Sunday, November 30, 2008

Lazy (Red Shed) Girl's Christmas Decor

The sum, total of My Outside Decorating.........
Two Wreaths.........
Our friend, designer GiGi Ewbank, starts decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween (Maybe she will bless us with some photos...that's another post). She has 16 Christmas trees gracing every room of her house and decorates NON STOP for 10 days! I am not GiGi.

I'm also not Michele M. who normally spends her Christmas out of town, so her decorating usually consists of whatever tree and ornaments she finds at a garage sale before Christmas, then she puts the whole thing in a trash sack the day after Christmas and out it goes.

I live in a little yellow cottage in the country. "Little" being the operative word. The interior is true to the Shabby Cottage style of the Red Shed, but I am not a decorator either. The walls of the kitchen and living room are a light yellow and usually most of the furnishings are in whites and pinks. When Christmas comes (I wait until the day after Thanksgiving). I swap out some of the pink for RED. It feels warmer...and I usually let it stay until Valentines Day.
So here is my simple swap out, with an emphasis on SIMPLE....

I only decorate the kitchen and living room. In the kitchen, first the normally bare floor gets a rug with some Reds.......

The comforter on the white slipcovered couch in the kitchen is flipped over to look like snowflakes...

Probably the oddest thing I do is I have this shelf that holds flea market paintings of pinkish roses and gardenias.......I bring out another set of paintings in reds and switch out the whole shelf..

This is the most fabulous picture. Michele M and I found it at a Goodwill for $8.00. It has lived at her house and at the shop, and now my house. It has been framed, but I love it unframed. We have been offered lots of money for it, but we just can't part with it!

Pink wreaths come down, Red wreaths go up................

In the living room, I mostly add reds with fruit and greens from my yard....

(I'm still looking for a fabulous red rose, vintage nativity or Santa picture to switch this one out...any suggestions?)

The corner cupboard gets some pomegranates, apples, and cranberries.......

A few finishing touches.......

I've been experimenting, making these vintage crystal fan pulls. I love em! And they will be available (in various styles) at our Christmas sale on Dec. 6th.

And finally the tree. We always get a live one, which I let my DH pick out. I think he got a little confused on the height of our ceilings, because we had to chop a bit of the top and the bottom to get the angel on!Decorated with vintage crystal icicles, crystals, and of course, roses.
Hope you had a great and Thankful weekend!
Don't forget the White Christmas Sale at the Red Shed on December 6th.....Preview to follow...


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cindy's Camp ~ Cottage meets Kitsch ~ A Loft Becomes a Home

Many times our customers will come back to the shop, just beaming because they found a perfect piece at the Red Shed. They will say "Oh, its just wonderful, you should see it!" We always ask them to send us some photos, but life is busy, and time is so short. Well, our dear new friend Cindy Camp, did us one better and invited us to see her new loft apartment where many Red Shed treasures have gone to live.
Cindy and her husband Mike just moved to Grapevine a few months ago, and shortly after, Cindy found out she needed surgery. She realized that friends and family would be visiting and staying in their new loft. As she put it " It went from bare walls, to what you see in about two weeks" .
Well, we can't imagine what Cindy could do if she had a few months! She is just one of those designers who has a great eye for purchases and a whimsical sense of style. She purchased many of the items shown online, sight unseen! We hope you enjoy the tour as much as we did.
The den/music room has the saying from the first photo on the wall, made from this entire set of marquee letters.
Love the B & W photos of their sons.
The entire apartment has high, high ceilings with exposed duct work. All the better to show collections above the kitchen cabinets.
Love the pumpkins on a vintage plant stand, perfect in the middle of her distressed black farm table.
Adorable vignettes around every corner,
This is my absolute favorite. How many of us would have passed on this fabulously kitschy red lamp, yet it looks to perfect mixed with a vintage needlepoint and deer antlers!

Oh the bedroom, we could have curled right up for a nap, if it weren't for all of the interesting collections in every corner.

Interesting objects throughout the house, kept us on our toes.

And the living room....cowboy hats on Audubon prints
Wonderful farm cabinet.........
and I almost had a heart attack when I saw this periodic table in FRENCH! Weighs almost 300 pounds and her DH hung it while she was in the hospital (and only got a "little bit" of blood on the wall)!
And finally, Who can tell me what Cindy's coffee table was in it's previous life?