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Contemporary Holiday Decorating

Home at Last Interiors teams up with the CATO Interior Design students to decorate a Contemporary Bed and Breakfast.
 : Dollar store letters sprayed silver, spray glued and dipped into sparkles
Dollar store letters sprayed silver, spray glued and dipped into sparkles
Simple but effective
Dollar store white vases and a dozen carnations. They last nearly 3 weeks in a cool window.
Simple but effective
 : The ice bucket is filled with crystals from an old chandilier
The ice bucket is filled with crystals from an old chandilier
As simple as a colored lightbulb
 : As simple as a colored lightbulb
 : Gifts wrapped in brightly colored paper and put at the base of a house plant
Gifts wrapped in brightly colored paper and put at the base of a house plant
Again colored lightbulb
 : Again colored lightbulb
 : Dried citrus fruit with the edges rolled in sparkles
Dried citrus fruit with the edges rolled in sparkles
Clear glass ball filled with a feather.
 : Clear glass ball filled with a feather.
 : A terrarium with battery operated snowflakes
A terrarium with battery operated snowflakes
Scrapbook letters glued to dollar store coffee mugs, rimmed in sugar and filled with marshmallows
 : Scrapbook letters glued to dollar store coffee mugs, rimmed in sugar and filled with marshmallows
 : London drugs re-usable gift boxes, a feather and handmade rub off lable
London drugs re-usable gift boxes, a feather and handmade rub off lable
Ornaments within ornaments
 : Ornaments within ornaments
 : Gifts wrapped in wallpaper
Gifts wrapped in wallpaper
 : Teal place setting includes inexpensive teal charger plates from London Drugs and dessert plates and then combined with heirloom hand painted 'Silver Lustre' dinnerplates
Teal place setting includes inexpensive teal charger plates from London Drugs and dessert plates and then combined with heirloom hand painted 'Silver Lustre' dinnerplates
Tree topper is a peacock from Kel Lake Garden centre
 : Tree topper is a peacock from Kel Lake Garden centre
 : Teal feathers and peacock feathers, acid green and royal blue ornaments
Teal feathers and peacock feathers, acid green and royal blue ornaments
These were table ornaments I glued an ornament hook to.
 : These were table ornaments I glued an ornament hook to.
 : Have any Christmas saying printed for a meer $100.00
Have any Christmas saying printed for a meer $100.00
If you are looking for contemporary decorating ideas you may find our use of unconventional colors and materials interesting.

Country Christmas Decorating Ideas

How to create a Country Christmas
 
     Recently the CATO interior design students and I, took on the challenge of decorating a 1909 craftsman style heritage house for the HOt HOliday HOmes Christmas tour.
We'd like to share a few of the hand made touches that helped add to the nostalgic traditional Christmas feeling. Perhaps you can borrow some of these ideas for your own interiors
 
 : Nothing speaks to comfort like the smell of a home made apple pie.
Nothing speaks to comfort like the smell of a home made apple pie.
Pickle jars painted white on the inside and hung from the ceiling with battery operated tealights
 : Pickle jars painted white on the inside and hung from the ceiling with battery operated tealights
Christmas Card display
Christmas Card display
Hang Christmas cards or photos of Christmas past from this hand made display made of an old kilt and a bed sheet ripped into strips
A stack of vintage suitcases are re-purposed into a bed side table.
 : A stack of vintage suitcases are re-purposed into a bed side table.
Christmas phrases hand painted on scraps of weathered wood
Christmas phrases hand painted on scraps of weathered wood
Paper cone trees, a charlie brown tree and a photo printed from Google Images and framed in a flea market frame
Paper cone trees, a charlie brown tree and a photo printed from Google Images and framed in a flea market frame
Potted trees on either side of the bed to hang wooden stars from
 : Potted trees on either side of the bed to hang wooden stars from
 : Burlap sacks become pillows
Burlap sacks become pillows
Fill the bathtub with pinecones, top with weathered wood and candles
 : Fill the bathtub with pinecones, top with weathered wood and candles
Use a ladder in the bathroom for towel rack
Use a ladder in the bathroom for towel rack
 : Decorate a tree in the kitchen with dried cranberry and popcorn strings, utencils, hand painted cookies and top with a cheese grader
Decorate a tree in the kitchen with dried cranberry and popcorn strings, utencils, hand painted cookies and top with a cheese grader
Fill a large jar with battery operated lights, pinecones, nuts, and cinnamon sticks
Fill a large jar with battery operated lights, pinecones, nuts, and cinnamon sticks
Paint eggcorns gold and use in place settings, turn a wine glass upside down and place a small tree under it
 : Paint eggcorns gold and use in place settings, turn a wine glass upside down and place a small tree under it
 : Wrap gifts in unusual coverings.  A flour bag, sugar bag, brown paper, burlap, music paper, children's books, internet images, news paper etc.
Wrap gifts in unusual coverings. A flour bag, sugar bag, brown paper, burlap, music paper, children's books, internet images, news paper etc.
 : The gifts become more interesting when placed in unique containers under the tree.
The gifts become more interesting when placed in unique containers under the tree.
Common garden branches become a photo display
Common garden branches become a photo display
Hand painted signs on rustic wood and drawn on chalk boards framed in barn wood
Hand painted signs on rustic wood and drawn on chalk boards framed in barn wood
 : An old bike basket carries a Christmas tree
An old bike basket carries a Christmas tree
Tin buckets with assorted apples and wire baskets filled with nuts on the porch staircase
 : Tin buckets with assorted apples and wire baskets filled with nuts on the porch staircase
Hand made ornaments
 : Hand made ornaments
 : A wodden ladder gets clear and blue glass jars hung from the rungs and  stuffed with greens and aeromatics and a few battery tealights.
A wodden ladder gets clear and blue glass jars hung from the rungs and stuffed with greens and aeromatics and a few battery tealights.

Christmas Decor

Christmas Decor
Inexpensive and effective christmas decor with charm
 
    Anyone can spend a ton of cash and create a dreamy christmas space, this blog is for those of us who decorate on a dime.   My husband would passionately debait what good christmas decore looks like.  To him, a Charlie Brown tree found after a long snowy search and cut down and drug out of the forest  by his own hand, makes for a perfect start. He would argue that it is infact a "beautiful natural tree from the forest". It is then smothered by dozens of colorful flashing lights and decorated by the kids, and finally, covered in tincil. This to many is the description of  a perfect tree.  I on the other hand prefer a cultured or better yet, artificial prelit number, where by ornaments are carefully chosen and placed. I shamefully admit, I have been known to un-decorate and re-dress the tree while the family was out.   See, good decore is in the eye of the beholder. 
These are my top favorite decorating ideas for 2011
 
1.Tree shirt? I think not.  be creative when it comes to the base of the tree.  Any number of containers can contain the tree.  Here a 15 litre crock is used. below an old tin bucket. How about a wooden crate, a wagon, wheel barrow or a trunk? Perhaps a large wrapped box.  you are limited only to your imagination.
 
 
 
 
 
2. Here a few follars spent on oranges become beautiful organic tree decorations.
3. Continuing on the fruit theme, how about classic sugared fruit? For a few dollars you can have a stunning centrepiece.  Dip apple into eggwhite and then sugar and voilla
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4.Who says you can only have 1 tree, how about clustering several together? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. FLORALS! New to me this year is the idea of using silk flowers in the tree. It is so elegant and has a big impact.  Here we used bare tree brances tucked in too.      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Red and green scream Christmas...
 Why not decorate in unexpected colors? Pretty in pink,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Or rust and saffron?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  7.Unique tree decorations.  What is one to do with moms spoon collection? Why not have a tree in the kitchen?
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