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-Paper garland cutouts mounted on fishing line.
Gathering the family at your place is a wonderful feeling of welcoming, love, and togetherness. It also brings on the stomach turning stress of frantic cleaning, hiding all the clutter, and those brief moments of wishing you gave it all up to live like the Amish with one outfit, a shovel and a candle to your name.
Here in NYC the feeling is no different. It happens about 4 times a day. But my friends at Apartment CPR are experts in bringing the best out of your space. They have been turning small spaces into true sanctuaries for 4 years and know exactly how to bring the holiday spirit into your home while also sharing the gift of sanity.
Here is a list of easy projects that don't cost much more than last night's take out, and can be done in those last couple of days you have left before everyone arrives.
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1: Don't forget the meaning of the season. Christmas is about family and tradition, so don't get overwhelmed by the hub bub. Find a few meaningful traditions that your family will remember for years to come.
2: Keep it simple. Less is more! A well done tree or mantle piece is all you really need to bring the Christmas spirit to your home.
3: De-clutter before decorating. Your Christmas decor should replace some of your existing year round items.
4: Find a cohesive color scheme. Use a palate that works with your exiting home decor. Just because Red and Green are traditionally everywhere doesn't mean you're stuck with those two colors. Green can be your "neutral' then play off it with colors that speak to you.
5: Use simple wrapping. Use brown paper packages tied up with string or stick with the same wrapping paper to make the tree area seem less cluttered and more cohesive.
6: Pile on the texture and metallics. Use them as pops of excitement against your above mentioned palate.
7: Set a budget and stick to it! Not every decoration has to be store bought. Here are a few Apartment CPR DIY's:
-Paper garland cutouts mounted on fishing line.
-Strung Marshmallows sprayed with a metallic glitter.
8: Get the family involved. Decorate the tree together, create your own ornaments that will become family treasures.
9: Think outside the box. Not all homes have room for a tree. A wreath is a great substitute or build a "tree" of your own. To replace the pine tree smell, a great scented candle or diffuser will do the trick.
10: Get inspired, Pinterest, magazines and other forums are a great way to hone your design skills. If you don't have the time to do the decor the way you want, or don't know how to excute the ideas ask for help! Apartment CPR does just that! www.apartmentcpr.com Let us take the hassle out of your holiday!
The holidays should feel like a chance to enjoy company and relax, not a chore. Find a few things you and your family love and stick with them. Then with a little time to organize you can have a great holiday hosting routine down for every year.
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In anticipation of our new bundle of joy, my wife and I knew we would be converting our second bedroom into the baby's room.
The days of my makeshift man cave with a couch, Playstation 4 and big screen TV, all secluded away in my own room have since vanished. Now all doors are open.
While I knew I would love to do something fun with the room, I thought a simple star ceiling would be too cliche. How could I take that up a notch?
Luckily, I have crafty and artistic friends here in New York City, and I could mine the minds of my many masters of fine arts and come up with an elegant and exciting solution.
The bold plan was to create a ceiling with painted sky and clouds so that it would be a "day time" look during the day and install leds or fiber optics to give it a star effect at night, when the room was dark.
Most DIY articles online show a fiber optic installation in a ceiling with access from above. A crawl space or even an attic is used to insert the fiber from the top once holes are punched through the panels. There is a terrific guide HERE that I used as the foundation for my methods.
In New York City, access to your ceiling from above is downright impossible. I had to find another way.
Luckily, we live in a building with the most amazing landlord I have ever had! He was supportive of the idea to make this ceiling and his only real response was smiling and saying, "That sounds like a lot of work."
With his blessing, I set the plan in motion.
You can find a detailed installation guide in my DIY post at Instructables.com! Instructables.com is a great site for anyone with a knack for handy work. If you have an idea for your home, auto, clothing or hobby you'll be sure to find some project to inspire or guide you. I'm a big fan.
Below I have laid out a few pictures of the project in motion. Check it out.
You can click any picture below to see a YouTube tutorial!
This is the start of the 2x3 framing that I installed in the ceiling. The painted drywall panels will attach to these. I grabbed all my materials through the Home Depot website.
The fiber optic is run behind the panels and pokes through to the other side. Then all the lines are run to a central point for power.
This picture shows the fiber optic installed but not run neatly yet.
Here is a star ceiling kit on Amazon for a great price.
Here is a closer look at the cable run more neatly.
My buddy connects the light source with the power in the ceiling. We removed the ceiling lamp to gain access.
All the ceiling panels are in place. Now to cover the seems.
I found some flat molding with a simple design through
Home Depot. It was perfect for covering the seems and finishing off the ceiling with a clean look.
With a few more touches like this Smithsonian Hanging Solar System and these fun woodsy animal decals, the room is finished!
A night shot of the stars.