I want to thank each of you for leaving me such sweet comments yesterday as I shared day one of my house tour! I’ll share more rooms in the days to come, but today I have a fun diversion! I had a total blast on my Key West Weekend Getaway and one of the biggest treats was getting to work with a local artist to create a fantastic DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree for The Gates Hotel Key West. Here’s the scoop!
“COAST is in a general sense, about life on the edge – where land meets sea and the spirit of exploration and unknowing meet the safety of the shoreline….
At COAST, we build the goods we need to lead the life we want to live – just like people did not too long ago. And with these time-honored tools in hand, we set out to push limits and to see what we’re made of – life on the edge.”
When I arrived, Billy had already drawn out a plan for the 9 foot driftwood Christmas tree (below).
We followed Billy and Austin to one of their secrets stashes close to the sea.
My sister and I were surprised when the guys took out their hatchets and began chopping away.
Back at the shop, they constructed a base to support the tree.
Then a round piece of wood was cut to represent the width of the tree the hotel was requesting.
Around the circular piece of wood, holes were drilled at an equal distance from each other. String was tied at one end, pulled through an eye hook at the top of the trunk, and tied again on the opposite end.
As we went along, Billy and Austin used a saw to trim pieces of the driftwood we had gathered and toted back on the cushman.
The green string helped us know how to space each piece of driftwood as it was added.
Here I am doing what I love…totally focused!
And here is the tree still at COAST with a few buoys added in the place of ornaments.
I absolutely love how involved The Gates Hotel Key West is with the locals. Ready for the reveal!?!
First, another pic from inside the lobby. I love the wood paneled walls!
A close up of the DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree!
Be sure to stop by and check out this tree if you visit Key West this month.
Anyone know of a secret stash of driftwood in Texas?!