Written on December 17, 2012 at 8:00 am , by Kate
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.
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.
Dress up your everyday pillows for the season with a gift wrap treatment that includes a festive bow with satin or grosgrain ribbon.
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!
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.
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!
Tie up the back of your chairs for your holiday soiree with a satin ribbon and a medley of sparkling ornaments.
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.
Embellish your votive candle holders with velvet ribbon and a miniature applique or gift from nature then scatter across a table or mantel.
Dress your front window a dash of merry by adding a painted frame showcasing sparkling ornaments suspended from ribbon.
When all else fails and time is short, nothing is simpler than an evergreen wreath suspended wherever you feel it fits.
What are your favorite ways to decorate with simplicity during this season?