Easy hol­i­day out­door dec­o­rat­ing

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency There are

some fam­i­lies that just seem to nat­u­rally play up their home’s best fea­tures ev­ery year with hol­i­day light­ing and out­door dec­o­rat­ing. If you’ve given hol­i­day light­ing a pass, it might be time to dress up your out­doors to cre­ate a hol­i­day re­treat. Th­ese quick, easy tips will trans­form your house into a win­ter won­der­land ready to greet the hol­i­days and your guests in style.

Think of your front door as the en­try­way to your hol­i­days. Fo­cus­ing on your front door is an easy way to dec­o­rate for the hol­i­days with­out break­ing out lad­ders and wor­ry­ing about falls.

Try look­ing at your door­way the same way as a fire­place man­tle. Cre­ate a full gar­land to swag over the front door that’s pinned up at the cor­ners. Be sure to choose full gar­lands of green­ery that will make the look lush and el­e­gant. You can ei­ther make the gar­lands drape all the way to the ground on ei­ther side of the door or sim­ply top the door, drap­ing down about one foot on ei­ther side.

Wrap the gar­lands in lights then, us­ing in­ex­pen­sive mesh web­bing, weave web­bing through the gar­land. You can also top the web­bing with an­other rib­bon to give the mesh more di­men­sion.

Poke in flo­ral picks and Christ­mas balls and your door is ready. Layer in as many dec­o­ra­tions as you feel up to us­ing. Too much trou­ble? A 9-foot dec­o­rated and lit gar­land that’s ready to hang is as easy as buy­ing and tack­ing it up on your door (Home­De­pot.com). A small, lighted Christ­mas tree in an urn sur­rounded by a lighted gift set are avail­able at your home cen­ter, and set-up is sim­ply un­box­ing and plug­ging it in. Or, flank the door­way with two trees for a more sym­met­ri­cal ap­pear­ance.

Hol­i­day light­ing doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you need to out­line the en­tire roofline of your home. Try plac­ing col­ored flood­lights on a blank wall, a chim­ney or ei­ther side of the front door for a splash of color. If you have a sin­gle small tree or bush, wrap it in white lights and add a star or lighted ornaments. Out­lin­ing walk­ways and the drive­way is sim­ple, wel­com­ing, and doesn’t re­quire tall lad­ders.

If you have small bushes or trees in planters at the front of your house, give them a wrap with some twin­kle lights. Do the same with your lamp­post and fin­ish with a big bow. Give all your light­ing fix­tures some at­ten­tion too. Hang wreaths over out­door sconce lamps, or add a mistle­toe ball with a red bow and drap­ing rib­bon to hang from a pen­dant lantern.

Don’t over­look your out­door liv­ing ar­eas, whether they are on the street or back­side of the house. This is an easy place to add some hol­i­day in­spi­ra­tion. Add a lighted wreath on a pa­tio wall, and a can­dle and green­ery on a pa­tio ta­ble. Drape a wreath over a front porch rocker, add a bas­ket over­flow­ing with over­sized pinecones, tuck berry or red branches into pot­ted plants. The mail­box is also a per­fect place to add a merry touch. Tie a red rib­bon on the mail­box door pull, top the mail­box with green­ery or wrap it in lights.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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