Bring back nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries of hol­i­days past by deck­ing your halls in a tra­di­tional pal­ette of Santa-suit red and Christ­mas-tree green.

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE -

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.


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.

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