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December 22, 2019

Merry Christmas!  Here's hoping you're all  settled down with shopping done and presents wrapped.  Last Christmas, I was a bit lost in any decorating scheme.  As you may remember, I pared down my Christmas stash by about 75%.  The negative is that it's still shocking to look in the basement expecting to see more bins full of decorations.  The positive is that decorating this year was fast and fun.  I've...

December 21, 2019

Just guessing your holiday front door doesn't look anything like this.  Turns out, those British really know how to shout, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Let's take an armchair look at some creative decorations from London to Hayward (CA) to homes in Oregon.

 hellomagazine.com (mcqueen's florist)

Another amazing door decoration in London.

hello magazine. com. (home of english singer stacey solomo...

December 16, 2019

Happy 2020!  Don't you love a new decade?  Filled with optimism and that lovely thought of starting fresh.  

This article was originally published on 12/10/2016 but I thought you might enjoy seeing it again.  It's never too early to start making your own artwork for next holiday!


Take one look at this wreath and I bet you're thinking just what I did. "Hey, I could do that."  Seems we a...

December 15, 2019

What's fresh for holiday decorating?  This year, it's lots of multicolor rooms -  cheerful and of course, colorful!  Let's take a look at some quick decorating multicolor tricks - and to get us started, don't you love this idea for your table?  A length of black butcher paper, some chalk and the sky is the limit.  Now that the table is set, let's look at more colorful ideas.

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December 14, 2019

       

First published 11/26/16, let's revisit these beautiful Christmas wreaths.

Every home should have a wreath - whether it makes an appearance for holidays or is displayed year round.  One of the most ancient decorating traditions, the wreath seems to date back to Persia, eventually finding its way to the first heads of Olympic Athletes in 776 BC.  Maybe some athletes saved their wreath...

December 8, 2019

This Happy Hour is all about getting some kind of skirt for our Christmas tree table.  In 2018, we gave away our 8' Christmas tree.  It took a village to get it out of the basement, up two flights of stairs and set up.  I love my new two-piece 4.5" tree, pre-lit with 450 lights and weighing just 18 lbs (Amazon).  I easily assembled it on a 24" high small table, making it a total of 6.5' in heig...

December 1, 2019

Don't you love Christmas tree skirts?  I especially like the handmade ones with lots of personality.  Growing up, my mom wrapped a white sheet at the base of the tree and called it a day.  For years, I used a length of moss green silk duponti.  Last year, we traded in our 8' tree for a 4-1/2' which we sat on a 24" high table but the whole thing didn't look quite right.  What do this year?  Turns out, the...

December 29, 2018

This Christmas, I was all set for a natural Scandinavian Christmas.  Connie even sent homemade Fattigman (Norwegian cookies) so I was definitely in the mood.  But as I opened the 6 boxes of Christmas decorations left from my summer purge, it seemed like a good idea to just get everything out and see what was left.  Santas & their assorted red fun gathered on the 2nd floor so the main floor could be left...

December 28, 2018

Friends of DecorBook have been particulary busy this holiday season.  Let's take a look at 3 spectacular ideas - I'm sure you'll notice that the key is each friend's keen eye for detail.  Kimberly (Hayward, CA) has taken repurposing costume jewelry to a whole new level in creating these magnificent trees.  This one is aptly called the Noel Tree.

The spectacular Ruby tree.  Each tree has multiple...

November 26, 2018

I gotta admit it.  I'm a bit scared to look in the "Christmas" boxes down in our basement.  After my summer purge of most things "nonessential," I'm just wondering what's left down there.  One thing is for certain, our 8' tree with LED lights is a goner as it took a village to get it up three floors and set up.  Whatever is left in the basement, I'm dreaming of a Scandinavian-inspired wonderland this yea...

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