BRINGING THE ROMANCE

I think it’s pretty clear that romance means different things to different people, mainly a woman’s opinion vs. a man’s. I think many women, in particular, secretly (or not so secretly) wish their man had a few more romantic tricks up his sleeve or was more inclined to perform the unprompted romantic gesture. When it comes down to it though, I think the idea of romance comes in all different shapes and sizes and isn’t so easily defined. Some may only consider grand (Bachelor-esque) gestures with rose pedals, and moonlit dinners to be romance while others recognize the love in the little things. I think there is nothing more sweet and romantic than walking outside to a warm and snow-cleared car on a snowy winter morning or waking up to a single glass of orange juice beside the bed just because he knows I like it. The little things…you know? (Shout out to my awesome hubby on that one…because there’s nothing more romantic than our first Valentine’s Day as Mr. & Mrs.)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it got me thinking about bringing romance into your home designs in a subtle way that works for everyone. I don’t really decorate my own home for Valentine’s Day (maybe that will change a bit when there are a couple little ones running around) but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a little romance into your home.

A couple ideas for bringing the romance with the little things this Valentine’s Day?

A simple ‘love’ pillow feels romantic and can be used year round. There’s something so sweet about snuggling up on the couch with the one you love. Bring the romantic decor into your home with comfy pillows and cozy throws.

Cozy living room with candles

I love cuddling in front of a fireplace on a cold night (I even crave it sometimes) but if you’re like me and don’t have a fireplace in your house, candles are definitely the next best option. Candles are my guilty pleasure and I would have them lit 24/7, if not for a couple of wildly wagging tails running around my house and the serious fire hazard..boo! But if you really want to bring that romance into your house for Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter, light a couple special candles and cuddle up with a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Spend a few sweet moments to take advantage of the day when romance is all the rage!

Bring the romance

Make a special dinner together, or if you’re going out, plan a candlelit dessert at home. Turn off the tube and put away the smartphones and take a minute to enjoy each others company. Dimming the lights and lighting a few candles at your dinner table makes everything feel a little extra special.

Whether you’re picking up some new pillows, lighting some candles, or simply exchanging cards…I think when it comes down to it, bringing romance into your home for Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be about elaborate decorations or elaborate gestures. The little things are what make it special and are really what Valentine’s Day is all about. So, what do you consider romantic? And, how will you be bringing the romance in your home for Valentine’s Day?

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE SPIFFY COMPANY

Happy New Year!

Here’s hoping your new years celebration was as lovely as ours was! A night at home full of close friends, good food, and many laughs made it the perfect way to ring in the new year! Today, I will spend the day relaxing, dealing with the celebratory remnants and thinking about beginning the Christmas clean-up (so sad!)

As I look to the year ahead, I can’t help but be optimistic about what is to come in 2014 for us at The Spiffy Company! I can’t thank you all enough for joining us on the beginning of what we hope to be a fun and exciting ride! I’m not making any official resolutions this year but I do look forward to starting a fresh new year full of fun projects and can’t wait for what is in store!

new years resolution

2014, here we come!

 

2013 HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS GIFT

For the past few years I have opted to make homemade Christmas gifts for all of my lovely ladies! Not only does this eliminate the stress of finding that one perfect gift for so many different people, it also adds an extra special touch to my holiday gifting. Making sweet and simple holiday gifts for those that you love is a great way to give them a one-of-a-kind present they will always remember and show them just how much your care. Sticking with my love of chalkboard paint this year (and with lots of help from my super handy husband) we made some great tabletop chalkboards for friends and family so that they could add some holiday cheer to their own home, display a dinner party menu, or just leave sweet little notes in any room of the house. And one of the best parts about this project? We were able to crank out 12 charming little chalkboards in just one weekend for under $50! Can’t beat that!

Now that the holidays have passed and gifts have been given, I thought I’d sneak you a peak of our 2013 homemade Christmas gift!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

We started out with two 8′ – 2″x12″ boards we picked up from Home Depot for under $20 a piece. We planned on a making a bunch so this size worked the best for us but you could choose whatever board length and thickness works for your project.

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

I have been blessed with a super handy husband so he was able to cut me six 14″ rectangles from each board. If you don’t have a saw and are unable to cut the boards yourself, just ask someone in the lumber section of Home Depot and someone will be able to help you!

Once the boards had been cut, my husband (never one to pass up the chance to use some of his power tools) decided to use his router to add some detail to the front edges of the chalkboard.

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

Slide4The routed edges are a great way to add additional visual interest to your chalkboards but simple rectangles will be perfectly fine. Don’t feel the need to over complicate this project. The casual elegance of it really is what makes it so charming!

2013 Homemade Christmas GiftAfter some sanding to round out the corners and smooth out the surface, we’re ready to stain!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

I chose to use a really nice dark stain to bring out all of the cool knots in the wood but the stain color is entirely up to you!

Once the stain was dry, I taped off the edges to where I wanted the chalkboard itself to be (making sure to press down firmly to prevent the paint from bleeding on this grainy surface) and one coat of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Flat-Black Spray Paint did the trick!

Slide7To add just a bit more detail to the chalkboards (and to use up some old hardware I had laying around) I drilled a hole in the top of the chalkboard and added these crystal drawer pulls as an accent. You could play around with these and use whatever you have laying around the house or take a trip to a thrift store or hobby shop. Use your imagination as add your own personal flair!

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

The final product?

2013 Homemade Christmas Gift

This fun and easy project took only a weekend and we ended up with all of these great homemade gifts for our friends and family! I was really happy with how they turned out and they ended up being a big hit!

What are some of your favorite homemade gift ideas?

NEW YEARS DECORATING IDEAS

I’m hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas full of family, fun, and lots of food! I know we sure did! As the Christmas celebrations are nearing their end, it’s time to turn our attention to the excitement of New Years! Whether your 2013 was one to remember or one you’d rather forget, now is the time that we begin to reflect on the year that was. What better way to do that than to plan a New Years Eve gathering? If you are planning a big News Years bash or just a small get together with a few friends (our personal favorite) take the opportunity to add a few festive New Years decorating touches on top of your Christmas decorations.

If you’re like me, you don’t rush to immediately rip down all of your Christmas gear on January 1st. It takes a lot of effort to decorate your home for Christmas, so what’s the big hurry to take it all down? This year, I have been coming up with a few ideas that will simply add to your already beautiful holiday décor while also giving that extra special nod to the impending year!

 

1. It’s all about the big countdown

Old clocks act as a playful nod to your New Years in your decorating! After all, isn’t that the focus of the whole evening during the countdown to midnight? Take a look around the house to dig up any old alarm clocks you may have laying around or make a trip to thrift store or department store (even target has some options for under $20) to see what you can find. These great antique alarm clocks nestled on the mantel or tucked into your table centerpiece will give the space a great vintage vibe and create the perfectly playful New Years décor.

New Years Decor

New Years Decorating

If you find yourself lacking in the extensive vintage timepiece collection (insert sarcastic tone here) you can always reference the good old timekeeper in your sweets!

2. Have a bubbly good time

Add some visual interest behind your bar or buffet table with some champagne balloon bubbles! Muted colors like gold, silver, white and blush will imitate your favorite bubbly while also staying in tune with your other holiday decorations!New Years Decorating

Or take advantage of the big Christmas decoration sales at Target right now and stock up on some champagne colored Christmas bulbs! These “bubbles” will look great scattered around your dinner table or gathered up in a glass bowl while continuing to add to your New Years theme!

3. Resolution check

It’s that time again! Many of us use this time of the year to start fresh, break bad habits, and move forward into the new year on the right foot with New Years resolutions. Pick a fun space in your house, and use up some of the Kraft paper from your holiday wrapping, to create a resolution board for your friends and family to join in on. Whether these resolutions are silly or serious, it’s a great way to add some entertaining group fun to your New Years gathering!

Whether you’re planning on enjoying a night out on the town or staying in with friends and family, we at The Spiffy Company wish you a happy and healthy New Year!