Just one month away…I guess it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. So there’s shopping, baking, party planning, wrapping and decorating to get done. Well I can’t help you with the baking or wrapping, but I do have a few ideas for quick and easy decor that will look smashing.
Firstly, I really dislike putting away a lot of everyday things…who has that much extra storage room? So what I like to do instead, is decorate on top of the everyday decor. Just blend it all together. Also, I’m not all about spending a ton on decorations or making it look too Christmasy…yes there is such a thing.
What does look nice are a few fun touches, and decorations that have meaning. And if that means macaroni tree ornaments that the kids made, then I’m all for it. Now is the time to haul out those hand knitted Christmas bells and the toilet paper nativity set made in kindergarten (yes my sister really made it and we still have it).
The key to making it all work is balance. Scroll on down for Christmas Decorating 101.
Add Christmas Cushions to mix with the Everyday Ones.
Add Sprigs of Greenery to Vases and Bowls
Use either real greens or best quality artificial. We like to mix in Christmas baubles and if your greens are good, you can pick up inexpensive baubles to toss in. Below we’ve used our favourite electric candles in a wicker basket with artificial greenery and acorns.
For A-One-of-A-Kind Look, get Creative and Add your Own Touch
A Few Little Decorations in a Powder Room is All That’s Needed
Sometimes Simple is Best
Use Left Over Bits and Pieces to Fill Small Bowls and Vases
Adding Bows Here and There Makes a Room Festive
Small Decorations in Unexpected Places adds some Cheer
LOVE LOVE this Contained Way to Display Christmas Cards
It’s still nice getting cards in the mail. It’s so nice to see a hand addressed envelope with a real stamp and know that inside are good wishes. The Christmas card holder was something that one of our clients had. I don’t know where she got it, but I am hoping that I’ll stumble across one at a Craft Fair sometimes.
Keep it Fun and Include the Imperfect
So to wrap up Christmas Decorating 101, the most important thing to remember is to have FUN. Throw in those handmade items, those singing Christmas Bells and the not so perfect Ginger Bread House.
Wishing you happy and enjoyable decorating.
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