Stores such as Pier 1 Imports are well-known for a wide assortment of great Christmas and other seasonal decor accessories, but chances are there may already be items around the home (or apartment) that can be used first. Or the home items on hand can be combined with any new things. Here’s a few ideas to get started:
For the bedroom, consider bright, festive bedding and a dressed-up headboard with some seasonal accents.
Living room: Put a frost design on one of the windows (or all of them). Go for plush pillows and a snowy accent with a faux fur throw for a warm, inviting look.
Patio, deck or porch (weather permitting) will look wonderful using lanterns filled with LED candles, soft pillows and garden stools. You’ll continue the festive indoor look, but also with the durability for outdoors.
The mantel and fireplace-Dress it up with a lot of snowflakes, a tree, and a wreath (or several small ones). There are actually several different ways to decorate your fireplace and mantel, based on one’s particular needs; are you interested in a strictly decorative fireplace, or do you want to make the heat output part of or the focus of the decor? And do you want to start the fire with a wall switch, a traditional log, by remote control or by a thermostat? Do you want a traditional wood-burning fireplace? Or prefer a modern-design gas or electric one? At www.heatilator.com, there are free online resources that will help you determine what fuel choice and style is right for your home.
For the mantel, save your most cherished trimmings. Display framed, holiday photos of family and friends, scented candles, garlands with dried berries, festive ribbons, flowers, and/or bowls of seasonal fruit. White, gold and silver color themes will look beautiful here (and will also be season appropriate-make sure that all decor is placed safely away from any heat and flame).
You can make your own centerpieces for the dining room table with just a few essentials, like a mixture of evergreens, woodland creatures (figurines) and metallic pillars, time permitting. And if it’s not, there are beautifully-created centerpieces available at most craft stores.
Sometimes the best decor statement is accomplished by simply cleaning (and clearing) up the surroundings. Putting away clutter from the kitchen counters and the dining room area can work wonders; add a table runner and festive flower centerpiece-you’re set! Fluff up those couch (or sofa) cushions and give the floors and carpets a quick vacuuming. Make sure the bathrooms are fresh and clean. Don’t worry about rooms that no one will see or have access to; just close the doors!
Sources: “Deck the Halls” by Family Features and Pier 1-The (Sunday) Vindicator, Nov. 22, 2015 and “Prepare for Winter Warmth”by Statepoint-The (Sunday) Vindicator, Nov. 8, 2015