Sweet Escape: Christmas

Sweet Escape: Christmas

Greetings! Now that our bellies are full of turkey and mashed potatoes, and the memory of dead giraffes and mouse remains are behind us (well, the smell lingers on, but nothing a few gas masks and candles can’t handle) we in the U.S. can join everyone else and fully turn our attention to Christmas! Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! While doing a little research, I found some holiday inspiration for those of you pulling out all your decorations this weekend!

Last week we looked at some unique holiday lights, and if you missed it, the week before we looked at some easy garland to make. Now let’s look at some ideas for themes and trees in general.

So sit back and drink in the inspiration as we fully escape today into Christmas! All of these photos came from Better Homes & Gardens online except where noted.

The top photo (above) shows a cute idea for a white tree, tie on colorful Christmas candies! This would be so cute in an entry or kitchen.

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A red & white theme always works for Christmas.

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A simply decorated tree works for country & contemporary themes.

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Warm greens & whites are a holiday look that is easy to accomplish.

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Play up contrasts for more interesting holiday compositions

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Coordinate your holiday colors with your every day colors for a pleasing and festive look

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Repeat color and shapes for bolder statements

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Combine a mostly white scheme with hints of color, and use over scale decorations

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Organic elements make beautiful decorations combined with ribbon

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Fill in with florals and sparkling shiny leaves

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Make your own decorations using cookie cutters (photo from Martha Stewart online.)

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Play with horizontal and vertical lines and vary sizes of ornaments

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Be unique! Here they added frames, lampshades, mirrors and topped the tree with a chandelier!

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Think beyond a star, try feathers or a pheasant tree topper!

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Or try making a topper from things you have in your craft supplies!

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Use vintage ornaments in new ways. Try putting dowels in tree toppers to create centerpieces.

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Put trees on table tops to give some visual drama or elevate a smaller tree to more important status.

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White trees with colored ornaments can be a fun change.

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Don’t forget to decorate outside! These laminated paper stars make an outdoor tree festive.

This is {not} glamorous

Do we look ready for Thanksgiving at our house?

My nephew and son have been busy helping out.

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Our bathroom cabinet is painted but nothing is put back. We’d work on it but…

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We’ve had a little situation.

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Ignore the child wearing the undies on his head.

See the vacuum? That is next to my mom, who is trying to vacuum up the DEAD MOUSE! The one we can smell but cannot see. Yep, right on cue. Just in time for Thanksgiving. I am a dead rodent magnet right before parties and holidays. I am not kidding you, my friends will all attest to this. If anything can go wrong just before a party at my house, it will. And it oftentimes involves unpleasantness. Unfortunately, he did not get sucked up by the vacuum so we have to search elsewhere.

While we cannot see him we do see some droppings in our game closet. Yes, where our kids’ games are kept. So sanitary. Knight in shining armor has arrived home and will be searching through Disney Monopoly and The Game of Life very soon.

We will resume our regularly scheduled beautiful inspiring design blog after this brief interlude. I hope. In less than 48 hours I will be serving Thanksgiving in this house. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

PS. Now you have had a glimpse in to our hallway, Project #431 on my To Do list for the next year!

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