Christmas is full swing, and I just got word that my whole family will make a visit over the weekend to celebrate! Good thing I have been working on getting my home ready for a Modern Fiesta for all to enjoy. However, if you’re looking for some last minuet ideas for getting your home ready for the festivities then look no further. Two weeks ago I teamed up with Chris Warren from San Antonio Magazine to make a list and checked it twice on a Designers Decorating Do’s and Don’t’s list for the Holiday Decor.
Here is what I suggested:
Design with an underlined theme in mind. This really helps keep your decor on track with looking as it was created as a whole and not a mix of everything. Finding a theme will also set the tone for finding color combinations, mantel decor, and table scape down to the gift wrapping.
My personal favorite themes are:
- Retro Holiday
- Modern Christmas Glamor
- Whimsy Wonder Land
- Joy To The World
Do re-purpose and use what you have. Let‘s face it, holiday decorations can get expensive, so look to see what jars, platters, mercury glass collection and tapestries you have that you could incorporate for your Christmas decor.
Do add colorful candy, red berries, and natural foliage and ornaments to vases and dishes to make for quick and simple decoration on any surface in the home for a festive look.
Go Bold with color! Look to the color wheel for unconventional color combinations like orange and turquoise with gold accents, violet chartreuse and pink or pick one bright color on a white tree.
Go Big and outside the box. Look to large scale items to make a big statement. For example use multiple paper bell decoration for handrails of a stair case, add feathers to anything for drama, or consider large paper flowers for the tree. Shop through the Fiesta, wedding or the toy departments for ideas or inspirations.
Keep the mantel simple with a few colorful vases, shiny candlesticks, and fresh flowers or beautify decorated garland.
Don’t limit yourself to red and green. Look to you homes “everyday” decor for a color palette inspiration and go from there. For example if you home is done mostly on tan’s, browns and neutrals look to gold metallic, navy blue and textured ribbons to create a scheme. This way it will make you home sparkle and look like a designer did it.
Don’t leave decorating dead spots. Try to consider all the main spaces people will see from the front door, entry hall, to any designated sleeping quarters that you plan to have and decorate accordingly.
Don’t leave the dining table without a festive centerpiece. If you’re not a big decorator just add one simple centerpieces for a joyful look.
Don’t use disposable silverware for Holiday dinner. I know this seems like a lot of work, but this is a time to pull out all the stops and use your fine china.
Don’t forget the Powder Room. Make sure it clean has plenty of toilet paper and fresh paper hand towels. In addition, you’ll want to stock up on seasonal smelling hand soap, lotion, warped mints and any other items for your guest to have a boutique like experience.
Don’t expect things to be perfect. The holiday‘s are fast passed with office parties, family gatherings and shopping and cooking, so don’t stress out. So what if your turkey comes out too dry or if your gravy is lumpy just breath and enjoy the moment with family and friends.
Cheers and be Merry!