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If you find yourself pulling out that same old box of holiday decorations, wondering what to do with them this year…stop!

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll create a fresh new look for friends and family to enjoy:

1)      Mix the elegant with the casual. The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. They deserve the best-and they deserve to feel comfortable. Why not update your more formal china by mixing it with some new fun and whimsical holiday-patterned dessert plates. Also, try using cloth napkins in a coordinating bold color with wired holiday ribbon as napkin rings; tuck in a sprig of fresh greens for a seasonal touch.

2)      Think about using a fresh color palette for your holiday décor. Who says you have to use red and green? Don’t be afraid to incorporate your favorite colors, or those of your year round décor, through ribbon, flowers, ornaments and other seasonal items. Treat your guests to an unexpected welcome with an oversized wreath on your front door that is embellished with items in your favorite colors.

3)      Brighten your home during these shorter days with higher wattage bulbs. Install dimmer switches to give you more control over the amount of light you shine on different occasions-from an open house to an intimate dinner. Don’t forget to place extra candles around for a romantic, elegant and cozy feeling.

4)      Extend your seasonal décor into rooms you don’t normally include such as the kitchen, powder room and bedroom. After all, shouldn’t your entire home reflect the warmth and beauty of the season? Place a stack of pretty wrapped gifts on a chair or a bench; add garland and greens to mirrors and doorways. In the powder room, set out a scented candle on a footed dish with greens and Christmas balls.

5)      Engage all five senses. Creating visual appeal is only one part of creating a warm, welcoming home. Don’t forget seasonal scents, sounds and flavors that join together forming a feast for your senses. Add a bowl of colorful potpourri in cinnamon and spice scents. Hang a variety of textural greens-evergreen, holly, and boxwood, real or permanent. Involve the family in baking special treats and keep plenty of holiday music on hand to keep you in the spirit.

For more easy and elegant tips for the holidays and every day visit Kathleen at www.kathleenellis.blogspot.com

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