Put old men’s shirts to new use this holiday season as garland which doubles as a useable advent calendar. Once the banding is attached to each pennant, hang your finished garland along the banister or drape around the Christmas tree. As children count down the days leading to Christmas, allow them to take a treat or gift from a pocket each day.
Troll through your garden looking at seedheads and collecting the wealth at hand. Seeds make great gifts and are versatile beyond restocking your own garden. Consider using homemade seed packets as Thanksgiving place setting cards, stocking stuffers, inclusions in holiday mailings or hostess gifts.
Dark colors don't have to be dreary. In fact, they can be lovely and luxe if used correctly with a keen eye. Mix navy with gray and brown for a rich, fresh spin on holiday hues. To get this combination right, use a mix of natural textures that can make a space feel warm and welcoming, such as wool and velvet.
Don't let holiday gift wrap tubes go to waste. Use a utility knife to cut the tubes into 3-inch-long sections. Choose colorful materials to wrap around the tubes to create pattern and introduce texture. Here, a variety of string in purple tones was used to keep the napkin ring coordinated with the rest of the tablescape.
Designer Mallory Mathison Glenn installed striped sky blue and white fabric for a tented ceiling in a whimsical kid's bedroom during the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Homes for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. The Edie fabric is from Schumacher. Mathison Glenn says she was inspired by French designer Madeleine Castaing’s beautiful tented rooms and style.
What's more fitting than to fill a vintage sugar jar with sweets? Fill a small jar with classic holiday candy for a simple gift. You can find a great deal on jars with missing lids, ones that are orphaned from a set or those with small chips or cracks.
Cheryl Burke, dance coach extraordinaire on Dancing With the Stars, takes her sense of glamor to new heights with a collection of pink Christmas trees that adorned her home over the holidays. The look is a little bit retro, a little bit sweet, and so very Cheryl.
This dining room is ready for festive fetes. Kay Douglass Interiors used bright and bold Hermes pieces, including a mobile and its signature orange for the custom velvet banquettes in the contemporary space. The chic dining chairs are in gray velvet and other seating swivels. The stool has a faceted cube shape. The paintings were found at a French market. The room was in the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays.
Chances are, you still need to live in your house during holiday season, so you don’t want to obscure essential areas with decorations you’ll have to move to use the space. Here, the design team kept accents like vintage snowshoes visible but tucked out of the way, so they’re not at risk of falling over or blocking access to the entry and bench.
Whether you choose a delicate teacup or a more capacious mug for your garden, something traditional or a bit more fun, teacup gardens are a fun project for both adults and children and a fulfilling way to express your creativity. They are great for small spaces and apartment gardens and cost very little to make, especially when you source materials at thrift or craft stores or use your existing holiday decorations as embellishments.
When it comes to tree skirts, why not think outside the box? Consider a square tree skirt made from unexpected holiday materials, such as menswear fabric, rather than the round versions found in retail stores. This tree skirt, designed by Britany Simon, features a black-and-red plaid pattern and measures 4-feet-by-4-feet.
The homeowners loved many of the features of their house, but the dated style and functionality of the kitchen were a problem for the young family. Cabinets with ornate details and a layout that cut off traffic flow were two features that needed to go; upgrading inadequate appliances was another top priority. The end result is a lovely, classic transitional kitchen that works equally well for Sunday morning pancake breakfasts and prepping holiday dinners for a crowd.
Transform that pile of coffee filters you have in the cupboard into chic holiday centerpieces. Take this activity to the next level by allowing kids to glue on beads, glitter or pom-poms to create their own tree they can take home.
Make It: Turn outgrown baby shoes into holiday ornaments by adding a four-inch section of rope or twine to the shoes' straps, and then tying two small knots to connect the pair. To hang securely, place one shoe on each side of a branch until they hang evenly.
“Select a venue that already dresses up for the holidays," Zazueta adds, "and work their decorations into your overall design. Think outside of the box and, instead of traditional lighted trees, opt for more creative ways of embracing the season, like a snow machine, perhaps, or a candy cane-inspired signature cocktail.” Floral design: Blooming Gallery.
Make It: Start by picking up a clear glass or plastic ball ornament. Add a two-inch layer of artificial snow along the bottom, and then suspend miniature holiday figurines from the ornament's foil or metal cap using fishing line. Once hung, this simple, clear ornament takes on the appearance of a sophisticated snow globe.
One of the best ways to keep a holiday bedroom decorated in a well-curated manner, is to make sure you incorporate a range of different shapes as seen here in the graphic block shape of the advent calendar, the sculptural look of the Moravian star and the geometric look of the star twig garland.
Make It: Paint a holiday message along the front of a budget-friendly serving platter using acrylic paint and a detail brush. Or, for a more modern look, consider using stencils and a can of spray paint. To attach the platters to the back of the chair, wrap ribbon around the top of the chair back, then secure with a bow.