Decorative Traditions & Delicious Décor

evergreen_flowerboxIt’s that time of year when friends and family gather to celebrate with food, drinks, and seasonal festivities. Good food and drink, plenty of preparation, and of course, gorgeous décor help to make the season bright! Below are some of my favorite holiday decorating ideas and tips.

Decorations from Nature

The most delightful holiday decorations are often the simplest and most natural. You’ll most likely be able to walk out your back door to find pine, cedar, spruce and other greenery that will remain fresh for several weeks. The front door, the back porch, flower boxes and the bird bath in the garden can become welcoming and festive with a little natural décor.

Avoid Over-decorating!

My best decorating tip for your holiday décor is to avoid over-decorating. Use a handful of beautiful elements in no more than a few colors. Choose a simple palette such as gray and pale silver mixed with green. Decorate the tree with the similar colors to give the house a unified feeling.

Lori’s Holiday Margaritas!

traditionalhomeneutralholidayThese holiday margaritas are some of my favorite. I love this recipe because you can make it ahead and put it in the refrigerator. It serves 8 – 12 people, depending on the crowd. ☺

  • 1 can (12 oz.) frozen limeade (thawed)
  • 1 can (12 oz.) frozen lemonade (thawed)
  • 4 cans water
  • 1 750ml bottle Gold Tequila
  • 8 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 cup POM (pomegranate juice)
  • Juice from 4 limes Mix all liquids & serve in a decorative pitcher.

Pour over ice and enjoy! You can sugar the glass rims if you wish and/or float a fresh cranberry on top.

Help Them Feel at Home

When family and/or guests head to your home for the holidays, set the stage to make their stay a memorable one. In your guest bath use a deep basket to provide simple luxuries such as lotions, bath and shower gels, personal soaps, and fresh towels. Fresh flowers by the bed in your guest room are a must, and the flowers don’t have to be a chore – you can make a simple arrangement with one or two types of flowers. I like to pick up a few bunches of tulips, snip the ends, then plop them in a vase. Fresh and simple!

holiday_pillowEasy Pillows

A few new pillows for your sofa is an easy way to give your living room a brand new look and a festive touch for the Holiday Season. I like to use metallic in gold or silver, combined with a fun color in green, orange, red – or whatever color scheme you’re using in the rest of your home.

White Bar

Hospitality is one of the Holiday Season’s most precious gifts. I love to entertain but worry that someone’s red wine will end up on my pale gray sofa or white shag area rug! The “white bar” idea is one of my favorite ideas and seems to work really well during this season. I serve delicious French Champagnes and multiple white wine selections.

Take a Breath

I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays but really look forward to a clean slate for the New Year. I usually buy a brand new calendar, sit down, and just look at all of its white blank pages. ☺ It’s a nice feeling for a short while, until everything seems to fill up again! After a bit of reflection on the past year I enjoy making a new list of goals, dreams, and projects to do around the house and garden. It can be as simple as replacing the wallpaper, recovering or painting chairs, freshening up with throw pillows, painting a room, or adding an outside flower box. I always encourage my clients to start making their wish list too.

I hope you will be able to enjoy and incorporate some of my favorite ideas into your Holiday Festivities this year. It is “the most wonderful time of the year” and I send good wishes to all my readers and hope your season is warm and bright!

Until next year,




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Posted on December 2, 2013 at 4:27 am

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