December 2017
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Happy Holidays!
 

Christmas is my favorite time of year! Not only because of all the beautiful lights, the snow, and the cozy nights spent sipping hot chocolate by the fire, but also because of the camaraderie that occurs between family, friends, and neighbors. The holidays are a time to reflect on what we are thankful for, give back to those who are in need, and spend even more time with our loved ones while doing so. I hope you have the opportunity to fill your home with family and friends while building lasting memories this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to you and yours! 

 
 
 
 
8 Holiday Decorating Ideas to Steal
 

Looking for a way to spice up your holiday decor and take it to the next level? Use one of these ideas or combine them all for the best looking holiday decor in the neighborhood! Follow Felicia Feaster's gathered tasteful holiday tips and create a warm and cozy winter wonderland right inside your living room. 

 

Article originally posted by Felicia Feaster on HGTV.com

Want an instant fuel injection of the Christmas spirit and amazing holiday design ideas to boot? You could quickly befriend a talented designer and weasel a dinner invitation. Or, tour a holiday showhouse in your area to see the many, brilliant ways designers interpret Christmas in a stately home decked out for the holidays.

Children like to get into the holiday spirit too, by decorating their rooms. This dreamy hanging glider bed is ornamented with evergreens and Christmas ornaments.

What you won’t find in a designer showhouse: elves, effusive red and green and over-the-top holiday tchotchkes. What you will find is a tastefully restrained approach to the holidays that will be a blessed relief from the kitsch that can often accompany the season.

This year’s Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace in Atlanta, Georgia (on view through December 13) was full of inspired ideas that I plan to use in my own home. Here are some tips I picked up from the participating designers who really nailed the holidays.

1: Use Fragrant Greenery 

“We don’t like to overdo it for Christmas” says Atlanta designer Robert Brown, who designed a kitchen that made me slightly weak in the knees with its enormous windows and dove grey cabinets. He filled vases with eucaplyptus, whose lovely grey-green color and subtle fragrance is an unexpected twist on the usual Holly Jolly hues. Many designers created gorgeous garland swags of eucalyptus and evergreens to ornament fireplaces and staircase rails. Use thicker evergreens for structure and support in vases and swags. Another big natural embellishment: magnolia leaves used in vases and as garlands over doorways. The natural world is often the best source for low-key holiday decor.

The pretty grey-green color of these eucalyptus and evergreen branches look lovely in a gold vase.

 

2: Simplified Color Palettes

You’d be hard pressed to find classic Christmas combos of red and green at this showhouse. Instead, designers were drawn to Tiffany blue, icy pastels and kicky combos of Kelly green and electric teal. Ribbon embellishments for boxwood and evergreen wreaths were understated too, with a grey-blue Greek key sash on boxwood wreaths from designer Heather Roberts standing out as particularly lovely.

Boxwood Wreath

3: Wrapped Packages as Decor

Many designers, including Chris Holt, moved the presents out from under the Christmas tree and out into the room. Pretty stacks of gifts in coordinating (but not too matchy-matchy) hues spread holiday cheer and the excitement of pretty packages to be unwrapped to every room of the house.

Colorful ribbon and wrapping paper turn presents into holiday decor.

Don't hide your pretty presents under the tree: create anticipation and a festive accent by using them as decor throughout the house.

Small wrapped gifts make perfect holiday takeaways when placed in the entry foyer to your home.

 

4: Woodland Themed Trees

One of the most imaginative trees was Chris Holt’s hip version with pastel globes and silver star baubles placed among the tree like midcentury modern exclamation points. But trees featuring pinecones and owls and other woodland elements were a recurring theme.

Woodland elements make for great Christmas tree decor.

 

5: Understated Seasonal Vignettes in Unexpected Places

Yes, wreaths ornamented many rooms, hung from windows. But just as many designers created a subtle holiday feeling with white flowers or greenery in bud bases and pretty ribbons tied around porcelain baubles to endow powder rooms, guest baths and vanity tables with a low-key festive spirit.

Flowers and a ribbon-festooned ceramic dog lend a subtle holiday flair to this powder room.

 

6: Evergreens. Everywhere.

Formed into swags, potted up indoors and out, placed on dining room tables and fitted into rustic galvanized pots, small evergreens lend a Christmas-y feel to many parts of the home.

Evergreens in silver champagne buckets add a festive look to this holiday table.

A variety of evergreens in sturdy concrete pots add understated elegance to a porch.

 

7: Christmas Whimsy

Beloved family mementoes, like a kitschy Santa Claus candy dish can add just a touch of whimsy to an otherwise elegant room decked out for the holidays. I loved the cheeky touch Barbara Westbrook brought to her music room with Santa hats placed on taxidermied critters. Very Wes Anderson.

Taxidermy outfitted with Santa and elf hats for the holidays add a touch of whimsy to this elegant home.

Paper snowflakes hung from the ceiling add a magical touch to a children's room.

 

8: Decorate Your Bar Cart

Designer Mallory Mathison Glenn used fresh flowers, bubbly wrapped in pink cellophane and a flurry of glitter to give her bar cart a festive touch. Want to create a party-ready mood in any room? Decorators slipped mini-cocktail set ups on trays, on carts, on side tables and just about anywhere to indicate "it's time to party!"

Wrapped bottles of bubbly, glitter and fresh flowers add a festive touch to a bar cart.

 

9: Ornaments Everywhere but the Tree

Glass ornaments showed up in bowls and terra-cotta pots, and brought a dose of perky color to many rooms.

Tired of trimming the tree with every ornament in your collection? Instead, why not use pretty glass ornaments as tabletop decor?

It's lovely to bring the outdoors inside for the holidays, whether with greenery or repurposed terra-cotta pots.

 

10: Fur Embellishments

Fur pillows, fur bedspreads, fur throws, all made their way into the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse and Marketplace. Nothing adds luxury and a cozy ambiance on cold winter nights like a handy fur to drape over your lap.

 
 
 
 
New and Old Traditions Bring People Together During the Holidays
 

Some holiday traditions have been around for generations while others only recently burst onto the consumer scene. (Elf on the Shelf, we’re talking about you). One thing’s for sure, every family has its twist on their festive rituals. Below are some fun ways to celebrate the holidays.

Give Back – There are so many causes to donate time and money to it’s hard to choose just one. So don’t. From disaster relief, environmental endeavors, or health issues, everyone has a personal connection to someone in need. Locally, families work with homeless shelters and convalescent homes while kids get in on the act by picking out items for Toys for Tots and helping deliver.

Gingerbread Houses – Ready-to-assemble kits are readily available at most stores. Extra creative (and brave) parents can start from semi-scratch, either baking the pieces or using graham crackers. Royal icing, an array of candy and a gaggle of kids make it an afternoon to remember.

Cutting Down the Tree – Even families with a tried and true artificial tree will take a year off and cut one down at a tree farm. In addition to a wide selection of trees, most also offer fresh wreaths, as well as hot chocolate and a fire pit.

Menorah: Commemorate the miracle that a one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days. Light the nine-branched menorah to represent the miracle and one of the many Hanukkah traditions and customs.

Holiday Lights – Piling into the car and touring the brightest neighborhoods with Christmas carols on the radio is something everyone enjoys. And don’t forget your local tree lighting.

Break Out the Ugly Sweater – Whether hosting a holiday open house or taking the annual photo, there’s a guilty pleasure in donning an ugly holiday sweater. Some go all out with matching footie pajamas.

Classic Movies – So many movies, so little time. Whether it’s black and white or full of colorful words, the options of holiday movies are endless. Favorites include It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually, Serendipity, Home Alone, Gremlins, Die Hard, and Elf. Don’t forget the classics from the ‘60s; Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

 
 
 
   
 
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