6 Impressive, Inexpensive Christmas Decorating Ideas
Interior designer Charlotte Lucas and Southern Living stylist Elly Poston Cooper shares some of their favorite tips for decorating during the holidays. This Spartanburg, SC Tudor home might be classic in style, but it gets a modern Christmas touch with pops of turquoise, birds, and butterflies.
Simplify Your Hues
"Pick three or so colors you already have in your house," says Charlotte. Ribbons and ornaments of any shade look festive when mixed with greenery and metallics. Here, Charlotte worked from the bottom up. She made the tree skirt out of the Windwood fabric from her new line, House of Harris. It is a personal item that can become a family heirloom.
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Charlotte and Elly used affordable butterflies (amazon.com) and whimsical embellished birds (athome.com), all attached to florist wire, to create a natural scene with a funkier edge. "Lots of people like to put traditional woodland birds on their trees, but it's all the more fun when they're bedazzled," says Elly. "The addition of feathery friends gives more dimension and texture to the branches," says Charlotte.
Skip the Star
Break Out Old Favorites
A mismatched collection of vintage brass candlesticks, scattered down the table with delicate pastel tapers and simple greenery, looks festive and will last longer than cut-flower arrangements. Gold starbursts and mercury glass votives provide holiday shine.
Tie Streamers, Not Bows
Instead of making fussy bows that can take yards of ribbon, Elly had the kids help her tie ribbons (midoriribbon.com) into loose, flowing streamers with simple knots to hang the kid-friendly ornaments from the boughs of garland. "These balls would actually bounce if you dropped them on the ground," notes Elly.
Deck the Statues
Garden sculptures can become playful Christmas characters. (These reindeer are actually from Elizabeth Bruns, Inc. Jewelry Shop in Charlotte.) Just drape on a wreath, and hang ornaments. Another great decorating tip from the designer? Purchase fresh greenery from your favorite local sources. She bought these from Motsinger Christmas Trees at Pine Shadows Farm in Roaring Gap, North Carolina, and Ginny's Wreath Shop in Sparta, North Carolina.