As we step into December, it’s time to decorate the outside of our homes for the upcoming holiday. When I was young, we had a family tradition that my mother created, who was fun, and an out-of-the-box decorator. Each Christmas there was a life-sized Santa on a candy cane painted ladder crawling in the window of our second story home. On the roof, there was an elf hanging over the ledge (yes, my father would go up on the roof to hang) with spotlights. It was the highlight of our outdoor decor, and I remember people driving and walking by to take a look. I would encourage you to have fun with your outdoor holiday decorating, and do the unexpected! Do something unique that your family would enjoy and create a new tradition that everyone will remember!
I love all the decorations of this festive time of year and the various ways that people decorate their homes. As an interior decorator, I’m captivated by the lights and colors! I wanted to review some fun and different ways you can decorate your Christmas tree.
What’s the best way to begin?
If you are starting out perhaps in a new apartment or home, and you want to create a new look, click here to view a fantastic how-to video from Pottery Barn. If you need some inspiration, click here to see my Pinterest Board on this topic. If you want to use ribbon on your tree, click here for a how-to video on adding variously sized ribbon. Also, be sure to pick up a lovely tree skirt to cover your tree stand. You can find them at any Home Goods store.
Pick a Theme!
Keep in mind a theme can simply be a couple of colors that you want to stick with or a favorite location theme, think the beach or the desert. One of my favorite ways to decorate a tree is to use cherished items. As a mother of four children we had plenty of crafted tree decorations, this is one of my favorite trees using hand-made ornaments by my kids:
Do something completely different!
Hanging upside-down trees have created quite the stir this holiday season, click here to learn why. It’s a great way to have a tree in a small space! If you want an upside-down tree, without hanging it from your ceiling, you can find them at Wayfair or Home Depot.
Have fun decorating your tree and your home!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.
Welcome to the beautiful month of December! I love this time of year with all of the festivities, decorations, and lights. As we approach the Christmas season and all of the decorating involved with the holiday, I wanted to devote a post on safety. Here are seven safety tips to help you:
Safety Tips to help you this holiday season:
- If you plan to pick a real cut tree, be sure to pick one that looks fresh with green bristles not dried out and brown ones. Place your tree away from any electrical outlet. Before, setting up your tree, cut off a couple of inches off the trunk and place the tree in a sturdy stand that holds water and keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly. If you are looking for a self-watering option, click here for a video on one you can set up.
- If you plan to use an artificial tree, be sure it is labelled “fire resistant.”
- Only use lights outdoors that are rated for outdoor use.
- When using a ladder, be sure it is on level cleared ground and have a support buddy that can assist you.
- Inspect all strands of lights for exposed wiring and replace any damaged lighting. To reduce electricity requirement consider using low-wattage LED lights.
- Plug your lights into a surge-protected power strip. Also, use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
- Lastly, you know I have a dog that I adore and want to keep safe through the holidays, in that spirit I found some great information on the Pet MD website that reviews dangerous winter holiday plants and misconceptions, please click here to review that information, you may be surprised!
I hope you have found this information helpful, and I look forward to discussing holiday decorating in my upcoming posts. If you need help this holiday season with a room redesign to get your house ready, please call 610.955.8202 to set up an appointment! Have some fun and stay safe!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.