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10 DIY Project Ideas for Christmas Break: Crafting Your Home Wonderland

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The winter holidays are upon us, and what better way to make the most of this joyful season than by sprucing up your home with some fun and creative DIY projects? Embrace the festive spirit and transform your happy home into a cozy, personalized haven. Whether you’re looking for small enhancements or considering ambitious endeavors, here are some fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing and keep the kiddos busy this Christmas break.

1. Outdoor Fire Pit

Take advantage of the cooler weather and build an outdoor fire pit to gather around with friends and family. Not only does it add warmth to chilly evenings, but it also creates a charming focal point for your outdoor space. Consider using local Texas stones for a rustic and authentic touch.

2. Customized Wreaths

Put your creative talents to the test by crafting personalized wreaths for your front door or interior spaces. Incorporate native Texan flora like pinecones, magnolia leaves, or even cotton stems for a unique and regional flair.

3. Festive Light Displays

Illuminate your home with a stunning display of lights. Create a breathtaking arrangement along your roofline or landscape with dazzling LED lights. Add a Texan twist by using cowboy boot or star-shaped lights for an extra touch of charm. If you use neutral colors, you can keep them up all year!

4. Handcrafted Furniture

Channel your inner craftsman and build bespoke furniture pieces. Whether it’s a reclaimed wood coffee table or a set of wooden shelves, personalized furniture adds character and elegance to your home. Texas has a wealth of reclaimed materials to explore, giving your creations a distinctive local flair.

5. Herb Garden Indoors

Bring a bit of greenery indoors by setting up a DIY herb garden. Use decorative pots or mason jars to plant herbs like rosemary, cilantro or basil. Not only do they provide fresh ingredients for your culinary endeavors, but they also infuse your home with natural scents and colors. Take it one step further and plan a crafts day with the kids and paint the pots together with flowers, lady bugs, turtles – whatever they like.

6. Accent Wall Revamp

Transform a plain wall into a captivating accent with a fresh coat of paint or unique wallpaper. Experiment with vibrant Texan-inspired colors or patterns to enliven your living space. Consider incorporating motifs like Lone Star patterns or desert landscapes if you want to keep it puro San Anto, as we say.

7. Customized Corkboard or Pinboard

Create a functional yet stylish corkboard or pinboard to organize your space. Use a rustic wooden frame or repurpose old picture frames for a vintage feel. Personalize it further by adding Texan-themed fabric or pins shaped like iconic state symbols.

8. Home Theater Installation

Turn a spare room or basement into an entertainment hub by setting up a home theater system the whole family can enjoy. Install a projector, comfortable seating, and ambient lighting for a cinematic experience right at home. Just don’t forget the vintage popcorn maker!

9. Upcycled Décor

Give new life to old items by upcycling them into decorative pieces. From mason jar lanterns to repurposed wine barrel furniture, the possibilities are endless. Unleash your inner artist and let your Texas roots inspire your designs.

10. Cozy Reading Nook

Create a serene reading corner by incorporating comfortable seating, warm blankets and shelves filled with your favorite books. Add Texan charm with cozy throw pillows featuring local landmarks or landscapes.

With these DIY projects, you can infuse your home with personalized touches that reflect you and your family’s style and celebrate the holiday season. Embrace the spirit of creativity and craftsmanship and make this winter break a time to cherish by creating lasting memories within the comfort of your own home. Happy holidays and happy crafting!

The Board and Batten Fad!

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If you’re a fan of rustic or farmhouse-style design, you’ve probably seen board and batten accent walls popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram. It’s a look that’s really in style right now, according to Jason Gale, owner of Stone Creek Custom Homes.

“What I find funny is everyone used to put the siding on the back in subdivisions where you have to have 75% masonry to hide it. Nowadays, people are putting it on the front and doing rock or stucco in the back because that’s the look they want!” he said.

But what exactly is a board and batten accent wall, and why is it such an exciting trend in home design?

As a Texas-based luxury home builder, we’re here to answer those questions and give you some ideas for incorporating this trend into your new or current home.

Board and batten is a type of siding that’s been used in traditional American architecture for centuries. It consists of wide, vertical boards (the “boards”) with narrow strips of wood (the “battens”) covering the gaps between them. This creates a textured, three-dimensional look that can add visual interest and depth to any wall. It’s becoming a more popular choice as opposed to using paint or wallpaper on an accent wall.

Of course, we love to incorporate this imaginative style into our client’s new custom homes, but you can also add one to an existing home, if you like to DIY! To create a board and batten accent wall, you’ll need to start with a smooth, flat surface. You may need to remove any existing trim or molding and use drywall to smooth out the surface.

Once you have a smooth surface, you can start adding the boards and battens. You can use pre-made board and batten siding, or you can create your own by cutting the boards and battens to size. The boards are usually 6-8 inches wide, and the battens are 1-2 inches wide. You can space the boards and battens however you like, but the most common spacing is about 12 inches between each board.

Now comes the fun part – choosing a design for your board and batten accent wall. You can create a simple, classic look with straight boards and battens, or you can get creative with different shapes and patterns. Some popular designs include X-shaped patterns, chevron patterns, and even diamond-shaped patterns. Truly, sky’s the limit here!

Incorporating different colors and finishes can also add visual appeal. You can paint the boards and battens different colors, or use different stains or finishes to create a textured, multi-dimensional look.

Whether we’re building a beautiful new dream home for you or you’re simply wanting to update your current space, a board and batten accent wall is a trend worth exploring. It can add character and charm to any room, and with so many design options, it’s a great way to express your personal style.

At Stone Creek Custom Homes, we’re always excited to incorporate unique and original design elements into our homes, and we think board and batten accent walls are a perfect example of that.

Love Your Living Room

Courtesy of Glen Andrews Art Glass

Courtesy of Glen Andrews Art Glass

There’s that one main room in your home where everyone gathers, perhaps watches TV, enjoys lively conversations, plays games. You might call it the living room or the family room. You might even have a great room, a modern version with an open floor plan that also combines the dining room. We love building great rooms for our clients, which by its very nature, encourages family interaction.

Regardless of what it’s called, this is the heart of your home, and you want it to be a room that shines. Your living room should, more than any other room, reflect the personality of you and your family.

Here are some tips to help bring some love into your living room or make that great room even better!

-          If you have a great room, then you must rely on area rugs and furniture to create the spatial boundaries in the room. Typically, you want a backdrop that is more neutral. Different sections of the space can utilize colors and patterns but should compliment the other sections of the room. Accent walls can also be used to cleverly add definition between spaces.

-          Update your great room with a home office space, small library, children’s play corner or adult arts and crafts corner. All of these options can, again, add dimension and definition to the space.

-          Find some unique antiques to add some character to your living room. Old antique doors can also be used to divide up a room. We recommend a hidden gem right here in San Antonio, called Architectural Antiques Salvage. This giant warehouse is filled with all sorts of treasures, from doors to light fixtures, clawfoot bathtubs, sinks and even some décor. They are located at 403 Dawson St., just on the eastside of downtown.

-          If you’re looking to update your furniture, which is a fun way to change the look of your living room, consider adding some curved furnishings. Once popular in the 60’s, the curved look is coming back. For example, a crimson velveteen sofa with a back in the shape of a half circle and a curved cushion in front. A piece like this can help add a touch of femininity to the room.

-          Light fixtures can be an easy way to define the space in your great room or living room, and can also serve as a showpiece that truly represents the ambiance you’re wanting to achieve. You might consider having some custom blown glass pieces to create a modern-day chandelier. Locally, we recommend Glen Andrews Art Glass of Caliente Hot Glass. They can design a piece specific to your look and tastes and even install it for you. For more information, visit glenandrewsartglass.com.

However, if it’s simply time to start dreaming of a new great room, we’re here to help! Give us a call at 210-494-5400 or fill out our online form to get started.