The holidays are upon us! As soon as the air chills at night, we know it's time for fall decorating. Of course, fall and winter decorating isn't limited to Halloween,
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. Celebrating the seasons with their change of weather and colours, is a great family activity too.
Decorations don't have to be elaborate. Simple touches include foliage, a seasonal tablecloth and twinkling lights. Here are some areas around the house you can easily decorate with garland, wreaths, fall fruit and lights.
1. Front Door. A beautiful wreath welcomes the holiday season. From September on you can include fall leaves, twigs, fruit and ribbon.
photo credit: ThestoriesOfAtoZ.com photo credit: Angela Ostner
2. Mailbox. Create a warm welcome for visitors and the mail carrier with garland, bright ribbon and twinkling lights.
photo credit: Traditional Spaces by Smyrna Closet & Home Storage Designers Truorder
3. Lamppost. Greet guests and family in front of the house with some seasonal flair on the exterior lighting. This works for porch lights and chandeliers over tables. Fresh foliage looks warm and inviting in the low light. Why not take a family excursion into the woods to collect greenery? Entice the family with hot cocoa and cookies.
photo credit: Traditional Entry www.clothandpatina.com
4. Front Porch. Whether you have a small or large porch, make way for fresh greenery, garlands, twinkling lights, and ribbon.
photo credit: Angela Ostner
photo credit: Traditional Porch by Athens Photographers Corynne Pless
5. Entry Table. An entry table is a great place to display holiday photos of family and friends. It also serves as a convenient platform for greeting cards. Hang a wreath from the mirror too!!
photo credit: Traditional Spaces by Palm Beach Gardens Artists & Artisans Cloth & Patina
6. Stair Rail. What says "holidays" more than a seasonal garland on a stair rail? A stair rail can often be seen from the front door, so garland here adds to the warm feeling of coming home for the holidays.
Eclectic Staircase by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design
7. Mantel. Perhaps the most traditional space to decorate. Its a prime location for fresh greens, pinecones, oversized christmas ornaments, candles and twinkling lights.
Traditional Dining Room by Dc Metro Interior Designers & Decorators BROWN DAVIS INTERIORS, INC.
8. Dining Table. Its as simple as getting out those candles and pairing them with a beautiful runner and seasonal foliage
photo credit: Eclectic Dining Room by Columbus Photographers Julie Ranee Photography
9. Back of a Chair. Make your meal table inviting and warm with a special touch for family or guests on the chair backs.
photo credit: Rustic Dining Room by Webb City Media & Bloggers Michelle Edwards
10. Powder Room. A perfect place for really having fun. Switch out towels to seasonal colours and include some holiday scented candles, like cranberry and cinnamon.
photo credit: Traditional Spaces by Detroit Interior Designers & Decorators The Yellow Cape Cod
11. Kitchen Counter. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Everyone gathers there in the morning and evening. Winter fruit is really delicious and colorful. Pomegranates, figs, persimmons. Arrange these in a beautiful bowl or basket with dried fruit to create a seasonal display. Don't forget to eat the fruit!
photo credit: Eclectic Dining Room by Brooklyn Photographers Rikki Snyder
12. Coffee Table. A coffee table is a favourite spot to display fresh flowers, seasonal candles and holiday books.
photo credit: Contemporary Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Glenn Gissler Design
Above all, have fun and share the season with family and friends.
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