Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? I can’t believe how close it is! The gifts are bought and all the decorations are hung. And here I am trying to get things wrapped up for the 2017 Christmas Home Tour. If you haven’t seen our previous home tours, the winter wonderland theme is killin’ it this year.
This is usually the week I plan on driving around to marvel at the holiday lights around the neighborhood, and then warming back up when we return with a cup of hot cocoa. I love that our neighborhood goes all out in their displays. I have a few “moments” happening here and there, but I try to keep it simple and add a little each year.
For our contemporary colonial home, it’s all about the classic decor. Lots of wreaths, greenery, white lights and red accents. Decorating for the holidays is a bit of a splurge so I set aside a small budget every year and stick to it. This year I added the wreaths to the windows with 5lb command hooks. I hope this is the year to stock up on outdoor decorations during the after Christmas sales, because I have had my eye on some lighted reindeer and maybe a swag for around the door.
Now, here is a fun idea I have for next year. You see that giant arched window above the door? There is a ledge just below it and I want to make this window the outdoor holiday focal point. I intend to put up a very large roll of paper like teachers use for school boards and then add a large wall decal like this one from Wayfair. It will look similar to my merry and bright sign, but maybe with a different quote. To make sure it shines bright for all to see, I am going to illuminate it with white lights around the edges of the window that bounce off the paper window backing. Lastly, I intend to create a flat forest out of plywood and make a snow-covered winter wonderland that can sit on the window ledge.
It’s going to be a showstopper!
I’ve talked a lot about my budget and especially for Christmas decorating, my brain is always full of more ideas than the budget would allow. I can’t be the only one! Are you in the same boat? I have a few tips that have helped me a lot in the past.
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