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December 2010 Newsletter

December 2010 Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

A Note From Wendy
Feature Article: Fun Decorating Ideas for December
Color of the Month: Metallic
About Wendy Interiors

A NOTE FROM WENDY

While it may be a nice dream to transform the whole house and redecorate for every season or holiday, the truth is that most of us don’t have the time or resources.  But we still want a festive look in our homes.  The good news is that it only takes a few small, well-placed accessories to create a completely new look and evoke the joyous mood of the season.

Enjoy the ideas in this month’s article, and enjoy your holiday season!

FEATURE ARTICLE

Fun Decorating Ideas for December

Creative holiday decorating isn’t about spending lots of money.  It’s about using your imagination and adding your personality.

Before you run out and purchase expensive accessories, look around your home to see what you already have.  Chances are that you have everything you need to create your own unique, personal decorations.

Dress the chairs.  As you get ready to dine with friends and family, think beyond traditional table décor.  Adding glamour to your chairs is a simple way to create a big effect.  Get creative.  Tie a winter mitten to the back of a seat and use it as a “vase” for flowers.  Holiday ribbons tied with pine cones are a classic holiday look.

Create “custom” window treatments. Have fun creating your own personal treatments for the windows at holiday time.  Ideas?  Hang paper snowflakes from invisible wire so they hang at different levels across the window.  Swag garland from the top corners.  Create illuminated valances by hanging a string of icicle lights from the top of each window (there are window-sized sets made specifically for this purpose).

Spruce up the entryway.  A festive entrance will create the perfect first impression.  What can you do to surprise and delight guests as they walk in the front door?  A floor mat in seasonal colors welcomes visitors with holiday cheer.  Fresh flowers always add comfort and brightness.  How about hanging decorative ribbon from the entry chandelier?

Got candles?  Take wide pillar candles and wrap them in ribbon, flexible twigs, or thin garland.  Arrange candles in groups of three to create a lovely holiday display on any table.  When guests are visiting, light the candles and turn down the lights for a warm, holiday atmosphere.

Go for a color!  By simply decorating an area with all the same color, you can create a cheerful air.  If you have guests coming over, use a red or blue tablecloth, and match all the napkins and table décor in the same color.  Then add gold or silver accents to bring the holiday mood alive!

Create a centerpiece.  A simple holiday centerpiece will inspire a cheerful, festive mood.  Grab a large container, and fill it with colorful fruit or flowers.  Use a flat platter to display metallic ornaments.  Or create a “gift centerpiece” for extra excitement and color.  To make this centerpiece, wrap small, empty boxes in holiday paper or in colors to match your room’s décor.  Decorate each box with ribbons and bows.  Then place the “gifts” in a decorative container, or arrange them in the center of the table with fresh pine greenery.

You may be amazed at how easily and quickly you can add holiday cheer to your home!

COLOR OF THE MONTH

Metallic

Metallic is one color that never really goes out of style. Although the shade of Metallic that you choose can make or break a room.

Metallic is a warm, safe color that encourages conversation.  It’s a great color to use both in public rooms, where you entertain guests, and private rooms, where you retreat to feel relaxed.

Chocolate Metallic has been popular for a while, but now the trend is changing, as lighter, richer Metallics begin to make an appearance. We’re seeing Metallics shift to the shades of spices and beverages. Think rich coffee bean, cognac, and cinnamon!

These tints of Metallic are being paired with interesting colors – like stonewash blue, desert sage, and silver pink, creating eye-catching, beautiful combinations.

If you are looking to add an accent or create a bold statement, choose metallic shades of Metallic, like copper and bronze.For more natural looks, use beige shades, like the colors of parchment, cardboard, muslin, and hay.