New Year Living Room Refresh with Article Matrix Chairs

Happy New Year, loves! I don’t know about you but I’ve been in a haze of exhaustion since the holidays ended. I always love Christmas decorations until it’s time to put them away. I’ve been vacuuming up stray pieces of tinsel and glitter for a week and somehow they still keep popping up!hoovering Putting away the decorations always feels like a clean slate and I get super motivated to do a little redecorating afterward. I decided I wanted to add a little more color in here for the New Year and thought a new accent chair and pillows would be the best way to do it. Switching out chairs and pillows is my favorite way to change things up. They’re easy to store away and swap from room to room, so you can easily switch things up whenever you feel like! I teamed up with Article to show you a few new color combos!

If you haven’t heard of Article yet, let me introduce you! Article is an online-only brand that offers quality modern furniture with a direct-to-consumer model that avoids price markups you’ll find in stores. This makes shopping with them easy, efficient, and more cost friendly! And the fact that delivery starts at only $49, regardless of order size or delivery location across the U.S. and Canada makes shopping for furniture online a delight.

I not only wanted to add more color but also luxe texture. The velvet Matrix chairs from Article turned out to be the perfect size and shape for my apartment’s living room. The rounded curves and slim legs are versatile enough to fit in with many styles, including my mid-century vibe. AND paired with the Lucca pillows makes for great color combos.  Plus, ordering and delivery, and assembly was an absolute breeze.

I was set on the Matrix chair, but I had to pick a color! The Matrix comes in 12 colors, so I pulled colors from my rug and favorite table lamp as inspiration. I went with Blush Pink, Grass Green, and Persimmon Orange as my top contenders. Each one brings a different vibe to the room. Check it out!

The first option was Blush Pink paired with a Claret Red Lucca Pillow. I figured this would pull in the color from my lamp and red from my rug. I like the combination of pink and red, it feels cute and warm at the same time, and is perfect for February!Blush Pink Matrix Chair from Article

Blush Pink and Claret Red Matrix Chair and Lucca Pillow from ArticleI also REALLY like it paired with a Persimmon Orange Lucca pillow. It ties together the orange from the rug and my dining room chairs nicely, without it being too orange.Blush Pink Velvet Chair from ArticleI love it from this angle! Blush Pink and Orange combo. Matrix Chair from ArticleI’ve been wanting to try to incorporate more green into this room so next up is the Grass Green Matrix with Blush Pink pillows. Article Matrix Chair and Lucca Pillow in Grass Green and Blush PinkPink and green is one of my favorite color combos ever, buuutttt my room, bathroom, and office already have pink and green as their main colors so that might be overkill…Article Matrix Chair in Grass Green with Pink Blush Lucca PillowThis green is very luxe and gives me major Art Deco vibes.Velvet Matrix Chair from Artcle in Grass Green and Blush Pink It gets an even warmer feel when paired with the Persimmon Orange pillow.Article Matrix Chair in Grass Green with Persimmon Orange Pillow

The Persimmon Orange Matrix against my blue sofa feels very retro! This is a popular contrasting color combo that brings a vibrant and fun feeling to the space.Article Matrix Chair in Persimmon Orange with Pink Lucca Pillow The Blush Pink Lucca pillow softens up the boldness a little, too.  I think this might be my favorite…Orange and Pink combo. Matrix Chair and pillow from ArticleI’m super into this combo. Persimmon Orange Velvet Matrix Chair from Article with Blush Pink Lucca PillowThe Lucca pillows come in sets of two, so can go on the chair while its twin decorates the sofa. Ooooo. Orange Velvet Chair from Article

It’s SO hard to choose. I’m very torn between the two pink and orange combos. As much as I am IN LOVE with the persimmon orange, I don’t want that side of the room to feel overwhelmingly orange with the orange dining chairs and dining rug, so I’m going with the pink Matrix with Orange Lucca pillow for now, because it leads perfectly into the dining area and feels balanced while also tying together my lamp and rug.

Blush Pink Velvet Chair from Article

I’ve been toying with the idea of changing the color of my dining chair cushions though, so I’ll hang on to the orange for a bit in case I go that route sooner than later and change my mind (which I so often do). We’ll see!

I’m curious – which of the 12 colors would you choose to mix and match?!  Let me know in the comments!

This post was made possible by Article, but all opinions are true and my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Melodramaville Christmas Home Tour 2017

Merry Christmas!

Ok you guys, I’ve always been obsessed with Christmas. Decorating Christmas trees is in my top 5 favorite hobbies of all time and I look forward to it every year. Normally we get a real tree, but this year we decided to go with a colorful artificial tree and skip the hassle of hunting one down and getting into the stand, etc etc. Turns out it was still a hassle because I went through 3 rotating stands, none of which worked, and ended up having to redecorate the tree a couple of times because of that. It still turned out cute in the end though!

DIY Mid-century inspired Christmas tree skirtPink tree! Vintage ornaments! DIY tree skirt!

Pink Mid-century christmas tree .jpgPink Vintage Christmas Tree.jpegMid-Century Palm Springs Christmas Decor.jpegEvery year I make a wreath for the front door. This year I made a cellophane wreath which was a popular mid-century craft.DIY Retro Style Cellophane Wreath with Bottle Brush TreesI also made  throw pillows inspired by my favorite vintage ornaments.

Vintage Ornament Throw Pillow DIYGift Wrapping.jpgMid-Century Christmas DecorI have a serious addiction to bottle brush trees. And I couldn’t leave out my DIY Putz houses of course!Mid-century putz houses.jpgIt’s a house rule that every room needs at least one tree in it.

1950s ChristmasI definitely cried a little when I decorated this tree. It’s the one we use to hold all of our special ornaments that we’ve collected on trips and for special occasions. We’ve experienced tremendous loss this year and we miss so many people, but these ornaments also remind us of the really, really good times and memories they hold. Sending all my love to everyone who has a hard time around this time of year. Be gentle on yourselves and hang in there. Try to continue making good memories even though it hurts right now. One day when it doesn’t hurt as bad you’ll be grateful you didGold Christmas Tree I also took advantage of the vintage inspired ceramic trees that Target had this year, for those rooms that couldn’t fit a full size tree. Mini Porcelain Christmas Tree.jpgVintage Ceramic tree in kitchen .jpg

I hope you all have a splendid Christmas!

 

Melodrama’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

OK, this gift guide is totally last minute, like my shopping. My gifts always arrive late, but to me that just extends Christmas a little more and you end up with a little New Years gift. Right??? I am who I am.

If you’re like me and still need gift ideas for the hip and happening people in your life here’s a list of some of my favorites!

Cone Vase by Baigelman Glass

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Flamingo Tiki Glasses by Love and Victory

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Hand Painted Plaques from Everyday is a Holiday

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Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann ChenBadGirlsThroughoutHistory3DCover_large.jpg

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Ban.do Rose 17 Month Agendabando-il-agenda-17_month_medium-rose_parade-02_1024x1024For the kids…

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant

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For the pet lover…

Modern Pet Feeder by modernmews il_570xN.371960753_iki5.jpg

The splurge…

Roccbox Portable Pizza Oven

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What’s on your list? Tell me some of your favorite things in the comments below!

DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Throw Pillow

If you don’t know by now, I’m totally obsessed with vintage Christmas ornaments.

IMG_6860.jpgMy favorites are the ones with the indented reflectors in the middle. I just love how unique each one is and how they sparkle and reflect colors when hanging on a lit up tree. It’s magical! You might remember that Ornament Tree Skirt I made a couple of years ago, but this year I wanted to bring that theme to life as a throw pillow.

What you’ll need:

DIY Ornament Throw Pillow.jpg-Fabric. (The amount depends on the size of pillow you want to make. I used fleece, but you can use any non-stretchy fabric you want. I got two 18″ pillows out of 2 yards of 45″ wide fleece.)
Metal Christmas light reflector cups
-1” Silver buttons
-Snowfake shaped crafting buttons
Metallic Braid Trim
-Ribbons, rickrack, and felt/fabric to decorate
-Embroidery thread and long needle
-Fabric glue
-Sewing Machine and thread (or you can glue the edges for a no-sew attempt)

What you do:

First draw a circle. The best way to do this is to use a tape measure or ruler and the compass method. Remember the way we learned in math class? HA I bet you thought you’d never need that. Then sketch out a little top piece (about 5″ wide), like an ornament would have. Then cut it out!Ornament Throw Pillow DIYOrnament Throw Pillow Tutorial.jpg

Sew the edges together leaving an opening at the top. Turn it right side out and iron. Stuff with polyfill through the top and then close the opening using a slipstitch. (You can try gluing all of these edges for a no-sew attempt, but the results won’t be as clean.)

In order to make the indented middle you need to tuft. Use a silver button and a light reflector to do this. Put the silver button in the middle of the reflector and use embroidery thread and a long needle to pull the button and reflector through the middle of the pillow. Pull it tight to make the indent, and use a triple knot to make it stay. Trim the excess thread. You can also use another button on the other side to keep it all in place if the triple knot isn’t enough. Do it yourself ornament throw pillow.jpg

 

Now you can have fun decorating it! Glue the snowflake buttons around the indent for extra sparkle. Use the metallic trim around the top to make it look like the ornament cap. Use rickrack, ribbons, and fabric scraps to create lines and shapes.

Vintage Ornament Throw Pillow DIY.jpgAnd voila! A cute little ornament throw pillow!DIY Vintage Ornament Throw Pillow.jpg

DIY Cellophane and Bottle Brush Tree Wreath

In this installment of Krys’s craft corner I’m bringing back an oldie but a goodie. When I was a kid I always made some version of a DIY wreath using a coat hanger and some sort of household product like tissue paper, felt, plastic bags, or in this case cellophane.

This is a totally retro craft that was really popular in post-war households. During the 50s and 60s companies like Alcoa, Reynolds, DuPont, and 3M sent out pamphlets full of ways to use their plastic and foil products for other household uses such as holiday crafts, including cellophane wreaths. They were usually dressed up with foil flowers and an electric candle stick. Companies even sold them already made, for the non-DIY crowd.

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There are a few different ways to make these wreaths. You can use a wire hanger and shape it into a circular shape, or you can do what I did and buy a metal floral hoop. Most ready-made versions were made by layering round, crimped pieces of red cellophane (almost like cupcake wrappers), but other versions and the easier DIY method are made by tying strips of cellophane to a metal ring.

What You’ll Need:

-a metal floral hoop or a wire hanger shaped into a circle

-cellophane in your color choice, cut into strips approximately 1″ wide by 7″ long

(I used a 14″ wire wreath form, and 3 rolls of cellophane wrap)

I unrolled the wrap on my floor and cut strips 1 inch wide. Then I cut those strips into 7″ long pieces.

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Crumple up the strips to give them more texture. Then tie them onto the metal ring. Push each piece tight against the last.

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Continue working all the way around until the metal hoop is completely covered.

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Instead of the traditional candle stick I used dyed bottle brush trees from Distinguished FlamingoDIY Cellophane Wreath with Bottle Brush Trees Tutorial

And thats it! Use a ribbon or a wreath hanger to put it on your door or in your windows.DIY Vintage Inspired Cellophane Wreath Tutorial

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DIY No-Sew Mid-Century Inspired Christmas Tree Skirt

It’s that time again! Christmas time! I love this time of year. No matter what is going on in life, good or bad, decorating my Christmas tree always cheers me up. This year we switched things up a bit and used our fake pink tree instead of trying to find a natural, flocked one here in the desert. We even got a rotating stand so the whole thing spins!

I badly needed a new tree skirt since my last DIY one got ruined during our move. Wahhh.

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I used the same tutorial and materials as my previous no-sew felt Christmas tree skirt (pictured above), and put a different spin on it.

First you need a couple yards of 72″ felt. Then you make a circle in your desired size. I explain this in more detail here.diy-felt-christmas-tree-skirt-2

Then use pieces of felt in various colors to create curved rhombus shapes that were popular in the 50s and 60s.

Mid-century inspired tree skirtLike so!Mid-century inspired tree skirt made with felt

Then just simply use fabric glue to adhere them to the felt skirt in whatever pattern you desire.

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And there you have it! A quick and easy DIY tree skirt for your retro tree.

DIY Mid-century inspired Christmas tree skirt

Happy tree trimming!

 

Be sure to tag your Christmas photos with #Krysmasgram on Instagram!

 

Apple Pie Thanksgiving Cocktail

Happy Thanksgiving, my darlings! We’re not doing much for Thanksgiving around here this year, but what we are doing is mixing up some delicious cocktails for the occasion.

This “Apple Pie Cocktail” is our current favorite. It’s an adaptation from one of my favorite vintage Patrick Duffy books and it’s a delight. It’s a refreshing cocktail with seasonal notes of fruit and apples. Be careful with this one! It goes down really smooth so pace yourself. Now go rummage through grandma’s liquor cabinet for that apple brandy and start mixing!Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe - Rum, Apple Brandy, Vermouth, Grenadine, and Lemon Juice

Here’s what you need:

1 ounce Bacardi Rum
1 ounce Italian Vermouth
4 dashes (about a teaspoon) Apple Brandy
4 dashes (about a teaspoon) Lemon Juice
2 dashes (about 1/2 teaspoon) Grenadine

Shake well with ice and strain into a glass. I garnished mine with a pie crust spiral.

To make the pie crust spiral, just take a strip of pie dough and wrap it around the handle to a metal spoon or something similar and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove the spiral from the mold before it completely cools and is still somewhat pliable and then let cool completely.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!