We got to opportunity this Christmas to decorate for a few clients around town. Here is one of them. We LOVE Christmas.
“I hired Chrissy and Mo to install some Christmas decorations in my entryway, mantle, and centerpiece. I told them that I was planning on spending an entire day to put up my main Christmas tree, and they offered to do it. I was amazed that they could do everything I had in mind, INCLUDING the tree in just a few hours. They came, they photographed, they shopped, and they created an absolute masterpiece. They were economical and thoughtful with their purchases, and added tons of fresh greenery. My house was transformed into an artistic, wild, yet elegant, masterful Christmas wonderland, truly beyond my imagination!!”
Cindy Eastman Kilgore, South Bend, IN.
Before we even saw the clients space we went pruning and gathered some boxwood and other sprigs of nature to add into the tree and garlands.
This year I decided to let Colt(4) and Molly(2) decorate my mantel.
When I get home tonight I may re-adjust a few of the ornaments. I think they were going for the cluster effect.
This Christmas season with a 4-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 4-month old I decided that I had to somehow make less MORE. I only got out about 1/2 of my Christmas decorations and for the longest time I just stared at all the green, red and white sparkly bulbs thinking…
I don’t have the energy for this, Whelp, here goes nothing!
My goal this year was to add holiday to the everyday. I got this idea from my mom (Chrissy, Christmas Decorator Extraordinaire). Growing up Chrissy would spend days and days putting all our Christmas decorations out. To this day, I cannot bring myself to purchase anything artificial. My home will only see (and smell) fresh cut tree’s and garland for as long as I live. It’s got a very raw look and smells so woodsy. Plus, it’s very easy to work with. When it’s time to take it down…you just throw it in the trash and sweep! No big deal.
Here are a few pictures of our decorations so far. Neither of us are finished but it’s a start and really…who needs to rush decorating for the most beautiful time of the year?
If ya liked it then you shoulda put a bow on it. Oh, Oh, Oh!
I got my tree at Home Depot, again. I buy the largest, fullest, cheapest tree I can find. Decorate that sucker up and keep it watered…you’re good to go.
Google “How to make a bow” and go to town! You can add a red bow to just about anything in your home and make it look Christmas-y.
These wreaths are fresh from Home Depot. They came with a generic, red velvet bow and Chrissy added satin white-and-black polka dot ribbon and it looks adorable. Even better in person. Try to add wreaths to the insides and outsides of your doors.
Truth: This is a crummy picture.
Truth: These wreaths are freaking cute!
Chrissy bought fresh wreaths, satin ribbon and red ornaments (hot glued into wreath) that were bought LAST year on clearance after Christmas. Only a few bucks for each wreath and don’t you know she’s gonna toss it all when she’s done and then chose another theme for next year. Hassle free ya’ll.
Center Piece. Cinnamon pine cones (I always buy the from Home Depot too. Home Depot takes all tonight!), a bowl and left over ornaments. Smelly and cute.
This is a giant mirror in my living room. Typically I will hang a wreath over a mirror but this year I used a silver ‘B’ I had laying around and some white snow flakes. I taped the snow flakes and tied the ‘B’ up with a silver bow which I hung on a nail on the wall right about the mirror.
What your favorite Christmas decoration/memory?
Chrissy: My Grandma and Grandpa always used to serve milk and cookies (sometimes hot cocoa) out of Santa Clause mugs every year. I found antique Santa mugs at a local auction when my kids were younger and now I serve my grand kids out of the same mugs!! It reminds me of the magic of Santa.
Mo: Every Christmas my brother and I would fight over who got to climb on my Dad’s shoulders and put the angel on the top of the Christmas tree. For about three or four years in a row I
fibbed and magically got to put the angel on the tree because I had the best memory of who got to put the angel on the year before. “Spencer did it last year…”, “Spencer did it last year…”, “Spencer did it last year…”.
What about you??
We’re finally getting around to dusting off the cobwebs from our blog. I (mo) had a baby (yes, another one) and I’m finally washing the baby barf off my clothes and getting to business. We had an exciting Spring/Summer/Fall and worked with some wonderful clients.
Currently we’re having a website and brochures being designed for us and we’re totally pumped!
Hang tight while we get the finishing touches made and prepare to go LIVE!
Mo & Chrissy
While browsing my local Goodwill for an ugly outfit for an upcoming party I snatched this dresser for my daughter Molly’s bedroom. It just so happened to be “50%-off Saturday” so I only paid $25 bucks for it. I had the white paint in the basement leftover from a previous project and within a few hours I was organizing her clothes in her new dresser.
What I really love about this piece is, AGAIN, it’s a solid piece of furniture! You can’t buy a dresser at IKEA with stapled drawers for $25 bucks. Go to a Goodwill or Salvation Army…put some money back in your community and get something unique for your home!
This dresser has a retro look to it which fits the feel of my house and because of that I can guarantee you that someday I’ll move it around and bring it into my dining room…maybe use it as a buffet for a while. Or eventually move it to the basement and use it in my craft room. It’s a versatile piece, which might just be my favorite part…well, second to the fact that I spent $25 bucks on it. That’s what’s up!
What do you get when your cousin calls you before she leaves for college and asks for help with an ugly chair she found in the basement that she wants to use in her dorm room?? You find a scrap piece of fabric in your craft drawer and go to town!
With zero money and limited time you can make something cute and functional. It’s also not some cookie cutter piece you bought at Target. This is a solid piece of furniture that will last her years. She’ll be able to take it to take it with her to her own home one day and use it as a side chair or a computer desk chair…let her 10 kids romp around on it. :) We used a nice thick fabric, so with a little Dial soap the any stains will lift right up. It’s got a story. It’s got charm.
Hello all and welcome to our official CM Spaces blog!
We’re currently working on getting pictures of our designs and posting them on our Portfolio page.
Also, we’re hard at work with a few awesome clients, getting their rooms tweaked to perfection. We can’t wait to post pictures of our newly re-designed lounge area at Notre Dame!
Mo and Chrissy