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January – Bath/Powder Rooms

by Aggi Stevenson

This tiny powder room is approximately 5′ x 5′.  It had a poorly installed pedestal sink  with shabby sheet rock work visible behind it. (a little of it is in the picture) We decided it was time to replace it. Then the domino effect began.  Any time you tackle an update or redo, brace yourself for the unexpected. Usually, when one job leads to another, it needed done anyway. While the room is under construction, make those long-awaited changes.

After pulling the sink, we decided it was a perfect time to replace a couple of pieces of broken marble. Removing those, damaged adjoining tiles. Instead of replacing two pieces, we replaced seven.

The larger sink caused the light fixture to hang off-center. It was removed and another opening cut to center the new fixture. Since we never liked the old fixture, we decided to get another one.

Old fixture

While we were shopping for the vanity light, we saw a beautiful small chandelier that would be perfect for the ceiling.  We removed the old ceiling light and fan combo. The large opening was  patched which resulted in the ceiling requiring new paint.

Old ceiling light and fan combo

When examining the ceiling, I noticed that burning a candle in the bathroom had blackened the wall and crown molding above the shelf it sat on. Obviously everything required new paint. The painting was completed before the lights were hung or the new sink installed.

The powder room has nine foot ceilings. I taped off a top section and a bottom section, painting them a khaki tone in semi-gloss flat.

I then painted the center a bright green called Lettuce Alone B68-3 at Lowes.

While at Lowes, I worked out a paint technique using their paint chips, cutting and placing them the way I wanted the color applied to the wall. I taped the sample to the commode for reference as I painted.

I used the same white ceiling paint to do the white strips. Clean painters tape was applied with each stripe.

The white stripe.

Preparing to do the chocolate-brown stripe. It’s Pumpernickel D18-6 at Lowes.

The last stripe. I removed the painters tape and…wahla… the painting is finished.

 Lights were hung before the vanity installation, allowing room to use a ladder in the small space. 

The new vanity fixture added character to the small space.

The ceiling chandelier was hung last.

The new chandelier added elegance to the small space.

Wall hangings go up next.

Center and hang vanity mirror after sink and faucet installation.

Wall hangings go up. 

It’s Finished! 








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Umm…It’s entirely up to you how long you want to leave Santa’s hat hanging on the bedpost. Who says we can’t have Christmas all year?

Not quite ready to let go of Christmas?  Nor am I. I love the season. Then before you know it, Christmas is over. After spending hours getting things just the way I want them, it is time to pack it all up again. It is a sad time for me. However, there are some decorations that can stay up through the month of January. When deciding what to leave out, I ask myself if it looks wintery. If it fits the mood for the cold winter days, I leave it. I like the pops of red through out the house in January without appearing too lazy to put the Christmas decorations away.

 I Like having the massive nine-foot tree up in time for our Thanksgiving dinner. I enjoy looking at it in the adjoining foyer and basking in the soft glow of it while dining. That starts the Christmas season at our house and I hang on to it white-knuckled through January.

The snowman is nestled into a fall mantle garland with white crystal lights entertwined. He can stay up until January. After all it is winter.

This is probably the only thing “country” in my home. My grandchildren love the ultra soft cuddly. He too is a snowman so he gets to stay through out January.

The mantle garland has no jewel tones and can easily be left up through January

The garland on top of the china cabinet stays up all year in my house. I know the berries and pine cones make it look Christmasy. But I took the picture from a step stool. From the floor it doesn’t look this way. The garland fills in the gap between the cabinet and tray ceiling and the lights give the room an ambience that I enjoy. Others may have a problem with this tip but hey, I like it. Remember, when you are decorating, do what YOU like.  

During Christmas, the lighted garland on top of the kitchen cabinets is pulled to the front exposing the assorted fruit. Now that Christmas is over, I just push the garland to the back and continue to use it year round. I turn it on in the evenings and at night, giving the kitchen soft, warm lighting.

Cabinets on the opposite side of kitchen. Yep. Stays up all year.


This garland has a lot of fruit, plaid ribbon and pine cones. I may leave it up for a couple of weeks but will probably take it down mid-January.

The wooden beads are a way to decorate a handrail without sacrificing safety. There is room to hold on to the rail between the wraps. The wooden beads wrapped around the handrail will stay up but the stockings will be removed.

These are electric candles. They look beautiful from inside and outside the window. I will remove the pine cone garland after January but these are here to stay all year. I will just put seasonal garland around them and turn them on in the evenings. These are in my formal living room and are perfect for the huge window ledge I was having trouble knowing exactly what to do with.

This is a wreath placed on a gold charger with a candle holder placed in the center. You don’t always have to hang wreaths. They make wonderful bases for candles or any table center piece. I had a mis-shapened candle that I couldn’t put in a clear candle holder. Never seeing a candle I didn’t love, I couldn’t throw it out. What a great surprise. The red glow of the candle holder highlighted the shape of the candle, yet contained it.  Think I may put some more candles in my car this year and let them melt a little. I removed the white table cloth. I will remove the wreath base mid-January and keep the candle holder out until the end of January.

This is another wreath on a charger used as a center piece in the breakfast area with low candles inside.

I will remove the Christmas towel but will leave the snowman on the sink in the guest bath.

This small basket can be left on the sink through January because of it’s winter foilage.

The wintery train can stay. It makes a nice night light. While it is definitely a Christmas decoration, it belongs to my 33 year-old son. He has had it since he was a little boy. It used to illuminate his room at night during Christmas. I hang onto it as long as I can.

Last but not least, I will leave the table on the front porch set with a bright weather proof cloth and holly plate.  By the end of January, I will be ready to put away the last piece of Christmas decorations but not yet.

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Easy Christmas Tree Decorating

by Aggi Stevenson


Trimming the Christmas tree shouldn’t be a dreaded job.

We have several social events at our home during the Christmas season. Each time, I get the same question, “Who did your tree?” I suppose it would be a stretch for my friends to believe I did it myself? But when I tell them how easy it is, their jaw drops. I can see the I-think-I-can-do-that look in their eyes as they pinch their chin between their thumb and forefinger and say, “hummmm.” This year I created a similar tree … it’s easy!

Always invest in a pre-lit tree. Assemble the tree in the area the tree will be on display. It’s difficult to move a tree once it’s assembled.img_0007_edited

Buy enough pre-lit decorated garland to wrap around your tree. I have a nine foot tree and it takes five nine foot sections of garland. The garland is already adorned with lights, bows, ribbon and ornaments. Once you wrap the tree with pre-lit decorated garland your tree doesn’t need much more.


Before placing the garland on the tree, check to make sure all lights are working. If you wrap the tree first, and then find a section with non-working lights you  have to start over.


Start wrapping the tree with the female end of the wiring at the top of the tree. I don’t care much for tree toppers but if you like them, you will have a place to plug it in at the top of the tree without running a seperate extension cord up the back or middle of the tree.


We have an open foyer and considered getting a 12 foot tree. The only reason we didn’t  is because the 9 foot tree was on sale. Now we’re  glad we didn’t get the taller tree. This is an 8 foot ladder and I have to climb to the top of it to reach the top of the tree. Also, we didn’t take into consideration the span of the bottom of the tree. A 12 foot tree takes up more room than we have and we have a good size foyer. Consider the space the bottom of the tree takes, and if you are willing to climb more than eight feet to decorate your tree.

There is no use to fluff  your tree until you get the garland wrapped around the tree. If you do it before hand, you will have to do it again. Now that the garland is in place go around the tree and fluff out each section of branches in a star burst design to make the tree look as full as possible. You will have to fluff the garland as well. This is the most time consuming part of decorating the tree. The ribbon is wired and becomes quite beautiful when fluffed. The garland has it own greenery and blends into the tree giving the illusion that you spent hours making bows and attaching ornaments and wrapping the tree in co-ordinating ribbon. The tree can be considered finished at this point. However, I like a little more bling.


These are clear acrylic ornaments of churches and angels I purchased at Dollar Tree. There were other figures but I chose to limit it to two types. They come already wired with a white light. You just remove a light out of it’s socket and plug the ornament light in. I thought that was too much trouble so I removed all the wires and lights. They just slip out the bottom. Then when I hang the ornaments on the tree I just insert a light that is nearby through the opening in the bottom. I no longer have to worry about hiding the white wire.


The ornament appears to be expensive. I choose to think they look like crystal. No one can tell they are acrylic unless they touch them. The look is the same as glass, but they are unbreakable. Resist the temptation to over do it on ornaments. The tree will take on a junky look.


I keep assorted sizes of pine cones and tuck them in gaps that need to be filled. Peacock feathers are another cool thing to insert here and there.


Put your tree skirt in place to hide the metal stand.  It’s done!  However, there is a special surprise to decorating your tree this way.


The pre-lit tree lights, and the garland lights, work independently of each other. When the company is gone, unhook the tree lights and leave the lights of the garland on. It’s like having a Christmas tree night light. The warm glow is very pretty at night and romantic as well. Imagine That!


Don’t spend all your time decorating your tree. Spend that time with your friends! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Welcome to WordPress.com.  Welcome to my blog.  Email me at aggithegreat@embarqmail.com These are the things I love. Writing, Speaking and Interior Decorating. I am not an expert in any of these fields but I would like to share them with you. In the future I will be putting links to my ebooks here. Can’t wait to share them with you.

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