As with all of my home decorating purchases, I’ve decided to make purchasing a tree skirt entirely more complicated than it needed to be. I started out thinking I was going to buy a simple burlap one from West Elm, but then it quickly sold out. Then I stumbled upon this basket tree skirt from Terrain, and seriously pondered buying it. I had seen basket tree skirts before and thought they were super cute, but wasn’t quite sure how it worked. One day I finally went to purchase said basket and the darn thing was also sold out. Rats! So instead, Corey and I decided to just make our own tree basket skirt out of a normal basket. I’m so glad we did because I’m in love with it. This is really barely a DIY because it is so easy (assuming you have big clippers). I didn’t even take pictures of us doing things.
What you’ll need:
- Large basket with a diameter that is bigger than your tree stand. We used this one from World Market, which was reasonably priced.
- Super duper heavy duty clippers
- Christmas tree
- Trash bag
What you’ll do:
1) Clip out the bottom part of the basket, taking care to not harm the structural integrity of the sides.
2) Put your Christmas tree in your stand and straighten like you normally would. Trim off branches from the bottom of the tree until the bottom of the greenery lines up with the top of the basket.
3) Spread out a trash bag inside the bottom of the basket to help protect floors from watering spills. Then lift up the tree and stand and place inside the basket. We had to tilt the basket sideways while putting the tree inside since our ceilings are so low. Voila! Tree in a basket!
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This past weekend I took a quick little mini trip to a place that I am certain most North Carolinians are proud to claim. A sweet mountain city called Asheville that is known for its hippy and foodie culture as well as being home to the largest family owned residence in the US called the Biltmore Estate. Anyone who lives in the southeast is undoubtedly familiar with this place. It is a great spot to go around the holidays because those folks really know how to Christmas up their Christmas. But even without the decorations, it is interesting to visit and learn about the life of the Vanderbilts who used Biltmore as their vacation home. Ridiculous. Unfortunately they had some stupid no camera indoors policy there which I broke a couple of times. Oops. So I didn’t get too many pictures but I figured I would show you a few of the ones I did.
The architectural detailing of the house is pretty incredible.
The garden contains a real nice vine/trees situation that I may have gotten a little obsessed with photographing.
The Vanderbilts picked quite a nice view for their home to have. Doesn’t get too much better than that I think.
The next 3 shots were all taken in sneak mode. Until a little old lady came running up to me and I played dumb. Who me? Camera? What’s a camera?
I am very interested in doing this to my chandelier at home.
Then we went for truly awesome dinner at a French restaurant in downtown Asheville called Bouchon. I highly recommend this. I had some sort of pumpkin ravioli in cream sauce with a chicken on top. Sounds super weird but it was you die. While we waited for our table, we walked down to Battery Park Book Exchange, which is an incredibly cool book store/wine bar/coffee shop with lots of old leather chairs and couches. We grabbed a drink and looked at some of the books that lined their shelves whilst also having a discussion about first edition books. If we weren’t hip then I just don’t know who is.
It was a pretty spectacular little getaway and I miss it already.
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Exciting news friends! The Two Delighted Print Shop is officially open. Some of my favorite photographs from our Paris, Provence, and Charleston travels are available in framed and unframed prints as well as in iPhone covers. I hope to eventually include some typographic prints as well as expand the photographs, but I’m pretty happy with the collection for now. Let me know if you guys have any favorites that aren’t included .
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