Holiday Décor with a modern touch
Adding a touch of holiday sparkle to a living space doesn’t have to mean going overboard on tinsel. 2013 is the year of “holiday minimalism,” with home décor that exudes a tasteful modern touch. Heavily adorned wreaths and ornaments will make way for natural accents, neutral colours and a simple motif that will add a touch of class to any festive home.
According to Shelli Gardner, CEO and Cofounder of papercrafting company Stampin’ Up!, the simple sophistication of the 2013 holiday season announces welcome news for do-it-yourself decorators. Gardner believes that “this is the perfect time to try something new with your holiday décor, and my advice is to think in terms of simple sophistication. This year will be especially exciting for those who like to get hands on to add a personal touch to your decorations.”
How to Create a Big Effect with a Simple Touch
Frame of ReferenceForget the fireplace mantel—holiday cards can become a décor statement when creatively displayed using a classic large-scale picture frame measuring at least 40 by 60 centimetres. Gardner suggests checking out a nearby antique store or repurposing a favourite frame already in use. Add a decorative touch with a splash of spray paint, staple rustic twine lengthwise across the frame, and display holiday cards from family and friends using clothes pins. Hang the frame prominently in the entrance hall, living room, or other common space that will allow the frame to be a focal point for holiday celebrations.
Celebrating a Banner YearNothing makes a statement like a banner, but even this holiday classic can boast a tasteful new look. Banners are a unique way to add some holiday cheer to any room, especially when created with cardstock and accents that will complement the room’s existing décor and colour scheme. Purchasing a kit like Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit makes it easy and affordable to create accents for a holiday banner. Print letters to spell out a holiday wish on neutral cardstock and enhance each section of the banner with ribbons, rosettes and die-cut accents. Tasteful and non-traditional winter shades will add an extra punch to the finished project.
Creating holiday décor can be even more fun in a group, so decorators looking for new ideas should check out a workshop offered by a local Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, located in communities across the country. Visit stampinup. ca for more information and to find a demonstrator who will help you show your holiday spirit in all of your creative projects!