With the first frost, turn your attention to the home's most engaging focal point, the fireplace. Style the mantel, hearth, and its surroundings to look beautiful starting in November and lasting to the New Year.
Think of it as a decorative work in progress. Set up a simple mantel arrangement of grapevine, lights, and containers (we used lanterns, twinkle lights, and copper flower buckets) that stays in place. Every week or so, take 30 minutes to embellish the basic arrangement with decorations that reflect the season.
By following these suggestions and our handy time line, you'll be sipping hot chocolate while everyone else is still decorating.