Did you look at the calendar today and realize that Christmas is only days away? Then look around your home and wonder how you can bring the season inside your home quick and easy? With busy work schedules, parenting schedules and extracurricular activities for the kids you may not even have your tree up yet. That’s okay Maria Samuels, Interior Design Expert and Lead Blogger with In Style Modern, is here to help with her fab last minute tips to trim your dwellings in festive holiday style without the hassle of major decorating. With a few simple supplies and the seasonal spirit your holiday home will soon be merry and bright.
Lisa Carey: It seems that Christmas arrives much quicker every year and that if I don’t actually put a date on the calendar to decorate there is a chance it won’t get done. The Christmas tree is of course the centerpiece for many. What are some suggestions you have to make the most of decorating with trees.
Maria Samuels: This tip about trees is great for small spaces or just because. Try a Tree On a Wall, all you need is a wall! Wall tree decals are now available, but if you’d rather go with a DIY approach, an easy to implement design is to take three long diagonal ribbons to create the “tree”, cut out a paper star (also available online) for the tree top, decorate the ribbon with holiday cards or family photos from the last year. Or the kids can draw and cut out some “ornaments” to “hang” on the tree.
L.C.: What are some quick and easy, and hopefully inexpensive ways to decorate for the holidays. After all not only do some of us need to decorate but we also need to quickly get our Christmas gift shopping done too!
M.S.: There are inexpensive and easy ways to decorate for the holidays. Some of them don’t even cost a thing like playing Christmas music. Just tune into a local Christmas only radio station or do the same on Pandora or Spotify and immediately your house will feel and sound a lot more festive. You can also decorate with holiday cards. For example create a “garland” around a main interior door frame with arriving holiday cards. Another inexpensive idea is Doorknob Stockings. Place a festive holiday stocking, the inexpensive red and white kind will be just fine, to visible doorknobs throughout your home to create a merry and welcoming vibe.
Almost everyone has an empty vase or bowl in the house. Fill a clear vase or glass serving bowl from your kitchen with holiday inspiration, such as colorful ball ornaments, pine cones, or greenery. You can wrap a pretty satin ribbon around the vase to create more color.
Sweet treats also help with decorating and setting a festive mood for friends and family. Use empty water glasses or jars and fill a few of them with candy canes or peppermints and place them throughout gathering places in your home, on counters and bookshelves.
L.C.: I’ve found that scents are truly part of any special season. There are many scents I just associate with certain holidays and even just that aroma can bring about more festive feelings.
M.S.: You can bring the scents of the season home with scented candles. Choose from some of the favorite holiday scents like cranberry and gingerbread. A simple, quick way to add some holiday ambiance to your home is by lighting a few candles (or using plug ins) in seasonal scents including balsam, gingerbread, cinnamon, cranberry, and many more to create a relaxed, cozy vibe.
L.C.: I know I focus a lot of my decorating on the mantle. It can be seen from every room in my house, except for the bedrooms so it just makes sense.
M.S.: Mantels are a natural focal point so if you don’t have time to do much decorating elsewhere, focus your efforts there. Place a few pine cones, a bit of artificial greenery and some twinkle lights across your mantle and you are all set. Even a row of real or battery lit candles across your mantle will have a dramatic effect that’s chic and effortless.
You can also place poinsettia next to the fireplace or o the entry way table, on the dining room table and other focal points in your home.
What fun, easy and inexpensive tips to not only get holiday decorating starting, but even to add a little more festive to holiday festivities!
About Maria Samuels
Maria Samuels is an interior design expert and lead blogger with InStyleModern (http://www.instylemodern.com), the online resource for trendy, mid century classic modern furniture that won’t break the bank. Connect with InStyleModern on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.