New HomeThe Schnacky family has a lot to celebrate. They are about to have their first Christmas in their new home with their three children. The Schnackys' oldest son, Tyler, has a serious heart defect. He has endured four open-heart surgeries in the first few years of his life, the first when he was just 8 days old. Now 6, this is Tyler's first year without any surgeries. He is doing well, and the family was able to buy a new home. They are looking forward to their first at-home Christmas. After years of hospital stays and living with family in order to take care of Tyler, the Schnackys never had a chance to collect a lot Christmas decorations. That's about to change. Host Joan Steffend joins designers Richard Anderson and Todd Pinzuti to deck the halls for this deserving family.
Victorian Carnival Christmas Meets North WoodsThis makeover is all about the kids, and boy do they love it! Designers Richard and Todd were able to create two special holiday makeovers for less than $500 each and a little help from host Joan Steffend and carpenter Jeff Meyer.
Tree-In-A-BoxThe plywood box is painted jewel tone colors and decoupauged with vintage Christmas pictures and glitter. The jack-in-the-box comes to life when a spinning, motorized turning-key is attached to the side of the box. Anderson used the motor from a disco ball to power the key. The tree stand is put inside the box and then the 10-foot tiered tree is inserted.
Ribbons and BowsThe elaborate tree decoration starts with scarves and ribbons wrapped around the tree trunk. These are used for a circus-tent effect. Colorful, round carnival lights are strung around the tree.
Carousel AnimalsRichard drills holes into toy animals and then inserts a dowel rod. Fabric, trim and jewels are hot glued onto each carousel ornament. To make the carousel animals spin, a little motorized device is attached then is powered through a bulb socket on the tree lights. For the top of the tree, Jeff cuts two stars out of wood. Slits are cut into each star to make them slide together, gold paint and glitter make them sparkle.
Christmas Tree – $177
Christmas tree: Seasonal Concepts – Waterville Slim artificial
wood beads and assorted rhinestone: Lakeshore Learning Store
large safari bucket for merry-go-round animals: Toys R Us
Memory WreathA portable fireplace that was in the dining room is moved to the living room. The mantel is adorned with garland and elf-hat stockings are hung with care. Richard painted small frames in the jewel-tone color palette then added family holiday photos to create a sentimental wreath for over the fireplace.
Fireplace Mantel – $92, Memory Wreath – $86 and Living Room Accessories – $43
frames: Dollar Tree Stores
Kiddie TableRed mosquito netting and a curtain panel are hung from the ceiling to make a private little tent. Inside the tent is a table finished in chalkboard paint and seats that were painted to look like letter blocks.
Circus Tent – $101
letter stencils for block chairs: Office Depot
Holiday VillageArtist Jill Schlung created an elaborate snow village complete with holiday lights, working train and mechanically-enhanced buildings.
North Woods GlitzThe dining room makeover starts by painting the cutout wall between the two rooms metallic olive, a glitzy version of a traditional North Woods color. A long-napped roller is used to accentuate the texture and glitz. The cutout between the two rooms is framed in maroon drapes and a valance made of hang tags.
Dining Room Paint – $44 and Drapes and Valance – $109
metallic paint: Ralph Lauren's Moss, 022367494322, purchased at The Home Depot
drapery: Target – Thomas O'Brien, 06803254
Rustic Dining TableThe runner is crafted using free fabric samples cut into six-inch squares then sewn together in a patchwork pattern. A garland of magnolia and large pine cones is laid across the runner. To add a bit of holiday sparkle, the pine cones were dipped in gold paint and glitter. A new wrought-iron chandelier is hung over the dining table. The plain glass globe was dabbed with amber paint to warm up the look. The dining room chairs are given a more formal look with fitted shrugs made from pillowcases. Pretty garland and ornaments filled with jingle bells, glitter and fluffy snow complete the rustic elegant look.
Tablescape – $52, Chandelier – $96, Chair Shrugs – $30 and Accessories – $99
dishes: Target – Global Market, 200011835
chandelier: The Home Depot, 046335897014
pillowcases: Marshalls, 00501906
Framed Memory WallThe project starts by painting a rectangle on the wall in the same metallic green used on the cutout wall. A frame is made around the rectangle with redwood sticks. Hung inside the frame is a gold-foiled initial of each of the Schnackys' children. Along with the initials, family photos are displayed in a combination of rustic bark frames and antique gold frames.
Photo Frame Wall – $103
birch frames: Kohler, HA2481
redwood twigs: Ikea, 16555