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.
Whether grown in its natural shape or prunted into a Christmas tree-like pyramid, aromatic rosemary makes a delightful holiday plant. While it's indoors, give your rosemary a sunny window and regular waterings. You can transplant rosemary into the garden, but before you do, give it a week or so in a sheltered spot to help it transition from your home to natural sunlight, wind and temperatures. Rosemary grown in the garden takes full sun.
What if the colors in your year-round decorating don’t look great with red and green? No worries: It’s easy to find holiday baubles and more in virtually every color of the rainbow—even ones that work beautifully with the great room’s western-inspired shades of terracotta and taupe. Also, don’t feel constrained by “traditional” décor choices. Add personality with off-beat and fun elements, like a cowboy hat tree topper.
To avoid holiday decorating mishaps, John Drengenberg, Consumer Safety Director at Underwriters Lab, strongly recommends reading labels for lights and other wired decorations to make sure you are conforming to acceptable wattage levels. If your decorations are connected by a tangled web of extension cords and power strips, you may be overloading the circuits, he warns.
Topping a kitchen island is this glass cylinder filled with red and green apples. It can be used at different times of the year or as a natural arrangement for the holidays. Paired with a beautiful blue and white toile tablecloth adds texture and warmth to the display.
Mix summer memories in with your holiday decorations this year by stringing sand dollars, starfish and shells onto narrow rope or twine. To attach the starfish, carefully drill a small hole near the end of one arm then slide the twine through. Just loop the twine through the hole on each sand dollar and attach shells either by tying them on or with a dollop of hot glue.
A contemporary blue, white and gold study is adorned with blue chaises from Bjork Studio and custom blue and gold pillows with fabric from Holland & Sherry. The round Halcyon chandelier by Kelly Wearstler dazzles with its mix of quartz and brass while a serpentine mirror by Rose Tarlow ensnares a fireplace. The study by J. Wheeler Designs was part of the 2017 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse.
Pinecones and dried pomegranates can help decor last well beyond the holidays. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs used glass cylinders to hold small succulents, by using a filler and then inserting a smaller pot with the succulent so it would peek over the top. She covered the cylinders with pieces of sweaters.
After the holiday plates, platters and placemats are stored away, add a new element of greenery through fresh flowers and topiaries. The lemon cypress topiaries and Star of Bethlehem in urns provide a touch of green, whether on a table or on a mantle, says Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs, a floral and event studio in Aiken, S.C.
Designer Alice Cramer includes a soft and cuddly fur throw at the foot of the bed in this muted, grey-toned bedroom. As Cramer attests, the holidays don't have to be complicated. Use things you already have and just add the bling with seasonal touches. "Nothing prettier to a tabletop," says Cramer, "than simple glass containers of different sizes filled with cranberries, red berries, greenery and floating votive candles. Mix it in with silver service pieces filled with white flowers and various candlesticks." It's a look that works for a beautiful tabletop, or in accent tables in a guest room.
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.
The Colorado Blue Spruce is one of the most iconic evergreens associated with holiday decorating. Commonly raised for sale as a Christmas tree, the Colorado Blue Spruce must have full sunlight to thrive, and also requires a great deal of watering. For use as a small potted accent, be sure to add a hole along the bottom of a pot for proper drainage. It’s also recommended to lay a sponge directly over the drainage hole to help hold moisture.
Paper luminaries can serve as beautiful, simple decor for various holidays and events, and icicle lights can be used to illuminate a long running strand. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag and insert an “icicle” into the bottom of each bag. You may not need or want to cut a design into the front of the bag, but we do like these Halloween-themed luminaries, which light a sidewalk nicely for trick-or-treaters.
Handmade sleeves or holders for candy canes have been around for generations. This sweet throwback holiday craft is quick, easy and fun for kids of all ages to make using just felt and glue. You will need the following materials: medium gray, light gray and pink felt quarters, all-purpose or fabric glue, hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional), scissors, craft eyes, small pink pompom, black permanent marker and clothespin.
Bump up your holiday decor's warm-and-fuzzy factor with this playful wreath. Kids will love combining pom-poms of different sizes, textures and colors to create a one-of-a-kind look. Check local fabric stores for a readymade pom-pom garland to wrap around the foam wreath form to make quick work of covering the foam then layer on single pom-poms, attaching them with fabric or hot glue.
One spot in the house that's often neglected when decorating for the holidays is the kitchen. Why not add just a few Christmas touches to make it look and feel more welcoming? Hang the same wreaths used in other rooms on the kitchen windows to keep the look cohesive. Add red dish towels, red napkins and stock your cookie jars with treats for guests to take the festive feel a step further.
Hosting your first holiday supper shouldn’t be stressful, and this roast will be the star of the table. Easy to prep and filled with unique aromatic flavors of cider and sage, you'll be wishing for leftovers before the dishes are even washed. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/hard-cider-roast-with-sage-vegetables?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)