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Spruce up your home for the Christmas season

By From page C4 | December 05, 2013

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann

The holiday season is upon us. Beautiful lights twinkling everywhere indicate that Christmas is coming soon, so here are some decorating ideas for your home in these next fun-filled weeks.

Let’s start with the front door. After all, that is the first thing guests see when they come to your house. If your front door is bright white or soft gray, or slightly off-white, accent it with deep colors of green and bright red with accents of gold. Garlands with red ribbons and twinkling lights can be seen from a distance as you approach your house after a day of shopping or a day of working (so you can afford the shopping). Your guests and neighbors can enjoy the view as they approach your welcoming home.

Do you have a double door? I’ve seen two-piece wreaths where half the wreath goes on one door and the other half on the other door. When the doors are closed, you have one big wreath. You can do this yourself by starting with a large wreath — either a store-bought one or one you make yourself. Cut the wreath in half with sturdy wire cutters; then, securely hang half the wreath side by side on each door so when the doors are closed, the centers of the wreath meet. Decorate the wreath with ornaments or ribbon. The finished product is beautiful and impressive.

Do you have pendant lights in the kitchen? Dress them up for Christmas with garlands that start at the ceiling and finish at the lamp part of the pendant. The kitchen is always a hot spot with guests at Christmas, so why not decorate it? And this decoration is up and out of the way, so the island and counter are free for food and other goodies.

If your home has columns, either outside by the front doors or inside anywhere, play them up by spiraling garland and lights around them. That look is always a hit. If you have stairs, don’t forget to wrap them, too. Or you can simply put big, red Christmas bows at intervals on the handrail.

Just about everyone has a cocktail table in the living room and in the family room, right? Transform those tables into wrapped Christmas gifts by crisscrossing ribbon over the tops. You will have a gift-looking table; put a big bow in the middle and you’re done. The blank areas still leave room for drinks and snacks.

Scripps Howard News Service

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