Thursday, November 24, 2011
Room for Improvement: Saving on Decorating
Getting your home ready for holiday parties with ornaments, wreaths and lights can cost a lot of money. But tonight our makeover maestro, Martin Amado, is here to show us how to save big bucks.
WSVN -- The holidays are upon us once again and if you've dreamed of having a beautifully decorated tree in your home like you see on display at the store or in the magazines, today we're going to show you how to achieve this high end look for much less.
Martin Amado: "This beautiful tree was decorated by my friend who is a designer and event planner, Jenny Bencomo, who's also very sought after now during the holidays by many clients who want her to literally decorate their entire homes. This is a gorgeous tree."
Jenny Bencomo: "Thank you."
Martin Amado: "And of course I haven't seen any of these at the store."
Jenny Bencomo: "Well they are custom designed. I have to say, but there's a really easy way of achieving this for a lot less."
Martin Amado: "Now, of course when you see large clusters of ornaments like this Jenny, at store it can cost a lot of money, but I know you did these yourself by individual pieces."
Jenny Bencomo: "How we create those bundles for a really affordable price is going ahead and getting these poinsettias."
Martin Amado: "This is floral wire right?"
Jenny Bencomo: "Yes and then you start tucking in balls like this. These are bits and pieces from an old garland. Don't throw them away, they are useful."
Martin Amado: "Now, I know that ornaments like these that are embellished cost a lot more money than the plain one's. Here's how you can give a plain or old ornament a face lift. You want to cover the entire surface first in multi-purpose glue and then coat it in glitter."
Jenny Bencomo: "Martin that looks beautiful. Another way that we can make something fabulous just like that one is to go ahead and get an ordinary ball, get some stickers, little rhinestone stickers and simply create a beautiful pattern."
Martin Amado: "So, Jenny I love this idea on how you can incorporate frames in your tress decor."
Jenny Bencomo: "I was inspired by my broken frame. Basically took out the glass, took out the back, anchored some wire in the corners, put it on the tree and you got a really cool different thing."
Martin Amado: "So, let's take this idea further to personalize the tree even more. How much were these?"
Jenny Bencomo: "Less than 25 cents a piece. Get a beautiful picture of a family member, put them on your tree and you'll get a beautiful look."
Martin Amado: "But, of course you have some more tricks up your sleeve right?"
Jenny Bencomo: "Absolutely, lets think outside the box."
Martin Amado: "All right Jenny, are you ready for this?"
Jenny Bencomo: "Yeah."
Martin Amado: "It literally involves boxes. Help me wrap some."
Jenny Bencomo: "OK."
Martin Amado: "So, these are actually my gifts to you. But, all kidding aside, the idea is to stack them this way and now, we create basically the shape of a tree. So the entire project was less than 30 dollars. So whether you like a traditional home decor or a bit more modern, the point is that you can have a designer look now for the holidays without spending too much money because we need it for all the shopping, right. A special thanks to Jenny Bencomo for sharing her wonderful talent and her tips as well.
If you want a makeover for a minimum price, you can get in touch with Martin by calling him at 305-576-HOME or 954-962-HOME, or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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