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Decorating Wisely
Friday, 16 February 2018 13:25

Decorating Wisely: Spring Decorating

By Glenda Wise


Being cooped up for pretty much all of January and the beginning of February due to the flu and cold weather has made me want to spring forward with decorating.


Now the next question is how do I do that without breaking the bank? I’m sure you all know by now that I love Pottery Barn, but I don’t love their prices. My goal is to get the Pottery Barn look on my budget. It is easier than you think; you just have to think outside the box and not be afraid to experiment with things from the kitchen.

First, anytime I empty a jar or bottle I look it over to see if it’s unique in any way to repurpose it. Wine bottles are a great example because they come clear or in beautiful greens and blacks. I just put them in the dishwasher to clean them and if I’m lucky, the label will peel right off, if I’m not that lucky I have to put a little elbow grease into it. These bottles work beautifully to hold a few stems of flowers or a taper candle. I like to group them on a platter or put them in a row as a makeshift table runner.

I love, love the oversized wine bottles, but the price seems to go hand-in-hand with the size. Some of these bottles can run around $100. I just have a very difficult time paying that much for something like that. A glass apple juice bottle will work just fine. One of my favorites is Martinelli’s. Their bottles look kind of vintage and they come in a large and small size. The large one is perfect for holding a few stems of forsythia or cherry blossom branches. Large single blooms like roses or zinnias look best in the small ones.

Old pickle jars are great for mixing dressings. Most of the time we make our own dressings and it’s best to mix them in a jar with a lid. Mason jars work too, but the pickle jars don’t cost anything extra!

Again, the bottom line is, before you chunk it look it over and see if you can come up with some other purpose for it. It works twofold, because you are saving money and helping save the planet!

Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:11

Decorating Wisely: Pantone

By Glenda Wise


I have finally started feeling human again after coming down with the flu and I just realized I never did my annual Pantone Color of the Year column, so here goes. This year’s color is Ultra Violet. According to Pantone’s website (, this color is “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade... [it] communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” The site goes on to quote Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “we are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination.


It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level....Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.” Hmmm.....that is all well and good and gives you the warm and fuzzies, but how do we incorporate this color into our everyday homes without repainting the entire house and buying new furniture? I mean, even if you had the money, would you really want to do that? For me when and I see this color, I think of a more modern interior with blacks, greys and white. It doesn’t exactly go with my red brick floors.


I did a little research and found a blog called “French by Design” and the first line said this, “The title of this post should read: ‘How to add the impossible Ultra Violet’s Pantone color of the year 2018 in your home.’” So I thought to myself that everyone basically feels the same way. Here is what I have come up with:

• A nice ultra violet covered throw would blend nicely on grey or white bedding. In fact, I purchased a white comforter for my spare bedroom from Traci Barnes last summer for $10! I use this in Ashton’s old room and it is perfect for changing things up.
• I can see this color in a velvet fabric. I think if your sofa is neutral enough you could incorporate a few throw pillows in this color.
• A vase or some kind of accessory to sit on your coffee table would look great in just about any interior. The piece should resemble artwork to pull it off. For example, a nice piece of blown glass in this shade would be perfect.
• I also think of flowers when I see this color. Fresh flowers on the table in this shade would be beautiful, simple and elegant. In my opinion, fresh flowers in any color go with any interior.

The main takeaway for me is, this color will be in very small doses, as I believe for most people.

To Mardi Gras or to Valentine’s Day that is the burning question. I always hate it when they are so close together.


I am torn as to which one to decorate for. They are so polar opposite that it is not practical to combine them. Valentine’s Day is full of pink and hearts and then you have Mardi Gras that is full of craziness, beads and purple. Here’s how I choose which one.....drum roll.....whichever one comes first and then as soon as that is over I put up the next one and leave up for a couple of days. I know, I know that was quite difficult. This year, they are pretty much the exact same time—Fat Tuesday is February 13 and, of course, Valentine’s Day is February 14. I will most likely go with my first love...sorry Cupid, it’s not you....and decorate for Mardi Gras. This time of year is when I miss living down South. They really know how to do Mardi Gras. Also, once you’ve ever owned or worked in a flower shop on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t have quite the same meaning to you as it once did.

Both of these holidays are awesome reasons to throw a party! Let’s start with Valentine’s Day, because Grayson just mentioned the other day how much she missed exchanging the little Valentine cards like she did in grade school. In my normal fashion, speaking before I think, I said, “Then why don’t you have a party and go old-school and exchange Valentines?” She, of course, was thrilled and started planning right away! Fortunately, planning a Valentine’s Day party can be very simple or very extravagant, I feel like we will be somewhere in the middle.

Decorations are a snap when you stick with reds, whites, and a hint of pink. To give it a more glammed, grown-up look use a hot pink rather than a light pink. One of my favorite wedding bouquets I’ve ever created was a mix of red and hot pink roses. The various hues were beautiful and sophisticated looking. Next, you need, what else? Flowers! Everyone thinks of red roses at Valentine’s Day, but don’t dismiss the carnation. They make fantastic “roundy-moundy” arrangements and there are beautiful hues of carnations available In addition, scatter vases filled with red hots and candles for fun. Red paper lanterns and fans are a nice addition to any style of party. Last but not least, hearts. You need hearts to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

The food is even easier than the decorations, because Valentine’s Day is all about chocolates and sweets. Do something fun like a chocolate bar. Serve chocolate fondue with things like cubed pound cake, strawberries, and graham crackers, anything you can think that would be great dipped in chocolate. I like to add fun little Valentine’s Day-themed picks to food to add a little extra detail without too much trouble.

Next week, I’ll continue with Mardi Gras!

Friday, 29 December 2017 19:14

Decorating Wisely: Happy New Year

By Glenda Wise


Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Our Christmas holiday has been very relaxing...well, except for Grayson’s surgery the day after Christmas, but other than that we’ve been able to step away from the busyness of life and recharge for the coming new year.


I will be honest with you (not that I want time to pass by quickly), although 2017 was filled with many great milestones, I won’t be too sad to see it go. We have had some pretty amazing highs, but there have also been some pretty low lows this past year and by the grace of God, we’ve made it through them. I know in the end those lows make us stronger, but dang they sure are hard when we are going through them.

Before I get on with New Year festivities and resolutions, I want to go back to Christmas. As I mentioned in a previous column, our Christmas gift giving was a bit lean this year and Donnie and the girls and I all agreed to only do gifts that were handmade or charitable. Let me tell you that was so much harder than buying gifts, but what they came up with was more meaningful than anything that could ever be bought. Grayson made me a sugar scrub so I could relax now that I am done with school and Ashton made me some awesome plates that she wrote the prayer before meals on. I had seen some napkins in a catalog that were similar that I just fell in love with, but they were $60.


I wrote the girls and Donnie each personal cards about their special traits and how proud I was of them. Isn’t if funny that often times we fail to tell the people closest to us how special they are?

Ok, now that I have taken up almost all of my allotted space, I’ll get on with the New Year. This year will be low key for us as Grayson is still recovering and again we’re going lean. Regardless, I still like to add a little New Year pizazz to our home by adding golds and silvers. I pile party blowers and streamers in crystal bowls and add gold streamers to the stair garland. Anything glitzy and glamorous looking works for New Year’s decorations just use your imagination.

I’m not sure if you guys have seen the commercial about keeping it real. It is some phone advertisement and it is basically telling people to post their real life not just the picturesque moments, so I thought I would start the New Year with my own “keeping it real” photos.


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This is a Christmas morning photo that we took and just a few seconds later the camera captured a real-life moment of the cat jumping up on the table and spilling everything along the way.


Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Thursday, 21 December 2017 20:49

Decorating Wisely: Last Minute Christmas

What a whirlwind of a month! After all of the planning and list making, it is still hard to believe that Christmas is here.


Admittedly, this has been one of my least organized Christmases ever. It just goes to show you can do all of the planning in the world, but life is still happening, no matter how much we try to control it.


That’s where the constant list making becomes critical. The lists allow me to adjust based upon things that are crucial and things that I would just like to do. Anyway, at this point, that’s neither here nor there because we’re “down to the nut cutting” as Donnie would say. By the way, I never really knew where that phrase came from or what its true origin of meaning is, so I Googled it. It’s actually used in a political setting.


According to www.politicaldictionary.comthe official definition is, “the point when you have tried everything but failed.


While the term originally refers to the effort required to remove a rusted or stripped nut, it has come to be used in a legislative context as the time to exert maximum effort to round up votes to get a bill passed due to an approaching deadline.”


Ok, now that you’ve had your lesson for the day, let’s get on to last minute decorating. Here are my very fast and effective tips:




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Roses: Grab a bouquet of red or white roses from the grocery store and make a small arrangement or two from the table.

Christmas greens: Add sprigs to various spots on your buffet. This adds a nice festive element and softens up all the hard lines of the table and containers.


greenery and beverage dispenses 002Christmas greens: Add sprigs to various spots on your buffet. This adds a nice festive element and softens up all the hard lines of the table and containers.

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Foraged sticks: No fireplace, no problem. Ashton improvised by converting a stick she found in the yard to a makeshift stocking hanger.



I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas. From the Wise family to you, Merry Christmas!

Friday, 15 December 2017 22:09

The Magic of Christmas

Decorating Wisely by Glenda Wise


I hope you all are having a fantastic holiday season! I am finally finished with for good and I couldn’t be more excited! Don’t get me wrong, I’m ever so grateful for the opportunity to have gone back to school, but I’m ready to move on and get back to a regular life of no homework and the best part, my kitchen table can finally be a kitchen table again instead of piled high with books and papers. Now my cat, Pumpkin, on the other hand, is not very happy as he thoroughly enjoys doing homework and laying right smack dab in the middle of it all.

In addition to finishing school this week, it’s also Nutcracker week. Well, at the time you’re reading this it will technically be Nutcracker weekend. It’s our last one, I cannot believe it. It seems like just yesterday that Gracie was one of the little ones dreaming of being one of the “big girls” wearing pointe shoes. It’s funny how life can suddenly feel like it has passed you by. I guess what has always been important to me and our family is keeping the magic of Christmas alive. I’m not talking about gifts per se; I’m talking about the real magic of Christmas. Actually, this Christmas we’ve agreed to not do all the big gift giving, the gifts we exchange either need to be handmade or a service project to an organization or someone in need.

So how do we keep the magic of Christmas alive? That’s the million-dollar question, right?! I was actually thinking about this last Sunday when we were waiting for Oklahoma City University’s Annual Home for the Holidays show to begin. Side note: That show is exceptional! You should plan to attend next year. It’s like a little mini version of watching the Rockettes. Anyway, back to my point, I think we’re all searching for the magic, hence, the success of Hallmark’s 24/7 Christmas movies and Christmas music playing a month before. Somewhere along the way, we’ve gotten a little messed up when it comes to the real magic and the commercialization. I’m certainly not saying anything negative about people buying gifts and shopping at all. I’m particularly fond of people shopping locally and supporting our small businesses. I’m just wondering where this insatiable need to go in debt buying Christmas gift after Christmas gift has come from. I mean, in years past, Donnie and I are just as guilty as anybody is when it comes to this. During some of my coursework, I had to study current retail market trends in relation to the generations and I can tell you that the Millennials are getting a lot of this right. They are less about the big fancy everything and more about life experiences.

So, what in the world does any of this have to do with home decorating? Nothing, actually. I just feel it is necessary to keep the magic alive no matter what age. Heck, the elves still visit my girls each day in December. What are the elves? Well, they put little items in the pockets of an Advent calendar each day until Christmas. These items are anything from candy to Chapstick to Christmas socks. It’s just a fun little thing we’ve done since the girls were little and a tradition I hope they pass on to their own kids someday. Maybe that’s the answer, the magic is in the traditions, maybe the magic is different for everyone. Whatever your magic is, keep it alive and believe in love, believe in magic, believe in Santa Claus, believe in others, believe in yourself, and believe in your dreams.


Friday, 01 December 2017 17:44

Decorating Wisely: Christmas decor

By Glenda Wise


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent the day at my mom and dad’s farm.


We ended it by helping them put up their Christmas tree. My dad just had surgery on his hand, so he needed some help getting the decorations out of the attic and the tree put up. According to my Facebook newsfeed, it looks like many of you have been hard at work putting your beautiful Christmas decorations up.


Keep posting! I love seeing them all. We have everything done except for the tree.


We’re going back to the Christmas tree farm this weekend to pick our tree and bring it home! Each day we’re bringing a little more Christmas into our lives.


Wednesday night, we attended UAFS’s annual Season’s Greetings concert. It was fantastic, as always. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it next year.


The admission is free; it’s their gift to the community. Afterwards, we drove over to Van Buren to check out the Hodo House. It was amazing! You need to add that to your Christmas to-do list. Grab some hot chocolate and make the drive. You won’t regret it.

On to Christmas decorating! Maybe I’m getting older, maybe it’s all of the projects I’ve had to complete, I don’t know, but I’ve been in the mood to simplify some of my decorating. Here are my favorite designer “keep it simple” tricks:

• You know how much I love fresh decorations. Fresh flowers, fresh garland, etc. If I had an endless supply of money and time, everything would be fresh, but that’s not the case, so I have to make do with what I have available to me. Here’s a great little trick I’ve learned through the years: start with a faux wreath or garland base and add fresh evergreen trimmings. This gives the illusion that the entire wreath or garland is fresh.

• Pinecones are a great way to add a fresh element. You can wire them and hang like ornaments in garland and wreaths. You can pile a bunch in a bowl or I like to mix pinecones and sparkly ornaments in a beautiful bowl for a simple and inexpensive centerpiece. I’ve also read that you can bleach them to make them white. I tried it, it didn’t work for me. Maybe I did something wrong, if you’ve had success with this, please let me know.

• Adding fresh fruit to a pretty bowl also brings the fresh element to your décor.

• It’s all in the presentation. Showcase small ornaments by presenting on a cake stand and cover with a cloche. This simple trick creates an instant focal point for your coffee table or kitchen island.
The main thing is to have fun with your decorations. Don’t feel the need to make your decorations just like everyone else’s. Make them unique and special to your family.





Friday, 17 November 2017 22:55

Decorating Wisely: Christmas Trees

By Glenda Wise


We had the best time last weekend taking pictures at the Pine Grove Christmas Tree Farm in Charleston. We took family pictures with ALL of our families. My parents, sister and her family, Donnie’s mom and did, his sister and her husband and, of course, our girls. The farm doesn’t technically open until this weekend, but just being there will put you in the holiday spirit. The rows and rows of trees are naturally beautiful and they have a few festive Christmas decorations to give you that extra special holiday spirit. Even if you don’t use a real Christmas tree, I highly recommend you take an afternoon this holiday season and visit the farm. They have hayrides, farm animals, and hot chocolate all at no charge. If you do choose to have a real Christmas tree you should consider purchasing it from them, their prices are reasonable and they are a local family.

Speaking of Christmas are my favorite tips about decorating them for that pro-look.

• If you’re using a real tree or a non-prelit tree, you will need to put the lights on first. The best way to do this is to start from the inside and weave them in and out of each branch. This lights the tree all the way through.
• Next, add your ribbon if using. I like using some ribbon just to fill in holes. When Donnie and I were first married we didn’t have that many ornaments, so ribbon was an inexpensive way to fill the tree.
• Now, the best part! The ornaments. I love getting out all the ornaments from years’ past. When we travel, we try to buy an ornament for our tree, that’s a fun little way to reminisce about past family trips. I keep all of the handmade school ornaments from the girls. I want to say a special “thank-you” to all the teachers that do those projects. They are truly appreciated and priceless.

• Once all the ornaments are on, you can go back and see if there are any empty spots. If so, just add a few berries or other fillers to fill them.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, one more exciting thing happened at the Christmas tree farm! My niece got engaged! It was so sweet, her now fiancé planned it all out. There were signs in the Christmas trees and he got down on one knee, it was awesome!

Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:47

Decorating Wisely: Friendsgiving

By Glenda Wise


Our little Friendsgiving get together is fast approaching. We’ve got the menu all planned, timing of cooking scheduled, and so on, but what about the tables and overall tone? As much as I would love to have big beautiful centerpieces dripping with Bittersweet, that’s just not going to happen for a couple of reasons: time and money. Hmm…those two things tend to dominate a great majority of many of our decisions, don’t they? I mean just because I’m lacking those two very important factors doesn’t mean I can’t have what I want and you can too!


First of all, we have to get it out of our heads that time and money are the two most important aspects of any gathering. Yes, they help…a lot, but there are creative ways around that. The most important elements of any gathering are making guests feel at home and setting a gracious tone. Here are my favorite ways to set a thankful and gracious table:


Host Chairs: Yes or No? I say, no. I don’t like making my guests feel different from me, plus that’s just not my style. I prefer to sit back and make my guests the star for the day.


Matching China and Stemware or Not? Personally, I don’t have enough of anything to match. As much as the beautiful Pottery Barn holiday tablescape gets me every time I visit their store, I don’t have it in the budget to spend a couple thousand dollars on tableware. I choose to mix and match what I have. I try to use items that are in the same general color family, but if I don’t have enough I keep a few clear plates on hand. They are available at Wal-Mart for a few dollars each. They are perfect, because, well, clear goes with anything.


Every Gracious Table Should Have: A warm and inviting tone that serves as a gathering place for family and friends.


Traditional or Not? Anyone that knows me knows that I love tradition. I believe there’s something special about keeping up with old traditions, but I do like to buck the system occasionally. This is usually accomplished by adding a splash of the unexpected. For example, I like to add a touch of pink and purple to my Thanksgiving table. When done in small doses these colors actually complement the traditional red and orange color scheme quite nicely.


My last words of advice: Embrace what you have and make it work. There’s a certain joy and satisfaction one gets that simply can’t be bought.

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