Thrifty Think­ing

By adopt­ing a sim­ple yet clas­sic color palette, your hand­made Yule­tide cre­ations will stand out as merry and bright decor that your fam­ily will adore.

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Matthew Mead shares tips for cre­at­ing bud­get-friendly themed hol­i­day decor.

If you page through Christ­mas dec­o­rat­ing books or mag­a­zines or visit a pro­fes­sion­ally styled home on a hol­i­day house walk, you will no­tice that de­sign­ers love to cre­ate themed sea­sonal decor that runs through­out the rooms. You can eas­ily put to­gether a sea­sonal mo­tif for your home, at min­i­mal cost, that will ri­val those big-bud­get looks.

An ef­fec­tive way to ac­com­plish this is to choose color as your theme. We de­cided on red and white for a clas­sic coun­try Christ­mas look. To en­sure that your style is co­he­sive, you may want to se­lect a color scheme that is al­ready wo­ven through­out your ev­ery­day decor. Add to your palette with or­na­ments, rib­bons, gift wrap, and nat­u­ral or faux berries, pair­ing them with sta­ples such as crocks, bundt pans and bowls. Put your own cre­ative stamp on your trim­mings by cre­at­ing dec­o­ra­tions from sal­vaged fab­ric, leftover scrap­book pa­per and bits of rib­bon. Once you com­bine all of these like­col­ored items, you’ll have ev­ery­thing you need to cre­ate a united look that flows from room to room.

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