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A Connecticut homeowner makes her farmhouse sparkle for the holidays with simple-to-make decorations.
Homeowner Lauren Henry compares holiday decorations to jewelry, saying they should complement your home's decor, not compete with it. Following this philosophy, Lauren accessorizes her house with simple yet sparkling trimmings. For instance, each year she makes one or two new ornaments for her tree, such as glittered foam balls or jeweled cardboard stars, then fills in with store-bought trimmings.
In the entry, more white bows add a soft touch to fresh cedar garland draped loosely down the staircase.
Lauren's bows are a thrifty way to add holiday style. Three yards of white burlap or linen fabric yields about a dozen large bows. Use pinking sheers to keep the edges from fraying and to add a decorative touch.
Inexpensive blue chandelier crystals dangle like teardrop earrings from bare tree branches to make an unexpected Christmas decoration. To make the beaded candy cane ornaments, thread glass beads onto a 6-inch length of jewelry wire, changing colors halfway. (Loop the ends so the beads don't fall off.) Fold the wire in half, then twist and bend into shape.
Lauren drapes beaded garlands, necklace-style, above her windows for a surprisingly elegant holiday swag.