11 December 2012

Christmas Decorating Secrets

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, or really most of the 

time I find that I shop my home and make the most of what I 

already have.  Incorporating floral and decorative vessels add simple 

and beautiful touches to our homes.

Do you have a little bucket or pot?  Save it, either spray paint it

or glitz it up with some glitter.  I added some silver, gold and purple

twigs and glamour to my decorative vessel and gave our mantle 

some pop.

Tip-Save decorative floral for next year-never throw them away!

I love pine cones, I collect them on my walks and save them.  These

huge pine cones I have had for many years.  They used to hang on a 

wreath, but I wanted to give them a new look and incorporate 

paperwhites into my Holiday decor.  So this year I nestled my paper 

whites and pinecones together for a seasonal arrangement.

Tip-Don't be shy about reworking old wreaths and 

arrangements-mix different objects together for interesting 


Plan ahead, look in magazines, Pinterest, and create a vision.  Set a 

budget.  As much as I enjoy using things from the past, I also like to 

add some newness every season.  I always set aside a certain 

amount of dollars for purchasing new.  This year I wanted to create

a Winter Wonderland Mantle.  By adding frosted garland, bright red 

berries and white candles, I have turned my mantle into a magical 


Tip- Brainstorm, search magazines, Pinterest-visit my 

Christmas Board and other social 

media sources for inspiration.  Use what you have and create a 

budget for what you want to add to your decorating themes.

For many of us our Christmas Tree is the largest part of our 

decorating.  It should be a reflection of you.  Don't ever be shy about

choosing decorations that you like.

Tip- Be you and add decorations which you enjoy, combine

treasured ornaments of the past with trends you like now.

What better way to celebrate Christmas than to make your own 

decorations.  It could be the star on top of the tree, or a hand painted

ornament, perhaps garland on the tree.  So when I had leftover 

burlap after making a Burlap Wreath for Christmas I put my 

imagination to work.


Presto-the burlap became the magical garland I was looking for!

Tip- Be creative, let your imagination be your guide.  

Incorporate treasured old Photographs into your Holiday decorating.

These are some old black and white photos of Elk taken in the 

1950's by my Dad.  I purchased some simple silver frames to create

a nostalgic theme on my white chippy entry table.

Tip-Old photos add interest, warmth, charm and grace to our 

homes.  Christmas is a time to remember family and this is a 

very special way to bring generations together.

Please Join Me~

Savvy Southern Style


Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

1 comment:

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