Construct a Lavish Lodge
Host Joan Steffend and designer Barbara Sculati create a lavish lodge look for the holidays.
First they embellish the tips of a fresh Fraser fir with copper-colored glitter for extra sparkle. Then they decorate the tree with copper-colored lights, gold spray-painted pine cones and small bundles of pheasant feathers, branches and antlers for a nature-inspired look with textural interest. They make a tree skirt out of old neckties and create gift boxes out of hatboxes covered with vintage wallpaper.
The Living Room
A rustic mantel skirt is fashioned out of burlap and buttons. Pillow stockings are created from upholstery and "buttoned" right onto the mantel skirt. A monogram wreath is hung above the mantel and is created by cutting foam core into a "C" shape and covering it with faux fur and greenery for a personalized look. A lodge-style candlescape complete with textured candles - created by spraying burlap with paint and rolling the candles over it - completes the mantel. The designer continues the look in the living room by sprucing up the sofa with a vintage plaid throw and embellished throw pillow covers. She wraps the pillows with old, cut-up embellished sweaters and then wraps some with vintage ribbons and bejeweled buckles. To add a seasonal spin to existing window treatments, sleigh bells are tied to leather straps and layered over the drapery. A faux fur bench cover is made by cutting a pattern out of an old coat and then padding and stapling it to the seat. Then, an embellished leather runner is made by layering an old piece of lace over a strip of leather. They use metallic spray paint to create a pattern on top. A driftwood and river-rock centerpiece completes the room.
The Dining Room
The designer continues lodgy luxe in the dining room with a card display rack made from crib rails. She hinges the rails together for a freestanding screen and uses bankers clasps (binder clips) and upholstery tacks to hang cards for display. Then she "winterizes" a mirror by rubber-stamping a snowflake pattern onto the frame and glass, sprinkling it with glitter and heating it slightly with a heat gun for added sparkle. The designer also decorates an old soda crate with ribbon and adds cup hooks to the inside to hang the ornaments. Wool suiting material and plaid scarves serve as table linens. A thrift-store chair becomes a special holiday chair with a homemade embossed velvet cover. Using a hard rubber stamp, she places the velvet face down, then mists and steams with a hot iron until the pattern is burned into the velvet for an elegant lodgy look.
The two also create a lavish lodge entryway. Thrift-store skis are adorned with ribbon and game-piece letters declaring "Merry Christmas." Greenery and pine cones are added with hot glue. Then they create a special entry rug out of an old wool blanket. They cut the wool into wide strips and weave it in an "over-under" fashion.
By Cassie Michael