Spruce up the hol­i­days

Dec­o­rate your home with nat­u­ral, re­claimed or af­ford­able el­e­ments

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Cathy Hobbs

THE hol­i­day sea­son is the per­fect time to dec­o­rate your home in a fun, fes­tive and af­ford­able way. Hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing doesn’t have to break the bank — many of the items you can use to dec­o­rate may al­ready ex­ist in­side your home, be pur­chased at bud­get-friendly stores or con­sist of items found in na­ture. Here are seven easy and af­ford­able ways to dec­o­rate your home for the hol­i­days: 1. In­cor­po­rate glitz and glam. Noth­ing quite says the hol­i­days like a lit­tle glitz. Take in­ex­pen­sive, tall glasses pur­chased at a dis­count store and spray paint them with sil­ver or gold glit­ter paint, then fill with your favourite can­dle. Place them all around the house. 2. Fill the air with hol­i­day scents. One of my favourite ways to in­cor­po­rate fresh­ness and fra­grance into a room is to use dif­fusers. Dif­fusers, with their fra­grant oils, release scents into the air in a sub­tle yet im­pact­ful way. 3. Think plaid. In­stead of be­liev­ing you are only lim­ited to solid, tra­di­tional colours, why not con­sider a tra­di­tional pat­tern such as plaid? Plaid is time­less and of­ten used for the hol­i­days. Look­ing for some­thing a bit un­ex­pected? Con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing toile into your hol­i­day pat­terns. 4. Go nuts. Nuts such as wal­nuts and pine nuts aren’t just for eat­ing. Dis­play them as cen­tre­pieces on side ta­bles. Some ideas? Fill tall clear ves­sels with shelled nuts, and then place a can­dle in the mid­dle, or sim­ply fill clear ves­sels of dif­fer­ent sizes with nuts and tie thick or­ganza rib­bons around the cen­tre in your fa­vorite colour. An­other won­der­ful al­ter­na­tive is to fill a ves­sel with cof­fee beans. A deep chocolate base will be both beau­ti­ful and fra­grant. 5. Head out­doors. From branches to pine cones and pine branches, nat­u­ral el­e­ments can add a cre­ative and fra­grant touch to your decor. Con­sider spray­ing branches or pine cones with fake snow and plac­ing them among sprigs of pine. Th­ese el­e­ments can be used ei­ther in clear ves­sels or by them­selves along a ta­ble or man­tle. 6. Make your own ornaments. Hol­i­day ornaments aren’t just for when the tree ar­rives; they can be used as dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments through­out the home. One of my favourite ways to dis­play ornaments is to place dif­fer­ent sizes and colours in a large bowl. Open to making your own? Making an or­na­ment is easy. Sim­ply pur­chase a clear glass or­na­ment, lift the holder where the hook is lo­cated and fill with your favourite item. Colour­ful op­tions in­clude but­tons, yarn and glit­ter. 7. Con­sider the un­con­ven­tional. Items such as fruits, dec­o­ra­tive beads, but­ter­flies, pot­tery and wood el­e­ments are great items to con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing into your hol­i­day decor.

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