DIY Winter Holiday Centerpiece

During the holiday season, all public spaces are decorated and styled up to help everyone feel the upcoming festivities. At work, I’m seeing desks, offices, and entire floors “dressed up” in a winter holiday decor. What is truly inspiring to see, is that more and more businesses opt out of setting a natural, live Christmas tree and choose an artificial, recyclable one instead. Even though I love the beauty and especially the smell of a fresh pine or a spruce, it breaks my heart when I think about all these trees being wasted and thrown away after the holiday season is over.

Every year, I’ve been finding a live tree alternatives: setting up a foldable, reusable one, composing a bouquet of fresh evergreens trimmings and eucalyptus, or hanging a juniper wreath in our living room. This year though, still trying to stay away from live, full-size trees, I found another solution.

Rosemary with Bulbrite LED string lights
Rosemary with LED string lights

The idea was inspired by DIY posts on how to create winter bouquets and centerpieces, using LED string lights. I chose rosemary as an evergreen alternative because this aromatic herb is easy to get and maintain, plus it smells amazing and lasts for long, when placed in water! To create this DIY centerpiece, you will need:

1. A fresh bunch of rosemary
2. A glass jar or bottle
3. LED string lights

Rosemary with Bulbrite LED string lights
Rosemary with LED string lights

First, I found a proper glass container and decorated it with ribbons. The ribbons or other decoys are completely optional, as you can see, the rosemary bouquet looks great on its own! Once the rosemary was shaped and trimmed, I added the LED string: so easy to work with, thanks to its thin yet durable wire construction. The string already comes with an attached battery slot, so no wiring is required. All you need to do is add 3 AA batteries and voila!

Having coiled the wires around the rosemary sprigs, I turned the switch on and let the LED lights do their magic – trust me, the effect IS magical!

B&W Poppy Nail Art

Poppy Manicure
Poppy Manicure

 

For this week’s manicure inspiration, I chose my absolute favorite, the Rabinal pattern from the Missoni Home. Minimal, defined, intelligent and statement-worthy. It reminds me of the tipping point where summer ends and fall begins. Think about it: both colors, black and white, are absolute classics.

Poppy Manicure
Poppy Manicure

The best part about this bold and elegant design though is its simplicity: to recreate it, you only need two nail polishes.

To be precise, the ingredients for this design are:

– A top and a base coats
– Black (China Glaze in Liquid Leather) and White (China Glaze in White on White) nail polishes
– A small dotting tool for detail work

1. Apply a base coat and paint all your nails black. This China Glaze polish is truly great – it provides a full coverage with just one layer, plus its finish is absolutely gorgeous, reminiscent of real leather.

2. The next step is to paint the poppies. Drop some of the white polish on a small plastic tray. Using a dotting tool, pick the white polish up and draw curved lines on each nail. The easiest way to do it is creating the “C” shapes.

3. Gradually fill in the tiny accent details – dots, lines, or stripe patterns.

Depending on the length of your nails, add 2 – 3 poppies onto each nail.
Once the pattern is dry (it can take up to 30 minutes, due to layering), apply your favorite top coat! This will finish the design and seal it in for at least a week. And that is it!! Enjoy this look and keep me posted if you’d like to try it!