Holiday Home Design Makeovers

November 6, 2009 by Kenmore

When time is on your side

Time is scarce during the holidays. But if you’re able to squeeze some extra time into your schedule, consider these decor DIY projects.

Invest in new cabinet hardware or refinish cabinets with a whitewash or stain.

Create focal points with paint. An accent wall in a bold color or an inviting fabric treatment adds interest. Artwork is a worthwhile investment. Select a piece you truly love to ensure staying power.

Add ambient lighting with floor or table lamps that create soft, inviting light.

Use area rugs in each room to ground your furniture and anchor the space.

Mirrors have the power to make a room seem larger. Choose a series of mirrors or have mirror glass added to purchased frames. Before hanging, hold or lean the mirrors against your walls to determine the most effective location.

A seasonal tabletop in 3 simple steps

Rely on nature for a unique and elegant tabletop.

1 – Carve out seasonal fruits and vegetables (such as pumpkins or oranges) to hold votive candles.
2 – Fill in with sprigs of herbs and cinnamon sticks to create a spicy potpourri.
3 – Weave long pieces of foliage around the votive holders and down the length of your table.

This season’s holiday trends

  • Minimal décor with bold hues of orange, yellow and green.
  • Oversized metallic accessories balanced with simple accents, like a simple flower arrangement in a bold vase.
  • Fabric or wrapping paper covering flowerpots, boxes and the inside backs of bookcases.
  • Small wreaths hung with ribbon on the backs of dining chairs.
  • A natural tree strung with simple ribbon, twine or raffia.
  • Dishes and serveware in blue and white patterns for stylish Hanukkah celebrations.


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