Transform your home for the season

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”

What better song for Christmas? It’s one we all know and enjoy when we begin hearing it on the radio (in September)! Since it’s the holiday season, I wanted to share a few of my favorite decorating ideas with you. I hope that you will be able to use some of these ideas as you transform your home for the season. Merry Christmas!!

Your tree…the focal point of it all! The tree on the left is a tree I did for a client last year. I love the use of the burlap and brick red. The tree on the left is a tree I just finished this year. I love using lime green, red and white. Whimsical decorations are some of my favorites!

On to your mantel. If you have one, it can be just as important as the tree. I have chosen to share two different styles. Mantel Image 1 is a style that is very popular right now – rustic or lodge chic. Mantel 2 just makes me smile. Again, those bright colors and the use of different patterns are so eye-catching.

Do you have a staircase? Want something a little different? I think the use of family photos is so clever. What better way to celebrate Christmas through your décor than with family photos? Speaking of different… I have never seen a stairway decorated like the one in Image 2. I think this is a great way to use greenery and it’s simple and elegant. It’s also much easier than the alternative of draping garland.

Your dining table – the gathering place for that fabulous dinner you will be preparing. I wanted to share this table that I created for the Southern Christmas Show several years ago. Yes, there it is again – lime green, red and white – and even a little touch of black. I love the use of polka dots too! The centerpiece was made using three candle holders and colored Styrofoam balls. The use of the small candy canes was an inexpensive and simple way to add that little bit of something special.

The outside decoration is just as important as the inside for a lot of folks, and the front door is often the highlight. Although I do love the fun colors of the wreath in Image 1, I like the wreath used in Image 2 even more. I love using anything that is a little different and this one fits the bill. Just remember to carry your theme inside and out.

Lastly, let’s give the postman something prettier than usual for our mail delivery. Since I mentioned the importance of carrying your theme throughout all of your decorating, inside and out, I wanted to include two ways to adorn your mailbox which will complement the wreaths shown above. To continue the whimsical theme, the use of different ribbon patterns and decorative mesh give you that fun, merry look. Alternatively, the use of greenery, berries and plaid gives you a more traditional look, which I think is so tasteful and timeless.

Take a deep breath…it will all get accomplished!
Above all else, enjoy this wonderful season…and don’t forget the reason!

Tammy Taylor Interiors is located at 101 Center Street in Cramerton.
Please call 704-908-3740 or email tammytaylor1@gmail.com.
Services also available through Next Generation Interiors in Cramerton.
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