Home for the holidays

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and you had your fill of turkey, and before you know it: BAM! The holiday season is upon us. It is HO, HO, HO for some, and OY, OY, OY for others.  You want to get your home into the holiday spirit but don’t know where to start, follow these fast and easy tips to transform your home into the perfect holiday showcase.
Deep, rich jewel tone colors such as burgundy, dark green and gold will add warmth and old world charm to your holiday. In keeping with this theme, purchase some inexpensive clear glass vases in various sizes and fill them with items found in nature such as berries, apples, limes or rocks.  Spray painting the fruits and/or the rocks in the same color way will round out the theme.  If you have a fireplace, add theme colored throw covers and pillows for you to cuddle up next to a roaring fire.

As Tevye said in Fiddler On The Roof, “tradition, tradition”…a traditional color palate of powder or navy blue paired with silver, white or silver and gold is a great start to create a holiday your entire family can remember for years to come. Arrange pillar candles on a mirrored tray for use as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Or even a bowl of fresh fruit set in a deep round glass bowl make for a lovely quick focal point, not to mention a little nosh!

If a traditional holiday home is not your thing, we got you covered. Hot pink paired with Kelley green offset with white accessories will wipe away those winter blues.  Get yourself some white branches and place them in a funky shaped pink or green vase. If you want to be ambitious, spray paint the branches in a metallic or pink finish.

Another great way to add color to your holiday home is to take some wide ribbon, tie it into bows and place them around vases, planters or even a grouping of books. If you want a designer look, you can purchase sheer fabric and carry this theme onto your staircase railing and loosely wrap the fabric as you would with the ribbon. At the end of the railing you can hang a holiday ornament, a dreidel or a crystal bauble.
Kwanzaa brings a cultural message celebrating unity among a people. Decorate your home in black, red and green the colors of Kwanzaa.  Make your own centerpiece filling glass cylinders with sparkled round balls in the colors of Kwanzaa for the table. Throw a blanket in a Kwanzaa pattern over your sofa. Drape sheer fabric in the theme colors across your curtains.

Whether you celebrate, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or just the change of seasons, your home is a reflection of you. Add items that reflect who you are and their meaning to you. An ornament given to you as a child by your grandmother can hang on the Christmas tree. The menorah your grandfather would kindle can now sit proudly in your window. Items of sentimental value are worth more than any store bought item. Happy holidays!

Wendy Lepkoff