CREATING A FLORAL CHRISTMAS TREE

diy-floral-christmas-tree-8-adasdesigninc-ada-gonzalez-christmas-tree-and-g Sometimes we go on autopilot around the holidays (esp when we r juggling so much) that we end up decorating the SAME WAY EVERY YEAR. We often forget how refreshing and invigorating it is to try something new. Yep, including me. So, this holiday I aimed to decorate our Christmas tree completely different than previous years. How? With beautiful artificial flowers! It was soooo easy to do. Seriously, creating a floral Christmas tree is very easy to do. The tricky part may be convincing your love ones. I am so smitten with the one I created, even though ‘bribery’ was involved. Here’s the scoop – hubby is not a flower guy. So, I had to bribe him with an agreement that if he’s ok with me creating a beautiful (though feminine) Christmas tree design this year that he (GULP!) …. could decorate next year’s tree however he wanted. Emphasis on GULP. Why or why do I keep envisioning skull ornaments?! Anyways, the bribery was WORTH IT because I love how it turned out. Check out the details below, I hope you love it too . . .

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5 STEPS TO MAKING A fashionable SNOWMAN WREATH

0 DIY snowman wreath for front door - instructions Finally done! – my snowman door wreath. I love the way it turned out, and hope you do too. Check out below my behind the scenes photos (cameo appearance by T-Rex and me), the 7 items i used to make sure the snowman including fashionable attire, plus the 5 steps to easily create your very own snowman wreath (psst, here’s one step – stuff the gloves with tissue paper to make the fingers chubby). Hope you luv! Make sure you add the images to your PINTEREST board for future reference if you do luv it! Continue reading

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TRASH BAG SPIDER WEB INSTRUCTIONS for HALLOWEEN

0_ada-gonzalez_black-trash-bag-spider-webs_halloween-idea_broom What the what?! Yep, it may be hard to believe at 1st glance, but these spider webs are made from black trash bags. Seriously! Just 1 large bag makes 2 of these 28″ wide webs. So, go ransack your pantry, pull out one trash bag (black or white color), grab your scissors, and create this Halloween decor this year by following my trash bag spider web instructions in 6 steps. The steps are fairly simple: lay bag flat, fold 4 times, then cut! Don’t worry, I took photos to show you the step-by-step process to making this Halloween decor.

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DINING ROOM MAKEOVER progress AND completion reveal

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The way this dining room looked before did not represent my client at all! Odessa is a young professional in her late awesome 20s who is very funny, smart, stylish, and witty. And her dining room? It’s was boring and plain with a serious case of NEED CPR STAT! So, we revived it! Economically of course. Check out below her dining room makeover progress and completion reveal, including the 5 things that we did to liven up the space – which you may want to do to your space as well.

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GORE + BIOHAZARD SIGN FOR HALLOWEEN or for when you are experimenting with new cooking recipes

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I created this last year for Halloween and took photos to share with you. The fake blood on the gloves were made using red paint markers, the biohazard sign was created with black poster board that cost less than $1.00, and the Halloween biohazard bags that I turned into candy bags were purchased from Amazon. I despise gory movies, but I do love and respect the involved creativity to making them look real. You too? We get a lot of trick-o-treaters on Halloween from our neighborhood, most of the parents know us and specifically come to our door just to see what new decorations we created for our porch and front door (remember the mummy that I made?). Hmm, I guess I can say we provide a dual treat … candy for the kids and decoration for the parents. Scroll down to see how u can create your very own biohazard sign to place on your door for Halloween or if you are an awful cook like me you can place the biohazard sign in your kitchen entryway as a cute warning to family that you are experimenting with new cooking recipes.

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SPECIAL EDITION – 3 HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR YOUR PILLOW

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Don’t faint! These all cost less than $5.00 each! I know AWESOME SAUCE. Who says Halloween is just for kids? Not me! Who says Halloween is all about making the home super scary and ugly instead of beautifying it? Not me! This Halloween and future fun ones, slip on these Halloween pillow costumes (ahem, Halloween pillow covers) over your current pillows. Oh, did you happen to spot the candy corn pillow in the photo above? It’s a pillow not a costume, but it’s so cute that I just had to share it with you. Ok, here’s the scoop on where you can buy the Halloween pillow costumes:

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In just 1 minute MAKE EASY NO SEW PILLOW COVERS

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I love shopping for decorative pillows for my clients, but since I specialize in affordable decorating solutions I aim to shave costs whenever I can without affecting the quality of the design and comfort of my clients. A new decorative pillow can cost from approximately $15 to $275. So, a great solution is to keep your old pillow insert  and replace your pillow cover.

Great, right? However, you still have to either spent money at a store for a pillow cover (and these can be expensive too!) or sew your own pillow cover. In our busy schedules who has time to sew! I barely had time to chew my breakfast in the morning. Also, sewing is not the easiest task for those of us who have sewing machines as nemeses. My machine spends most of it’s time giving me the evil eye. Yours too?

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BEFORE + AFTER | HOW THIS small powder room GOT A HUGE MODERN MAKEOVER

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I wish I had a video camera to record their smiles as they looked with pride at their new powder room! Cathy & Charles finally got the powder room they hoped for (woohoooo!). How did it look before? We can describe it in one word – UGH! Yep, that was my clients and my professional diagnosis. Don’t believe us? Wait till u scroll down to see the before photos. We agreed that almost everything had to GO, including the pink-salmon color toilet (eek!). My mission, to design a modern powder room economically. Your mission, if you plan to makeover a small powder room, is to remember my 6 tips for transforming it economically. Ready to see how this small powder room got a huge modern makeover?

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CREATE THIS BEAUTIFUL leaf hanging WALL DECOR FOR UNDER $4

creating-fake-paint-dipped-hanging-leaf-decorations-by-ada-gonzalez Here’s the scoop, if you want a super economical, easy to make, colorful (customized to colors you love) hanging decor to give your wall a unique colorful happy look this autumn then try making these ‘pretend’ paint-dipped leaf hanging wall decor. I say ‘pretend’ paint dipped bec this gal has NO TIME to dip these leaves in paint, so check out what I did instead to get the paint dipped look without the messiness and how it all cost less than $4 buckaroooos . . . .

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HOW ACCENT WALLS were created in this LIVING ROOM

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My clients Shruti and Gaurav had a busy schedule and lots of friends that stay over, so this living room design was based on making it beautiful and economical for Shruti and Gaurav while making it fun, lively, and comfortable for their friends. When I was done with the design, the stacks of 12 x 12 canvas photos that were still in their original box when I 1st met them finally found the perfect spot on the wall. Do you love the fireplace wall? Before the transformation, it was completely white and had NO mantle. Can you image it? Very plain. Find out how the mantle was added, how we saved money using paint, how my SHORT design to-do-list (just 8 things added to list) made a HUGE difference, and get the scoop on how accent walls were created . . .

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