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Holiday Decorating Do's and Don'ts

Monday, November 05, 2018   /   by Traci Roberts Jones

Holiday Decorating Do's and Don'ts



Halloween is officially over so commence the decorating. But let's face it: tinsel and garland can be a little bit of a hassle. Take a step back, breathe and look into these tips and tricks to converting your residence into a holiday home! 

  1. Do mix and match on the mantel.

    Let different items sit together. Bring on the candlesticks, vases, and ornaments. The trick is to pick one color and vary the shades. Think about how well light blue, navy, and cobalt look when they stick together.

  2. Do use oversized bulbs.

    Lighten up and start thinking outside the traditional box. Go big, bold, and bright on the tree or hang those colorful strings along your mantel, window frames, or stairway banister.

    25-Count Multicolor LED Christmas String Lights, similar found at Lowes.com

  3. Do keep in mind that not all trees are tall and green.

    Hello, small-space wonders! Apartment dwellers can celebrate too. Here’s our rule: If you go for a color -- like winter white -- then stick with a single color for your ornaments as well.

    Pre-Lit Crystal White Artificial Tree, Amazon.com

  4. Don’t think Advent calendars are just for kids.

    Sure, we love the chocolates, but here’s a new way to count down the days ‘til St. Nick arrives.

    Similar advent calendars, GarnetHill.com

  5. Don’t overdo the front-door decor.

    But don’t forget about it either. Why not make it easy on yourself and go with something that won’t die? Here’s to celebrating all winter long.

    Glitter Ball Wreath, $55, CSNRugs.com
  6. Do embrace those vintage finds.

    They’re back! Break out the hand-stitched stockings, ornaments, and decor. Don’t have any from the good ol’ days? No prob; just buy ’em!

    Find similar ornaments at Anthropologie.com

    Need ornaments for your tree? Check out these fun picks!

    Find festive holiday wrapping ideas here.

    And browse our favorite holiday recipes.

  7. Do personalize your stockings.

    Names? Been there. Monograms? Done that. Hobbies and interests? Game on! Let your stockings say something about you.

    Wool Felt Stockings, HableConstruction.com

  8. Don’t forget seasonal elements.

    “Festive” can mean a lot of things. Why not take a more rustic approach? Bring in bark mirrors, lanterns, and pinecones.

  9. Don’t forget the glitter.

    We’re all about glitz and glam -- to a point, that is. Beware of shimmer overload. Choose one metallic and let it steal the show.

    Spiral Wire Trees, Chiasso.com

  10. Don’t shy away from the classics.

    Yep, you heard it here first: Go on and hang the garland -- but do it right! Red and green look pretty darn chic in felt.


    Take your time to set up, its socially acceptable to start decorating now but don't forget there is still a whole holiday in between Halloween and Christmas, it's called Thanksgiving!


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Traci Roberts-Jones
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