THE Holiday CLASSICS
Bring back nostalgic memories of holidays past by decking your halls in a traditional palette of Santa-suit red and Christmas-tree green.
Turquoise and pink, black and white, purple and green—the color palette of trendy Christmas decor changes every year. If you love featuring the hottest holiday hues in your home, then go wild! But if you need a calmer look this year, then call upon an old favorite—classic red and green. This combo brings to mind images of Santa Claus piling gifts under a freshly cut tree or a mantel draped with deep green garland and bright red stockings. Head to the attic or basement to find favorite pieces from your childhood, or take a trip to the thrift store for others’ cast-off treasures. And remember that spray paint is a quick and easy way to bring your more adventurous decor purchases back to a traditional palette. Arrange your red and green finds into a nostalgic backdrop that is perfect for special moments with family and friends.
We’ve seen the papier-mâché deer heads available for Christmas decorating for several years, but have you seen such a dazzling deer as this one? Jennifer Allwood of The Magic Brush decided to focus her glitzy rustic decor around the deer head she bought. It isn’t hard, but Jennifer offers these tips. In addition to the papier-mâché deer head, you’ll also need super-fine glitter and a metallic paint that is as close in color to the glitter as possible. Brush on the paint in small sections, and sprinkle on the glitter while the paint is wet. Continue until the entire piece is painted and glittered, and let dry. Display your deer head inside a beribboned wreath over your mantel, and continue the look below with red and green garlands and other accents. DESIGNED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY JENNIFER ALLWOOD OF THEMAGICBRUSHINC.COM.
SANTA’S FAVORITE ACCESSORY
Turn a classic Santa hat into a festive cover-up for an outdoor hanging planter holding your holiday greens. Start by slipping a hat up around the center of a wire hanging planter. Secure the hat to the wire basket by stitching from the inside of the basket through the brim with several layers of thread around the perimeter of the planter. Place a waterproof container inside the planter with a mixture of fresh or faux holiday greens, red berries and frosty pinecones. Display your finished arrangement indoors, or hang it outdoors in a protected area.
A tiny knit sweater is a fun favor for an ugly sweater party or just a casual Christmas dinner. The ones that Fabiana at Ciao Newport Beach found are actually ornaments, so you could also decorate your tree with them once dinner is cleared away. At each place setting, stack dinnerware featuring similar shades of red, including transferware, solid red and polka-dotted plates. Place the little sweater on top of the stack, and add a red-trimmed napkin nearby. DESIGNED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY FABIANA OF CIAONEWPORTBEACH.BLOGSPOT.COM.
SOFT TOUCH Visitors won’t be able to resist reaching out and touching this whimsical display.
FEELING CRAFTY? Search online for a pattern and knit your own mini sweaters.