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The Entertainer

10 DIY Décor Ideas for Your Holiday Home

So much of the joy from the holiday season comes from entertaining. When hosting, filling your home with exciting and colourful decorations is a must. 

Rather than buying everything pre-made, consider rounding out your décor collection with some DIY items that highlight your style and use items you may already have at home! Your guests will be impressed, and your home will have a unique and memorable look. Here are a few ideas to inspire your homemade decoration dreams.

Festive Garlands

One of the easiest ways to brighten up your home for the holiday season is to use garlands in every room. With so many different styles to choose from, your garland selection can highlight your personal style and give your guests something interesting to admire. 

This paint chip garland idea is an easy and inexpensive way to incorporate bright colours into your decorations. Cut the paint chips into whatever shapes you’d like before you string them together! For a different aesthetic, highlighting citrus fruits as part of your décor is a great way to incorporate cozy holiday smells into your decorating. This dried fruit garland is a wonderful weekend project and uses ingredients you likely already have in the pantry. If you’d like to use greenery too, try this style that’s simple and elegant.

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Snowflakes and Snowmen

If you’d like a winter theme full of wonder and whimsy, opt for decorations that include lots of snowflakes, snowmen, and white/blue/silver combinations. These fun snowmen are a great decoration for anywhere the kids are likely to congregate. Since they use clear glass balls and Mason jars as the base, you can easily make several from dollar store items. Cluster a few together and vary their scarves for a fun snowperson family! As a more neutral decoration, painted snowflake jars are perfect for adorning shelves, countertops, and coffee tables. Pair these jars with winter décors, such as cozy pillows and throws, to make your home a winter wonderland.

Elegant and Bold Centerpieces

If you want to get your guests’ attention, then focus on a memorable centrepiece for your holiday table. Pull out all the stops with these gold glittered vases made from Mason jars. You can use gold as suggested or opt for silver or champagne to match a different décor scheme. Filling the jars is half the fun, too—evergreen and flower stems are beautiful, while candy canes and lollipops signal a fun-filled party! If you’d like to put water in the jars and then top with floating cranberries, leave the top half of the jars unpainted (or frost with a light dusting of glitter). For a fun alternative, make a snowman hat centrepiece that uses an upcycled coffee can as the base. You can decorate the hat with faux or real flowers to match the rest of your décor.

Candles and Lights

One of the most prominent decorations during the holiday season is lighting—from candles to string lights, a warm glow adds depth and comfort to a room. These wooden tree sconces not only provide an interesting background for the candles, but they’re big enough that you don’t have to worry about placing multiples together for an impact. You could even decorate the wooden trees with paint or glitter for a bolder look. For another rustic option, try these stencilled burlap candle holders. Choose silhouettes that match your style, including snowflakes, for something you can leave out all winter! If small candle holders aren’t filling up your space, decorate an inexpensive lantern using various stems and bows, then place an LED candle inside.

Any of these DIY decorations will add a meaningful touch to your home that friends and family alike will remember for years to come.

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Home Sweet Home

Elegance in Autumn: 6 Classy Home Decor Must-Haves

As the air gets colder, the leaves turn red and orange, and your regular Starbucks order switches from classic to pumpkin spice, you may be wondering how to maintain a classy home decor while still participating in the autumn aesthetic. 

Whether you are trying to impress your holiday guests or simply attempting to get into the harvest spirit, there are boundless opportunities to incorporate fall festivity while still keeping a chic appearance. From gourds to candles to table dressers, these decor ideas are interchangeable with any home theme. No matter your pick, these items will leave your home feeling cozier and festive for the autumn season. 

Wreaths

It seems only fitting to begin with the exterior decoration of the home, which is the first thing you and your guests will see when arriving. Dating back to ancient Rome, wreaths were signs of victory and, according to Bustle, representations of “eternity” or the “never-ending circle of life”. To continue this tradition, try a wreath with warm oranges, yellows, reds, and hints of gold to mimic the colours found naturally during the autumn season. There are plethoras of options, some including flowers, sometimes sprinkling in a mini pumpkin or two, and sometimes feathers or barley. To achieve a more put-together or cohesive look, find a wreath that both highlights one component (like the feathers/flowers/etc.) and has splashes of colours already found in your home. You can find autumn wreaths at nearly any local craft or decor store, with prices ranging from $25-$200.

Artificial Pumpkins

One of the most sure-fire ways to switch from summer to fall decoration is through pumpkins and warm autumn colours. Also available at virtually any craft or decor store, a classic stack of artificial, white, or orange pumpkins elevates any front porch, mantel, centrepiece, bookshelf, or coffee table from homey to harvest. Some come with gold embellishments on the stems or even flakes on the pumpkins themselves, leaving endless options to enhance your home’s style and match your fall vision. Try mixing and matching sizes and colours to give dimension, depth, and variety to your gourd group. 

Candles

Not only can you find expensive scents for affordable prices, nothing feels more like fall than the assuaging aroma of apple, cinnamon, or caramel wafting through your home. Not only do they leave a comforting scent, but they also have endless potential to be elegantly dressed up. To reach a “fancy” presentation, consider different heights of glass candle holders (clear or coloured). For a sleek, modern look, consider glass cylinder holders for your fall candles. Adding these ornaments to your tables, mantels, or shelves will certainly add to your festive room. 

Garlands

Although these are more common during the Christmas season, don’t be afraid to garnish your mantles or banisters with garlands of leaves, flowers, barley, and perhaps lights.  Whether you hang them as one long strand or in individual clusters, anything that introduces tasteful autumn foliage into your home will automatically provide a classier festive feeling. You can find them (guess where?) at your local craft and decor store, ranging from a DIY project to about $50. 

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Cutlery, Crockery, and China, Oh My!

The right tableware is crucial to maintaining your fashionable post-summer feel, especially if your house tends to be the hotspot for fall family dinners. You can achieve this by matching warm, festive colours or through finding the right elegant pattern for your china. Matching, simple silverware can only add to the charm of your autumn dinner spread. Virtually any home-oriented store will have available options, as well as numerous online shops just a click away. 

Throw Pillows/Blankets

As fall approaches, so does the desire to cuddle up and relish in the relaxing, comforting change in weather. There is no better time than to celebrate with a new set of pillows. 2021 brings numerous different trends in media, clothing, and especially home decor. The new has become a wilder, brighter version of the old, with influences and sprinkles of decades ranging from the Victorian era all the way to the 70s. Whatever your preference may be, you can never go wrong with a light overtone and splashes of warm, vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. Try smaller, circular pillows contrasting with large square and medium rectangular pillows. If pillows are not within the vision board of your dream fall aesthetic, try a throw blanket to cozy up the room and add a pop of colour. 

Table Runner

These simple decorations are perfect for elevating a simple dining room table. Over a table cloth, a properly draped emerald or warm-coloured silk runner provides a sense of elegance. A macrame table runner can be equally as decorative and emits a more bohemian style. Gauze table runners are perfect for a fun yet relaxed feel. 

Whether you want a simple or complex look, these decor ideas are sure to elevate your home’s appearance and leave your guests and family feeling cozy and relaxed!