LL STYLE — HOLIDAY DECOR

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How to “Holiday” Your Home — Simple Styles for the Season

There’s no question the holidays can be a stressful time given all the guests, the gift wrapping, plus making the perfect gravy. But a great way to embrace the year-end festivities and make the most of them is to get your house in holiday shape with simple and delightful décor to deck the halls right.

Gift-Wrap Your Home
There is nothing quite like a beautiful (and tastefully done) holiday light presentation to show your spirit. But there are other ways to welcome the season — and your guests — by focusing on your front entrance. Want to keep it simple? Think seasonal wreaths, like these fall-focused arrangements, which can be transitioned out for these glorious holiday styles.

Another way to add welcome is through your front steps, porch or stoop. For the fall and Thanksgiving, classic planters holding seasonal mums in reds, yellows and oranges are natural fits. And, of course, pumpkins and gourds set up along steps or upon a side porch table are a given, plus you can have fun with the varieties of shapes, sizes and colors. If you have the scale to go bigger, bales of hay or corn stalks can emphasize the season. Need more inspiration? We love these ideas from Better Homes & Garden.

When winter comes, there are plenty of ways to continue with door and porch décor. Traditional ideas of natural greenery and garland can outline the door, and incorporate festive looks with classic white lights or ribbons. If space permits, add an outdoor Christmas tree to the mix along with planters or rustic pots packed with birch and pine branches. You can also add a touch of gold with ornaments and even a rush of red with a cute traditional kid’s wagon full of prop presents.

It’s What’s Inside that Counts
Bringing the outside in is always a holiday tradition, and now’s a great time to continue to build on this theme. While a tree is a common constant, there are other easy ways to involve nature in your holiday décor.

For starters, pair that Thanksgiving turkey with cranberries, which bring an instant pop of holidays. For ease, pour them into vases or bowls to add to flower presentations, or add them inside candle holders for an ornamental touch. Meanwhile, real or fake branches with colorful leaves can be artfully arranged and substitute for flower arrangements or placed on mantels or as centerpieces. And collected, colorful leaves can also be strung up as a garland to bring more of the fall flavor inside.

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Soon enough, holiday cards will be filling your mailbox, but before you simply stick them to the fridge, get inspired to show off all those well-wishes from family and friends through natural ways. As an easy example, cards can be displayed as ornaments on your tree. Another nice touch is to tie them with ribbon along a natural garland that can run up a staircase banister or be hung with care on a door frame — plus there are many other ways to get creative with cards.

Of course, ‘tis the season to get the kitchen ready, and one way to continue the natural theme is to bring in the style and look of butcherblock kitchen countertops, like the Williamsburg Butcher Block Co. American Walnut. The beautiful, natural grain patterns of butcher block work year-round and last a lifetime — plus a quick kitchen update is a nice item to add to your holiday wish-list.

Finally, it wouldn’t be the holidays without poinsettias. These festive flowers can be used as table centerpieces, to frame the fireplace, adorn mantels and more to bring a quick and classy seasonal style.

How do you decorate for the holidays? Tell us using #LLStyle!

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