The Winter House

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Being down with the flu this week wasn’t in my plans. I had grand plans for saying good-bye to the holidays and immersing myself in NESTING and getting things done around the house! I planned on BLOGGING! But instead, I’ve been curled up in my bed with a fever, chills and coughing and not feeling up to doing much of anything. It’s not been fun start to January. My whole family has been sick, so I didn’t even have anyone to wait on me. Meh.

Even under the best of circumstances, it’s easy to get in a winter slump in January, with the cold weather and lack of sun in the foreseeable future. I usually combat the looming winter blues with puttering around the house, cozying up spaces with more blankets and textures and creating a comfortable place to sit by the fire.

I love nesting and getting cozy so I rather enjoy the opportunity to nestle in.

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As I get on the mend here I am especially looking forward to making plans for some design updates for my home this year. I do that every year but I’m especially excited about it this year. Since we don’t have a major remodel in the works, I’m looking forward to the smaller projects that make a house more cozy, personal, functional and livable. But until my flu brain fog lifts and I can emerge from my cocoon, I am just peeking around online for inspiration.

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I do know that I am always evolving and refining what I want to live with versus what I love to look at online. Sometimes the two conveniently merge in the middle, but sometimes not. Sometimes a clean and simple room grabs me online, but in real life in my own house I know it would feel cold and dreary and I’d miss the personality that a bit more color or pattern brings to a home. I know I need my house to have a bit more life to it, so finding the balance of what I love in pictures and need in real life is a part of the challenge. I definitely have a heightened sensitivity to how my house feels and never would settle for it looking pretty in a picture if I didn’t LOVE it in real life.

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In the winter I often just walk around my house looking at every angle. When I love what I see, I’m happy. But if I feel unsettled at all, I know I need to keep working on it. Right now I have so many of those areas I want to keep working on. I’m making progress, but still feel like I have a long way to go. And with a small budget of time and money, I want to find contentment and prioritize what is important so I don’t really obsess over it all the time. New furniture would be nice and all, but sometimes just re-imagining what you already have is a better idea. I’m looking forward to rethinking and repurposing this year. And organizing. Lots of organizing.

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How are you enjoying this first full week after the holidays?

Did you get lots of snow? I’m sure that wasn’t in your plans any more than the flu was in mine. I hope none of you got the flu!

I guess if we had some setbacks this week to our big plans for the first full week after the holidays, we can start over again NEXT week and have more success, right?

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How to Make a Festive Boxwood Wreath Chandelier

How to make a boxwood wreath chandelier

How to Make a Wreath Chandelier

This project was created in partnership with The Home Depot. As always, the projects and ideas are mine!

Want to make something fun and unique for your front porch or home this Christmas? How about a festive boxwood wreath chandelier? You know you want one (or TWO). It’s pretty easy! And just wait until you see how it looks with the lights on, it’s magical!

DIY boxwood wreath chandelier tutorial

You’ll need two boxwood wreaths. Mine are Boxwood Wreaths 30 inch and 24 inch, both from The Home Depot. (I ordered mine online.) You can also make this with just one wreath, but we went with the BIG DRAMA and made ours a double-decker!

rope for wreath chandelier

Then you’ll want some rope or ribbon, or even a chain. We chose some thicker rope like this so it would have a rustic nautical feel. I love it!

hooks to hang wreath chandelier

Then you’ll want some hooks for hanging your wreath. We installed heavy-duty hooks from The Home Depot that were big enough to handle our rope. Once you get the wreath hung, you can’t really see the hooks (at least on ours) so don’t worry about getting fancy hooks, unless you have a really snazzy porch or are using them inside (or if you think they will show).

how to make a wreath chandelier - DIY tutorial the inspired room

Next you’ll want to have your husband or friend get up on a ladder and hold the wreath so you can decide how low to hang it. You do not need to have an existing light for this wreath project; it will look great even by itself.

If you have a shorter porch ceiling, I would recommend just one wreath hung closer to the ceiling. We decided to hang the first wreath at the top of our lantern. Once you decide how low it will hang, you can judge how long to cut the rope.

Before you cut, look ahead at the tutorial to see how we decided to hang ours so you can figure out how much rope you’ll need.

DIY wreath chandelier tutorial

Loop the rope around the wire on the back of the wreath and tie the rope in a knot to secure it.

diy boxwood wreath ropes

Then tie the other end of the same rope a few inches over, creating a “handle” you can hold. It’s helpful to leave a few inches of excess rope in case you decide you need more length. Note that your wreath will now hang lopsided, unless you repeat that step again with one more rope.

DIY Wreath Chandelier tutorial the inspired room

Take one more length of rope and knot it on the back of the wreath, opposite the other rope. Then take the remaining end and knot it a few inches over, so your wreath will have two rope handles to hang it from (kind of like shopping bag or purse handles; see the photo below for how it will hang).

how to make a wreath chandelier tutorial at the inspired room

Hang one handle on each hook, with the wreath upside down. Once you hang it, you can retie a rope or balance it out by sliding it around on the hooks a bit, as needed, to make it level.

DIY double wreath chandelier tutorial

Once you are happy with your first wreath, pat yourself on the back and call it done. I loved the look of one. Or go for the drama like we did, and make another one!

how to make a wreath chandelier diy at the inspired room

Repeat the process for your second wreath. Just make sure your rope is long enough to hang down through the first wreath. We looped both wreaths over the same hooks.

When you like how the wreaths hang, trim any excess rope and you are done! If you want to add lights, I’d recommend slim wire battery-operated LED string lights with a timer. That way you can set them to come on and off every evening so you don’t have to climb up and deal with them every day!

This was such a simple, fun project for our Christmas porch! I love what a bold statement it makes.

DIY boxwood wreath chandelier christmas porch

DIY tutorial Christmas Wreath Chandelier

It’s pretty all day long, and at night it’s absolutely magical!

How to Make a Wreath Chandelier

It makes my porch feel like you are entering a fairytale! I think this would be beautiful for a wedding or party, too!

DIY How-To-Tutorial-Christmas-Wreath-Chandelier - The Inspired Room

If you like this project, feel free to pin it on Pinterest or share it on Facebook and link back to this post!

Come see the rest of the Christmas porch here, and the inside of my Christmas house here!

Wreath Chandelier Supplies Needed:

2 Boxwood (or any kind you like) Wreaths 30 inch and 24 inch
Hooks {mine were less than $1 each}
You’ll need several sets of lights, depending on what size and how many wreaths you use.

Do you decorate your porch or front door for Christmas?

Valentine’s Day Mantel {and DIY Heart-Felt Banner}

DIY HeartFelt Banner for Valentines Day - The Inspired Room


Valentine’s Day Mantel

DIY Heart-Felt Garland

**supplies **

jute twine


needle and thread


cut out felt heart shapes & stitch edge to twine

space about five inches apart


valentine's day mantel from the inspired room heart garland

Valentine's Day Mantel decor

DIY valentine's felt garland

DIY Valentine's Day Garland Felt Hearts

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