Submitted by Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
The countdown is on and Christmas is a nod and a blink away. My Christmas tree went up the day after Thanksgiving, only because I really needed a head start on this holiday. And, having found a realistic “fake” tree (oxymoron, I know), I can safely keep it up for the better part of a month without it becoming a fire hazard. I love sharing new ideas with you at this time of year to jumpstart your creativity and holiday spirit. So here are some Yule ‘embers’ to stoke your creative fire:
Let some fresh holiday colors add surprise to your living room or family room. A stroll through Pier 1 Imports ought to give you adequate temptation. Their selection of toss pillows suits the season beautifully. Color Marketing Group International states that the hot 2010 colors for Christmas include pairing red with white (still pretty traditional) as well as red, white and silver. But purple and silver are debuting as the surprise color combo for Christmas 2010! Get crazy and choose some mix and match patterns for a quick holiday makeover—and the more glittery the fabrics, the better.
Auto-timed flameless candles have to be the hot item of the season. These frosted white glass candles will glow for five hours every day, and can be programmed to turn on automatically at a specific time. No more worries about having little ones around live candles with these. They look like the real thing, flickering and mesmerizing your guests, without requiring 9-1-1 to be on auto-dial. Costco stores are offering reasonably priced sets that include many different sized candles.
Let’s not forget a tried-and-true idea for holiday room makeovers. Room-sized area rugs in holiday themes are an amazing makeover trick. What a great way to add a burst of color to your room (and protect your broadloom carpet or hardwood floors from party spills at the same time)!!!
Here’s an idea that needs to be repeated for new readers. I have yet to find a tree skirt that will fit the huge trees I decorate. Fabric-by-the-yard to the rescue. Fabric stores always stock up on glittery fabrics for Christmas, and gold, silver, red or ivory are exactly what you need—right off the bolt. (You might check your local Walmart to see what they are offering in fabrics.) You can finish off raw edges with pinking sheers to avoid ravels, but just tucking edges under to give a soft finished edge will work just as well. Great solution—low cost investment, and one you can reuse next year as well.
Do you have a large rectangular Tupperware container? If so, you have the mold for a stunning holiday centerpiece for your table. Pine cones, small pine boughs, tea light candles, holly berries (or beads) and a silver ornament or two are all you need. Place items snugly in the container, fill with distilled water and freeze until solid. Just before dinner, defrost enough to release from container onto a silver tray. Surround with greenery or fresh flowers, and prepare to be proud of yourself. Be sure the tray has enough of a lip to catch any excess water as the ice block melts. Just remember to refreeze or dispose before lights out that night. (Complete instructions can be accessed by Googling “Fire & Ice Holiday Centerpiece”.)
I could go on for pages, but less is more when it comes to decorating wisely. So let me know if any of these Christmas gems work for you. FloorTalk always encourages comments (be kind—it’s Christmas), and I do want to hear from you—especially if you’ve got a gem of your own to share.