Cel­e­brate the Un­ex­pected

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Festive Homes -

Kris­ten Bar­rows likes to keep her Christ­mas decor fresh each year by find­ing un­ex­pected ways to use new and old fa­vorites. Here are a few tips to help you do the same:

CRE­ATE A FRESH WEL­COME FOR VIS­I­TORS.

Re­place your usual door decor with some­thing dif­fer­ent, like Kris­ten’s old box filled with greens and a pineap­ple. Or, make over your reg­u­lar wreath with a new bow or added el­e­ments.

SUP­PORT LO­CAL FOLK ARTISTS.

Fre­quent nearby Christ­mas fairs, find on­line folk artists and get on mail­ing lists to pro­cure one-of-a- kind hol­i­day folk-art pieces that don’t look like the same hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions ev­ery­one sets out.

MARRY DIF­FER­ING DECOR FOR AN UN­EX­PECTED LOOK.

Put un­re­lated items to­gether for a look that’s all your own. For ex­am­ple, Kris­ten thumb-tacked a col­or­ful stock­ing to an old shovel to lend tex­ture to a stack of dec­o­ra­tive boxes.

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