Monday, February 12, 2018

Love is in the Air

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; heart ornaments, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, antique mirror, limestone mantle
Hello, dear readers! I'd like to introduce you to my home, Nora's Nest 2.0! It's been a couple years since I've written a post, mainly because we've been renovating our new house, all with our baby girl (now toddler!) in tow. It's been quite a ride, and I'm so excited to show you the before and after renovation photos in the upcoming months.

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; heart ornaments, red ornaments, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, antique mirror, limestone mantle
To pick up where we left off on Nora's Nest, I'd like to begin with Valentine's Day decor on our new mantle. 

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; heart ornaments, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, antique mirror, limestone mantle
If you've seen my Valentine Vessel post, you know that I'm pretty obsessed with antique ornaments beyond the typical Christmas season. They have a worn patina, a myriad of tones, and they bring history and glamour to each setting. On my mantle, I created two Valentine trees laden with these jewels.

Valentine's Day Bouquet; Nora's Nest, pink tulips, pink cockscombs, silver platter and vase
Centered on the mantle are dried cockscombs and mauve tulips resting on a silver platter.

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, Valentine trees, pink antique ornaments, pink tulips, pink flowers, pink cockscombs
While on a family trip up the coast of California this January, I popped into a few antique stores to see if I could find A) more pink glass spherical ornaments, and B) antique glass heart ornaments. (Hint: Ornament shopping after Christmas gets you the best deals 😉)

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, Valentine Trees
I hit the jackpot on spherical antique ornaments (shown above), but I couldn't find any of the heart variety. Apparently, the hearts are pretty rare, making me want them even MORE, of course. Their absence from my life made my heart grow fonder. 💗 

Valentine's Day Mantle Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, red heart ornaments, pink candles
So, I decided to antique my own heart ornaments instead. Here they are, nestled in between the authentic pink glass antique ornaments.

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, DIY antique red heart ornaments
A close up shows their "mercury glass" finish compared to the authentic ornaments in the background. Some are spotted, like above...

Valentine's Day Home Decor; Nora's Nest, Valentine Trees, pink antique ornaments, DIY antique red heart ornaments
And some are more striped, like this one.

Valentine's Day Interior Decor; Nora's Nest, pink antique ornaments, DIY antique red heart ornaments
Strung with red ribbon and hung on manzanita branches, these hearts float over the mantle. And voila, love is literally in the air! A few soft pink candle votives, and we're ready for a lovely Valentine's Day. 

See my easy DIY post on how to make your own Faux Antique Glass Hearts.

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day decorating!

xoxo,








DIY: Faux Antique Glass Hearts

In lieu of authentic glass heart ornaments for Valentine's Day this year (for which I searched but couldn't find), I decided to make my own! Making these faux antique glass hearts was so simple and gave me instant gratification. By hanging them in Valentine Trees like I did in Love is in the Air, or gathering them in a large bowl like I did with pink ornaments in Valentine Vessel, they're sure to give Valentine decor some extra love.

What I used:
  • plastic heart ornaments from a craft store (I got mine at Michael's Arts and Crafts)
  • watercolor paints (you can also use acrylic paints)
  • paint brush
  • thin grosgrain ribbon
  • scissors
I purchased about thirty of these new, red plastic heart ornaments (above). Their vibrant, shiny red surfaces and plump shapes made them look like blown glass, which was exactly the look I wanted. Now it was time to "antique" them to look like aged mercury glass. 

First, I borrowed my daughter's watercolor set and brush. Soaking the brush with water, I covered the bristles in dark brown watercolor paint. (Kids love to join in the fun, too!)

For many of the hearts, I simply painted them all over. The watercolor would streak and bead-up, which made my job even easier. I wanted some of the shiny red coat to show through, and some of it to be obscured, just like antiqued glass.

For other hearts, I would flick the brush so that they would get spots instead of stripes. 

On this heart, I flicked it with brown and white watercolor paint, waited for most of it to dry, and then dabbed it with a paper towel. The center of the drops came off which gave it a cool, solar eclipse effect!

After the red finish was painted, the ornament tops were still a shiny silver that didn't look aged at all. A few more dabs of paint on each of the tops completed the antiquing. 

I let them dry for about thirty minutes on a baby bottle rack. 

Here is the before and after. Now the one on the right looks more like a glass heart I would find in an antique store! 

I purchased some thin, grosgrain ribbon that was the same red hue at the hearts and cut the ribbon at different lengths for each heart, tying a knot at the top. 

Compared to the real antique glass ornaments on the Valentine Trees (in silver and pink), I am pretty pleased with the outcome of these faux antique glass hearts!

The long red ribbons make the hearts drip and float, dramatizing the stage and making the trees appear fuller.

See more pictures of these Valentine hearts in Love is in the Air. And if you enjoyed this Valentine project, check out my Hearts and Crafts project, too! 

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day decorating 💘

xoxo,















Friday, February 12, 2016

Hearts and Crafts

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts in dining room; Nora's Nest
To sweeten our home for Valentine's Day this year, I made 3-D paper hearts that float over my Valentine Vessel in the dining room. Bring whimsy to your own Valentine celebration using my easy DIY: Hearts and Crafts directions!

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts with glitter; Nora's Nest
I grew up making these hanging hearts, though they are a bit more sophisticated and elegant than before :).

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging heart project; Nora's Nest
My favorite hearts are the ones that are made of different hues, like the red and light pink one above. Glass-glitter lines their edges.

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts from chandelier; Nora's Nest
In an attempt to mimic the colors in the pink antique ornaments, I mixed acrylic paint in red and light pink to create different shades.

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; hanging hearts with silk ribbon; Nora's Nest
Silk ribbon in an array of colors (red, mauve, magenta, crimson) add extra interest.

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; Pink centerpiece with antique ornaments; Nora's Nest
Flanking the dining table centerpiece, pink goblets stand in as small vases. They hold red hot camellias that, (in a Valentine miracle that only Cupid could have designed), always bloom in my garden this time of year. 

"Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; celebration with red and pink decor; Nora's Nest
At nighttime, the addition of candles will make this Valentine centerpiece perfectly romantic.

Make your own DIY: Hearts and Crafts and surprise your Valentine (or yourself) this year!

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and have a Happy Valentine's Day!


xoxo,


DIY: Hearts and Crafts

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; Nora's Nest
If you enjoyed my Hearts and Crafts for Valentine's Day post, below are the DIY directions on how to make your own hanging hearts!

What you'll need:
  • Cardboard paper (the thickness of a shoebox)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paints in any color (I used red, light pink, and magenta)
  • Paint brush
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter in any color (I used glass glitter in antique gold, but any coarse glitter will be great)
  • Thin ribbon in any color (I used red and a variety of pink ribbon)

1) Cut out a heart template.

2) Trace the template onto the cardboard paper as many times as possible. Create an even number of hearts as two cutout hearts will create one 3-D heart.

3) Cut a rough cut around each of the hearts first. This will make it easier to cut the hearts with more precision later.

4) Finish cutting out the hearts. I cut out two different sizes of hearts for more variety.

5) For every pair of hearts: Cut a slit from the top center on one. Cut a slit from the bottom center on the other. The slits should slightly pass the middle of the heart.

6) Gather your hearts and get ready to paint them!

7) Using acrylic paint and a brush, paint whatever color you desire on both sides of the heart. I mixed red and pink paint to create a variety of different colors. Allow to dry, about five minutes.

8) Next, line the edges of each side of the heart with craft glue. Take your finger to smooth out the glue and create a clean line.

9) Pour coarse glitter over the glue and repeat on the opposite side of the heart. Allow the glitter to dry very thoroughly, a few hours.

10) Taking a heart with a bottom slit, thread the ribbon through until it reaches the top of the slit.

11) Taking a heart with a top slit, slide the two hearts together. 

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; making a 3-D heart; Nora's Nest
The 3-D heart is complete.

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; making a 3-D heart with glitter; Nora's Nest
12) Tie a knot at the top of the ribbon, and voila, it is ready to hang!

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; 3-D hearts; Nora's Nest
Here's what the finished hearts look like without ribbons. Darling to have just sitting around a Valentine table!

DIY: "Hearts-and-Crafts" for Valentine's Day; pink and red 3-D hearts; Nora's Nest
To see the hearts hanging in my home, check out the finished Hearts and Crafts for Valentine's Day project!

Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day decorating!!


xoxo,





Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Vessel

Valentine Vessel; bowl with antique pink ornaments, modern art, dining room; Nora's Nest
After six years of marriage and a little one in tow, I think my husband may have figured me out a little bit ;). While wandering around an antique shop this past weekend, my husband called out to me (without showing me his secret find), "Hey sweetie? I'm just going to go ahead and put this at the register. I know you're going to want this thing."

Valentine Vessel; bowl with antique pink ornaments, modern art, old candlestick; Nora's Nest
Valentine Vessel; concrete bowl with antique pink ornaments; Nora's Nest



"This thing" was just about the most fabulous concrete bowl I have ever seen, and when we brought it home, I knew it had to hold my collection of pink antique ornaments from years past. Voila, a sophisticated Valentine Vessel was born. Thanks to my Valentine!

Valentine Vessel; antique pink ornaments; Nora's Nest




From the softest hue to the hottest fuchsia, this bowl runneth over with pink ornaments.

Valentine Vessel; antique pink ornaments; Parisian leaf plates; Nora's Nest

The pop of color is a perfect juxtaposition to the rough cement bowl and neutral backdrop.

Valentine Vessel; antique ornaments in light pink to fuchsia; Nora's Nest


The ornaments are crackled, distressed, and paint-chipped. Each is unique and lovely.

Valentine Vessel; antique ornaments for Valentine's Day; Nora's Nest
Along with this fabulous bowl, I've been redoing our dining room and can't wait to show you the results soon. Stay tuned!

Want more Valentine decor ideas?


Thank you for visiting Nora's Nest, and Happy Valentine's Day Decorating!


xoxo,


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