Decorating for the Holidays

Dec, 2008
In This Issue
Revamp your Holiday Decor
Gift Certificates Available
Calling All Dreamers
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Dear Jane-Marie,
Did you know that, according to Swedish legend, if you find a bird's nest in your Christmas tree, you'll have a year of Health, Wealth and Happiness?  Finding a nest in the $12 tree I purchased at Menard's this year may be pushing my luck (I was looking for a scraggly one to give a more Scandinavian look to the decor this year).  My girls thought it was too scrawny, but I told them it was destined for the wood chipper and we needed to save it (plus it was only $12 - come on!), so now it is sitting happily in our home looking wonderful, even without the nest.  Read on for ways you can bring Health, Wealth and Happiness into your home this holiday season.

Looking for ways to REVAMP your decor this holiday season?
  • Use vintage fabric or an old tablecloth for a tree skirt.  It doesn't need to be cut to size - just wrap 3 or more yards around the base of the tree for a voluptuous look. 
  • Consider the color scheme that works with your decor.  If red and green don't work with your room, don't fight it.  Holiday decorations come in so many colors now, you can find hot pink ornaments if you need to. 
  • Spray paint old and tired decorations that don't work with your color scheme any longer.  I'm spray painting some red and orange trees a soft white and silver so that I can use them in my neutral bedroom.
  • Hang fresh greenery from your chandelier, draping it slightly over the sides.  Add a few sprigs of berries and you're done.
  • Add imitation dogwood, berries and other decorative elements to your planters outside.  These usually can last through a few winters even if exposed to the elements and will save you money on buying fresh ones each year.
  • Buy small Christmas trees and chop off the bottom to put in your planters, rather than buying expensive tree toppers.
  • Layer a table cloth in one color over another table cloth in a different color.  Finish it off with the table centerpiece - a cake stand piled high with pinecones, ornaments & fake glittery fruit.
  • Use wreaths horizontally rather than vertically.  Decorative wreaths can be used as a centerpiece or on the coffee table with candles or filled compotes placed in the center. 
  • Do you have a lot of "home-made" holiday decorations?  Display them in the respective child's room on his/her dresser as a "still life" of years gone by.  Use a decorative silver serving tray to corral them and give them more of a presence.  Add colored ball ornaments in one or two colors.
Happy Holidays!
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Calling All Dreamers - REMINDER!

Bedroom InspirationA reminder from last month . . .

Embellishments Design Studio is looking for INSPIRATION ROOMS!  You may have seen Sensible Chic before on HGTV (if not, check it out here).  Well, I'm looking for a few good clients who are SMITTEN with a particular design in a magazine and are looking to recreate the look for less. 

The design could involve an entire room, a chair and chest combo, a collection of art, or a great bed ensemble.  You name it!

Through the process, you'll learn how hunting for good design need not translate into paying top dollar prices.  So, start clipping your magazine articles.  We'll break down the design, roll up our sleeves (there might be spray-painting involved!), and end with a livable design you can afford.

Embellishments Design Studio provides interior decorating, space planning and color consultations, as well as custom window treatment designs and staging services so that you can transform the house you live in into the home you love!

Jane-Marie Bloomberg
Embellishments Design Studio