The Art of Giving Hope – 2015 Event to Benefit CASA Kane County

10615368_1402922286596821_2033579450516744281_nWhat is The Art of Giving…Hope?  It is a collaboration of floral designers and artists coming together for a day of creativity and giving. Each artist will be paired with a floral designer who will interpret their piece of art with flowers. This is an exhibit where there are no limits to the imagination!


Sunday, January 18

1- 4:30 PM

Acquaviva Winery

Rt. 38

Maple Park, IL


Visit their Facebook page for more information, ticket prices, and for advance ticket sales.

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Holiday Magic Radio Program | December 7

10423906_10152702621444445_4637879609463787094_nJoin Janeen  and Christina Anderson-Heller of Lynfred Wineries as they chat on the Going Home with Tony Radio Show about how to create Holiday Magic through decorations, and festivities.

Radio AM 560

Driving Home w/ Tony Show

4 – 5 PM

Ornament Signing | December 5

64777_10203876520365833_6462557216074915286_nViktoria Anna & Joy Ornaments creator, Anna Bobak, will be in-store signing her beautiful Polish blown glass ornaments. Made in a historic European tradition, these pieces are hand blown, lined with silver, and then handprinted in Poland.

When they come to Anna, she hand details them with Swarovski crystals.

Friday, December 5

10 AM – 2 PM

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Geneva Christmas Walk | December 5

abstract-christmas-tree-vector-119287This Friday, December 5, is the annual Geneva Christmas Walk!

This is a great evening out for family and friends, and all of downtown Geneva stays open late to welcome the official start of the holiday season!

Santa Lucia arrives, and so does Santa, to light the Holiday Tree on the lawn of the Government Center. Third Street is closed off to automobiles to accommodate all the people shopping and enjoying the different events.

You’ll be able to purchase evergreens, enjoy roasted chestnuts, find bargains in the shops and the restaurants.
We’re staying open until 8 pm, and all Christmas decorations will be 20% off! Be sure to stop by and see us!


Holiday Decorating Reservations Are Now Being Taken!

It seems a bit early, doesn’t it, but we start taking reservations to decorate clients homes for the holiday season in August!


What can we do for you?


JHDChristmas6We’ll visit your home to listen to what you’d like to create for the holidays. It doesn’t matter what occasion your family celebrates, we decorate for every holiday. This initial consultation is free!


We can do your entire home,  a special room, indoor and outdoor wreaths and indoor/outdoor lanterns. We can even do your outdoor light fixtures.
We can use your decorations, our decorations, or a mix of both!
Once we’ve determined all of this, we’ll come up with a plan, and schedule a date to work our magic to transform your home!
Our schedule fills up quickly – we typically have no spots open after mid-September! Stop in and schedule your initial consultation or give us a call at 1-630-232-7885.

Design Tips | How To Create Your Own Tree Topiary

A topiary is a classic style of sculptured green plant.  A topiary can be something very simple or very ornate.  You may have seen some about downtown Geneva as natural aspects of a yard. Not far from Janeen Home Decor we have spotted some jumping deer, and a Victorian couple out for a walk.  But what about a simple topiary for your sunroom or other space in your home? Janeen and I worked together to create a homemade topiary tree that you can create yourself!

The preparation is not hard to do if you have the correct materials and tools. You will need the following:

Finished Ficus Topiary Trees

Finished Ficus Topiary Trees


– Drywall patch. This is like plaster and can be found at any hardware store.

– Natural tree trunk. We used white birch from our supplier in Wisconsin. Any interesting tree branch will work.

–  An unbreakable plastic pot with the holes taped over, we used a florist paper mache container.

– Green Styrofoam. This can be bought at most craft stores, and can be bought in a form, or you may cut it into any shape you desire. We chose to use a sphere.

– Foliage. We used  curly silk ficus stems, but if you used plastic boxwood the trees could go outside.

-Hot glue gun or melted glue in electric frying pan.

-Dried sheet moss or Spanish moss.  We have all kinds of moss and dried materials.






– Mix the plaster or drywall patch with water in a bucket. Work quickly, it sets up fast. Fill the flower pot with the mixture.

-We set  a birch pole into the  plaster filled flower pot.  It is very important to make sure it sets up straight, or your tree will crooked.



Picking the branches in the pick machine.

Picking the branches in the pick machine.

-Janeen gathers 3 or 4 stems of the cut up foliage and picks them in the pick machine. She dips them in hot glue before inserting it in the foam base.








The finished clusters of stems that are ready to bo glued into the foam.

The finished clusters of stems that are ready to bo glued into the foam.




– If all of your picked leaf clusters are the same size it is easy to keep the round shape.






Inserting the picks into  the foam base, keeping the round shape as you go.

Inserting the picks into the foam base, keeping the round shape as you go.

-Point each spray toward the center of the foam, so they all radiate out to give the tree a realistic look.

-Keep a little dried sheet moss on hand to cover any foam that shows.

-Keep filling in until you have created a round ball of leaves.  It takes a lot of stems to create a lush topiary look.







The tree on the right is partially constructed.

The tree on the right is partially constructed.

The trees we made are 48″ and 60″ tall.


This is a fun project, the finished topiary tree dressed up in a decorative container can really make a dramatic statement.