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Holiday Decorating Tips from Down to Earth Living

Cozy Christmas interior with fireplace and Christmas tree.

It happens every year…

You’re hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas and/or New Years at your house. You take a look around and think to yourself— should I paint, is it time to redo the floors, should we update the guest room, resurface the cabinets. 

No, No, No & NO!

Don’t rush home improvements just because you have some people coming over. There are so many ways to TRANSFORM your home without taking a plunge.


Choose a theme and stick with it! And follow these steps:

  1. Start with the Christmas Tree – after all, it becomes the centerpiece of your house.
  2. Add garland to the mantle, banister and railings.
  3. Hang your stockings as soon as you get your tree.
  4. Enhance furniture by adding colorful, holiday themed throw pillows to the sofas. Drape throw blankets on the sofa back, even on ottomans – this will also make the room feel cozy.
  5. In the kitchen: change the placemats, poinsettia or candles are a great centerpiece for the table. Have holiday themed flatware? Glasses? Set the table and leave them out!
  6. Use accent pieces where you find open spaces – angels, Santas, poinsettias.
  7. Create festive centerpieces using tree clippings, candles, ribbons, and ornaments.

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Then move to the outside:

  1. A wreath can do wonders for a simple door.
  2. Christmas lights!!! Whether you choose colorful lights or white lights put them on the shrubs and the trees outside. A first impression for holiday gifts is everything. By adding lights outside, your home feels inviting. LED Twinkle lights and laser display make adding lights easier than ever!
  3. Keep it simple with ribbons and bows on your trees, doors, and shrubbery.

With a quick trip to your local holiday store, you can revamp your entire home and welcome your guests with pride.  Check out our other pages for inspiration and inventory!