Set the stage for holiday gatherings by enhancing your dining area in a weekend or less. Build a bench for extra seating, make a corner shelf for display space, and decorate a tree. Add to the ambience with a new chandelier and area rug. Complete the look with stylish curtains, sheers and a rod.
In your main living area, simply find the focal point and decorate around it. Here, symmetry shines on a big fireplace. We framed the hearth with two pre lit artificial Christmas trees and hung a wreath above the mantel. LED candles top it off with carefree colour – you don't have to light them, blow them out, or worry about dripping wax. On the floor, grapevine LED trees provide a modern counterpoint to the fireplace brick. This is a look that's easy to re-create and embellish each year. Just add a few new pieces every Christmas.
Create a natural-looking tablescape with fresh flowers, vases full of branches and greenery spiked with red picks and bark candles. Hang wrapped ball ornaments and red bead garland from the chandelier. Need a dining table? Make one for less than $150.
Make a bench from ordinary pipes and fittings spray-painted gold. Curtain fabric adds an upholstered look.
Put guests in the spirit as they find their seats. Use a marker to write names on burlap reindeer ornaments.
Use bifold doors and a round board for this easy-to-build corner shelf. You can assemble it in a weekend for about $100.
Try this strategy for decorating real or artificial trees. For a tree that's not pre-lit, begin wrapping lights around each good-size branch starting at the base, working from trunk to tip and back. Allow 100 lights for every vertical foot of tree. Next, add garland or ribbon starting at the top and working down. Tuck in sprigs of berries or pinecones for a natural touch. Then add ornaments starting with the tree topper. Hang handmade, heirloom, and uniquely shaped ornaments in prime spots before adding basic ornaments in one or two main colours. Finish the look with clip-on ornaments, such as poinsettia blooms or icicles.