Light Up the Holidays

November 24, 2009 § Leave a comment

What’s the one thing that separates this holiday season from all other holidays throughout the year? The sparkle and shimmer of lights. Regardless of what holiday colors we use to decorate our homes or even the particular holiday itself, decorating with lights tells everyone we are celebrating. Traditionally, we hang candles in the windows and string lights across the bushes to enhance our holiday curb appeal. We decorate with lights on the inside as well: the warm glow of firelight, candles on the dinner table, and maybe even a magnificent sparkling tree.

This year, instead of altering your color palette for the holidays with the reds and greens of Christmas or blues of Hanukkah, focus on adding light to your home. One easy and “green” way to add light is by using reflective metals like silver and lots of glass. All the silver and glass will bounce light around the room and help to make any color scheme ready for the holidays. Look for old treasures from the attic or even the consignment store, especially silver ornaments, glass ornaments, silver candlesticks, glass candlesticks, mirrors, and silver trays like the one shown in this photo from Country Living Magazine (www.countryliving.com). Add white candles, white twinkle lights, and some evergreen cuttings from your yard,  and voila! For maximum light reflection and a real wow factor, hang a giant mirrored ball (yes, disco) from the ceiling. Okay, you get the idea…

Enjoy your holidays!

Fall Curb Appeal??

October 20, 2009 § 2 Comments

mums2Ahhh, how picturesque, like this photo from Southern Living Magazine. Maybe your Fall floral vignette on the front porch  features a few pumpkins in various sizes, perhaps some statuary mixed in with beautiful volumes of rust and yellow and lavendar and cream mums in big heavy terra cotta pots with … the PRICETAGS showing?? Ouch.

I wasn’t going to say anything, but after noticing this blooper two days in a row on two different doorsteps around town, I couldn’t resist. Just like removing those big tags (that say do not remove) from your sofa pillows, kindly remember to remove the big price stickers from your pots (or at least turn the pots around so we can’t see the stickers as we drive by). Curb appeal. It’s all in the details.

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