Friends! Hope the holiday season is treating all of you well. I’m finally starting to get in the spirit, I think the lack of cold weather and snow has really making it hard for it to truly feel like winter is here.
With the help of Ace Hardware, I’ve been really enjoying decorating our new basement for the holidays, it’s making it start to feel like it’s officially christmastime, especially in the evenings. I’ve added lots of sparkly lights all over the place. After realizing the power of LED bulbs in my living room, I was intrigued and curious to start a collection of LED string lights for the holidays (and beyond). Ace offers an impressive supply of many types of both incandescent and LED string lights as well as wired vs. battery powered sets. I went all in this year, buying up a ton of the battery powered lights. I was able to tuck string lights into all sorts of nooks and crannies of the basement to create a magical feel. Micro LED wire lights look pretty awesome wrapped around a bundle of birch logs, twisted around a set of ornaments, or even tucked into a house plant – and not having to find and outlet to run them on has been a sweet bonus! The battery powered lights also include a 6 hour timer, once you power on the lights they stay on for 6 hours and then off for 18 – kind of amazing.
I also created what I’m calling “holiday marquee trees”. Using just a few simple supplies I picked up at my local Ace I was really able to pack a lot of holiday punch for not a lot of bucks. I’m including the marquee tree DIY with photos and instructions below. First though, you gotta check out my wintery basement space!
And here’s the DIY marquee proj with lots of pics:
Budz, Ace Hardware has you covered for all your holiday supplies, from interior and exterior string lights and timers, to extension cords. They even have garland, wreaths and decor to get your home ready for the holidays too (even if it doesn’t quite feel like it outside).
Together with Ace, I’m giving away a $100 gift card. Entries will be taken between now and December 4th at midnight. You can enter three ways, via facebook like, instagram follow, or just a basic entry. Happy Holidays, and good luck!
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Why are you so cool?!?! Your basement has the perfect post-Christmas dinner nap vibes now! Love it.
Ha, thanks. I’m not really that cool though.
This is AWESOME.
Thanks, Kim! We really like the way it feels down there.
So amazing!!! Love, love, love!
Thanks so much, Linda!
Luh it, but you already know that.
This is so gorgeous and festive without being an explosion of red and green! (Not that I don’t love that, too.) And I dearly love your marquee trees – so nifty! Thank you for sharing, especially since the only holidaying going on at my house in the string of dollar-store lights draped over my closet door and the foot-and-a-half of snow outside.
I have a big soft spot for red and green too, but the last year or two I’ve really been enjoying toning it down. Where do you live that you have a foot and a half of snow?
This is great!!!
Fa la la la la love!
(ps…I tried to leave a comment on RAfflecopter but it wouldn’t let me type)
Thanks, Erin. Not sure that Rafflecopter allows comments, I’m kind of new to it, so it could be me ;)
love it! your basement is so good. peanut butter and jelly over here.
Thanks, Emily! We are so happy with the basement!
Love this idea! Would be great if you had a space that wasn’t big enough for a traditional tree!
That was part of the reason I decided to make these trees. Since we have wall to wall built-ins in the basement, there is really no room for a tree unless you were to block access to the cabinets – this was a perfect solution for a limited space!
I can’t tell you how much I love what you have done with your basement. It is stunning. It is certainly inspiration for when I come to tackle mine, sometime. And the marquee tree is wonderful. I keep coming back to look at it, with some awe. I definitely can’t attempt it before the new year but I would love to try it. I think in the dark days of winter you have created such a bright inviting spot. Thanks for sharing!!
Michele! Thank you so much, it really feels good to know that others appreciate the hard work I put into this baby! I wish you luck with your basement in the future!
I was hoping the tree might be something I could have up even after Christmas, as it doesn’t scream Christmas to me, I like the cheeriness it adds to the space during the dark winters. Thanks again!
This is crazy cute!
i’ve been telling my husband that in our next house, i need a BASEMENT. we live in california – nobody here has basements!! but i realized that its because i’m so in love with yours. total basement envy :)