A Fresh Take On Easter Table Decor

Howdy friends, today I hopped on FB LIVE and shared my easter table scape ideas. I decided to go with a fresh southwest, desert inspired look with cacti, succulents and a few flowers. This is a fun and budget friendly table scape that would be great for easter, a dinner party or a summer/spring wedding. Take a look at my FB LIVE video above and all the pretty pictures below to see how it all came together 🙂

xoxo Holly

 

 

Spring Carrot Door Hanger

Spring is upon us! I’m so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, flowers and all the happiness that spring brings with it. I’m also excited for Easter and spring time decorating and I’ve decided to get a little jump on my Easter decor by adding a spring carrot door hanger (our very first door hanger at our new house!) to the front of our new home! It was super easy to make and I know you’ll want to know how I whipped it up, so scroll down and I’ll give you all the details!

Here is what you will need…

  • Scissors
  • 4 Tulip “bushes” in orange. I bought mine at Michael’s
  • Wire Cutters
  • Green burlap ribbon
  • Greens I also bought these at Michael’s in their “Gardeners Market” section. They look like carrot tops to me 🙂
  • Wire.
  • Command strip and hook for hanging.

You should have 4 tulip bushes, you want to remove the flowers ( with stems attached) from the bush from ONLY one tulip bush.

Then you should have a nice pile of tulips on stems. You will then want to take three of these tulips aside and using the wire, create a bundle like this…

Notice how the bundle is like a triangle, one tulip is in the middle/underneath the top two and sticks out further. This will be the point of our carrot. Once you create your bundle you will need to take the end of the burlap ribbon, leaving the other end attached to the spool ( do not cut) and wire the bundle of tulips to the end of the ribbon. See below.

Next we are going to start adding some gradual bulk to our carrot by adding 3 tulips to the bundle.

Once again you want to continue the triangular shape placing the new tulip on top of the previous bundle and a little further up the burlap ribbon. Secure them to the ribbon with wire. Next we will make a jump in bulk by adding six tulips! You will add 4 first and wire them to the ribbon just as you did the previous three, leaving two unwired.

The two unwired tulips you want to bend out toward the sides making a more dramatic triangle shape, you’ll want to wire them a little further up the ribbon than the bundle of four, giving them room to flare out to the side.

 

Next you will begin adding the remaining three bushes to the carrot but first you will want to remove all of the leaves from the bushes, while leaving the stems and flowers intact. See below.

Before you add the first intact bush to the carrot you will want to flatten and fan the stems out just slightly.

Lay the fanned bush on top of the tulip bundles attached to the ribbon and position it so that the tulips will continue the carrot shape. The stems are wired which makes it easy to fan the tulips out after you get them bundled if you aren’y especially happy with the shape.

When you wire this bush onto the ribbon, wire a little further down the ribbon giving the stems ample room to flare out, making the carrot a little more shapely. 

Then just on the few center most tulips, wire them just above the tulip heads make sure they will stay put so you don’t end up with a carrot with a bald spot.

Next you add in the second Intact tulip bush. This bush you will want to flatten and fan out ALOT. I suggest moving the longer stems so the they are the ones fanning out to the side while keeping the shorter stems in the middle.

Add this bush to the bundles in the same way you added the others.

Wire the bundle down with the outer most stems left out of the bundle.

Add the last remaining tulip bush in the same fashion.

Next we are going to bundle up the stems.

Wrap wire up and down the stems of the bushes, wrapping the ribbon up on the sides as you wire.

Next you will want to cut the greens for the top of the carrot. Using wire cutters remove the stems from the handle.

Next, wire the stems together.

Now you can wire the stems  to the top of the carrot.

After the top of the carrot is wired in place you will want to flip the carrot face down so that you can create the loop by which the carrot will hang.

The back on the carrot will look like this. Fold the ribbon back toward the carrot creating a loop and cut the ribbon where the stems of the tulips and the greens meet.

Wire the ribbon so that the loop stays intact.

Flip the carrot back over so that it is facing up and center it on a large piece of burlap ribbon.

Tie a cute little bow hiding the wiring where the carrot and greens meet.

I like to leave long tails on my bows and cute a little triangle out of the ends for interest.

Hang your carrot door hanger using a command hook and voila! welcome the spring and Easter in style.

 

 

The Perfect Upholstered Headboard!

I’ve been on the hunt for a cute tufted headboard for a while now. I was really looking for something in a neutral color (I have an obsession with neutrals in my room) with a little shape. Not too flat, not too curved.

 

I didn’t want something I would quickly tire of- I decided that nailhead trim (brass obviously) might not be the way to go incase I use the headboard in a space where gold/brass is not my metal of choice; FAT CHANCE I know! But, better safe than sorry.

Wayfair carries the Cleveland headboard and it was the perfect amount of everything for our room. Link Here! Our colorway is called “linen” and we have the headboard in Queen. 

When I bought the headboard it was on a crazy good sale! Like, $80 crazy- but I didn’t want to endorse it not knowing if it was really worth the price. It totally is! I think Wayfair has it priced between $113-$170 depending on day and time. 

This is totally not proven but……I think Wayfair’s items are sometimes priced lower in the morning. Worth it to keep an eye on things. Also remember that Wayfair has free sipping on the “big stuff”.

If you are looking for the perfect headboard, be sure to jump over to Wayfair and check out the Cleveland Headboard!

 

Sloane’s Neutral Nursery

Hey you guys! As our time here in our rental is now wrapping up I want to share some photos of sweet baby Sloane’s neutral glam nursery as I had promised. This is one of my favorite rooms in our home. When we moved into our rental I could not get over how BLAH all of the rooms were. everything is beige and there really isn’t any contrast in the rooms. I decided that for Sloane’s nursery I was going to let the neutral color palette work for me. 

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One Room Challenge, Week 3

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I know, I know, I know…I’m totally a day day late on posting my progress for one room challenge!!! BUT I had a super busy day yesterday as we made the hike back to our Alma Mater for Homecoming weekend! I am super excited to share what has been going on in our dining room as this makeover is beginning to take shape, so stick around and get all the details! 

one room challenge week 3

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Rental Friendly Feature Wall

Hi Guys, I’m back tonight to share a special little corner of our home. As you know, we are in a rental…for only 6 months (!) and I want to make it super pretty and fun and bold but I don’t want to spend tons of $$$. I’m also super super limited by the rules of renting. I wanted to add a fun little feature wall in our living room to break up all the beigeyness. 

Rental Friendly feature wall

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Handmade Christmas Decor

Handmade christmas decor

Hey friend, thanks for coming back to my blog today to see day 4 of my photo challenge (where I’ve challenged myself to take pictures with my real camera and blog everyday!). I’m super excited to be sharing a brand new sign I’ve created for this Christmas season! This sign is called “Merry & Bright” and is available for purchase right here…

 

 


 

In the Holly Tompkins Designs Shop as well as on The Love The Tompkins Facebook page under the Shop tab. As the holiday season approaches I know I'm getting super excited to decorate and make our house so festive!

Handmade christmas decor

 

The Merry & Bright sign is a perfect addition to any holiday mantle, wall display and holiday vignette. Merry & Bright would also make a fantastic gift for the person who loves unique finds. Merry and bright is a beautifully distressed wood plank sign measuring 26" x 13.5" ( These measurements can vary up to .5" depending on the wood sources available at the time of construction). Merry & Bright features a beautiful hand painted christmas wreath framing beautiful hand lettering. 

Handmade christmas decorRemember that handmade items are crafted with love and care and take some time to craft. You can expect a sign of this caliber to take 1- 3 weeks for creation and 5-7 to ship. Make sure you order your sign with plenty of time left in the holiday season to show it off.

Handmade christmas decor

If you are looking for a sign that is a little more personal email me at holly@lovethetompkins.com or shoot me a message through Love The Tompkins & Holly Tompkins Designs Facebook page to discuss specifications and a quote. 

Handmade christmas decor

Thank you guys for stopping by today, see you soon!

XOXO, Holly