Cheap Thrills Decor Buzz

Dancing with the stars!
December 9, 2008, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Kid's Spaces, The Buzz

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Cheap Thrills did a twirling transformation on this tween room.  This adorable tween had visions of a ballet room dancing in her head.

No strangers to makeovers with major glam power, Cheap Thrills Décor leaped at the chanced to make this room a real dream come true.  We grabbed our tutus and tool belts and got to work.

The room was painted in true ballerina style with metallic bronze and pink harlequins with rhinestones for added bling. We built a custom stage and mirror with an attached ballet bar.

dsc_0023We added ballerina diva lighting to make sure she shines in the spotlight.  We added a custom Bella cornice and ruffled roman shade.  We completed the look with custom bedding and accessories for an act that’s hard to follow.dsc_0028

Now our ballerina can leap and twirl to her hearts delight!

Look what we found!
Our Thrill of the week:

Every year about this time I panic TEACHERS!!!!!!  I have four kids and that

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can mean a lot of gifts.  Cheap Thrills is your one stop shop for fun and cost-conscious gifts!!! AND the pis-de- resistance is that they will love your creative style and probably give your child a great grade.  You can’t beat that with a stick. And before you can you say “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” the day will be here!

As of today
there are 15
shopping days left
before that
magical morning!

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Make the holidays YOURS.
December 2, 2008, 5:58 pm
Filed under: The Buzz

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Saying the holidays can be overwhelming is like saying, “the little old lady in the shoe had a few kids!” Giant Understatement! On Thanksgiving night every year, my crew goes full-throttle into the holiday festivities. The attic doors fly open with an angelic chorus. They pull out crates full of holiday trappings one by one by one. They savor rummaging through the collection of trimmings for about five minutes. I am left with an explosion of glitter, garland and macaroni ornaments littered across the house. I know you feel my pain if you are the adult in charge of passing the fairy wand of holiday cheer across your home. Sometimes I wish I could wiggle my nose like Samantha in Bewitched (POOF!).

Your Way or the Highway. The last time I was left holding the bag (or eight plastic crates), I decided this was the year I was going to do the holidays my way. It was a very dramatic Frank Sinatra-esque musical epiphany. “Why do I have to put all of this stuff out??” “Why do I have to use every ribbon and ornament??” “Who even looks at my Dickens village??” Never one to be a follower, I decided to break out of the mold and declare my holiday décor independence. Armed with a glass of wine and a hot glue gun, my festive adornments took on major personality and a few elements of surprise.

Your holiday bling doesn’t have to look like everyone else’s either. It’s time we all took a stand and say, “This year I’m decking the halls out baby!!” Your holiday style should be about how you really entertain and how to achieve the look you want with real-life resources (meaning without winning the lottery).

Think beyond the usual. Embrace the unexpected enthusiastically. The heart of this embellishment approach is the contrast of elements not readily available in the holiday trimming aisles of stores. It is the marriage of opposites which is inevitably eye catching, definitely uncommon and NEVER boring. Imagine feather boas instead of garland, glued-together scrabble pieces or bottle caps as wreaths, screen door material as garland and giant tree branches with holiday cards hung from ribbon. I also like unpredictable ornaments. I have used license plates, record albums, random picture frames, golf clubs, and have even used rulers and paint brushes as the pis-de-resistance tree topper.

What you choose to display during the holidays should reflect who you are today and what you want to remember from yesterday. Call on the ghost of holidays past to add zing to the present. Enlarging pictures and adding sepia tone is a snap these days. Make it silly (I love pictures of the whole crew wearing reindeer antlers, making s’mores or grandma with a lemon wedge in her mouth). Give your existing art a month off and replace it with pictures your children draw illustrating what the holidays mean to them. I snicker every time I look at a picture one of mine drew of Santa with a trampoline in his sack. Waterproof a few copies and hang them on the front door wreath.

Start Small — Little touches go a long way to adding whimsy to your existing winter wonderland display. Even if you are festoon challenged, using your existing holiday stash and a flight of imagination can go a long way. Color is a good place for change. This year I am impassioned for brown and silver and have a feathery black and white brainchild brewing. I think the elves will be thrilled with the new look because there is no rule about using only red and green. Children’s trees are also a fun area to update using stuff they love; purses, baseball cards, and Mardi Gras beads. My kids love to make paper chains. Newspaper paper chains are awesome and they may actually read them while they cut.

Changing the world (or holiday décor) starts with adjusting your expectations. I love this quote by Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do!”

Push yourself to transform your seasonal look this year just by changing your décor! Take off the tinsel handcuffs and bring back the excitement and originality of the season. Some may call you a rebel, but I (and Frank) will think you rock!