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Colorful Outdoor Seating

The blooming plants are beginning to show their color now that spring is in full swing. Once the fair weather is here for good, extend your living area outdoors by arranging seating on your deck or patio for lounging and entertaining into the evening hours.

Take a cue from nature’s colorful show and welcome it to your outdoor areas with brightly painted seating. A gathered grouping of colorful chairs provides a focal point and also a welcoming place to gather with friends and family.

red outdoor seating bhg

 

Outdoor spaces filled with color communicate “good times happen here”. Resist the temptation to be hum drum or play it safe with neutrals and welcome vivid hues for a vacation in your own backyard.

colorful adirondacks bhg

  

Scatter colorful chairs all around your outdoor space to make the message clear, nothing formal happening here!

colorful metal outdoor chairs bhg

 

In these modern times, colorful outdoor chairs are available in many styles, from casual European bistro chairs, to retro inspired shapes that evoke nostalgic memories from the 1960s, they also include American favorites like the classic Adirondack.

green outdoor deck chairs bhg

 

Even rustic outdoor tables can benefit from a color injection and a mixed rather than matched set is aesthetically pleasing – find painted metal seating in various places from flea markets to retail stores.

blue outdoor chairs bhg

 

To add an dose of color to your backyard, here are twelve chairs guaranteed to bring instant flair to your alfresco space. 

colorful outdoor seating

From top left: Kruger, $179, Crate + Barrel; Acapulco Chair, $250, Modern Lighting; Allweather, $229, Brookstone; Red Adirondack, $249, Pottery Barn; Metal Bistro, $198, The Garden Gate; Retro Tulip, $59, Amazon; Beulah Rocking Chair, $169; CB2; Bend Chair, $249, West Elm; NIcolett Stripe, $25, Target; Zuo Juju Set of 4, $605, Hayneedle; Ixtapa, $229, CB2; Cadiz, Set of Two, $99, World Market

 

How do you add color to your backyard spaces? With accessories? Spray paint? Colorful chairs like the ones above?

 

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Festive Outdoor Displays

I’ve spent some time this month featuring inspiring holiday ideas and today I’ll end the holiday decorating series by highlighting some outdoor displays.  These are those last days before Christmas, and the moments when we as a family love to take walks or drives around town admiring the displays. 

I love to look at the creativity of our neighbors, their twinkling lights, sometimes subdued, other times crazy or garish but always full of fun.  Here is a final collection of inspiring ideas for the holidays with a focus on the outdoors! 

A red door is for good luck and pairs perfectly with a pinecone and ornament garland draped across the threshold.  Merry berries trim lanterns that light the walkway. 

red door and pinecone garland bhg

 

Large scale snowflakes suspended as vertical garlands celebrate the winter scene happening just beyond the arbor.

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Lighted baskets that are filled with annuals in  spring make perfect vessels for a string of twinkle lights in winter. 

lighted hanging baskets bhg

  

Garlands all aglow bring holiday cheer to an entry embellished with a fresh evergreen wreath and its shimmery ribbons. 

wood door with traditional wreath bhg

 

A wintery willow wreath is an alternative to the classic evergreen version with its fresh white palette and small additions of color. 

winter wreath bhg

 

This porch is made merry in an afternoon with the cheery strings of icicle lights and swirling garland bringing color to the columns.

merry garlands and lights bhg

   

Layered boughs of evergreen swags and magnolia leaves tied up with seasonal berries and pinecones welcomes guests and neighbors as a botanical treat for the eyes.

layered boughs bhg

 

No one ever said Christmas trees are only meant to be displayed indoors, so why not another one placed on the porch! 

outdoor tree on porch bhg

 

Classic red looks festive on a glossy green door paired with rosemary trees and red pomanders in urns.

red wreath on green door bhg

 

An antique wood sleigh makes a perfect perch for a pine tree swag against a front or back door.

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A stocking hung with care on a door is a sweet alternative to a wreath and a nod to the tradition of hanging them indoors in anticipation of a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick. 

stocking on door bhg

    

Embrace the oldest tradition of the season by decorating with evergreens with classic cedar swag and a wreath that make a porch welcoming to family and friends. 

evergreen wreath and swag bhg

 

Are you all enjoying the outdoor displays in your city or town this season?  So festive, right?   I’ll be back with one more post on color tomorrow, but until then wishing you all the very Merriest Christmas season! 


Simple Christmas Touches

Now that we’re in the home stretch (only one week until Christmas!) the time has arrived to savor the beauty of the season, enjoying brisk walks while admiring the twinkle lights all aglow while picking up last minute gifts from local merchants.  

Wrapping presents for friends and loved ones and humming Christmas carols is what awaits this week, but if you’re still in the mood to add a little touch of decor to your abode, here are some simple Christmas touches that take mere minutes and bring much cheer.

Place a Charlie Brown sized tree in a nook and a few gifts below to bring the scents of the season minus the elaborate efforts.  

charlie brown tree bhg

  

Hanging a sweet red garland and layering with a love themed pillow (that will still look festive come Valentine’s Day) makes any entry merry.  

red garland and pillows bhg

  

Dress up your everyday pillows for the season with a gift wrap treatment that includes a festive bow with satin or grosgrain ribbon.

ribbon tied pillow bhg

    

Store holiday cards, gift tags, or those miniature ornaments that didn’t make it to the tree in glass bottles or jars for all that gift wrapping that awaits this week!

jars for cards and tags bhg

 

No doubt the Christmas cards have started arriving, so secure them to a door or wall in a common area with looped satin ribbon and double stick tape. 

   ribbon card holder

  

As an alternative, collect branches from your yard and display them in a favorite urn, pitcher, or vase.  Secure the cards with ribbon for instant holiday cheer!   

branches tied with cards bhg

    

Tie up the back of your chairs for your holiday soiree with a satin ribbon and a medley of sparkling ornaments.

dining chair swag bhg

    

Guests love to gather in the kitchen so before they arrive, so replace everyday olive oil with holiday trees and greenery, and lay a tea towel across the sink.  

tea towel and trees in kitchen bhg

   

Embellish your votive candle holders with velvet ribbon and a miniature applique or gift from nature then scatter across a table or mantel.   

winter votives bhg

      

Dress your front window a dash of merry by adding a painted frame showcasing sparkling ornaments suspended from ribbon.

ornaments suspended in frame bhg

   

When all else fails and time is short, nothing is simpler than an evergreen wreath suspended wherever you feel it fits.

simple evergreen wreath bhg

 

What are your favorite ways to decorate with simplicity during this season?

 

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Seasonal Staircase Scenes

The holidays are in full swing and it’s a time of year to welcome family and guests into our homes to share a cup of cheer.  Staircases offer the perfect opportunity to deck the halls during this festive season.  Natural holiday decor plays a large part, but there are other creative ways to make the balustrade merry and bright.

Large scale snowflakes will set a wintery scene.  Craft them with wood sticks or use store-bought versions to create a frosty white Christmas indoors. 

winter snowflakes on staircase bhg

 

Secure winterberry branches to the spindles on your staircase and tie a fetching piece of ribbon to hold them in place.  Extra ornaments and evergreen clippings add another layer of texture and color. 

winterberry branches on staircase bhg

 

Felted flowers in a classic palette of red and white add a fresh botanical detail to an evergreen swag. 

felt flower garland bhg

 

Swap the draping green boughs for tinsel instead and finish off the sparkling swags with vintage ornaments tied up with ribbon. 

tinsel garland bhg

 

For a light and airy look that is still reminiscent of the holiday season, drape rows of ribbon in bright colors accented with miniature berry wreaths.  

ribbons and wreaths bhg

 

Evergreens add a classic touch, and you can choose fresh greenery or realistic faux versions to drape along the railing.  Cozy knit stockings await treats from Kris Kringle on Christmas morning. 

boxwood and stockings bhg

 

Citrus and cinnamon will fill your home with the scent of spice and the verdant color of the fresh fruits of the season. 

citrus staircase accents

 

Cedar garland gracefully draped down the balustrade and secured with satin ribbon sets a simple and elegant scene in your holiday home.   Blooming narcissus in pots continue the fresh white theme and fill the entry with a favorite bloom of the season.  

evergreen garland bhg

 

Entries and staircases are a blank canvases each December – don’t forget wreaths and mistletoe, berries and ornaments too!  Together on display they make for a festive and welcoming home.   What is your favorite way to decorate your staircase or deck the halls this time of year?  

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Merry Mantels!

Decorating the mantel is one of the things i most look forward to every Christmas.  I always bring out the old and then introduce something new each year.  Evergreens and ornaments are always on display as are my kids velvet stockings which await the arrival of Santa who will fill the with treats before he retreats up the chimney. 

Mantels offer a world of potential for festive holiday decor.  Here is a collection of some of the best featured at Better Homes & Gardens over the years.

Stacked logs and a repeating forest of white trees keep this mantel fresh and fabulous.  Contrast is introduced with pillows, stockings, and garland in vivid red.

white and red mantel bhg

 

Silver and sparkle take center stage on this mantel where a simple mirror frames an ornament wreath and the family’s white stockings await special gifts from Santa.

stockings in a row bhg

 

The simplest way to decorate for the season is with greenery.  Bring in fresh garland and a wreath in addition to your tree to add color and scent to your main living space.

greenery on mantel bhg

 

Gather boughs of fir and pine together into a basket for a unique grouping of evergreens above your hearth. 

simple mantel with greenery bhg

 

Skinny trees that flank a mantel allow for a less is more approach to mantelscaping where simple ornaments large and small complete the scene. 

woodland mantel bhg

 

Bayleaf garland needs no embellishment since its grouping of leaves are beautiful on their own.    

bayleaf garland bhg

 

Woodland accents pay tribute to the beauty of the outdoors.  Combine fir, pinecones, burlap fabric, terra cotta pots, and miniature reindeer for a fresh-as-a-forest feel. 

woodland accents on mantel bhg

 

Whimsy is one of the hallmarks of the season so showcase it in doses large or small such as these fun Old World stockings hung with care.

whimsical stockings on mantel bhg

 

Pink tinsel swag and a variety of this homeowner’s favorite things combine to create an unexpected fun-loving presentation that keeps the eye moving from accent to accent.

pink tinsel garland bhg

 

Who says you have to be predictable when decorating your mantel?  A pile of seasonal citrus mixed with a few ornaments and paired with candles makes a perfectly festive display.

citrus and ornaments bhg

 

If you don’t have an actual mantel, don’t fret.  An evergreen wreath suspended on a wall above a hearth is just as welcoming. 

evergreen wreath and red trees on hearth bhg

 

No fireplace?  No worries!  Evergreen garland draped across bookcases brings festive holiday fun to your living or family room space. 

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How do you decorate your mantel each Christmas season?  Do you use evergreens and favorite ornaments or do you decorate with something new and unexpected each year?

 

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O Tannenbaum!

Decorating a Christmas tree is a long time tradition that countries all around the world engage in year after year.  The use of decorating indoors with evergreen trees and garlands dates back as far as 16th century Germany and is a custom that continues every December to this day.

Each year we bring our own tree home from a local farm and decorate it in a customary way which includes adding lights, ribbons, beads, and keepsake ornaments from the past.  I do like to choose a new accent color every year for the bulbs!  One year I chose turquoise blue (see it featured here in BH&G) and the next year I opted for traditional crimson shades.  Here is a collection of inspiring evergreens sure to have you humming “O Tannenbaum”! 

Red is the classic shade associated with the traditions of Christmas past and its use in decorating during the holidays is always welcome and nostalgic.  

 

classic red and white tree bhg

 

red and gold tree bhg

  

Fresh blues and greens bring cooler shades to your living spaces such as these trees decked out with shades of turquoise, teal, and Tiffany blue. 

 

tree with turquoise accents bhg

 

blue tree decorations bhg

 

Green is a seasonless color and pairs perfectly with all varieties of fir, spruce, and pine. 

 

apple green accented tree bhg

 

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Of course you can always throw convention to the wind and decorate with flirty shades of pink! 

 

pink tinsel tree bhg

 

Or consider the unexpected color complementary combination of aqua and tangerine.

 

orange and blue tree bhg

 

 

Neutral and earth tones blend seamlessly with evergreens and establish a mood of calm in any holiday home.

 

earth tone tree bhg

 

Mix metallic shades of silver and gold as a nod to the classic tune and inject a dose of holiday sparkle during the season. 

 

silver and gold christmas tree bhg

silver and white tree bhg

 

 

When in doubt, there’s no need to choose just one specific color.  Make your tree decorations a medley of bright multicolored ornaments to bring cheer to your home!  

 

multicolored christmas tree bhg

multicolored christmas tree

 

If serenity and simplicity are what you crave, avoid the bright colors and opt for a fresh white-as-snow presentation with a flocked tree and layers of white accessories. 

 

snow white flocked tree bhg

 

The tree is an opportunity to share ornaments from the past and your Christmas tree should always make you feel good every time you sit and enjoy it.  And there’s nothing more meaningful than a tree that’s filled with keepsakes and memories.

 

family photo christmas tree

 

How do you decorate your tree every year?  Do you pick a fresh color and change it up each season or do you fall back on the favorite traditions of the past?  What is the best kind of Christmas tree? 

 

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