In keeping with Miss “Design on a Deadline” McGaha, I am Christmas decorating on a deadline this year! No, I’m not the one who wants to be first on the block to get it done. This year I’m using my talents toward the greater good in my small town. On December 2nd, I will be opening my home to visitors for our local Service League’s “Holiday Tour of Homes” fundraiser. I love using my time and talents for charity and there’s nothing like a deadline to finish all of those projects around the house. I mean, what can my sweet husband say as the new bedroom draperies are being hung when it’s all for charity, right?
Here are my 5 easy tips for getting your home ready to welcome your own guests for this Holiday Season:
#1 Choose a Color Scheme Theme: Part of a successful holiday look is setting your guests expectations before they ever walk into your home. Using my front door as inspiration, we begin our color scheme: Varying shades of green from chartreuse to teal paired with a true Christmas red, think “Santa’s suit”. Mixing traditional with modern is what I love most so I’m pairing traditional greenery with these bright red modern planters as the Opening Act. We added a new greek key door mat that freshens the space but is also practical for everyday use.
#2. Go with the Color Flow: I’ve continued my Christmas color palette throughout my home to create a cohesive room to room flow. Here are some sneak peeks to give you a glimpse of how I’ve done it (can’t give it all away before the tour!).
#3. Get Festive with Fresh Flowers: Fresh flowers bring instant life to your decorations and are another way to tie together all of the rooms in your home. I’ve chosen red tulips and Belles of Ireland for my main flowers for consistency and placed them in a variety of old and new containers.
#4. Give your art a Facelift: I love collecting original art and never seem to tire of it. I do find that some of my older pieces need just a little color facelift especially when they are moving to a new wall in my home. Just changing the color of the mats will give a piece an instant and fun new look in time for the Holidays.
#5. Set the aromatic mood: With my fast approaching deadline, I’ve opted for an artificial tree this year. To fool my nose and maybe a few guests’ into thinking it’s real, I’m bringing in the refreshing scent of fir, cedarwood and sandalwood with Thymes’ Frasier Fir candle. I’ll use multiple candles of this same aromatic scent throughout my house so it sets the mood without overwhelming the senses.
Now that my plan is in order, I’m off to execute it! Check back on Denise’s blog in December and I’ll share the final pictures with you. You can tour part of my home now. If you want to see my Holiday decorations in person, plan a trip to the beautiful, historic South Arkansas town of El Dorado on December 2nd!