From Lynn on December 2nd, 2009 in Home Decor
It’s just about time to drag out those boxes of Christmas-village pieces and Snow Babies, childhood tree trimmings and worse-for-wear monogrammed stockings. It wouldn’t be the holidays for some of us if we didn’t do the things we always did… but how about this year, we add just one little sparkly touch to make Christmas seem new again?
The traditional holiday ham flanked by these shimmering beauties would put a smile on even the biggest Scrooge’s face. If the magical season finds you with enough time on your hands, you might try making an ornament-based topiary. Any craft store will have project ideas for you.
OK, it’s easy, albeit time-consuming, to create a big impression with a few lights and garland in a house like this. But think how cozy yet grander any space can become by copying this look? Any banister will do, big or small. And, while I think I’ll be purchasing my centerpieces rather than crafting them, festooning my stairs with greenery and lights is more my skill and patience level, especially if I can get the garland pre-strung with lights.
Tasteful Outdoor Decor
Unless you want to be like that one neighbor in town who attracts tourists and high-energy bills with his giant bowing Santa and blinding light show, you can go real subtle on the exterior touches of the season, like this pretty window box. Then add some color here and there in your backyard. This fruited birdbath is a little odd, but you get the idea.
If you can’t get enough of seasonal decorating, you can join Weeks 3-6 of Martha Stewart’s Christmas Workshop. This week covers garlands, wreaths and lights, and it might give you just the inspiration you need to put on those holiday tunes and get into the spirit of the holidays.
Yes, in my book, sanding sugar is a perfectly valid decorating element! And now you can taste Christmas, too. Besides, hosting a cookie swap where you make and trade a variety of treats with friends is a great way to get everyone over to see all of your other holiday handiwork.