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We've got the perfect wood centerpiece display that adds so much warmth to your home! What better way to warm up the winter season and it doesn't take much time at all to make. This candle holder is the perfect statement piece to transition after Christmas!

First I found an old oak branch that was dead in our field while taking a drive around in our mule. Our dogs love going on rides while look at the cows and put out corn for the deer! So anyways, we stopped and I just knew the branch would come to good use in one of my DIY projects, I actually got 2 of them ;). I just knew it had to go up on the mantel!

TIP: If you're getting a live branch that is still green, it will most likely be much harder to work with. It's more difficult to debark it rather than an old log and would need to be dried out. That aged look was what I was going for, driftwood would've been great for this as well. Keep in mind, it will also have the same wood tint as the tree when fresh. The older it is, the more gray will show.

I was going for the gray, white washed look. It is still winter you know and I love my winter whites. What better way to incorporate the winter season that going a little bare, reflecting the change of seasons! Just think of all the bare trees dropping leaves, winter coated grass and natural elements emerging.

Once cut to length, you want to start by taking off all of the existing bark with a flat head screwdriver, hammer or some type of chisel. Place the tools underneath the bark to lift up and pry off for easier control. I then went over all the excess bark with a wire brush and very softly scraped with fine sandpaper. Be gentle and don't sand too much or you will start to take off the top layer with the gray look. This is why I actually preferred the wire brush.

I then measured the depth and diameter of the tea light candles. I didn't want the entire candle recessed so I measured half of the base height. You will need to purchase a paddle bit the diameter of your candle, for instance my candles were 1 1/2" in diameter.

We marked the paddle bit to reference how deep we need to go while drilling. Make sure to also space out the candles to mark where to drill and verify their placement. You can measure to determine accurate spacing but you also want to keep in somewhat natural. I recommend balancing the candles with the log and to not place one directly centered. Wood is irregular to begin with so spacing doesn't have to be perfect and you can go a little off of the dimensions!

Take your drill and start cutting your holes to the marked depth. Do not press down with full strength so that you don't crack the log, especially with existing cracks like mine. Then finish off with a chisel to get any little wood chunks chipped out to help the candle to lay flat.

Lay the candles in and viola! I used fake battery operated candles for everyday use. TIP - Make sure your log stands up straight before drilling and make sure your recessed holes are sitting face up on how you want the branch laid. Adjust as needed to make it somewhat level by sanding or sawing the bottom.

It's ready to be placed in your decor, have fun sprucing it up with some greenery! It looks great up against silver eucalyptus.

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Color makes a large impact on the way individuals interact in their environments. This is especially important in the home, homes are our safe haven and comfort zone. There are several ways to pull color into design. Study your client and their personality to determine what colors to incorporate in their home. The 3 categories that colors are grouped within are warm colors, cool colors and neutral colors.

Warm colors perceive happiness, optimism and enegry. These colors consist of the adjacent colors to red on the color wheel. Red, Orange and Yellow all reflect attention and movement, cheerful and inviting. These can also trigger hostility or irritation if used incorrectly.

Use Red when you want draw attention to a focal point or view. Yellow is best in a cheerful environment such as a kitchen and Orange will draw your eye to certain design elements.

Cool colors perceive soothing, calming and healthy environments. Colors consisting of Green, Blue and Purple tones compliment a cool color scheme. They create balance,

Purple will stimulate the brain, combining red and blue which will spark creativity and serenity. Purple works great in a home office or craft room. It is best to use Green in serene areas such as bathrooms and Blue pulls a balance between active and calm which is great for high traffic areas.

Neutral colors perceive stability, nature and comfort. These are timeless colors.0 Neutrals are perfect for background colors and large areas. Black and Gray are best for a backdrop to bright and dark colors while Tan and Brown are great for patterns, muted colors and textures.

Your surroundings influence emotions and color can cause physical, mental and emotional effects on people. It impacts the way objects are perceived, the attitudes of our friends and family and the way individuals interact in the space. Learning to incorporate color can be a critical part of design.

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These simple steps are the most effective way to brighten up that dull space of yours. This can make your room look larger, boost your happiness and make your home look new.

Accent, task, direct and in-direct lighting creates an elevated appearance

Layer Light Sources: Most people do not realize the impact lighting has on your overall productivity, mental well-being and everyday mood. The best way to make a room feel more spacious is by eliminating shadows and dark corners. Incorporating more light sources with better quality of light can create this effect. Add in-direct lighting, otherwise known as up lighting that will reflect off of the ceiling. This gives the feel of a higher ceiling and has the effect of more wall space as well. Include several different light sources for task, ambient and overhead lighting at various height levels. Dimming controls are also an easy way for versatile lighting in a space.

Open Up Windows: In addition to artificial light, natural light is a must. Fewer draperies allow windows to bring in more light. Simply removing heavy drapery, tying curtains back or replacing them with simple cornices and translucent shades will allot you the benefit of all the outdoors has to offer, inclusive of natural light. Utilizing floor to ceiling window panels can create the illusion of larger windows and of more light. If the room does not have many windows, replace a solid interior door with a glass door or set of french doors to remove barriers between rooms. This also allows light from other spaces to flow in.

Tall windows bring the outdoors in

Use Reflective Surfaces: The addition of simple reflective surfaces to an area will make the whole space have a brighter, larger feel. The reflective surface will draw in light and bounce it around the room. This includes not only mirrors but items such as accessories, wall art and light fixtures that have some shine can accomplish the same goal. Glass, crystal, silver and gold are excellent mediums to utilize as well.

Reflective finishes will make a room look larger

A Fresh Coat of Paint: A very simple way to brighten a room is by painting a brighter neutral color to the walls such as white or pale yellow. If you choose to go a different route or just love that dark accent wall (like I do!) give your ceiling a fresh coat of paint in a lighter hue that compliments your color scheme. Incorporate lighter finishes on furniture and built-ins. If you love the rich finishes, make sure to create balance. Mix rich finishes with lighter accent pieces such as lighter fabrics and accessories.

A small bathroom will look larger with a fresh coat of paint and a brighter color

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