HOLIDAY HOME TRANSFORMATION TIPS

Still haven't transformed your home holidays because you don't know where to begin? Do you want to make the most of the holiday decorations you already have? Have you done one space, but now you're stuck on flowing the others? You can easily connect the flow of adjoining spaces for the holidays by adding just the right decorations in similar color schemes. Here's a few of my personal tips I've used through the years to create a cohesive and festive mood in our home - and so can you:

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1. You can instantly transform a space - like your dining space - by adding an accent wall. Even if you already have one - change the color to coordinate with your holiday decor. It can really strengthen the WOW factor or change the mood of your space for the holidays.

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2. Layering your window treatments will make the room feel cozier. For winter, heavy velvet or silk taffeta can be the ball gown in a dining space. Add sheers to defuse the light in the space and add to the backdrop for your furnishings. For added sparkle to your ball gown dressed windows: hang beaded garland strands over the sheers. For even more layering or added glow: frame with window with a string of lights, a strand of garland or suspend a lit wreath from the rod.

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3. Switching out your everyday neutral area rug for a shot of color - like red - can lend warmth to a space and be the base color foundation for your holiday decorations. If your going for a lighter and airier feel, removing a rug, especially in a dark color, will also transform for the look of a space.

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4. Utilize your existing accent color from the room when choosing your holiday decorations. Repeating your decorative elements will ensure they blend well together with the style and colors in your home. Also be sure to keep your decorative accents throughout a space similar - such as glass ornaments on garlands or wreaths and in cylinders or bowls - which will give a more cohesive look to your space.

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5. Decorate your table in layers to give a feeling of warmth. Include colorful place mats, napkins, runners and chargers. Also include your personalized place cards, plenty of candles, and even chair accents - for example: slip covers with ribbons or wreaths hanging off chair backs.

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6. Personalize your place settings by creating place cards made from simply attaching tags to pine cones or a special glittery ornament. This will ensure each of your guests feel special and welcome. Personalized place settings can also add festive charm to your tablescape.


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7. Dress up your everyday chandelier by adding a wreath - maybe with ribbons - and hanging ornaments like icicles. For a cleaner look, just drape beaded garlands of pearls, crystals or mirrors.

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8. Definitely decorate the nearby furniture with a festive vignette. This could even include jazzing up existing everyday lamps by simply hanging a flat ornament like a glittery snowflake. A simple string of garland can be woven into a festive runner on a buffet top. For height, add pillar or taper candles in metal or glass candle holders.

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9. A holiday card holder display need not be complicated. If you have bi-fold closet doors with slatted vents, simply slip cards into the slats - keeping the cards colorized. Another festive way to display your favorite cards for the season can be made of wire or string to create a decorative card swag. For added sparkle to each: hang glittery snowflakes.


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10. You can update your framed wall art by switching images for your favorite Christmas cards or wintry images - which can easily been printed off line or found in a winter scenes calender. A wall art collection can also make a festive holiday statement by being wrapped to simulate "brown paper packages tied up with strings."



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11. Wall art can also be exchanged for a simple and festive holiday wreath. Add pine cones, ribbons, sugared berries or glass ornaments to your wreath to compliment your existing decor. Your wreath need not only be hung on the wall above a fireplace mantel: layering your wreath on an existing mirror - especially if it's lit - can add a bit more sparkle to your space. You can also utilize your window hardware to hang your wreath from.

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Mirrors can become festive wall art too - all you need is a little hot glue:

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12. Dress up a prominent front or back door from the inside by adding a simple wreath. For a cleaner look to hang your wreath on a door: use a Command Performance holiday hook.

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And with all this attention inside, don't forget to welcome guest with a little something special outside. It doesn't have to be much or overwhelming. Keep it simple and in proportion to your dwelling...

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Hope you're ready for a SPECTACULAR holiday and special time
spent with family and close friends...




Well now.... That was easy!


MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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13 comments:

  1. Wonderful tips! I've learned so much from you!
    God keep blessing your talent!
    Raquel

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  2. Look forward to your blog every day.(oh no tomorrow's the weekend!)You are truly inspiring and I am having fun incorporating your ideas and suggestions into my own space. On HGTV "Rate My Space" I am "ssmarie" and have posted shots of my living room that were fashioned after your Christmas suggestions. (lots of re-purposing and thrifting applied!) If you get a chance please let me know how you think I did. Thanks for a great blog and sharing your talents with us!

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  3. WOW...so many pretty ideas...I’m having a Christmas Open House…would love to have you join in on the fun. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. How beautiful all your decor is! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Thank you for stopping by my post. Living in the Heartland, we don't have to think twice about saying 'Merry Christmas.' I love to acknowledge the true reason for the season. So, Merry Christmas to you, too! Your ideas for repurposing furnishings, artwork, etc. in your home to give them a touch of Christmas are truly inspired. So well done! Thank you for sharing your charming design ideas. Cherry Kay

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  6. Thanks for showing us how to succeed. Your tips are very useful and timely.. Thanks thanks thanks.. Merry Christmas

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  7. So much excellent information and inspiration here. I'm adding this post to my Christmas Inspiration file for 2011. (Yes, I look for holidays ideas year round!)

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  8. Your home & decorating are just gorgeous! You are extremely talented! And is that a cat laying under one of the trees? LOL Hysterical! Love it. :)

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  9. Your home is beautiful! The decorating tips are great too.

    Loving your blog! So glad you dropped by mine.

    xo,
    cristin

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  10. I love the transformation from year to year. I like to change my dining room up but I keep other rooms pretty much the same. You have done amazing changes. It would be hard to pick a favorite, but I will say each year gets more and more beautiful, Merry Christmas,Kathysue

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  11. Thanks for stopping by and taking the timne to comment Ashley, Raquel, "ssmarie", MA Martha, Cherry, Linda, Marlis, Karen, Melissa, Cristin and KathySue!! It means a lot...

    KathySue: I guess as I evolve, so has the decor in our home. It's also the blank canvas to experiment with styles =)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
    :D Lynda

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  12. Your blog has given me that thing which I never expect to get from all over the websites. Nice post guys!

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