Ornements étoiles

J’adore les étoiles! I love stars! I decided to make some very French stars to use as Christmas ornaments. First, I bought plain unfinished wooden stars at a local craft store. The ones I bought had pre-drilled holes and ribbons. I cut off the ribbon.


Then I painted them all white and sanded down the edges for a distressed look.


Voila! They look beautiful plain.


But I decided to follow a transfer method I found on youtube and transfer French graphics onto them. The method works really well and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSfj6eiNzew. I got some of the graphics from The Graphics Fairy under Vintage French Typography. Just make sure to reverse the images to a mirror image before printing out (I paste the images into a Microsoft Publisher document, save them as a JPEG, insert them into a different Publisher document and then flip them horizontally.


I used an exacto knife to trim the transfer medium that was created by the transfer process.


Because I love everything Scandinavian, I had to create a Swedish “God Jul!” And, because my husband is Greek, I also made a few Greek “Kala Christougenna” ones as well.


I found a wonderful vintage Santa with Joyeux Noel that I just love.


I came across a beautiful Greek Orthodox icon of an angel that is magical.


I created my own Joyeux Noel Eiffel Tower star ornament. I love Paris!!!


I also made a few more Kala Christougenna (Merry Christmas in Greek) ones with the Greek flag pattern. I’m going to sell these our Greek Orthodox church’s Christmas Fair.


There were quite a few graphics available under “vintage Christmas.” I love the God Jul graphic I found.


Voila! My very own beaux ornements étoiles! I picked up some branches outside in my yard and spray painted them with silver glitter. The stars hang beautifully!


Platypus French Country Knockoff!

I love the store Platypus. While strolling through it one day, I came across an accent table that had an old world French country feel to it. I loved it (below).


I love the casual and time-worn look of the French Country style that also projects a simple sophistication.

One of my favorite elements is distressed painted wood. That alongside a stained natural wood captures the casualness of the countryside of France.

Sometime ago, I was fortunate enough to be given a free pedestal table from a neighbor. I stored it in my garage waiting for the inspiration to do something with it. Once I saw the table at Platypus, I knew the look I wanted.

My plain pedestal table

My plain pedestal table

I decided to use some leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I had in Old White.


I first painted the legs and base.

IMG_5189The wonderful thing about Chalk Paint is you don’t have to worry about sanding beforehand or applying the paint perfectly.

My table before being distressed.

My table before being distressed.

After two coats of paint, I took a piece of sandpaper and began sanding down the corners and curves to accentuate them and give a distressed look.


The table had wonderful elements and classic lines that didn’t stand out when it was all one color.


IMG_5210I love how it looks now. It adds a casual softness to my living room. Although it is a dining table, I use it as an end table (something I saw in Pottery Barn).

IMG_5228 refinishedtable

I love the look of my Platypus French Country Knockoff! It adds an understated and casual elegance to my living room!

OPA! Greek Festival Decor

My church’s Greek Festival is rapidly approaching. To make things a little more festive, I volunteered to create some unique decorations.


With the approval of the Festival’s chairperson and committee, I decided to make 4 ft. x 8 ft. panels from plywood. My daughter and I began by painting them all white with a primer/sealer.

After researching Greek scenes and clipart online, I sketched out four different scenarios on paper, which included churches, a windmill, a tavern and monuments in Athens. With pencil, I lightly repeated the sketches on the painted plywood. Then using a royal blue paint, I outlined the images.


I decided to keep the images simple using a blue and white theme with a little bit of other colors added. The blue and white is reminiscent of Santorini.


I had to overcome a few obstacles to get these panels done. Because our basement is being renovated, I couldn’t paint in my old spacious studio/office/basement without having to combat flies and bugs and wind. I had to work in our driveway in between bad weather, contractors asking me questions, and kids coming home from school. I also wanted to get these done quickly because my calendar was filling up with end-of-the-school year kids’ activities/commitments. I completed this project in 4 days. Needless to say, I spent the 5th day recuperating!

Opa! Greek Festival Art Panels.

Opa! Greek Festival Art Panels.

I let my kids help with some of the easier images. My daughter Julia painted the green trees in the Athens monument panel and my son, Constantine filled in the cobblestones. My 12 year old son Nicholas wasn’t really into helping.

Greek Taverna

Greek Taverna


Monuments of Athens

Monuments of Athens

Greek Windmill

Greek Windmill

Santorini churches

Santorini churches

I hope you like my Opa! Greek Festival Décor. I think they added a little bit of a Greek atmosphere to the festival (below).





Printemps Couronne de Provence – Spring Wreath from Provence

I love the delicate and graceful flowers of Provence, France in springtime.

Le jardin de Tim

Le jardin de Tim

The soft lavenders and whites exude the beauty of spring in such a subtle way (from France Romantique below) .












J’adore this delicate and elegant wreath below from C…comme Coeur mes coups de coeur.


It inspired me to create my own Printemps Couronne de Provence.


I bought three artificial spring flower bunches ($3.99 each), a grapevine base ($4.99) and jute ribbon ($3.99) above. I originally wanted to use actual dried lavender, however, it was $8.99 a bunch – a little too expensive. I was also nervous that the dried lavender would break up when handling it. The artificial flowers had a green wire stem that eliminated the use of additional wire. I carefully inserted the wire stems into the grapevine and if necessary, twisted them to secure them into place.


I love the carefree natural look of the small delicate flowers. I chose a simple jute ribbon that had a touch of white woven through it.


I hope you have been inspired to create your own Printemps Couronne de Provence. I love mine!

Luces de la Primavera – DIY Spring Lights

I came across this easy do-it-yourself spring craft – spring lights made from cupcake cups at lluvia de ideas. It was so cute and easy, I decided to knock-it-off!


I already had white lights. Rather than cut out the flower shapes myself, I bought Wilton flower cups at Michaels, a U.S. based craft store.


I then carefully pushed the cups onto the lights.

IMG_2682Be careful not to push too hard. You want to keep the hole as small as possible so the flower cup doesn’t fall off.


I love my luces de la primavera! And so do my kids! An easy diy spring craft that will brighten up any room, especially on a dreary rainy day.


Global Design & Decor… literally!

Nothing is as classic as a map. Nothing says, “world traveler” or adventurer” more.


Incorporating a map into your home’s interior design is a great way to express your globe-trotting spirit. (from Elle Maison above).


You can use wallpaper with map designs or a framed image. A vintage old-world look can accentuate a home library or the classic style of a bedroom (Vim & Vintage above) as well as offer a strong yet elegant contrast to a modern interior (Regards et Maisons below).


I love the idea from Sfizzy (below) which literally maps out a cherished destination. What a unique way to remember a special trip, a romantic place or your family’s origin.


Want to give a unique gift to someone you love? Sfizzi commemorates special locations on a map (such as a destination wedding or marriage proposal) with a red stitched heart. So cute!


Another way to add old-world charm to your décor is to decoupage a map onto furniture. I love the little blue nightstand (below) from Primitive & Proper which integrates an old Atlas map and a simple hand-painted table.



From Ikea Hackers, comes this wonderful map chair (above) using a Nordmyra chair from Ikea. She was inspired by some tables and chairs she saw in London.


I love the map dresser (above) from Homedeco2u.httpwww.recyclart.org201308recycled-stools

From Recycleart (above) comes some very clever stools that were inspired from the London tube map. They feature the colors of the metro lines and locations in London.


From Paper Blog (above) comes a very unique decorative diy project that combines wooden letters with maps. Using your own initials and maps that point out special locations is great way to customize your wall décor.


From Martha Stewart, I found these adorable ways to celebrate a destination wedding. Using a map that features the location of the marriage (above & below) on a frame, candle holders or on vases is both unique and fun.


Another cute decorative item for a destination wedding or a bon voyage party is this map heart garland from 10PaperLane on Etsy (below). You could easily make this yourself.

Ten Paper Lane onEtsy

Have an old globe in your attic, or did you find one at a thrift store? From Viaggiare Oltre comes this unique decorative bowl (below) using half of a globe. I think this would look beautiful containing simple olive tree sprigs or eucalyptus.


A great way to add a touch of New York sophistication into your décor is to knock-off these illuminating candle holders (below) also from Viaggiare Oltre. You could also use maps of Paris or Rome. Or apply the maps you actually used from a city you visited. What a great souvenir from your travels!


Applying a map to a lamp shade is another great way to celebrate a favorite location or turn a traveling companion (a map) into a treasured souvenir. I love the two map lamp shades from Not On The High Street (below). One offers a soft pale green pallet while the other contrasts it with a vintage old-world feel.



Check out another unique way to commemorate a great trip? From Map Motifs, comes this very creative light switch cover (below). My niece gave us one that featured Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, Greece – where she visited us while we were vacationing.



Our own light switch cover featuring Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, Greece.

I love the idea of incorporating actual globes into interior design. The 3-dimensional quality adds a pizzazz that a 1-dimensional map can’t do. From Benoit Vieubled comes “World Upside Down,” a chandelier like no other (below).monde-a-lenvers@www.benoit-vieubled.com

From Pinterest, comes this hanging globes light fixture (below).

hanging globe lights

And last but not least, my niece, Kathleen’s, own globe lamp shade creation (below)! She added a beaded fringe and used an antique lamp base. Beautiful.


There are countless ways to incorporate maps and globes into interior design and décor. From world travels or thrift store finds, global design elements emphasize adventure and an enthusiasm for life. I encourage you to share your love of travel and your favorite destinations in your own home’s décor.

XO XO XO! Valentine’s Wreath

From styeroom.se

From styeroom.se

I saw this unconventional yet very cute Valentine’s Day wreath on styleroom.se (a Swedish Pinterest-like scrapbook site). What an adorable idea to feature the “XO” (kisses and hugs) expression instead of the expected heart. I loved it so much, I just had to knock-it-off! Mine was a little different. I began with a plain grapevine wreath and a plain grapevine bushel to use as the base. I bought separate flowers – pink and purple.


I trimmed the flowers taking the bare stems off.

IMG_2371I shaped the plain grapevine bushel into an “X” shape and wired them together.


Using the same wire, I attached the flowers to the grapevine. I put all the purple on the “X” and all the pink on the “O”. I then wired the two pieces together allowing about 2 inches of space between them. I topped it all off with a long vibrant white bow.


I love my beautiful and unique “XO XO XO” Valentine wreath.

xowreath globalknockoffs

I hope you enjoyed seeing my knock-off! I hope it inspires you to create something wonderful. Have a very happy and creative Valentine’s Day!

A Swedish Valentine

I love this simple berry heart (above) created by Home of Voxgirl. I decided to knock it off! She used a Swedish berry called nyponröd. I decided to use cranberries. In addition, you’ll need wire and wire cutters.

cranberries and wire globalknockoffs

I shaped and cut the wire into a heart and one by one strung the cranberries onto the wire.

stringing cranberries globalknockoffs

You can continually manipulate the wire once all the berries are strung. I added a twine bow to keep it simple and natural looking.

cranberry heart globalknockoffs

It looks so adorable hanging outside from a tree.

cranberry heart in tree globalknockoffs

I made several different sizes.

cranberry hearts on snow globalknockoffs

I paired up two berry hearts to create a stacked effect.


So simple, so delicate and so easy to make. The perfect Swedish Valentine. Glad Alla hjärtans dag! That’s Happy Valentine’s Day in Swedish!

Les Couleurs de L’Amour – Easy DIY Valentine Decor


I love making my home festive and fun for any holiday, including Valentine’s Day! But, simple and unique decorations are a must for me. I have three kids that keep me very busy, and I have enough toys and gadgets to clean up and put away as it is. I definitely don’t want to add to the clutter or create something tacky. I came across some beautiful, unique and simple “couleurs de l’ amour” for Valentine’s that will add a stylish and joyful touch without being gaudy .

From kavehome.fr

From kavehome.fr

From kave home (above), comes this very unique and colorful display of love (literally). It only involves cut-out letters (wooden, cardboard or paper mache) and graduated colors of pink yarn. This is a great idea for a kid’s room too! You can spell out your child’s name and use yarn colors that correspond with your child’s decor.

From styleroom.se

From styleroom.se

Want a twist on the traditional heart? I love this unique and creative door wreath that I spotted on styleroom.se (above). I’m going to try and make this myself! livingthefrugallife

Another simple diy that is also very inexpensive is to take a string of mini white lights and add white doilies (above). I found this on Living The Frugal Life. The white on white exudes simplicity and elegance. You could also use red doilies with red mini lights. J’adore! folksy.com If you have a particular rustic theme to your house or just want a bit of an organic natural look, this heart wreath is perfect! This Krans av nötter (peanut wreath in Swedish) made from wire, twine and unshelled peanuts from Folksy.com is definitely a unique way to say “I love you!” voxgirl.blogspot.com2

I love the simplicity of this berry heart decoration (above). From The Home of Voxgirl, this easy diy can be done with wire and berries. I’m going to try this with cranberries like Deco2Noel did (below). These would look adorable hanging from a tree in your yard. Coeur_saint-valentin-500x195[1]

From Paperblog.fr comes a simple diy (below) that will make any window pop. All you’ll need is pre-printed paper, a hole punch and string. She used thread and a sewing machine to connect them.


Using the same sewing machine approach, alittleMarket offers a red heart garland (above). Or use an unconventional color and a patterned hole punch like Flex Inredning did (below). So cute.


Speaking of unconventional! Check out this very unique multi-heart garland made from maps (below) instead of the expected and ordinary construction paper. From minbebis. hjartgirlang[1]

Using the same folding technique, Pysselbolaget creates a beautiful heart garland (below) using geometric patterned red paper.


Pysselbolaget also created this vibrant and fun pom pom heart-shaped wreath (below). A fun project to do with kids!


I love incorporating natural elements in interior décor like this heart shaped topiary (below) from Maliva’s Verden.


Or this very organic garden heart made from moss and wire (below). I love décor elements inspired by nature. From Under bjørka.


Hearts, hearts and more hearts! If you’re a seamstress, try incorporating elements you normally use into your Valentine hearts. I adore this simple pink button heart (below)from Sweet Meas on Etsy.com .


Delicate fabric hearts made from quilted material or linen, like the ones from Lindas anglar (below) can be hung by twine or made larger into a pillow. Craft & Creativity uses simple white felt and colorful red yarn to create simple stitched fabric hearts. All of these handmade hearts add a warm and vintage feel to your “Hem ljuva hem” (Home sweet home in swedish) .




Another simple diy Valentine’s decoration is to use something you may already have, white candles. I love t.he simple twine wrapped around the center and the monochromatic look of white hearts. You could fill the base they are sitting in with red berries. From styleroom.se.


 I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my favorite Couleurs de l’amour ideas. I hope it inspires you to decorate for Valentine’s Day or to just celebrate love. Happy Creating!


“Adoro il vino” Magneti ! – “I Adore Wine” Magnets

Adoro il vino! I adore wine! What better way to express my love of wine than upcycle the corks to magnets!


Because I always save my corks, I had a bowl of wine corks ready to use. But if you don’t have any on hand, crafts stores sell them in a bunch. All you need are the corks, magnets, glue (I use a hot glue gun) and an electric knife.


First, I cut each cork in half. Be careful not to cut yourself. The corks are small and the knife is big.


I used a magnet strip rather than individual circular magnets. I cut the magnet strip into approximately 1 inch pieces. Although the magnet strip had an adhesive backing on it, I still used hot glue when applying the magnet to the cork. After about 10 minutes the corks were ready to use.

IMG_2250I used my  new wine corks to display all of my hand-made greeting cards I’ve created over the years.


If you love wine like I do, I hope you try this easy diy. It’s a simple and unique way to express something you love. I love my “Adoro il vino” magnets!