Putting a holiday spin on your home decor doesn't have to be an expensive or an intimidating proposition, an expert says. With a few simple additions, any home can reflect the spirit of the season.
"You needn't spend a fortune redecorating your house or apartment for the holidays," said Phyllis Sweed, editor in chief of Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine."Everyday items can be simply transformed to fit in with the holiday theme," she said. "Add red or green lampshades to candleholders, or buy holiday mugs to accessorize your dinnerware.
"A personalized wreath invites individual creativity and charm to any home. Small nativity sets can be added to each room in your house, giving the room its own distinctive character."
With the return to traditional formats in decorating, Sweed said country couture and Victorian collectibles are more popular than ever.
Victorian Santas and Father Christmas dolls are reminiscent of holiday seasons past, while Christmas collectibles are another hot ticket: nutcrackers, nativities, annual ornaments and collector's plates.
Group decor - items of the same design that complement one another in varying sizes - add a distinctive touch, said Sweed.
Anything and everything to do with home fragrance is another popular decorating option.
Cages are not just for the birds, said Sweed. Fill them with silk flowers, holiday pointsettias or other arrangements.