via Southern Living)

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For a more classic look, stick with the deep green tree with deeper orange and turquoise, plus some neutral colors and textures like this one from BHG – and using an urn as a tree stand? Perfect for giving a small tree added height, and I imagine it would be good for keeping the tree safe from babies and pets, too. turquoise and orange christmas tree - BHG via @Remodelaholic

Gold and silver are Christmas stand-bys (and a personal favorite of mine), but even classic golden oranges and yellows can take on a new look when paired with bright modern patterns (via Tobi Fairley):

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or when left alone on a blank white tree for a lovely and bright minimalist Christmas (via Muramur and Apartment Therapy)

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If you’re really looking to add some stylish color — go for turquoise! From a lighter aqua to a deeper peacock blue, any shade looks lovely on the tree — or you can mix all the cooler blue tones like this tree from Emily Henderson:

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Bright turquoise ornaments plus an ombre tree skirt are just part of the colorful Christmas decor over at The DIY Show Offpeacock blue christmas tree - The DIY Show Off via @Remodelaholic

And for a colorful but subdued holiday color scheme, use one shade of the same color paired with white and gold neutrals (via Southern Living) — and again, an urn as a tree stand. So much more stylish than the tree legs of a fake tree! bright turquoise blue christmas tree - Southern Living via @Remodelaholic

 

Purple is another non-traditional Christmas color that look SO lovely! Try it on a white tree (via Houzz)

 or you can really jazz it up and pair the purple with a GOLD tree (via Daily Mail)

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And pink? It’s not just for little girls (although my girls do love it!). Decorating in shades of pink (with easy flower clip-in ornaments) is lovely and feminine without being too girlish (via Rachel Denbow):

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Or you can use a deeper raspberry pink and some orange to create a really lovely tree (via Maria Killam)

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But if you want to make all the little girls squeal (okay, there will be some big girls squealing too!) then go for all-out bubblegum pink like this (via Wayfair).

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Can’t decide which color you love most? Mix and match or create a rainbow tree! Michael over at Inspired by Charm creates such a beautiful, colorful Christmas every year — I love the collection of colorful vintage ornaments on this tree!

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The rainbow looks equally lovely on a white tree, of course (via Houzz).

What colors are you decorating with this Christmas?

Come show off your pics over on our Facebook page!
Still looking for more inspiration? Visit our previous Christmas color picks here:
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or try these non-traditional Christmas colors on for size! (via Holzman Interiors)
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Home for the Holidays Christmas Printable http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/christmas-home-holidays-printable/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/christmas-home-holidays-printable/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:15:35 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=62993 Hello Again! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. Remember when I was here earlier this month with this Thanksgiving Banner printable? Well, I am back again with another holiday printable! With Christmas exactly ONE MONTH away, I thought I would share with you a Christmas Home for the Holidays Printable to add to your decor this season. […]

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Hello Again! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. Remember when I was here earlier this month with this Thanksgiving Banner printable? Well, I am back again with another holiday printable!

With Christmas exactly ONE MONTH away, I thought I would share with you a Christmas Home for the Holidays Printable to add to your decor this season. Christmas is a crazy time of year and every year the craziness seems to come all at once. Thanksgiving ends and all of a sudden there is SO MUCH to do! Meals to plan, gifts to buy, lights to hang, presents wrap, parties to attend! My favorite thing on my Christmas to do list is decorating! There are few things I love more than pulling out all my Christmas decorations, blasting Christmas music and decking the halls.

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I am here to share with you a Christmas Home for the Holidays Printable. All you need to do is follow the link, download, print, and place in your favorite picture frame! I would love to see what you do with your printable! Be sure to post your pictures and tag @PaperelliDesigns and @Remodelaholic on Instagram.

FREE Christmas Cardinal Printable @Remodelaholic by Paperelli

How do you usually decorate your home? Do you do it all in one day or spread it out over the week? Do you listen to Christmas music while you decorate? Happy Christmas decorating!

Download and print this free printable here

Visit Remodelaholic.com to print full resolution: FREE Cardinal Christmas Wreath Printable by Paperelli @Remodelaholic

Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? Be sure to check out Paperelli’s Holiday Collection.

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25 Upcycled and Low-Cost Gift Wrapping Ideas http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/25-upcycled-gift-wrapping-ideas/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/25-upcycled-gift-wrapping-ideas/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=62575 25 Gift Wrapping Ideas from the Recycling Bin and Beyond Hey, it’s Cecily from Ceci Bean with a special holiday round up for you. I love beautiful gift wrapping, don’t you? I am totally the person who tries to gingerly remove the tape from pretty paper and carefully unknot fancy ribbon so that I might keep […]

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25 Gift Wrapping Ideas from the Recycling Bin and Beyond

Hey, it’s Cecily from Ceci Bean with a special holiday round up for you. I love beautiful gift wrapping, don’t you? I am totally the person who tries to gingerly remove the tape from pretty paper and carefully unknot fancy ribbon so that I might keep it. Sure, I use inexpensive gift wrap from the local drugstore in a pinch, but I feel such satisfaction from presenting friends and family with a well wrapped present. The only thing I don’t love? The price tag! Beautiful gift wrapping materials can be really pricey! And with a baby on the way, I need to save my pennies this holiday season. With that in mind, I have vowed not to spend a penny on new gift wrapping supplies for the rest of the year. In order to satisfy my creativity, I have looked for ways to wrap special presents without breaking the bank. Here are 25 fabulous ideas for wrapping gifts with items you probably already have in your home.

 

book pages gift wrap

Sew pages of a book together to wrap a gift. | It’s a House

scrapbook paper gift bags

Make gift bags from scrapbook paper | The Elli Blog

painted newsprint wrapping paper

Paint newsprint to create one of a kind wrapping paper. | Liz Ohsiek Designs

gift wrap with maps

Wrap gifts in old maps. | Midwest Living

grocery bag gift wrap

Use grocery bags as wrapping paper. | A Creative Mint

embroidered craft paper

Embroider plain kraft paper wrapped gifts. | Little Empty Room

shredded magazine box filler

Shredded Magazine Box Filler | All Put Together

cereal box gift bags

Make sturdy gift bags from cereal boxes | DIY Real

beverage holder gift basket

Decorate a beverage carrier to create a gift basket | Through My Creative Mind

kraft paper with stickers

Decorate plain kraft paper with stickers | PopSugar

lego gift wrap

Build a Lego “Gift Wrapped” box. | Cool Mom Picks

sweater gift bag

Recycle an old sweater into a gift bag. | Shopgirl

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Favorite Entryway and Foyer Paint Colors http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/favorite-entryway-foyer-paint-colors/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/favorite-entryway-foyer-paint-colors/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=63005 Best Versatile Entryway and Foyer Paint Colors Hi Remodelaholics, it’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with this month’s paint color palette.For this month’s palette, I thought I would share a few of my favorite entry way/foyer paint colors.  I have a long list of favorites including bright and bold and calm and serene. I […]

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Favorite entry way and foyer paint colors  @Remodelaholic #paintpalette #color #paintBest Versatile Entryway and Foyer Paint Colors

Hi Remodelaholics, it’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with this month’s paint color palette.
For this month’s palette, I thought I would share a few of my favorite entry way/foyer paint colors.  I have a long list of favorites including bright and bold and calm and serene. I thought for today’s palette, I would focus on sharing my favorite versatile neutrals that work very well with a variety of other colors.  These colors are all superstars on the wall and are each very popular in other areas of the home as well, so be sure and think about other possible areas in your home as you look through the inspiration pictures below.

Ocean Air Benjamin Moore #remodelaholic

Ocean Air Benjamin Moore

Berkshire Beige Benjamin Moore

Berkshire Beige Benjamin Moore

 

Chelsea Gray Benjamin Moore

Chelsea Gray Benjamin Moore

Wedgewood Gray Benjamin Moore

White Cloud Benjamin Moore

White Cloud Benjamin Moore

 

Hale Navy Benjamin Moore

 

Peppercorn Sherwin Williams

 

So many beautiful possibilities with all of these colors and again, they are so versatile so if you see a color you like, think about for a space in your home, you can pick up the paint card or try a sample on poster board.  I hope there is a color that jumped out at you today and caught your attention!

For more color inspiration and other paint color favorites, you can find my blog here.  You can also a lot more paint color inspiration on my Pick a Paint Color board on Pinterest here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Cyndy

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Don’t miss out on Cyndy’s other paint recommendations:

Favorites from the Fall Pottery Barn Paint Collection

Favorites from the fall 2014 Pottery Barn paint color collection. Remodelaholic.

Choosing Paint Colors for Kids

Tips for choosing paint colors for kid spaces. Remodelaholic.

Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color

Quick Tricks for Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color. Remodelaholic

Most Popular and Best Selling Paint Colors. Remodelaholic

Best-Selling Paint Colors

Tips and Tricks for Choosing Bathroom Paint Colors. Remodelaholic

Best Bathroom Paint Colors

Trends in cabinet paint colors. Remodelaholic

Cabinet Paint Color Trends

Tricks for choosing bold paint colors and subtle ways of incorporating them into your home. Remodelaholic

Tips for Choosing Bold and Bright Paint Colors

Easy paint color strategy for the whole home {Remodelaholic}

An Easy Paint Color Strategy for the Whole Home

Palette of paint colors that are great for mixing warm and cool tones. Remodelaholic

Transitional Paint Colors for Balanced Warm/Cool

Trends in Paint Color for 2014 {Remodelaholic}

2014 Paint Color Trends

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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree: A Designer Look from the Dollar Store http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/decorate-christmas-tree-designer-dollar-store/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/11/decorate-christmas-tree-designer-dollar-store/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:15:19 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=62676 Hey everyone,  Corey here  from Sawdust2stitches, and I am  really  jazzed to be back .  It’s the Holiday season ,  which means it’s  almost/is  time to put up the tree!    Today I have some awesome tips and tricks  to help make your tree look like it came right out of a catalog.  Best part ?  […]

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Designer-Look Christmas Tree, Using Dollar Store Supplies! #diychristmastreee #designertree #Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

Hey everyone,  Corey here  from Sawdust2stitches, and I am  really  jazzed to be back .  It’s the Holiday season ,  which means it’s  almost/is  time to put up the tree!    Today I have some awesome tips and tricks  to help make your tree look like it came right out of a catalog.  Best part ?  I decorated  my  10′ tree for less than $50; and most of it is from the “Dollar Tree”, SCORE!

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree, On a Budget

1.) Lights

(I am  going to just assume most people already  have lights, and will not be included in the  total cost.)

I am not saying there is only one right way to light a Christmas tree…  I am just  saying that  this is  the method that works well for me.  I start  at the top and work my way down.   I also cheat a little.  My  tree obviously  sits in a corner…  and…. shhh…  I don’t  string the lights around the back of the tree.  I just don’t.  If this was in front of a window, or in anyway, shape or form visible,  I would incorporate the lights on the back. But, it’s not!

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches1.5)  Enlist “help”

(If you don’t have little helpers in your home,  feel free to skip to step 2)

I let the kids loose on the tree and  let them get it all out of their system. After a few days  they  consented to let me  “decorate the top half”.   Moving on. How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

 2.) Ribbon  (Approx.)   =$5.00

If  I could get you to  take away  just ONE thing from this tutorial it would be: RIBBON!

 

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches  Seriously ribbon is awesome, it  comes in countless colors and patterns, and if you know where to look, CHEAP.  I purchased mine from Sam’s Club.  They  have  5″wide x 25 yards for $6.98!  On the picture above,  I used approximately  15 yards.  ( Leaving plenty  left to  use on a garland.)   The thing I want you to notice is HOW MUCH space the ribbon takes up!  The more space the ribbon takes up, the fewer ornaments you will need!   If you are aiming to spend less on your tree,  then you really cannot afford to skip the ribbon!

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

   One suggestion when adding the ribbon.  Please, please, please, do not rest it on the branches…  If you have an artificial tree then you  have it really  easy!  I actually  bend the branch around the ribbon to make sure it stays put!  If you  have a real tree,    simply  use a metal  ornament hook  ( use it like a bread twisty-tie), wrap it around the ribbon and then on to a branch.

Attaching ribbon to the Christmas tree #sawdust2stitches #remodelaholic

3.)  MORE Ribbon    (Approx.) = $2.00

   Like I said,  if I can  get you to take away one thing from this tutorial,  it is  that  ribbon might cost money, BUT  it will save you money  with how much space it takes up!    I like to pair up the solid ribbon with a patterned ribbon.  This ribbon was 3″ wide and  50 YARDS long, for only $6.98!  On this tree I used approximately 15 yards,    leaving plenty left over for garlands, gifts, wreaths etc.

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

 

4.)  XL Decorations        = ($9.00)

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches    Alright folks, all the ornaments you see here were purchased at the ‘Dollar Tree”!  The  snow flakes came in a pack of two and the bells were $1 each.   These are AWESOME.  Ultimately we want to add texture to the tree. We don’t want it to be all bulbs!  When  placing these on the tree, try and set them a little ways in.  I don’t really “hang” these on the tree.   You want these to add dimension, and depth.    How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches  (I  spray painted some of the snowflakes to  adds some variation.)

5.) Large Ornaments  = $10.00

Here is another instance, where it might  feel weird to buy a single ornament for a dollar,  when you can purchase a 16 pack for $5.00.  The math is hard to deny.  But,  like the ribbon, it is worth it!   Take a  look,   in the photo below I added $10.00 worth of ornaments,  and  it fills a majority of the vacant spaces!

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches I also purchased these at the “Dollar Tree”, their color options are very limited,  but that shouldn’t limit you! Don’t forget spray paint is your friend!   You can read all about  how I did it here.

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

6.) Spray  Snow = $1.50

Spray snow is essentially a temporary  spray paint, that has a little bit of texture.  It can easily be wiped off!  Actually, the reason I added  the snow  now,  instead of directly after the lights, is because   I want it to stay in place.   I love how it  adds dimension and fills visual space, without the cost of more ornaments.   When applying, I  just  use it in short bursts, and I do NOT cover every inch of the tree.   I add  just enough to make it look like a frosted pine tree,  NOT a white fake tree. :)

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

 

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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

 8.) Small (Traditional Size) Ornaments = $2.00

I say “small” but I am really referencing  the traditional size bulb you can find at most any store.  I found these bulbs at the “Dollar Tree”.   That’s right  8 ornaments for $1.00!  Boom.  In the picture below I only  used 2 packs.  (Although I did buy a TON  to use on wreaths , garlands, etc.)

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

*Notice*  When decorating a tree,  I focus on traditional colors.  I invest in  more red and white ornaments, or if you prefer the more elegant use cream, for rustic try brown. ( So on and so forth) The reasoning ?  You can easily change out your accent color, and change the ENTIRE look of your tree, for minimal cost!  (See more info below.)

 

9.) Pop Color= $13.50

Most of my “pop color” ornaments are also  the “Dollar Tree” ornaments  that I also  used for  steps 5 and 8.  The only  difference?  Spray paint!  That’s right!  I have been known to change my pop of color, and all it takes is a can of spray paint!  This year I opted for a light turquoise/seafoam.  I love it.  I love that I don’t need to be married to a color,  because it is only a $3.79  can of spray  paint. For $4.00 I can change the entire look of my tree every year.  I just keep  repainting  the previous years accent bulbs .

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches I did also add  basic clear ornaments,  with tinsel put inside.  (Another easy to change  the pop color from year to year.) You can read all about it here. 

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

10.)  The Star= $1.50

As is tradition the star goes on last.  Mine is yet again another “Dollar Tree” purchase!  That’s right I  used a $1.00  star, and backed it with a 2/$1  snowflake,  to give it a little more impact. $1.50?  I will take it!

 How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

EXTRA CREDIT:   = $3.00

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

I made these odd looking guys for basically nothing!  They consist of Dollar Tree Ornaments  ( the smaller ones,  I think they are like in a 16 pack for $1.00!),  white pony beads,  a white metal coat hanger,  hot glue gun and a drill w/bit) For a total of $3.00!How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches

GRAND TOTAL=

  • 5″ Ribbon                      $5.00

  • 3″ Ribbon                     $ 2.00

  • XL Decorations           $9.00

  • Large Ornaments        $10.00

  • Spray Snow                   $1.50

  • Small Ornaments        $ 2.00

  • Pop Color-                     $13.50

  • Star                                  $ 1.50

  • Extra Credit                  $ 3.00

                       =$49.50  To decorate a 10′ tree!

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (like a professional) @Remodelaholic #sawdust2stitches  One of my favorite features of the tree ? This sucker is kid proof!   It’s all plastic, without looking “cheap”.  One other great selling point of plastic?  I can  literally  throw the ornaments in a bin.  Seriously, when packing up Christmas it  takes no time at all!  No more wrapping individual ornaments, and  commanding the kids to “freeze”  when you  hear  that  unmistakable  “popping” sound of glass, when they inevitably get hit.  So, rest easy, and know that if one of them breaks  it is always less than $1.00!?

 Happy  Holidays, and enjoy!

Corey

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Check out more Christmas ideas here, like our 12 Days of Christmas projects:

12 Days of Christmas Remodelaholic

and my silver and gold Christmas tree with a super easy faux fur tree skirt!

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