Before and After: Custom Closet Video

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Even the smallest closet can incorporate some clever ideas!! Here are three of my favorites.
1. Make a sunglass drawer. It’s super easy, just cut a piece of plastic roofing the size of your drawer and cover it with velvet using a spray adhesive.
2. Add in a shallow drawer for a scarf drawer! It takes up very little space and makes it easy to see all your scarves!
3. ALWAYS leave room for artwork. A small statue or a drawing. Just something to keep you inspired when you are in your closet.

Before and Afters

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I live a life filled with a “before and afters”. It’s a thrilling way to think about things. We so often pick up something and think…what the hell should I do with this. Here are a few fun examples of how a beautiful before can become an even more lovely and lively after.

Yarn

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Strawberries

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Flowers

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Can Label 

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More about this Decoupage Pig Mount here

Balloons

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Vizsla

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A Nature-Inspired Valentine’s Day Party for Two

By Libbie Summers
Creative Assistant: David Dempsey
DP: Chia Chong
Editor: Candace Brower
PA: Anthony Lunsmann
Music: Madly, deeply from Melanie Ungar
Floral Design: Audrey Wagner for Carlstedt’s Florist
Cookies: Sugar Whisk Confections
Music: Madly, deeply from Melanie Ungar

My husband is a special man. One of those guys that instead of wondering how long the trays of homemade marshmallows are going to be covering the kitchen counters, he asks if he can make me a cup of hot chocolate. I wanted to do something special for him this Valentine’s Day as I would be traveling on the actual day. So, I set out to have the hot chocolate and cookie party of all parties…in the woods…with a lot of drama…and a camera crew.

His invitation read: Wear a tux and meet me where I drop you a pin.
This is what happened…


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Paper hearts with written messages on some of them (not all, I kept him looking) marked the path. 
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Then, he went through a paper heart curtain (learn how to make it HERE)
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Then, I had to get him to a bigger area, so it was decorated with pink paper lanterns to lead the way.
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Then, the tree. Imagine being a forrest and coming upon this tree. I love the unexpected.
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He Arrived!!! With the help of friends, I sat the sweetest little table in the woods. A quiet place
to reflect and let him know how appreciated he is.
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The most gorgeous and homespun chic chandelier hung over the table. I let Audrey Wagner work her flower magic. She turned to Carlstedt’s Florist in Savannah for the perfect shades of pink and green florals…
It turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined. Audrey had been to this rodeo a few times, so she knew to keep it as light as it could be for hanging. We ended up hanging it on a tight rope between two trees. It was perfect.
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And these cookies! Stop it already. I asked Sugar Whisk Confections to make me a few “woodsy” heart cookies and “One that is gingham”. They were almost too adorable to eat…but we did.
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I made a thermos of Le Chocolat Chaud and poured us each a cup. As the sun started setting and the candle light was flickering, I looked across the table and knew the effort was all worth it. Everyday it’s worth it. Because I love this man and he looks great in a tux.
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Watch the story unfold…


 

 

 

 

 

2 Creative and Affordable Valentine’s Day Party Decoration Ideas

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistants Candace Brower, Anthony Lunsmann

Throwing a Valentine’s Day party in the woods, I needed to create a moment as soon as my guest (yes, only one) arrived. Check out these two super affordable and absolutely stunning party decorations!

ONE:
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With a big space and a small budget paper lanterns from a Chinese New Year installation were repurposed to set the scene!
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My entire team was OBSESSED with this heart curtain that was the entryway to the party.
What you need:
Paper doilies
String (I used butcher’s twine)
Glue stick (not hot glue)
A tall ladder to hang

What to do:
1. Cut (3 to 4-inch) hearts out of white paper doilies (you can cut a bunch at once). The curtain pictured took approximately 600 paper hearts.
2. Working one piece at a time, cut a piece of twine and lay on a long table.
3. Place one heart on one side of a length of sting, glue another heart on top sandwiching the string in between. Keep moving up the string not worrying about distance between. The less perfect the more perfect. Continue until you do enough strings to create a curtain (I used 20 lengths for this installation).
To Install: Tie a string between two trees and tie your lengths of heart string from them.

DIY: Colorful Paper Lanterns

This started out as a Chinese New Year Party decoration and quickly turned into an anytime party decoration! Get the step by step DIY below!
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DIY Lantern Making
makes 1 fun recycled party decoration

What you need:
2 pieces of colorful wrapping paper, about 24″x 36″ (adjust the size according to the size you want to make the lanterns…it’s fun to make them in all different sizes and colors of paper for a grander effect)
1 pair scissors
Colorful painter’s tape
2 12″ bamboo skewers
1 12″ latex ballon
Colorful Ribbon (I used purple to hang and gold curly ribbon to “garnish” the bottom)

What to do: 

STEP ONE
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Gather your ingredients

STEP TWO
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Roll out two sheets of wrapping paper back to back and cut. Make sure to cut one sheet a slight bit larger.

STEP THREE
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Use the roll of tape to tape together all four sides of both sheets.

STEP FOUR
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Fold the papers in half down the middle, then fold the each side again.

STEP FIVE
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Open your paper to the first fold so that you can see a crease where the second fold is. Next with your scissors, cut equal lines from the middle fold to the crease. You will cut off the final line with tape on one side.

STEP SIX
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Unfold your paper and tape the two ends together creating a cylinder-like shape.

STEP SIX
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Poke a skewer through each end of your lantern.
STEP SEVEN
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From inside the lantern, blow up your ballon 12″. Attach long ribbon to the skewer at one end.

STEP EIGHT
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Finish off your lantern by attaching ribbon onto the skewer at the top end and hang.
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NOW HAVE A PARTY!!!
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