Decorating on a Dime

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The more creative you are...
the more you can save, the further you can stretch your dollar, and the more beautiful your holiday decor.  Start with scale and the theory that sometimes "less is more".  The smaller your tree the fewer ornaments you need and the less expensive they will be.  If your going with a smaller tree put it on a buffet, side table or any suitably sized piece of furniture that puts your tree at an appropriate height for enjoying.  We used a fabric remnant to drape around the base of this tree.  It looked a little flat so we got a large piece of brown paper from the recycling bin, scrunched it up and put it under the fabric to give it volume.

For this tree we decided to use royal blue, white and opalescent.  We had the opalescent garland and mini glass balls.  To that we added an inexpensive package of traditional balls in white, a few blue hearts and a chopped up beaded garland.  We wrapped little candy boxes with white tissue and ribbon to coordinate with our tree and fill up the empty spaces.

Our tree topper is a clip that we found at a second hand store and spray painted white.  We thought it gave this tree an interesting and updated look.  We also went to Ikea and bought inexpensive paper ornaments.

To save even more money you could use paper from your recycling box and make origami ornaments yourself.  If you don't have the time to go on line and teach yourself origami, simply cutting out a bunch of decorative shapes will work.  Then tie them to the tree with a flashy ribbon.

There are so many options available for different sized ornaments making it fun to play with scale.  Small ornaments can be hung from branches in vases, and from ribbon on boxes decorated to look like presents.  They're perfect for distributing little hits of your accent colour throughout a room.

We added sticks, boughs and mini ornaments to different vignettes throughout the residence.  To add volume to this display we wrapped cardboard boxes, rescued from the recycling bin, in tissue and blue ribbon.  Lights are what make the evening ambiance so we added strands strategically throughout to get the right level of light and create just the ambiance we were looking for.  To make it easier on yourself put your lights up at night so you can really appreciate and adjust the effect.

Each vignette we did uses elements of blue and white to maintain consistency throughout and tie all the decorations together.  In this display we incorporated a few red accents to the colour palette, adding interest and a touch of tradition.  And we kept on wrapping, this time we used brown paper, burlap and tree ornaments.  The snowflakes are from Walmart and the deer along with the blue and white ribbon are from Ikea.  We wrapped a piece of art for the backdrop and propped our drummer boy on more wrapped boxes from the recycling bin.

We just kept wrapping and wrapping, here we wrapped diplomas that were previously on display above the computer cabinet, creating a fun and festive vignette.

Your holiday decor does not have to scream Happy Holidays from the roof tops.  You can tone things down by simply adding a few ornaments and greenery to your display shelves.  We purchased all our boughs from Sunnyside Greenhouse and the purple ornaments from Walmart.

We added ornaments in to pickup on existing accents throughout the home, melding the festive and glittery accents with the existing decor, for a seamless and multi dimensional effect.  We set ornaments on sugar to keep them just so.

We also used repetition to create unexpected and interesting focal points using brightly coloured balls.  Just a little punch of colour here and there, and a touch of sparkle proves the age old adage "less is more".

We displayed ornaments on serving plates, for sparkle and colour.

In keeping with our holiday decor colour palette we added a splash of blue.  The purple decorations blending with the existing purple accents, keep this interior from being overloaded with screaming holiday colour.

When you decorate for the holidays it's important to consider how your decorations coordinate together, and how they incorporate into your interior. You need to the right balance of colour, proportion and consistency to create an enjoyable holiday ambiance.  Anything can be used for a display or turned into decoration, even your favorite holiday treat can be displayed in a way that adds to your living space. 

Every year there are different holiday trends in magazines and stores and this year is no exception.  I've spotted royal blue, but not just royal.  You will see every shade of blue, many dark shades of purple as well as lime and leaf green.  Variations on the scale of decorations, everything from mini bulbs to oversized statement ornaments.  You will also find an array multi packaged, colour coordinated, ornaments.  And birds, birds are everywhere right now and not just in holiday decor either.  You'll find that fabrics, clothing and accessories are all sporting birds these days.  
With all that comes and goes it's hard to keep up.  Deborah and I would suggest you stick with what you love best, adding only a couple of trendy items as focal points in your holiday decor.  Another great tip is to have a party and exchange ornaments you're tired of with your friends.  You've heard of clothes trading parties, well what about trading ornaments and decorations.  The holidays are a time for enjoyment, and we believe that includes your decorating.  Get together with friends and help them decorate their homes, then have them over to help you decorate yours.  Better yet hire Deborah and I to do it for you, we've been enjoying the holidays and still have room for a few new Inspired Holiday Decor clients. 
Happy Holidays & Happy Decorating....creatively Deborah & Stacy.