During the holidays, embrace the season by collecting natural elements from the outdoors and using them to decorate your indoor space. For a project that's easy to create and oozing with holiday warmth, create a garland made from painted pinecones.
On HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes, designer Sandra Espinet brings the all-white holiday theme used in the interior of Brooke Burke's home outdoors. Espinet decorates this cabana with a sparkling chandelier and glistening white lights.
When decorating for the holidays, you want your lights to shine, not sparks to fly! Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent. If you don't have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors for holiday seasons to come. You can also opt to buy a portable outdoor unit from your local home store for less than $20.
Try a new kind of holiday wreath this year. Use all-natural materials found around the kitchen and yard to form an icy decorative element for an outdoor space. To make this wreath you'll need: a Bundt cake pan; tree cuttings; berries; pine fronds; dried flowers; ribbon; a freezer; water; a penny nail; and a hammer.
Use empty boxes wrapped in darling paper and ribbons as part of your decorating. Stack them on the coffee table, fireplace hearth or in the entryway to deliver visual interest and plenty of holiday cheer. Tall candlesticks, like these pewter ones, give height and drama to your coffee table. Boughs of eucalyptus bring a touch of the outdoors in.