Christmas decor doesn't have to stick to greens and reds. Red, white and blue maritime flags top this tree to tie the holiday decor together with the blue dining chairs while expressing the homeowners' love for all things nautical. Red and yellow roses hint at Christmas colors while relating to the artwork and side chairs in the dining room.
This rustic living room with stone walls and fireplace is all decked out for Christmas. Stockings are hung from the mantel with care while decorative trees, decorations, candles, and greenery draw attention to the illuminated Christmas star above. Two simple upholstered chairs up front provide a perfect sitting area for holiday guests. Blue and white patterned throw pillows add some winter glitz to the otherwise neutral room.
This chic country dining room features festive Christmas decorations, including a red tablecloth and fresh pine garland. White built-in bookshelves are positioned on either side of the wood burring stove, while a wreath hangs above. Gold trees and striped candles add finishing touches.
This lively living room boasts a French country vibe with colorful accents, like the modern art above the sofa and zigzag area rug. A natural wood plank ceiling features metallic track lighting, while a pine tree next to the sliding glass door offers a festive Christmas touch.
Vintage Christmas toys were the inspiration for this holiday mantel. Pine cones, a small lighted tree and light greenery surround the wooden nutcracker soldiers. A clothesline of miniature mittens adds a whimsical touch to this holiday set up.
Use six basic ingredients to make classic Christmas sugar cookies for upcoming holiday parties. Use cookie cutters to create stars, trees and other traditional shapes, and then dress up with frosting and sugar crystals in seasonal hues. Get the recipe.
If you like, put a jar of honey underneath your tree to make Christmas even sweeter. Check the water in your container and replenish as needed. You may also want to add fresh pine boughs or rosemary stems if your first batch of cuttings start to dry out.
Number One Observatory Circle, the home of Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden, gets a beautiful and elegant holiday transformation. The 19th century, Queen Anne-style house is decked out with giant wreaths hanging from the windows and lighted trees. This year's theme, reflected throughout the home's Christmas decor, is "Holidays Past and Present."
This advent calendar idea is simple and perfect for last-minute crafters. Melaine Thompson of My Sweet Savannah stenciled 24 numbers onto manila shipping tags and added glittery adornments. Each day, as Christmas draws closer and closer, the kids take off an ornament and place it on the tree.
Cover inexpensive foam balls with yarn to create a rustic Christmas ornament the kids can hang on the tree or use to top wrapped gifts. Choose traditional wool or synthetic yarn for a smooth look or get creative by wrapping the balls with fun, novelty yarns with fluffy, faux-fur textures or variegated colors.
Golden baubles, high-end finishes and metallic trees are all excellent ways to bring your Christmas decor into the 21st Century. Moving beyond the traditional red and green is a big step toward embracing a modern color palette. Here, small green, blue and silver decorations add holiday sparkle to this cozy living room without being too overwhelming.
HGTV fan Cathe Holden reused vintage thread spools to create a one-of-a-kind holiday advent calendar in her home. On each spool she added a numbered wrap with a special note or a clue to a hidden gift. Cathe, a passionate crafter and designer, displayed her Christmas countdown on a vintage, modified spool holder. Cathe also suggests creating individual, numbered spool ornaments for the tree, or stringing the entire set together to create an advent calendar garland.