Don’t you just love the way the house feels when it’s decorated for the Holiday’s? The smell of fresh greens and twinkly lights provide a festive mood all month long.
Here’s some tips for trimming the tree and the house that will help keep everything looking fresh for the entire season.
Purchasing and Prepping
- If you are buying a live tree check the inside to make sure there are not alot of brown or dry needles. That is s sign that it won’t last long.
- Trees like to drink alot in the first 48-72hrs so water frequently.
- Keep your tree away from any major heat source so it doesn’t dry out quickly.
- Before decorating let your tree settle into it’s home for at least 24-48hrs so the branches have time to drop a bit.
- When putting on the lights work starting from the inside out. This way the tree will be fully illuminated.
Trimming The Tree
- Make your tree sculptural by incorporating tree pics that protrude from the tree. This year I used feathers to add some extra vavavoom.
- Faux flowers are also a nice addition to the tree. Look for something sparkly that says holiday. I found these magnolia ones at Michael’s a few years ago and they add an inexpensive touch of glamour.
- Baby’s breath tucked into the tree adds a magical snow like effect. Place in medium to large size clumps because as it dries it will shrink a bit.
Trimming the House
- Be mindful that anything with berries can often be harmful to pets and children, juniper in particular is poisonous for pets.
- If You are using fresh greens to decorate around the house be sure to keep them misted every once in a while so they do not dry out.
- Drape garland of any sort over mirrors and add colorful ribbon and ornaments.
- If you have a banister in your home pimp it out with all kinds of trimmings. I especially love magnolia leaves for the holidays.
- Dress up your chandelier to make it another statement piece in the room. I love to put hanging votive candles on mine every year and trim it with pine and other festive decor to create a floating wreath.
- Think outside the box when it comes to poinsettia’s. Skip the traditional red and go with pink, white, or soft green, or dappled.
- Create little holiday vignettes everywhere from side tables to the bathroom shelf so you have unexpected moments around the house.
- Don’t overthink it…just have fun and let your creative juices flow. It’s the Holidays so let it be extra sparkly, and over the top…that’s the beauty of the season!