Traditional rooms are best decorated with layers, and the key to a well-layered holiday home is to fill rooms with a mix of interesting textures. The lush greenery of the wreaths contrasts perfectly with the nubby, woven fibers of the throw pillows while the merlot-toned flowers introduce new shades of red into the space.
HGTV fan Katie Watson came up with a fun and creative way for children to count down the 25 days of Christmas. Using simple square envelopes with string closures, she adorned each one with different holiday-inspired themes, patterns and colors. Inside each envelope Katie placed a coupon for each child that can be redeemed for something special at home, such as a cup of hot chocolate, a piece of Christmas candy or Mom reading a bedtime story. Strung up the banister with colorful foam balls, the advent banner is not only a fun family activity but an original piece of holiday decor, too.
White and green parrot tulips are very versatile and can be used to to create formal, casual, country or high design looks. For a classic holiday touch, pair white and green parrot tulips with dusty miller. The small touch of dove grey will break up the green and white and also introduce a rich texture.
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.
Now that we've honored the past, make some new traditions with a modern twist. These gold logs are so much fun! A lick of gold spray paint brings this '50s style Christmas into the modern era and adds a lovely sense of whimsy to this holiday theme. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Lilien
An elegant set of four coasters is an inexpensive and easy gift for the holidays. You will need the following materials: (4) 4" white porcelain tiles (available at hardware stores), small felt pads, reindeer and snowflake stencils, blue glitter paint, red paint, sponges and spray gloss enamel.
Potted evergreens are excellent for year-round use and can be especially effective during winter months for adding a touch of classic holiday charm. Keep the overall look simple by planting the evergreens in pots covered in interesting, organic textural materials such as burlap, linen or birch bark. For a more finished look, cover the top of the potting soil with moss.
This tree, in the East Entrance Landing, will pay tribute to those in the Armed Forces and their families. The room will be filled with red, white and blue, and the tree will be trimmed with gold star ornaments. While visiting, guests can write notes of thanks and send the joy of the holidays to those serving in the military.
These little gems are a great standard recipe to know. They incorporate holiday colors and flavors in a treat that is sweet and a little bit salty. The texture is a crumbly, the cranberries are chewy, and the pistachios give it a tiny crunch to finish it off. It's holiday perfection.
Although the busy days leading up to the holidays speed by for adults, Christmas can't get here fast enough for kids. Help them count down the days with this clever advent calendar. Fill the mittens with a small toy or treat to bide the time and build excitement for the big day.
Interested in a more modern, artistic and architectural approach to holiday decor? Create an unexpected door hanging with an architectural ceiling medallion, spray paint and ribbon. Pick up a ceiling medallion from the hardware store, update it with glossy spray paint and adorn with seasonal embellishments. Add twine, yarn, string or ribbon to the top and attach it to your door.
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.
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.
Turn inexpensive fence-post caps into a pretty jewelry or gift box. By itself, the box makes a thoughtful birthday, Mother's Day or holiday gift. Fill it with sweet treats or a small trinket for a handmade gift they won't soon forget. Get crafting to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Ornate trimmings might look out of place in a room as simple and streamlined as this one. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add some holiday cheer. Black watch pillows are a rich, wintery addition to the tailored bed clothes, and a super-simple garland draped across the headboard lends softness and a hint of nature.
The use of metallics is a more sophisticated approach to holiday decorating. Once twinkle lights are illuminated at night, metallic accents dance with sparkle and sheen. Whether you're using the same color or mixing gold, silver and bronze, try to combine metallic ornaments featuring different finishes including matte, high-gloss reflective, glitzy and sparkly, and raw or coarse.
This charming blue Cape Cod-inspired gingerbread house is sure to delight holiday party guests. Plus, it's easy to construct with royal icing and chocolate fondant. Allow house to dry completely overnight. When house is set, transfer to a cake plate or serving board and sprinkle over powdered sugar "snow."
Don't use holiday lights unless they have cleared the strict safety tests conducted by Underwriters Lab or another established testing facility. Lights checked by this independent testing company are marked with a holographic UL label. A red label means lights can be used indoors and out, while green means indoor-use only.