Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Add Cheer Both Inside and Outside Your House

Tonight is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree which stirs my decorating holiday spirit! It's almost December and many of you have already begun your Christmas shopping and decorating. Here are some of our favorite decorating ideas:
CHRISTMAS LANTERNS: Arrange a grouping of festive lanterns by your entryway and consider using flameless candles instead of regular pillars as a worry-free alternative.
FESTIVE BUFFETS: Set up a casual Christmas buffet on a kitchen island that is accented with fresh greenery and blooms. Attach a standard grapevine wreath embellished with eucalyptus and red orchids on a hanging light fixture which is such a sophisticated twist on red and green!
DRESS UP YOUR CHAIRS: Wrap chairs in cummerbund fashion with a band of burlap as the base and tartan on the top. Tie with wide red grosgrain ribbon and secure all cloth with an oversized laundry pin. Add a few pheasant feathers and for a fringed look use scissors to make inch-wide cuts along the bottom of the burlap.
HOMEMADE GIFT TAGS: Make your own gingerbread men gift tags out of playing cards. Use a cookie cutter to trace the shape onto a deck of cards. Cut out and punch a hole in the tops to string onto Christmas gifts or ribbons. Who will be the King of Hearts?
DECORATE WITH EXTRA ORNAMENTS: Repeat shapes on the Christmas tree that appear in the room. Add some ribbon that you used on your wrapped gifts for the finishing touch!
DECORATE PENDANT LIGHTS: Dress up pendant lights in a kitchen or over an island with garland. Add a red flower plant below for another red and green sophisticated look!
DRAPE YOUR MAILBOX: Wrap sheer ribbon loosely around a pine garland and drape the garland around the mailbox. Wire clusters of bright nandina berries to the top of the post and finish with a big red bow for festive eye-catching holiday cheer!
ADD COLOR TO YOUR FRONT DOOR: Accent a white door with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath and garland. Tie on extra-wide red ribbons and add a soft glow with twinkling lights. Greet your guests in festive style!
DECORATE WITH COLORS THAT MATCH YOUR DECOR: Plan Christmas decorations to work with your existing decor even if that means using unexpected colors like cream and beige. Accents in shades of gold and silver blend seamlessly with this room's soft white-and-ivory color scheme and play off the tones of other metallic accessories like the coffee table.
DON'T FORGET THE STAIRCASE: Drape garland up the handrail of a staircase and anchor it with gold bows for a Christmas welcome in the foyer.

1 comment:

  1. I really love decorating for Christmas. We used to get fresh Christmas tree and decorate them with homemade ornaments. This year, we would love to try someChristmas decorations, something modern and these gave me an idea. Thank you.

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