holiday decorating

A Fun & Festive Fourth

Written on June 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm , by

The Fourth of July is a little over a week away, and it’s one of my most favorite holidays. It’s so much fun to gather together with friends, families, and neighbors and share food and fireworks in celebration of our country’s history. To get you in the mood, I gathered up some decorating ideas that are so simple and each is a way to say three cheers for the red, white, and blue! 

Outdoors, tie up red striped cotton fabric with blue ribbon or rope to create your own unique bunting.

fabric bunting bhg

 

On the porch or above the dining table, use colorful markers to add festive firework motifs to plain paper lanterns.

embellished paper lanterns bhg

 

For an easy DIY craft, print out the template for these Happy Fourth coasters and adhere them to plain chipboard. 

happy fourth coasters

 

Suspend large glittery stars on a string to set the party scene.

simple glitter star banner bhg

 

Play off the traditional colors of the day by inserting red blooms into a collection of blue glass cups and bottles. 

blue vases red flowers

 

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Festive Outdoor Displays

Written on December 20, 2012 at 11:00 am , by

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.

frosted snowflakes bhg

 

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.

sled on porch bhg

 

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

Written on December 17, 2012 at 8:00 am , by

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

Written on December 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

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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Natural Holiday Decor

Written on November 23, 2012 at 7:00 am , by

In December, we all turn our thoughts to decking the halls in holiday style and Mother Nature offers us an abundant amount of decor.  When brought indoors, evergreens bring the festivity of the season along with them.  Here is a collection of ideas to inspire some simple and natural holiday displays around your home too. 

A bay leaf garland swaged with colorful ribbon on a staircase and tall winter berry stems in colorful vases instantly brighten an entry.      

 

bay leaf garland and berry stems bhg

 

Boxwood draped in front of a window makes a simple yet elegant statement.   Use the extra clippings on your tabletop with a medley of fresh fruit, candles, and your favorite decorations to form an effortless display that lasts all month long.

 

swag garland over window and evergreen centerpiece bhg

  

Cedar guarantees glorious scent when suspended casually around the home on a shelf or mantel.  Paper reindeer ornaments are a whimsical nod to Santa’s sleigh ride.  

 

christmas garland on shelf bhg

 

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