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For a super-coordinated look, focus on
the colour-story already established in
Add a complementary colour or just use
existing colour with some glitz or texture
for a sophisticated holiday palette. Rejuve-
nate the old.
ART AND ACCESORIES
Replace existing art with holiday pieces.
For a balanced look style your table top
accessories to coordinate with the art-
Recover or replace lampshades to har-
monize with the new scheme.
You can renew existing lampshade by
adding tasselled or beaded trim or gros-
A very simple diy project. All you need is
Wrap the books on your open shelves
with holiday wrap that coordinates with
your chosen colour scheme. Use 2-3 differ-
ent papers. Don't miss the opportunity to
cover the inside back of the shelves as well.
If you shelves are completely open, if it
is appropriate you can cover and attach
some quarter inch (1/4") ply, or similar ma-
terial, to the back of the shelves.
Consciously and deliberately place items
on your shelves, balancing size left and
right, up and down on the shelves.
Factor in empty spaces and do not be
afraid to lie some books down in stacks.
Rearrange furniture with view to a lay-
out suitable for the type of entertaining
you plan to do for the holidays.
Think about how people naturally group
as they socialise. Think consciously about
where you want to locate your activity
Nothing impacts a room more than an
arrangement that addresses the aesthet-
ics and functionality of a room. Identify the
room shape, the ceiling lines and the focal
point to identify the best placement for
DRESS THE FURNITURE
You do not need to purchase new furni-
ture or re-upholster. Consider slipcovers.
Even if your furniture is in perfectly good
shape, slipcovers can offer stylish protec-
tion to your treasured sofas, chairs and ot-
tomans during the season.
Throw pillows with decorative covers
and textured throws also provide instant
decorative punch to a tired space.
Changing your drapery for Christmas is
nothing new. This is an age old tradition in
If you do not have the budget or inclina-
tion to do so, what about adding tiebacks
using Christmas ribbon?
Or even adding a simple valance from a
holiday print? If you do not want to over-
state the holiday theme, how about
adding simple side panels to your exist-
ing window treatments?
This is an opportunity to add a punch
of colour or interesting texture or just
make an impact with a statement print.
This layered approach uses significantly
less fabric and can have big effect.
If getting new window treatments, get
the best quality you can afford and do
not skimp on fullness.
This advice holds true if you are mak-
ing them yourself, purchasing ready-
mades or having them custom made.
Look for on-trend drapery rods.
You can instantly update your window
treatments by replacing the 'conduit'
rods that we seem to favour.
You will not see 'conduit' rods in any
decorating magazine. The 'conduit' has to
be hidden and adds no decorative value.
Not to mention that they are often not the
best foundation for your chosen style.
Drapery rods are functional and stylish.
Decide on your colour scheme and pur-
chase wrapping paper to match. Encour-
age everyone use the wrapping paper you
provide. Wrap a few empty boxes in vary-
ing shapes and sizes when staging your
Do not worry though, if family or friends
use other wrapping paper as well, the dif-
ference will just make the tree decoration
feel more natural and inviting.
As a rule-of-thumb have at least 100
lights for every foot of tree. Allow a mini-
mum of 5 -- 7 well-proportioned clusters
for each side of the tree. Stagger or zig-
zag your clusters creatively.
Decorating for the holidays can
be overwhelming. The key
is to break it down into small
manageable sections and look
for unexpected ways to add
interest. Here are some budget
friendly ideas to make the
task simpler with more
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