Cheerful decorating ideas to welcome guests for the Holidays

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”
I especially look to nature at this time of year for my design and decorating inspiration!
“Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…”

Fall fashion is a huge influence too! The fabrics, the colors, the textures, the layering! Jewelry, tights, leggings, gloves, scarves, fedoras, handbags, and boots oh my!
“Brown paper packages tied up with strings these are a few of my favorite things…”

Creating that unique and special mood to welcome your family and friends into your home by pleasing the senses! Sight, sound, taste, touch, and aroma! The holidays!
“Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles

Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things…”

Your overnight guests that have traveled the miles will love you for a comfortable bed that looks and feels inviting! Again I’m reminded of the layering concept in fashion not only for aesthetics but for controlling whether your hot and/or cold. I realized a long time ago after sleeping at my Grandmother’s home in Germany that the Europeans have a whole different approach and attitude towards “dressing” their beds! And now we can purchase fine European linens on line!

Several years ago my husband and I discovered the newly introduced “Heavenly Bed” at the Westin! I was so excited that I proceeded to dismantle and peel away the layers until down to the bare mattress! No fitted sheets! Thin down pad on top of the mattress covered with a flat sheet, blanket, down duvet, lots of pillows of varying size and density. A pitcher of water and glass on the nightstand, clock, flashlight, robe, slippers, reading material, pen/paper, remote for the TV, and toiletries! You may want to be a guest in your own home!

“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things…”

The hearth is the heart of the home especially during the holiday season. So too it is a focal point where friends and family gather to relax by the warm glow of the fire. A beautifully textured tapestry or quilt hanging from a wrought iron rod, custom mirror, or a piece of artwork above your mantle adds visual interest. On the mantle itself is the perfect place to bring natural elements indoors with foliage from your backyard! Give me a can of metallic spray paint this time of year and I’m a happy girl!

To add an element of the unexpected and surprise, remember to use objects of varying heights. No fireplace? No problem! Have you heard of “ventless” fireplaces?! They can be mounted on a wall, set on the floor, there are even corner units! One of my favorite things in design is product versatility! The ventless fireplace can even be moved from room to room!

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