With Christmas just around the corner, it is time to dust off our Christmas trees and baubles and join our family and friends in guilt free overindulgences. Nothing gets you more in the mood for he festive season though than getting our homes prepped for the good times ahead. Here’s a few ideas to help set your home up for the festive season ahead.
Use objects with different heights to create interest. Start by hanging oversized snowflakes, and building up the table with tall candlesticks. For the mantel, hang a garland made with olive branches. It’s both pretty and symbolic.
DISPLAY HOLIDAY CARDS
Secured to a string with clothespins, the season’s greetings are on full display. A rustic ladder can also hold other decorations.
Keep treats on display (and out of kids’ and pets’ reach) by hanging them along the top of a window. Hooked on matching ribbon, the peppermints look extra sweet.
DRESS UP YOUR BAR CART
Bar carts are the one design element that still need to be functional, so make sure all of your merry-making essentials fit. Otherwise, accessorize with greenery and glassware.
Skipping traditional crimson puts a fresh spin on a Christmas wreath. Branch out with pink and green baubles, although a few silvery accents won’t hurt, either.
MAKE THE BANISTER FESTIVE
Banisters can be tricky to decorate. For a light, airy and cheerful look, try stringing red and white paper bells together with fishing line. (Tip: Get creative with your decorations. We found these at a wedding supply store!)
Instead of a garland, a great way to dress a mantel is to fill it with a mix of candlesticks — tall, small, mercury glass, crystal — and put a beautiful vase of flowers in their midst. Everything glitters. And instead of ivory candles, use red, cranberry and shades of green.
MAKE AN ORNAMENT ACCENT
Placing a few branches of holly inside of a vase, and then add a splash of color with bright ornaments.
STASH YOUR TREATS
Easy for guests to access a cookie or beverage, make a shelf into a snacking station with mugs, stirrers and a dispenser.
DISPLAY A GINGER BREAD HOUSE
A cute gingerbread house placed on top of vintage books makes for understated festive décor.
FIND YOUR CHRISTMAS AROMA
Involve scents with decorating, too. If there’s nothing in the oven, try lighting cinnamon or spice-scented candles.
Source: House Beautiful