Menswear stockings are a great way to add a tailored touch to your holiday decor. To get the look, try a no-sew approach using iron-on adhesive tape, scissors and old sweaters or dress shirts. Those less likely to tackle this as a project can drop old shirts and sweaters off at their local dry cleaner or seamstress and have it done for a low cost.
Even the most utilitarian space (like an entryway bench) can sparkle with the season if you add some special touches. Here, a fleecy throw fancies up the boot bench; greenery and a row of sparkly white mini trees helps define the ledge a top a half wall, and a line of stockings is promise of the special night to come.
“I love modern design and bright color, so I really wanted to keep my Christmas tablescape colorful, but with simple lines,” says Angela Neese Rathbun of Blue i Style. Using papier mache cones found on sale at a craft store and striking paint colors, Rathbun got to work. The resulting centerpiece is certainly eye-catching.
“I have always wanted something taller and more dramatic for the center of our Christmas table, and these painted cones provide just the right height while still keeping a simple, modern style,” Rathbun says.
This beautiful, classy sitting room takes inspiration from Moroccan style by mixing bright, warm tones with darker colors and neutrals. An orange wall creates an eye-catching background for the navy sofa adorned with turquoise pillows and a purple throw. Neutral horseshoe-shaped chairs coordinate with the area rug, completing the look.
The neutral walls of this sitting room are brought to life with the dark, beautiful colors present in the rug, seat cushions and throw pillows. The orange cushions add interest to the the tan armchair, and the same orange is echoed in a nearby throw pillow. A pair of thin matching chairs flank the fireplace.
A bright orange accent wall fits beautifully with the Moroccan-inspired design in this sitting room. A navy sofa creates contrast against the orange wall, while an area rug adds pattern and color to the space. Two neutral horseshoe-shaped chairs feature orange accents, fitting well into the color scheme.
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.