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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Clutter Free Decorating Tips for the Holiday Season

I have a helpful treat for you today, a sweet guest post from a special lady with some great tips to manage that clutter of the season.

Dagmar Obert is a designer for Balsam Hill with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. More of her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining can be found here. You can follow her on Pinterest and Houzz.

It’s always hard to keep your home tidy during the holidays; what with the extra guests, busy schedules, and constant cooking, setting up complicated and obstructive décor is probably the last thing you need to add to your to-do list.
Luckily, there are so many lovely ways you can add holiday cheer to your home that are cheap, easy, and mess-free. The trick is to swap out functional items that also double as decorative touches, or to use pieces (often smaller or hung up high) that are light and don’t get in anyone’s way. And many of these recommendations incorporate fun DIY ideas that will add an even more personal touch to your home this season.

 1.  Mercury Glass String Lights Pretty string lights like these can look nice hanging almost anywhere; incorporate them into your mantel décor, over a kitchen window, or even above your guest bathroom mirror. That way they can serve as night lighting for your visitors.

 2.  Metal Basket These chic baskets are the perfect thing to have on hand when guests arrive. Use them to corral excess outerwear, kindling, blankets, or anything else that needs to be quickly stowed away.

 3. Washi Tape Use (residue-free) washi tape to decorate disposable cups, gift tags, or name cards. Or fold pieces around a toothpick to create food and drink flags.

4.  Raffia Tray Never underestimate the versatility of a simple tray; use it to serve food, turn an ottoman into a drink-safe surface, or put out a selection of soaps and lotions in the powder room.

5.  Metallic Spray Paint One of the quickest ways to make anything look festive is to spray paint it gold or silver. It’s an especially pretty look when applied to foliage, like bare branches, pinecones, or holly. Then just put your gilded greenery in a vase, and you have a beautiful arrangement that’ll last all season.

6.  Postcard Holder Most people have trouble figuring out how to display their holiday cards in an attractive way. This holder does the trick, and it’s so flat and light that it can easily be stored away afterwards.

7. Baker’s Twine Apart from tying up treats and other packages, you can get really creative with the twine. String pine cones along a length of it for a garland, or even use it to create some Christmas-themed string and nail art.

8.  Glitter Snowflake Decals One of the best ways to reduce the clutter of holiday décor is to use smaller, flatter pieces that don’t cause a mess or get in the way. Elegant decals like these are a welcome addition to any window. Or if you’re in the mood for a crafting session, they can be replicated with glitter paper and a pair of scissors.

9.  Cinnamon Wreath A delicious-smelling wreath is a less messy and dangerous alternative to candles for scenting your home for the holidays.

10. Elk Horn Serveware A statement piece like this on your table almost makes any other decoration unnecessary. The lidded design ensures that you can keep the food inside nice and warm while people gather to eat.

Thanks Dagmar for these great tips! 
  Merry Christmas!

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