Always on Holiday
Living with her shop a stone’s throw away, Lori Barnard, of Turlock, California, has plenty of inspiration for infusing holiday cheer into her everyday decor. Here are a few of her ideas to help you get a cozy Christmas look throughout your home:
Re-stock the Shelves. Switch out your usual wares in a favorite stepback or corner cupboard for plates with a holiday theme or color scheme. If you don’t want to change everything, alternate dishes on display or slip in a few framed seasonal prints. Add a tactile touch with fabric Christmas napkins or a table runner.
Amp Up the Color. If you love decorating with primitive antiques, chances are your home’s palette leans toward earthen tones. Liven it up with rosier reds, brighter greens and even yellows, whether it’s with rose-hip wreaths, wool stockings, bright shutters, colorful ornaments or vividly dressed Santas.
Go for the Greens. The simplest holiday touch is to adorn existing collections with fresh or faux greenery trimmed with real or artificial holly berries for a dash of that eye-catching red, as Lori did with her shorebirds.
Get Cozy with Quilts. Swap everyday quilts for holiday styles featuring stars, red and green hues, or holly. Hang one on the wall, drape one over a chair or use one as a tree skirt.
Say Hello to Santa. Don’t want to change out a favorite sign for something with a Christmas theme? Just cozy a little Santa up to it, as Lori did with the rustic sign over Blaine’s dresser.
Pops of blue brighten the master bedroom, including textiles, books, a picket-fence tree, a wood bucket and an unusual Santa dressed in powder blue and poised atop a mustard upholstered rope settee. This room features a nautical theme, carried out via plenty of seabirds and ships. 31