Hol­i­day Dé­cor with a mod­ern touch

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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!

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