Friends and family will adore these handy handmade Christmas gifts -- including dishware, vases, and other home accessories -- that are just as fun (and easy!) to make as they are to give. Start one of these simple Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your holiday gift list.View Slideshow
Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.View Slideshow
Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens -- in fact, we encourage you to mix it up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, and even items that don't come from nature, such as peppermint candies and pom-poms. These fun-to-make creative designs show you how to make Christmas wreaths with unexpected shapes, dazzling colors, and out-of-the-ordinary materials.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
Don't stop at the Christmas tree -- extend your Christmas decorations through the whole living room. These Christmas decorating ideas will have your space overflowing with cheer, whatever your decorating style.
If you have bold accents in your living room, let them shine year-round with coordinating holiday decor. The bright blue credenza serves as the perfect starting point for a fun and festive color scheme. Light blue, hot pink, lime green, and bright white ornaments are ideal accents throughout the room.
Strong red plaids and natural greens combine with woodsy elements to create a cozy cabin look. Faux fur blankets and a roaring fire make the room warm and inviting.
Spread holiday cheer to more than just your main living room. Try dressing up a second living space or playroom. Let the kids add handmade ornaments to a tree that's the perfect height. Fun and easy crafts, like our cardboard Christmas trees, make the room playful and kid-friendly.
Often the best place to start is the natural focal point of the living room. In this case, the fireplace acts as a natural foundation and is brought to the forefront thanks to festive greenery and a berry-accented garland across the mantel. A pitcher of greenery on one side is balanced by a miniature wreath on the other, and the whole vignette is completed by quaint painted letters that spell "Noel." With a solid focal point, all it takes to finish the room is a collection of lanterns and a bowl of ornaments on the coffee table.
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This year, spend time filling your living room with personal touches that transcend the trends. Fill mantel and tabletop spaces with your favorite scented candles, add looped greenery garlands to the fireplace, and string another along your gallery collection of family photographs. Finish with a collection of tiny tabletop Christmas trees.
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Give traditional colors a break and use the rainbow to inspire your Christmas decorations. Bright blue, pink, green, and gold ornaments hang from the tree, giving new meaning to the term "merry and bright." Wrap presents in brightly colored wrapping paper and hang a colorful beaded garland from the windows to round out the eclectic decorating scheme.
By nature, a living room is meant to be a special place to relax and spend time with family and friends. Get the look by layering a collection of old and new fabric-wrapped details -- things like soft upholstered seating, linen drapes, and pillows. Finish with framed holiday family photos, greenery tucked into vases, and a decked out Christmas tree arranged in a place of honor.
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Although the classic red-and-green scheme has dominated holiday living rooms, this modern sitting room proves that your existing color palette can inspire the prettiest of holiday themes. Black, white, gold, and gray mix together in both ornamental and everyday vignettes for a look that feels transitional and on point.
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Create a rustic holiday living room with simple, natural accouterments like grain-sack stockings, olive leaf wreaths, and pops of French blue in the pillows, on the mantel, and throughout the Christmas ornaments. For an easy furniture transformation, cover your sofa and chairs with linen sheets -- tres chic!
A colorful Christmas tree demands attention, so keep the rest of your decor low-key, especially in a small space. We love the way silver and green elements on the mantel give this room an elegant feel, while birch logs add a touch of country comfort.
One of these five Christmas themes is sure to fit your style. Take a peek!
Punch up traditional red and green with pops of fuchsia. Introduce the color in small doses: a throw on the couch, ribbon on a wreath, trim around a lampshade, or even gift wrap on the packages. Here, miniature white Christmas trees are bedecked all in pink to bring the color center stage.
Make a winter wonderland with candy store inspiration and miniature Christmas trees. Fill jars with classic holiday favorites, like peppermint sticks and ribbon candy.
A classic white living room can be holiday-ready with just a few cozy accents and pops of red. Crafty trees on the mantel and birch logs in the fireplace set a whimsical stage for bright red stockings and accent pillows.
Antiques can bring personality and history to your Christmas decorations. This living room features ornate candle sconces above the fireplace, five generations of ornaments on the Christmas tree, and a weathered but beautiful trunk.