Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Decorating Ideas From Blogland

This is an article that I put together with the help of some bloggy friends.  I submitted it to the print media, but haven’t seen it show up {yet}, so to thank these bloggers and to get this article “out there”, I am putting it on my blog.  Their loss is our gain, right?  Please enjoy and I hope you get some ideas!

You want some fresh ideas for the holidays, but what? These days, you’ll find some of the freshest, creative and most innovative decorating ideas on blogs, says interior decorator, Kathy Passarette of Creative Home Expressions. The great thing about finding these ideas on a blog is that most of the time bloggers will tell you how they’ve done something. So here are a few ideas and their blogs for some inspiration.

Using natural elements: Red Door Home {http://reddoorhome.blogspot.com} shows how using natural elements to decorate a mantel can add just the right touch at the holidays. Here she has used a wreath decorated with a simple ribbon bow, pinecone stocking holders and some Maidenhair ferns in white pots on each end. The wreath hangs on a repurposed white metal gate. The stockings are linen and in keeping with the color scheme. This mantle also brings in the element of texture.


Photo courtesy of Red Door Home blog.

Bringing Color In: If you want some color, Amanda Burdge, a blogger {http://www.abhomeineriors.com/blog} and interior designer whose business, AB Home Interiors is located in Brentwood, Tennessee, offers ideas for bringing in color on your mantle, which can extend into the rest of your decorating. This mantle décor allows you to use a variety of colors in your holiday decorating. Covering existing pictures with wrapping paper and ribbon allows you to keep everyday artwork hanging on the wall, yet they become a part of the seasonal décor.


Photo courtesy of Amanda Burdge, AB Home Interiors

Food: You’ve seen Gingerbread Houses, but how about a Gingerbread Cake House? The blogger known as Butter Yum shows off these yummy looking Gingerbread Cake Houses {http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2009/12/tiny-twist-on-gingerbread-houses.html}. Beautiful food to decorate your table!


Photo courtesy of Butter Yum blog

Collections: Group like objects together. Just as you would do with your everyday accessories, grouping like items together makes for a nicer vignette and makes more of an impact. Here a collection of snowman themed decorations dress up a desk top for the holidays. {http://www.creativehomeexpressions.blogspot.com}.


Photo courtesy of Creative Home Expressions blog

Ornaments: Ornaments don’t have to go on a tree. Put various colors or just one or two colors in an apothecary jar, on a tray or as the very talented Carla from Cosmo Girl’s Emporium {http://Carla-cosmogirl.blogspot.com} shows here, using a punch bowl and even just showing off some vintage ornaments in their original box.


Photo courtesy of Cosmo Girl’s Emporium blog


Photo courtesy of Cosmo Girl’s Emporium blog


Photo courtesy of Cosmo Girl’s Emporium blog

The Tree: Why not go crazy this year and change up how you decorate your Christmas tree, and who said they have to be green! Marsha from Sassy Mini Dolls blog {http://sassyminidolls.blogspot.com} has a little pink tree in her creative studio, but if pink isn’t your style how about adding some new ornaments in with a different color scheme. Change out your garland to something really different like beads or feather boas. Have fun with it; it’s the largest piece of Christmas décor you’ll have in your home.


Photo courtesy of Sassy Mini Dolls blog

Wreaths & Garlands: Garlands are not just for fireplace mantles! They make a great impact on a stair railing as Cathy from The Stylish House shows us {http://www.thestylishhouse.net}. She’s got a little bit of everything added in here and if you look at each element separately, you could do this to a plain garland to mesh with your décor.


Photo courtesy of The Stylish House blog


Photo courtesy of The Stylish House blog

Wreaths are not just made of greens anymore! They can be made up of just about anything, even what you have on hand; ornaments, music sheets, yarn, feather boas, and the list goes on. Here Marla from Always Nesting blog {http://alwaysnesting.blogspot.com} used faux poinsettias to make a statement over her fireplace and hung her wreath from an old metal grill.


Photo courtesy of Always Nesting blog

There are a lot of ideas from these blogs and many others, and plenty of time to implement them. These are just snippets from some talented bloggers; they and others share much more on their blogs. Start putting the Merry into your Christmas!




One Cheap B*tch said...

That's because you didn't call your publicist - lol! =) It really is a cute piece and filled with lots of great ideas!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

What a wonderful piece, Kathy!! WOW, that all white mantle is just beautiful! That's one thing I need to have hubby make is a mantel for our fireplace. Ours is not really a mantle and what's there isn't very wide. Garage sale hunting this year will include vintage ornaments, that clever Carla!!!

Hope you're feeling better!!


Blondie's Journal said...

This is a great idea, Kathy. I hope you get some type of response. These ladies deserve recognition!


Blue Creek Home said...

Great article full of great ideas and wonderful photos. I hope it gets picked up!

Red Door Home said...

So enjoyed seeing all the great ideas in this post. There certainly are many talented bloggers. Thanks for including my mantle photo.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
You did a wonderful job writing and designing this story. I'm sure some publication will use it.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the mention my dear. Wonderful article, and don't beat yourself up, I try to get stuff published all the time....and wouldn't you know they publish the things that I don't submit or approve. It's never the things Ive put my blood sweat and tears into. Thanks for the intors and great tips!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hey, Kathy! Great job gathering all these wonderful, inspirational photos!

Anonymous said...

Love this. You put a lot of work into it and I hope it goes to print. Thank you so much and I'm honored that you added my fireplace mantel.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You couldn't be more accurate with your assessment, Kathy! Blogs are the best source of great ideas for almost anything—decorating, cooking, home repair—you name it! As a matter of fact, I saw a couple of blogs in your post that are new to me. I'll have to go check them out.

By the way, thanks for the sweet comments on my post. I'm totally lovin' being a grandmother, as I know you are!

Did you happen to notice my fantastic giveaway, while you were visiting? Just click the top picture on my sidebar for details.

Blessings and a very Merry Christmas!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing. Those little Gingerbread Houses look yummy!

Amanda Lee said...

These are all great tips! Not sure I can choose a favorite (though, I'm totally loving the gift wrapped pictures hanging on the wall -- so cheery)!

Sonny G said...

You sure picked some beautiful samples of Holiday decor.. what do ya mean they didnt publish it.. hmmmphh They dont know what they're missing..
PS~ I didnt know you had another blog with beautiful stuff on it.. but I know NOW:)
no rush on getting it shipped out-- I'm in no hurry..


Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is wonderful Kathy! Thank you for sharing, I'm sure it will be published soon :)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is GREAT! Their loss is right! Great ideas and so doable which makes it all the more appealing! Sometimes I look at something and know that I could never pull it off on my budget....but these are all gorgeous and adaptable! LOVE IT!

Lou Cinda

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Kathy, what a great article and such wonderful examples of creative decor. I so agree, bloggers are just the best. So talented and so willing to share their knowledge. You always inspire me too. Such a talented person. Hugs, Marty

Pamela said...

Great article Kathy!

Melissa said...

What a fabulous collection you've made here, Kathy! I love your snowman collection vignette. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Why do we ever bother with magazines anymore? You see the BEST stuff on blogs!!!!!!!!!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

So sorry I missed this post way back when... I'll have to make more of those cute little gingerbread cake houses next Christmas (this year was way too hectic).

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