Fall to Christmas Decorating: 3 EASY Tips

So, Thanksgiving is over and it’s officially time to pull out your Christmas decorations.  But for some reason this year, you’re a little more tired than usual!!  Could it be because:  your boss gave you an extra work assignment, or maybe the kids’ crazy schedules (school Christmas parties, extracurricular activities &  the Church Christmas program), OR maybe it’s your husband’s “football watching schedule” – hahaha!!  And don’t feel bad – all of these things are important… they really are!!  It’s just that you just could USE.A LITTLE.HELP!!  Anyone??  Fly Me In An Angel Please!!  Enter in……Fall to Christmas Decorating:  3 EASY Tips .

Click How To Make The Perfect Bow to get gorgeous bows for the Christmas Decorating season.


FALL TO CHRISTMAS DECORATING:  (3 EASY Tips)

When making the transition from Fall to Christmas decorating, follow these 3 tips.  They work in every room of the house, and they are super EASY to follow.  It’s kind of like a math formula, except it’s for your house.  Plug the formula in, fill in the blanks, and woo-lah!!  You have a winner!!

3 EASY Tips = Decorating Formula

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations (from Fall) and alter to fit new holiday (Christmas).  

These tips will work in every room of your house.  But to save some time, I am only going to focus this post on the dining room, foyer (entry), living room/kitchen.  These are my favorite rooms to decorate, so I thought I would focus on these areas.

THREE MAIN AREAS:  

  1. Dining Room
  2. Foyer (entry)
  3. Living Room/Kitchen

 DINING ROOM:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the dining room I chose navy and white as my main color theme, and then changed out the Fall (orange) to the Christmas (red).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DINING ROOM:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

Here again I kept the same lamps/shades, mirror, and candles sticks the same…..but just changed out the wreaths and table accent pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***NOTE***  I changed out my rug this year (moved to my living room), but normally this would stay the same.  Since flooding- I was a little over excited to do some switcher-oos ;).  I needed the blue and white rug to carry out the navy color theme into the living room, so I switched them out.  See how that works??


DINING ROOM:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday.  

If possible, use the same table linens (runner, place mats and napkins) and change out napkin rings, glasses, or chargers.  

In here, the biggest change was getting rid of the gold chargers & pumpkins (orange tones) and replacing with pops of bold red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the tablescape broken down by steps.  If you look at my post Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps, you will be able to compare the two different seasons.

 

Plus, you can see how easy it is to remove a couple of accents of one color, and simply replace them with another color.  LOVE IT!!

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same in the dining room (NAVY DECOR):

  1. table runner
  2. napkins
  3. place mats
  4. plates
  5. lamps/lampshades
  6. candle sticks with navy glass balls

Things that I changed or added (RED ACCENTS):

  1. red wreath
  2. red berries candle rings
  3. red martini glasses
  4. red napkin rings
  5. red poinsettia table garland
  6.  red candles to table

 

I also added some silver ornaments to the chandelier,  “joy” letters to the buffet, and 2 mercury glass decanters to the table.  All of these are neutral in color, but add a metallic (shiny) component.  These help break up all of the bold, dark colors and let light bounce around.

Since I knew I was hosting Dinner this year at my house, I removed the blue vase/flowers and opted for the above mentioned silver mercury decanters instead.  I wanted to keep the sight line clear so that we could see each other and visit…. without a floating distraction on the table.  I also decided to use my plain white bowls in place of my polka dot bowls to keep the table decor all unified.  I really wanted the red to POP and get all of the glory!!

Now, we will just keep using the same tips (formula) for each room.


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In the foyer I kept the blue and white again, but got rid of the yellow.  I decided to use different shades of blue to add depth, and used pops of red on my Christmas tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

On my console, I kept the basic foundation the same.  I changed the Fall decor (yellow) to Christmas  decor (3 large ornaments, trees, and sleigh).  See below for tutorial on buffalo check ornaments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


FOYER (ENTRY):

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In the 2 candle lanterns on the bottom shelf, I replaced the Fall decor (pine cones) with Christmas decor (ornaments).   I also kept my white basket, but simply removed the yellow throw and replaced it with a blue pillow (above picture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

BUFFALO CHECK ORNAMENTS

Click Buffalo Check DIY Christmas Ornament Balls (part 2) for the tutorial or Buffalo Check DIY Snowman: Using Emboridery Hoops (part 1) for that tutorial.

Either of these DIY projects would be perfect for an Christmas entry or foyer.

 

 

 

 

Things that remained the same (BLUE/WHITE DECOR):

  1. two pictures
  2. two lamps
  3. wall hanger knob
  4. blue console
  5. white basket

 

Things that I changed or added ( CHRISTMAS DECOR):

  1. three buffalo check ornaments
  2. white bottle brush tree set
  3. white fur, silver  and navy sleigh
  4. two turquoise ornaments
  5. blue home pillow

*** replaced Fall decor from silver lanterns with Christmas decor….. photo below***

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #1:  Start with a  color scheme that you can work with for both seasons,  in order to keep decorations to a minimum.

In my living room, I used the same blue and white color theme again, and switched out the pops of orange with pops of red, green and turquoise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Christmas Snowman:  DIY Cotton Ball Wreath for the tutorial.  It’s a very

budget friendly way to decorate a large wall.

It can be made with 2 or 3 wreaths, depending on your wall dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #2:  Keep big items the same…..and change out the smaller accent pieces.

In my breakfast nook I switched out my orange pillow with the matching plaid pillow.  I love this rug and pillow combo!!  The rug has both orange and red tones so I can use it for both seasons – win-win!!

Click Fall Home Tour 2018 to see more pictures of my house or 5 Secrets to Fall Decorating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN:

TIP #3:  Use existing decorations and alter to fit new holiday. 

In my living room, I used the same throw pillows, lamp, and ladder decor ….but just switched some accents out.  I removed  the fall orange plaid and dark teal throw blankets, and replaced with a muted cornflower blue throw blanket.  I switched the linen lampshade for a dark navy lampshade.   And then I changed out Fall (oranges) for Christmas (reds).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also changed out my rugs (went to dining room) so that I could add more navy and white to the living room.  I love how I can switch out those 2 rugs.  It’s like getting a new room without a new pricetag!!

 

 

Want to see how I painted the entry table blue, Click World Market Console Table Maekover:  Painted Smoky Blue.

Want more Christmas Decorating inspiration, Click Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red, 20 Best Christmas Wreaths,  or 33 Fabulous Christmas Stairs Ideas.

Want ideas for an adorable Christmas Party, Click Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party:  (part 1) and Food Planning (part 2)

Have a great week!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

 

 

 

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DIY Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

What do you get when you mix navy Buffalo Check, Embroidery Hoops, and one Crazy Christmas fanatic…..well you get a beautiful combination of over-sized Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls!  These ornaments are so stinkin’ cute, and have endless decorating possibilities.  Who’s ready to see DIY Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Ornaments- (Part 2)!

***UPDATED pictures from Christmas 2018 ***  Just wanted to show another way to hang them (without the navy ribbons).

***NOTE***  This is a 2-part post.  The first post (Part 1) is the tutorial on how to make the embroidery hoop ornaments, and this post (Part 2) shows you how to hang them.  

Please let me know if you have any questions!! 🙂


DIY BUFFALO CHECK EMBROIDERY HOOP ORNAMENTS 

(PART 2)

***To see the first part for the tutorial on how to make the fabric hoops:  Click Buffalo Check Embroidery Hoop Snowman. Then you’ll be ready to begin this part for making the ornaments.***


DIY BUFFALO CHECK EMBROIDERY HOOP ORNAMENTS 

(PART 2)

SUPPLIES:

Since I have already posted on how to use them as a Snow-Woman (Part 1 of the series), click HERE for the supplies needed and tutorial on making the buffalo check hoops. 

You can mix and match fabrics, hoop colors and sizes, ribbons and bows, and hang them wherever your little heart desires. 

Want to simplify….leave out the fur ball ornaments and fur ball picks (scroll down for pictures).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ADDING:   RIBBONS, BOWS, FUR BALLS, AND BALL PICKS

Once the 3 hoops are done, we cans add the ribbon, bows, and fur balls/picks.

The fur ornament balls have a clear hanger that you will attach to the tying ribbon of the bow – click here for Bow Tutorial. 

I used the navy ribbon for the single fur ball and dot gold ribbon for the double fur balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the same gold ribbon for the small hoop and large hoop (with 4 loops each) bows, but just made a larger bow to fit scale of large hoop. 

I stuck the fur balls picks into the right and left sides of the bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used the dot bow from the snow-woman tutorial for the medium hoop.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HANGING DIRECTIONS

Here are the ribbon lengths, and the navy ribbon is 2.5″wide.  You can choose whatever width you want.  I used the navy ribbon to add contrast, and to cover more of the stair wall.

 

Where to put nails or hangers:

1) Starting with LARGE HOOP:  go (19.5″ Right, 4″ Down)……. for 2 fur balls

2) From 2 FUR BALLS: go (12″ Up, 8″ Right) …..for small hoop

3) From LARGE HOOP again:  go (18″ Up, 8″ Right) for medium ball

4) From LARGE HOOP again:  go (11″ Left, 10″ Up)

 

 

 


WANT TO SIMPLIFY

 

 

 

 

If you want to use the 3 ornaments only….  put the small ornament into 2 fur balls spot and lose the other goodies 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


YOU ARE DONE!!

ENJOY YOUR BUFFALO CHECK CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***UPDATED*** More pictures from Christmas 2018.

 

 

 

 

Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!  Love & Hugs 🙂

Where will you decide to hang your ornaments?  Shoot me a picture, I’d love to see them.  

Want more Christmas Ideas try:

20 Best Front Door Christmas Wreath Ideas

33 Ideas Decorating Stairs for Christmas

Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red

Fall To Christmas Decorating: 3 Easy Tips

Let It Snow DONUT Christmas Party

 

 

 

 

 

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33 Ideas – Decorating Stairs for Christmas

Decorating your staircase for Christmas is a great way to bring in some holiday cheer, and to show off some of your creative talents.  And since there are like a million options out there to try, decorating them should be a cinch-right?  Not always.  Coming up with new ideas and (yes, executing those ideas)…..can be a little overwhelming.  So, lose your anxiety!!  If you are tired of coming up with YOUR OWN designs, and/or looking for new inspiration this year, here are 33 fresh ideas to get your creativity ….. a kick start!!

33 IDEAS – DECORATING STAIRS FOR CHRISTMAS

WORDS

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Using words, song lyrics, or reindeer names is a fun way to bring in Christmas cheer.  Put words on stair treads, risers, spindles and walls.  It will definitely catch your guests’ attention and add a little smile to their hearts.

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STOCKINGS

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Hanging stockings on banisters is a classic look that can be changed every year, just by switching out stockings.  Throw in some color and patterns to shake things up, or keep them simple.  Here are some adorable ideas for giving this classic style a fresh look.  And it’s also functional….especially if you don’t have a mantel or another way to hang stockings.

 

 

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WREATHS

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Hanging wreaths gives you a lot of versatility.  Use the same length ribbon with wreaths in groupings for a traditional style, or use different lengths to create a playful style.  Odd numbers work best with either look.  Go bold with contrasting ribbon, or soft with neutral colors.  The round wreaths lying against the vertical spindles add visual interest- simple yet stunning.

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CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT BALLS

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Love the look of Christmas ornaments balls for decorating the stairs.  They give off a playful vibe, and can be displayed a million (or close) different ways.  Hang one by a ribbon between each spindle to add a splash of color, or hang them in groupings or clusters for big impact.  However you decide to use them, you’re sure to create a  happy environment for your home & guests.

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GARLAND

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Using garland is such a lush & gorgeous way to decorate banisters and spindles, it basically screams drama.  Garland can be understated with natural greenery and small ribbon ties, or extravagant- filled with lights and accessories.  Make no mistake …..it will create a statement as soon as your guests enter your home.

 

 

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STARS, GIFTS, & BELLS

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Using hanging stars, gifts, and bells are unique ways to decorate banisters and spindles….. if you are looking for something unexpected.  Try different sizes and colors to add whimsy, and don’t be afraid to go crazy with the quantity.  If you have a bold personality and like doing things with a little twist, these styles are just right for you.

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CANDLES

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Who doesn’t love a soft glow shimmering during Christmas?  Candles add warmth, softness, & ambiance, and you can choose the fragrance that matches your style.  Plus, they illuminate the stair tread to add light. Win-win!!   TIP:  If you have kiddos, you may want to use lanterns for safety.  Hot wax and little toes are not a good match :).

 

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LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING- yes please!!

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HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

 

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20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths

Decorating for Christmas ranks right up there on the top of my list for all-time LOVES.   This includes my husband & beautiful girls, our incredible families, Texas Longhorns football, and well….. the season of Christmas.   It adds warmth to my heart as we get to share an entire month dedicated to the birth of our Lord and Savior- Jesus Christ.  Amen!!  So, let’s get rolling with The 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths.

 

 

I know there is so much that goes into putting all of the Christmas decorations out each year:  first the decorations go up inside the house, next the Christmas tree and ornaments get adorned, followed by the outdoor ground lights & inflatables (if you have kiddos), and the finale – the Christmas front door wreath.

It is the jewel of the season, and sets the tone for your entire Christmas theme.  It is your “hello” to welcome your guests when they arrive, and your “hug goodbye” as they leave and travel safely back home.  The right wreath can add warmth, happiness, elegance, color, and personality to your home.  It represents….you & your family.  So, what is your style and what does it say about who you are?

 

 

 

 

 


20 BEST CHRISTMAS DOOR WREATHS

WHICH STYLE ARE YOU?

 

 STYLE:  UNDERSTATED

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STYLE ME:  UNDERSTATED

You don’t crave attention, but always turn heads.  You are tasteful and classy, but not the least bit stuffy.   You are the perfect hostess, and people love to come to your house.  Is this you?

 

 

 

 

 

 


STYLE:  BOLD

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STYLE ME:  BOLD

You dare to be different.  You aren’t just the life of the party, you ARE the party.  You own it, and everyone knows it!!  You are not the first person to arrive at an event, but always the last one to leave.  You bring energy & excitement as soon as you enter a room.  Is this you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STYLE:  PLAYFUL

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STYLE ME:  PLAYFUL

You are always smiling and a blast to be around.   You are quite mischievous, love a good prank, and are THE class clown.    You draw people in with your quick wit, and ability to make them laugh.  You beat to your own drum and never follow the crowd (that is why your wreaths……are NOT the typical style wreaths)!!  Is this you?

 

 

 

 

 

 


STYLE:  CLASSIC

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STYLE ME:  CLASSIC

You have a timeless style that brings warmth and beauty, and you are always stunning.  You are tailored, structured and polished, yet exude effortless elegance.  Your grace shines through in everything you do and say, and you are always THE best-dressed at any function.   You do not call anyone for fashion advice, you give it.   You. Are. Style.  Is this you?

 

 

 

 

 

 


STYLE:  HAPPY

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STYLE ME:  HAPPY

Your eyes twinkle when you smile,  you love to sing- a lot, and you pass out hugs to everyone!!  Admit it- YOU ARE HAPPY!!  You choose friends, clothes, decor, etc…. anything that brings a little sunshine to your life.  You love what you love, and you aren’t afraid to go out on a limb to have the perfect item.  So, be you and spread your joy!!  Is this you?

 

 


 STYLE:  NATURAL

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STYLE ME:  NATURAL

You are flawless and exquisite in your own  bare skin.  You love the sun peeking into your window in the morning, and the stars lighting up the sky at night.   You LOVE all things green.  You find inspiration for your home & life through hiking the great outdoors.  You love the smell of rain, fresh cut grass, and wood burning by a firepit.  Keeping things simple is not a trend for you, it IS you.  Is this you?

 

 

 

 

Have a Very Merry Christmas & Happy Wreath Hunting!!

Love & hugs 🙂

 

 

 

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