Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Tree -purple -HDTrends
Purple Adds a Regal Holiday Touch - Home Decorating Trends
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the house; not an ornament was hung, and I felt like a louse.  A little late on your holiday decorating? Got some last minute shopping to do?  Haven’t baked those cookies, yet?  Feeling stressed? Welcome to the club.  With everything we have to do to prepare for this season, things  can get hectic.  Sometimes, you just need to take a little breather.  I can’t help with the shopping or the baking of the cookies, but here are a few more  pictures to inspire you to decorate. I hope you enjoy them and that they help you create the “holiday spirit" in your home.

Christmas Tablescape Between Naps on Porch
The Repetition of the Mercury Glass Accessories Enhance This Tablescape - Between Naps on the Porch

For those of you who like greenery in your tablescape, take a look at this creation from Susan of Between  Naps on the Porch.  Place a runner down the center of your table and line it with greens, votive glasses with candles as well as some  holiday accessories that give height to the arrangement.  You can also place some Christmas ornaments or pine cones throughout the display.

An Ornamental Tablescape

Another idea for an easy tablescape is to place  a runner of netting or other textured fabric which complements your color scheme  on your tablecloth. Place a two-tiered cookie plate in the center of the runner and fill it with some of your holiday ornaments. For a little more bling, lace a strand of beads throughout it.  Bring out your glass candlesticks and place your larger ornaments on them.  Scatter more ornaments and strands of  beads throughout the arrangement.  Don’t forget to include some real candles also for a truly festive look.

A Holiday End Table Arrangement

Want to decorate an end table?  Use a festive fabric for your base.  It could even be a large holiday napkin.  Place a tall seasonal accessory in the center and use greenery around it  as well as a larger ornament or two and some greenery and a strand of beading . For this arrangement , I placed the conical tree in the center of a candle ring made of Christmas greenery. The trick in making any of these  vignettes is to  mix textures, shapes and sizes and repeat colors.

Giving a Corner a Festive Look

In this photo, you see  I used a gold netting fabric which you can stretch or crinkle .  I placed it on top of a pedestal in my dining room and put a holiday arrangement in the center with some ornaments and greenery at the base of the vase.  It makes a festive statement in the corner behind my dining room table. 

Don't Forget Your Staircase Landing

Here is a fun vignette that I created on my  staircase landing.  Again, notice the different shapes, sizes, and  textures – fabric, rattan, ceramic, and wood. The colors serve to  unite the arrangement and the  books provide some height.  Covering  the books in holiday wrapping paper would also add cohesiveness to the display.  You can see this vignette as you go up the steps and also when sitting in my family room.   At night , I turn on the battery-operated red  candle for an enhanced holiday look.

Christmas - Funky Junk Interiors
A Rustic Holiday "Mantelscape" - Funky Junk Interiors

Here is an adorable  holiday  mantel  idea from Funky Junk Interiors.  The ladder and metal container lend a very rustic or shabby chic look to this display.  Notice the repetition of the color red throughout the arrangement.

Ladder Christmas Tree HDTrends
A Ladder Christmas Tree - Home Decorating Trends
Last but not least, we have a ladder Christmas tree from Home Decorating Trends.  What a neat, creative idea!  Great spaces on the ground to place your presents, too.

I hope you have found these ideas helpful. Remember to select your color scheme and theme first (mine was gold and red this year and a general Christmas theme) and use accessories that will lend to your color choices.  Use accents of different sizes, textures, and shapes. 

Thank you so much for reading my posts, following me, and for leaving your comments.  If  there are any topics that you would like featured in 2012, contact me.  Wishing you and your family a very  happy holiday season!


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