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Wreath as a Centerpiece

Instead of hanging a wreath on your door, use it as the base of a centerpiece for your Christmas table. Use simple decorations to coordinate it with your home decor or tablesetting theme. 

Find a large tray or platter, or cut a piece of heavy plastic to place under the wreath. This will make it much easier to move the wreath centerpiece to change the tablecloth or rearrange the place settings. You’ll be protecting the finish on your table at the same time.

Materials for Christmas Wreath Centerpiece

  • fresh pine wreath
  • decorations
  • bow

Follow these simple steps to make your wreath centerpiece:

  • Place the wreath down on the table, tray, or platter.
  • Decorate the wreath by sticking ornaments, pinecones, or floral picks into the wreath.
  • Arrange ribbons or garlands around the wreath.
  • Place one or several colorful bows around the wreath for added color.

Special tips for fine-tuning:

  • Use decorations that have wires attached. They can easily be stuck into the greens of the wreath.
  • When arranging the decorations on the wreath, be careful not to scratch your wood table.
  • For a different look, place several large pillar candles into the center of the wreath.
  • Pile large pine cones neatly into the center of the wreath.
  • Form a pyramid of colorful Christmas balls in the center of the wreath.

You’ll see how simple it is to create this beautiful and traditional Christmas Wreath Centerpiece. (from interiordec.about.com)

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Tablescapes Gone Whimsical

Ultimate expo

Ultimate expo

The above is from Tuesday where I displayed my tablescapes for the Ultimate Ladies’ Day Out at the Park Ridge Country Club.  I am happy to remind you  that the holidays are just around the corner and  my table settings and holiday decorating are a great stress-reliever for you and your family.

From the Thanksgiving setting:

Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving table

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What is your style?

It is not always easy to define your style, be it expressed in clothing, cooking, or decorating.  We are complex creatures and many styles appeal to us.  I have found it easier to find out what people DON’T like; that is usually definite.

A fun and easy way to explore your thoughts on this is to take HGTV’s style quiz.

Go ahead and try it.  You may be surprised at what you discover about yourself!

decorating styles from designstyleguide.net

decorating styles from designstyleguide.net

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Blog to Spot

Another good decorating resource is the blog administered by my colleagues in the area.  You’ll find it at http://greaterchicagolanddecoratorscoalition.blogspot.com/

The Greater Chicagoland Decorators Coalition is a professional organization.  We meet regularly to discuss latest trends in our business and to receive continuing education.  This month we attend a class in window treatments.

We are part of a national organization, the Society of Decorating Professionals.  You will  hear more from me about this fine group as we near our annual conference in March.

SDP logo

SDP logo

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Putting it Together

Enjoy this video of my design tips presentation and let me know what you think.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgkdbLsI97U

Deborah of Affordable Interiors

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Windows and Grommet

When I introduce myself it is not uncommon to be greeted by “I love HGTV” and I concur. Here is a helpful clip from their website.   Since window treatments can be vexing and expensive, this 3-minute video on grommet panels is fun to watch.  Granted, you see that nice installation guy appearing like magic out of the sidelines!   But the basic idea is there: installing grommet panels is an appealing, fast, and cost-effective way to solve your window problems.

grommet panels

grommet panels

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Bed In A Bag

bed in a bag

bed in a bag

It is pretty amazing what you can buy for under $100.  The linen industry is highly competitive, especially in the current economy.  With the demise of Linens ‘n Things stores (they still have an online store) it’s clear that linens have become available almost everywhere and we can find quality goods in discount stores as well as department stores.

The bed pictured is dressed in a bed in a bag, a 7-piece set that gives you all you need to make a statement in your bedroom for very little money.   As you prepare for fall and the chill sets in, why not freshen up your look by replacing those old and tired bed linens.  Need help choosing the right look and color?  Email me anytime.  I would be delighted to answer your questions and assist you in making the right decision.

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