Five Creative Holiday Decor Ideas

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The holidays are quickly approaching, and each year I try to think of creative ways to change up my decor. It can get pretty boring using the same decorations, but it can also be costly to purchase new items too. Here are some easy, inexpensive ways to update your decor and add a little pizzazz.

Yarn Pine Cones – It can’t get any easier than wrapping pine cones with colored yarn. You can use any color. I think gold, silver or bronze metallic yarns would be very pretty too.

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Holiday Card Display – I love the idea of including your holiday cards within your decor. It’s so thoughtful and such a treat to receive cards, so why not put them on display for all of your guests to admire?

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Seashell Garland – Think outside the box with garland, you can use not only seashells, but anything that can be strung.

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Handmade Crayon Wreath – Kids are sure to love this wreath! You would simply glue the crayons to wooden embroidery hoops, which can be purchased from the craft store.

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Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments – Instead of throwing away your bottle caps throughout the year, save them and make these cute, whimsical ornaments.

 

‘Tis the Season for Dwell Studio Holiday Decor!

I receive so many catalogs this time of year. Though it kind of drives me nuts, I usually look through each one (quickly) and find some holiday inspiration or a gift idea. The most inspiring catalog lately? Dwell Studio’s Holiday 2013. The holiday specific pieces are super chic and modern, but what I love is the use of things they carry all year. The sparkle of gold candleholders and objects, mixed with seasonal garlands makes for a beautiful holiday setting. I love every page but here are a few of my favorites.

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This wreath is made from the Wire Prism Objet (gold leaves not included). The other items are available all year, and still, how festive!
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Mercury glass is available all year as well but is even more appropriate in this little tree shape. This is where I would stress the word inspiration, since they are sold out. Try Home Goods or West Elm for great pieces with this finish.
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Felt garlands are a good investment since they’ll last for years. I imagine the Evergreen Garland will sell out like the Jubilee Garland has so order them soon if you’re a fan! Or try Jamali Garden, West Elm or Etsy for amazing garlands in a multitude of colors.
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Happy Holiday Decorating!

Photograph Those Holiday Feasts!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! As you get those recipes ready, be sure to have your camera standing by as well. A dinner party always happens way too quickly, especially if you’re the host(ess), so get a few of those moments on film! A few of my favorite, self-imposed rules are listed below. These should leave you with at least a few good photos and more importantly, you’ll (hopefully) enjoy yourself as well.

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1) Use natural and ambient light (I prefer to avoid the flash in almost all situations). I love this incredible centerpiece photo via The Kitchn and the story about this gathering is full of other great party tips.

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2) Handwritten menus and/or place cards are a nice touch. Photograph those details. This picture is from a wedding. It’s clean & simple and so perfect for any autumn meal.

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3) Candid shots like this one feel natural, and after a few glasses of wine, your guests probably won’t mind being in a picture or two. This also makes good use of he ambient light.

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photos via Instagram

4) Overhead pictures of a table always look great, even if the food is half-eaten. If a hand makes it in to the shot, even better! Shoot a ‘toast’ from that angle as well. Cheers!

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