Before: Lacks ColorEach Christmas Maria and Rudy Jimenez-Chacon play host to their extended family for the annual holiday get-together. This year they want to celebrate the season with a modern and festive theme. The Design on a Dime team drops by to create a Christmas they'll never forget for less than $1,000.
Maria and Rudy have a great space for entertaining their large family, but it needs a dose of holiday cheer. The large room has a creamy-neutral color scheme, so it needs bright color and lots of trimmings.
After: Peppermint RedThe Solution
The team brightens the space with peppermint-red everywhere. Red fabric wall treatments define the space and make it more intimate. Handmade ornaments and a festive pinata lend a traditional element to the otherwise contemporary Christmas look. A hanging centerpiece for the adjoining dining area and candleholders for the fireplace add holiday sparkle, and a snow-kissed Christmas tree adds a finishing touch. Here's how the team gets it done.
Handmade OrnamentsThe cutouts are creased using the edge of a wooden block and shaped to create 3-D ornaments.
Lighting Up The FireplaceThe existing draperies are replaced with the red fabric used throughout the space, and a unique overlay is added for a touch of modern glimmer. Design coordinator Charles Burbridge creates the overlay by tying individual metal rings to lengths of monofilament at varying intervals and hanging them in front of the red draperies.
Host Lee Snijders creates sparkle for the fireplace by handpainting glass votive holders with transparent glass paint. He gives the holders the look of stained glass by applying adhesives that mimic the look of leading. The votive holders sit atop miniature wooden shelves that are attached to the flagstone of the fireplace.
Candy-Stuffed StarHe cuts two five-pointed star shapes out of lightweight cardboard. Each star cutout has flaps on one edge of each point. The flaps are glued to one another to create a 3-D decoration.
Creative MedallionsSummer creates mirrored snowflake medallions to cinch the center of the fabric wall treatments by using stencils and spray-on frost treatment.
Red and White CheerCharles creates a modern holiday sculpture for the dining area using Christmas ornaments and monofilament . He first paints a custom-cut disc of Plexiglas with transparent red paint and drills small holes in it at random points. He ties the Christmas balls to the ends of the monofilament at varying lengths and ties the opposite end to the disc. When mounted, the light from the fixture will illuminate the space with holiday cheer.
The dining table gets a red runner, while the chairs get red chair covers that reverse to a chocolate-brown color for after the holidays. Summer handpaints simple white dishes and clear glassware to create festive dishware for the Christmas party.
Reversible chair covers - $75
- Fabric - $1.99 per yard - Kashcool
Decorative light fixture - $80
Cardholder - $25
- Bun foot - $8 The Home Depot
Christmas dishware - $28
- Groggy glassware, 30018070 - $1.49 each - IKEA
- Svepa pitcher, 105882 - $2.99 - IKEA
- Syntes bowls, 90058058 - $2.99 - IKEA
Stockings and decorations - $81
- Grundtal mirror, 40047883 - $24.99 - IKEA
- Starlight Decorations, 055022380 - $1.11 each - Target
Lampshade makeover - $76
- Lampshades, 074080607 - $14.99 each - Target
Fireplace re-do - $48
- Glass paint - $1.99 each - Michaels
- Glimma tea lights, 07150110 - $2.99 - IKEA
- Hej tea light holders, 60026484 - $1 each - IKEA
- Stained-glass stick-on kit - Michaels
Fireplace screen - $15
- St. Vincents
Wall panels - $100
- Stave mirrors, 40054411 - $19.99 - IKEA
- Glass frost for mirrors, 020066190385 - $3.98 each - Home Depot
- Fabric - $5 per yard - Kashcool
Candy tray - $35
- Wooden tray, 065092503 - $19.99 each - Target
Tree and trimmings - $250
- Lights for tree - $4.99 each - Michaels
Coffee table - $25
- St. Vincents
Centerpiece - $48
Pillows - $25
Pinata - $32
Total - $998