DIY: Renovate an Old Centerpiece

You can see the “before” on this art project has some good elements (nice glass vase and good stones) but the colors don’t match anything and the candle… well, it needs to be dumped.

Start by taking inventory of what you have. This photo shows what I thought I would use when I started this project, but it ended up changing mid-project. All I bought were 2 items from Ikea (the blue candle and the box of scented seashells). This cost me maybe $8 total?

Since I used some gold elements around my blank canvas of a living room, I thought a great way to pull that color in would be to spray the orange stones into gold. It really added life to these old stones.

Once the stones dried, it was time to play with the elements. Originally I was going to mix the stones and shells in one vase, but then I realized I had the elements to make 2 centerpieces.

I dug out the circular vase from the back of a cabinet and found the white candle in an old lantern. After some more reconfiguring, you can see I have 2 new beautiful pieces and I only spent $8. Plus, I now have some extra cabinet space.

They also smell good too (scented candles). I love it! This first piece adds a pop of color between the blue and the gold. It ties in several design elements, as a good centerpiece should.

To sum it all up, go through your cabinets and pull out your old forgotten-about vases. By spending only a few dollars, you can repurpose something that was forgotten about and it can end up adding a lot to a space.

Hollywood Hills Girls Night/ Blackout

On Saturday night, after a day of rock climbing, my good friend Lindsey invited me and several other friends over for a
girls night at a home she was house sitting. Wine, pizza, Apples 2 Apples, and good friends make up for a perfect night so of course I was in.

Even the girly dogs were enjoying our girls night. How cute is she!

This photo is me acting out the Apples 2 Apples card, aka taking bizarre photos of hands. Well, in this case I was documenting a nice nail polish job… but I was still bizarre.

In the middle of our merriment, the power (and lights) went out to the sound of us all gasping. It had the true making of a horror film. 6 girls, house sitting in a giant home in the hills, when the power goes out and murder strikes! Okay, well no one got murdered. In fact, this house was the best place to lose power because the homeowner had so many candles and a fire pit outside, which we had already lit.

It was so eerie and cool. With the moon out and the views looking down into Beachwood Canyon and into Hollywoodland, it was so special. Beachwood Canyon was the only section without power, and we could see all the neighbors lighting candles creating a little glow around the neighborhood.

It felt like we should of had a talk with the unliving, although we didn’t. Movie night had to end (for obvious reasons), but our night didn’t as we chatted and drank wine which made for a fantastic night with mood (candle) lighting.

We toasted marshmallows and talked through the night.

The views out on the patio were unbelievable. And the night was a success. I stayed over at the house… so next up is my adventurous Sunday in Hollywood.