Oh Christmas Tree

Our house has never looked more festive. We decked the halls (well, more like the living room, the den, and the front door) with all things sparkly and even though it was 82 degrees yesterday (!) it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


Our silver themed tree came out really well, and a few strategically placed silver balls made other objects around the house feel totally Santa-ready.

Clam Shell

My favorite new ornament holder is a giant clam shell from Z Gallerie that John surprised me with for my last birthday. The different toned silver ornaments inside twinkle like oversized pearls- but glass balls also look great in vases, on platters, and even hung from fishing wire in a window (so the sun streams through them during the day- gorge).


I also got a little creative with starfish by balancing a few of them in our tree. The mixed textures (smooth glass balls vs. angular starfish) really add interest and keep your eyes moving around- so you’re sure to find everything from a silver piggy bank to a disco ball or three.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us all about your Christmas decorating ideas, and feel free to email us some photos that we can post. After all, tis the season for sharing.



We’d Like To Thank The Academy…


What better way to ring in our five month wedding anniversary than finding out we won five grand? As many of you know we entered the Remodel, Blog & Win contest by RemodelingMySpace.com a few months ago. But never in our wildest dreams did we think we’d actually win the $5000 grand prize- especially when the competition was so fierce (there were 46 other blogs in the running). In fact, it seemed like such a long shot that when I requested that we put dinner on hold until the winner was announced, John gently suggested that I shouldn’t “get my hopes up.”

So I wrestled to keep them down until the phone rang. And the rest is a blur. We learned that we’d won the grand prize and that we’d soon be receiving the big check (big in amount, we don’t think it will actually be one of those huge novelty checks). The phone call set off a combination of screaming, jumping, pinching ourselves, more screaming, more jumping, hugging, more hugging, more screaming and some mild hyperventilation. Burger thought we’d gone positively mad.

And a big thanks to Paul Marek and the rest of the RemodelingMySpace.com crew for masterminding such a fun contest. We plan to put some of the winnings towards a housing charity in Richmond and use the rest to continue doing new projects around the house so we can keep sharing them with you.